Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Rolling Stone Gets Credit for 3 Year Old Business Insider Scoop About Trump Appearing in “Home Alone 2”


What’s going on here?

Three years ago, Business Insider interviewed Chris Columbus, director of “Home Alone 2.” He told them that Donald Trump bullied his way into the movie because he owned the Plaza Hotel, where a scene was shot.

I’m not even sure that was the first time Columbus told that story.

Anyway, this week Rolling Stone is running the same story, with recycled Columbus quotes, using the word “bullied” in the headline.

And everyone is picking it up like it’s new.

I thought I was having a deja vu. Hadn’t I already read this story? I guess Rolling Stone didn’t.

Here’s the link to Business Insider’s story by Jason Guerrasio. I’m told the anecdote may have originated in The Hollywood Reporter in 2017. If you don’t have a BI subscription, you can read it here.

And here’s the link to Rolling Stone’s scoop.

In Canada, CBC TV has apparently cut the scene from the broadcasts. In the US, star Macaulay Culkin is among those who’ve asked for it to be removed from the film now.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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