I like a good game of Telephone as much as the next guy, but this is a bit much.
On Monday the New York Daily News ran an interview with Julie Newmar, the original Catwoman in the Batman TV series, in which she said Angelina Jolie would be perfect for the part in the current movie franchise.
“My industry friends tell me [she] has made inquiries about the role,” the 74-year-old actress said.
So, Newmar hears Jolie might be interested in the role, and thinks she’d make a good Catwoman. Straightforward enough, right?
Less than four days into the story cycle, the Brisbane Times writes, “Angelina Jolie is reportedly being lined up to star as Catwoman in a new movie.” That’s under the headline, “Jolie set to get her claws out.”
(You may notice that, along the way, Newmar and the Daily News are dropped as sources, in favor of “reports” and “rumor.”)
Thankfully, MTV’s Splash Page is more restrained, and even a bit skeptical of Newmar’s “industry friends.”
“Now I will be the last one to question the legendary Ms. Newmar’s industry connections,” Josh Horowitz writes, “but does this strike anyone else as her probably quoting a friend she had a mimosa with over brunch last weekend?”