Friday, January 20, 2006

This Headline Is Bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

As a reporter, I'm often confounded by what editors perceive to be headlines that are both accurate and engaging. Take this recent headline from CNN:

'Spider-Man 3' makes room for Gwen

Any Spider-Man fan with any pop culture knowledge still must first associate that name with Gwen Stefani, considering how relevant she is right now.

There aren't exactly a lot of Gwens out there. In Hollywood, I'd say there's about... one.

Turns out, the headline is referring to the comic book character named Gwen who, in the comics, was Peter Parker's crush in high school. (The first Spidey movie took some liberties and made Mary Jane Watson his high school flame).

Is the headline misleading? Yes. But despite the fact that Peter Parker won't be rockin' out to "Hollaback Girl" at any point in "Spidey 3," I'm happy that the third point of the pending Peter Parker love triangle will be played by Bryce Dallas Howard. I've been a fan of hers since her underrated performance as the blind woman in "The Village" -- which, dammit, I liked a lot!

UPDATE! I just realized that Bryce Dallas Howard's JLo-like nickname would be "BryDal Ho," which sounds like the name of a character from "Wedding Crashers."