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‘Four’ play for journos

Pic offers new dimension to corporate synergy in casting

Yeah, but what I really want to do is act.

No fewer than 25 local TV station and online film reporters make quick cameos in Fox’s “Fantastic Four,” which launched July 8.

Adding new dimension to the term “corporate synergy,” many of the journos are from News Corp. stations or Fox affiliates. Jon Brady and Mike Waco of Fox News appear. So do Bret Martin of Fox’s Atlanta station, WAGA, and Lee Thomas of Detroit’s Fox affiliate, WJBK.

It remains to be seen if any of them are cheeky enough to actually offer an opinion on their work in the film. But that hasn’t stopped these budding stars from covering the film.

For example, Mark S. Allen of UPN affiliate KMAX appeared on a seg for “Good Day Sacramento,” showing a clip of himself playing a news cameraman. He then segued to a live sequence of him tossing “Four” topliner Michael Chiklis softball after softball.

Of course, there’s nothing new to this.

Among endless past examples, Hedda Hopper played herself in “Sunset Blvd.” Unfortunately, she and Gloria Swanson didn’t get a chance to toss around any softballs, literal or otherwise.

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