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Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper’s break up scooped on Facebook?

By Sean O’Connell

HollywoodNews.com: I don’t like to focus on gossip while covering the movie beat for HollywoodNews.com. Too many important items related to the art of filmmaking and storytelling fall through the cracks as media outlets fight to deduce who slept with whom, or who was photographed eating what at The Ivy.

But an article posted online this morning struck me for what it says about the way celebrity stories are presented in the modern, cyber age, and how print media — specifically magazines — really can’t keep up when they have to compete with the immediacy of Twitter, Facebook, and the like.

Amanda Seyfried sat down with InStyle Hair for the magazine’s June issue and, in addition to promoting her upcoming romance “Letters to Juliet,” dished on her long-distance relationship with fellow actor Dominic Cooper, as reported by People.com.

“We Skype,” Seyfried said. She admits that there’s “nothing easy” about long-distance relationships, but that the two, who met while making “Mamma Mia!,” rely on Webcams to make the relationship work.

Except I don’t think it’s working. A colleague of mine, Patrick Stoner, traveled to Verona, Italy this week to interview Seyfried as part of Summit Entertainment’s “Letters” junket. It’s an amazing opportunity, I’m sure, and Stoner scored an amazing scoop, even if he didn’t realize it at the time.

“What irony and class in the face of it: Amanda Seyfried breaks up with boyfriend, tearfully texting during dinner, talking about true love today,” Stoner posted May 2 on his Facebook page.

Now, the Broadcast Film Critics Association member, a long time interviewer for Philadelphia’s WHYY, is not in the gossip game, either. And his post probably wasn’t meant to break any stories. It was an observation from a journalist on the front lines.

But the online posting, if it’s in fact true, instantly negates a magazine interview that InStyle likely conducted with Seyfried at least a month ago. The magazine takes a risk running its story on a relationship that could easily dissolve before publication. And in this age of instant updates, I’m not sure that’s a risk worth taking anymore.

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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