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EW'S FACTS MACHINE

NO DETAIL ESCAPES THE SCRUTINY OF OUR TENACIOUS RESEARCH SQUAD

Want to know which Talking Heads song has the lyric ”Facts all come with points of view/Facts don’t do what I want them to”? Or where and when ex-movie actor Ronald Reagan flubbed the line ”Facts are stubborn things” by saying, ”Facts are stupid things”? There’s nobody who can give you faster, more accurate answers (”Crosseyed and Painless”; at the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans) to burning pop-cultural queries than the plugged-in members of Entertainment Weekly’s Research Services team. From amassing mounds of background-hey, we need bios on every Power 101 candidate by next week, okay?-to nailing down the teensiest specifics in stories-what’s the name of the German shepherd nuzzling Rod Stewart in our photo? (Rum)-these walking encyclopedias test the truth of each sentence we publish. ”With our deadlines, you have to become an instant expert,” says researcher Suelain Moy, whose specialty is TV. And books can’t always be relied on, as the crew’s commander in chief, Annabel Bentley, attests. ”Many stories deal with projects that are about to happen, or they’re about controversial subjects that Hollywood people wish we wouldn’t cover, so the facts are doubly hard to verify.” The three most difficult facts to ascertain are always the same-age, salary, and budget-but EW research will turn over rocks to get them. Thanks to the persistent digging (and frequent writing, too) of researchers Moy, Bob Cannon (music and kids), Joanna Powell (movies and books), Tim Purtell (Movies and Video), and Casey Davidson (News & Notes), with the support of Information Center manager Martha Babcock, assisted by Rachel Sapienza, Stacie Fenster, and Sean O’Heir, our coverage offers the particular, the striking, and-to the extent humanly possible-the altogether accurate. As Bill Murray said in Stripes-yes, research checked-”that’s the fact, Jack.”