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Published on August 26, 2004 By joetheblow In Blogging

Reservoir blogs: Fan fakes Tarantino diary
Published: August 26, 2004, 10:36 AM PDT
By Stefanie Olsen
Staff Writer, CNET

Celebrity impostors no longer need plastic surgery to be like the stars they covet--not when they have blogs.

A would-be fan of Quentin Tarantino, the writer and director of such movies as "Kill Bill" and "Reservoir Dogs," among others, has created a pulp fiction of his own, Web-style. He or she has penned a Web log, or diary, that appears to some people to be the movie star's very own, complete with photo, Hollywood bravado and his astrological sign. Those impressed with the ruse include Tarantino's publicist, who said "the guy's done a really good job."

"But it isn't (Tarantino's)," said Bumble Ward, a spokeswoman for the director. She added that the movie star has been too busy to notice it, but his camp doesn't plan any formal action to have the blog taken down. "It doesn't seem to be doing anyone any harm," she said.

E-mail requesting comment from the blog's creator, who hosts the site on Google-owned Blogger and has a Tarantino-styled e-mail address from Yahoo, was not returned.

In Hollywood terms, blogging has become as fashionable as Oscar night. Everyone from the fictional Barbie (Mattel) to broadcast journalist Al Roker has one, so it only makes sense that people would try to impersonate the famous online.

An updated, hipper version of the late 1990s "home page," blogs give ordinary and famous people alike a forum to talk about politics, their community or what they had for breakfast--if anyone cares...

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