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Hollywood PR strategy and planning, celebirty media manipulation, maneuvering, publicity, and story spinning

The Baby & Bitch strategy

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 19, 2012 16:25:47 March 19, 2012 16:25:47
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Wenn, Splash

Before you Twi-Hards get carried away with your reading limitations, I’ll say now off the top that Snow White & The Huntsman looks F-CKING AWESOME and I can’t wait to see it. I was with some Universal people all week and they promised me that it will deliver. But a good movie still must be sold. And how do we sell these days? Well, the Charlize Theron strategy seems to be based on Baby & Bitch. Full Story

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Class Assignment: Joel Madden’s denial

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 15, 2012 16:06:03 March 15, 2012 16:06:03
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Roshan Perera/Splash

In Touch Weekly, apparently on a roll this week, reported in their new issue that Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are having marital problems. Joel has committed to The Voice in Australia. Supposedly Nicole is pissed because they’ll be apart. The real reason?Nicole and Joel haven’t shown up on a red carpet together in over 6 months. Full Story

Celebrities & their stylists

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 14, 2012 19:20:51 March 14, 2012 19:20:51

Love this now annual feature from in The Hollywood Reporter: profiles of the 20 top celebrity stylists. It might take you a few minutes to go through all of them but I promise, if you’re into this sort of thing, and I think you might be if you’re reading my blog, there’s a lot of gold here...and material for the Faculty Of Celebrity Studies too. Full Story

Shelfy’s ring for a bargain

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 9, 2012 18:36:23 March 9, 2012 18:36:23
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Splash

Here it is. The engagement ring Justin Timberlake gave to Jessica Biel. It has remained unseen for a couple of months. So why the underwhelming reveal now? These photos which include a very clear shot of the stone are exclusive to one agency which is usually the sign of a staged situation. I wonder though if they decided on this route because a better option with a magazine exclusively couldn’t be negotiated. Full Story

Naked pregnant Porny is having a girl

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 7, 2012 15:25:38 March 7, 2012 15:25:38

Jessica Simpson’s Fashion Star debuts soon on NBC. She covers the new issue of ELLE to promote the show. AND she gets naked to do so. AND she even tells them that she’s having a girl.Well sh-t. Is the show really bad? Because goddamn why is she blowing her load? And how much money did she lose in the revealing? Or is this an astute downgrade of the greed? After all, she’s already signed to a mega $3 million deal with weight watchers after she gives birth. Full Story

John Carter in Russia

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 6, 2012 16:11:28 March 6, 2012 16:11:28
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Wenn, Starface.ru/Splash

They say that John Carter is tracking well in Russia... but that it’s not doing so great in other parts of Europe and South America. Given how much Hollywood relies on foreign box office these days - even Prince of Persia was rescued overseas - well, it seems like this movie just can’t win. Not even at a 74% fresh rating (at press time) on Rotten Tomatoes. Full Story

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Improvement

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 2, 2012 15:25:44 March 2, 2012 15:25:44
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Wenn, CARL COURT/Dave Hogan/Getty

Taylor Kitsch looked really, really handsome at the UK premiere of John Carter last night in London, didn’t he? I like how rosy his cheeks are. More importantly though, especially as it relates to TK’s career...The first reviews for John Carter have been released and they’re not bad. I mean, not everyone liked it, but the ones who didn’t like it didn’t despite it, and the ones who did like it have a lot of good things to say. Full Story

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Blake and Ryan across the country

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 29, 2012 18:11:30 February 29, 2012 18:11:30
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Bauer-Griffin

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds spent Oscar weekend in Nashville. They stayed at the GOOP recommended Hermitage Hotel. Am told by readers who saw them there that they were casual and “impossibly gorgeous” together. Also rather low key. No pap photos have emerged of the two (so far). And no paps were around when they were in Savannah, Georgia on another minibreak two weeks ago. Full Story

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Much better, thank you

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 28, 2012 16:20:42 February 28, 2012 16:20:42
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Fame/Flynet

Angelina Jolie followed up the Right Leg situation at the Oscars on Sunday night with a family outing that included Brad Pitt’s mother. The twins were trotted out for the occasion. Oh, and the paps were around. Funny that. Coincidence or conspiracy?As you’d expect, I took a lot of sh-t for sh-t disturbing yesterday in my Jolie Right Leg analysis article. Full Story

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Best Oscar Satisfaction: Octavia Spencer

Duana Posted by Duana at February 27, 2012 16:04:52 February 27, 2012 16:04:52
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Obviously nobody wants to use a cliche any more than they want to be a cliche, right? It's not flattering or bragworthy to say that what you do or have been doing can be summed up in a cliche or its sister, the catchphrase.   But Octavia Spencer did just that. She kept her eye on the prize. Full Story

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