Media Manipulation Articles

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

Who’s next?

October 13, 2010 07:23:17 Posted at October 13, 2010 07:23:17
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Celebrity marriage is taking a beating this week. Laura Dern and Ben Harper, Cox-Arquette, Christina Aguilera, all over and done. A friend of mine emailed this morning wondering if Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale could be next. What? You’ve heard about his admission in Details Magazine, haven’t you? Boy George has been saying forever that Rossdale had a relationship with cross-dressing artist Marilyn many years ago. Full Story

Cox & Arquette: Coincidence or Conspiracy?

October 12, 2010 08:51:49 Posted at October 12, 2010 08:51:49
Lainey Posted by Lainey

It’s one of my favourite questions. As you now know, they announced a “trial separation” yesterday that’s actually been in effect for months. Something about trying to discover each other, themselves, and boundaries. It was written by a therapist and vetted by a publicist and the timing is curious on more than one level. Full Story

Princess Asstalk on “Tone”

October 8, 2010 14:05:25 Posted at October 8, 2010 14:05:25
Lainey Posted by Lainey

The Hollywood Reporter is predicting that Katherine Heigl’s Life As We Know It will win the box office this weekend. Naturally the critics are sh-tting on it. But still some seem to think that it can take down The Social Network, a film that’s being called the Citizen Kane of our time. Full Story

Kate Beckinsale’s wise decision

September 24, 2010 08:49:52 Posted at September 24, 2010 08:49:52
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Written by Sarah Underworld 4 was announced as a go yesterday, with Kate Beckinsale returning as ass-kicking vampire Selene. Production is slated for March 2011 in Vancouver and Kate’s husband Len Wiseman is producing, but he is currently hunting for a director so he won’t be helming the project. Full Story

He can’t be a cheater if his hand is on her knee

September 23, 2010 12:18:34 Posted at September 23, 2010 12:18:34
Lainey Posted by Lainey

The hand on the thigh move is a Beckham favourite too. Amid allegations that he’s been unfaithful, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore turned up in New York today at the press conference to launch the Real Men Campaign to Help End Child Slavery during the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative. Big bonus points for showing up, fulfilling their obligations, in spite of the scandal that surrounds them. Full Story

George Clooney doesn’t have to hustle?

September 7, 2010 11:47:17 Posted at September 7, 2010 11:47:17
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Written by Sarah You know I hate putting a lot of stock in The Numbers, because The Numbers can mean anything and nothing. But in the case of the George Clooney vehicle The American there’s a case for The Numbers, mostly because they were achieved with little apparent effort. Full Story

What’s the problem if it doesn’t suck?

September 3, 2010 07:54:56 Posted at September 3, 2010 07:54:56
Lainey Posted by Lainey

George Clooney’s latest movie, The American, opened on Wednesday. I know. You barely noticed. Because he’s barely bothered. And I initially, as well documented, thought it had to do with the film sucking. And maybe a little with the Italian Queen’s dirty mess. We’ll get to that later. Full Story

View All 11 Photos

Was it a 2 for 1 deal?

August 26, 2010 08:21:00 Posted at August 26, 2010 08:21:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

OK! Magazine had the exclusive on Hilary Duff’s wedding day – at a rumoured rate of $1 million – and now they’re publishing her personal honeymoon photos. Was it a 2 for 1 deal? Or was that extra cash money for the newlyweds? As you can see, there’s a pool shot and some flattering scenic pictures and oh, of course, the standard “Just Married” in the sand cheese photo now shared with millions of people in the pages of a celebrity weekly, rounding out their entire wedding march – from proposal to wedding to honeymoon, we’ve seen every step of the way! I guess when the work is slow, you take what you can. Full Story

View All 9 Photos

Mom time for the Jolie

August 4, 2010 08:09:55 Posted at August 4, 2010 08:09:55
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Brad Pitt is shooting Moneyball in Oakland. Yesterday Angelina Jolie was sighted near the production with a few of their children shopping for toys. They also popped in for a visit to see dad on the set. Coincidence or conspiracy? Yesterday was also the release date for Andrew Morton’s unauthorised Jolie biography which seems rather tame, full of details of how f-cked up she was pre-Maddox. Full Story

View All 22 Photos

The Whitewash is the “most read”

August 3, 2010 14:02:00 Posted at August 3, 2010 14:02:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

If you go to, at press time the “most read” article is about the Italian Queen and her revelations to Italian Vanity Fair about life with George Clooney. Bristol Palin dumping Levi Johnston will probably overtake Elisabetta but the point is, the MiniVan is reading The WhiteWash. Full Story