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Black Widow gives up the ghost

Sarah Posted by Sarah at March 18, 2020 15:22:30 March 18, 2020 15:22:30

Of the spring/early summer film release, Black Widow was the last giant standing, but yesterday, Disney pulled the plug, shuffling Black Widow off its May 1 release date and making it, like everything else, TBD.  There goes the summer kickoff. Disney has moved BLACK WIDOW from May 1, 2020 to something we've all become very familiar with these days: TBD. Full Story

Rona Cancel Culture  

Sarah Posted by Sarah at March 12, 2020 14:05:02 March 12, 2020 14:05:02
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Are we going to die? And not because of the stupid virus! It’s the goddamn news ABOUT the virus that’s killing me. It’s SO MUCH. Last night, in the span of like, 15 MINUTES we learned the following: •    The US is banning all travel from Europe for 30 days (excep the UK because they’re less virusy? I guess??), which is a real “horse has left the barn” way of addressing a spreading outbreak. Full Story

Disney’s surprise shake-up

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 26, 2020 14:44:47 February 26, 2020 14:44:47
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Late yesterday afternoon, Disney dropped a bombshell when it was announced that CEO Bob Iger is stepping down immediately and will be replaced by Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, as the new CEO. First of all, this is real-life Sucession and the HEAD OF PARKS got the CEO gig—go Tom Wambsgans! “Boar on the floor” paid off! But really, this is a stunning and stunningly fast change from one of the biggest and most powerful entertainment companies in the world. Full Story

Beyoncé: no photos at Kobe and Gianna tribute

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 25, 2020 16:50:01 February 25, 2020 16:50:01
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Back in 2013, when Beyoncé headlined the Super Bowl halftime show (the first time), Buzzfeed heard from her publicist demanding that “unflattering” photos of her be taken down. It was the beginning of Beyoncé’s press shutdown, when she stopped giving interviews, stopped engaging with the media. Full Story

Beyoncé and Jay-Z take a seat

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 3, 2020 16:17:30 February 3, 2020 16:17:30
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Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and the Blue Ivy Carter were at the Super Bowl yesterday in Miami. But first, please enjoy this viz of Blue bossing on the sidelines with her phone. She’s probably playing a game. But in my mind, she’s seeing something that needs improvement and, like her ma, is sending a note to her team all like… we need to be better than this sh-t! Also her outfit is better than her mother’s. Full Story

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Who wants a Friends reunion?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 16, 2020 16:59:46 January 16, 2020 16:59:46
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Friends ended like 15 years ago. And people have been talking about a reunion, not sure what that looks like, but that’s the question that keeps coming up over and over again. Part of that, even though no one wants to admit it, is that the show continues to be popular because of Netflix. A new audience found it on Netflix. Full Story

James Bond must move on

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 16, 2020 15:00:58 January 16, 2020 15:00:58
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No Time to Die, the 25th Bond movie and Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007, comes out in April. In advance of that, Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson gave an interview to Variety that comes across as half reckoning with the end of Craig’s tenure and half reckoning with the constant public pressure to do something different with the character after 50 years of white dudes in the role. Full Story

Sussexit: “Financial Independence”

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 9, 2020 18:19:52 January 9, 2020 18:19:52
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Much of the negative and often inaccurate coverage around the royal family and particularly Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have to do with money. How much it cost to renovate their place, how much it cost for them to go on holiday, how much the baby shower was, how much the baby clothes are, etc etc etc. Full Story


Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 8, 2020 17:35:32 January 8, 2020 17:35:32
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The last week of the year is a liminal space. It is the abandoned shopping mall of time: It once was, it is not yet. Nothing happens in the last week of the year, when post-holiday blues and pre-New Year’s Eve nerves set in. And everything happens in the last week of the year, when we try to cram in all the year-end bullsh-t we can before time resumes counting. Full Story

Angelina Jolie switches agencies

Lainey Posted by Lainey at December 2, 2019 19:08:45 December 2, 2019 19:08:45

Angelina Jolie very famously has a small team. She still doesn’t have an official publicist. I think I wrote about this a few years ago when I was assigned to the Maleficent junket, that she personally reviews her junket roster, a responsibility typically assigned to a star’s personal PR. Full Story