Low Life PR

Low Life PR

It seemed like the right thing to do. A Hollywood publicist named Michael Sands resigned the PR chores for Kevin Federline (pictured) and his lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan because the two have gone too far in the custody battle. From Hollywood Scoop: He explains, “‘This is overkill, it made my stomach turn. Every time we […]

Hollywood’s Lament

Hollywood’s Lament

Control. What a concept! As the media splinters at an alarming rate, alarms sound among Hollywood’s PR set over their commensurate loss of control. The phenomenon has thus far eluded the big MSM entertainment outlets like People and US, ET and Access where command and control remains an art…akin to blackmail. It’s those pesky, journalistically […]

See-Through Lingerie

See-Through Lingerie

Today’s quote from former New York Times executive editor Howell Raines on his move to Conde Nast Portfolio as a contributing editor and media columnist: “There’s never been a time in which the future of journalism was more fraught than it is now.“ I assume he’s alluding to the blurring of news commentary and journalism. […]

Bhutto and Alba

Bhutto and Alba

Alba to wed. Fraser to divorce. Fergie to wed. Penn to divorce. Ahhh. All in a day’s work for the modern entertainment publicist. Jessica’s publicist, Brad Cafarelli, told People: “I can confirm they are engaged.” “They continue to maintain a close and caring friendship,” Ina Treciokas, publicist for the 39-year-old actor, said in a statement. […]

Blackout

Blackout

I really thought I would have to eat my own words. As life took a turn to the bizarre for one crazed and deposed pop star and mom, I went on the limb to predict that she may just end up proving them all wrong. From The Flack (9/17/07): “Time, and a fickle public, have […]

Screening Critics

Screening Critics

Been on the road much of the day, so apologies for the late posting. I also missed the Publicity Club of New York luncheon today where editors from Allure, Fast Company, Self, Quick & Simple and Wired shared with the New York PR crowd their editorial plans for the holidays. This piece in today’s L.A. […]

PR Tack-tics

Posted by on May 4, 2007 in celebrity, Hollywood, PR, publicist, Radar, socialite | No Comments
PR Tack-tics

I don’t know what to make of one L.A. publicist’s efforts to create a bold name for himself in the Big Apple. On the one hand, he gets a star turn in Radar online’s “Flacklife” “FlackWatch.” On the other, it points to a side of PR that would make Sidney Falco blush, let alone many […]

Blow Me Down!

Blow Me Down!

From Dennis Rice, Disney’s senior vice president for publicity: “When (a senior Disney publicist) forwarded the ashes story to me, I thought, ‘How are we going to spin this?’” Dennis, smart move pulling Keith Richards from the “Pirates” publicity tour (for obvious reasons), but I sure wish you had given some more thought to your […]

Georgia Off My Mind

Georgia Off My Mind

The last time we checked in with Ms. Lohan, it concerned her unintelligible electronic eulogy for Robert Altman relayed via PDA to her publicist while teetotaling in Tinseltown. With its April issue, the folks at GQ are giving us another variation of that theme with a Blackberry interview that reached a high enough threshold (in […]

L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential

In the PR biz, especially among the media relations set, prospective clients and employers frequently judge one’s potential prowess by the girth of his or her Rolodex. For the youthful readers of this space, a Rolodex is a physical apparatus containing rigid, but flippable cards on which one registers, with pen or pencil, contact info […]