Disney’s Peter Pan Syndrome

Didn’t Britney Spears start out on the Mickey Mouse Club? Well, we all know what happens when puberty, and the lurid lure of modern celebrity kicks in. At the age of 15, Miley Cyrus’s handlers apparently believed the time was ripe for their charge to re-calibrate her image from a squeaky clean object of adoration…… Continue reading Disney’s Peter Pan Syndrome

Rehab Reality

Lohan, Dunst, Spears, Carey, Mendes, O’Brien…and the list goes on and on. AOL has a special section called Celebrity Rehab, and the host of the popular reality show Celeb Rehab allegedly is a substance abuser.This cartoon appears in the current issue of The New Yorker.

Promises Unkept

“A call to Lohan’s publicist was not immediately returned.” Well, even if it was, what can a publicist possibly do or say in response to news of her client being arrested (again) for DUI and cocaine possession???This (not-unexpected) turn of events comes on the heals of Ms. Lohan’s (second) high-profile release from the obligatory Hollywood…… Continue reading Promises Unkept

Exposure & Contempt

This blog occasionally reports on the media’s obsession with the misdeeds of misanthropic celebrities — though mostly in the context of how those misdeeds relate to the notion that “all publicity is good publicity.”Last night, Forbes.com posted a piece on a study that tested this axiom by measuring the effect of excessive media exposure –…… Continue reading Exposure & Contempt

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 terms…… Continue reading Georgia Off My Mind