Lesson #84: "Enlisting a Pop Singer to Create a More Positive Image For Scandal-Plagued Client"
Let’s say you’re a publicist. And let’s say your client is the Roman Catholic Church. You should be eating, sleeping and breathing new ways to deflect negative attention from the church’s recent string of sexual abuse scandals. Your goal in life needs to be getting the church as far away from the "child molesters" stigma as possible.
But there’s only so much a sincerely worded, heartfelt press release can do. The Vatican can only make so many official statements condemning the actions of the offending clergy. Sometimes you need to go the extra step. Sometimes you just need a little more. Sometimes…you need to get children’s rights advocate Michael Jackson to record the prayers of the church’s holiest leader.
According to Variety.com, the success of The Passion of The Christ has inspired another film about the last hours in the life of Jesus Christ. Only in the indie production Color of the Cross, Jesus is… wait for it… black!
The producers chose to cast a black actor as Jesus
for artistic reasons for cheap publicity, which is fine by me. I’m used to Hollywood remaking classic movies with an ethnic spin, I’m just curious how far they’re going to take this one. Will Steve Harvey be prominently involved? How about Anthony Anderson? If they’re going to do it, they better do it right.
Ain’t It Cool News has the exclusive online trailer for Nacho Libre, the new Jack Black comedy from the guy who did Napoleon Dynamite. High School teachers across the country are already bracing themselves for the film’s inevitable plethora of catch phrases they’re going to be hearing constantly for the next two years.
No Britney on Will and Grace? The National Ledger has the info:
Reacting to pressure from Christian groups, NBC canceled an episode of "Will & Grace" that featured Britney Spears as a conservative who hosts a cooking segment called "Cruci-fixin’s" on a Christian TV network. [â€¦]
The American Family Association said NBC canceled the segment after pressure from its affiliates and AFA. But the network said its own description of the segment was a mistake. In a memo to affiliates, NBC said "the information was mistakenly included in a press release describing an upcoming episode of ‘Will and Grace’ which, in fact, has yet to be written. The reference to ‘Cruci-fixins’ will not be in the show and the story line will not contain a Christian characterization at all."
But the AFA wasn’t born yesterday:
BWE Favorite You Ain’t No Picasso has some excellect mp3′s up from the amazingly talented singer-songwriter Andrew Bird. Get your folk on!
If watching overpaid babies bump into each other isn’t your thing, you should have spent your Super Bowl Sunday watching what was quite possibly the cutest thing in the history of cute – Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl! If you missed the gridiron action, take a look at some of the adorable highlights. And don’t forget to vote for your Most Valuable Puppy!
In an interview with Matt Lauer on this morning’s Today Show, Paula Abdul revealed details on a new music gadget she’s hawking. Abdul described the device as "The World’s Smallest Clay Mini DVD MP3 Player That Has The Smallest Color Screen with Music Inside Of It." For Abdul, the product is a return to her musical roots and her days of flirting publicly with rapping cartoon cats.
Some paparazzo is trying to file charges after being attacked while shooting photos at Chris Penn’s funeral.
Showing up at Sean Penn’s brother’s funeral and trying to take paparazzi pics is pretty much like showing up at a Black Panther meeting in Klan Robes. Sorta had it coming, bro. Also, mental note – even though he may look all "indie and sensitive" you DO NOT f*ck with Mark Ruffalo.
When the Danza comes marching in.