Tastee Pirate



From Pro-G (via Engadget):

A man running a counterfeit piracy operation, selling games, CDs and DVDs from his ice cream van has been convicted. William Agnew from South Lanarkshire was sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court after admitting to the offences. 4,000 DVDs, CDs and games (PlayStation, Xbox and PC) were seized during a raid on the man’s business premises. The goods, if sold new, are estimated to be worth in the region of £100,000.

By the looks of his truck, I say he was asking for it.

The BWE Guide to Great PR: Jacko Sings Catholic Praises



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

Jesus Walks – Like a P.I.M.P.



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.

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Vote for Nacho



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.

AFA Prevents Members From Having to Change the Channel



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. […]

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:

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Paula Takes Two Steps Forward and Three Steps Back


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.