Archives: May 2010
According to Fox News, hackers took over BP’s official Twitter account with hilarious results.
“Terry is now in charge of operation Top Kill, work will recommence after we find a XXL wetsuit. #bpcares #oilspill.”
Terry, of course, is the fictional BP PR flack who’s been absolutely annihilating the company on his fake “BP” Twitter account @BPGlobalPR.
The hacked post has since been removed.
Previously on FBLA: LA Times Tracks Down Fake BP Twitter Flack
“Sex and the City 2″ opened last night at midnight and banked $3 million despite awful reviews. That figure is a 20% improvement over the $2.5 million from the last film’s midnight opening — this despite a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Sarah Jessica Parker is now 45 years old, and, frankly, I cannot stomach another moment of the simpering, mincing, hair-tossing, eyelash-batting little-girl shtick she’s been pulling ever since she emerged, with considerably more verve and charm, as a high-colonic Malibu Barbie opposite Steve Martin in L.A. Story. It goes without saying that Carrie has been assigned the movie’s big-ticket issue: What to do with marriage once the newlywed bliss is over, especially if you don’t want children? That’s a very good question, but one that’s promptly dumbed down with bogus dilemmas, trumped-up crises, and much ancillary footwear chatter.
The daily Hollywood trade publication will be transformed into a slick weekly format with a revamped website. Former Us Weekly editor Janice Min is leading the overhaul, causing some to speculate (including ourselves) that The Hollywood Reporter will be moving in a more tabloidy direction. Not so, said Min in an interview with Sharan Waxman:
The key audience is still the industry influencers. I would like THR to reach a broader audience of business influencers. When you think who is reading the industry trade you’re thinking of people in executive or creative roles. We live in very different era, where what goes on in Hollywood is impactful to lots of other industries – media, fashion, style.
Min also revealed that the trade would be expanding its staff. Always nice to hear about people getting hired.
David Simon‘s newest HBO series “Treme,” about life in post-Katrina New Orleans, has continued to draw rave reviews since its premiere last month.
Journalist and blogger Richard Prince likes the show, but on his Maynard Institute blog, Prince notes that episode 6,”featured some 36 cases of characters unloading the F-bomb, the S-bomb or some other gratuitous bomb.” He tracked down one of the show’s writers — former Times-Picayune reporter Lolis Eric Elie — and asked her what’s up with the potty mouth.
I’ve heard the concern that there is too much cursing from several people, including my father. I’d agree with you that the casual use of foul language coarsens our culture more broadly. It can be too readily acceptable to curse, even in front of older people and authority figures — the very people we used to put on our best behavior for. The show walks a thin line between chronicling reality and also creating an atmosphere where language and action are just a little more clever and exciting that you might encounter on a daily basis. So our language reflects this world that we have created out of the world we live in. It’s not our ambition to offend. But hearing this from you will have me checking out the dialog with more sensitive ears.
For the record, we here at FBLA love cursing — nudity too for that matter. It’s the reason we subscribe to HBO…or would subscribe if we couldn’t get all the good shows for free from illegal Russian video hosting sites.
“BP is doing everything we can to save our reputation and hopefully salvage some oil out of all this,” Terry told the Times. “We’re making a ton of shirts and commercials about how we care, and I cleaned an ugly bird yesterday.”
Throughout the interview, Terry refused to break character, but did reveal that his tweeting had raised $3,000 for the nonprofit Gulf Restoration Network.
“I’ve heard rumors of fake BP PR accounts, and I assure you if we find out who is in charge of them, we will annihilate them,” Terry said.
A little late afternoon self-promotion for you. Your fumble FBLA editor has a piece in this month’s Fast Company on 25-year old college dropout Aviv Hadar. Hadar is the brains behind the Portland tech company “Think Brilliant,” which created the 21st century’s most enduring Internet meme: “I’m with Coco.”
Hadar is positioning himself to be the next Steve Jobs. Got a long way to go, but he’s not doing too badly for a 25-year old dropout. Read the piece here.
Photo: Conan and Hadar
Fast Company used your humble editor here at FBLA to come up with a contest of what commercials are riffing or ripping each other off. That one commercial kind of like that other one? And the inexplicable use of movie spoofs to sell products? Commercials are weird.
We asked an industry insider to explain how this happens. “We have to watch spots constantly in order to anticipate some of these ‘overlaps’…it is nice to be able to call people out when they are not as careful. We are battling for the attention of the viewer who can fast forward right through something we spent a million dollars on, so unique and eye gluing concepts are gold. There are a lot of smart people churning out thousands of ideas, they are bound to ‘rediscover’ some old ones or have to dredge up some dead celebs and bring them back into the spotlight,” she tells FBLA.
Vote for which spots deserve the awards here.