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Posts Tagged ‘Angelina Jolie’

Zócalo Public Square Editor Grumbles About Clooney-Obama ‘Starmageddon’

Joe Mathews is certainly not alone in expressing the sentiment that tonight’s big fundraiser in Studio City for President Obama will cause another needless LA traffic nightmare. But the NBC Southern California blogger and Zócalo Public Square associate editor takes it a step further with this headline taunt – “Starmageddon: Obama Could Make Us Hate Clooney

FishbowlLA thinks it will take something much more cataclysmic for Angelenos to start hating on the Charming-est Man Alive (e.g. like stealing Angelina Jolie away from Brad Pitt). Then again, we’re not planning on being anywhere near the 91604 zip code at rush hour tonight. From Mathews’ Prop Zero post:

It would be one thing if the presidential stop at Clooney’s pad was for a public, governmental purpose. But it’s not. It’s for a fundraiser. When the president and a movie star schedule something like this, they’re demonstrating arrogance: our party and our politics are more important than your life.

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The Highs and Shiloh’s of Brangelina Photo Economics

If and when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie sell their south-of-France wedding pictures to the highest bidder (and then presumably donate the proceeds to charity), it will likely fall short of the haul generated by their biological daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. That’s just one of the intriguing tidbits contained in today’s Daily piece by Michelle Ruiz about the celeb shots currently most coveted by Hollywood paparazzi.

The first photos of Shiloh were sold to People magazine for a staggering $6 million, while pictures taken in Africa that confirmed the couple-status of Jolie and Pitt went for around $1 million. Ruiz estimates that Brangelina wedding day pics will net approximately $2 million:

“That’s going to be the wedding of the century,” Gary Morgan, CEO of Splash photo agency, told Flash of the nuptials. He bets the shots will be closely guarded and sold to the highest bidders in the U.S. and abroad. “They’ll revive the industry — for that week, anyway.”

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Author Admonishes Reporters for Drinking Angelina Kool-Aid

Irene Zutell, who once covered the Hollywood red carpet for People and US Weekly, says this weekend’s Oscars reminded her how deathly dull it is to ask celebrities who they are wearing. The author and CBS game show co-creator says she’s happier than ever to have left the silly, superficial awards show trenches.

But what makes her angry is how her media successors on Sunday celebrated a woman, Angelina Jolie, who in Zutell’s opinion looked like a poster child for anorexia. While many Tweeters and some commentators brought up the point of how skinny the actress looked, the Sunday night red carpet crew did nothing but gush. Writes Zutell on the iVillage site lifegoesstrong.com:

What was more shocking—Angelina Jolie’s frail, sickly appearance or the fact that those covering the event seemed completely oblivious to it? And she was right in front of them. I was watching Angelina on television—which allegedly adds ten pounds to your body. I can only imagine what she looked like up close…

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Hearst’s Present to You: Angelina Jolie

Hearst Magazines is giving you Angelina Jolie. Sort of. The company has announced that on Thursday, January 12 at 8 pm EST, Jolie will be conducting her first live online chat, and — as long as you have a Facebook account — you can talk with her.

The live chat is being brought to the masses via the Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire, GoodHousekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine, Redbook and Woman’s Day brands. Jolie will be fielding questions for 45 minutes, which is a long time. Forty-five minutes of Jolie time is worth like 73 days of average person time.

Before you get too excited, we should note that the chat is supposed to focus on Jolie’s film, “In the Land of Blood & Honey,” and her career. We’re guessing that means asking her what kind of underwear Brad wears will get you banned.

You can register for the chat at the following Hearst sites:

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Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatre To Close

After nearly 20 years in business, the Laemmle Sunset 5 movie theatre is closing its doors. Once the city’s preferred destination for independent cinema, business has faded, and the Laemmle chain now deems it financially prudent to allocate resources elsewhere. From the press release:

A mainstay of the Los Angeles exhibition scene since its opening in 1992, the Sunset 5, was vitally important in launching a wave of new directors. Filmmakers such as Todd Haynes (SAFE), Lisa Cholodenko (HIGH ART), Doug Liman (SWINGERS), Catherine Hardwicke (THIRTEEN), Bryan Singer (THE USUAL SUSPECTS), Todd Solondz (WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE), and Bill Condon (GODS & MONSTERS) saw their films premiere to sell-out crowds at the Sunset.

This fishie recalls seeing a few of those movies at the Sunset 5, not to mention several awesome film festivals and events. It was more than a movie theater, it was a cultural destination, and it’s sad to see it go. It seems likely that the demise of the Sunset 5 was helped along by the closing of once thriving businesses in the same shopping complex, including the Virgin MegaStore and the Wolfgang Puck Cafe.

Subsequently on FishbowlLA:
Robert Redford Rides Into Laemmle’s Sunset 5

Bill Gates Buys Into LA’s Splash News

As Seattle Times business reporter Melissa Allison so aptly puts it today in her article lede about Corbis Images’ acquisition of 21-year-old LA outfit Splash News, Bill Gates now owns a piece of Angelina Jolie. Or at least a piece of her luscious lipped photographic image.

The two biggest consumer photo licensing companies, Corbis and Getty Images, are both now headquartered in Seattle. To a certain extent, the decision by Corbis to purchase Splash for an undisclosed amount is just one more example of the “TMZ-ization” of the media. Per today’s press release:

””We are thrilled to join Corbis and will continue to do what we do best–deliver the authentic, breaking content that connects the media with its audience,” said Splash CEO Gary Morgan. “We look forward to providing our global network of photographers the ability to expand beyond their current reach through Corbis’ global footprint.”

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Celebrities Who Sell The Most Magazines

If you want to sell magazines, we suggest you pray that a Demolition Man sequel gets made and Sandra Bullock needs to kick up some press, because when she’s on the cover, magazines fly off the shelves.

Bullock’s face helped sell 7.4 million magazines last year, the most of any celebrity. Dr. Oz just missed the top spot, coming in at number two by selling seven million.

Some of the other top-selling celebrities include Jake Pavelka from The Bachelor, Angelina Jolie and one of the teenage mothers from MTV’s show Teen Mom (Thanks for speeding up the downfall of society MTV!).

Evan Rachel Wood Employs the Bisexuality PR Strategy

She didn’t invent it, that was Angelina Jolie. And she didn’t base a career on it, that was Tila Tequila. But Evan Rachel Wood has made good use of the bisexuality strategy to gain a bit of media attention. The following remarks in an interview with Esquire were all it took to land her a mention in damn near every publication in the country:

She says she’s feeling free and genuinely happy these days. “I’m up for anything. Meet a nice guy, meet a nice girl…”

This is the third such hint in the conversation, after that androgyny comment and saying she’d “marry” her Mildred Pierce costar Kate Winslet if she could.

You date women?

“Yes,” she says proudly, as if she was waiting to be asked.

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Lady Gaga Moves Magazines

Score one for the bad girls. Women’s Wear Daily notes that the outrageous and overtly sexual Lady Gaga as cover girl made for great magazine sales in 2010, while decidedly vanilla country-pop starlet Taylor Swift stayed on the shelves. Numbers culled by the Audit Bureau of Circulations reveal that covers featuring the innovative pop icon were 2010 bestsellers for Rolling Stone and Cosmopolitan. Gaga’s Vanity Fair issue was the second highest selling of the year, beat out only by superstar Angelina Jolie.

In contrast, Taylor Swift was no friend to print. Reports WWD:

Her April Elle cover was its worst seller of the year through October, with sales running 60,000 less than the average on the newsstand; her November cover for Glamour was the second-worst-selling for the monthly, and her July Marie Claire cover was the third-worst-selling issue for that monthly through October.

To be fair, not all the sales numbers for 2010 are in. Swift graced the December covers of Allure and Entertainment Weekly, and we’ve yet to hear how well those issues sold.

Hat tip Romenesko.

Geena Davis Hosts Second ‘Gender in Media’ Symposium

Everyone is atwitter today about the accidental Tourist honors showered upon Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Tomorrow, at the Skirball Cultural Center, actress Geena Davis – an Oscar winner in 1988 for The Accidental Tourist – will host her second “Gender in Media” symposium.

The invitation-only affair is all part of Davis’ new role as head of her very own non-profit think tank, since 2004. In addition to her keynote address, other lunchtime speakers will include Geraldine Laybourne, Chairman of Alloy Media, and USC Annenberg Associate Professor Dr. Stacy Smith.

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