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Team @MileyOfficial Includes Long Island Teen

Most of Amy Kaufman‘s weekend LA Times feature is about LaQuishe “Q” Wright, a Texas-based social media manager whose celebrity clientele includes Channing Tatum, Paul Walker and Zac Efron. Wright started a fan site dedicated to Tatum in 2006 and that eventually led to a personal, on-set meeting.

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But we were even more fascinated by the tail-end of Kaufman’s piece. When she ropes in another startling Twitter-fan-to-manager success story:

When [Miley] Cyrus noticed a particularly popular Twitter fan account popping up in her feed, she sent a direct message to the person behind it — Olivia Rudensky, a 17-year-old from Long Island. Soon, the high school senior was having lunch with Cyrus’ mother, Tish, sharing tips on how she should announce her new single and get it to start trending on Twitter.

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WEHOville.com Publisher Puts Himself Out There with ‘Ask a Gay’

Take my column, please. That has pretty much been the approach espoused by WEHOville.com publisher Henry “Hank” Scott with his weekly column “Ask a Gay.”

Patterned after OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano‘s “¡Ask a Mexican!,” Scott’s tongue-in-cheek responses to emailed questions from readers are a bold and brash attempt to connect with a major part of the WeHo constituency. Is it working? We’re not sure, but the format certainly has fun leapfrogging over usual letter-from-the-publisher boundaries. Here for example is how Scott began a recent response to a woman asking whether celebrities still need today to worry about staying in the closet:

So you’re asking me if Tom Cruise is gay? Don’t know. Haven’t slept with him. And seriously, he’s so not my type (I like ‘em edgy and have a thing for shaved heads)…

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Will CAA Drop Every Client Over 35? Industry Nexus Has the Scoop

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Industry Nexus has a real treasure in Mali Perl. Pearl has somehow found out what other aging clients are getting the axe, ala Ed Limato and his stable of geriatrics. The juice:

From: Bryan Lourd and Rick Nicita
To: All CAA Staff
Re: New Direction

In light of the change that’s sweeping the industry, CAA, as always, takes the lead. We embrace the generational shift taking place and will be moving away from older clients to focus on a younger client base that reflects the tastes of today’s audience. We are amicably parting ways with several longtime clients including Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins, Sally Field, Annette Bening, Robin Williams, Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, and Robert De Niro. We are proud of the role CAA has played in helping these great stars of yesterday pave the way for great stars of tomorrow like Mischa Barton, Jessica Simpson, Rachel Bilson, Zach Braff, Zac Efron, and Sanjaya. We wish them all the best during their golden years and hope to visit them soon at the Motion Picture Home.

Disney’s “High School” Sweetheart Headed Straight to Bank

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It may be summer but no matter what age range you fall in, it’s hard to escape high school right about now…”High School Musical,” that is. The Disney cultural phenomenon and its bright-eyed cast are everywhere lately from morning television and magazine covers to gossip blogs and radio stations.

It’s all in preparation for Friday’s television premiere of “High School Musical 2.” But before the sing-and-dance spectacle debuts on the small-screen, the Los Angeles Times today took a look at the business impact and profit buzz the tween dream has on Disney.

The story says the studio shelled out $7 million to make the telefilm, up from $4.2 million for the first installment. A small price to pay considering both musicals are expected to generate approximately $100 million in operating profit, reports Times reporter Dawn C. Chmielewski, from its ancillary offerings including the touring show, DVD sales and merchandise.

But, like every high school student who knows their diploma is in the envelope come graduation day, Disney execs are still nervous until the show actually crosses the stage. “That teenage audience is extremely fickle,” veteran media analyst Larry Gerbrandt told LAT. “And they also have this nasty habit of growing up. You have to be able to keep drawing in a younger audience.”

That should be a slam dunk and expect to see record-breaking numbers over the weekend for the big premiere. The only ones who should be nervous are the young stars – Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgins, Ashley Tisdale and Corbin Bleu. They’re gonna have to grow up soon and attempt that oh-so-elusive crossover from tween star to adult artist. One of them should get Hilary Duff on speed dial.
– CHRIS GARDNER

Media Events 7.12.07

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Thursday 07.12.07
WHAT: Reception for photographers Chen Wei and Jin Shan, coinciding with the Downtown Art Walk
WHO: South Chinese multimedia artists Chen Wei and Jin Shan, who are enjoying their first U.S. exhibition.
WHEN: 6 p.m.
WHERE: Morono Kiang Gallery
WHY: Their photography will blow you away. And, really, China needs some good press right now.

FRIDAY 07.13.07
WHAT: “Open Casket Call” for FOX Reality series The Search For The Next Elvira
WHO: The actual (and presumably ancient) Elvira, Robert Englund (Freddy Kruger), and you. In drag.
WHEN: 3 p.m.
WHERE: Queen Mary
WHY: Actually, we’re asking the same question.

FRIDAY 07.13.07
WHAT: Rock concert
WHO: The fantastic, and previously independent L.A. rock band, The 88, which just signed on to Def Jam Records
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Troubadour
WHY: Because after the Decemberists, we’ve started to believe you can sign on to a big label and still not suck.

SATURDAY 07.14.07
WHAT: Hairspray jewelry collection launch at Kitson
WHO: Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Elijah Kelley, Nikki blonsky, Ashley Tisdale, Monique Coleman, Lauren Storm, Kristy Frank and others (but not, we fear, Travolta)
WHEN: 2 p.m.
WHERE: Kitson
WHY: They’ll have free Dippin’Dots ice cream and prizes. The actors will also sign limited edition packs containing wristbands, soundtracks and two jewelry pieces. (Tip: Lines are expected to start at 7 a.m.)