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UK Retailer Sainsbury’s Has Some ’12 Years A Slave’-Inspired Fashions They’d Like To Recommend

sainsbury slaveMovies fall under the category of “entertainment,” but not every movie can be taken lightly. 12 Years a Slave clearly falls in this more serious subcategory.

British retailer Sainsbury’s is selling copies of the Oscar-winning movie on DVD. The store also thought it would be a good idea to do a little cross-promotion. So they set up a mannequin right next to the movie display in a 12 Years a Slave-inspired yoga outfit with cropped pants and a tunic. A Twitter user snapped the photo at right, and we have ourselves a brand new and totally insensitive PR fail.

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A Show Called ‘Selfie’ Is Coming and It’s Probably Going To Be Pretty Bad

selfieWe’re getting all sorts of sneak peeks at the TV shows coming out of the network upfronts. And one that caught our eye was Selfie for three reasons: it stars John Cho; he plays a marketing expert; and it looks like it’s going to be bad.

A play on My Fair Lady, the show is about a narcissistic selfie-taker named Eliza (Karen Gillan from Dr. Who) who wants to be remade, Pygmalion style, into a better person with some help from Cho (Henry Higgins). Sounds like the plot of a TV movie rather than a whole series because at some point the transformation will be complete right? But the trailer tells us that our protagonist is in such a bad way that simple things, like the common courtesy of knowing the name of a woman that you pass at the office every day, need to be relearned.

A million sighs. Really, I need John Cho to win. He was an excellent Sulu in Star Trek and though he has a recurring role on Sleepy Hollow, he’s kind of dead on that show. (If you watch the show, you know what we mean.) But we’re afraid this is not the vehicle for winning.

Moreover, a marketing specialist can do a lot of things, but they’re not magicians.

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In Case You’re Wondering Why Your Twitter Feed Has Turned Into the #DarkestTimeline…

childish gambino communityIt was announced today that the NBC comedy Community has been cancelled after five seasons. The #darkesttimeline is a reference to a tagline that ended an episode of the show in season three.

Cast members have taken to Twitter one after another to thank fans and make the announcement about the show. The fans themselves have also added #RIPCommunity and #SixSeasonsAndAMovie to the list of associated hashtags.

Mashable says the show producer, Sony Pictures TV, can try and pitch the show to places like Netflix and Hulu.

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Twitter Getting Tons Of Free PR from Jon Favreau’s New Movie ‘Chef’

chef movieJon Favreau, the man behind blockbusters like Iron Man, has a non-CGI’d movie coming to theaters today. But it’s not completely devoid of technology.

Favreau is the Chef of the title. He quits his job at a Los Angeles restaurant and opens a food truck with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) and his friend (John Leguizamo). Along the way, he goes off on a food critic via Twitter, which leads to a confrontation that goes viral. And Favreau’s son in the movie also uses Twitter to help build his new food truck business.

Besides all the references to social platform, there’s also a special visual when Twitter is used.

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HGTV Ditches Plans For New Program After Website Reveals Hosts Are Anti-Everything

benham brosPerhaps hoping to avoid a Duck Dynasty controversy remix, HGTV has decided to dump its plans for a new show hosted by twin brothers David and Jason Benham after a news story revealed anti-gay, anti-Muslim and anti-choice statements.

The series was to be called Flip It Forward. The Benhams were going to help families buy a fixer-upper home and give it a redesign with a little bit of sibling rivalry tossed in for good measure. The show was announced last month.

However, the network got wind of a story that appeared on Right Wing Watch revealing that “at least one of the Benhams” is “a dedicated right-wing activist in the mold of his father, Flip Benham, who has headed the abortion-clinic protest group Operation Save America ever since it split from the militant anti-choice group Operation Rescue.”

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‘Spider-Man’ Spins a Web of Feel Good to Go With Your Summer Movie Blockbuster

spider man be amazingThe latest installment in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is opening in the US in a few days. So of course the cast has been traveling around the world promoting the summer blockbuster, appearing on TV talk shows and red carpets across the globe. In addition to the traditional movie promo stuff, there’s the “Be Amazing” campaign where the cast — Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx — travel to various locations doing volunteer work and taking snapshots with young fans.

The film’s “Be Amazing” Pinterest board is filled with photos of the cast hanging out with kids, drawing murals and generally having a good time. Then you get this sort of publicity – a world famous actor photographed with children who love the superhero character he plays, getting a chance to dress in a cute costume and live out a little fantasy.

It all makes you wonder why more of the summer popcorn movies haven’t tried to add a philanthropic component to the premiere world tour. Or maybe they have and we just haven’t heard too much about it? If it’s the latter that’s both a shame and a missed opportunity.

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How Should HBO Respond to ‘Game of Thrones’ Controversy? Sunday night’s episode of “Game of Thrones” aired, the internet has been abuzz with controversy over a decidedly disturbing scene that played out very differently in the show than it did in the books; what was written as an instance of consensual (yet creepy) sex played out on screen as an incredibly difficult-to-watch depiction of rape.

While many fans were angry that a character endowed with his own (strange) brand of honor had been re-written as capable of committing such a heinous, unforgivable act against a person he loves — and some wondered why the showrunners felt the need to make an already-disturbing scene so much more violent — all of this this would normally be a question of artistic license and therefore not discussed on a PR blog.

However, comments made by the show’s director Alex Graves have — if unintentionally — shifted the discussion from a touchy one about creative decision-making to a deeply serious one about our culture’s struggle with the definition and recognition of what rape actually is.

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Oxygen’s New Lineup Is Tailored for the Young, Multicultural Female Viewer

chasing mariaOxygen, a network that has always geared its programming towards female viewers, is now going to zero in even more closely on the millennial, multicultural woman with new shows that include a nail art competition, Nail’d It!, that will culminate in a $100,000 prize; Sisterhood of Hip Hop, a reality show revolving around five female hip hop artists in the making; and Living Different, a show that will focus on women living “alternative” lifestyles.

At the network’s upfront, Frances Berwick, president of Bravo and Oxygen Media, said, “African-American and Hispanic and Asian-American and white” women are longing to see themselves better “reflected” on television. This lineup seeks to fulfill that viewer wish.

But more than that, Oxygen is trying to make a statement about its brand. Unlike other reality shows — like those on Vh1 and the shows that are part of the Real Housewives franchise — these shows focus on a more positive outlook on female relationships. So we should expect a lot less shrieking, backstabbing, and finger pointing for a change of pace.

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Brands, Political Interests Tweeted the ‘Mad Men’ Premiere With Varying Degrees of Success

petco mad menSo how good was it to see Mad Men back on the screen? And Neve Campbell for that matter?

Knowing that this was going to take over Sunday night television, brands went all out in their attempts to get clever on Twitter for the premiere. We’ll start with the strange: Petco, the pet supply store, got in on the action with tweet above. Glad Men? More like:

confused dog

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WATCH: Netflix Goes to Prom, Proves Being a ‘Third Wheel’ Can be Epic

Call me old fashioned, but there’s just something totally un-romantic about propositioning a potential prom date via Twitter. That is, unless you’re courting a major company, not a classmate.

Seventeen-year-old Muthana Sweis, a student at Marist High School in Chicago, sent out the following tweet in January:

Hey @netflix if this gets 1,000 retweets will you go to my junior prom with me?— Muthana Sweis (@muthanasweis) January 30, 2014

In an appropriately-gushing response, Netflix accepted, tweeting:

We said yes! We’re third wheeling to #Prom2014 with @muthanasweis and his date:— Netflix US (@netflix) March 28, 2014

So how exactly does Netlix “third wheel” it to prom? Well, for one thing, by providing some serious wheels.

Sweis got to choose between a few different TV-themed rides, and ended up selecting a classic ’50s Buick from “Grease” and a chauffeur dressed as John Travolta’s character, Danny. Oh, and for good measure, he also got wear a James Bond-esque tux. Read more