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George Clooney Doesn’t Tweet Because He Likes to Drink

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Today our sister site AllTwitter revealed a not-so-surprising secret: certain super-famous people don’t like to tweet because they do like to drink.

Well, that’s the way George Clooney put it, at least. In a recent Variety interview about his new movie The Monuments Men, he explained why prominent actors like himself, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt don’t appear on Twitter:

“Just because, I like to have a drink at night. I could easily say something stupid, and I also don’t think you need to be that available. I don’t see Matt [Damon] or Brad [Pitt] or myself wanting to get our thoughts out in a 140-character-thing at 3 in the morning.

God forbid you take a sleeping pill and wake up and the sentences don’t even make sense. What a horrible idea.”

We like the way he thinks. As big charity guys, he and his friends could just pull a Leonard DiCaprio and tweet about all their non-profit/environmental endeavors. But that would be pretty boring, wouldn’t it?

We still have to agree with Dick Costolo, though: get Tina Fey and Amy Poehler or GTFO. Let’s throw Angelina Jolie in there too, because there’s no way this account is real (too many emojis).

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Cancer Charity Raises Over 300% of Goal Just by Sending Brad Pitt an Open Letter

A letter to Brad PittCelebrity endorsements are the bread and butter of no-brainer marketing–whether an organization is trying to sell sneakers or stop poverty, a famous face’s stamp of approval can go a long way to getting the public to do, buy, or donate to something. But what’s a small charity to do when they want the power of a major endorsement, but haven’t the money or clout to get it?

They get creative.

A fundraising move by Stop Darmkanker, a Belgian nonprofit dedicated to ending colon cancer, has both proven the power of celebrity (even when that celebrity isn’t actually involved) and finally answered old Will’s famous question, “What’s in a name?”

If that name happens to be “Brad Pitt,” the answer is: the ability to help an organization you’re not even involved with meet its fundraising goal…and then triple it. 314%, to be exact. 

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Benjamin Moore Paints and Brad Pitt’s ‘Make It Right’ Launch ‘Main Street Matters’ Campaign

Having worked many summers with my painting contractor father, I’ve seen firsthand the transformative effect something as simple as a new coat of paint can have on a place — the change is sometimes so drastic and multifaceted that one could swear they’re holding a magic wand rather than a paint brush.

Now, Benjamin Moore Paints is partnering with Brad Pitt‘s charitable organization Make it Right to use the transformative power of paint to revitalize the Main Streets of America. The campaign asks consumers around the country to vote online for which 20 Main Streets should be renewed of the more than 100 North American cities nominated at www.paintwhatmatters.com.

Along with Make It Right, Benjamin Moore is partnering with local Benjamin Moore dealers, local municipalities, small businesses, and local Chambers of Commerce to get the effort underway. The paint company itself will provide the paint and supplies needed, and its color experts will consult on the best choices to enhance the architectural style, regional influences and historic references in each community. The company will also be hiring local professional painters, many of them members of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, further supporting local business. 

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Men’s Fashion Finesse on the Event Stage

Awards shows aren’t the only venues where one can make a fashion statement. While conferences don’t feature red carpet entrances, the corporate event stage still represents a prime occasion for speakers to display their sense of style.

With more attention being paid to female executives’ wardrobes, our focus today is on their male counterparts. A recent New York Times article pointed to the rise in men’s fitted suits, but colorful accessories or footwear can also attract notice. Nowadays, almost anything to draw the audience’s gaze towards the stage instead of their mobile devices amounts to a good strategy.

We’ve compiled six examples based on New York-based events we’ve covered this year at which some element of the presenters’ attire was as buzzworthy as their performances.

Well Suited: Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane (left) sported a gray suit during an Internet Week talk in June. We couldn’t help but think that since Brad Pitt portrayed him in the movie Moneyball, he’s always got to look his best in public (though the actor himself seems to have stopped trying).

Pumpkin Power: Nothing conveys leadership like a bright crewneck sweater, since hoodies now are cliché. That must have been Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt’s view when he wore an orange pullover to an October appearance at the 92Y. As his interviewer, Kara Swisher, remarked, “By the way, I’ve got to tell you that you rock in that pumpkin [colored] sweater!”

In Mufti: Former (and perhaps future) TV show host/sportscaster Keith Olbermann wore blue sneakers to an April evening event at the Paley Center for Media. Sneakers were a smart choice that day, since he filed a lawsuit against Current TV, his former employer, then attended a New York Mets game and appeared later at the Paley Center. When you’re so busy, you need comfortable footwear.

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SNL Spoofs Those Awful Brad Pitt Chanel Spots

When we first saw the newest Chanel No. 5 ads featuring Brad Pitt, we wondered exactly how the stream of pretentious nonsense spouted by the iconic actor would inspire perfume sales — for us, it mostly inspired laughter. We’re not the only ones; SNL tackled the faux-philosophical spots this weekend, with Taran Killam taking the lead as an equally scruffy–and only slightly more affected–Pitt.

While SNL did several skits skewering the ads (including fake commercials hawking everything from Taco Bell to canine condoms), we think Killam’s first run, a direct hit at the Chanel spot, was his best. By the end of the video, Killam’s pontificating monologue has devolved into nonsensical drivel that’s just mildly more insufferable than the original.

At least everyone seems to agree that these spots shouldn’t be winning any awards this season (unless Ad Week does its own version of the Razzies):

What the Hell is Brad Pitt Talking About?

We guess we should applaud Chanel for being bold enough to choose a male face for its iconic No. 5 perfume, though we will venture that Brad Pitt was hardly the riskiest choice. We always imagined his favorite scent to be some enticing combination of stale cigarettes and marijuana, but who are we to say?

On watching Mr. Jolie’s first spot for Chanel, we share a common response: What the hell is he talking about? And how will this string of cosmic nonsense inspire more people to buy Chanel?

Well, that was…pretentious. We can only assume that the “it” he mentions is life, the universe and everything. Double rainbow, man. Unfortunately, the second spot released today is no better: Read more

Brad Pitt Wishes He Hadn’t Said A Darn Thing About the 90s

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Brad Pitt has been out and about promoting his new film Moneyball, which was many years in the making and is already getting some positive response from the critics.

But if you really think about it, how often do you hear from Brad Pitt? You see his picture all the time, in red carpet events or paparazzi photos as he travels about with Angelina and the kids. Maybe he’ll talk about his charity work or, like now, a new film. So doesn’t it suck that when he finally does open his mouth, he spends the rest of his Moneyball promo tour explaining that he really didn’t mean anything bad with that comment about the 90s and his marriage to Jennifer Aniston?

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‘Tree of Life’ Proposes a New Take On the Summer Movie

The summer blockbuster season is officially upon us, kicking off this weekend with a lineup of typical popcorn-fueled crowd-pleasers: The Hangover Part II, Kung Fu Panda 2, and…  The Tree of Life.

Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, the Palme d’Or winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, doesn’t sound like the usual summer movie fodder — and it doesn’t look like it, either, even though it’s got dinosaurs. But the timing of its release is central to Tree‘s marketing strategy, part of distributor Fox Searchlight‘s effort to position it as “a different kind of summer event.”

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Kirsten Dunst Prevails at Cannes Despite Her Director’s Best Efforts

In case you hadn’t heard, there was a major scandale (that’s “scandal” in French) last week at the Cannes Film Festival over statements made by director and provocateur Lars von Trier. To recap: during a press conference for his film Melancholia, von Trier went off on a twisted, tangled, painful tangent and said he was a Nazi. He later apologized for the statement, but the Cannes folks banned him from the event and declared him “persona non grata.”

Despite that craziness, Kirsten Dunst walked away with the best actress award for her role in the film this weekend. She thanked the Cannes jury for still considering the film and thanked von Trier for the part. But perhaps just as much, Dunst may be remembered for her reaction to von Trier’s comments during the now-famous press conference.

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