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Rebel Without a Handle: James Dean’s Estate Sues Twitter


He wouldn’t say that if he knew what the hell a Klout score was

Fan pages are no stranger to social media. It’s usually some rabid celebrity stalker aficionado who believes that the actual person doesn’t do a good job of getting in touch with his or her fans, so up blossoms a ‘fan page.’ The odd thing is that the owner therein tends to believe his or her own celebristudpidity, becomes slightly outspoken and starts searching for paparazzi.

To wit, James Dean has a Twitter handle. As in the teen misanthrope star of Giant, East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause who died in 1955. That James Dean has a Twitter handle. And now there’s a lawsuit…

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DMX Promises to Whoop Up on George Zimmerman (Up in Here, Up in Here)

dmx zimmermanAs we have learned in the media, George Zimmerman wants to be famous. He goes all Wild Wild West on an 18-year-old boy with a hoodie. Then, he gets busted for having a leadfoot in Florida. Later, he beats his wife. It’s easy to tell how classy this guy is.

The dude is probably looking for a reality show to keep his name in the spotlight. He’s about to get his chance (and the rest of America might just tune in to see him get his come-uppins).

Today—ironically on Travyon Martin’s birthday—it was announced that George Zimmerman will take part in a boxing match with rapper DMX.

Oh hells yeah! 

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The ‘Man on the Moon’ is Still Alive, According to ‘His Daughter’

Used (to prove my point) from "Life in the Funhouse: The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman"

Used (to prove my point) from “Lost in the Funhouse: The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman”

Hollywood truly is “Hollyweird.” So, if you’re a publicist, fasten your seat belts for this outer atmosphere story. In case you didn’t get the 70s, 80s…hell, even the 90s reference, the “Man on the Moon” refers to the 1999 biopic about the offbeat, kooky and late Andy Kaufman.

The guy was a certified nut. We’re talking suit him for a padded room, nut. Nonetheless, thanks to his erratic schtick on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in the 70s and more famously, his “acting” on the  legendary TV sitcom “Taxi” (TRIVIA: The great Bob James wrote the iconic intro song to that show called “Angela,” jazz lovers.) Even pro wrestling fans know this guy when Jerry Lawler put his stamp on Kaufman’s career by giving him a “piledriver,” landing Andy flat on his noggin and sent his odd duck tail straight to the ER.

So, he died in 1984 of lung cancer. Another SNL guy bites the dust too soon. That is, until this report from FOX News came out today creating “WTF” thought bubbles among the many who loved that show.

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Pitch Your Food Clients to VegNews

VegNewsThe pages of VegNews go beyond recipes. The mag started out as a humble freebie newspaper, but as vegan culture went more mainstream, so did the pub, which will cover any and all things related to the vegan life. After all, its tagline is: “think, eat, thrive.” Publicists can land a pitch in the pages of this mag by tailoring it to the vegan set.

“We’re always interested in new foods, beauty care or even pet or home care,” said editorial director Elizabeth Castoria. So the product review section is wide open for publicists’ pitches. Vegan personalities and celebrities are also wanted. “We definitely like, kind of, breaking the story that such-and-such celebrity is vegan,” she explained.

Get editor contact info and details on the best times for PR pitching in How To Pitch: VegNews. [subscription required]

Random Guy Earns Celebrity Treatment

Today in It Actually Could Be You News: Some guy named Brett Cohen (who turns out to be a comedian and “web radio host”, surprise surprise) managed to pull a prank on Times Square tourists by convincing them that he was some kind of celebrity and recording their thoroughly embarrassing reactions with the obvious intention of creating a viral video…and we fell for it. The resulting 4:25 is worth a glance:

OK, we feel like we’re missing some crucial details from this story (and we can only hope that most of these victims were very drunk): Read more