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Kim Jong Un Officially Condemns Seth Rogen and James Franco’s New Film

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We can’t say we’re surprised that North Korea’s Supreme Leader is unamused by a film about his own assassination (we’re pretty sure even the US wouldn’t terribly appreciate a foreign country making a comedy about our president’s demise), but we do think Kim Jong Un‘s official condemnation of “The Interview” might be the best advertising the movie could ask for. What that says about the state of politics in our sick, sad world or what it says about our society’s need to “laugh so we don’t cry” is a post for a different sort of blog.

The plot of the new comedy follows Seth Rogen and James Franco as the less-than-dynamic duo attempts to take out North Korea’s infamous leader. In an interview with The Telegraph, Kim Myong-chol, executive director of The Centre for North Korea-US Peace and an unofficial spokesman for the country’s political regime, makes it quite clear that North Korea is not laughing.

“There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society…A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine…And let us not forget who killed [President John F.] Kennedy – Americans.

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Presentation Writing: Design and DeliveryLearn how to use storytelling techniques and visual content to create and deliver successful pitches and presentations! Starting August 6, Amanda Pacitti, the manager of learning at Time Inc., will teach you the best practices for presentations, from using software like Prezi and Powerpoint, to writing your script, and using images, audio, and video to drive your points. Register now! 

James Franco’s Publicity Campaign Urges Oscar Voters to ‘Consider This Sh*t’

Hollywood publicists are coming up with new and innovative ways to push their clients’s projects during awards season, aren’t they? We find it interesting to consider the fact that some in the industry work as “Oscar publicists” pushing clients’ movies to Academy voters six months a year—and that star PR man Warren Cowan claimed to have created the Oscar campaign in 1946 when he pitched The Los Angeles Times to support Joan Crawford for best actress.

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What Will Eddie Murphy Bring to the Oscars?

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The announcement that Eddie Murphy will be hosting the 84th Academy Awards doesn’t resolve any questions about what the broadcast will be like.

EW.com wonders whether it’s the wild or tame Murphy that will show up on Oscar night. In part, that has to do with what the Oscars has planned. Last year, the Oscars targeted the younger folks with hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco, which seemed interesting. But most people thought the show was boring and the hosts were terrible (Hathaway too enthusiastic and Franco not nearly enthusiastic enough). In part, they succumbed to the cheesy material they were given.

As anyone who has planned an event with an emcee knows, it’s hard to tell what exactly will happen onstage until the night of when it’s too late to do much about any host mishaps.

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CMO Club CEO Discusses Oscar Value

Melissa Leo accepting her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in 'The Fighter.' Photo: AP, Terrill

As Oscar hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco mentioned during the (boring) telecast of this year’s ceremony, winning the coveted award can bring an actor prestige. It can also bring cold-hard cash.

We did an e-mail Q&A with Pete Kranik CEO of The CMO Club who talks about the dollars and cents of winning an Oscar, as well as the brand value it brings. Read on after the jump.

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If the Oscars Were a Disaster, Who Takes the Hit?

With few exceptions, the Oscar awards broadcast gets the big ol’ thumbs down with a  side of the gas face. Actually, I thought James Franco and Anne Hathaway did the best they could with limited material provided by the Oscar folks. Above is a clip of the hosts doing their best Grease, which was cut from the broadcast (via the LA Times ).

From a reputation standpoint, does anyone get hurt by the negative reviews?

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PRNewser Recap: What You Missed Over the Past Couple of Weeks

If you were on vacation or delayed by the snow (we got three extra cold days in St. Augustine, FL) then you may have missed some of the news that brought 2010 to a close. Here’s a quick recap.

Vajacials made it on a “hot in 2011″ list.

We talked with Wagner/Junker Agency  principle Jeff Wagner about Wigibuy and with Thrillist’s Ben Lerer.

PR execs turned up on the New York Observer‘s Power 150 List.

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan stayed on message when asked about some foot fetish videos.

James Franco‘s grandma proved she’s one tough cookie.

The industry responded to a harsh Economist article.

Reader’s Digest announced the launch of BEST YOU.

James Franco’s Granny Can Hack It. Can You?

The squeamish have steered clear of James Franco‘s latest film 127 Hours, about the stranded hiker Aron Ralston who was forced to chop off his own arm. According to the Daily Mail, some have even passed out during the infamous scene.

Now there’s the “I Kept My Eyes Open for 127 Hours” campaign, which features a website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed dedicated to the celebration of those who watched the movie from beginning to end and enjoyed it (bone crunching aside).

Below, Franco’s grandma shows her mettle. Warning: If you’re at work, you might want to turn down the volume.