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Hollywood Stars and Advocacy Groups Tell the NSA: ‘Stop Watching Us’

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a civil liberties organization that has scheduled a protest tomorrow in Washington, D.C. over the National Security Administration’s data collection (aka “spying”) activities.

We’re interested primarily because we don’t know that we’ve ever heard of a cause that somehow managed to unite not just Maggie Gyllenhaal, John Cusack, the ACLU and Upworthy founder Eli Pariser but a whole slew of hyper-partisan political groups ranging from the left wing Demand Progress to the right-wing Freedom Works and the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute. It’s a pretty impressive list.

The EFF even managed to snag Ben & Jerry’s. We can’t imagine parent company Unilever approves, but at least the after-party will be delicious.

We’re not sure what the protest will accomplish, exactly, but it’s a testament to the organizational powers of the people involved. It also reminds us that you really can engage thousands of people if you’re “marketing” a cause they believe in.

Also: it’s good to see Wil Wheaton again, because Next Generation was obviously the best Star Trek series. No debate.

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‘The Paperboy’ Promoters Can’t Handle Bad Press

Today in Incestuous PR Fail News: DC-based media relations company PR Collaborative invited Eddie Scarry of our sister blog FishbowlDC to a screening of the neo-noir film The Paperboy—and he didn’t much care for it!

The film, directed by controversial Precious mastermind Lee Daniels and starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron (?), received a bit of press earlier this summer for featuring a scene in which Kidman’s character pees on the High School Musical star in order to relieve his allergic reaction to a jellyfish sting—not weird at all, right?

Anyway, Scarry did not pull any punches in calling the film “the nastiest, crudest, most disturbing move we’ve seen this year” and listing seven (mostly negative) points that viewers should consider before they decide whether to pay to see it.

Yes, we must say that the post was Brian Williams-level catty—and PR Collaborative did not like it one bit!

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