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Posts Tagged ‘Katie Holmes’

Strange PR Bedfellows: Scientology and The Nation of Islam

You may not have heard about The Church of Scientology opening a new “national affairs office” in Washington, DC’s historic Fraser Mansion last month. Small PR potatoes, right?

We would normally agree–but this week The New Republic published a fascinating story that caught our eye: It would appear that The Church and The Nation of Islam—which may well be our country’s two least favorite native religious groups—have decided to join hands in the interest of faith and public relations. It’s quite bizarre.

Some might say that Scientology is going through a bit of PR crisis right now. After Paul Haggis’s big 2011 New Yorker takedown, the church’s famous PR team seems to have slowed down a bit—they haven’t even truly responded to PT Anderson’s thinly-veiled L. Ron Hubbard film “The Master” or the inflammatory headlines that have appeared on gossip rags in the wake of the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes split.

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TomKat Issues a Joint Statement on the Occasion of Their Divorce Settlement

It’s only been two weeks since our worlds were rocked by the announcement that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were calling their marriage quits and already a settlement has been reached and a statement issued.

“We are committed to working together as parents to accomplishing what is in our daughter Suri’s best interest,” reads the grammatically incorrect statement coming from Amanda Lundberg, Cruise’s PR rep at 42West.

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Katie Holmes Goes Back to BWR

Following the big news of the TomKat divorce, Katie Holmes dropped her publicist at Slate PR and went back to BWR Public Relations, the firm she worked with until shortly after her wedding to Tom Cruise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Holmes has got Leslie Sloane repping her in New York and Nanci Ryder in Los Angeles. Cruise has got Amanda Lundberg at 42West representing him.

By the sound of the news coming out of the early part of these divorce proceedings, they can both use some skilled PR help. Scientology, which has already seen its fair share of bad press, could be an issue here. And there are custody issues.

Katie Holmes and Ann Taylor – A Perfect Combo?

Katie Holmes is the new face of Ann Taylor and members of the media are calling it a good match.

“What you find with her style is that she embraces uniform dressing,” Samantha Yanks, EIC of Gotham and Hamptons magazines tells PopEater.  “It’s a simple formula that she uses: a monochromatic palette made up of pieces that have an elegance and ease to them. That’s the very essence of Ann Taylor. She embodies the brand.”

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