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Posts Tagged ‘Meryl Streep’

‘Bill of Reproductive Rights’ Petition Has A-List Promoters

The “pro-choice”/”pro-life” argument is not a new one by any means–it’s been a divisive social and political issue for decades. But over the past several months, the subject of reproductive rights has become the hot button domestic issue, thanks in large part to some major political clashes on the subject (does an all-male panel on women’s reproductive rights ring a bell?).

Now, with election day only weeks away, debate over the issue(s) is more heated than ever. In the midst of aggressive campaigns, grassroots efforts, vehement blog posts, and angry protests from both sides, The Center for Reproductive Rights, a global legal advocacy organization, has launched a new campaign in the form of an A-list-celebrity-backed petition.

The campaign, titled “Draw The Line,” launched on Tuesday, and it asks American voters to sign a “Bill of Reproductive Rights” in support of legal and readily available access to contraception, abortion, and other reproductive health services. Some of the big Hollywood names involved include Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, Amy Poehler, Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Silverman, Billy Crudup, and Caroline Kennedy.

The online petition reads as follows: Read more

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RIP Lois Smith, ‘Publicist to the Stars’

The lights of Broadway shine a little less brightly today after the death of Lois Smith, a star publicist colloquially known as “Earth Mother” whose “strong, steady hands” helped shape the careers of some of the 20th century’s biggest names on stage and screen.

Smith died of a brain hemorrhage after falling down a staircase in Maine; Cindi Berger, current CEO of PMK*BNC—a company originally started by Smith—confirmed her passing on Sunday. She was 85. A very brief list of former clients gives you some idea about the extent of her influence:

  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Robert Redford
  • Meryl Streep
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Warren Beatty
  • Whitney Houston

Lois Smith was a trailblazer who brought big changes to a business dominated by men. In 1969, she co-founded the all-star PR agency PickWick, which later merged with Maslansky/Koenigsberg and then joined BNC in 2009 to form the firm that we know today as PMK*BNC. Between those two dates, she had a hand in organizing and promoting some of the biggest movies ever made; in short, she all but created the modern-day entertainment PR industry.

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Happy 100th Birthday, Julia Child

In case you hadn’t heard, Julia Child–longtime chef, TV fixture and inspiration to every single domestic media goddess who followed in her footsteps (including Martha Stewart and, yes, even Rachael Ray) would have turned 100 this week.

Most of us were too young to watch her in her prime, but she remained active until the ripe young age of 90, and today she stands as a perfect example of one woman who transformed her passion into an enduring brand–Mastering the Art of French Cooking remains a bestseller today, and we don’t think Meryl Streep can take all the credit. Everyone—including the White House’s executive pastry chef—seems to have taken a moment this week to weigh in on the woman who changed not just French cuisine but the art of cooking in general.

Grub Street collects some of the better remembrances here, and this auto-tuned PBS “remix” must be seen to be believed (we can’t quite decide if this is a good thing). As the woman herself said, “Everything in moderation…including moderation.”

Museum of Modern Art Sees Movie Premieres As PR Opportunity

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[Tim Burton premiere photo by Michael Locasiano 2009.]

This post was written by Nancy Lazarus, consultant and new contributor to PRNewser.

New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has become a venue of choice for movie premieres and benefits in recent years. Rolling out the red carpet is a major transformation for the museum, whose prior events had been limited to staid black tie affairs for their art exhibit openings.

That changed after the museum’s renovation, when they hired new staff to oversee special programming and events. The museum’s communications, special programming and events staff spoke at PRSA New York’s panel on experiential marketing and buzz-worthy events held at MoMA on Thursday evening.

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Longtime PR Maven Lois Smith On Real Time Web: ‘I’m So Glad I’m Not Doing Publicity Now’

Boston University newspaper BU Today profiled retired celebrity publicist Lois Smith in an interview published today. Smith’s career includes work with A-listers Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Whitney Houston and Martin Scorsese.

She also launched legendary Hollywood firm PMK/HBH with Pat Kingsley. PMK recently experienced a shake-out in conjunction with its merger with agency BNC.

Smith tells the paper that she’s happy to be out of the PR game:

With Web sites like Perez Hilton, and Twitter and more gossip magazines than ever, how do you think things have changed for a publicist?

Oh please – I’m so glad I’m not doing publicity now. Between celebrity magazines and Web sites, there’s so much out there to be filled up, so much information that has to be put out there simply because those publications exist. First of all, whatever you’re pushing, it becomes a story 30 seconds after you put it out there. I don’t care about hearing so much information minute by minute. People are desperate to fill the space they’ve got; they’ll print anything, go with anything, pursue rumors, and even create them. It’s not what I call publicity.

Read the full interview here.

[Via: Romenesko]