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George Clooney Doesn’t Tweet Because He Likes to Drink

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Today our sister site AllTwitter revealed a not-so-surprising secret: certain super-famous people don’t like to tweet because they do like to drink.

Well, that’s the way George Clooney put it, at least. In a recent Variety interview about his new movie The Monuments Men, he explained why prominent actors like himself, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt don’t appear on Twitter:

“Just because, I like to have a drink at night. I could easily say something stupid, and I also don’t think you need to be that available. I don’t see Matt [Damon] or Brad [Pitt] or myself wanting to get our thoughts out in a 140-character-thing at 3 in the morning.

God forbid you take a sleeping pill and wake up and the sentences don’t even make sense. What a horrible idea.”

We like the way he thinks. As big charity guys, he and his friends could just pull a Leonard DiCaprio and tweet about all their non-profit/environmental endeavors. But that would be pretty boring, wouldn’t it?

We still have to agree with Dick Costolo, though: get Tina Fey and Amy Poehler or GTFO. Let’s throw Angelina Jolie in there too, because there’s no way this account is real (too many emojis).

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The Golden Globes: a Not-So-Beautiful ‘Mess’

Well, Tina was right about one thing: it was messy. The things we’ll remember from last night’s Golden Globes, ranked from least to most surprising:

  • Everyone was drunk (and everyone who wasn’t was pregnant)
  • Breaking Bad won best show, obvs
  • 12 Years a Slave won best drama, obvs
  • Jennifer Lawrence won best supporting actress (obvs again, but someone should have nominated Amy Adamswardrobe malfunction-free V-necks)
  • Bono is NOT the biggest Diddy fan:

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Amy Poehler Didn’t Seem to Enjoy Her Hollywood Reporter Interview

shutterstock_123075118Disclaimer: we love Amy Poehler. Love her.

We also understand why celebrities generally don’t care to answer certain questions that we might call “leading”, which is the Old Media word for “trolling.”

That said, she seemed a little uncomfortable during this Hollywood Reporter interview about Sunday’s Golden Globes, leaving most of the heavy lifting to Tina Fey.

Some of her less amused responses to writer Marisa Guthrie after the jump:

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Accepts Emmy Award with ‘Faux PR Rep’ Tony Hale

We’re not quite sure how Julia Louis-Dreyfus beat Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to win two consecutive best actress Emmy awards for Veep, but her acceptance speech last night was pretty good. We mostly like the fact that she and Tony Hale stayed in character as a public figure and her “faux public relations rep“, who has to remind her to tell the viewers at home just much she loves her family.

We can see why Dreyfus chose not to repeat last year’s “Amy totally deserved this” bit, though: it obviously didn’t work last time. (Watching co-star Anna Chlumsky text during the speech is a nice finishing touch.)

Hit the Refresh Button with Five Tips and Tools to Stay Cool

“Baked in” is a popular media technology phrase, but with the latest heat wave, humans are the ones baking. This week it’s high time to share a few pointers for shaking off the extreme heat. The items here involve travel, cocktails, apps, celebrities and sandals, but for a change of pace, no celebrity scandals.

1.Visit the minus5° Ice Bar in New York and Las Vegas: The hotel brand that’s eliminating traditional room service, Hilton, just adopted a more novel option– an icy venue where it’s minus 5 degrees centigrade (or 23 degrees Fahrenheit). While igloo hotels in wintry places have long been popular, selected hotels (New York’s Hilton midtown and Las Vegas’ Monte Carlo and Mandalay Bay casino resorts), adopted the concept for cocktails. At minus5°, sculptures, furniture and glasses are all made of ice. This entertaining retreat charges a cover and lends guests insulated parkas and gloves.

2.Watch a rerun of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – Canada episode: Another place one needs warm clothing is Canada, and that’s where the devil-may-care celebrity chef trekked last winter. He spent time in Montreal, Quebec City and the province of Quebec while visiting with well-known Canadian chefs and restaurant owners. They went ice fishing and dined in an ice shack on a frozen lake. However, if you find the food they’re consuming too hearty, (Bourdain calls the meals a “Franco Canadian full-on assault on the liver”), then take a TV break and enjoy lighter fare. …

3.Try Ben & Jerry’s Liz Lemon Greek Frozen Yogurt: The flavor is lemon Greek frozen yogurt with blueberry lavender swirl, or as the website calls it, lemon-y-blueberry-y. The print ad announcing the new product shows an image of a figure based on Tina Fey’s 30 Rock character attempting to skate with a giant lemon on Rockefeller Center’s lemon-framed ice rink. Ben & Jerry’s dedicated the product in honor of Tina Fey’s longtime support of Jumpstart, an early education organization for children in low-income areas.

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ABC Campaign Calls on Viewers to Help Save Its Own Show

Here’s an interesting twist on the “low-rated cult favorite on life support” trend: the ABC network has created an ad campaign urging fans of its admired but struggling sitcom Happy Endings to help save the show by…you know, watching it live.

It’s almost like a mirror image of the challenge faced by critics’ favorites 30 Rock and Community, whose stars Tina Fey and Joel McHale accused NBC (in classic passive-aggressive style) of failing to properly promote their shows. In those cases, the actors themselves encouraged fans to voice their support via grassroots social media campaigns.

Of course this isn’t really groundbreaking public relations news, but it’s interesting because we’ve never heard of a network pulling a marketing move like this before — and something tells us that it will become more common as the TV business model changes to keep up with every other form of content distribution. Here’s the spot:

There’s also a hashtag and some funny tweets:

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Taylor Swift Shows the World How Not to Take a Joke

Note to Taylor Swift: if you’re looking to improve/maintain your reputation or get more sympathy from the public regarding your perpetual boy troubles, engaging in bitchy spats is probably not the best way to go about it.

Responding to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler‘s (completely appropriate) Golden Globes joke warning her to “stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son” lest he turn up in thinly-veiled caricature on her next album, Swift dropped this bomb on her Vanity Fair interviewer:

“You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people, because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’”

Yes, those two are such Regina Georges, aren’t they? Oh, and that quote was from former secretary of state Madeline Albright, who doles out wisdom in between her free jazz drumming sessions.

Poehler and Fey’s responses displayed their superior media relations savvy.

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Vena Cava Brings Humor to High Fashion PR

Time for the totally true generalization of the day: the world of high fashion has a very tenuous connection to reality. It operates at a disconnect from the general public–and we can’t think of a single big-name designer brand that does the thing we call “humor” well (if at all).

One of the most obvious signs of the distance between Fashion with a capital F and your average dude/girl on the street are the unbearably artsy “fashion films” that design houses use to launch new campaigns. For that reason, we love Vena Cava‘s new short, created to promote the label’s “economy” line Viva Vena and brought to our attention by the quick wits at the Fashionista blog.

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G.E. Is Totally Cool With 30 Rock, You Guys

30 Rock Tina Fey Alec BaldwinSay you’re a PR/branding exec at a big corporation. Say there’s a certain sitcom that’s been making fun of you mercilessly for seven years (while appearing on a network that you once owned). What would you do?

Well, if you’re General Electric and that sitcom is 30 Rock, you embrace it after maintaining an adversarial relationship for more than six seasons. G.E., which has seen its “Six Sigma” super-productivity culture mocked repeatedly by Tina Fey, recently decided to let the public know that it is totally in on the joke.

We weren’t the only ones who noticed the company’s weird “thank you” commercial on last week’s episode. Global director of brand management Linda Boff explained everything to Ad Age, saying “G.E. employees and G.E. executives have laughed for the last seven years along with the rest of the audience.”

Oh yeah? Something tells us that former CEO/conspiracy theorist Jack Welch (aka Jack Donaghy) didn’t even chuckle, but at least somebody has a sense of humor.

It’s a bit of a rebranding, really:

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Meet SPANX, the Store

SPANX storeHold your breath for some uplifting news: SPANX is coming to a mall near you.

Red-blooded Middle Americans like Gwyneth Paltrow have already let the world know how much they love the simple hosiery brand. Katy Perry worries about “look[ing] fat” without her SPANX tights, while Miley Cyrus refers to hers as “a gift from God” and Tina Fey sees them as “my dream come true” (we’ll take her word for it). Now the company and its media team prepare for the big time after blowing up thanks to the brilliance of its founder and its masterful promotion of a very basic concept: practical comfort tinged with feel-good new age vibes.

OK, we all love SPANX. But do we love SPANX enough to turn a pantyhose maker into a retail giant? The company’s first boutique opened in a Washington, DC suburb last month, and sister branches will soon grace the nation’s largest malls in King of Prussia, PA and Paramus, NJ. So will the little underwear startup grow big enough to take on Victoria’s Secret (aka the Fox News internship program)?

The brand’s selling point is very different than Victoria’s patented “make me sexy” bit: In keeping with the theme of self-acceptance and comfort, the company intends to greet shoppers at each store with “cheer squads” that will pave the way for “sales clerks with ‘super-shaping powers’” descending “to recommend products such as the $98 smoothing bodysuit to nip in the hips and enhance the thighs without plastic surgery”. Founder and Richard Branson student Sara Blakely described her vision of the stores as “a place where everybody knows your name — and your bra size!”

Sounds very specific!

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