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Why Gwyneth Paltrow Is to Blame for Whisper’s Failure as a Media Source

whisperEarlier this summer, Whisper — the creepers app that allows people to send and receive meme-ified messages anonymously — wanted to become a viable news source.

The idea: if you have real, possibly unflattering news to share and don’t want to be outed by the soothsayers at TMZ, you post it on Whisper.

Also: a legitimate source is now some dude with a smartphone, a happy trigger-finger, and an axe to grind.

Then, came along Gwyneth Paltrow to ruin all the fun.  Read more

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Art (Unfortunately) Imitates Life for Stephen Collins of 7th Heaven

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Recently, one of the most (seemingly) wholesome actors of the small screen revealed a very dark and disturbing secret — at least, that’s what we thought.

Stephen Collins – who played the pastor/dad on the WB TV show 7th Heaven – apparently confessed to his counselor that he was a child molester. TMZ received and posted on the tape, which prompted a criminal investigation.

Although that came up inconclusive (which means he probably won’t be prosecuted), there’s other news: Later this year, Collins will play a pedophile on TV.

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The NFL, Domestic Violence and the Press Release That Wasn’t

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Today we bring you a guest post from PR/marketing industry veteran Jane Hoffman.

Get It Right

The St. Valentine’s Day massacre of Ray Rice cold-cocking his then-fiancée in a Jersey casino elevator finally set off a firestorm that must continue to burn.

When trash-talking TMZ exposed the tape that everyone knew Goodell and Company had viewed back in February, we all finally saw what domestic violence looks like prior to a black eye covered up by Cover Girl and a turtleneck hiding finger marks from being lifted feet-off-the-floor prior to being hurled across the room by husbands and lovers, linebackers and defensive ends.

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Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson: ‘We See Dead People’

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It is no secret that Hollywood is a big cereal town. Full of fruits, nuts, and flakes, you know? Two of the latest big names who decided to uphold that reputation are Goldie Hawn and her daughter Kate Hudson.

Just in time for Halloween, these two decided that TMZ hadn’t been giving them enough attention lately — so Kate hit up Alan Carr’s Chatty Man Show in the UK.

That’s when she decided to tell the world that she once saw “a ghost of a woman with no face.” (No word on how close said woman was to the nearest plastic surgeon’s office.) Read more

Someone Forgot to Cancel Joan Rivers’ Instagram iPhone Promo

Question: when did TMZ become a legitimate news source?

Early this morning, the site best known for sex tapes and whatever deep dirt they have on Justin Bieber told us that someone forgot to cancel Joan Rivers’ pending Instagram iPhone promotion after she passed on to a better place.

Here’s the image, which a super-sleuth at TMZ managed to capture moments before it disappeared forever:

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We’d like to point out the very sloppy copywriting on this paid placement: no way Rivers would have droned on about “achievement in design” for five whole sentences without making fun of “the most arrogant company in the world.

We do, however, feel like Rivers (who could teach a few lessons to PR pros, by the way) would have appreciated TMZ’s sense of humor:

“Steve Jobs could not be reached for comment.”

Of course, they still went with the “Promotes iPhone 6 Feet Under” headline. Touche. 

[Pic via TMZ]

Domestic Abuser Ray Rice Just Lost His Job

NFLToday the NFL proved that it is not completely divorced from reality by resolving a crisis it could no longer deny when a video of Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee unconscious during an argument in a hotel elevator surfaced on TMZ.

We never thought that TMZ, of all places, would teach one of America’s most successful organizations to better monitor its own ethical compass. Stranger things have happened, we suppose…

The NFL’s SVP of comms Greg Aiello explained things to CNN:

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Another Word the Media Should Really Learn to Use Properly

breaking newsFor what seems like this entire year, the phrase “Breaking News” has been questioned. You may remember a certain Malaysian airline flight that disappeared without a trace. Every story that came out was “breaking news.”

A rumor was heard: breaking news. A psychic had a dream: breaking news. A news crew may have a lead: breaking news. It was the news station who cried wolf all day long. We even had a great story about MSNBC’s Chuck Todd and his blatant disregard for the inherent meaning of the phrase.

Let’s now add to that lexicon of misnomers: Exclusive. Shall we? And TMZ, we’re looking at you.

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Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone Create #PRWin for Charities

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If it ain’t broke, do not fix this!

paparazzi (n.) 1961, from Italian Paparazzo (plural paparazzi) surname of the freelance photographer in Federico Fellini’s 1959 film ”La Dolce Vita.” The surname itself is said to be a common one in Calabria, and Fellini is said to have borrowed it from a travel book, “By the Ionian Sea,” in which occurs the name of hotel owner Coriolano Paparazzo.

Ironic isn’t it? The very name of those weaselly, bottom-feeding photographers hails from Hollywood. It’s a match made in hell. Some of the “beautiful people” ignore them; others run from them; a few talk to them.

And then there’s Alec Baldwin.

However, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone — cohorts in the new ‘Spider Man’ series — have a proven way to fight back: they give PR muscle to very important causes. What’s interesting is this tactic has been going on for two years.

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Louis CK and Judd Apatow Ask TMZ to Take Down Tracy Morgan Crash Video

louis ck tweetLouis CK and Judd Apatow are asking TMZ (via Twitter) to remove bystander video footage of the aftermath of the Tracy Morgan bus crash that took place last weekend. The request comes after the daughter of one of the injured comedians, Ardie Fuqua, posted a note on Instagram stating, “They don’t know how hurtful it is to see my father dragged out of the wreckage.” Krizya Fuqua also talks about all of the false information that’s being spread about her father’s condition.

After reading the plea, Louis CK, who recently kicked up some dust over the CommonCore educational process on Twitter, took to the social networking site to speak directly to TMZ. The tabloid site has yet to respond, according to the most recent story we could find. That’s probably because this is a bit of a sticky situation for the site.

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Jonah Hill Gives Good Apology

shutterstock_170008331Another day, another celebrity pulling an Alec Baldwin on an innocent professional photographer.

This isn’t really news, but when TMZ calls your apology “near perfect“, there might just be lessons to learn…

22 Jump Street star and surprise Oscar nominee Jonah Hill showed everyone else in L.A. how to kiss and make up after telling an overeager paparazzo to “s— my d—” over the weekend and throwing in a homophobic slur for good measure.

For some reason, Hill thought that Howard Stern would be “the perfect person to talk to about this“–and he proceeded to hit every note on his one-stop apology tour.

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