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Sony Pictures Hires PR Crisis Expert To Lead Communications Team

In an interesting twist/sign of descent into desperation, Sony Pictures has named Charles Sipkins, a PR crisis response expert, as its new head of communications. Sipkins previously worked at the Los Angeles office of Sard Verbinnen & Co., a firm famous for “helping to rehabilitate reputations of companies and executives that have been sullied by the press.”

Sony didn’t give The Hollywood Reporter much in the way of details, but that didn’t stop the magazine from editorializing a bit and guessing that this new, big-deal hire might have something to do with the fact that none of the studio’s would-be big-budget hits (After Earth, Elysium, White House Down) have connected with audiences this summer.

It’s probably no coincidence that Sipkins has a history working with “activist investor“ Daniel Loeb of hedge fund Third Point, who has spent much of the summer blasting the studio’s “flops” and calling out management for a “complete lack of accountability and poor financial controls.”

No punches pulled, then. Sounds like someone bowed under pressure, no? Here’s Will Smith and family reacting to the news:

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Journalism Is Alive and Well (at the Church of Scientology)

Are you an ambitious, street-smart young scribe eager to expose L.A.’s seedy underbelly to the world at large? Do you decry the decline of quality reporting and live to shame the lamestream media? Most importantly, do you know your current thetan count? If you answered yes, duh, and “praise overlord Xenu!” to these questions, then The Church of Scientology wants you…to write for its in-house magazine, Freedom.

Freedom promotes “investigative reporting in the public interest,” with “the public” meaning Tom Cruise, David Miscavige, and whoever else runs the world’s most secretive tax-exempt organization. In what can only be the most incredible coincidence in history, every single article in said magazine amounts to a little piece of the church’s never-ending damage control campaign.

The most common subject is the fact that church apostates are all a bunch of fat, stupid-head liars who like to tell lies just because they are mean and evil for no reason at all except that every one of them is addicted to drugs and doesn’t get enough vitamins. For what it’s worth, the website does make good use of some strange pop-up animation.

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Will Smith Leads a ‘Fresh Prince’ Sing-Along to Promote MIB3

Will Smith is making  major appearances for the third installment of the Men in Black franchise. In a recent appearance on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show, Smith talks about his lifelong association with The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and led a sing-along of the program’s theme song with the audience, who clearly knew every single syllable uttered in the ditty.

“Television really attaches you to people in a way that’s extremely powerful. It’s humbling,” says Smith.

More about Smith’s round-the-world promo tour here.