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Gary Oldman Apologizes for Controversial Playboy Interview

BN-DJ871_gary_E_20140624085720Gary Oldman has apologized for a recent interview with Playboy that began as a conversation about the actor’s role in “Planet of the Apes” but quickly dissolved into an explosive tirade about the hypocrisy of liberal Hollywood and the double standard of what a liberal actor can say versus what a conservative actor can say. In the interview, Oldman is quoted as stating:

“Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a c*** — and I’ll go one better, a f****** useless c*** — I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it…”

He also used Mel Gibson’s past antisemitic remarks as an example by saying:

“Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews, and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him – and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough…He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know? I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things… We’re all f****** hypocrites…That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n***** or that f****** Jew?

I’m being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy.”

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Roll Call: Outreach Strategies, 23andME, Cumulus and More

Outreach Strategies, LLC (OS) announced today that the firm’s senior leadership is expanding with the hires of Elizabeth Curwen as vice president and Evan Carlson as account manager. A seasoned public affairs practitioner with 20 years of experience in working with corporations, trade associations and nonprofits on environment, health and related public policy issues, Curwen comes to OS from Spitfire Strategies, where she had been leading major client engagements for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Ford Foundation and nonprofits across the country. As a vice president at Spitfire, she helped foundations articulate clear strategies and worked with grantees to implement that vision through strategic communication. Curwen has run national and state-based thought leadership, media and issue campaigns at a variety of agencies and associations, including the American Chemistry Council and APCO Worldwide. (Release)

DNA ancestry company 23andMe has hired Angela Wonson as VP of communications. She has been in the role for about five weeks. Wonson is leading the company’s corporate communications, media relations, investor relations, and internal communications activities. Wonson replaced Christine Castro, who left to become SVP for communications at CBS Interactive, in the role. After beginning her career in TV news, Wonson gained experience in healthcare communications in roles at the Cleveland Clinic and Intuitive Surgical, where she said she was driven by work that had an effect at “the human level and on a societal level.” Most recently, Wonson was VP of communications and senior media adviser at Intuitive Surgical. Previously, she was EVP and director of healthcare media at Weber Shandwick and SVP for national health media relations at Edelman. She has also served as CCO at The Cleveland Clinic, according to a statement from 23andMe. (Release) Read more

Cobain’s Daughter to Lana Del Rey: ‘Death of Young Musicians Isn’t Something to Romanticize’

Ifrances600-1403529625n a recent interview with The Guardian, Lana Del Rey discussed her heroes like Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, and when asked whether she felt their early deaths were glamorous, answered, “Ummm, yeah,” and then stated that “I wish I was dead already…I do! I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am.”

While these comments may have stirred up emotion for many, one person in particular — Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean -- took it upon herself to reach out to Del Rey, and send a message that “the death of young musicians isn’t something to romanticize.”

In a series of tweets, Bean called out Del Rey, reminding her that Cobain was not just a glamorous musician, but her father — one she will never get to know because of his 1994 suicide. She went on to encourage Del Rey to embrace her life, saying that the singer is far too talented to waste her life the way her heroes did. Read more

Kim Jong Un Officially Condemns Seth Rogen and James Franco’s New Film

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We can’t say we’re surprised that North Korea’s Supreme Leader is unamused by a film about his own assassination (we’re pretty sure even the US wouldn’t terribly appreciate a foreign country making a comedy about our president’s demise), but we do think Kim Jong Un‘s official condemnation of “The Interview” might be the best advertising the movie could ask for. What that says about the state of politics in our sick, sad world or what it says about our society’s need to “laugh so we don’t cry” is a post for a different sort of blog.

The plot of the new comedy follows Seth Rogen and James Franco as the less-than-dynamic duo attempts to take out North Korea’s infamous leader. In an interview with The Telegraph, Kim Myong-chol, executive director of The Centre for North Korea-US Peace and an unofficial spokesman for the country’s political regime, makes it quite clear that North Korea is not laughing.

“There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society…A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine…And let us not forget who killed [President John F.] Kennedy – Americans.

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Roll Call: Golin, Susan Magrino Agency and Qorvis MSLGROUP

Golin has sppointed Pamela Culpepper as the agency’s new chief people officer. In this newly created role, she will lead the agency’s human resources organization and oversee talent, development, performance, diversity and inclusion, recruitment and employee engagement initiatives. A veteran HR executive, Culpepper joins Golin from PepsiCo, where she was most recently the company’s global diversity and inclusion officer. She will report to CEO Fred Cook and operate as a member of the agency’s Executive Leadership Committee. Culpepper has held various leadership roles within PepsiCo for more than 13 years, including vice president, human resources for Quaker Foods and Snacks; vice president, human resources for PepsiCo’s Americas Beverages Supply Chain; and vice president, talent management and diversity for Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade. Before PepsiCo, Culpepper worked for McKessonHBOC, Inc., Clorox and Wells Fargo. (Release)

Susan Magrino Agency has announced multiple executive appointments: Aurora Kessler joins the agency as senior vice president of Travel and Real Estate, and brings a wealth of global public relations experience to her role at Magrino. In her new role she will manage the firm’s Travel and Real Estate practice. She previously held several signifanct in-house and agency roles, including leading Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts’ global communications efforts and managing Amanresorts’ public relations practice in the Asia Pacific region. She was most recently Managing Director of Rubenstein Public Relations. Vanessa Morin joins the agency as a senior account supervisor and will work in the Travel & Real Estate division. Morin was previously account supervisor at Quinn & Co. Jaclyn York joins the agency as senior account executive and will work in the Food, Wine, & Spirits division. York was previously an account executive at Nike Communications. Courtney Marzahn has been promoted to account director in the Travel & Real Estate division. Marzahn joined the agency in 2010 as an account manager. Jessica Delguercio has been promoted to senior account supervisor. Delguercio joined the agency as account supervisor in 2013. (Release)

Qorvis MSLGROUP has named Colleen Wilber, previously recognized by an industry trade as one of the nation’s best media professionals, as vice president. Wilber brings more than a decade of public relations, journalism and media experience to Qorvis MSLGROUP’s Washington, D.C. office, where she will provide strategic counsel and execute media outreach for a host of key clients. Wilber comes to Qorvis MSLGROUP from America’s Promise Alliance where she served as vice president of media relations, handling all media relations efforts related to the organization’s national campaign to end the high school dropout crisis. Prior to joining America’s Promise Alliance in 2007, Wilber worked as part of the national media advocacy team at the American Cancer Society. She began her career working in radio and television newsrooms. (Release)

#PRWIN: Hillary Clinton Greets Stalking Squirrel, Promotes Book at the Same Time

Hillary Clinton shakes stalking squirrel’s hand, gives him book – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs-1In case you haven’t heard, a protester from the Republican National Committee — dressed, for some reason, in a squirrel costume — has been following Hillary Clinton around while touting terrible puns like “another Clinton in the White House is nuts.”

About eight minutes before Hillary was supposed to appear at a CNN town hall meeting on Tuesday, her motorcade pulled over to the side of the street. Instead of heading directly into the studio, the former secretary of state got out of her car to meet the republican rodent face-to-face.

“Hello, Mr. Squirrel, how are you?” she said, smiling. She then placed a copy of her book Hard Choices in his fuzzy hand, saying, “I wanted you to get you a copy of my book…I hope that you will make the hard choice and read my book.” She even threw in a compliment: “You bring a smile to a lot of people’s faces,” she said. She then shook the squirrel’s massive hand and said, “Thank you, Mr. Squirrel. Thank you so much.”

She even managed to wave politely to the crowd, thank them, and make it to the studio just in time. Clas-sy. Read more

Purell and TNT Team Up to Terrify Subway Riders into Cleanliness

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Ever get on a subway without your hand sanitizer and — upon realizing your terrible error — felt certain you would inevitably contract a virus that would make you patient zero in an apocalyptic pandemic? Well, if you’re one of the few who haven’t had a thought like that, this new campaign for Purell and Michael Bay‘s new post-apocalyptic TV drama will enlighten you.

New York commuters have been greeted at the Grand Central Terminal this week by an eye-catching hand-sanitizing station that boldly states, “1 virus. 6 billion dead. Don’t be next,” urging folks to clean up lest they meet a similar fate to the fictional billions who die in Bay’s new TNT show “The Last Ship.” The series will focus on a U.S. Navy destroyer fighting to save what’s left of humanity. We imagine there will also be plenty of explosions and slow-motion action scenes (it’s Michael Bay after all).

Of course, New Yorkers are no strangers to over-the-top marketing tactics — just this year alone they’ve been chased by a raging bear in search of yogurt and attacked by a demon baby in a runaway stroller, so maybe germs are the least of their worries.

How ‘Exposed’ Are You? Social Media-Powered Statement Dress Grows Transparent

How ‘Exposed’ Are You? Social Media-Powered Dress Becomes Transparent to Make a Statement - PRNewser

A common topic of conversation in the political, PR, and marketing spheres is the increasingly-delicate balance between “sharing” on social media and becoming completely exposed in a digital world completely devoid of privacy.

In an effort to make a statement about how unaware the public seems to be about what they are revealing to marketers, strangers and companies online, artists Xuedi Che and Pedro Oliveira of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program have created a project called “x.pose,” a “wearable, data-driven sculpture.” In essence, it’s a dress that becomes more and more see-through as the wearer tweets and shares on Facebook via her smartphone.

The artists explain their project’s message on the x.pose website

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Roll Call: OgilvyOne, Millward Brown and ABC News

OgilvyOne Hong Kong has promoted Sheilen Rathod to managing director, effective immediately. Rathod’s focus will be to drive client growth through the development of creative and effective customer engagement strategies, working alongside Chris Brewer, head of Customer Engagement and Scott McBride, head of Digital. Rathod will continue to work with clients to guide them in navigating the ever-changing digital, CRM and e-commerce landscape. (Release)

Millward Brown has announced it has acquired EffectiveBrands Holding B.V. (“EffectiveBrands”), one of the world’s leading global marketing strategy consulting firms. Millward Brown will combine EffectiveBrands with Millward Brown Optimor, its strategy consulting unit, to form Millward Brown Vermeer. Millward Brown Vermeer will work with the world’s leading CMOs and brands to align the “why, what and how” of marketing strategy to drive brand-led business growth. EffectiveBrands was founded in 2001 by Marc de Swaan Arons and Frank van den Driest. The founders, along with the firm’s 65 employees, bring extensive brand marketing experience to client engagements. EffectiveBrands’ Marketing2020 study is recognized as the most global and comprehensive CMO research program ever conducted and helps global CMOs align marketing strategy, structure, and capability with business growth. (Release)

Subrata De has joining ABC News as vice president, Multi-Platform Newsgathering, with oversight of our domestic, foreign, digital and social media newsgathering. Subrata’s new role will unify the editorial operation—expanding cooperation across broadcast and digital platforms to improve reporting and to use resources more effectively. Subrata has spent the last 15 years working for NBC News and MSNBC, most recently as the executive producer of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and senior producer for “Nightly News.” She has traveled the world with Brian Williams, often tasked with getting in and out of chaotic and dangerous places while covering major news events with distinction. She has overseen remotes from 20 countries, including Indonesia, Egypt, Israel, China, Iraq, Iran, Haiti and Afghanistan, and all over the U.S. (Release)

Aaron Paul TV Ad Accidentally Turns On Xbox Ones, Annoys the Hell Out of People

One of the coolest things about the Xbox One is arguably its Kinect voice command feature, so of course Microsoft would want to highlight this capability in its new ads — but apparently the demonstration is working a little too well.

The new spot features Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” using his Xbox One in all its voice command glory, but when Paul tells his console to turn itself on, he’s accidentally turning on consoles in living rooms everywhere. Xbox One owners have taken to Twitter to share their surprise, amusement, and, at times, sputtering frustration.

 

Intentional? Probably not. Interesting? Definitely. Mike Cannon of Tech Times brings up an eerie thought: if an ad can do this by mistake, how long until marketers start doing it on purpose? Read more

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