Paris Hilton Frolics With Oraguntans to Promote Zoo

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Two year old, cash-strapped Parrot Jungle Island in Pinecrest, Florida needed all the help it could getting the word out it's more than just a place to see parrots. The zoo cum destination has expanded from a gigantic bird cage into a full blown jungle paradise. So, when Paris Hilton's people called wondering if the heiress and reality TV star could spend a day with the birds, Parrot Jungle Island said sure but asked Hilton to hang with the orangutans instead. It was ll part of the park's efforts to increase awareness of it broader, less bird-like offering.

by Steve Hall    May- 2-05    
Topic: Celebrity



Celebrity Clothing Promotes Charities

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An organization called Clothes Off Our Back functions as a clearing house for previously worn celebrity clothing. Clothing is donated by celebrities and then put up for auction to support charities such as the Children's Defense Fund, Smile Train and Cure Autism Now. The organizations latest auction is the Versace dress Desperate Housewives star Terri Hatcher wore when she appeared on the cover of the May 2005 issue of In Style. The auction runs though May 8.

by Steve Hall    Apr-28-05    
Topic: Celebrity



Sharapova Turns 18, Gets Video Promotion

Not that she needs additional promotion not should we really even care but the humorous insanity of people obsessed with young hotties turning 18 (think the Olsens) simply has to be shared. This little masterpiece, to the tune of My Sharona, was created by ESPN's Bob Bristol and its Page 2 group.

by Steve Hall    Apr-20-05    
Topic: Celebrity



Celebrities And Brands Tie Big Knots

From Hilary Swank to Mischa Barton to Eva Longoria, celebrities are tying themselves to brands like a geek tied to Slashdot with Swank launching a celebrity-studded game show, Barton hawking Keds and Longoria primping for L'Oreal. Britney Spear, Bono, Ashlee Simpson, Hilary Duff, and Joss Stone are in on the knot tying too. George Clooney thinks it's great. Russell Crowe thinks it's all crap.

by Steve Hall    Apr-20-05    
Topic: Celebrity



Celebrities Ask for Help in One Campaign

A cadre of celebrities have appeared in a new campaign for One: The Campaign to Make Poverty History. The television commercial, which debuted on MTV and ABC April 10, features Bono, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt and Al Pacino pointing out global poverty and other epidemics. The ad, which closes with the tagline "We're not asking for your money. We're asking for your voice,: directs viewers to One's website, a clearing hose for a collection of organizations headed by Bono's Debt Aids Trade Africa. Claiming the campaign is not about money is a bit of a misnomer given this statement on the One website which reads, "We believe that allocating an additional ONE percent of the U.S. budget toward providing basic needs like health, education, clean water and food, would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation of the poorest countries." OK, so it's the government's money but you know whose pocket that comes from.

while there's no question action is needed to fend off poverty and other worldly ailments but these celebrity focused ads just rub the wrong way. Viewing these commercials makes one want to scream, "Dude, just hand over 90 percent of your salary to those who need it and stop preaching!" Granted, no one should be penalized for making a lot of money and it's been proved celebrities are effective at shining the light on the world's problems but it still doesn't feel right.

by Steve Hall    Apr-14-05    
Topic: Celebrity



Yao Ming New Pitchman For GPS Company

The 25 year old, 7-foot, 6-inch Houston Rockets NBA player has been signed by GPS equipment maker Garmin to appear in two new television commercials as well as a print ad campaign. The work breaks mid-May with Ming's contract extending through 2007. Ming has already appeared in ads for Apple, Visa, Tag Heuer and Reebok.

by Steve Hall    Apr-13-05    
Topic: Celebrity



Britney Spear's Pregnancy Celebrated With Magazine Cover

Goldenfiddle has provided us with a photoshopped image of the pregnant Britney Spears adorning the cover of Vanity Fair just as Demi Moore did years ago. Just as it was then and certainly is now, it's not an image we really want to see. But, in the name of news coverage, however questionably related to advertising or media, we're sharing it for those who just can't get enough of this stuff.

by Steve Hall    Apr-13-05    
Topic: Celebrity



Demi Moore New Face of Versace

The New York Post reports Demi Moore will take over for Madonna as the new face of Versace. The paper says speculation began following a sighting yesterday, noted in Women's Wear Daily, of Moore, boyfriend Ashton Kutcher, photographer Mario Testino and Versace herself eating lunch at V in London.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-05    
Topic: Celebrity



FOX '24' Star Does Japander Thing

Spotted by Hiroshi-K, FOX 24 star Keifer Sutherland is hawking, CalorieMate, some sort of diet food Japander style. We know the culture's different and even high paid actors need more money but why do appearances by American stars in Japanese ads always seem so odd?

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-05    
Topic: Celebrity



'Apprentice' Contestant Arrested

Certainly no surprise given his angry demeanor on the show, The Apprentice contestant Chris Shelton was arrested April 10 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida for disorderly conduct. The Smoking Gun reported the exact details of the arrest are not known but, referring to Shelton's mug shot, speculated liquor had a role. We just hope his firing from the show is as dramatic.

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-05    
Topic: Celebrity










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