Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood’

R.I.P. Paul Walker

December 9, 2013

Paul Walker was found dead this past Saturday as a result of a car accident. The protagonist of the film series ‘Fast & Furious’ was headed to a charity event in California when the car he was in crashed.

Paul Walker at the Fast & Furious premiere at ...

Paul Walker at the Fast & Furious premiere at Leicester Square. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to police reports, Walker’s friend, Roger Rhodes, was at the wheel and was responsible for the crash. The LAPD ruled out that they were participating in an unlawful race, however many experts say the Porsche Carrera GT is very popular in illegal street racing – one of the world’s most dangerous sports.

Paul Walker, the 40-year-old Californian actor, rose to worldwide fame for playing Brian O’Conner in the movie saga “The Fast & Furious.” His death shocked the whole team in the series immensely. James Wan, the director of the film, was completely devastated by the news. Vin Diesel, usually a man of many words, couldn’t muster many about the death of his friend. Other stars took to Twitter to express their sympathies, as well.

The cause of the accident is still not clear. What is clear is that Rhodes was traveling at a high rate of speed. Media images have been posted where you can see that the car was not only was completely destroyed, but also swept away three lampposts before ending up crashing into a tree. It is unknown if the impact took the lives of the two or if it was the fire. One thing is sure, the world lost another great actor and human being on Saturday.

We’re big Paul Walker and ‘Fast and Furious’ fans here at Blair Stover, and Paul is already sorely missed! Tell us your favorite Paul Walker moment below.

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Jonas Brothers Cancel Tour, Delete Twitter

October 21, 2013
English: The Jonas Brothers perform at the &qu...

English: The Jonas Brothers perform at the “Kids Inaugural: We Are the Future” concert at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rumor has it that the three brothers could be about to end their musical careers as a group due to disagreements between them. This could have been the reason they deleted their Twitter account and cancelled their tour in the past few weeks. After years and years of successful tours, combined with multiple platinum records, the rumors are flying around about why the band is calling it quits. Blair Stover has more details below.

These rumors about the disintegration of the band formed by brothers Kevin Jonas, Joe and Nick have done nothing to counter any type of response, especially after their official Twitter account was deleted. Their Twitter page shows the “Sorry, the page does not exist” error when any user tries to access the virtual profile of the trio.

Though the group’s U.S. tour was scheduled to start on Friday in Philadelphia, the three artists finally decided to cancel the performance on problems stemming from arguing about the musical choices regarding the style of music the band plays.

“There is a deep division in the group. They disagree on the direction on the musical style,” said Jesse Derris, a spokesman for the Jonas Brothers, to the website HollywoodLife.com.

In spite of the disagreements between the three brothers, none of them want to take this issue to a personal level, so they are trying to reach an agreement to continue their career together.

“It is not a personal problem, but rather a musical one. After all, they are brothers and want the same thing and therefore, are trying to settle their differences,” said Derris.

Will you be sad to see the Jonas Brothers go, should the disagreements become irreconcilable?

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The Power of the Celebrity Brand

October 9, 2013

Blair Stover poses the question, could brand-building tactics that celebrities use work also for your company? Let’s take a look.

Heidi Klum

Cover of Heidi Klum

Well known celebrities such as Heidi Klum, Justin Timberlake, the Olsen twins, and Kim Kardashian have been able to generate income from various side ventures. They do this by fastening the power of their celebrity brand to something else.

As these celebrities have created names that are known and responded to by their audience, they are able to then use their name to generate consistent and significant revenue. This is even true when there is not necessarily a new album, movie, etc. driving their success. Most have effectively created a celebrity brand.

Are the rules really so different in the business world? You may not be a supermodel, chart-topping musician, or reality star, but you could establish a name for yourself which could create some very profitable results.

These celebrities have a very visible presence in the public eye. With concentrated exposure, any professional, entrepreneur or business owner can also develop a powerful personal brand. Such a brand pays off in many ways. These could include paid media appearance as a reputable expert, building of your client and customer base, increase of fees, recognition and establishment in your field which could lead to invitations into exclusive circles.

Unfortunately, there are some differences between the celebrity brand and the brand a business person would want to build. Negative attention is not always a bad thing in the celebrity world, yet it remains bad in the business world. So, keep your attention focused on building credibility, trust and expertise with your brand.

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Who’s Really Tweeting?

September 25, 2013

George Takei, the famous Star Trek actor from the 60’s (who is in his mid-70’s), has found fame on social media, boasting millions of followers. Yet his followers may be a little disappointed once they here that all of Takei’s tweets and messages on other social sites are not always coming from Mr. Sulu, himself. For instance, a ghostwriter was being paid $10 per post on Facebook alone to throw some messages out there.

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Image via CrunchBase

So how common is this trend among celebrities? How many post their own content to their social media pages, and how many hire out?

The sad thing, fans, is that Takei isn’t the only one doing this. In fact, Sarah Palin hires out as well. Kanye West, Barack Obama and Britney Spears all admit to paying professionals in order to maintain their social media accounts, and the list certainly doesn’t end there.

Oriana Leckert, Gotham Ghostwriters director of operations in NYC, said “At this point of having worked in this industry for a few years, I just assume that everyone has a ghostwriter. Whenever someone sounds drastically more coherent in a tweet then they do in person, they probably had some help.”

Ghostposting often involves multiple social media platforms. This means that if a person, like Mr. Takei, hires a person to do ghostwriting chances are it will be for all social media platforms involved, not just one site.

While the news is disappointing, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the updates celebrities put out. Just because tweets and posts are often paid doesn’t mean that your celebrity doesn’t post as well. So keep following and see if you can’t tell when Takei is posting and when his ghostwriter is! If you figure it out, be sure to share the tip here at Blair Stover Hollywood.

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Justin Bieber and Mally

August 9, 2013

Here at Blair Stover, we have been keeping up on the status of Justin Bieber’s monkey, Mally, who he had to leave in Germany after Bieber failed to provide the proper vaccination and import paperwork for the monkey when he arrived for his European tour in March.

Justin Bieber at the 2010 White House Easter E...

Justin Bieber at the 2010 White House Easter Egg roll. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At that time, it was reported that Bieber was given four weeks to return to Munich with the proper paperwork to release the monkey from quarantine. Authorities say that Bieber’s representation has reached out to the animal shelter that’s keeping Mally to ask if they know of a proper place to transfer the monkey for permanent care, as it seems that Bieber is no longer interested in keeping the monkey as a pet.

A spokesman for German customs reports the monkey will remain in the shelter until Bieber or Bieber’s attorney contacts customs directly. If Bieber wants to send Mally to a zoo, he will be responsible for the costs involved.

German authorities posted a public notice on July 30 urging Bieber to get in touch with them about an unpaid bill for his former pet. The notice states that Bieber has one week to pay 1,130 euros for the monkey’s care. If the bill goes unpaid, Bieber must pay the bill the next time he enters Germany. It’s reported that Bieber already owes Munich customs 5,000 euros on an unrelated matter.

The Bieber and Mally matter has caught worldwide attention, and has only added to the singer’s seemingly dissolving public image as a less-than-responsible figure.

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Justin and Selena Back Together?

July 23, 2013
English: Justin Bieber at the Sentul Internati...

English: Justin Bieber at the Sentul International Convention Center in West Java, Indonesia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Could it really be that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are back together? The singer posted a picture of himself and Selena on Instagram. But is the picture a new one? Blair Stover has more on this story below.

When it comes to pictures, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez could very well be a couple again. They made their fans wait a long time for this day to come back around. Fans suffered when Justin and Selena split, left to watch as both singers tried to get over one another by going onto talk shows even making small skits about it.

Selena, however, has even been traveling to Justin’s tour spots. Shortly after they were allegedly seen smooching together, the rumor mill started churning. Fans looked forward to a reunion of the two and now they finally have it…or do they? Just because the picture of the two was posted on Instagram doesn’t necessarily mean the couple is back together, right?

English: Selena Gomez performing Love You Like...

English: Selena Gomez performing Love You Like A Love Song live on Good Morning America in June (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We hate to break it to many, but the couple IS back together. Selena made it official that Justin is off the market – for now and there are plenty of stipulations.

When the Instagram pic came out in May, the two did not know where they were and they did not want the public in their business. They have an inseparable bond that is hard to get rid of, says close friends. It is going to be rough to have close moments and have the public not portray it as something else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ryan Lochte Receives Own TV Show on E!

January 9, 2013

E!’s Network President Susan Kolb announced that they will be airing a Ryan Lochte reality TV show, called ‘What Would Ryan Lochte Do?’ Blair Stover has the Lochte details.

Beginning this April, there will be at least six episodes following the life of Ryan Lochte. The E! series will show Lochte preparing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, talking with the media, building his fashion line, partying, searching for the right girl, always with his friends and family by his side.

Kolb said in a statement, “He is an incredibly endearing personality who is sexy, entertaining and fun. Watching this show, I believe people will fall into three categories: they want to be him, sleep with him or mother him.”

Ryan Lochte stole America’s heart during the London Olympics and will continue to do so during this series.

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Kim Kardashian Pregnant with Kanye West’s Baby

January 3, 2013

Kanye West announced on December 30th that he and Kim Kardashian are expecting a child. Kanye made the announcement while performing at Revel in Atlantic City by singing, “God brought us a whole new plan, baby. ‘Cause now you’re having my baby.”

Kardashian is just about 3 months pregnant. This will be the first child for both Kim and Kanye. The two were good friends for several years before starting their relationship, but were both in relationships at the time.

Shortly after the on stage announcement, Khloe Kardashian tweeted, “Keeping secrets is hard with so many family members! Especially when you are so freaking excited!!!” Kourtney added, “Been wanting to shout from the rooftops with joy and now I can.”

Lamar Odom also tweeted, “I’m excited for Kanye and my sister! There’s nothing like bringing life into this world! Let’s keep God’s blessings coming!”

Blair Stover wishes Kim, Kanye, and their baby the very best!

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Lindsay Lohan Could be Facing Jail Time

December 18, 2012

This morning, Lindsay Lohan’s probation was formally revoked in a Los Angeles courtroom though she was not present. This could eventually land Lohan back in jail.

Lohan lied to the police when she claimed she wasn’t behind the wheel in a car crash she was involved in back in June. Shawn Holley, Lohan’s attorney, was able to get the court hearing pushed back to January 15, when Lohan will be charged with three misdemeanor charges.

The three misdemeanor counts that Lohan will be charged with are counts of willfully, resisting, delaying, or obstructing a police officer; driving a vehicle on a highway with willful and wanton disregard for the safety of person or property; and giving false information to a police officer.

Lohan was placed on probation back in March after pleading no contest to stealing a necklace. The conditions of her probation were that she obeys all laws which she broke when the car crash charges were filed.

The most time Lohan could face in jail is 245 days since she already completed 120 days. Either way she’ll have to turn herself in for booking which will add another picture to her mug-shot collection.

Blair Stover says that Lohan will have to appear in court on January 7th in New York for the assault of Tiffany Mitchell.

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Jessica Biel Reveals Why it’s Awesome to be Married to Justin Timberlake

December 14, 2012

Jessica Biel recently told Ellen DeGeneres how amazing it is to be married to pop star, Justin Timberlake. In an interview for a magazine, Jessica lists out specific reasons as to what makes Justin the best husband ever.

Blair Stover has listed out 5 reasons why we should be jealous that Jessica Biel is now Mrs. Timberlake.

  1. Justin is a Southern gentleman, “he’s got all this influence from his grandma.”
  2. Marriage is about having someone with strong muscles around and “means always having someone there to open the pickle jar.”
  3. Biel now has some to have adventures and share all the ups and downs with.
  4. Justin bakes “unbelievable” pies, including a “three-layer pie and blueberry crunch cake.”
  5. Biel says she’s excited to have someone “to go swimming naked with” at all times.
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