The End of Neverland?

February 27, 2008 at 1:53 pm (PR) (, , )

Neverland 

It seems that Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is headed toward auction.  The 2,500-acre property in Los Olivos, Calif., might be sold at an auction on March 19 unless the pop star singer can pay the $24 million he still owes on the estate.  Jackson has not lived at Neverland since 2003, when police first raided his home while building a child molestation case against him.  Jackson originally purchased Neverland in 1988 for $17 million.  Since Jackson was acquitted of all charges in 2005, he immediately left the country.  Since his return to the United States more than one year ago, he has been living mainly in Las Vegas.  If the auction takes place, it will really diminish the property value.  The article states that the auction “would include not just the grounds and buildings on the property but all of the furnishings, appliances and various child-friendly accoutrements Jackson has added over the years, including ‘all merry-go-round-type devices.'” 

If I were Michael Jackon’s public relations specialist, I would sell the property off.  I think as long as Michael Jackson is tied to this child play haven, it will only cause more and more negative feelings toward him.  I feel the best way for Michael to move on from this issue is to remove himself completely from Neverland Ranch and its negative connotation.  Obviously if he hasn’t visited Neverland since 2003, it is something he can live without.  If this story develops or Michael takes no action, I think the media will take jabs at him.  Anyone accused of pedophilia, whether innocent or guilty, have few people that like the idea of them being around children again.  I feel his reputation is permanently tarnished as long as children are involved.  I feel it is better to cut Neverland off and disconnect himself from that real estate.

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Owen Wilson is Fit for Movies Again!

February 21, 2008 at 4:16 pm (PR) (, , )

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From E! News, Owen Wilson has confirmed that he will be back into production after his August 2007 hospitalization.  His new feature film is entitled “Marley & Me,” where Wilson and co-star Jennifer Aniston are a couple that adopts a neurotic and naughty dog that often misbehaves.  The story is based upon the bestselling memoir by John Grogan.  “Marley & Me” will now begin production March 10th. The shoot, which will take place in Miami, is expected to last through mid-May.  Hopeful release date will be Christmas 2008. 

If I were Owen Wilson’s publicist, I would be very pleased with this type of article being written.  Because of the seriousness of his suicidal attempts last fall, it is very encouraging to have light, less dramatic articles.  Since the incident happened last August, it is appropriate to be putting Wilson back into the news more than six months later.  I feel that it has been a good amount of time and reporters are again willing to approach Wilson.  I would encourage journalists, if they must touch on the subject, to do it briefly and make it not the subject of a piece.  I feel that there are a lot of privacy concerns that should not be touched upon in a malicious manner.  Even in a world where Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton all have rehab problems and are constantly under the ever watchful eye of the paparazzi, I feel the media has shown great respect towards Wilson.  I would encourage more reporters to reach out to Wilson about his future film projects.

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Genocide Olympics?

February 13, 2008 at 12:48 pm (PR) (, , , )

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CBS2.com is reporting that film director Steven Spielberg has decided not to serve as an artistic adviser for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Beijing.  He said he simply can’t reconcile working on the Olympics while China and other nations were not doing enough to ease the suffering in Darfur.  Spielberg’s decision comes as activists worldwide focus on the Olympics as a way to urge Beijing to exert its political leverage on Sudan’s government to help end the crisis in Darfur.   Spielberg goes on to talk about how China buys about two-thirds of Sudan’s oil exports, and in return China sells weapons to the Sudanese government.  Mia Farrow and several humanitarian groups had been critical of Spielberg for continuing to work on the games, even as the Sudanese military said it bombed three towns in West Darfur last week.  Spielberg has sent letters urging China to take a stronger stance against Sudan but now his conscience is pointing him toward spending his time and energy on the relief effort instead of the ceremonies.    

If I were Steven Spielberg’s publicist, I would compliment him for his decision to completely pull out of being the artistic adviser to the Olympics.  This decision is a very smart one because he has stopped waffling in the middle and has taken a side to withdrawal.  This says a lot about the character of Spielberg, because he knows his artistic ability is powerful and respected and he does not want to take the chance to tarnish it by supporting a country that refuses to give significant aid.  This statement sends a message to other countries, other individuals and athletes, who haven’t taken a strong stance on Darfur up to now.  This is great publicity for Spielberg, because now he looks like a strong enthusiast for a good cause.  I think Spielberg really changed his mind to fully support the Darfur cause after learning more about the situation.  I think he was going off what people told him before, and then when he was able to talk to people it really effected, he decided to take a stronger stance.  I think this will not have a negative impact on his career at all, if anything it will only make him look more human and approachable in contrast to a celebrity.  

Jill Savitt, director of the activist group Dream for Darfur, says that China has taken small steps to help ease the people of Darfur’s suffering.  “The Olympics are China’s debut on the world stage, and Beijing wants the Olympics to go well,” Savitt said. ”Unless China acts now to resolve the crisis in Darfur, the Beijing Games will best be remembered as the genocide Olympics.”

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Ledger Dies from Overdose

February 6, 2008 at 5:18 pm (PR) (, , , )

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All the hype and all the buzz regarding Heath Ledger’s death can be put to rest now.  However, now the real gossip and questions regarding Ledger’s death have only begun.  After medical examinations reported on Wednesday (Feb. 6), the young actor died from “the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.” (EW.com) In english, Ledger died from  painkillers, anti-anxiety pills, and sedating sleep aids.  The lesson we are able to walk away with is that even celebrities who have all the money for the best doctors, lawyers, and trainers, are still human.     

 

If I were Ledger’s publicist, and I knew that he was taking all these pills, I would definitely want to know why. Is it because he was stressed from his movies, or worried about playing a part a certain way?  I would come out and explain why he was on all these medications and describe why it was imperative for him to be on them.  This issue is very important because in no way does a young brilliant actor deserve to have his or his families careers tarnished by this death.  

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