Monthly Archives: May 2016

Bad PR Causes Johnny Depp to Tank at the Box Office


Johnny Depp has had a week no one would envy.

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has had to deal with the passing of his mother, the end of his marriage, allegations of physical abuse, and now a bomb at the box office.

Amber Heard, Depp’s wife of the past fifteen months, just filed for divorce in Los Angeles citing irreconcilable differences as grounds to end the marriage. Legal papers were filed three days after the death of Depp’s mother.

The Hollywood couple had met while filming the 2011 movie “The Rum Diary,” were married in a private ceremony in February of 2015, and have no children together.

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Zuckerberg Meeting Damages Facebook Brand


Mark Zuckerberg just made a bad problem worse.

The Facebook founder recently held a public relations-oriented meeting with some of the nation’s leading conservative figures to address the bias that was revealed in the social media site’s Trending Topics section.

The meeting with the reported seventeen conservative notables was said to have lasted approximately one hour.

Despite the participants having been bound by confidentiality agreements and the gathering having been off-limits to the press, a surprising amount of information concerning the meeting has leaked out.

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Movie Star Clooney Attacks Political Star Trump


Back in March of 2016, George Clooney slammed then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The left-handed swipe came in the form of an email pitch that was sent to supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“If you listen to the loudest voices out there today, you’d think we’re a country that hates Mexicans, hates Muslims, and thinks that committing war crimes is the best way to make America great again,” Clooney wrote.

The actor claimed that “the only thing that would prevent America from being great would be to empower these voices.”

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Sanders Supporters May Gravitate toward Trump


Protesters recently took to the streets of the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park.

Contrary to what some may be thinking, the demonstration was not yet another attempt to block an appearance by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Rather, it was a protest that was aimed at disrupting a campaign stop by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Supporters of Clinton’s Democratic rival Bernie Sanders repeatedly interrupted the Democratic  frontrunner as she attempted to deliver a stump speech to her backers.

Protesters chanted, “She’s not with us,” forcing Clinton to abbreviate her speech to a mere 14 minutes.

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Walking the D.C. Red Carpet at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner


Ever since the Obamas moved into the White House, the image and ambiance of Washington, D.C. has been transformed.

Apart from the policies put forth by the president that have altered the national landscape, the nation’s capital has slowly turned into Hollywood East.

It is not merely that the press has treated the First Family as if they were A-list movie stars, or that the president and his wife have appeared on more entertainment television programs than all of their predecessors combined, it is the manner in which Washington, D.C. has taken on the attributes of the entertainment capital of the world.

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