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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Media-Whore D'Oevres



(image via andrewsulliavn)



"For the second time in recent years, (Oprah's) making a strong case for that title by taking her entire staff and their families on vacation. This time they're going on a lavish Mediterranean cruise. Winfrey and her staff will leave Chicago on Saturday. The cruise ship will stop in Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Malta. She is covering transportation, food, drinks and activities at port stops. In 2005, Winfrey celebrated the end of her 'Wildest Dreams' season by surprising her staff with an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii. According to Chicago-based Best Travel, a cruise like the one Winfrey is taking her staff on costs about $5,400 a person." (SunTimes)



"It was the night the celebrities got the chance to prove that they had talent too. The model was a judge alongside Louis Walsh and Jeremy Clarkson at the Hoping's Got Talent charity bash in London's Cafe de Paris. But being an impartial observer proved beyond Kate, who invaded the stage and did her level breast to shock sozzled celebrity onlookers. It was one hell of a messy night. Kate, 35, had earlier knocked back a succession of triple vodkas as she judged a variety of star acts for charity. She had whooped as her boyfriend Jamie Hince jumped on stage playing guitar beside Lily Allen, singing Dream A Little Dream." (Thisislondon)



"Guest of a Guest chronicles night life from the city and the Hamptons through dozens of daily posts and photographs. For followers of such coverage, the coin of the realm has traditionally been exclusivity, a sneering velvet-roped rejection. But GofG, as it calls itself, gives civilian readers the illusion that they can attend these parties, too, as virtual guests. Who would believe that the effusiveness of Nebraska Nice could sell? But in bad-news times, maybe that’s precisely why it does: the site, Ms. Hruska said, which began on April 1, 2008, broke even just this month. The main draw of Guest of a Guest is its interactive show, not tell. Ms. Hruska invites visitors to identify themselves in the party photos, automatically setting up their own page — or 'gallery'— on the site. Venues and events also have their own pages. By capitalizing on the bottomless self-regard of the city’s young partygoers, Ms. Hruska generates waves of buzz, as well as the branding, bartering and back-scratching that attracts readers, party sponsors and advertisers. 'Inside the Web world, there’s a healthy respect for anyone who gets attention and traffic,' said Lockhart Steele, the founder of Curbed.com, a network of urban blogs, and a former editorial director of Gawker Media. 'And she’s definitely done that.'" (NYTimes/Style)

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