Check it out Oprah, this is how you ruin your career!!! Yeahhhh! I'm awesome.
Well, the world has finally woken up and turned on Tom Cruise. Paramount Pictures' refused to renew Cruise's production and his popularity ratings have plummeted.
Marketing Evaluations Incorporated, the company that calculates the Q scores which measure a given celebrity's likeability factor, says the public's positive perception of Cruise has fallen by 40 percent, while the negative perception of the actor has jumped a whopping 100 percent.
Here's a Tom Cruise timeline I found on Yahoo.com, that is fantastic. Here's how to go from A-list to D-lister practically over night:
* The birth of TomKat, April 2005: Cruise jets to Italy to pick up a lifetime achievement award; much to the world's collective confusion, Katie Holmes accompanies him and the two engage in plenty of public canoodling.
* The passion of TomKat, May 2005: Cruise uses Oprah Winfrey's couch as a platform from which to trumpet his love for Holmes.
* The wrath of TomKat, May 2005: Cruise criticizes Brooke Shields for her "irresponsible" use of antidepressants to treat her postpartum depression.
* The wrath of TomKat, part 2, June 2005: Cruise calls Matt Lauer "glib" for suggesting that drugs such as Paxil and Ritalin might be beneficial in some cases, and calls the TV host out on his lack of knowledge about psychiatry, a subject in which Cruise claims to be well-versed.
* The engagement of TomKat, June 2005: Cruise jets to Paris with Holmes in tow; they scale the Eiffel Tower, where he pops the question; Cruise then announces momentous event at press conference.
* The aftermath of the wrath of TomKat, July 2005: Shields rebuts Cruise's remarks by penning an op-ed in the New York Times slamming his "ridiculous rant" against psychiatry.
* The reproduction of TomKat, October 2005: The betrothed couple announce that they have conceived an offspring.
* The OB/GYN skills of TomKat, November 2005: Cruise tells Barbara Walters he has purchased a sonogram machine to perform at-home ultrasounds on Holmes. The American College of Radiology objects and a California lawmaker is inspired to author a bill banning the use of such machines by anyone except trained professionals.
* The birth of TomKitten, April 2006: Cruise and Holmes announce the birth of their daughter, Suri, whose name supposedly means "princess" in Hebrew and "red rose" in Persian. Not to mention "pickpocket" in Japanese.
* The box-office effect of TomKat, May 2006: Mission: Impossible III opens below industry expectations, though still going on to gross a respectable $393 million worldwide.
* The power of TomKat, June 2006: Forbes magazine touts Cruise as the world's most powerful famous person. (But apparently this doesn't mean anything because he's losing face big time in the real world).
Cruise's attorney, Bert Fields recently told the New York Post, "Jumping on a couch on Oprah Winfrey because he's in love with Katie Holmes? That really deserves the death penalty?
The answer to this question Mr. Fields is yes, yes it does.
Justin Timberlake just put his freshly pedicured foot back in his mouth. Shortly after he finished dissing Miami by saying he's glad the MTV VMAs are back in New York this year, he trashed American Idol Taylor Hicks.
Timberlake told Fashion Rocks magazine the 29-year-old soul singer "can't carry a tune in a bucket."
TImberlakes thoughts on A.I.:
"I have a strange relationship with that show," Timberlake tells the magazine in an interview. "I despise it, and yet I'm completely fascinated."
Timberlake's thoughts on Hicks:
"The guy who won — people think he looks so normal, and he's so sweet, and he's so earnest, but he can't carry a tune in a bucket. Do you realize how much pressure it is to put on somebody all of a sudden?"
Timberlake, a member of boy band 'N Sync who is now pursuing a solo career, also said: "If he has any skeletons whatsoever; if, God forbid, he's gay, and all these people in Mississippi who voted for him are like, `Oh, my God, I voted for a queer!' It's just too much pressure."
Liz Morentin, a representative for Hicks' record label, RCA, declined to comment Thursday.
OK, NOW HERE'S THE REALLY IMPORTANT PART OF THE STORY WHERE TIMBERLAKE'S PR CRONIE SQUABBLES TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THE REPORTER SCREWED UP:
Ken Sunshine, Timberlake's representative, said the 25-year-old singer's comments "were taken completely out of context."
"He has tremendous affection for Taylor Hicks' success," Sunshine told The Associated Press on Thursday. "He would never say anything that personal about somebody he's never met. He only wishes him the best."
Yeah, right. The same way he wishes Britney the best.
I just stumbled upon this USA Today article that claims women like techie toys more than shoes.
I say it's hogwash. Women want tech toys AND shoes. I'd personally take a pair of fall Manolos over a cell phone any day.
Here it is:
Study: Women like tech toys more than shoes
An Oxygen Network survey released Tuesday found that more than three out of four women said they'd choose the TV over a diamond solitaire necklace. Women preferred a top-of-the-line cellphone to designer shoes by a similar margin. And a little white iPod narrowly trumped a little black dress.
These are among the results of the Girls Gone Wired survey by market researcher TRU for Oxygen. TRU surveyed 1,400 women and 700 men 15 to 49 years old to compare tech attitudes among the sexes.
The findings suggest advertisers need to address a broad audience and not talk down to women. Advertisers are best served communicating lifestyle benefits of tech products by showing what's useful about them, rather than focusing on specifications, Oxygen says.
"There have been some missed opportunities to market consumer electronics to women," says Steve Koenig, senior manager of industry analysis for the Consumer Electronics Association, whose research reveals only subtle differences between the sexes in their attitudes toward technology.
In the Oxygen survey, 59% of women agreed with the statement "Women are much more tech savvy than they give themselves credit for." Among the men, just 38% agreed.
"Men and women are equally competent in the technology arena," says Oxygen CEO Geraldine Laybourne.
Katie Richardson, 25, a project manager for an elevator company in Chicago, says family members come to her for help setting up iTunes or fixing a digital camera. "I love figuring out all the different functions," she says.
Still, just 35% of women agreed that "most of the time people rely on me for technology help," vs. 54% of men.
However tech-savvy they are, women are typically the decision makers when it comes to buying.
"From every piece of data we've seen, by and large, household budgets are controlled by women," says Randy Komisar, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a prominent venture-capital investment firm. But they are "far more oriented toward solutions rather than tools."
Kristen McDonnell, CEO of LimeLife, a producer of mobile content for women 15 to 35, agrees. "Women are power users of the Internet now in terms of MySpace pages, e-commerce and photo sharing."
New York City College of Technology radiology student Shavonn Tatum, 26, is passionate about gadgets. "I love technology and can't wait to graduate so I can buy things I really want," she says.
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I've got dibs on Cher's bed! She's doing this so she can shop more. We're so much alike!!!
Look what I found on:
Come October, the highest bidder can sleep in Cher's bed. It's one of 700 items from the superstar's Malibu home that will be auctioned beginning Oct. 3. The sale includes furniture, artwork, jewelry, a 2003 H2 Hummer and original costumes by Bob Mackie.
The auction is expected to bring in more than $1 million, said Lee Dunbar of Sotheby's, one of two firms administering the auction. The other firm is Julien's Auctions.
A "nice percentage" of the proceeds will benefit the Cher Charitable Foundation, the 60-year-old singer-actress said.
"I'm truly excited about it, having had this stuff for so many years," Cher told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "I'm only keeping about five items from everything I have."
She decided to put the items up for auction so she can redecorate.
"When I got off the road, something happened and I said, `You know, I think it's time to do something different,'" Cher said. "But my house is so full that there's no way to do something different unless I totally change it."
Cher has collected neo-Gothic art and furniture for more than 25 years. Among the items offered in the auction: a Gothic revival brass bed, circa 1865; an oak reading table; a pair of painted brass chandeliers; and a 16th-century terra-cotta figurine of Jesus Christ.
She plans to redo her home in a mix of styles inspired by Morocco and Tibet. "It sounds crazy, but I'm going to try to mix a whole bunch of cultures together."
About 200 pieces from her extensive wardrobe and costume collection will be sold, including outfits featured on "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" and an original Mackie-designed gown she wore to Oscars.
"The amount of costumes I have is staggering, so this doesn't even make a dent," she said.
She will also auction 85 pieces of jewelry, including beaded items she made herself.
Auction highlights will travel to Sotheby's locations in London, Chicago and New York before the full exhibition opens at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sept. 29. A preview exhibition is now on view at the Beverly Hilton.
"I have loved everything I ever bought," Cher said. "I have loved them and kept them for all these years and now it's time for them to go on."
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