Up in the Air film – George Clooney

A new George Clooney film, Up in the Air, directed by Jason Reitman is being released through Paramount in cinemas at the end of this year (2009), and is based on a book by Walter Kirn.  The film is a about a businessman who is a frequent traveller, flys and stays a lot in hotels – in fact pretty much all the time.  George Clooney in the film plays a businessman called Ryan Bingham whose ambition is to collect a vast amount of airmiles!  The film features brand positioning with partners American Airlines and upscale hotel brand Hilton Hotels.

You can find more information on the Up in the Air movie on the link below:

http://www.theupintheairmovie.com/

Up in the Air is in cinemas in the US in December and elsewhere from Janaury!

Check out the trailer for Up in the Air…

Andre Agassi used Crystal Meth

In advance of Andre Agassi’s autobiography book launch, the former tennis star has admitted using Crystal Meth with his assistant back in 1997.  It really does make me wonder how many other sports stars used various drugs.  Agassi was quizzed back over 10 years ago about his use of drugs to which he denied ever doing so, despite testing positive.  How many other did this and got away with it?

Still, I think Andre Agassi is great and one of the most inspirational tennis players ever!

See below for a link to the story on the BBC website.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8329193.stm

Interesting Reads – PR and Competitive Advantage

There is a blog that I regularly read by a well known author of marketing books – Seth Godin.  Two of his most recent postings relating to Launch PR and Competitive Advantage are particularly interesting and I have thus provided links to the blog and the two articles in question below:

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/

Posting on Launch PR: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2008/09/the-myth-of-lau.html

Talks briefly about whether large launch campaigns are require, or whether a company can reply on PR in the aftermath of launch (i.e. reviews, articles on the company/product/service, blogs).

Posting on Competitive Advantage: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2008/09/your-competitiv.html

“What makes it likely that more than a few rational people will consider their options and choose you or your company or your organization?”

Video Vixen – Book Finished!!

I mentioned in a posting yesterday that I had just started a book called “Confessions of a Video Vixen”, well, I have Just finished reading the book by Karrine Steffans aka Superhead!

An interesting read and insight into the life of a woman who was trying to make her way in life against many obstacles. By the end of the book Karrine had had encounters with Kool G Rap, Ice T, Ja Rule, Fred Durst, Dr Dre, Ray J, Shaq O’Niell, Bobby Brown, Jay Z, Irv Gotti, P Diddy, DMX, Vin Diesel, Xzibit, Usher and a guy she called ‘Papa’ – who has since had his identity announced as Method Man.

A Worthwhile read, easy to follow and flows well. You can check Karrine’s website: www.karrine.com

Video Vixen – Karrine Steffans

Hey Everyone, this is my first blog posting for a couple of years on my brand new blog. More to come and hope you enjoy!

I was in Borders bookstore in Canary Wharf, London last weekend. I went into buy “Hotel Babylon”, which of course did buy. However was drawn also to the bargain section – “All books for £1”. Flicking through it I found a book that I had previously looked at in other stores – “Confessions of a Video Vixen” by Karrine Steffans. Karrine Steffans was a model and video girl, but now is an aurthor and owns her own publishing company. Check out her website:

http://www.karrine.com/

This book is actually a very good read, very informative and a great insight into the life of a woman wanting to make it in life. I am currently halfway through the book and already there have been mentions of Kool G Rap, Ja Rule, Ice T, Fred Durst, and Dr Dre, and her encounters with them.

It is an easy read and well worth the time. I will probably finish it off this weekend!