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Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Show Must Go On

It Takes a Handler to Make a StarHollywood is still reeling from the murder of prominent publicist Ronni Chasen, who was gunned down late Monday night, after attending the "Burlesque" premiere. Chasen was promoting the film for the 2011 Academy Awards, hoping to get an Oscar nomination for the film's soundtrack. According to the Beverly Hills Police, Chasen was found with five gunshot wounds at around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning in her Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan, which had crashed into a light pole. Chasen was still alive when 911 was called. Witnesses say she was struggling to breath and had a bloody nose. It is still unknown if Chasen was the victim of a random shooting, an attempted robbery or carjacking or a targeted attack. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office stated that it may be some time before results of an autopsy will be released but its believed that Chasen died from loss of blood from her wounds.

Ronni Chasen and Morgan Freema[so]n.

Chasen's car after she hit the light pole.

Besides "Burlesque," Chasen was also working on 2011 Academy Award campaigns for Best Picture for Tim Burton's blatant MK adventure "Alice in Wonderland" and Best Supporting Actor for Michael Douglas (handler and husband of Catherine Zeta-Jones) in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." According to the New York Times, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, a client of Ms. Chasen’s, are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of her killer.

This past week, Christina Aguilera received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Christina met over a thousand fans in front of the Hard Rock Café on Hollywood Boulevard on Monday and took pictures with her mother.

Images courtesy of Bauer Griffin Online.

Hail Satan!

Thursday night, Cher cemented her hands in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Images courtesy of Splash News.

"Burlesque" hits theatres November 24th.


  1. There's something to the title of this movie..I think that Chasen was thought of as something of a legend in Hollywood circles, as she was an ace publisist that helped to make 'stars'...if you get me?
    Lol - hail Satan!
    P.S. Aguilera is getting more and more unrecognisable as time passes...just an observation

  2. That's a great point. Publicists, managers and other handlers are important members of a celebrity entourage. They create the image of the star for us to believe and keep them in check when they find themselves in trouble. Look at how Charlie Sheen is still the highest paid actor on television and how the media has him looking like the charming ladies man he's always seemed to be, even after his latest scandal. Meanwhile, the pornstar/prostitute who was also part of said scandal came out looking like a desperate thief, hooker, whore, and extortioner. Sheen gets to continue sleeping around with prostitutes and doing loads of blow, even while still on probation. When Lindsay Lohan was caught doing cocaine on probabtion, she went to jail, then rehab. Double standard or are Sheen's people just better at taking care of damage control?