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Intelligencer: June 13-20

W's cousin stands up for the media, Mike Meyers as guru, Viagra: the movie, and more.

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It Happens This Week
• Santana, Alanis Morissette, Ringo Starr all perform
• Bryant Park’s first alfresco flick: ‘The Way We Were’
• Met plays ‘Tosca’ in Central Park
• Batman Redux!
• Father’s Day
• Trinidad & Tobago World Steelband Music Festival 2005 at MSG
• Damon Wayans at the Apollo Theater

W.’s Cousin Stands Up for the Media
Will Access Hollywood start reporting on WMDs next?
Apparently it took Brangelina to get a member of the Bush family to take a stand for journalistic freedom. Last week, publicists at the Mr. & Mrs. Smith junket forced reporters to sign draconian contracts forbidding them from asking personal questions. (Angelina Jolie’s codifies her ability to “terminate the interview,” keep the tape, obtain a restraining order, or sue.) But W.’s cousin, Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush, refused. Which meant Access was uninvited to the junket, while its competitors—Entertainment Tonight and Extra, along with CNN and others—acquiesced, handing over the signed contracts to Brad Pitt’s and Jolie’s handlers before sitting down to fawn. None would comment on the record or even confirm having caved. “We were willing to do what we needed to do to report on the movie,” says a rep for a rival show. Brad Pitt’s publicist, Cindy Guagenti, says she “just added the personal stuff” to the document she usually makes journalists sign, restricting resale of their story. (She didn’t make Diane Sawyer sign when she interviewed Pitt, and sure enough, she pressed him on Jolie.) Access is getting as much mileage as it can from the situation—its executive producer, Rob Silverstein, says, “We fall under the guidelines of NBC News, the same rules as Brian Williams.” Bush wrote on his blog on June 9 that “to sign that agreement is to present yourself as a tool.”
—Kate Pickert


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