Bonnie Says: Traditional Hollywood Stars Like Tom Cruise Are Out– Reality Stars Like & Kim Kardashian Are The New A-Listers!

Fri, June 25, 2010 1:12pm EDT by 15 Comments
Posted Fri, June 25, 2010 1:12pm EDT

Sorry Establishment A-Listers, but you’ve been replaced! Reality stars have officially taken over as THE celebs that America wants to watch most on their TVs and on their movie screens.

IPeople may not want to publicly admit it but instead of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, stars of the new action film Knight and Day, they secretly really  want to know ALL about warring ex-fiances, The Bachelors’ Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi. The Bachelor Break-up actually trumps Tom’s blockbuster as the need-to-know EVENT of the week.

At the premiere of Grown Ups in New York City this week, who did the fans scream for most? No it wasn’t the A-List stars of the film, Adam Sandler and Salma Hayek. Instead, it was Jersey Shore’s infamous Snooki, Jwoww and Ronnie. I was there and nicely dressed young women nearly trampled me on the way out of the theatre, trying to get a snapshot of Snooki!

Don’t believe me? Well, let’s discuss TV shows with recent HUGE ratings. That would be American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, and So You Think You Can Dance. Then consider that The Bachelor, Real Housewives of New York, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kendra, The City, and The Celebrity Apprentice have all had their biggest ratings ever this year.

Then consider the state of traditional sitcoms and dramas. They’ve pretty much all seen better days.

There used to be a celebrity pecking order that magazine editors believed in when they determined who to feature on their covers. They were convinced that newsstand sales could be juiced-up first by first movie stars, then TV stars, then music stars. Of course, reality stars didn’t exist in those days. I can confidently tell you however , that the old sales rule has now been kicked into the trash can.

You only had to look at  People magazine this week to see the new paradigm in action. On the cover  is The Bachelor’s Jake Pavelka, telling HIS side of the breakup story. Shockingly way inside the mag you’ll find  Tom Cruise in a “20 Questions”-style interview as part of the promotion for his film Knight and Day. Also deep inside– a feature on the former biggest box office star in the world, Harrison Ford, who finally married his longtime girlfriend, TV star Calista Flockhart. Let me point out that it wouldn’t have been all that  long ago that Tom or Harrison would only have “cooperated” with People, or any other magazine, if they were GUARANTEED the cover.

But you see, the Hollywood landscape has been transformed by the reality star tsunami.

Let me also remind you about other reality stars besides Jake, Vienna and the Jersey Shore crew that we’ve REALLY cared about in the past year.

We held our breaths while Celebrity Apprentice star Bret Michaels recovered from a brain hemorrhage. We followed the trials and tribulations of Kate Gosselin through her split  from Jon, we followed every detail of Khloe Kardashian’s wedding to Lamar Odom, we were horrified/fascinated when both Kendra and Danielle Staub had sex tapes, and we couldn’t get enough of the Bethenny/Jill Zarin feud! Yes, some would say it’s sad…but it’s true, we have CARED about these people!

So how did reality stars WIN?! How did they kick the traditional A-Listers to the curb? For one thing, they are far more accessible than A-Listers. They happily talk to reporters on red carpets at events instead of walking right on by. They even return reporters phone calls and do easily set-up interviews. They are genuinely friendly to the press and their own fans. They LOVE their fame and don’t run away from it.

All of this accessibility is contradictory to what traditional celebrity publicists believe in and allow their A List clients to do. Part of the appeal of reality stars is that they seem “more like us” than traditional Hollywood stars. That’s partly because many of them really are more like us. They aren’t as wealthy as old Hollywood stars us. They still live and travel amongst us, without bodyguards. So we relate to them more easily.

Also, because they are accessible and talk to the press, they feed their fans very regularly with tv and internet sound bites and tidbits about their own lives… and their fans LIKE that. Fans aren’t turned off by seeing and reading about their favorite reality stars on a daily basis.

Traditional Hollywood publicists were adamant that “overexposure” would kill their star client’s careers. That’s why they limited their magazine covers, controlled what their stars said and certainly NEVER let them talk about their personal lives.

The result– they made their A-Listers BORING!

And VERY BORING compared with the new fan friendly, blabby reality stars, who are much more like us.

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So there you have it– that’s why we are far more fascinated with Kate Gosselin than Katie Holmes.

One more key point: today’s young rising stars are now taking their cues from reality stars, NOT the old A Listers. Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, have recently been giving many friendly interviews to all kinds of press. At their June 24th Eclipse premiere in LA they all walked the twilight -covered carpet and talked to virtually EVERY reporter, regardless of their affiliation. Even more than that- they repeatedly thanked their fans, talked to fans and sincerely explained that they’ve gotten to know many of their Twi-Hard followers. When’s the last time that Brad Pitt or Angie did that?

What do you think about this pecking order in Hollywood?

Let me know, and take a look at these pics and vote on my poll.

-Bonnie Fuller

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jakki

Posted at 4:50 PM on June 28, 2010  

Please don’t encourage these reality show celebrity wannabes to think they are REALLY stars that are more important than legitimate Hollywood actors! You don’t even have to be a Tom Cruise fan to know his star is REAL and will outshine some stupid Bachelor guy any day! I understand that it might be fashionable this week to talk about so-and-so from whatever reality show, but once that 15 minutes is over, baby, it’s COMPLETELY OVER for that reality person. No one will even remember these people’s names next year! I can tell you that me and most of my friends wouldn’t know “Vienna” from a vienna sausage. I don’t watch the show, so I’m only marginally aware of her now because she and her ex Bachelor boyfriend are plastered all over the Internet right now. And I’ll be darned if I would ever pick up a tabloid because Kate Gosselin is on the cover. (gag) Not on your life!

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just my opinion

Posted at 1:03 AM on June 28, 2010  

I don’t know, real celebrities..as in ones with actual talent.. last. Like for example Tom cruise, though alittle nutty, still makes money what, like 30 years after he began his career? Whereas on the other hand by the time the next bachelor is over, no one will give a friggen two cents where the hell vienna is. It HAS become alittle disconcerting though, that everytime I see coverage of some awards show, these reality “stars” are all front and center, though they have nothing to contribute to any category being presented…and with every new batch of them that comes in, the behavior and antics have to be more outrages as to outshine the previous obsessions.

In short, if what you say is true (though I do have my stubborn..maybe wishful..personal doubts), heaven help us all.

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just my opinion

Posted at 1:04 AM on June 28, 2010  

sorry, that would be “outrageous”…my bad

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Mia

Posted at 9:14 AM on June 27, 2010  

I think you’re totally wrong. Of course they are ok with all the attention, they are talentless!!! They are so grateful that anyone is taking their picture or talking to them, why wouldn’t they love it?? They have no actual skills or talents, they just got lucky and wound up on tv. And no way would I rather watch the Bachelor and his ex in a movie than Tom and Cameron. That’s just silly. I’m not even a fan of Tom or Cameron but they are real actors and they are both talented. That’s why they have been making movies for so long. I am a huge movie fan and I want my actors- they don’t have to be huge stars but real actors with real talent. I loathe reality tv- every idiot on earth now thinks than should be on tv. Sad.

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just my opinion

Posted at 1:08 AM on June 28, 2010  

True, and the worst part is it seems to attract the people with the lowest amount of class possible…maybe thats just so they wont have any scruples in making moral-less idiots of themselves on national television, or shaming their poor families who must be so mortified by the very public displays, but can do nothing but standby and watch.

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marjorie

Posted at 4:24 PM on June 26, 2010  

I AGREE WITH YOU. ONE MORE PICTURE OF SURI CRUISE BEING CARRIED AROUND BY KATIE WHICH IS A DAILY HAPPENING, UGH. IT’S EUALLY DISGUSTING TO ME WHEN ONE SHOWS WHICH SIDE THEY’RE ON IN REALITY STARS BY THE PICTURES THEY PUT WITH THEIR SKEWED “REPORTING?” ON A STORY. THESE NAYSAYERS ON HERE AND OTHER SITES PROFESS TO NOT BE INTERESTED IN A PERSON BUT RUN AN ARTICLE AND THEY’RE POSTING IMMEDIATELY THEIR ILL WISHES FOR THEM. I FIND IT VERY EASY TO AVOID PERSONS I’M NOT INTERESTED IN. THAT LITTLE CLICKER TAKES ME RIGHT PAST ANYTHING ABOUT ANYBODY. I CHOOSE TO READ.

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TMZ BABY

Posted at 6:43 PM on June 25, 2010  

Alrighty ther Bonnie, hold your f#cking horses, I’d rather see Tom on the big screen than any of your freaks ya call A listers now, whats wrong with you woman? Those freaks ya call Reality Stars will be gone and the real celebs with talent and class will always be shing ause they are the true STARS…so go take a valium bonnie and chill out for the weekend…

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TMZ BABY

Posted at 6:44 PM on June 25, 2010  

the true stars will always be stars..always…while your lil freaks will be runned down the toilet…chill Bonnie

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reanie

Posted at 5:44 PM on June 25, 2010  

Funny but all the “IN” reality stars are BUTT UGLY!! The actors are much more attractive. Sorry, it’s true.

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Lucy

Posted at 4:47 PM on June 25, 2010  

Ohmyfriggingod! Are you kidding? Reality “actors” are NOT stars…they are fame wannabes. They are boring, talentless and will not have longtime careers. Cruise and Diaz are stars. Bachelor/Bachelorette and other so-called “reality” (cough “staged and scripted”) celebrity wannabes come and go as the public loses interest in their advertiser photo ops and preplanned melodramas.

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escape

Posted at 4:05 PM on June 25, 2010  

You’re joking, right?

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staubber

Posted at 3:59 PM on June 25, 2010  

The thing is reality people have no real talent,except being on TV when there isn’t too much more to watch.

Networks start a new show in the fall, we get involved watching the show and then by spring its gone I mean WTF!

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galey

Posted at 2:52 PM on June 25, 2010  

Bonnie, what planet are you on????? You CANNOT be serious? As if Snooki and Vienna could replace the likes of Cameron Diaz and Katie Holmes….pleeeeeez…..I’m SICK of reality TV and all the NUTCASES!

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Paula

Posted at 2:40 PM on June 25, 2010  

Are you serious? Really? I can’t think of a more boring person than Kate Gosselin….

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jab

Posted at 1:30 PM on June 25, 2010  

hardly – no contest between Vienna mutt mutt with the bad teeth and cameron diaz

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