December 30, 2006
A recent visit from Seal turned into a punch-up, and a number of recent incidents have some locals riled as well.
"I'm embarrassed of our community," said Ricki McHugh, owner of McHugh Antiques on Aspen Square. Her store was overrun last week by paparazzi chasing Seal's wife, Heidi Klum. A visit from Jennifer Lopez earlier this week forced her to batten down the hatches against an aggressive mob of photographers.
J-Lo first visited McHugh Antiques on Thursday morning without incident, but when the star and entourage came back in the afternoon, the paparazzi pounced.
"The second time she came back, she was literally being chased down the street," McHugh said. The star eventually slipped behind closed doors and hid behind a painting in McHugh's shop. Photographers took pictures of the flustered star through the store window before she could escape to an awaiting car.
"This town has never been abused by the paparazzi like it is now," McHugh said. "It is embarrassing as a community to have people come to enjoy this beautiful place be harassed."
Read the rest HERE.
December 28, 2006
Cox is starring in the new US TV show DIRT about the world of a fictional celebrity tabloid and wanted information to help make the show more authentic.
She explains,"I came up to him and said, 'Look, you can stay in the park, but I need your phone number and I want to do some research for our show with you and he came into the writer's room and talked."
Cox insists the new show isn't about her getting back at celebrity magazines, adding, "This is absolutely no revenge on the tabloid media. "There's no way really to pay back the paparazzi. If anything, it's going to get worse, probably, because if they watch this, I can only imagine it getting worse. "I'm not paying anyone back, it's really just a good TV show."
December 20, 2006
A Downloadable Flyer Explaining Your Rights When Stopped or Confronted for Photography
The Photographer’s Right is a downloadable guide that is loosely based on the Bust Card and the Know Your Rights pamphlet that used to be available on the ACLU website. It may be downloaded and printed out using Adobe Acrobat Reader. You may make copies and carry them your wallet, pocket, or camera bag to give you quick access to your rights and obligations concerning confrontations over photography. You may distribute the guide to others, provided that such distribution is not done for commercial gain and credit is given to the author.
A Stand for Photographer’s Rights
The right to take photographs in the United States is being challenged more than ever. People are being stopped, harassed, and even intimidated into handing over their personal property simply because they were taking photographs of subjects that made other people uncomfortable. Recent examples have included photographing industrial plants, bridges, buildings, trains, and bus stations. For the most part, attempts to restrict photography are based on misguided fears about the supposed dangers that unrestricted photography presents to society.
Ironically, unrestricted photography by private citizens has played an integral role in protecting the freedom, security, and well-being of all Americans. Photography in the United States has an established history of contributing to improvements in civil rights, curbing abusive child labor practices, and providing important information to crime investigators. Photography has not contributed to a decline in public safety or economic vitality in the United States. When people think back on the acts of domestic terrorism that have occurred over the last twenty years, none have depended on or even involved photography. Restrictions on photography would not have prevented any of these acts. Furthermore, the increase in people carrying small digital and cell phone cameras has resulted in the prevention of crimes and the apprehension of criminals.
As the flyer states, there are not very many legal restrictions on what can be photographed when in public view. Most attempts at restricting photography are done by lower-level security and law enforcement officials acting way beyond their authority. Note that neither the Patriot Act nor the Homeland Security Act have any provisions that restrict photography. Similarly, some businesses have a history of abusing the rights of photographers under the guise of protecting their trade secrets. These claims are almost always meritless because entities are required to keep trade secrets from public view if they want to protect them.
December 18, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is being stalked by paparazzi in court, at least.
X17 Inc., a Los Angeles photo agency known for its images of stars in personal or embarrassing moments, has filed a $7.6 million federal copyright infringement lawsuit against Hilton.
Hilton's Los Angeles-based site, PerezHilton.com, posts tabloid photos of celebs and adds cheeky captions and rudimentary doodles.
The suit claims Hilton used 51 photographs without permission, payment or credit, including images of a pregnant Katie Holmes, Kevin Federline pumping gas and Britney Spears showing her, um, assets.
"We've had trouble with a lot of bloggers," X17 co-owner Brandy Navarre told the Los Angeles Times for a story on its Web site. "But he's the biggest, and the most arrogant and pigheaded about it, frankly.
"He is stealing our images and costing us money every day," she said.
Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, said he believes he has done nothing illegal.
"I am going to vigorously defend myself," he said. "I am willing to step up to the plate and fight for my rights and fight for the rights of all bloggers."
His attorney, Bryan Freedman, said Hilton has a legal right to make satirical or humorous use of newsworthy photographs.
If the copyright lawsuit succeeds, "the effect would be to eliminate the ability to comment on and transform photographs under the fair-use exception to the Copyright Act," Freedman said.
But X17's lawyer, John Tehranian, argued that Hilton "is basically free-riding on the labor and efforts of X17 and its photographers who stay up all night and roam the city."
Seven other photo agencies sent Hilton a joint letter demanding that he stop using their photographs but they have not sued, the Times said.
December 11, 2006
Ziegfeld Theater, 7pm screening
Arrival area was in the shape of an 'L', two sided on the short side.
Photographers were packed in tight like cattle going to the slaughter.
Talent were relatively cooperative; Matt Damon and wife posed, DeNiro posed (shocking!), Billy Crudup... then Brangelina showed up....
The walked up the middle of the street from 6th ave towards the premiere. Together they walked past the fans smiling and holding hands. They then posed for the photogs.
They posed together along the short side of the 'L', but broke off once they reached the corner. Pitt ran in and Jolie did interviews.
Calling the list was a mess. Universal had their list and we had ours. The list universal list was called, allowing those shooters to take a place first, to be followed by 'our' list.
Things got really fouled up from that point on. Shooters first on the list wound up in the 2nd and third row. People who showed up last, wound up in the front row. Tempers flared as shooters jostled for position.
At 7:30 in the MORNING their were already 8 people waiting. Anyone know what time the first shooter arrived?
December 10, 2006
We know pop princess Britney Spears has been enjoying her boozed panty-free nights out but is she also a pill popper? According to In Touch weekly, Britney Spears dined at celebrity eatery Dan Tana's this week and was spotted leaving the joint with a glass of wine as she walked to her car. According to sources while Britney paid a visit to the ladies' room, where she plopped her purse down on the counter and in front of several witnesses opened her bag to reveal a bounty of pills inside.
One eyewitness told the magazine, "There was a bottle of Paxil (an antidepressant) and a bottle of Xanax (for anxiety) that she took out and put on the counter. It looked like a pharmacy in there." The magazine also claims in their latest issue that Britney has allegedly been spending a lot of time in the rest rooms of clubs and after-hours parties lately. If you know that every move you make is watched or photographed, you’d think she would be a little more cautious…after all, this is Hollywood, news spreads like fire.
December 9, 2006
At the VH1 Big in ’06 Awards we got to interview the infamous "Queen of All Media" Perez Hilton on the green carpet. Several photo agencies have joined forces and filed a lawsuit against the blogger claiming that he steals their photos and makes profit off them. We thought we'd ask him about the lawsuit to see what he had to say about it.
If you're familiar with his blog, its no secret that Perez is obsessed with Paris Hilton...I mean for God’s sake he named himself Perez Hilton. Well, our interview was cut short with the blogger when Perez spotted Paris and just left the interview to run after the heiress. He ran off to her only to be ignored while she chatted away on her cell phone.
December 8, 2006
Celeb blogger facing more legal woes
In an unprecedented show of solidarity, a group of seven paparazzi agencies have joined forces to seek millions of dollars from celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
The legal action follows a lawsuit filed last week by the X17 photo agency against Mario Armando Lavandeira, who runs the popular PerezHilton.com site. Alleging copyright infringement, X17 is seeking $7.5 million (all figures U.S.) as well as a court order allowing U.S. Marshalls to seize Lavandeira’s computer and domain name.
Nicholas A. Penkovsky, lawyer for a group made up of Splash News and Picture Agency, Philip Ramey Photography, Most Wanted Pictures, Insight News & Features, Flynet Pictures, World Entertainment News Network, and Bauer-Griffin sent Lavandeira a letter on Nov. 29 demanding payment for all photographs he has published on his Web site since 2003 without authorization.
“These photographs have been reproduced, displayed and distributed on the Website all without my clients’ permission or consent,” reads the letter, which accuses Lavandeira of violating federal and state laws.
Gary Morgan, co-owner of... READ MORE HERE!
December 7, 2006
Everyone's seen Britney's crotch -- Now What? The Pop Stars Rash of Flashing Has Left a Bad Taste in Many Mouths
By SHEILA MARIKAR and JONANN BRADY
Dec. 7, 2006 — For Britney Spears, the third time was a charm.
After flashing her private parts to the paparazzi three times in one week, generating scores of grotesquely detailed Internet images and a flurry of questions about her behavior, Spears says she's putting on some panties.
The Web site of the onetime pop princess and recently separated mother of two greets fans with a sheepish apology: "Every move I make at this point has been magnified more than I expected, and I probably did take my new found freedom a little too far. Anyway, thank God for Victoria Secret's new underwear line!"
Even if Spears covers up her bottom from now on, the pictures of her private parts and the ramifications of a flash-happy celebrity remain in the public consciousness.
For better... READ MORE HERE!
Britney Spears jokes about "panty-gate" paparazzi furore
Los Angeles (ANTARA News) - Pop princess Britney Spears has spoken out about a string of recent photos showing her partying minus her underwear, admitting that she had probably taken her new-found freedom "too far".
Paparazzi photos of Spears out on the town in Los Angeles -- along with celebrity socialite Paris Hilton -- have appeared regularly in recent weeks following news of the singer's split from husband Kevin Federline.
But mother-of-two Spears, 25, who became famous for her clean-cut, wholesome image in the early stages of her career, has raised eyebrows by being repeatedly caught on camera wearing no underwear.
Spears said in a diary entry on her official website that while she had been surprised by the recent publicity, she acknowledged she might have overdone the celebrating.
"Every move I make at this point has been magnified more than I expected, and I probably did take my new-found freedom a little too far," Spears was quoted by AFP as saying.
"Anyway, thank God for Victoria's Secrets' new underwear line," she added, in a joky reference to the "pantygate" headlines. "I look forward to a new year, new music and new me."
Spears filed for divorce from husband of two years on November 6. The couple have two children. (*)
Paparazzi Snubs Perez At VH1 Awards Show; Says Hilton: 'I Render Publicists Useless'
Well, here's a shocker: Perez Hilton, both the friend and foe of celebutantes and Us Weekly editors everywhere, was asked to appear at VH1's Big In '06 Awards show. The paparazzi, many of whom are pissed at Perez for the unauthorized posting of photos, refused to snap his photo on the red carpet. (Imagine that: a blogger snubbed by paparazzi at an awards show. Crazy.)
Meanwhile, Hilton has a refreshing-if-cocky take on the PR establishment, and said so to PRWeek:
PRWeek: What kind of treatment do you get from the entertainment establishment?
Hilton: It depends. I think and hope most of them enjoy it and get a kick out of it, and find it entertaining and informational. Some may not. Some may find me threatening because I speak the truth. I sometimes render publicists useless. Before, publicists could do damage control and spin things and use their tricks to make sure that information that got out was information they wanted to get out, and it got out the way they wanted it to. And that's not necessarily the case anymore. Now they can't threaten me and they don't have any control over me. I'm kind of like this renegade doing my own thing. But I think now they have resigned themselves to my existence. If I was a celebrity weekly, a publicist would be like: If you continue to write this about my client then I'm going to cut off all my other clients and none of them will talk to you. But now, I can say "I don't care because I don't need access to your clients."
December 5, 2006
Book release party/birthday party.
New York Photographer Steve Azzara launches his 2nd book from Tiger Press,
IMPORTRAITS: The Import Models, while cover model and # 1 East Coast Import Model, Jasmine Mai celebrates her birthday at FLOW 150 Varick Street (between Spring and Vandam)
Jasmine and some 20 other import models will be available for a photo op at 9:30 pm.
These are the beautiful girls you see at car shows around the country throughout the year. Don't miss this one!
Press members are invited for the photo op and to party the night away.
Press MUST RSVP to Tony at JENNARAZZI@AOL.COM
Book can be seen at Importraits.net
December 1, 2006
Victoria Beckham was snubbed by paparazzi after she tried to control pictures taken of her at an awards ceremony.
Prior to the Bambi arts awards, held in Germany, the former Spice Girl handed out an agreement for photographers to sign which stated she wanted copies of all the snaps and the ability to use them for promotional purposes.
The document limited the number of pictures that could be published of Victoria's gold embroidered Osaka Hilton gown.
It also restricted the snappers from revealing any "confidential information" they might learn about her during the ceremony.
The Associated Press (AP), Reuters and two German photo agencies rejected the agreement, so in desperation organisers drew up a separate agreement allowing them to cover the event as long as they promised only to take photos of Victoria on the red carpet.
AP chose to snub the event altogether while the other photographers agreed but refused to photograph Victoria in protest.
A source said: "The gown was hideous anyway. It looked like a bedspread. What has she got to hide?"
November 30, 2006
In court papers filed today, X17, the owners of X17online.com, seek over $7.5 million in damages for Lavandeira’s infringing activities.
Mr. Lavandeira has been featured in countless magazines and newspapers and has appeared regularly on various television news outlets in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. GQ listed him in their Man of the Year issue; the AP and the LA Times have profiled him; the New York Post called him one of the 25 most powerful Latinos and he has appeared on almost every major U.S. network commenting on the day’s entertainment headlines. He is said to be shopping around a reality show and he is set to appear on MTV’s New Year’s Eve special. “Perez” claims he receives 2.5 million unique visitors each day on his website.
Mr. Lavandeira has regularly infringed on X17’s large scoops. While it usually takes weeks of effort by a team of photographers and reporters to break a story, for Mr. Lavandeira, it has been as simple as a right-click.
Mr. Lavandeira is profiting through advertisements on his site (one-week ads on his site go for between $9000 - $16,000) and has gained relative fame from the success of his blog, which, X17 contends, is due in large part to the quality and quantity of celebrity images he posts on his site, many of which are owned by X17.
X17 is repped for advertising by Gorilla Nation, the world’s largest online ad rep firm. As X17 made its foray into the world of celebrity blogs, they sought out Gorilla Nation to represent them to the brand marketing community. Gorilla Nation was excited to take on X17online.com as the first and largest celebrity photo agency to start their own website to allow the public direct, free and immediate access to the biggest stories in Hollywood, told with the most sought after images of the stars.
The Holiday premiere
November 30, 2006, 7pm
Tented arrival area with somewhat cooperative PR.
A-list was placed right after the outside shooters creating a long pap pit.
We did have a few shooters leave, as we were stacked a solid two rows deep and spots were limited. And we had to rip open the tent for ventilation.
Everyone posed. Kate with droopy hair, a stern Jude and a VERY leggy Cameron.
PR was even nice enough to give us a cast shot of Kate, Jude and Cameron.
From my reports there were 18 people on the list at 11am.
November 28, 2006
Paris Hilton Caught Up in Paparazzi Fight
The socialite’s bodyguard attacked a photographer
By: Entertainment News Staff
Paris Hilton and Bijou Phillips were caught up in a fight outside Los Angeles hotspot Mood on Wednesday night, according to Contactmusic.
The socialites were leaving the famous club after partying with Bruce Willis, Eddie Murphy and Lindsay Lohan, when they witnessed a clash that broke out in the street.
Hilton's bodyguard attacked a photographer who got too close to him; he pushed the man to the ground, yelling, "Don't ever touch me."
Paris tried to stop the conflict by signing photographs from the front seat of her silver Bentley, before driving off.
The 22-year-old wannabe actress is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton hotel chain. With homes in Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria, Beverly Hills and
the Hamptons, she is a notorious jetsetter and socialite.
Paris has posed for such publications as GQ, Vanity Fair and FHM. She has also actively contributed to numerous fashion circles, often collaborating with top designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Joey and T, Heatherette, Richard Tyler and Jeremy Scott at their shows.
She has also tried to enter the movie business. In 2001, Paris made a cameo appearance in Ben Stiller's film Zoolander. Hilton’s additional film credits include roles in the Kate Hudson movie Raising Helen, Nine Lives and Wonderland with Val Kilmer. She also appeared in the feature The Cat in the Hat with Mike Myers and Win A Date With Tad Hamilton, with Kate Bosworth and Topher Grace. She is currently filming a horror movie titled House of Wax. Her recent TV appearances include NBC's Las Vegas and FOX's The OC.
Paris Hilton's TV show, 'The Simple Life', has been recently canceled by Fox.
According to a statement released on Wednesday, the network declared that the main reason they canceled the fourth season of the show was because of their stacked schedule.
"At Fox we have a unique midseason situation," the network said. "We're enjoying solid performances by our returning shows and we've also already ordered full seasons of Prison Break, Bones and The War at Home. Collectively, we did not see a place for The Simple Life on our schedule this season."
Woody Harrelson Chokes Paparazzi
The actor got very violent when a reporter from tmz.com tried to videotape him
By: Elena Gorgan, Entertainment News Editor
'Unfortunately this is not the first or the last time the paparazzi have provoked an incident with a celebrity. Mr. Harrelson is evaluating all of his legal options
against the photographer'. This is how Woody's publicist's statement sounds like.
The incident occurred this Thursday, at about 10.30 PM, outside the club 'Element', a favorite among celebrities. Harrelson came out accompanied by three women and two other men and were almost immediately surrounded by a handful of photographers. The actor asked them (nicely, at first) to stop shooting and, soon enough, an altercation started between him and a reporter from tmz.com.
Harrelson, seeing he is not listened to, lashed out directly for the paparazzo’s neck and chocked him, after smashing his camera on the ground. When the reporter stopped a police car and told them about his near-death experience, the officers just refused to hear his story and drove off.
The photographer went straight to the police section, where he filed a complaint against the actor, liable now to be found guilty of vandalism, assault and battery. The police are currently running an investigation but evidence against the actor is pretty strong, as other cameramen have the whole struggle on tape and it comes out pretty obvious that Harrelson was the assailant and it wasn't just the reporter's fault, trying to pick up a fight with him, as the publicist is claiming.
Kate Hudson Tells Paparazzi to Back Off From Her Son
The actress is annoyed when her son is being photographed
The beautiful daughter of Goldie Hawn admits that being a public person means being constantly followed and photographed by the paparazzi, but she is adamant when it comes to her
son being given the same treatment from the press.
Hudson is married to the Black Crowes front man, Chris Robinson, and together they have a two-year-old son, Ryder Russel.
Recently, the child has been the object of a lot of media attention, mainly because his mother likes to dress him up and braid his hair as if he were a little girl.
Mad at the photographers for the great interest they show in Ryder, Kate went public and asked them to back off. The actress said: 'The only thing that bugs me is my son. When people are taking pictures of your kid, he doesn't know what he wants. He is two-and-a-half years old. He doesn't choose that and I think that's unfair. I try not to focus on it too much for his sake because that could be dangerous'.
Hudson had her own share of media attention as a child, as she grew up as the baby girl of one of Hollywood's most famous actresses. Besides, her step dad, actor Kurt Russell, whom she considers her real father, always insisted on not having his picture taken while in the presence of his children. And the paparazzi always did as he bid them to, which is why she now resorts to the same method.
Paparazzi Photoshopped Nicole's Photos
For the last time, Kidman is not pregnant!
By: Elena Gorgan, Entertainment News Editor
Ever since the Oscar-winning actress hooked up with country singer Keith Urban, the couple has been constantly plagued with stories about a pregnancy. And the tabloids just went
on and on (every two weeks, Nicole made the headlines with a 'baby bump'), until the two newlyweds felt compelled to take a stand.
Yesterday, Kidman's representative, Catherine Olim, came straight with the story, infirmed that her client is pregnant and claimed that the photos recently published were Photoshopped by the magazine that acquired them.
According to 'The Australian', a magazine called 'New Deal' paid approximately $20,000 for the pictures that were supposed to show the slender actress with a bit of a bump. When they saw that she was as svelte as always, the people from 'New Deal' had the images altered to show exactly what they wanted them to show.
'[I'm] Afraid they wasted their money. [Kidman's] not pregnant', Olim said about the pics. She then added that Nicole wouldn't be 'shooting a film, traveling to Rome for another film, and then shooting ANOTHER film if she were [pregnant]'.
As argument for being so sure that the Aussie is not with child, Olim brings her own testimony: she has seen Nicole with her very eyes. 'Incidentally, I'm virtually certain paparazzi are distorting photos to make her look pregnant. I've seen her, she's her regular slender self'.
Ashlee Simpson Flashes Paparazzi
The singer seems to be suffering from the Paris syndrome
By: Elena Gorgan, Entertainment News Editor
And we add another 'lady' to the list of famous women who don't know how to get out of cars. Or who wear too short skirts and don't know how to keep them down; whichever
you think Ashlee fits in.
The playback star recently adopted another hair-do to set her apart from older sister Jessica and a new, more sensual and erotic image. Ashlee even became a model for one of the most important women's lingerie companies, Victoria's Secret and she did a fine job until now.
The only thing that just doesn't feel right about the sexier-than-ever Ashlee are the granny panties she sported a few days ago at Hyde in Los Angeles and which she was kind enough to show to the entire world.
The singer came dressed in very short and very tight skirt and a moment's inattention led to the paparazzi hurriedly taking pictures of her inner thighs and underwear. Sure, the big bosses from Victoria's Secret won't be too pleased when they'll see what their model is flashing...
Anyway, this was a first for Jessica's younger sister and she may be excused. But, if she's not careful next time or won't pay enough attention when getting out of the car, she will definitely end up like... well, just take a look at Paris Hilton's numerous public flashings and you'll know exactly what we're trying to say.
Jackie Chan Tearfully Protests against Paparazzi
The actor took part in a silent protest against 'indecent' photos taken by paparazzi
By: Elena Gorgan, Entertainment News Editor
The actor and many other tens of people marched the streets of Hong Kong in a silent rally headed to the government's headquarters. The protest was sparkled by some pictures
of the singer Gillian Chung (of the famous duo Twins), taken with a secret camera hidden in her dressing room.
The photos were published in the weekly tabloid 'Easy Finder' and more than 1,700 complaints have already been filed against the publication at the Obscene Articles Tribunal. The institution deemed them 'indecent' and an investigation is currently underway to see whether the magazine's editors will be placed under prosecution or not.
Jackie said that, though he understands that public figures are always prone to a great share of media attention, this time, the paparazzi have violated even the most basic rules of privacy and decency. The photographs show the performer adjusting her bra straps backstage, unaware that her picture is being taken.
Chan said that besides infringing on private space, such newspapers as the one in question are sending all the wrong messages to the teenagers, by implying that it is OK, for example, to enter the girls' bathroom and take pictures of them in their underwear.
'As public figures, we should allow our pictures to be taken. If we crash our cars when we’re drunk, it serves us right. People should scold us. But for a girl to be photographed when she’s in a changing room, such a private place, is despicable behavior.', the actor said. He then made a tearful plea to consumers: 'I hope people don't buy such indecent magazines'.
Can't believe set is surrounded by loser paparazzi - not Canadian - all American and European...Leave us alone!!! They are being super idiots!!! Yelling rude stuff. They need to really go home! What is the big deal? All these big hairy men attacking us girls. A-holes!!!
Wow things are silly here in Vancouver. We’re innocently shooting our movie. So many photographers and creepy camera phones....
This is Canada - it can't be Canadians. Paparazzi were shouting out "no wonder you can't keep a relationship together" to Denise. Something happened and computers fell over the edge. Thank god no one was hurt. It bounced off floor and pieces went everywhere, from what I hear. I didn't see it...I was too busy yelling at my producer for something else that got leaked out in press. Normally I don't care. But I feel protective of Denise - I can relate. If it were me I would've thrown the photographers over the edge- they got lucky.
Meanwhile the movie is super hot. We already have a 1200 theatre release date of around May 25th. Very exciting..... The crew is always cracking up and so am I - hard to keep a straight face. Kevin and John Farley are hysterical. And cute!
Anyway. I'll keep up my diary. Really the show is behind the scenes....ha
November 26, 2006
Newly single star BRITNEY SPEARS stunned paparazzi in Hollywood on Friday (24NOV06), when she went clubbing with PARIS HILTON without wearing any underwear. Censored photographs of the panties-less Spears stepping out of a car outside West Hollywood's nightclub Hyde appeared in today's (26NOV06) British newspapers. Hilton has been spotted partying with socialite PARIS HILTON in Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past seven days - just weeks after filing for divorce from husband KEVIN FEDERLINE.
STEFANI'S 'BIZARRE' PAPARAZZI STATUS
Singer GWEN STEFANI finds it "bizarre" her everyday life is thought to be interesting enough to fill up gossip columns - even though she reads celebrity magazines herself. The HOLLABACK GIRL star gave birth to her first child KINGSTON with husband GAVIN ROSSDALE in May (06), and when pregnant found herself under siege from the paparazzi. She says, "I got caught up with the whole celebrity pregnancy thing. For an entire year, I had people outside my house, waiting for me to come out. "I am like anyone who enjoys a nasty bit of gossip. Like, don't let me open one of those magazines because I can't put them down. We're all addicted to it - it's gross, but it's entertaining. But I'm the one who has to live it. "In LA, there would be mornings where I'd be sleeping with my French doors open, in the heat, and I'd be woken up by chatter. "I'd look out and there'd be these guys in lawn chairs, hanging out, having a coffee, ready to chase me around all day. "Like, wow. Who am I? What happened? That's a bizarre life, isn't it?"
How Do the Paparazzi Sell Their Pics?
An introduction to the celebrity photo game
By Daniel Engber
A paparazzo photographer crashed a minivan into Lindsay Lohan's sports car on Tuesday; he now faces a possible charge of assault with a deadly weapon. The next day, Cameron Diaz filed suit against the National Enquirer for publishing a candid picture with the headline "Cameron Caught Cheating." How do the paparazzi sell their photos?
Most turn their snapshots over to a celebrity photo agency, which in turn sells them off to the highest bidder. (Some paparazzi do work independently or start their own agencies.) A typical deal gives 60 percent of the proceeds to the photographer and 40 percent to the middleman. If the photographer used information from the agency—such as, say, "Lindsay Lohan will be driving an SL65 coupe near the Beverly Center at rush hour"—the agency might take an additional 10 percent. That extra money often goes toward paying off inside sources such as bodyguards or personal assistants.
The word "paparazzi" comes from the celebrity shutterbug in Fellini's La Dolce Vita. Today, the term is often used to distinguish between reckless star-chasers and more conservative photographers who work official events and studio shoots. (These conservative types sometimes call their competitors the "stalkerazzi.") There are plenty of agencies that represent paparazzi—some of the best-known in Los Angeles are MB Pictures, Bauer-Griffin, X17, and Splash News.
Agencies try to sell pictures within 24 hours. The agency crops the images, adds captions, and wires them in digital form to publications around the world. (Sometimes these are sent in low resolution or with a watermark to discourage freeloaders.) Typically, a different deal gets cut for every country; the biggest players are the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. A publication will typically buy exclusive rights to print the photo for a few months.
Celebrity magazines and tabloids will also commission agencies to get certain pictures. If the editors at People wanted a shot of Denise Richards coming out of the hospital with a baby in her arms, they might offer photographers a few hundred dollars a day.
Publications often bid against each other for exclusive footage, and prices can get very high. Pictures of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie on the beach are said to have gone for $500,000 (though some paparazzi claim the actual figure was half that). The value of a photo depends on the story behind it: Shots of Denise Richards with her baby, for example, are worth more because of her separation from Charlie Sheen. Details are also important: An image of Denise smiling would be worth considerably more than a bland-faced equivalent.
With about 150 paparazzi in Los Angeles alone, it can be hard to find a photo that no one else has. If everyone gets the same red-carpet photo, it might only fetch a "space rate"—about $75 to $200, depending on the size of the published image. Exclusive shots net a great deal more, whether they're taken by the most aggressive paparazzi or a more austere agency like WireImage. An exclusive shot of a celebrity, taken by invitation in his or her home, can be worth tens of thousands of dollars.
November 25, 2006
Kevin Federline doesn't like the media - and the hate is mutual.
Kevin Federline recently declared himself the most hated man in America.
While on stage at Hollywood's House of Blues recently, K-Fed screamed, "F**k the media, f**k the paparazzi. Maybe because I took their queen I am America's most hated."
Earlier this week, K-Fed was the butt of jokes at the American Music Awards, at which Britney Spears presented an award nomination, while K-Fed's look-a-like doll was booed.
Britney Spears filed for divorce from Federline this month citing irreconcilable differences and since then K-Fed has been blamed for the breakup by the media and fans.
Since the split, there have been rumors the 28-year-old former dancer has been trying to sell a four hour sex tape of him and Britney Spears, but later he has denied the tape ever existed.
The couple have both filed for custody of their two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James.
K-Fed reportedly wants at least $6 million from his ex-wife, despite signing a prenuptial agreement.
November 23, 2006
Matt Damon has a genius plan set to keep the paparazzi away from him. He is determined to appear as “a dull persona” and as boring as possible whenever he gives an interview.
As newkerala.com mentions, the “Bourne Identity” star revealed that he was "actively trying" to avoid all the publicity that has dodged his every step for better part of a decade.
"I've worked very hard in interviews to portray a very polite and boring person. I'm actively trying to get away from the over-exposure that happened eight years ago," said Damon quoted by Contactmusic.
Damon, who became a first-time father in June this year when wife Luciana BozBarroso gave birth to the couple's first daughter Isabella, hates press conferences.
The only time he will willingly appear in front of the cameras, is when he's promoting his newest film.
The reason why Hollywood hunk not often gave interviews is because the only thing they do is "hurt" an actor's career.
"The only thing a celebrity can do in one of these articles is hurt their own career. If I give you a really good interview, am I going to get a movie out of it? F**k no! So what's the argument for saying anything, unless you have this rampaging need to please?" also said Matt.
Hilary Duff has found a way to fool invasive paparazzi.
Duff recently told Jane magazine, that if she's ever arguing with boyfriend Joel Madden and the photogs are trying to snap pictures, they'll just smile and laugh pretending everything is okay. Duff says the couple will forget they were fighting in the first place.
WOW...she's VERY clever.
Now why do we care about her?
November 18, 2006
ROME - Poised with his camera outside Rome‘s elegant Hassler hotel, the so-called King of Paparazzi is waiting to get a shot.
"The Dolce Vita is back!" Rino Barillari exclaimed triumphantly, referring to the 1960 Fellini movie that coined the word "paparazzi" and gave the world the image of the glamorous Swedish star Anita Ekberg splashing around Trevi fountain.
It‘s Friday — five days since Tom Cruise first landed in Rome ahead of his highly awaited, Saturday wedding with Katie Holmes , expected to take place at a 15th-century castle in the lakeside town of Bracciano, 27 miles north of Rome.
On Wednesday, at last, Cruise and Holmes left the hotel for a late-night visit to City Hall, sending paparazzi chasing after them on motor scooters through the capital‘s streets.
"I got some good pictures," Barillari said cheerfully in a telephone interview.
His Web site features the logo, "The King of Paparazzi," and his battle cry is "War is war!" His subjects have included Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Peter O‘Toole.
"This is the wedding of the century. In the whole world they will be demanding the most beautiful pictures," Barillari gushed.
VIP guests who have been spotted in Rome in the past couple of days include Jennifer Lopez and her singer husband Marc Anthony , Will Smith , Brooke Shields , Jim Carrey , and soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria.
The good news is there is money to be made merely by getting pictures of some of Cruise and Holmes‘ guests, Barillari and other photographers said.
Still Barillari insists "the good times are back," citing as well this year‘s inaugural Rome Film Festival, which brought such stars as Cruise‘s ex, Nicole Kidman , to the Italian capital.
November 17, 2006
Blood streamed down the face of "Celebrities Uncensored" paparazzi guru E.L. Woody after a late night argument turned violent outside of Area nightclub in Hollywood.
It all went down as Brody Jenner exited the club, smiling and waving to waiting shutterbugs. While Woody photographed him, a random clubgoer approached and began shouting, "What are you doing? You don't need to shoot him, leave him alone." According to Woody, the man then broke a microphone off of another photog's camera.
Woody says he quickly approached the attacker and told him that he would have to pay for the damaged camera. That's when things got bloody. According to Woody, the man then grabbed another mic and smashed Woody in the face with it, opening a bloody gash above his left eye.
Private security quickly threw the alleged attacker in handcuffs and tossed him in the back of a security vehicle, while a battered Woody screamed at him. "Look what you did to my face? If you can't handle your liquor, you shouldn't be out! I don't care who you are, you're going to jail!"
E.L. Woody is scheduled to undergo a CATscan at a local hospital and will get stiches later today. Woody tells TMZ he will definitely file charges.
Rome basked in Hollywood glamour on Friday as paparazzi gave chase to Tom Cruise and his bride-to-be Katie Holmes, along with a jetload of celebrity guests, ahead of their wedding on Saturday in a lakeside town north of the Italian capital.
"La Dolce Vita returns to the Tiber" and "Hollywood decamps to Rome" read Italian newspaper headlines, reviving memories of the 1950s and '60s when the Eternal City teemed with film stars.
A medieval castle in the lakeside town of Bracciano, 40 km (25 miles) north of Rome, has been tipped as the venue for Saturday's wedding, although seasoned showbusiness watchers do not rule out a last-minute change of plan to outwit the media.
"I just came to have a good time in Italy," American movie star Will Smith told reporters after landing at Ciampino airport on Friday.
Jim Carrey, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith, Brooke Shields and "Mission: Impossible III" director J.J. Abrams are among the guests already here for the nuptials. John Travolta, who shares Cruise's Scientologist faith, was also expected.
Shields, who last year had a public spat with Cruise as he criticized her for taking medication to treat post-partum depression, braved the waiting photographers for a shopping stroll around the Spanish Steps.
November 12, 2006
Despite Lohan's scrapes with the paparazzi, she understands why they do what they do, noting that their photos can sometimes help careers.
"They don't drive me crazy," she said. "It's fine if you're going to follow me. … But don't run red lights. You're going to hurt someone."
"They either love you or hate you," she said about her relationship with the media.
Kevin Federline took advantage of his "fame" in Toronto when he had a paparazzo buy him a pair of sneakers. Following his appearance on MuchMusic, which was attended by a sparse crowd, KFed made a trip to a shoe store and decided on a particular pair. Eyeing the photographers outside the shop, Mr. Spears waved one inside and said, "Buy me some shoes." The photog agreed, and handed over about $120 for the kicks.
November 11, 2006
The actress was accused of hurling two laptops from a balcony at the River Rock Casino and Hotel on Wednesday, hitting two elderly women below.
The incident occurred after two photographers tried to snap pictures of Richards by gaining unauthorized access to the set where she's filming a movie with actress Pamela Anderson.
The 90-and 81-year-old women were sitting in the lobby when the computers hit them on their arms, causing minor injuries.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Peter Thiessen says it's not in the public interest to bring criminal charges.
He says the photographers, Richards and her management company have agreed to settle the matter civilly regarding the damages to the photographers' laptops.
November 10, 2006
Academy Award winner Russell Crowe has blasted the media for portraying him as a violent man.
Though he admits that he has made many mistakes in the past, he insists that he is not as regularly involved in fights as the media depicts him to be.
Crowe, who was arrested last year for assaulting a hotel employee with a telephone in New York, expressed frustration over reports on his fights with paparazzi.
"There is a lot of just intentional misinformation, as well. I''ve never had a fight with a photographer, for example, but you can find hundreds of articles on the net which will list me fighting with paparazzi, something I do apparently on a regular basis,” Contactmusic quoted him as saying.
"But that''s just not true. I just don''t bother letting it bug me anymore, and because it doesn''t bug me, in this odd way, it happens less," he said.
Meanwhile, according to reports, Crowe has revealed that he was shocked while shooting for ‘American Gangster’ in New York, as the film’s police supervisor was the same one who had taken his mug shots after his arrest in the telephone assault case.
Crowe was arrested and charged with second-degree assault in connection with an incident at the Mercer Hotel where he threw a telephone at a clerk, who refused to help him phone his wife in Australia.
November 9, 2006
Hollywood actress Denise Richards got in a scuffle with a paparazzi photographer Wednesday in Vancouver, where she is shooting her new film "Blonde and Blonder."
A laptop computer was hurled and a senior citizen was injured during the bizarre clash, according to reports.
Richards, whose on again, off again relationship with actor Charlie Sheen has been targeted by the tabloids, was filming a scene at the River Rock Casino Resort in the Vancouver suburb of Richmond.
According to eyewitnesses, Richards spotted two unauthorized photographers shooting pictures from a balcony, and stormed upstairs to confront them.
"At one point Denise was observed to grab the laptop of one of the photographers and throw it over the balcony. The laptop hit on the way down an elderly woman on the arm," eTalk gossip blogger Elaine (Lainey) Lui told CTV Vancouver.
The 80-year-old woman was only slightly injured, according to witnesses.
Cpl. Peter Thiessen, a media relations officer for the Richmond RCMP told People magazine that officers were called to the casino.
He confirmed Lainey's report, saying Richards threw the laptop off the balcony, after which it "struck an 80-year-old women in a wheelchair. It struck her in the arm. She was not interested in pursuing criminal charges and suffered only minor injuries."
The River Rock Casino Resort told CTV Vancouver the photographers did not have permission to be on the premises.
Richards was interviewed by police, along with her costar, B.C. native Pamela Anderson, about the incident.
The film production company agreed to pay for the damages to the photographers' computer, Thiessen said.
A representative of the Blonde and Blonder film told People there were no serious injuries and the event was getting blown out of proportion.
Filming was reportedly halted for an hour because cast members were upset about the incident.
"Blonde and Blonder" is described as "Legally Blonde" meets "Dumb and Dumber."
Lindsay Lohan was involved in her third car crash in two years on Tuesday after being rear ended by a paparazzi.
The actress was uninjured following the incident and was able to drive her black Mercedes away after the 2am crash.
A source told the New York Daily News: "She was apparently able to drive a short distance from the crash. But she later pulled over and called a friend to pick her up."
In 2005 Lohan was involved in two similar incidents which resulted in new laws being passed in California to make paparazzi liable for more damages.
Pop diva Madonna got a bruise on her cheek after being shoved by paparazzi at London's Heathrow airport over the weekend, while she was holding her adopted son David Banda.
Madonna returned to her home in London from New York City after spending a week there promoting her latest children's book, "Too Good to Be True," along with her U.S. TV concert special.
"She had the baby in her arms when it happened," TMZ.com quoted a source close to the singer, as telling People magazine.
"When she landed in London, there was a lot of pushing and shoving. She was jostled around. She got hit in the paparazzi's commotion," the source added.
However, the singer's 13-month-old son, whom she is in the process of adopting from a Malawian orphanage, was not hurt in the scuffle.
"Thank God the baby is OK," said the source.
November 8, 2006
By LINDA STASINovember 8, 2006 -- THEY travel to exotic locales to photograph the most fa mous celebrities in the world. They stay at the finest hotels - and only "in season" mind you - carrying thousands of dollars in the latest and greatest camera equipment.
No, I'm not talking about the royalty celebrity photographers like Annie Liebowitz and Bruce Weber. I'm talking about their black-sheep, backdoor cousins, the paparazzi.
BBC America's new documentary series, "Paparazzi," focuses on Big Pictures, the photo agency owned by Darryn Lyons, a big Aussie bear-of-a-guy with a giant multi-colored hair extensions that combine in a tragic mess of mullet-meets-Mohawk.
The series takes us inside the high-wire lives of "paps," who will go any distance, take any chance and get right up in anyone's face to get the million-dollar shot.
Think "People," which paid $4.1 million for the first pictures of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's baby, Shiloh.
Lunatic multi-millionaire Darryn rides his shooters hard and refuses to accept defeat. Like a big game hunter, he won't rest until his guys bring home the hides.
In this case, the game they are stalking are celebs - the bigger the celebs the bigger the price tag.
While stalking Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas in Barbados, for example, the Big Pictures guys were hoping for a hot shot of Zeta-Jones in a bikini with her much older hubby walking the beach.
When that failed, they followed a tip that the couple would be dining at a certain restaurant. Big deal, a couple coming out of a restaurant for dinner - right? Wrong. ... READ MORE HERE!
November 7, 2006
I guess we we'll all be on Britney watch...
Britney Spears has filed a petition for divorce from Kevin Federline.
Spears filed legal papers today in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences." In her petition, Spears asks for both legal and physical custody of the couple's two children, one-year old Sean Preston and two-month old Jayden James, with Federline getting reasonable visitation rights.
As for money, sources tell TMZ the couple, who married in Sept. 2004, has an iron-clad prenup. Not surprisingly, Spears is waiving her right to spousal support. She's also asking the judge to make each party pay their own attorney's fees.
Spears gives the date of separation as yesterday, the same day she flaunted her incredible revamped physique during a surprise appearance on David Letterman's show. Sources tell TMZ there was no single reason for Britney pulling the plug, rather, it was "a string of events."
Spears has hired powerhouse celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, who has repped a number of celebs, including Angelina Jolie, Nick Lachey and Kiefer Sutherland. We're told Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe asked Wasser to rep both of them in their split, but Wasser declined for personal reasons.
November 2, 2006
I just received an email that VH1 is interested in casting some of us for a 'reality paparazzi' show. I've attached the email that I received so you can read it for yourself.
If anyone is interested, email me and I will send you the contact name and number.
This show is a straight up fly on the wall look at the daily life of the paparazzi. We call it observational documentary. The ins and outs, what's at stake to get that perfect shot, the pressure to be the one hot off the press, etc, etc.
There are no surprises, vote-offs, cast-offs or eating of the innards required.
We are looking for outspoken, articulate, fun, hip, energetic photographers that have a passion for their job. High marks if we can get a female.
If you have any questions, concerns about me, my experience, our production or any other please feel free to call me or write back.
We need to cast this ASAP.....
October 30, 2006
E! Gives Cops Smoking Gun
Posted Oct 25th 2006 1:08PM by Harvey Levin
Police sources tell TMZ that an E! camera crew is currently under investigation, and the entertainment network has provided cops with what could be Exhibit A in a criminal prosecution.
We're told on October 19, a three-person crew from E! went through a gate and entered Brad Pitt's compound in the Hollywood Hills. A construction worker noticed them and contacted Pitt's personal security, who then confronted them.
Two days after the incident, the general contractor on the job and the head of Pitt's security went to LAPD's Hollywood division and filed a criminal trespass report against the two men and a woman from E!. But here's the rub. The eyewitnesses only saw one member of the crew on Pitt's property.... READ MORE HERE!
Who do celebrities love most? Themselves
Updated: 2006-09-11 15:10
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- In case anyone needed proof, a new study supports the widely held perception: Celebrities are more in love with themselves than the average person.
That's the conclusion drawn by Drew Pinsky and S. Mark Young of the University of Southern California, whose study of 200 celebrities will appear in the Journal of Research in Personality.
It's not the entertainment industry that turns stars into narcissists, the study found. Rather, it suggests, the self-adoring seek jobs in show business.
The study, whose subjects were all guests on ... READ MORE HERE!
October 26, 2006
Guilty as charged.
I fell for Winona Rider being on the tip sheet for the event at the Guggenheim.
This makes it the third event this week she's been on a list and been a no-show...
Sienna Miller and Anne Hathaway were in great fashion at the Bergdorf Goodman dinner.
But we all weren't too happy to hear Misha Barton wasn't going to make it... after waiting till 9pm.
Looks like Fall/Winter shooting is coming on strong. I saw a lot of wool hats and gloves out there today. It's the most, wonderful time of the year! Ugh!
October 24, 2006
They're considered the bottom feeders of the fame machine -- but we can't help but enjoy their results
More than cellulite, paternity suits and box office bombs, celebrities hate the paparazzi. These photographers are professional stalkers with telephoto lenses. When the stars complain that they can't live a normal life, they're talking about these guys.
Is a celebrity sporting a gut at the beach? Caught in a compromising position with a "friend"? Or simply trying to take her kid on a rickshaw ride like Angelina Jolie (and Brad Pitt) did last week, when a paparazzo was roughed up by a man thought to be her security guard. If the paparazzi can get the picture, they're in for a big payday.
Recently, it's been rumored that Joe Simpson, the manager/dad of Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, is trying to beat the paparazzi at their own game. Radaronline.com reports, "On several occasions, a camera-wielding Simpson has gone toe-to-toe with other snappers for shots of his own daughters, then approved only his own images for distribution through WireImage."
At other times, Joe has provided the agency with exclusive (and even racy) shots of his daughters on family getaways or in other putatively private moments."
READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE.
October 21, 2006
Washington, Oct 20 (ANI): Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria was saved by the Los Angeles Police Department after she was hounded by the paparazzi while trying to leave a night club.
The men in uniform came to her rescue after several photographers got dangerously close to her SUV.
But once Longoria was out of the frenzied crowd, she looked back and pointed to something behind her, reminding the crowd that her pals were there to handle her business, reports TMZ.com.
And after she safely left from the venue, one of the photographers was clearly unhappy with the situation and yelled "Pigs" at the cops.
On hearing his comment, the cops then slammed on their brakes and got right in the photographer's face to deal with his outspoken behaviour.
October 13, 2006
PUNE, India (AP) - An Associated Press freelance photographer says security guards protecting a movie set where Angelina Jolie is shooting her latest film punched and threatened him at gunpoint Friday, in the second run-in between the star's security and the news media this week. Jolie is in the western Indian city of Pune to film scenes for "A Mighty Heart," a movie about the life of slain journalist Daniel Pearl.
Most of the scenes are being filmed inside a spacious bungalow in the Pune suburb of Aundh, chosen because the area resembles Karachi, Pakistan, where Pearl and his wife Mariane spent time.
The bungalow is located inside a gated community that has been largely closed to the media.
The photographer representing the AP, Guautum Singh, said he gained legitimate entry to the area and was accosted by security guards after giving Jolie his business card.
Singh said he was down the road from the bungalow when he spotted Jolie in the back of a taxi while filming a scene from the movie. When the filming paused, he said, he put down his cameras and approached Jolie to give her his card, which she accepted through the window of the taxi before it drove off.
At that point, he said he was approached by one American security guard and two Indian guards, all of whom verbally abused him. One of the Indian guards punched him in the face and he swung back, also hitting the guard in the face, Singh said.
Then, he said, the other Indian guard "grabbed me and the first guard punched me again."
Singh said the first Indian guard then drew a gun and said he would be shot if he did not leave. The American guard did not take part in the scuffle, but witnessed the incident, the photographer said.
Singh said he was then let go, and he collected his equipment and departed. Jolie did not witness the incident, he said, adding that his face was bruised under his right eye but he was otherwise uninjured.
The altercation was not the first that Jolie's security has had with a photographer since she and Brad Pitt arrived late last week in Pune, where hordes of photographers, television cameramen and reporters have followed their every move.
On Oct 8., as the couple was leaving the Le Meridian hotel where they are staying, one of their security guards manhandled a British photographer trying to take their photo, grabbing the man by his neck and verbally abusing him.
Video of the incident was broadcast on India's CNN-IBN news channel, and the Hindustan Times newspaper identified the photographer as Sam Relph of Barcroft Media. The newspaper reported the security guard had shouted at photographers to stop shooting the couple and grabbed Relph when he refused to put down his camera.
The couple's children - Maddox, 5, Zahara, 18 months, and 4-month-old Shiloh Nouvel - have accompanied them on the trip to Pune, about 100 miles south of Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment hub.
Dan Futterman portrays Daniel Pearl in the movie that will be co-produced by Plan B, a production company founded by Pitt and his ex-wife, actress Jennifer Aniston.
The movie is based on an adaptation of Mariane Pearl's book, "A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl."
The Wall Street Journal reporter, Pearl, was abducted and murdered in Pakistan in 2002 while researching a story on Islamic militancy.
October 10, 2006
STERN STAR DIAMONDS EVENT
H Stern Store, 10/10/06, 7pm
Night time in the city.
Ashley Judd in black.
Dana Delany in black.
Molly Shannon in black.
Do I need to say any more?
I think Evan's expression sums the night up!
October 9, 2006
A British photographer is considering taking legal action against Hollywood superstars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie after he was violently grabbed around the neck by the couple's bodyguard.
Sam Relph was outside the couple's hotel in the city of Pune in India when he claims the bodyguard ordered him to stop following the couple.
The unidentified man then grabbed Mr Relph by the throat and pushed him along the pavement.
The incident was captured on film by an Indian cameraman.
Two Indian journalists also complained that they had been threatened by the same security guard.
Pitt and Jolie are in India to shoot scenes for a movie about the life of slain journalist Daniel Pearl.
The couple had gone on a rickshaw ride around Pune with their son Maddox.
But they were followed by photographers and cameramen, forcing them to turn back after 20 minutes.
See the video HERE.
October 6, 2006
The World's Largest Telephoto Lens
THE ULTIMATE PAPARAZZI LENS!
The built-to-order Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 1700mm F4 lens weighs in at 564 pounds.
To put that in perspective, llamas rarely break the 450-pound mark.
This gargantuan lens now holds the record for "the largest telephoto lens for civilian use in the world." (There are, of course, larger telescopes for looking deep into space, and who knows what the Pentagon's got.)
While the identity of the owner is unknown, we do know that he (or she) has an expensive interest in long-distance wildlife photography, and decided that a Hasselblad 6x6 medium format camera and a Zeiss lens would suit those needs best. Whoever the person is, the boys at Zeiss are the real stars for outdoing themselves on the size and weight of the glass, not to mention developing specialized aiming and focusing systems for the epic lens.
October 5, 2006
by World Entertainment News Network
Singer BRITNEY SPEARS hopes to live out her fantasy of shooting the paparazzi in her next pop video.
Spears, who gave birth to her second son SUTTON PIERCE last month (SEP06), is currently taking a long break from making music to focus on rearing the three-week-old tot and his older brother SEAN PRESTON, one.
Despite having babies on the brain, Spears has been considering her pop comeback.
She says, "Maybe in my next video I'll be a police officer. And I could be shooting all the paparazzi! "That's a great idea. I love it."
NEW YORK -- Paparazzi, beware. George Clooney has a plan to put celeb-snapping photographers out of business.
"Here is my theory on debunking photographs in magazines, you know, the paparazzi photographs," Clooney says in the November issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands Tuesday.
"I want to spend every single night for three months going out with a different famous actress. You know, Halle Berry one night, Salma Hayek the next, and then walk on the beach holding hands with Leonardo DiCaprio.
"People would still buy the magazines, they'd still buy the pictures, but they would always go, 'I don't know if these guys were putting us on or not.'"
The 45-year-old actor-director who won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role in "Syriana" might loathe the tabloids but has good things to say about his fellow thespians.
"I will tell you right now -- (Cate Blanchett) will win the Oscar," he says of his co-star in the upcoming drama "The Good German." "She's the best actor working today. Not actress, she's an actor. Intimidating, in a way, to work with an actor that good."
He says Johnny Depp "just keeps doing really good stuff. He's just a really, really smart and good actor."
And Clooney thinks Clive Owen is "the big find in the past two or three years. I think he's a movie star. He's, like, a man -- there's a sexuality and a masculinity that I think is really interesting."
September 28, 2006
Gala opening night of MADAMA BUTTERFLY
September 25, 2006 6;30pm
The nice thing about this event was that it was over by 6:30!
PR provided us with a lot of room, but we still ran three deep in places. Two arrival areas for stills; one as the talent arrived, then video followed by another stills area. I wish there would be more events at the MET, tons of room.
We also had a great list of talent; Meg Ryan, Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Liv Tyler, Naomi Watts, Sean Connery. It was nice to shoot in daylight with talent in good fashion.
But don't fret my friends... we'll be shooting everyone in black overcoats at night soon enough!
September 22, 2006
JOHN GIBSON, HOST: It was just another day for one shutterbug paparazzi in L.A. until Justin Timberlake and his gal pal Cameron Diaz decided to fight back. According to a police report filed by the actress, a paparazzi jumped out of a bush. The two chased after him. Then the photographer came at Diaz full speed in his car.
Is this a case of a paparazzi gone mad, or should the famous couple have left the guy alone? Star magazine editor at large Jill Dobson is with me now from L.A.
So, Jill, sorting out the facts will always be a little tricky in these things, but what do we know the facts are at this moment? Who was attacking whom?
JILL DOBSON, STAR MAGAZINE: Well, what first happened is that Cameron and Justin were leaving a friend's home in Hollywood just after midnight Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, and apparently the paparazzi photographer was in the bushes and took a picture of them and startled them. And then according to the police report, at that point, Cameron started running after him for what she called a short distance, and at that point he got in his car and then, according to Cameron, started driving toward her. And at that point, she feared for her life and had to jump out of his way, and she actually called it assault with a deadly weapon. The car being the deadly weapon.
But the question here is: How scary was this for the photographer, because Cameron and Justin have had run-ins with the paparazzi before. In fact, in 2004, they chased after a photographer and reportedly Cameron grabbed his camera and Justin, you know, nearly hit him. So there have definitely been some tensions between this couple and the paparazzi for several years.
GIBSON: All right, now there is a new California law — we put a little fullscreen up on the screen that shows what the law includes. This goes into effect or went into effect in January of '06. It supposedly provides stronger protection for celebrities and their families. Triple the dollar damages if an assault takes place.
Does this actually put the paparazzi guy on the defensive here?
DOBSON: I think it does, and I think there is a need for a law like this. Certainly when celebrities' lives are in danger, if a photographer is coming after you in his car, or if you're driving and there are so many photographers around you that you fear for your life, there certainly has to be some legislation, especially in Hollywood, to protect the celebrities, and I think that's why this law was put into place.
GIBSON: Jill, the other thing is, people sometimes wonder why the photographers go to these lengths to get these pictures? What is a picture of Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake worth?
DOBSON: Well, a picture of them, not that exciting. However, they were recently photographed for the first time holding hands, because they generally don't show affection in public because they don't want to make the paparazzi happy. So that particular picture, not that much.
On the other hand, you know, a picture, Anna Nicole's picture of her son, the last picture of him alive, just sold in a bidding war for approximately $400,000 for the rights for magazines, plus another $250,000 for TV. So there's money in it. It just depends on how exclusive the photo is and how valuable it is for the magazines and the TV shows.
GIBSON: So this explains some of the paparazzi's motivation?
DOBSON: Right. And the real key is to either devalue your own photo, and that's like when Sarah Jessica Parker had her baby she invited the paparazzi to come take pictures of it. And that way, no one had the exclusive and people left her alone.
GIBSON: Jill, I've got to run. Jill Dobson, thanks very much.
DOBSON: Thank you.
September 21, 2006
Cameron Diaz Declares War On Paparazzi
Washington, Sept 21(ANI): Actress Cameron Diaz has filed a police report charging a photographer with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly trying to hit her and boyfriend Justin Timberlake with his car.
The couple were leaving a friend's home in Hollywood just after midnight on 19th Sept when a photographer who had been hiding in the bushes jumped out and tried to take a picture of the pair, said a police officer Marjan Mobasser citing Diaz's report.
"Ms. Diaz and Mr. Timberlake both then chased him a short distance," Eonline! quoted Mobasser as saying.
The unnamed photographer allegedly got inside his vehicle "and drove toward the couple, forcing Diaz to jump out of the car's way. Diaz felt the photographer was trying to hit her with his car so she filed an assault with a deadly weapon with a vehicle police report," added Mobasser.
No-one was immediately arrested and no suspects have been identified.
However on 20 Sept photo agency X17, for which the photographer in question was working, posted a statement on their website saying that the photos were taken on a public street and that "the pictures show at least two people verbally and physically assaulting" the photographer.
The agency further added that the photographer was not trying to hit Diaz with his car but was "attempting to leave what he perceived to be a dangerous situation for him and when he tried to do so, Ms. Diaz and at least one other member of her entourage stood in front of his car in an attempt to entrap him."
"The photographer is currently in the process of filing a complaint against Ms Diaz and Mr Timberlake," the agency said in a statement.
This is not the couple's first run-in with paparazzi, in 2004, a photographer sued the pair, charging them with assault and battery. The lensman, Saul Lazo claimed that the 'Charlie's Angel' actress ran after him and took his camera after he snapped a photo of them outside Hollywood's legendary Chateau Marmont. Another photographer who witnessed the scene, Jose Gonzalez, later claimed that Timberlake clocked Lazo on the head.
Reps for the couple said they were "ambushed by two men, who jumped out of a concealed hiding place on a dark, deserted street late at night. Any actions by Diaz and Timberlake were merely taken in self-defence." (ANI)
X17 Photo Agency Response Statement
The pictures and video of Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz early morning on Tuesday, September 19 were taken on a public street where there was no “Private Drive” or “Private Property” sign visible. What the photographer knows he saw and what the pictures show, were at least two people verbally and physically assaulting him. Reports stating that Ms. Diaz has told police that the photographer tried to run her over with his car are completely false. The photographer was attempting to leave what he perceived to be a dangerous situation for him and when he tried to do so, Ms. Diaz and at least one other member of her entourage stood in front of his car in an attempt to entrap him. He drove around them at what he perceived to be a safe distance, as at least five members of Ms. Diaz and Mr. Timberlake’s group were yelling at him, making threats against him. The photographer is currently in the process of filing a complaint against Ms. Diaz and Mr. Timberlake.
Diaz A Repeat Offender
It seems Cameron is now accusing our photographer of assault with a deadly weapon in relation to the incident early Tuesday morning when she and Justin were physically and verbally assaulting our photographer (see story below).
Want the truth? ... Justin and Cameron were telling our photographers to leave (you can hear our photographer in the video, saying that he's leaving) and then as one of our guys was trying to leave the street, Cameron stood in front of the car, blocking him, saying that she wanted him to stay until the cops came.
Our photographer wasn't even sure she had actually called the cops and he felt threatened by her actions and those of Justin and the other members of their group (after Justin had already tried to grab his camera), so he drove around Cameron to escape her attempt at entrapment.
You don't tell someone to leave and then stand in the middle of the road, girlfriend!
Click through to see Cameron's previous offense against an X17 photog ... CLICK HERE!
This Is Not Bringing Sexy Back!
How many times are Justin & Cameron going to do shit like this??? Lighten up!!!! If you don't want to be famous and rich and have your fucking picture taken, then don't live in Los Angeles!
According to the photo agency, this is what went down:
We caught the lovebirds arriving to party in the Hollywood Hills last night and when they saw our photographers, Justin went crazy. Cam had to restrain him from doing who-knows-what our photogs -- he was apparently trying to grab our guy's camera and was yelling at him to get away and to stop shooting pix, though the scene was on public property (in the street).
Then Justin's mom, Cameron, Justin's cousin and business partner Trace and some of the rest of their entourage joined in and our photog retreated. Apparently that wasn't good enough -- the pair have apparently filed a police report. Geez, sorry -- what ever happened to a smile and a wave?!
It seems like the photog caught up with Justin before his nightly bong hit. Chill out, dude! CLICK FOR PHOTOS HERE!
TIMBERLAKE IGNORES FIGHT WARNING AS PAPARAZZI ATTACK AGAIN
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE forgot the promise he made to Los Angeles' police chief when he found himself scrapping with photographers early yesterday (19SEP06). In a recent Rolling Stone article, the pop superstar admits LA's district attorney "slapped the back of my hand" after Timberlake 'stole' a camera during a fight with snappers who tried to take shots of him and his girlfriend CAMERON DIAZ on a night out in 2004. But, despite a warning that he "shouldn't retaliate with violence," Timberlake was at it again when paparazzi targeted him and Diaz early on Tuesday. Los Angeles police officials are investigating an incident involving the celebrity couple and the paparazzi after learning that Timberlake had to be physically restrained during an altercation with a snapper. But this time, it seems the singer had every right to lash out. Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Media Relations official MARJAN MOBASSER has told US news show Extra, "Cameron was the victim of a possible assault with a deadly weapon. The deadly weapon was the car that the photographer was driving. "Miss Diaz was under the impression that the photographer was driving towards her and had to jump out of the way.
Photog says 'E.T.' money an alien idea
Freelance photojournalist Larry Birkhead - who claims to be the father of Anna Nicole Smith's newborn daughter - yesterday insisted he's not trying to cash in on the tragedy that has befallen his ex-girlfriend.
Television insiders told Lowdown that the thirtysomething Birkhead - who met the young widow of octogenarian oil billionaire J. Howard Marshall when he photographed her at the 2004 Kentucky Derby - received thousands of dollars for on-camera interviews with the Paramount shows "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider."
But yesterday, Birkhead told Lowdown: "I did not get paid to do my interview." Birkhead hasn't given interviews elsewhere about the mysterious death of Anna Nicole's 20-year-old son, Daniel Smith, in her Bahamian maternity ward Sept. 10.
Yesterday he told Lowdown he has turned down major bucks from TV outlets around the globe. "I've been approached by people that I can't even understand the language they're speaking," Birkhead said over the phone from an undisclosed location. "I've been offered everything under the sun, but I haven't accepted any offers for anything. I don't have any plans to."
And while Internet users must pay to browse Anna Nicole's Web site, which also sells merchandise, Birkhead said: "There's nothing for sale on my Web site, there are no membership fees." Birkhead added: "I wouldn't even respond to you, but the story picked up legs that I was getting paid - and I wanted to set the record straight."
Birkhead said he picked the Paramount shows - which paid Anna Nicole's reps an estimated $250,000 for the right to broadcast snapshots of the Playboy model, Daniel and the baby, while In Touch Weekly forked over around $400,000 - because: "It was a large audience. It was a quick way to get the story out."
Asked if he had received a cut of the photo money, Birkhead said: "Absolutely not. I haven't even seen the baby."
On "E.T." Birkhead said that if he was allowed to see the baby, reportedly named Hannah, "I would hold her, kiss her and tell her, 'You know, Daddy loves you, and sorry I couldn't be there when you were born.'"