December 30, 2006

Perplexed by Paparazzi

Aspen was once a town where the likes of Jack Nicholson, Jennifer Lopez or Mariah Carey could walk around town unrecognized, and local retailers say paparazzi are ruining it.

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


Former FRIENDS star COURTENEY COX shocked a paparazzo who was trying to snap a picture of her and her family at Disneyland by asking him for his help on her new TV series.

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

The Photographer’s Right

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.

Download The Photographer’s Right in PDF format

The Photographer's Right Downloadable Flyer

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

Paparazzi sues celeb blogger for $7.6M

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,, 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

SHEPHERD Treats Photogs Like Cattle

The Good Shepherd
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

FilmMagic shooter vs. Perez H.

Pill popping explains alot....

Source: Young Hollywood

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.

Britney Spears vs. The Paps!

December 9, 2006

Mario aka Perez on the radio

Perez H. interview about lawsuit


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. Photo Agencies Team Up against P. Hilton


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 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

Spears Panty-Gate 2006 - America Speaks!

Source: ABC News

Everyone's seen Britney's crotch -- Now What? The Pop Stars Rash of Flashing Has Left a Bad Taste in Many Mouths


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 Speaks Up!


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. (*)

Perez Gets Snubbed


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

Steve Azzara Book Launch on December 8th

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.

Book can be seen at

December 1, 2006

Here's a funny outtake from The Holiday premiere.

Thanks to Evan for the pic!

Victoria Beckham's paparazzi snub

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?"