March 30, 2009

Motorcyclists come to the rescue of Lindsay Lohan

Before recent reports started burning through the gossip world, not many would mention bikers and Lindsay Lohan in the same sentence, but it appears a group of motorcycle enthusiasts recently came to the starlets rescue.

According to various news sources, the actress and her entourage were calling it an early night after being denied entry into the popular Hollywood nightclub Villa when they were suddenly surrounded by a swarm of photographers. After catching sight of a group of bikers, Lohan's bodyguard called them over to help with the paparazzi.

The more colorful reports of the incident are describing the riders as 'a gang of leather-clad motorcyclists' and a 'biker gang'. Regardless, the motorcycle enthusiasts intimidated the paparazzi enough for the frightened photographers to call the police.

However, when the police arrived at the scene, no arrests were made.

"There's not much I can do about the fact that I've become a kind of obsession,' Lindsay Lohan told reporters afterwards, "I can't change that. And yes, all of that stuff has hurt my career, but I really don't feel like I should have to prove myself to anyone because of living out my college years in the public eye. I'm glad everything happened the way it did."

March 19, 2009

Photographers' access limited to Obama-Leno taping

President Barack Obama is hoping to use comedian Jay Leno's late-night show to add a light touch to his work getting the economy on track. But news photographers who cover the White House aren't laughing.

The pool of media that accompanies the president wherever he goes won't be allowed into the NBC studio during Thursday's taping of that night's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." That pool of about 14 journalists, made up of print and radio reporters, one TV camera crew and a few still photographers, will instead be held in a separate room where a live feed from the studio will be shown.

NBC has said its set is too small to accommodate the photographers and it will release a photo of its own afterward for the media to use.

The White House compromised Wednesday evening, saying photographers would be allowed to take pictures during a commercial break.

Photographers argued for the right to independently document the taping, a rare -- and perhaps unprecedented -- appearance by a sitting president on a late-night comedy show and an event billed primarily as a news event, not entertainment.

The three news agencies with photographers in the pool, The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse, have in the past refused to distribute some White House-provided photos of Obama.

March 18, 2009

Kanye West Charged with Three Misdemeanors in Paparazzi Scuffle

This may be one rap he can't beat.

Kanye West has been formally charged with three misdemeanors stemming from a scuffle with paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport on Sept. 11.

West, 31, was charged with misdemeanor vandalism, battery and grand theft, the L.A. City Attorney's office announced in a statement Wednesday. West's road manager, Don Crawley, 33, has been charged with the same counts, but two of each.

If convicted of all charges, West could face up to two years and six months in jail and Crawley could face up to five years in jail, according to the statement.

Six months ago, the pair was arrested at the airport while attempting to catch a flight to Honolulu. Video of the incident showed both men wresting a camera away from a photographer, and both smashing parts of it into the ground. Crawley also allegedly smashed a second photographer's camera. The incident resulted in minor injuries to one of the photographers, prosecutors say.

"I'm cool with the paparazzi," the rapper wrote on his blog the following day. "This guy wasn't cool. I gotta work now ... I'll rant later!"

On Nov. 14, West was arrested in Newcastle, England, after another run-in with a photographer, but West was released without charge.

West's lawyer, Blair Berk, wasn't immediately available for comment. A rep for Kanye West could not be reached. An arraignment is set for April 14.

March 13, 2009

Paparazzi Switch Focus from Britney to Bankers

Tabloids and TV shows best known for hounding Hollywood stars are turning their cameras to bankers and captains of industry, the New York Times reports.

Paparazzi now track corporate jets and snoop on lavish parties held by execs at bailed-out banks, tapping into a deep vein of public anger at the state of the economy and the billions of dollars spent bailing out corporate America.

Watchdog shows capturing corporate excess resonate strongly with viewers, producers say, and can even put pressure on Congress to demand accountability. After gossip site TMZ broke a story on Northern Trust—recipient of a $1.6 billion bailout—paying millions to put on corporate concerts, the bank received an angry letter from lawmakers and agreed to repay the costs.

March 12, 2009

Bad Girl Brit Lily Allen Beats Up the Paparazzi...Again!

British bad girl and occasional songstress Lily Allen beat a paparazzo to a pulp in London Thursday.

The "Smile" singer certainly wasn't sporting one when she opened the door of her London home to a barrage of photographers. As she attempted to get into her car, one photog shoved another into her car, enraging her and causing her to start cussing at the crowd, according to TMZ.

She got into her car and arrived at her recording studio only to find another gang of paparazzi waiting there to snap away. That's when she unleashed on them, allegedly throwing a water bottle at one.

But it didn't end there. She began to punch and kick another one of the camera-clad crew until security broke it up.

Allen has a history battling the paparazzi. She was arrested two years ago for attacking a photographer.

March 3, 2009

Chris Brown tips off paparazzi to show patch-up with Rihanna

Chris Brown was alleged to have tipped off the paparazzi to show his patch-up with R&B princess Rihanna.

The Umbrella girl had suffered a bloody nose, swollen lip and facial bruising in an alleged bust-up with beau Brown the night before the Grammy Awards on February 8.

The incident was said to have witnessed the couple going their own separate ways for a while.

However, the couple reunited in Miami last weekend to allegedly sort out things and spend time together at Sean “Diddy” Combs Miami Mansion.

And now, it has emerged that Brown may have been desperate to prove their reconciliation after allegedly tipping the news that they were heading out to the Setai together.

Everybody makes mistakes, Fox News quoted a source as saying, dropping hints that the two might officially be back together