Celebrities On Fire

I don't want to get all Bill O'Reilly over here, but I've gotta get on record saying this rash of celebrities claiming they've been involved in stalkerazzi-related traffic accidents is straight-up bullshit. How can anybody be taking these claims at face value? Out-of-control skank Lindsay Lohan, who has already racked up an abysmal driving record in her 18 years, gets in a crash with a photographer, and we're supposed to assume the photographer's at fault? Accident-prone xanthochroid Cameron Diaz blames nameless shutterbugs for her bad luck, and the papers believe her? The legendarily high-strung J.Lo shows signs of persecution anxiety, and that's the fault of the paparazzi?

Is it not clear what's going on here? The celebrities saw how effectively the royals managed to pin blame for Princess Di's drunk-driving death on the press, and they're trying to get some sort of precautionary principle going—through either some new L.A. city ordinance, or more coercive policing, or just by waving the bloody shirt until the press backs off. Since they have a considerably stronger hold on the public attention span than some bottom-feeding photographer, they'll almost certainly pull it off. What's most amusing of all is listening to these performers (who as we all know use unfettered free expression to assault the core values of this Christian nation) talk about how they respect the First Amendment, so long as it doesn't "cross" some "line." To wit:

"I do understand the First Amendment and I understand the right of the paparazzi," says hit-and-run driver Halle Berry. "I think the problem is they are crossing the line."

"A line needs to be drawn in terms of getting violent," says the violent rageaholic Lohan.

And of course, the tabloid media, well aware of their own low place in the celebrity caste system, are all too eager to truckle to these divas and their insane demands: US Weekly editor Janice Min says her magazine will pull pictures at publicists' request "if there is a set of photos that come in that seem to show someone under great duress or cross the line."

I'll say a line's being crossed! Contemporary celebrities have already reneged on every other part of fame's social contract. Every millimeter of access is now controlled by hardcore publicists like the attempted murderer Lizzie Grubman. Titanic megastars now insist on being lauded as down-to-earth folks in their ridiculous baseball caps and shades. You've got glamorous actresses sharing the details of their pregnancies with the whole world, sixty-year-old harridans who refuse to play old and then bellyache that there are no good roles for older women. Now the stars are trying to get out of the one thing they still owe us: the opportunity to gawk and laugh at their stupid hijinx. Don't let them get away with it! Free the paparazzi!

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    Dude, "the press?"

    Are people who yell "Hey Ben! Hey Ben! Hey Ben!" and then take a photo and sell it to the Enquirer actually "the press?"

  • the regulator||

    I just wonder which Reason staffer it was that crashed into Lohan's car.

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    I am raucously entertained at seeing the words "social contract" used both seriously and uncontemptuously on this web site.

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    Lindsay Lohan is a skank?

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    "...actually "the press?"

    What difference does that make?

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    Damn Tim, take a deep breath and have some soup, you sound like a headline writer at In Touch. I think you need to witness the paparazzi in action before Crystal Meth typing their defense.

    You know Tijuana, where little kids step right in front of you and then side stepping everytime you try to pass, and when you say "excuse me" or "move", their only response is "chicklet, chicklet". That's the adult papparazzi, they deserve all the scorn they get. Its part of the job description.

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    "Lindsay Lohan is a skank?"

    She sure looks like one now. I think it is an absolute crime against nature when natural red heads dye their hair. A fucking crime. Almost as bad as fake tits.

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    "Lindsay Lohan is a skank?"

    There's hope yet, eh kwais?

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    Lindsay Lohan is a nice, talented Irish-Italian young lady from Lawn Island, and anybody who says otherwise can answer to her jailbird Dad and about 500,000 Harps and Guidos.

    Gee, you'd think that a girl who'd just made Herbie: Fully Loaded! wouldn't mind trading a little paint!

    Kevin

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    Are people who yell "Hey Ben! Hey Ben! Hey Ben!" and then take a photo and sell it to the Enquirer actually "the press?"

    are they, any more than someone with a press credential from a "respected" media source?

    I think paparazzi are pretty much scumbags too, and were I famous, I'd assert my right (quite forcefully I might add) to the same sidewalk space that bases their 1st amendment claims. No raised fists but I'd definitely use my hockey skills to move people out of my way. So if someone wants to snap a photo of my shoulder moving at them at high velocity, in a public place, I can't begrudge them that. It's ridiculous that celebrities somehow get a right to control their "personal space" out to three city blocks just because someone has deemed them "famous".

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    very funny, tim.

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    "Gee, you'd think that a girl who'd just made Herbie: Fully Loaded! wouldn't mind trading a little paint!"

    Oh, I'm sure that Lohan doesn't mind trading a little paint; it's the car accidents she's worried about.

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    News Alert: Celebrities get photographed by the paparazzi because they WANT TO BE.

    Ever notice how several celebrities don't end up in tabloids on a regular basis, and some never at all? Do you think these people don't leave their homes? No! Celebrities use tabloid exposure to further their careers - look at the tabloid battle between Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, for example - both creating scandal in order to generate news and knock each other off the covers. Some celebrities' entire careers are based on tabloid coverage. Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, etc.

    These celebrities self-serving attempt to portray themselves as victims is utter nonsense, and goes to show how out of touch and deluded they are.

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    The first crime Lohan commited was dying her hair. The next one was when she went on the Olsen diet. What the fuck happened to her body?!?! She used to be gorgeous, now she's a fucking stick!

  • Timothy||

    Agreed, Lohan looked much better red-headed and 15lbs heavier.

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    look at the tabloid battle between Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, for example

    While I think there's a kernel of truth to what you're saying, do you really believe that Tom Cruise is deliberately allowing himself to be portrayed as a nutjob who has to fake a romance by selecting from a line of eligible women paraded in from of him at the scientology center? That *can't* be good for his career. I hope.

  • Tom Hanks||

    Ever notice how several celebrities don't end up in tabloids on a regular basis, and some never at all? Do you think these people don't leave their homes? No! Celebrities use tabloid exposure to further their careers

    Who are the ones that don't end up in the tabs?

  • Ted Barlow||

    I gotta tell you, I spend far too much of my life on the internet, and even I am stunned at some of the links y'all dig up. "So, I'm at Angry Naked Pat's forum, and this guy has a great little piece on Lindsay Lohan vs. Hillary Duff, and I think, 'I can use this.'"

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    Right on Tim, fuck these little cry-babies. If you want to make a living off of being famous, then you've brought it on yourself. Is it their fault that the American public suffers from some incredibly twisted celebrity obsession? No. Do they profit from it? You bet your ass.

  • keith||

    Rhywun--

    Tom cruise "portrayed as a nutjob?" Why not? It worked out for Mel Gibson.

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    Poooooooor celebs...

    They can't get away from that nasty paparazzi!!!
    These are the same idiots who only have work because of the same paparazzi. If these "journalits" would leave Lindsey Lohan alone do you think she would get any more movie roles?

    And who is leaking the location of these celebs?? It wouldn't be their own publicists would it?? No way!!

    Why is it that Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington arent having the same kind of "paparazzi" problems??

    Don't go demanding privacy when your choose to broadcast all the details of your personal life to the public. When your business is self-promotion and publicity at least have the decency to not pretend like your privacy is the most sacre thing in the world to you

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    Apropos of this snippet, I recall the recent magazine self-description game we played in the wake of someone described as "an Economist-style conservative liberal" to be sure to mention that I used to aspire to be an Us Weekly-style uncelebrated celebrity, until I learned that being such would put me in breach of Tim Cavanaugh's social contract.

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    While the paparazzi can be really awful, especially with over-the-wall shots into peoples private homes, it's absolutely ridiculous that we should blame them for some coked up celebrities poor driving. As has been mentioned, there is a symbiotic relationship at work here, and whether or not the news is good, can anyone deny that the names Katie and Tom are at the forefront of the public conscience just before they both have movies coming out? Ditto for Brad and Angelina.

    The truth is most people long for fame and notoriaty, and the celebrities have won the game. As such, they trade off some of their "privacy" (I'm not sure being photographed eating lunch in a public place really counts) for being rich and famous. Is there any doubt that most people would trade with them in a heartbeat? And yes, we can't really know the torment of blitzkreiging photopmips, but then again we'll never know the pleasure of being able to fuck Lindsey Lohan (preferably with red hair and without padding to protect us from being stabbed by her now skeletal appendages).

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    The paparazzi is out of control. I for one am sick and tired of seeing all those photos of them celebrities. I can give a rats ass about how the paparazzi gets the photos, I just don't want to see, hear, or even smell another photo of J-Lo and company. God spare us all!!!

    The future of digital movies and a digitally created cast has its benefits! Can we have digitally created sit-coms as well?

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    Why not? It worked out for Mel Gibson.

    Heh heh. True enough. 'Cept Mel Gibson really *is* a nutjob. Tom Cruise just seems like a blank slate - maybe he felt the need to spice up his "wholesome" image.

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    So, the police are looking into bad/aggressive driving habits because a celebrity might get hurt. Jeezus Christmas. Don't all of us regular schmoes deserve some relief, too? Just yesterday I was in a crosswalk when a person on a cell phone came rolling right on through, looking for traffic the other way and skipping a STOP sign in the process. Or the jerk who passed me on the left (in oncoming lanes) and turned left while I was waiting to do so, at a red light? I guess I must be famous, with all of these people trying to run me over.

    But think of the (celebrities') children!

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    Clearly this was written so that Tim could use his word of the day, xanthochroid.

    When Ted Barlow suggests that the links are obscure, there is no hope for me. And I have even been to Angry Pat's site before.

    Anon

  • keith||

    You folks are all too paranoid. That almost every major papparazzi/gossip mag-celeb run-in happens just days before that celeb has a new movie coming out is pure coincidence. That Cruise and Holmes both have movies coming -- coincidence. That Lohan has a new movie coming out -- coincidence. Celebrities want nothing more than to be left alone to cavort innocently next to rivers of gumdrops, and suggesting that these celeb-papparazzi run-ins are somehow orchestrated -- why, that's just terrible! Next you'll be telling me that martian invasion that happened in New Jersey and was reported on by Orson Welles was all a big hoax.

  • keith||

    Heh heh. True enough. 'Cept Mel Gibson really *is* a nutjob. Tom Cruise just seems like a blank slate - maybe he felt the need to spice up his "wholesome" image.

    I hope one day there's a movie where Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson team up and, for three hours straight, just howl and fling shit around.

  • Sean||

    I have no opinion whatsoever about celebrities versus photographers, since I'm one of the 99.9% of the population that doesn't give a tin shit about Lindsay Lohan, etc. However, I will say that learning "xanthochroid" made me all warm inside, like the sweet shot of whiskey that awaits me after my evening commute. Well done, sir.

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    Who wouldn't love to be in the paparazzi. Bugging self important actors and reminding them that their true talent is staying good looking, that not going bald is one of their better career moves. You know, that sorta thing.

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    Well said, Jared. And btw, great move on toasting those sandwiches. But to portray that as "doubling your choices" is highly misleading.

  • Mark Bahner||

    Tim, what in the world are you smoking? You write, "Out-of-control skank Lindsey Lohan, who has already racked up an abysmal driving record in her 18 years, gets in a crash with a photographer, and we're supposed to assume the photographer's at fault?"

    But the first article you hyperlink to says, "But criminal acts by journalists, like false imprisonment or assault with a deadly weapon - the charge filed against Galo Cesar Ramirez, 24, who drove his minivan into Ms. Lohan's coupe - are not protected."

    If ***police charges*** were filed against the photographer, I'd say we don't have to assume anything. We can confidently say that the police think there was sufficient evidence to file criminal charges.

    And I sure as h@ll hope you'd absolutely condemn the photographer, if he ends up getting convicted. There is absolutely no excuse for deliberately ramming a celebrity's car to get a few miserable photographs.

  • Lazlo||

    I hope one day there's a movie where Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson team up and, for three hours straight, just howl and fling shit around.

    I'm holding out for their remake of "La Cage aux folles." With Mr. Cruise returning to his dancing-around-in-underpants roots in the Hank Azaria role.

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    Celebrity culture reminds me of the municipal cesspool outside San Diego we used to drive by on the way out of town when I was kid -- it was mildly fascinating that there was such a stinkpot right out in the open, but I was glad enough once we'd passed it by after a few minutes.

  • Franklin Harris||

    You leave my future trophy wife Lindsey Lohan alone!

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    I laughed my ass off watching The Insider tonight as the hosts fell all over themselves castigating the evil paparazzi preying on those poor, defenseless, cherubic celebs who might not come on our show any more if we don't suck up hard enough.

    Pathetic.

    (BTW: Have you ever seen Cameron Diaz sans makeup? No wonder she hates the photogs...)

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    Did anybody read the link about Lindsay Lohan's as "violent rageaholic?" It was about how the fued between her and Hilary Duff was like the East Coast vs. West Coast rap battle, and how they were getting backed by the Crips and the Bloods. It was either a complete joke or they were just being absurd. I'm chalking this post up the same way.

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    Oh, and I'll second the pre-blonde and anorexic Lohan fawning, I've sat through a fair share of crappy movies because she was in them.

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    Lindsey Lohan died her hair?!

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

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    Yep, Lohan died her hair and has gone on an Olsen diet apparently. I'll no longer look forward to seeing pictures of her nipple slips on the net.

    So sad.

    I wonder how her losing all the weight has affected her previously very nicely done tit job?

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    kwais,

    I think the crazy weight loss is proof they're real. Her tits seem to have shrunk just as much as the rest of her. It's horrible.

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    LL's TT's were apparently too rambunctious for the Disney execs, according to Defamer.

    Kevin

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    Jim Walsh,

    Looks like Cameron's got a case of five-o-clock shadow... :-D

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    If ***police charges*** were filed against the photographer, I'd say we don't have to assume anything. We can confidently say that the police think there was sufficient evidence to file criminal charges.

    There was a criminal investigation of the paparazzi in the Princess Di case too-and as we now know, the paparazzi were three miles away from the scene when the drunken princess was killed by her drunken driver. So I'll unsuspend my disbelief on this story while we await further developments.

    Kudos to TheRev for smoking out the absurdity,though it is true Lohan and Duff came to blows at one point, when one was trying to eject the other from some opening-after Lohan allegedly egged Duff's car. I wish I could take my time machine ahead forty years to catch those two in the inevitable Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? remake. (If it takes that long: At the rate she's going, Lohan will be able to pass for the 54-year-old Bette Davis by the end of the Bush Administration.)

  • Mark Bahner||

    Tim Cavanaugh writes, "There was a criminal investigation of the paparazzi in the Princess Di case too�and as we now know, the paparazzi were three miles away from the scene when the drunken princess was killed by her drunken driver."

    1) I didn't know that (that paparazzi were 3 miles away). I must confess that I don't follow the British royal family very carefully.

    2) Were there ever ****criminal charges**** filed against any paparazzi, as a result of the Princess Di? I'm not a lawyer (but one of my Internet aliases is ;-))...but my understanding is that, at least here in the U.S., police don't file criminal charges until they get an OK from the District Attorney. Further, my understanding is that, if the police **do** file charges, and those charges are later found to be completely bogus, the person charged can sue for false arrest.

    So, even conceding that very interesting development in the Princess Di case that I didn't know of, I will maintain my position: In the U.S., if the police do file formal charges (especially something as serious as "assault with a deadly weapon," which I assume is a felony), the police (and probably the District Attorney) have become convinced that there is a fairly solid case against the person charged.

    P.S. I'd be happy to read anything from people who *do* purport to be lawyers, regarding my reasoning.

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    Mark Bahner, I purport to be a lawyer. You need to report for questioning.

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    Tim,
    Hillary Duff and Linsay Lohan came to blows? Really? There was slaps, punches and scratches going on, there was a catfight?

    Are there pictures of this event? Can you provide a link?

    Were any nipples exposed?

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    Dirty Old Man,

    " Her tits seem to have shrunk just as much as the rest of her. It's horrible."

    Lets have a moment of silence.

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    I'm not a lawyer (but one of my Internet aliases is ;-)

    MB = GG ?

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    Xanthochroid?

    Had to look that up.

    I typed xanthochroid+Cameron Diaz in the search engine and it sent me back here.

    What am I doing wrong?

    SMG

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    Hillary and Lindsay in a blood feud?
    Come on, I mean...well the more I think about.
    Those two hot blonds cursing at each other in the way young pretty girls can curse like no other.
    Then snarling at each other, then spitting in each others faces, then the smack, then the hair pulling, the tugging, the grabbing, the tackling to the ground, the struggle to get on top and then, being females, using their center of gravity, the hips, to pin the other one down on her center of gravity, and then, lips inches apart, demanding unconditional surrender, demanding she speak the words, "You are the prettier one, you are the best, I am your inferior," and demanding an apology like "I am sorry mistresses, I will never displease you again, I will do what you want me to, any time, anywhere, anything, I am at your beck and call, please, oh please, have mercy on me, and am and will be your slave for ever."
    Or something along those lines.
    Bottom line it, the dvd, fifty bucks, with an intial order of a million dvds, private shows for nerd billionares and Arab shieks, one million after expenses and taxes, excuse me, five million a piece after expenses and taxes.
    Yes, maybe even a pay per view, and sale of audio to Sieruss broadcasting or X broadcasting or whatever that radio channel Howard Stern signed up with.
    Plausible? I mean they are both cute but their looks, in my opinion, won't age well.
    Get the money why the can.
    I'd pay ten, twenty, to see them go at it.
    But they better do it quick.

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    Tom Cruise may not be a nutjob on the order of Mel Gibson, but he's a Scientologist, so that should count for some nutjob points. He also has to deal with dyslexia; I heard that he bought a wildebeest to help him prepare for his role in Top Gnu.

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    Honestly, I had never heard of Lindsey Lohan until I read the story that started this thread.

    Why is she famous?

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    Dirty --

    Remember when LL was hospitalized for "exhaustion"? More than likely that was when the implants were removed. Link

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    I've gotta get on record saying that Tim Cavanaugh is talentless and ignorant. He makes his living by snarking about things he knows nothing about.

    Also, he left his lube in my room last night.

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    Hey, didn't a cop WITNESS the crash?

    Cavanaugh, are you high or something? Did you bother at all to read any accounts of the event? Use your press connections to get a police report if that is legal in LA? Any investigaton at all or did you just immediately assume the poor downtrodden paparazzi scumbag, being a fellow press vulture, had to be innocent as a lamb?

    "Ramirez, 24, was arrested and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly slamming his minivan into the teen idol's sports car in Los Angeles late Tuesday.

    Before the crash, 18-year-old Lohan called police from behind the wheel and reported that she was "being harassed by paparazzi," Los Angeles police officer Sandra Escalante told AFP.

    The star of the upcoming remake of the car-themed youth movie "The Love Bug" tried to evade the paparazzo before he crashed the car he was driving into Lohan's Mercedes-Benz SL65 Coupe, police said.

    "Ramirez was following her, trying to get a picture," Escalante told AFP.

    "Lohan made a U-turn and ... actions by Ramirez in the minivan resulted in the minivan striking Lohan's driver's door.

    "Evidence showed Ramirez's actions were intentional, rather than accidental, making the incident criminal," Escalante said."

    See for yourself: http://www.thesuperficial.com/archives/000961.html

    Jeeze...can I get your pay for this article? I did more work than you did.

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    I, for one, would be delighted to chip in $50 to help give these poor downtrodden celebrities the privacy they so covet. The caveat is that means full, unadulterated, privacy. That is no press coverage whatsoever. Why do I think I won't be getting any support for this idea from Lohan, Diaz, or Lopez?

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    Jim,

    Your facts might be true, but the post represents a Larger Truth, you see, independent of the facts in this particular case. Fake, but accurate, you see. ;-)

    And like many of the posters here, I also cannot fathom what is going on with these women that they have to make themselves look like concentration camp survivors. People like Lohan, Jennifer Connelly, and Minnie Driver should realize that it is their relative normality that makes them attractive and popular, not being able to duplicate a supermodel's physique. The story of Jennifer Grey's nose job (made her prettier, destroyed her career) needs to be taught to young Hollywood stars and starlets like a Grimm fairy tale.

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    All this talk has me thinking.. they should make those cat-fight movies again like they did back in the 60s. Y'know.. update the genre.

    You can have the crappiest script and the lowest production values. But if you featured a tussle between Duff and Lohan, the theatres would be packed by 30-something guys. Packed.

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    uh, hello...princess di was clearly killed by the illuminati. photojournalists, photoschmurnalists.

    jeez, you people need to keep up on your icke, eh?

  • submandave||

    SMG: "Xanthachroid" is a alternative form of "xanthachroic," the adjectival form of "xanthachroi." A xanthachroi is an individual with fair skin and (usually) blonde hair. This division of the Caucasian race is most prevalent in Nothern Europe.

    I was especially excited to read your description of Cameron, Tim, as this is only the second time I have seen one of my favorite words in print, and I had to provide the first.

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    Hey, didn't a cop WITNESS the crash?

    Not according to the AFP story you're citing, nor any other story I've found about this incident. Sorry to put a brake on the rush to judgment, but the photographer will get his day in court (provided the charges aren't dropped first), his accuser (like a surprisingly high number of the celebrities making noise about this issue) has a history of reckless driving incidents that do not involve photographers, the paparazzi have been subject to mob outrage in past incidents where they turned out to be blameless, and skepticism about new and menacing "trends"-which nobody around here has a problem with when it's the supposed rash of church burnings in the south, the scourge of meth labs in hill country, etc.-should also apply when one of the claimants is your favorite stroke object.

    I'll keep my pay for this one, since I haven't said the guy is innocent, only that it's hysterical to assume he's at fault before he's been found guilty of anything. Sorry to start a ruckus; next time I'll know better than to pick on a barely-legal sex kitten. Sheesh!

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    From kevrob's link:

    There was a test screening of Herbie: Fully Loaded at Pasadena�s Paseo this past weekend. The upshot? They�re going to have to digitally reduce Lindsay Lohan�s breasts, because they�re waaay too big (and distracting) for a Disney movie.

    It's good to know in advance that the only potential reason for me to watch the Herbie movie (even on TV when I have nothing else to do) has been deleted from the production. Thanks, kev.

    PS: But who wants to bet there won't be clips of an underground pre-digital-reduction version, kept on the personal computer of some geeks who work at Disney, and eventually released to the black market or the WWW?

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    Hell, the bitch is a "xanaxoid" probably.

  • big dirigible||

    Woo-hoo, "xanthochroid"! The last time I got this excited about a blog post was a couple of years back when some heavyweights admitted that they didn't know what an "autochton" was. That one, I knew. And then there was the time that I discovered that Word SpellCheck recognizes "Aristotelian." Fortunately, Word spells it the same way I do.

    I generally have to ignore words I don't recognize, though, as they're usually typos. Maybe it's too much time spent reading the Manchester Guardian, which mangles words as a matter of course - I still treasure the Guardian review of "Doris Godunov." They still owe Modest Mussorgsky an apology for that.

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    I've gotta get on record saying that Tim Cavanaugh is talentless and ignorant.

    Ignorant? Nah, anybody who does this much research into random shit that happened to women most straight men couldn't pick out of a lineup unless they had some tit showing has got to be a religious tabloid reader.

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    Two true statements:
    1. Many celebrities and many journalists are genuine jerks.
    2. However, both groups are vulnerable to scams and false accusations.
    So, while I think it's quite possible that Miss Lohan is indeed lying or exaggerating about this incident in order to attract public sympathy, I think it's equally possible that the two guys who claim she hit their car and injured them back in August are also lying or exaggerating.
    And, come on, the article about how Duff and Lohan are plotting to kill each other was obviously an Onionesque parody - in fact, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that it was actually from the Onion. How could anyone not have spotted that?

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    Tim, are you saying that you've never stroked the Lohan?! You haven't really lived yet then.

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    Damn, don't you fellas ever go to Awful Plastic Surgery? It keeps you up-to-date on the cup sizes of your favorite teen vixens as well as the face lifts and nose jobs of those sirens of yesteryear. By the way, Lindsay did look better with some flesh on her, but her body was only average in my opinion.

    http://www.awfulplasticsurgery.com/archives/006344.html

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    Sorry, I'm obviously late to the party because I'm clueless as to how in the name of Zeus's butthole Mel Gibson could be considered a bigger nut-job than Tom Cruise....

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    Sure,some stars are arrogant fame seekers who would suck the life from their own brethren to get back into the tabs when the well has run dry.

    But, some are not. I've worked on over a hundred movies. (I'm a Gaffer.) And, I have to tell you, some photogs get way out of hand. Speeding in traffic is one thing. I've seen it. Plenty of times. Especially when children are concerned.

    Scenario: You are a well known actress, the wet dream of many a loser out there, and you have two small children who you don't want photos taken of... for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is you've got a stalker out there who the FBI still hasn't identified (Hate mail is part of the job too.) and since your charitible donations are a matter of public record, you've been getting some nasty mail for that too.

    You had a brief major event moment with the paparazzi over then years ago, when you dated (breifly) a well known mega star, (who had just gone through a nasty divorce) and some photos of you with this mega star made some people some very good money very quick. The mega star decided to take a swing at a particularly nasty paparazzi one night who put his lense into your face and said "give me a sexy lick your lips pout baby!" and when you didn't he called you a "stuck up bitch" and of course, this mega star pushed him away, and it got a bit violent and the pics of him swiinging at the paparazzi were shown all over the world and the photog got around $30k for them when it was all said and done...So, even now, years later, when they see you, they see MONEY... so they never really let go of you.

    It doens't matter that five years ago you married a nice guy who is never in the tabs because he is just a pediatrician, or that you never go to the parties anymore. When they see you walking down a Manhattan street, they chase you. When you come out of the shopping mall near the Hamptons with your children, they chase you for miles.

    Pictures of your kids would fetch some decent coin. Maybe $5k. Maybe more.

    If you go to an event, they follow you. Because they think that there might be a big payday in it.

    And, it gets a bit rough sometimes. It's constant.

    You have no problem with your public life being out there for the media. It's part of the job.

    But, you have a private life as well. You are not working all the time, 24/7.

    Your kids shouldn't have to get all scared when mommy has to rush them into the car really abrubtly because a paparazzi is running towards you to take their picture.

    It's wrong.

    It's gotten out of hand.

    I have seen it evolve the past twenty years. Sometime around the mid ninties, it got bad.

    Now, it's horrible. Shooting on a NYC street can be a mass of paparazzi all vying for that money shot of some movie star with another....

  • ||

    Who would win in a televised Bar fight with loaded pool cues between "celebrities and their publicists" vs. "stalkerazzi/tabloid journos?"
    Choices:
    a). celebrities,
    b). tabloid journos, or
    c). the television viewing public
    Answer: C

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