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L.a. Speak

April 11, 1993|R. Daniel Foster

Paparazzi pejoratives. Some jargon from a bitter bunch: bumblicists : n. publicists who botch negotiations or logistics for their clients' photo shoots. the Beak : n . Barbra Streisand. the Fat Man: n. Marlon Brando. Fink: v . to route photos or gossip to Mitchell Fink, gossip columnist for People magazine. "I Finked five fat-Liz photos." flash: v . revealing your hiding place by using a strobe light. "I was about to shoot Madonna, but she moved into a shadow and I had to flash her." Syns. burn and pop. lens : v . photographing stars from a long distance with a powerful telephoto lens. "I was half a mile away when I lensed Mick Jagger dancing with six women." made: v. to be discovered on a stakeout. "I knew I was made when Cher spat at me in the bushes." Peephole : n . People magazine. scumarazzi : n. wanna-be photographers who loiter near restaurants to snare stars. Used by elite paparazzi. set-up : n. a benefit, wedding or other social event that draws celebrities. "That set-up for Heal the Bay was mobbed with stars." the Set-Up Queen: n. Brooke Shields. Shades : n . Jack Nicholson. the Whale : n . Oprah Winfrey.

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