January 30, 2013 |
Like hundreds of fans lining the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards this past weekend, Karalee Miller was determined to memorialize a celebrity moment. From behind the velvet ropes, the 35-year-old Burbank woman screamed and screamed for actor Bradley Cooper's attention. When the "Silver Linings Playbook" actor finally approached her, she drew out her trusty point-and-shoot camera and at arm's length snapped a strained cheek-to-cheek photo with Cooper. It was just the beginning of an evening of such pictures for countless other fans and performers.
August 12, 2010 |
The purpose of "A Short History of Celebrity," Fred Inglis' brief, energetic, stimulating screed, is to tell us that, although we think we live in the age of celebrity, it's been quite a while in coming. When we think of enthralled fans and groupies, media accounts of scandalous behavior and all manner of transgression, we inevitably think of rock stars and tabloids, but the model for all this was set nearly 200 years ago with the defining figure of George Gordon, Lord Byron. When his lifestyle and his poetry combined, feeding off one another till he "awoke one morning and found myself famous," Lord Byron was indeed "a popular idol" — as were actors David Garrick and Edmund Kean before him and, earlier still, the much more sedate icon Samuel Johnson.
May 9, 2010 |
Reporting from Las Vegas On a recent Saturday night, Mike Snedegar, 31, rushed over to Lavo, a trendy restaurant and nightclub at Palazzo. He was coming from sister club Tao at Venetian. At Tao he played celebrity reporter doing the house interviews with a gathering of young actresses, models and-or singers, including Joy Bryant, Jessica Lowndes, Rachel Bilson and Malin Akerman on the red carpet. At Lavo, Snedegar organized a birthday party for reality star Stephanie Pratt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 |
Drawn by the seclusion and high-performing schools, actors, athletes and other A-listers have flocked to Calabasas and surrounding communities over the years. The city of 23,000 is built for privacy, far beyond the reach of any celebrity tour bus and unplotted by most star maps. About 40% of the homes are hidden behind guarded gates, and the priciest are protected behind a second set of gates opened only by car-mounted transponder. Regular residents and their celebrity neighbors, for the most part, have coexisted in peace - that is, until Justin Bieber came to town last year.
March 12, 2013 |
More than a dozen celebrities and other high-profile people, including FLOTUS and the vice president, have had personal financial information hacked and posted on a public website - and on Tuesday the list was growing. Kim Kardashian, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Sarah Palin, Hulk Hogan, Donald Trump and Arnold Schwarzenegger are the celebrities whose names appeared on the site as of Tuesday morning. With them were former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, FBI Director Robert Mueller, U.S. Atty.
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October 13, 2011 |
For months, the story had intrigued Hollywood: Email accounts of celebrities were being hacked, and the perpetrator's motive remained a mystery. Some figured the hacker was planning to blackmail his victims. Others thought he might be trying to sell compromising information to the highest bidder. After a yearlong investigation, FBI officials Wednesday identified the man they said had broken into the email accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and several dozen others.
July 31, 2011 |
Macy's Herald Square is teeming with tweenage girls this muggy, late June afternoon. One of them, Miranda Santiago, has chosen to spend part of her vacation from Argentina camped outside the store, near a life-sized cardboard cutout of singer Justin Bieber promoting his just-released fragrance for women, Someday. Never mind that most of the "women" here today are in middle school. "I love him! I love him!" wails Santiago. "When I use the perfume, I feel him!" She and the others are vying to be among the first 325 to buy Bieber's $135 VIP gift set the following morning, which comes with a chance to meet Bieber at Macy's later in the week.
November 4, 2009 |
Mike Bresnahan covers the Lakers for The Times and ties up loose ends on the day of his self-designated "Lakers game of the week." The Lakers play tonight at Houston: I used to be a sports reporter. You know, write about games and players and teams. Now I don't even recognize myself anymore. I write the name "Khloe Kardashian" all the time, and I'll probably do more of the same for another budding Lakers romance, seeing how reserve guard Sasha Vujacic is dating tennis star Maria Sharapova.
August 22, 2010 |
A crowd rich in sports legends, Academy Award winners and recording stars packed the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza for the Harold Pump Foundation's anniversary celebration. The honorees at the Aug. 12 event were Denzel Washington, Hank Aaron, Muhammad Ali and Kansas businessman Joseph Brandmeyer. Morgan Freeman, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg and Cedric the Entertainer teamed up to present Washington's award. "If I hadn't played God," Freeman said, "I'd be jealous of the fact that he got to play an angel," referring to the two-time Academy Award winner's role in "The Preacher's Wife.
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April 11, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday that it would take the unusual step of no longer issuing press releases or immediately confirming instances of celebrity "swatting," saying intense media coverage seems to be fueling more incidents. Cmdr. Andrew Smith, who oversees the LAPD Media Relations Section, said the procedural change was necessary because of concerns about the privacy of the victims as well as the belief that publicizing such incidents was emboldening copycats.