January 10, 2013 |
The nimbly conceived and constructed documentary "Sellebrity" takes a vivid look at the megabucks industry of celebrity photography through a cogent variety of lenses. It's an enjoyable snapshot that effectively explores the colliding - often complicit - worlds of fame, entertainment publicity, the public's infatuation with gossip and the dogged paparazzi at the epicenter of it all. Sadly, the recent death of L.A. photographer Chris Guerra, who was hit by an SUV after taking pictures of Justin Bieber's Ferrari, makes this exposé seem especially timely.
October 3, 2013 |
After spending six months trailing the massively popular boy band One Direction, you'd think documentarian Morgan Spurlock would want a break from celebrities. But just over a month after the filmmaker's “One Direction: This Is Us” hit theaters, Spurlock is returning to the world of fame -- this time, centering his lens on the paparazzi. Rumors about Spurlock's new project began circulating Wednesday, when he was spotted among a horde of photographers trying to get a shot of Kim Kardashian at LAX. Carrying his own camera, Spurlock can be seen in the background of many of the paparazzi shots taken of the reality star.
October 18, 2012 |
Ciao, bella! Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's Italian wedding is off and running, as famous friends have landed in the southern town of Puglia. Widely published paparazzi shots have folks such as "SNL" alum Andy Samberg, "7th Heaven" actress Beverley Mitchell and music manager Johnny Wright in attendance. Wednesday saw a cocktail reception at exclusive beach club Cala Masciola, a luxury haven on the Adriatic Sea, where lanterns and Champagne awaited the casually dressed crowd. Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" piped through the fete , extra-exclusive as according to Masicola's website the beach is closed through Oct. 31. The entire party was later treated to a 10-minute fireworks show. Timberlake and Biel have been engaged since December.
June 10, 2007
Re "It's sprung time for Hilton," June 8 How about some real celebrity justice? Let's sentence Paris to no paparazzi for life. KATHIE MARSHALL Northridge
December 5, 2001
"Celebrity Access Shuttered" (Nov. 30) looked at the difficulty the celebrity paparazzi are having in getting access to the stars since Sept. 11. Well, the loss to the paparazzi is a gain for the rest of us, because the only things of lower value than the inane products most stars perform in are the sycophantic media that celebrate the banalities of those same stars. Steven Stark Los Angeles
May 6, 2001
Two facts are closely related: Fans think baseball agent Scott Boras is the devil ("Running Down Scott Boras," by Ross Newhan, April 8) and the masses blamed the paparazzi for the death of Princess Diana. Quite simply, the public is the villain in both cases. If fans are dumb enough to spend more than $100 to take their families to a ballgame, then [baseball] owners will use that money and TV advertising revenue to bid millions for players. If fans stay home for a while, it all collapses and sanity might return.
January 6, 2013
Re "Bieber has point on paparazzi," Column, Jan. 4 David Lazarus calls celebrity paparazzi parasites "whose sole motive is personal enrichment. " On the other hand, war journalists fearlessly put themselves in harm's way "to perform a public service and document a bona-fide news story. " I can't see celebrity photographers as any more parasitical than any other ancillary job to celebrities. How is it different than someone who sells rock T-shirts? And although war journalism can be noble, one could see a parasitical aspect to it. News organizations know war coverage sells papers and boosts viewership.
October 18, 2005
Re "Paparazzi Flash New Audacity," Oct. 16 Don't blame the paparazzi; blame the fools who buy the magazines. Are their own lives so dull they have to read that trash? RICK LEDGER San Gabriel Re "Paparazzo Says He's a Scapegoat of Hollywood," Oct. 13 The tables are turned and photographer Todd K. Wallace doesn't want his picture taken. Just remember your own response, Mr. Wallace, the next time you force your way closer to get "just that shot" of such stars as Demi, Ashton or Paris.