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September 5, 1997
In the rearview mirror of a crushed Mercedes, Britain and the world are seeing a reality not evident before the astonishing outpouring of grief at the death of Princess Diana. Political analyses coming out of Britain focus on a new nation - younger, more nonwhite, more female-influenced - beginning to recognize itself. In the United States, which knew the princess primarily as a celebrity, the issue is simply that: celebrities and the mass media that served them up. Was it fame that killed Diana?
NEWS
December 5, 2003 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's not the case of the century, but it involves a celeb, so we feel duty-bound to report that a Superior Court judge in Los Angeles has ruled that two photos of Barbra Streisand's Malibu estate posted on a conservation Web site do not violate Babs' privacy. Back in May, Babs filed a $10 million lawsuit against retired software entrepreneur Kenneth Adelman, who snapped pics of her property from a private helicopter to document erosion along California's coastline. He has posted more than 12,000 photos on the site (www2.
NEWS
August 31, 1997 | By Edward Colimore, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Only days ago, Princess Diana said that she'd love to leave England because of the hounding media coverage. She told a French newspaper that "the press is ferocious," that "it forgives nothing and is only hunting down mistakes. " Princess Diana, the most photographed woman in the world, often fled the attention of the media and paparazzi, especially as she began spending time with boyfriend Dodi al-Fayed, son of multimillionaire Harrods boss Mohamed al-Fayed. Their car was speeding through a tunnel in Paris, pursued by photographers on motorcycles, when a collision killed the princess and Fayed early this morning.
NEWS
November 7, 1996 | BY FRANCESCA CHAPMAN Daily News wire services and the New York Post contributed to this report
Here's a grass-roots (even if it's a very nice, probably designer, Beverly Hills kind of grass) movement that paid off on Election Day: George Clooney's anti-paparazzi campaign. Paramount TV, which Clooney has been boycotting for its use of paparazzi video on its "Hard Copy" show, conceded victory to the "ER" and "Batman" star late Tuesday. Paramount Pictures Television Group said it would no longer buy video from freelance cameramen who unduly harass or provoke their celebrity subjects.
NEWS
January 5, 1998 | By Francesca Chapman Daily News wire services contributed to this report
He was partying too much and had no sense of direction. - A morally outraged Dennis Rodman, on the last days of Chris Farley It was never a question of "if," right? It was just a question of "when. " It was yesterday when a pair of French paparazzi turned their lenses on young British princes William and Harry, breaking a promise to not pester the royal teen-agers in their private moments. Editors and photographers had solemnly taken the pledge in the days following the grisly Aug. 31 death of the boys' mother, Princess Diana.
LIVING
September 9, 1997 | By W. Speers This article contains material from the Associated Press, Reuters, New York Post, New York Daily News and Washington Post
Sylvester Stallone took the ultimate paparazzi revenge hit in Rome yesterday. He courted their attention for the launch of the construction of a new Planet Hollywood, and they ignored him. Reuters' Paolo Cocco, one of 30 photogs who showed up to protest the movie star's appearance, said Stallone approached the pack with his arms raised in a greeting but they turned their backs on him and he walked away when he realized they weren't going to...
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - A paparazzo charged with recklessly pursuing Justin Bieber for photos will challenge the constitutionality of the law targeting aggressive celebrity-hounding tactics, his attorney said Friday. Attorney David Kestenbaum filed a motion asking a judge to declare that the 2010 California statute penalizing those who drive recklessly in pursuit of commercial photos is unconstitutional. The 17-page motion argues that the law used to charge his client, Paul Raef, violates First Amendment protections for the press and is too broad.
NEWS
September 5, 1997 | By Jack McKinney
Day Five since the horrible death of Diana Spencer, and the most troubling question remains unanswered. Accepting that the crash might not have occurred if the armor-plated Mercedes hadn't been attempting to elude a motorized posse of paparazzi, how could she, her millionaire-playboy companion Dodi Fayed and a highly trained security expert in the front passenger seat have been unaware that their chauffeur was too drunk to drive? This enigma has been obscured in the rush by the press to blame the tragedy entirely on its own most perverted offspring, the paparazzi.
NEWS
September 1, 1997 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Seven paparazzi who chased Princess Diana's speeding Mercedes sedan early yesterday were being held last night by French police who confiscated 20 rolls of film to determine whether the photographers caused the crash that killed the princess and her millionaire boyfriend, Dodi al-Fayed. The photographers - driving motorcycles - pursued the princess' car into a tunnel along the Seine river moments before the Mercedes slammed into a concrete piling and spun into a wall just north of the Eiffel Tower.
NEWS
March 27, 1996 | by Ivor Davis, Special to the Daily News
When Mary Steenburgen married Ted Danson in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., last October, scores of reporters invaded the island, but no one got exclusive wedding photos or gate-crashed the event. This was a considerable achievement, because dodging today's prying media eyes - particularly those relentless photographers known as "paparazzi" - has become nearly impossible. But Steenburgen and Danson had one big advantage over other privacy-seeking celebrities. One of their wedding guests was the man Steenburgen says is "like a brother" to her - President Clinton.
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NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
COULD THE most important and powerful couple since Adam and Eve be in trouble? In Touch magazine's anonymous sources say Kim and Kanye (who's at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday without Kim) are no longer living together! Kim is at her family's Calabasas, Calif., mansion with mom, baby North and assorted other Kardashian/Jenners, but Kanye is at his Hollywood Hills bachelor pad. "There's too much chaos at Kris' house for Kanye," Kim's friend tells the mag. "Kanye is working all of the time," another source said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2013
TRAGEDY TAILED Justin Bieber on New Year's Day, when a paparazzo on the Bieber beat was killed while trying to photograph the pop star. Freelance photographer Chris Guerra was hit by a car in Los Angeles while trying to take photos of Bieber's white Ferrari after police stopped it. Guerra, who got out of his car to snap a better shot, reportedly was told twice by police to get back to his car. He was struck while returning to his vehicle, across Sepulveda...
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - A paparazzo charged with recklessly pursuing Justin Bieber for photos will challenge the constitutionality of the law targeting aggressive celebrity-hounding tactics, his attorney said Friday. Attorney David Kestenbaum filed a motion asking a judge to declare that the 2010 California statute penalizing those who drive recklessly in pursuit of commercial photos is unconstitutional. The 17-page motion argues that the law used to charge his client, Paul Raef, violates First Amendment protections for the press and is too broad.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
In a bid to become this era's James Dean, teen throat Justin Bieber is vroooming his cool $100,000 Fisker Karma headlong down the highways of L.A. Each report ups the speed. Accounts now have him rocketing down the roads at 100 m.p.h. on Friday. He was duly pulled over, for the second time that week. Bieb's team says it was only 80, in flight from paparazzi. He even made a 911 call afterward to complain about the other drivers. Jimmy Kimmel played the call on his show. Canadian boy in the big U.S. city, it all goes to your head ... and right foot.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2011 | By MOLLY EICHEL, eichelm@phillynews.com 215-854-5909
WHILE ELIZABETH Taylor was in Philadelphia in 1982, performing the Noel Coward comedy "Private Lives" with ex-hubby Richard Burton, Warren Messing was always by her side. Messing, a veteran Philadelphia police officer, acted as Taylor's bodyguard, protecting her from overenthusiastic fans and ushering her through high society while she performed in a four-week run at the Forrest Theatre. Messing - now 74 and retired, living with his wife in North Wildwood - wasn't supposed to trail Dame Liz. He initially was hired to serve as extra security detail, despite retiring from the police force a week before, after 23 years on the job. But Taylor's regular bodyguard was sent off to New York due to a drug problem.
NEWS
September 29, 2010
By George Parry America owes Stephen Colbert a debt of gratitude for his recent comic turn during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on migrant labor. Through his satirical testimony, the host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report forcefully demonstrated the absurdity of congressional testimony by celebrity witnesses. For many years, obscure members of Congress have drawn attention to themselves by allowing show-business personalities to testify on subjects they know virtually nothing about.
NEWS
June 12, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Los Angeles cops tell TMZ that Mad Men beauty January Jones crashed her Range Rover into three parked cars early Friday morning, then fled the scene on foot, saying "I can't deal with this commotion. " Jones told cops she lost control of her car after a gaggle of aggressive paparazzi followed her. An anon source tells gossip site Hollyscoop.com that Jones "smelled like a brewery" when she exited her car. Police said they had not arrested Jones, but were investigating the crash.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2009 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
MICHAEL JACKSON's new song, "This Is It," hasn't been out two days and already there's trouble. From none other than Mr. "My Way," Paul Anka. TMZ.com says that back in 1983, Anka wrote a song with Jackson called "I Never Heard" and the pair recorded a demo. The song was supposed to appear on the Anka duets album, "Walk a Fine Line," but MJ was in the middle of "Thriller"-mania and "stole the tapes" from the studio. Anka threatened Michael with a suit if he didn't get the tape back, but contends that Michael made a copy before returning it. Anka said "This Is It" is the same song, with the same Michael vocal, but with a new name.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2009 | By HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
ONE OF THE young stars of "Slumdog Millionaire" has reportedly been put up for sale by her father. As this report comes from London's News of the World it may need to be taken with a grain of salt - or a dash of curry. But NotW says that Rafiq Qureshi, the impoverished father of Rubina Ali, has put the 9-year-old cherub up for adoption with an asking price of $295,000. "I have to consider what's best for me, my family and Rubina's future," Qureshi told a fake sheik sent to India by NotW as a prospective Rubina buyer.
SPORTS
March 18, 2009
To: Ford, Bob; Sheridan, Phil Subject: Spy games Just saw Cole Hamels in Center City. He was leaving his building, and I was walking home. So I did what any intrepid columnist would do when he sees the injured (?) ace of the Phillies out for a stroll. I followed him. I can report that both of his arms appear to be attached, and that he was wearing designer jeans with swirls on them and walking very fast. I tailed him down Chestnut Street when he made a right turn onto 15th.
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