Category: Paparazzi

Pink and Carey Hart show off new baby; picture looks oddly familiar

Pink and Cary Hart release baby picture

Singer Pink and husband Carey Hart have released their first baby picture — of, you know, their first baby.

It's clear after viewing this photo that the couple have mastered Principle No. 1 of Celebrity Baby Portraits: Beaming broadly, as if they've each gotten a full night’s sleep. Which they have not.

However, the couple have yet to remember Principle No. 2: Gazing down at said baby with Virgin Mary-style adoration. We're sure the Harts will remember to do that when they have their second child.

The Hart baby is cute and everything, but, like every baby of that age, little Willow Sage (no comment) doesn't look like her parents. Willow Sage, of course, looks like Winston Churchill. This is not meant as an insult. It's meant as science. Every single baby on this planet is born looking like a bald gentleman whose top hat went missing during the last Blitz. And yet celebrity media fight for these first baby photos — fight for them so fiercely that Pink recently accused the paparazzi of "harassing" and "stalking" the new family.

We here at the Ministry could not understand why these first baby photos — which routinely fetch between $10,000 and $1 million — are so sought after, given that, as we have established, every baby looks the same.

So we asked someone who would know.

"Everybody just loves to see a new baby," says Mark Pasetsky, former managing editor of OK! magazine. "How many times do you get to see a celebrity with her first baby for the first time? It may not be the most descriptive photo, but it's special for her and her fans."

So let's see if we understand this correctly: It's the when, not the what. People don't want to see famous baby photos to see the famous baby. They want to see the specialness of it all.

Fair enough, we guess. But we would've given Pink more credit if that baby had been wearing a top hat and toy cigar.


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Photos: Pink, left, and Carey Hart, right, have released the first picture of their baby — who is not shown, center. Credits: Larry Busacca /  Getty Images, left; Joe O'Donnell / The Arts Co., center; Danny Moloshok / Reuters, right.

Justin Bieber apologizes for flipping off photographer after fracas that left Selena Gomez hurt

Biebergomez_ Justin Bieber has apologized for giving the middle finger to a paparazzo after a fracas at his 17th birthday celebration Tuesday left girlfriend Selena Gomez with a fat lip.

The flipping-off incident was out of character for the generally jovial singer, whose freshly cut hair fetched $40,668 at auction. (The winning EBay bidder was an online casino.)

After the run-in, the Canadian-bred pop star tweeted that night that he "had a great bday and at the end of the night we got surrounded by paps and i reacted in a way i know better. im sorry #killthemwithkindness."

That reaction apparently included the middle finger.

"It's not always easy but I know better than to react in anger," he tweeted soon after. 

The Biebs got support Thursday from Whoopi Goldberg and Elizabeth Hasselbeck on "The View," with Whoopi noting, "Maybe they just really pissed him off."

After news about the altercation at the Grove spread Wednesday, rumors began to circulate on Twitter that an angry Bieber fan had punched Gomez, who mysteriously left the party with a puffy pucker.

Gomez's rep has since denied the claims, but the "#sorryjustin" hashtag continued to trend on the microblogging site.


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Photo: Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood on Sunday. Credit: Carlo Allegri / Associated Press

Hulk Hogan wedding marred by a brawl

Hulk Hogan wedding marred by brawl A Hulk Hogan wedding ceremony would, of course, have a touch of the wrestling arena to it — though not by the bride and groom's design.

Hogan, 57, and Jennifer McDaniel, 37, were married at the former pro wrestler's waterfront home in Florida on Tuesday, with the vows punctuated by a brawl that reportedly started when a photographer pressed his arm against the throat of a family employee who'd asked him to leave.

The brawl began after photographer Robert Martinez reportedly shouted, "I'm packing a gun," according to TMZ, which also said his video camera was running during the altercation, providing police with interesting viewing.

Nobody was arrested, and as of Wednesday the officer responsible for the report had not written it up, People said.

McDaniel and Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) got engaged in December 2009 and, according to Hogan's attorney, have no immediate honeymoon plans. They'd intended to keep the wedding as quiet as possible after filing for a license in November, David Houston said. Meh, maybe not so much?

Even with the brawl, however, the wedding was less confrontational than the two-year divorce battle (with wife of 23 years, Linda Hogan) that preceded it.


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Photo: Jennifer McDaniel and Hulk Hogan, shown in September 2008, were married in Florida on Tuesday. Credit: Chris O'Meara / Associated Press.


Russell Brand bounces back after arrest at LAX

Russell-brand Russell Brand seems to have emerged relatively unscathed after his arrest Friday at Los Angeles International Airport.

"Thanks for your sweet messages of support. After the tips I picked up in chokey I'm an infinitely more proficient criminal," he said Sunday on Twitter.

Brand and fiancee Katy Perry were going through security at LAX to catch a flight to Las Vegas when, TMZ reports, a paparazzo tried to take a picture up Perry's skirt, allegedly sending the comedian over the edge. The "Get Him to the Greek" star was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery.

Perry also commented on Twitter afterward: "If you cross the line & try an put a lens up my dress, my fiancé will do his job & protect me." She and Rihanna then hit the town in Vegas on Saturday for her bachelorette party.

Brand is out on $20,000 bail, with an Oct. 15 court date.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Russell Brand arrives at the pre-party for the premiere of "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Sunday. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

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Adam Lambert accused of battery by paparazzo [poll]

Adam-lambert-in-new-york "Eeew paparazzi killed my peaceful afternoon on the beach!," Adam Lambert tweeted Thursday. "#howisthisok?"

 Lambert was later accused of simple battery by a paparazzo after the incident outside a South Beach hotel, the Miami Herald reports.

The glittery one responded with an apology to fans for the less-than-fabulous hat he was wearing in pictures of him, um, interacting with the photographer, calling it a "clearly failed" disguise attempt.

But about the pap's accusation? "Battery? Nope," the singer wrote. "I attempted to grab a camera, no punches were thrown and no one was on the ground.... It was literally harmless. If embarrassment is a crime- thats all I'm guilty of." Adam's in Florida for shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Melbourne, St. Petersburg and Hollywood, Fla., respectively.

The police report, obtained by TMZ, states that no cuts or bruises were sustained by Victor Eras, who told cops that Lambert grabbed at his backpack as he ran away, then wrestled him to the ground.

A police spokesman told the Herald that the department will not press charges. It's up to the photographer, he said, to pursue that with the state attorney's office.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Adam Lambert performs at the Nokia Theatre in New York City on June 22. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images

Report: ABC pulls ads from Perez Hilton site; TV Land ads remain [poll]

Perez-at-book-signing-web Has celebrity blogger Perez Hilton finally gone too far with a link to an alleged "upskirt" photo of 17-year-old Miley Cyrus?

If you're ABC, the answer is apparently yes -- in the wake of the photo scandal, the Disney-owned network has yanked its spots for "The View" off Hilton's site, Pop Tarts reports. Still prominently featured, with a matching background: ads for "Hot in Cleveland," the new TV Land series featuring Betty White.

Miley, meanwhile, mouthed off at Hilton in a phone interview with Ryan Seacrest on Monday regarding the tweet from the blogger's account.

"That's some idiot being an idiot," she said.

Hilton or someone with access to his Twitter account posted a link to a dangerously aimed photo apparently of the singer getting out of a car in a dress; the link has since been deleted. A post on Hilton's website Tuesday linked to "photographic evidence" that Miley was wearing underwear.

Dunno about you, but this blog draws a distinction between being able to see an outline of a person's panties through her dress and being shown the business end of said panties in a picture taken using a camera aimed directly at a girl's crotch.

Call us old-fashioned.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Perez Hilton at a celebrity author book signing at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut on April 24. Credit: Joe Kohen / Getty Images for Foxwoods

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PREACH IT! Jodie Foster pulls a Sean Penn?

Jodie foster Just hours after a story broke about Jodie Foster allegedly attacking a teen paparazzo, her spin machine is in full force.

Parents of the teen insist that Foster attacked him after he took photos of her and her family out at the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles. The 17-year-old filed a police report for battery; he said Foster poked him in the chest, grabbed his left arm and caused visible injuries.

Foster’s rep shot back that there had been no assault. The rep also said the teen is “most definitely a professional paparazzo" -- as if that should make a huge difference -- and that the snapper had the gall to follow Foster the roughly 50 yards from a movie theater to valet parking.

The pap’s dad replied via Radar that, no, the kid is not a pro.

What both sides seem to be missing is the same tiny detail that Woody Harrelson, Sean Penn and other famous bullies have forgotten: Why should it matter if he’s a "real" paparazzo?

People have the right to take photos of celebrities and their families whenever they’re out in public, regardless of whether the photographer intends to sell said photos. They have the right to walk wherever they want in public too, as long as no one is in any physical danger.

It may be in poor taste. It may irk the subjects of the photo. But it’s the law. And no one -- not even the rich and well-staffed -- has the right to dictate otherwise, especially with their fists.

You wouldn’t know it if you listen to the stars, of course. Celebrities spend thousands of dollars a month on a spin machine largely devoted to convincing the public that they somehow own our cameras. They play the I-was-just-protecting-my-family card -- conveniently ignoring that they themselves often sell photos of their children to magazines for millions of dollars when it suits them. (And, by the way, I have yet to read of someone’s death by flash bulb. Protecting whom from what exactly?)

Or stars will argue that they’re "not working" and therefore, somehow, have the right to dictate what other people say about them -- at least, in the visual format.

Yes, it would nice if photographers would back off sometimes to give celebrities breathing room, especially when they’re with family. But that pleasantness is far less sacred than the right to retell ...

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Report: January Jones involved in car wreck, reportedly blames paparazzi

January-jones-mug-web Talk about jinxing things.

Looks as if our "no 'Mad Men' news to be found" post on Tuesday was bad news for actress January Jones, who Thursday evening was involved in a multiple-car crash that she reportedly blames on being followed by paparazzi.

Police told TMZ that Jones was driving home after watching the Lakers-Celtics game at a West Hollywood hotel, lost control of her Range Rover while paparazzi were following her and hit three parked cars. She left her license in the car and walked half a block home to avoid harassment and to call 911, then returned to the scene, TMZ says.

Alcohol was not involved, the cops said, and no hit-and-run investigation will be done. Paparazzi have been on Jones' tail since a gossip-inducing photo taken Wednesday morning hit the Internet.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: January Jones on Tuesday. Credit: John Shearer / Getty Images for GQ magazine

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Sean Penn cuts a deal over altercation with photographer

Haggis-penn-web Sean Penn pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge, L.A. Now reports, and was sentenced to three years' probation and 300 hours of community service related to an altercation with a photographer in October 2009.

The actor also must complete 36 hours of anger management counseling, TMZ says, and if Penn plays nicely with others while on probation, the vandalism charge will gently transform itself into a less-serious disturbing the peace conviction.

The community service hours can be fulfilled through Penn's future work -- no credit for what he's done so far, TMZ reports -- for his Haiti relief organization, which operates out of West Los Angeles. Payback for the guy's broken camera and medical bills -- Jordan Dawes was kicked in the knee -- is also involved, but still to be determined.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, director-producer Paul Haggis, left, and Sean Penn visit a camp for displaced people managed by Penn's relief organization on April 12, 2010. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images for Artists for Peace and Justice.

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Smile for the cameras! It's a Q&A with Getty Images' Roxanne Motamedi

Roxanne-getty-images You think those red carpet shots appear out of thin air? And even if they did, do you really think thin air could keep up with the demand for celebrity photos?

As the world of entertainment news coverage grows, the photographic evidence necessary to do it becomes even more important. Which is why we were excited to have an e-mail chat with Roxanne Motamedi, who created and now oversees the entire entertainment department for Getty Images, WireImage, Film Magic and Getty Video. No pressure there!

Motamedi -- who has to have her finger on the pulse of the latest in celebrity news -- knows all too well about protecting her sources, so she was too much of a lady to give us any dirt on who she thinks is about to crash and burn or which rising starlet we'll be all a Twitter about next week. Still, she was willing to give us some insight into her industry.

You oversee the entire entertainment photo department for Getty and its partners. How much of Getty's inventory is made up of entertainment photography? Has there been a shift at all over the years?

When I first joined the company in 2001, Getty Images was just entering into the entertainment market and knew there was a tremendous opportunity for us to build a world-class offering not only for our customers, but for celebrities as well.

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