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Tuesday

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Quote of the Day — The Washington Post Hates Maroon 5’s New Album

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“Overexposed is a hit-seeking missile that doesn’t just slaughter Maroon 5’s reputation for sincerity (which was pretty nonexistent anyway), it festoons its corpse with glitter, hairspray and Hello Kitty stickers. It seems more like a collaboration between Swedish hitmakers and AutoTune than between Levine and members of his band, who apparently exist, but it’s a small price to pay.” An excerpt Allison Stewart’s very cutting and well-written review for The Washington Post on Maroon 5’s new record.

Tuesday

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June 2012

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Rielle Hunter on Good Morning America — Confirms John Edwards Breakup

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Rielle Hunter still fascinates me. I’m always intrigued by the woman a man leaves his wife for, and I imagine that if I were ever left for another woman, I’d want her to be fantastic so that I could justify his departure in my head. But Rielle Hunter? I just don’t get it. And furthermore, I’d encourage all men to learn a lesson from this about using discretion with their extra-marital affairs. No one wants their personal business exposed on Good Morning America — or anywhere else.

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Monday

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June 2012

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Magic Mike as a Musical? — Sign Me Up!

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The depletion of Broadway (see ‘Bring it On’) makes me weep for the simple days of ‘A Chorus Line.’ But then I heard Magic Mike might become a musical, and my hope was restored. Does it get better than a live stripper show disguised as theater? Perhaps I should start saving my money now.

Monday

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June 2012

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Alec Baldwin v. Paparazzi — How to Stop the Vultures

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Written By: Rik Sault, Contributing Writer

Last week, Alec Baldwin had a fight with a New York Daily News photographer who tried to take pictures of him and his fiancé leaving the NYC marriage license office (their nuptials are scheduled for June 30). According to Baldwin, the photographer, Marcus Santos, was aggressively shooting them. According to Santos, Baldwin flew into a rage, menaced a second News photographer, and then punched Santos in the chin. Although Baldwin denies throwing any punches, an NYPD investigation is ongoing.

Things continued to heat up for Baldwin on Wednesday, when he purportedly rode his bike over the foot of an “Inside Edition” reporter waiting outside his home to inquire about the prior incident. Baldwin’s response on Twitter? “I think it was that person who placed their foot under the wheel of my bike.”

The boldness and hilarity of Baldwin’s responses to these “journalistic” intrusions aside, paparazzi run-ins like these have prompted one of my smartest friends (A.K.A “The Dishmaster“) to ask one of her many great questions: “Why don’t we have effective and constitutionally-sound laws that protect celebrities from overly aggressive, privacy-invading paparazzi?”

Although the Constitution affords privacy rights which may be protected by laws prohibiting trespass, stalking, intrusion, and certain audio/video surveillance, the First Amendment also – at least arguably – protects certain rights to snap photos of celebs in public and publish them.

Not surprisingly, of the states in the US, California was the one to spearhead the creation of an anti-paparazzi law – California Civil Code Section 1708.8. The law was passed in 1998 in response to Princess Diana’s death. It created a civil damages cause of action for three tactics commonly used by paparazzi to get celebrity photos and footage. That statute has three components: (1) a “physical invasion of privacy law” creating damages for entering another person’s property to record an image, video or sound; (2) a “technological trespass” law, which makes photographers liable if they use an enhancing device to record from afar, such as a telephoto lens or parabolic microphones; and (3) the statute makes actionable any assault “committed with the intent to capture” images, video or sound. Although some have questioned the Constitutionality of the law on First Amendment grounds, no one has yet mounted a successful challenge.

The law was strengthened in January, 2010, when California made it a crime to snap and sell unauthorized photos of celebrities in “personal or familial activity” (violators face fines up to $50,000). Furthermore, media outlets using material obtained from these invasive tactics became liable for special damages, punitive damages, and a civil fine anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000.

And to address paparazzi car-chase scenarios, California also passed an additional law in late 2010, which doles out harsher penalties for paparazzi found in violation of traffic laws or interfering with the operation of a celebrity’s vehicle while in the midst of a photo pursuit (violators may receive a fine of up to $5,000 or a year in prison).

One group claiming credit for the strengthening of the anti-paparazzi law in 2010 is The PAPARAZZI Reform Initiative, which was founded in February 2009. The Initiative strives to highlight egregious paparazzi incidents, track anti-paparazzi laws, and advocate for reform.

Although federal legislation has been proposed, it’s proved fruitless. In 1998, for example, four bills were given to Congress pertaining to federal anti-paparazzi legislation, but they went nowhere. And unfortunately for Alec Baldwin, New York has yet to follow California’s lead, and Baldwin is therefore left with no specific protections, but based on these recent run-ins he certainly seems capable of fending for himself. In the alternative, maybe he should give Bloomberg a call…

Sunday

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June 2012

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New Katy Perry ‘Part of Me Poster — Adorable

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I knew Katy Perry would have a sustaining career when I heard her on Howard Stern. She was business savvy, intelligent, and funny. And the branding for her new film proves that even if she’s not the one making her business choices, she certainly picked someone great. Look at the poster below.

Saturday

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June 2012

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Tabloid Gossip — Week-in-Review — Celebrity Updates

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  • Tony Parker wants $20 million for his poor choice of friends. TMZ
  • Kelly Osbourne is in love. Yahoo!
  • James Marsden knocked up a girl whose ex looks just like James Marsden. New York Post
  • Kristin Davis and Aaron Sorkin are dating.  People
  • Bradley Cooper & Scarlett Johansson might be dating. Digital Spy
  • Molly Sims had a baby boy. LATimes
  • Vanessa Lachey took a very beautiful pregnancy photo. PoponthePop
  • Woody Allen has an angry son. Moviefone
  • Bobbi Kristina skipped Bobby Brown’s wedding. SheKnows
  • Dick Cheney’s daughter got married. NPR
  • 22 Year old Aaron Johnson married his 42 year old girlfriend, Sam Taylor Wood. Entertainment Weekly

 

 

 

 

Friday

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June 2012

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The Dishmaster Podcast — Week 8

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This Podcast is a week late for reasons I must keep a secret, but better late than never. Take a listen if you’d like to hear a personal anecdote about The Dishmaster’s poor behavior around celebrities, or if you’d like an update on Lindsay Lohan’s current life-status. Enjoy!

Friday

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June 2012

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Real Housewives of New Jersey Clip — Theresa v. Jacqueline

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The only concerning thing in the clip below is that Jacqueline is unable to express any level of emotion due to her excessive botox (allegedly, of course). Also, she’s incredibly annoying. In what world do you require your “best friend” to confess all of her financial issues? Theresa’s financial status is no one’s business except all of America’s when she decides to reveal it in a confessional. Until that very private moment, Jacqueline should back-off. Watch below.

Friday

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June 2012

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Chris Cuomo Interviews Rielle Hunter — Still Seems Nuts

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I’m not sure what releveant data-points to take from the clip below, other than that Chris Cuomo is extremely attractive, and Rielle Hunter is nuts. There’s a very powerful lesson to be learned here though, and it’s that you shouldn’t sleep with the wrong girl, because if you do, she’ll likely write a tell-all book about your affair. Is nothing sacred anymore? Can’t a guy get his rocks off in private? Oh wait — he’d have to hire a hooker for that (see Elliot Spitzer & Charlie Sheen). Watch 20/20 tonight at 10/9 central on ABC to get the full interview.
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Friday

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CBS Issues Fake Press Release — Takes Aim At ‘Glass House’

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The CBS war with ABC over ‘Glass House’ took an unexpected turn when CBS issued a fake press release mocking ABC. Though I think every show is essentially a rip-off of another show, CBS argues that this is an especially unique carbon copy, given that ABC used CBS staff members to duplicate the format. Read and enjoy the press release below. At least someone has a sense of humor. And speaking of a sense of humor, CBS certainly got the last laugh when ‘Glass House’ tanked in the ratings.

CBS ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF “DANCING ON THE STARS,” AN EXCITING AND COMPLETELY ORIGINAL REALITY PROGRAM THAT OWES ITS CONCEPT AND EXECUTION TO NOBODY AT ALL

Los Angeles, June 21, 2012 – Subsequent to recent developments in the creative and legal community, CBS Television today felt it was appropriate to reveal the upcoming launch of an exciting, ground-breaking and completely original new reality program for the CBS Television Network.

The dazzling new show, DANCING ON THE STARS, will be broadcast live from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and will feature moderately famous and sort of well-known people you almost recognize competing for big prizes by dancing on the graves of some of Hollywood’s most iconic and well-beloved stars of stage and screen.

The cemetery, the first in Hollywood, was founded in 1899 and now houses the remains of Andrew “Fatty” Arbuckle, producer Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Paul Muni, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, George Harrison of the Beatles and Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones, among many other great stars of stage, screen and the music business. The company noted that permission to broadcast from the location is pending, and that if efforts in that regard are unsuccessful, approaches will be made to Westwood Village Memorial Park, where equally scintillating luminaries are interred.

“This very creative enterprise will bring a new sense of energy and fun that’s totally unlike anything anywhere else, honest,” said a CBS spokesperson, who also revealed that the Company has been working with a secret team for several months on the creation of the series, which was completely developed by the people at CBS independent of any other programming on the air. “Given the current creative and legal environment in the reality programming business, we’re sure nobody will have any problem with this title or our upcoming half-hour comedy for primetime, POSTMODERN FAMILY.”