Online Entertainment News – Myths About the Maligned Paparazzi


Old as they may be, the magazines and periodicals you browse through in your dentist’s waiting room or at the hair dresser are endlessly fascinating, especially the celebrity photos, news articles and entertainment issues. If you love following the stars, political giants, and the lives of the rich and famous, then getting the latest celebrity news is also as easy now as going on line. No subscriptions are even necessary.

Numerous internet, entertainment, and celebrity gossip websites feature astoundingly interesting photographs of your favorite people. News stories revealing their lives, loves and illicit behaviors make each famous character come to life and sometimes the pictures really do speak louder than words. Each publication has its specialties and its own editorial personality. And all the fun stuff is reflected in imagery, story presentation and the interactive nature of the website with viewers, users, and advertisers.

But it’s the photographs of the famous and the infamous in candid, unguarded moments that are the secrets to holding our rapt attention. Online entertainment news agencies have brought the evil paparazzi back into the limelight – surrounded by myth and perhaps unduly maligned.

The Mythical Paparazzi

What would we do without them?

Some of the most exciting features on celebrity entertainment news sites are the pictures taken by paparazzi photographers. The reputation of these perceived annoying invaders is well known and they have even been called mosquitoes because they can be so annoying. But it should be remembered that when we are enjoying the published stories and the great paparazzi photos of the people we find so fascinating in film, television, and news, we are actually enjoying the results of the hard work of the paparazzi. And many of the legends and myths about them can be dispelled.

Who are they really?

Paparazzi is an Italian term used to refer to photojournalists who specialize in candid photographs of celebrities, politicians and other prominent people. They are really skilled and imaginative picture takers who tend to be independent contractors, unaffiliated with mainstream media organizations. Given their more innovative natures and technical abilities, the paparazzi should really be considered free lance photographers. They not only supply their work to various publications and the media, but they are attached to celebrity internet sites or online news agencies.

Are they lawbreakers who are hated by the rich and famous?

Freelance photographers as a group are law abiding citizens and they are only permitted by the First Amendment to snap pictures of public figures as long as they (the celebs) are in public places. And if you think from all the vitriol that photo journalists are hated by their subjects, that’s not entirely true either. Most celebrities understand that fantastic photos will keep them viewed in magazines and entertainment web sites. Many actually welcome and even invite the exposure.

Do the paparazzi really hang out in trees?

It’s easier for a photographer to trace celebrities’ schedules and either beat them to their events or wait outside their favorite coffee spots or gyms. But, even if the paparazzo does not climb a tree, the job is still not an easy one due to hours and hours of waiting around on sore feet in either freezing cold or the hot sun to get just the right angle or to meet a prominent person who may never show up.

Do they make a lot of money?

If the subject of the news articles is involved in a big scandal or the photographer gets a great shot of a celebrity doing something really extraordinary, there might be a higher value to the pictures. Every paparazzo dreams of such a scenario. A posed shot is not the goal. The ultimate challenge for the photographer is to catch the famed in normal movements like walking down a street or drinking coffee, giving a child a piggy-back ride, or holding hands with a loved one. There is more compensation for outstanding candid camera shots than for anything posed.

Are they all uneducated degenerates?

It may come as a surprise but most paparazzi are actually college graduates, former photo journalists, business owners, school teachers, and even doctors. They are drawn to the field because of their fascination with human interest stories and the resulting combination of creative photography with expert reporting – tantamount to the perfect storm that results in truly artistic journalism.

Next time you pick up that celebrity magazine or entertainment news publication at your dentist’s office, local barber shop or hair salon – or you discover the fantastic views and viewpoints at your favorite online entertainment news stop, keep in mind that the mythological evil paparazzi had a major hand in bringing you that enjoyment. There is always more than one side to every story and a tall tale holds no interest in today’s world without imaginative photography.


New Story Collection Is Warp-Speed Ahead in Entertainment Value


Prepare yourself for a reading experience like none before-an experience that will leave you truly wondering, “What the hell was that?”

In his new collection, aptly titled, What the Hell Was That?, author Jeffrey Friedberg holds nothing back. We have a story set in the future in which a senior citizen’s inability to control a growing blob coming out of his sink drain with a government-authorized cleaning product might lead to his arrest; we have the story of an insane writer, Burke Hare, who lives in his own imaginary world, but in the real world, this eccentric millionaire also wants a body double-and oddly enough hires a sexy kick-ass girl for the role. And that’s only the start of the murder and mayhem sprinkled across nearly every page, along with a dash of sex-often with a comic twist-and best of all, nearly every page has a laugh-out-loud sentence-which may make this book all the scarier.

By the time you get to the space aliens possessing a character’s human body, you’ll be asking yourself how any author can be so funny, so grotesque, and yet so insightful about our own time and its quirky social problems? “Who is this guy?” you’ll ask. Shame on you. Jeffrey Friedberg should need no introduction to fans of humorous, fast-paced thrillers and sci-fi. He is best known as the creator of Detective Jack Vane, who has stunned readers with the unbelievably complex situations he has gotten himself into over the years in such novels as Red, White, and Dead; Red, White, and Dead Again; and Kill the Media. Jack would feel right at home in the world of Burke Hare in this collection’s title story. There’s also a story of politics and a hitman-right in the Jack Vane mafia friends vein.

But What the Hell Was That? also breaks new ground with sci-fi stories set in the future and in outer space, and perhaps most powerfully in the epic novella “Keepin’ Alive,” which speeds across the millennia of human history from the ice age and the first vegetarians to ancient Persia where we meet “the stud of Babylon” and his good-guy nemesis, and to the future where an ancient witch has a showdown with an adorable puppy to save the planet, and ultimately, we end up with a familiar face on a familiar beach-again: “What the hell was that?” you’ll find yourself asking.

It’s impossible really to describe Friedberg’s writing so here’s just a few paragraphs as a sample-one of the passages from the title story that I enjoyed about the eccentric writer-oh, I forgot to mention he’s a serial killer too-whose mind is getting the best of him:

“One day, while arguing the topic at a private dinner engagement, Hare had connected the changes made to his inner self as being due to social pressures. His public commitments, businesses, philanthropical organizations, and just being The Burke in general, had all taken their toll on him.

“‘Pressure, pressure… too much goddamned social pressure, Jeffrey,’ he’d told Dahmer.

“Jeffrey laughed.

“They’d each had another serving of the marvelous, slow-cooked, sage-rubbed ribs, with peppered ‘kraut. And Hare had brought along a wonderful bottle of chilled Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Cristal.

“Good times, he liked to think.

Of course, we all know Jeffrey Dahmer and the crimes he committed are not funny-but Friedberg likes to shock his readers that way-making the absurd seem humorous. He also makes us ask deeper questions about political correctness, the role of government and religion in our lives, and how the media is used to influence us. There isn’t any social institution or public personality too big or too sacred to get a gibe from his pen, and his fearless, flawless comedic timing will only leave you asking, “When the hell is Friedberg’s next book coming out?”


Top 5 Tips in Decorating the Entertainment Room


We all like to have a room for our leisure or a sports room. A devoted room for our collections and hobbies is what we all fancy for our home. It would be so much fun to stay at our home in our entertainment room. We could blast a home party by day or night within our entertainment area. We could do a lot of decorations for entertainment room. We habitually think that entertainment room is merely couch and TV rack but the truth is it could be more than that. Here are the five decorating tips that we could do in this particular room:

1. Like everybody think about entertainment room, we could have a fine set of TV rack in this room. We should select the TV rack wisely. We should measure our HDTV or plasma TV first before we buy the rack. It is much more perfect if we purchase a TV rack that has drawers and cabinets so we can keep our DVDs inside them. A perfect example for this is the American Drew Entertainment Furniture.

2. We could also have movie posters around the entertainment room. By placing them in nice big frames we could improve the appearance of these movie posters. We can have a theater like feeling when there are decors like these. By having a separate DVD and CD rack, we could exhibit our movie collections in there and completes the appearance of a movie room.

3. If we are much inclined in sports, we can also place sports posters and have bean bags that are specially designed to look like basketball or soccer ball. We can also put sports trophies along with the entertainment and multimedia set. Some even have a table top mini soccer game for more recreational fun.

4. If we often have home gatherings, it is also a great idea to turn our entertainment room into a bar. We could have a bar furniture and high stool for our entertainment room. Then place the bottle of wines and glasses along the bar.

5. An entertainment area as a game room is also a better idea. We could place a pinball machine or even the hottest game consoles along with the multimedia appliances. It is always good to play our game consoles with a huge flat TV screen. We could exhibit and showcase our game collections at the CD rack.

We could always select and generate our own personalized entertainment room. But, one good thing about having entertainment room in any ways we want is that we can have a special room for personal recreation and leisure at our home.