Tobey Maguire's innocent day of family fun at the pumpkin patch quickly went downhill when one of his friends punched out a paparazzo, causing a blood-filled scene in LA over the weekend. This is on the heels of Tobey's other paparazzi hatefest, which occurred a mere three months ago. Evidently someone doesn't like having his picture taken.
BRIT NEEDS TO STAY AWAY FROM CARS "Britney Spears was involved in another car accident with a photographer on Wednesday, just hours after her criminal lawyer rejected a final plea bargain in her driving without a license case. Luckily, Britney was not behind the wheel on Wednesday afternoon. Her bodyguard was driving her to a vintage clothes store in Hollywood when he and a photographer???s car collided."
• Brooke Hogan: The epitome of class. [Yeeeah]
• Charlize Theron tells guests in her home looking for the bathroom to "take a left at the Oscar." That's actually kind of awesome. [INO]
• Maggie Gyllenhaal looks … tired. [ICYDK]
• Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal are sad because they have a long-distance relationship. You know what else is sad? When people can't afford to fly to see their families. Man up, you two. [PS]
• Britney Spears' sad attempt to disguise herself from the paparazzi. [DListed]
• Not as adorable as Rupert, but this little puppy will have to do for now. [CityRag]
Britney Spears was welcomed by a throng of paparazzi when she arrived in New York City this week, but the singer didn't experience the usual fanfare when she stopped by NYC radio station Z-100 to promote her new single — because nobody knew she was coming. According to a station rep, the crew randomly "received a call from the Spears camp saying she was just two blocks away and wanted to come in" — and she was only accompanied by manager Larry Rudolph. Well, we're pleased to see that she needs just one person around to reign in the crazy.
The interview included a segment where Brit got nostalgic about the old days, before she lost her mind: "I wish I still had my apartment here … I love [New York City]." We agree that she would perhaps be less of a freak show in Manhattan, but we would prefer the madness to stay on the opposite side of the country. Besides, her poor kids have enough to worry about without having to move thousands of miles away from their not-so-stable environment.
Meanwhile, Brit hit up a Broadway show last night and looked as good as ever. You can't even tell she has a rat's nest on her head! Things are looking up.
You just want to enjoy a leisurely dinner at Ye Waverly Inn with two dozen of your closest celebrity and media elite friends, then head home for a high ball and an evening of Googling yourself. But as soon as you step outside the restaurant, FLASHES! The paparazzi are waiting outside, which you totally didn't expect because you hate having your picture taken and published in tabloids and blogs, which is why you dine at off-the-grid restaurants like the Waverly! What to do? Spray 'em!
Good news for Kanye West: Looks like he's going to get off without a felony charge after getting into a scuffle with the paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport last week. According to a law enforcement source, "The thing Kanye had was a detachable flash. It's not of felony value. It wasn't worth $400."
His road manager, Don Crowley, won't get off that easily, because he smashed the body of the photographer's expensive camera on the ground and went on to swipe at the TMZ camera.
That's all good and well, but we want to hear what Kanye has to say about this whole situation. Lord help that MacBook Air.
Lindsay Lohan had enough of the paparazzi Sunday night outside of NYC's Bowery Hotel, so she did what we're surprised she doesn't do on a regular basis: She punched one in the face. Witnesses said LiLo accidentally tripped over a metal barricade outside the hotel, but she mistakenly assumed one of the photographers tripped her. After giving him a fist to the nose, she told the person on the other end of her cell phone, "Oh my God, I just hit a paparazzi." Yes, you did.
After the brouhaha, NYPD arrived at the scene, but no charges were filed. Really though, how badly could that tiny actress have hurt a grown man? If anything, his pride is probably wounded.
The paparazzi have been having a tough go at it lately when it comes to celebrities in airports: First was the epic fight with Kanye West, and now the photogs have been duped by a Jamie Lynn Spears decoy. Just a note: If a Spears outsmarts you, you know it's time to pack it up and call it a day. Anyway, the trickery took place Wednesday when a group of police officers escorted a young blonde girl with sunglasses from her flight to baggage claim. The paparazzi immediately swarmed; meanwhile, Jamie Lynn and baby Maddie snuck out another way.
LA police swore they were not escorting the woman ??? they were simply helping guide the crowd to baggage claim. Um, except that wasn't the case. Watch the video here.
There's nothing worse than heading back to work after a three-day weekend that went by too fast. Then again, there's nothing better than cute babies. Halle Berry took her daughter, Nahla, to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens over the weekend, and extreme adorableness ensued. I offer these photos to help brighten your day.
• A video of a video of Amy Winehouse doing drugs. Someone put too much effort into something everyone's seen before. [Yeeeah]
• Christopher Nolan hopes Cher can ruin the Batman franchise. [ICYDK]
• Some people still find Paris Hilton attractive. Why? [HT]
• This is actually quite frightening: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes stand next to each other in identical jeans. [DListed]
• Ryan Seacrest shatters America's dreams of a Britney Spears VMA comeback. [PS]
• The paparazzi are no longer interested in John Mayer. Poor thing ??? it must be devastating to lose all of your friends. [INO]
What's this? Britney Spears is gracing the cover of OK! for the second time in as many weeks?
Just last week the tabloid scored the first interview ??? paparazzi shouting questions at her doesn't count ??? with the pop star in a cooperative arrangement, and this week Ms. Spears is showing off her new body in a clear "I've totally turned my life around" cover story.
Now that we've all heard John Mayer's side of his breakup with Jennifer Aniston, it's time for America's Favorite Punching Bag to retaliate via close friends and anonymous sources. Although John politely revealed that he was the one doing the dumping, Jen's friends insist it was the other way around ??? but "expect Jen to behave like a lady." And how does one behave like a lady, you ask? We hope you're taking notes:
Today's lesson involves taking the high road. If you really want to be a lady, make sure you announce this to the world and then proceed to passive-aggressively insult the other person. Feel free to point out his lack of maturity and money for maximum effect.
[John's] childish behavior only confirms she was right to dump him. Now he???s acting like a spoiled child. … We???re talking about a guy who had a car waiting to take him home in New York, but he chose to walk so he could talk to the press [along the way]. He???ll drag this out until there???s someone new.
Jen was tired of paying for everything. Cobwebs come flying out of [Mayer's] wallet when he opens it. John liked living like a movie star when he was with her. … Jen would never say anything, but you could tell it irritated her.
In news that is surely devastating to 13-year-old boys everywhere, Kim Kardashian announced that she plans to lose weight in her butt. Evidently Kim has grown weary of the constant media attention that surrounds her rear: "I'm just so over it! When you're posing on the red carpet and the paparazzi shout, 'Turn around! Turn around!' ??? it gets a little offensive."
Fair enough, Kim, but then how will you stay in the spotlight? It's not like you ever do anything worthy of celebrity, unless you count that sex tape. The only reason anybody knows who you are is because of your famous ass, so you might want to reconsider your plans to tone it down.
It's good to see Britney Spears hasn't completely given up her Starbucks habit and paparazzi attraction. The former walking disaster hit up Robertson Boulevard yesterday looking better than expected, presumably because she missed the attention. True, the photographers follow her everywhere, but surely there's a better place to shop than one of the most paparazzi-infested streets in LA.
If you notice, since Britney started wearing clothes and behaving; Paris is out of town not bothering anybody anymore, thank God, and evidently, Lindsay Lohan has gone gay, we don't seem to have much of an issue.
-Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton, on his city's recently mitigated paparazzi problem