Rihanna’s transition to film is continuing, with the announcement that Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg is planning to make a documentary about the pop star. Her new single from the upcoming album R8 has also been released, featuring the Bajan pop star next to Paul McCartney and Kanye West. Finally, a third victory for Rihanna — an appeals court has ruled that Topshop can’t sell T-shirts featuring the signer without her permission.
‘Friday Night Lights’ Director Making Rihanna Documentary
Citing the Bob Dylan movie Don’t Look Back as creative inspiration, Peter Berg has signed on to make a documentary about Rihanna. It follows on the heels of her voicing the main role in the DreamWorks film “Home” and her acting role in 2012’s Battleship.
According to Deadline, the film will be an “unfiltered look” at Rihanna’s life and the story of her ascent to becoming a global icon. Berg, who both directed the Friday Night Lights film and also worked on the TV series, has cited the 1967 DA Pennebaker documentary on Bob Dylan, “Don’t Look Back,” as a major influence on the new project. Berg has said that he is hoping it will be more of a character study, versus a music film.
TMZ’s a guilty pleasure for many American’s wanting to know what’s going on in the world of celebrities. But for others it wasn’t that long ago that they would remember news reports from the UK about Princess Diana’s death, and how her life was tragically cut short because of the paparazzi’s need for a picture. Therein lies the tension between photog’s clamoring for the juicy picture they know the world will want to see, and the famous people who have their privacy invaded, and lives severely disrupted.
Who’s the Victim?
Over the last few years there has been buzz about celebrity’s that have sued magazines, and paparazzi who in turn sued celebrities. A recent New York Times article is a reminder of one of the world’s largest multimedia conglomerates, News of the World, and their phone hacking scandal that reached both sides of the pond, affecting celebrities in Britain as well as the US. But the paparazzi have had their share of unfair treatment as well. So who is really the victim here?
Mike Tyson TKO’ed
A 2010 PopEater article talks about Mike Tyson getting sued by a paparazzi photographer for $25 million. According to the report, an altercation at LAX resulted in the photographer receiving injuries to:
• His face.
The Huffington post points out that Tyson alleged the paparazzi photographer, Antonio Echevarria, “aggressively pursed” him and his family through the airport. However, there were no physical injuries or marks on Tyson, and Tyson had been quoted as threatening to kill Echevarria.
Sean Penn’s Paparazzi Vandalism
TMZ reported about Sean Penn’s “no contest plea” to a 2010 incident in which Penn kicked a photographer, who filed a civil lawsuit alleging a knee injury. It settled a little over a year later with an undisclosed monetary amount and Penn facing:
• 36 Months of probation.
• 300 Hours of mandatory community service.
Celebrities Who Have Been Injured
Part of the reason celebrities fight back isn’t just because their privacy is being assaulted, but often so isn’t their safety. Nicole Richie had to be taken to a hospital after a 2009 car accident that was caused when paparazzi following her rear-ended the car she was in. Brad Pitt was rear-ended by a photographer trying to snap his picture while he was riding a motorcycle. Other celebrities that have runs in with the paparazzi include:
• Madonna getting knocked in the face while carrying her baby.
• Jessica Simpson and her friend got smacked in the face.
• Rihanna knocked by a London photog.
What’s the Law?
Although celebrities are affected wherever they go, California is a definite hot spot for celeb-paparazzi battles. In 2009, celebrity, Governor Schwarzenegger offered legal help to his Hollywood pals by passing an anti-paparazzi law. What does this mean?
• Photos and their earnings may have to be forfeited.
• Fines for cameramen.
• Lawsuits for media outlets that publish illegal photos.
The battle between the famous and those who take their picture will not be going away anytime soon. And with increased injuries, and even deaths the likelihood is that there will be an increase in legislation as well.
Last week the collective viewership gasped when Pia Toscano was cut from “American Idol,” but it wasn’t quite that way this time. The results show began last night with Scotty and Lauren doing a duet of Lady Antebellum’s “American Honey.” It was really pretty good. Then there was the behind the scenes of the zombie themed Ford video, and then the video, which was mildly amusing. After that, Haley and Casey growled through a jazz tune called “Moanin’.” That wasn’t bad either.
Finally, some results. Lauren, Scotty, Casey and Haley–the first three all safe, Haley in the Bottom 3. Then they showed Rob Reiner coaching them all this past week. Really? Rob Reiner? After that Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean did their new single, “Don’t You Wanna Stay?” and that was really good too! Hey, not a bad results show.
Then Paul, Stefano, James and Jacob did a medley of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence” and “Mrs. Robinson.” Talk about a group of four that don’t belong together. Yikes. Not a great performance either. Time for results. James and Jacob, safe. Stefano and Paul, both in the Bottom 3. Then Rihanna sang her new single, “California King Bed.” Man, that was good too! A catchy song, with NO auto-tune. Imagine that. It was actually a really good pop/rock tune.
Then it was time for the results. Haley, safe. So down to Stefano and Paul. Going home…Paul McDonald. He went first on Wednesday and gave a lukewarm performance, while Stefano had one of his best yet. So that’s it. We’re now down to seven, and Paul was the first guy eliminated in the finals, which was quite interesting.
We’re getting closer and closer, and the talent pool is still very thick this season. Let’s see what happens next week, but I think Haley and Stefano should definitely be next to go. See you all next week…
I’m not going to hide the fact that I like “American Idol” or that I watch it religiously–of course, enough to blog about it. But I’m getting tired of how predictable it is sometimes. Last night’s results show was proof of that. As the show began, and Ryan Seacrest mentioned the “judge’s save” again, I turned to Mrs. Mike and said that tonight was the night they were going to save someone. When Seacrest announced that the producers had told him the results were “shocking”…well then, we all knew for sure the judges would use their save, without even knowing who had the lowest number of votes.
After all that, Seacrest introduced the Top 9 and they sang a Beatles medley, pre-recorded and auto-tuned for our listening pleasure.