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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/ 8/2008

Comment Box: Celebs Love (Not So Candid) Cameras

By Liz Kelly

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt went all the way to Namibia to escape the glare of the paparazzi waiting for the birth of baby Shiloh-Nouvel. To further defuse exclusive-seeking paps, they released this official family portrait to People in June 2006. (Getty Images/People Magazine)

Washington, D.C.: Why do celebrities complain about a lack of privacy then sell photos of their babies and weddings to OK!, People, Essence, etc.? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion

Because they are fickle. Because they like being in control of the message and the medium. Because they are all suffering from multiple personality disorders.

Okay, maybe not. Let me try again: The real answer is probably as complex and nuanced as the people we're discussing.

Hmmm.... Third time's the charm? Celebrities are people, too, goshdarnit and when something's good for us, we tend to go with it. When it hurts us, we howl. One can hardly blame Jennifer Love Hewitt for howling about unflattering bikini pix or Julia Roberts for cussing out invasive photogs outside a school or Brangelina for releasing pix of baby Shiloh to nip any media scrum for the first shots in the bud.

I learned yesterday that Lynne Spears had contracts for two books. The parenting one has been postponed indefinitely. What is the other one about? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion

Righto. Though Lynn's publisher has indefinitely put her parenting book on hold, they will move forward with publishing her "memoir" "Pop Culture Mom: A Real Story of Fame in a Tabloid World." No word on when to expect this Pulitzer contender. A spokesman for the publisher says:

"The story is still being written, and we are confident in His [God's] ability to turn ashes into beauty."

Indeed.

I'm home sick today with the flu and am way bored... I've hit up all of my usual Web sites: People, EW, CNN, MSNBC, TMZ, etc., and have run out of ideas for fun Web sites to visit. Can we have a Friday list of fun sites where you can kill a few hours? Nothing dirty, just goofy. You game? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion

Stay tuned. If you could just stay sick for three more weeks, you'll be able to cruise all my favorite sites as part of an entirely redesigned Celebritology. Among many other state-of-the-art bloggy bells and whistles I'll include a listing of my Web bookmarks.

Comment of the Week
"I don't know if "Dr." Phil is a real doctor or if he is a doctor in the same way that I am a princess, which is not all..." -- Sunnydaze comments on Dr. Phil Gets Real. Real Low, That Is

Apologies to Jeffrey Tambor and All Jeffrey Tambor Lovers The World Over
In yesterday's main post, I described Dr. Phil McGraw as "the Jeffrey Tambor of the TV talk show circuit." Lest anyone continue to think I was casting aspersions on Jeffrey Tambor's fitness as a TV star (or self-help guru), let me make it crystal clear that the reference was meant to highlight physical -- not actual -- similarities between the two. Long live Hank Kingsley.

Have a question you'd like answered? Submit it to Thursday's upcoming Celebritology Live discussion.

By Liz Kelly  | January 8, 2008; 10:42 AM ET
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I think you really nailed the answer to the photos question: to further defuse exclusive-seeking paps. It's sort of like how bands like Pearl Jam or DMB started releasing lots of live albums when they discovered that some enterprising pirates were taping their shows (which the bands were cool with) and then selling the bootlegs. Yeah, the bands made money with the live album sales, but it also took the wind out of bootleggers.

Posted by: 23112 | January 8, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

That was a nice apology to Jeffrey Tambor, Liz Kelly. I hereby stand down from my plans to egg your house* in revenge.

*Well, -a- house. I have no idea where you live.

Posted by: byoolin | January 8, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Comment of the week - I am honored! Thanks Liz Kelly, and I shall give you a royal charter as the official royal entertainment blogger!

Posted by: sunnydaze | January 8, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I think icanhascheezburger.com is the greatest website for killing time there is. It is a sad goal of mine to get a picture of my cat on there. Maybe I'll just have to tatoo my cat on my arm like Liz instead. It seems easier.

Posted by: RiverCityRoller | January 8, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Apparently, PETA has dropped Britney from its worst dressed ( wears the most fur) list. You know you are screwed up when even PETA cuts you some slack.

As for celeb pics, as someone noted last week, celebs tend to be narcissists. Which leads to a love-hate relationship with the paparrazzi. Please note, their anti-papparazi rants are also well covered. So either way, they get noticed.

Posted by: ep | January 8, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

why would you hate the paps? they're always there when you blow a tire and need a ride home.

Posted by: b | January 8, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I'm all about killing time on CuteOverload.com

Posted by: h3 | January 8, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

http://www.awfulplasticsurgery.com/ is one of my favorites for purely trashy viewing pleasure on the internet

Posted by: awful plastic surgery | January 8, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

That photo of Angeline, Brad and Shiloh is very telling in hindsight...the way she is totally focused on Brad and not at all on her newborn baby.

Posted by: cb | January 8, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

My favorite time-wasting website: overheardinnewyork.com, and subsidiaries (check the links at the top). Dirty AND goofy!

Posted by: boston liz | January 8, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

There's now a LOLDOG site by the icanhascheezburger folks:

http://ihasahotdog.com

Posted by: Bored @ home | January 8, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Do we really think Brangelina sold photos of Shiloh to avoid a media scrum? I figure they just wanted more publicity ... Angelina is a big-time attention seeker IMHO.

I also think it's interesting that in the above photo, Brad is looking at Shiloh but Ang. is looking at Brad. In keeping with her admission that she doesn't love Shiloh as much as her adopted kids, I s'pose ...

Posted by: Californian | January 8, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

What? You think they *needed* publicity when Shiloh was born? I remember that being one huge freaking media circus, and if I were them, I'd certainly rather control the pictures than have every photographer and his brother competing to get the first sneak shot.

Posted by: h3 | January 8, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Celebrities sell photos to have more control over what the public sees, and to make money.

Posted by: d | January 8, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Don't miss Snopes (urban legend debunkers) at www.snopes.com

Posted by: Looking for fun websites? | January 8, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

It was my understanding that B&A sold the picture to People magazine and then donated the proceeds to charity (or Namibia - I can't remmeber which). In any event, I thought it was a good two-fer: control the release of the first Shiloh picture and do something good with the proceeds.

Posted by: J | January 8, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

http://www.etiquettehell.com

Posted by: Another fun website | January 8, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Try http://www.fark.com. A compendium of news (of the weird) articles from around the globe. With snarky headlines and fun comments from the masses.

Also, check out the celebrity mugshots at http://www.thesmokinggun.com.

Posted by: Fun website | January 8, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

www.trueofficeconfessions.com

and

www.truemomconfessions.com

always keep me entertained!!

Posted by: firedancerk8 | January 8, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

http://dailycoyote.blogspot.com/

stunning photography and a great story. got to the bottom and work your way back up.

Posted by: b | January 8, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

www.kissthisguy.com - the archive of misheard lyrics.
Plan to spend a half hour looking through your favorite songs and how the lyrics have been misheard. People can also post when they found out their lyrics were wrong (as in "On my first date, I was in the car singing to myself and..."), and whether their lyrics are better than the original.
The title is based on the misheard lyric from Jimi Hendrix, Purple Haze: The real lyrics were "'Scuse me, while I kiss the sky;" notoriously misheard as "'Scuse me, while I kiss this guy."
Sooooo, despite the name, this site is totally SFW! I love this site!

Posted by: rachelt | January 8, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

also....

www.mcphee.com - has great items like emoticon tatoos, bacon and egg band aids, WWPD decision makers (What Would a Pirate Do - also unicorns and bacon) and great action figures. I got my Jane Austen figure from the site and have passed the catalog around!

www.thesneeze.com - great, funny blog

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