$ellebrity 2013 NR CC

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$ellebrity explores how fame has changed from a highly-structured studio system to the current free-for-all press & paparazzi frenzy. Featuring Jennifer Aniston, Elton John & more.

Starring:
Jennifer Aniston, Marc Anthony
Runtime:
1 hour 31 minutes

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$ellebrity

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Genres Documentary
Director Kevin Mazur
Starring Jennifer Aniston, Marc Anthony
Supporting actors Rosanna Arquette, Sheryl Crow, Salma Hayek, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kid Rock, Dan Abrams, Bonnie Fuller, Robert 'B.O.B.' Izzard, Jonathan Klein, Michael Lewittes, Darryn Lyons, Maureen Orth, Anne Helen Petersen, Gilberto Petrucci, Sheldon Roskin, Gene Stavis
Studio Gravitas Ventures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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As for the rest... It's not that I really disagree with anything this film has to say.
Theo
Although I am empathetic to famous people for having to have cameras on them all the time, this was a poor attempt to analyze the issue through interviews.
B. Waldron
This was very interesting because real celebrities speak the truth about how dangerous the paparazzi can really be.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By James Beswick VINE VOICE on January 20, 2013
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I didn't particularly have much sympathy for celebrities chased by photographers before watching this - after all, they chase fame, get paid millions and then whine about being recognized in public. But the documentary clearly shows the much darker side of celebrity worship, and how they are literally hounded every hour of the day in a way that simply breaks any measure of privacy, civility or reasonableness.

Thousands of photographers are simply feeding an online library of celebrities looking happy, sad, drunk, angry and crazy, and these images are then resorted by media outlets to tell a soap opera version of their lives. Between the editing and Photoshop work, it's pretty clear that what is being sold as reality is just simply another fictional story running rampantly out of control.

There are some excellent interviews with high profile figures and an interesting backstory into the original paparazzi. There's also some viewpoints from PR and media analysts and various media professors that ultimately leave you with an odd, sick sense that this is really the bottom of so-called journalism and surely it just can't get any worse. But when CNN is racing to quote TMZ, can it really recover?

The documentary doesn't try to sympathize with celebrities or blame anyone in particular but rather explain the strange cycle that has developed between producers and consumers where they have to eat each other's tails to survive. It's very revealing and certainly makes you want to never even glance at a tabloid the next time you're waiting at the supermarket.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mmb1108 on January 16, 2013
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Great insight on what celebrity life is really like. We all see glamour when we open a gossip magazine but we don't realize what celebrity life is really all about. Director Kevin Mazur takes us into an indepth reality of what it takes to be a photographer, a paparrazi and a celebrity. Every angle was hit straight on in this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marisa McCarty on August 15, 2013
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This documentary offered a twist from the perspective the general public has about celebrities and media madness. Several of the commentators were very thorough and clear in their explanation, no mumbo jumbo. Overall, it offered an interesting perspective and gives you a reason NOT to buy those awful magazines st the check out lines. Interesting documentary, but not riveting or life changing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theo on December 27, 2013
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On the plus side, this is a very tightly and professionally put together film. It's well edited, reasonably well structured, and contains a lot of footage from Hollywood A-listers (and some I would consider B-listers) telling their stories and giving their perspectives. Another plus is that the paparazzi too are given a chance to tell their side of the story.

But on the down side, unless you've been living under a rock for the last 15 years or so, it contains little if anything that you won't have heard before. And yes, I really do mean many, many times before.

Paparazzi, high price of fame, invasion of privacy, telephoto lenses, people's homes, Princess Dianna, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, it didn't used to be like this back when the studios ran things, sometimes the celebs or their agents set these things up themselves, the people buying the gossip mags or visiting the gossip websites bear ultimate responsibility...

Won't somebody please think of the children...

You know the drill.

I originally titled this review "Nothing You Haven't Heard Many, Many Times Before". But then I realized that wasn't entirely true. It did tell the story of how back when the studios ran things, one magazine got info on Rock Hudson's homosexuality. It then went to his studio and basically said "give us something better or we'll run this". The studio then offered up another, far less prominent (and less profitable) homosexual actor on a platter, who was subsequently outed in the magazine and had his career ruined. Why the magazine went with this instead of doing the Rock Hudson piece isn't entirely clear, but anyway, that's the story. It takes up about a minute of screen time, and is literally the only thing in this film you might not have heard about before.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jada Stark on January 21, 2013
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Highly reccomend! An excellent look at life in the bubble and the complete intrustion of privacy that consumers disregard each time they buy a tabloid....yet with the full knowledge that it is the price to pay for fame.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol Bruneau on December 19, 2013
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This should be mandatory viewing. We consumers contribute to the money mill and suffering caused by the massive invasion of privacy for those entertainment stars. Yes, a lot of the circus act is a carefully planned conundrum of appearances and need for self-promotion, but just as much of it is the greediness and harassment of the photographers, magazines and tabloid news websites. Due to language I would not recommend this for younger children, yet this could be a valuable tool for our young people to understand what really happens in this industry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Robbins on June 19, 2014
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This is the best film I have seen in a long time. It opens a world up to the viewer that previously they weren't privy to. As many reviews have said, it is a well done film by a director who knows what he's doing.

The reason the reviews aren't better for this film is because this world is not pretty; it shines a light on the misbehavior of us the consumer. We are partially to blame for this part of our society. When a person is criticized (in this case us the consumer - of course we don't shoulder the entire blame but definitely some blame), usually their reaction is defensive. These reviews are defensive. But I challenge the viewer to set their ego aside, and see their part in this situation. And what a sad situation it is.

If you were in the background of a movie, you would expect the movie to ask whether or not they could use your image in the movie. Try to image a situation whether the director not only did not ask your permission, but you were also fiercely picking your nose. Then, the film comes out and there is an arrow pointed at you saying your name and address. That's an invasion of privacy ... you were just out on your lunch break minding your own business. Paparazzi invade the privacy of people constantly .. even to the point of causing accidents and in the case of Princess Diana - killing other people.

Next time you pick up your US Weekly, don't. Perhaps, write to the magazine and voice your concern. One person can make a difference because if you contact them, then your neighbor might too.
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