Briefly: ‘Swatting’ hits tipping point in L.A.; Tiger and Lindsey; Gwyneth Paltrow

April 11, 2013

Brief news from elsewhere:


Russell Brand (Charles Sykes/ AP)

The creepy new way to get a star’s attention: Prank 911 calls that send a heavily-armed police SWAT team to a celebrity’s home. L.A. is now grappling with “a full-blown ‘swatting’ epidemic,” with victims in the past week including Russell Brand, Ryan Seacrest, Diddy, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Selena Gomez. (New York Times)

Aw, look who showed up to support Tiger Woods at the Masters. Lindsey Vonn. (The Early Lead)
Earlier: Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn: It just might work

Gwyneth Paltrow utters more exquisite words: Her 7-year-old son insisted on a chunky gold chain “like his Uncle Jay”; she “won’t do Botox again, because I looked . . . like Joan Rivers!”, but she’s all for Thermage. (Harper’s Bazaar)
(Earlier: Monica Hesse on the Gwyneth cookbook)

Doesn’t seem fair to treat this long-ago Charlie Brown voice-over artist as “celebrity” now that he’s in trouble (stalking, threatening an ex) — but that sad Charlie Brown forehead of his is poignant. (People)

Similarly, do this guy’s problems count as news just because he played on an early Police single 35 years ago? Ah, he was also a judge on French “X Factor.” Okay, then. (NY Daily News)

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