It’s All the Douglas-Zeta-Jones’ Fault
Filed under Media : New York Times
If we’re reading David Carr right — and, to be fair, we’re not at all sure we are — Tom and Katie gave a press conference immediately after getting engaged because Michael and Catherine sold the rights to their wedding pictures to a British gossip mag a few years ago.
Celebrities who for years watched as their hook-ups, both real and imagined, fueled dozens of magazines and televisions shows are figuring out that the right two hearts beating in unison can sound an awful lot like a cash register. …And “trotting out their baby for an exclusive” is equal to “making a jackass of yourself about how much you’re in love.”
It may have been Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones who touched off the new paradigm when they sold the rights to their wedding photographs for more than $1 million to OK! magazine, only to have a rival British magazine, Hello!, publish unauthorized photos. …
As the game has changed, stars have begun to play ball subtly, trotting out their baby for an exclusive so the rest of the digital hyenas will give it a rest.”
That is, if we’re still following.