Archive for July 31st, 2008

Elizabeth Taylor Hospitalized…

Thursday, July 31st, 2008


Elizabeth Taylor visits hospital, to return home




LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elizabeth Taylor was hospitalized for an undisclosed reason but was expected to return home soon, representatives for the Oscar-winning actress said Thursday.


A statement released by Dick Guttman, her Los Angeles-based publicist, did not say where Taylor was staying, nor did it specify what might have been ailing the 76-year-old actress.


“Ms. Taylor is fine,” the statement read. “Her hospital visit was precautionary. She will be returning home shortly. At present, she is surrounded by family, friends and fabulous jewels.”


Guttman said he had no further details. A person who answered a call placed to Taylor’s home Thursday, who would not give her full name, said only that Taylor’s condition was “nothing to worry about.”


A number of health issues have dogged Taylor through the years, including congestive heart failure in 2004 that, compounded with spinal fractures and the effects of scoliosis, left her nearly bedridden. She’s also battled ulcers, amoebic dysentery, bursitis, acute bronchitis, two serious bouts of pneumonia, drug and alcohol addiction and a benign brain tumor that was removed in 1997.


Taylor won Oscars for roles in Butterfield 8 in 1960 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1966. She also won a special Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, mainly for her work as an AIDS activist, in 1993. She still lives in Bel-Air, a tony section of Los Angeles that’s home to many of Hollywood’s elite figures.



Spears, Hilton and Lohen to Blame?…

Thursday, July 31st, 2008


LAPD Chief Blames ‘Bad Girls’ For Paparazzi Drama



 LAPD Chief William Bratton



July 31, 2008


LOS ANGELES — A Thursday morning Today in LA report previewing a 10 a.m. City Hall meeting about proposed new restrictions on paparazzi became a showdown between the man behind the hearing, Councilman Dennis Zine, and LAPD Chief William Bratton, who opposes new legislation.



Bratton showed up at KNBC reporter Robert Kovacik‘s side for Kovacik’s 6 a.m. report because he said Kovacik’s previous live interview with Zine about the paparazzi issue aggravated him so much that he decided to leave his morning workout to go on KNBC and “set the record straight.”



Bratton has consistently opposed new legislation that would further restrict and penalize aggressive paparazzi photographers. Thursday morning, he laid the blame for paparazzi problems on former bad-girl celebrities Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.



“I figured I’d come over and straighten out — we have no intention of participating in today’s hearing. It’s a total waste of time. We have sufficent laws on the books that we enforce to deal with this issue,” Bratton said, still sweaty from his workout and with a towel hanging around his neck.



“If you notice, since Brittany started wearing clothes and behaving; Paris is out of town not bothering anybody, thank god; and, evidently, Lindsay Lohan has gone gay, we don’t seem to have much of an issue.



“If the ones that attract the paparazzi behave in the first place, like we expect of anybody, that solves about 90 percent of the problem. The rest of it we can deal with.



“So as far as all this grandstanding and foolishness, waste of city time on this issue — and the fact that I felt aggravated enough about it to interrupt my workout to come over and set the record straight, LAPD has no intention of participating in this farce.”



City Councilman Dennis Zine said he was puzzled by Bratton’s opposition.



Zine introduced the motion earlier this year to create a “personal safety zone” between photographers and their subjects. He said the proposal was prompted by the Los Angeles Police Department’s decision to spend $25,000 to transport Britney Spears from her Studio City home to UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.



LAPD Chief William Bratton told the Police Commission in April that the proposed ordinance would be ambiguous and difficult to enforce. He argued that existing laws, such as jaywalking, speeding and battery, are enough to regulate unruly photographers.



Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and representatives with the Screen Actors Guild were expected at Thursday’s hearing to discuss steps that could be taken to control overly aggressive photographers.