from Jack Shafer:

Soft-focus time for celebrity offspring

By Jack Shafer
January 17, 2014

You didn't have to be the son or daughter of somebody famous to be written about in the New York Times Magazine during 2013, but it helped. Last year the Times Magazine published stories about the offspring of David Mamet, Ted Kennedy, Mel Brooks, Stephen King, Mia Farrow and Woody Allen (and perhaps Frank Sinatra?), and Johnny Cash. Expanding the kinship circle to include blood relatives of famous people, we discover additional Times Magazine articles about Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter and Ben Affleck's brother, and a Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg's sister. All of these pieces spring from journalism's gentler provinces, that expanse of lavender and honeybees where tough questions might be asked, but the writer stands ready to catch the subject — "trust game style" — should the question ruffle.

from India Insight:

Fear, too busy, too ugly: why India’s famous bachelors stay single

March 6, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily of Reuters)

from Photographers' Blog:

Two minutes with David Spade

September 11, 2012

By Mario Anzuoni

I was invited to Sony studios to shoot a portrait of actor David Spade during a lunch break from the taping of his television series "Rules of Engagement".

from Photographers' Blog:

The obituary photo: A life summed up in a single image

July 17, 2012

By Fred Prouser

In recent days, there has been a spate of celebrity deaths - with each story about the celebrity’s life accompanied by a photograph I took in the past. From Andy Griffiths, producer Richard Zanuck, Sylvester Stallone’s son Sage to Oscar winning actress Celeste Holm, their lives were summed up in a single photograph.

from India Insight:

Bollywood stars kick up a fuss with real-life rumpus

February 24, 2012

Pow! Biff! Bang! Dishoom! Real life action by Bollywood celebrities has caught the nation’s eyeballs. Shah Rukh Khan was accused of roughing up Shirish Kunder some days ago and made ripples as he brought the media’s gaze from corruption scams and the election circus to the one thing that never fails to draw attention -- a spicy brawl.

from Jack Shafer:

Stop the Chelsea moaning; she’s “somebody”

By Jack Shafer
November 14, 2011

Allow me to be among the first working journalists to welcome Chelsea Clinton to the Fourth Estate. Clinton, as you probably read in this morning's New York Times, has taken a job with NBC News as a full-time special correspondent and will cover stories for the network's do-gooder "Making a Difference" series.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Pushing shakes for a sheikh?

October 18, 2011

OMG, Blog Guy! A few days ago, in an item about Paris Hilton helping open a shopping mall in Poland, you said, "Coming soon, Kim Kardashian appears at a milkshake bar opening in Dubai," and here she is!

from Unstructured Finance:

The law catches up to TL Gilliams

October 6, 2011

By Matthew Goldstein

Tyrone Gilliams Jr. wanted to live a larger than life story--with much of it playing out last year in videos he had produced and plastered all over the Internet. A year later, Gilliams true life drama has him fighting to maintain his freedom.

from Royal Wedding Diary:

Press faces royal wedding day dilemmas

April 8, 2011

Royals9.jpgMedia companies, particularly from Britain and North America, are pouring a lot of resources into covering the April 29 wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton in London. The amount of money they are spending, and the temptation to decide what their millions of viewers want to see, could cloud editorial judgment on the day should things not go according to plan.

from Royal Wedding Diary:

Getting a piece of the royals

March 21, 2011

Royals7.jpgEveryone, it seems, wants a piece of the royals. From Kate Middleton's dress to the estate of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, people are tripping over themselves to get hold of something with an association to the monarchy.