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How TMZ Gets All Those Celebrity Scoops

'New Yorker' profiles Harvey Levin's gossip operation

(Newser) - If you've ever found yourself wondering how the gossip site TMZ manages to get so many bombshell scoops about celebrities, then a New Yorker profile by Nicholas Schmidle should be mandatory reading. It explains in great detail how the site founded by former lawyer Harvey Levin frequently, and unapologetically,... More »

Olivia Munn Refutes 'Engagement'— With Her Mom

Posts 'text conversation with my Asian mom'

(Newser) - Rumors flew through the gossip media Tuesday that Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers got engaged, but Munn made it clear the rumors were not true in a rather clever way: She posted a text message exchange she had with her mom on the subject, the Los Angeles Times reports. "... More »

New Social App Triggers 12 Police Investigations

Burnbook members post threats anonymously, police say

(Newser) - Think Facebook gets nasty? Then check out Burnbook, a popular app where users are anonymously posting gossip about colleges and high schools—and creating serious trouble, Vocativ reports. Just this month, Burnbook posts have triggered at least 12 police investigations involving high school students, including alleged gun threats, bomb threats,... More »

Gossip Is Good for You

And it helps society, too, says a new study

(Newser) - Dishing dirt behind someone's back is a beneficial activity, say scientists. Spreading gossip—defined as alerting others that a person has behaved badly—helps maintain social order and even lowers the stress of the gossiper, according to a new study out of UC Berkeley and reported by the San ... More »

Tabloids Are Important Part of Our Culture

They let us look behind the curtain: Ryan Linkof

(Newser) - Let's not get carried away with anti-tabloid fever just because News of the World broke laws to gain scoops, writes Ryan Linkof in the New York Times . Most tabloids get their stories legally—even if they do "test the limits of the ethically or legally acceptable"—and... More »

Inside the $3B 'Gossip Machine'

Authorities want to protect privacy, but thwarted by a 'river of cash'

(Newser) - The behemoth gossip industry relentlessly ferrets out any and all scurrilous details about celebrities, churning out "rivers of cash" that amount to about $3 billion a year, and often tossing privacy laws by the wayside, reports the New York Times in a lengthy look. And thanks in part to... More »

No Need for Guilt: Gossip Helps Us

It can actually protect us, researchers say

(Newser) - Gossip needn’t prompt guilt: It’s an evolved self-protection technique, scientists say. Researchers showed subjects images of people and provided a little information about them, some of it banal, some of it positive or negative gossip, the Daily Mail reports. An image of a person was then placed in... More »

Glenn Beck, Fox Hated Each Other All Along

Both sides kvetch anonymously to the 'New York Times'

(Newser) - Publicly, Glenn Beck and Fox News may have put a happy face on their divorce, but there’s a whole lot of acrimony behind the scenes, sources from both sides tell the New York Times . Beck’s supporters say he was unhappy at Fox almost from day one, and has... More »

Neighbors Spill the Beans on Christine O'Donnell

Nothing crazy, but she did host frequent slumber parties with boyfriend

(Newser) - Is the real Christine O’Donnell really just like you? Rebecca Dana of the Daily Beast decided to ask the candidate's old neighbors to find out, and most spoke relatively well of her. “To me, she never said anything nuts,” said one teacher at a nearby Catholic school.... More »

Maid to Reveal 'Explosive' Allegations Against Whitman

Housekeeper to open up today, file claim, says TMZ

(Newser) - TMZ, the gossip site that first broke the news of Michael Jackson’s death, is reporting that “explosive” allegations are about to be leveled against California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman . Whitman’s former housekeeper and her lawyer ( Gloria Allred —who else?) will hold a news conference today... More »

Our Biggest Conservative: Perez Hilton

Gossip blogger may not look the part, but he's America's 'morals cop'

(Newser) - Somehow, Perez Hilton—a flamboyantly gay gossipmonger whose “favorite hobby is drawing dribbles of semen on pictures of celebrities”—has become “our leading morals cop.” He’s quick to deem Miley Cyrus “trampy” and Sienna Miller “slutty,” and this week—after posting a... More »

Post Blogger Resigns After Matt Drudge Flap

David Weigel steps down after leak of off-the-record remarks

(Newser) - Washington Post blogger David Weigel resigned today after some too-candid off-the-record comments he made about conservatives showed up on the FishbowlDC blog, reports Politico . He had issued an apology to readers earlier. It all began when Weigel, frustrated with the hate mail he was getting after an unflattering link posted... More »

Tabloid: Al Gore in Affair With Larry David's Ex

Star Magazine Says VP and Laurie David together 2 years

(Newser) - Star magazine weighs in today with a juicy rumor grabbing all kinds of attention: Al Gore broke up with Tipper because he was having an affair with Larry David's ex-wife. The tabloid says Al has been having a fling with Laurie David—an environmental activist who co-produced An Inconvenient ... More »

Snopes Founders: People Are Suckers

Please, stop falling for that Nigerian scam

(Newser) - The founders of Snopes.com started out investigating the origins of urban legends like the serial killer with a hook for a hand; 14 years later, their site is a major source of information for people seeking the real story behind political rumors. “When you’re looking at truth... More »

TMZ Employees Do Drugs on the Job: Lawsuit

Gossip tables turn on gossip site

(Newser) - Oh, how the tables have turned: TMZ finds itself the subject of one of today's juiciest gossip items, thanks to a former producer's wrongful termination lawsuit that paints the picture of a drug-fueled workplace. Christian Shostle claims he returned from a medical leave for depression to find his co-workers drinking... More »

Really Bad Cases of Celeb TMI

Sylvester Stallone tells certain body parts to grow, and more ick revelations

(Newser) - The Us Weekly-buying public wants to know every tidbit a celeb will dish. But after reading these gems, which Maxim pulled straight from the pages of 31 celebs' autobiographies, you'll likely be crying, "No more!"
  • Kenny Loggins: “I want to let your love open me like an
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Perez Hilton Rips Drew, JLo

True Bloggywood Stories not so nice to Barrymore, good to John Mayer

(Newser) - Perez Hilton has a new book coming out tomorrow, and a few celebs should be scared. The New York Daily News spills some of the juicy tidbits in True Bloggywood Stories: The Glamorous Life of Beating, Cheating, and Overdosing:
  • Probably not a shocker, but Drew Barrymore likes to party. "
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Johnston Stiffs Page 6, Sparks Beef

Palin babydaddy insulted by story about penis anxieties

(Newser) - Page Six wasn’t allowed access to Levi Johnston when he was honored at Wednesday’s Fleshbot Awards, the New York Post whines today, adding that Johnston should fire his manager. In a behind-the-scenes look at Johnston’s night, Gawker explains the reason for the beef: Johnston’s team is... More »

Kanye Cameo Likely During Swift's SNL Gig

(Newser) - Just when the Kanye West-Taylor Swift meme was starting to ebb a bit, there’s this from the rumor mill: West, awards-show interrupter, will make a cameo when Swift, awards-show interruptee, hosts Saturday Night Live on Nov. 7. Quoth gossip maven Perez Hilton: “Sources tell us this is very... More »

Some UK Tabloid Stories Are Fake: Documentary

Starsuckers exposes tabloids' habit of publishing fabricated gossip

(Newser) - The upcoming British documentary Starsuckers proves what we’ve always suspected: Tabloids—at least, UK tabloids—will print just about anything, including “complete and utter babble,” the director tells the Guardian. Among the fake stories he got published—and, often, reprinted around the world: Avril Lavigne passed out... More »

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