Check out This CNN Story About Unauthorized Bios Featuring Kitty, Christopher and Yours Truly

Posted on May 5th, 2010 by HisHighness in 1

*Sep 14* DigiPixShame on the media for rallying to boycott Kitty’s tell all. I have met Oprah and am always the first to defend her. But, in the name of freedom of information and freedom of the press, why didn’t Larry King, The View and Joy Behar have Kelly on one side and Oprah, or a representative of hers, on the other? It would have made excellent and informative tv. And in the end the general public would have had a great opportunity to judge who’s really telling the truth here. I read Kitty’s tome and it could not have been more fair. For more on this genre of journalism please read this well written story. (CNN)

  1. Butthurt said on May 5th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    “There’s no shortage of people trying to set me up, who want to see me get egg on my face,” Halperin said.

    Ha Ha Ha, like you need any help with that you paranoid freak. You only wish your books were as well sourced as Kitty Kelley’s. What a joke! Poor you, victimized again!

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  2. I'm on the bidet said on May 5th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Congrats on the CNN story Ian, it depicts the challenges you face and your methods for moving a story along.

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  3. Kate said on May 5th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    That was a good article Ian, thought this comment was one that should be common sense , but one that most don’t seem to get-

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    As Andersen put it via e-mail, “If you want an inflated publicity release, read an authorized biography. If you want the truth, read an unauthorized biography by a reputable journalist who has a history of getting the facts straight.”

    I don’t think most people want to read a publicity release for someone, People does that on a weekly basis. I canceled my subscription because they do and because they started doing less human interest stories.This next quote by Anderson is one that I think we all have questioned you on many times, and I know your publisher was strict with your book just to get it out there before they stopped it, but it would be interesting to know, what did you actually hand into the publisher, before they ripped it apart? I am going on the assumption that you did not start out editing anything that you found out and had sourced well, because you revealed quite a bit on this blog..so what did they make you leave out? I am referring to this comment later in the article “But the big presses aren’t interested in risking a potential lawsuit, he said, and the author’s documentation and evidence for their claims are vetted thoroughly.”Every publisher’s going to do a legal read,” McGuigan explained. “They will guide you on what you can’t say, how to say things and when to take something out.”

    Quote:
    Andersen, who has had 13 biographies on the New York Times best-seller list, has stuck with this line of work because he thinks “the public has the right to know everything I can legitimately find out about my subjects. It’s not my business to decide what it is the reader should or should not know. I’d be cheating them otherwise. I’m a journalist, not a censor.”

    So while you can start out telling all, the publisher then releases a watered down version? Why , if it is well sourced and on record, this is your comment?

    “Most of my sources are on the record. I’d say about 80 percent, but you definitely need some anonymous sources, because these people are afraid to burn bridges,” said Halperin, who wrote “Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson.”At the same time, an author has to be wary of those who are interested in revealing “secrets” because they’d like to see that celebrity — or the celebrity biographer — fall flat on their face.”There’s no shortage of people trying to set me up, who want to see me get egg on my face,” Halperin said. “What you need is Woodward and Bernstein[-style reporting], mainly for their technique. From a reporting method of extreme corroboration, you need at least three credible sources with matching stories. That’s how you get it done. If they have an outlandish story, it’ll never make it to print.”

    I ask that Ian because as I have brought up many times here, and privately, Brad got his start living with and working as a pool boy with Thom Racina, that was a critical part of how he got his start in movies. People ask all the time, why did this kid quit college just two credits shy of graduating and head off to California with $300.00 in his pocket, take odd jobs and get parts. He took acting lessons, expensive? That story is told about the chicken and driving strippers everywhere, but so is the Thom Racina story, on the internet, Racina has talked about it in interviews on the radio, and yet not in one single print or live interview has anyone ever asked Brad, “so you worked as a pool boy for the author Thom Racina, you lived at his house and he helped you get your start, is that right?” no one Ian..and that is a critical part of HOW Brad got his start. I can not understand why your publisher would not allow that. It is well documented , in Racina’s own words. He has letters Brad left behind at his home ..but not one word about that . You covered how Angie started out, but not this? In addition to that, why did he leave school? His parents paid for 4 years of college and he can not stick out two more classes, I don’t think there is a single person that believes he just decided college was not for him anymore. At that age, Brad had immense respect for his parents, he would not have done that without a very very good reason. His parents were working class people, he just threw away thousands of dollars that could have gone to the family, retirement, the other kids education? There were rumors he had a mental breakdown, to which he said, bullshit. So what happened?

    These are basic foundational questions that a reader wants to know in any kind of biography, authorized or not. I know you completely understand what I am talking about, and that is why you keep ignoring it, but that does not mean Ian this question will go away in anyone’s mind.

    Last Ian, What was the big huge blockbuster information that you uncovered for the Brangelina tome that your publisher refused to let you out of the deal( when you found out that AM was also penning )for the three books you signed for , Brangelina being one? You said you tried to get out of it when you heard AM was also doing one, but they refused to allow it because of what you uncovered. We also kept hearing that on the blog while you were in Cannes.

    I liked your book, thought the Angie slandered Jen informative, Angie’s school records informative, Brad cheating of course, which we knew, but what was the big news that a publisher held your feet to the fire, yet at the same time would not let you print something as important at the Thom Racina story?

    As always, Kate

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  4. HisHighness said on May 5th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    @Kate:
    Definitely a few nuggets were held back because of lack of corroboration, including one major one about Brad that I intend to release here soon. Thanks Kate for a great post.

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  5. inOttawa said on May 5th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    @HisHighness: I agree. This is a very good post about the challenges of writing an unauthorized biography and having it published. The controls in place, although robbing the reader of some possible truths, are probably appropriate though. I really liked the comments you’ve made.

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  6. Kate said on May 6th, 2010 at 2:41 am

    @HisHighness:
    Thanks Ian, hope you can make that work, he is not the Prince of the East after all. lol

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  7. alif said on May 6th, 2010 at 3:52 am

    I totally agree with you, Ian. It was well reported that Oprah was going to some lengths to sabotage Kitty Kelly’s publicity tour. She used all her power to suppress any publicity. And, it appears, the media acquiesced to her pressure tactics.
    Yes, it is definitely a shame! A shame because we’re supposed to be better than that! To be intimidated when we have the 5th Amendment to back us up doesn’t speak very well for our courage! JMO!

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  8. HisHighness said on May 6th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    @Kate:
    He ain’t Prince Charming…lots of demons. Nothing, however, like AJ who used weird techniques to rope him in on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. I will give more next week, hopefully. Thanks Kate, you and Keane own this site.

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  9. crouching tiger said on May 6th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    @HisHighness:
    Hi, HH! Why don’t you have more post about Jen?
    Is it because she is just so normal like other normal people, so doesn’t really have that much dirt?
    No demons about Jen?

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  10. Patty anne said on May 6th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Looking forward to next week Ian. We all knew you would have more information on them both than was in the book, and Kate ever so logically the professional seems to have deduced the reason it was not in your book. There has been much speculation about Brad Pitt, so I am , as I said, looking forward to reading your post on him in the future. I’m wondering if Angie hasn’t gotten him to move up from Hash to Horse? It would surely explain his homeless bum appearance this past year. Bi? Gay? Most people accept Brad Pitt as Bi-Sexual, which in part would explain why he’s drawn to Angie. Something major must have occured recently in Venice, or is about to occur judging from the balcony photo ops with Jane and Bill Pitt and the twins. :-) @HisHighness:

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  11. HisHighness said on May 6th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    @Patty anne:
    You rock PA, very warm. Very inside the box. Good job.

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  12. Kate said on May 6th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    @HisHighness:

    Looking forward to see if there is anything new on him. There truly are so many people that know everything on him but do not talk about it publicly. More are now. I think if Brad had not screwed up and gotten to where he is now, all of it would stay buried forever, but he chose to try to become as rich and famous as he possibly could. This is what it led to. You can not contain everyone, no matter how hard you try. They have done a fairly good job of getting things off the internet since he came blazing on the scene as Rusty, although he did “River Runs Through It” and “Kalifornia”, “Interview A Vampire (Thom Racina Connection there ) “, it was “Legends of the Falls” that had all the girls swooning over Tristan. By that time his handlers were as savvy as Tom Cruise, despite the fact Brad said he never wanted to live that way, he did, but in a more covert way.

    If you were paying attention to him then, or knew him, or anyone who did, he always felt he got the prize with the girl. Always. That was his M.O. Never changed. Like he won the lottery. He talked about having kids from the time he was about 23 years old. He did not want kids then, but that did not stop him from yammering on about them year after year after year. Some marketing plan, huh?

    Brad was either incredibly naive, or incredibly bright.

    Wonder how he feels now. He has achieved everything he set out to do when he arrived. “I am going to be a movie star and be rich and famous.”

    His dad said , “Brad did it all by himself”..

    Sorry Dad, not exactly. samcc

    ** footnote added to say, I really do like him ,he is down to earth and sweet, but no angel.

    Let’s see if I am shocked. I almost hope not. :)

    Bring it on Ian!

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  13. crouching tiger said on May 6th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    @Kate:
    one of the things that I wanna know the most is,
    Are Brad and Angie “papz user”?
    Do they always tipped them off where they go at the time they want to be followed?
    Do they profit from it or they just tipped them off?
    Or they just play along, go where ever they go, hoping the papz got the right pic of them as happy couple?

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  14. Kate said on May 6th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    CT, did you see the, “Ooops , dropped the Bunny” pictoral that People did on Angie and Knox about two weeks ago with complete comentary from those down below….nuff said.

    yes
    yes
    yes
    no, of course not

    lol

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  15. crouching tiger said on May 6th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    @Kate:
    yeah, well, because I just saw his interview on Today Show 2008, he talked about how annoying paparazzi is, very clear. “I hate those people”, he said.

    But you know, Jen was one of the celeb who helped enabled the new paparazzi law in California.
    http://www.examiner.com/x-16808-Jennifer-Aniston-Examiner~y2010m1d4-Jennifer-Aniston-helps-shape-new-Paparazzi-law-in-California
    January 4 – Jennifer Aniston is being credited with helping California lawmakers shape a new law against unlawful paparazzi. The law took effect on January 1 and allows for fines of up to $50,000 against paparazzi and media outlets that buy or sell unlawfully obtained photos and video of people, including celebrities.

    The law targets photos or video that were obtained by invading someone’s personal privacy, meaning on private property or in a moving vehicle.

    Jennifer Aniston served as a spokesperson for celebrities to California lawmakers by explaining personal horror stories that she has experienced with the paparazzi including being “followed through Los Angeles streets at night by photographers in SUVs who ran red lights and blocked her car so they could get a shot,” as reported by the LA Times.

    “There have to be some boundaries,” Aniston said. “When you have children in the car and the photographers are rushing you, it’s just absolutely out of control.”

    How soon we forget. It’s sad that the pursuit of celebrities in moving cars still goes on after the tragic death of Princess Diana in 1997.

    “It’s become a public safety issue,” Aniston explained. “Somebody’s going to die if we don’t do something.”

    I don’t know if it says something about her, but I think every famous celebs use papz, if brad does.

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  16. Kate said on May 6th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    CT, I do believe him when he says that, and I do feel for Brad, I think he gets the camera shoved in his face far more than he would like and always has. I also think he tried various ways to counter it,outsmarting them if you will and nothing has worked. I am of the belief he was impressed with Angie and how she handled them in the beginning, now he is just sick to death of it. At the same time, he always rallies around when he is when a woman that is being attacked , even if they are at odds, while they are still together publicly. If it were up to him I don’t think we would see the same photo ops that we do on a daily basis. Every star likes to keep their name out there to a point, but not to an invasive point. It crosses the line when you are trying to get through security at an airport with your kid and the lens is so close your hand could touch it. He lives in a bubble, and I doubt he has no idea anymore how to deal with it and has just got to the point he just hates them all and said FK it.

    I highly doubt this was part of the plan when he and Jen seperated, no matter how much he likely banging Angelina. jmho though. Not giving him a pass, but basing it on a few other things..too.

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  17. crouching tiger said on May 6th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    @Kate:
    Now that makes me confused. If it’s true that he’s hounded by papz, without his wishes, then does it mean he didn’t tip the papz where they going? That means he doesn’t have control over pics that are out there. Then how come he could go unnoticed doing, something Ian claimed that he did, meeting Jen secretly, meeting that baby momma, etc.

    Because some posters in IMDB say, being hounded by papz 24/7 is myth. Papz are there when they are needed. I don’t which one to believe.

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  18. Keane Cyber Queen Supreme said on May 6th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    The cover of this week’s closer magazine features Britain’s answer to Angelina Jolie, Katie Price, on it talking about how she is planning to stage another wedding for “business” purposes and to have two more children becaause it means “twice the money”. Can we see where we are all going here? It’s the business of having babies.

    Oh and Angie Ho is working that balcony (and the private box at the SB) because she is trying to re-cast herself as American royalty a la Jackie Onassis to pave the way for the future political career Section has been foretelling for over a year now. She is trying to make herself look less “of the people” and more “above and condescendingly smiling down and waving at the people” to achieve this. She modelled her relationship with Brad Pitt on the iconic relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and was trying to play “Queen of Hollywood”. (She was in fact rude to Ryan Seacrest that night at the Oscars not because of Fakey but because she was trying to affect a regal Cleopatra-era Elizabeth Taylor-esque persona and thought talking about cereal was beneath her by the way). When she wore the white silky dress and was looking down her nose at people at a previous Oscars she was trying to channel a Princess Leia style figure. She has tried to imitate both the looks of Audrey Hepburn and the genuine concern and kindness of Princess Di in all her “humanitarian” photo opps and now she is trying to be Jackie Onassis by getting her photograph taken holding babies on balconies in utterly cliched wannabe politician style. That’s what the balcony is all about folks methinks. She is trying to cast herself in a new role. She is about as subtle as a hammer.

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  19. Emerson said on May 7th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    @Keane Cyber Queen Supreme:
    Keane, what is the issue behind Katie Price? Is she just nuts? Or should we compare her to a tabloid staple a la Lindsay Lohan, etc.? I keep up to date on all her drama on the U.K. sites I read gossip on, and she just seems a little “whack”. BUT, I have only just been reading about her for like the past year, so I don’t have the whole celebrity history….will much appreciate your insights!!

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  20. mooki said on May 7th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Kitty Kelley looks like Nancy Grace from CNN

    Kelley virtually stalked Frank Sinatra, Liz Taylor, and Jackie Kennedy to get info for her books on them with little success.

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  21. Keane Cyber Queen Supreme said on May 7th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    @Emerson:

    In a nutshell she started out at as a teenager on Page 3 (British institution – women getting their tits out on the third page of the daily tabloid newspaper The Sun). She got more press than most of the girls because she had a series of massive boob jobs which readers were asked to cast their vote on whether she should go ahead with or not. She ended up with the most ridiculously large fake breasts and continued to court as much attention as possible in the tabloid press. She was an object of hatred and ridicule until she went on a show called I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here on the UK which is now famous for reigniting the careers of z-list celebs and turning them into multi-millionaires. She went on there and from the very first show was absolutely astonishing for her bravery. She had to wear a diver’s glass helmet on her head and had cockcroaches, beetles, huge spiders, a snake and god knows what else poured into it over a period of about 10 minutes and she did it with total style. She ate all manner of live bugs and things like shark eyeballs and kangaroo’s testicles, wrestled with snakes etc etc and generally came across as a fun, ballsy, great girl. She also met and fell in love with Peter Andre (who came third in the show and was just an all-round nice guy who everyone loved) and the UK became entranced by the unlikely romance which had played out on daily UK TV. They got married (and got 2 million quid from OK magazine for their trouble – back when pounds were worth two times as much as dollars too!) and had two children. They had their own reality show and were on the cover of OK magazine literally every other week. They were absolutely raking it in and are both now worth tens of millions. Unfortunately though she started to be a total bitch to him on the show all the time and everyone started to hate her and eventually they split. Since then Peter (always by far the less popular of the two) became a national saint and she was hated the world over. She now seems to have gone into a major depression and is grasping at any desperate publicity straw she can find. On her show now she seems cold, shallow, unconcerned about her kids and deeply unhappy. She only has a handful of friends who are all just absolutely awful and are all actually paid members of her staff (hairdresser and boyfriend, beautician, agent, horse trainer and his wife the girl who runs her e-bay site, personal trainer etc etc). Maybe some of them are genuine friends too but they all know on which side their bread is buttered I think! I basically think she has mental health issues (she has been on anti-depressants on and off for years) due to her father’s disinterest in her as a child. All of her behaviour screams: “pay attention to me please” but it hasn’t filled the hole inside her and she has turned into a hollow shell who only lives to get publicity and make money. Which is a shame because her children are two of the most adorable creatures you will ever see. So she is very, very similar to our own dear Angelina Jolie in fact just without the movies, charity work or lunatic political ambitions. And like Brangelina she exploits those little ones of hers to the max. Her and Andre both in fact. It is sad.

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  22. Bruce said on May 19th, 2010 at 5:24 am

    CT, I do believe him when he says that, and I do feel for Brad, I think he gets the camera shoved in his face far more than he would like and always has. I also think he tried various ways to counter it,outsmarting them if you will and nothing has worked. I am of the belief he was impressed with Angie and how she handled them in the beginning, now he is just sick to death of it. At the same time, he always rallies around when he is when a woman that is being attacked , even if they are at odds, while they are still together publicly. If it were up to him I don’t think we would see the same photo ops that we do on a daily basis. Every star likes to keep their name out there to a point, but not to an invasive point. It crosses the line when you are trying to get through security at an airport with your kid and the lens is so close your hand could touch it. He lives in a bubble, and I doubt he has no idea anymore how to deal with it and has just got to the point he just hates them all and said FK it.

    I highly doubt this was part of the plan when he and Jen seperated, no matter how much he likely banging Angelina. jmho though. Not giving him a pass, but basing it on a few other things..too.

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