Today, Cheryl Burke celebrated her moving on to the next round on the hit reality show, “Dancing with the Stars”. Cheryl is currently dancing with NFL’s Emmitt Smith.
I guess to relieve a little bit of the stress, Cheryl decided that she was going to get wasted and so, decided to call a couple of her girlfriends; they headed out to the very trendy Hyde Lounge in West Hollywood.
Cheryl initially looked a little sad when she came out of the club, I guess she was just tired. Then she got her second wind and was loving the attention that she was getting from the paparazzi.
She gave us a few shots and then they departed. Maybe they were headed to another party? Who knows!
Sleep well Cheryl. You have a lot of work to do for the next round of “Dancing with the Stars”. I wish you and Emmitt well.
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When I was growing up one of my favorite movies was “Iron Eagle”. Anyone out there know what I am talking about? A movie about fighter jets and Colonel Charles ‘Chappy’ Sinclair, played by today’s honorable mention Louis Gossett Jr. He does a rescue operation to save Doug’s father, an Air Force Pilot, who was shot down by MiGs belonging to a radical Middle Eastern state [aka, Iraq]; where no one, [meaning the US government], seems able to get him out. Doug finds Chappy who is intrigued by the idea of sending in two fighters piloted by himself and Doug to rescue Doug’s father after bombing the MiG base, where their only problems are borrowing two fighters, getting them from California to the Mediterranean without anyone noticing, and Doug’s inability to hit anything unless he has music playing.
Sorry ladies… It was a total guy flick. Wow! Those where movies… Ok… back to Louis Gossett Jr.
I found Louis Gossett Jr. in early January of this year at Cafe Med. He was having a business lunch with a few hombres. When he came out I complimented him on how well he looked, considering that he is 70 years old.
Then I asked him how he was doing, to which he cheerfully replied, “I’ve been doing great. I have been living in Malibu next to the beach where I get to relax and enjoy this wonderful weather.”
He asked me to excuse him for a little bit while he said bye to his business friends. He later came back; we talked about his older projects like Iron Eagle and his current projects. Then with a smile and a few photographs later, he waves goodbye.
Whatever happened to Dave Chappelle? Did he renew his contract to continue his show on Comedy Central or are they just playing re-runs? The last I saw or heard of Dave Chappelle was when I found him back in January of this year just before he went on the Oprah Show to talk about his troubles and his escape to Africa; or was that after? Huh!
Dave was really cool with me that day when I photographed him at Fred Segal in West Hollywood. I initially found him on San Vicente heading northbound with his little convertible car. I wasn’t sure whether he was going to give me shots so I kept passing him and pulling over way ahead of him so that I could get shots of him in his car with his friends. Well, anyways, somehow we ended up at the very trendy Fred Segal.
On a side note: Have any of you guys been to Fred Segal? I don’t understand why that store is so popular. I could buy the same stuff in East LA for a better price. I saw a pair of jeans for about $700 dollars. Wow! That is almost the same as taking a trip to Hawai’i. I personally rather go to Hawai’i than buy a pair of jeans… but that is just me. What do you guys think?
Well, anyways, Dave Chappelle parked and I followed. I parked across from him so that I could get shots of him getting out of his car. Dave did not see me, but I have a feeling that his friend did. So, I knocked off a couple of shots and they go into the store. I didn’t want anyone to spot me, so I went to the alley across the street from the store. I got out of my car and I went into the building with my long lens.
I guess Dave was not into the shopping thing since he came out for a cigarette right away. Almost as if he was giving me the shots. He was looking a bit stressed out. Maybe this is when he was having trouble with his show? Who knows? I took a couple of pictures from across the street. He then regrouped with his friends and they where on their way. I didn’t follow!
Matthew comes out of the SUV and greets us with, “Buenos Dias.” I wonder what that means… Then he and Lance start to get ready by stretching and preparing their bikes for the ride.
As Matthew and Lance stand next to their bikes, Matthew says, “You guys are funny, they got a lot of the same shots in this one,” referring to the other paparazzi that were also present. “Unfortunately,” I yelled. Matthew then responds, “Unfortunately, now they are all beautiful shots,” referring to himself and Lance. Then I asked the pair, “How many miles are you guys doing”, Lance responds by saying, “200! It’s going to be a full day today.”
Enjoy the video of the dynamic duo.
By the way, has anyone seen videos of Lance and Matthew riding together?
I arrived at the field at around 1:30 PM in preparation for the TomKat arrival. I knew that the game was going to start around 2:35 PM, because I am very smart. I looked around and I noticed a few familiar faces along with some new faces. Others were trickling in after I arrived. Soon there were plenty of us for a fun day at the park.
It was about 2:30 PM or so and Isabella had already warmed up. Her team was getting ready for the game. TomKat’s Head Security tells us that they are going to be arriving in about 5 minutes and that if we could be polite and not trample on each other, the people around the park, and especially on TomKat. We ar all professionals and we all agreed.
The black SUV makes a left onto the street and pulls into the driveway of the park entrance. Everyone is now excited and ready to hose. The SUV parks right in front of the pack and we start to wait for the door to open. After a few minutes, Tom Cruise walks out of the SUV alone. We follow him to the park bathroom and there we wait again for him to come out. After a minute or two, he comes out and the pack starts to hose him again. He was now heading to the fenced in soccer field. There was a security guard there so none of us could go in.
We all head to the other side of the park and the long, long, long lenses came out. Some of these guys where shooting with 500 mm with doublers. I was shooting at 300 mm with doublers. I was still able to knock off a couple of frames. I was getting bored and I decided that I was going to go back to the entrance around the park where I first started. Once I got there, I spotted Katie Holmes making a grand entrance. It was almost as if I had planned it. She smiled at me almost as if she was checking me out. j/k. I got a couple of frames as she entered the fenced in soccer field.
Now I had to run back to the other side of the park again to get shots of the couple together. I think I ended up getting over 400 shots of the couple.
The game was over. I ran back again to the other side. Luckily, TomKat were walking slow as they were being chatty with some of the other parents. After all, they have to pretend that they care for them. They need good press and that is why we were all there.
TomKat comes out and it was chaos all over again. Well, to close this story up, TomKat got in their blacked-out SUV and they left. No one followed!
I want to show you in a day or two a video of Matthew McConaughey and Lance Armstrong riding their bikes, so first I need to tell you about the day that The Ninja and myself hosed them on July 7, 2006.
We knew where Lance and Matthew were staying that night because The Ninja had spotted Matthew and Lance the night before at some club. While he spotted them, I was probably dreaming about starting a blog that was going to change the perspective and view people have of paparazzi. The Ninja was on a long follow all the way to Malibu.
The Ninja calls me on my Pap phone at around 7:30 AM. Now that is the earliest that I have ever woken up, especially to answer my Pap phone. I knew that it was important because he hasn’t started work that early since I have known him. He tells me, Dude, do you want to work on Matthew and Lance? I know where they are at! I said, ‘sure’.
A few minutes later, I was on my way to Malibu. I got to the house at around 8:30 AM. I was surprised that a few Paps were already on standby. I parked and began to wait. This is the only doorstep that I have ever done since I became a freelance a few years ago. I hate waiting. I knew that The Ninja was going to be a little late since he lived further than I did.
With his impeccable luck, once The Ninja shows up, Matthew comes out the door with a bike in his hand. He did a little stretching just before Lance comes out with another bike. They started to set up their bikes on this SUV and soon, they head northbound on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway, for those that don’t know).
They get to their destination about twenty minutes later and they came out to chat with all of us. Matthew says to us ‘Ok, you guys can take pictures as long as you guys don’t block our way.’ All the paparazzi agreed and Matthew and Lance gave us the shots.
I might as well take credit for the shots that were taken by every celeb blogger in the world a few weeks ago. Ok… Here is the real story of that evening of the wet-spot.
It was July 5th and I was heading southbound on Doheny Drive when I spotted Carmen Electra heading the opposite direction. I made a U-turn and I started the follow. I was alone so I was keeping my distance. She gets to Sunset Blvd. and makes a right. I was just glad that she didn’t make a left since that would mean that she was heading home.
We were passing all the hotspots like the Coffee Bean, some eateries like Il Sole and Cafe Med, and finally she makes a left into an underground parking lot right under Sunset Tan. I continued a little bit forward to the next driveway and I entered the street level parking and I found a spot in the Handicap Zone.
I was hoping that Carmen would walk upstairs instead of taking the elevator to the second floor of the open building, but she didn’t. The next moment, I see her entering the tanning salon. I get my camera and I run up two flights of stairs and down to the salon. I looked inside and I spotted Carmen talking to the clerk. Without thinking I started to shoot. I knocked off a couple of frames before she noticed me. Once she spotted me, she turns around and walks to the back of the tanning salon.
It wasn’t until I was home that I noticed the ever-present wet spot on her bum. I also noticed that she was either scratching or just holding her crotch. I was so happy because I got the money shot. The next day, it was on every blog in the world. They didn’t even give me credit. Oh well, I wish I had this website back then so that I could have brought you the story first.
My Pap Alert starts going off the hook. I finally answered the call and the voice on the other end tells me, “Go to Robertson Blvd. Gabrielle Solis is getting her wig chopped again. She is at Ken Paves new salon.”
“Huh!” I responded.
The funny thing is that I was already heading that direction on Melrose Ave. I was actually already checking out the scene at Urth Cafe when I got the call. It was getting late in the day and I figured I needed a story that could sell. So, I headed to the salon.
When I got there, I counted close to 20 Paparazzi just hanging out. Yup! I was about to crash a massive orgi party. The gangbang hadn’t started yet. I actually figured that I was there early.
Whenever Ms. Gabrielle Solis goes to the salon, she hangs out there for about four to six hours. She even has food delivered to her while getting her wig trimmed. Oh well, we waited and waited. We were getting so bored that we all actually had a conversation.
Three hours later, we see a silhouette of her walking through a little crack in the door. The paparazzi get ready, the door starts to open, and the cameras start going off. The gangbang was in full effect. Everyone starts backing up in her direction.
She loved the attention so much, that she couldn’t contain her laughter. I was actually getting scared. She looked very evil laughing, that she had to stop walking. She opened her mouth to laugh and it felt that she was going to swallow us whole. Ok! I am exaggerating a little, but that is the way she looked in the pictures.
-Ms. Gabrielle Solis being hosed by Paparazzo Gaz
She gave us the shots. She got what she wanted (the attention from all the male paparazzi in the gangbang!), and she even took some pictures with some fans.
By the way, for those of you who don’t watch “Desperate Housewives” and have not figured out who Garielle Solis is, it is Eva Longoria. And Gaz, thanks for letting me use this image of you in my blog.
I was heading northbound on La Cienega Blvd. and as I was about to pass the Norms and the Car Wash, I spotted Brody Jenner heading southbound. I only got a quick glimpse at him so I couldn’t verify if Nicole Richie was in the car also.
I had to make a U-turn and I chased him for a while. Soon, we hit traffic and it became a little hard to get next to him so that I could verify who else was in the car; alone he is not worth anything. We were now getting close to the entrance to the 10 freeway and I finally saw that he actually just had a buddy of his and no Nicole. Damn! I had gone way far from my route. So at that moment, I decided to continue following him. He entered the freeway and was heading westbound towards the beach. I followed and I finally decided that if he doesn’t get out on 4th St., which is the last exit before the 10 freeway ends and becomes the Pacific Coast Highway, that I was going to leave it alone, because I was not about to go to Malibu.
Sure enough, he didn’t get off, but I did! At that moment I started my Santa Monica route. I headed up to Montana Ave. I was making my first pass and I quickly spotted Patrick Dempsey getting into his fancy car. This is the first time that I have seen him in person. I pulled over on the side, but I couldn’t get any shots. So I waited for the chase. I started to look around and I started spotting all these blacked-out Toyota 4Runners. One, two, three, four, five… Wow! There were five other people already on him. I didn’t even know that they were there.
Patrick starts his car and drives past me. I take the lead, following directly behind him. He makes his first left. I stopped a little to distance myself and give him space, then I made a left. Following me were the other paparazzi. They were all Old School Paps, so they knew that I was giving him distance. These Paps where not trying to run me off the road; New School Paps would have done just that. Well, he makes his first right. I pulled over to the side and the second car behind me takes the lead. He makes a right and then I followed, behind me were the other guys. The funny thing is that we were all competition, but we all synchronized on the follow.
Patrick makes another left. We start giving him more distance. I ultimately think that he was just killing time, since he had nothing better to do. He pulls over and starts to wait. All the other paparazzi scattered and we all drove different directions in search of the perfect spot to shoot in case he exits his car.
Well, to make a long story short. Patrick Dempsey never came out of his car, and it turns out that one of the guys on the chase was already on Dr. Derek Shepherd from earlier in the day. So I told him that I was going to leave the story for him to distribute. I left and continued on my route. I don’t want any beef from friendly fire.