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$ellebrity (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 11 January 2013 (USA)
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Celebrity photographer Kevin Mazur gives an all access pass to life behind the velvet rope and in front of the camera.

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Kevin Mazur
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Jennifer Aniston ... Herself
Marc Anthony ... Himself
Rosanna Arquette ... Herself
Sheryl Crow ... Herself
Salma Hayek ... Herself (as Salma Hayek Pinault)
Elton John ... Himself
Jennifer Lopez ... Herself
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Herself
Kid Rock ... Himself
Dan Abrams ... Himself
Bonnie Fuller ... Herself
Robert 'B.O.B.' Izzard Robert 'B.O.B.' Izzard ... Himself
Jonathan Klein Jonathan Klein ... Himself
Michael Lewittes Michael Lewittes ... Himself
Darryn Lyons Darryn Lyons ... Himself
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Celebrity photographer Kevin Mazur gives an all access pass to life behind the velvet rope and in front of the camera.

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Fame has its price.

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Not Rated

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USA

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English

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11 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sellebrity See more »

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Run Rampant See more »
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There are 2 celebrities whos named Jennifer and born in 1969. Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez See more »

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Features Avatar (2009) See more »

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The Young And The Restless - Theme
Written by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin Jr. (as Perry L. Botkin)
Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
(p) 2004 Courtesy of Silva Screen Records
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Ironically Made in Tabloid Style
30 December 2013 | by RealDualitySee all my reviews

$ellebrity is suppose to be a critical look at the media focus on celebrity, which is a very serious issue. Many in the public are more aware of who someone famous is dating than what genocides or wars are going on in the world. The documentary does manage to put the phenomenon in a historical context, but the problem lies with how it is made. It is done in tabloid style.

Sensational anecdotes and the importance of what famous people think is the focus. The Hollywood elites do have a valuable perspective, but their words shouldn't carry all the weight. Some of them are unsurprisingly overwrought, particular Jennifer Lopez. The girl from the Bronx who so badly wanted to be famous, can't stop complaining about her life in the film. Being that well-known is a burden, and living without anonymity is difficult, but they knew it came with their field. They were aware of what they were getting into. Sociology experts on the effects of fame could have added some depth to these interviews.

What it comes down to, is that $ellebrity doesn't have anything important to say. Yes, paparazzi act uncivilized and seek to make-up stories, but what part of the media doesn't? With the industry having been taken over by corporations, the bottom line rules over all decisions, and people want simple, outrageous stories. The documentary ends by blaming the readers; however, they aren't really the source of the dilemma. The pure focus on the cash is. Kevin Mazur should have taken a cue from his title.


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