THE NEW INFANT FORMULA
The first photos of a famous baby are like Incan gold to paparazzi. What's a star to do? BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIE sold snaps of Shiloh Nouvel for millions and gave the moolah to children's charities. They're not alone. Kevin Federline and Britney Spears took the reported $500,000 they got for the first photos of son Sean Preston and donated it to victims of Hurricane Katrina in Brit's home state, Louisiana
Julia Roberts reportedly garnered $100,000 to $150,000 for pics cameraman dad Danny Moder took of their twins and gave it to an environmental group in L.A., Heal the Bay
After a tip from rocker Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow on when they were leaving the hospital with their first child, Apple, a photographer pal reportedly sold the exclusive photos for $125,000
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick told a horde of photographers when they were taking son James Wilke home, ensuring that no picture would be worth much money
DIAL M FOR MUCHO DISTURBING
No one could ever accuse DAVID LYNCH of making sense. The man who created Twin Peaks and has raised $1.6 million to promote the virtues of transcendental meditation is now peddling jarring ringtones for your cell phone at $4 a pop. Available starting this week on davidlynch.com--a site that also features the director, complete with pompadour, delivering daily weather reports--the so-called strangetones range in freakitude from a childlike voice repeating "My teeth are bleeding" to an overlord-type voice growling "I ... like ... to ... kill ... deer." Another ringtone, which consists of high-pitched screeching that sounds not unlike fingernails on a chalkboard, is aptly named Angst. Can't wait to hear that one go off in movie theaters.
A STRONG BELIEVER
Did Pat Robertson really leg-press 2,000 lbs.? When he was 72? Even though that's nearly 700 lbs. more than some college-record holders can handle without rupturing blood vessels in their eyeballs? The reverend is standing firm on the claim, first made in a promo for his protein shake, although he added last week that he "did it one time, one rep" and moved the ton only a few inches. He also revealed why he got into leg pressing: bad knees.
Q&A MARIAH CAREY
The Emancipation of Mimi became the best-selling album of 2005. Now Mariah Carey hopes her current tour will extend that career high note
In high school I washed dishes at your summer camp. Get out!
Does Camp Mariah have a song? They have a ton of hot cheers.
How does it feel to be emancipated? There will always be parts of me that need emancipating. But it feels nice to allow yourself to be who you are.
Do you have any rituals on tour? Rest, humidity and prayer. In New York, I have a steam room with a bed in it. Everything is waterproof.
What's the first concert you ever saw? I didn't exactly have the funds for concerts. There was a time when the only joy I got was recording my outgoing answering-machine messages. My roommate and I left a message once describing when we had no heat, no water, and the fly-paper situation was bleak. It ended up being the message that the record company heard when they called to sign me. I was mortified.