- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Christina peeved over pics?

With millions of dollars and fragile egos on the line, someone has to take the fall when a mother’s expectations aren’t met.

After giving birth to her son, Max, Christina Aguilera threw a tantrum, according to a source close to the pop star, and fired her day-to-day manager, one of her assistants and her publicity firm BWR, the New York Daily News reports.

According to the newspaper, Miss Aguilera quite possibly was peeved that the photos of her son did nothing to improve the newsstand sales of People magazine. Or maybe she was jealous that she only pocketed $1.5 million for the tot shots — less than the $1.7 million paid for photos of the late Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter Dannielynn.

“She went crazy,” an unnamed source told the newspaper. While BWR also represents Jennifer Lopez, the source said the firm wasn’t part of the team that secured Friday’s $6 million payout for photos of J. Lo and Marc Anthony’s twins.

Blogs show ire over Renfro snub

Blogs were abuzz Monday with discussions of why Brad Renfro was left out of the Academy Awards tribute to Hollywood figures who had died in the past year, Associated Press reports.

The troubled 25-year-old actor died Jan. 15 of a heroin and morphine overdose. Heath Ledger, killed by an overdose of prescription drugs one week later, appeared in a scene from “Brokeback Mountain” at the conclusion of the three-minute video tribute at Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony.

“Unfortunately, we cannot include everyone,” said Leslie Unger, spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. “Our goal is to honor individuals who worked in the many professions and trades of the motion picture industry, not just actors.”

Hilary Swank introduced the Oscar segment, which featured 43 persons, including makeup artists, a stuntman and several Hollywood agents.

USA Today blogger Whitney Matheson headlined a post Monday, “Why was Brad snubbed last night?” and Perez Hilton posted a mug shot of Mr. Renfro with the words “Oscar Snub.” TMZ speculated that the actor was not “feel-good enough” for Oscar, but public comments left on the site also pointed out that, in contrast to Mr. Ledger, “Renfro wasn’t a big enough star.”

Mr. Renfro was best known for his titular role in 1993’s “The Client.” He had appeared in smaller parts in recent years.

Oscar-nominated “Jaws” star Roy Scheider also was not included. His death on Feb. 10 was outside the time frame of the tribute video, which covered Feb. 1, 2007 to Jan. 31, 2008.

Presenters named

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation yesterday announced the artists who will induct this year’s honorees into the hall during the March 10 ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.

Leonard Cohen will be inducted by Lou Reed; the Dave Clark Five (Dave Clark, Lenny Davidson, Rick Huxley, Denis Payton and Mike Smith) by Tom Hanks; Madonna by Justin Timberlake; John Mellencamp by Billy Joel; Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff by Jerry “the Ice Man” Butler; the Ventures (Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, Gerry McGee, Mel Taylor and Don Wilson) by John Fogerty; and Little Walter by Ben Harper.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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