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January 31, 2008

Vids for voyeurs

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It's not the first time (this week) that a video has kicked up a fracas in Hollywood. Today's adventure in "cinematography" involves an L.A. party from two years ago (with drugs! possibly!), Heath Ledger, and stars threatening to drain the life blood (also known as access) from "Entertainment Tonight."

AP and several other outlets report that "ET," trying to convey some kind of spiritual awakening, decided not to air the bought-and-paid-for video that reportedly shows Ledger chatting about drug use whilst some actually went on around him.

Not at all incidentally, "ET" sister gossip show "The Insider" had nearly picked its bones clean already. High road? ABC News brings up that nightmarish video of Anna Nicole-as-Bride-of-Chuckie-inspired-psycho-clown as evidence of "ET's" normally high standards on how to handle sensitive material featuring dead celebs.

Read here about stars closing ranks and Dr. Drew's thought du jour.

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Lizzy

I think they should release the Ledger video they sure didnt mind releasing video's on Anna Nicole Smith & Britney Spears, Lindsey Lohan & others why should this be any different

Edjuana Ross

I am a very big fan of movies and music but when comes to the actors/actresses and the musicians personal lives (death) I feel that is a very personal thing. I would rather not see any ones funeral let alone seeing them do drugs. Don't we see that enough in the movies. Heath death is a tragedy why should anyone want to see him doing drugs or his furneral. Could we please stop looking for these stars, ie, Lindsey, Britney, or anyone else having a very trying experience that could possible ruin their life. How morbid are we?

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