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Mercredi 26 janvier 2005
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Picture taken at Studio Disney.

A gossip column is a newspaper or magazine article written in a light, informal style, which relates the column author’s personal opinions about the personal lives or conduct of movie, television, and pop music celebrities, famous athletes, politicians, and other members of society’s elite, and relates entertaining, sensational, or potentially scandalous innuendos, rumours, and "scuttlebutt" about these individuals. While gossip columns in mainstream newspapers and magazines are often tamer in their content than lurid, ‘tell-all’ tabloids, columns are nevertheless full of innuendo about celebrities’ purported sexual practices, drug use, and alleged criminal behavior.

Gossip columns have a reciprochal relationship with the celebrities whose private lives are splashed about in the gossip column's pages. Gossip columns can engage in borderline defamatory conduct, spreading innuendo about alleged immoral or illegal conduct that can injure celebrities' reputations. Yet at the same time, gossip columns are also an important part of the "Star System" publicity machine that turns movie actors and musicians into celebrities, that are the objects of the public's obsessive attention and interest. The publicity agents of celebrities often provide or "leak" information or rumors to gossip columnists to publicize the celebrity or their projects, or to counteract "bad press" that has recently surfaced about their conduct.

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