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Celebritology 2.0: March 5, 2006 - March 11, 2006

'Flavor' Leaves a Bad Aftertaste

For anyone who hasn't chanced upon the train wreck that is VH1's "Flavor of Love," you'll have your final chance on Sunday when the season finale airs at 10 p.m. ET. The show's premise is a lot like "The Bachelor": Former Public Enemy sidekick Flavor Flav starts out with 20 women all living in one house, vying for a chance to be Mrs. Flav. The field is slowly narrowed down as they primp, gossip, plot against each other and jump through inane hoops to prove their love for Flavor. Reality TV poster child Flavor Flav and "Strange Love" Brigitte Nielson in 2004. (Post) There's something about Flavor Flav you just have to love. Sure, he's a little "eccentric" and despite the fact that he should be a footnote (though an important one) in the history of hip-hop, he's still out there working it and on his own terms. But that...

By Liz Kelly  | March 10, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Britney Losing Her Hair

Headlines: Britney Spears is reportedly so worried about her struggling career that she's losing her hair... California authorities order Michael Jackson to close Neverland Ranch... Sandra Bullock will star in a biopic about "Peyton Place" author Grace Metalious... former teen idol Leif Garrett has been ordered to spend another month in rehab following a January arrest for heroin possession... Despite recent criticism, new Bond Daniel Craig is giving "115 percent" to making new film... Portable Snark: The Daily Show and the Colbert Report now available for download from iTunes. - Johnny Depp proclaims "You will not like me," in the prologue to his new movie "The Libertine." The Post's Desson Thomson agrees. (Movies opening this weekend) -- Are eating disorders in? The New York Daily News cites shrinking starlets and shows like FX's now-cancelled "Starved." -- Why can't I get just one [expletive]? Tonight you can. "The Violent Femmes --...

By Liz Kelly  | March 10, 2006; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Yes, More 'Sopranos'

- Do not miss David Segal's Style section piece about life after being whacked on "The Sopranos." - Who's next? Bookies are betting Junior (11/2 odds) and Christopher (6/1 odds) will be the first to go in season six. - And if you're looking for a hand to hold Sunday night, meetup.com lists 568 members just looking for "Sopranos" events. Update: Thanks to my colleague Russ, who is clearly hard at work, for this link to Soprano Sudoku. Update 2: The New York Daily News has a nice interview with actor Joe Gannascoli who talks about his role as closeted gay mobster Vito Spatafore....

By Liz Kelly  | March 9, 2006; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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For the Forgetful, a Sopranos Cheat Sheet

Rumors are already flying about season six of "The Sopranos," which finally returns to HBO Sunday night. I don't want to get whacked for trafficking in rumors here, but Newsweek reported earlier this week that we'll see "a murder, a suicide, a maiming, a fatal heart attack and a shooting - all in the first episode." I can't effing wait. I also barely remember where we left off. It's been 21 long months, after all, since we had a new episode. That's okay, though. We're on David Chase time and good things come to those who wait. Unless you're a stoolie. Tough guys Michael Imperioli, James Gandolfini, Tony Sirico, Steven Van Zandt. (HBO) Betting that I'm not alone, here's a quick, dirty overview of where the main characters ended up at the close of episode 65. For a fuller review (because I'm sure I'm missing entire plotlines here), the official...

By Liz Kelly  | March 9, 2006; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Thursday Morning Mix: Crime Watch

- Boy George agrees to attend rehab in New York after pleading guilty to cocaine charges. (E Online) - Former "Baywatch"/"Knight Rider" star David Hasselhoff is having a bad day/week/month/year (you pick): His divorce proceedings have turned ugly (E Online) and his new CD is panned in New Zealand (Stuff). - "Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown" premieres tonight on BET. (Post) - Video: Paparazzi pursuing Lindsay Lohan resort to fisticuffs and prove how un-glamorous the life of an it-girl can be. (TMZ.com) And because they aren't all on the wrong side of the law... - Sharon Stone says she would "kiss just about anybody" to achieve peace in the Middle East. Thank you, Sharon. Someone finally has a realistic solution. (AP)...

By Liz Kelly  | March 9, 2006; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Remake This

"Hairspray" is: a. A 1988 movie starring a cross-dressing Divine and future talk show host Ricki Lake. b. A Tony Award-winning Broadway musical based on the 1988 movie. c. An upcoming feature film starring John Travolta and Queen Latifah based on the hit Broadway musical. d. All of the above. As mentioned in yesterday's morning mix, Hollywood is doing it again. That's right, if all goes according to New Line Cinema's diabolical plan John Travolta will be dancing and singing (in drag) across movie screens in summer 2007 as Edna Turnblad, a role originated by John Waters muse Divine. Don't get me wrong. I'm a fan of drag. I'm a fan of "Hairspray." I thought it was fabulous when the indie sleeper was reborn as a mainstream Broadway hit. What I'm not so happy about is that it's finding its way to the silver screen again. After all, the 1988...

By Liz Kelly  | March 8, 2006; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Wednesday Morning Mix

- A love letter intended for Britain's Prince William (son of Diana and Charles) couldn't have been more misdirected. It ended up at Virginia's Prince William County Court House (which you might remember from the Lorena Bobbitt trial) where it seems it was promptly opened and passed around by a gaggle of gee-whizzing employees. (Post) - The economic outlook is good for Alan Greenspan. Penguin Press will reportedly pay the former Fed chairman between $8 - $12 million for his memoir. (Post) - "Shaft" director Gordon Parks dies at 93. (Post Story | Photo Gallery) - I know where I'll be at 3 p.m. ET. Parked in front of this computer to chat live with Barry Manilow, who seems as pleasantly surprised as the rest of us with his current top 10 album. (Live Q&A, 3 p.m. ET) - Non-news of the day: Madonna explains to confused daughter, Lourdes, why...

By Liz Kelly  | March 8, 2006; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Eddie Van Halen, Acting His Age

As we grow older, so do our icons. Suddenly the latest "hot young things" seem barely legal (Keira Knightley, Lindsey Lohan) and Keith Richards' decomposition is finally somewhat age appropriate. And, although apt to grumble about our own advancing years, we also make excuses for ourselves. We don't tend to be as forgiving of our objects of idolization. If they show their age, we mercilessly take note of every sag, every wrinkle. If they try to hide it with makeup, dye or surgery we tend to disparage their refusal grow old gracefully. In short, we want it both ways. We seem to expect our icons to always just shine on as is, forgetting that the camera can be unkind to someone who has lived in front of the flash for a few decades. (AP) Still, it was jaw-droppingly upsetting to see this photo of Eddie Van Halen come across the...

By Liz Kelly  | March 7, 2006; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Tuesday Morning Mix

- John Travolta takes on the role of Edna Turnblad in the coming film adaptation of the broadway musical based on the John Waters film "Hairspray." Anyone else agree that maybe a coordinated re-release of the original 1988 Divine/Ricki Lake version would be the better choice? (AP) - It's hard out here for an Oscar-winning song... at least if that song is the Three 6 Mafia's ode to the pimp life. (Post) The Post's Philip Kennicott also talks about the song's entrance into our cultural lexicon. Lastly, if you're still not quite up on the Three 6 Mafia visit the group's Wikipedia entry, replete with straight-faced gems like: "Their song 'Late Nite Tip' is favoured by car audio enthusiasts for its deep, rolling baseline and is considered to be ideal for testing high-end speaker systems." - Maybe in 20 years or so "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" will...

By Liz Kelly  | March 7, 2006; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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And the Oscar Morning Hangover Goes to...

Anyone else want their Sunday night back? Seeing the stars turn out en masse for Academy Awards night is kind of neat and each year I inevitably park myself on the couch to ogle outfits while my husband decamps to anywhere out of earshot, in this case to the kitchen TV to watch "The Bad and the Beautiful" on Turner Classic Movies. The red carpet, at least, is an awesome feat to watch unfold in what ends up being a very short 120 minutes prior to the Oscar broadcast. For every George Clooney or Charlize Theron, there are an exponentially greater number of behind-the-scenes scurriers. Look a little to George's left or over Charlize's shoulder and you'll see them: producers, cameramen, security details, handlers and publicists all jockeying their clients into position. Starlets calculatedly dally in front of banks of cameras, going through a predictable range of poses (This year...

By Liz Kelly  | March 6, 2006; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Monday Morning Non-Oscar Mix

Breaking News: "South Park" is getting grosser. Maybe AP, like me, was just desperate for non-Oscar news. Former child star Macaulay Culkin wonders if acting's for him. I wasn't going to say anything, but I've been wondering the same thing since "Home Alone II." The final 12 "American Idol" contestants will get MySpace profiles. - An Internet casino buys four of Jerry Garcia's toilets from eBay. - In Names & Faces: Margaret Atwood's lazy autograph pen, Mariah's Soul Train nods and China's first issue of Rolling Stone. - T-minus six days till the Sopranos almost final season kicks off. Newsweek gives a sneak preview of the season and promises an explosive opening episode. Meanwhile, Salon weighs in on the search for the next Sopranos....

By Liz Kelly  | March 6, 2006; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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