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Celebritology 2.0: March 12, 2006 - March 18, 2006

Matisyahu Busts a Move

The blogosphere is buzzing (a little) with news that Matisyahu has dropped his managers. There are intimations that he is a sellout. It's not pretty. If you aren't familiar with Matisyahu, the Hasidic Jewish reggae artist, you probably haven't checked out the iTunes top download list or been watching much MTV2 lately. He is, as it were, all over the place. An official phenomenon. (Read The Post's February profile) Matisyahu. (Getty Images) Devout to the point of avoiding all physical contact with women (the form of Judaism he practices -- Lubavitch Hasidic -- forbids contact with women to whom he is not related), Matisyahu has nonetheless arrived in the mainstream. His new album "Youth" debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard album chart, his song "King Without a Crown" is the eighth most downloaded song on iTunes and he's won a coveted berth in the 2006 Lollapalooza lineup....

By Liz Kelly  | March 17, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Morning Mix: SXSW Update; Brangelina Wedding Imminent?

Headlines: Rumors swirl around George Clooney's Italian villa as a possible site for a Brad & Angelina weekend wedding... Jessica Simpson visits Capitol Hill... Georgia passes on honoring Jane Fonda... Book by Johnny Cash's first wife due in 2007... Aging rocker Gary Glitter to appeal Vietnam molestation conviction... Bob Marley's bassist (and father of 52 children) sues for a portion of Marley's estate... William Shatner celebrates 75th birthday with concert broadcast... Dan Brown's wife focus in DaVinci case... Smiths (Morrissey's 80s-era band) reject reunion bid...Adrian Mole movie adaptation in the works (yay!)... Did Tom Cruise scare Comedy Central out of airing "South Park" episode? SXSW Update The Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz panel gab at the SXSW Music Festival and Conference in Austin, Tex. (AP) The Telegraph and San Jose Mercury News put SXSW in perspective... Beastie Boys promote their new concert documentary, "Awesome: I F*ckin'...

By Liz Kelly  | March 17, 2006; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A 'South Park' No Show

This morning, a friend IMed me (thanks Lisa) with the news that Comedy Central execs had made a very bad decision. They welched on their promise to re-air the "South Park" episode that made Isaac Hayes quit earlier this week. (see yesterday's posting). An e-mail statement from Comedy Central's Executive VP of Corportate Communications Tony Fox offers only this by way of explanation: "In light of the events of earlier this week, we wanted to give Chef an appropriate tribute by airing two episode [sic] he is most known for." Well, in light of events earlier this week, Celebritology would like to give Chef, and Isaac Hayes, an appropriate tribute by linking to the episode we're all talking about: Trapped in the Closet via YouTube.com. (Note: Registration may be required and, as ever, "South Park" may contain some offensive material.) Update: Some commenters are reporting that "Trapped in the Closet"...

By Liz Kelly  | March 16, 2006; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Pictures of Rosie

A friend recently sent me a link to Rosie O'Donnell's flickr account. It's actually a really homey blend of pix -- Rosie at home with the family, on vacation, with other celebs, stuff she finds visually interesting. She's labeled all the photos as public, even those that aren't incredibly flattering, a decidedly un-celeb thing for a celebrity to do. What right-minded egomaniac would want this kind of close-up making the rounds? Rosie O'Donnell (in a photo from AP, not flickr) screams as she arrives at the "Liza With a "Z" event in New York. (AP) Rosie's pix got me to thinking about celebs on the Web on their own terms -- not at the hands of the tabloids or others with less than honorable intentions. Many big names now blog regularly: "Scrubs" and "Garden State" star Zach Braff, musician (and Carmen Electra hubby) Dave Navarro, director Kevin Smith ("Clerks," "Mallrats"...

By Liz Kelly  | March 16, 2006; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Morning Mix: TomKat Rumors, Clooney's Blog War

Headlines: Did Tom and Katie secretly marry last year aboard a Scientology cruise ship?... Harrison Ford says the new Indiana Jones script ready... The new season of Rock Star will feature Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Jason Newsted (Metallica) and Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses) searching for a singer... In other reconstituted band news, The Cars will tour with Todd Rundgren behind the mike... Some Sopranos cast members are looking for a bigger payday... Phil Collins and wife split... iTunes offers its first feature-length movie (Disney's High School Musical)... Courtney Love returns to the studio to work on solo album... DVD rental service names scene from Secretary (James Spader/Maggie Gyllenhaal) the sexiest film moment... in other meaningless superlative news, celebrity make-up artists name Hollywood's top natural beauties... Lindsay Lohan will be the new face of Louis Vuitton... Lohan discusses her first on-screen love scene in the new issue of Cosmopolitan... Melissa...

By Liz Kelly  | March 16, 2006; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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For Isaac Hayes, Delayed Offense

It is with some trepidation that I write about Isaac Hayes and his schism with "South Park," because although I love "South Park," I'm not a religious watcher. There are probably some really good episodes I could've referenced to bolster this posting, if I had only known, so please, add any I might have missed into the comments section below. Isaac Hayes. (Reuters) For anyone not already familiar with the story, Hayes, who for nine years has voiced the character Chef on the Comedy Central animated series, quit Monday citing the show's disrespectful treatment of religion. "There is a place in this world for satire," said Hayes, "but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins." For Hayes, that time was apparently November 2005, when an episode poking fun at Scientology aired; years after the show's reputation for ridiculing Catholics, Mormons,...

By Liz Kelly  | March 15, 2006; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Jack Black Elopes, SJP As 'Washingtonienne'?

Headlines: Jack Black elopes with girlfriend Tanya Haden... Michael Douglas criticizes Brangelina... Jay Leno apologizes to offended fan... Alec Baldwin on how to lobby Congress... Housewives "kneecap" Sopranos in ratings war... Speaking of Housewives, Nicollette Sheridan confirms her engagement to singer Michael Bolton... Bruce Willis offers strategy for fighting drug war in Colombia... Welcome Back, Kotter remake will star Ice Cube in title role... Meanwhile, Benicio Del Toro will play the Wolfman for a 2008 release... and in scary, close-to-home news Sarah Jessica Parker is in talks to return to HBO in a half-hour show based on Jessica Cutler's "Washingtonienne." What's next, Kim Cattrall as Wonkette? Eye Candy: How exciting can a 10-minute video of a fully-clothed Jake Gyllenhaal being photographed by Annie Leibovitz be? See for yourself. Oddity of the Day: Imagine talking to John Lennon from beyond the grave. Or, better yet, imagine paying $24.95 to watch psychics...

By Liz Kelly  | March 15, 2006; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bill Paxton's Big Role

Dear HBO: Hi, I'm Bill P-A-X-T-O-N. (Reuters) Thank you for reminding us that Bill Paxton exists and for giving this workhorse of an actor a regular gig on your new creepy polygamy show, Big Love. He's kind of hot in a B-list, blends-into-the-background kind of way so I guess it's believable that he'd score three wives. Let's just hope he's not too upstaged by a stronger cast (this time in the form of Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin) yet again. Thank you for not being turned off by some of his prior roles. Like in Titanic where he played a deep sea treasure hunter who talked like a surfer or Twister where he played a scientist who talked like a surfer or even Aliens when he stretched way out and played an intergalactic soldier who talked like a surfer ("Game Over, man!"). Yep, he's come a long way...

By Liz Kelly  | March 14, 2006; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: J. Lo Does Dallas

Headlines: J. Lo, Luke Wilson and John Travolta in talks to star in big-screen Dallas remake... Scarlett Johansson set to film Nanny Diaries... Don Cheadle may portray Miles Davis in biopic... Finally realizing that South Park "disrespects religious beliefs," Isaac Hayes quits the show after nine years as the voice of Chef... "Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown takes the stand in plagiarism trial... Colin Farrell sex tape case update... Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland calls Axl Rose a "fat, Botox-faced, wig-wearin' f---." Nuff said... Angelina Jolie hopes to marry in Goodwill dress... Dennis Quaid admits battling anorexia... Is Lisa Marie Presley pregnant with new husband Michael Lockwood? (AP) Singer Erykah Badu (right) gives an interview from the red carpet at a SXSW Film Festival screening of "Before the Music Dies" in Austin, Tex. Badu and other musicians appear in the new documentary on the digital music industry. What? I didn't...

By Liz Kelly  | March 14, 2006; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rock and Roll Sabotage

Tonight in a ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, Black Sabbath -- along with Blondie, the Sex Pistols, Lynyrd Skynyrd and jazz icon Miles Davis -- will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Since Black Sabbath is one of my favorite bands, I am understandably upset about this. Black Sabbath circa 1970. (Photo courtesy black-sabbath.com) Here's why: I've never understood the significance of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (hereafter to be referred to as "RRHOF" because I'm tired of typing it out). Sure, it's a nice gesture for the bands and makes for yet another thing to do when visiting Cleveland, but what exactly does inclusion in the RRHOF mean? Not much if you ask one John Michael Osbourne who in 1999, exasperated at being passed over for so many years, demanded that Black Sabbath be removed from consideration for inclusion in the "totally irrelevant" institution....

By Liz Kelly  | March 13, 2006; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Stern Sits Down With Letterman

Headlines: Sean Connery recovering after surgery for a kidney tumor... Reminder: Howard Stern sits down with David Letterman tonight on CBS (yep, the same CBS that is suing Stern)... '50s-era pin-up idol Bettie Page marvels at her enduring popularity. A movie based on her life will be released in April... Osama bin Laden's niece to star in reality show... Sharon Stone describes "Basic Instinct II" nude scenes as "disturbing, threatening"... Don't Miss: Actor Dominic Chianese, aka Junior Soprano, answers questions live at 11:30 a.m. ET. And if you watched last night's "Sopranos" season opener, you know why this discussion is kind of a big deal. (Here's a good wrap-up of last night's episode from MSNBC)...

By Liz Kelly  | March 13, 2006; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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