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Celebritology 2.0: March 19, 2006 - March 25, 2006

Lindsay Lohan, Wonder Wha?

Wonder Woman Lynda Carter (left, courtesy Warner Bros.) and Not-Wonder-Woman Lindsay Lohan (Getty Images). Lindsay Lohan has done something very irresponsible. In an interview that has been floating around the blogosphere for several months, she tossed off a comment about her desire play Wonder Woman (which has a chance of being cool since Joss Whedon is attached to write, despite my aversion to remakes). Why exactly, Lindsay? "Wonder Woman would be cool... I'm trying to find roles right now that are different to anything I've done to show my abilities, to show that I have some sort of stretch in me. Because most of the things that I've done so far are aimed at younger girls and are light-hearted." A answer a bit closer to the truth probably would have been "I want to wear a really hot superhero costume and high-heeled red boots and kick some bad guy...

By Liz Kelly  | March 24, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Morning Mix: Tilton Says Simpson No Lucy Ewing

Headlines: Original "Dallas" star Charlene Tilton says Jessica Simpson too old to reprise Lucy Ewing role... Gwyneth plans to name second child "Mortimer" (Because it must be said: At least it's not a fruit)... Estranged husband Richie Sambora asking court to enforce Heather Locklear's prenup... "Flavor of Love's" Pumpkin (aka the spitter) fired from substitute teaching job... Three-and-a-half hour "Lord of the Rings" musical opens to lukewarm reviews in Toronto... Thanks Scientology! "South Park" season premiere draws 3.5 million viewers, the show's biggest premiere since 2002... Randy Quaid sues over "Brokeback Mountain" performance... Look for Ludacris, coming soon to an episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"... Tune in to Fox Sunday evening to see "The Simpsons" in a live action sequence... Blogger IronicSans rates "The Simpsons" depiction of Manhattan... Judge takes control of Suge Knight's assets after mogul avoids paying $107 million judgment... R. Kelly's brother claims singer...

By Liz Kelly  | March 24, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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'80s Movies, the Perfect Vintage

Because we can't get enough of the '80s today... What was she saying? Mayhaps: "They f---ing forgot my birthday." (Getty Images) Yesterday's post about "Red Dawn" got me thinking about the '80s and, specifically, the seemingly rich (at least in hindsight) array of teen movies produced during the decade: "The Outsiders," "War Games," "Goonies," "Better Off Dead," "Lost Boys," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Heathers"... all pillars of my "we had better movies when I was a teen" argument (which I often deploy to my 14-year-old niece every time I'm dragged to a Lindsay Lohan or Amanda Bynes release). Was the message from Hollywood better, too, or is that the rose-colored glasses again? In the '80s, I think we paid more attention to the on-screen characters being portrayed by the brat pack than to the gossip surrounding them. (Or maybe my parents just didn't keep my "Teen Beat" subscription up-to-date.) Those...

By Liz Kelly  | March 23, 2006; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
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V for Vegetating in Front of My Monitor

Just this weekend the husband and I were sitting in a movie theater waiting for the lights to go down and "V for Vendetta" to begin when we started waxing nostalgic about the other "V" -- the totally cool '80s miniseries/show about reptilian aliens who start taking over planet Earth (starring Beastmaster Marc Singer). (Courtesy Warner Bros.) Today, courtesy of Ironic Sans, I learned that several episodes of "V" are available for free online from AOL's new In2TV site. I can't resist. Watching a couple of episodes has already cut significantly into my work day personal time. (For those whose taste may be different, In2TV also offers "Alice," "Falcon Crest," "Growing Pains," "Head of the Class," "Hanging With Mr. Cooper," "Scarecrow and Mrs. King"... and many more)....

By Liz Kelly  | March 23, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Morning Mix: Sharon & Sharon Edition

No, no, no -- I'm the naked one. (Getty Images) Headlines: Sharon Stone says she has no problem doing nude scenes (did anyone think she did?)... Sharon Osbourne wins celebrity mother of the year poll... Phil Spector murder trial to start in September (also see the best Phil Spector picture ever)... "American Idol" down to 10 contestants after 16-year-old Kevin Corvais booted last night. Meanwhile, Votefortheworst.com encourages viewers to vote for "less talented" contestants... Chef gets typical "South Park" sendoff while fans threaten to boycott Cruise's "Mission: Impossible 3"... Diddy urges fashion forward men to carry a purse... MTV Music Awards return to New York after two-year Miami fling... Princess Diana pens posthumous diet book... Alan Thicke to preside over Ja Rule, Tom Arnold, Naomi Campbell and others in NBC's "Celebrity Cooking Showdown"... Phoebe Cates opens New York boutique... Gary Oldman on board for fifth Harry Potter film... Beastie...

By Liz Kelly  | March 23, 2006; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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All the Right Movies

Recently, when discussing potential blog names with new washingtonpost.com blogger Ben Domenech, the name "Red Dawn" was jokingly suggested (we ended up with the markedly different "Red America"). Ben then proceeded to explain, in somewhat sacred tones, that "Red Dawn" is not only a cheesy '80s Patrick Swayze/C. Thomas Howell flick (Wolverines!), but also one of the right's most-beloved films. (Courtesy MGM) That's right. "Red Dawn" is on a list of "100 Best Conservative Movies" compiled by the National Review way back in 1994. A list preceded by an explanation of why the "Star Wars" trilogy heralded a return to conservative ideals in Hollywood. I wonder if they'd be as quick to claim the latest three offerings in the franchise, up to and including Jar Jar Binks. Criteria for inclusion on this list are defined as expected: movies about "God and country," tradition, family, communism = evil, etc. Big surprise...

By Liz Kelly  | March 22, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Morning Mix: Chef Returns to 'South Park'; New Book Focuses on First Lady

Headlines: Chef returns in new "South Park" episode tonight... New book claims First Lady Laura Bush used fertility drugs; sneaks cigarettes... Huffington apologizes for "fake" Clooney blog post... New Bond Daniel Craig signs up for second film... Prince sued for painting title of new album (review) on rental home... Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke turns down meeting with Tony Blair... Joan Rivers looking for love on Match.com... Star Jones Reynolds recovering after plastic surgery complications... Jennifer Anniston gets rid of Brad's clothes... Fred Savage ("Wonder Years") and wife expecting first child... Bobby Brown will reunite with New Edition for music festival... Hank Williams Jr. accused of sexual harassment... Harry Shearer shares tidbits about "Simpsons" feature-length film... Godfather: The Game, as in a videogame including voiceover work from James Caan and Robert Duvall, launches today....

By Liz Kelly  | March 22, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Cheesy Fabio Passing on the Butter Crown

Dear Fabio: You have never sought to hide the fact that you are one cheesy dude and for that you deserve much respect. Despite the spray-on tan and the highlights, there's something endearing about someone who is so openly camp. You made your fab moniker a household name by posing for artistic renderings of your pecs on bodice rippers. The last time you made the news was probably when you were whacked in the face by a bird on a rollercoaster. Fabio circa 2000. (AP) I'm not sure what kind of royalties book covers bring in, but I wouldn't fault you for looking for a way back into the public consciousness. It's hard out there for an aging muscle-bound guy of European descent who has been known to wear a loincloth. Really, the only options at this point are spokesman gigs or the governorship of California. But if I never...

By Liz Kelly  | March 21, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Spike Lee Slams Clooney; Who Work on New Album

Headlines: Spike Lee slams George Clooney for Oscar night comments... Daltrey/Townshend work on first new Who album since 1982... "South Park" creators rush Chef-centric episode into production... Kristin Davis admits pressure to stay thin led to binge eating on set of "Sex and the City"... Portia de Rossi, Jamie-Lynn Sigler discuss their own eating disorders... Original Duke brother Tom Wopat arrested for driving while intoxicated... Rock icon (and shoe designer) Carlos Santana denounces President Bush... Stephen Colbert penning solo book... Nicole Ritchie upsets family after "encounter" with 11-year-old... speaking of encounters, Richard Dreyfuss marries while visiting Virginia's James Madison University... Media establishment scrutinizes YouTube. Keeping Up With Eddie Eddie Van Halen Keith Richards in Tokyo Monday. (Reuters) Let it be known that two weeks ago to the day a photo of Eddie Van Halen appeared in this space accompanied by text in which I intimated that he might look a...

By Liz Kelly  | March 21, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jacko: Forever Off the Wall

What will become of Michael Jackson? Neverland, his 2,600-acre menagerie (zoo, amusement park, railway) and shrine to childhood, closed for good last week and will likely sit empty for the foreseeable future. After announcing that Jackson agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in back wages to employees, a spokeswoman indicated he wouldn't be back for a while. Jackson has been living in Bahrain since being acquitted last year of plying a 13-year-old cancer patient with wine and molesting him. He's also been rumored to be househunting in Britain, though Gulf-based news outlets claim he isn't abandoning the region. Just more evidence that he plans to make his home away from the U.S. for the foreseeable future. A day at the mall for an abaya-clad Michael Jackson in Bahrain. (Reuters) I have to wonder... what is it like in Bahrain for Michael and his three children -- Prince Michael,...

By Liz Kelly  | March 20, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Morning Mix: Jessica 'Loves' President Bush

Headlines: Despite last week's diss, Jessica Simpson "loves the heck out of" President Bush, says pop star's dad... Self-described "ubergeek" Sharon Stone looking for nerdy Sponge Bob pajama-clad boyfriend... Kid Rock sex video remains under wraps... In case you were wondering: Acquitted Robert Blake now working as a ranch hand while planning his comeback... Ned Beatty honored for life's work (no squealing involved in acceptance speech)... "Da Vinci Code" trial final arguments to begin today; trial outcome seemingly not affecting a planned March 28 paperback release... "V for Vendetta" wins weekend box office (but not Celebritology's heart)... "Simpsons," "King of the Hill" re-up for new seasons... Meanwhile, 26 new episodes of "Futurama" reportedly in the works... Oleg Cassini, designer to Jackie Kennedy, dies at 92... Surreal Life: If you missed last night's debut of the sixth "Surreal Life" season on VH1, fear not, it'll re-air all week. This season, the...

By Liz Kelly  | March 20, 2006; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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