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Celebritology 2.0: March 26, 2006 - April 1, 2006

TGIF

Eight good things about the upcoming weekend: 1. Sleeping In. 2. George Mason Basketball. 3. "Ice Age: The Meltdown": The sequel to 2002's "Ice Age" has finally arrived, complete with Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Dennis Leary. Pack up the kids (or not) and get thee to the multiplex. (All new movies) 4. April Fool's Day: That's right; Saturday is April 1st, so prepare your gags and put up your own guard. The Museum of Hoaxes ranks the 100 best April Fool's pranks. I'm particularly fond of the 26-day marathon runner and completely floored by the worst prank ever. 5. Time Change: ABC offers tips on how to adjust to daylight saving time. These tips involve something called "exercise" and conspicuously leave out any mention of naps. Oh, and next year the change will happen three weeks earlier thanks to the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Still, lighter evenings can't...

By Liz Kelly  | March 31, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Morning Mix: Naomi's Phone Rage, Justin Calls K-Fed Gross

Headlines: Naomi Campbell charged with felony assault, former housekeeper alleges supermodel lobbed cellphone at her head (statement issued by Naomi here)... Justin Timberlake thinks Britney husband K-Fed is gross... Carmen Electra denies impending split with rocker husband Dave Navarro... Stuntman sues Tom Cruise over ruined sex life (really)... Matt LeBlanc files for divorce... Liz Hurley says single motherhood keeps her fit... Jane Fonda warns aging women away from plastic surgery... Bahamian government bans "Brokeback Mountain"... "Idol" Ruben Studdard launches after-school program for Alabama teens... Watch This: "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" chronicles the life and madness of Kurt Cobain's favorite singer/songwriter. (Trailer) UPDATE, 12:26 p.m. ET: Russell Simmons and wife Kimora Lee splitting. An announcement is expected later today....

By Liz Kelly  | March 31, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Naomi Campbell Arrested

(Getty Images) Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been arrested in New York on suspicion of assaulting a woman believed to be in her employ. Naomi is reportedly in police custody and the victim may or may not be hospitalized. More on Naomi's volatile past in her Wikipedia bio. Update: Reuters reports an argument may have erupted after Campbell fired her housekeeper this morning....

By Liz Kelly  | March 30, 2006; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Beatles: The White-Washed Album

In the recent satire "Thank You for Smoking," the crunchy anti-tobacco-crusading Senator played by William H. Macy suggests at one point that smoking be digitally removed from old movies. In the context of a somewhat surreal movie, this suggestion came off as somewhat wrong-headed; as going too far. (Capitol Records/EMI) Well, the surreal became reality this week when EMI announced that the re-issued version of the Beatles' compilation, "Capitol Albums Volume 2" will have one major difference from the original: no cigarettes. In fact, the cover shot has been altered to remove any signs of smoking from John, Paul and Ringo. A sloppy edit has also reportedly left Ringo minus two fingers (those holding his cigarette). A cigarette was also reportedly removed from Paul McCartney's hand on the 1984 re-release of "I Want to Hold Your Hand." This is somewhat wrong-headed. It is going too far. I'm not defending cigarettes...

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Morning Mix: Teri Hatcher, Ryan Seacrest Caught Snogging

Headlines: Teri Hatcher, Ryan Seacrest caught snogging on beach... Britney being sued by former bodyguards for unpaid overtime... Pregnant Gwyneth Paltrow spotted drinking Guinness... Brad & Jen's house sells for $22.5 million... Julia Roberts makes Broadway debut... Welsh singer Tom Jones ("It's Not Unusual") knighted... Paula Abdul signs on for three more years of "Idol"... The Replacements reunite to record first new songs in 16 years... Three 6 Mafia in the studio with Paris Hilton... Los Angeles agrees to pay $1.1 million to family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G.... Rob Reiner resigns from head of California commission... FOX's "Prison Break" returning for second season, but with a new name... Former "Designing" woman Delta Burke fractures ankle during play rehearsal. From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: William Shatner's interpretation of Elton John's "Rocket Man" has been floating around for a while, but is just the thing if you're in need of...

By Liz Kelly  | March 30, 2006; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Dear George

"Okay, so you're saying it's a good idea to make a sequel to our sequel of a remake?" (Warner Bros.) I've been watching you since "ER" (sorry, I missed out on the "Facts of Life" era) and, dude, you have totally made it. You are one heck of an actor and blossoming into a great filmmaker. You have managed to hold steady on an upward trajectory for the past several years. Not an easy thing to do for an aging actor constantly challenged by every Jake, Heath and Joaquin. In case I haven't already said it: congratulations on the Oscar. You so deserved it and, fear not, more will come your way. You usually seem to have an uncanny instinct for choosing good projects -- "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Three Kings," "Syriana," "Good Night and Good Luck." I say "usually" because yesterday I learned something disturbing. I'm writing...

By Liz Kelly  | March 29, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Morning Mix: Whitney Houston Crack Rumors

Headlines: Whitney Houston "half-toothless" and smoking crack, says sister-in-law in tabloid interview... James Gandolfini off the wagon, reports National Enquirer... Jessica Simpson plans to adopt children... Meanwhile, J. Lo hopes eating spinach three times a day will help her and husband Marc Anthony conceive... Cigarettes disappear from re-release version of Beatles' album cover... Filmmaker John Waters to star in new show being developed for Court TV... Pierce Brosnan congratulates Daniel Craig on Bond gig... Fellow Bond alum Roger Moore admits he never liked guns... "Xanadu" stage adaptation to premiere off-Broadway next year... Kevin Federline says new album will set dance floors "on fire"... Last week, I saw this Britney birthing sculpture photo and just thought it was too crass. I'm learning. Maybe it would make good album cover art for K-Fed? Rollins Live: Actor, musician and spoken word artist Henry Rollins answers questions from readers about his new Independent Film...

By Liz Kelly  | March 29, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Not All Reality Bites

The reality TV phenomenon has worn a little thin for me. An avid "Real World" fan from the get-go (almost 15 years ago!), I think my eyes started glazing over sometime around "The Anna Nicole Show." My fascination with "Flavor of Love" was nothing short of a sickness, one from which I've now recovered (I won't be there for a rumored second season). I can still get into a little vintage "Osbournes," but tend to shy away from "Meet the Barkers." It's just seems that in the past few years, reality TV has become completely unreal. It's all the "Surreal Life," if ya get my meaning. In what world -- other than one involving hefty payments -- would Daniel Baldwin, Biz Markie and the freaking Snapple lady compete to lose weight? It's like watching a train wreck and one can only watch so many wrecks without developing post traumatic stress...

By Liz Kelly  | March 28, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Morning Mix: 'Friends' Reunion Scrapped For Now

Headlines: "Friends" reunion scrapped by one cast member... Keira Knightley celebrates 21st birthday with flapper bash... Clooney, Pitt sign up for "Oceans 13"... Kate Moss reportedly "mentoring" Linsday Lohan through recovery... Elvis manse Graceland becomes national landmark... Scarlett Johansson tops "sexiest women" poll... Mark Wahlberg and girlfriend welcome second child to their funky bunch... New book alleges string of Barbara Streisand affairs... Tom Hanks signs up for "Starbucks" movie... Hannity, Baldwin engage in on-air battle... Village People cop arrested in San Francisco... VH1 Classic will air Nena's 1984 hit "99 Luftballons" for a full hour (Note: Thanks to gracious reader AL who points out that the "99 Luftballons" marathon took place already, on March 26)... Benicio del Toro set to play Che Guevara in new biopic... Jessica Simpson buys screen rights to Jackie Collins novel "Lovers & Players"... Extremely Bad: The Smoking Gun has obtained a memo from an ABC...

By Liz Kelly  | March 28, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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'80s Teen Movies: The List

Thanks to everyone for weighing in on the '80s teen movies thread from last week. At the end of this post I'll include an alphabetical list of all the movies mentioned in the comments thread. Plenty of goodness here to fill up my niece's Netflix account (and my own). Matthew Broderick as "Ferris Bueller." (Paramount Pictures) The fundamental question about whether or not the movies were better hasn't been definitively answered, but we did get a lot of food for thought. JenaeMB thinks movies, and performances, were better back in the day: Remember the first time you saw "The Outsiders" (or even the last time) and how great Matt Dillon's portrayal of Dallas was. After that, think of his performance in "Crash". Now think of Linday Lohan in whatever she's starred in (the Parent Trap not included) and imagine her being nominated for an Oscar in 25 years. Can't do...

By Liz Kelly  | March 27, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Morning Mix: Summer Wedding for Aniston/Vaughn?

Headlines: Summer wedding for Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn?... Don Johnson's Aspen home in danger of repossession... Pop songstress and anti-"stupid girl" Pink admits heroin use... Kelly Osbourne to star in own MTV show... Madonna, David Bowie and Snoop Dogg join forces in children's movie... Snoop Dogg also launching line of pet products... Morrissey's mid-life crisis... Isaac Hayes' reps deny rumors of stroke, faked press release... Nicole Kidman's PI says Cruise tapped actress's phones during divorce... Kyle MacLachlan joins "Desperate Housewives" cast... Kate Winslet on juggling career, family... Appreciation: Honky-Tonk's Buck Owens dead at 76... Bank heist thriller "Inside Man" tops weekend box office. High-Carb Bling: Jewel-encrusted Mr. Potato Head spotted at Beverly Hills store....

By Liz Kelly  | March 27, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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