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Celebritology 2.0: April 2, 2006 - April 8, 2006

Till Next Week...

Celebritology will be taking a break while I'm out on vacation for the next couple of days. I'll be back on Monday morning, but in the meantime scan washingtonpost.com's Entertainment News section for breaking celebrity news (in fact, I just peeked and learned that Eminem and Kim Mathers have split up, again. Oy.) See you next week!...

By Liz Kelly  | April 6, 2006; 1:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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All About Nicole

Here, in no particular order, is your all important Nicole Kidman update because, you know, there's a lot going on with her these days: 1. It's all happening too fast. Over the weekend we learned that "The Simpsons" will be coming to movie theaters in summer 2007. Now details are surfacing that producers are trying to line up Kidman for a role in the film (we've already learned that Minnie Driver and Albert Brooks will be involved). Kidman and former husband Tom Cruise apparently refused a guest spot on the show back in the day. 2. Speaking of Tom Cruise, Kidman is denying reports that her 11-year marriage to the Scientologist has been annulled in order to clear the way for a church wedding with new love Keith Urban. Rumors about recorded conversations between Kidman and Cruise continue to surface but, so far, not the tapes themselves. 3. Kidman's on-screen...

By Liz Kelly  | April 5, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Morning Mix: Cruise Shares Details of Tough Childhood

Headlines: Tom Cruise discusses tough childhood, poor treatment from dad... Beyonce Knowles reaches out to troubled Whitney Houston... David Hasselhoff seeks drug treatment for estranged wife... Garth Brooks' ex-wife kidnapped (though now safe)... Hugh Hefner apologizes to Jessica Alba for use of star's publicity shots... Group blasts Britney for hiring dwarves to entertain K-Fed... Sharon Stone suspected of trying to start a musical career... Hank Williams Jr. surrenders to Memphis authorities... Singer Gene Pitney ("The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," "Only Love Can break the Heart") dead at 65... Indie queen Parker Posey joins cast of "Boston Legal." Remembering: Thanks to Entertainment Weekly's Pop Watch for reminding us that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain died 12 years ago today. Do you remember where you were? This Celebritologist was a few months away from college graduation and, like most of Generation X, pretty shaken by the news. Why does grunge somehow seem...

By Liz Kelly  | April 5, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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In Death, the Joke's on Farley

Use of dead celebrities in ad campaigns is always a little creepy. Think Fred Astaire dancing with a Dirt Devil, Steve McQueen driving a 2005 Mustang and John Wayne taking a Coors break. "Saturday Night Live" alum Chris Farley may have passed away over eight years ago, but that hasn't stopped him from appearing on a new billboard advertising a substance abuse program. Farley died after overdosing on cocaine and morphine in 1997 at age 33. SNL funnyman Chris Farley (Edie Baskin - AP) The billboard, set to tower over Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard near famed drug den Hotel Marmont, features a picture of Farley and the words "It wasn't all his fault." The company responsible for the billboard received permission from Farley's family and is negotiating with the families of several other dead celebrities to do the same with their likenesses. Rather than engaging in a little tasteless fun...

By Liz Kelly  | April 4, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Paris as Mother Theresa?

Headlines: Paris Hilton considered for Mother Theresa role in new biopic... In more realistic news, Jessica Simpson to star in big screen "Baywatch" remake... Kate Moss, Lindsay Lohan, Courtney Love may spend Hawaii vacation together... Soccer star (and Posh husband) David Beckham admits to suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder... Madonna announces world tour schedule... "Fresh Prince of Bel-air," the movie? Say it ain't so... It's no "General Hospital," but John Stamos will spend more time at Cook County Hospital when he joins "E.R." fulltime this fall... "Die Hard" director John McTiernan snagged in Pellicano scandal... Country singer George Jones released from hospital....

By Liz Kelly  | April 4, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Couric, CBS Near Deal

Headlines: Katie Couric, CBS reportedly reach deal for anchor's leap to nightly news anchor... New Zealand town fumes over Russell Crowe's smoke... Howard Stern, girlfriend assaulted by rabid fan... NBC's Campbell Brown weds FOX News analyst Dan Senor... 21-year-old Kelly Osbourne to pen autobiography... Sienna Miller gets new tattoo... Pamela Anderson calls for end to Canadian seal hunt... Ex-"Apprentice" Raj Bhakta acknowledges DWI arrests... Trailer for 2007 "Simpsons" movie shown in theaters and during Sunday night's episode... "Basic Instinct 2" draws only $3.2 million in opening weekend (as compared with "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown" box office-topping $70 million)... Jerry Garcia's toilet stolen. Smells Like a Sellout: Courtney Love has agreed to sell a 25 percent stake in Nirvana's song catalog in a $50 million deal. Love owns 98 percent of the legendary grunge band's catalog (the remaining two percent is split between former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist...

By Liz Kelly  | April 3, 2006; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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