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Celebritology 2.0: April 16, 2006 - April 22, 2006

The Greatest Stories Ever Filmed

Earlier this week, U.K.'s Guardian newspaper published a list of the 50 best films adapted from novels of all time. Voters (sadly, in Great Britain only) will decide which of the 50 deserves the ultimate title of best adaptation when the winner is revealed in May. Gregory Peck and Mary Badham in 1962's "To Kill a Mockingbird." (AP) Although we can't officially vote, we can still have our own fun scanning what looks to be a pretty delectable list. "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "The Godfather," "Pride and Prejudice" and a slew of other expected inclusions are nicely flanked by some less obvious titles, like "Trainspotting" and "Watership Down." The American Screenwriters Association also recently released a list of 100 top adapted screenplays topped by "To Kill a Mockingbird." There are some notable scripts here that are not included in the Guardian's list: "Gone With the Wind," "The Color Purple" and --...

By Liz Kelly  | April 21, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Morning Mix: We're Suri, So Suri

Headlines: Experts dispute origin of name "Suri" (aka Baby TomKitten); Nicole Kidman wishes mother and baby well... Brad Pitt sponsors New Orleans rebuilding design contest... Mick Jagger may star in ABC sitcom pilot... Angelina Jolie reportedly signs on for third "Tomb Raider" movie... Kathleen Turner fuels rumors of "Friends" reunion... Foo Fighter Dave Grohl and wife welcome a daughter, Violet Maye... Ludacris vs. Oprah Winfrey... Babyshambles' Pete Doherty arrested in London... Friend says marijuana has turned George Michael into a "stoned waster"... Oxygen plans Shannen Doherty (no relation) and Janice Dickinson reality shows... David Lee Roth out as morning radio host... Vanna White gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame... Elaine Young, real estate agent to the stars, dead at 71....

By Liz Kelly  | April 21, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Million Dollar Baby

It's on. The race to deliver the first photo of baby Suri, born Tuesday to Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise has begun. The winning paparazzo will probably earn at least $1 million (and possibly much more) for the sale of that first picture to the highest bidding celeb-centric publication. Cruise's Los Angeles compound has been surrounded for weeks and the furor isn't likely to die down until baby Suri is thoroughly snapped. Why the high price? An insatiable public appetite. From tabloids to blogs devoted to celebrity babies, megastar baby shots are where the money (and the interest) is at. Photographers rush a car arriving at Tom Cruise's house on Tuesday. (AP) Not so surprising, considering the frenzy, that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have chosen to de-camp to Namibia for the arrival of their soon-to-be-born child. One overzealous photog was recently pepper-sprayed after getting too close to Pitt and...

By Liz Kelly  | April 20, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Morning Mix: Nick Dishes on Split with Jessica

Headlines: Nick Lachey tells all -- like how his marriage with Jessica Simpson ended -- in a new Rolling Stone interview; Jessica starts wearing wedding ring again... Critics slam Julia Roberts' Broadway debut... Former "Idol" finalist Bo Bice takes swing at NFL star in New York bar... 36-year-old Lara Flynn Boyle suffering from arthritis... Leonardo DiCaprio, who split with Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen last year, now dating Israeli model Bar Rafael... British tabloid apologizes to Teri Hatcher for story alleging she had sex with men in van outside her house... Britney may sue manufacturer over baby's fall from high chair... Is Kim Basinger set to join the cast of "24"?... Kate Winslet avoids watching her own movies... Orlando Bloom runs motorcycle off road in London, gives victim autograph... Sketch-filled John Lennon schoolbook sells for $226,000... Sienna Miller, Steve Buscemi have reportedly recieved death threats over remake of Theo Van Gogh...

By Liz Kelly  | April 20, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Supremely Silly Superlatives

Gilbert Gottfried. (Getty Images) This week Gilbert Gottfried was honored with the title of "Unsexiest Man in the World." You may remember Gottfried from a variety of places -- his stand-up routine, "Mad" magazine, recurring bit parts on "The Cosby Show" and "Wings," from the recent film "The Aristocrats," or as the voice of the AFLAC duck. In his long career, I don't think it can be said that Gottfried has ever attempted to trade on his looks and I can't say his facial features or general appearance are the first things I'd mention when ticking off his talents, but still, give the man a break. We're daily surrounded by the ridiculous here at Celebritology (Tom Cruise eating placenta and Britney birthing sculpture), but this is too much. Gottfried is a master of comic timing, not a box office lothario, for goodness sake. His resume is longer than, well,...

By Liz Kelly  | April 19, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Morning Mix: Special Delivery

Special Delivery: Katie Holmes gave birth Tuesday to baby girl "Suri"... Computers defend daddy Tom Cruise in online popularity poll... Brooke Shields, who Cruise once faulted for using antidepressants to get through postpartum depression, also gave birth Tuesday to daughter Grier Hammond...The latest issue of "Star" magazine shrieks "Tom Will Take Baby Away!"... It's been a tough pregnancy for the paparazzi, too... Headlines: In yet more baby news, Melissa Etheridge and partner Tammy Lynn Michaels expecting twins... Madonna and Guy Ritchie contemplate another child... Whitney Houston reportedly back in rehab... Eddie Murphy's divorce from wife of 12 years, Nicole, final... Luke Perry files restraining order against stalker... Michael Jackson plans to release new album on Bahrain record label... Kim Mathers says soon-to-be-ex Eminem distraught over death of longtime friend Proof... Author/actor Malachy McCourt (brother of Frank "Angela's Ashes" McCourt) plans run at New York governorship... Star Trek's Mr. Sulu George...

By Liz Kelly  | April 19, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Hollywood Shuffle

Breaking news. On Sunday, the Chicago Sun-Times published the shocking results of an investigation into the mating habits of celebrities. This may come as a surprise: Celebrities are more likely than the average person to divorce and re-marry. "Don't blame us, blame our weak personalities" -- Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston pre-split. (AP) That's right. After cross tabulating 200 top celebrities with their rap sheets, over half had been married more than once. According to the story, us regular Joes and Jills hover at about the 31st percentile (which seems much lower than the "half of all marriages end in divorce" we normally hear). Why, exactly, did the Sun-Times conduct this Onion-esque investigation? It would appear they did so to confirm their sneaking suspicion that the tabloids may actually be on to something. After all these years, the National Enquirer can assume its rightful position next to the papers of...

By Liz Kelly  | April 18, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Morning Mix: Cruise's Post-Partum Meal

Headlines: Tom Cruise jokingly (?) says he'll eat placenta after Katie Holmes gives birth to his child; radiologists slam Cruise for performing home-based ultrasounds... K-Fed says he and Britney won't get divorced (like that lazy Nick and Jessica)... Heather Locklear dating "Benchwarmer" David Spade?... Eva Longoria wants to be appreciated her for her brain, too... Gwyneth and Moses make public appearance... Lindsay Lohan parties till dawn after "SNL" appearance... Paris Hilton launching line of cell phone games... Judge throws out suit alleging Michael Jackson molestation... Oprah denies she's hosting nuptials for Jen and Vince... Calista Flockhart returning to series TV later this year; Harrison Ford denies engagement rumor... Woody Allen scraps plans to film new flick in Paris, returns to London for third time... "Graduate" author Charles Webb faces eviction from U.K. apartment... Just in Time for Christmas: Pussycat Doll dolls....

By Liz Kelly  | April 18, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Does Celebrity-Made Food Taste Better?

Another Monday, another post about my Monday evening TV aspirations. Last week, you might recall I had high hopes for TLC's new reality show "Honey, We're Killing the Kids." The series' right-minded goal to re-educate Americans about the perils of convenience food sounded promising. I'm all for positive reinforcement when it comes to eating well and TLC's had some reality wins in the past with shows like "Little People, Big World" and "Miami Ink." The reality didn't live up to the hype. I wasn't able to get through an entire episode. Show host and nutritionist Dr. Lisa Hark came off as wooden and preachy, the computer morphs of the kids were repeated far too many times and the game show-ish set where the parents were confronted was just too reminiscent of "The Swan" or even "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." What's worse, the diet changes struck me at too...

By Liz Kelly  | April 17, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Morning Mix: Brangelina Update

Headlines: Brad, Angelina consider Namibian name for baby; Pitt sports new mohawk; Angelina's ex-lover says restless Jolie won't stay with Pitt... Sharon Stone pays $10 million for five-acre Beverly Hills compound... Ashanti cancels show after cousin killed by drunk driver... Jagger ex Jerry Hall is the new face of impotence drug Levitra... Joey Buttafuoco pleads not guilty to possession of ammunition in Los Angeles... Fugee Pras Michel spends nine days with the homeless... Red Hot Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis ready for family life... Neil Young plans anti-war album... Fox will make "24," "The Simpsons," "American Idol" available for download... Coming Soon to a TV Near You: Meet "Xena," at 15 years old one of the top "Halo2" players in the world. Forget poker -- a new series coming to the USA network hopes to make professional video gamers the newest thing in household names. In Case You Missed It: In...

By Liz Kelly  | April 17, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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