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Celebritology 2.0: May 7, 2006 - May 13, 2006

Nosing Around Ashlee's New Look

Here's a Friday lesson in Celebritology 101: When Being a Celebrity Sucks. Because I happen to pay attention to this sort of thing, I can see that being a celebrity might actually become a drag sometimes. This is a hard thing for a person who lives and breathes Us Weekly, E! and this Web site to reconcile, but we all have to grow up sometime. This week's lesson is about how some very private feelings about self-image can become a very humiliating and very public topic of conversation. We all know Hollywood upholds a pretty unrealistic ideal of attractiveness, especially when it comes to what constitutes feminine beauty. The average American woman is a size 12 (though with fudged sizing, thank you Weingarten) that may change. Still, Hollywood has a seemingly endless supply of fresh-faced, lithe beauties that populate not only the covers of fashion magazines and music videos, but...

By Liz Kelly  | May 12, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Morning Mix: Nicole Dishes on Paris; Is J.Lo Pregnant?

Headlines: Nicole Richie says she steered clear of Paris Hilton after reassessing priorities in rehab; Paris unveils her new videogame, but can't seem to remember its name... Fan pays £30,000 for yoga lesson with Gwyneth Paltrow... 50 Cent to star in upcoming film "Live Bet"... Snoop Dogg cautioned over U.K. airport fracas... O.J. Simpson pulls white Bronco prank on his new pay-per-view show, "Juiced"... Nancy Sinatra walks on to Hollywood Walk of Fame... Pete Doherty fails to appear in court... Leif Garrett gets 90 days in jail after opting out of drug treatment program. Rumor Mill: Is J.Lo pregnant?... Britney says she'd do a nude scene and would like to star opposite George Clooney (I'll have some of what she's smoking); Rapper Ya Boy claims he wrote K-Fed's singles... Oprah protégé Gayle King angles for a spot on "The View"... Carmen Electra reveals crush on rocker Joan Jett. Forget Paris:...

By Liz Kelly  | May 12, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hanks's Record: Catch Him if You Can

What do David Blaine and Tom Cruise have in common? Well, aside from any lame jokes about Blaine's latest mission impossible, both men would probably be pretty happy to have a little of Tom Hanks' mojo. Tom Hanks with co-star Audrey Tautou in a scene from the upcoming "Da Vinci Code." (AP/Sony Pictures) Hanks, without entering a water-filled bubble or jumping on any couches, has set the Guinness World Record for "Actor With Most Consecutive $100 Million Grossing Movies." In fact, it's not even Hanks' first world record. He's also tied with seven other actors for "Most Oscars Won, Best Actor." Not bad for a guy who got his start cross-dressing on "Bosom Buddies" and starring in the made-for-TV movie, "Mazes and Monsters" (Does anyone else remember that thinly-veiled Dungeons and Dragons cautionary tale?). Or mayhaps you remember him as out-of-control Uncle Ned on "Family Ties?" Ancient history but, apparently,...

By Liz Kelly  | May 11, 2006; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Morning Mix: Vince Vaughn Not Ready for Marriage, Kids

Headlines: Vince Vaughn tells Oprah he's not ready for marriage, babies... Brooke Shields shows off baby Grier in Hello magazine (pix)... "Donnie Darko" director Richard Kelly investigated for terrorist tie confusion... USA Today/Gallup poll finds Tom Cruise's popularity on the wane (deja vu?)... Portia de Rossi says girlfriend Ellen DeGeneres helped her get over anorexia... Kanye West sued by car leasing company for failing to return Mercedes-Benz... Keith Richards released from New Zealand hospital... Club where rapper Proof was killed ordered closed for a year... Regis Philbin tapped to host new TV talent show... Julia-Louis Dreyfus to host "Saturday Night Live" this weekend... Jackie Chan warns children about bird flu... Bassist Michael Davis (MC5) injured in motorcycle accident... Latin singer Soraya succumbs to breast cancer at 37....

By Liz Kelly  | May 11, 2006; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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All About Angelina

Don't hate me because I'm most beautiful. (Photo courtesy People magazine) Unlike some other celebs that seem to be making nothing but all the wrong moves lately (ahem), thus far 2006 seems to be the year of Angelina Jolie. The woman has been busy and, between you and me, I think it's time for a little maternity leave. Not only was Jolie named People's Most Beautiful Person (and along with Brad, Maddox and Zahara, one-fourth of People's "Most Beautiful Family"), she's now also made the Forbes Magazine list of 10 most generous celebrities (a publicist denies Jolie and Pitt pre-sold photos of her as-yet-unborn child to People for a $3.6 million donation to UNICEF). This isn't really an unexpected honor considering the actress has made a second career out of globe-trotting humanitarian work (she's been a United Nations Goodwill ambassador since 2001). But for this celebritologist, all the do-gooding...

By Liz Kelly  | May 10, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
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Morning Mix: Ashlee's New Nose, Britney's New Baby

Headlines: Ashlee Simpson admits to having nose job... Cruise is picky partner for makers of "M:I3" tie-in products... Oops, Britney Spears admits she's pregnant again (though we celebritologists knew that two weeks ago); meanwhile, has Brit clamped down on K-Fed's spending? Could a divorce be in the works?... Rolling Stones deny Keith Richards suffered brain damage... J.Lo's grey roots captured on film -- the horror!... Someone call Hasselhoff, "Knight Rider" movie in the works. Rumor Mill: Is newlywed Tori Spelling pregnant?... Jessica Simpson cuts off contact with Nick Lachey after Rolling Stone tell-all... Jailed pimp tells New York Post about Charlie Sheen's exploits... Bruce Willis refuses to film sex scene with Halle Berry... Teri Hatcher "throws a wobbly" when not included in People's 100 Most Beautiful list ("Housewives" Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria made the list). DIY: Finally, something to do with all the extra Batman underwear laying around the...

By Liz Kelly  | May 10, 2006; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Morning Mix: Star Jones Reynolds Out at 'The View?'

Headlines: Make room for Rosie, Star Jones Reynolds reportedly out at "The View"... Nicole Kidman says she still loves ex-husband Tom Cruise... David Blaine fails to break breath-holding record... Madonna calls herself a "crap mother"... Whoopi Goldberg to host morning radio show... Pete Doherty's blood paintings (yes, blood) set for London gallery show... Mark-Paul Gosselaar ("Saved by the Bell") and wife welcome baby daughter... Sean Connery named "sexiest pensioner" in U.K. poll... Robert Blake to appeal wrongful-death verdict... Axl Rose says new Guns N' Roses album will hit stores this fall... While I Was Out: Sure, I missed Keith's brain surgery and Tori's wedding, but I did get to tour Florida's Silver Springs theme park, where I viewed underwater alligators from a glass-bottomed boat and got to see where six Tarzan movies, Lloyd Bridges' "Sea Hunt" and two James Bond movies were filmed. It's great to be back, though, and...

By Liz Kelly  | May 9, 2006; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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