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Celebritology 2.0: May 28, 2006 - June 3, 2006

The Scales of Celebrity Spokesmanship

"Celebrity spokesperson" usually invokes images of late night infomercials and '70s TV stars -- you know, flashes of Victoria Principal tending her auburn locks with a Flowbee* or Suzanne Somers detailing, in repetitive childlike tones, the glories the ThighMaster. "It's Suntory time." (AP/Focus Features) "Celebrity spokesperson" is a stop on the way down from stardom. Think Bill Murray's washed-up actor filming Japanese whiskey commercials in "Lost in Translation." Haven't had a regular job since the "Bionic Woman"? Fear not, you can find your way back into living rooms (of shut-ins and insomniacs) on late night Sleep Number Bed infomercials. "Celebrity spokesperson" is not to be confused with "The new face of..." as in "Madonna is the new face of H&M." In such cases we understand that H&M is grovelingly thankful to be paying Madonna beaucoup bucks to appear in glossy mag ads. But there's been a disturbance in the force....

By Liz Kelly  | June 2, 2006; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Morning Mix: It's a Boy for Rachel Weisz

Headlines: Oscar winner Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardener") has baby boy... New mom Angelina Jolie snaps up baby Shiloh Jolie-Pitt domain names... Kim Basinger trying to prevent ex Alec Baldwin from publishing tell-all book... Lance Armstrong cleared of doping charges... Pete Doherty suspected of in-flight doping after bloody syringe found in airplane bathroom... Rolling Stones, with a recovered Keith Richards, will resume tour in July... Red Hot Chili Peppers accused of ripping off Tom Petty... Oasis beats Beatles in best album poll. Rumor Mill: Homesick Brad Pitt loathes Namibia... Britney talking to divorce lawyers, but K-Fed doubts she'll leave... TomKat wants Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee to sing at their wedding... Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman dating... Lindsay Lohan visits hypnotist to help end shopping addiction... Heath Ledger turns down role first offered to Russell Crowe....

By Liz Kelly  | June 2, 2006; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Celebrity Baby Boom

Are babies the latest must-have celebrity accessory or what? Uber-Celebrity Mom Angelina Jolie. (People) Just when you think the ridiculous run of bold-faced births is finally over -- baby Brangelina just felt like a season finale of sorts -- there are more. This week, Gwen Stefani and Mira Sorvino joined the Celebrity Mommy Class of 2006, giving birth to, respectively, sons Kingston James and Johnny. They were preceded in the maternity ward this year by Katie Holmes, Brooke Shields and Gwyneth Paltrow -- to name just a few. But wait, there's more: Yesterday we learned that director Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation") is expecting her first child with boyfriend Thomas Mars. And a cursory Internet search quickly turns up a bumper crop of Hollywood moms-to-be: Rachel Weisz, Mariska Hargitay, Jennie Garth, Matt Damon's girlfriend wife Luciana Bozan, Britney Spears. And beyond the confirmed soon-to-be parents we have, of course, the...

By Liz Kelly  | June 1, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Morning Mix: Mariah Carey Insures Legs for $1 Billion

Headlines: Mariah Carey has legs insured for $1 billion... "Idol" winner Taylor Hicks signs record contract... Prince to get lifetime achievement Webby award... Jessica Simpson ex Nick Lachey dating stylist... K-Fed cleans up for magazine photo shoot (pix)... Sandra Bullock gets stay-away order extended against alleged stalker... Lark Voorhees ("Saved by the Bell's" Lisa Turtle) sues National Enquirer for libel... Michael Moore sued by Iraq war vet... Julia Roberts is the new face of Avon cosmetics; Madonna signs on to promote H&M clothing. Rumor Mill: Michael Jackson to adopt Japanese orphan?... Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been secretly filming documentary in Namibia... Axl Rose considers chopping off hair to avoid being recognized in the street...Tina Fey may not return to "Saturday Night Live" this fall....

By Liz Kelly  | June 1, 2006; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Wax Britney's Whacked Message

One tends to think "classy" when reminded of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. You know, like carnival geeks and roadside attractions. Classy. So the latest publicity stunt, perpetrated by the New York location, may come as a surprise. They've launched a "Bring Back Britney Campaign." Wax Britney. (Reuters) Sounds pretty innocuous, I know. But the campaign's centerpiece is a new animatronic wax Britney sliding -- complete with heaving breasts -- down a stripper pole. The press release accompanying the campaign calls on Spears to dump husband Kevin Federline (K-Fed) and return to "the good ole days when she was a pin-up, not knocked-up." See? Classy. Sure, the novelty of a pole-dancing robotic Britney is interesting for like five minutes, but why the accompanying nasty campaign? Tussauds is basically saying "go back to being a teenage sex symbol, because we don't like what you've become." And that's the wrong message. Sure, Britney's...

By Liz Kelly  | May 31, 2006; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Morning Mix: Sienna and Jude, Together Again

Headlines: Sienna Miller confirms she's back together with Jude Law... Katie Couric says goodbye to "Today" show; Entertainment Weekly is live-blogging the farewell fest... Ben Affleck rushed to E.R. with migraine... Mira Sorvino and husband Chris Backus welcome second child, Johnny... Director Sofia Coppola expecting first child... Beyonce celebrates 25th birthday with CD... Russell Crowe replaced by Heath Ledger in Baz Luhrmann epic... Prosecutor says rapper Proof's slaying was justified... "Lost's" Michelle Rodriguez released from jail early... Elizabeth Taylor dismisses reports of Alzheimer's treatment... Blogger has an interesting spin on baby Brangelina's name. Thankyouverymuch: Today's Morning Mix is abbreviated because of my $#!*& Internet connection. A very special thanks to fellow blogger and Live Online host Kim O'Donnel and Arlington, Va.'s Murky Coffee for getting me back online....

By Liz Kelly  | May 31, 2006; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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All About Baby Brangelina

Ahhh, Memorial Day weekend -- cookouts, open pools, parades, celebrity babies born in Africa... Shiloh was here: Welwitschia private hospital in the coastal town of Walvis Bay near Swakopmund where Angelina Jolie reportedly gave birth. (Brigitte Weidlich/AFP/Getty Images) That's right. While we (and by "we" I mean "me") were busy hoisting a cold one on the back porch, Angelina Jolie finally gave birth to her long-anticipated child, a girl: Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. Proud papa Brad Pitt and mother and child are doing well tucked away at a secluded Namibian resort. The Facts: Shiloh is eligible for Namibian citizenship. Jolie and Pitt donated $300,000 to fund maternity equipment for Namibian hospitals. The Rumors: Due to complications, Jolie had a cesarean birth, but Pitt was by her side throughout the procedure. Excited Namibian officials are considering making the birthday a national holiday. The gene-lucky child reportedly has tufts of dark brown hair...

By Liz Kelly  | May 30, 2006; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Morning Mix: Baby Brangelina Doing Well in Namibia

Headlines: Baby Brangelina*, born in Namibia over the weekend, doing well... Baby Stefdale (the son of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale who also deserves a mash-up name) born on Friday in L.A... Paris Hilton (aka the next Bob Marley) plans reggae, hip-hop album... Hilary Swank, Chad Lowe divorcing... Ice Cube joins chorus of rappers criticizing Oprah... Kate Moss to play Lady Godiva in upcoming film... Michael Jackson visits Tokyo orphanage... Actor Paul Gleason ("The Breakfast Club") dead at 67... Rumor Mill: Britney Spears kicks K-Fed out of the house... Jude Law, Sienna Miller together again... Kristin Cavallari may take Daisy Duke role from Jessica Simpson in "Dukes of Hazzard" sequel... Reese Witherspoon pregnant again? *Stay tuned for more on Baby Brangelina later today....

By Liz Kelly  | May 30, 2006; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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