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Celebritology 2.0: June 11, 2006 - June 17, 2006

The Best Celeb Best (or Worst) Ever?

There's nothing I like better than a meaningless honor given to a celebrity. No, I'm not talking about an Academy Award or a Barbara Walters interview. Set your sights even lower: I'm talking about the growing array of "Bests" and "Worsts" that seem to be announced on an almost daily basis. It's not only People magazine's "Most Beautiful" list or Mr. Blackwell's "Worst Dressed" anymore. Every day we are treated to new -- and increasingly idiotic -- honors hurled at the feet of celebrity. Announced with all the weight of a transparent play for attention by the publication or group bestowing the honors, they are nevertheless entertaining. Just this week we've had a flurry of them: -- Tom Cruise named the "Most Powerful Celebrity" by Forbes magazine. -- Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise named "Most Affectionate Couple" in a survey from In Touch Weekly. -- Brad Pitt named "Best Celebrity...

By Liz Kelly  | June 16, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Morning Mix: Cruise Tops Forbes Celebrity List

Headlines: Tom Cruise tops Forbes celebrity list... Jay-Z leads boycott of Cristal champagne... Paul Newman says he's nearing end of film career... Liza Minelli's ex-husband David Gest sued for harassment allegations... Jury says White Stripes don't have to share royalties with former producer. Rumor Mill: Vince Vaughn angered at Jen for stirring up engagement rumors... Lindsay Lohan dating Bruce Willis?... Tom and Katie planning for baby no. 2... Brandon Davis (who?) checks into Malibu rehab....

By Liz Kelly  | June 16, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Help K-Fed Tell His Story

If only there were a cheesy movie about this guy's life. (AP) This is the stuff that Celebritology dreams are made of: Kevin Federline wants to make an '8 Mile' style film -- about himself. The fledgling rapper --who is married to pop star Britney Spears -- is reportedly seeking wealthy sponsors to back his project, which would cast him in the lead role. (Full Story) And although K-Fed has apparently already penned his own script, I thought it might be helpful for us to bolster his effort by suggesting some of the major selling points of his movie. So, today's assignment is to craft a K-Fed movie pitch of 200 words or less. For inspiration, I direct you to the eminently bookmarkable Query Letters I Love and a few humble efforts (crafted with help from all-star guest contributors): A young drifter (K-Fed) arrives in Las Vegas to become...

By Liz Kelly  | June 15, 2006; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Morning Mix: TomKat Named 'Most Affectionate' Couple

Headlines: TomKat tops "Most Affectionate Couples" poll... Paris Hilton says she's content to be single... "Idol" winner Taylor Hicks tops People's "Hot Bachelor" list... Brad Pitt outbids Leonardo DiCaprio for zombie film rights... Robert DeNiro to produce Missy Elliott biopic... Cher visits C-SPAN to lobby for protective helmets for soldiers in Iraq... Kate Moss won't face charges for alleged cocaine incident... Paparazzo says Bruce Willis assaulted him outside Hollywood restaurant... White Stripe Jack White denies making threats against rival rocker... Man pleads guilty in J.Lo-Marc Anthony wedding video case... Director David Lynch files for divorce a month after marriage... Gary Glitter loses appeal of child molestation conviction in Vietnam... Rumor Mill: Rolling Stone Ron Wood reportedly checks into rehab for alcohol abuse... Mandy Moore and Zach Braff end two-year relationship... Britney changes Sean Preston's diaper on floor of Victoria's Secret... Heath Ledger apologizes for Howard Stern snub....

By Liz Kelly  | June 15, 2006; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Britney: Overexposed

Remember when she used to be a singer? (AP) I can't believe the hype and my whole gig is about hype. Here's the deal: I'm sick of the Britney Spears/Matt Lauer interview and it hasn't even aired yet. I'm not sure how I'll get through Thursday without some liquid courage, but I just keep repeating to myself, "Strong Britney Liz. Strong Britney Liz." Since Sunday, details from the pre-taped heart-to-heart have been leaking faster than the identity of CIA covert operatives. Exhibit A: A pretty complete account of the interview from E!. Exhibit B: Video clips from the interview already available on MSNBC. Exhibit C: A cornucopia of quotes variously leading stories from the Chicago Tribune to China's Xinhua: - Britney says her marriage is "awesome" and denies she and K-Fed are divorcing: "I think everybody should be pro-love." - Britney blames the paparazzi for ruining her life: "I'm...

By Liz Kelly  | June 14, 2006; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Morning Mix: Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Sets Off T-Shirt Frenzy

Headlines: Denise Richards says friendship with Heather Locklear "not salvageable"... Paul McCartney and Heather Mills confirm plans to divorce... Brad Pitt named best celebrity dad in yet another meaningless magazine survey... Daryl Hannah arrested in California garden protest... Little fashionista Shiloh Jolie-Pitt sets off T-shirt frenzy... Jerry Lewis suffers mild heart attack... Kirstie Alley reaches target weight... Eminem to return to big screen in western "Have Gun, Will Travel"... Usher helps to clean up New Orleans school shuttered by Katrina... Burt Bacharach blogs at Huffington Post. Rumor Mill: Renee Zellweger tells Nicole Kidman to call off wedding to "workaholic" Urban... Michael Jackson may have faked 2003 bruises blamed on Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department... Supermodel Linda Evangelista pregnant... DMX involved in another driving incident....

By Liz Kelly  | June 14, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Back to the Sneaker

Today we take a look at the other end of the celebrity spectrum: the extreme fan. Maybe you know one -- your husband has a curio cabinet bursting with Simpsons action figures or your brother has criss-crossed the country following the Dead or Phish. (I draw these examples completely out of my backside; they have no relation to my family at all. Really.) Still, no matter how many examples I can produce, they are reduced to non-committal hobbies when compared to one man's quest for what he describes as the "holy grail" of movie sneakers: The McFlys. The McFlys. (Courtesy Al Cabino) So far, Canadian Al Cabino has collected over 19,000 virtual signatures on his petition asking Nike to reproduce the sneakers worn by Michael J. Fox in "Back to the Future II." "I coined the term 'sneaker activism'," boasts Cabino. And we believe him, having never heard it before....

By Liz Kelly  | June 13, 2006; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Matt Damon, Jack Black Join Hollywood Baby Boom

Headlines: It's a girl for "Bourne" star Matt Damon and wife... It's a boy for "Nacho Libre" star Jack Black and wife... Denise Richards says relationship with Richie Sambora was "unexpected"; Charlie Sheen linked with 28-year-old real estate investor... Director Peter Weir ("Truman Show", "Dead Poets Society") quits Johnny Depp film... Mick Jagger spends $3.95 million on new Caribbean home... Queen Elizabeth welcomes Fergie back into royal fold... "Supersize Me" filmmaker Morgan Spurlock chronicles a month in jail... Janet Jackson plans September release for new album; single will hit radio next week...Maury & Connie's MSNBC show cancelled... Members of rock band Queensryche arrested in Netherlands on firearms smuggling charges. Rumor Mill: Michael Jackson's paternity of two children in question... Tom Cruise sends Brangelina a card congratulating them for "following in his footsteps"... Orlando Bloom caught dirty dancing with Claire Danes... More racy pictures of Heather Mills McCartney surface... Mel Gibson...

By Liz Kelly  | June 13, 2006; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Comment Box: What's Brangelina's Sign?

Happy Monday from a rain-soaked Washington, D.C. where the coffee is hot and your comments and questions are center stage. Is it true that Brad and Angelina are planning to sign with their baby? and teach their older children? -- Michelle Lancaster on Baby Brangelina Hi Michelle, I've searched the Web for a story either supporting or refuting this rumor and can find nothing mentioning Angelina and her brood in the same sentence with "sign language." However, Brad Pitt is a different story. He stars with Cate Blanchett and an ensemble cast in the upcoming "Babel" -- described as a "polyglot, multi-everything film" tracing "the various miseries of American tourists in Morocco, a Mexican nanny living in Southern California, two very young Moroccan goat-herders, and a deaf-mute schoolgirl in Japan." The film, which screened at Cannes, does feature sign language and early reviews are positive. Why the need to identify...

By Liz Kelly  | June 12, 2006; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Jessica Simpson Dating Jared Leto?

Headlines: Angelina, Brad and family leave Namibia... Paris Hilton backs Range Rover into another car while attempting to exit parking garage (video)...Photos: Denise and Richie in Paris... Tearful Britney Spears to appear on Thursday night's "Dateline" with Matt Lauer; Paparazzo sues Britney for 2004 incident... Judge in custody case wants psychologist to assess Alec Baldwin... Lindsay Lohan, who says "I've been through more than some people have in lifetimes," vows she's done with "kid movies"... Ice Cube plans third "Friday" sequel with Chris Tucker (yay!)... Oliver Hudson (Kate's brother) weds in Mexico... John Cleese retiring from TV comedy... Son of late rapper Eazy-E, Lil' Eazy-E, arrested on weapons charges... Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell releases Christian album... Jade Jagger (Mick's daughter) designs New York condos. Rumor Mill: Jessica Simpson dating Jared Leto... Nicole Kidman to deploy "decoy brides" to keep paparazzi off trail of wedding to Keith Urban, plans to move...

By Liz Kelly  | June 12, 2006; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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