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Celebritology 2.0: July 23, 2006 - July 29, 2006

Let Beyonce Have Her Day

Let's admit that this petition movement by so-called "fans" demanding a re-shoot of the "Deja Vu" video is a bit much. I've now decided to jump on the leave-the-video-alone bandwagon with the rest of her true fans. I mean really, cut the sista a break. Let the video run as is! Despite what some folks say, I am digging Beyonce's new single "Deja Vu," the first cut from her soon-to-be released sophomore album entitled B'Day. I admit it's not perfect. The lyrics don't exactly jibe with the title. Per dictionary.com, deja vu means "an impression of having seen or experienced something before" and Beyonce seems to be singing about obsession, "an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone." Yes, people, yes, the "Deja Vu" video may resemble her "Crazy In Love" video and her "Baby Boy" video and pretty much every other video and live performance she's done...

By  | July 28, 2006; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Extreme Fans  
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Morning News Mix: Justin Backs Lance

Headlines: Fellow N'Sync-ers Justin Timberlake and Joey Fatone stand behind Lance Bass...Janet Jackson's new video "Call on Me" premieres and some fans are rejecting the offer...Woody Harrelson not charged with a felony for allegedly choking photographer...Fresh Prince's Tatyana Ali releases new single (she had an old single?)...Rosie O'Donnell's first victim, er, guest on "The View" will be Jessica Simpson, who may have switched looks for her pending album's cover...Mo'Nique 180 degrees hot after ousting from airplane...Britney's ex-pool boy says she's a fishwife...Eva Longoria tired of bathing...Sir Charles may shoot for the Alabama governor's seat...Carmen Electra says she was not out kickin' it with Jamie Foxx, whose "Miami Vice" remake debuts today...Barbra Streisand looking jacked up for no good reason...Michael Jordan says baby ain't his and judge agrees...Scarlett Johansson red hot over diva accusations..."America's Next Top Model" writers and producers on strike. Who will save the models? Rumor Mill: Is...

By  | July 28, 2006; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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McDreamy's Makeover

© 2006 ABC, Inc. There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who know Patrick Dempsey as the African-anteater-dancing, extra-anchovy-pizza-delivering nerd from his '80s movies, and those who know him as TV's sexy Dr. Derek Shepherd from Grey's Anatomy and other appearances in the aughts. Kids these days (if one can say that at 33) may find it hard to believe that the Patrick some of us remember from "Can't Buy Me Love" and "Loverboy" was ever less than dreamy. Yet the second biggest thing to ever come out of Lewiston, Maine (it will always be tough to supplant Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston, part II) has made a true transformation from totally geek to totally chic. His metamorphosis went slowly; a rather lean '90s (Ava's Magical Adventure and Bloodknot) gave way to a part in "Scream 3" in 2000. His career picked up steam with repeat...

By Michael Corones  | July 27, 2006; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Pop Culture  
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Morning Mix: Creepy Shiloh Pitt

Headlines: See a creepy wax rendering of Shiloh Pitt for only $30...Lance Bass is gay (you heard it here last)...DMX won't plea in traffic case....David Hasselhoff officially back on the market...Tori Spelling's inheritance: thanks a million...Audrey Hepburn gown from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" for sale; at expected price it will not Golightly...Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo appear together on TRL...FCC may fine PBS for language used by WWII vets in documentary (please wait as I shove my brain back in my %$#*% head)...Jada Pinkett Smith the latest to see Suri... Rumor Mill: Soon to be single: the wife formerly known as Prince's...Lindsay Lohan won't let a little dehydration ruin a good night out...Zach Braff to star in Fletch prequel; salary may come from the Underhills' tab...Pam Anderson denies owning restaurant in PETA foie gras feud...Pam and Kid Rock to marry again and again and again......

By Michael Corones  | July 27, 2006; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Old People Movies: Why Not?

Careful readers of Celebritology may have noticed that its author can be less than completely charitable, at least when it comes to aspiring poets, singers and, frankly, most of you. But even though I sat next to Liz at work for a year, I had no idea how deeply sadistic she was until she insisted that I sub for her today. Liz, you see, knows that I have about as much insight into the world of celebrity as Ralph Nader -- who reminds us in his breezy, non-pedantic way that medical breakthroughs matter more than Madonna. Sure, I read the headlines in the checkout line. But I don't open the magazines. I'm aware that Michael Jackson has developed some irritating habits, but honestly couldn't tell you which country has most recently accepted his visa application. Fine, I thought when I accepted Liz's challenge, all I have to do is flack...

By Hal Straus  | July 26, 2006; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Jeopardy Champ Takes On Trebek

Headlines: $2.5 million winner Ken Jennings knocks game show and its host in a sarcastic "advice" letter (and fails to phrase his putdown in the form of a question)... Nicolas Cage set to play Liberace... Star Trek's Scotty heads back to space... Christie Brinkley's husband 'sorry', 'stupid'... Rumor Mill: Celebritology's Liz Kelly involved with Weingarten?... Jennifer never loved Vince?......

By Hal Straus  | July 26, 2006; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gene's Mid-Morning Mix

Headlines: Is Celebritologist Liz Kelly sleeping with me?... Celebritology attempted to reach Liz for comment, but she was on vacation and unavailable... More on this story as it develops... Angelina is leaving Brad for Stan... Justin issues an apology!... Oprah, Ozzie Osbourne and O.J. all begin with O!... Teen idol Marcel Dildorama does not exist yet but will next week... K-Fed, J-Lo, Jay-Z secretly swap hyphens, triggering 100-point drop in Dow; analysts call it a "needed correction"... Was Tony Kornheiser seen stinking drunk, necking with his 17-year-old Filipina nanny at 2 a.m. over Oysters Rockefeller in Red Sage last Friday? Not that I know of... Why, have you heard something?... Kim Jong Il admits he is circumcised... Photos surface of Kelly-Weingarten love tryst... Dr. Dre performs quadruple bypass surgery... "My art is a visual pun," he says, enigmatically... That filthy Snoop Dogg gesture turns out to mean "I respect women...

By Gene Weingarten  | July 25, 2006; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Lionel Richie a 'Basket Case'

Headlines: Lionel Richie says rumors about daughter Nicole have made him a "basket case"... Matthew McConaughey lashes out at paparazzi... Colin Farrell seeks restraining order... "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch sent to federal prison in Oklahoma... Man gets eight months for taping Michael Jackson... Natalie Portman, Kiefer Sutherland, the White Stripes, Gore Vidal and Tom Wolfe among the guest stars for The Simpsons 18th (!) season... Leo DiCaprio comes to the aid of concertgoers... Liz Hurley to hawk Jordache Jeans... Christie Brinkley's hubby Peter Cook has coke-dealing past... Don't blame the booze: David Hasselhoff claims recent troubles the fault of tabloids and "hotel built for short people"... And a long way from "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes," Kurt Russell signs on to a Quentin Tarantino slasher flick... Rumor Mill: Is the Beckham brood coming to America?... Has Carmen Electra moved on to Jamie Foxx?... Wilmer and Scarlett party in the Hamptons......

By Maura McCarthy  | July 25, 2006; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sean Preston Chats With Suri

Vacation is all she ever wanted; Vacation, she had to get away... but Liz will be back next week. For now, tune into an exciting episode of “Great Moments in Celebaby Wiretaps.” Thanks to a fortuitous combination of NSA wiretapping and well-timed leaks (thanks Karl!), we were able to get our hands on a transcript of a recent IM chat between Sean Preston Spears-Federline and Suri the Pseudo-Baby. Sean Preston: Yo Suri! Wazzup? Suri: Sean! I'm just chillin' and trying to clear my latest engrams (painful memories). My daddy was dancing around in his underwear and screaming “You're dangerous, Maverick!” into the mirror. Mommy then mistakenly yelled, “Be quiet Dawson!” and it went downhill from there. Sean Preston: At least your dad is in his underwear. My folks walk around the house naked and make up raps like: We're country y'all, and we've hit the wall;Cuz we got no chance,...

By  | July 24, 2006; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Britney Spears, TomKat  
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Morning Mix: The Donald Piles On

Headlines: Donald Trump lectures Britney (for added fun, read the kiss-up comments to “Mr Trump”. My favorite: “I guess I'm the only one here that's willing to be honest with the formidable Mr. Trump...“).... Tina Fey and Ratchel Dratch are leaving SNL... Luke Wilson is having more luck following his brother than this guy did... Colin Farrell is irresistable.... Nissan hits the brakes on Kim Cattrall ad... Elizabeth Hurley to marry beau of 3 ½ years... Steely Dan claims “Dupree” was their idea (and they're admitting it?).... Matthew McConaughey sells his corvette for a cause... Paris doesn't like skinny women... No pre-boarding allowed for Snakes on a Plane... 100,000 folks attend Comic-Con... Pavarotti is home from the hospital.... Scully has something growing inside her... Janet dances around questions... American Idols to perform at White House... Ani DiFranco is preggo... Los Lonely Boy's “assault” was really a celebration...What happened to Paula...

By  | July 24, 2006; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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