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Celebritology 2.0: July 30, 2006 - August 5, 2006

Friday List: The Uncoolest Cuts

Anyone ever heard of Q magazine? Hunh. Me either, but thanks to Q anyway for providing us with fodder for another Friday List. Q recently published a list of "Uncool Songs It's Okay to Admit You Love." Although Q published an "official" list, I contend that the list is a very personal experience, different for all of us. Perhaps more than anything, this list reveals much about our personalities and desires. I think we can all admit that we have an ideal "me" we try to project to the world -- depending on who you are, that ideal me may wear a Motorhead T-shirt and drive a Prius or wear Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. line of clothes and ride comfortably in a Porsche. Either way, we are saying this is who I want to be and I want the world to know it. But, when you admit to liking an uncool...

By Liz Kelly  | August 4, 2006; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (246)
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Morning Mix: Penelope Cruz Says She's Met Suri

Headlines: Gibson opts for outpatient treatment program; Rob Schneider publicly announces he'll never work with Gibson (In what? "Deuce Bigalow: Beyond Thunderdome"?)... Penelope Cruz says she's met camera-shy Suri Cruise... Katharine McPhee fractures left foot... Melanie Griffith and 17-year-old daughter bond over smokes... Bruce Willis sues childhood friend... "Chuck Norris" leads contest for Budapest bridge name... Forbes ranks the "Hottest Billionaire Heiresses"... New Kurt Cobain documentary premiering at Canadian film fest. Rumor Mill: K-Fed eyes movie career... Kid Rock dumped ex via text message... Leonardo DiCaprio, Gisele Bündchen secretly hooking up?... Carnie Wilson: "I get horny when I eat donuts"... Nicole Richie to star in dad Lionel's new video. Field operatives Russ Walker and Frank Thomason contributed to this report....

By Liz Kelly  | August 4, 2006; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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A Scheme of Hasselhoffian Proportions

A seemingly innocuous David Hasselhoff signals to his minions at Wimbledon. (Reuters) There is some kind of wrinkle in the fabric of the universe, a glitch in the matrix, if you will, and this intergalactic snafu, this disturbance in the force, centers on one man: David Hasselhoff. To wit, Hasselhoff's "Baywatch" co-star Pamela Anderson married Kid Rock over the weekend. But Anderson was previously married to Tommy Lee, who is currently appearing on "Rockstar: Supernova" with Dave Navarro, who recently split with Carmen Electra, who also co-starred on "Baywatch" with, yes, David Hasselhoff. (Graphic illustration by Liz Kelly) Dismissed as coincidence. I'm not yet sure what this means or why we should care, but it's no coincidence. Hasselhoffian forces are mobilizing and up to no good. The evidence continues to mount: Why would Pam and Kid suddenly reunite and marry if it weren't somehow to Hasselhoff's advantage? Why would...

By Liz Kelly  | August 3, 2006; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Morning Mix: TomKat Wedding Imminent?

Headlines: Mel Gibson charged with drunk driving (Official Complaint - PDF); Scientology-spoofing "South Park" ad ill-timed; Us Weekly's "Hunk to Drunk" Gibson morph... Christie Brinkley meets with estranged husband... Barbara Walters scolds "View" co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck... Nick Lachey calls new girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo a "guy's girl"... Fashion icon (umm) Elton John sick of American bands' style... Anna Nicole Smith reaches out to Britney Spears (and cooks up a peanut butter, cheese and mayo sandwich -- third item)... J.Lo drops out of "Dallas" remake... Helena Bonham Carter signs on to next "Harry Potter" film... Marie Osmond hospitalized for adverse medication reaction (publicist denies suicide attempt rumors)... New reality show will chronicle search for new Pussycat Doll... Lindsay Lohan subpoenaed in lawsuit against mom... Star Jones Reynolds says she's not divorcing... Dog destroys Elvis' teddy bear. Rumor Mill: TomKat wedding imminent?... Jennifer Aniston single again?... "Lost's" Naveen Andrews spotted in liplock with...

By Liz Kelly  | August 3, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Mel Gibson, Past Rehabilitation?

Mel Gibson's Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office booking photo. (Getty Images) Mel Gibson is essentially fighting for his life. He's issued an appropriately humbling apology and checked himself in to an alcoholism-treatment program. He's making all the right moves, but is his a recoverable offense? Will last week's arrest and subsequent anti-Semitic outburst eventually fade from the public conciousness? Will this apocalypto, too, pass? Maybe. Robert Downey Jr. has bounced back more than once from the brink of addiction and is generally agreed to be one Hollywood's most talented actors. Hugh Grant, once arrested for picking up prostitute Divine Brown, has settled back into his comfortably foppish romantic comedy track. And Woody Allen, who famously married his ex-wife's adopted daughter, has emerged relatively unscathed from the scandal, scoring a big hit with this year's "Match Point." Or maybe not. Yesterday in Gene Weingarten's online discussion he also talked about...

By Liz Kelly  | August 2, 2006; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Jacko's Lawyers Quit

Headlines: Citing non-payment, Jacko's lawyers quit case... Mel Gibson asks Jewish community for help; sheriff's department investigating "special" treatment; Al Franken's rehab plan; TMZ.com in the spotlight... Kid Rock ties knot with Pamela Anderson in baseball cap (Note: The two previously separate entities will henceforth be known as "Pam Rock")... Tommy Lee says he's the strict parent (to 90210 characters sons Brandon and Dylan)... Paris Hilton's missing baubles turn up on eBay... Stella McCartney expecting second child... Derek Jeter cologne smells like "ambition, courage, passion and confidence"...Alice Cooper building Arizona teen center... Jackie Chan, Jet Li near movie deal... Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan reportedly fired by U.K. record label... Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie may reunite on Letterman in September... Hugh Grant to be best man at ex Liz Hurley's wedding... Diddy five hours late to his own party... Tori Spelling and new hubby admit to regular porn habit... P.S....

By Liz Kelly  | August 2, 2006; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Parsing Mel's Meltdown

For the second time in as many years, we are witnessing the unraveling of a fervently religious star. The first, Tom Cruise, is taking the long way round. He hasn't lost all credibility, but his increasing deference to Scientology isn't doing his questionably flagging career any favors. The second -- Mel Gibson -- has literally gone straight to jail, without passing go, without collecting $200. Gibson in October 2005. (Reuters) Disbelief gave way to embarrassment-tinged outrage as details about Gibson's DUI arrest and subsequent anti-Semitic tirade trickled out over the weekend. The first thing to do, of course, was to make Mel the butt of our jokes, which I did here yesterday morning. The short-lived mirth has subsided, though. There just isn't much humor in watching a once-great superstar commit professional suicide by way of slurring an ethnicity and descending into alcoholism. For some, though, there is an element of...

By Liz Kelly  | August 1, 2006; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Gibson Enters Rehab; Paris and Stavros Together Again

Headlines: Mel Gibson enters alcoholism treatment program; sheriff's dept. releases mug shot; tabloid publishes pictures of star earlier that evening; ABC pulls Gibson's Holocaust miniseries... Paris Hilton says she's back with Stavros Niarchos (how will this affect the celibacy vow?)... Heath Ledger to take on Joker role in next Batman film... Katharine McPhee re-joins "American Idol" tour... Kanye West, Gwen Stefani make Vanity Fair's best-dressed list... Corey Feldman celebrates 35th birthday with mega-bash... Paul McCartney releasing classical album... Cher auctioning contents of Malibu home... LAPD reopens Notorious B.I.G. murder investigation... Axl Rose gets sick during concert... Wesley Snipes sued by former agent... Shannen Doherty suing tabloid over plastic surgery story... Boy George to sweep NYC streets for community service... Rumor Mill: Lance Bass on brink of break-up with boyfriend... Neighbors complain about Sean Penn's stinky trailer home... Biographers say Frank Sinatra was a "functioning alcoholic."...

By Liz Kelly  | August 1, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Comment Bag: The Sean Preston/Suri Thing? Fake!

Last week was so action packed (Lindsay Lohan's public scolding, Lance Bass comes out, the Passion of Mel Gibson) that I'm tempted to never take another vacation. But that would be silly and Puerto Rico is beckoning a few months hence. Besides, if I hadn't stepped out for a week, you would have never read the superior contributions from last week's cavalcade of substitute bloggers, all of whom hit home runs and kept me tuned in from the outer reaches of the Outer Banks. A round of applause for Frank Thomason, Gene Weingarten, Hal Straus, Michael Corones and Tanya Ballard. Now, on to your questions and comments, which were plentiful, especially in response to Frank Thomason's transcript of a "chat" between Sean Preston Federline and Suri Cruise: That was completely fake. -- Laurie comments on Sean Preston Chats With Suri Very early in the game, Laurie chimed in to clear...

By Liz Kelly  | July 31, 2006; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MELtdown: Gibson's Anti-Semitic Tirade

Mel Gibson has officially earned the title Mad Max. His mouth is a registered Lethal Weapon and he'll henceforth move through Hollywood as the Man Without a Face. His career is best-described as Apocalypto. Why am I making free and easy with the movie-title-assisted Gibson bashing? Because Gibson has inserted his foot so firmly in his mouth it may be impossible to dislodge. Following a Friday arrest for allegedly driving drunk in Malibu, Gibson spewed a litany of anti-Semitic remarks -- all of which were duly recorded by sheriff's's deputies and conveniently leaked to gossip site TMZ.com. (TMZ also reports Gibson had been stopped -- and released -- twice for previous driving incidents.) Gibson has issued an apology for his "out of control" behavior. Headlines: Pamela Anderson, Kid Rock marry... Lohan's mom lashes out at movie exec who called Lindsay "unprofessional"... Scientists determine Jennifer Aniston has best legs in Hollywood......

By Liz Kelly  | July 31, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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