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Celebritology 2.0: August 6, 2006 - August 12, 2006

Friday List: Movie Jerks We Love to Hate

James Spader: I'm not a jerk, but I play one on TV -- and on the big screen. (ABC) GQ recently published a list of Movie Jerks. Well, their title is a bit saltier, but this being The Washington Post Web site, we don't go in for slang. Ahem. What constitutes a movie jerk? Think James Spader in "Pretty in Pink" or Craig Sheffer in "Some Kind of Wonderful" -- the smug, assured pretty boy who delights in crushing the dreams of friends and foes alike. GQ's list, below, concentrates mainly on '80s movies: 1. Billy Zabka as Johnny Lawrence "The Karate Kid", 1984 2. Bradley Cooper as Zachary "Sack" Lodge "Wedding Crashers", 2005 3. James Daughton as Greg Marmalard "National Lampoon's Animal House", 1978 4. Eriq La Salle as Darryl Jenks "Coming to America", 1988 5. Robert Prescott as Cole Whittier "Bachelor Party", 1984 6. Ted McGinley as...

By Liz Kelly  | August 11, 2006; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Morning Mix: Sean Preston Named Worst Dressed

"My hat - no, my clothes go off to the single mother with no help; I stand naked, kowtowing before her." -- Gwyneth Paltrow on motherhood in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar Headlines: Sean Preston named worst dressed man in the world... Paris Hilton bit by pet kinkajou... Director M. Night Shyamalan says Mel Gibson is a "sweet guy"... Carmen Electra files for divorce from Dave Navarro... Jack Black will host MTV Music Video Awards... Nicolas Cage buys Bavarian castle... Brooke Hogan gets her grills on... Val Kilmer gets his middle age spread on... Kristen Bell fine after slamming hand in car door... Nervous hopeful pukes at "American Idol" audition. Rumor Mill: Security team mobilizes to protect Lindsay Lohan from stalker; LL on verge of eviction from Hollywood hotel... Tom and Katie invite the Beckhams to meet Suri... Scarlett Johansson and Josh Hartnett moving in together?... Charlize Theron scolded...

By Liz Kelly  | August 11, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Celebrity Head-Scratchers

If you haven't yet visited, I suggest at least a daily sojourn to Emil Steiner's OFF/beat blog for the RDA of screwy news. But celebrity news -- as regular readers well know -- offers a modest supply of oddities, too. Some recent head-scratchers below. Doncha Wish Your Burqa Was Hot Like Me? KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysian authorities fined organizers of a concert by the chart-topping Pussycat Dolls for allowing the singers to wear skimpy costumes and for their "sexually suggestive routines," a news report said Wednesday. (Full Story) This straight-faced Associated Press story dutifully reports the reaction of incensed Malaysian officials following a standard Pussycat Dolls concert. The article gives us only a taste of the absurdity here, though -- a burlesque-inspired girl group performing "sexually suggestive routines" in a predominantly Muslim nation (to a sold out house, by the way). Officials routinely ask Western acts to "tone down"...

By Liz Kelly  | August 10, 2006; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Aniston, Vaughn Deny Engagement Rumors

Headlines: Candidate scraps Mel Gibson fund-raising letter... Katie Couric says she's ready for marriage... Daniel Craig named best-dressed man by Esquire... Jay-Z wants us to conserve water... Nicole Richie snapped with mystery man... Alfonso Ribeiro ("Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Silver Spoons") divorcing wife of four years... Porn star Mary Carey launches second gubernatorial campaign... Suzanne Pleshette battling lung cancer. Rumor Mill: Are they or aren't they? Jennifer Aniston's publicist denies Us Weekly report of an engagement to Vince Vaughn... Pete Doherty vows to clean himself up, marry Kate Moss... Crew member says Lindsay Lohan partied way through "Herbie: Fully Loaded" shoot; Meanwhile, is LL planning to open a tattoo parlor?... Hasselhoff loves being groped by female fans... Will Disney drop distribution of Gibson's "Apocalypto"?... Zooey Deschanel to play Janis Joplin in upcoming biopic. Suri Watch: Page Six reports that photos of TomKitten were recently shot by Annie Leibovitz and will...

By Liz Kelly  | August 10, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Robin Williams in Rehab

Williams in April. (AP) A quick afternoon update: Robin Williams' publicist released a statement this afternoon saying the 55-year-old actor/comedian is seeking treatment for alcohol abuse. The statement added that Williams had been sober for 20 years, but recently relapsed. Read the full story here. Read up on Williams' life and filmography....

By Liz Kelly  | August 9, 2006; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Celebritology 101: Lindsay Lohan & the Celebrity Spin Machine

Believe what I say, not what I do. (AP) Pay close attention to what comes out of the mouths of celebrities. They may not always mean what they say. They probably didn't actually come up with these words (remember, most are paid performers) and in most cases their utterances -- whether on Entertainment Tonight or surrounded by salt-of-the-earth villagers in Namibia -- are calculated to add value to their brand. Imagine them henceforth as officially sanctioned sociopaths very carefully manipulated by an able band of helpers. Below we study an annotated version of a very commonly used celebrity device in attempted image rehabilitation: ---- Lohan Wants to Visit U.S. Troops in Iraq The Associated Press Celebritology Annotation in Italics NEW YORK -- Lindsay Lohan says she wants to go to Iraq with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and entertain American troops there. Lindsay Lohan has suffered some big setbacks in...

By Liz Kelly  | August 9, 2006; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Morning Mix: MTV Curse Claims The Barkers

Headlines: The Barkers become latest MTV reality show couple to split... In other MTV splitsville news, Laguna Beach's Kristin Cavallari breaks up with boyfriend Brody Jenner, Lauren "L.C." Conrad and Jason Wahler are, like, so over, too... Authorities won't release tapes of Mel Gibson arrest...Madonna crashes Rome wedding... Bryce Dallas Howard ("Lady in the Water") expecting first child... McCartneys hire Charles and Diana divorce lawyers... Bruce Willis sues former friend for alleged extortion... HBO signs on for sixth season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Rumor Mill: Photos of Suri Cruise "coming soon"... Dave Navarro, Jenna Jameson dating... Tabloid alleges drinking is least of Gibson's problems... Britney wants to work with Charlie Sheen on children's clothing line... Colin Farrell only has "half a baguette in his lunchbox" (Hunh? What about Lunchables?)... OutKast deny breakup rumors. P.S. I'm starting to doubt the relative sanity of the "Rockstar: Supernova" judges. After Gilby, Tommy and...

By Liz Kelly  | August 9, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Aging Action Heroes: The Perfect Vintage

With Sylvester Stallone resurrecting both the Rocky and Rambo franchises and Harrison Ford on tap to reprise his role as Indiana Jones one more time, it isn't that much of a stretch to imagine other action heroes of yesteryear eagerly queuing up to reanimate characters ripe for some boomer-style butt kicking. Bruce Willis. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images) The latest addition to this buffet of "mature" hams is Bruce Willis, who is on tap to make a fourth "Die Hard" movie as detective John McClane in "Live Free or Die Hard," tentatively planned for an Independence Day 2007 release. The flavor of the millennium thus far has cast most of our big budget action stars as superheroes -- with no old reliable opponent (i.e. The Cold War and the Soviet threat), Hollywood has turned its action agenda over to comic book heroism. We have Batman, X-Men (and women), Superman, Electra, etc., but...

By Liz Kelly  | August 8, 2006; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Morning Mix: Jackson Says Conspirators Out to Ruin Him

Headlines: Michael Jackson says conspiracy out to ruin him... Janet Jackson poses topless for Vibe magazine cover; demands water chilled to specific temperature... Police called to McCartney home after Heather Mills denied entry... Mistaking himself for a real pirate, Johnny Depp records album of sea shanties... Frances Bean poses in dad Kurt Cobain's PJs... Fred Savage and wife welcome baby boy... Kristy Swanson and "Skating With Celebrities" partner expecting first child... Spelling feud holds up Tori's tribute to dad... Hugh Hefner denies he had a stroke... Rumor Mill: Oliver Stone planning Hefner-based musical...Paris Hilton, Stavros Niarchos split again; meanwhile, Paris gets Hello Kitty-fied... Pam Anderson, Kid Rock hold second wedding; already expecting?... Gwyneth Paltrow considering weight-loss surgery?... J.Lo dropped "Dallas" because Travolta not a "man's man."...

By Liz Kelly  | August 8, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Comment Box: Mel, Mix Tapes and Love Between the Lines

"For me, the key is whether I can continue to believe in them as a character in a movie. If I'm spending too much mental effort being skeezed out by Mel's anti-semitism or Tom's mental breakdown, I can't separate the actor from the character. I think I'm over it for both those guys." -- MKC on Mel Gibson, Past Rehabilitation? Last week's Mel Gibson news inspired much heated debate in the comment threads, but MKC's terse explainer pretty much sums up the collective opinion about Gibson's future, at least with fans. Wednesday's poll results echoed this sentiment with 58 percent of respondents saying they would not pay to see future Gibson films. "Man, this list is worse than getting one of these earworms stuck in your head. Gotta share a few more..." -- Sean on The Uncoolest Cuts Believe it or not, the above is a compliment. More than 200...

By Liz Kelly  | August 7, 2006; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Morning Mix: Swayze, Foster Defend Gibson

"When you are a pit bull, and you love what you do and you are going to continue to grow, that talent will find its way out." -- Patrick Swayze's cryptic defense of pal Mel Gibson. (Maybe he should try "Nobody puts Baby in the corner" again.) Headlines: Jodie Foster backs Gibson, too... Paris Hilton says she's celibate, likens herself to Princess Diana, doesn't know who British PM Blair is. Oh, and she fears sweat... Lindsay Lohan e-mails rant to gossip blogger Perez Hilton... Jessica Simpson says her album's not about Nick... Barry Manilow to have hip surgery... Jay Leno to fill in for ailing Roger Ebert... Home Movies: In this "Chaotic" era footage, Britney chows down, belches and proves that she was unhinged long before her June Matt Lauer interview. (PG-13, because Ms. Spears has a potty mouth) Watch It: Move over Osbournes -- "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," chronicling...

By Liz Kelly  | August 7, 2006; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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