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Celebritology 2.0: August 20, 2006 - August 26, 2006

Morning Mix: Cruise Camp Fires Back at Paramount

Headlines: Cruise camp fires back at Paramount; how involved was Redstone's wife in decision?; Matt Lauer defends Tom... William H. Macy chides Lindsay Lohan for lateness... Joan Rivers to score 1,000th interview during Emmy pre-show... Disney issues most idiotic press release ever... Taylor Hicks sues ex-producer to prevent song release... Linda Rondstadt cancels tour after surgery... Jamaican bank releases Bob Marley coins. Rumor Mill: Mel Gibson making apology calls?... Paris Hilton dropped from phone service for "hacking" Lindsay Lohan's account; Lohan hoping to create eponymous perfume... Model Amber Valletta in rehab... Tween singer claims J.Lo is pregnant (How does he know? He's dating Katie Cassidy, who is now attached to "Dallas" which, as you'll recall, J.Lo dropped out of because of John Travolta's lack of, umm, manliness. Oh, and Katie is "I think I Love You's" daughter). Bonus: Christian Slater and Winona Ryder reunite for "Heathers" sequel....

By Liz Kelly  | August 25, 2006; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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'Survivor's' Dis-Integration

We may not live in an era with a snazzy moniker like "Enlightenment" or "Rennaissance" or even "Industrial Revolution," but at least we can say we were around for the decline of Western civilization. There is no clearer harbinger of the end times than the avalanche of reality shows jockeying for our scant TV viewing attention -- from "Extreme Makeover's" Frankensteinish reinvention of average Joes and Jills to the intimate peeks inside soon-to-fail celebrity marriages to unapologetic teens squandering their parents' disposable income on Sweet 16 parties to adults who will eat bugs or face extreme danger for the opportunity to one day evade taxes -- our society reached its acme sometime in the mid-70s. We are Caligula at this point. Me, I'm tempted to crawl into a fetal position with my Betamax and watch the glory days of TV -- you know, "Alice," "Falcon Crest," "The Brady Bunch" (that...

By Liz Kelly  | August 24, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Owen Wilson Flashed by Fan

Headlines: Cindy Crawford attributes good skin to cosmetic surgery... Owen Wilson flashed by fan at London premiere... Usher makes "Chicago" debut (is Ashlee Simpson next?)... Lindsay Lohan selling Hollywood condo... K-Fed happy with Teen Choice peformance... Attention hog Stephen Colbert rocks the Internet... Two rattlesnakes found at "SoaP" showing in Arizona. Rumor Mill: Bruce Springsteen separated from wife Patti Scialfa?... John Aniston (Jennifer's dad) reportedly suffers heart attack... Some dude says he saw Suri Cruise... Tori Spelling not invited to Emmy tribute to dad Aaron... Nicole Richie dating Kristin Cavallari ex Brody Jenner?... Britney snubs shrinking Jessica Simpson at awards show. Name That Star: Guess the stars' real names with the Us Weekly online game. I can't believe Hulk Hogan's a maker-upper. P.S. The Prison Art of Katie Holmes....

By Liz Kelly  | August 24, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Overblown Rumor of the Summer: Brangelina Breakup?

Considering the big headlines of just a couple weeks ago (Pam and Kid Rock, Mel Gibson) and the massive "SoaP" hype hangover, celebrity news sites are somewhat becalmed by a relatively uneventful late August. Cunning marketing execs try to take advantage of the news vacuum to drum up interest in novelty releases, photogs flock to pools and beaches for a few last shots of skimpy Speedos and so-what somehow passes for breaking news. Conditions are therefore perfect for The Overblown Rumor. In this instance, a rumor so anemic Nicole Richie could best it in a cage match is multiplying across the the Web like so many Tribbles. Being a responsible, restrained purveyor of celebrity scuttlebutt, I have no choice but ignore it and return to the distribution of stories of import. Who am I kidding? Brad and Angie (complete with pillow-lips), together forever in wax. (Getty Images) BRANGELINA IS ARE...

By Liz Kelly  | August 23, 2006; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Cruise's Business Too Risky for Paramount

Cruise Update: Paramount and Tom Cruise both claim to have ended relationship. For more details, review last night's reports. Headlines: Jake Gyllenhaal beats out Matthew McConaughey to play Lance Armstrong in biopic... Lindsay Lohan's dad draws (bizarre) editorial cartoon... "Superman" Brandon Routh engaged... Brittany Murphy ends engagement to fiance of eight months... James Gandolfini to star as Ernest Hemingway... Joey Lawrence rocks a bald head on "Dancing With the Stars" (video)... Ricky Gervais launches third season of Internet audio show... Trey Parker, Matt Stone to make two new live-action movies... Willie Nelson speaks out against wild horse slaughter... DMX to entertain troops in Persian Gulf... Hilary Duff to serve school lunches on Katrina anniversary trip... Ozzy Osbourne voted Britain's "silliest celeb." Rumor Mill: Paris Hilton shacks up with "firecrotch" spewing Brandon Davis... Beyoncé planning $3 million November wedding to Jay-Z (second item)... Did Pete Doherty miss wedding to Kate Moss...

By Liz Kelly  | August 23, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Paramount Cuts Ties to Tom Cruise

Cruise at the June Japanese premiere of "Mission: Impossible III." (Reuters) The Wall Street Journal tonight reported that Paramount Pictures has ended its 14-year business relationship with Tom Cruise, citing his off-screen behavior: "As much as we like him personally, we thought it was wrong to renew his deal," [Viacom Chairman Sumner] Redstone was quoted as saying in the Wall Street Journal report e-mailed to reporters. "His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount. (Full Story) The past year has been a public relations fiasco for Cruise, an outspoken Scientologist, who in 2005 criticized Brooke Shields for using antidepressants to treat postpartum depression and tangled with Matt Lauer on the "Today" show about prescription drugs (video via TMZ.com). His whirlwind romance to Katie Holmes and subsequent birth of daughter Suri have been somewhat mysterious, with rampant speculation about Katie's conversion to Scientology and estrangement from her own family....

By Liz Kelly  | August 22, 2006; 9:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tom & Jerry, Bad Influences?

Today we take a step back from the world of celebrity to pay a visit to the world of cartoons. It's okay, you'll be comfortable here. There's not much difference: a cast of exaggerated characters all clamoring for your attention span. The only difference? The cartoons are one-dimensional. Oh, wait. Well, at least they're not smoking. (Courtesy Hanna-Barbera) In particular, yesterday afternoon I ran across a story about Turner Broadcasting which is currently scouring its catalog of 1,500 hours of Hanna-Barbera cartoons to remove scenes that "glamorize" smoking. The move is in response to one viewer's complaint about an episode of "Tom and Jerry." A Turner spokesperson said the viewer complained about a cartoon in which Tom lights a cigarette in an attempt to impress a female cat and that only cartoons "where smoking could be deemed to be cool or glamorized," would be cut and that scenes in which...

By Liz Kelly  | August 22, 2006; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Paris Hilton's Music Makes Her Cry, Too

"I, like, cry, when I listen to it, it's so good." -- Paris Hilton on her debut album, released today, enabling us all to cry. "If she's wearing black, you just wear black. Matching is not her job. It's yours. You're the purse." -- Ashton Kutcher on coordinating his outfits with wife Demi Moore in the latest issue of Details Headlines: Diddy and long-time girlfriend Kim Porter expecting second child... "Rockstar: Supernova" host Brooke Burke engaged and pregnant... Internet sleuths rout out MySpace celebrity impostors... Both Keane and Darkness frontmen enter rehab. Rumor Mill: Britney says she wants to be buried with her dog, inaptly named "Lucky"... Madonna claims Kabbalah liquid will clean up nuclear waste... David Hasselhoff contemplating move to U.K. P.S. This movie trailer mash-up re-imagines "Snakes on a Plane" with an all-star cast. P.P.S. The Style section reviews tonight's debut of "Breaking Up With Shannen Doherty." Ouch....

By Liz Kelly  | August 22, 2006; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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K-Fed Up With the Teen Choice Awards

A decade and a half away from my teenage years, I am not ashamed to say that I thoroughly enjoyed watching last night's Teen Choice Awards. And by "thoroughly enjoyed" I mean an evening spent engaging in adolescent-style criticisms and witticisms about the entire production, ably assisted by my equally juvenile husband. Confession: As K-Fed performed I wished that Ludacris and Snoop Dogg would suddenly spring onto the stage, ninja style, and lock him in his piano. (AP) Still, some things about the show remain cryptic to my age-addled brain. No doubt there were parts of the production understood only by consumer culture drones between the ages of 13 - 19. Perhaps some teen, or the parent of a teen, can answer my lingering questions from last night's show: 1. Why was there a hot tub full of girls on the corner of the stage? I have to admit I...

By Liz Kelly  | August 21, 2006; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Morning Mix: Bin Laden Reportedly Wants to Save Whitney Houston

Headlines: Daniel Craig signs on for two more Bond films... Mick Jagger recovered from laryngitis; Stones tour resumes... Beckhams to unveil two new fragrances... Sharon Osbourne launching new U.K. dating show... Busta Rhymes charged with assault... Bam Margera's uncle Vincent "Don Vito" Margera arrested for sexual assault of a child... Rupert Everett tries to keep Starbucks out of London neighborhood. Rumor Mill: Bin Laden wants to convert Whitney Houston to Islam?... Madonna targeted by Russian mob's kidnapping plot?... Heather Mills filming diary of divorce from McCartney, offered kiss-and-tell book deal... Paris Hilton says she was poor when she first moved to L.A... Val Kilmer dating Herbalife heiresss....

By Liz Kelly  | August 21, 2006; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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