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Celebritology 2.0: September 3, 2006 - September 9, 2006

A Hot Fall for Celeb Watchers

Summer is now over. Gone are the long, hot days of subsisting on Lindsay Lohan bikini pix and Jen and Vince's yes/no/maybe we're dating game. If Celebritology were a sport, I'd say our season has officially kicked off. The last few days alone have provided us with enough water cooler talk to cause a noticeable slippage in national productivity: Tom Cruise apologized to Brooke Shields, Rosie and Katie made their debuts, and we finally saw little Suri. Paris takes a call after her arrest for suspected drunk driving. (AP) I didn't dare hope for more. But then Paris Hilton (video) went and got herself arrested for suspected drunk driving. Could it be that the Celebritology gods are smiling on us? Yes, I think so. Because post-arrest Hilton gave a radio interview and said she was driving fast because: "I was just really hungry and I wanted to have an In-N-Out...

By Liz Kelly  | September 8, 2006; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Morning Mix: Lohan Robbed at London's Heathrow Airport

Headlines: Lindsay Lohan's purse snatched at Heathrow airport... Ellen DeGeneres will host Oscars... Elvis Costello and Diana Krall expecting twins... Tom DeLay backing "Dancing With the Stars" contestant... Australians wear khaki in honor of Steve Irwin... Shanna Moakler says she was faithful to Travis Barker... Emma Roberts (Julia's niece) is new face of Dooney & Bourke... Clay Aiken set to head White House disability committee... Cat Stevens to release new album... Photo: Travolta in "Hairspray". Rumor Mill: Jessica Simpson fires longtime publicist... Cindy Crawford denies Botox quotes... Nicole Kidman accuses Jolie of exploiting charity work... Wacky Suri Cruise conspiracy theory No. 2,342,469. Coming Soon (to a DVD player): Paris Hilton's new straight-to-DVD movie "Bottoms Up." (And so as to give Nicole Richie equal time, listen to her new single "Dandelion," leaked to YouTube.) Coming Soon: The new "Casino Royale" trailer is now online. Wow. Coming Tonight: Beyonce shakes her shimmy...

By Liz Kelly  | September 8, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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'Rock Star': You Be the Judge

Truly we live in a wondrous age. We are able to order live Maryland crabs online, watch movies (or parrots) while driving a minivan and, in this era of unprecedented plenty, there is indeed a reality show for everyone. My reality show is "Rock Star." Yes, it's contrived and a little more Disney than CBGB, but dammit, any show that can recast tattooed former junkies into a lovable panel of show hosts gets my vote as quality entertainment. L - R: Toby, Patrice, Dilana, Storm, Ryan, Lukas and Zayra. (Getty Images) This season in particular has captured my imagination. Perhaps because I have a soft spot for Tommy Lee or because Gilby Clarke was a part of Guns N Roses or because Jason Newstead has rocked a Voivod shirt in at least one show a week since the beginning of the competition. I'm not sure why, but I don't want...

By Liz Kelly  | September 7, 2006; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Morning Mix: Paris Hilton Booked on DUI Charges

Update: X17online has video of the Paris Hilton arrest -- from the moment she's put in the cruiser to a post-release visit to a gas station for some smokes. (3:18 p.m. ET) Headlines: Paris Hilton booked on DUI charges (watch post-release footage here)... Katie Holmes calls Suri gossip "heartbreaking"... Letterman signs on for four more years at CBS... Whitney Houston working on new album... Marcia Cross expecting first child... Rocky statue to return to steps of Philadelphia Museum of Art... Second band member leaves Black Crowes on eve of tour... Debbie Harry, Lisa Marie Presley, Eve and Dita Von Teese are new faces of MAC campaign... Dave Grohl jams with Juliette Lewis... Michael Jackson ordered to pay ex-wife's attorney fees... Bianca Jagger charged with contempt of court... Pete Doherty evicted from apartment... Architect says Moscow stadium could collapse during Madonna concert. Rumor Mill: Britney planning on naming new baby Jailynn...

By Liz Kelly  | September 7, 2006; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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We're Soooo Suri

It seems like only yesterday that it was relatively acceptable to question Suri Cruise's existence. Actually, it was Monday. Katie Couric, in what was a decidedly non-real news liftoff to her reign at CBS Evening News, was the first to share the Annie Leibovitz-shot photos of TomKitten and her parents. Vanity Fair has since posted the cover shot on its Web site but is peskily refusing to allow other online outlets to post the photo. Because I hate an un-illustrated blog posting. So plain. (Nancy and Sluggo courtesy Comics.com) But at this point everyone has seen her, right? No? Well, she looks kind of like spunky, cherubic little Nancy here to the right (And, no, that's not some kind of junior Scientology handler she's with. That's Nancy's best bud Sluggo.), but you can still view the actual photo here. Rather than put an end to speculation, though, the photos have...

By Liz Kelly  | September 6, 2006; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Celebritology 101: Why Ben Affleck Should Shuddup

Warning: Viewing this picture may affect your enjoyment of 'Hollywoodland.' (AP) In Venice to promote his new movie "Hollywoodland," Ben Affleck gave the press a piece of his mind about the paparazzi and how they are ruining the film industry: "I think more and more people pay attention to actors' private lives (and that) makes it difficult to suspend disbelief when you are going to watch their movie because really what you are thinking about is whatever you have read about them in a magazine rather than the performance they are giving, and it makes the actor's job harder," Affleck said at a news conference. "The movies become incidental pit-stops and commercial breaks in the soap opera of their life." I'm glad Ben said something because this gives me, and all other shame-faced celebrity scribes, the opportunity to turn our attention to Mr. Affleck, who in recent years made...

By Liz Kelly  | September 6, 2006; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Morning Mix: Suri Cruise Makes World Debut

Headlines: Suri Cruise makes her world debut in Vanity Fair... Katie Couric shakes up evening news format; Rosie gives daytime talk a new "View"... Former butler's Diana tell-all to hit bookstores next week... Lindsay Lohan encourages her generation to be more "politically engaged"... Croc hunter Irwin's father says he's lost his best mate; Discovery denies it will air footage of death... Director/actor/jock Emilio Estevez engaged... Marie Osmond beware: Gwen Stefani designs line of dolls... Stephen Baldwin pens religious book... Former "Idol" contestant Tamyra Gray marries Color Me Badd's Sam Watters... "Lost's" Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje arrested on traffic charge (I wonder if that was before or after these dudes wandered on to the Hawaii set)... Former Jackson accuser sues dad... Study finds celebrities are more narcissistic than most... "Pirates" sequel nears $1 billion mark... "A-Team" movie delayed. Rumor Mill: Orlando Bloom and Kate Bosworth split... Has John Mayer already dumped Jessica Simpson...

By Liz Kelly  | September 6, 2006; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Sizing Up Movie Musicals

Today is a momentous day in the history of television, what with Rosie and Katie's big debuts. That's why I thought it would be a good idea to turn our attention to something completely different and of much more pressing import: movie musicals. Judy Garland warbles a little song about rainbows in 1939's "The Wizard of Oz." (AP/Warner Bros. Pictures) The American Film Institute (AFI) has been up to its old tricks again, releasing yet another list created, it would seem, solely to vex the movie-loving public. This time the group has listed what it deems to be the "25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time." AFI's list is topped by "Singin' in the Rain," which is a fine film, but no "Sound of Music" (which surprisingly only rated as fourth best). The top five is rounded out by "West Side Story," "The Wizard of Oz" and "Cabaret." (Full List)...

By Liz Kelly  | September 5, 2006; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Morning Mix: Walters Wants Rosie to Stop Blogging

As most have already heard, "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin was killed over the weekend while filming a sequence with a stingray in Australia. Appreciation | Photos Headlines: Suri pix to hit newsstands this week... Tom Cruise apologizes to Brooke Shields... Barbara Walters wants Rosie to stop blogging about "View"... Timberlake says he's not engaged to Diaz... Ben Affleck blames paparazzi for making actors' jobs harder... Kim Basinger ordered to court... Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell says her daughter was abused... British graffiti artist defaces Paris Hilton CDs... Patrick Swayze bitten by Osbourne dog... Judge postpones Pete Doherty sentencing... Comic Rob Riggle to replace Rob Corddry on "Daily Show"... "Death Wish" most copied film in history. Rumor Mill: Brad Pitt denies Angelina Jolie pregnancy rumor... Shakira may make Bollywood film... Madonna under fire for importing pheasants for hunting... Rupert Everett slams Hollywood for discriminating against gays... Ice-T wants to try Ultimate Fighting....

By Liz Kelly  | September 5, 2006; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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