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Celebritology 2.0: September 24, 2006 - September 30, 2006

Be a Virtual Celebrity Stylist

Beefcake Jake and Naughty Camilla. (Courtesy Stardoll.com) I spent much of this morning playing with dolls. Virtual celebrity paperdolls, so I was working, you see. The fruit of my ground-breaking research is Jake Gyllenhaal dressed like one of the Village People, a tarted-up Camilla Parker Bowles and an amusing (to me) tableau of Tom Cruise coming out of the closet as Katie langorously looks on from a nearby couch. This morning of mischeviousness was made possible by Stardoll.com, a site that claims to target the 7- to 17-year-old set of budding celebrity worshippers. I freely admit that I took what seems to be a pretty neat fan/social networking site for building mindless brand loyalty in younguns and used its slick tools to satisfy my own offbeat sense of humor. It's addictive. You can spend a significant amount of time here dressing up -- or down -- caricatures of Dolly...

By Liz Kelly  | September 29, 2006; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report: Anna Nicole Marries Lawyer

Headlines: Amanda Peet to wed this weekend... Madonna tops list of celebrity record holders... Secret Service denies "Borat" entry to White House... Billy Joel selling Long Island mansion... Don Ho released from Honolulu hospital... 98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons gets probation for reckless driving... Audioslave's Tom Morello arrested at hotel worker protest... Matthew McConaughey and Juliette Lewis, what are you wearing?... Video: Ashlee Simpson singing live (and apparently unaided) in the London production of "Chicago." Rumor Mill: Anna Nicole Smith weds lawyer Howard K. Stern... Candice Bergen's representatives deny stroke reports... George Clooney, Rennee Zellweger dating? UPDATE: From the Associated Press -- "Reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith exchanged vows with boyfriend Howard K. Stern on a boat near Nassau, but there was no formal marriage and the ceremony is "not legally binding," her attorney Michael Scott said Friday." (Full Story) -- 1:16 p.m. ET P.S. Paris Hilton's "Nothing In This...

By Liz Kelly  | September 29, 2006; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lindsay's Jailhouse Pen Pal, aka Dad

If you're currently an inmate at New York's Collins Correctional Facility please do not print this picture and post it in your cell. Lindsay's pop will be really PO'd. (AFP/Getty Images) While we were busy paying attention to unimportant twaddle (Screech's sex tape and the musical chair paternity of Anna Nicole's new baby) Michael Lohan -- the imprisoned father of Lindsay -- apparently sent yet another message to daddy's little girl via tabloids. The fact that he's received no response from previous missives, songs and freakish cartoons must be spurring him to continue these heartfelt parental communiques. His messenger of choice this time was the U.K's Sun newspaper. Perhaps Lloyd Grove finally cut him off. Why does Michael keep writing his estranged daughter and in such public fora? A de-coded version of his Sun letter is appended below: It pains me to have to write to you like this,...

By Liz Kelly  | September 28, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Drug Combo Killed Daniel Smith

Headlines: Pathologist says drug combo killed Daniel Smith; Birkhead insists he fathered baby... Harry Morton says he and Lindsay Lohan are "taking a little breather"... Naomi Campbell fails to appear for court date (court docs)... Police talk to Claudia Schiffer about controlling aggressive dogs... Forbes names Tom Hanks as most "trustworthy" celebrity... Charlie Sheen to become highest-paid sitcom star... Gwyneth Paltrow duets with Jay-Z... Elton John has advice for Whitney Houston, Clay Aiken... Traffic charges against "Lost's" Mr. Eko dropped... Kate Moss may be fined for violating Irish smoking ban... Christie's to auction over 1,000 pieces of "Star Trek" memorabilia. Rumor Mill: Katie Holmes ready for baby no. 2?... Lohan set to move out of Chateau Marmont... Tony Danza splits with wife (last item). Live Chat: Director and producer Sydney Pollack will be online today at 4 p.m. ET to discuss his PBS American Masters film, "Sketches of Frank Gehry,"...

By Liz Kelly  | September 28, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Anna Nicole Show: Stranger Than Fiction

(Reuters) I'm trying to get my head around the latest revelation in Anna Nicole Smith's wretched soap opera of a life. As revealed last night on Larry King Live, Smith's longtime lawyer Howard K. Stern claimed that he is the father of her new baby and that the two plan to marry sometime in the future. (Video) If you've just returned from a year-long hitch in the Peace Corps or were otherwise prevented from reading the ever more curious coverage of this story, read the following abbreviated synopsis of recent events: Anna Nicole Smith announced she was preggers on her blog over the summer and not much more was heard until news broke in early September that Anna Nicole's adult son, Daniel, had mysteriously died in the same hospital where Smith had given birth to a daughter only three days before. Reportedly, Anna Nicole and Stern were the only...

By Liz Kelly  | September 27, 2006; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Lawyer Says He Fathered Anna Nicole's Baby

Headlines: Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer says he fathered baby (video via TMZ)... Paris Hilton charged with DUI... Croc Hunter's widow says footage won't air... Katie Couric loses top spot in ratings... A&E picks up Coreys' (Haim and Feldman) reality show (yes!)... Olivia Newton-John helps judge L.A. 'Idol' hopefuls... Jack Osbourne details suicide attempt in new book... T-Mobile drops Catherine Zeta-Jones ad campaign... Fantasia sues dad over "Fairy Tale." Rumor Mill: Nicole Richie denies she checked into eating disorder rehab... Jessica Simpson cries watching Ashlee's West End debut... Alec Baldwin terrorized cast on set of new movie... Winona Ryder reportedly "lost" in Soho... Janice Dickinson says she may have accidentally aided father's death; says she's up for lesbian fling with Angelina Jolie. P.S. Did she or didn't she? Screech Update: Dustin Diamond is the star of his own 40-minute sex tape, according to the New York Daily News. -- 10:16 a.m....

By Liz Kelly  | September 27, 2006; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Celebritology, the Religion

In the beginning, washingtonpost.com had a great idea. It would be a blog about culture and simultaneously feed and examine the insatiable appetite for celebrity gossip, photos and general table scraps. It would be called "Celebritology." The Church of Celebritology marches in Telluride's 2005 Independence Day parade. (Photo courtesy Brian Werner) Brian Werner, a Telluride, Colo., technical consultant also had a great idea. It involved turning a magnifying glass on our culture's burgeoning idolization of actors, musicians, models and bold names in general. He would also call it "Celebritology" and, along with a busload of friends, march in a 2005 Independence Day parade carrying signs bearing images of the new gods -- Tom, Katie, Brad, Angie, Madge, Lindsay -- and messages like "What Would J.Lo Do?," "Britney's Baby Will Be Bring Balance to the Force" and (my favorite) "Jim Caviezel Died for Our Sins." It was inevitable that one day,...

By Liz Kelly  | September 26, 2006; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Morning Mix: Clooney Shrugs Off Political Ambitions

Headlines: Paris Hilton gets her oompah on at Munich's Oktoberfest... George Clooney denies political ambitions (he's got Lisa Rinna's vote, though)... Oprah says lawyers overreacted to Kansas fan... Janet Jackson says she hasn't spoken to Timberlake since "wardrobe malfunction"... Aerosmith's Steven Tyler says he has Hepatitis C... Russell Crowe denies involvement in Steve Irwin biopic (but is a "Gladiator" sequel in the works?)... Judge throws out suit against Liza Minnelli... In the kitsch match of the year, Thomas Kinkade paints Graceland... George Takei films new "Star Trek" episode for Internet fans... Star Jones Reynolds threatens National Enquirer with lawsuit... "Laguna Beach's" Jason Wahler arrested again... Breaking News: Kate Hudson does not have six toes... Marilyn Monroe. Eight-hundred pounds of butter. Need I say more? Rumors: Lindsay Lohan spotted cuddling up Hilton ex Stavros Niarchos... Nicky Hilton's boyfriend ("Entourage's" Kevin Connolly) punches out Brandon Davis... Nicole Richie moves to avoid paparazzi......

By Liz Kelly  | September 26, 2006; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Comment Box: Me, I Like Rumors

"Liz, I appreciate the postings you put up and read them religiously, however, can you please stop posting "news" from Entertainmentwise, Starpulse and Femalefirst? It just seems that those 3 sources make bogus claims that never come true. Seriously, we should write down their claims and track them 3 months from now and see if there is any truth to them." -- Anonymous Anon, thanks for weighing in on the content making up a portion of the morning round-up. I absolutely need feedback like this so I can make sure I'm delivering the best daily report I can to you each day. The last thing I want to do is make Celebritology readers the undependable source at the water cooler. Still, I think there is a place for reports from less-than-confirmed and let me explain why: Often, the three outlets you mention above -- along with a few others --...

By Liz Kelly  | September 25, 2006; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gibson Resurfaces to Promote Film

Headlines: Mel Gibson resurfaces to promote film, criticize Iraq war... Aaron Carter breaks off engagement (to older brother's ex)... Bruce Willis insists he's a Democrat... Oprah to launch satellite radio channel... Eric Clapton's ex-wife to publish book about loss of son... George Michael kicks off first tour in 15 years. Rumor Mill: Paris and Nicole make up? (video)... Lindsay Lohan denies split with Harry Morton; Lohan's father sends her letter via U.K. tabloid... Michael Jackson denies he's planning Leprechaun theme parks (darn it)... Mom Sharon censored Jack Osbourne's memoir... Eddie Murphy declares love for Spice Girl Mel B... Madonna and Guy Ritchie to adopt? Thank you to... Cindy Adams for this staggering collection of Monday morning trivia. Thank you to... M&Ms for this really cool time suck. Happy birthday to... Shel Silverstein (1930 - 1999)...

By Liz Kelly  | September 25, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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