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Celebritology 2.0: November 26, 2006 - December 2, 2006

Celebritology Clip 'n' Save: A 12-Step Plan for Britney Spears

Spears at last week's American Music Awards. (AP) Since filing for divorce from Kevin Federline in early November, former pop princess Britney Spears has been making a very public metamorphosis. At first, all was good -- a svelte, glam Spears visited David Letterman, was spotted meeting with former publicist Leslie Sloane-Zelnick in New York, and reportedly worked on a new album (though it's rumored that partying took priority, leaving Pharrell Williams hanging in the studio). But the week of Thanksgiving, something happened. Something named Paris Hilton. And Britney went from triumph to tabloid overnight. All is not lost, though. Britney -- who celebrates her 25th birthday tomorrow -- can still turn this quarter-life crisis around and come back bigger than before. Here's how: 1. Step away from Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Harpies are not suitable playmates. 2. Relinquish all faith in your own judgment. Instead, rely on the...

By Liz Kelly  | December 1, 2006; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Celebrities, Clip N' Saves  
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Morning Mix: Britney's Ex Penning Book

Headlines: Barbara Walters says Danny DeVito is welcome back on "The View"... Eva Longoria and Tony Parker engaged... Willa Ford ("Dancing With the Stars") engaged to the NHL's Mike Modano... Madonna accepts Malawi adoption ruling... Sandra Bullock says she's not pregnant... Anna Nicole Smith facing eviction from Bahamas home, says she may be pregnant again... Iman promotes auction for World AIDS Day... Morgan Freeman releasing movie on new Web site... Plane carrying Kathy Griffin makes emergency landing... Hulk Hogan takes $25 million home off market... Tis' the season for finalized divorces: Today, congratulate Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards and Selma Blair and Ahmet Zappa... Blogger Perez Hilton sued for copyright infringement. Rumor Mill: Britney Spears's first ex-husband writing tell-all book; was K-Fed seeing porn star on the side?... Lindsay Lohan pitches fit at awards dinner; publicist defends Altman condolence letter... Reese Witherspoon bans cell phones on set of new movie......

By Liz Kelly  | December 1, 2006; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Musical List Smorgasbord

Long-time Celebritology readers know there's nothing I like more than a list. What is more satisfying than second-guessing someone else's taste? Not much, it turns out. We've been critiquing lists here for the better part of a year now and, may I be the first to say, we have impeccable taste. I couldn't agree with us more. Today, we have a trio of music-related lists to dissect: Teen Spirit, the Bestest Smell Fans of "I'm Too Sexy" might want to sit down: Nirvana grunge-breaking "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was named the best pop song of the last two decades by Britain's Q magazine. To make the list a song must have been released in the past 20 years and be "instantly memorable." Which explains why stinkers like Britney Spears's "...Baby One More Time" and Eminem's "Stan" made the list. Twice As Nice If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,...

By Liz Kelly  | November 30, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Friday Lists  
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Morning Mix: Kidman Is Highest Paid Actress

Headlines: Nicole Kidman tops highest-paid actress list... Cameron Diaz says she doesn't want to get married... Malawi court allows Madonna adoption challenge... 50 Cent criticizes Oprah... Michael Douglas has near-miss in Bermuda... Celine Dion sidelined by illness... Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter officially divorced; Christian Slater, too... Kathy Griffin's "D-List" gets third season... They're here, again: "Poltergeist" remake planned. Rumor Mill: Jennifer Aniston considering "Dancing With the Stars"... TomKat purchase English country home... Is J.Lo flirting with Scientology?... Lindsay Lohan considering ride on the wagon... Kid Rock was tired of Pam's partying... Anna Nicole Smith ordered to submit baby for paternity test... Suge Knight calls Snoop Dogg a "snitch"... Renee Zellweger to star in third "Bridget Jones" movie... Did David Cassidy hook up with TV sister Susan Dey? P.S. In case you missed it, Danny DeVito made an unforgettable appearance on yesterday's "View" (and now he's sorry):...

By Liz Kelly  | November 30, 2006; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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When Celebrities Divorce

Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock at their July wedding ceremony. (Getty Images) Word in the buzz-o-sphere is that fictitious wild-and-crazy Kazakh Borat is not only an insensitive slob who exploited a poor Romanian village named Mud (I'm not making this up) and tricked drunken frat boys into acting like drunken frat boys, but can also take credit for ending the four-month marriage of Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock, aka GQ's "Newlyweds of the Year." At a private screening of the "Borat" movie, Rock reportedly became enraged about Anderson's role in the film as Borat's object of affection, telling her she'd humiliated herself, and publicly insulting the former "Baywatch" star. Apparently, the movie was nowhere near as classy as the couple's bikini-and-beer wedding in St. Tropez in July. Still, Anderson and Rock are only the latest in a growing list of celebrity marriages to break up in 2006. Reese and...

By Liz Kelly  | November 29, 2006; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Hollyweird  
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Morning Mix: PETA Names Nicole Richie 'Worst Dressed'

Headlines: PETA names Nicole Richie "Worst-dressed Celeb"... Tracy Morgan charged with DWI... Michael Richards tries to explain anti-Semitic remarks... Snoop Dogg arrested on drug, gun charges after "Tonight Show" appearance... Anna Nicole Smith says holidays are "depressing"... Matt Lauer and wife welcome third child... Will "Borat" be the death of Bruno?... Queen Latifah to host People's Choice Awards. Rumor Mill: Britney Spears backs out of co-hosting awards show with Paris Hilton... Christina Aguilera carried out of London club... Hilary Duff breaks up with Joel Madden... Sofia Coppola gives birth to baby girl... Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams to marry?... Owen Wilson shopping for Kate Hudson engagement ring?...

By Liz Kelly  | November 29, 2006; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Terrible Two: Britney and Paris

Paris Hilton with new best friend Britney Spears. (Cliff Sobel/Splash News) Just a little over a week ago, everything was coming up Britney. The singer, long bedeviled by a millstone of a spouse with delusions of grandeur, had finally pushed him out of the McMansion. She also reentered the public spotlight looking trim, stylish and utterly together. She dropped in on David Letterman, skated Rockefeller Plaza, met with her former (star-making) publicist Leslie Sloane Zelnick and seemed to glow with the confidence of a woman sure of her pre-nup. Spears was back, baby, after two long years spent diminishing her brand in just about every way possible*. But for anyone else out there who, like me, had already moved Britney from the "has-been" to the "come back" column, I'm sorry to say she's done it again. Thanksgiving week was apparently one big spree for Spears, who seems to have...

By Liz Kelly  | November 28, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Morning Mix: Pam Anderson, Kid Rock Divorcing

Headlines: Pamela Anderson, Kid Rock file divorce papers... Jesse Jackson calls for "Seinfeld" DVD boycott; Robin Williams defends Michael Richards... Christie's is auctioning Britney Spears book report; Spears may publish diary of marriage to K-Fed... Alec Baldwin calls Kim Basinger a "great mother"... Chad Lowe disappointed by Hilary Swank's tattle-tale interview... Roma Downey engaged to "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett... Stephen Colbert to open "Stephen Colbert Museum and Gift Shop" in Alabama's Colbert County. Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan says "Sex and the City" changed her life... Bruce Willis dating Renee Zellweger? Whatever the case, Willis recently demanded root beer at a New York night club. The nerve... Ben Affleck remaking "Play Misty for Me?"... Sylvester Stallone put on sex ban during latest "Rocky" filming... Eagles of Death Metal walk out on Guns N'Roses tour. Bonus: TV Land lists the top 100 TV show catch phrases, from "Here's Johnny!" to "Homey don't...

By Liz Kelly  | November 28, 2006; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Celebritology Holiday Guide: Celebrity Scents

J.Lo's Love at First Glow. (Photo by Liz Kelly for washingtonpost.com) You think she shines like a starlet, but this holiday season help her smell like one. But which one? So many choices, so little time. With only 28 shopping days till Christmas, the Celebritology Holiday Guide helps you navigate the odiferous world of celebrity fragrances. The Best Beyonce Knowles, True Star Gold What They Say: "Creates an aura of irresistible attraction, fully charged and electrifying." What We Say: The only thing fully charged will be your credit card after dropping the plastic on too many bottles of this scent. Still, it's subtlety makes it a standout in the celebrity scent realm. Pumpkin flower, raspberry, honey. Yes, please. Price: $45.99 (Wal-Mart, Target, Macy's) The Worst: Britney Spears, Fantasy What They Say: "A magic love potion of sweet temptation that leaves a tantalizing trail of embracing sensuality." What We Say:...

By Liz Kelly  | November 27, 2006; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Holiday Guide, Miscellaneous  
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Morning Mix: Lindsay Lohan Says Paris Hit Her

Headlines: Michael Richards apologizes again for racist rant; real Kramer distances himself from remarks... Heidi Klum and Seal welcome new son, Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel... Princes William and Harry plan concert to mark 10th anniversary of Diana's death... Brangelina visit Vietnam orphanage... Kate Winslet's body inspired new Jaguar model... Charlie Sheen auctions letter from Marlon Brando... Rolling Stones break record for top-grossing tour... A theme park dedicated to Bruce Lee is going up in China... Borat to release Christmas single... Tawny Kitaen ("Bachlor Party," Whitesnake videos) charged with cocaine possession. Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan says Paris Hilton hit her... Did Tom Cruise wear a girdle at wedding?... O.J. Simpson was paid for scrapped book... Paris Hilton's style rubbing off on new friend Britney Spears... Jude Law says divorce left him broke... Rapper Akon says he has three wives....

By Liz Kelly  | November 27, 2006; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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