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Celebritology 2.0: December 17, 2006 - December 23, 2006

Happy Holidays

I'll be on vacation for the next week trying to squeeze some happy holiday-ing in while moving into new digs. Undoubtedly, the world of celebrity news will keep going, so keep up with the Entertainment News wires and I'll be doing my normal weekly Washington Post Radio gig each Sunday at 10:10 a.m. ET (listen online). You can also hear me in today's podcast talking with radio's Ed O'Keefe about the top 10 celebrity stories of the year. Thanks to everyone -- from Petal to Che to the lurkers -- for making this such a fabulous first year for Celebritology. See you bright and early here on Jan. 2, 2007. I leave you with a little holiday cheer from the ever-fabulous 14 at Gallery of the Absurd: "Vicodin Elf" (Courtesy Gallery of the Absurd)...

By Liz Kelly  | December 22, 2006; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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He Oughta Be in Pictures

Noah K. with Paris Hilton. (Photo courtesy Noah Kalina) If you watched VH1's "Big in '06" awards show earlier this month, you might have noticed the random photos of stars leading into and out of commercial breaks. From Paris Hilton to Flavor Flav to Danny Bonaduce, they all had one thing in common: Noah Kalina. Who is Noah Kalina? He's the mastermind behind the Web site Noah K. Everyday -- a six-year (so far) archive of self-portraits -- and the viral video hit based on the project. VH1 asked Kalina to slightly modify his project for the awards show and the result is now compiled on Kalina's flickr stream. Yesterday, Kalina and I e-mailed about what it's like being an Internet sensation, which stars played nice and why Will.i.am was kind of annoying: Liz: Although you're probably sick of it, can you briefly describe the premise behind Noah K....

By Liz Kelly  | December 22, 2006; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Morning Mix: Judge Orders Paternity Test for Anna Nicole's Baby

Headlines: Judge orders paternity test for Anna Nicole Smith's baby... Donald Trump, Rosie O'Donnell escalate war of words; Rosie takes battle to her blog; Video: Rosie on Donald | Donald on Rosie... Britney Spears named "most controversial" celebrity of 2006; Taylor Hicks named "best mannered"... Foo Fighter Dave Grohl calls President Bush "Everyone's Villain of the Year"... Jessica Simpson dropped from Dolly Parton tribute... Diddy and girlfriend Kim Porter welcome twin girls... Hilary Duff immortalized as Barbie doll... Pink calls for wool boycott... Judge dismisses case against Michael Moore... Miss Nevada stripped of title after racy pics surface on Internet... "SNL" star behind Timberlake spoof hopes to record full album. Rumor Mill: Madonna and Guy Ritchie at odds over second adoption... Paris Hilton gives up on music career; now concentrating on acting classes... Nicole Richie's ex looking for new big-name girlfriend... Friends say son mistreating Mickey Rooney....

By Liz Kelly  | December 22, 2006; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Top 10 Celebrity Stories of 2006

I like to do things scientifically around here, so you'll no doubt appreciate my super-duper end-of-the-year cornucopia of top stories. Based entirely on anecdotal evidence, comments from you and gut feeling, below please find the top 10 celebrity-centered stories of 2006. I know what you're saying: "Why now, Liz? It's only Dec. 21st." An astute observation. Yes, it's a wee early, but I won't be here next week and I bet many of you won't either. So we are in full hindsight mode. Without further preamble, let's dig in. Drumroll, please, for the top celebrity stories of 2006: 10. Vaugniston I grudgingly include the now-over "relationship" between Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn at the very outer limits of significance in 2006. Why? Well, if for no other reason, than as a lesson in how to not admit you are in a relationship, hardly ever been seen together and then issue...

By Liz Kelly  | December 21, 2006; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Rosie and The Donald's War of Words

Headlines: Rosie O'Donnell slams Donald Trump over Miss USA decision... Gwen Stefani pays $15.5 million for Jennifer Lopez mansion... MADD severs ties with Miss Teen USA... Hawaii home of "Lost's" Evangeline Lilly burns down... Britney Spears gets a new tattoo... Simon Cowell creating "Grease" reality series... Pauly Shore says on-stage punch was a hoax... Photo: Keith Richards in costume on "Pirates of the Caribbean" set. Rumor Mill: K-Fed fired from modeling gig... Nicole Richie cancels New Year's Eve hosting gig... Sharon Stone denies she's dating Christian Slater... Beyonce Knowles fasted to lose weight for "Dreamgirls"... Reese Witherspoon moves kids to South Carolina... Scarlett Johansson and Josh Hartnett back together? Bonus: Jennifer Aniston wants you to grab a Heiny:...

By Liz Kelly  | December 21, 2006; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Video Vacation

It's the week before Christmas which may not mean much except that things have slowed to the usual pre-holiday pace. It's nearly impossible to get anything done, so we turn to distractions -- like celebrity blogs -- to make it through the day. It's okay, I won't tell. In fact, as colleagues duck out for ski trips, sudden sick days and long afternoons of last-minute shopping, close your office door/put on your headphones and have yourself a nice little video vacation. I promise the day will go faster. Viral Video Chart has compiled what it considers to be the top celebrity viral videos of 2006. I'm underwhelmed with their No. 1 choice of Britney Spears seemingly-stoned babbling to a pre-marriage K-Fed. And Justin Timberlake's late-in-the-year entry from "SNL" didn't make the list at all. Still, goodies like Paris Hilton singing happy birthday to Hugh Hefner and Pam Anderson's f-bomb assault...

By Liz Kelly  | December 20, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Eminem Divorces Wife Again

Headlines: Eminem divorces wife for second time... Tom Cruise not making Scientology movie (third item)... Beyonce tops Hollywood best-dressed list... FBI releases last pages from John Lennon's file... Yoko Ono's driver indicted, jailed without bail... Star Jones Reynolds says she earned diva image... "Tyra" renewed for two more years... Kim Cattrall confirms "Sex and the City" movie is on tap... Ruben Studdard wants Alabama to lighten up... Hilary Duff drops restraining order against photographer... Tawny Kitaen enters drug rehab program. Rumor Mill: Sean Penn calls for Bush/Cheney impeachment... Mel Gibson denies love child rumors... Madonna to make directing debut... Hilary Swank dating her agent... Britney Spears asked to leave strip club stage -- twice... Rapper Fat Joe spends $20K at New York strip club... Lara Flynn Boyle marries some guy... "Lost" to return early? (Listen to the full audio interview of washingtonpost.com's Jen Chaney talking to "Lost's" Matthew Fox) "It's...

By Liz Kelly  | December 20, 2006; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Celebritology Holiday Guide: Four Presents of the Apocalypse

If you're like me -- and I hope you're not -- you delight in giving perverse gifts. My long-suffering family has been victimized by years of Velvet Elvis paintings, blankets depicting hawks or unicorns, Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia and other assorted straight-to-the-basement items. My Christmas miracle is that I have not yet been disowned. As the final installment in this year's Celebritology Holiday Guide, I offer four celebrity-related presents that are just plain wrong and, therefore, sure to make you the hit of any holiday celebration. (Courtesy Charisma Brands, LLC) 1. Freakish Dolls Designed by Marie Osmond Remember Marie Osmond? Half of the toothy smiling wholesome Donnie & Marie show back in the '70s? Well, turns out this Mormon teen angel prototype is now a dollmaker and, in collectible doll circles, apparently well-respected. Surprise your loved ones with a $25 gift certificate or just go right for the jugular by...

By Liz Kelly  | December 19, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Morning Mix: Federston? No Way.

UPDATE, 12:04 p.m. ET: Miss USA Tara Conner will keep her title. Headlines: Miss USA's fate to be announced at 11 a.m. ET... Aaron Carter "in love" with singer Kaci Brown... Would-be O.J. publisher Judith Regan fired for anti-Semitic remarks... Joey Fatone ('N Sync) says he's ready to appear on "Dancing With the Stars"... Christina Ricci apologizes for wearing fur... Kate Moss launching her own perfume... Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development") and wife welcome baby daughter... Animator Joseph Barbera dies at 95... Billy Idol releases holiday album. Rumor Mill: Jennifer Aniston and K-Fed? NO WAY!... Sharon Stone, Christian Slater dating... Britney Spears booed at L.A. Lakers game; buys new Beverly Hills home... Courtney Love flying high?... Martha Stewart broke up with Anthony Hopkins because of Hannibal Lecter role... Will Smith laughs off Scientology rumors. Perform with Justin: Lucky you, Justin Timberlake is looking for an average schmo to perform with him...

By Liz Kelly  | December 19, 2006; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Comment Box: The Hoff -- Haute or Not?

Dear Liz, David Hasselhoff was "big in Germany" about 20 years ago! This is such an odd cliche just like all the other stereotypes about Germany: No, we are not all Nazis, not everybody in Germany looks or talks like Adolf Hitler and no, David Hasselhoff is not big in Germany anymore! But yes -- there is something called German humor but this is just not funny anymore. -- Therese comments on Actors Who Think They Can Sing via e-mail Therese, apologies if I implied that David Hasselhoff is still a bankable star in Germany. It's an oft-cited fact because he was never taken seriously as a musician, or anything else really, here in the States and we Yanks are amazed to learn that he was a smash hit there. See, he topped the charts in your country and even claims he played a part in the fall of the...

By Liz Kelly  | December 18, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Morning Mix: Britney Named 'World's Worst Dog Owner'

Headlines: Britney Spears named "World's Worst Dog Owner"; tops viral videos of 2006... Police investigate Heather Mills death threats... Beyonce discusses depression after Destiny's Child split... Anna Nicole Smith returns to U.S. to fight for late husband's money... Michael Jackson postpones Tokyo Christmas event... Izzy Stradlin takes the stage at L.A. Guns N' Roses show; Axl Rose says new album set for March 6 release... Rupert Everett quits reality show after one day... Former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio charged with drugged driving... Judge drops charges against pet lover Natasha Lyonne... Judith Regan, publisher behind O.J. Simpson, book fired... Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton sued for $7.6 million. Rumor Mill: Stripping hard on Lindsay Lohan... Mel Gibson "bored" of criticism over drunken rant; Australian woman claims she's Gibson's secret daughter... Matt Damon says first daughters should serve in Iraq... Pam Anderson: "I would have married anyone in St. Tropez"... Bo Derek's brother...

By Liz Kelly  | December 18, 2006; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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