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Celebritology 2.0: January 28, 2007 - February 3, 2007

Friday List: Your 'Idol' Audition

If I hear one more rendition of "Unchained Melody" sung by some poor misguided "American Idol" hopeful, I will turn off my TV and go read a book. There, I've said it. Take that, Simon Cowell. And you, too, Simon Fuller. Do you hear me? The songs chosen by contestants and put through to the audition room by your pre-screeners are a big yawn. Not that I'd expect anything more from a show that stocks its judges panel with "Forever Your Girl" singer Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, who toured with Journey and thinks "What's up, dawg" is still an au currant catchphrase. So when I saw this post on EW.com earlier this week asking readers what song they would choose to sing if given the chance to audition for "Idol," well, I knew we had the makings of a Friday List. My choices: "Putty in Your Hands"/The Shirelles "Down...

By Liz Kelly  | February 2, 2007; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
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Morning Mix: Jacko's Kids Hit Vegas

Headlines: Photos: Michael Jackson's kids hit Las Vegas... James Brown's partner sues for access to home, possessions... Britney Spears and K-Fed to continue joint custody arrangement in February; Taco Bell offers K-Fed a job... Jennifer Hudson calls "American Idol" abusive... Clint Eastwood to receive humanitarian award... Prince and Billy Joel set to sing at Super Bowl... Jay-Z moves into Trump Towers... Patrick Dempsey and wife welcome twin sons... Sara Gilbert ("Roseanne") expecting second child with partner... Whitney Houston wants to speed up divorce from Bobby Brown... Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock agree to finalize divorce on May 28... Miss USA Tara Conner hints at childhood abuse as cause of addiction... Vincent "Don Vito" Margera (Bam's uncle) charged with fondling underage girls... Convicted sex offender Gary Glitter may be released from Vietnam prison. Rumor Mill: Heather Mills to convert to Catholicism after split from McCartney... J.Lo demands dim lighting, Cuban bread...

By Liz Kelly  | February 2, 2007; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Celebritology 101: Stars We Love to Hate

That annoying Diane Keaton mugs at the premiere of her new movie, 'Because I Said So.' (Getty Images) So many stars and not enough room in our hearts to love them all. This explains why my sainted, nurturing mother can hate Matt Damon or why a friend who shall remain nameless contorts her face into a hideous mask when she catches even a brief glimpse of Jim Carrey or, to get to the point, why it is that I utterly and completely detest Diane Keaton. I apologize to the Keaton lovers out there. I'm willing to concede that Keaton is a perfectly fine actor and deserves some kind of credit for her part in movies like "Annie Hall," "The Godfather(s)" and "Reds." Grudging credit granted. Still, there is just something about the fashion-challenged, whiny, goggle-eyed woman that I find maddening. And no, beyond these superficial criticisms, I just can't...

By Liz Kelly  | February 1, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (403)
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Morning Mix: No Love for "Idol"

Headlines: Producer says Courtney Love is NOT joining "American Idol" judging panel... Police want Lane Garrison ("Prison Break") charged with manslaughter for fatal car crash... Jennifer Aniston says nose job was to fix deviated septum... Video: "The View's" Joy Behar calls Vogue editor a "war criminal"... Beyonce named top fantasy girlfriend in online poll... Jay-Z to be the new face of Cherry Coke... Josh Hartnett confirms split from Scarlett Johansson... Keith Urban to take stage on Feb. 10 "Saturday Night Live"... Kiefer Sutherland says he torched Jack Bauer doll prototype... Ralph Fiennes visits HIV patients in India for UNICEF. Rumor Mill: Publicist says Sienna Miller, Hayden Christiansen sex scenes were "not real"; Miller says she lost her innocence when Jude Law cheated on her... Lindsay Lohan texting up Brody Jenner from rehab; Lohan's dad says he's proud of her for taking control of her life... Is Britney Spears set to...

By Liz Kelly  | February 1, 2007; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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When Child Stars Attack Grow Up

Two of the planet's most sacred child stars have done the unthinkable: started to grow up. Daniel Radcliffe poses in a promotional shot for 'Equus.' (AP) First, celluloid darling Dakota Fanning caught major fan backlash after a film depicting Fanning as a 12-year-old rape victim premiered at Sundance last week. The movie, "Hounddog," has been decried as child abuse and even inspired an online petition seeking the arrest of Fanning's mother and agent. Then, yesterday, 17-year-old Daniel Radcliffe -- yes, geeky, awkward and universally adored Harry Potter -- showed us he's all grown up in some racy equestrian shots released to promote his performance in a London stage production of "Equus." Parents are verklempt -- some British moms and dads say no more Hogwarts yarns for their little ones. Said one: "We as parents feel Daniel should not appear nude. Our nine-year-old son looks up to him as a role...

By Liz Kelly  | January 31, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Brandy Sued for $50 Million in Crash

Headlines: Brandy sued for $50 million by family of car crash victim... Isaiah Washington returning to "Grey's Anatomy" set... Video: Tyra Banks puts the bathing suit back on... "SNL" alum Kevin Nealon and wife welcome baby boy... Teri Polo signs up for third "Fockers" film... Author Sidney Sheldon dead at 89... Bruce Willis settles extortion lawsuit... Rapper The Game pleads not guilty to impersonating a police officer... Sacha Baron Cohen sued by Israeli comic for catchphrase. Rumor Mill: K-Fed turns down $25 million divorce settlement offer... Britney Spears's new boyfriend buys her a week's worth of underwear... Mike Tyson joins Lindsay Lohan at Wonderland rehab center... Miss USA Tara Conner to admit she snorted cocaine... Dustin Diamond (Screech!) wreaks havoc on set of reality show (note: graphic language)... Justin Timberlake spends weekend snowboarding with Jessica Biel... Courtney Love to replace Paula Abdul on "American Idol"?... Liz Hurley leaves Hugh Grant...

By Liz Kelly  | January 31, 2007; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Hilary Duff: The New Lindsay?

We'll call this the 'before' picture. (Getty Images) Is Hilary Duff gunning to be the Lindsay Lohan of 2007? The newly-single Duffster (she recently split with Good Charlotte's Joel Madden, now linked with Nicole Richie) left quite an impression on fellow party people at hot Los Angeles night club Hyde (you may remember Hyde in relation to Paris, Tara and Lindsay) when she gave every appearance of acting like a drunk underage starlet (you may remember this behavior in relation to Paris, Tara and Lindsay). One source tells Us Weekly Online: "She [Duff] was pretty drunk and staggering around the bathroom, bumping into people and shrieking [about her gay friend]..." Quite a contrast from last week's interview with the Houston Chronicle, when Duff said: "When you're young, you don't always fit in, and you have all these unanswered questions. You have to remember your family loves you. Be smart...

By Liz Kelly  | January 30, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Brother Says Jacko Should Convert to Islam

Headlines: Police say Brandy should be charged in fatal crash... Jermaine Jackson wants brother Michael to convert to Islam... Paris Hilton files lawsuit against Web site... Helen Mirren says David Beckham would make a great (silent) film star... Daniel Radcliffe ("Harry Potter") loses his clothes for London stage show... Gwen Stefani says she's obsessed with weight... Ben Stiller, Scarlett Johansson honored with Hasty Pudding awards... Gwyneth Paltrow sticks up for Lindsay Lohan... CBS cancels "Armed & Famous"... Obi Wan Kenobi's cloak up for auction... Supermodel Niki Taylor sues E! over profile. Rumor Mill: Diddy denies rumors of romance with Sienna Miller... Jessica Simpson and John Mayer to "come out" at Grammy Awards... Heather Mills to appear on "Desperate Housewives?"... Man has surgery to look like Bruce Willis... Larry Birkhead says Anna Nicole Smith had to lock out lawyer... Donald Trump says Britney Spears should get back to work... Lance Bass...

By Liz Kelly  | January 30, 2007; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Comment Box: Brandy, Tom Cruise and Our Fantasies

RE: the Brandy accident/fatality incident... Why did it take nearly a month before this news came out? Doesn't California have local newspapers who do routine checks on the crime blotter? How could something like this pass them by. Of course, it's convenient now that Brandy's publicist is going to offer condolences. Heck, she's forced to now that the incident has gone public. -- Cynthia T. Cynthia, it is pretty shocking -- considering the 24/7 paparazzi news coverage cycle -- that we didn't hear about a very serious car crash involving Brandy until almost a month after it took place on Dec. 30, 2006. And you're not the only one wondering why we're just finding out about it. According to entertainment news wire WENN, the attorney representing the husband of the woman killed in the incident criticized Los Angeles authorities for not making the investigation of the crash a priority and...

By Liz Kelly  | January 29, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Angelina Jolie's Mother Dies

Greg Kinnear supports 'Little Miss Sunshine' co-star Abigail Breslin at Sunday night's SAG Awards. (AP) Headlines: Angelina Jolie's mother dies of cancer... Helen Mirren, Forest Whitaker top SAG Awards; Julie Andrews receives lifetime achievement award... Katie Holmes won't be part of "Batman" sequel; opts for heist flick with Queen Latifah... Sacha Baron Cohen ("Borat") named one of Britain's most influential men... Paula Abdul named Woman of the Year (by Nevada Ballet Theatre)... Miss USA Tara Conner says she's an alcoholic... J.Lo says her father's been a Scientologist for 20 years... Kelly Ripa plans to get Botox injections live on TV... David Beckham pictured in cheesy Disney ad campaign... Michael Imperioli ("Sopranos") says Tae Kwon Do changed his life... Baby Spice Emma Bunton expecting her own bundle of joy... From Freddy Mercury to the Ramones, several musician biopics in the pipeline... B.B. King released from Texas hospital... "Monster Garage" host...

By Liz Kelly  | January 29, 2007; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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