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Celebritology 2.0: April 1, 2007 - April 7, 2007

Friday List: Don't Remake This Movie

There seems to be no escape from remakes. (AVCO Embassy Pictures) Quite possibly you heard it: The sound of legions of faithful "Escape from New York" fans shuddering in unison after learning that "300's" Gerard Butler will star as Snake Plissken in a remake of "Escape from New York." For those few uninitiated souls out there who somehow managed to make it to 2007 without experiencing "Escape," the 1981 original stands as an unparalleled masterpiece of B-movie fare. To compare it to its peers of the same era: If "Mad Max" was post-apocalyptic and edgy, "Escape" was post-apocalyptic and cheesy. If "Blade Runner" was a "cyberpunk vision of the future," "Escape" was the low-rent dream of kids turning off disco and turning on to leather jackets. If "Star Wars" was the ground-breaking first installment of George Lucas's storied trilogy, "Escape," too, spawned a mini-empire for director John Carpenter, who...

By Liz Kelly  | April 6, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
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Morning Mix: Disney Miffed with Keith Richards' Snorting Story

Headlines: Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal (Witherhaal? Gyllenspoon?) get serious... Al Gore to open Tribeca Film Festival... Scarlett Johansson likes to be mysterious... Drew Barrymore signs on to film adaptation of "He's Just Not That Into You"... Britney Spears cuts price on Malibu mansion... Joe Francis refuses to surrender to "judge gone wild"... Anna Nicole Smith doctor under investigation; Smith's diaries up for auction again... Kevin Costner sues music promoter for breach of contract... Gary Glitter to ask Vietnam for amnesty again. Rumor Mill: Disney miffed with "Pirates" co-star Keith Richards over snorting story... Hey, Courtney Love, Whoopi Goldberg just lost 43 pounds, too... Ice Cube fires boozing tour bus driver... Sean Connery still not on board for "Indiana Jones" sequel. "It wouldn't work. I have a butt, I have boobs and I have a woman's curves; there is no way I'd see them go to zero. I hate to...

By Liz Kelly  | April 6, 2007; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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'Lost' Dueling Analyses: Something For Everyone?

This week, post.com movies editrix Jen Chaney and I disagree yet again, but in a Bizarro World kind of way. Warning: Spoilers ahead. Sawyer (Josh Holloway) beer batters a wild boar. (Photo courtesy ABC) Liz: To borrow the sentiment from a famous Abraham Lincoln quote, you can't please all of the people all of the time. Last night's episode, though, attempted to do just that: We had action unfolding in both major areas of the island, muddy girl-fighting, the return of the smoke monster, Hurley getting one over on Sawyer, a handy Sawyer tie-in via Kate's flashback and, ultimately, promise of an interesting episode next week when Jack, Kate, Sayid and Juliet return to the Losties' main digs. And I, for one, find myself pleased. Maybe I'm a cheap date, but a little Hurley and some smoke monster will get me every time. Jen: We have switched roles this week,...

By Liz Kelly  | April 5, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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Morning Mix: Britney Finds Romance in Rehab

Headlines: Keith Richards says dad's ashes are under a tree, not up his nose... One doctor prescribed all the drugs found in Anna Nicole Smith's body... Whitney Houston wins custody of daughter Bobbi Kristina... Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan end feud... Patrick Dempsey says Isaiah Washington is a changed man, at least from afar... Ailing Tony Bennett pulls out of "Idol" performance... Halle Berry to go bald for film role... Sanjaya Malakar's sister plays guitar commando... Mark Wahlberg doubtful of "Departed" sequel... George Clooney pays kids $20 for lemonade... Valerie Bertinelli signs on as new Jenny Craig spokesperson... Designer Anand Jon accused of assaulting four more women... Director Robert Clark ("A Christmas Story") killed in head-on collision. Rumor Mill: Britney Spears finds rehab romance, calls Kevin Federline her biggest (as in $13 million) mistake... K-Fed's little brother arrested for underage drinking... Suri Cruise gets her hair done every week (fourth...

By Liz Kelly  | April 5, 2007; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Keith Richards, Father's Little Helper

Richards in 2003. (Reuters) Keith Richards is the world's longest living dead man walking, a member of one of the defining bands of rock and roll and has been a gracious punchline (see above "dead man walking" reference) for decades now. A guy who has survived heroin, disco and a nasty spill from a coconut tree deserves a certain amount of props for sheer staying power. Turns out, though, that Richards is also a genius. Richards, with one well-placed sentence, was single-handedly able to make Britney Spears look like a Girl Scout, Pete Doherty seem almost angelic, Tom Cruise appear somewhat normal and set a new high (or low, depending on your point of view) for celebrity scoop. Just in case there's anyone left out there who hasn't yet heard, Richards reportedly told a British magazine that he snorted his dead father's cremated remains: "He was cremated and I...

By Liz Kelly  | April 4, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Morning Mix: Manager Says Richards Did Not Snort Pops

Actress Halle Berry hugs Honorary Mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant. (AP) Headlines: Keith Richards's manager says he didn't snort his father... Newsweek says Will Smith is most powerful actor... Judge doesn't say name of Anna Nicole Smith's baby's daddy... Shandi Finnessey says "Dancing With the Stars" experience was amazing... Jennifer Lopez says Marc Anthony is her perfect match... Fergie says Josh Duhamel is her private dancer... Mark Wahlberg says he doesn't think of himself as a sex symbol... Coldplay's Chris Martin says "This is my wife Gwyneth"... Tearful Heather Mills says she's no golddigger... Salma Hayek says she faces prejudice in Mexico and the U.S... Halle Berry says she wishes we could all be "inside her right now"... Rosario Dawson says she loves being single... Film critic Roger Ebert says he's feeling better... Lindsay Lohan says "gotta think sex scene today." Rumor Mill: Tommy Lee moves back in with...

By Liz Kelly  | April 4, 2007; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Celebritology Clip n' Save: The 411 for Jeremy Piven's 911

Oh, and lose the hat. (AP) Jeremy Piven has a lot of hugging it out (bitch) to do. The one-time buddy, collaborator, and dream road trip go-to guy (seriously, who hasn't wanted to hit Vegas with the Piv at least once?) seems to have evaporated. In recent months, he's done little to engender good will from fans, old friends or random restaurant employees. He's a one-man walking tutorial in boorishness and this behavior must be curtailed, I tell you, before his personal gaffes eclipse his masterful portrayal of agent Ari Gold on HBO's "Entourage." We used to love the Piv. And we want him back. To that end, sometime Celebritology contributor Lisa Todorovich and I have compiled a list of suggestions to help Piven get back on track: 1. Here's a tip: An "Entourage" DVD is not one. According to this handy guide, "a 15 to 20-percent tip is...

By Liz Kelly  | April 3, 2007; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Morning Mix: Brangelina Plotting Fourth Adoption?

Headlines: Rosie O'Donnell calls Bill O'Reilly a "fattish imbecile"... Howard K. Stern drops appeal in paternity case... Spice Girl Mel B gives birth to baby girl. (Oh, and, happy birthday Eddie Murphy)... Madonna dedicates new children's book to David Banda... Oprah to speak at Howard University commencement ceremony... Jennifer Lopez (The Artist Formerly Known As J.Lo) spends Monday at jury duty... The Cure teaming up with Ashlee Simpson... Justin Timberlake says he's had it with gossip magazines... Mandy Moore fractures ankle at magazine photo shoot... Black Eyed Peas's Fergie talks about her lesbian relationships... Ashes of "Star Trek's" Scotty (James Doohan) to be blasted into space (the final frontier)... Big-mouthed "Knight Rider" car KITT up for sale... John Taylor's (Duran Duran) home burglarized... Warrant issued for country singer Billy Joe Shaver in shooting incident. Rumor Mill: Angelina Jolie planning fourth adoption?... Mariah Carey next star to adopt? (second item)... Rose...

By Liz Kelly  | April 3, 2007; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Comment Box: How Many Black Eyed Peas?

Black Eyed Peas's Taboo (with bandmate Apl.De.Ap) holds up a cardboard cutout of more recognizable bandmate Stacy Ferguson at the Kids' Choice Awards. (AP) What's with those other two dudes in the Black Eyed Peas? -- Liz Okay, so I submitted this question myself because I've long wondered why Fergie and Will.I.Am always seem to have these two other guys on stage with them. Aside from sporting ensembles goofy enough to make Sanjaya Malakar envious and strike caricature-ish poses, what exactly do Taboo and Apl.De.Ap (pictured at right) do? Based on my limited exposure to the Peas (I'm obviously allergic), Taboo seems to lurch around like some kind of uncoordinated giant and get arrested while Aple.Whathizhoozie chimes in from time to time with a well-placed "Yo" or "Yah." Maybe I'm the last to know, but it turns out that Apl.Strudel (aka Allan Lindo) has been with Will.I.Am since their...

By Liz Kelly  | April 2, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Morning Mix: Rosie and Hasselbeck, BFF 4Eva!

Headlines: Elizabeth Hasselbeck says she and Rosie O'Donnell are best of friends... Drugs that killed Anna Nicole Smith prescribed to Howard K. Stern, others... Daniel Craig tops list of most stylish men... Justin Timberlake, who recently dissed "Idol" Taylor Hicks, takes top honors at Kids' Choice Awards... Hilary Duff says she's felt pressured to be thin... Lil' Jon sets world bling record with diamond pendant... Helen Mirren (who just joined the cast of the locally-filming "National Treasure" sequel) buys 500-year-old Italian castle... Usher engaged to longtime girlfriend... Marie Osmond divorcing husband of 20 years... Warren Beatty admits "You're So Vain" is about him (second item)... Former "Family Ties" star Brian Bonsall (recognize him?) charged with assault... Martin Sheen cited at anti-nuke rally... That's right, "Adventures in Babysitting" is being remade. Rumor Mill: More rumors fly after Diddy's late night visit to Sienna Miller's house... Woman arrested outside Tom Cruise's home......

By Liz Kelly  | April 2, 2007; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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