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Celebritology 2.0: April 8, 2007 - April 14, 2007

Friday List: Celluloid Celebrity

Gloria Swanson in 'Sunset Blvd.' (Paramount Pictures) Not all Friday Lists are intended as cathartic releases. Some -- like these lists of Sad Songs and tips on How to Survive a Horror Flick -- also fall into the category of service journalism. I, for one, consider myself enriched: my iPod is now extra mopey and I have been duly warned to give three-year-olds who speak Latin, Ancient Aramaic, Scytho-Khotanese or any other extinct language a wide berth. This Friday, we'll build on the spirit of goodwill by compiling a list of the best movies about life in front of the lens. From Woody Allen's "Celebrity" to J.Lo's "Selena," which films stand out as illuminating peeks into the surreal world of the entertainment industry and its attendant fame? Help me -- and each other -- compile a syllabus for a celebrity cinema master class. As usual, I'll start by sharing...

By Liz Kelly  | April 13, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Morning Mix: Hollywood's Costliest Divorces

Headlines: Michael Jordan, Neil Diamond and Steven Spielberg top Forbes list of costliest divorces... CBS drops Don Imus's radio show... Jenny McCarthy opens up about son's autism... Julian Lennon sells stake in Beatles songs... Alyssa Milano designs line of women's baseball clothes... Gwen Stefani says she's always been on a diet... Australia honors Nicole Kidman... Abigail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine") to star in "American Girl" movie... Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell to pen children's books... Joe Francis charged with bribery, drug possession in jail... James Blunt won't be charged for February car incident. Rumor Mill: Madonna's publicist denies adoption rumors... Brangelina at odds over Shiloh?... Courtney Love to star as Anna Nicole Smith?... No leather for Tobey Maguire....

By Liz Kelly  | April 13, 2007; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lost Dueling Analyses: The Plot Thickens

Two out of two washingtonpost.com analysts (movie editor Jen Chaney and I) agree: last night's "Lost" rocked. Warning: Spoilers aplenty ahead. The duplicitous Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell). (Photo courtesy ABC) Liz: With five shows to go, we're finally getting somewhere. I knew the episode would deliver the second Sayid opened his mouth and asked Juliet the questions any marooned crash survivor who has been antagonized by a hostile native population would ask given the opportunity. The questions that Jack, Kate, Locke and Sawyer somehow failed to form in their many dealings with the Others: "What are you people doing on this island? Why are you terrorizing us? Making lists? Taking our kids? I want to know everything. Who are you?" We didn't necessarily get answers to any of those questions, but our little show finally returned to form -- the plot was taut, the dialogue was the right mix of flippancy...

By Liz Kelly  | April 12, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Madonna Adopting Again?

Headlines: Larry Birkhead says he won't share custody of Dannielynn... Anna Nicole Smith's final movie to debut at Cannes Film Festival... Willa Ford to play Smith on screen... MSNBC dumps Imus telecast, wife Dierdre ditches book tour... CBS says Katie Couric didn't know video essay was plagiarized; but is she dating a triathlete?... Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown names Eddie Murphy as dad on birth certificate... Justin Timberlake says he called Britney Spears... Drew Barrymore is new face of CoverGirl... Fergie sends Alanis Morissette "butt" cake for "Humps" spoof... Haley Scarnato cut from "American Idol"... Jermaine, Tito and LaToya Jackson to judge new TV talent show... Kimora Lee Simmons gets reality show... Violinist Joshua Bell (you know, this guy) wins Avery Fisher Prize... Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora officially divorced... Novelist Kurt Vonnegut dead at 84... Marc Anthony to pay $2.5 million in back taxes; rep denies rift between Anthony and...

By Liz Kelly  | April 12, 2007; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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It Book: 'Hollywood Car Wash'

(ASJA Press) Lori Culwell's new book, "Hollywood Car Wash" -- a novel about a young actress who finds herself thrust into the Hollywood industry machine, reshaped, renamed and dating a star with a big secret -- hit Los Angeles where it hurts. Katie Holmes is reportedly beside herself about the situations in the book which eerily mirror her own life and, although Culwell doesn't specifically name Holmes as an inspiration, she does say that the book is based on real events. Culwell says the title is a term coined to describe the transformation imposed on women in Hollywood and cites Brittany Murphy (seen here in "Clueless" and more recently) as an example of the metamorphosis. ("Not that I'm saying she HAD the Hollywood Car Wash," says Culwell. But... you know what I mean.") Yesterday, Culwell and I exchanged e-mails and talked about her new book, her advice for Katie...

By Liz Kelly  | April 11, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning Mix: Birkhead Still Dannielynn's Dad; A Boat for Brangelina?

Headlines: Larry Birkhead is Dannielynn's father | Who is Birkhead? | Dannielynn timeline... Liz Hurley could face jail time for Indian wedding... Sponsors pull ads from Imus shows... Madonna, Police to headline Live Earth concerts... Mandy Moore describes herself as "mediocre"... Danny Glover says he won't run in San Francisco mayor's race... Scarlett Johansson wins yet another "sexiest" woman poll... Willie Nelson developing chain of country-fied casinos... Danny Bonaduce's wife files for divorce... Leeza Gibbons voted off "Dancing With the Stars"... "Dancing" host Samantha Harris announces pregnancy... Fire destroys Johnny Cash's lakeside home... Snoop Dogg hit with drug and gun charges for October incident; says he's no Imus... "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis arrested... Fans ask Florida governor to pardon Jim Morrison. Rumor Mill: Brangelina buy six-suite luxury yacht... Paris Hilton skips Kim Kardashian's birthday party... Britney Spears sets her sights on Laker Luke Walton, cuts ties with Paris...

By Liz Kelly  | April 11, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dannielynn: A Timeline

Baby Dannielynn in October 2006. (AP/Entertainment Tonight) And so another chapter in the Anna Nicole Smith saga comes to an end. With today's announcement of the Larry Birkhead as the DNA-endorsed father of baby Dannielynn, let us hope we never hear from Prince Frederic von Anhalt ever again. Sept. 7, 2006: Baby Dannielynn born to Anna Nicole Smith in Nassau, Bahamas. Sept. 10, 2006: Smith's 20-year-old son Daniel dies in her Bahamas hospital room. Sept. 26, 2006: Lawyer/companion Howard K. Stern announces to Larry King that he is the father of Smith's baby. Feb. 7, 2007: Judge orders Anna Nicole Smith to submit to paternity suit pressed by photographer and ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead. Feb. 8, 2007: Anna Nicole Smith dies in Hollywood, Fla. Feb. 12, 2007: Prince Frederic von Anhalt (Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband) claims paternity of Dannielynn. Feb. 16, 2007: Imprisoned Smith ex Mark Hatten says he could...

By Liz Kelly  | April 10, 2007; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Larry Birkhead is Anna Nicole's Baby's Daddy

Will link to wire story when we have it, but Larry Birkhead just emerged from the courthouse where the DNA results were revealed and said "I told you so!" He says his next move is to go to a toy store. Howard K. Stern says he's disappointed but will not fight for custody of baby Dannielynn. No reaction yet from Prince Frederic von Anhalt. 4:17 p.m. ET: As promised, here's a link to the wire story. Look for a timeline of little Dannielynn's travails to be posted shortly....

By Liz Kelly  | April 10, 2007; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Report Card: TomKat Gets Schooled

Matchy-Matchy-ness: Towering six inches over one's spouse? Grade: D. (Getty Images) How are Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes faring as they approach their five-month anniversary? Celebritology attempts to make sense of Hollywood's most inscrutable relationship by applying the one-size-fits-all high school report card approach. Don't worry TomKat, no pesky standardized testing here, but as my high school guidance counselor would say, perhaps you'd better apply to more than one safety school. Romance Gone are the days of Tom devouring Katie on international red carpets. Body language says it all, kids, and pix like this speak volumes. Rumors of Tom's micromanagement of Katie's career and her hours-long calls to Victoria Beckham for advice on how to cope with Cruise's controlling ways only add to overall concern. Grade: D Friendships Aside from the above-mentioned Victoria Beckham, Katie seems to spend most of her time with her credit card and baby Suri....

By Liz Kelly  | April 10, 2007; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Morning Mix: Dunst Says Weed Makes for a Better World

Headlines: Don Imus gets two-week suspension for racial slur... Anna Nicole Smith baby DNA results due today... Justin Timberlake says he boosted popularity of McDonalds, Grammys... Britney Spears (dressed in a tea towel) spends Easter shopping... Nine hundred guests welcome back "Entourage" at premiere party... Tobey Maguire may pass on fourth "Spider-Man" installment... Leonardo DiCaprio signs up for al Qaeda drama... NBC pulls Andy Richter's new sitcom... Elizabeth Shue ("Leaving Las Vegas") planning pro tennis career... "The Hills's" Jason Wahler arrested again. Rumor Mill: Angelina Jolie using subsidized daycare for kids?... Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds enjoy New York weekend... Tabloid says Tom Cruise told Katie Holmes she's not happy enough in public... Film students accuse Quentin Tarantino of ripping off "Grindhouse" idea... Diddy regales four-month-old daughters with diamond necklaces... Jay-Z denies fathering model's five-year-old son... Sharon Osbourne to replace Brandy as judge on "America's Got Talent"... Laura Dern signs...

By Liz Kelly  | April 10, 2007; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Morning Mix: Countdown to Reveal of Dannielynn's Daddy

Headlines: Identity of Anna Nicole Smith's baby's daddy to be announced Tuesday... Halle Berry slams magazine for dredging up suicide story... Radio host Don Imus apologizes for slur against college basketball team, will visit Al Sharpton's radio show... Martha Stewart heads to Kazakhstan to see pal off on space flight... Robert Rodriguez and ex-wife issue statement saying they work together just fine... Kate Beckinsale says Hollywood ideal is unrealistic... Bon Jovi action figures to hit stores in August... Jackie Chan launches Chinese TV fighting/talent show... Avril Lavigne and Deryck Whibley buy $9.5 million home... Christopher Reeve's "Superman" costume sells for $115,000... Isaac Hanson (the oldest "MMMBop" kid) and wife welcome first child... "Scrubs" star John C. McGinley marries... Jerry Orbach gets his own New York street corner... "B.C." cartoonist Johnny Hart dead at 76. Rumor Mill: Ashlee Simpson spotted snuggling with Fallout Boy's Pete Wentz... Taryn Manning still hasn't been...

By Liz Kelly  | April 9, 2007; 5:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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