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Celebritology 2.0: May 27, 2007 - June 2, 2007

Friday List: The Dream Theme

Concept drawing of Hogwarts. (Photo courtesy Universal Studios) As reported in this morning's Mix, Universal Studios yesterday announced plans to open a Harry Potter theme park in 2009 -- finally creating a long-overdue Mecca for rabid Potter fans. Visitors will lose themselves in a "fully immersive Harry Potter themed environment" that will include recreations of Hogwarts, Hogsmeade Village, the Forbidden Forest and offer "experiential shops and restaurants that will enable guests to sample fare from the wizarding world's best known establishments." Not being much of a Harry Potter fan, though, I'm left cold by the thought of seing a faithful facsimile of Dumbledore's office, let alone surrendering my ducats to J.K. Rowling's sprawling empire. Surely, we can do better by crafting a wish list of movies that deserve the theme park treatment. To get us started, I took a quick survey of a few trusted Celebritology field agents. A...

By Liz Kelly  | June 1, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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Morning Mix: Paris Preening for Perp Walk?

Headlines: Pax Thien Jolie is officially a "Pitt"; could Jolie-Pitt clan grow by two in coming year?... Nicole Richie fears she'll be sent to jail... Ashley Olsen wears massive glasses... Keri Russell goes glam for Interview magazine... Snoop Dogg sports a 'stache... Mike Myers to be honored at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards... Jackson family memorabilia brings $500K at auction... Judge issues arrest warrant for Tom Sizemore... Harry Potter getting his own theme park. Rumor Mill: Paris Hilton hires makeup/hair team to prep for perp walk... Lindsay Lohan's Vegas 21st birthday bash is still on; "friend" says she's happy in rehab... Jennifer Aniston spends Memorial Day weekend with mystery man... Kevin Federline threatens to release second album... Victoria Beckham pulling plug on reality show... British government loathe to make David Beckham a knight. Say What? "Sometimes I feel a little like Mel Gibson. (People say to him) 'OK, Mel Gibson,...

By Liz Kelly  | June 1, 2007; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Here Come the Lizzies!

It's that time of year again. The voice of the people -- at least you people -- was heard last July when you voted Paris Hilton the Most Over-Hyped Celebrity (and dropper of the Most Inane Comment) and, in a flash of brilliant foresight, elected Britney Spears the Most Fascinating Anticipated Celebrity Train Wreck of the Year. Time to turn our celebrity prognostication and unerring judgment to this year's headlines. But, this year the honors will expand to dole out a few more superlatives. That's where you come in: For the next week I'll be accepting your ideas for categories for this year's Celebritology Honors (aka "The Lizzies"). Hollywood's baddest bad girl? Cutest celebrity baby? Biggest celebrity train wreck? Most-shocking break-up? Starlet worth emulating? Most shameless publicity stunt? What celebrity-perpetrated events or trends defined the past 12 months? Send your ideas to celebritology@washingtonpost.com -- one or many -- and...

By Liz Kelly  | May 31, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Morning Mix: Woman Offers to Serve Time for Paris

Headlines: Lindsay Lohan's dad says she's hooked on OxyContin... Arrest shines spotlight on underage drinking at trendy L.A. clubs... Kansas City woman offers to serve Paris Hilton's jail sentence... Nicole Richie says e-mail invite was a joke... Fred Thompson gives up "Law & Order" role as he preps for presidential bid (More political celebs)... "Idol" Jordin Sparks says she's happy with her curves... Paula Abdul says neurological disorder responsible for disjointed behavior... Taylor Hicks dating Milwaukee newscaster... Celine Dion and her feckless hippie son pose for magazine cover... Prince to play Macy's store to launch perfume... Jon Lovitz signs lifelong contract with comedy club... Pierce Brosnan and wife donate $100K to Honolulu school... Audrey Hepburn dress sells for $200K at auction... Former "View"-ster Lisa Ling marries... Anne Heche and husband reach short-term custody agreement. Rumor Mill: Friends say Lindsay Lohan attempted suicide twice... Jail hand picks Paris Hilton's cell mate......

By Liz Kelly  | May 31, 2007; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Queen? Bah. The Dutchess Visits Virginia

Fergie pauses for a photo op Tuesday at Fair Oaks Mall. (Photo by Liz Kelly for washingtonpost.com) The quiet, suburban stillness of Fairfax County's Fair Oaks Mall -- a sleepy melange of Ann Taylor, Gap, Hollister and Cheesecake Factory -- was popped Tuesday afternoon by Fergie (aka Fergie Ferg, aka Stacy Ann Ferguson) -- sometime Black Eyed Peas frontwoman and self-proclaimed "Dutchess." She of the humps (you know, the "lovely lady lumps"); she who has coined the eponymous adjective Fergalicous. And so it was that I found myself watching quizzically from backstage as Fergie led a frantic crowd of tweeners in an enthusiastic chant of "If you ain't got no money take your broke ass home" at the Fair Oaks Verizon store, just upstairs from H&M and a latte's throw from Caribou Coffee. In the midst of a cross-country tour ("It's so nice to be accepted where you're from,"...

By Liz Kelly  | May 30, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Lohan Checks Into Rehab

Headlines: Lindsay Lohan checks into rehab... Mischa Barton better after Memorial Day scare... Elisabeth Hasselbeck says she's communicating with Rosie O'Donnell... Ashton Kutcher signs two-year production deal with CBS... Justin Timberlake launches his own record label... Bo Diddley recovering from stroke... Amy Winehouse's mother says pop star is too skinny... Larry Birkhead's former lawyer sues for unpaid legal fees... Brandy may face vehicular manslaughter charge... Rapper Young Jeezy arrested at Georgia strip club. Rumor Mill: Sick Britney Spears had to be carried out of hotel bar bathroom... Vocal coach says she helped Jordin Sparks... Ozzy Osbourne declined invite to duet with Sanjaya Malakar on "Idol" finale... Music mogul Clive Davis furious with Kelly Clarkson over album... Paris Hilton dumped from photog's book of "stunning" heiresses... Bobby Brown forgets the words to "My Prerogative"... Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown signs on to "Dancing With the Stars." Say What? "I am going...

By Liz Kelly  | May 30, 2007; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Go Away, Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan, she's got the whole world in her hands. (Reuters) The story of the day may well become the story of the year. Lindsay Lohan has acquired the dubious distinction of being the latest in a string of celebutantes to face DUI charges. Paris Hilton was recently sentenced to an incredible-shrinking-jail-term for violating her DUI probation and Nicole Richie's fate will be decided in court on June 8 after her own December arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol, Vicodin and pot. Lohan's moment came in the wee hours of Saturday morning when the 20-year-old reportedly crashed her convertible Mercedes SL-65 into a curb around 5:30 a.m. Lohan was spirited away from the scene by friends. Cops later located the starlet at L.A.'s Century City Hospital and charged her with suspicion of DUI. They haven't yet decided who will face charges for the cocaine found in the...

By Liz Kelly  | May 29, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Lindsay Lohan Returning to Rehab?

Headlines: Rosie O'Donnell says she probably won't speak to Elisabeth Hasselbeck again... Lindsay Lohan gets a job... Ashley Judd's husband wins Indy 500... Ewan McGregor sets off on 20-country motorcycle journey... The Police kick off world tour in Canada... Jackson family memorabilia up for auction. Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan returning to rehab? Photos show seemingly inebriated Lohan on Memorial Day... Alleged pieces of Lohan's crashed car go up for sale on eBay. Say What? "Brad has had it tough between being hobbled with children and that horrible, ugly wife." -- George Clooney jokingly discusses "Oceans 13" co-star Brad Pitt Good Read: The Post's Howard Kurtz talks tabloids....

By Liz Kelly  | May 29, 2007; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Memorial Day Mini-Mix: Lohan Busted for DUI

Headlines: Lindsay Lohan arrested for suspected drunk driving (video); dad says she needs to "find God"... Rosie O'Donnell says take this "View" and shove it... Paul Newman quits acting... After outcry over ticket prices, Barbra Streisand cancels Rome concert... Lars Ulrich and Connie Nielson welcome baby boy... Max Baer Jr. ("The Beverly Hillbillies's" Jethro) plans to open casino... Game show staple Charles Nelson Reilly dead at 76 (RIP). Rumor Mill: Mischa Barton hospitalized for adverse reaction to medication; spotted smoking pot at Cannes... Michael Jackson gets sick at paid birthday party appearance....

By Liz Kelly  | May 28, 2007; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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