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Celebritology 2.0: June 17, 2007 - June 23, 2007

Friday List: Worst Cover Songs Ever

Well do I remember the Saturday night in 1998 when I recoiled in horror as P. Diddy (then known as "Puff Daddy") furiously "rapped" over Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir", backed by Jimmy Page (sellout) and a complement of classical musicians. How had this abomination happened? Where was Robert Plant and why was he not rushing out on stage to best P. Diddy Daddy with his own honey-dripping Viking-inspired wail? I think I passed out in pain sometime after Diddy tore off his jacket in rage and uttered his 432nd "Ya." See how long you can stand it: Nine years later, my gut feeling has at last been validated by Web site Retrocrush, which compiled an ungodly list of the 100 Worst Cover Songs Ever. Diddy's take on "Kashmir" is there, though it only made it to no. 96 on the list. Other dishonorees include Kelly Osbourne for her cover of Madonna's...

By Liz Kelly  | June 22, 2007; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (145)
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Morning Mix: The Paris Interview

Headlines:Has NBC nabbed -- and outbid ABC -- for first Paris Hilton post-jail interview?... No word on how much Ryan Seacrest paid to learn that Paris is "grateful" (full transcript)... Starlet style emulators rush to buy Lindsay Lohan's pass out hoodie... George Clooney battles development near his Italian villa... John Travolta pilots a big plane... Sean Preston Federline pilots a small Cadillac... Katherine Heigl launches line of nurse uniforms... David Hasselhoff demands apology from British tabloid... Jimmy Kimmel has emergency appendectomy... Woody Allen to make operatic directorial debut... Billy Ray Cyrus hopes daughter Miley ("Hanna Montana") keeps out of trouble... "Cowboys & Aliens" -- coolest movie concept ever? Rumor Mill: Is Britney Spears considering a restraining order against mom Lynn?... Christina Aguilera buying Ozzy Osbourne's old house (might we recommend a thorough carpet cleaning?)... Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel spurn Norwegian fare for TGI Fridays... Tyrese Gibson and Brandy...

By Liz Kelly  | June 22, 2007; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Big Time Blame Shifting

Perhaps blameless Angelina Jolie and Tommy Lee should heed the lessons found at coping.org. (Photos: Reuters and Getty Images) (AP) Listen, I would never want you to think that Tommy Lee is some kind of airheaded fool who lucked his way into stardom and money courtesy of a footnote in musical history or that Angelina Jolie is a control freak who considers herself entitled to a strictly-controlled media environment. And neither would they it seems, since the past week saw both stars (who, come to think of it, actually look like cousins) clumsily shifting blame for their missteps onto the convenient shoulders of their management. Is personal responsibility now "out" for the celebrity set or are we to believe that both Lee and Jolie are naive enough to trust their money-making images to the care and feeding of others? In Lee's case, the rocker -- along with his Motley...

By Liz Kelly  | June 21, 2007; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Morning Mix: Is Britney Drinking Again?

Headlines: Paris Hilton prosecutor under fire for shielding wife from arrest; Hilton pens jailhouse letters (eBay, here they come!) to fans... Joss Stone says she's not "getting close" to Prince William... Uma Thurman dating British actor-director-producer... Kelly Clarkson says she was bulimic... Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon expecting twins... Wes Craven sues neighbor Pauly Shore... William Shatner snubbed by "Star Trek" sequel director... Photo: Angelina Jolie's Star magazine cover. Rumor Mill: Is Britney Spears drinking again? Mom Lynn tries to keep Britney away from sister... Lindsay Lohan to spend 30 more days in rehab?... Romance cooling for Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal?... Is Hugh Hefner's 27-year-old girlfriend pregnant?... Mandy Moore pens revenge song about ex Zach Braff... Perez Hilton to guest host "The View"... Nicolas Cage owns 13 homes. Chat Day: Join me live at 2 p.m. ET for this week's Celebritology Live. We'll talk Lizzies, Britneys, Lindsays, Suris and Parises....

By Liz Kelly  | June 21, 2007; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Cast Your Lizzies Votes

Cast Your Votes Now Last year, Celebritology readers made their mark on the annual awards season when we launched the inaugural Celebritology Honors (aka The Lizzies). This year, the Lizzies are back -- bigger, better and blingier than ever before. Cast your votes in this year's five categories, culled from a list of your nominations: Biggest Celebrity Train Wreck, Best Celebrity-Obsessed Web Site, Best Mug Shot, Most-Shocking Split and Most-Admired Celebrity. Voting will be open through Tuesday, July 3 and winners will be announced Monday, July 9....

By Liz Kelly  | June 20, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Awards Season  
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Morning Mix: Brad's Mom Visits Jennifer Aniston

Headlines: Brad Pitt's mom visits Jennifer Aniston... Nicole Richie plans to fight DUI charge... Larry Birkhead named legal guardian of baby Dannielynn... Florida radio station removes bald Britney Spears billboards... TomKat clan hits the beach (and Katie doesn't look preggo to me)... Stars turn out for Paul McCartney's 65th birthday bash... Evangeline Lilly gives paparazzi the finger (really)... Motley Crue sues manager for $20 million for advising "bad career moves"... TV chef Gordon Ramsay accused of faking scenes for reality show... Tom Sizemore asks judge for one more chance for probation... Medical examiner says Don Ho's daughter OD'd on meth... Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and larger than life personal trainer. Wow. Rumor Mill: Dad says church is saving Lindsay Lohan... Room where Anna Nicole Smith died cleansed by Shaman... Was Angelina Jolie's apology to the press genuine?... Has Christina Aguilera got a genie in her bottle? Say What? "She's a...

By Liz Kelly  | June 20, 2007; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Celebritology 101: Picture Perfect

Nicole Richie's re-imagined baby pic. (Courtesy PlanetHiltron.com) Stars, they're just like us. Or at least they are over at planethiltron.com, a fabulously wicked collection of PhotoShopped star pix. Behold a pudgy Angelina Jolie dancing in a cluttered apartment, a cheesed out Ashlee Simpson, Paris Kennedy and a shrunken Tom Cruise. Culturally, we have an insatiable desire to buy magazines or browse Web sites filled with glossy pix of svelte, blemish-free, ageless hardbodies that look nothing like the real lumps of flesh we see in the mirror or next to us in bed. Despite some recent moves to feature "real" people in ads (Dove, for instance), we don't tend to spend our magazine money on pix tainted by the pesky signs of reality -- cellulite, zits and middle-aged spread. The not-too-secret secret is a shadowy army of photo retouchers magically manipulating PhotoShop and a veritable quiver of desktop tools designed...

By Liz Kelly  | June 19, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Celebritology 101  
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Morning Mix: Celebrity Baby Boom

Headlines: Julia Roberts gives birth to third child, Henry Daniel Moder... Keri Russell gives birth to son River Russell Deary... Tiger Woods and wife welcome daughter Sam Alexis Woods... Kevin James and wife welcome second daughter Shea Joelle James... Britney Spears demands removal of Florida billboards featuring her shaven head... Michael Jackson settles $48 million lawsuit... Video: Bai Ling tears up the dance floor... Paris Hilton's neighbors sick of media circus. Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan cancels Vegas 21st birthday bash... Shar Jackson to sue Star magazine over pregnancy rumor... Rosie O'Donnell in talks to fill Bob Barker's "Price Is Right" shoes? Or will she team up with Imus?... TomKat parties all night with the Beckhams, then don color-coordinated ensembles to attend wedding in France. Say What? "I still think that if you analyze most of the school shootings, it is not gun control. It is [psychotropic] drugs at the bottom...

By Liz Kelly  | June 19, 2007; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Comments Box: Celeb Swag, Chen's Moon Man and Dermot McDermott?

Do you think you could post a link somewhere on your blog with a list of celebrity related gift ideas, as they come up? I know you've mentioned some other books in the past... I have a friend who's b-day is in December, and I'd love to get her something like this, and it would be hugely helpful to assemble all the suggestions in one place. -- Posted to The Art of the Courtroom Sketch Thanks for writing. I ran a month-long series of posts during the 2006 holiday season detailing just the sort of celebrity-related tchotchkes you have in mind. You'll find plenty of bizarro stuff to choose from -- dolls designed by Marie Osmond, celeb-centric books and the low down on veritable bouquet of celebrity perfumes. If your friend is more of a collector, though, you might want to go back and check out posts on artists like...

By Liz Kelly  | June 18, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Hasselhoff Wins Custody of Kids

Headlines: David Hasselhoff wins custody of daughters... Angelina Jolie open to reconciling with dad Jon Voight; lawyer takes the blame for media snafu... Rod Stewart marries model Penny Lancaster in Italy... "Two and a Half Men's" Jon Cryer (aka Duckie Dale) marries in Mexico... Britney Spears and pal trade clothes at night club... Elvis Presley's gun sells for $28K at auction... Dolly Parton named Girl Scout for life... Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie masquerade as salt and pepper... Jazz great Ornette Coleman collapses at Bonnaroo music festival... Kristin Swanson arrested for alleged assault of boyfriend's ex-wife... Dustin Diamond is not dead. Rumor Mill: Nicole Richie and Joel Madden engaged?... Olsen twins selling pix of 21st birthday bash for $300K (second item)... Lap dancer says she had four-month affair with George Clooney... Rolling Stones reconcile after backstage fight over alcohol. Good Stuff: Chloë Sevigny through the years... Beastie Boys Q&A... Naomi Wolf...

By Liz Kelly  | June 18, 2007; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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