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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 07/19/2007

Highbrow: Are 'Faux-lebrities' Taking Over Hollywood?

By Liz Kelly

(Joe Hadley for washingtonpost.com)

The Pisher Kings
New York Observer. With a dearth of fame-worthy men, overhyped youngsters like Shia LaBeouf and Pete Wentz are taking over our culture, our thoughts, our lives. Where are you, Johnny Depp?

Well Written: "In the earlier days of cinema it was the big, hunky, male stars that got the names of those pretty starlets clinging to their arms into gossip columns. These days it seems the opposite. Would we really care about this Joel Madden fellow -- he's in a band called Good Charlotte, by the way -- if he didn't date tween-kitten Hilary Duff before reportedly impregnating Nicole Richie (whose origins of fame are almost as mystifying)?"

Can Nicole Richie Get Pregnant?
Slate.com. When arrested in December for suspected DUI, Nicole Richie weighed in at 85 pounds. A half a year later, she's rumored to be expecting her first child. How is that even possible? Slate.com's Katherine Evans explains.

Noteworthy Factoid: "If Richie were pregnant, could it keep her out of jail? No. Unless a woman is in the last few weeks of her pregnancy, a judge normally won't postpone her trial. About 5 percent of female prisoners arrive at jail pregnant, and most detention centers have in-house OB/GYN care."

Psst! Gossip May Be Good For You
Newsweek. "It's a social skill, not a character flaw," says one doctor quoted in this defense of buzz junkies.

Really? "They're [tabloid consumers] working women who have jobs and families and kids. They view celebrities as part of their larger circle of friends. They want to read about drama in celebrity relationships because they relate to that in their own lives."

More Thoughtful Reads:
Summer Solace: Hot Tips for Every Kind of Reader (Guardian Unlimited)
Drag Hags (Newsweek)

Call for Submissions: If you've been looking for an outlet for your theories about celebrity colonialism, look no further. The University of Queensland is gathering contributions for its first annual symposium on "Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Representation, and Power in Colonial and Post-Colonial Cultures."

Highbrow is a weekly post which presumes to take a somewhat regular look at the world beyond (read: "above") the tabloids and paparazzi-driven blogs we normally frequent here in Celebritology (though, we do love them). Suggest links or trollable sites to celebritology@washingtonpost.com.

By Liz Kelly  | July 19, 2007; 10:43 AM ET
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"They're [tabloid consumers] working women who have jobs and families and kids. They view celebrities as part of their larger circle of friends. They want to read about drama in celebrity relationships because they relate to that in their own lives."

First, my circle of friends are not NEUROTIC AND NARCISSISTIC. I like reading about celebrities because when I start getting depressed about my own life, their f'd up lives make me feel so much better.

Posted by: st.louis | July 19, 2007 11:10 AM | Report abuse

i like highbrow because it leads me to slate, which i rarely read, and 'dear prudence.' i love that column.
that newsweek article is a bunch of bologna and baloney. gossip is not a social skill, it's a guilty pleasure. sort of like eating a doughnut or a donut.

Posted by: methinks | July 19, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I think Slate.com's question of whether or not Richie can get pregnant is really asking whether Nicole's 85 lbs body can sustain conception followed by a baby. I mean, don't you need body fat for that?

Posted by: huh | July 19, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

methinks, slate now have video of dear prudence, its pretty cool, i watched a few of them last night.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 19, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Shia LeBouef isn't a fauxlebrity. He's the real thing. Keep your eyes on him.

Posted by: other liz | July 19, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I agree other Liz, Shia is really good. I've thought he was pretty talented ever since that Disney Channel show of his.

Posted by: Chris | July 19, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Just FYI, as a follow up to the Chappelle post the other day, CNN's "Political Ticker" is reporting that Ed Henry ran into Chappelle at the WH this morning.

Just more fuel for the PWC speculation...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 19, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

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