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Celebritology 2.0: August 19, 2007 - August 25, 2007

TGIF: Misbehaving Star Malaise

Sorry guys. No Friday List this week. I just couldn't summon the requisite enthusiasm for yet another compilation of the best high school movies (especially one so wrong) or even the lessons learned from '80s-era cartoons (and that's some good listing). Instead, I find myself utterly worn out by the latest epidemic of celebrity "justice" and continued bad behavior. As evinced by this morning's Mix, Celebritology is little more than a crime blotter these days. Lilo sentenced, Nicole serving a scant 82 minutes, Amy Winehouse queuing up to be the next Anna Nicole Smith. And that's not all. Over the last week we've seen Foxy Brown jailed, Ali Lohan crash a car, Bill Murray on a drunken golf cart ride, Pete Doherty's cat hospitalized for cocaine use and even the utterly staid Bette Midler illegally felling 200 trees on her Hawaiian property. Meanwhile, Phil Spector's murder trial continues to unfold...

By Liz Kelly  | August 24, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Morning Mix: Celebritology Crime Blotter

Judicial Watch: In case you missed yesterday afternoon's jaw-dropping double-header -- First, Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to a whopping one day in jail on "misdemeanor" charges for her two summer DUI and drug-related arrests (Video). She later released a statement saying she wants to be "healthy" again. Then, Nicole Richie gave celeb-watchers whiplash when she turned herself in to serve her own jail sentence only to emerge 82 minutes later, her debt to society paid in full. And poor Paris had to serve 21 days. Where is the justice, I ask you? Headlines: Amy Winehouse defends husband following bloody hotel brawl... David Hasselhoff wins libel damages from tabloid... Fergie launches handbag line... Judge says Naomi Campbell's history of violence can be raised in current case... Lawyer says Mel Gibson has been following rules of his probation... Rapper Saigon ("Entourage") arrested for carrying illegal knife... "My So-Called Life" (finally) arrives on...

By Liz Kelly  | August 24, 2007; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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But Wait, There's More: Nicole Richie Serves 82 Minutes in Jail

Lindsay Lohan wasn't the only starlet keeping the California judicial system busy today. Nicole Richie turned herself in to serve her four-day sentence this afternoon at 3:15 p.m. PT. Just 82 minutes later, Richie was released "based on her sentence and federal guidelines," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Maribel Rizo. Richie was sentenced after pleading guilty to driving under the influence in December 2006. I'm going to go ahead and make a bold prediction that Richie won't be publishing a prison memoir....

By Liz Kelly  | August 23, 2007; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (161)
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Breaking News: Lindsay Lohan Gets One Day in Jail

Lindsay Lohan accepted a plea deal that requires the starlet to serve one day in jail, serve 10 days of community service and complete a drug treatment program. With 21 days spent at the Century Regional Detention facility, Paris Hilton retains the most slammer cred. Nicole Richie has yet to report for her four-day sentence at the same facility....

By Liz Kelly  | August 23, 2007; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Breaking News: Lohan Avoids Felony Charges

Looks like TMZ called it right: Lindsay Lohan avoided felony charges for her two DUI cases. Instead, prosecutors filed seven misdemeanor charges against the struggling starlet. Reports claim that a plea bargain deal may be announced later today....

By Nancy Kerr  | August 23, 2007; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Creative Captioning: Vincent Pastore & Kitty Cat

While scanning photo wires this morning, I came across the image below -- "Sopranos" alum Vincent Pastore and a ridiculously adorable kitten hamming it up at some sort of cat food-sponsored event (Hollywood, so glam). This picture, I thought, is crying out for a little creative captioning. So, today, release your inner copy editor and craft the best blurb you can for why this bear of a man is pawing this little puff ball. Keep it clean, please. We all know what Pastore's name on "The Sopranos" was -- surelywe're more creative than that. The best entry will be elevated to a position of prominence here in da blog and the writer of that entry may call him (or her) self "Official Celebritology Captionologist" for the week of Aug. 20 - 24. (Getty Images) Update, 8.24.07: The winner of this week's contest is sjcpeach with "Say hello to my little...

By Liz Kelly  | August 23, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Baby Boy for Brady and Moynahan

Headlines: Brangelina to host hurricane relief fundraiser... Baby boy born to exes Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady... Hamptons officials douse Diddy's Labor Day fireworks plans... Stephen Colbert to auction signed cast... Justin Timberlake joins cast of new Mike Myers comedy... Bill Murray refuses breath test after wild golf cart ride through Stockholm, Sweden... Settlement reached in Paris Hilton defamation case... Judge revokes Foxy Brown's probation, sends her to jail... Judge says alleged R. Kelly underage sex videotape can be shown in court. Rumor Mill: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes sleep in separate bedrooms?... Cocaine found in Pete Doherty's cat's blood... Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon vacationing on Martha's Vineyard (third item). Say What? "Ever since I started earning more than my own teachers, everything kind of fell into perspective." -- Seth Rogan ("Knocked Up") in his high school yearbook senior class write up Chat Day: Join me at 2 p.m....

By Liz Kelly  | August 23, 2007; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In Praise of Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt in New Orleans Tuesday. (AP) Considering the battering Brangelina has taken in the press since, well, the two were first linked, it's only fair that we pause today to consider a bit of commendable behavior on the part of one William Bradley Pitt all by his lonesome. Inevitably, comments about Pitt's unceremonious dumpage of that sweet Jennifer Aniston after falling under the spell of the duplicitous harlot Angelina Jolie will mitigate some of this praise. Ancient history. Jen has moved on -- let's join her. Let's separate the man from his choice of mates. Besides, when I see an A-list star donning a hard hat to build homes for someone other than himself, I'm impressed. And so it was that Pitt toured New Orleans's lower ninth ward this week, replete with hard hat and rough-hewn good looks, to check up on the construction of the Holy Cross...

By Liz Kelly  | August 22, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Report -- Lohan Dodges Drug Charges

Headlines: Lindsay Lohan's cocaine charges may be dropped... Lohan gives OK! magazine access for rehab photo shoot... Janeane Garofalo joins cast of "24"... Joey Fatone to cover red carpets for TV Guide Network... Sally Field thinks she looks like "dog poop"... Bob Newhart nominated for Thurber humor prize... Foxy Brown pregnant... Phil Spector won't testify in murder trial... Brad Pitt calls New Orleans green building project a "small victory"... Amy Winehouse cancels North American tour... Barnes & Noble stores won't be stocking O.J. Simpson book... DNA testing confirms another James Brown child... Bette Midler fells 200 trees on Hawaiian property without a permit... Dodging the bullet yet again, Pete Doherty released on technicality in drug possession charge (and is he back with Kate Moss?)... "Wizard of Oz" to get remake? Video: Beyonce has a "wardrobe malfunction" at Toronto concert (probably NSFW). Rumor Mill: Britney Spears backs out of Justin Timberlake...

By Liz Kelly  | August 22, 2007; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lessons from Lilo: A Little Privacy?

The paparazzi-savvy Lindsay Lohan at May's Costume Institute Gala in New York. (AP) We've talked privacy here before and the topic will doubtless emerge again as the unpredictable mixture of celebrities and a 24/7 news cycle continue to collide in new ways. This week, we look at the issue as relates to one Lindsay Lohan -- sometime child star, party girl and recovering addict -- who has been taking tentative steps back into the world. As expected, the paparazzi have been there to capture her recent outings. Last week, Lilo -- currently cleaning up at Sundance, Utah's swank Cirque Lodge ("Recently named by Town and Country magazine as one of the top substance abuse treatment facilities." Ahem.) -- made a quick trip to a local tanning salon for a little color. Then, over the weekend, she was snapped enjoying a whitewater rafting trip with fellow rehabbers. Then, just yesterday,...

By Liz Kelly  | August 21, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: John Mayer and Cameron Diaz Heat Up New York

Headlines: Lindsay Lohan takes another break from rehab to walk the dog... Ryan Seacrest to host September Emmy Awards... Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson to star in big-screen "Marley & Me"... Kristen Bell signs on for multi-show "Heroes" guest gig... Kevin Federline to appear on two-episodes of teen soap "One Tree Hill"... Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen launch upscale clothing line... Naomi Campbell slams Vogue for underusing black models... Laura Linney engaged to longtime boyfriend... Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, Dannielynn, nears first birthday... Pete Doherty arrested on suspicion of drug possession in London... Foxy Brown gave New Jersey police false name during traffic stop... Liev Shreiber puts down baby carrier before shoving photog... Christie Brinkley selling Hamptons home for $30 million. Rumor Mill: John Mayer and Cameron Diaz spotted "all over each other" in New York... Paris Hilton dating "Entourage's" Adrian Grenier?... Cuba Gooding Jr. spotted locking lips with five (5)...

By Liz Kelly  | August 21, 2007; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Perez Hilton Comes to Town

Perez Hilton -- aka Mario Lavandeira. (Liz Kelly for washingtonpost.com) Video: Liz Quizzes Perez Aug. 17, Arlingon, Va. 10:05 p.m. It's Friday night at Clarendon ballroom and event promoters -- in this case radio station Hot 99.5 -- are buzzing the assorted journos gathered in a basement greenroom regularly to assure us that he --- Perez Hilton -- is still coming, and soon. Perez Hilton is hot. So hot that in the past month he's turned up in the realities of both Victoria Beckham (on NBC's one-hour "Welcome to America" special) and Kathy Griffin (on her Bravo show "My Life on the D List") and, for one brief shining morning, in Rosie O'Donnell's vacated "View" seat. He calls his celeb-skewering blog "Hollywood's Most-Hated Web Site" and this self-described "queen" -- who tonight is sporting haphazardly-dyed orange hair, a rumpled shirt and a shiny red tie -- is a bona...

By Liz Kelly  | August 20, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Catching Up With..., Celebrities, Hollyweird, Miscellaneous, Tabloids  
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Morning Mix: More Subpoenas in Spears Custody Case

Headlines: Britney Spears's rehab center subpoenaed in custody battle... Spears appears sans hair extensions... 11 injured in accident on set of new Tom Cruise movie in Germany... Nicole Kidman and Ralph Fiennes sign up for Nazi drama... Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) lands part in new "Batman" movie... Star Jones Reynolds -- whose new talk show launches today -- says she's ready to cover anything... Garth Brooks plotting comeback with new single, greatest hits CD... Lohans reach divorce settlement... Meanwhile, daughter Lindsay paddles through rehab... Method Man makes plea deal in drug arrest... Uncle Kracker arrested on sex charge at North Carolina night club. Rumor Mill: Paris Hilton in talks to appear on U.K.'s "Celebrity Big Brother"... But Donald Trump wants Hilton, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan for "Celebrity Apprentice"... Nicole Richie and Joel Madden engaged... Justin Timberlake stepping out on Jessica Biel?... Did Jessica Simpson break her nose on the...

By Liz Kelly  | August 20, 2007; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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