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Celebritology 2.0: October 21, 2007 - October 27, 2007

Friday List: Dream Show Marathon?

'Ab Fab's' Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. (AP) washingtonpost.com's new Channel This TV blog is my new go-to spot for post-show analysis of Celebritology-critical TV fare like "Dancing With the Stars," but sometimes the heart longs for the TV of seasons past. That's where EW's Mandi Bierly comes in. Earlier this week, Bierly asked EW readers to share picks for the ultimate dream show marathon. Bierly opted for a non-stop dose of "America's Next Top Model" while commenters' choices were all over the dial -- from the obvious ("Lost") to the mystifying ("Head of the Class"). Today we build upon EW's list by adding our own recommendations (which may come in handy around D.C. this weekend if the rain keeps falling). My picks, in no particular order: - "My So-Called Life" (Angst. Growing pains. Teen romance. Perfection.) - "Absolutely Fabulous" (Love it.) - "Deadwood" (Who can get enough Al...

By Liz Kelly  | October 26, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (147)
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Morning Mix: Sarah Jessica Parker Named 'Unsexiest Woman'

Headlines: Maxim names Sarah Jessica Parker world's unsexiest woman... Owen Wilson to speak out for first time since suicide attempt... Paris Hilton postpones trip to Rwanda... Britney Spears and Kevin Federline due in court today to resume custody case... Hit-and-run charge against Spears dismissed... "Ellen DeGeneres Show" ratings up 10 percent following Iggy-gate... Queen Latifah says she loves her curves... Michael Lohan hopes for "redemption"... Dina Lohan's reality show to start filming next week... Notorious B.I.G. immortalized in wax... Akon show canceled after stage collapses... Kate Hudson, Chris Robinson divorce finalized... "Lost's" Daniel Dae Kim arrested on suspicion of DUI... Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges. Rumor Mill: Lynne Spears (Brit's mom) to publish tell-all autobiography in spring 2008... Amy Winehouse promises not to drink before shows... Christina Aguilera expecting twins?... Evan Rachel Wood to sign record deal?... James Brolin and Diane Ladd may...

By Liz Kelly  | October 26, 2007; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Creative Captioning: TomKat Strut

(AP) At first glance this photo appears to be yet another typical red carpet scene: A Hollywood power couple and their blinding starpower promoting a new project -- in this case Tom Cruise's new movie "Lions for Lambs." But perhaps all is not as it appears. After all, this is TomKat and the Creative Captionologist (hint hint) knows this picture is worth a thousand words. Or at least 10 or 20. What is to be made of Tom's high-and-tight new 'do or Katie's seemingly oversized bustier? And what, one wonders, is Cruise thinking as he gazes into the ear of his young bride? Perhaps dreaming about -- just once -- saying no to Suri? You know the drill. The best entry will be elevated to a position of prominence here in the blog and the writer of that entry may call him (or her) self "Official Celebritology Captionologist" for...

By Liz Kelly  | October 25, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
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Morning Mix: Brit and K-Fed Meet for Parenting Class

Headlines: Britney Spears and Kevin Federline attend first co-parenting class... Anti-sleep medication spotted in Spears's purse... Maria Shriver says Anna Nicole Smith coverage soured her on TV news career... Diddy says assault reports were "overblown"; inks deal to sponsor vodka brand... Don Henley defends Eagles's Wal-Mart deal... Jennifer Lopez mourns death of grandmother... Vanity Fair names "Purple Rain" best movie soundtrack of all time (we beg to differ)... British engineer mistaken for rock god in Russia... Guy Ritchie set to direct "Dirty Dozen" remake... Coercion charge filed against O.J. Simpson... Jailed "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis mounts Internet marketing campaign... TV host Gary Collins arrested for suspected DUI in Los Angeles... The pic that inspired Halle Berry's "Jewish" comment. Rumor Mill: Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi couplehood coming to an end?... Did David Copperfield offer woman $2 million to drop rape charge?... Tabloid claims Oprah had "secret weight...

By Liz Kelly  | October 25, 2007; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Trouble in the Kidman-Urban Paradise?

(Reuters) When asked about her level of marital bliss, Nicole Kidman recently told Interview magazine that marriage is "beautiful and complicated" and that you "never know where something's going." Some would take this as refreshingly honest. Here in Celebritology 101, though, where we are fluent in celeb speak, Kidman's words took our interest in this still young union to DefCon 1. Could Kidman be telegraphing an unstated message? Is there trouble in what has been, until now, a rocky first year of marriage? To recap: Kidman married country singer, and fellow Aussie, Keith Urban in June 2006. Four short months later Urban checked into rehab for treatment of alcohol abuse. After three months in recovery, Urban emerged in January to announce plans for a world tour, which continues through mid-December. Kidman, in the meantime, has continued to work at a frenzied level, with three movies hitting theaters in 2007...

By Liz Kelly  | October 24, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Morning Mix: Reese and Jake Take Romantic Rome Vacation

Headlines: Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal come out as a couple... Ellen DeGeneres hopes her rule-breaking won't discourage people from adopting pets... Elvis memorabilia collection lost to Malibu wildfires... Could Tori Spelling's B&B be next?... Marie Osmond's partner blames fires for fainting spell... Tom Cruise plans to "cheer up" David Beckham after injury-riddled soccer season... Beckham voted Manliest Man by Web site... Ewan McGregor annoyed by Britain's "nanny state"... Larry David denies "Curb Your Enthusiasm" plot mirrors his own divorce... Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen ("Borat") welcome baby girl. Is good... Gretchen Mol delivered a healthy baby boy in September and we didn't notice. Shame on us... Lindsay Lohan and new boyfriend give good photo op... Mariah Carey says she wants marriage before having kids... Robert Goulet sedated, awaiting lung transplant... Judge issues arrest warrant for reggae artist Beenie Man on tax evasion charges... Garrison Keillor gets restraint warrant...

By Liz Kelly  | October 24, 2007; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Tom Hanks: His Space

It would seem that sometime last spring, Tom Hanks quietly (as is his wont) jumped on the MySpace train (see his profile here). He joins hordes of celebs who have come before to use the ubiquitous social networking site. One can only assume that witnessing Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler's shoutfest and Courtney Love's stream-of-semi-conciousness screeds, that Hanks said "I need to get me some of that." And so Hanks -- Oscar winner, Hollywood untouchable -- has populated his page with details that defy his previously low profile. Aside from movie premieres and the occasional late night interview, we don't see much of Hanks off-screen. But, thanks to the magic of MySpace, we can now read about his summer reading ("The Diana Chronicles") and his love of Disney's "Darby O'Gill and the Little People." And we can watch shaky home movies, like this one in which Hanks talks about his...

By Liz Kelly  | October 23, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Morning Mix: Malibu Fires Threaten Celeb Homes

Headlines: Wildfires torch Sean Penn's land, threaten more celebrity homes... Halle Berry apologizes for Jewish remark... Howard K. Stern files claim for 6 percent of Anna Nicole Smith's estate... Paris Hilton booed at horror movie awards show... Group calls for life-saving Britney Spears boycott... Chuck Norris backs Republican Mike Huckabee in presidential race... Israeli police detain surfer Kelly Slater after scuffling with photographers trying to snap pix with model (and recent Leo DiCaprio ex?) Bar Refaeli... Roger Moore squires four former Bond girls to UNICEF gala... Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon welcomes twin boys... Pix: The most-airbrushed celebs of 2007 (so far)... SJP as Carrie Bradshaw: Annoyingly over and underdressed at the same time... Brangelina team up to produce HBO series... Steve Martin pens children's book... Soap actor Nathaniel Marston arrested for assault. In Case You Missed It: Marie Osmond faints on "Dancing with the Stars"... Rumor Mill: Jessica Simpson to join "View"...

By Liz Kelly  | October 23, 2007; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Comment Box: We (Heart) Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling. (AP) Did you read the article about Ryan Gosling in GQ [The Loner]? I like him more after every interview. Hopefully he can keep his head on straight as he becomes more famous. Seriously, he's quality. -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion Maybe I'm biased because not 24 hours ago I was utterly charmed by Gosling's portrayal of a lovable misanthrope in "Lars and the Real Girl." If you haven't seen this movie yet, go now. I'll wait. I'm being unreasonable, yes? Okay. Since you may not be able to get to the theaters until lunchtime, you'll have to content yourself with the trailer for now. (Aside: Read all about RealDolls here. ) Okay. Now that we're all up to speed -- yes, I did read GQ's peek inside the life of the guy who has transcended his early work as a child actor (see...

By Liz Kelly  | October 22, 2007; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Morning Mix: Spears Regains Visitation Rights

Headlines: Britney Spears regains child visitation rights... Jerry Seinfeld credits Scientology for jumpstarting his career... J.K. Rowling outs "Potter's" Dumbledore... Naomi Watts to star in remake of "The Birds"... K-Fed-ex Shar Jackson wins "Celebrity Rap Superstar" crown... Magician David Copperfield accused of rape... Michael Douglas's son to stand trial on cocaine charges... Kid Rock arrested after Waffle House melee... Bill Maher boots protester from audience... Soap star Hunter Tylo's son dies in accidental drowning. Rumor Mill: Redskins owner Dan Snyder no longer backing Tom Cruise?... Ellen DeGeneres may be a chronic dog re-gifter... Investigator says O.J. Simpson bugged Nicole Brown Simpson's house. Bonus: Inside Val Kilmer's tree house. Say What? "I think Justin Timberlake is a talented performer. But he's very ordinary-looking. He could be any skinny white kid from the suburbs of Orlando. You could go to the mall and find another Justin. He doesn't make his style interesting...

By Liz Kelly  | October 22, 2007; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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