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Celebritology 2.0: January 27, 2008 - February 2, 2008

Britney Spears's Dad Granted Temporary Conservatorship

The UCLA Medical Center where Britney Spears is currently undergoing evaluation. (Getty Images) Jamie Spears, 1. Sam Lutfi, 0. In a Friday afternoon court hearing, Britney's Spears's father, Jamie, was granted temporary conservatorship over his daughter pending a Monday hearing. What does that mean? According to People.com, Jamie will be able to restrict visitors to his daughter, employ security guards to protect her, control Brit's finances, change the locks on her home and kick out anyone currently living there. In addition, the court also reportedly granted Jamie and Lynne Spears the right to prosecute a restraining order against Spears's friend Sam Lutfi, who has been embroiled in a struggle with the Spears family for control of the singer for the past week. On Thursday, Lutfi called Jamie and Lynne Spears "crazy" in an interview with Us Weekly, saying her problems were "inherited" from her family. Polling courtesy twiigs.com....

By Liz Kelly  | February 1, 2008; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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'Lost' Dueling Analyses: The Beginning of the End

In which post.com Movies editrix Jen Chaney and I hungrily resume our favorite weekly obsession: overanalyzing 'Lost.' (Warning: If you haven't yet watched last night's season premiere, tons of spoilers follow.) Juliet, Sayid and Bernard (Elizabeth Mitchell, Naveen Andrews and Sam Anderson) await the arrival of the freighter crew. (AP) Liz: Well Jen, was it all you thought it would be or did last night's season opener leave you confounded? Me, I liked it though I felt ABC was a bit disingenuous with the previews -- some of them showed exchanges with the "rescuers" (or should we call them the "boaties") that obviously weren't a part of this episode. Jen: I was pretty happy with the episode overall. I thought Jorge Garcia was genuinely moving. I also really don't want to hear the usual bellyaching about how "we didn't get enough answers," "why won't they explain the polar bear?" etc....

By Liz Kelly  | February 1, 2008; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
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Morning Mix: Katherine Heigl Named 'Most Desirable'

Headlines: Katherine Heigl named "most desirable woman" in online poll... Stars mobilize to keep Heath Ledger video from airing... With writers strike still underway, stars flock to New York Fashion Week... Julianna Margulies gives birth to son Kieran... George Clooney officially named U.N. peace ambassador... Dehydrated Amy Winehouse put on IV drip... truTV drops Star Jones Reynolds's show... Paul McCartney belatedly denies reports of angioplasty procedure... David Beckham gets nudie tattoo of wife Victoria... Suzanne Pleshette gets posthumous Hollywood star. Rumor Mill: "Grey's Anatomy" star Justin Chambers checks into same psych ward as Britney Spears... Prince demands star treatment at pal's birthday party. Video: Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl commercial (watch for cameos from Andy Samberg and Tony Romo):...

By Liz Kelly  | February 1, 2008; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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'Lost': Questions We Need Answered

Another puzzler: Who are all those people behind Claire (Emilie de Raven)? (ABC/Mario Perez) "Lost" returns to TV tonight after an eight-month hiatus in which we may well have lost sight of the questions left hanging at the end of season 3. Below, fellow "Lost" blogger Jen Chaney and I noodle the top three (or so) we'd each like to see resolved -- or a least heavily hinted at -- in tonight's season opener. Liz's Questions: 1. If it's not Penny's boat, as Charlie messaged at the end of last season's finale, who is on the freighter and at whose behest? (Screengrab courtesy losteastereggs.blogspot.com) Season three ended as contact was made with a freighter suddenly in radio range of the island. The assumption was this was a rescue team sent by Desmond's well-heeled girlfriend, Penelope Widmore, until Charlie's chilling message just before he died: "Not Penny's Boat." Which runs...

By Liz Kelly  | January 31, 2008; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Morning Mix: Britney Spears Hospitalized Again

May-jor star Victoria Beckham signs autographs at an event promoting her jeans line in Boston on Wednesday. (AP) Spears Watch: Report: Britney is hospitalized again for evaluation... K-Fed calls his marriage to Britney a "stepping stone"... Fashion consultant sues Spears for $50K. Headlines: Ryan Seacrest wins Sexiest Smile honors... Forbes says Madonna is the richest woman in music... Oprah immortalized, nude and in bronze... Anna Nicole Smith's ex says Howard K. Stern took pix of dead Daniel Smith... Ethan Hawke and former-nanny girlfriend expecting baby... "The Montel Williams Show" axed... Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson) donates $10M to Scientology. Crime Watch: Bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman no longer wanted in Mexico... Man arrested outside Brad Pitt's L.A. home. Rumor Mill: "Entertainment Tonight" buys alleged Heath Ledger drug tape for $200K... Source tells Us Magazine Brangelina is definitely expecting, planning to sell news to highest bidder for charity......

By Liz Kelly  | January 31, 2008; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
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Don't Look Now, Here Comes Marie Osmond Again

Marie Osmond, from dance-off to daytime. (AP) Since I'm riding on a pre-"Lost" high, it would take a lot -- like a Diane Keaton-Gwyneth Paltrow smothering nightmare -- to bring me down right now. But the coquettishly evil Marie Osmond almost managed to harsh my mellow with news of her impending daytime talk show, sickeningly titled "Marie." Yes, the one-time teen star turned dollmaker who credited the Bible with inspiring her "Dancing With the Stars" participation will be bringing her unique talent for [jury's still out] to the talk show landscape. Suddenly I can't beat back images of Osmond, dressed like this, surrounded by a council of freakish Osmond-created dolls, all polyester lace and cackles, emitting some cloying, flowery scent that surely masks some soul-stealing vapor. Which kind of runs counter to this statement from one Josh Raphaelson who will be partly responsible for bringing this abomination to TV:...

By Liz Kelly  | January 30, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Beckham Ushers in the 'Boyzilian' Era

Drew Barrymore and boyfriend Justin Long at the premiere of "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show" in Hollywood. (Getty Images) Headlines: Emulating David Beckham, men now opting for "Boyzilians"... Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale expecting second child... Sean Young checks herself into rehab... Tom Cruise first to get $72K motorcycle capable of 200 MPH... Tony Romo serenades Jessica Simpson with cheesy Journey song... No immediate answers from Christian Brando autopsy... Miley Cyrus officially changes her name to Miley Ray Cyrus. Spears Watch: Brit buys a new $55K Mercedes... Plans to seek "therapeutic visitation" with sons... K-Fed's lawyer wants Spears to pay legal fees... Sometime Brit boyfriend Adnan Ghalib promotes male enhancement products. Rumor Mill: Tom Cruise taken in by man posing as Heath Ledger's dad... Julie Christie secretly wed longtime boyfriend. 'Lost' Central: Gear up for tomorrow night's season opener with: -- Today's Noon ET "Lost" Book Club discussion...

By Liz Kelly  | January 30, 2008; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lindsay Lohan, Washed Up at 21?

Linday Lohan, always ready for her close-up. (Getty Images) I know what you're thinking: What is Lindsay Lohan up to these days? Since emerging from three months of treatment at Utah's Cirque Lodge rehab center in October, La Lohan -- formerly a stalwart of the Morning Mix -- has been relatively quiet. She's hardly reached Melissa Joan Hart status yet , but with Perez Hilton registering more name recognition than LL, she's dancing dangerously close to full-blown yesterday's news territory. We last checked in with Lohan over the holidays when the one-time singer/actress and current [TBD] made a minor ripple by sipping champagne and kissing her way around Capri by way of welcoming the new year. But when stacked up against the hospitalization of Britney Spears and, like, the return of late night TV, LL's latest exploits just seemed dull somehow. Lindsay Lohan was snapped falling off the sobriety...

By Liz Kelly  | January 29, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Olsen Won't Be Questioned in Ledger's Death

Naomi Campbell smiles at a Berlin press conference during Germany's Fashion Week 2008. (Getty Images) Headlines: Police say Mary-Kate Olsen won't be questioned in death of Heath Ledger... Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban launching sappily-named clothing line... "The Late Show's" Craig Ferguson passes U.S. citizenship test... Diana Ross booed in Jamaica... Tom Brady: Sports star or celebrity?... Hayden Panettiere hits D.C. to raise whale awareness... Amy Winehouse still in rehab... Nigella Lawson says she won't leave her children any money. Spears Watch: After blowout with manager Sam Lufti, mom and dad comfort tearful Britney... Barbara Walters: Lufti says Brit is struggling with mental issues... K-Fed-ex Shar Jackson says Spears's kids are doing fine... Rumor: Jamie Lynn partying while pregnant?... Fourth season of "Zoey 101" begins. Crime Watch: Defense rests in Wesley Snipes tax fraud trial... Judge denies Foxy Brown's travel request. Rumor Mill: Gwen Stefani pregnant again?... Kathy Griffin...

By Liz Kelly  | January 29, 2008; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Celebritology 101: What Price Beauty and Bulk?

Sly Stallone brandishes an HGH-enhanced veiny forearm at a 'Rambo' appearance today in Spain. (Reuters) Last week, perhaps in a bid to drum up interest in his 20-years-on "Rambo" reboot, 61-year-old Sylvester Stallone defended his use of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) to bulk up, saying, "HGH is nothing. Anyone who calls it a steroid is grossly misinformed." Okay Sly, maybe so. But HGH -- a hormone that can stimulate growth and cell reproduction but also possibly cause hypertension, extreme aggression and even a form of diabetes -- is only the latest addition to a growing list of artificial enhancers helping to keep our sports stars superhuman, actresses non-saggy and aging action heroes properly ripped. Just to name a few: - In December the sports world was rocked by the outing of several prominent -- and record-setting -- baseball players who got their edge by juicing, throwing their records and...

By Liz Kelly  | January 28, 2008; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebritology 101  
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Morning Mix: Ledger Honored at L.A. Memorial, SAG Awards

Angelina Jolie, with Brad Pitt, fuels pregnancy rumors with her flowing couture as she arrives at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards. (Getty Images) Headlines: Star power turns out for Screen Actors Guild Awards (Gallery | Full List of Winners)... En route to Australia, Heath Ledger's body flown to Los Angeles... Friends, family honor Ledger at memorial service... Sales spike for Ledger films... Charlize Theron and Christopher Walken get Hasty Pudding awards... Chagrined to find he lives 300 yards from Britney Spears, George Clooney plans to move... Nicole Richie shows off her post-baby figure... Actor Fred Savage ("Wonder Years") and wife expecting second child... Miley Cyrus gets sick during New Orleans concert... Christian Brando (son of Marlon) dead at 49. Spears Watch: Britney gets her "Brit" on... Former paparazzo boyfriend trying to sell six "video diaries" for $2 million... Crime Watch: Prosecution rests in Wesley Snipes tax trial. Rumor Mill:...

By Liz Kelly  | January 28, 2008; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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