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Celebritology 2.0: February 10, 2008 - February 16, 2008

'Lost' Dueling Analyses: The Economist

Sayid (Naveen Andrews) examines Naomi's bracelet. (ABC) Post.com Movies editrix Jen Chaney and I write our 50,000th word about this dang show. Liz: As I was trying (unsuccessfully) to fall asleep last night, I was overtaken by a wave of paranoia. "What am I missing?" I wondered. While "Lost" has always been all about working on multiple levels and teasing us with an enigma here or there, this season the show's creators seem to have steeped every detail -- from split-second shots to off-handed conversation -- with significance. And so the doubt sets in. Should we give undue weight to Ben Linus's passport name (Dean Moriarty -- a shout-out to Kerouac's "On the Road" or a comparison to Sherlock Holmes's lifelong nemesis) or dismiss it as a wink from the writing crew? It's confounding. Frustrating. I love it. I think I have to agree with one of the chatters...

By Liz Kelly  | February 15, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
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Morning Mix: Bai Ling Busted for Shoplifting

Bai Ling's booking photo following her Wednesday arrest for shoplifting. (AP/LAPD) Headlines: Denzel Washington, Tyler Perry dominate NAACP Image Awards... NBC apologizes for Jane Fonda's C-word slip (video)... Star Jones Reynolds to perform "Vagina Monologues" tonight in D.C... Miley Cyrus among list of Oscar presenters... Madonna's directorial debut slammed by critics... Paris Hilton's latest movie rated "worst in history" by IMDB users... Hilton says she has 17 dogs, LA Dept. of Animal Services says not for long... Bono raises $40 million for African AIDS relief... Pam Anderson campaigns for seals in Paris... Larry Birkhead to build house for needy family... Melissa Joan Hart and husband get ready for baby no. 2. Crime Watch: Bai Ling accused of shoplifting from airport kiosk... Man pleads guilty to killing actress, director Adrienne Shelly... Rapper Tony Yayo gets community service for harassing teen. Brit Watch: Jamie Spears's conservatorship extended to March 10. Rumor...

By Liz Kelly  | February 15, 2008; 7:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Live Now: 'Lost' Chat Room, 8:30 - 10 p.m. ET

Silly Dan (Jeremy Davies) -- you can't join the live 'Lost' chat on a sat phone! (ABC) Hey there, Valentine: It's Thursday night and time for this week's "Lost" watch-and-chat along session. Click here to join the chat. Jen Chaney and I will be on hand at 8:30 p.m. ET to start handicapping tonight's show. Then, at 9 p.m. ET our washingtonpost.com moderator will take the helm as we chat through this week's episode of "Lost." Have a little time before the chatting starts? Read last week's episode analysis....

By Liz Kelly  | February 14, 2008; 8:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Friday Thursday List: Top Movie Romances?

Over the weekend Mr. Liz and I re-watched one of our favorite sappy movies, "Casablanca." There's a lot there to get classic film buffs like us going -- Ingrid Bergman's ridiculously natural beauty, Claude Rains as the wry local law, Peter Lorre as the prototypical low life, Sydney Greenstreet at his slimy best, the lilting airs of "As Time Goes By" and, of course, Bogey as a brooding fish out of water hiding out from the war and his own broken heart in North Africa. But it's that love story that keeps us watching again and again. The sparks between Bogey's Rick and Bergman's Ilsa literally light up the screen. And that's why, at least in my book, "Casablanca's" story of love lost, found and lost again is simply the best movie romance ever. And why Mr. Liz and I play it again and again and again. Since today is...

By Liz Kelly  | February 14, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (145)
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Morning Mix: Kidman to Play Plame on Big Screen

Co-stars Colin Firth and Uma Thurman at the London premiere of 'The Accidental Husband.' (Getty Images) (AP) Headlines: Nicole Kidman to play Valerie Plame in upcoming movie... Writers strike over, potential actors strike looms... Billy Ray Cyrus apologizes for forgetting to buckle up... John Leguizamo wins inaugural "Lazzie" award for worst Latino actor... Kathleen Turner apologizes to Nicolas Cage for book accusations... Spike Lee wins $50,000 artistry award... Madonna's feature film directing debut opens at Berlin film festival... Scarlett Johansson's first album due in stores in May... Heidi Montag says reaction to her debut video made her cry. Crime Watch: Lil' Wayne indicted on drug charges... Juvenile arrested on pot charge... Farrah Fawcett's son busted on DUI and drug possession charges... Henry Winkler testifies in John Ritter wrongful death lawsuit... Mel Gibson meeting terms of probation. Spears Watch: Brit has lost $60 million in a year, says onetime lawyer......

By Liz Kelly  | February 14, 2008; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Frank's Law: Cracking Down on the Paparazzi

Yesterday, we had a serious discussion about the proposed "Britney Law." If passed, it would create a 20-yard "safety bubble" around paparazzi targets. Most poll respondents deemed the idea a good one, though the debate that followed leaves the door open for questions about the legality of limiting the press -- be they notebook-wielding wire stringers or camera-toting insta-paps. It's no surprise, though, that Celebritology field agent Frank Thomason had a completely different take on the Britney Law. In fact, he's taken what had the makings of a modest eyebrow-raiser and given it the va-va-voom befitting the name "Britney." Herewith, Frank's proposed changes to the Britney Law: 1. Paps have to use cameras from the 1930s that weigh at least 20 pounds and have those gigantic flash bulbs. 2. Barring that, no cameras should be allowed in the vicinity of a celeb -- paps must use a sketch artist or...

By Liz Kelly  | February 13, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Celebrities  
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Morning Mix: Mills Brings Make-Up Artist to Divorce Court

'Partridge Family' and reality show alum Danny Bonaduce and 'American Gladiator' Alex 'Militia' Castro bare their bellies for the cameras at the premiere of NBC's 'Knight Rider.' (Getty Images) Headlines: Heather Mills brings personal trainer and make-up artist to divorce court... Emmylou Harris gets Country Hall of Fame nod... Aretha Franklin miffed at Beyonce's Tina Turner Grammy intro... Steven Spielberg withdraws from Olympics advisory role... Denise Richards's reality show to premiere this summer... Diminutive TV star Gary Coleman says he secretly married in August... Shakira raises $76,000 for charity... Will Arnett out, Val Kilmer in as voice of KITT in "Knight Rider" movie... O.J. Simpson's former agent penning tell-all book. Crime Watch: Paris Hilton's 18-year-old brother arrested for DUI. Spears Watch: Brit and mom get in a little retail therapy... "Spamalot" replaces Britney Spears lyric... Did Brit wed pap Adnan Ghalib in Mexico last month? Rumor MIll: Fergie's not...

By Liz Kelly  | February 13, 2008; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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The 'Britney Law' -- A Celeb's Best Friend?

Britney Spears is photographed from above as she's carried on a stretcher to an ambulance outside her Beverly Hills in early January. (AP/KCBS-TV) While my version of a "Britney Law" would bar singers of questionable talent from recording studios, it was only a matter of time before our favorite train wreck's name was invoked in a bid to rein in the hordes of camera-wielding paparazzi that prowl the streets of Los Angeles. And so it is that L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine yesterday proposed his "Britney Law" -- a 20-yard "safety bubble" around celebs considered to be "paparazzi targets." The scrums eager to capture the singer's every unpredictable move are a danger to her and to innocent bystanders who aren't at all interesting or tabloid worthy, says Zine. Why is it, the politician seems to ask, should the average citizen's safety be sacrificed to keep Life & Style weekly...

By Liz Kelly  | February 12, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Celebrities, Celebritology 101  
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Morning Mix: Lenny Kravitz Hospitalized

Headlines: Lenny Kravitz hospitalized with severe bronchitis... Dolly Parton blames breasts for postponed tour... Natalie Cole slams Grammys for honoring Amy Winehouse... Rihanna involved in post-Grammy fender bender... Miley Cyrus scolded for riding without seatbelt... Isabella Rossellini directs and stars in "green pornos"... "Passion" screenwriter sues Mel Gibson for $5 million... Nicolas Cage sues Kathleen Turner for libel. Crime Watch: The Game pleads no contest to gun charge... Judge upholds sentence in Ron Isley tax evasion case. Spears Watch: Brit teaches kiddie dance class... Is a world tour in the planning stages?... Estranged pal Sam Lutfi surfaces at Paris Hilton's birthday party. Rumor Mill: Panic attack kept Michael Jackson from Grammy "Thriller" tribute... Fergie expecting Josh Duhamel's baby?... Determined to clean his teeth the green way, Woody Harrelson 40 minutes late to interview....

By Liz Kelly  | February 12, 2008; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Comment Box: Celebs Who Give, Give, Give; 'Lost' Overload?

(Getty Images) Which A-listers give the most actual monetary donations to charity? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion Based on the most recent hard data I could find, Oprah Winfrey is the giving-est celeb of all. Like her or not, In 2006 alone O gave more than $58 million to various charities, including her South African school, her Angel Network and various other organizations. Celebs aren't just valuable assets to charitable orgs for their wallets, but also for their ability to raise awareness and inspire us average Janes to emulate their acts of goodwill. Coming next month to a TV near you, Oprah launches "The Big Give," a new reality show that gives contestants bundles of cash and challenges them to lavish it on worthy causes. And, for a non-Oprah example, look back no further than last week when Madonna raised some U.N. hackles and $5.5 million...

By Liz Kelly  | February 11, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Morning Mix: Amy Winehouse Rules Edition

Too late for Grammys, Amy Winehouse (in video above) gets U.S. visa.... Post-apocalyptic Cher turns out for show | Full Grammy Coverage Headlines: Brad Pitt calls tabloid story about daughter Shiloh "reckless"... Paul McCartney and Heather Mills set for court showdown... Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard win top BAFTA honors... Heath Ledger gets final send off in Australia... Coroner says Brad Renfro died of heroin, morphine overdose... Actor Roy Scheider ("Jaws") dead at 75. Spears Watch: Brit back to the brown boots 'n fishnets look... K-Fed surfaces at Marc Jacobs fashion week show... Are gangbangers taking over Brit's pap pack? Say What? "She should get her act together. Apart from that, I have got nothing to say to the b****." -- Coconut tree dropout and erstwhile junkie Keith Richards with a little advice for Amy Winehouse Bonus: 10 Star Wars Toys That Unintentionally Look Like Celebrities Celebritology field agent Mike...

By Liz Kelly  | February 11, 2008; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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