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Celebritology 2.0: February 17, 2008 - February 23, 2008

'Lost' Dueling Analyses: Eggtown

In which Jen Chaney and I again reveal ourselves to be insufferable eggheads. Ben (Michael Emerson) considers Philip K. Dick's "Valis." (AP) Jen: Here is what I am loving about this season of "Lost": It's just bombshell after bombshell after bombshell. In the first episode, we find out about the Oceanic Six; in the second, we learn that there is a second plane (which, courtesy of the HO HO theory, many of us suspected for a while); in the third, we discover that Sayid eventually enters a partnership with Ben; and now, "Eggtown" tells us that baby Aaron leaves the island and Kate becomes his mother. That may be the biggest bombshell of the season so far. Add to that some intriguing literary references and, in my favorite moment from the episode, a nod to "Xanadu" and you've got a solid hour of television. Even that "Xanadu" mention has some...

By Liz Kelly  | February 22, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning Mix: Report -- J.Lo Gives Birth to Twins

Jada Pinkett, Will Smith, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes at the First Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon on Thursday in Beverly Hills. (Getty Images) Headlines: Jennifer Lopez reportedly delivers twins, a boy and a girl, in New York... Madonna, Demi Moore among A-listers urged to get hepatitis A shot following Ashton Kutcher birthday bash... Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt finalize adoption of son Pax... Prince's post-Oscar bash may be hottest ticket in town | Full Oscar Coverage... Video: George Clooney turns reporter's house upside down looking for carbon monoxide detector (scroll down to midpoint of article)... Diddy ready to be a movie star... Delta Burke discusses her depression, QVC addiction... Justin Timberlake to play baseball player... Edie Falco signs on to Showtime comedy series... Myanmar paper calls Sylvester Stallone a "fat lunatic" in new "Rambo" movie. Crime Watch: Paparazzi arrested in L.A. crackdown... Stallone says he'd testify...

By Liz Kelly  | February 22, 2008; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Live Now: 'Lost' Chat -- 8:30 to 10 p.m. ET

Fear not -- you don't need complicated doodads to participate in tonight's chat. Just an Internet-enabled laptop. (ABC) Don't touch that dial. Or that mouse. It's time for this week's "Lost" watch-and-chat along session and, really, it won't be the same without you. 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 episode, "Eggtown." Then, at 9 p.m. ET our washingtonpost.com moderator will take the helm as we chat our way 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 21, 2008; 8:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Highbrow: Lindsay Lohan's Bombshell Bid

(Reuters) Lindsay Lohan roared back onto the pop culture landscape earlier this week when (NSFW) pics of the 21-year-old rehab grad aping Marilyn Monroe's iconic "last sitting" photo shoot appeared in the latest issue of New York magazine. When we said back in January that Lohan was ripe for career reinvention, mimicry of a drug-addled icon was hardly what we had in mind. Which is probably why the spread is so effective. It is at once profane and provocative, sad and seductive. But is the 21-year-old "Mean Girls" star merely basking in the reflected mystique of the long dead Monroe or conjuring some mythology of her own? Mom Dinah described the pictures as "tasteful" and "artistic." Though taste is subjective. One woman's tasteful artistry is another's gimmicky, naked play for relevance. L.A. Times blogger Monica Corcoran asks why it is that starlets insist on "channeling" Marilyn to prove they've...

By Liz Kelly  | February 21, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: PETA Names Aretha Franklin 'Worst-Dressed' Celeb

Amy Winehouse performs at Wednesday's Brit Awards in London. (Reuters) Headlines: PETA crowns Aretha Franklin as worst-dressed celeb... Jessica Simpson tops box office (in the Ukraine)... Gene Simmons says legal team is looking into "leaked" sex tape... Kirstie Alley denies weight gain rumors... Britain's MI6 denies killing Princess Diana (well, duh)... Spice Girl Melanie Brown to cover "Dancing With the Stars" for "Access Hollywood"... Black Eyed Pea Will.i.am to make acting debut in "Wolverine"... Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt developing video game... Actor Vincent D'Onofrio and wife welcome son... Pauly Shore countersues Wes Craven in property dispute... Omar Sharif ordered to pay more than $300K in damages to parking lot attendant. Spears Watch: Judge postpones Brit's traffic case... LAPD spokesman says department is not investigating Sam Lutfi drugging allegations. Rumor Mill: Jennifer Lopez may have $6 million dollar deal in place for first baby pix... Jessica Alba expecting twins,...

By Liz Kelly  | February 21, 2008; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Celebritology 101: Star-Crossed Sex Tapes

Gene Simmons's family jewels find their way to a new venue. Pam Anderson has one. So does Paris Hilton. Hilton's is credited with launching her from so-so celebutante into the stratosphere of super-stardom. Which may explain why the celebrity sex tape has morphed from an image killer into a PR strategy for careers on the verge of extinction. Though it doesn't always work. Former "Saved by the Bell" child star Dustin Diamond (aka Screech) found himself the momentary butt of late night jokes about his own sex tape before he was sucked back into the obscurity from whence he came. His coinage of the phrase Dirty Sanchez now has more mileage than his name. Still, so recognizable are sex tapes as a marketing ploy that Eva Longoria even took part in a spoof tape -- in which she continuously preens for the camera -- for the Will Farrell-run site...

By Liz Kelly  | February 20, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Morning Mix: Clooney Immortalized in Jelly Beans

Headlines: George Clooney immortalized in jelly beans... Nicole Kidman (who wears see-through dresses) says her latest movie is for her kids... Dinah Lohan says Lindsay's nude photo shoot was "tastefully done"... Martha Stewart buys out Emeril Lagasse's franchise... Kirstie Alley plans to launch her own weight-loss brand... OutKast's Andre 3000 launches his own clothing line... Marky Ramone promotes safe sex kits... Owen Wilson returning to work in "Marley & Me"... Beyonce to play Etta James in new movie... Ted Danson, Ed Begley Jr. among greenest celebs... Pink and husband Carey Hart split... Look out, here comes season three of "I Love New York"... Actor Sean Bean marries in London... Brad Renfro's girlfriend tried CPR... Vegas man mistakes Madonna for Marilyn Monroe... Mark and Donnie Wahlberg bury father in Boston. Spears Watch: Brit fails to regain right to visit sons... Lawyer says K-Fed wants Brit back in sons' lives. Rumor Mill:...

By Liz Kelly  | February 20, 2008; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Morning Mix: Lohan Bares All for Magazine Spread

Sir Anthony Hopkins and his wife Stella attend the premiere of 'The Bank Job' in London. (Getty Images) Headlines: Lindsay Lohan mimics Monroe in revealing (and NSFW) New York mag photo spread... Steve Guttenberg, Priscilla Presley among new "Dancing With the Stars" contestants... Paul McCartney and Heather Mills fail to reach divorce settlement... Celebs cash in on baby pix... Spike Lee backs Barack Obama's presidential bid... Sharon Stone criticizes U.S. Iraq policy... Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell to replace Heath Ledger in his final film... Christopher Walken picks up Harvard Hasty Pudding award... Molly Ringwald celebrates 40th birthday. Brit Watch: New lawyer says Spears's civil rights are being violated... Brit due in court today for custody case hearing... Heidi Klum invites Brit into her home. Rumor Mill: Jessica Simpson trying to block exercise tape release....

By Liz Kelly  | February 19, 2008; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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