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Celebritology 2.0: March 9, 2008 - March 15, 2008

Lost' Dueling Analyses: Ji Yeon

In which Jen Chaney and I contemplate last night's mid-season, lima-bean spritzed episode. Desmond (Ian Cusick) and Sayid (Naveen Andrews) flank Captain Gualt (Grant Bowler) on the deck of the freighter. (ABC) Jen: So we don't know exactly how Jin died. But we know he is being mourned in what may be the most elegant use of flashback/flash-forward in the series so far. Instead of seeing the flashback/forward of one character, we watched the off-island stories of one unit: Jin and Sun. The fact that Jin's was a flashback and Sun's was a flash-forward tells us that, at some point, these two irrevocably intertwined people are ripped apart. Let's assume that Jin catches a case of the so-called "cabin fever" -- otherwise known as Desmond's time-shifting disease -- upon attempting to leave the island. Let's further assume that's what causes his death (obviously we'll discuss this further). It only makes...

By Liz Kelly  | March 14, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Michael Jackson Saves Neverland; New 'Lost Boys' Trailer

Headlines: Paris Hilton unveils plans for her new goofy reality show... Michael Jackson's Neverland spared from auction block... Aretha Franklin facing foreclosure on her Detroit mansion... Sister-in-law says Patrick Swayze bravely facing cancer battle... Group founded by George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt gives $500,000 to Darfur relief... Winning bidder shells out $40,000 for Scarlett Johannson charity auction... Minnie Driver pregnant with first child... New "Lost Boys" trailer debuts... Sheryl Crow plans Fleetwood Mac collaboration... Adrian Grenier and other eco-conscious celebs speak out against junk mail... Billy Crystal, surfacing from obscurity, plays Yankee for a day... Ed McMahon recovering from neck surgery. Crime Watch: "Jackass's" Steve-O charged with cocaine possession, hospitalized for observation... Richard Gere cleared of Indian obscenity charges... Gary Shandling testifies at trial of Hollywood PI George Anthony Pellicano... Tape of Chris Rock discussing bogus rape charge with Pellicano surfaces. Rumor Mill: Source: Eddie Murphy says...

By Liz Kelly  | March 14, 2008; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Mary-Kate Olsen Raided My Memory

Mary-Kate Olsen and Arden Wohl at the American Museum of Natural History's Annual Winter Dance. (Getty Images) I know Celebritology readers aren't big fans of critical takedowns of celebs caught in a bad photo moment and I could never hope to out-Fug the Fug Girls, but when I saw this picture of Mary-Kate Olsen cross the wires, well, I knew it was incumbent upon me to say something. Because this photo contains concrete evidence of the lengths to which Mary-Kate will go to further her diabolical scheme to drive me insane. Mary-Kate Olsen is a shape shifter, a fashion faux pas of the first order and, now, guilty of ransacking my memory banks to find new and twisted ways in which to accoutre her diminutive frame. The evidence: 1. Mary-Kate is wearing my grandmother's mink stole, the one that spent several years stashed in an attic crawlspace with other...

By Liz Kelly  | March 13, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Fashion  
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Morning Mix: 'Billie Jean' Jackson Arrested at Neverland

Paris Hilton and new pal -- or is he? -- Benji Madden at Nicky Hilton's Nicholai fashion show Tuesday in L.A. Nicky has denied recent speculation that she suffers from an eating disorder. (AP) Headlines: Valerie Bertinelli says Eddie Van Halen not in rehab... Mariah Carey fills in for sick Janet Jackson on "SNL"... Paul McCartney jumps to defense of kangaroos... Melissa Joan Hart gives birth to second son... Scarlett Johansson makes directorial debut... Spencer Pratt gets his own magazine advice column... Back trouble keeps Paul Newman away from fundraiser... "Carlizina" named ultimate celebrity It girl in PhotoShopping contest. Spears Watch: Brit's new video debuts online (Passwords: "victory" and "danger." Mini-review: Repurposed leftover anime.)... Real Brit begins "How I Met Your Mother" taping... Alicia Silverstone denies Brit caused her to pull out of show. Crime Watch: Woman named Billie Jean arrested for trespassing at Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch... Joe...

By Liz Kelly  | March 13, 2008; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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The Animated Britney Spears

Leave it to Britney Spears to figure out the way out of her crazy train life all by herself. The rest of us (and by that I mean "I") tend to react to mental breakdowns by retreating into a fetal position and finding comfort in "Alice" reruns or Peppermint Schnapps. But leave it to Brit to hit upon a perfect solution -- one that keeps her persona in the public eye, while leaving her flesh-and-weave self free to try on outfits all day in her palatial bedroom suite. (Image courtesy The Sun) Sensing that perhaps a wobbly pole dance and a touch of mania around the eyes don't make for the best marketing tools, Brit has given her go ahead to allow an animated version of herself to appear in the video for her new single, "Break the Ice." And, wowza!, this new ani-Britney is the girl we all knew...

By Liz Kelly  | March 12, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Lohan Loses Modeling Contract

America Ferrera arrives at an L.A. screening of 'Under the Same Moon.' (Getty Images) Headlines: Ailing Janet Jackson bails on "SNL"... John Mayer says he carries anti-anxiety meds at all times... Hugh Laurie says he tried Vicodin to get into "House" character... PETA launches new Paul McCartney ad... Fergie says she was once mistaken for a homeless person... Ironic Kid Rock hosts fundraiser at Waffle House... Nick Lachey returns to reality TV -- as producer... NBC plans show tracing celebs' family trees... Celine Dion skewered for shaggy legs. Spears Watch: Brit animated in latest music video... Alicia Silverstone reportedly dropped out of "How I Met Your Mother" spot after Brit signed on. Crime Watch: Actress Dawn Wells ("Gilligan's Island's" Mary Ann) busted for pot possession... Jodie Foster stalker arrested for bomb threats... Men toting toy gun arrested near Kate Hudson's New York home... Sylvester Stallone planning another "Rambo" sequel?...

By Liz Kelly  | March 12, 2008; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Lost' Madness: First Votes Are In...

"Dude, I lost?" (ABC) The first round of "Lost" Madness, our attempt to turn the island into a pseudo-NCAA Tournament, is over. That means it's time to vote in round two, which will determine which characters wind up in the Sweet 16. You can see who advanced and make the latest selections right now by clicking here. Quickly, here is a rundown of the initial match-ups that proved most interesting:...

By Jen Chaney  | March 11, 2008; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Celebritology 101: A Little Inspiration

Because of an ill-timed morning appointment and a pathological inability to plan ahead, I'm kind of flailing for a main piece this morning. While there's nothing I'd like more than to write the Holy Grail of all blog posts -- one that will enlighten, entertain and evoke a measured (yet voluminous) response from the readership -- well, today ain't the day. In search of a little inspiration, I thought I'd check in with a few frequent celebrity bloggers. What magic, I wondered, does Rosie O'Donnell possess that keeps her blog fresh and entertaining every single day? Where does Courtney Love find the words that pour forth from her MySpace page on a fairly regular basis? And, finally, what could I learn from Kanye West -- that selfless entertainer turned chronicler of a generation himself? Rosie's Latest: A Webcam video of herself and Kathy Griffin fawning over one another (You're funny!...

By Liz Kelly  | March 11, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Madonna Recalls Drug Use

Iggy Pop, Madonna and Justin Timberlake at Monday night's Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremony. (AP) Headlines: In Hall of Fame acceptance speech, Madonna calls audience "motherf***ers," fondly recalls drug use... Julie Andrews says she was "child of an affair"... Actress Samantha Morton, 31, says she suffered stroke in 2006... "Dancing With the Stars" alum Tucker Carlson out at MSNBC... Adam Sandler, Seth Rogan sign on to next Judd Apatow comedy... Paris Hilton and new boyfriend Benji Madden celebrate his birthday in Vegas... New York couple wed by Kathy Griffin... Leona Helmsley's wardrobe hits auction block... Brooke Hogan kind of understands the concept of "karma"... Rapper Juvenile skips daughter's funeral. Crime Watch: Fresh from Nevada jail, "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis faces Florida charges. Spears Watch: Has Brit reunited with photog Adnan Ghalib?... Judge gives Brit $1,500 a week allowance... Brit's lawyer says K-Fed can afford his legal...

By Liz Kelly  | March 11, 2008; 6:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Comment Box: (Not) Heath Ledger's Final Thoughts

(AP) Celebrity news reportage walks a narrow path of legitimacy. Veer a little to one side and one risks turning into just another venue for celeb PR. Overcorrect and one is liable to tumble down the slippery slope of scandal-mongering . One need look no further back than last week's Celebritology Live discussion for a flare up of the old Britney ambulance pic debate. But between flakking and fabrication, Esquire has found a new fuel to feed the cult of celebrity: fiction. In its April issue, the magazine published an item titled "The Last Days of Heath Ledger." It reads like a journal of the actor's final hours before his death from a combination of prescription medications and includes the mundane (what he ate) and the speculative (his musings on fame). It is at once boring and compelling. It is also entirely fiction. Or, as Esquire terms it: "reported...

By Liz Kelly  | March 10, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Morning Mix: Lisa Marie Presley Sues Tabloid

A dream in pink Lycra and grey wool, actress/singer Juliette Lewis attends the Whitley Kros Fall 2008 fashion show in Culver City, Calif. (Getty Images) Headlines: Litigious Lisa Marie Presley says media forced her to divulge pregnancy... Despite will, Heath Ledger's family says Michelle Williams and Matilda Rose will be "taken care of"... Kelly Rowland discusses her breast augmentation... Matt Damon and wife expecting baby... Oscar winner Tilda Swinton says Harry Potter "fetishizes" boarding school... Jackie Chan funds Australian cancer research center in honor of parents... Justin Timberlake executive producing show for NBC... Lindsay Lohan advises sister Ali to "stay away from the clubs"... Former "Idol" contestant Sanjaya Malakar performs at bat mitzvah. Spears Watch: Rosie O'Donnell blogs about Brit... Spears targeted by obsessed fan... Dad Jamie hits the links with ex-son-in-law K-Fed. Rumor Mill: Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou expecting baby... Ex-Scientologist says Katie Holmes auditioned for...

By Liz Kelly  | March 10, 2008; 6:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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