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Celebritology 2.0: March 16, 2008 - March 22, 2008

'Lost' Dueling Analyses: Meet Kevin Johnson

In which Jen Chaney and I debate the merits of last night's mid-season cliffhanger -- such as it was. Many spoilers follow. So if you haven't yet watched last night's episode, please avert your eyes. Michael (Harold Perrineau), totally played by Ben. Again. (ABC) Liz: It is possible that by the time "Lost" returns to TV on April 24 I will no longer be steamed about last night's bait-and-switch. How LindeCuse thought it would be in any way acceptable to promo the fact that someone was going to die, spend almost the entire hour on Michael and then kill off Karl and Rousseau in the last two minutes is just beyond me. Talk about getting Scooby-Doo'd. Jen: You know what? I was not wild about last night's episode either. I think it was important to spend time telling us more about Michael's, aka Kevin Johnson's, backstory. But that's virtually all...

By Liz Kelly  | March 21, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Report -- Lohan Tape Deemed a Fake

Headlines: Joe Francis says it "doesn't matter" if alleged Spitzer call girl Ashley Dupre was underage in "Girls Gone Wild" video... Tori Spelling would "love" to be part of new "90210"... Vera Wang says un-worn J.Lo wedding dress was most expensive... Courtney Cox asks friends to raise $1 million for rare skin condition... Judge delays deliberations in Daniel Smith case... Hospital fined for overdosing Dennis Quaid's infant twins... Angela Bassett gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star... Paris Hilton visits South African elementary school... Steve-O blogs from rehab; says mom fed him alcohol as a baby... Unwitting stars cameo in band's low-budget video... Kimora Lee Simmons wants to make diamond from dead dog. Rumor Mill: Rep says Fergie and boyfriend Josh Duhamel not expecting... Alleged Lindsay Lohan sex tape a fake... Winona Ryder caught shoplifting again? 'Lost' Hour: Join Jen Chaney and me for 60 minutes (or is it?) of overanalysis...

By Liz Kelly  | March 21, 2008; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Say It Ain't So: The New '90210'

The original 'Beverly Hills, 90210' cast, back in the day. (AP) I'm going to go ahead and say right from the start that what follows, like Celine Dion, won't appeal to everyone. But if you happened to come of age -- any kind of age -- when "Beverly Hills, 90210" was a TV juggernaut, read on. Heady days, those, when we liked this show so much we were willing to give the age-challenged Gabrielle Carteris a pass or believe that the James Dean-esque Dylan could really live in his own Beverly Hills bachelor pad. Shannen Doherty vamped around like an underage Joan Collins and, let's face it, we all knew Tori was only on the show because her dad was the producer. It was okay. We liked her anyway and we hated David Silver when he got it on with that chick in the back of a limo. What...

By Liz Kelly  | March 20, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Pop Culture, TV  
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Morning Mix: Jennifer Lopez Debuts Twins

Dana Delaney at the Wednesday evening Prada screening of 'Trembled Blossoms' in L.A. (Getty Images) Headlines: Jennifer Lopez debuts twins , Max and Emme, on People cover... Construction worker reportedly commits suicide at Mel Gibson's home... Converse launching line of Kurt Cobain-inspired shoes... Gwyneth Paltrow and her new 'do take a break from acting... Barack Obama to visit "The View"... Warren Buffett to cameo on "All My Children"... Robin Williams makes guest appearance on "Law & Order: SVU"... HBO drops unaired Lily Tomlin series... Woman sues "Oprah Winfrey Show;" says "Big Give" was her idea... Anderson Cooper says he had skin cancer... Actor Paul Scofield dead at 86. Crime Watch: Shia LaBeouf pleads not guilty to unlawful smoking. Spears Watch: Dad Jamie given OK to sell some of Brit's cars (she has seven). Rumor Mill: Brangelina expecting a boy and a girl... "Dancing With the Stars" alum Drew Lachey...

By Liz Kelly  | March 20, 2008; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Questions I Have About Heather Mills

Heather Mills gives the thumbs up sign as she leaves divorce court on Monday. Why?! (Getty Images) This week, one-time "Dancing With the Stars" contestant and ex-Mrs. Paul McCartney made headlines when she thumbed her nose at a $50 million divorce settlement. Mills is an enigma wrapped in a tin foil placed inside a lead box and dropped into the Thames. Despite lacking most social graces, talent and much sensitivity as a parent she continues to make a steady kind of career for herself and remain in the headlines, usually because she's done something typically crass. Not surprisingly, I fixated on her and that air of mystery surrounding her raison d'etre. Below, my questions: 1. Why was she dressed like a nascent Pearlie for her divorce court appearance? 2. When disappointed with her $50 million divorce settlement, what thought process led to pouring water over the head of Paul...

By Liz Kelly  | March 19, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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Morning Mix: Heath Ledger's Family Feuds Over Estate

Donatella Versace, Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn at the Barney's New York launch of Versace menswear in New York. (Getty Images) Headlines: Heath Ledger's family feuds over estate management... Sarah Jessica Parker miffed at Maxim "Unsexiest Woman" designation... Halle Berry names her daughter Nahla Ariela Aubry... Will Smith again denies he's a Scientologist... Kirstie Alley signs TV development deal with Oprah... Director Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient," "Cold Mountain") dead at 54... Sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke dies at 90... Tina Fey disses "The Daily Show"... Simon Cowell gives $162,000 to three-year-old cancer patient... Old Ashley Dupre "Girls Gone Wild" video surfaces. Crime Watch: Busta Rhymes gets three years probation in assault case... Judge issues warrant for court no-show Shia LeBeouf. Spears Watch: Sam Lutfi wants to oust Brit case court commissioner. Rumor Mill: New Miss USA judge Heather Mills dumps glass of water on Paul McCartney's attorney... Katie...

By Liz Kelly  | March 19, 2008; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Comment Box: Defining Celebrity; A Good Read

A mantra for LL: I am a celebrity, though not Marilyn Monroe. (Reuters) What is your criteria for defining someone as a celebrity and thus deemed worthy for your column? Is this an ethereal thing or are there hard and fast rules? -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live chat Angelina Jolie, Gilbert Arenas, William Hung, Ashley Alexandra Dupre -- all celebrities, of a sort -- famous, infamous, skeevy, it doesn't take much these days to gain a foothold in the news-scape or score a Barbara Walters/Diane Sawyer/Matt Lauer interview. But, since you asked about MY criteria and what I deem worthy for MY column, here's a short checklist: 1. Is somehow, even tangentially, related to the entertainment business. So, Tom Brady (and his penchant for dating supermodels) is in and Michael Vick (and his doggie day care) are out. Same goes for politicians and other three-piece suit types,...

By Liz Kelly  | March 18, 2008; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Morning Mix: Diddy Denies Tupac Assault Claim

Headlines: Diddy calls LA Times Tupac story a "lie"... Heather Mills hires Gloria Allred to represent her in the U.S... Michael Stipe comes out of the closet that we all knew about anyway... Larry Birkhead says Anna Nicole Smith gave her son drugs... Gary Busey apologizes for red carpet misbehavior... Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner host Obama fundraiser... Surprise! Sarah Jessica Parker out-earns her "Sex and the City" co-stars... Kristen Davis says woman in sex tape isn't her... Donnie and Marie Osmond will host Miss America USA pageant... Miley Cyrus adds "Ray" to her name... Mariah Carey uses the word "dichotomy" in a sentence... Carrie Underwood joining Grand Ole Opry... Ashlee Simpson planning April album release... Soliel Moon Frye ("Punky Brewster") gives birth to second child, a girl. Spears Watch: Brit ordered to pay $375,000 in legal fees for K-Fed... Brit banned from Hollywood club... Video: Brit on "How I...

By Liz Kelly  | March 18, 2008; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Catching Up With Sheryl Crow

(AP) Sheryl Crow doesn't consider herself an "A" list celebrity. I laugh -- to myself, because I'm not going to stop the interview to debate her on where she ranks in the often ridiculous, but very real, pantheon of stars. I mean, it's not my place to chuckle dismissively and remind her that in addition to winning multiple Grammys, she dated Lance Armstrong or that she's BFF with Jennifer Aniston or that she is revered by some (and reviled by others) for taking Karl Rove to task at the 2007 White House Correspondents Dinner. We're talking about something much more important, anyway: cancer. Crow herself is a breast cancer survivor and now that she's beaten it, she's a vocal advocate of prevention, research and helping those diagnosed with the disease cope with treatment and recovery. So that's how I found myself sipping my Saturday morning coffee while chatting on...

By Liz Kelly  | March 17, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Catching Up With..., Celebrities  
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Morning Mix: Halle Berry Delivers Baby Girl

Update, 11:02 a.m. ET: Heather Mills awarded $48.7 million divorce settlement. Headlines: Halle Berry delivers baby girl... New Tom Cruise video surfaces: He sings, he dances, he has the best birthday EVER!... McCartney-Mills divorce settlement imminent... Dennis Quaid speaks out about medical mistakes... Snoop Dogg taping "One Life to Live" guest appearance... ABBA drummer Ola Brunkert found dead in Spain... LA Times: Biggie and Diddy behind 1994 Tupac Shakur ambush... Paris Hilton insists relationship with Benji Madden isn't a hoax... WWE owner Vince McMahon gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star... India says Richard Gere welcome once again... Former manager sues George Lopez for $600,000... Steve-O blogs from "looney bin." Spears Watch: Sam Lutfi agrees to stay away from Brit for 30 more days... Mel Gibson moves in to fill the void... Hospital will fire workers who leaked details of Brit's stay... Brit's dad opening a restaurant with K-Fed? Crime Watch:...

By Liz Kelly  | March 17, 2008; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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