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Celebritology 2.0: May 4, 2008 - May 10, 2008

'Lost' Dueling Analysis: Cabin Fever

In which Jen Chaney and I try -- and possibly fail -- to cover every single significant detail from last night's nutrient rich episode. Jen: Last night's episode was chock full of all kinds of "Lost"-ian goodness, so much so that it's hard to know where to begin. Do we start with that wacky, repetitive, tree-chopping Horace Goodspeed? Locke stalker Richard Alpert? (I so want to go to Mittelos Science Camp this summer! It'll be a lot like the camp in "Meatballs," right?) The return of Abaddon, who clearly seems to be working in tandem with Alpert? No, I say we start with the observation that so much of the Locke mythology that's previously been established wove its way back into this episode. Apparently he's always been a backgammon player. The phrase "Don't tell me what I can't do" -- which we heard John say, pointedly, back in season...

By Liz Kelly  | May 9, 2008; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
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Morning Mix: Report -- La Lohan Dumped From Manson Movie

Headlines: Alec Baldwin hints at run for public office... Nick Cannon says he and new bride Mariah Carey are "eternally 12 years old", shows off blingy wedding band... Paris Hilton sporting new diamond ring, gift from boyfriend Benji Madden... Liv Tyler separates from husband... Bret Michaels totally rocks Sarah Larson and George Clooney's world... John Mayer sends mixed messages... Jessica Alba competes in online staring contest (video)... Lancome sues former spokesmodel Uma Thurman. Pics: Josh Brolin as George W. Bush... Mischa Barton rocks headband, leggings and high-top sneaks... Britney Spears on "How I Met Your Mother." Crime Watch: Foxy Brown pleads guilty to phone assault. Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan let go from Manson film; spotted downing tequila at Hollywood hotel... Heather Mills in talks to compete on "Celebrity Apprentice"... Angelina Jolie expecting twin girls, says tabloid... TomKat ready for baby no. 2... Jeremy Piven and Pink get close on...

By Liz Kelly  | May 9, 2008; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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Highbrow: The Dumbing Down of Barbara Walters

There was a time when Barbara Walters was considered a gold standard example of a female journalist -- a woman who had made her way to the top of a male-dominated field in an era when women in TV news were more likely to be weather "girls." She was the flesh-and-blood, boots to the ground version of Mary Tyler Moore's struggling, unsinkable Girl Friday makes good. She interviewed Castro, she co-anchored the evening news and she developed a reputation for scoring interviews with tough nuts to crack -- Saddam Hussein, Hillary Clinton (mid Starr Report release), Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin together. Now, not so much. She's a celebrity interviewer -- a white Oprah, a female Larry King, a Barbara Walters. Barbara Walters arrives at a New York bookstore to sign copies of her new book, 'Audition.' (Helayne Seidman for The Washington Post) Walters was already teetering close to...

By Liz Kelly  | May 8, 2008; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Barbara Walters an 'Adulterer,' Says Star Jones

Headlines: Star Jones strikes back at "adulterer" Barbara Walters... Mariah Carey had "Mrs. Cannon" tattooed on her back before wedding... Nicole Richie attends traffic school... Madonna to kick off "Sticky and Sweet" world tour in August (will she kiss on stage at every venue?)... "Late Late Show" host Craig Ferguson penning memoir... "Hannah Montana" no longer Disney's "it" girl? Crime Watch: Amy Winehouse and her massive beehive arrested for alleged caught-on-tape crack smoking... "CSI's" Gary Dourdan charged with three counts of drug possession... R. Kelly asks for trial delay. Rumor Mill: Ryan Seacrest to replace Larry King on CNN?... Lindsay Lohan took $11,000 fur coat, says woman... Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz to wed next week? Say What? "She comes stumbling out of Butter at 3:15 a.m. with bloodshot eyes and a red runny nose, yelling 'Oh, [bleep],' when she saw the paparazzi." -- Michael Lohan describes a typical...

By Liz Kelly  | May 8, 2008; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Comment Box: Celebrity Memoir Redux

Months ago (maybe it was last summer??) you had a blog entry about memoirs or autobiographies by celebrities that you would recommend. Do you know where I can find that link? -- Zenya, via e-mail Here you go, Zenya: Stars By the Book. Though since that post was written back in December 2006, we've been subjected treated to first person accounts from Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, "90210" alumna and reality TV regular Tori Spelling and self-banished "View-ster" Rosie O'Donnell. And although I'm not sure I'd recommend it, "View" doyenne Barbara Walters is the latest entrant on the celebrity memoir scene with this week's release of "Auditions." Here's what The Post's Howard Kurtz had to say about Walters's revelations (including her admission that she helped Star Jones cover for weight loss surgery and her own affair with a married Senator): "What emerges from the book is a tenacious 78-year-old woman...

By Liz Kelly  | May 7, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Britney Wins Extended Visits with Sons

Headlines: Britney Spears gets extended visits with sons... Barbara Walters tells Oprah she lied for Star Jones... Steven Colbert named Webby Person of the Year... Heath Ledger "Joker" dolls sell out at New York toy stores... 25 years after leaving school, Vanessa Williams gets college degree... "The Hills" renewed for fourth season... Robin Williams vows to keep divorce civil... Ellen Page to star in "Jane Eyre" remake... Gwyneth Paltrow rules out porn as a career path... Perez Hilton to debut line of clothes and accessories at skeevy mall store. Sylvester Stallone flexes his muscles at a 'Rambo' promotional event in Tokyo. (Reuters) Crime Watch: Man found guilty of stalking Uma Thurman... Wesley Snipes asks to stay free on bail while he appeals tax evasion conviction. Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan gets more work... Charlie Sheen to tie knot for third time on May 30... Amy Winehouse's husband ready for divorce......

By Liz Kelly  | May 7, 2008; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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10 Truths About Tom Cruise

Oprah gets a hug from pal TC. (AP/Harpo Productions) After two years of battling bad PR, courtesy of his own couch-jumping and weirdly devout ways, Tom Cruise's image rehab is officially underway. Monday's second hour of Oprah's Tom Cruise fest was, well, enh. Unlike Friday's visit to the Colorado Cruise compound (Tom Shales reviewed part one in yesterday's paper) -- complete with a peek inside Tom's inner sanctum and a visit from Suri -- yesterday's in-studio visit had all the charm of an infomercial: enthusiastic sales pitches, marketing posters and an audience of rabid believers. Still, it isn't every day we get to study the elusive Mr. Cruise for the better part of an hour and, never one to squander a chance to flop in front of a TV for 60 whole minutes, I watched. And, because this is how I work people, I took notes -- resulting in...

By Liz Kelly  | May 6, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (397)
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Headlines: Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Reynolds Engaged

Headlines: Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds engaged... Stars -- including Katie Holmes in traffic cone orange and royal blue and Anna Wintour in ram's head/superhero chic -- turn out for Costume Institute Gala... Britney Spears expected to attend custody hearing; tapes new appearance on "How I Met Your Mother"... Robert Downey Jr. signs on to "Iron Man" sequel... Prince capturing his "mystique" in new book... Mariah Carey sports bikini on new Vibe cover... Avril Lavigne postpones six U.S. tour dates... Dina Lohan named top Long Island mom... "The Office's" Angela Kinsey gives birth to baby girl... Vanessa Hudgens says Mary-Kate Olsen is a style icon... Photo: Amy Winehouse, defying all description. Crime Watch: Jurors deliberate fate of alleged Uma Thurman stalker... Pete Doherty released from jail... Fan yanks 50 Cent's chain during concert. Rumor Mill: Dennis Rodman checks into rehab... Matthew McConaughey to play Captain America?... Has John Mayer...

By Liz Kelly  | May 6, 2008; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Morning Mix: Lindsay Lohan Begins 'Ugly Betty' Taping

Headlines: Tom Cruise wows Oprah (video) in first half of interview... Lindsay Lohan begins taping "Ugly Betty" guest spot... Tom Hanks endorses Barack Obama... Newlywed Mariah Carey cancels "View" appearance... Miley Cyrus thanks fans for support... Amy Winehouse not recording James Bond theme... Sean "Diddy" Combs milks his Hollywood Walk of Fame unveiling, says he wants to be "Black Bruce Willis"... Britney Spears on hand for sister Jamie Lynn's Louisiana baby shower... Brangelina brood hangs out with U2's The Edge in the South of France... Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen inducted into New Jersey Hall of Fame... Paternity test shows James Brown fathered six-year-old... Lindsay Lohan's mugshot used in liquor industry ads... Chuck Norris to give commencement speech at Christian college. Adrian Grenier and Isabel Lucas arrive at Saturday's Kentucky Derby. (AP) Crime Watch: "CSI's" Gary Dourdan says drugs didn't belong to him... Woman to testify to alleged threesome with...

By Liz Kelly  | May 5, 2008; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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