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Posted at 7:46 AM ET, 05/20/2008

Morning Mix: R. Kelly Trial Set to Begin

By Liz Kelly
Tuesday

Headlines: It's official: Katie Holmes headed to Broadway... Britney Spears returns from Mel Gibson vacation... Ali Lohan says mean girls forced her out of school... Kiefer Sutherland officially divorced from mellifluously-named woman... "Star Trek" alum George Takei to marry longtime partner... William Shatner says he won't be remembered when he's gone.

Crime Watch: R. Kelly trial set to open in Chicago... Lindsay Lohan sued for allegedly lifting mink coat.

Rumor Mill: Justin Timberlake set to propose to Jessica Biel?... Husband's affair ended Shania Twain's marriage... Owen Wilson gets over Kate Hudson break-up at Philadelphia strip club... John Mayer (without Jennifer Aniston) parties hard in New York... Landlord threatens to sue Amy Winehouse for trash-strewn apartment.

Chat Alert: Author James Frey -- who once sat through a public smackdown from Oprah Winfrey after several details from his best-selling memoir "A Million Little Pieces" turned out to be fabrications -- will be online today at 3 p.m. ET to discuss his new novel, "Bright Shiny Morning."

Bonus: New "90210" teaser now online.

By Liz Kelly  | May 20, 2008; 7:46 AM ET
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Comments

I can only hope Katie's Broadway debut is to star in "Whose Life Is It, Anyway?"

Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba -- whatever; I still can't tell them apart. Justin Timberlake still looks 15 to me.

Did Shania sing, "that won't keep me warm in the middle of the night" to Mutt?

Posted by: td | May 20, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

I saw George speak a couple years ago - he was the speaker for the Asian-American heritage month event at the federal agency I was working for. The person introducing him, a political appointee from one of the more conservative agencies, read his entire bio to us, word-for-word from the program, oh-so-conveniently skipping the part about his work for gay-lesbian-transgender organizations.

He brought it up in his speech and received a standing ovation from the 100+ audience. Pretty much everyone but the front row of attendees. Schweeet!

Posted by: NC2 | May 20, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

td on Katie: Zing!!


"William Shatner says he won't be remembered when he's gone."
Who?

Posted by: byoolin | May 20, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I see a few revivals Katie could star in -- perhaps "Les Miserables" or maybe just a song from "Grease":

I got chills, they're multiplyin'
And I'm losing control,
'Cause the power you're supplyin'
It's electrifying!

Poor, poor Katie.

Posted by: td | May 20, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Liz Kelly, are you implying that mellifluously-named women just aren't cut out for marriage, or that Kiefer got this mellifluously-named woman confused with another similar-monikered babe and married her by accident?

Posted by: byoolin | May 20, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

James Frey is like the Paris Hilton of the book world: after one stunt for attention now he thinks we're interested in him.

Posted by: rachelt | May 20, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Also, James Frey's writing is about as good as Paris Hilton's.

Posted by: byoolin | May 20, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

James Frey had better hope his chat producer is on the lookout for any questions from Chicago this afternoon.

Posted by: m.a.t. | May 20, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

i'm making my prediction now that the broadway revival that kate is in is going to flop. there aren't enough scientologists in the world to make it a success for her.

Posted by: melissamac1 | May 20, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Won't it be difficult for Katie to perform on stage with her minder too?

Posted by: ep | May 20, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I hope the judge in the R. Kelly case allows plenty of bathroom breaks.

Posted by: M Street | May 20, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Things that do not impress Shania Twain much:
You're a rocket scientist
You're Brad Pitt
You've got a car
You've got the moves
You're Tarzan
You're John Wayne

Things that do impress Ms. Twain:
You've got the touch
You keep her warm in the middle of the night

Posted by: RiverCityRoller | May 20, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Note to Ali Lohan: Take a note from two other sister starlet wannabes, getting pregnant is the only way to grab the attention for yourself! These not-so-veiled comparison to your sisters movies are not going to cut it!

Otherwise you're going to need to call Haylee Duff and she how she gracefully faded into obscurity.

Posted by: sjcpeach | May 20, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Shania wants a man who will be proud of her, even when she's ugly he's still gonna love her. She can be late for a date that's fine but he better be on time!

It's amazing that her songs really do outline exactly what her Husband should be doing - maybe he couldn't take her controling nature!

Posted by: Bahston | May 20, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to George Takei and Brad Altman!

Posted by: DC Cubefarm | May 20, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Other things that do not impress Shania Twain much, apparently:

Having a 'relationship' with your secretary/manager of the chateau in which you live.

This would never had happened if she'd stayed in Timmins.

Posted by: byoolin | May 20, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

"Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba -- whatever; I still can't tell them apart." - posted by td.

Truer words have never been spoken.

Posted by: still | May 20, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Eh, "have happened," I mean.

Posted by: byoolin fail English? That's unpossible. | May 20, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Liz:

What, Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig didn't do anything newsworthy yesterday?

Posted by: DeForest | May 20, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I also have trouble telling td's two Jessicas apart from Jessica Rabbit.

Posted by: byoolin | May 20, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Can we just take Lindsay Lohan, her entire family, the Simpson family, and this John Mayer guy and put them in a jar and bury them for awhile, like fermented hard-boiled eggs?
Compared to them, Britney is looking subdued.

Posted by: possum | May 20, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

mmmmmm Lindsay-Simpsy kimchee....

Posted by: byoolin | May 20, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Jessica Simpson
Jessica Hahn
Jessica Cutler
Jessica Tandy
Jessica Lange
Jessica Gomez
Jessica Lynch
Jessica Stroup
Jessica King
Jessica Sierra
Jessica Stam
Jessica Rabbit
Jessica Steen
Jessica Lee Rose
Jessica Wedge
Jessica Andrews


Yep, all completely interchangeable. Except maybe Ms. Rabbit. What a bunch of maroons

Posted by: omni | May 20, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Katie-monster in Avenue-Q perhaps?
'The Internet is really really great... FOR SCIENTOLOGY'

I feel bad for Shania. Though when she wants to move on she should call me.

Posted by: Quintilus Varus | May 20, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Hey, watch what you say about Jessica Tandy there! She could have shown all those other Jessicas how to act, both on stage/in movies and in real life.

Posted by: KLeewrite | May 20, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

as usual, this blog is full of hate for my bff, linsey. you all are just jealous of her.

Posted by: luvlindsey | May 20, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

does kate hudson ever take a break btw. men? say, one weekend off from "dating" another celebrity? and what does she do with Ryder during all these romantic trysts? maybe she'll get a reality show and we can all find out.

Posted by: wats | May 20, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Hate= link to a story in the largest supermarket tabloid + reporting of a publicly filed court case.

Posted by: bluemeanies | May 20, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

luvlindsey, why would anyone be jealous of LiLo? Would it be her mediocre acting abilities? I am still shocked, shocked, that she didn't get nominated for Herbie. How about her mediocre singing abilities? Where's that Grammy again? How about her driving abilities?

For the love of all that is holy, find a new bff. What's Hillary Duff doing?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Next up - Kate and John?

BTW - I LOVE (loved?) Jessica Tandy

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

They would emerge funky-looking, but with more flavor.

Posted by: possum | May 20, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I already associate the word "funky" with them - and with Matthew McConaughy.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Comments on various subjects before luvlindsay posted:

Shania Twain-4
Katie Holmes-5
James Frey-3
Celebrities named Jessica-5
George Takei-2
The Lohans-3 (1 about Ali vs other celeb sisters, 2 joking about preserving w/the simpsons)

Just 'full of hate'.

Posted by: bluemeanies | May 20, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

"William Shatner says he won't be remembered when he's gone."
Who?

Posted by: byoolin | May 20, 2008 8:23 AM

Well how will he know if he doesn't go away?

Posted by: jes | May 20, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

"William Shatner says he won't be remembered when he's gone."
Who?

Posted by: byoolin | May 20, 2008 8:23 AM

Well how will he know if he doesn't go away?

Posted by: jes | May 20, 2008 11:19 AM

Easy, Priceline will get Leonard Nimoy to be their spokesman.

Posted by: michael | May 20, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Hey wats,
When I was a teenager I babysat. Sometimes for single mothers. Who dated. Shocking, I know!

Posted by: other liz | May 20, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

"I have to get home - I've got a babysitter waiting. I don't have any kids, but where else are you going to find a hot 17-year-old for $4 an hour?"

Ba-dump-bump.

Posted by: byoolin steals a joke from the Unknown Comic. | May 20, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

i read this blog every morning hoping it would get better...sadly it has not. i didn't think it could get any worse, yet each new day surpasses the day preceding it in stinking.

Posted by: thisblogusedtobegoodnowit'slame | May 20, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Omni,There is no way that Jessica Tandy belongs on that list.

Posted by: LALH | May 20, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

So, do you have specific constructive criticisms or are you just b--tching? There are plenty of other blogs...

Posted by: Sigh | May 20, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"maybe [kate hudson]'ll get a reality show and we can all find out."

Posted by: wats | May 20, 2008 10:48 AM
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Great idea! While I haven't liked Kate Hudson in anything since "Almost Famous" (even then hardly Oscar-nomination-worthy), I would watch a reality show if she brought her family along. Let's see:

* Kate Hudson
* Goldie Hawn
* Kurt Russell
* Chris Robinson and the other Black Crowes
* The Hudson Brothers

They could call it The Kate Hudson Razzle Dazzle Show. (Bonus points if Rod Hull and his Emu puppet came along for the ride.)

Posted by: td, showing my age and penchant for bad 70s tv | May 20, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess the old saying that it's the less-attractive partner who has the affair has some truth to it. Insecurity? I mean, c'mon -- Mutt Lange?? Beautiful, successful, talented wife, and the husband goes for the secretary. How banal.

Posted by: Californian | May 20, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

i read this blog every morning hoping it would get better...sadly it has not. i didn't think it could get any worse, yet each new day surpasses the day preceding it in stinking.

Posted by: thisblogusedtobegoodnowit'slame | May 20, 2008 11:45 AM


The definition of insanity is exactly what you're doing. Go away, seek help now and leave the blog to those of us who enjoy it. Buh bye.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

some people just don't seem to be able to recognize sarcasm.

Posted by: omni | May 20, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Re: Shania' marriage: I just can't get past the husband's name - "Mutt" Lange. I mean, what grown man goes around with the name Mutt? Anyone know the reason? Is this by choice?

I just can't imagine myself at some party introducing my husband as "Mutt."

Okay, I know, sometimes it's those little things that can be the biggest hang-ups.

Posted by: longhorn | May 20, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

The thing about "lovelindsey" that annoys me the most is that she can't even spell her dang BFF's name correctly.

Posted by: TallulahBankrupt | May 20, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

(Bonus points if Rod Hull and his Emu puppet came along for the ride.)

Posted by: td [who then appended a long-ass explanatory paragraph]

**********

Surely the biggest beneficiary of those points would be Mr. Hull, who died nine years ago.

That emu was, as I recall, a miserable SOB.

Posted by: byoolin | May 20, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

hey, other liz,

the point i was making: kate hudson dates. a lot. other celebrities. never regular guys. only guys who land her on the cover of magazines. like it's her job. i think it's ok to point that out, seeing how this is a celebrity blog and we are here to MAKE FUN OF CELEBRITIES.

have a nice day!

Posted by: wats | May 20, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I just bothered to read yesterday's item about Kate Hudson (and only because I was told she and Lance went to Hula Hut).

My first thought was why? Why Would anyone want to go to Hula Hut, which is not known for its food or its service. Of course She and Lance probably didn't have to wait the 2 hours like everyone else to get a table.

Posted by: michael | May 20, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Well shut ME up! Sheesh. RIP, Rod Hull. (Do you think the Emu is still available?)

Posted by: td, *long-ass explanatory paragraph* indeed! | May 20, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Some of Emu is still available, but even as jerky, he's tough and stringy.

Posted by: byoolin hands you a strip... | May 20, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

What could be dirtier than an Amy Winehouse infested apartment?

Maybe an Amy Winehouse infested apartment with a loose emu, but not much else.

Posted by: epony | May 20, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"I mean, what grown man goes around with the name Mutt? Anyone know the reason?..."

Well, have ya seen the guy?!

But on that subject, what grown man goes around with the name Scooter?! (Scooter Libby)

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Mmmmm. Scooter Libby. In a can. Tastes just like emu.

Posted by: possum | May 20, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Michael, clearly not every one agrees with you about Hula Hut, since as you noted there is usually a two hour wait. I go because I can get there from a boat on lovely Lake Austin and it has great outdoor seating and fun drinks. Plus, there usually aren't too many boring food snobs there. Hope that helps!

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