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Celebritology 2.0: June 1, 2008 - June 7, 2008

Friday List: Bad Casting Calls

Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi in 1961's 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' Since we can't mention Denise Richards too often, we'll use the multi-talented actress/reality show star/mom as a jumping off point for today's Friday List. During last week's Celebritology Live discussion, one commenter bemoaned Richards's unrealistic casting as a nuclear scientist in "The World Is Not Enough." And, after seeing the crazy trash-talking Richards on her new reality show "It's Complicated," well, I have to agree -- nuclear scientist she ain't. Pig farmer, maybe. Your mission today -- should you choose to accept it -- is to compile a list of filmdom's most groan-worthy casting decisions. Think Kevin Costner struggling to put a little English in his flat Midwestern drawl in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," Demi Moore chewing the scenery as Hester Prynne in "The Scarlet Letter" or -- reaching way back -- Mickey Rooney as a "Japanese" comic...

By Liz Kelly  | June 6, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (278)
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Morning Mix: Clint Eastwood to Spike Lee: 'Shut Your Face'

Headlines: Clint Eastwood says Spike Lee should "shut his face" over racist claims... Rosie O'Donnell says she'll re-marry partner when it's legal in every state... Shania Twain says she needs time to heal "broken heart"... Brad Pitt buys $300K marble table... 50 Cent gives "Streets of Fire" co-star Val Kilmer a $100K car... Vin Diesel and girlfriend welcomed first child in April... "Wonder Woman" Lynda Carter discovers dead body in Potomac. Pix: Lourdes Ciccone checks out an Avril Lavigne concert. Crime Watch: Hulk Hogan's son transferred out of solitary... Key witness in R. Kelly trial tried to extort money from singer. Rumor Mill: Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff split... Filmmaker scrounges to find insurance for Lindsay Lohan. Say What? "I wish I could have had a manager mom out at clubs [bleep]ing guys to get me roles. My mom's at home drinking a box of wine." -- Kathy Griffin...

By Liz Kelly  | June 6, 2008; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Puff Piece: Three Things for Thursday

The celebrity world isn't exactly being rocked by much this week (unless you're in the minority of readers interested in Brangelina Baby-gate) and I'm on semi-unofficial-vacation. According to my "Writing Celebritology Handbook" this confluence of events calls for only one thing: a mish-mash of random items that call for little concentration on your part (or mine), but aspires to give one and all a good chuckle and allow us to engage in the finely-tuned art of Celebritological schadenfreude: Lily Allen (right) and actress Minnie Mouse Jaime Winstone in London yesterday: (Getty Images) Who Knew? Mary-Kate Olsen is apparently complex enough to warrant her own profile in July's Elle. Behold the depth of this woman's perception: "I don't know why I wear some of the things I wear. I like wearing crazy things sometimes." Your suggestions for Naming Gwyneth Paltrow's not-yet-conceived Third Child (culled from the comments portion of Tuesday and...

By Liz Kelly  | June 5, 2008; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Morning Mix: TomKat Headed to Big Apple

David Beckham arrives at the opening of Gordon Ramsey's new L.A. restaurant The London West Hollwood. And, no, he won't be waiting tables. (Getty Images) Headlines: TomKat move to New York ahead of Katie's Broadway run... Alannis Morissette says she's dating again... Amy Winehouse compares husband's court proceedings to "Disneyland"... Jack Black blames his wife for outing Angelina Jolie's twins... Gillian Anderson expecting third child... Kelsey Grammer released from hospital following heart attack... Tom Hanks gets finger boo-boo on Rome "Angels and Demons" set... Paul McCartney hosting virtual dinner party for charity... George Takei to wed longtime partner in September... Johnny Rotten accused of punching ex-assistant. Pix: Angelina Jolie's Vanity Fair spread... Muscular Madonna... Charlie Sheen wedding snaps. Crime Watch: Dennis Farina hit with weapons charges in airport incident... Paparazzo arrested for "stalking" Jamie Lynn Spears... John Mayer cited for L.A. traffic violation. Rumor Mill: "Entertainment Tonight" knew Brangelina...

By Liz Kelly  | June 5, 2008; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Morning Mix: K-Fed Named Father of the Year

Actor Vern Troyer arrives at the launch of the new Op Advertising Campaign Party in Beverly Hills on Tuesday. (Getty Images) Headlines: Vegas club names K-Fed "Father of the Year"... Tatum O'Neal says drug arrest saved her life... Gina Gershon says Bill Clinton affair (as per Vanity Fair) is a lie... Michael and Dina Lohan say they're done talking to the press (start holding your breath.... NOW!)... Gwyneth Paltrow wants to "force" herself to have another kid... Eva Longoria is latest "baby bump" target... Party "weary" Lily Allen carried out of U.K. awards show... Ed McMahon faces possible home foreclosure. Crime Watch: Judge orders journalist to court in R. Kelly trial... Professional "Jackass" Steve-O pleads guilty to cocaine possession... "Survivor" Richard Hatch takes tax evasion case to the Supreme Court... Brigitte Bardot found guilty of inciting racial discrimination... Judge says Hulk Hogan's son will remain in solitary confinement... Man...

By Liz Kelly  | June 4, 2008; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Insta-Poll: Sarah Jessica Parker -- Fashion Victim?

Dress-gate: Sarah Jessica Parker arrives at last week's "Sex and the City" premiere in New York. At the time, she had no idea of the scandal that would erupt over her gown. (Getty Images) After the whole London premiere debacle, well, we didn't know what to expect, did we? Perhaps in the scant days since that overseas premiere, the dreaded acorn headdress might have sprouted into an oak sapling or at least attracted a hungry squirrel. But no. SJP didn't let us down this time. She was a vision in yards and yards of shimmering metallic fabric. A perfect dress -- a gown outré enough to suit Carrie Bradshaw but classically beautiful enough to hug Sarah Jessica Parker's diminutive frame without overwhelming her sparkling personality. All was well with our "Sex and the City" goddess and her ever-watchful fan base -- until eagle-eyed editors realized they'd seen that Nina...

By Liz Kelly  | June 3, 2008; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Brangelina Baby Pix Spawn Bidding War

Headlines: Bo Diddley dead at 79 | Appreciation & Gallery... Sarah Jessica Parker annoyed that "SATC" premiere dress had been worn before... Kim Cattrall to star in new HBO series... Kristin Davis launching clothing line for Southern department store... Queen Latifah lends her name to new perfume... Angelina Jolie says she never expected to fall for Brad Pitt... Jennifer Aniston introduces John Mayer to BFF Courteney Cox... Actress Michelle Monaghan expecting first child... "Idol" Taylor Hicks follows Clay Aiken to Broadway... Kelsey Grammer recovering after mild heart attack... Tipsy, belligerent Andy Dick ejected from house party... Amy Winehouse shows up late for husband's court appearance... Lindsay Lohan has wardrobe malfunction at awards show; Dad Michael blogs about "Living Lohan." Crime Watch: Convicted Uma Thurman stalker given three years probation... Hulk Hogan's son wants out of solitary confinement... Prosecution rests in R. Kelly trial. Rumor Mill: Pix of upcoming Brangelina...

By Liz Kelly  | June 3, 2008; 6:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Comment Box: Oprah's Beef with Meat; Jenna's Hair

Has Oprah gone vegan yet? How's it going? -- Submitted via last week's Celebritology Live discussion Yes and no. Oprah is in the midst of a 21-day diet that will steer the health-conscious tastemaker clear of any animal-based fare. But, allow me to point out that Oprah's regimen -- based on Kathy Freston's book "Quantum Wellness" -- goes way beyond vegan. She'll also be giving up sugar, gluten, caffeine and alcohol as part of the three-week "cleanse." So, what's the big diff? Well, as a (mostly) vegan gal myself, I -- and most other veggies and veegs I know -- consider it a lifestyle, not a diet or a "cleanse." And while I'm passing on the Eggs Benedict, I happily embrace sweets, a nice doughy bread, my morning cup of Joe and a good glass of wine. Although likely to reap the benefits -- including weight loss -- of...

By Liz Kelly  | June 2, 2008; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Tatum O'Neal Busted Buying Crack

Headlines: Johnny Depp, Ellen Page top MTV Movie Awards... Angelina Jolie says she has guns and isn't afraid to use them... Yves Saint Laurent dead at 71 | Appreciation | Gallery... Charlie Sheen marries again... TomKat host star-studded housewarming party... Jack Black and wife welcome second son... Sorry fans, pregnant Ashlee Simpson postpones summer tour... Baby mama accuses 50 Cent of neglect. Crime Watch: Tatum O'Neal arrested for buying crack in New York. Rumor Mill: Brangelina manager denies report of twin births... Brad Pitt to have hand in shaping Dubai resort hotel?... Lindsay Lohan turns down million-dollar offer to "come out" in tabloid... Cameron Diaz and Diddy dating?... Despite pic, company says Al Reynolds not their new underwear model... Naomi Campbell losing hair, says pal... Kurt Cobain's ashes stolen. In Case You Missed It Ashley Judd speaks to Sally Quinn about her spirituality:...

By Liz Kelly  | June 2, 2008; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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