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Celebritology 2.0: June 8, 2008 - June 14, 2008

Friday List: Super-Casting?

Super Villain: Burgess Meredith as The Penguin. (AP) Unless you're the Flash or Wonder Woman, there's just no "I" in team. Which is why today I've enlisted "Lost" analysis collaborator and Wonder Twin Jen Chaney to help evaluate Cinematical's list of the Best Ever Superhero and Villain Casting. When Jen isn't busy handicapping the best show on TV with me, her mild-mannered alter ego is that of post.com Movies producer and DVD reviewer, a job that has exposed her to unhealthy levels of superhero flicks. A lesser human might've succumbed to the non-stop onslaught of CGI effects and pithy one-liners, but not our Jen. She was morphed by the experience into Crita-Girl, a woman able to pontificate on the merits of various superheroes -- from the recent (Ed Norton's "Hulk") to the distant glimmerings of heroes past (Christopher Reeve's "Superman"). Without further delay, here's Cinematical's list in abbreviated form...

By Liz Kelly  | June 13, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
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Morning Mix: Jury Deliberating R. Kelly Verdict

Headlines: Dr. Drew Pinsky apologizes for diagnosing Tom Cruise as victim of childhood neglect... Britney Spears edited out of new Pussycat Dolls video... St. John drops Angelina Jolie's contract... Tila Tequila credits her show with paving the way for gay marriage... Jay-Z accused of lifting lyrics from lesser-known rapper... Insouciant Chris Martin walks out of BBC interview... Jon Voight signs on to "24" cast... Rag doll Naomi Campbell falls for Capri... Carm down, Lilo's baby bump is for a movie role. Crime Watch: Jury deliberating R. Kelly verdict... Theft leaves Russell Simmons out $15,000 in bling. Rumor Mill: Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee together again?... Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen say "prune" for pouty pix... Tumbleweave alert: Kate Moss loses hair extension on red carpet. Say What? "No way. 'Sleepless in Seattle' can go [bleep] itself." -- Director Guillermo del Toro when asked if he'd ever consider a genre...

By Liz Kelly  | June 13, 2008; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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Creative Captioning: Dynamic Duos

Da-na-na-na-na-na-na-na: Has Beens! Don't look now, but an unlikely pair shared the same airspace at Tuesday night's match up between the L.A. Lakers and the Boston Celtics: Sylvester Stallone and Eddie Murphy. Rambo and Gumby. Rocky and Bowfinger. I could go on. But, more importantly, where did Sly find the acid washed jeans? What's with Eddie's Velcro kicks? And what, I wonder, is Stallone thinking as he looks, umm, sly-ly at his seatmate? I can hardly wait for you to tell me. (Getty Images) And, for those of you who (like me) are suffering from debilitating "Lost" withdrawal, I offer a second photo in need of a little caption TLC. Behold co-stars Jorge Garcia and Naveen Andrews having a little fun at the Monte Carlo Television Festival (who knew?) yesterday. But, surely we can come up with a better cutline for this comedic pair. Bonus points for working Smoke Monsters...

By Liz Kelly  | June 12, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
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Morning Mix: Surprise -- Oprah is Top Celeb Power Player

Headlines: Oprah tops Forbes's Celebrity Power List... Business partner now says he doesn't know if Paul Newman is battling cancer... Lynn Spears's memoir set for fall release... Slamming "Grey's" writers, Katherine Heigl drops out of Emmy race... Madonna's brother penning book about his sister... Environmentalist Justin Timberlake buys golf course to save it from developers... Jessica Simpson launching lingerie line... Timbaland marries longtime girlfriend... Boy George to perform for New York sanitation workers... George Michael says he's ready to give up touring for a "quieter life." Pix: Mischa Barton, Wookie Pocahontas?... Kelsey Grammer's no. 1 fan. Crime Watch: Closing arguments set to begin in R. Kelly trial... London police charge two people for giving drugs to Amy Winehouse. Amy Winehouse captured in her natural habitat -- the kitchen window of her London apartment. (Getty Images) Rumor Mill: Mel Gibson and Britney Spears meet again in L.A... Amy Winehouse paid...

By Liz Kelly  | June 12, 2008; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (160)
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Morning Mix: Daniel Craig Injured on 'Bond' Set

Red Hot Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis is courtside at game three of the 2008 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the L.A. Lakers at Los Angeles's Staples Center. (Getty Images) Headlines: Daniel Craig injured on set of latest Bond movie... Despite cancer rumors, Paul Newman says he's "doing nicely"... Oscar De La Hoya crossdressing pix turn out to be fakes... Lindsay Lohan leggings to hit store shelves in August... Shia LaBeouf "embarassed" by drinking video... Laila Ali expecting baby boy... "Hills" habitue Brody Jenner lands his own reality show... Gary Busey and "Idol" alum Nikki McKibbin headed to "Celebrity Rehab"... "The View" cuts Bret Michaels off mid-song... Judge says 50 Cent can't sell fire-gutted home... Tonight in mindless television: "Celebrity Circus" (9:30 p.m. ET on NBC). Crime Watch: Coolio arrested for driving on suspended license... Warren G won't be charged with drug possession... Rapper Numskull (who is included...

By Liz Kelly  | June 11, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (232)
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Insta-Poll: Clint vs. Spike; Puff or Puffy?

In which we take the pulse of the vast network of influential tastemakers who visit this blog each day. Let your voice be heard, then debate your elections in the comments section. Polling courtesy twiigs.com....

By Liz Kelly  | June 10, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: It's NOT 'Puff Daddy' Again. Please Keep Up.

Headlines: Keeping up with the Combs: It's "Puff Daddy" again Diddy still Diddy, asks us to vote in NSFW video... Rupert Everett apologizes for calling soldiers "wimps"... Tori Spelling gives birth to her second child, baby girl Stella Doreen... Mark Wahlberg and longtime girlfriend expecting third child... David Beckham attacked by crazed fan on soccer field... Robert Downey Jr. thanks Burger King for helping him beat addiction... Pam Anderson selling prized car for charity... PETA asks supporters to send Olsen twins hunks of hair for birthday... Celebs contemplating legal action on hospital leaks. Crime Watch: Defense rests in R. Kelly trial... Amy Winehouse's husband pleads guilty to assault... Charity run by Anne Hathaway's boyfriend investigated... Michael Madsen causes commotion at London hotel, but no arrests made. Rumor Mill: Contrite Tom Cruise signs on for "Mission:Impossible 4"... Naomi Campbell says surgery will enable her to become a mom. Say What?...

By Liz Kelly  | June 10, 2008; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Comment Box: The Overblown Clay-gate Debate

The more interesting question: Clay Aiken (top) and Toni Collette -- separated at birth? (Photos: Top/Getty Images, Bottom/AP) What are your thoughts on Clay Aiken and the brouhaha that broke out on in the comments section of Celebritology? Seriously, I dont get how people think he's not, uh, geigh? -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion I remained on the sidelines during last week's "is he or isn't he" rehash (if you missed it, the debate erupted in last Tuesday's Morning Mix). Because unless and until Aiken himself addresses his sexuality, well, it isn't really my job -- or anyone else's (I'm talking to you Rosie) to force Clay -- or anyone else -- into a reveal about his sexuality or anything else. And what's wrong with keeping something to oneself? I'm more annoyed by the other end of the continuum -- celebrities (Tom Cruise) who insist on...

By Liz Kelly  | June 9, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Report -- Jessica Alba Welcomes Baby Girl

Headlines: Judge orders Anne Heche to pay $275,000 divorce settlement... Patrick Swayze cleared to return to work... New Amy Winehouse drug video (with a side of racism) surfaces... Vin Diesel and wife welcome daughter. Crime Watch: Rapper Warren G arrested on drug charges. Rumor Mill: Jessica Alba gives birth to baby girl... Party girl Paris Hilton dashes pregnancy rumors... Brangelina spend $140K on nursery for twins-to-be... Bobby Brown's son says he, ahem, shared bathroom with Lindsay Lohan... Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish make public appearance... Ashley Tisdale victim of HIV rumor. War of Words "And a comment like 'a guy like that should shut his face' -- come on Clint, come on. He sounds like an angry old man right there." -- Spike Lee responds to Clint Eastwood's advice...

By Liz Kelly  | June 9, 2008; 6:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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