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Celebritology 2.0: July 6, 2008 - July 12, 2008

Friday Poll: Holmes vs. Holmes

Who is Holmes? Sacha Baron Cohen (left) or Robert Downey, Jr.? (Photos: Reuters, AP) Both Robert Downey Jr. and Sacha Baron Cohen will play Sherlock Holmes in upcoming movies. Downey, fresh of his "Ironman" high, will don the headcoat in director Guy Ritchie's reimagining of the prototypical detective, while Cohen -- best known to the world as bumbling Kazakh Borat Sagdiyev -- will team up with Will Farrell for a comic take on the classic Holmes/Watson duo. What will these fresh takes on Holmes bring to a character listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as "most portrayed?" Over 70 actors -- from the classic Basil Rathbone (Video: Basil as Sherlock in 1939's "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.") to Sir John Gielgud to John Barrymore to Snoopy to Nicholas Rowe as a teenaged Holmes -- had tried their luck at bringing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creation to life....

By Liz Kelly  | July 11, 2008; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
Categories:  Friday Lists, Insta-Polls  
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Morning Mix: Christie Brinkley Settles Divorce Case

Headlines: Christie Brinkley settles divorce case, wins sole custody of kids... TomKat clan sends gifts to Sunday Rose Kidman Urban... Neighbors want Amy Winehouse evicted... David Alan Grier launching new fake news show... Nicole Richie's novel to get TV treatment... Gun-toting Heidi Montag shoots in honor of her late stepbrother... David Lee Roth says nutty cop story never happened. Rumor Mill: Former Yankee Jose Canseco says Madonna pursued him... Brother's book claims Madge keeps lewd photo of herself in full view of kids... J.Lo's nannies allegedly quit... Uma Thurman -- married or still just engaged?... Jessica Alba gets $1.5 million for first baby pix... Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher put off wedding over religious issues... Lance Bass signs on to "Dancing With the Stars"... Audrina Partridge paid $10K to attend party... Rolling Stone Ron Wood runs off with 18-year-old Russian waitress... Cher set to marry again?...

By Liz Kelly  | July 11, 2008; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
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Creative Captioning: Pam Splits for Australia

(Reuters) Some people think Pam Anderson is just a pretty face, a bod, a vapid dress form who manages to stay on our radar only because she fills out a bikini like nobody's business and has made a PR strategy out of serial marriages. Well, eat it, you haters, because Pam has proven to all of us time and again that she (in order from real to not so real) is a multi-talented actress, model, animal rights crusader, mom, magician's assistant, lifeguard, private eye, action hero and object of Borat's affection. And in an appearance on Australia's "Big Brother" Pam has revealed yet another skill -- the ability to splay her legs across a TV studio floor while wearing nothing but a pillow case and a pair of 4-inch heels. Brava! Crikey! (Reuters) Aussies may have Nicole Kidman, but can she do this? One need only look at the...

By Liz Kelly  | July 10, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
Categories:  Creative Captioning  
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Morning Mix: Matthew McConaughey Reportedly Sells Baby Pix for $3M

Headlines: Robert Downey Jr. to play Sherlock Holmes... Lawyers try to make deal in Christie Brinkley divorce case... Olivia Newton-John marries... Vanessa Hudgens blames "stupid people" for release of nude pix... Madonna's brother says Madge is in love with herself... Gwyneth Paltrow says daughter Apple makes son Moses cross-dress... Courteney Cox to make "Scrubs" cameo appearance... James Franco ("Freaks and Geeks," "Pineapple Express") headed to grad school... John Mayer talks about fan hook ups... Real estate crisis hits celebrities... Jennifer Lopez shuts down her Pasadena restaurant... Landlord takes Dane Cook to court for failing to clean up after dog. Rumor Mill: Angelina Jolie to have C-section Tuesday?... Hospital says Angie room photos are fakes... Matthew McConaughey sells baby pix to tabloid for $3 million... Supposed pal tells tabloid A-Rod was in love with Madonna... Stripper says she had a 2004 fling with A-Rod, too... Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck...

By Liz Kelly  | July 10, 2008; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (276)
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Here's the Story of the Barfing Brady

Listen up all you kid stars. You may be some kind of cute munchkin now, rocking little ringlets and ridiculously cute outfits. But there isn't any longevity in the adorable scamp game. Okay? If you're lucky, you may transition into adulthood unscathed. But for the rest of you, it's reality TV or bust. Luckily erstwhile littlest "Brady Bunch"-er Susan Olsen (Cindy) has stepped in to show us how to reinvent herself almost 40 years after she first charmed a generation of couch potatoes with her lispy cuteness. Cindy was the cutest Brady, there's no denying it. But if you were a kid like me, cute was less likely to inspire admiration than to induce a wave of nausea. And, as it turns out, the now 47-year-old Olsen has managed to nauseate even herself. And in one two-minute segment she's also single-handedly outdone the second acts of fellow "Brady" alums Barry...

By Liz Kelly  | July 9, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Celebrities, Hollyweird, Miscellaneous  
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Morning Mix: Psychiatrist Says Christie Brinkley Should Get Kids

Headlines: Nicole Kidman's dad says "Sunday" was his idea... Matthew McConaughey names his newborn son "Levi"... Brad Pitt and son Maddox visit Angelina Jolie in hospital... Psychiatrist says Christie Brinkley should get custody of kids... Jamie Lynn Spears poses with newborn on cover of OK! magazine... Sarah Larson says she misses George Clooney's dance moves... Amy Winehouse slaps her own bodyguard... Brian Austin Green says he and Megan Fox are "solid"... Joe E. Tata ("Nat") returning to new "90210"... Brigitte Nielsen has plastic surgery on German TV (NSFW). Crime Watch: Nate Dogg charged with stalking his wife. Rumor Mill: A-Rod's wife spends $100,000 before filing for divorce... Lenny Kravitz blames former manager for planting false affair story... Russell Simmons single again... Tony Romo serenades Jessica Simpson with Guns n' Roses... Sting not pleased with 17-year-old daughter's newest pal: Pete Doherty. Say What? "There's nothing weird about calling your baby...

By Liz Kelly  | July 9, 2008; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (245)
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Insta-Poll: Do We Like the Name Sunday Rose?

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, proud parents of new addition Sunday Rose. (Getty Images) Because we have an insatiable fascination with the children of the stars, today we turn our attention to one of that club's newest entrants, little Sunday Rose Kidman Urban. Yes, Nicole Kidman has been through a lot, so I do feel a teensy twinge of guilt for picking on a woman who not only married whack-doodle Tom Cruise, but starred in two laughably bad movies with him ("Far and Away" and "Eyes Wide Shut"). But she overcame the movies, leaving Cruise in the dust both professionally (he may beat her at the box office, but she's the better actor) and personally, and in 2006 married fellow Aussie Keith Urban. Her happily-ever-after was a bit delayed by Urban's post-nuptial stint in rehab, but the two seemed back on track over the last year and Monday the...

By Liz Kelly  | July 8, 2008; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Insta-Polls  
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Morning Mix: Storks Visit Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey

Headlines: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban welcome daughter Sunday Rose... Matthew McConaughey's girlfriend gives birth to baby boy... Citing infidelity, A-Rod's wife files for divorce... Drew Barrymore and Justin Long split, confirms rep... Britney Spears taping appearance for Madonna's tour... Eva Mendes calls reporter's substance abuse joke "tacky"... Scarlett Johansson says monogamy is hard... Michael Jackson's plastic surgeon checks into psych ward. Rumor Mill: Samantha Ronson gives Lindsay Lohan $22,000 commitment ring... Paris Hilton wants to convene super-summit of tabloid targets for reality special... Jude Law, 40, dating 20-year-old model... Watch out Tila Tequila, Ashley Dupre developing reality show... "Celebrity Rehab" may spawn "Sober Living" spinoff. List: Celebs who own islands. Say What? "The most Hollywood thing about me is that I have a psychic masseuse." -- "Get Smart" star Anne Hathaway...

By Liz Kelly  | July 8, 2008; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Comment Box: Celeb Parents, the Most Selfish of All?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with son Maddox and daughter Zahara stroll in Mumbai in November 2006. (AP) Today in the comment box we expand on a debate hatched in last Thursday's Celebritology Live discussion -- a debate that might have engulfed the chat in a maelstrom of parental opinion-making had it been any other day but a pre-holiday afternoon. As it was, we were able to keep the discussion productive. Let's hope for the same tone below (hint hint). Why open a potential can of worms? Because, from time to time, we need to squirm a bit. Considering the makeshift camp of paparazzi encamped in Nice awaiting the birth of the Brangelina twins, I asked: "Is it selfish for someone like Angelina, who is such a paparazzi magnet, to have kids at all?" Some, like the reader below, were quick to argue that Angie and Brad -- who...

By Liz Kelly  | July 7, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Amy Winehouse Says She Did Drugs in Rehab

Update: Nicole Kidman gives birth -- she and Keith Urban today welcomed daughter Sunday Rose Kidman Urban in Nashville. -- 11:11 a.m. ET. Headlines: Amy Winehouse says she did drugs in rehab... Palestinians ask Snoop Dogg to boycott Israel... "Beckham boost" ups underwear sales in U.K... Osbourne family to host TV variety show... Pam Anderson celebrates birthday with illusionist Criss Angel... Former "Bachelor" Andrew Firestone marries... Bozo the Clown Larry Harmon dead at 83. Pix: Tina Turner rocks glittery harem pant/one-piece thingy... Fuller-figured Oprah vacations in Italy... Unoriginal Jim Carrey dons girlfriend Jenny McCarthy's one-piece on beach. Rumor Mill: Madonna says she's not headed for divorce. Still, trainer says A-Rod is "obsessed" with Madge... Britney Spears to join Madonna on tour?... Second affair for Christie Brinkley's husband to emerge in court; couple girds for battle over properties worth $80 million; supermodel spends 4th with ex Billy Joel... Rowdy Nicole Richie...

By Liz Kelly  | July 7, 2008; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (178)
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By Christian Pelusi  | July 6, 2008; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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