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Celebritology 2.0: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

Friday List: The Best John Hughes Movie?

A dueling list from me and post.com Movies editrix Jen Chaney Before there was "Nick and Norah" or "American Teen" or even "Napoleon Dynamite," there was the John Hughes oeuvre of teen movies, perhaps the finest collection of adolescent-angst cinema ever committed to celluloid. Luckily, we were fortunate enough to come of age in the Hughes-ian era, uniquely qualifying us to opine on his movies which were, truly, chronicles of the greatest generation. I, Jen, recently wrote about a DVD box set that contains three of the filmmaker's best -- "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club" and "Weird Science" -- and that got me thinking about how to rank the Hughes canon. So, I naturally mentioned this to Liz and we had a shocking, shocking I tell you, e-mail exchange in which we found out we didn't agree at all about which of the films is the most culturally significant --...

By Liz Kelly  | October 3, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Morning Mix: Stone Denies Botox Allegations; Madonna Reportedly Dines with A-Rod

Headlines: Sharon Stone says she never suggested Botox for eight-year-old son... Sandra Bernhard says her Sarah Palin rape remarks were taken out of context... Broadway theaters to dim lights tonight in honor of Paul Newman... Tom Cruise pens essay about Newman for People magazine... Elisabeth Hasselbeck not leaving "The View," says agent... Rosie O'Donnell lands NBC variety show special... Kanye West's TV show deemed "too hard-core" for HBO... Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag eat tacos to fight world (and "90210") hunger... James Earl Jones to get SAG lifetime achievement award... Salma Hayek campaigns to wipe out tetanus... Pam Anderson asks Cate Blanchett to boycott Armani... Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro team up for new mob movie... Beyonce says her new album will drop on Nov. 18... Tipster netted $27K for Heather Locklear arrest photos... Natalie Cole on bed rest following Hep C bout... Liza Minnelli makes raunchy Italian TV...

By Liz Kelly  | October 3, 2008; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Stone Cold Parenting Advice

Sharon Stone, model mom. (AP) Yesterday, when courts docs surfaced revealing Sharon Stone's desire to have her son's smelly feet Botoxed, well I couldn't help but wonder what other creative advice Stone might have for weathering the myriad annoyances and little inconveniences that come with raising a kid. Unwittingly, it seems Stone may have hit upon a new parenting model and I look forward to a lively, yet civil, discussion of these proposed Sharon Stone-inspired problems and solutions: Problem: Your kid's feet stink. Solution: Nothing will get rid of the stank of smelly boy feet like a round of 50 or so Botox injections in each foot. In fact, your kid may be so traumatized by the experience that he will never again step into a soccer shoe without first soaking his foot in bleach. Problem: Your kid refuses to brush his teeth, resulting in regular cavities. Solution: Duh,...

By Liz Kelly  | October 2, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Celebrities  
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Morning Mix: Melissa Etheridge to Wed Longtime Partner

Headlines: Melissa Etheridge plans to wed longtime partner... Brangelina brood arrives in U.S. ahead of Jolie's "Changeling" premiere... Women's shelter cuts Sandra Bernhard from fundraiser after Palin gang-rape line... Larry Flynt wants to make adult film starring Palin look-alike... Solid gold Kate Moss statue goes on display... Paul Sculfor says he and girlfriend Cameron Diaz are "having fun"... Britney Spears makes surprise visit to Bronx middle school... David Letterman grills Anne Hathaway about ex... Jay-Z playing free shows for Barack Obama... Jessica Alba wears Hannibal Lecter-style mask in new voting ad... Jude Law confirmed as Dr. Watson in upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" reboot... Joan Collins's wig almost succumbs to high winds... "Top Model" contestant describes alleged Nikki Blonsky airport attack. Lizzies 2008:Cast Your Vote Now! Crime Watch: Hugh Laurie's house burgled while he slept upstairs... Defense rests in O.J. Simpson case... Rapper The Game ordered to attend anger management sessions...

By Liz Kelly  | October 2, 2008; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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Reality Watch: 'Paris Hilton's My New BFF'

Paris Hilton (center) with 'BFF' hopefuls Baje, Brittany, Vanessa and Kiki. (Getty Images) OMG, who'd have thunk that five years after Paris Hilton first broke ground as one of reality TV's first celebrity guinea pigs that she'd still have enough new material in her to fill up a whole new show? MTV, that's who! They heart Paris so much that they've made her the centerpiece of "Paris Hilton: My New BFF," a platonic (we hope) tour de force modeled on the matchmaking elimination show, a la "Flavor of Love." And where "Simple Life" cast Paris and then-cohort Nicole Richie as hapless wanderers in the workaday world, "My New BFF" puts Hilton and her skill set at the top of the food chain and everywhere from the opening song to the art decorating the contestant's "Real World"-esque digs. In "BFF," a group of 20-somethings of questionable intelligence -- and even...

By Liz Kelly  | October 1, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Paris Hilton, Reality Check  
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Morning Mix: Judge Says Sharon Stone Wanted to Botox Son's Feet

Diane Lane at Tuesday's German premiere of "Nights in Rodanthe." (Getty Images) Headlines: Ill Janet Jackson released from hospital, cancels two concert dates... Judge says Sharon Stone wanted to give her son Botox shots to control foot odor... Russell Crowe says he gained 63 pounds for movie role... Kim Kardashian cut from "Dancing With the Stars"... Jenny McCarthy, Amanda Peet battle over childhood vaccines... Salma Hayek steps out with ex... Paris Hilton: God saved DJ AM... Rosie Perez refuses to ride New York subway... Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher want you to vote for Obama... Sienna Miller wins paparazzi damages suit... Oprah's mom countersues store for $156K bill... Pic: Naomi Watts's maternity style. Lizzies 2008:Cast Your Vote Now! Crime Watch: Bret Michaels stops "Rock of Love Bus" production following fatal truck crash... Nicole Ritchie gets her license back. Rumor Mill: Daniel Craig crashes baptism celebration... Barack Obama salutes Leonard...

By Liz Kelly  | October 1, 2008; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
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Celebrity Designer: Alyssa Milano, Jersey Gal

Is there anything the lovely and talented Alyssa Milano can't do? The latest entrant in the field of celebrity designers has proven herself a dab hand at making money and keeping herself relevant. If not for the flurry of activity surrounding the expansion line of women's sports clothing, this dynamo might've been just what Henry Paulsen ordered to turn the failing economy around. Milano models one of her Touch designs. (Getty Images) Milano burst upon the scene as spunky Samantha Micelli on '80s sitcom fave "Who's the Boss." Then, just to keep us guessing, she reinvented herself in critically acclaimed cable releases like "Casualties of Love: the Long Island Lolita Story" and "Confessions of a Sorority GIrl" before moving on to ground-breaking projects like "Poison Ivy II." But before surrendering fully to late night cable, Milano engineered her own renaissance by landing regular gigs on "Melrose Place," "Spin City," "Charmed"...

By Liz Kelly  | September 30, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Celebrity Products  
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Morning Mix: Spears Plans 2009 World Tour

Jennifer Lopez at the launch of her fragrance Deseo For Men in New York on Monday. (Getty Images) Headlines: Janet Jackson hospitalized... Exes Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman spotted holding hands... Britney Spears planning 2009 world tour, files appeals in driving without license case... Travis Barker released from Georgia hospital... Lilo and SamRo hit the beach... Lil' Wayne becomes latest celebrity blogger... Jessica Simpson to sing on "Dancing with the Stars"... Kelly Osbourne says she has quarterly STD tests... Joely Fisher adopts baby girl... Victoria Beckham says she wears socks and gloves to bed... Former lawyer sues over Heath Ledger insurance policy... Merv Griffin company sues Ed McMahon for un-repaid $100,000 loan. Lizzies 2008:Cast Your Vote Now! Crime Watch: Mindy McCready to serve 60 days for probation violation. Rumor Mill: Adnan Ghalib marketing alleged Spears sex tape again?... Brangelina already planning for seventh child?... Miley Cyrus's birthday celebration upsets...

By Liz Kelly  | September 30, 2008; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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2008 Lizzies: Let the Voting Begin

This fall, make your vote count... in the third annual Celebritology Honors (aka The Lizzies). There's no pesky registration, no waiting online outside an elementary school while being harangued by hyper-caffeinated campaign volunteers and absolutely no hanging chads. And, if your candidate doesn't win, there won't be any cold sweats or vows to move to Sweden. Instead, a panel of Celebritological experts came up with this year's categories and nominees, because really, primaries are so overdone. Lizzies 2008:Cast Your Vote Now! Last year, you voted Angelina Jolie the Most Admired Celebrity and the mom of two new twins may just be poised to sweep that category again. And last year's Biggest Train Wreck -- Britney Spears -- may just pull off a complete image rehab by snatching the title in a new category, Biggest Turnaround, leaving her former title open to a motivated group of candidates from Amy Winehouse...

By Liz Kelly  | September 29, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Morning Mix: Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds Wed in Secret Ceremony

Dressed as alter-ego 'Bruno,' Sacha Baron Cohen (left) crashes the Agatha Ruiz De La Prada show at Milan Fashion Week. (Reuters) Headlines: Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds marry in Vancouver... Friends, family recall Paul Newman... Bruce Springsteen to perform Super Bowl halftime show... Britney Spears's new single "Womanizer" debuts... Heath Ledger's father says daughter Matilda will get everything... Dennis Quaid disses Meg Ryan for rehashing divorce details... Tina Fey reprises role as Sarah Palin... Palin beauty pageant footage surfaces... Barbra Streisand labels McCain's VP pick a "dud"... Ellen DeGeneres says marriage has "softened" her... DJ AM released from hospital... It's "The Partridge Family's" turn for a remake... Pix: David and Victoria Beckham launch new fragrance line. Crime Watch: Heather Locklear arrested on suspicion of DUI... Kanye West won't be charged with felony in airport scuffle... Amy Winehouse may face arrest for allegedly hitting woman at London show. Rumor Mill:...

By Liz Kelly  | September 29, 2008; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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