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Celebritology 2.0: October 5, 2008 - October 11, 2008

Doubletake: Early Halloween for Jacko and Child

Some things just never get old, like bagels with peanut butter, "It's a Wonderful Life," or, say, scrutinizing photos of Michael Jackson and his rarely seen children. Which is why I close out the week with the photo below, of a surgically masked Jackson (in the foreground) and 10-year-old daughter Paris, hidden behind some kind of expressionless facade that at once evokes a flood of images -- Lucha Libre wrestlers, the KISS Army, "V for Vendetta" and a funerary mask. Michael Jackson (right) and daughter Paris. (Splash News) To put this scene in context (which I'm sure will make it much more understandable to outfit one's child in a fetishy mask) Jacko and his three kids -- Paris, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II (aka "Blanket") are pictured browsing a Los Angeles comic book store on Thursday. According to the photographer, the kids entered the store wearing the masks, but...

By Liz Kelly  | October 10, 2008; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Morning Mix: Angelina Jolie Pictured Breastfeeding on Mag Cover

Lenny Kravitz attends an NBA preseason game in Paris on Thursday. (Reuters) Headlines: Angelina Jolie pictured breastfeeding on W magazine cover, inside says Brad Pitt convinced her to get pregnant... Jolie's face sells the most magazines, says Forbes... Britney Spears opens up about past two years in upcoming interview... Mom Lynne Spears just wants Brit and sister Jamie Lynn to "find their purpose"... Jamie Lynn says she's waiting for daughter to grow up before marrying or finishing high school... Ryan Reynolds running New York City Marathon for dad with Parkinson's... Ted Nugent outlines his fantasy-world presidential aspirations in new book... Christie Brinkley doesn't want kids to see Peter Cook's "20/20" interview... Eva Mendes says her career is "more serious" than J.Lo's... Paris Hilton goes for mod conehead look in London... Roseanne Barr says she had plastic surgery to get away from ex Tom Arnold... Mickey Rourke bled for "Wrestler"...

By Liz Kelly  | October 10, 2008; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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2008 Celebritology Honors: Amy Winehouse Bottoms Out; Britney Bounces Back

The presidential election may be a month off, but Americans -- at least the ones who read Celebritology -- today learn the results of the other hotly contested, umm, contest: The annual Celebritology Honors, aka The Lizzies. A familiar name again dominated this year's awards, while another managed the very tricky operation of moving from Biggest Train Wreck to Biggest Turnaround. And, with four new categories and the first fan art competition, the 2008 winners were bigger and better than ever. Without further ado, the 2008 Lizzie award winners: (Getty Images) Most Admired: Angelina Jolie Something about this humanitarian mom of six keeps her first in our hearts when it comes to warm fuzzy feelings. And despite continued snarkage from some quarters about "kid collecting" and the ever present Aniston loyalists, Jolie's -- who this year gave birth to twins Knox and Vivienne -- do-gooding off-screen work outshined fellow...

By Liz Kelly  | October 9, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Awards Season  
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Morning Mix: Brangelina Brood Returns to France

Headlines: Brangelina brood returns to France... Oprah to appear at Obama campaign events... Courteney Cox says she "hated" Botox... Tom Cruise is a "maniac," says Lauren Bacall... Jason Priestley to direct episode of new "90210"... "Quantum of Solace" set accident forced Daniel Craig to have plastic surgery... Brooke Hogan turns down Playboy offer... Cameron Diaz blames romantic troubles on being a "spoiled brat"... Hugh Hefner surprised by Holly Madison break-up... Katie Holmes trades in jeans for leather leggings... Josh Brolin opens up about "W" wrap party police scuffle. Crime Watch: Gerard Butler accused of punching paparazzo... Britney Spears rejects plea deal in driver's license case; driver involved in new fender-bender... John Cusack's stalker heads to trial. Rumor Mill: Jamie Lynn Spears pregnant again, says tabloid; not true, replies TMZ.com... Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas break up... Mischa Barton says Victoria Beckham isn't stylish. Say What? "You've got a hot...

By Liz Kelly  | October 9, 2008; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Save Ginger from Aubrey O'Day

Doubtless, you're expecting a scathing post full of snark about Danity Kane's Aubrey O'Day for her unfortunate choice of outfit (shirt, headband, roots, fake bake -- there's material, trust me) in the picture below. O'Day and Ginger at the Bowlmore Lanes 70th anniversary party Tuesday in New York. (Getty Images) But no. Much as I'd like to take Aubrey to task for dressing while under the influence of some kind of taste-sapping gamma ray, today I write in my capacity as an animal lover. I feel so sorry for this dog -- a teacup Maltese named Ginger -- that I can't sit idly by while the helpless creature continues to be exposed so cruelly around the Web. Look at the pain in her face above. Not only has Ginger been forced to wear a matchy-matchy shirt (hey, maybe she's not for Obama), but Ms. O'Day seems to have fashioned a...

By Liz Kelly  | October 8, 2008; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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Morning Mix: Halle Berry Named Esquire's 'Sexiest Woman Alive'

Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron, Ashley Tisdale and Corbin Bleu arrive for the British premiere of 'High School Musical 3' in London. (AP) Headlines: Halle Berry named Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive"... Queen Latifah says her sexuality is nobody's business... Scientology technologies "helpful," says Jennifer Lopez... Leonardo DiCaprio's "Body of Lies" co-star, Golshifteh Farahani, fears returning to Iran... George Clooney grows a 'stache... Nicole Kidman says three-month-old daughter is "reading the encyclopedia"... Ashlee Simpson throws "white trash"-themed birthday party... Britney Spears plays dress up in new video... Joan Rivers, Khloe Kardashian make themselves ridiculous for new season of "Celebrity Apprentice"... Travis Barker says he's thankful to be alive following crash... Nick Nolte escapes fire at Los Angeles home. Lizzies 2008:Cast Your Vote Now! Final Day of Voting! Rumor Mill: Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman back on... Christie Brinkley's ex says it's her fault he cheated... Victoria Beckham gets bird dropping facials,...

By Liz Kelly  | October 8, 2008; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Creative Captioning: Grace Jones, Vampire Hat

Erstwhile actress, singer and model Grace Jones cut a bold figure when she arrived at Monday's annual Q music awards show in London where the 60-year-old former Bond girl was honored as a music icon. Never one to submit to the constraints of conformity, Jones seems to have hit upon a look that is equal parts Vegas vampire and evening burqa. But enough preamble. You know the drill. Commit your winningest captions to Internet infamy below. The best of the best will be elevated to a place of prominence here in the blog and the tippy-top winning captioner will be awarded the utterly meaningless title of "Celebritology Captionologist of the Week." And, in the interest of making this a fairer process, don't stop at posting your own captions, but weigh in on which entries you think are the funniest/most fitting. (Getty Images)...

By Liz Kelly  | October 7, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
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Morning Mix: Watch Out Ladies, Duchovny Leaves Rehab

Gerard Butler arrives at Monday's L.A. premiere of his new movie, 'Rocknrolla.' (Getty Images) Headlines: Admitted sex addict David Duchovny released from rehab... Brangelina brood visits New Orleans... Madonna disses Sarah Palin (and, oddly, Todd Palin's snowmobile) during concert... Go, Britney, Go!... For $5,000, Michael Lohan will box any opponent... Matthew Broderick signs on for Broadway return... Kim Kardashian says she never had plastic surgery... Anne Hathaway latest star to rock super-high heels... New Bond girl Gemma Arterton says she was born with six fingers on each hand... Sorry President Bush, but injured Misty May-Treanor bows out of "Dancing With the Stars"... Minnie Driver shares pic of baby Henry... "Idol" alumna Paris Bennett gives birth to baby girl... Suri Cruise just gets cuter... Oprah sued by ex-headmistress of South African school. Lizzies 2008:Cast Your Vote Now! Rumor Mill: Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter join "Alice in Wonderland" cast......

By Liz Kelly  | October 7, 2008; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Miley Cyrus's Bittersweet Sixteen

In the crush of controversy that surrounded Miley Cyrus over the past 12 months -- the overpriced concert tickets, that Annie Leibovitz Vanity Fair spread, the cell phone pix, the ill-advised YouTube videos -- we may have lost sight of an important fact. That Cyrus is, in the grand scheme of things, a baby. A self-possessed somewhat media-savvy baby, sure, but still tender, still tentative and definitely not yet capable of fending for herself. (And, since we nominated Miley for Biggest Train Wreck in this year's Lizzies, we get a rap on the knuckles too.) Which is why I felt a little verklempt when I read about Miley's 16th birthday bash at, of course, Disneyland. Because not content to let this girl -- excuse me, I mean child -- celebrate this milestone with a modicum of privacy, she was instead costumed, handed a mike and pushed on stage to perform...

By Liz Kelly  | October 6, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
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Morning Mix: Amy Winehouse, Scientologist?

Headlines: Sick Janet Jackson postpones three more concert dates... Angelina Jolie makes first red carpet appearance since twins' birth, shows off tattoo addition... Jolie "hampered" by gorgeous face, says Clint Eastwood... Yet again, Tina Fey nails Sarah Palin impression... Bruce Springsteen, Shakira support Barack Obama... Concerned David Spade texts recently-arrested ex Heather Locklear... Victoria Beckham teeters atop super-high heels... Salma Hayek nearly busts out of costume on German TV... Eddie Van Halen engaged to manager... Howard Stern marries longtime girlfriend... Russell Simmons introduces menswear line... Judge blocks distribution of Anna Nicole Smith breast augmentation footage... Charlize Theron sued by watchmaker for wearing competitor's watch. Lizzies 2008:Cast Your Vote Now! Crime Watch: O.J. Simpson found guilty in Vegas robbery, kidnapping; Simpson reportedly "in shock." Rumor Mill: Amy Winehouse converting to Scientology?... Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal "drifting apart"?... Rachael Ray denies she's battling throat cancer... Kevin Costner plans Bull Durham...

By Liz Kelly  | October 6, 2008; 6:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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