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Celebritology 2.0: October 12, 2008 - October 18, 2008

One More Time: Britney Hits the Web Again

Is that Gary Coleman hovering to the right of Britney's shoulder? (Screen grab from britneyspears.com) Hey y'all. If a person's sanity can be measured by the relative put-togetherness of her Web site, then Britney Spears is indeed back in the zone. This week, Team Britney (I kid you not) unveiled a long-awaited new-and-improved Web presence for the image rehabbing star. What it lacks in folksy crackpot poetry it more than makes up for in slickness. A few highlights: The site is introduced by a video snippet from a subdued Brit, promising to take us "where no paparazzi lens ever could." (Please let it be the Quiznos bathroom.) Oddly, the video player floats in the midst of what appears to be a chain link fence holding back the ghostly image of an angry Gary Coleman. A bloggy format takes precedence, with Team Britney (which is probably code name for fully-vetted...

By Liz Kelly  | October 17, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Morning Mix: Jolie Says She and Brad Will Probably Adopt Again

Katie Holmes channels her inner genie as she arrives at a cast party following the premiere of her Broadway play, 'All My Sons.' Holmes reportedly designed the jumpsuit herself. (Getty Images) Headlines: Angelina Jolie hints at possible adoption of seventh child | Not a good idea, says therapist in NY Daily News... Brad Pitt to star in adaptation of Homer's "Odyssey"... Video: John McCain finally appears on David Letterman show; Lisa de Moraes's take (third item)... Josh Brolin to do George Bush on "Saturday Night Live"... Will Sarah Palin join him?... Jenny McCarthy says her son no longer autistic... Denis Leary says his autism comments were taken out of context... John Mayer celebrates 31st birthday with Jennifer Aniston... George Hamilton says he had affair with his stepmother... Paris Hilton takes England social scene by storm, parties with princes... Stevie Wonder denies housefire claims... Video: Katy Perry takes spectacular fall...

By Liz Kelly  | October 17, 2008; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
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Oh Goody! Celebs Ramp Up Political Rhetoric

Despite her rep as a clothes horse, something tells me Cindy McCain won't be wearing this dress from French designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac in the next few weeks. (Getty Images) My fellow Americans (and you overseas Celebritology readers, too): With a mere 19 days remaining until another historic quadrennial vote, it is paramount that we -- the celeb-obsessed -- stop to consider where our betters stand -- not just on important issues like paparazzi, hair extensions, religion, and pessimism, but on presidential politics, too. With that in mind, today we run down a list of the most recent celeb-related election 2008 news. Consider it a public service. You can thank me later for foregoing an extended analysis, complete with illustrations, of Kanye West's naked listening party. New ads being robo-called (which really makes me want to robo-cize random words throughout the rest of this piece) to voters in...

By Liz Kelly  | October 16, 2008; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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Morning Mix: David Duchovny and Tea Leoni Announce Separation

Hardly a week since her last masked adventure, Grace Jones confounds the public yet again with this gold confection at Wednesday's MOBO Awards in London. Also at the awards and possibly styled by Jones, Spice Girl Melanie Brown. (Getty Images) Headlines: David Duchovny and Tea Leoni separate... Janet Jackson resumes tour (vertigo!)... Madonna takes stage in Boston following divorce announcement, dedicates song to "emotionally retarded"... Britney Spears's new single tops Billboard Hot 100... Courteney Cox and Demi Moore make directorial debuts... Kanye West debuts new album with naked listening party... Home owned by Stevie Wonder razed by California wildfires... Beyonce donates $100,000 to Hurricane Ike relief fund... With Samantha Ronson in D.C., can Lilo be far behind?... DJ AM performs for first time since crash... Ringo Starr says autograph ban was in response to environmental concerns... Aubrey O'Day (dog defiler) booted from Danity Kane... Lisa Bonet expecting third child,...

By Liz Kelly  | October 16, 2008; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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Timeline: Madonna's Love Life

Update: It's official -- Madonna and Guy Ritchie announce divorce. Surprise! Rumor has it that Madonna and husband of eight years Guy Ritchie -- who have been battling rocky relationship rumors for most of 2008 -- plan to divorce by Christmas. While Madge and Guy -- both in the midst of promoting big projects -- may be too busy to reflect on the end of their joint venture, it turns out we've got plenty of time, and space, to devote to overanalyzing their split end. We begin with a look back at Madonna's star-studded (and star-crossed) love life: Madonna and Jellybean Benitez circa 1985. (Corbis) 1982-ish: Jean-Michel Basquiat. It was the early '80s and the as-yet largely undiscovered Madonna haunted the New York nightclub scene with hipsters, including sometime boyfriend Basquiat, the artist who quickly rose from graffiti artist to Andy Warhol collaborator before dying of a heroin overdose in...

By Liz Kelly  | October 15, 2008; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Morning Mix: Reports: Madonna and Guy Ritchie Divorcing

Christina Aguilera in London on Tuesday prior to her appearance at Africa Rising. (AP) Headlines: Janet Jackson to return to stage tonight in D.C., says management... Lauren Conrad says she's ready to walk away from "The Hills"... Jake Gyllenhaal "supportive," says Reese Witherspoon... Rocco DiSpirito cut from "Dancing with the Stars"... Dennis Leary dismisses autism as "stupidity"... D.L. Hughley to host CNN comic news show... Rolling Stone Ron Wood steps out with 20-year-old girlfriend... "Gossip Girl" Blake Lively's father recovering after car accident... Man pays $30,000 to box Michael Lohan... Post-rehab slips? Mischa Barton snapped buying a case of (bad) beer... Kirsten Dunst spotted partying in Hollywood. Crime Watch: Gary Coleman pleads not guilty to reckless driving, disorderly conduct. Rumor Mill: British tabloid: Madonna and Guy Ritchie set to announce divorce... Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer back on?... Shanna Moakler and Gerard Butler get close at Hollywood restaurant opening......

By Liz Kelly  | October 15, 2008; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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Miscellany: What's Ailing Janet Jackson and More

I must be in a Seinfeld-ian humor this morning, because I can't seem to stop my mind from landing on "What is the deal with..." sort of thoughts. And, because they are effectively blocking me from channeling anything more meaningful and newsworthy, I must perforce exorcise them from my system here. Jackson on stage in September, before suspending her tour. (AP) 1. What is up with Janet Jackson? She's canceled more concert dates with the only explanation being "doctor's orders." Is she actually ill, having some kind of breakdown or does she perhaps have another reason (say a split with her label) for staying off stage? poll by twiigs.com 2. Why am I liking Beyonce? As linked in the Morning Mix, Beyonce's new video for "Single Ladies" has hit the Web. And, try as I might to snark about it -- after all, she's dancing around in a glorified one-piece...

By Liz Kelly  | October 14, 2008; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Insta-Polls, Miscellaneous  
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Morning Mix: Jolie Buys Knives for Seven-Year-Old Maddox

Daniel Craig promotes his upcoming James Bond film, 'Quantum of Solace,' in Moscow on Monday. (Getty Images) Headlines: Angelina Jolie says she already bought knives for seven-year-old Maddox... Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel get out the vote for Obama in Las Vegas... Janet Jackson cancels more concert dates... Britney Spears one step closer to 2009 tour... Sharon Osbourne likens Nicole Kidman's forehead to "a flat screen TV"... Kenny Chesney writes song about Renee Zellweger break up... Miley Cyrus completes work on memoir... New Beyonce video debuts... "Rock of Love's" Daisy De La Hoya gets her own show... Lisa Marie Presley names twin girls Finley and Harper... Rapper M.I.A. confirms pregnancy... Paul McCartney asks fans to boycott McDonalds... Gerard Depardieu's son dead at 37. Pix: Brad Pitt's Angelina Jolie shots from W magazine... Heather Mills steps out in thigh high leather boots... Madonna opts for gun-toting heels at movie premiere....

By Liz Kelly  | October 14, 2008; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Comment Box: Learning to Accept 'The Hills'

Lauren Conrad at last month's Emmy Awards. Moustache? I think not -- looks like a line of dark pigment. Perhaps too much fake bake? (AP) I just wanted to say that I can't stand any of those people from the Hills or Laguna Beach or whatever it is called. I mean, I really dislike them. I try not to read anything about them, but it's almost impossible. Even though I have never watched the show (other than clips on E!'s "The Soup"), I still know all of this useless info about them. Am I the only one who feels this way? Will they go away any time soon? And don't you think that Lauren girl has a moustache? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion I feel your pain, dude. Imagine having to wake up every morning required by your job to pay attention to these empty-headed egomaniacs....

By Liz Kelly  | October 13, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Morning Mix: Star Jones Disses Former 'View' Co-hosts

Sting sips a drink prior to a ceremony honoring late Italian opera singer Luciano Pavoarotti in the ancient Jordanian city of Petra. (AWAD AWAD/AFP/Getty Images) Headlines: Star Jones says former "View" co-hosts were "hateful"... Angelina Jolie says a Barack Obama presidency would be "nice"... Oprah says women could "midwife" election for Obama... John McCain reschedules David Letterman visit... Britney Spears's "Womanizer" video debuts... Ringo Starr says he's too busy for autographs, vows to throw away fan mail... J.Lo and Marc Anthony renew vows at Las Vegas casino... Lisa Marie Presley gives birth to twin girls... Erykah Badu expecting third child... Crash survivor Travis Barker thanks fans for support, says ex-wife hasn't been there for him... Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. Rumor Mill: National Enquirer claims Jamie Lynn Spears pregnancy rumor is true... Spice Girl Melanie Brown turns down Playboy offer....

By Liz Kelly  | October 13, 2008; 6:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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