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Celebritology 2.0: February 15, 2009 - February 21, 2009

A Dozen Questions for Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais is best known in the U.S. as the creative force behind BBC's "The Office," HBO's "Extras," he's also responsible for "The Ricky Gervais Show" series of podcasts. Gervais teamed with writing partner Stephen Merchant and producer Karl Pilkington for five seasons, largely made up of the pair mocking Pilkington for his outlandish and bizarre theories. And the round baldness of his head. The show has produced a new series of audio books, the latest installment of which, "The Ricky Gervais Guide to...The Arts" is available now. We solicited readers' questions about the podcast, his shows, career and more, then sent a dozen to Gervais. His answers are below.

By Paul Williams  | February 20, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Morning Mix: Photos of a Battered Rihanna Emerge Online; Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart to Marry?

Damon Wayans arrives at Global Green USA's pre-Oscar Party Thursday in Hollywood. (Getty Images) Headlines: Police investigating leak of alleged Rihanna photo; DA investigating Chris Brown for attempted murder... Heath Ledger's dad would accept Oscar... Mel Gibson ready to attempt acting comemback... Ann Coulter says she'd pass on George Clooney... Richard Simmons says he prays for fat celebs, like Jessica Simpson... Tori Spelling furious over lack of VIP treatment at Fashion Week show. Pix: Violet Affleck, doing her thing... Katie Holmes mis-buttons her sweater (just like us!)... Kate Beckinsale sports black leather shirtdress. First Lady Watch: -- Michelle Obama Tries to Define Her Role (Post, Feb. 20) -- Belt/skirt combo gets thumbs up. -- Narrated Slideshow: Robin Givhan on the First Lady's favorite designers. Rumor Mill: "Slumdog" co-stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto dating?... Birth certificates raise questions about Octo-mom's baby daddy; Suleman shops for million dollar home... Lindsay...

By Liz Kelly  | February 20, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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Lost Dueling Analyses: '316'

Jack wakes up in familiar surroundings. (Screengrab courtesy Get Lost Podcast) In which Jen Chaney and I do our best to make sense of the crazy, mixed-up world that is "Lost." And don't forget to join us at 3 p.m. ET for The "Lost Hour live discussion. Liz: Ben Linus may be coming from a place of good intentions but I think we can agree his lack of concern for the rest of the passengers on Ajira Airways Flight 316 was downright cold. I'm still shuddering from that chilling, "Who cares." Speaking of chills, I had a few chill-worthy moments tonight. The most important came when Ms. Hawking was explaining that the island was one of several places around the world possessed of a "special energy." That rang a bell. And once you add to it the pendulum, I was bludgeoned over the head with the parallels to the...

By Liz Kelly  | February 19, 2009; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
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Morning Mix: No More Nudity for Kate Winslet; John Mayer Says He'll Be Escorting Jennifer Aniston to Oscars

Headlines: John Mayer joining Jennifer Aniston at Oscars... Daughter Matilda would inherit Heath Ledger's Oscar statuette... Kate Winslet says she's done with on-screen nudity, despite lifetime skinchievement award... Usher's wife released from Brazilian hospital... Brad Pitt and the boys hit Las Vegas... Tiger Woods shows off new son... Sarah Jessica Parker says new "Sex and the City" movie has to reflect economic crisis... Pam Anderson walks Fashion Week runway in gold one-piece... Charlie Sheen's wife hospitalized with premature contractions; Sheen debuts rockabilly-inspired menswear line... Fish tank sparks fire in Tracy Morgan's New York apartment... Mickey Rourke loses 17-year-old Chihuahua. Rumor Mill: Octo-mom could face foreclosure on home... Katy Perry vomits backstage at BRIT Awards... Sienna Miller and Balthazar Getty spotted smooching at LAX... "The Office's" Angela Kinsey splits from husband. Chat Day: Join me at 2 p.m. ET for this week's edition of Celebritology Live. Then, switch gears and...

By Liz Kelly  | February 19, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Celebrity Wedding Style: Get Your Own on the Cheap

Know a PhotoShop expert? Recruit her to give your wedding the tabloid treatment, like Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman. (Getty Images) Earlier this week, we talked about taking a cue from celebs when it comes to invitation inspiration. But why stop there when you can model your whole wedding after the glitterati? Below, tips and resources for starring in your own paparazzi-worthy wedding day production -- without breaking the bank. Location Location Location: Take a spin through InStyle magazine's archive of celebrity wedding stories. From destinations (Ana Ortiz chose Puerto Rico) to casual backyard bashes (Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell treated guests to barbecue at their Los Angeles home) to themes (Lisa Ling chose an Asian-flavored day), ideas abound. Just make sure to settle on a plan appropriate to your budget. Dress: With celebrity brides choosing a diverse range of styles and designers, Vera Wang's days as wedding dress...

By Liz Kelly  | February 19, 2009; 2:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Celebs Storm New York Fashion Week

The action is off the runway at New York Fashion Week, where celebs -- from Mickey Rourke to Paris Hilton -- have been making the scene this week. Today, we dispense with the preamble and get right to the photos: Sisters Nicky and Paris Hilton (sporting what appears to be a red Kabbalah bracelet) demonstrate bad runway-side etiquette at the Pamella Roland Fall 2009 show. (AP) Gallery: Stars at Fashion Week...

By Liz Kelly  | February 18, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Morning Mix: Terrence Howard's Abusive Past Surfaces; Mom Tells Lindsay Lohan to Eat More McDonald's

Headlines: Octomom Nadya Suleman says she's not obsessed with Angelina Jolie... Tom Hanks to re-start repaired Large Hadron Collider... Paris Hilton celebrates 28th birthday in New York... Dina Lohan tells scary thin daughter Lindsay to eat more McDonald's... Seth Rogen to appear on Playboy cover... MC Hammer scores A&E reality show... Marlon Jackson invests in planned Nigerian slavery theme park... Ashley Judd calls for end to mountaintop mining... Don Johnson sues for "Nash Bridges" profits. Crime Watch: Details of Terrence Howard's 2001 domestic violence charges surface... Judge refuses to dismiss Roman Polanski case... Gary Collins charged with driving an RV under the influence. Rumor Mill: Rihanna allegedly "appalled" by Chris Brown's non-apology; torn over helping police... TomKat to skip Oscars... Angelina Jolie scouts out New York apartment... "Heroes" stars Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia split... Katy Perry denies Benji Madden hookup... Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen engaged? Chat: Former...

By Liz Kelly  | February 18, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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A Weighty Issue: Celebrities by the Pound

Heidi Klum and husband Seal arrive at last year's Academy Awards ceremony. (Reuters) Note to celeb weight watchers: Heidi Klum and Kate Moss just joined the ranks of the celebrity hefty. Last week, German designer Wolfgang Joop (not to be confused with GOOP) accused Klum of being unfit for runway work, saying the supermodel and host of "Project Runway" is "simply too heavy and has too big a bust." This week, British supermodel Moss addressed pregnancy rumors when she said that she just suddenly put on a few pounds, which caused the confusion and forced her to wear a bra for the first time in her life. Several British tabloids had speculated that Moss may be with child based on these ever unreliable baby bump pix: Exhibit A | Exhibit B. Since the pregnancy thing didn't fly, the tabs now speculate Kate may actually be growing a beer belly...

By Liz Kelly  | February 17, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Morning Mix: Aniston & Mayer Kiss for the Cameras; Phelps Won't Be Charged for Pot Picture

Stylist Rachel Zoe attends the after party for the William Rast Fall 2009 fashion show on Monday night in New York. (Getty Images) Headlines: Kate Moss denies she's pregnant... Lindsay Lohan says her weight loss isn't intentional... Michael Phelps won't be charged for drug use... Ben Affleck writes about Congolese genocide... Miley Cyrus's Twitter account hacked... Kate Winslet's mom wins pickled onion contest... Michael Jackson's Neverland treasures to hit auction block in April... "Real Housewife" Bethenny Frankel babysat Paris and Nicky Hilton... Suge Knight injured in hotel fight. Pix: John Mayer and Jennifer Aniston kiss... Mischa Barton finds shelter in ton-ton... Suri Cruise meets Mickey and Minnie Mouse... Lindsay Lohan wears dress with security tag still attached... Pauly Shore hits the beach... Kim Kardashian rocks extreme shoulder pads at New York Fashion Week. Rumor Mill: Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia split... Madonna wants to play Wallis Simpson; meets Brazilian...

By Liz Kelly  | February 17, 2009; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Celeb Wedding Trends: Invitations

A recycled (and plantable) invite. (Courtesy Green Fields Paper Company) For those who emulate celebrities in all aspects of life, but most especially marriage, take note. One of the newest trend sweeping high-wattage weddings is the post-nuptial invite. Los Angeles stationer Ellen Black (view a gallery of Black's celebrity invites), who crafted custom invites for the wedding of Fergie and Josh Duhamel, recently told People.com, "There's a current trend for celebrities to give out the invitation as a gift at the end of the wedding." "That way, they can avoid the invitation being revealed before the wedding and can keep all the details a secret." How do guests actually find out crucial details like time and place? Their people call your people and bad-a-bing, you're sipping champagne while you chat up Brad Pitt (or Corey Haim, depending on the wedding). Fergie and Duhamel also gifted guests with a comic...

By Liz Kelly  | February 16, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Morning Mix: Chris Brown Apologizes; Heidi Klum 'Too Heavy' for German Designer

Headlines: Justin Timberlake named America's most fashionable man... Chris Brown "sorry and saddened" about Grammy weekend incident... Salma Hayek marries French businessman... German designer says Heidi Klum is "too heavy" for the runway... Jennifer Lopez brings twins on-stage at Marc Anthony concert... Lily Allen says parents should let kids try drugs... Jude Law and Natalie Portman among contacts on auctioned Blackberry... Angela Bassett questions Woody Allen's commitment to diversity... Ashton Kutcher asks media to interpret his tweets accurately... Peter Gabriel pulls out of Oscar performance over 65-second time limit... M.I.A. gives birth to baby boy. Rumor Mill: Lilo and SamRo celebrate Valentine's Day with a public squabble, too sick to travel the next day; Lilo still shrinking... Vacationing Amy Winehouse rushed to St. Lucia hospital... Hollywood playboy Benji Madden spotted snogging with Katy Perry... Kate Moss beers her way through fashion shoot; but is she pregnant? Say What? "I've...

By Liz Kelly  | February 16, 2009; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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