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Celebritology 2.0: February 22, 2009 - February 28, 2009

The Ka-Ching of Pop: Michael Jackson Unloads His Treasures

Imagine item 919, a hand-made Renate Hornung doll, in your entry hall. (Image courtesy Julien's Auctions) If you've got a little nest egg set aside to guard against homelessness or end of times, you may want to consider spending that money on a piece of history. Michael Jackson will attempt to stave off his own economic downturn when he auctions the "treasures" from his onetime ranch, Neverland, in April. In case you were wondering, no glittery gloves or Elephant Man bones will be up for sale, but treasures do include a demented "Ziggy the Talking Clown" gumball machine (item 724, $800 - $1,200) and a gaming system unhappily named the "Virtual Boy" (item 731, $100 - $150). If it's a little Latin flavor for the home you're after, why not bid on the slot machine hand-carved and painted to resemble a life-sized Mexican bandito? A bandito who happens to...

By Liz Kelly  | February 27, 2009; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Hollyweird, Michael Jackson  
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Morning Mix: Brady & Bundchen Reportedly Marry; Gwyneth Defends GOOP

Debra Messing (left, fresh from the butcher shop) and Rose McGowan pose at an event on Thursday in Los Angeles. (Getty Images) Headlines: No decision reached at Jeremy Piven sushi hearing; cries at post-hearing interview... Gwyneth Paltrow responds to GOOP critics... Cate Blanchett to star opposite Russell Crowe in new "Robin Hood" movie... Lisa Rinna to pose for Playboy... Rosie O'Donnell says son asked her to stop drinking... Russell Simmons to pay $40,000 a month in child support... Leona Helmsley's dogs lose rights to $12 million fortune... "Hills" star Jason Wahler calls off engagement... Coen brothers make anti-clean coal ad... Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony sue baby buggy company for using their images. First Lady Watch: Social secretary Desiree Rogers says Michelle Obama is an example for women, mothers... First lady wears dress designed by Stevie Wonder's wife... Press secretary says first lady may have spoken too soon re:...

By Liz Kelly  | February 27, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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'Lost' Dueling Analyses: 'The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham'

John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) lands in Tunisia. (Image courtesy Get Lost Podcast) In which Jen Chaney and I -- women obsessed with TV's most exasperating yet intoxicating show -- attempt to wring every last drop of meaning from the latest episode. As ever, we'll miss something. Tell us what we overlooked today at 3 p.m. during the weekly "Lost" Hour chat. Jen: So last night's episode of "Lost" -- with the exception of that killer (pardon the pun) scene between Ben and Locke -- was a series of largely uneventful encounters. Allow me to summarize them in dialogue form. Locke: Sayid, we have to go back to the island. Sayid: No. I am the first assassin in history to work for Habitat for Humanity, and I refuse to give up my post. Locke: Hurley, we have to go back to the island. Hurley: No way, dude. You're with that...

By Liz Kelly  | February 26, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
Categories:  Lost  
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Morning Mix: Passenger Alleges Freeman Drank Ahead of Crash; Britney Spears 'Scared' of Lutfi?

Oscar-winning 'Slumdog Millionaire' sound engineer Resul Pookutty (left), wife Shadiya and actor Irfan Khan are mobbed by well-wishers at Mumbai's international airport on Wednesday. (Getty Images) Headlines: Lawsuit alleges Morgan Freeman drank before car crash... Hairdresser says Britney Spears is scared of ex-manager... Jerry Seinfeld developing star-studded marriage advice reality show... Rosie O'Donnell returns to TV in Lifetime movie... Samuel L. Jackson signs nine-picture deal with Marvel Entertainment... Lauren Conrad says she's over "The Hills"... Octo-mom gets $1 million porn offer; inside the Suleman household... Chinese officials cut Steven Spielberg from Oscar broadcast... Jermaine Jackson seeks sole custody of kids. Pix: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Shape mag cover... Katie Holmes on "The Extra Man" set... Heather Mills's hair-raising 'do... Rihanna on Mexican beach. First Lady Watch: Michelle Obama talks to People mag about Sasha and Malia's chores (clearing dishes, cleaning their rooms) and the soon-to-arrive first dog (probably a Portuguese Water...

By Liz Kelly  | February 26, 2009; 7:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Insta-Poll: Pink's Pirate Moment

(Getty Images) Yo ho ho and bottle of Pepto. Spunky popster Pink yesterday rocked a French audience in Nice decked out in a confusing mash-up of pirate drag gear. While Pink's torso and head got the party started in a reasonable facsimile of Captain Crunch's uniform, she was all tarted up flamingo from the waist down. And that's not even including the yards of tulle that made this pirate's booty larger than life....

By Liz Kelly  | February 25, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Celebrities, Fashion  
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Morning Mix: Jack Black, Drew Carey Make 'Least Fit Celebs' List

Kanye West wards off photographers at Monday's House of Holland show during London Fashion Week. (Getty Images) Headlines: Jack Black, Drew Carey make list of least fit celebs... George Clooney meets with President Obama about Darfur... Dad says NBC snatched Octo-mom from hospital before interview... David Beckham, Keanu Reeves unwittingly appear in Chinese impotence aid commercial... Rosie O'Donnell says Madonna is helping her through menopause... Simon Cowell said he was kidding about the whole cryogenic thing... Two "Slumdog" kids to be moved to new houses... Heath Ledger's final film struggles to find distributor... Anna Paquin dating "True Blood" co-star Stephen Moyer... Andy Richter to reunite with Conan O'Brien on "Tonight Show"... Jeremy Piven to defend sickness plea before Broadway actors panel... Arnold Schwarzenegger to appear in upcoming Sylvester Stallone movie... Hackers post Lindsay Lohan's supposed phone number on Michael Lohan's twitter page... Eartha Kitt left out of Oscars in...

By Liz Kelly  | February 25, 2009; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Did She or Didn't She? Beyoncé Becomes the Newest Target in Backing Track Debate

Beyoncé and Hugh Jackman onstage at Sunday's Oscars. (Getty Images) Beyoncé, Je t'accuse! Or, rather, THEY t'accuse. A backing track debate has erupted again. This time Beyoncé Knowles stands accused of singing along to a pre-recorded track during the Oscar broadcast's Baz Luhrmann-produced segment in which she -- along with Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Amanda Seyfried and that other guy from "Mamma Mia" -- took viewers along for a medley from big screen musicals of years past. Jennifer Hudson was also outed for singing to a backing track when she sang the national anthem at this year's Super Bowl, but the "scandal" was quickly defused when the show's producer said backing tracks are standard operating procedure for Super Bowl entertainment. Case closed. The trouble with Beyoncé is that, according to scrutinizers, she seems to have been the only one on stage not winging it. Hugh Jackman and...

By Liz Kelly  | February 24, 2009; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Awards Season, Celebrities, Insta-Polls  
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Morning Mix: Nicky Hilton Makes Citizen's Arrest; Clooney Meets with VP Biden

Headlines: Nicky Hilton makes citizen's arrest at Los Angeles IHOP... George Clooney discusses Darfur with Vice President Biden... Jennifer Aniston moving (temporarily) to New York... Sean Penn says he left wife Robin Wright Penn out of his Oscar acceptance speech on purpose... Former manager Sam Lufti denies harassing Britney Spears... "Slumdog's" Frieda Pinto to star in next Woody Allen film... Sienna Miller's clothing line makes debut at London Fashion Week... Madonna donates son's outgrown clothes to Malawi orphanage... Spice Girl Mel C gives birth to baby girl. Pix: Katie Holmes's prison break chic. First Lady Watch: Obama scores high approval rating... Designer Thakoon Panichgul hopes we'll all take fashion more seriously now that the first lady is an obvious devotee... The first updo. Crime Watch: Charles Barkley gets 10 days in jail on DUI charge. Rumor Mill: Octomom facing eviction in early March... Kathy Griffin lands $2 million book...

By Liz Kelly  | February 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Oscar's Class Acts

Tom Shales has spoken -- last night's Oscar broadcast was yet another in a long line of duds. But in between the new main show (the red carpet) and the army of awards handed to "Slumdog Millionaire," a few moments of grace stood out. Hugh Jackman & Anne Hathaway We expected a song and dance routine from Jackman who won an Emmy for hosting the 2004 Tony Awards, but the surprise addition of Hathaway -- as Richard Nixon, no less -- to his opening routine elevated it from mundane to magnificently charming. And the girl can sing. Who knew? Video (Hathaway comes in at 2:12) Jackman and Hathaway make beautiful music together. (Reuters) Jennifer Aniston Regular readers of Celebritology know I'm no Aniston fan, but even a cynical hard-hearted snark machine can recognize the courage it takes to get up on-stage and muddle through a shticky scripted dialogue in front...

By Liz Kelly  | February 23, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Awards Season, Celebrities  
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Morning Mix: Nicole Richie Pregnant Again; Brangelina Snub Ryan Seacrest a Second Time

Best Actress nominees Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep share a moment at the Vanity Fair after party. (Getty Images) Gallery: Oscar Fashion Headlines: Kate Winslet, Sean Penn take top acting honors | Full Oscar Coverage... Brangelina snub Ryan Seacrest yet again... Mickey Rourke delivers expletive-laced Spirit Award acceptance speech (NSFW)... Nicole Richie and Joel Madden expecting second child... Paris Hilton wins worst actress honors at Razzies... Rihanna assures fans she's "remains strong;" Kenan Thompson says Chris Brown still welcome at "SNL"... Miley Cyrus says there's nothing weird about her relationship with dad... J.Lo ad Marc Anthony's twins celebrate first birthday... Robert Wagner dishes about his Hollywood conquests... Terminally ill British reality star Jade Goody marries... Lawyer says Peter Falk's care is adequate. Pix: For 30th birthday, Jennifer Love Hewitt channels Holly Golightly (FWIW, you still don't look like Hepburn)... Madonna at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. First Lady Watch:...

By Liz Kelly  | February 23, 2009; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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