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Celebritology 2.0: March 1, 2009 - March 7, 2009

Friday List: 'Flirtexting' Advice for the Celeb Set

(Skyhorse Publishing) Critics of celebrity news often accuse devotees and their favored publications (and blogs) of lowering the level of public discourse. But, listen, there is plenty of stupid to go around without factoring Paris Hilton, Jeremy Piven or the entire celeb-reality genre into the equation. Yesterday in the mail, I received a copy of what may be the most dimwitted, inane book ever printed (and, yes, I did stop to consider Nicole Richie's "novel" before making that pronouncement). "Flirtexting" promises 184 pages of breathless advice for "anyone who has a cell phone and wants to get it on." From the back cover: "It's official. Boys text, therefore girls must learn how to flirtext! Like it or not we live in a culture that accepts dates, heart-to-heart talks, and late night invites via text. Embrace it -- flirtexting is the way to his heart!" The book's two authors --...

By Liz Kelly  | March 6, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Pitt Meets the Prez, Pelosi; Chris Brown Charged, Rihanna Reportedly Avoiding Family

Play Video Headlines: Brad Pitt meets President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi... Oprah to dish on Michelle Obama interview on today's show... Madonna tops PETA's list of worst-dressed celebs... Prince Charles named world's best-dressed man... Michael Jackson announces concert plans, Web site gets 16,000 hits a second... Sanjay Gupta withdraws his name from surgeon general consideration... Vince Vaughn engaged to Canadian realtor... Julia Roberts says she turned down Oscar presenting gig... "Seinfeld" cast reunites for "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episodes... Lauren Conrad leaving "The Hills" after fifth season... Needing heart surgery, Robin Williams cancels remainder of comedy tour... Monkee Peter Tork has rare form of cancer... Lucy Liu tries her hand at painting... Jewel and Nancy O'Dell withdraw from "Dancing with the Stars." Pix: Victoria Beckham's chauffeur chic... Catherine Zeta-Jones goes goth... Lindsay Lohan recreates Madonna's "Like a Virgin" look... Britney Spears and sons do Disney. Chris Brown/Rihanna Watch: Brown...

By Liz Kelly  | March 6, 2009; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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'Lost' Dueling Analyses: 'LaFleur'

Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) settle into Dharma life. (ABC) In which Jen Chaney and I rejoice in the return to a character-driven plot line and almost get through an entire analysis without debating the intentions of one Benjamin Linus. And don't forget to join us at 3 p.m. ET to continue the conversation in The "Lost" Hour chat. Liz: As of tonight's show we are officially halfway through the penultimate season of the best show on TV (No, not "Rock of Love Bus") and finally, after dying along with John Locke last week, we have been returned to the island, reborn into a character-driven show. There were definitely a few points of interest for "Lost" mythologists tonight -- not the least of which is the backside of that big honking statue we saw at the beginning of the hour -- but I am going to bet...

By Liz Kelly  | March 5, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
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Mr. Pitt Goes to Washington; Chris Brown Due in Court Today

Headlines: Brangelina's temporary house has on-site fallout shelter, barber shop... Brad Pitt slated to meet Nancy Pelosi today as Angelina Jolie shoots "Salt" in D.C... George Clooney says Sudan's president should be brought to justice... Benicio del Toro meets with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez... Reese Witherspoon says she was "humiliated" by divorce... Michael Jackson sues to stop sale of thousands of Neverland items... Mariska Hargitay hospitalized again... Supermodel Niki Taylor gives birth to baby girl... Sarah Silverman's Comedy Central show renewed for third season... U2 deliver Letterman top 10 list; diss Sting. Chris Brown/Rihanna Watch: Chris Brown due in court Thursday... Source says Rihanna won't testify against Brown... Alleged interior shots of the Lamborghini leaked online... source says police have blood-stained gown... Star magazine claims couple married at Diddy's Miami mansion. Rumor Mill: "Girl Next Door" Holly Madison joining "Dancing with the Stars" line-up... Amy Winehouse's husband dating 16-year-old?......

By Liz Kelly  | March 5, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Celebritology 101: Secrets of Men's Celeb Crushes Revealed (We Hope)

Fantasy fuelers Fox (left) and Fey. (AP) Usually Celebritology 101 involves me copping a know-it-all attitude in the hopes of explaining some heretofore mystifying Hollywood myth. But today I am the student and -- hopefully -- the male portion of Celebritology's readership will school us in the surprisingly complex field of men and fantasy celebrity dates. See, I'm confused. According to, there's no one men would rather party with more than Angelina-emulating "Transformers" star Megan Fox (maybe that's why she broke things off with B.A.G.). That's to be expected. She's built and gives guy-baiting interviews in which she talks about her bisexuality and wild streak. But the majority of 83,000 respondents said that if Fox isn't available Tina Fey would be their second choice. That's right, smart, funny, sarcastic dynamo Tina Fey -- "SNL's" first female head writer and "30 Rock" mastermind. A woman who isn't afraid to...

By Liz Kelly  | March 4, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Britney Spears Tour Kicks Off; Jennifer Aniston's $50K Haircare Regimen

Tina Turner performs Tuesday evening at London's O2 Arena. (Reuters) Headlines: Britney Spears hits the stage for New Orleans tour opener... Matt Damon visits Zimbabwean refugees... Oprah adopts shelter puppy... Michael Jackson expected to announce concert plans... Usher apologizes for Chris Brown comments... Cate Blanchett coming to Kennedy Center's "Streetcar"... Halle Berry debuts eponymous perfume... Robin Williams cancels four shows complaining of "shortness of breath"... Octo-mom spotted visiting Dr. Phil... Woman sues Paula Abdul for driveway fall. Pix: Charlize Theron tries out five-inch heels. Rumor Mill: Jennifer Aniston spends $55K to keep hairdresser close... Jennifer Lopez can't part with $50K in borrowed gems... Katherine Heigl slammed for "diva"-like behavior on set of new movie... Mercury man Jeremy Piven spotted downing tuna tartare... Did Madonna get a "ribbon lift"?... Kelis and Nas headed for divorce? Say What? "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able...

By Liz Kelly  | March 4, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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For Cosmo's 'Fun, Fearless Males,' Career Stagnation Awaits

(L-R)Aaron Eckhart, Ali Larter, Mario Lopez, Timbaland, Blair Underwood, Maria Menounos, Chace Crawford, Bradley Cooper, Rainn Wilson and Adam Levine arrive at last night's Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Males of 2009 event in Beverly Hills. (Getty Images) Last night, the diabolical minds over at Cosmopolitan magazine handed out this year's "Fun Fearless Male" awards. When you successfully stifle down the bile you'll be heartened to hear that Cosmo -- the mag that brings us indispensible relationship advice (Sex position of the week: "Sensual Spoon.") -- recognizes a handful of celebrated men each year who they deem to be, umm, fun and fearless. This year's honorees include actors Aaron Eckhart, Mario Lopez, Blair Underwood, Chace Crawford, Bradley Cooper, Rainn Wilson, producer Timbaland and Maroon 5's Adam Levine. But this year's winners may want to consider the cautionary tales of the honorees of yesteryear -- whose fun, fearless personalities led to career...

By Liz Kelly  | March 3, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Sean Penn Wants 'Milk' Day; Rihanna and Chris Brown Reportedly Return to L.A.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and co-star Malin Akerman at the party following the premiere of their new movie 'Watchmen' in Hollywood on Monday. (Reuters) Headlines: Sean Penn lobbies for Harvey Milk Day in California... Katie Holmes opens up about Suri, Tom Cruise... Rachael Ray defends racy photos, Dunkin Donuts deal... Don't look now, but Jennifer Aniston's commenting on her divorce from Brad Pitt again; wants to be a Bond girl... Back injury kept Javier Bardem from attending Oscars... Emma Watson accepted to Yale... Sharon Osbourne sued for allegedly attacking "Rock of Love" contestant... Sean Connery investigated for userous loan to pal. Pix: Britney Spears Circus tour sneak peek (ticket sales weak)... Minnie Driver + big sweater = baby bump for one paparazzi agency... For another, the formula is Pam Anderson + clingy white top... Frieda Pinto, Eva Mendes and ScarJo walk the runway for Dolce and Gabbana... Ashton Kutcher videotapes...

By Liz Kelly  | March 3, 2009; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Rihanna and Chris Brown: For Better or Worse?

Chris Brown on stage at Madison Square Garden with girlfriend Rihanna in December 2008. (AP) Can things ever be the same once a relationship reaches the point of physical violence? Is it ultimately possible to forgive and/or forget a kind of human ugliness that ends in a hospital visit? Maybe these are questions Rihanna is considering today, just a few days in to her reconciliation with Chris Brown. Brown stands accused (if not formally by police, then by the rest of the free world) of beating Rihanna until she was bloodied and bruised following a Grammy party in February. And until today, hepped up on TMZ reports and leaked pictures, we knew how to feel about it all (even though neither Brown nor Rihanna have officially addressed the incident and, at this point, Brown has only been charged with making criminal threats). Brown was lower than dirt and watching...

By Liz Kelly  | March 2, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Chris Brown and Rihanna Reunite; Phoenix Rep Denies Mental Illness Claims

Liz Hurley and husband Arun Nayar arrive at the Roberto Cavalli show during Milan Fashion Week on Saturday. (Reuters) Headlines: Rep denies Joaquin Phoenix is mentally ill... Snoop Dogg attends Nation of Islam event... Ed McMahon hospitalized with bone cancer... Annette Bening joins Hollywood delegation to Tehran... Britney Spears set for Tuesday tour opener... Jennifer Aniston and Owen WIlson eat dog treats on German talk show... Siegfried and Roy reunite with tiger for final show... David Arquette has surgery to remove benign tumor... Bruce Willis sued for $4 million. Pix: Victoria Beckham teeters on super-high heels... Madonna steps out in snow with Jesus Luz. Crime Watch: Police focus on two suspects in death of Mark Ruffalo's brother. Rumor Mill: Rihanna and Chris Brown reunite in Miami; Rihanna's dad says he's supports his daughter's decision; Khloe Kardashian denies partying with Brown... Amy Winehouse rampages on flight back to London... Guy...

By Liz Kelly  | March 2, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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