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

Insta-Poll: Who Makes the Best Marilyn Monroe?

Scarlett Johansson was once rumored to be in the running to play Marilyn Monroe in a big screen biopic about the iconic actress. That never materialized, but ScarJo is undoubtedly channeling Monroe in Dolce & Gabbana's latest ad campaign: Scarlett Johansson in the new D&G campaign. (Image courtesy Dolce & Gabbana) Since Johansson is only the latest in a string of starlets to cop Monroe's style, I thought I'd ask who makes the best Marilyn. Take a look at these pictures, then cast your vote below: Clockwise: Lindsay Lohan (New York Magazine), Madonna (Reuters), Mira Sorvino (HBO), Christina Aguilera (Reuters), Drew Barrymore (AP), Anna Nicole Smith (AP). poll by If I missed other faux Monroes, share your faves below. And tell me... who else would make a smashing Marilyn?...

By Liz Kelly  | March 27, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Madonna Files Papers for Second Adoption; Britney Spears Roadies Arrested in Detroit Dust Up

Debra Messing, Brooke Shields and Angie Harmon strike an angelic pose at a Thursday evening Latisse launch party in Los Angeles. (AP) Headlines: Madonna planning second adoption, say Malawian officials; Madge confirms she's single again on Twitter... Jennifer Aniston tops Details list of Hollywood's sexiest women... Gwyneth Paltrow to unveil '70s-inspired fashion collection next week... Lindsay Lohan's new movie headed straight to cable... Nicole Kidman signs on to latest Woody Allen film... Jennifer Hudson sets wedding date, but it's a secret... Sarah Palin wants Republicans to stand up to "goofy Defenders of Wildlife starlets"... Designer sues Courtney Love for defamation, etc... Holly Madison injures rib rehearsing for "Dancing with the Stars"... Val Kilmer expected at weekend animal charity fundraiser in D.C. Pix & Vid: "Top Chef's" Padma Lakshmi sells Carl's Jr. burgers. Crime Watch: Britney Spears roadies in Pittsburgh cop brawl... Man pleads not guilty to stalking "Dancing with...

By Liz Kelly  | March 27, 2009; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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'Lost' Dueling Analysis: 'He's Our You'

In which Jen Chaney and I write volumes in an attempt to make sense of yet another action-packed episode of our favorite show, "Lost." But what do we know? Join us at 3 p.m. ET to chat live about your pet theories. It's all fun and games for Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and Sayid (Naveen Andrews) until someone gets drugged and lashed to a tree. (ABC) Liz: If you haven't watched last night's episode yet, then please avert your eyes starting now. Still with us? Good, then we can assume that you, too, nearly ruined your couch upholstery at the moment in last night's show when Sayid matter of factly gunned down young Ben Linus, the once and future sociopath. But before we get too far down the wormhole of plotting what the future (present?) looks like if Ben was killed at "Wizards of Waverly Place" age, let's consider --...

By Liz Kelly  | March 26, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
Categories:  Lost  
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Natasha Richardson's Organs Donated; Dolly Parton Denies She's Gay

Headlines: Natasha Richardson's organs donated, says family friend... Dolly Parton denies she's gay... Simon Cowell says he turned down dinner with Barack Obama... Jeremy Piven's "Speed the Plow" exit headed for June arbitration... Cloris Leachman recounts affairs in upcoming memoir... Isaiah Washington facing eviction... "CSI's" Marg Helgenberger files for divorce. Pix & Vid: Valerie Bertinelli dons a bikini on new People cover... Scarlett Johansson slims way down... Rihanna's gun tattoo. A for Effort: Pharell Willams (unsuccessfully) sings for his supper at Paris McDonald's: Crime Watch: Gun-toting Shawn Johnson fan arrested on "Dancing with the Stars" set... Ryan O'Neal's son pleads not guilty to drug charges... Wesley Snipes in hot water over Dubai visit. Rumor Mill: Was Octo-mom Nadya Suleman a stripper for one day?; spends $1,500 on Bebe shopping spree... Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio del Toro to star in "Three Stooges" reboot?... Florida officials to re-investigate Anna...

By Liz Kelly  | March 26, 2009; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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If U Seek Britney Mania, Look No Further Than Verizon Center

While the brave Josh DuLac covered the main event of last night's stop of the Britney Spears "Circus" tour at Verizon Center (Question: How long can the human ear survive in the face of piercing shrieks?), I was all over the outside, armed only with hard-hitting questions and an intrepid videographer. Fans were fired up, scalpers circled and expectations were high for a visit from pop's resurgent princess. And, because one should never squander the chance to learn something (even from girls with fake tans and boys with fake boobs), here are a few things I picked up last night: 1. Britney is big in Baltimore. Out of the scores of people I talked with outside the Verizon Center, one in three copped to being from Charm City. Though I also talked to one fan who trekked here all the way from Australia just to see Brit on stage. 2....

By Liz Kelly  | March 25, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Britney Spears  
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Lindsay Lohan Blames Fans for Lackluster Career; Britney Spears Racks Up $2.7 Million in Legal Fees

Sporting what appears to be the telltale red string Kabbalah bracelet, Lisa Rinna arrives at TV Guide's sexiest stars party on Tuesday in Hollywood. (Getty Images) Headlines: Britney Spears paid $2.7 million in legal fees in less than a year... Seth Rogen becomes ninth man to appear on Playboy cover... Stephen Colbert wins NASA space station naming contest... Denise Richards cut from "Dancing with the Stars"... Fired nurses file child protective services complaints against Octo-mom Nadya Suleman... Fan sues charity over Angelina Jolie meet-and-greet that never happened... Frieda Pinto signs on to new Julian Schnabel movie. Pix & Vid: Bret Michaels in "A Letter from Death Row"... Kim Kardashian cover shoot before and after... Jennifer Aniston hides beneath enormous hood... The Olsen twins and Whitney Port design identical shorts. Crime Watch: Phil Spector's defense team says alleged victim "killed herself." Rumor Mill: Rihanna checks out $6.25 million Hollywood home......

By Liz Kelly  | March 25, 2009; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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D.C. Now Hip Enough for Vampires

Author Chris Farnsworth thinks Clive Owen would make a smashing vampire. (Photo Illustration by Liz Kelly/AP Photo) No doubt about it: Since the changeover in administrations, Washington, D.C. has become a veritable magnet for celebs, for once actually earning it the moniker "Hollywood on the Potomac." So it isn't too surprising to find that in the wake of the star-studded inaugural events, first lady Michelle Obama's high-wattage White House visitors, TMZ's arrival in town and tomorrow's planned TV-magic 20-foot fireball over the Potomac that D.C. has reached the ultimate in hip factor: vampires. In a deal announced yesterday, author Christopher Farnsworth has signed a three-book deal for his "Blood Oath" series of books about a vampire "sworn to protect the U.S. president against supernatural threats." Think of it as "Twilight" meets "In the Line of Fire." And, not surprisingly, the series has already attracted some attention from Hollywood, though...

By Liz Kelly  | March 24, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Books  
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David Letterman Marries; Octo-Mom Fires Nannies

Headlines: David Letterman marries longtime girlfriend... Octo-mom Nadya Suleman fires free nurses... Heather Mills signs $6 million deal with Burger King... Ashton Kutcher Twitters marriage advice... Zac Efron drops out of "Footloose" remake... Robin Williams recovering after heart surgery... Anne Hathaway to play Judy Garland... Alyssa Milano details her love of baseball players in upcoming book... Mariska Hargitay returns to "SVU" set... Lance Armstrong hospitalized with broken collarbone... Matt Lauer injures shoulder in bicycle accident with deer... Danny Bonaduce engaged to 26-year-old girlfriend. Pix & Vid: LeAnn Rimes and husband kiss for the cameras... Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson in American Gothic update. Speaking of Lilo, she's the new face of Italy's Fornarina clothing line: Rumor Mill: Did Jennifer Aniston dump John Mayer because of his Twitter obsession?... Katy Perry dating Josh Groban?... Another Lindsay Lohan hanger-on in another fender bender... Fergie to give private White House concert?...

By Liz Kelly  | March 24, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Comment Box: A Magazine Cover Double Standard?

Jennifer Hudson on the cover of March 2007's Vogue. (Vogue) In last week's Celebritology Live chat, we got a bit verklempt in discussing Tyson Beckford's statement that actors and musicians should leave magazine covers to models, saying it takes "a lot of tweaking and airbrushing to get the same from a celebrity that you would get from a model." I won't excerpt the entire back-and-forth here, but to summarize: One reader wrote in to agree with Beckford, recounting his (or her) disgust upon finding a plump Jack Black on a GQ cover. I countered that I'd prefer Black over Beckford; he's got character. Then, another reader took exception to my logic saying that, "No women with the appearance quirks of Jack Black is ever allowed on a magazine cover (or really onscreen) -- no Janeane Garofalo, Kathy Najimy, Nia Vardolos, or Katey Segal allowed." Okay, fair enough. For the...

By Liz Kelly  | March 23, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Natasha Richardson Laid to Rest; Bruce Willis Marries

Hugh Jackman attends the Broadway opening of 'God Of Carnage,' a new play starring Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden, Sunday in New York. (Getty Images) Headlines: Natasha Richardson buried in upstate New York... PSA re-enacts alleged details of Chris Brown, Rihanna incident... Bruce Willis marries for second time as ex Demi Moore looks on... British reality star Jade Goody succumbs to cancer... Singer M.I.A. names son Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman... "Wonder Years" star Danica McKellar marries longtime boyfriend. Pix & Vid: Ashton Kutcher twitters pic of Demi's derriere... Suri Cruise hangs with the Beckham boys. Crime Watch: Erykah Badu twitters about alleged stalker. Rumor Mill: Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart engaged... Alleged cousin dishes to radio show about LeAnn Rimes's marital woes; claims husband is gay... Is Lindsay Lohan spending all of Samantha Ronson's money? (Not on food)... Record label reportedly rejects new Amy...

By Liz Kelly  | March 23, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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