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Celebritology 2.0: April 12, 2009 - April 18, 2009

Jamie Foxx, Hulk Hogan Lose; Barrymore and Boyle Win -- This Week's Best and Worst

A new semi-regular winner in which we hand out accolades and, umm, the opposite of accolades to the celebrities who made this week memorable. Jamie Foxx. (AP) Loser: Jamie Foxx We get that your roots are in comedy and, trust me, we here at Celebritology HQ are so not Miley Cyrus fans, but neither are we fans of a grown man suggesting an underage girl make a sex tape. Good on you for apologizing, but you should have known better. It would really be a shame if "The Soloist" -- your upcoming movie co-starring Robert Downey Jr. due to be released next weekend -- suffered because you have diarrhea of the mouth. Loser: Hulk Hogan Last week, it seemed one couldn't be a bigger jerk than "Don't call me an actor" hothead Billy Bob Thornton, who managed to turn the entire population of Canada -- who he termed "mashed potatoes...

By Liz Kelly  | April 17, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Heidi Klum Expecting Fourth Child; Woman Arrested on Britney Spears's Property

David Beckham channels his inner cyborg in a new cell phone campaign. (AP/Motorola) Headlines: Heidi Klum expecting fourth child, husband Seal confirms... Natalie Cole opens up about past drug addiction... Suri Cruise celebrates third birthday... "Britain's Got Talent" sensation Susan Boyle gets 20 million YouTube hits (video)... Pam Anderson's "Baywatch" bathing suit up for auction... Gwyneth Paltrow trainer Tracy Anderson gets six-figure book deal... Beyonce announces U.S. tour dates... Jennifer Jason Leigh to join fifth seaason of Showtime's "Weeds"... Nadya Suleman's reality show not confirmed and more of a documentary anyway... Fantasia Barrino, however, will serve up a her own reality offering in 2010... Ashton Kutcher beats CNN in race for a million Twitter followers... Dionne Warwick, Burt Reynolds and Sinbad named on California tax evasion list... Katie Holmes's brother-in-law found dead. Crime Watch: One-time "American Idol" auditioner arrested for sneaking onto Britney Spears's property... Alleged Tyra Banks stalker...

By Liz Kelly  | April 17, 2009; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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'Lost' Dueling Analysis: 'Some Like It Hoth'

Miles (Ken Leung) ponders his daddy issues. (Image Courtesy In which Jen Chaney and I discuss our awesome theories about "Lost," a show we love so much we talk about it ad nauseum. Oh, and we even created this obsessive-friendly "Lost" hub. And we'd appreciate it if you'd join us at 3 p.m. ET to help feed our obsession in the "Lost" Hour chat. Liz: We're moving closer to "the incident." We saw Hurley's fateful numbers embossed on the hatch door. We were teased with the tantalizing revelation that Ilana and her henchmen work for neither Widmore nor Ben Linus. And we're off next week. But we have to start with Miles. We finally found out his back story, thereby filling the empty hole in my soul. But where the producers worked overtime to answer our time continuum questions last week, they kind of left us to work...

By Liz Kelly  | April 16, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
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Nadya Suleman Wants to Trademark 'Octomom'; Mel Gibson Spotted with Another Mystery Blonde

Headlines: Nadya Suleman wants to trademark "Octomom"... Jessica Simpson's mom calls her daughter "top heavy"... Keshia Knight Pulliam ("The Cosby Show's" Rudy Huxtable) lands reality show... Will Ferrell to guest star on Discovery's "Man vs. Wild"... Oxygen network enlarges Tori Spelling's TV footprint... "Top Chef's" Padma Lakshmi starts endometriosis awareness foundation... Ashton Kutcher challenges CNN to Twitter popularity contest somehow involving something described as a "ding-dong ditch"... Sacha Baron Cohen tricks Ron Paul into "Bruno" seduction scene... Woody Allen battles American Apparel over unauthorized ads... New Michelle Pfeiffer movie goes straight to DVD. Crime Watch: Nate Dogg stalking charges dropped... One-time producer Scott Storch busted for alleged grand theft auto. Pix & Video: Mel Gibson hits the beach with another mystery blonde... In TMZ video, Brad Garrett tells paparazzo to speak English and "wear the turban" (video)... Ex Justin Long joins Drew Barrymore at movie premiere (but she says...

By Liz Kelly  | April 16, 2009; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Bai Ling, Crazy Cool

Bai Ling's cell phone self-portrait. (Courtesy Bai Ling) Bai Ling is misunderstood. Or so I've been told. I'm on the phone with the China-born actress and perennial Fug target because I characterized her as "bat guano crazy" and her publicist saw it. Mea Culpa. In any case, I've been asked to talk to Bai myself, to understand that she's more than a tabloid-friendly photo op. Here's what I learned: Ling is one of the workingest actors in Hollywood with nine projects in various stages of production (her latest, "Crank: High Voltage" opens this weekend). She's also an author (she says her book, "Nipples," will likely publish later this year), a singer ("I'm a cross between Fergie and Bjork"), a blogger (check out her free-form stream of Blackberry posts here), an award-winning actress (she won three awards for her role in the Hong-Kong-made film "Dumplings"). If she's a bit eccentric,...

By Liz Kelly  | April 15, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Jamie Foxx Apologizes for Miley Cyrus 'Sex Tape' Quip; Lindsay Lohan's Fake Singles Ad

Headlines: William Hurt apologizes for causing Marlee Matlin any pain... Jamie Foxx apologizes for suggesting Miley Cyrus make a sex tape... Michael Jackson memorabilia auction canceled... Steve-O booted from "Dancing With the Stars"... Economy could cut Britney Spears's Circus tour short... Jim Carrey plans to gain 50 pounds to play Stooge... Russell Crowe says journalists "trivialize" news... Tori Spelling says she's not anorexic, just thin and busy... Michael Vick shopping reality show concept... Removed Illinois governer Rod Blagojevich heads to reality TV... Spencer Pratt, Fran Drescher talk about political aspirations... NASA names treadmill after Stephen Colbert; Colbert plans Persian Gulf trip... Hugh Jackman makes $100,000 charity pledge on Twitter... Shia La Beouf says his injured hand will likely never fully heal... Zac Efron gets career advice from Leonardo DiCaprio... Vanessa Hudgens says she carries a taser in her purse. Crime Watch: Kanye West's arraignment postponed in photographer scuffle case......

By Liz Kelly  | April 15, 2009; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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National Enquirer Patrick Swayze Pix: Invasion of Privacy?

The newest issue of the National Enquirer, which one can hardly escape in any supermarket checkout line, features pictures of an emaciated Patrick Swayze accompanied by the headline "Down to 105 lbs: Brave Star's Shocking Final Promise." I hesitate to post a screengrab of the cover and apologize for the link to said cover above because the sight of a diminished Swayze is downright shocking and, if undoctored, allows us for the first time to see how ravaged he has been by pancreatic cancer. As expected, the pix -- apparently snapped as Swayze visited his doctor -- show a rail thin, bald man wearing a baseball cap and a bluetooth ear piece. His clothes hang off his body. He's all elbows and angles. There is no question that the act of taking these pictures and the Enquirer's decision to publish them is in poor taste; an invasion of privacy of...

By Liz Kelly  | April 14, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Celebrities, Insta-Polls  
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ScarJo Defends Her Right to Tone Up; Gibson Headed for Divorce; Spector Convicted

Tori Spelling poses at the launch party for her new book, 'Mommywood,' Monday in Beverly Hills. (AP) Headlines: Mel Gibson's wife files for divorce; Gibson files response claiming the couple separated in 2006... Angelina Jolie tops Vanity Fair's Most Beautiful Woman poll... Scarlett Johansson defends her decision to tone up... Kathy Griffin says she's done poking fun at Lindsay Lohan... Gwyneth Paltrow throws son Moses a superhero-themed birthday party... Elisabeth Hasselbeck pens gluten-free cookbook... Lil' Kim narrowly avoids "Dancing With the Stars" wardrobe malfunction... Al Franken wins Minnesota Senate seat (again)... Jason Priestley and wife expecting second child... "Lost's" Josh Holloway and wife welcome baby girl, Java Kumala... Porn star Marilyn Chambers dies at 56. Crime Watch: Phil Spector convicted of second-degree murder | Mug Shot. Pix & Video: Madonna and Mercy... Drew Barrymore gets in on the front braid trend... Johnny Depp guest-voices on "SpongeBob Squarepants." Rumor Mill:...

By Liz Kelly  | April 14, 2009; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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Gwyneth Paltrow and Celebrity Pseudo-Science

Does Gwyneth Paltrow perhaps regret pooh-poohing shampoo? (Getty Images) One reader in Thursday's Celebritology Live chat brought up Gwyneth Paltrow's recent claims that shampoo may be toxic to children, and that the shampoo industry would come down on her like a ton of Breck for publicly acknowledging that fact. Lucky for you and me, I didn't dash off a pithy answer during the chat and instead saved the question for deeper consideration. Today, in the interest of achieving maximum truthiness, we'll talk about Gwyneth's assertion and then review past celebrity pseudo-science claims. Here's what Gwyneth said: A couple of years ago I was asked to give a quote for a book concerning environmental toxins and their effects on our children. While I was reading up on the subject, I was seized with fear about what the research said. Fetuses, infants and toddlers are basically unable to metabolize toxins the...

By Liz Kelly  | April 13, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Madonna Makes Malawi Adoption Plea; Harrelson Says He Mistook Paparazzo for 'Zombie'

Headlines: Madonna makes adoption plea in Malawi newspaper... Fergie, Ziggy Marley to perform at White House Easter egg roll... Booed Billy Bob Thornton cuts Canadian music tour short... Woody Harrelson says he mistook persistent paparazzo for a zombie... "Hannah Montana: The Movie" makes $34 million in weekend box office... Tara Reid starring in seventh "American Pie" movie (why yes, it is going straight to DVD). Video: Zac Efron spoofs "High School Musical" on "SNL": Rumor Mill: Chris Brown dating old flame?... Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson still speaking, says friend; SamRo already dating someone new?... TomKat sending Suri to Scientology school?... Brangelina planning to adopt from Philippines?... Amy Winehouse's husband expecting child with another woman?... A-Rod dating "Real Housewife" Bethenny Frankel?... "Gossip Girl" producers worried about Ed Westwick's weight gain? Say What? "It's such a perverted movie. It's all about Ecstasy. I swear! Look it up online." -- Soon-to-be-ex...

By Liz Kelly  | April 13, 2009; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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