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Celebritology 2.0: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

Matthew McConaughey's Forgotten Film, 'Tiptoes,' Surfaces Online

This weekend, as gaggles of fans of mediocrity pay for the privilege to see "The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," Matthew McConaughey's latest addition into the rom-com genre, one of his more daring -- if misfired -- films languishes in rental purgatory. Despite having the the special effects of "Benjamin Button," the sensitivity of "Love Story" and the cast of "Speed" (or a close facsimile), "Tiptoes" -- the story of a normal-sized man (McConaughey) whose relationship with the lovely Kate Beckinsale is nearly thrown off course when she finds out the rest of his family are dwarves (yes, dwarves) -- was quietly released straight to DVD in 2004. And, until this week, seemed to be largely forgotten. But, thanks to the magic of the Internet, the trailer somehow caught fire and made the rounds this week: In case you were wondering, yes, that is Gary Oldman, the classically trained actor whose...

By Liz Kelly  | May 1, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Annals of Bad Movies  
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Zac Efron, Tina Fey on Time's Most Influential List; Tyra Stalker Found Guilty

Headlines: Zac Efron, Tina Fey among list of Time's 100 Most Influential... Madonna adoption bid criticized by girl's biological father... Lisa Rinna claims her family survived swine flu... Early Susan Boyle singing footage surfaces... Miss California to appear in anti-gay marriage ad... Kelis files for divorce from Nas... Hayden Panettiere auditions for "Footloose" remake. Pix and Video: Radio station sends world's worst Beyonce imposter to Austrian museum... Brad Pitt and sumo wrestler film Japanese cell phone ad... Kirstie Alley reveals new weight gain to Oprah... Halle Berry's new bob... Madonna's "Fame" audition, circa 1982: (extended version) Crime Watch: Tyra Banks stalker found guilty... Court gives Redmond O'Neal a chance at rehab... Sam Lutfi appeals three-year Britney Spears restraining order. Rumor Mill: Britney Spears asks London hotel to install stripper pole in her suite... Madonna to let sons stay with Guy Ritchie for summer.. Say What? "It's embarrassing being known...

By Liz Kelly  | May 1, 2009; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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'Lost' Dueling Analysis: 'The Variable'

In which Jen Chaney and I return to our favorite pastime life's work, analyzing the best show ever. Please visit our shrine to said show, here at "Lost" Central. Then join us at 3 p.m. ET for a continuation of the discussion in the 3 p.m. ET "Lost" Hour chat. Daniel Faraday (Jeremy Davies) prepares to meet his destiny. (Getty Images) Jen: The question that has plagued us all season -- popped up repeatedly in these dueling analyses, frequently appeared in our discussions and prompted more "Back to the Future" references than any of us can count -- was resolved in tonight's episode. And it happened when our jittery but newly purpose-filled Daniel Faraday spoke to one young, chocolate-addled Charlotte Staples Lewis and said these words: "I didn’t think I could change things. But maybe I can." When we surmised on numerous occasions that maybe this whole time travel...

By Liz Kelly  | April 30, 2009; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
Categories:  Lost  
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Sean Penn Files for Separation; Christina Applegate Tops People's Most Beautiful

Headlines: Sean Penn files for separation from Robin Wright Penn... Christina Applegate on cover of People's "Most Beautiful" issue... Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber's son briefly hospitalized... Christian Bale admits on-set rant was "overboard"... "Top Gun" co-star Kelly McGillis comes out as a lesbian... "Jon and Kate" dad says he showed poor judgment for clubbing with mystery woman... Pam Anderson, Shannen Doherty say they were tricked into attending strip club opening... Justin Timberlake's tequila hits stores... Octomom visited by Child Services. Pix and Video: Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt wear face masks on Mexico beach... Matthew McConaughey pranked by GMA: Crime Watch: Chris Brown's lawyer may seek dismissal of assault case; judge says Rihanna can have her jewels back... Closing arguments in alleged Tyra Banks stalker case to begin today... Lane Garrison leaves jail, heads to rehab. Rumor Mill: Paula Abdul fooled by Sacha Baron Cohen's "Bruno"?... Shia LaBeouf...

By Liz Kelly  | April 30, 2009; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Product Testing: Lindsay Lohan's Sevin Nyne Spray Tanner

Lindsay Lohan, looking for tan-gible profits. (Getty Images) I'm pasty white, freckled and tend to redden in the sun rather than tan. Add in the fact that I am dangerously gullible and you'll understand why it was inevitable that I would fall prey to Lindsay Lohan, embattled bi-curious erstwhile teen star and, of late, peddler of Sevin Nyne Tanning Mist -- which offered the promise of a "luscious" tan within hours of application. So pushing aside my innate fear of unpronounceable chemical compounds, I concentrated on the upbeat "Cherish Your Skin" tagline and reassuring messages of indefatigable product testing. From the packaging: "Developed for more than three years by fashion icon Lindsay Lohan and celebrity airbrush tanner Lorit Simon, Sevin Nyne provides a luscious, golden tan while nourishing skin with a powerful anti-oxidant goji berry and moisturizing chardonnay extracts." Chardonnay extracts? Sure, why not. Who was I to say...

By Liz Kelly  | April 29, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Celebrity Products  
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Mel Gibson and Girlfriend Make Public Debut; Sarah Jessica Parker Expecting Twins via Surrogate

Mel Gibson and girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva make their public debut at Tuesday's 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' premiere in Hollywood. (Getty Images) Headlines: Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick expecting twins via surrogate... Despite swine flu, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas... Hugh Jackman vows to return to Mexico... F-bomb dropping Julia Roberts leads tribute to Tom Hanks... Paris Hilton's boyfriend beats down groper... Prince Harry set for first official U.S. visit... Jamie Lynn Spears's baby daddy moved out of ICU... Paul McCartney and Pam Anderson, veggie pen pals... Michael Douglas returning in "Wall Street" sequel... Linda Hogan asks for alimony increase because of Hulk's O.J. comments. Crime Watch: Court orders Sam Lutfi to stay away from Britney Spears for three years... Two Bahamians plead not guilty in alleged John Travolta extortion case. Rumor Mill: Jon Gosselin (of "Jon and Kate Plus 8") spotted clubbing with mystery...

By Liz Kelly  | April 29, 2009; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Mother's Day Gift Guide: Hollywood Wax

Penny Marshall as Laverne from 'Laverne & Shirley.' Yes, Shirley is also available. (Image courtesy Profiles in History) Mother's Day is just days away and I'm guessing you're thinking of showing up at mom's with yet another potted plant. Being mom-like, yours will stifle the urge to brain you with the hundredth hydrangea and instead smile and thank you for being such a thoughtful child. But this year you can avoid that sad scene by showing mom how much you truly appreciate all of the needless heartache and premature aging you've caused her by giving a gift that speaks from the heart. Imagine the utter joy mom will experience when you surprise her with a life-sized wax figure of Robin Williams in his seminal role as mom-friendly, spinach-pushing sailor Popeye. You can thank me later for clueing you in to the Hollywood Wax Museum's auction of more than 160...

By Liz Kelly  | April 28, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Holiday Guide, Hollyweird  
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Jailed Son Allowed to Visit Ailing Farrah Fawcett; Swine Flu Derails 'Wolverine's' Mexico Premiere

Matthew McConaughey and girlfriend Camila Alves at the L.A. premiere of McCongaughey's new movie, 'The Ghost of Girlfriends Past,' on Monday. (AP) Headlines: Paris Hilton planning humanitarian trip to Cameroon... Swine flu fears delay "Wolverine's" Mexico premiere... Redmond O'Neal allowed to visit ailing mother Farrah Fawcett... Mandy Moore hypnotized to calm stage fright... Lily Tomlin asks Seattle Zoo to close elephant exhibit... "Dynasty" alumna Linda Evans wins U.K. "Hells Kitchen" competition... Russell Simmons leads charge to green the hip-hop community... Renee Zellweger celebrates 40th birthday... British Airways employee reprimanded for asking Joel Madden to cover tattoos... Snoop Dogg denies striking fan. Crime Watch: Ex-NBA star Jayson Williams tasered by New York police. Pix & Video: Rail thin Lindsay Lohan hits the beach in Hawaii... Megan Fox has no waist... Michael Jackson and kids don carnival masks for Hollywood shopping trip... Mary-Kate Olsen cops Ozzy Osbourne's look... Joan and Melissa...

By Liz Kelly  | April 28, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Are Celebrities Ruining Twitter?

Oprah's Twitter feed. (Screengrab by Liz Kelly for washingtonpost.com) It's early on a Monday morning East coast time, but like any jeans-wearing idiot busy contributing to the downfall of western civilization, I'm checking out the Twitter scene. Already I've tweeted an utterly unimportant bit of news about my cats and done a circuit of some celeb twitterers -- Kal Penn (he's not around yet), MC Hammer (he's posting pix) and Sarah Silverman (who posted a pic of her evening snack with the message "Goodnight, Strangers" about eight hours ago.) This morning, though, I'm curious to check in with Twitterer-come-lately Oprah Winfrey, who with much pomp launched her own feed a little over a week ago. She doesn't seem to have stirred since Friday when she last announced to her 635,949 followers "no i'm not wearing a weave." (She didn't say anything about a wig, though. Think about it.) What,...

By Liz Kelly  | April 27, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Celebrities  
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'Lost's' Henry Ian Cusick Charged with Sexual Harrassment; Madonna Named Hardest Working Showbiz Mom

Salma Hayek and French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault at their Venice wedding on Saturday. (AP) Headlines: Madonna tops list of hardest-working showbiz moms... "Golden Girl" Bea Arthur dies at 86... Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt marry again... Salma Hayek renews vows in Venice... Brad Pitt visits Niagara Falls with sons Maddox and Pax... Beyonce thriller "Obsessed" tops weekend box office... Mischa Barton returning to TV... British Airways asks Joel Madden to cover his tattoos before boarding plane... Miley Cyrus says she's not dating ex Nick Jonas... Paris Hilton made $90 million from perfume sales last year... DMX joins cast of "Celebrity Rehab." Crime Watch: "Lost's" Henry Ian Cusick accused of sexual harassment... Jamie Lynn Spears's baby daddy injured and charged in crash... Rihanna asks police to return $1.4 million in jewelry from night of Chris Brown incident... Burglars flee home when they realize they're robbing Dolph Lundgren... Alleged Tyra Banks...

By Liz Kelly  | April 27, 2009; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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