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Celebritology 2.0: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

Fashion Faux Pas: From Paris to Carrot

It's a beautiful Friday, so the last thing you probably want to do is labor over a Friday List submission or parse Jamie Foxx's admission that he likes "thick" women. Instead, we close out the week with photos of two people who have more in common that one might initially realize: Paris Hilton and Carrot Top. Think about it. They're both annoying, they've both coasted way too far on a scant amount of talent and -- as we see in the photos below -- they're both guilty of fashion transgressions. Hilton wore this blinged-out dress -- complete with her ever-present headband -- to the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS 2009 Cocktail Party in Cannes. Someone needs to remind Paris about the "take one thing off before leaving the house" rule. Or maybe five things: (Getty Images) Carrot Top, a 44-year-old man masquerading as a pumped up teenager, chose this decidedly casual...

By Liz Kelly  | May 22, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Sean Penn Calls Off Separation (Again); Alec Baldwin Banned from Philippines

Headlines: Sean Penn changes his mind on separation from Robin Wright Penn (again)... Alec Baldwin banned from the Philippines... Paul McCartney's house removed from Google Street View... Spencer Pratt fails reality show medical exam... Edie Falco says clean living helped her beat cancer... Natalie Cole loses sister to cancer... Jay-Z leaves Def Jam Records... British actress Lucy Gordon dead in apparent suicide. Crime Watch: Celebrity lawyer charged with conspiring to kill witness. Pix: Amy Sedaris's picnic kitsch... Eva Green's overloaded lids... Hayden Panettiere's misspelled tattoo... Kate Hudson goes brunette... Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt make out at Cannes. Video: "Lost's" Elizabeth Mitchell leads "V" reboot... Rumor Mill: Kate Gosselin's brother says she didn't write her own book... Rashida Jones dating Obama speechwriter... Kanye West and Amber Rose split?... Rapper Aubrey "Drake" Graham says Rihanna is just a friend....

By Liz Kelly  | May 22, 2009; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Darn You Gwyneth Paltrow -- I Like GOOP

GOOP guru Gwyneth Paltrow. (AP) I have a confession. A confession that may brand me as a flip-flopper of the highest order, a woman who isn't able to stick to her snark or, worst of all, a victim of star dazzling. So here it is: I like Gwyneth Paltrow's insouciant little weekly lifestyle newsletter GOOP. After months of resistance and several hundred words expended in derision of said site, I have arrived at the undeniable conclusion that GOOP has improved my life. Yes, as much as it aggrieves me to admit, my "inner aspect" has been nourished. That felt really good. Gwyneth has been taken to task by everyone from, well, me to the New York Times for her allegedly vain attempt to impose her privileged life lessons on the rest of us poor saps. And she did have some early missteps -- for instance, the time she recommended...

By Liz Kelly  | May 21, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Spencer Pratt Releases Rap Single; Simon Cowell's Ex Attacked After 'Idol' Finale

Headlines: Spencer Pratt (aka "Great White") releases rap single... Michael Jackson postpones comeback concerts... Alec Baldwin apologizes for "mail order bride" remark... New Jersey woman says husband made up Bruce Springsteen affair accusation... And this season's "American Idol" winner is... "Dancing with the Stars" co-host Samantha Harris headed to Broadway... Original cast signs on for "Ghostbusters 3"... Natalie Cole gets kidney transplant... Chad Lowe and girlfriend welcome daughter Mabel... Nas says pregnant soon-to-be-ex Kelis doesn't need child support payments. Crime Watch: Simon Cowell ex Terri Seymour attacked after "American Idol" finale (attacker says it was in response to Cowell's on-air choking of Paula Abdul). Pix: Angelina Jolie walks the Cannes red carpet... Britney Spears hits the beach with kids and "agent" Jason Trawick. Video: Ann Curry interviews Brad Pitt at Cannes (fast forward to 5:25 to see Curry doing what she does best): Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World...

By Liz Kelly  | May 21, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Fashion Victim? Drew Barrymore's Retro Rage

I'm a big Drew Barrymore fan and usually on board with her fashion forward aesthetic. But lately Drew has gone to a place where I am not willing to follow: back to the '80s. But a somehow heightened draggish '80s in which tights are trippy and sunglasses are outsized, eye shadow is intergalactic and this color is somehow okay. Last night, Barrymore wore the get-up below to Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. I'm not sure which bit is the most disturbing, so I'm asking for your help. Drew at last night's L.A. Lakers game. (Images: Getty, Reuters) poll by twiigs.com...

By Liz Kelly  | May 20, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Sarah Jessica Parker Says Surrogate Threatened; Rep Debunks Swayze Death Rumor

Headlines: Sarah Jessica Parker says surrogate has been threatened, harassed... Rep says Patrick Swayze is alive and well... Gymnast Shawn Johnson wins "Dancing with the Stars"... Angelina Jolie sits in on trial of Congolese warlord... Chace Crawford to star in "Footloose" reboot... Jessica Biel says being beautiful has made it hard for her to land meaty roles... Katie Holmes and Suri show up for "American Idol" taping... Low ticket sales scuttle Kate Gosselin event... Britney Spears sued by former bodyguard. Crime Watch: T.I.'s prison sentence reduced to 60 days... Prosecutor asks judge for 19 years to life sentence for Phil Spector... Rachel Bilson's home burglarized... Naked home invader said he was looking for Jennifer Aniston... Miami store owned by Kim Kardashian and her sisters vandalized... South Carolina woman accused of viewing celebrities' passport information. Rumor Mill: Amy Winehouse reportedly hospitalized again in St. Lucia... Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson...

By Liz Kelly  | May 20, 2009; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Are Paris Hilton's 15 Minutes Up?

Have you seen this woman? Paris Hilton at Cannes on Monday. (Getty Images) Is the woman for whom the term "celebutante" was coined, like, no longer the content rich target from which paparazzi careers are made? In the world of celebrity, bad behavior (which can mean anything from acting like this around your kids to an allegedly wind-aided wardrobe malfunction) builds buzz. And, of late, Paris has been less buzz, more zzzz. Since we tend to forget easily in the fast-paced world of celebrity snarking, let me remind you all of the bad (good?) reasons why we paid attention to Paris at all. First there was the sex tape as path to stardom play (later adopted successfully by Kim Kardashian and unsuccessfully by Dustin "Screech" Diamond). Then, the reality show. Then the Nicole Ritchie feud, the Lindsay Lohan feud, the catchphrase ("that's hot"), the regrettable album, the whole jail...

By Liz Kelly  | May 19, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Penelope Cruz Recovering from Food Poisoning; Lisa Rinna Comes Clean About Lips

Headlines: Penelope Cruz recovering from food poisoning... Lisa Rinna admits having lip injections... Ryan O'Neal says second Farrah Fawcett documentary in the works... Vogue's Anna Wintour told Oprah to lose weight... ABC cancels "Samantha Who?"... Victoria Beckham's handbag collection worth an estimated $2 million... Filipino politicians incensed by Alec Baldwin's "mail order bride" remark... Woody Allen wins American Apparel lawsuit... LeAnn Rimes puts Nashville home on the market. Crime Watch: Kanye West pleads not guilty in paparazzo scuffle. Video: Irate woman rescues Katherine McPhee from paparazzi (some NSFW language)... More: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds and Betty White tape on-set spoof... "Sherlock Holmes" trailer debuts online. Rumor Mill: Miss California Carrie Prejean trying to back out of Fox News gig?... Mel Gibson's girlfriend reportedly in second trimester of pregnancy... A-Rod romancing Kate Hudson?... Gwyneth Paltrow asked director to inspect her breasts before signing on to "Two Lovers" .... Anthony Hopkins...

By Liz Kelly  | May 19, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Who Do You See as Sinatra?

Frank Sinatra. (William P. Gottlieb) According to an unnamed source Jamie Foxx is in the running to portray Frank Sinatra in an upcoming Martin Scorsese-directed biopic about the famed Italian singer/actor's life. But he's not the only one. Other candidates whose names have been mentioned in recent days include George Clooney, Leonardo di Caprio, Harry Connick Jr., Johnny Depp and Justin Timberlake. (Clockwise: Jamie Foxx, Justin Timberlake, George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Harry Connick Jr. and Leonardo DiCaprio. Below, we handicap the odds: Jamie Foxx Pros: Proved his biopic chops with an Oscar-winning portrayal of Ray Charles. And anyone who can play Ray Charles and Wanda has some serious range. And he can sing (though we could have done without this). Cons: Could be as distracting as Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan. George Clooney Pros: Reprised Sinatra's role as Danny Ocean in three successful "Ocean's 11" (and 12 and 13)...

By Liz Kelly  | May 18, 2009; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Brooke Shields Says Tabloid Reporter Checked Mom Out of Nursing Home

Headlines: Brooke Shields says story-seeking tabloid reporter checked her mother out of nursing home... Cynthia Nixon engaged to girlfriend... Mary-Louise Parker says she was "goaded" into "Weeds" nude scenes... 9 million tune in to watch Farrah Fawcett cancer special... Britney Spears spent over $10 million in 10 months... Miley Cyrus hits back at weight critics... Just call her "Heidi"... Cameron Diaz says she won't be a sex symbol forever... Swizz Beats admits he's dating Alicia Keys... Holly Madison signs on to Vegas burlesque show... Woody Allen due in court over unauthorized billboard. Crime Watch: T.I. to report to prison on May 26. Pix: Jennifer Hudson -- pregnant or just pleated?... Video: Tom Hanks cameos on "SNL": Rumor Mill: Natalie Portman denies she's romantically involved with Sean Penn... Jamie Foxx in the running to play Frank Sinatra?... Sienna Miller dumps Balthazar Getty... New neighbor wants Paris Hilton out of his...

By Liz Kelly  | May 18, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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