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Celebritology 2.0: May 24, 2009 - May 30, 2009

Friday Fluff: Your Celebrity Makeover

If you've ever wondered what you'd look like rocking Amy Winehouse's bouffant or Agness Deyn's severe 'do's and you have a spare hour or two to get lost down a wormhole of self-absorption, then make haste to DailyMakeover.com. The site allows you to upload a pic of yourself, then try on various celebrity hairstyles courtesy of a handy tool that allows one to stretch and flip each style to suit one's own imperfect face. (You can upload your first photo and try on several styles for free, but unlimited access -- a 7-day trial costs $4.95 -- allows unlimited uploads and a huge catalog of styles.) This morning alone I wasted close to 90 minutes scrolling through the site's exhaustive array of styles in search of my ever-elusive perfect look. The upside: you can try on a new 'do without making the scissor or color commitment. The downside: When viewed...

By Liz Kelly  | May 29, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Celebrity Products, Fashion  
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Candy Spelling Blames Tori for Dad's Death; Rihanna to Testify at Chris Brown Hearing

Jay-Z (left) and A-Rod catch up at Game Five of the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday in Cleveland. (Getty Images) Headlines: Candy Spelling blames Tori for Aaron's death... Jay Leno wraps up 17-year "Tonight Show" run tonight... Prince Harry makes first official visit to New York... Beyonce offers recession-hit fans $20 concert tickets... Freddie Prinze Jr. joins "24" cast... David Hyde Pierce wed longtime boyfriend last fall... Paris Hilton wins "Celebrity Fragrance of the Year" at perfume awards... Hulk Hogan says he never smoked pot with daughter Brooke... Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan has surgery to remove malignant bladder tumor... Courtney Love says outstanding $350K Amex bill is bogus. Crime Watch: Rihanna to testify at Chris Brown hearing, says attorney... Tom Sizemore arrested on outstanding drug warrant... Michael Lohan pleads not guilty to threatening ex fiancee. Pix: Katie Holmes's baby doll dress sparks inevitable baby bump rumor... Just because:...

By Liz Kelly  | May 29, 2009; 7:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Scuttling Jon and Kate Gosselin's Mom and Pop Business

The Gosselin clan in happier times. (TLC) I am so sick of Kate and Jon Gosselin, the broody pair who preside over a household of tots on TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus Eight" and have now knocked bona fide celebs off of the tabloid covers with their latest shenanigans. Love them or hate them, the truth is we are in the uncomfortable position of enabling the Gosselins to spin an overzealous fertility treatment into a lucrative mom and pop business. The Gosselins are prime examples of self-made celebrities. People who -- like Paris Hilton or Tiffany "New York" Pollard -- become famous not for any particular talent, but for the ability to self-market. Which is why I'm feeling a bit manipulated by the revelations of infidelity that surfaced a couple of weeks back, just in time for Monday's season premiere of the show's fifth season. What started as vague...

By Liz Kelly  | May 28, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Reality Check  
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Chris Brown Says He's Not a Monster

Headlines: Chris Brown says he's "not a monster"... Photographer suing Brown for alleged assault and battery... Adam Lambert says we should "keep speculating" about his sexuality... President Obama hits Hollywood for DNC fundraisers... "Slumdog" filmmakers buy apartment for homeless child star... Jenny Garth talks about leaky heart valve... "ER's" Parminder Nagra welcomes baby boy... Elizabeth Taylor released from hospital... Elvis's pill bottles up for auction... American Express sues Courtney Love for $350,000 in unpaid charges. Pix: Drew Barrymore again snapped with mystery man... Melissa Joan Hart's People bikini cover... Winona Ryder British Elle cover... Tori Spelling, bikini, sandwich... Video: Rihanna stars in new Kanye West video... More: Britney Spears's spoof perfume ad. Rumor Mill: Hugh Jackman an Daniel Craig headed to Broadway together... Celebs -- including Paris Hilton, Richard Gere and Sharon Stone -- paid up to $1.5 million to attend Turkish hotel opening... Jessica Simpson pitching new reality...

By Liz Kelly  | May 28, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Brooke Hogan Wings Her Way Back into Pop

We knew Brooke Hogan -- the prematurely-aged-by-tanning celebu-spawn of one-time professional wrestler and reality show star Hulk Hogan -- had bad taste. I mean, would anyone possessed of even a smidge of common sense wear this? So it's not surprising that Hogan thought an airbrushed van art version of herself rocking a set of wings that would make a unicorn cry with envy would be just the thing for the cover of her new album, "The Redemption." Warning: Not even queen of '70s album cover art Stevie Nicks achieved this level of mystical idealization of self. (Screengrab from Brookesworld.com) Unless you're a fan of reality TV stars turned recording artists, you may not know that Hogan released her first album, "Undiscovered," in 2006. And despite pushing Brooke-the-pop-star hard on "Hogan Knows Best," the album's biggest single, "About Us," never made it above the 33rd spot on Billboard's Hot 100. Maybe...

By Liz Kelly  | May 27, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Mike Tyson's Daughter Dies; T.I. Begins Prison Sentence

Headlines: Mike Tyson's four-year-old daughter dies following treadmill cord accident... Celebrities react to California court's decision to uphold Proposition 8... TomKat and Suri hit D.C. for Memorial Day concert, museums... "Real Housewives" setting up shop in D.C... Recession hits hip-hoppers in the bling... Al Pacino to play Jack Kevorkian in HBO movie... "Full House's" Jodie Sweetin details drug abuse in new memoir... Settlement reached over disbursement of James Brown's estate. Crime Watch: T.I. begins federal prison sentence. Video: Stephen Baldwin shares his foundation garment preferences with Hoda and Kathie Lee: More: Have a spare 35 mins? Then watch this Obsessed interview with "Real Housewives of New York's" Kelly Bensimon. Only three mins? Then just watch these two illuminating clips. Rumor Mill: Michael Lohan arrested for threatening fiancee, claims New York Post... Kate Gosselin gave husband Jon $5-a-day allowance, says former co-worker; entire show is fake, says sis-in-law... Paris Hilton...

By Liz Kelly  | May 27, 2009; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Evangeline Lilly -- the Next Angelina Jolie? (Doubtful)

Evangelina Evangeline Lilly arrives at the Cannes screening of 'Looking for Eric' on May 18. (Reuters) Evangeline Lilly, who is likely only known to fans who have watched the overacting little imp ham her way through the past five seasons of "Lost" as pouty Kate Austen, says she's not a big movie star by choice. I couldn't possibly sum up Lilly's self-absorbed delusional over-estimation of herself better she does. In the June issue of Women's Health, Lilly says: "[The 'Lost' producers] have seen that I haven't picked up on the opportunity to become a big movie star. It frustrates [them] that they've given me this chance to become the next Angelia Jolie ... Sure, I'd love to be her, but just the humanitarian side." Ahahahahahhaa. And we thought she'd hit maximum self importance when she said in 2007 that she almost left "Lost" because she was sick of being...

By Liz Kelly  | May 26, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Mike Tyson's Daughter on Life Support; Mel Gibson Confirms He's Expecting with Girlfriend

Headlines: Mike Tyson's four-year-old daughter on life support after found hanging from treadmill cord... Clay Aiken apologizes for saying Adam Lambert's singing made his "ears bleed"... Brooke Shields regrets not losing her virginity earlier... Christina Applegate campaigns to save "Samantha Who?"... Kate Gosselin says she and husband Jon may be headed for a split on last night's season premiere.... Jesus Luz says Madonna is "just a friend"... Scarlett Johansson set to release second album... Natalie Cole released from hospital following kidney transplant... Susan Boyle makes it to "Britain's Got Talent" finals... Mary Jo Buttafuoco pens memoir. Crime Watch: Kiefer Sutherland reaches agreement with head-butt victim... Kevin Bacon mugged for Blackberry on New York subway. Pix: Speidi on the set of a new Pizza Hut commercial... Toothless Demi Moore. Rumor Mill: George Clooney dating another waitress?... Paris Hilton kicked out of Cannes yacht party... Audrina Patridge dating "Star Trek's" Chris...

By Liz Kelly  | May 26, 2009; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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