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Celebritology 2.0: June 7, 2009 - June 13, 2009

Friday List: Hot Geek Girls!

Tina Fey: Geek goddess? (AP) Question: Besides the anomaly that is Tina Fey (and her TV alter-ego Liz Lemon), do female "geek dreamboats" exist? I ask because I'm looking at a book that just arrived in the Celebritology mailbag, "Geeky Dreamboats," a teensy pic-heavy "appreciation of the adorably awkward men who make us glad to be women." (I knew there was a reason I was glad to be a chick.) After a few minutes spent perusing the 57 lusted-after male geeks included I couldn't help but wonder if it would be possible to come up with an equally robust list of geeky women. Or, are we stuck on a cookie cutter Barbie image of female beauty to appreciate cute quirky girls? Who are the female equivalents of Michael Cera, Kal Penn, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement? (Note: I have to protest the labeling of Ryan Gosling, Jason Bateman, Jake...

By Liz Kelly  | June 12, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Madonna Malawi Adoption Approved; Heidi Pratt Posing for Playboy

Headlines: Madonna's cleared to adopt second Malawi child... Heidi Pratt to pose for Playboy... Forensics expert rules out suicide in David Carradine death... Chastity Bono to undergo sex change... Britney Spears to see more of her kids... Danny DeVito says he was just pretending to be drunk in TV interview... Estranged couple Rihanna and Chris Brown (separately) attend Lakers game... Megan Fox annoyed at comparison to Angelina Jolie... David Letterman apologizes for Palin daughter jokes... Paul Shaffer says he turned down George Costanza role (second item)... "Real Housewife" Jacqueline Laurita gives birth to baby boy. Crime Watch: Pete Doherty arrested for drunk driving, drug possession. Pix: George Clooney pulled over by autograph-seeking Italian cops... David Beckham's new underwear ad... Paris Hilton cozies up to Cristiano Ronaldo... Jon Hamm and January Jones on "Mad Men" set... Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett. Video: Kate Gosselin denies thirsty daughter water... More: Leonardo...

By Liz Kelly  | June 12, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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For Jennifer Aniston, a Title for the Dogs

Aniston with a pup in 'Marley & Me.' (20th Century Fox) Sometime embattled good girl Jennifer Aniston may have yet another reason to question her self-worth. This week, Pet Sitters International (a trade group for professional pet sitters) awarded Aniston honorary membership based on her role in last year's "Marley & Me" and a poll in which readers selected her as the celebrity they would most like to watch Fido while they're out of town. Which is cute and all, until you consider that Aniston is forever destined to be contrasted with Angelina Jolie, who earned a title this week, too, as the woman most women want to sleep with and last week knocked Oprah down a peg to become Forbes's Most Powerful Celebrity. From the Pet Sitters press release: As Marley's "mom" in the hit movie, "Marley and Me," Aniston put the spotlight on the depth of the...

By Liz Kelly  | June 11, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Prejean Calls Dismissal 'Political'; Paris Hilton Single Again

A wigless Phil Spector appears in this mug shot released by the California Department of Corrections. (Reuters) Headlines: Carrie Prejean says she was fired for refusing Playboy, "I'm a Celebrity" offers... Paris Hilton splits from boyfriend of five months Doug Reinhardt... Polish Catholics want Madonna concert canceled... Cameron Diaz says women afraid to admit they don't want children... Russian cops use Brad Pitt cardboard cutouts to stop speeding... Hank Azaria and girlfriend welcome baby boy... "Slumdog" child star gets new home... Preschool parents annoyed at paparazzi tracking celeb kids. Crime Watch: Rihanna subpeonaed to testify in Chris Brown case. Pix: Michael Jackson's surgery ravaged ear... Bret Michaels's Tony injuries. Video: Danny DeVito gives disjointed morning show interview. What was he drinking? (Deja "View"?)... More: George Michael joins robot-costumed Beyonce on stage for "If I Were a Boy"... Hugh Grant kicks persistent paparazzo. Rumor Mill: Jon Gosselin dating daughter of...

By Liz Kelly  | June 11, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Miss California Loses Her Crown

Carrie Prejean. (AP) Carrie Prejean today was stripped of the Miss California title. The controversial contestant made headlines in April when she first blamed her Miss USA competition loss on her defense of "opposite marriage," only to find herself in danger of losing her California title when a series of nude photos of the contestant emerged. After a splashy press conference and a passionate defense by pageant owner Donald Trump, it seems Prejean was fired for failing to fulfill her responsibilities as Miss California. Runner up Tami Ferrell will take over the official duties. Erstwhile pageant official Shanna Moakler, who resigned when Prejean was alloweed to keep her title following the photo scandal, says her "faith has been restored" in the Miss Universe organization. She refrained from adding, "I told you so."...

By Liz Kelly  | June 10, 2009; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Megan Fox's Press Junket Success Tips

Have you been wracking your brains trying to figure out how to win over the often fickle photogs at movie junket press conferences? Today is your lucky day. Thanks to the inventive Megan Fox -- camera magnet extraordinaire -- come three sure-to-woo-the-press poses. Below, Fox works it at a "Transformers" press call in Seoul, South Korea: The Slow Burn -- Gaze off into the distance seductively. IMPORTANT: Lips must be slightly parted!: The Thumb Sucker -- Act as if no one is more (pleasantly) surprised than you to find your thumb in your mouth: The Hair Flounce -- If all else fails, wow the cameras with your gravity defying tresses: (Getty Images)...

By Liz Kelly  | June 10, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Adam Lambert Comes Out; Miley Cyrus Breaks Up?

Headlines: It's official: Adam Lambert comes out on cover of Rolling Stone... Jon Voight calls President Obama "false prophet"... Queen Latifah speaks out about childhood sexual abuse... Brad Pitt buys $1 million painting... Jessica Alba apologizes for plastering Oklahoma City with shark posters... Trainer to Gwyneth and Madonna Tracy Anderson's money troubles detailed... Two weeks after daughter's death, Mike Tyson marries... James Van Der Beek and wife separate. Pix: Did Kristen Stewart chop off hair for Joan Jett role?... Mel Gibson's on-the-market Connecticut mansion... Mickey Rourke in "Iron Man 2." Video: Julia Roberts grills David Letterman about marriage... Rumor Mill: Britney Spears dating her agent rumor moves up to DefCon P (People mag)... Bar Refaeli and Leonardo DiCaprio "taking a break?"... Miley Cyrus breaks up with 20-year-old man-friend... Claire Danes to marry Hugh Dancy?... Colin Hanks (Tom's son) engaged to Manhattan publicist... Robert Pattinson to blame for Megan Fox's...

By Liz Kelly  | June 10, 2009; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Why We All Want Angelina (Or Do We?)

The object of our affection: Jolie with partner Brad Pitt at Cannes in May. (Getty Images) Angelina Jolie is the prototypical feminist. That's why, says Naomi Wolf in an essay in the July issue of Harper's Bazaar, we all -- men and women alike -- want her: Polls also show that if women — not just lesbian and bisexual women but straight women — had to choose a female lover, they would want to sleep with Angelina Jolie. In other words, women both identify with her and desire her. Why? According to Wolf, Jolie is perhaps the first celebrated woman to embody the often contradictory images of a woman as good and nurturing and a sexual goddess. For some reason the term humanitarian dominatrix comes to mind. Wolf attributes Jolie's power to the deft handling of her own image; especially for emerging from the brother-kissing, blood-in-a-vial-around-your-neck wild child to...

By Liz Kelly  | June 9, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Speidi Leave 'I'm a Celebrity' Again; Police Won't Know Cause of Carradine's Death for a Month

Larry David freshens up at Monday evening's premiere of 'Whatever Works' in Los Angeles. (Reuters) Headlines: Police say they won't know cause of David Carradine's death for a month; ex-wife detailed "deviant sexual behavior" in divorce papers... Speidi leave "I'm a Celebrity" again... Stephen Colbert gets his head shaved in Iraq... Bret Michaels escapes Tony Awards mishap with nose fracture and busted lip... Katee Sackhoff joining "24" cast... Painting of nude Madonna and Guy Ritchie sells to anonymous buyer (NSFW). Crime Watch: DMX gets probation for jail assault conviction... New York "Housewife" Kelly Bensimon gets community service in assault case. Pix: Brad Pitt visits Angelina Jolie on D.C. "Salt" set... Paris Hilton's doggie mini-mansion. Rumor Mill: Malawi to allow Madonna adoption?... Does diamond ring signal an engagement for Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson?... Russell Crowe and director Ridley Scott butting heads on "Robin Hood" set... Tickets to Britney Spears's...

By Liz Kelly  | June 9, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Where in the World is Kal Penn? (Not D.C.)

Kal Penn speaks during the We Are One: Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan 18. (Reuters) Kal Penn: Still not on the job in D.C. Think the administration is having second thoughts about him? Or maybe he is having second thoughts about them? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion Despite rumors that Penn has backed out of his plans to join the White House's Office of Public Engagement as a liaison to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities or that the Obama administration has chilled toward the actor, his rep insists to that Penn is still headed to D.C. A White House representative was less forthcoming, telling The Wrap only that Penn has no official start date. Penn's spokesperson told that the actor is currently in India filming "Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain" (about a 1984 chemical spill that killed thousands) with Martin...

By Liz Kelly  | June 8, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Family Wants FBI to Investigate Carradine's Death; Heidi Pratt Released from Hospital

Rikki Rockett, Deborah Lin, James Gandolfini and Bret Michaels (prior to his on-stage accident) attend the 63rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday in New York. (Getty Images) Headlines: Family wants FBI to investigate David Carradine's death; Thai paper allegedly publishes photo of dead actor... Heidi Pratt released from Costa Rican hospital; sister-in-law calls Speidi's treatment on "I'm a Celebrity" "torture"... Bret Michaels injured on Tony Awards stage (video)... Britney Spears went topless on "Gimme More" video set... Brooke Shields settles tabloid dispute... In case you missed it: Angelina Jolie's Time magazine Darfur Op-ed. Crime Watch: Pete Doherty busted doing drugs in airplane bathroom. Pix: Drew Barrymore, bad in plaid. Rumor Mill: Mel Gibson wants pregnant girlfriend to take paternity test... Madonna considering Nigeria adoption?... Did Paris Hilton take part in raunchy Vegas party for money?... Terrence Howard stops traffic to save baby bird....

By Liz Kelly  | June 8, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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