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Celebritology 2.0: June 14, 2009 - June 20, 2009

The Most Overrated Entertainers? You Tell Me

Ryan Reynolds. (Getty Images) If you ask Entertainment Weekly, Ryan Reynolds is the next big thing, dubbing him "the Man Who Was Van Wilder But Has Since Proven He's Capable of So Much More." EW predicts imminent box office dominance for the 32-year-old Canadian who this week hits theaters in the Sandra Bullock rom-com "The Proposal." Not so, replies Christopher Rosen writing for the New York Observer, who says Reynolds is, if anything, overrated: Despite the matinee idol good looks and wonderfully quick comedic timing, Mr. Reynolds has never carried anything on his very formidable shoulders. And while that’s fine for a young actor, Mr. Reynolds has been knocking around for the better part of a decade. First, do you agree? Vote in the poll: poll by Second, who else do you consider overrated? Actors, musicians, celebutantes -- all fair game; basically anyone in the public eye who...

By Liz Kelly  | June 19, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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Speidi Returning to 'I'm a Celebrity,' Jon and Kate Set to Announce Divorce?

Johnny Depp arrives at the Chicago premiere of his new movie, 'Public Enemies.' (Getty Images) Headlines: Speidi returning to Costa Rica for "I'm a Celebrity" finale... Ashton Kutcher says the U.S. should stay out of Iran... Tom Cruise signs on to fourth "Mission: Impossible"... Robert Pattinson clipped by cab while evading fan girls... Cher says she supports daughter Chastity's morph into son Chaz... Carrie Prejean threatens to sue Miss California organization if she doesn't get an apology... Susan Boyle misses another "Britain's Got Talent" concert date... Jennifer Love Hewitt writing relationship advice book... Perez Hilton cleaning up his act to lure advertisers? Crime Watch: Tyra Banks stalker sentenced to one-year probation. Pix: Courtney Love, defying explanation... Mickey Rourke wears the wrong shirt (because that just ain't right)... Sacha Baron Cohen dons bull costume in Spain. Rumor Mill: Jon and Kate Gosselin to announce divorce on Monday's show... Morgan Freeman...

By Liz Kelly  | June 19, 2009; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Ann Curry, Hard News Hold Out?

Suddenly NBC second-stringer Ann Curry -- she of the sycophantic Brangelina interviews -- has been cast in the role of a crusading hard newswoman who bravely defies the dumbing down of news by insisting on covering "credible" news like Iran and Darfur rather than give in and start following the Britney beat. Or so Curry, the New York Observer and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof would have us believe. Curry says she would never stoop to cover a story of, say, a topless Britney Spears caught shoplifting (a hypothetical) and blames average Americans for our insatiable appetite for tabloid journalism. From the Observer's coverage of a conference attended by Curry on how Twitter is affecting the news biz (linked above): "The reason I have to fight every time to do these stories is because the truth is that it's hard to get the majority of Americans or even a...

By Liz Kelly  | June 18, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Billy Joel and Wife Split; Chace Crawford Named 'Hottest Bachelor'

Sacha Baron Cohen arrives at the London premiere of his new movie 'Bruno' on Wednesday. (Reuters) Headlines: Billy Joel separates from 27-year-old wife... Brangelina donate $1 million to displaced Pakistanis... "Gossip Girl's" Chace Crawford named People's "hottest bachelor"... Ryan Reynolds tops EW's "Must List" issue... Police say Mia Farrow's brother committed suicide... Former St. Lucia official calls sometime resident Amy Winehouse a "tattooed reptile"... Jane Fonda tweets from knee-replacement surgery... Larry David says Michael Richards (who unleashed a racist rant on-stage in 2006) is a new man... Neighbor sues Rihanna for alleged invasion of privacy... Bret Michaels says he won't sue over Tony Awards mishap. Crime Watch: Police officers investigated in plot to break into the home of Sarah Jessica Parker's surrogate... Court refuses to delay Chris Brown hearing. Pix: Kate Gosselin pictured spanking daughter... In an unrelated case, Liv Tyler rushes to rescue of supposed battered child. Video:...

By Liz Kelly  | June 18, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Heidi and Spencer's Guide to Fame

Famous people Heidi and Spencer Pratt. (AP) Heidi (nee Montag) and Spencer Pratt (aka Speidi, aka Heincer), the vapid, yet scarily demented "Hills" bimbos who recently turned "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here" into their own personal PR machine have gone all magnanimous on us. Yesterday -- in what could mark the first instance of a "For Dummies" book written by dummies -- the ditzy duo announced plans to co-write a book on how to get famous. Said Heidi to Access Hollywood: "We co-wrote this book. It's going to be a life-changing book to civilization." To which Spencer replied: "Very good quote. Thank you Heidi." Though sure to become required reading for aspiring reality show dimwits, the rest of us will likely take a pass in favor of something less painful. Like a colonoscopy or an inner eyelid tattoo. Still, it might be worth prognosticating Speidi's likely...

By Liz Kelly  | June 17, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Palin Accepts Letterman's Apology; Sean Penn Takes Acting Break

Headlines: Sarah Palin accepts David Letterman's apology... Levi Johnston goes Hollywood... Sean Penn takes a break from acting, drops out of "Stooges" remake... Alec Baldwin says he was "suicidal" after angry voice mail to daughter leaked... Kim Kardashian says she gave Heidi Pratt Playboy posing tips... Stephanie Pratt says "The Hills" made her bulimic... Designer hung up on Angelina Jolie... Will Ferrell bombs at New York private school graduation... Former nanny apologizes to David and Victoria Beckham. Crime Watch: Mia Farrow's brother found dead in Vermont art gallery... Elle issues statement saying Lindsay Lohan not a suspect in jewel heist... Restraining order issued against Britney Spears trespasser... Chris Brown's attorney asks for delay in assault case. Pix: Lindsay Lohan posts topless pic to Twitter (NSFW)... GQ covers: Aniston vs. Bruno... Reese Witherspoon on set in D.C. Video: -- The Duggars talk to On Faith's Sally Quinn: More: Harem pants-wearing...

By Liz Kelly  | June 17, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Dollars and Scents: New Fragrances from Reese Witherspoon, 50 Cent and More...

Perfume aficionados take note: Four new celebrity fragrances will be hitting store shelves to compete with long-time celeb stink peddlars Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker. Below a quick run-down of the new scents. Reese Witherspoon poses with In Bloom. (Avon) Reese Witherspoon's "In Bloom" You loved her as June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line" and now you can smell like her, too. In November, Avon will launch In Bloom, a fragrance Witherspoon describes as "sensual" and "romantic" and "everything Abbie Cornish is not." (Okay. I added that last bit about Abbie Cornish) What does it smell like? "I was really drawn by white flowers to get that sense of a steamy night somewhere in the South," said Witherspoon. "Definitely gardenia is a big thing for me because my father -- every Mother's Day or on my birthday -- would buy small bouquets or corsages for my...

By Liz Kelly  | June 16, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Celebrity Products, Insta-Polls  
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Letterman Apologizes to Palin (Again); Katie Holmes Tapes 'SYTYCD' Performance

Headlines: David Letterman apologizes (again) for Palin jokes... Katie Holmes taping "So You Think You Can Dance" guest performance... Janice Dickinson rushed to medical facility from set of "I'm a Celebrity"... Mel Gibson's girlfriend debuts first single... Carrie Prejean dismissed from gig as clothing brand spokeswoman... Celebrity salaries shrinking... Megan Fox says she's single again... Chuck Norris writing his own book of Chuck Norris facts... Impersonator spends $200,000 to look like Britney Spears... Paul McCartney launches Meat-Free Monday campaign... Thandie Newton to teach acting classes at Oprah's South African girls school... Eddie Murphy's ex engaged to former NFL star Michael Strahan... Kelis sues Nas for child, spousal support... Carnie Wilson gives birth to baby girl. Crime Watch: Jessica Alba won't face vandalism charges for shark posters. Video: In case you missed it, Al Roker goes after Speidi on "Today"... Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about...

By Liz Kelly  | June 16, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Jennifer Aniston an Unfair Target?

I rarely find myself disagreeing with your trenchant commentary, but was really bothered by the blog posting on the Pet Sitters Award this morning. It does not appear that [Jennifer] Aniston sought the award, nor does she appear to be trying to make a PR coup out of it. Yet, it was used as an opportunity to take potshots at her for not being Angelina Jolie (who despite the other polls cited is not everyone's idea of female perfection incarnate). -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion If that's the impression you had after reading the piece, then I can only conclude I did a bad job of expressing myself. In the interest of full disclosure I'm on team Brangelina, but I didn't intend (in that instance) to take potshots at Aniston. What I was trying to get at is that Aniston's string of disappointments -- the Brad...

By Liz Kelly  | June 15, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Harrison Ford Tops List of Highest Paid Actors; David Carradine Laid to Rest

Headlines: Thanks to "Indiana Jones" reboot, Harrison Ford tops list of best-paid actors in 2008... David Carradine buried in California... Susan Boyle pulls out of concert appearance... Brangelina donate $1 million to Missouri hospital... Fired columnist Roger Friedman says Scientologists Tom Cruise and Kelly Preston are responsible for his dismissal... Usher files for divorce from wife of two years Tameka Foster... Newly-single Miley Cyrus "reconnects" with Nick Jonas, gets nose pierced, says it was her choice to do fourth "Hannah Montana" season... John Mayer tweets about friend's stomach pumping... Drea de Matteo engaged to boyfriend Shooter Jennings. Pix: Bruce Willis and wife on the cover of July's W... Chloe Sevigny's naughty schoolmarm look. Rumor Mill: Paris Hilton takes back ex Doug Reinhardt, despite rumors that he overspent on Paris's credit cards... Jon and Kate Gosselin spend anniversary weekend apart... Sharon Osbourne owes $23,000 in back taxes. Say What? "So...

By Liz Kelly  | June 15, 2009; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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