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Celebritology 2.0: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

Michael Jackson: Separating the Artist from the Art

A makeshift memorial outside Michael Jackson's Los Angeles home. (Getty Images) A funny sort of thing happened on Thursday when word of Michael Jackson's death started to sink in to our cultural psyche: We weren't sure how to react. While it's true that scores of Jackson fans gathered outside the UCLA Medical Center where Jackson had been rushed by paramedics and the news propelled sales of Jackson's songs on Amazon, many of us hesitated. Reminiscences of Jackson's infectious hits were tempered by the ugly reality of multiple charges of child molestation, the man's seeming inability to cope with the world and his outre habits (children draped in veils, packing his one-time mansion Neverland with a village-worth of hideous life-sized dolls.) The memory of Michael Jackson, King of Pop, was threatened by Wacko Jacko, increasingly reclusive and derided freakazoid. But is it possible to honor one while continuing to back...

By Liz Kelly  | June 26, 2009; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Michael Jackson Passed Tour Physical; Billy Bob Thornton's Daughter Charged with Murder

Headlines: Michael Jackson passed recent tour physical, was in financial straits... Reactions: Lisa Marie Presley, Quincy Jones, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, more | (Full Post coverage)... Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal didn't have chance to marry... Walter Cronkite "seriously ill"... Publisher still planning to release Kate Gosselin cookbook... Jennifer Lopez's Sweetface clothing line shelved... Celebrities -- including Alec Baldwin and Sarah Jessica Parker -- narrate cell phone tours of New York's Central Park... Edie Falco rallies for healthcare reform... "Real Housewife" Dina Manzo's first reality show... Kate Walsh's estranged husband wants ABC president to testify in divorce case. Crime Watch: Billy Bob Thornton's daughter charged with first degree murder... Dane Cook's sister-in-law arrested in connection with embezzlement scheme. Pix: "Bruno's" Hollywood premiere... New Heidi Klum, "Twilight" Barbies go into production. Video: Speidi's unaired Pizza Hut commercial... Johnny Depp talks to David Letterman. Rumor Mill: Jackson family attorney claims...

By Liz Kelly  | June 26, 2009; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Share Your Michael Jackson Memories

Michael Jackson performs at Super Bowl XXVII in 1993. (AP) Michael Jackson died Thursday at 50 after paramedics rushed the erstwhile King of Pop to a Los Angeles hospital. In recent years, his prodigious talent had been overshadowed by a personal life fraught with court cases, financial distress and -- it must be said -- an element of the absurd as the reclusive singer withdrew further into a world in which his three children wore veils in public and the man himself was rarely seen. All that seemed on the verge of changing as Jackson prepped to kick off a series of concerts in London on July 13 -- his first in several years. His very rise to stardom -- from chart dominance to glitter-covered glove to Bubbles the chimp to Blanket the baby -- defined the dual nature of celebrity and its ability to both venerate and eviscerate....

By Liz Kelly  | June 25, 2009; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (140)
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Breaking: Michael Jackson Dead -- LA Times Report

The Los Angeles Times is now reporting that Michael Jackson has died at 50. -- 6:28 p.m. ET --- The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Michael Jackson was rushed to the hospital -- and in a coma -- after paramedics found the 50-year-old pop star not breathing when summoned to his Los Angeles home this afternoon. Jackson had been in the midst of training for a series of sold out London concerts scheduled to kick off on July 13. We're tracking the story closely and will add the latest details as they become available....

By Liz Kelly  | June 25, 2009; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Farrah Fawcett Dies

Farrah Fawcett in 2000. (Getty Images) Farrah Fawcett lost her battle with cancer today when the 62-year-old actress died from complications related to anal cancer. People magazine is reporting that partner Ryan O'Neal was at her side at St. John’s Heath Center in Santa Monica, Calif. Join me at 2 p.m. ET for this week's Celebritology Live chat to discuss Fawcett's life and work. Gallery: Farrah Fawcett: Actress and Pop Culture Icon...

By Liz Kelly  | June 25, 2009; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Perez Hilton's Apology -- Too Little, Too Late?

Perez Hilton following the Toronto incident. (AP) Earlier this week, when footage (NSFW) surfaced of Perez Hilton shrieking "You're a [expletive] fag" to Black Eyed Pea Will.i.am outside a Toronto nightclub, I of course immediately thought of beauty pageants. Why? Because Hilton last insinuated himself into the headlines when his same-sex marriage question to now dethroned Miss California Carrie Prejean sparked one of the most overblown stories of the spring. And despite criticism that the question was unfair (I don't agree, btw. Any voting-aged resident of California who aspires to be Miss USA should have a grasp of her state's heated debate about gay marriage.), Hilton defended his question, saying Prejean's opposition to same-sex marriage cost her the pageant crown and positioned himself as a crusader for gay rights. So Hilton's choice of epithets to hurl at Will.I.am is a bit puzzling. Unless one considers that although Hilton himself...

By Liz Kelly  | June 25, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers Arrested in Airport Scuffle; Rihanna's Face Back on Cover Girl Ads

Thomas Jane, star of the new HBO series 'Hung,' holds a cigar between his toes at the show's Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday. (AP) Headlines: Rihanna's Cover Girl ad campaign reinstated... Perez Hilton sues Black Eyed Peas manager in alleged assault; Zac Efron, Breckin Meyer spoof Hilton's video... Madonna tops list of top-earning musicians with $110 million haul in past 12 months... Lou Diamond Phillips wins "I'm a Celebrity"... Elisabeth Hasselbeck calls plagiarism charge "without merit"... Nick Jonas makes Capitol Hill appearance... Rosie O'Donnell launching morning talk radio show... Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo split... Rachel Hunter's wedding plans scrapped... "True Blood's" Stephen Moyer calls Robert Pattinson the "Diet Coke" of vampires... "Real Housewife" Danielle Staub blocks sex tape release... Audrina Patridge, Aubrey O'Day land their own reality shows. Crime Watch: Jonathan Rhys Meyers arrested in alleged drunken Paris airport scuffle... British pop singer Robbie Williams questioned in armed...

By Liz Kelly  | June 25, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Paris Hilton's New BFF?

It isn't often that we go back to the Creative Captioning well because it simply proved to be a difficult feature to sustain. We're all just so busy, who has time to sit around inventing text to accompany loopy celeb photos? Well, there are pictures and there are pictures and today what we have, my friends, is a picture. Below, please note one Paris Hilton -- socialite, reality TV star, yesterday's news -- who is currently in Dubai filming an insulting (that it's even being made) third iteration of her "My New BFF" show. Here, Hilton -- she's the one on the left -- cuddles up to a camel. A camel who appears none too pleased about the photo op. (AFP/Getty Images)) So, have at it -- hit me with your best captions. The top entries will be showcased here. Remember to keep it clean. No digit references, please....

By Liz Kelly  | June 24, 2009; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Christian Bale Named Most Fling-Worthy; SJP Welcomes Twin Girls

Christian Bale arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of his new movie, 'Public Enemies,' on Tuesday. (AP) Headlines: Christian Bale tops list of fantasy summer fling partners... "Jon and Kate Plus Eight" on hiatus until August... Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick welcome twin girls Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge... Director defends posting new racy-ish Miley Cyrus photos online... E! vows to stop covering Speidi... Emma Watson says she may give up acting... Elisabeth Hasselbeck accused of plagiarism. Crime Watch: Darryl Hannah arrested at West Virginia mine protest... Alleged Britney Spears trespasser pleads not guilty... Pix: Bleach blonde Dakota Fanning on "The Runaways" set. Video: Dog-walking Zachary Quinto (accompanied by man in meat suit) falls down... Joan Rivers calls Johnny Carson a "nasty man." Rumor Mill: Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo split... Soon to be ex-wife Tameka Foster accuses Usher's PR team of smear campaign... Angelina Jolie considering...

By Liz Kelly  | June 24, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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When I Met Ed McMahon

Ed McMahon (left) at Johnny Carson's side on the 'Tonight Show' set in 1992. (AP) Gallery: Ed McMahon 1923 - 2009 Ed McMahon -- who died today at 86 -- may not mean much to Celebritology habitues addicted to a steady diet of Lindsay Lohan and "Jon & Kate" updates. But for those of us of a certain age -- mine being 37 -- he will forever be remembered for his role as "Star Search" host, Publisher's Clearinghouse pitchman and for his hearty "heh heh heh," which became the standard endnote to a bon mot whipped off by his longtime "Tonight Show" employer/protector Johnny Carson. I met McMahon in 1991 when my dad was invited to be a "Tonight Show" guest to talk about his role in the first Gulf War. It could be that my celebrity-obsessing future had its spark in that trip to California, though at the...

By Liz Kelly  | June 23, 2009; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Ed McMahon Dies; Jon and Kate Separate; Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Assault

BREAKING: Ed McMahon's agent confirms that the longtime Johnny Carson sidekick died this morning at 86. [KTLA] -- 8:41 a.m. ET Update: Here's the AP version of the story with a quote from McMahon's publicist. -- 8:58 a.m. ET ---- Chris Brown leaves the Los Angeles Superior Court after pleading guilty to one count of felony assault. (AP) Headlines: Jon and Kate Gosselin separating after 10 years of marriage and eight kids (Video)... Farrah Fawcett back in hospital; Ryan O'Neal says he and Fawcett will marry... Christian Bale says there may not be another "Batman" movie... Stephen Baldwin leaves "I'm a Celebrity" after bugs lay eggs under his skin... Jessica Simpson lands new reality show... Mel Gibson's girlfriend releases video for first single... Kevin Federline owes $14K in back taxes... Kelly Osbourne penning advice book. Crime Watch: Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault of Rihanna; won't serve any jail time......

By Liz Kelly  | June 23, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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The Many Faces of Sacha Baron Cohen

How did edgy British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen find mainstream success? By exploiting stereotypes ranging from a hapless Kazakh to a delusional London hip-hopper to a gay Austrian fashion reporter. As his latest movie, "Bruno," prepares to open stateside (July 10), some are crying foul, likening Cohen's portrayal of a gay reporter to performing in blackface. But that may not stop the movie from recapturing the success of 2006's "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," a surprise success that eventually grossed $129 million in the U.S. alone. Today, we take a look at Cohen's emergence as an entertainment industry heavyweight, his recent roles and get a glimpse of the man behind the makeup: LAUNCH GALLERY. (Getty Images)...

By Liz Kelly  | June 22, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Mercy Joins Madonna in London; Rihanna Due on Stand Today

Perez Hilton arrives at Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday. (AP) Headlines: New daughter Mercy James joins Madonna in London... Oprah visits South African school... Miley Cyrus is dating Nick Jonas, says brother Joe... Linday Lohan and Ryan Seacrest collaborating on reality show project... Studio pulls the plug on Brad Pitt movie... Julianne Hough to star in "Footloose"... Family says Doug Reinhardt was riding Paris Hilton's coattails... Alec Baldwin penning parenting book... Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves expecting second child... Rachel Griffiths gives birth to third child. Crime Watch: Rihanna expected to take stand today at Chris Brown hearing | What to expect. Pix: Lady GaGa's explosive performance (NSFW)... Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in new "Alice in Wonderland." Rumor Mill: Gisele Bundchen expecting baby with Tom Brady... Jennifer Aniston spotted dining with Bradley Cooper in New York... Perez Hilton claims he was assaulted by Black...

By Liz Kelly  | June 22, 2009; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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