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Celebritology 2.0: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

Mary Louise Parker: Prude or Pin-up?

Mary-Louise Parker in a "Weeds" promo pic. (Reuters/Showtime) Whoa -- can one get celebrity news-induced whiplash? If so, Mary-Louise Parker, who stars as a pot-peddling suburban mom on the Showtime series "Weeds," may force me to strap on a neck brace. Back in May, Parker told MORE magazine she regretted filming a nude scene for her Showtime series "Weeds": "I didn't think I needed to be naked. I fought with the director about it, and now I am bitter. I knew it was going to be on the Internet: 'Mary Louise shows off her big nipples.' I wish I hadn't done that. I was goaded into it." Yet Parker seems to have had no compunction about posing as a near-naked baker (NSFW pix) in the latest issue of Esquire and, in fact, showing off her big nipples. Parker has a long history of posing, and writing, for the magazine,...

By Liz Kelly  | July 10, 2009; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Coroner Subpoenas Jackson's Medical Records

The Kardashian sisters -- Khloe and Kim -- show their "O Faces" at an event in New York on Thursday. (AP) Headlines: L.A. coroner subpoenas medical records from multiple Michael Jackson doctors... Nancy Pelosi nixes idea of a Jackson House resolution... Julianne Moore backs out of playing Hillary Clinton... Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig team up for Broadway production... Mel Gibson to star in Jodie Foster-directed movie, "The Beaver"... Heidi Pratt launching new Web workout series... George Clooney to shoot film in Italian city devastated by earthquake... David Arquette to sleep in plexiglass box atop Madison Square Garden to raise money for charity... Jim Carrey to be a grandfather... Ben Affleck says Jennifer Lopez was bad for his career... Natalie Portman to appear on upcoming "Top Chef" episode... Patricia Arquette calls off divorce from "Hung's" Thomas Jane... Paris Hilton appears in court in $8 million "Pledge This" lawsuit... Lil'...

By Liz Kelly  | July 10, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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The Jackson Kids: What Now?

Prince Michael II (aka Blanket) clutches a Michael Jackson action figure at Tuesday's Staples Center tribute to his father. (Reuters) I have one nagging Michael Jackson-related issue that just won't let me rest until we talk about it. Michael Jackson's children, had the singer been alive and able to attend his own memorial service, would have been covered in veils or masks and daughter Paris would never have been allowed near the mic to share her heart-wrenching grief with 31 million viewers (in the U.S. alone). If the rest of Jackson's life -- his finances, health, career -- were a bit scattered, he was meticulous in one thing -- guarding the privacy of his three children. Until his death on June 25, the peeks we had of Prince Michael (12), Paris (11) and Blanket (7) were rare and, as mentioned above, their faces were often obscured by masks or...

By Liz Kelly  | July 9, 2009; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Doctor Says He's Not Father of Jacko's Kids; Lindsay Lohan Denies Tanner Formula Theft

Headlines: Doctor says "to the best of [his] knowledge," he's not the father of Michael Jackson's children ... Mariah Carey apologizes for tribute performance... Jason Bateman talks about past addiction... Kelly Preston to open up about losing son Jett... Lindsay Lohan denies stealing self-tanner formula; jewels missing from Lohan's Elle photoshoot valued at $38,500 -- considerably less than the original estimate of $400,000... Jerry Seinfeld to spruik in Australian building society ads... Ozzy Osbourne's dog eaten by coyote, says daughter Kelly... Ed McMahon's Walk of Fame star vandalized... Judge says Kate Walsh's ex can make ABC president sit for divorce deposition... Edward Furlong divorcing wife of three years. Pix: Madonna and new daughter Mercy James visit Paris... Lady GaGa dons mask for press conference (some NSFW pix at link). Video: Beyonce debuts video for new single "Sweet Dreams": More: "Outtakes" from James Franco's never-delivered UCLA commencement speech (some NSFW...

By Liz Kelly  | July 9, 2009; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Celebs Doing Things

Michael Keaton checks out the bat cave. (Photo courtesy A highly specific subset of Web sites focuses on pictures of celebrities doing things. I mean really specific things. For instance, the sadly not-updated-in-a-while Celebrities Playing Table Tennis or the also lapsed visual orgy that is Or, on the less flattering end of the spectrum, one can browse pix of stars not wearing makeup or this gallery of boldfaced nose pickers. Occupying a shadow land somewhere between tabloid gawking and LOL Cats, one can easily waste a (Wednesday) morning browsing through endless galleries of celeb-glorification and/or derision. Like the Twinkie, the sites are devoid of calories, existing only to please and leave us feeling sated, yet guilty. In that spirit, today I thought we'd compile a crowd-sourced listing of celebs riding roller coasters. Why? Just 'cuz. Be happy I didn't write about MJ again. And I wanted to....

By Liz Kelly  | July 8, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Jackson Death Certificate Released; Lilo Accused of Stealing Spray Tan Formula

Headlines: No cause of death listed on Michael Jackson's death certificate; Los Angeles mayor asks for donations to cover costs of hosting memorial... Lindsay Lohan sued for allegedly stealing spray tan formula... Justin Timberlake shopping golf book proposal... Katie Holmes launches dance scholarship foundation... Grad student invents "anti-paparazzi device" for celebs... "Real Housewives of New York City" picked up for third season; co-star Bethenny Frankel engaged... Willow Smith (daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith) to make TV acting debut... Keanu Reeves wants paternity claim dismissed. Crime Watch: "Harry Potter" star Jamie Waylett charged with growing marijuana plants. Pix: Michael Jackson memorial program... Jimmy Fallon overdresses for White House Independence Day gig... Britney Spears's new airbrushed Candies campaign. Video: Paris Jackson's farewell to dad Michael. Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan turned down "Hangover" role... Rep denies Sharon Stone air rage reports. Well Said "Michael Jackson, like Elvis, like Sinatra,...

By Liz Kelly  | July 8, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Twittering the Michael Jackson Memorial

Queen Latifah read a poem written for the event by poet Maya Angelou. (Getty Images) Update: Thanks to everyone who joined us for today's Tweet-a-thon and, of course to David Malitz and Ashley Surdin for helping to provide the running commentary. A transcript is below. -- 4:32 p.m. ET. Join Post Rock blogger David Malitz, The Post's Ashley Surdin and me, Liz, as we Tweet live during Tuesday's Michael Jackson public memorial event. David and I will be watching along with you, while Ashley plans to send her dispatches live from L.A.'s Staples Center. The Associated Press's streaming video coverage of the event is posted above, but you can also watch on a new page. The Tweeting is underway below, but will ramp up as we approach the 1 p.m. ET Staples Center start time, and we plan to stick with it until the end, which we're told will...

By Liz Kelly  | July 7, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Fans Gather for Jackson Memorial Event; 'Three's Company' Star Arrested for DUI

Former 'Three's Company' star Joyce DeWitt is shown in a photo released by the El Segundo, Calif. Police Department. (AP) Headlines: Fans begin to gather for today's Michael Jackson memorial event: movie theaters, 16 networks to air memorial... Debbie Rowe, Elizabeth Taylor not expected to attend... Tickets listed for up to $15,000 on eBay... Event may cost up to $2.5 million for taxpayers... Katherine Jackson loses control of son's estate... Kal Penn finally starts White House gig... "The Office's" Jenna Fischer engaged... Accident-prone Bret Michaels uninjured in tour bus pile-up... Miley Cyrus says her new jeans line will be good for "Middle America"... Rumer Willis set for "90210" cameo... Benicio del Toro encourages Puerto Rico inmates to seek a second chance... Casey Kasem gives up weekly countdown. Crime Watch: "Three's Company's" Joyce DeWitt arrested on suspicion of DUI [insert Regal Beagle jokes here]... Brother accused of stealing $11 million...

By Liz Kelly  | July 7, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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No Jeremy Piven Decision Yet; Why No Malden Congressional Moment?

Jeremy Piven, looking healthy on the red carpet at this year's Golden Globes. (AP) Liz, what ever happened to Jeremy Piven as a result of sushi-gate/his mercury poisoning/actor court trial? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live chat Ah yes, Jeremy Piven and the mysterious case of the sushi overdose. We are about due for an update, eh? To fill in anyone not familiar with the case, the "Entourage" star cited high levels of mercury in his system after he abruptly quit the Broadway production of "Speed the Plow" last December -- throwing the production into disarray, incurring the wrath of (and a slight bit of relief from) his co-stars and prompting "Plow" playwright David Mamet to comment that Piven was "leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer." A suspicious Actors Equity union filed charges against Piven, claiming the supposedly sick Piven had been spotted out...

By Liz Kelly  | July 6, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Los Angeles Braces for Jackson Tribute; Jon & Kate Spend the 4th Together

Headlines: 1.6 million fans vie for tickets to Tuesday public Michael Jackson memorial | Where to watch... Jon and Kate Gosselin celebrate July 4 together with kids... Tom Cruise celebrates 47th birthday in Australia... "Harry Potter's" Rupert Grint recovering from Swine Flu... "Transformers" director Michael Bay says Megan Fox needs to grow up... Tori Spelling writes children's book... "T.J. Hooker" set for big screen adaptation. Pix: Miley Cyrus in August's Elle... David and Victoria Beckham's new Armani ad... Rihanna's intentional wardrobe malfunction (NSFW). Video: Madonna pays tribute to Michael Jackson at London concert... More: 1996 footage of Michael Jackson deposed by lawyers. Rumor Mill: Michael Jackson had surgery days before death... Department of Children and Family Services investigate Jackson's kids... Former bodyguard says Jackson had secret girlfriend... Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel headed for break up?... Chris Brown hooks up with sometime Kanye West girlfriend Amber Rose?... Courtney Love...

By Liz Kelly  | July 6, 2009; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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