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Celebritology 2.0: July 12, 2009 - July 18, 2009

No Eyebrows -- The New Black or Totally Whack?

This morning, I read this ridonculous NY Times story about the latest trend in eyebrow grooming: removing them altogether. Said practitioner Lauren Boyle (a fashion consultant) in the Times story: "It's unifying. There is an asexual element to no eyebrows. We are much more accepting of the 'other' nowadays. Removing eyebrows removes a degree of expression, which makes one look less human and more cerebral, maybe even mechanical. It's an exercise in modernity." Or, as a friend of mine put it, the no-brow look is the "perfect match to Botox if you want to be completely expressionless." The article goes on to posit that removing one's brows may be a reflection of the economic downturn. No brows, no costly maintenance, I guess. I ain't buying it. Ten minutes with a set of tweezers in front of the mirror is a budget-conscious option, too. And even supermodel Adriana Lima (pictured in...

By Liz Kelly  | July 17, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Celebrities, Fashion, Insta-Polls  
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Angelina Named 'Ultimate Lesbian Heroine,' Report: Mischa Barton Hospitalized

Headlines: Coroner expects Michael Jackson autopsy results in two weeks... Pepsi spokesperson says company dismayed by release of accident footage... Debbie Rowe files suit over custody rumors... Two workers die in collapse of Madonna concert stage... Farrah Fawcett gets posthumous Emmy nod | Full Emmy Coverage... Gerard Butler annoyed by speculation that he's romancing Jennifer Aniston... Angelina Jolie named "ultimate lesbian heroine"... Jerry Seinfeld tops list of highest paid comedians (but who do we blame for Dane Cook's continued success?)... Ivanka Trump engaged to longtime boyfriend... Richard Gere hopes his new B&B will "benefit the world"... "Angela's Ashes" author Frank McCourt near death, says brother. Pix: Kim Kardashian, Marilyn Manson -- separated at birth? (Related: Apparently having no eyebrows is a trend)... Heather Mills rocks a Kate Gosselin-ish 'do... "Iron Man" EW cover. Video: New "Sherlock Holmes" trailer debuts... More: Highlights from Dave Chappelle's impromptu Portland show. Rumor Mill:...

By Liz Kelly  | July 17, 2009; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Another Way to Stalk the Stars

Kristin Scott Thomas, flower lover. (Lucas Oleniuk for The Washington Post) If Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle site, GOOP, whetted your appetite for celeb blueprints on how to live life (note: today Gwynnie's giving relationship advice), then Google's latest star-studded project -- Favorite Places -- may well be your next browser bookmark. Moby, Al Gore, Kristin Scott Thomas, Regis & Kelly -- all have contributed to the project which, apart from being a handy guide to celeb-stalking, reveals more about each contributor's preoccupations than it does about geography. A sampling: Actress Kristin Scott Thomas recommends Paris flower shop Pascal Mutel: "I always have flowers at home. It is important for the respiration and harmony in a house." Musician/DJ/Eminem nemesis Moby includes New York's Billy's Antiques in his list, where "you can find sex toys from the 1920's and shrunken heads and fetal pigs in jars and cocktail shakers and world war...

By Liz Kelly  | July 16, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Robert Redford Marries; Another 'Bridget Jones' for Renee Zellweger?

UPDATE: Emmy Noms announced. "30 Rock" dominates.| Gallery -- 9:29 a.m. ET --- Headlines: Robert Redford marries long-time girlfriend... DEA considering new limits on propofol, one of the drugs found in Michael Jackson's home... Tito Jackson says siblings staged Neverland intervention... Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil officially divorced... Thousands gather for Dave Chappelle free impromptu late-night show... Police dispatched to Mischa Barton's home to help with "medical issue"... "Lost's" Matthew Fox says he's ready to quit TV... Nine-year-old "Slumdog" star pens autobiography, calls Nicole Kidman "strange"... Kim Kardashian almost stranded in Africa... "Real Housewife" Bethenny Frankel gets her own reality show. Crime Watch: Orlando Bloom's Los Angeles home burgled. Video: Trailer for Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, "Whip It": More: Michael Jackson's 1984 Pepsi commercial accident (warning: graphic). Rumor Mill: Renee Zellweger to star in third "Bridget Jones" movie... Jackson kids want to live with aunt Janet Jackson... Another falling out...

By Liz Kelly  | July 16, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Fact or Fiction? Reading the Fine Print on Jackson's Life

(Image courtesy Simon & Shuster) The first posthumous Michael Jackson bio/tell-all has arrived. Ian Halperin's "Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson" was already in the works when Jackson died on June 25, but sensing the smell of money to be made, Halperin's publishers rushed the book -- updated to include details about Jackson's final days -- into production and launched it yesterday. Already, the book is ranked No. 2 on Amazon.com's Bestseller List, behind a Glenn Beck-penned anti-Government manifesto and just ahead of Dan Brown's newest thriller. But why spend your hard-earned ducats on an MJ bio when you can get the most explosive allegations right here? Halperin claims Jackson's greedy circle of employees and so-called friends are responsible for the one-time King of Pop's death. Halperin writes that Jackson was gay and would wear elaborate disguises when meeting one of his eight gay lovers, who he forced...

By Liz Kelly  | July 15, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Michael Jackson, Reading  
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Jackson Toxicology Reports Expected Soon; Footage from David Carradine's Last Movie Surfaces

Headlines: Michael Jackson toxicology reports expected soon... Police subpoena dermatologist for Jackson's medical records... Britney Spears's Warsaw concert canceled... Whitney Houston debuts new album in London... Amy Adams says fiance is more ready for marriage than she is... Jonah Hill victim of Twitter imposter... Russell Brand returning to host MTV Awards again... David Arquette and Courteney Cox sign on for fourth "Scream" movie... "Sex and the City's" Kim Cattrall single again... "Reading Rainbow's" LeVar Burton injured in car accident. Crime Watch: Robert DeNiro victim of New York art gallery scam. Pix: Christian Bale sheds weight for latest role... Another day, another wacky fug hat for Grace Jones... Madonna's arms -- toned or tired? (P.S. Madge and Whitney Houston are wearing the same dress)... Lindsay Lohan's ick nast gladiator boots... Inside Diddy's lunch box. Video: A clip from David Carradine's final movie, "Break": More: Tour Michael Jackson's Las Vegas rental...

By Liz Kelly  | July 15, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Celebritology 101: Capitalizing on a Celeb S.O.

Not all celebrities are paired with an equally famous significant other. So while Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have learned to share the fan adoration, people like Matt Damon's wife -- former bartender Luciana Bozan Barroso -- remain blissfully behind the scenes. But not all are content to fade into the background as their acclaimed partners bask in the glow of high wattage careers and lucrative deals. And so we get Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook, Kevin Federline's stalled rap career and Gayle King's failed talk show. Below, three recent celeb Significant Others making a bid for some of the limelight (and cash): Oksana Grigorieva: Until she was outed as Mel Gibson's secret girlfriend (and now baby mama) earlier this year, this Russian piano playing model sang her songs in relative obscurity. Now she's released a second video from upcoming album "Beautiful Heartache." Gibson directed, and reportedly co-wrote the lyrics: poll by...

By Liz Kelly  | July 14, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Jessica Simpson & Tony Romo Split; Maura Tierney Having Tumor Removed from Breast

UPDATE: Debbie Rowe's attorneys today released a statement asking for a complete retration of the New York Post story (linked in today's Rumor Mill, below) claiming Rowe had accepted a $4 million dollar payoff to give up her parental rights to two of Michael Jackson's three children. Rowe's attorneys say no such deal has been made and that Rowe "has not and will not give up her parental rights." -- 3:31 p.m. ET --- Jeremy Piven attends a screening Of 'The Goods: Live Hard. Sell Hard' on Monday in Nashville. (Getty Images) Headlines: Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo break up the night before her birthday... Michael Jackson wasn't fit enough for concerts, says Papa Joe... Maura Tierney having tumor removed from breast... Friend publishing diary about Farrah Fawcett's illness... Natalie Portman lands lead in "Thor"... Neil Patrick Harris set to host Emmys... Ryan Seacrest gets $45 million to stick with...

By Liz Kelly  | July 14, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Monday List: Trying on Celeb Souls for Size

Jessica Simpson's soul? (Liz Kelly for washingtonpost.com) Paul Giamatti, the actor best known for his portrayal of an anal wine enthusiast in 2005's "Sideways" (but who also memorably portrayed the apoplectic Pig Vomit in "Private Parts" and a surprisingly stoic John Adams on HBO), talked to the New Yorker about his new movie, "Cold Souls." The movie chronicles Giamatti's character after having his soul, which resembles a chickpea, extracted and placed in a soul storage facility. In the New Yorker, Giamatti muses about what the souls of other celebs might look like: Al Pacino: "It's a liquid, an oily liquid that gets into cracks and crevices, but also has some body to it, so he can do that 'Hoo ha!' thing." Willie Nelson: "It would be like an ear of roasted corn." Merle Haggard: "It'd be an engine block. Powerful, but kind of rusty, with lots of buildup." Donald...

By Liz Kelly  | July 13, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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LaToya Jackson Convinced Michael Was Murdered; Ryan Reynolds to Play Green Lantern

Scarlett Johansson Monday in Madrid. (Reuters) Headlines: LaToya Jackson tells London newspaper the News of the World that she is convinced brother Michael was murdered... Debbie Rowe to attend July 20 custody hearing... China getting its own Neverland... Angelina Jolie made secret June visit to wounded soldiers... Lindsay Lohan starts her own production company... Ryan Reynolds to play Green Lantern... Lauren Conrad's book tops bestseller list... Brangelina twins Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon celebrate first birthday... Jason Priestley and wife welcome baby boy... Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan marry... Undisclosed illness for Maura Tierney delays show's production. Pix: Jon Gosselin and 22-year-old girlfriend hold hands in Paris, smoke it up in St. Tropez... Sandra Bullock: Dominatrix Audrey Hepburn?... Chaz Bono and girlfriend at Outfest. Video: Mel Gibson directs girlfriend's latest creepy video. Rumor Mill: Debbie Rowe agrees not to pursue custody of Jackson kids as long as Papa Joe...

By Liz Kelly  | July 13, 2009; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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