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Celebritology 2.0: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

Paris Hilton's Doggy Style

(Image courtesy fleurdepup.com) Remember Beyonce's Dereon Girls line -- the range of clothes that finally made it possible for pre-tween girls to look like tiny club skanks? Well, Paris Hilton took a similar idea and, instead of applying it to the age inappropriate, she's targeted a new untapped market: vapid fashion-obsessed dogs. Or, rather, vapid fashion-obsessed dog owners who have no qualms at all about forcing their pups into clothing. Her Paris Hilton for Little Lily line includes a Floral Hearts dress ($56), pajamas ($48) or a mini skirt ($52) that would probably make both dog and owner a prime target for zombie clowns or David Letterman (same diff). As in the human world, larger breeds seem to have been given short shrift -- size large only accommodates dogs weighing 15-20 pounds. But boy dogs can rest easy -- Hilton's collection includes a doggie necktie ($15.60). In other celeb...

By Liz Kelly  | July 24, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Jolie Visits Iraq; Jackson Doctor at Center of Police Probe

Headlines: Angelina Jolie visits displaced Iraqi families... Nas ordered to pay $40K a month in child support to Kelis... Daniel Radcliffe "grew up around gay people entirely"... Tabloid reporter resigns citing "relationship" with Jon Gosselin; couple staying with Michael Lohan... Russian teen tattoos Britney Spears's face on her chest... Carol Channing flattered by Johnny Depp's offer to play her in biopic (Imagine Depp in this)... Beach writher Heidi (Montag) Pratt to perform at Miss Universe pageant... Kendra Wilkinson penning memoir. Crime Watch: Michael Jackson's personal doctor named target of police investigation... Amy Winehouse acquitted of striking fan. Pix: M.I.A.'s son rocks mini-version of mom's Grammy dress... Rihanna's gravity-defying pompadour... Digitally-aged celebrities. Video: Ousted Miss California Carrie Prejean butchers Bing Crosby song at racetrack opening day... More: Katie Holmes's "So You Think You Can Dance" performance... Gwyneth Paltrow cooks up chicken dinner in really cool shirt... Britney Spears cooks up...

By Liz Kelly  | July 24, 2009; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Brad Pitt: Lost in Translation?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with children Maddox and Zahara in 2006. (AP) As I sit writing this blog post, the sharp morning light catches a whisper of sweat on my brow, and -- if anyone happened to be looking -- he or she would also register a distinctly sardonic cast to my countenance as I read a new interview with Brad Pitt on the Web site of German newspaper BILD. Here's a sampling that might explain my gag-worthy previous sentence: BILD: Are you scared of ageing? Brad Pitt (smirking): The grey hairs on his beard glisten: "No I like it. I think it's good." "The grey hairs on his beard glisten?" Ick bin nauseated. Celebrity interviews are often exercises in inanity. We know this. Many stars only make themselves available to press when it becomes financially expedient -- to promote a new film or show or album or...

By Liz Kelly  | July 23, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Brangelina  
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Police Raid Jackson Doctor's Office; Solange Knowles Shaves Her Head

Headlines: Police raid Michael Jackson doctor's office; nutritionist subpoenaed for medical records... L.A. coroner's office staffers peeked at, copied Jackson's file... Jamie Lee Curtis opens up about former painkiller addiction... Angelina Jolie heads to Jordan for Arab Children's Congress... Mel Gibson's girlfriend's entire album (including future hit "Evening with Daddy") online... No more home stripper pole for mom-to-be Kendra Wilkinson... "Millionaire Matchmaker" Patti Stanger engaged... Taco Bell Chihuahua Gidget dead at 15. Set your DVRs: Katie Holmes to perform on tonight's "So You Think You Can Dance." Crime Watch: Amy Winehouse appears in court for assault charge. Pix: Solange Knowles shaves her head... Mickey Rourke gone wild... Jude Law in paparazzi skirmish. Video: New "Melrose Place" promo featuring co-star Ashlee Simpson... More: "Alice in Wonderland" (with Johnny Depp) trailer. Rumor Mill: Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick to live separately?... Jon Gosselin and new girlfriend (?) hit the Hamptons...

By Liz Kelly  | July 23, 2009; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Child Actors: The 'Mini Working Class'

Backstagemom.com co-founder Olivia Allen cites Dakota Fanning as a good role model for potential kid actors. (Summit Entertainment) Hollywood is notoriously tough -- a town that can put aspiring actors through a punishing gauntlet of auditions, criticism and then, if you're lucky enough to get work, hours of time on set. But imagine being, say, 10 years old and instead of just worrying about the swim team or a science quiz, working twice as hard to keep up in school so you can ditch class to attend auditions on demand. "There is a whole world out there of child actors who most people aren't even aware of," says Lorena Mena, who along with partner Olivia Allen, recently founded the Web site backstagemom.com. "I like to call them the mini working class." And some ("Harry Potter's" Daniel Radcliffe comes to mind) navigate that world better than others (Miley Cyrus and...

By Liz Kelly  | July 22, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Catching Up With..., Celebritology 101  
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Kiefer Sutherland Head-Butt Case Thrown Out; More Trouble for Lilo/SamRo?

Headlines: Eddie Cibrian's wife leaves, citing LeAnn Rimes alleged affair... Seth Rogen calls "Entourage" creator a "moron"... Marc Anthony buys minority stake in Miami Dolphins... Rihanna and Jay-Z party in London... Mischa Barton planning return to work, says publicist... Kelis gives birth to baby boy... "Lost" props headed for auction block... Bam Margera says booze, not drugs, landed him in the ER... Claiming he owes #2.3 million, Stephen Baldwin files for bankruptcy. Crime Watch: Kiefer Sutherland's assault charge dropped... Dane Cook's brother arraigned on new embezzlement charges... "Harry Potter's" Jamie Waylett gets community service for pot possession. Pix: Jake Gyllenhaal and Ben Kingsley in "Prince of Persia"... Emma Thompson at son's (former Rwandan refugee Tindyebwa Agaba) college graduation... Lady GaGa's Kermit pelt coat... Snoop Dogg as Napoleon? Celebs reimagined as famous portraits. Video: Kevin Spacey tutors David Letterman in Twitter... More: Will Arnett reads Judy Blume. Rumor Mill: Samantha...

By Liz Kelly  | July 22, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Chris Brown's Apology -- Are You Buying It?

Chris Brown is sorry for the delay in publicly apologizing for roughing up then-girlfriend Rihanna back in February, but don't blame him. It's the lawyers, he says in a two-minute video posted to YouTube, MySpace, his own Web site and blasted out to media outlets Tuesday afternoon. Brown, who pleaded guilty to a felony in exchange for community service and five years of probation in June, says he's been ready to apologize for months: I'm sure this thing keeps the guy up nights, but I have to wonder about his motivation for posting an online apology five months after the fact. If Brown was truly regretful for roughing up his girlfriend, is posting a Webby mea culpa truly helpful? Or is it a desperate move in an attempt to forestall his quickly-dimming, once-bright future? Ken Noyes, executive director of the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence, says that while his organization...

By Liz Kelly  | July 21, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  Celebrities, Insta-Polls  
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Chris Brown Posts Video Apology to Rihanna; Cowell Says Paula Abdul Will Return to 'Idol'

Video: Chris Brown posts apology for Rihanna incident... Headlines: Katherine Jackson says she won't contest her son's will... Joe Jackson blames doctor for Michael Jackson's death... brother Jermaine Jackson doesn't want Michael buried in a public cemetery with "bad people"... Simon Cowell confident Paul Abdul will return to "Idol"... Production on Mischa Barton's new TV series postponed... "Harry Potter's" Emma Watson to attend Brown University... Former Miss California Carrie Prejean lands book deal... In video, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch announces "treatable" cancer diagnosis... Ashton Kutcher posts fake pic of a mohawked Demi Moore on Twitter... Adrian Grenier spotted volunteering at New York food co-op... Gerard Butler partly credits self-help book "The Secret" for his career success... Jennie Garth returning to "90210" this fall... Miley Cyrus's brother takes his break-up to Twitter... Foxy Brown and Toni Braxton targeted by IRS for unpaid taxes... Onetime "Jackass" Bam Margera rushed to hospital...

By Liz Kelly  | July 21, 2009; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Gunning for a Baldwin Run? Where's Lucy Lawless?

I like hairy politicians: Is there still time for me to move to Ohio to vote for Alec Baldwin if he runs for office? Or will I run into some crazy residency requirement stuff? -- from last week's Celebritology Live chat. Alec Baldwin. (AP) If Alec Baldwin takes an Ohio law firm up on its offer to "launch his political career" with a run for the Ohio governorship in 2012, you would only need to actually live in the state for about a month ahead of the election. According to the pastel-heavy Ohio Secretary of State's Web site, hopeful Baldwin supporters need only to "be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 consecutive days immediately before the election in which you want to vote." Well, as long as that residence isn't a jail or prison. But I wouldn't start packing up just yet. In an interview in Playboy's...

By Liz Kelly  | July 20, 2009; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Custody Hearing for Jackson Kids Delayed Again; Paula Abdul Leaving 'Idol'?

Headlines: Custody hearing for Michael Jackson's kids delayed again... Agent says Paula Abdul may not return to "Idol"... Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler forced to evacuate Beverly Hills hotel... Madonna visits injured workers, families of victims in stage collapse... Jon Gosselin moves into Manhattan apartment... David Arquette apologizes for calling Latinas "nuts"... Nick Lachey says he wishes ex Jessica Simpson the best, but has no plans for a reunion... Janeane Garofalo walks off London stage after dismal reception... Russell Crowe gives "Robin Hood" crew member money to buy new car... David Byrne says he almost hit Paris Hilton with his bike... Lauren Conrad slams Heidi Montag for Playboy shoot... 50 Cent drops price on his Connecticut mansion again... Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst marries... Singer Christina Milian engaged... "Angela's Ashes" author Frank McCourt dead at 78. Pix: Lindsay Lohan channels Marilyn Monroe (again) for Spanish Vogue... Celebs digitally fattened up...

By Liz Kelly  | July 20, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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