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Celebritology 2.0: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

Catching Up with 'What Not to Wear's' Stacy London: Special Pleat Debate Edition

(TLC) Regular Celebritology readers know there are few things I truly hate, but among those few number Diane Keaton, Michael Jackson's doll collection and -- most detested of all -- pleated pants (especially on men). After two frustrating years of debate with some pleat-loving stalwarts, I agreed to submit to the judgment of an expert: "What Not to Wear's" Stacy London, who -- along with fellow stylist Clinton Kelly -- has been beautifying America (one person at a time) for the past six years. London's verdict? She's firmly in the anti-pleat camp, thankyouverymuch, though allows that one pleat is permissible when paired with a cuffed pant leg. "My argument is that if you do carry your weight on your lower half as a man," said London in a Thursday phone interview, "meaning your tummy -- or there are men with hips or heavier thighs or even junk in the...

By Liz Kelly  | July 31, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Cops Arrested in SJP Surrogate Case; Alleged Jude Law Baby Mama Steps Forward

In Havana on Thursday, Benicio Del Toro accepts an award honoring his body of work as an actor from the Cuban government. (AP) Headlines: Michael Jackson used aliases, including his son's name, to obtain drugs... Will "Jon and Kate" recapture ratings with new dating episodes?... Newly-blond Lindsay Lohan offered an actual acting job... Susan Sarandon joins daughter in stripper class... Beatles to get zombie treatment in new book "Paul is Undead." Crime Watch: Police chiefs arrested in Sarah Jessica Parker surrogate case... Alleged victim made up story of Mel Gibson attack, according to police... Warrant's Jani Lane gets two days in jail for DUI conviction. Pix: Roseanne Barr poses as Hilter for Jewish magazine. Rumor Mill: Actress/model Samantha Burke says she's Jude Law's baby mama... Heidi and Spencer Pratt expecting?... Mel Gibson gets 29-year marriage annulled... Jon Gosselin shopping solo reality show?... 19-year-old Kristin Stewart snapped at her own...

By Liz Kelly  | July 31, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Katherine Jackson Gets Full Custody of Jackson Children

Prince Michael II (aka Blanket) clutches a Michael Jackson action figure at June's memorial tribute to his father. (Reuters) An agreement has been reached placing Michael Jackson's three children -- Prince Michael (12), Paris (11) and Blanket (7) -- in the care of his mother, 79-year-old Katherine Jackson. Jackson lawyer L. Londell McMillan broke news of the arrangement on Thursday's CBS "Early Show"; a press release from Jackson's lawyers said the agreement will be presented on Monday to the Los Angeles Superior Court for approval. The agreement also stipulates that Debbie Rowe, biological mother of Jackson's two eldest children, will have regular visitation accompanied by a child psychologist and that Rowe will not receive any compensation other than the spousal support she has already been receiving. "There is no situation better for these children than for them to be raised and reared in the loving care of Mrs. Katherine...

By Liz Kelly  | July 30, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Michael Jackson  
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William Shatner + Video = Reliably Funny

Sometimes I recognize that I am merely a conduit, this blog a vessel through which the throbbing force of pop culture streams unchecked. Today is one of those days. No preamble could possibly do anything to make the video embedded below -- a mash-up of a William Shatner interview and techno music -- any more perfect. So, without further ado, I bring you "Shatner of the Mount." My work is done here: (P.S. No proper Shatner video post would be complete without a link to the classic Celebritology Video Hall of Fame inductee, Shatner's "Rocket Man.")...

By Liz Kelly  | July 30, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Celebrities, Miscellaneous  
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Jude Law Expecting Child with Unnamed Woman; Jackson Autopsy Results Delayed

UPDATE: People is reporting that Katherine Jackson will get full custody of Michael Jackson's three children. Announcement to come... -- 10:52 a.m. ET --- Headlines: Jude Law expecting child with unnamed "individual"... Michael Jackson autopsy results delayed... Doctor at center of investigation facing potential home foreclosure... Nutritionist: Jackson subsisted on smoothies, trail mix... Madonna writes about religious awakening for Israeli newspaper... Alleged Miley Cyrus stalker released because of jail overcrowding... Rachelle Lefevre "stunned" at being dropped from third "Twilight" film (too bad, says studio)... Katherine Heigl's "cruel" 17-hour workday was to accommodate her schedule, says "Grey's" producer... January Jones too thin for "Mad Men?"... Cruz Beckham named after Tom Cruise... Imprisoned Phil Spector "not doing great." Pix: Angelina Jolie toy shops with daughters Shiloh and Zahara... Gwyneth Paltrow's lava lamp dress -- hot or not?... London Fog airbrushes Gisele Bundchen's (alleged) baby bump out of new ads. Video: Omer Bhatti...

By Liz Kelly  | July 30, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Men Sick of Megan Fox?; Jackson Doc's Home Searched Again

Headlines: Men sick of Megan Fox?... Police search Michael Jackson doctor's Las Vegas home, office... Bryce Dallas Howard replacing Rachelle Lefevre in third "Twilight" installment... Marilyn Manson issues threat to journalists... Jessica Simpson won't take back $100,000 birthday gift to ex Tony Romo... Hulk Hogan and wife Linda reach divorce settlement... Johnny Knoxville will pay $6,000 in child support each month. Pix: A larger than life Kevin Federline gets his golf on... Post-hospital Mischa Barton snapped at LAX... Madonna's musculature... Jackson 5 immortalized in sand. Video: Charlene Yi and Channing Tatum spoof "Dirty Dancing" (some NSFW language)... Video: Channing Tatum and Charlyne Yi Cinemash "Dirty Dancing" More: Joan Rivers can't take a joke (and gets bleeped on morning TV interview)... Steve Zahn's bizarre Conan O'Brien appearance. Rumor Mill: Kate Gosselin moving to Maryland?... Life-sized porcelain doll (this one?) found in Michael Jackson's bed... Ryan Reynolds bails on Comic-Con after...

By Liz Kelly  | July 29, 2009; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Five-Minute Memoir: Joel Madden

(Photo: Getty Images) Word comes this morning that Joel Madden, who students of Celebritology know best as Nicole Richie's baby daddy, is penning a memoir (Madden says he's not). I hope he is, though -- I'll finally have something to put on the shelf next to this. But what could the 30-year-old Good Charlotte singer possibly have to say? I bet we can sum it up in less than 300 seconds: I was born in Waldorf, Md., as one half of a set of twins who would go on to get lots of tattoos and, unlikely as it sounds, land a few hits on the pop charts with our generic brand of Green Day derivative whiny-punk-pop. My band's name is Good Charlotte (which was ironic, see, because neither my brother nor I are named Charlotte and plenty of folks thought our music wasn't that good) and for a while...

By Liz Kelly  | July 28, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Police - Doctor Administered Fatal Jackson Drug; Madonna Muscles Out Body Fat

Meryl Streep and Amy Adams at a screening of their new movie "Julie and Julia" on Monday in Hollywood. (Getty Images) Headlines: Doctor administered drug that caused Michael Jackson's death, says police source... John Travolta a Scientologist for life, says rep... Erotic Madonna phone messages up for auction... Brangelina hit Hollywood McDonald's... Judge orders oversight for Octo-kids' finances... Quentin Tarantino wanted to do "Casino Royale" with Pierce Brosnan... Joe Jonas and Camilla Belle break up... Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush split... Diddy's Atlanta restaurant targeted by IRS for unpaid taxes. Crime Watch: Killer of Kelsey Grammer's sister denied parole. Pix: Madonna shows off muscular, gristly arms... Breaking news: Suri Cruise wears pants... More "Prince of Persia" pics. Rumor Mill: Tony Romo blocks Jessica Simpson from his neighborhood... Jon Gosselin dating the 22-year-old and the ex-tabloid reporter... Katie Holmes escapes burning car on Australian movie set... Lauren Conrad's book headed...

By Liz Kelly  | July 28, 2009; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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An Open Letter to Candy Spelling

The Spellings in 1997: Randy, Candy, Aaron and Tori. (AP) Dear Candy Spelling, I need some of what you've got. I, like every girl, dream of one day having kids who love me enough to loathe me. I haven't any kids yet, but who doesn't envy the kind of relationship you have with your daughter, Tori. Maybe you could share some of your parenting wisdom? I want to be prepared if and when my as-yet-nonexistent offspring start taping reality shows and writing books in a bid to torture me and broadcast to the world to what a rotten childhood he/she had despite the fact that I gave him/her everything, including (but not limited to) my girlish figure, a big house, lots of clothes and stuff and (along with my big shot producer husband) even a recurring part in a primetime TV show. Kids, so ungrateful. I should know. I...

By Liz Kelly  | July 27, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Jackson's Hair Turned into Diamonds

Headlines: Michael Jackson's hair made into diamonds... Jennifer Lopez celebrates 40th birthday; rep says Lopez not replacing Paul Abdul on "American Idol"... Father of eight Jon Gosselin says he's single... Ex says Amy Winehouse almost died in his arms... Justin Timberlake opens Tennessee golf course... Octo-mom Nadya Suleman lands reality TV deal. Pix: Lindsay Lohan's short shorts/high boots look... BFFs Jon Gosselin and Michael Lohan hit the Hamptons... Kate Hudson and A-Rod kiss at Yankee Stadium... Tara Reid in her natural habitat. Rumor Mill: John Travolta to renounce Scientology?... Orlando Bloom opts out of next "Pirates" movie to spend time with girlfriend... Rihanna and Chris Brown check into (separate rooms at) same New York hotel... Farrah Fawcett leaves fortune to son Redmond... LeAnn Rimes and husband separate... Charles Manson contacts Phil Spector for help with singing career. Say What? "By the way, Hollywood needs to know. We eat, therefore...

By Liz Kelly  | July 27, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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