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Celebritology 2.0: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

Opinion Roundup: Where Do Celebs Come Down on Polanski?

Much has been written about Roman Polanski this week. For anyone who has been living under a rock for the past few days, here's the case in a nutshell: Polanski was taken into custody in Switzerland earlier this week and could face extradition to the U.S. in connection with his 1978 conviction after admitting to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl. His victim now says she believes Polanski is "sorry" for his actions and is not in support of further punishment. Although Polanski's case has long galvanized those who believe he should face the consequences for his actions and those who think the director should be dealt with leniently, if at all, the debate got especially heated this week. Below, a sampling of opinion pieces from both sides: A growing number of celebrities -- including Woody Allen, Martin Scorcese, Sam Mendes, Diane von Furstenberg and Tilda Swinton -- have...

By Liz Kelly  | October 2, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Exploring 'Lost' with Time/Space

As we approach "Lost's" sixth and final season, which kicks of in January, it can be hard to keep all of what came before -- five seasons and 60+ years of plot twists -- straight. To that end, we here at The Post's digital operations created an interactive, geocoded timeline that allows you to slice and dice "Lost's" storyline and characters based on year, season or location. Scads of data was entered, but the job isn't finished yet. That's where you come in. Add your favorite plot points, character moments and locations. We'll review them and, if they check out, add them to the mix. Start your exploration below or bookmark this link. And, take care, it's easy to get lost. Mwa ha ha ha ha. More: 'Lost Central The 'Lost' Hour Chat -- today at 2 p.m. ET....

By Liz Kelly  | October 2, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Jon Gosselin Wants TLC Cameras Off His Property; Jackson Healthy at Time of Death

John Cusack promotes his upcoming movie, '2012,' in Taipei, Taiwan earlier today. (AP) Headlines: David Letterman details extortion plot, sex with employees... Michael Jackson generally healthy (and tattooed) at time of death, autopsy shows... Jackson kids spend time with former nanny... TLC suspends "Jon and Kate" filming amidst sudden burst of conscience from Jon Gosselin (who, it should be noted, can't spell)... Harvard students defend Emma Watson stalking as "parody"... Kanye West, Lady Gaga tour canceled... Kristen Stewart misses having a "normal" life... Gwyneth Paltrow dispenses GOOP-y financial advice... Hospitalized Dennis Hopper feeling "much better," says publicist... James Franco to guest-star on "General Hospital"... Christina Aguilera to guest-judge on "Project Runway"... Bethenny Frankel, Christian Siriano land their own reality shows... "Top Chef's" Padma Lakshmi pregnant. Rumor Mill: Michael Lohan says Jon Gosselin wants off TLC to pursue new reality show... "Precious" star Mo'Nique refusing to promote film... Prenup could...

By Liz Kelly  | October 2, 2009; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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2009 Celebritology Honors: Heidi & Spencer Named Dippiest Couple; Kanye West Should Go Away

How did your favorite (and least fave) celebs fare in this year's biggest-ever Celebritology Honors? Read on to find out who made the biggest career mistake, what celeb kid's tell-all would be required reading and which star we wish would just go away already. (AP) Celeb Whose Kids' Tell-All Book You'd Most Want to Read: Michael Jackson A year ago at this time, Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket were ghost-like images we glimpsed beneath veils, masks and the protective cocoon of Michael Jackson's very private life. His death in June changed all that. Now living with Jackson's mother, we agreed we would be up for reading what these kids might say about life with Jacko. Runner-up: Madonna (Getty Images) Least Self-Aware Celeb: Megan Fox Because she's incapable of opening her mouth without producing a bizarro quote ("I definitely have some kind of mental problem and I haven't pinpointed what...

By Liz Kelly  | October 1, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Awards Season, Celebrities  
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VIDEO -- Twits: Rev. Run, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian

This week, Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons explains why the world is like a puppy, Katy Perry plans for organ failure and Kim Kardashian ponders the existential angst of teeth bleaching. Click here or on the pic below to watch this week's video. Share your reaction below and remember to Digg/Facebook/Tweet/Stumble this link! Actor Bios Ryan S. Taylor (Rev. Run) is a Washington-based director and occasional actor. Paul Williams (Katy Perry) produces Live Q&As for The Washington Post and tweets at twitter.com/postlive. Jessica Aimone (Kim Kardashian) is a Washington-based actor who works regularly in TV, video and local theater. --- "Twits" is a weekly video series in which actors dramatize selected text from celebrity Twitter feeds. Check back at Noon ET for the winners of the 2009 Celebritology Honors awards (aka "The Lizzies")....

By Liz Kelly  | October 1, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Dennis Hopper Hospitalized; Timberlake and Biel -- On or Off?

Headlines: Dennis Hopper hospitalized with flu-like symptoms... French spokesman changes tone on Roman Polanski case, calling charges "serious"... Polanski getting by on $5 a day, cable TV in prison... Nude photo of a young Brooke Shields withdrawn from London exhibit... Spencer Pratt withholding sex for fear of impregnating Heidi Montag... Mariah Carey now cool with pix from the left side... Shakira to guest-star on "Ugly Betty"... Lauren Conrad makes movie deal for debut novel... Matt LeBlanc lands new TV series... Will Ferrell and wife expecting third son... Realities collide as "Real Housewives" and "Kate Plus Eight" show up at same event... Walkie-talkie conversation reveals tightly scripted Khloe Kardashian wedding. Crime Watch: John Travolta testifies, says he was told to pay up or be blamed for son's death | Bizarre courtroom sketch... Audrina Patridge granted restraining order against alleged stalker... "Hills" co-star Jason Wahler jailed on assault and drinking charge....

By Liz Kelly  | October 1, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Comment Box: Stylists for Male Celebs?

Do 'A Steady Rain' co-stars Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman dress themselves? (AP) Female celebrities of a certain rank have stylists, but what about guys? Is there someone who tells George Clooney to wear only black, white and gray? -- From last week's Celebritology Live submissions Both male and female celebs get beaucoup help with their look when it comes to magazine spreads and other promotional photo ops, but outside of photo shoots it's difficult to say. But yes, some of Hollywood's best-dressed men get just as much help as their distaff counterparts. Especially when it comes to red carpet events -- think movie premieres or the Oscars. Just because you don't see Daniel Craig or George Clooney turning up on Rachel Zoe's reality show, a la Liv Tyler or Jennifer Garner, that doesn't mean they aren't getting a little wardrobe help, too. I mean, look what happens when...

By Liz Kelly  | September 30, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Comment Box, Fashion  
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TLC Drops Jon Gosselin from Show Title; Tori Spelling Hospitalized

Headlines: TLC renames show "Kate Plus Eight"... Jon Gosselin puts the brakes on divorce proceedings... Lamar Odom insists wedding to Khloe Kardashian was real (not so, insists TMZ)... Tori Spelling hospitalized with severe stomach pain... Kathy Ireland voted off "Dancing with the Stars"... Photo of a nude, underaged Brooke Shields causes uproar at London gallery... Will and Jada Pinkett Smith to co-host Nobel Peace Prize concert... Kristin Cavallari refused to "be a notch" on John Mayer's belt... Britney Spears releases new unremarkable single "3"... DJ AM's death ruled an accidental overdose... Private memorial service for Patrick Swayze planned for Sunday. 2009 Lizzies: Cast Your Vote Now! Crime Watch: Teacher hired by Winona Judd to home-school her kids arrested on child pornography charges. Pix: Mel Gibson runs with a beaver puppet on his hand... Architectural Digest goes inside Michael Jackson's Neverland. Rumor Mill: Friends deny Kanye West rehab rumors... Janet...

By Liz Kelly  | September 30, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Remembering John Cusack (No, He's Not Dead)

Commence rant. This post is for the benefit of the under-30s out there who may not be aware that John Cusack was once cool. Generation X's version of Michael Cera, in fact -- slightly geeky, slightly intense, sweet and basically irrestistible. Had "Juno" been made in 1987, John Cusack would have played Ellen Page's baby daddy. Of course Ellen Page's part would have gone to Winona Ryder or Martha Plimpton, but that's beside the point. The point, at long last, is that while Cusack started going off the rails about a decade back, he has completely jumped the track and landed smack dab in Will Smith's career trajectory. You can see him channeling Smith in the upcoming blockbuster apocalyptic CGI-fest "2012," tagline: "We Were Warned." Indeed, we were warned ("America's Sweethearts," "Serendipity"). And while the ancient Mayan calendar stopped at the year 2012 -- conveniently facilitating a hoped-for big box...

By Liz Kelly  | September 29, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Annals of Bad Movies, Celebrities, Pop Culture  
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Polanski Wants Out of Swiss Jail; Courtney Love Frozen Out of Daughter's Account

Amber Rose, Kanye West and Anja Rubik attend amfAR Milano 2009 Dinner on Monday in Milan. (Getty Images) Headlines: Roman Polanski asks Swiss court to release him from jail... Polanski's attorneys may have precipitated arrest... Tickets for Michael Jackson documentary sell out in two hours... Pam Anderson denies bankruptcy claims... Will son's death cause John Travolta to break with Scientology?... Daughter blames mom for David Hasselhoff hospital drama... Lady Gaga named Billboard's "Rising Star"... "Hills" cast salaries revealed... Paul Newman liked being on Nixon's enemies list, says daughter... Courtney Love frozen out of daughter's trust fund... Ione Skye gives birth to daughter Goldie Priya Lee... Jon Cryer and wife adopt baby girl... Fred Durst divorcing after three months of marriage... Emmy Rossum's husband files for divorce. 2009 Lizzies: Cast Your Vote Now! Crime Watch: Second Lindsay Lohan burglary suspect turns herself in. Video: Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig chide...

By Liz Kelly  | September 29, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Your Take: Parsing Polanski and Phillips

With Sunday's arrest of Roman Polanski in Switzerland on a three-decades-old conviction for having sex with a minor, the world is yet again buzzing -- and debating -- appropriate sexual relationships. This only a week after Mackenzie Phillips detailed her alleged 10-year affair with her dad. Are we overreacting, underreacting or looking at this stuff all wrong? Last week when Mackenzie Phillips dropped the bombshell that she first had sex with her father, Mamas and the Papas vocalist John Phillips, at the age of 19, our collective first reaction was "Ick." Followed in quick succession by, "Really?," "Tell me more," "She's just trying to sell books," and "Well, should we even trust a drug addict?" And, just as the story promised to retire comfortably to the Oprah Moments Hall of Fame (and excuse us from the headache of having to think about inappropriate sexual relationships, consensual or not), Roman Polanski's...

By Liz Kelly  | September 28, 2009; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Mischa Barton's New Show Canceled; Chris Brown Gets a Gig

Headlines: Mischa Barton's new show canceled... Chris Brown gets his first gig since arrest... Conan O'Brien injured filming "Tonight Show" stunt... Brigitte Bardot asks Sophia Loren to give up fur... Andrew Shue engaged to "Today's" Amy Robach. Married: Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom... Jaime Pressly... "Idol" alum Justin Guarini. 2009 Lizzies: Cast Your Vote Now! Crime Watch: Roman Polanski arrested in Switzerland, facing extradition to U.S... Tawny Kitaen arrested on suspicion of DUI... Man claims he didn't know he was stealing from Kirsten Dunst... Randy Quaid's wife publicly protests "corrupt" arresting officer... Gwen Stefani's London home burglarized. Pix: Rihanna and a monk. Rumor Mill: Beyonce has Lindsay Lohan evicted from dressing room... Madonna planning to marry boyfriend Jesus Luz?... Kanye West headed to rehab?... Jude Law bans interviewers from asking about new baby... "Friends" headed for the big screen? Video: Megan Fox hosts "SNL" season opener... More: In likely...

By Liz Kelly  | September 28, 2009; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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