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Celebritology 2.0: October 4, 2009 - October 10, 2009

Comment Box: The Last Word on Letterman?

David Letterman in a screengrab from Monday night's 'Late Show.' (AP) A civilized debate took place during Thursday's Celebritology Live discussion about whether or not David Letterman's admitted affair with staffer Stephanie Burkitt constitutes any kind of sexual harassment. One on side, lots of readers wrote in to protest that Dave had committed any transgression worse than being an adult carrying on a relationship with another consenting adult. But others, including a healthy portion of Celebritology's surprisingly large community of lawyers, said we're missing the point, agreeing with Gloria Allred and NOW president Terry O'Neill, both of whom are calling for CBS to take action against David Letterman for creating a hostile work environment: "Why don't people get it that when Letterman sleeps with SOME staffers, it's the women he DIDN'T sleep with who got shafted (pun intended.) Did they get the same raises? Law school tuition? Extra favors?...

By Liz Kelly  | October 9, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Miley Cyrus Quits Twitter; Australian TV Show Slammed for Blackface Jackson Skit

Jason Schwartzman arrives for the Inaugural Gala of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Thursday. (AP) Headlines: OMG! Miley Cyrus quits Twitter... But, it's okay, Tracy Morgan just joined... Heart surgery went "perfectly," tweets Elizabeth Taylor... High profile Twitterers invite libel lawsuits... Australian TV show airs blackface "Jackson Jive" skit. Some call judge Harry Connick Jr (who expressed his unease about the skit) a hypocrite because of this... Jon and Kate Gosselin manage civility at twins' birthday party, despite Jon's arrival with misspelled cake... Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook accuse each other of violating custody agreement... Ellen Page lands deal to create HBO comedy... Will.i.am, Rosario Dawson among celebrity judges for health care reform video contest... Hilary Swank cops to walking around nude in front of boyfriend's six-year-old son... Keira Knightley to make stage debut in London's West End... Nick Lachey and...

By Liz Kelly  | October 9, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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VIDEO -- Twits: Kirstie Alley, Slash, Danny DeVito

This week, This week, Kirstie Alley puts men on notice, Danny DeVito asks for a little help from his (imaginary) friends and Slash shows his appreciation for the fairer sex. Oh, and Rev. Run makes a bonus repeat appearance. Click here or on the pic below to watch this week's video. Actor Bios Jessica Aimone (Kirstie Alley) is a Washington-based actor who works regularly in TV, video and local theater. Arthur Noll (Slash) plays bass for D.C.-based bands Yell County and the Electrocutions. Jane Noll plays with her food. Paul Williams (Danny DeVito) produces Live Q&As for The Washington Post and tweets at twitter.com/postlive. Ryan S. Taylor (Rev. Run) is a Washington-based director and occasional actor. --- Share your reaction below and remember to Digg/Facebook/Tweet/Stumbl this link!... "Twits" is a weekly video series in which actors dramatize selected text from celebrity Twitter feeds....

By Liz Kelly  | October 8, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Twits Video  
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Michael Vick Lands TV Show; Ex Calls Madonna 'Retarded'

Headlines: Jon & Kate Gosselin battle over twins' birthday; inspire upcoming "Law & Order" episode... R. Kelly admits he can't read... Naomi Watts named most bankable actress by Forbes... Michael Vick lands BET "docu-series"... Tila Tequila apologizes for suicidal Tweets... Frances Bean Cobain slams Ali Lohan via Twitter... Dina Lohan unveiling "Shoe-han" (I kid you not) line of footwear... Clump of Elvis Presley's hair could fetch $12K at auction... Celebrity photographer Irving Penn dead at 92... Woman claims Dr. Phil trapped her, touched her inappropriately... Randy Quaid's wife sued for defamation. Crime Watch: Nick Nolte's son arrested for DUI. Video: Nancy Grace's Jon Gosselin smackdown continues... More: Roman Polanski/"To Catch a Predator" mash-up... Bring Tracy Morgan to Twitter campaign ad... Dead celebrities turn up on "South Park". Pix: Katy Perry and Russell Brand stroll Paris streets hand in hand. Rumor Mill: Is Mariah Carey expecting?... Madonna buying New York...

By Liz Kelly  | October 8, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Beyonce Gives Kanye a Pass for VMA Rant

Unfortunately for Beyonce Knowles, she just couldn't leave well enough alone. Over the weekend she finally commented on September's Kanye West VMA incident. Doubtless, you recall the diss heard 'round the world: (If you can't view the video above, you may be missing out on your 1,342,232nd viewing of West's storming of the stage to interrupt Taylor Swift's Best Female Video award speech to protest that Beyonce should have won.) Speaking to Oprah lackey Gayle King backstage at the Billboard Awards, Beyonce downplayed West's bad behavior, excusing him in the name of "art": "Well, I knew his intentions, and I knew he was standing up for art; and he told me before, when they said the nominees, he's like, 'You have this award.' When they didn't call my name, he was, like, completely shocked. And when he walked on the stage, I was like, 'No, no, no!' and then he...

By Liz Kelly  | October 7, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Celebrities, Insta-Polls  
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Liz Taylor Tweets Heart Surgery News; Mel Gibson's Record Cleared

Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx and Michael Irby at the premiere of their new movie 'Law Abiding Citizen.' (Reuters) Headlines: Elizabeth Taylor shares heart surgery news via Twitter... Tom Cruise sits in on Harvard Law lecture... Tom DeLay quits "Dancing with the Stars," Debi Mazar eliminated... Kanye West was "standing up for art," says Beyonce... Jude Law's "Hamlet" portrayal gets mixed reviews... Brooke Shields and Jim Belushi involved in minor on-the-tarmac crash... Auction bidder suing Michael Jackson's estate for $5 million. Crime Watch: Calling him a flight risk, Swiss authorities deny Roman Polanski's bail request... California judge expunges Mel Gibson's drunk driving conviction... FBI investigated Anna Nicole Smith in death of husband's son. Pix: Ben Affleck armed and dangerous on the set of "The Town"... Carrie Fisher's eye shadow mishap. Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan abusing prescription drugs, claims dad... LAPD to present case against Michael Jackson's doctor next week... Did...

By Liz Kelly  | October 7, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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A Dose of Reality: Spencer Pratt's Relationship Advice

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. (AP) For a guy who says he's barely having sex with his Playboy-posing wife, Spencer Pratt has a lot to say about sex. And not just his own. Nerve.com recently asked the repugnant reality star and self-proclaimed "villain" to answer a few relationship questions. Below, a sampling of some of his most insightful idiotic inscrutable illogical answers: On why Brangelina may ultimately fail: "Personally, if I got together with my wife after cheating on my last wife, I'd definitely think my wife is a shady little hussy who could be cheating on me any time." On how not to pose nude: "Definitely do not go to the local pizzeria for two months and then take off your clothes and then wonder why you feel guilty about it." On the best relationship litmus test for men: "I think every man should have to go through...

By Liz Kelly  | October 6, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Nicole Richie Treated for Minor Injuries After Fender-Bender; Letterman Apologizes to Wife

Maggie Gyllenhaal arrives at the premiere of her husband Peter Sarsgaard's new movie, 'An Education,' in New York on Monday. (Reuters) Headlines: Nicole Richie injured when car rear-ended by paparazzo... David Letterman apologizes to his wife; lawyer says Letterman's not telling the whole story... Jon Gosselin denies emptying bank account (is the couple in debt?)... Tyler Perry opens up about childhood abuse, molestation... Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell diagnosed with Swine Flu... Simon Cowell's 50th birthday bash called "vulgar, crass"... Heather Mills opens vegan eatery in the Bronx... French first lady Carla Bruni Sarkozy's new Web site crashes due to overload... MTV to air DJ AM addiction documentary series... Patrick Swayze mourned at Los Angeles memorial service... Antonio Banderas ordered to demolish part of his beachfront Spanish home... Madonna wins damages from U.K. newspaper for printing wedding photos... Elvis Presley's grandson lands $5 million record deal. Crime Watch: Swiss government...

By Liz Kelly  | October 6, 2009; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Lilo's Latest Fashion Flop

Lindsay Lohan (right) and designer Estrella Arch walk the runway after the debut of the Ungaro collection. (Getty Images) This weekend, Lindsay Lohan made her runway debut at Paris Fashion Week with Ungaro's spring/summer/hell freezes over 2010 collection. And, as chroniclers of Lilo's fashion career will know, this is only the latest in a string of Lohan's attempts to spread her hooker Barbie aesthetic. Lohan's first foray into the fashion world was in 2008 with her line of 6126 Leggings. Designs included leggings with convenient built-in kneepads. She recently starred -- along with a stripper pole -- in a new ad campaign for this year's offerings. As if covering one's legs in ill-used lycra weren't enough, Lohan's next attempt to suffocate or otherwise poison one's skin in the name of fashion came in the form of Sevin Nyne Tanning Mist, which I product tested with disastrously orange results earlier...

By Liz Kelly  | October 5, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Fashion, Lindsay Lohan  
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Alleged Letterman Extortionist Pleads Not Guilty; Past Intern Alleges Affair

Paul McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow attend Stella McCartney's spring/summer 2010 show at Paris Fashion Week today. (AP) Headlines: Angelina Jolie asks world not to forget Iraqi refugees... Judge says Michael Jackson's children thriving with grandmother... Lady Gaga to tour without Kanye West... Kate Beckinsale named "sexiest woman alive" by Esquire... Kevin Smith credits pot for reigniting his creative spark... Gwen Stefani celebrates 40th birthday... Dame Maggie Smith details breast cancer battle during filming of latest "Harry Potter" movie... Chris Noth ("Sex and the City's" Mr. Big) engaged... Bank sues Nicolas Cage for $2 million... Steve Carell's daughter profits from paparazzi. Crime Watch: Accused David Letterman extortionist pleads not guilty; was deep in debt, says DA... Who is Joe Halderman? How the arrest went down... Paparazzo files crime report against Sean Penn for alleged scuffle. Pix: Brangelina take the twins out for ice cream in Jordan... Lindsay Lohan, admittedly caught...

By Liz Kelly  | October 5, 2009; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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