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Celebritology 2.0: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Tom Cruise. Scientology. Need I say more?

In July 2008, clips of Tom Cruise evangelizing for Scientology surfaced on the Web. (YouTube) Apparently talking to an ashtray is not considered a nutty kind of thing to do, as long as you're doing it under the guise of deepening your Scientology practice. Oh, and if Tom Cruise is the one telling you to do it. Just in time for the holidays, a new book exposing alleged details about not just Scientology -- but Tom Cruise's association with the church -- is available for stocking stuffing and hostess gifting. In "Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology" former practitioner Marc Headley details his 15 years as an employee of the church and his experiences with one Tom Cruise. Some of Headley's recollections appeared in this week's Village Voice. Cruise, for instance, allegedly instructed Headley in what is apparently known as the "book-and-bottle routine," designed to help...

By Liz Kelly  | November 6, 2009; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Confessions of a Twitter dupe

So it turns out that sometimes something that seems too good to be true may, after all, be too good to be true. And that despite the fact that celebs -- from A-listers to utter has-beens -- have taken to Twitter, it isn't for everyone. I write the above because it turns out that one Levi Johnston -- who you may remember as Bristol Palin's baby daddy -- is not on Twitter. One Tweeter who has been going by the handle of LeviJohnston05 for the past several weeks is apparently -- according to Johnston's agent -- not actually Levi Johnston. (Screengrab by Liz Kelly for washingtonpost.com) Which, for me and Conan O'Brien (among others), is unfortunate since we both chose to pull tweets from the LeviJohnston05 and have a bit of fun with them. I included a couple of (what I thought were) Johnston's reflections in this week's Twits episode...

By Liz Kelly  | November 6, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Twits Video  
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Oprah headed to cable?; Sharon Osbourne slams Susan Boyle

Claire Danes attends the 18th annual BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday. (Reuters) Headlines: Oprah may move her show to cable by year's end... David Letterman extortion plot inspires "Law & Order" episode... Egyptian Islamic conservatives call upcoming Beyonce concert an "insolent sex party"... Alec Baldwin not ruling out plastic surgery... Morgan Freeman settles crash lawsuit... Lindsay Lohan says her dad once threatened to kill mom Dina... Elton John leaves the hospital after treatment for flu, e. coli infection... "Golden Girl" Rue McClanahan recovering from bypass surgery. Crime Watch: Randy and Evi Quaid post bail in burglary case... Sixth suspect in Hollywood burglary gang turns himself in. Rumor Mill: Fergie calls stripper's allegations of a relationship with Josh Duhamel "nonsense"... Paula Abdul and Arsenio Hall dating?... Agent says Penny Marshall not battling brain tumor. Say What? "She is a lovely lady. You just want to say 'God...

By Liz Kelly  | November 6, 2009; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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VIDEO -- Twits: Jessica Simpson, Tila Tequila

Correction: An earlier version of this video contained tweets from a Twitter account we incorrectly attributed to Levi Johnston. Johnston was not the author of the tweets.. -- 12:10 p.m. ET, 11.06.09 ------------------- This week, Jessica Simpson gets inspirational and Tila Tequila makes her own chedda. Click here to watch this week's Twits. William Shatner reads Levi Johnston's tweets. Maybe I'm biased, but I'm thinking Shatner's got nothin' on our Jessica Aimone. --> Share your reaction below and remember to Digg/Facebook/Tweet/Stumbl this link! --- Actor Bios: Caitlin Gibson (Tila Tequila) is a Washington-area writer and The Post's legal administrator. She is Celebritologically Challenged and consequently very grateful to Liz for providing an ongoing education in this important area of study. Her most recent story -- about how a local heroin ring affected one area family -- appeared in this week's Washington Post. Ryan S. Taylor (Jessica Simpson) is a Washington-based...

By Liz Kelly  | November 5, 2009; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Twits Video  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Share your reaction below and remember to Digg/Facebook/Tweet/Stumbl this link! --- Actor Bios: Caitlin Gibson (Tila Tequila) is a Washington-area writer and The Post's legal administrator. She is Celebritologically Challenged and consequently very grateful to Liz for providing an ongoing education in this important area of study. Her most recent story -- about how a local heroin ring affected one area family -- appeared in this week's Washington Post. Ryan S. Taylor (Jessica Simpson) is a Washington-based..."; --> Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Rihanna 'embarrassed' about love for Chris Brown

Headlines: Rihanna tells Diane Saywer she's embarrassed about having loved Chris Brown; Brown tapes MTV interview.. ABC lands Janet Jackson interview... Michael Lohan releases tape of call from daughter Lindsay; the tapes, Lilo claims, are "from years ago" and asks for restraining order... Kim Kardashian punched in the face at charity boxing event... Kristen Stewart says anyone curious about her relationship with Robert Pattinson can "[Expletive] off"... Nicole Kidman heading to Kenya to advocate for abused women... Rep says Jeremy Piven was just kidding about the soy boobs... Elizabeth Hurley launches line of organic jerky... Ringo Starr's face seen in water droplet. Pix: James Franco on "General Hospital." Video: Angelina Jolie's "Salt" trailer premieres... More: Taylor Swift "SNL" promos (slightly NSFW)... Mariah Carey tells Larry King she was emotionally abused. Rumor Mill: Eddie Cibrian already stepping out on LeAnn Rimes?... Porn star claims Sandra Bullock is keeping her from...

By Liz Kelly  | November 5, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Brad Pitt's beard beads: Love 'em or hate 'em?

Somewhere in the fashion void that lies between ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Captain Jack Sparrow, Brad Pitt now rests comfortably -- challenging us to scoff at his sassy beard beads. Pitt shows off his new accessorized goatee at the Tokyo premiere of 'Inglorious Basterds.' (Pix: AP, Getty Images) Well, scoff I must. I was always a bigger fan of scuzzwad Brad Pitt (think "12 Monkeys") than matinee idol Brad Pitt ("A River Runs Through It"). It's as if the guy is almost too good looking and needs a dimming patina of scruff to make his classic outlines visible to the mortal eye. So I can get behind the I don't brush my hair thing, the Charles Manson look, even the street map-ish tattoo. Now I'm no facial hair expert, but Pitt is -- as far as I can tell -- sporting some kind of modified "French fork." But instead...

By Liz Kelly  | November 4, 2009; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Brangelina, Fashion  
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Baldwin and Martin to co-host Oscars; Nicole Kidman details kinky past

Buzzfeed asked readers to create A-Rod/Centaur fan art. They came through. (Photo courtesy TwitPic) Headlines: Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin to co-host Oscars... In new GQ interview, Nicole Kidman details her dabbling with "strange sexual fetish stuff"... Stephen Colbert sponsoring U.S. speedskating team... Kirstie Alley lands her own reality TV show... Kathy Griffin to host reality dance competition... Kate Winslet wins damages in libel case... Carrie Prejean settles lawsuit with California pageant officials. Crime Watch: Accused Ryan Seacrest stalker pleads not guilty... Diamond rings, guns among loot boosted from celebs. Pix: Another day, another Lady Gaga outfit... Brad Pitt rocks a beaded goatee. Video: Jon Gosselin storms out of interview with Hailey Glassman... More: Mariah Carey slips on Jay Leno stage... Rihanna debuts new "Wait Your Turn" video. Rumor Mill: Did Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. turn down Oscar hosting gig?... Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart spotted eating...

By Liz Kelly  | November 4, 2009; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Kate Gosselin: Addicted to fame, but not exploiting her kids?

Kate Gosselin is addicted to fame. She regrets sniping at estranged husband Jon. She doesn't trust many people. Bottom line: It's hard being Kate. And in a very special interview last night on TLC -- "Kate Gosselin: Her Story" -- we got to hear about her hardships for 60 whole minutes. And yes, I watched so you didn't have to. While Jon Gosselin is busy dating the daughter of his wife's plastic surgeon and consulting a rabbi in search of a moral compass, Kate talked sniveled to Today's Natalie Morales about her own struggles and how her eight kids are coping with the circus that surrounds their young lives: Kate on scolding Jon at every possible opportunity: "I was very hard on him and I would never deny that. I felt very much like a lot of weight rested on my shoulders. “I was wrong to treat him that...

By Liz Kelly  | November 3, 2009; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  Celebrities, TV  
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Rihanna speaks out about abuse; Kate Gosselin popped for speeding

Headlines: Rihanna speaks out about assault in ABC interview... Vibe magazine to relaunch with Chris Brown cover... Winona Ryder says Winona Ryder says she fought for Angelina Jolie to get "Girl, Interrupted" part... Jessica Simpson calls "Melrose Place" (which is dumping her sister) "crap"... Gisele Bundchen passes written pilot test... Jeremy Piven claims soy milk gave him breasts... Mary Stuart Masterson gave birth to son in October. Crime Watch: Kate Gosselin gets speeding ticket... Alleged Ryan Seacrest stalker a special forces-trained soldier. Pix: Kristen Stewart glams up for magazine shoot... Robert Pattinson on new Vanity Fair cover. Video: Jake Gyllenhaal's "Prince of Persia" trailer debuts: Prince of Persia: The Sands of TimeTrailer Park | MySpace Video More: Kate Gosselin "not proud" of how she treated Jon. Rumor Mill: Gerard Butler spotted snogging with Lindsay Lohan?... Did Jon Gosselin fabricate Hailey Glassman's abuse claims?... Mariah Carey and Rihanna refuse to...

By Liz Kelly  | November 3, 2009; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Comment Box: Oprah and Stedman over?

Oprah and Stedman attended Barack Obama's swearing in ceremony as a pair last January. (AP) Is it really true that O and Stedman are through? I hadn't heard anything about their relationship ending. Where will he go? What will he do? I guess this means she and Gail can join eharmony together. -- from last week's Celebritology Live chat Well who can ever tell with Oprah? Despite her over-emotive daily dissections of OPP (other people's problems), she manages to keep a relatively tight lid on her personal life. But here's what the rumor mill is spitting out: Word surfaced back in August -- first as a blind item -- that a longtime power couple was splitting. Soon the National Enquirer broke "news" claiming that Stedman Graham had indeed moved out of chez Oprah and into his own bachelor pad, effectively ending the couple's 20-plus year relationship. Then came word...

By Liz Kelly  | November 2, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Mel Gibson's girlfriend gives birth; Lilo slams pop via Twitter

Headlines: Mel Gibson and girlfriend welcome baby girl... Lindsay Lohan slams dad via Twitter... Edward Norton completes NYC Marathon in 3 hours, 48 minutes... Michael Jackson's "This Is It" tops box office... Papa Joe Jackson teaming up with soccer star to hawk soccer ball-shaped grills?... Oprah, Brad Pitt among list of 2009 White House visitors... Elton John battling e. coli and the flu... It's a baby boy for Colin Farrell and girlfriend. Crime Watch: Nicole Richie wins restraining order against paparazzi... Knife-wielding Ryan Seacrest stalker ordered to stay away from star... Lawyers to make "significant" cash bail offer for Roman Polanski release. Pix: Brangelina brood go trick-or-treating... Zombie Mickey Rourke... Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt -- showgirl and flasher?... Dakota Fanning, homecoming princess. Video: Christopher Walken reads Lady Gaga's "Poker Face:" More: Al Roker attacked by Ewoks... Miley Cyrus makes surprise appearance at Kentucky bar. Rumor Mill: Jon Gosselin...

By Liz Kelly  | November 2, 2009; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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