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Celebritology 2.0: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

An all-star lineup of Oprah replacements

Oprah may not have been a celebrity when she embarked on her broadcasting career some three decades back, but the woman is star power personified at this point. And when she exits the airwaves in September 2011 -- as she's expected to announce later today -- she'll be leaving a huge high-wattage void in our lives. Who better than another celeb to replace Oprah and take over the mantle? O's replacement must come equipped with a sense of his or her own divinity and a roster of A-list friends to parade before the public. Below, we offer five celebs who might just have the heft to fill Oprah's shoes: 1. Tom Cruise: Seriously, this guy's movie career is going nowhere and his 2005 couch-jumping episode is only one of TV's most memorable moments. And with pals like John Travolta, Will Smith and the Beckhams on speed dial there'd be no...

By Liz Kelly  | November 20, 2009; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Demi Moore denies hip-hiding airbrush job; Oprah announces end to talk show run

Five weeks after giving birth, Heidi Klum walks the runway at Thursday's Victoria's Secret fashion show in New York. (Getty Images) Headlines: Oprah set to announce an end to her 25-year syndicated talk show run... Demi Moore denies her hip was airbrushed out of magazine cover... Susan Boyle album sets Amazon's pre-order record... Levi Johnston invited to join "Dancing with the Stars"... Kate Moss blasted for saying "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels"... Courtenay Semel says she never dated Lindsay Lohan... Tila Tequila blames naked meltdown on ex... Sting describes his ghostly encounter... U.K. couple claims Michael Jackson's face showed up in the ultrasound of their 20-week-old fetus... James Caan files for divorce... James Van Der Beek, too. Pix: Suri Cruise gets her shop on. Video: Jon Gosselin talks to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach about not feeling "loved" or "respected as a spiritual leader" in his home. [Via beliefnet]...

By Liz Kelly  | November 20, 2009; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Twits: Chris Kattan, Shaquille O'Neal, Tracy Morgan

This week, Chris Kattan gets way too personal, Shaq attacks Ashton Kutcher's mama and Tracy Morgan, ummm, delivers. Click here or on the pic below to watch this week's Twits. Share your reaction below and remember to Digg/Facebook/Tweet/Stumbl this link!... --- Actor Bios: Cesar Guadamuz (Chris Kattan) is a local artiste of the stage and a cog in the world known as White Collar. Ryan S. Taylor (Shaquille O'Neal) is a Washington-based director and occasional actor. Jessica Aimone (Tracy Morgan) 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....

By Liz Kelly  | November 19, 2009; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Will Ferrell tops list of overpaid actors; Gerard Butler recreates Jacko's baby dangle

A dapper (and clothed) Levi Johnston arrives at GQ's Men of the Year party on Wednesday evening in Los Angeles. (AFP/Getty Images) Headlines: Will Ferrell, Ewan McGregor top Forbes's list of overpaid actors... Nicole Richie hospitalized with pneumonia... Michael Lohan promises he won't release any more phone tapes... Post-baby Heidi Klum says she needs to lose 20 more pounds... Jennifer Hudson to play Winnie Mandela in upcoming movie... Hugh Jackman reconciles with estranged mother... Robert Pattinson regrets asking fan to undress... Kirstie Alley slams Conan O'Brien via Twitter (NSFW language)... Arnold Schwarzenegger rules out another run for office... Nicolas Cage meets with jailed Somali pirates... Roger Moore wins award for anti-foie gras campaign. Pix: Gerard Butler dangles fake baby out of hotel window. Crime Watch: Perez Hilton drops assault charges against Black Eyed Peas manager. Rumor Mill: Dad says Amy Winehouse was hospitalized not for a cold, but a...

By Liz Kelly  | November 19, 2009; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Fashion Poll: Helena Bonham Carter -- nightmare before Christmas?

Ahhh, the lovely and talented Helena Bonham Carter was on hand Monday night at a tribute to partner Tim Burton. As has been her wont ever since she coupled up with Burton back in 2001, Bonham Carter arrived looking like nothing so much as an aging goth working girl. Or milkmaid from hell. Or Wednesday Addams after a bender. (Reuters) Maybe I'm wrong. Perhaps you find her mussed tresses and corpse-like pallor attractive. Or you think her amazing body of work (everything from "Lady Jane" to "Fight Club" and beyond) gives her license to make a few fashion missteps from time to time. Have a look and vote your conscience below. poll by

By Liz Kelly  | November 18, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Fashion, Insta-Polls  
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Johnny Depp dubbed 'Sexiest Man Alive'... again

Headlines: People Magazine names Johnny Depp Sexiest Man Alive for the second time... In addition to her aversion to Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus says she doesn't like "Twilight"... Madonna sets up charity for Brazilian kids... Aaron Carter owes $1 million in back taxes. Pix: Sneak peek: Levi Johnston's armpit in Playboy!... Angelina Jolie's "Salt" poster. Crime Watch: Alleged Cindy Crawford extortionist turns himself in... Swiss court to decide Roman Polanski's bail request in two weeks. Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan bolts from intervention attempt; causes uproar at in-store event... Managers asked eds to not make Adam Lambert "too gay" in Out magazine cover shot... Aaron Eckhart and Molly Simms dating....

By Liz Kelly  | November 18, 2009; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Trial in Parker/Broderick case begins, 'New Moon' madness officially underway

Trial begins for Ohio police chief in Sarah Jessica Parker/Matthew Broderick case... Michael Jackson's doctor avoids jail in child support case, Janet Jackson blames him for her brother's death... Ryan O'Neal allegedly not mentioned in Farrah Fawcett's will... Model Adriana Lima gives birth to baby girl... Instead of full frontal, Levi Johnston opts for fig leaf in Playgirl shoot... Johnny Depp becomes highest paid actor, thanks to payment for next "Pirates" gig... R.I.P., Ken Ober... Judge grants Nicole Richie restraining order against pair of photographers... Heidi and Spencer Pratt are shopping reality show because, in Heidi's words, "You don't get to see our everyday lives and what we do." All 'Twilight,' all the time edition: 'New Moon' on Monday -- fans go nuts at L.A. premiere... Taylor Lautner tells Jay Leno about inappropriate "Twilight" mom/fan... Robert Pattinson swears "New Moon" is a really good movie. And surely he wouldn't...

By Jen Chaney  | November 17, 2009; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Daily Mix  | Tags:  Matthew Broderick, Michael Jackson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Twilight  
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Bling with a bite from Brangelina

Serpentine cuffs from Brangelina's new Asprey collection. (Image courtesy Asprey via WWD) Just in time for the holidays Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have designed a collection of high-end jewelry featuring snakes and lots of diamonds. Items start at $535 and include serpent cuffs, serpent pendants, serpent rings, serpent cuff links and even a baby-spoon with a serpent-shaped handle. The Brangelina inspired bling will be available at Asprey stores starting later this week. So why snakes? According to Women's Wear Daily, Jolie received a ring in the shape of a snake when she was pregnant with Shiloh. The actress has since considered the reptile a talisman and protector of her family. All proceeds from sales will go to the charity Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, a non-profit co-founded by Jolie that works to educate children affected by war or natural disasters. No word yet on whether the collection...

By Liz Kelly  | November 16, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Brangelina, Celebrity Products  
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Rosie O'Donnell admits Kelli left two years ago; Chris Brown not ready for dating

Headlines: Rosie O'Donnell admits Kelli moved out two years ago... Chris Brown not ready to start dating again... Stephanie Pratt headed to 30-day rehab... Ashlee Simpson says her sister has an "incredible body"... Guests fete Kourtney Kardashian at baby shower... Lauren Bacall receives honorary Oscar... Joey Lawrence and wife expecting second daughter. Crime Watch: Shayne Lamas arrested for DUI. Rumor Mill: Seven more alleged Carrie Prejean sex tapes surface... Lindsay Lohan freaks out when asked to pay bar bill; videotaped doing something (?) in some dude's bathroom... Amy Winehouse admitted to hospital... Did Farrah Fawcett include secret lover in her will?... Johnny Depp to help pay off Nicolas Cage's debt?...

By Liz Kelly  | November 16, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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