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Celebritology 2.0: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Timeline: From 'Jon & Kate' to separate lives

Jon and Kate Gosselin in happier times. (AP/TLC) Today a Pennsylvania judge granted Jon and Kate Gosselin a divorce, capping off a whirlwind year of ratings (and personal) ups-and-downs for the couple. How did we get here from there? Allow the timeline below to explain. June 12, 1999 -- Jon and Kate Gosselin marry. October 8, 2000 -- Kate gives birth to twins Cara and Madelyn. May 10, 2004 -- Following fertility treatment, Kate gives birth to sextuplets Alexis Faith, Hannah Joy, Aaden Jonathan, Collin Thomas, Leah Hope and Joel Kevin. Sept. 2005 -- Discovery channel airs the first of two one-hour specials about the Gosselin family. April 2007 -- "Jon & Kate Plus 8" begins its series run on Discovery, later moving to TLC. 2009 April -- Kate releases her book, "Eight Little Faces," and embarks on book tour. April -- Tabloid reports surface linking Jon to various...

By Liz Kelly  | December 18, 2009; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Twits: Bow Wow, Ben Stiller, Spencer Pratt, Ben Stiller, Pam Anderson

This week, Bow Wow laments the bachelor's life, Ben Stiller bemoans parenthood and the futility of bobbing for apples, Pam Anderson shares her secret ingredient and more! 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: Aidan Hughes (Bow Wow, Pam Anderson) is a Washington-based stage and film actor who most recently appeared in "My One and Only." His next project will be "Constant State of Panic" at the H Street Playhouse with the Madcap Players. Cesar Guadamuz (Ben Stiller) is a local artiste of the stage and a cog in the world known as White Collar. Annie Mueller (Spencer Pratt) is a local actor and a graphic design student at Northern Virginia Community College. --- "Twits" is a regular video series in which actors dramatize selected text from celebrity Twitter feeds....

By Liz Kelly  | December 18, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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LeeLee Sobieski welcomes baby girl; 'Runaways' trailer debuts online

Headlines: Sarah Ferguson regrets divorce from Prince Andrew... Amanda Seyfried leaving "Big Love" (after new season) to pursue film career... Elisabeth Hasselbeck asks Stanley Tucci about his wife's reaction to "Lovely Bones" (sadly, Tucci's wife died in May)... LeeLee Sobieski gives birth to baby girl... Melanie Griffith treated for skin cancer... Nancy O'Dell leaving "Access Hollywood"... Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Jones dead at 90. Pix: Jon Gosselin shoots a handgun in his back yard. Video: "Runaways" trailer, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, debuts online... More: David Beckham cuts George Lopez's hair. Crime Watch: Mom testifies in Ashanti stalker trial... Pennsylvania man charged with stalking Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck... Michael Lohan's ex busted for kicking him in the head. Rumor Mill: Beyonce's parents file for divorce... Jon Gosselin owes ex-girlfriend Hailey Glassman $90,000... Robert Pattinson freaks out after kiss from swine-flu infected fan... Tiger Woods told alleged mistress no....

By Liz Kelly  | December 18, 2009; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Biggest celebrity train wrecks of the '00s?

Potential train wreck winner: Lindsay Lohan's July 24, 2007 mug shot. (Reuters) I think we can all agree that Tiger made a late play for the title of "biggest celebrity train wreck of the decade," but below is my list of the core contenders. Have a read, cast your votes in the ranking poll, then join me at 2 p.m. ET when we'll debate the inclusions, exclusions and your take. 1. Tiger Woods: What began as a sketchily-explained late-night car crash has blossomed into a full-blown sex scandal, with alleged mistresses still coming out of the woodwork, an imploding marriage and skittish sponsors dropping their erstwhile golden boy. 2. Britney Spears: Sure, she's back on track now, but two years ago Brit was bopping around L.A. using a cringe-inducing British accent, shaving her head, losing custody of her kids, bashing an SUV with an umbrella and turning in one...

By Liz Kelly  | December 17, 2009; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Emma Watson named highest-grossing actress of decade; Gosselin divorce 'imminent'?

Headlines: Emma Watson named highest-grossing actor of the decade... Tiger Woods's wife to spend holiday with kids in Sweden... Ungaro CEO (who hired Lindsay Lohan) resigns... Sofia Coppola expecting second child... Tameka Raymond says she won't be joining "Real Housewives" cast. Pix: Nicole Kidman over-powdered for red carpet event... Madonna gets domestic in new Dolce & Gabbana ads... Spencer Pratt releases album cover image. Crime Watch: Doctor linked to Tiger Woods under investigation. Rumor Mill: Jon and Kate Gosselin divorce decree expected soon... Jessica Simpson denies having flirted with Tiger Woods... Mistress no. 14 seeking a payoff... Elin Nordegren won't appear in Puma ads, but is talking to divorce lawyer... NBC considering Jerry Seinfeld to replace Conan O'Brien?... Jesse McCartney dumps Hayden Panettiere for ex. Chat Day! Forget that meeting. At 2 p.m. ET, you'll want to be behind your keyboard for this week's Celebritology Live chat. Then, depending...

By Liz Kelly  | December 17, 2009; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Instant gratification: The same Olsen thing

It's kind of heartening to think that even as we weather the current tempestuous seas of celebrity news -- what with Tiger still allegedly seeing side-squeeze Rachel Uchitel despite a reported $3 million payoff and Reese and Jake calling it quits -- that some things never change. Like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who turned up for Tuesday evening's New York screening of "Nine" in typically puzzling ensembles. From the unkempt hair to the overdone eyeliner to Ashley's Wookie-pelt coat, the twins are a sight for eyes over-sore from repeated assault by Tiger's harem of skanky babes. Thank you, MK and Ash, for being reliably cuckoo. (Getty Images)...

By Liz Kelly  | December 16, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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John Mayer taking a break from dating; Courtney Love slams daughter via Facebook

Headlines: John Mayer taking a break from dating... Courtney Love bashes "lying" daughter Frances Bean via Facebook... NBC polling viewers on what to do with Michaele and Tariq Salahi... Rick Springfield, Meredith Baxter penning memoirs... Fitness guru Jack LaLanne is recovering from heart valve surgery. Pix: Sarah Jessica Parker shares pix of twin daughters. Video: Russell Crowe's "Robin Hood" trailer released... More: Nine-year-old Noah Cyrus performs Akon's "Smack That." Crime Watch: Accused Erin Andrews stalker pleads guilty... Alleged Jennifer Garner stalker in police custody... Prosecutors say David Letterman extortionist tried to pass off crime as business deal... Randy Quaid and wife fail to show for court hearing... Judge orders Lindsay Lohan to make her DUI program a priority... Turns out Michael Lohan was arrested for violating protection order... Ex-"Brady Bunch" star Barry Williams says girlfriend threatened to kill him. Rumor Mill: Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal really over?... Tiger...

By Liz Kelly  | December 16, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Biggest celebrity of the '00s?

Angelina Jolie walks the red carpet in 2008, before the birth of twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline. (Getty Images) Yesterday, IMDB.com released its list of the top celebs of 2009, based on traffic to the juggernaut of a Web site. And, for the first time in five years, Johnny Depp has been knocked from the top of the heap. That's right, the slightly eccentric swashbuckler has been replaced by moody, floppy-haired vampire portrayer Robert Pattinson. The list contains some surprises, too -- Megan Fox ahead of Brad Pitt and another vamp -- the "Twilight" saga's Ashley Greene beating out Angelina Jolie. In fact, in all, five of "Twilight's" actors made the list. But enough about 2009 and those vampires-come-lately -- our work here today is much more serious in scope. We're to debate who deserves the title of the biggest celebrity of the '00s. Entertainment Weekly compiled their...

By Liz Kelly  | December 15, 2009; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Awards Season, Celebrities, Friday Lists  
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Jon Gosselin most-overhyped name of 2009; Courtney Love loses custody of daughter

Headlines: Jon Gosselin edges out Nadya Suleman to become Celebritology's most over-exposed celeb of 2009... Courtney Love loses custody of daughter... Chris Brown cancels his Twitter account... Stephen Colbert lands on Sports Illustrated cover... Cate Blanchett 90 minutes late to "Streetcar" performance... "30 Rock's" Grizz Chapman needs kidney transplant... One-time Eliott Spitzer escort Ashley Dupre lands advice columnist gig... Keira Knightley to pose nude for artist... Taylor Swift celebrates birthday by giving big to charity... Kourtney Kardashian gives birth to baby boy... Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen still can't agree on name for newborn... New Kids on the Block's Joey McIntyre welcomes second son... Drew Lachey and wife expecting second child... Celebritologist due in June. Pix: Rihanna poses topless for GQ cover. Video: ABC releases new "Lost" promo... More: Nicole Kidman balks when asked about Scientology. Crime Watch: Michael Lohan denies arrest for violating restraining order. Rumor Mill: Kate...

By Liz Kelly  | December 15, 2009; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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The most over-exposed celebs of 2009: The vote

Updated 7 a.m. ET, Dec. 15: We have our winner! Jon Gosselin is officially the most-over exposed celeb of 2009! ------ Surely Heidi Montag's (here with husband Spencer Pratt) Playboy spread contributed to some over-exposure. (Getty Images) Last Friday I asked you to submit your nominees for the most over-hyped celebs of 2009 whose 15 minutes seemed to stretch into hours or whose attention seemed to outpace their merit. And you responded with a robust list of rogues (and rogue-ettes), from the expected (Octo-mom Nadya Suleman -- "Freakish irresponsible fertility treatments doesn't make you a celebritology," commented ssg3) to the surprising (Suri Cruise? "It's not that the little darling doesn't deserve attention... it's that we should be deeply ashamed for scrutinizing the social activities and wardrobe of a three year old child," said nominator Caitlin 41282). But which should take top honors as the most over-hyped? Today we put it...

By Liz Kelly  | December 14, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Tiger dumped by Accenture; Angelina Jolie's Facebook pals

Headlines: Accenture severs relationship with Tiger Woods... Angelina Jolie's Facebook friends revealed (Jeff Goldblum?)... Chris Brown rants about retailer boycotts... Lindsay Lohan returns from India; selling her used clothes on family Web site... Leonardo DiCaprio signs on to Mel Gibson-directed Viking drama... Catherine Zeta-Jones returns to Broadway... Want Snoop Dogg's voice on your GPS? For shizzle!... Former "Bachelor" contestant Melissa Rycroft marries. Pix: K-Fed drops 50 pounds... Carey Hart's new Pink tattoo... Newest Tiger Woods mistress? Video: Taylor Lautner's "SNL" monologue... poll by twiigs.com Rumor Mill: Child protective services called to Tiger Woods's home... Jude Law and Sienna Miller planning to cohabitate again... Madonna dumped from Louis Vuitton ads....

By Liz Kelly  | December 14, 2009; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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