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Celebritology 2.0: December 20, 2009 - December 26, 2009

Celeb splits: Why we take them to heart

Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins in 2000. (AP)Gallery: Sarandon and Robbins Bah humbug. We just didn't see it coming. Like them or not, most followers of celeb relationships have long kept Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins firmly planted in the (short) list of happy and healthy Hollywood relationships. That ended yesterday when, through a publicist, Sarandon announced an end to the couple's 23 years together. Most of us know what a good relationship looks like. And, unfortunately, the opposite. A bad match is usually visible miles away. We've either been in -- or party to -- pairings that result in infidelity, shouting matches and general ickiness. Which is why we're so quick to judge when it comes to celebrity couples. No matter how far removed we may be from the world of red carpets and gated Hollywood homes, we've all got definite ideas about the love-styles of the rich...

By Liz Kelly  | December 24, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Brittany Murphy funeral set for today; Amy Winehouse charged with assault

Headlines: Brittany Murphy to be buried today after private funeral; father plans to skip service... Footage from Murphy's final movie released onlne... DVD rental company recalls Murphy posters... Angelina Jolie says fidelity not an essential relationship ingredient... Tila Tequila retracts pregnancy tweet, blames Twitter character limit for confusion... Cher to auction Hawaii home... British court blocks Boy George's reality TV bid... Morgan Freeman buys private jet... Roman Polanski sues French mags for publishing pix of him under house arrest... Johnny Knoxville and girlfriend welcome baby boy. Video: Ricky Gervais serenades Elmo... Crime Watch: Amy Winehouse charged with assault... Balloon Boy dad gets 90 days in jail. Rumor Mill: Mary J. Blige punches husband in the face at record release party... Jennifer Hudson not pregnant again, says rep... Kate Gosselin dumped from talk show pilot... Britney Spears upset about conservatorship extension... Natalie Portman not dating Chris Hemsworth... Tiger Woods's yacht...

By Liz Kelly  | December 24, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins split

Susan Sarandon (right) and the shadowy Tim Robbins at a Creative Coalition inaugural event in January in D.C. (Liz Kelly for washingtonpost.com)Gallery: Sarandon and Robbins After two decades of togetherness and a reputation as one of the more stable relationships in Hollywood, a rep for Susan Sarandon this afternoon announced to People.com that not only has she split with partner of 23 years Tim Robbins, but that they actually broke up months ago: "Actress Susan Sarandon and her partner of 23 years, actor Tim Robbins have announced that they separated over the summer," her rep Teal Cannaday tells PEOPLE in a statement. "No further comments will be made." What happened and why the announcement now just in time to ruin the holiday season? Doubtless, details will emerge over the coming days. The couple has two children together, Jack, 20, and Miles, 17. They also raised Sarandon's daughter from a...

By Liz Kelly  | December 23, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Funniest celebrity quotes of the decade?

Paris Hilton drops some knowledge on "Larry King Live" in 2007. The folks over at Buzzfeed have compiled a list of the "50 Funniest Celebrity Quotes of the 2000s." They aren't all knee-slappers. In fact, some aren't even funny (for instance, Tom Cruise foaming at the mouth about psychology on "Today" in 2005). So, I've slogged through all 50 to bring you the top five six, below: 1. "Wal-mart... do they like make walls there?" -- Paris Hilton, 2003 2. "We found a great rhythm. Contractions started kicking in. I sat there with her, right between her legs. We got tribal on it, we danced to it! I was DJ-ing this Brazilian music." -- Matthew McConaughey on the birth of son Levi, 2008 3. "I make Jessica Simpson look like a rock scientist." -- Tara Reid, 2005 4. "Let's face it: The teeth are getting more and more British...

By Liz Kelly  | December 23, 2009; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Tiger Woods's approval rating bottoms out; T.I. released from prison

Headlines: Tiger Woods's approval rating drops to 34 percent... Judge extends Britney Spears's conservatorship... Prince William spends the night on a London street to raise awareness of the homeless... Christina Aguilera involved in minor fender-bender... Aerosmith's Steven Tyler enters rehab. Pix: Kate Gosselin as Carol Brady? Video: "Sex and the City 2" trailer released online (no sign of plot)... Crime Watch: T.I. released from prison... Police investigating leak in Brittany Murphy death probe... Balloon Boy dad to be sentenced for stunt today... Randy and Evi Quaid plead not guilty in fraud case... FBI records show Michael Jackson shared stalker with George H.W. Bush... Pete Doherty charged with heroin possession after leaving court. Rumor Mill: Jennifer Hudson pregnant with second child?... Alleged mistress denies snapping nude pix of Tiger Woods... Rachel Uchitel denies she's pregnant with Woods's baby... Did GOOP-y Gwyneth Paltrow break the law with free trip to Morocco?......

By Liz Kelly  | December 23, 2009; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Alyssa Milano gets 'Jersey Shore'-ified

It's been a downer of a week, so a big thank you is in order for Alyssa Milano who submitted to an astounding transformation -- from her still-cute-at-37 self to a "Jersey Shore" "hottie" in a new video posted to FunnyorDie.com: Alyssa Milano's Evolution: Jersey Shore from Alyssa Milano An Italian-American, Milano has gone on record saying she wouldn't watch the MTV "docudrama" following the lives of a handful of "Guidos and Guidettes" as they drink and sleep their way through New Jersey's Seaside Heights. That didn't stop Milano, though, from turning herself into a reasonable facsimile of outspoken hobbit Snooki (who was also lampooned on this weekend's "SNL"). For those who can't watch, the short clip documents Milano's transformation into a guidette -- complete with fake bake, raccoon eyes and Snooki's signature hair "pouf." Then Milano's image is tweaked to enlarge her chest and butt. At the end, we...

By Liz Kelly  | December 22, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Brittany Murphy's autopsy results deferred; Tom Cruise sued for alleged spying

Headlines: Cause of death determination in Brittany Murphy case could take six weeks... "Destroyed" Simon Monjack talks to "Access Hollywood," says Murphy had been sick... Tom Cruise sued for alleged wiretapping... Taylor Swift voted AP entertainer of the year... Britney Spears ranks the top B.S. stories written about her in 2009... Alec Baldwin used butt double in new movie... FBI release of Michael Jackson documents stalled by snowstorm... Boy George headed to court in bid to appear on "Celebrity Big Brother"... Howard Stern threatens to leave satellite radio... Lisa Loeb debuts eyewear line... Carrie Underwood engaged to NHL player... Pay to party with the cast of "Jersey Shore." Video: Jessica Simpson posts ear-candling video to Twitter: More: Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise's "Knight and Day" trailer debuts. Crime Watch: California appeals court denies Roman Polanski's bid for case dismissal. Rumor Mill: Large cache of prescription drugs reportedly found in...

By Liz Kelly  | December 22, 2009; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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A fond farewell: Celebs we lost in 2009

Join me at 2 p.m. ET to discuss the latest on the death of Brittany Murphy and all the celebs we lost in 2009. --- Farrah Fawcett in 2000. (Getty Images) The unexpected death of Brittany Murphy on Sunday underscored just how many we lost in 2009. From Michael Jackson to Patrick Swayze, below an edited look at celebrities who died over the past 12 months. Patrick Swayze, Sept. 14 -- After a valiant fight and a desire to continue working, Swayze -- best known for his role in "Dirty Dancing," but equally loved for other roles -- succumbed to pancreatic cancer. | Career timeline John Hughes, Aug. 6 -- The director of beloved movies -- from "Sixteen Candles" to "Home Alone" died suddenly of a heart attack while taking a walk near his New York home. | Gallery Michael Jackson, June 25 -- The King of Pop, who left...

By Liz Kelly  | December 21, 2009; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Coroner: Brittany Murphy's death 'appears natural'; Tila Tequila pregnant?

Headlines: Los Angeles coroner says Brittany Murphy's death "appears to be natural," autopsy planned for Monday or Tuesday... Ashton Kutcher, other celebs, mourn Murphy via Twitter... (Gallery)... Watchmaker TAG Heuer not dumping Tiger Woods... Tila Tequila claims she's pregnant with surrogate baby... Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady reveal baby name: Benjamin... Michael Jackson named MTV News's man of the year... Jackson's "Captain EO" returning to Disneyland... Suri Cruise named most stylish celebrity kid... Patrick Stewart to receive knighthood... Kevin Jonas marries... LeAnn Rimes's husband files for divorce... Jon Bon Jovi's son hospitalized. Crime Watch: Police find pot on two of Lil' Wayne's tour buses... Randy Quaid's wife taken into custody in Texas. Rumor Mill: Brittany Murphy sick morning of death, reports TMZ.com... Taylor Swift in talks to play Supergirl?... Taylor Lautner to star in "Vision Quest" remake?... Tiger Woods sets sail on 155-foot yacht....

By Liz Kelly  | December 21, 2009; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Brittany Murphy dead at 32

Murphy at the 2002 premiere of '8 Mile.' (Reuters) Updated 4:25 p.m. ET The Associated Press reports that actress Brittany Murphy was declared dead Sunday morning at Los Angeles's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. No cause of death has been provided. An ambulance was called to the home of Murphy's husband, screenwriter Simon Monjack, following a 911 call. According to the Los Angeles Times, the LAPD has opened an official investigation into the circumstances surrounding Murphy's death. A representative for Murphy, Nicole Perna, said in a statement to TMZ.com Sunday afternoon, "In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy." Murphy appeared as a co-star in everything from "Clueless" to "8 Mile" to "Sin City" and starred opposite Ashton Kutcher in 2003's "Just Married." According to Perez Hilton, Murphy had recently been let go from an upcoming...

By Liz Kelly  | December 20, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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