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Celebritology 2.0: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Madonna vs. Kim Kardashian: Battle of the iPhone apps

This week, both Kim Kardashian and Madonna found yet another way to invade our lives -- via their own branded iPhone apps. Lest you think this a revolutionary idea, know that trailblazer Britney Spears picked up on the mobile angle months ago, launching her own app back in November 2009. Lots of other celebs -- Diddy, Lil' Wayne, T-Pain and even Pope Benedict XVI -- have their own dedicated apps, too, with more on the way. In the spirit of cluttering up my own iPhone so you don't have to, I test drove both the Madge and Kim K. apps this morning. Below, a quick comparison: (Courtesy Mobile Roadie) Catchy name? Madonna (Sure, it's quick and to the point.) Price: free User Rating: 4 stars and Mobile Roadie CEO Michael Schneider says the Madge app is "our fastest growing app of all time, adding many thousands of users per day."...

By Liz Kelly  | February 26, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Andrew Koenig found dead; Coroner: No illegal drugs in Brittany Murphy's system

First lady Michelle Obama looks on as Sarah Jessica Parker stands to be recognized by President Obama during a Thursday White House ceremony honoring the 2009 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal recipients. (AP) Headlines: Body of "Growing Pains" actor Andrew Koenig found in Vancouver park; actor committed suicide, says father... Coroner: No illegal drugs found in Brittany Murphy's body... Casey Johnson's autopsy report mentions "possible excess use of Nyquil"... Sarah Jessica Parker meets the Obamas... Levi Johnston ordered to pay child support... Tiger Woods squashes PETA ad campaign featuring his likeness... Howard Stern organizes beauty pageant for Tiger's mistresses... Courtney Love and Lily Allen tangle at awards show... Despite reports to the contrary, Whitney Houston's rep says tour is going great... Brazilian officials want Paris Hilton beer ad off the air... SeaWorld suspends Shamu's Twitter account... Mickey Rourke to play Conan (the Barbarian's) father... Seth Green...

By Liz Kelly  | February 26, 2010; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Fergie's robotic transformation

Fergie-bot. (AP) What's that? You've long suspected Fergie of springing whole cloth from some top secret record company generic pop singer robot lab? Well, after Wednesday's Black Eyed Peas appearance at New York's Madison Square Garden there can be no doubt. Fergie Ferg seems to be the latest pop diva to show every outward sign of some kind of robot metamorphosis. And it isn't just the elaborate costume screen printed with futuristic images of gears and rivets and other techie looking stuff. It's the vacant, vaguely Stepford-ian stare. One can almost imagine laser beams shooting from her empty eyes, instantly sapping the few remaining brain cells left to Black Eyed Peas concertgoers. I'm not sure what's going on in the music industry -- that's more the domain of Click Track -- but perhaps building an army of robot women is some kind of last ditch attempt at salvaging plummeting...

By Liz Kelly  | February 25, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Conan O'Brien joins Twitter; George Clooney not selling Lake Como villa

Octo-mom Nadya Suleman visits 'The View' on Wednesday. (AP) Headlines: Conan O'Brien starts tweeting, racks up 200K followers on first day... Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal turned down "Avatar"... George Clooney not selling Lake Como villa... Family says Susan Boyle needs "24-hour care"... Andrew Koenig's parents walk out on "Larry King Live" minutes before airtime... Kevin Smith calls media coverage of his airline expulsion "pathetic"... Kelly Osbourne says she took more heat for her weight than for drug abuse... George Lopez to voice "Speedy Gonzalez"... Nicole Richie launches new clothing line "Winter Kate"... Kelly Ripa gets husband's last name tattooed on wrist... Michael Jackson's mother planning fan convention... Ann-Margret and Jaclyn Smith sign on for "Law & Order: SVU" episode... Florida Woman sues 50 Cent for allegedly distributing her homemade sex video. Crime Watch: Adrian Pasdar pleads not guilty to drunk driving... Leif Garrett pleads not guilty to drug...

By Liz Kelly  | February 25, 2010; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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'Lost' Dueling Analysis: 'Lighthouse'

In which Jen and Liz -- who have no doubt their fate is to over-analyze the best sci-fi drama on TV -- dissect the minutiae of season six's fourth episode and do so without the assistance of any helpful dead people to serve as a guide. Read the analysis, add your comments, then join in the 2 p.m. ET "Lost" Hour chat. Oh, and in the meantime, visit "Lost" Central to complete the immersion. -- Hurley (Jorge Garcia, left) convinces Jack (Matthew Fox) to join him in a little jungle stroll. (ABC) Liz: So Ben Linus and John Locke wasted all this time hoping they were special when it turns out that all along the special one is -- at least per tonight's episode and Jacob -- Jack Shephard. Not that surprising, considering the hints we had that season six would largely mirror (mirror!) season one. The show's first...

By Liz Kelly  | February 24, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
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Charlie Sheen enters rehab; Gary Busey welcomes baby boy

Headlines: Charlie Sheen enters rehab... Tiger and Elin Woods apologize to daughter's school for "media scrutiny"... Australian fans demand refund for disastrous Whitney Houston performance (says one concert-goer in the accompanying video: "She couldn't entertain a dead rat.")... Lindsay Lohan says Samantha Ronson is the only woman for her... Kiefer Sutherland to return to "24" set Monday... Bristol Palin to make acting debut on "Secret Life of the American Teenager"... 65-year-old Gary Busey and girlfriend welcome baby boy. Rumor Mill: Matt Damon to star in RFK biopic... Lindsay Lohan bursts into tears at mention of "Parent Trap" at Atlantic City appearance... Newly-single Ryan Phillippe hits the clubs... Did Jessica Simpson spark a Hollywood club fight? Pix: Shiloh Jolie-Pitt's new bob... Jon Hamm's beard makes a comeback at Olympics... Nicole Richie, jet pilot... Liz Hurley wears revealing sari to charity fundraiser (NSFW). Video: Anthony Bourdain makes his "Yo Gabba Gabba!"...

By Liz Kelly  | February 24, 2010; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Lindsay Lohan comes clean about drug use

Lindsay Lohan at her July 2009 Vegas birthday/tanning lotion promotion fest. (Getty Images) Sorry, Barbara Walters. Important one-time child star turned Hollywood poison Lindsay Lohan has come clean about her past substance abuse problems in U.K. tabloid The Sun. It's been a busy year for Lohan -- a split from girlfriend Samantha Ronson, a universally panned debut as an Ungaro fashion consultant and a steady stream of Twitter musings. Still, she found time to open up about her never-quite-confirmed affinity for recreational drugs in one of Britain's trashier tabloids. And, surprise, she's blaming dad Michael Lohan, for talking to the press about her starting in 2007: "When my father was going public, that's when I hit rock bottom. I abused substances too much and it wasn't the answer to my problems. People need to know that." Except, estranged papa Lohan says, Lilo was already at rock bottom when he...

By Liz Kelly  | February 23, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Simon Cowell, Kristen Stewart among Leno's first 'Tonight Show' guests; Adrian Pasdar charged with DUI

Headlines: Simon Cowell, Jamie Foxx, Kristen Stewart among Jay Leno's first new "Tonight Show" guests... Shakira gets private meeting with President Obama... "Glee" cast to sing at White House Easter egg roll... Details picks Hollywood's next leading men -- Dave Franco (James's little brother), Liam Hemsworth (Miley Cyrus's beau) and more... Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson to present at Oscars... Kate Winslet keeps her Oscar statuette in the bathroom... Jennifer Lopez leaves record label... Jay-Z says "broken Britain" needs a leader like Barack Obama... Johnny Depp wants West Memphis Three case reopened... Brooke Mueller switches rehab facilities after "security breach"... Sting paid more than $1 million to perform for daughter of Uzbekistan dictator... Missing "Growing Pains" star Andrew Koenig believed alive; Kirk Cameron pleads for Koenig's safe return... Placido Domingo to undergo surgery... TMZ sued for leaking clips of Debbie Rowe interview. Crime Watch: "Heroes's" Adrian Pasdar...

By Liz Kelly  | February 23, 2010; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Celebrity fashion inspiration gets techie

"Who are you wearing?" Oscar-watchers are familiar with that question and the idea of celebs as walking advertisements -- the biggest names are covered head to foot in gowns, jewelry and shoes donated by designers anxious to ride Oscar buzz to higher sales. But now some savvy e-commerce types have worked out a way to make money even from a celeb's every day wardrobe choices. On Sunday, the New York Times explored the new, lucrative business of selling celebrity looks online. For those of you who aren't regular visitors to hardcore celeb-scoop blogs like Celebitchy, Just Jared or INF Daily -- the sites, which post a high volume of paparazzi-snapped star pics -- feature ads directly on pix of several stars that take interested readers to online shopping sites where one can buy either the item the star is wearing or a reasonably facsimile. Shopt for Jolie's glasses -- neve...

By Liz Kelly  | February 22, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish split; Angelina Jolie reunites with dad

Update: Padma Lakshmi gives birth to baby girl. -- 9:13 a.m. ET ---- Headlines: Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish split... Angelina Jolie spends time with dad Jon Voight... Colin Firth says he almost turned down "A Single Man"... Alexa Ray Joel is new face of Prell shampoo... Hilary Duff engaged to hockey player... Sandra Bullock says missing dog was beaten... One-time "Growing Pains" actor Andrew Koenig missing; parents say Koenig suffering from depression. Crime Watch: Sean Penn charged in alleged paparazzo attack... "Family Ties" actor Brian Bonsall arrested again. Rumor Mill: Child Protective Services check in on Charlie Sheen's home... "SNL" close to landing Betty White for hosting gig... Is Daniel Craig secretly married?... Fight breaks out at Paris Hilton's birthday party... Lady Gaga pitches fit at magazine photo shoot... Playgirl asks Michael Vick to pose nude. Pix: Morgan Freeman with a cat on his head. Video: Catsuited Jennifer Lopez...

By Liz Kelly  | February 22, 2010; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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