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Celebritology 2.0: March 7, 2010 - March 13, 2010

Oscars 2010: Talking to our local nominee about his Oscar night

It's taken a few days to fully recover from the red-carpet chaos and statuette-distributing insanity that was this year's Academy Awards. Now that I can both inhale and exhale, I'm finally getting around to posting my last awards-season update on Gregg Helvey, a native of Loudon County, Va., who was nominated in the live-action short film category for "Kavi," a look at an Indian boy attempting to escape the shackles of slave labor. Helvey didn't win an Oscar on Sunday; the honor in his category went instead to "The New Tenants." But as he told me during a phone conversation the day after the Big Night, the whole experience was still "like a dreamworld." Helvey -- accompanied by his wife Margaux, his parents and the young star of his movie, Sagar Salunke -- walked the red carpet, where he had the first of two encounters with another fellow nominee and...

By Jen Chaney  | March 12, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Friday List: '80s movie remakes -- dos and don'ts

Out of an abundance of concern, we've each compiled lists of '80s movies that should not be remade, as well as a few that have reboot potential. Our picks follow after the jump. Read them, then add yours in the comments section.

By By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | March 12, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Haim died of pulmonary congestion, says mom; Conan O'Brien announces 30-city tour

Based on early coroner's report, mom claims Corey Haim died of pulmonary congestion; no official cause of death expected until toxicology reports complete.... Haim to be buried in Toronto... Madonna gives relationship advice on "The Marriage Ref"...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | March 12, 2010; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Why the media can't resist Corey Haim, and other celeb deaths

When news broke early yesterday that Corey Haim had died at the age of 38, a predictable thing happened. His name became a hotly searched keyword on Google, and over on Twitter, topics like "Lost Boys" and "RIP Corey Haim" were suddenly trending in a big way.

By Jen Chaney  | March 11, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Twits Quiz: Eva Longoria, Snooki, Jessica Simpson, Kevin Nealon

Watch the short video clips below -- in which actors dramatize some of the best mind droppings celebs have to offer -- to match the quotes with the celebrity who originally posted the quotes to Twitter.

By Liz Kelly  | March 11, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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'Twilight: Eclipse': Breaking down the new trailer

Now we finally have a look at "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," the next chapter in the sweeping vampire/werewolf saga that continues to captivate/befuddle/totally annoy the nation. (Alternate title of this installment: "Bella and Edward's Big, Fat Fanged Attempt at a Wedding.") The one-minute-and-thirty-second clip that arrives online today -- and will play in theaters this weekend in front of (surprise!) the new Robert Pattinson movie, "Remember Me" -- tells us several not terribly surprising things about what we'll see in the upcoming film. (You know, assuming you haven't pretty much figured them out after reading the very popular Stephenie Meyer book.) Watch the clip first, then let's break it down together, shall we? Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Now let's review:...

By Jen Chaney  | March 11, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Celebs remember Corey Haim; Betty White to host 'SNL'; 'Twilight' trailer sneak peek

Celebrity Beat: Corey Haim was "beautiful, tormented soul," says Corey Feldman... Haim's mother battling cancer... Stars memorialize Haim on Twitter... Is prescription drug abuse a Hollywood epidemic?... Casey Johnson died with just $75K and no will...

By Liz Kelly  | March 11, 2010; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Paying tribute to Corey Haim

We don't want to remember Corey Haim, who died Wednesday morning at the age of 38 after an apparent overdose, as the drug-addled reality star of recent years. We want to remember Haim as the actor he was when he first started out in Hollywood in the early '80s, a young man capable of projecting a vulnerability, exuberance and sweetness that made him instantly likable onscreen.

By Jen Chaney  | March 10, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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'Lost' Dueling Analysis: 'Dr. Linus'

In which Jen and Liz debate the finer points of one Benjamin Linus, who -- like the rest of us -- is possessed of good and evil and ugly sweater vests. Join them at 2 p.m. ET to continue the discussion in the weekly "Lost" Hour chat. In the meantime, visit "Lost" Central -- our one-stop spot for all things "Lost" related. Dr. Linus, we presume? (Michael Emerson). (ABC) Liz: Jen, I feel like Leslie Arzt. Why? Because, apparently, we both got Ben all wrong. Midway through tonight's show, when Ben was all Machiavellian maneuvers and power plays Arzt said, "Linus you're a real killer." But as it turned out, Ben wasn't. He wasn't willing to put his hunger for power ahead of student (and cosmic daughter) Alex. And once he made that decision, turns out it felt pretty good. And all was right with Ben Linus -- in...

By Liz Kelly  | March 10, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (160)
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Corey Haim dead at 38

Eighties-era teen actor Corey Haim was found dead in a Los Angeles apartment in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The Los Angeles police confirmed the death to TV station KTLA this morning in what is being termed an "accidental overdose."

By Liz Kelly  | March 10, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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Lindsay Lohan confirms she's out at Ungaro; Letterman extortionist pleads guilty

Celebrity Beat: Lindsay Lohan confirms she's out at Ungaro; Dina Lohan rushes to daughter's defense in "milkaholic" ad dust-up... Charlie Sheen to return to TV set Tuesday... Howard Stern says "enormous" Gabourey Sidibe will never work again... Marie Osmond returns to Vegas stage after son's funeral... Hilary Duff to write series of young adult novels... Molly Ringwald records jazz album... Katherine Heigl goes brunette... Andy Whitfield, star of new "Spartacus" series, diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Video: Heidi Montag stars in Ron Howard-directed "Funny or Die" clip... Pop Culture Mix: Vancouver man files lawsuit against "Avatar," claiming the movie stole his story... Robert De Niro onboard to play Vince Lombardi in biopic... Andy Richter still ticked at Leno... the latest news on casting "Captain America"... "Lost's" Yunjin Kim dishes on the rest of season six... Cornell Law highlights fictional alum Andy Bernard... "Alice in Wonderland" gets iPhone app. Oscar mysteries...

By Liz Kelly  | March 10, 2010; 7:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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The 'Lost' Five: Points to Ponder Ahead of 'Dr. Linus'

Mr. Linus (Michael Emerson). (ABC) While Jen is winging her way back from Los Angeles in time to join me in writing the dueling analysis after tonight's show, I sat down and hammered out a list of five questions I'd like to see answered on tonight's episode, "Dr. Linus." Do I have any inside knowledge that the episode will go in any of these directions? No. Like you, I'm flying blind. But with only 12 eps to go, time for elegant explanations to "Lost's" long-simmering mysteries is running out. 1. Is Aaron on the island? Jen is convinced that the tow-headed boy of eleven-ish who appeared on the island in "The Substitute" to chide MIB about the rules is none other than an inexplicably aged Aaron. Nutty Claire, too, is sure he's on the island. Why? Because her new BFF MIB told her so. But MIB isn't exactly the...

By Liz Kelly  | March 9, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Lindsay Lohan: Being a big baby?

According to the New York Post, erstwhile actress/failed fashion designer Lindsay Lohan is so steamed about a Super Bowl ad she's prepared to go to court. The ad in question is E-Trade's spot -- the one that featured a baby behind a computer talking to his girlfriend via Web cam. At one point, the girlfriend demands to know whether or not the main baby was partying with "that milk-a-holic Lindsay" last night. A third baby then pops into frame -- supposedly "Lindsay" -- and delivers the line "Milk-a-what?" And, apparently the name combined with the "milk-a-holic" crack was enough to convince Lohan that the character is based on her and that, hey, she should receive some kind of financial compensation for the "use of her name and characterization." Yesterday she filed suit for $100 million in damages. "They used the name Lindsay," Lohan's lawyer Stephanie Ovadia told the NY Post....

By Liz Kelly  | March 9, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Clooney snuck flask into Oscars; Gabourey Sidibe would 'hit' Gerard Butler

Celebrity Beat: George Clooney snuck flask into Oscars... Betty White confirms she'll appear on "SNL"... Farrah Fawcett, others left out of Oscar "In Memoriam" segment... Lindsay Lohan had no input into latest Ungaro collection... Simon Cowell says he plans to marry "in the next 10 years"... Funeral service held for Marie Osmond's son... Private memorial held for "Growing Pains" star Andrew Koenig... Alec Baldwin tapped to speak at NYU commencement... "Will and Grace" star Sean Hayes confirms he's gay... Sister wants investigation into Natalie Wood's death reopened... Placido Domingo has surgery for colon cancer. Pop Culture Mix: Interrupted producer gets his say on "Larry King Live." Video: "Tron: Legacy" trailer debuts online... Rumor Mill: Sean Penn in post-Oscar brawl with ex's new boyfriend?... Rep: Tom Cruise not involved in motorcycle accident... Jamie Foxx dating "Clueless" star Stacey Dash?... Kate Moss bans Sienna Miller from Easter party. Say What? "I...

By Liz Kelly  | March 9, 2010; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Oscars 2010: The report from the Governor's Ball

At the Governor’s Ball -- the Academy’s official post-Oscars party -- virtually everyone who appeared during the just-ended ceremony is present and accounted for. There’s Christoph Waltz, roaming the room with his newly earned Oscar in hand. And there’s best cinematography presenter John Travolta, roaming the room with a cell pressed up to his ear. James Cameron is here, chatting with colleagues near the "Avatar" table and looking perfectly calm and unwounded after losing both best picture and best director to his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, and her "Hurt Locker." Co-host Steve Martin is not far away, in a huddle, undoubtedly collecting well-deserved accolades for his dry-as-parchment-paper repartee with Alec Baldwin during the telecast. And T. Bone Burnett has even removed his signature sunglasses, no doubt basking in the collection of his first Oscar for best original song. (He didn't do the traditional post-win spin by the press room with his...

By Jen Chaney  | March 8, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Oscars 2010: Getting to know the Oscar red carpet

Mo'Nique and co., keeping it real on the red carpet. (AP) This year was my first time at the Oscars, and on the red carpet. And as much as I tried to imagine what it would be like beforehand, I couldn't, quite, until it was all actually happening. When I went to the Spirit Awards Friday night, Mo'Nique told me that "every award is the Big Dance." While I totally appreciate the sentiment behind what she was saying, I think she's wrong. When you're on the red carpet at the Oscars, it feels like the biggest dance in the history of prommy proms, the cotillion to end all cotillions, the awards show that makes even other, important awards shows seem like National Honor Society inductions at small suburban high schools. Of course, for a long time on the red carpet, nothing happens. I got there early yesterday afternoon and...

By Jen Chaney  | March 8, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Miley Cyrus admits she's dating Liam Hemsworth; Gwyneth Paltrow goes karaoke; Oscar updates!

Full Oscar coverage: Including photo galleries, winners, show reviews, Tweets from the red carpet and more. And just who was that woman who interrupted the best documentary short winner? Salon.com investigates. Chat! Join Reliable Source writer Amy Argetsinger and our own Jen Chaney at 2 p.m. ET for a chat about last night's behind the scenes maneuvers and Oscar after parties. And now, for something completely different... Celebrity Beat: Miley Cyrus admits she's dating "Last Song" co-star Liam Hemsworth... Joaquin Phoenix ready to return to acting... Brooke Burke to co-host "Dancing with the Stars"... Spencer Pratt undergoes mouth surgery after biting his tongue... Brad Paisley hospitalized after stage tumble... Kirsten Dunst on the cover of V magazine... Jenna Elfman gives birth to second son. Video: Gwyneth Paltrow karaoke's "Killing Me Softly"... Some random chick transforms into Michael Jackson... Crime Watch: Lil Wayne expected to begin prison sentence today. Rumor Mill:...

By Liz Kelly  | March 8, 2010; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Oscars 2010: Live tweeting the Academy Awards

Jen Chaney goes to the Big Showbiz Dance -- the Oscars! -- and live tweets from the red carpet, inside the press room and the after-parties. More: -- Online Oscar Party: Starting at 6 p.m. ET, grab your bev of choice and join Liz Kelly to chat through the red carpet and ceremony. -- Full Oscar 2010 coverage Update: A transcript of last night's tweet fest (in reverse chronological order, of course) follows. -- 9:52 a.m. Monday, March 8 What a bummer end to an otherwise exhausting, exciting day. In protest, I refuse to listen to Crocodile Rock for the next year. Well that sucked. After dragging my butt across town I was told I am not on the list. Elton John party, you suck. Now en route to what's left of Elton John party. Also spotted: Christoph Waltz with his Oscar, Travolta w/ his cell phone. #Oscars Had a...

By Liz Kelly  | March 7, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Oscars 2010: Checking in with local Oscar nominee Gregg Helvey

Our Loudon County-native Oscar nominee -- that's Gregg Helvey, director of the live-action short film "Kavi" and a guy raised in the Purcellville, Va., area -- will be donning his tuxedo and getting ready to walk his first Academy Awards red carpet today. No upcoming local screenings of "Kavi" -- a dramatic short about a "young boy who wants to escape from the brick kiln where he is forced to work as a modern-day slave" -- are currently planned, but here's a quick hit from the movie's trailer: I checked in with Helvey again Saturday afternoon to gauge his pre-glitzy-awards show mental state. "It's been so exciting but overwhelming," he said via telephone. "I'm trying to get to this point where I can just enjoy myself and not worry about all the details." The highlight of his week was attending a reception for the nominees Thursday evening that was hosted...

By Jen Chaney  | March 7, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Oscars 2010: Sandra Bullock, Razzie winner and a great sport

Sandra Bullock, a wagon load of 'All About Steve' DVDs in tow, hefts her Razzie Award for worst actress as Golden Raspberry Foundation founder John Wilson (right) looks on. (AP) Sandra Bullock promised she'd show up at the Razzie Awards -- the annual celebration of the "best" in Hollywood schlock -- if she received worst actress honors for her groundbreaking turn in "All About Steve." Apparently the Oscar nominee and Arlington, Va., native keeps her promises. Bullock bolted briefly from the Motion Picture & Television Fund's Oscar party on Saturday night to appear before the raucous Razzie crowd at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in L.A., where she wheeled a wagon full of "All About Steve" DVDs onto the stage so the attendees could each have a copy of the rom-com, watch it and rethink their decision. "Something tells me you all didn't really watch the movie, because I wouldn't...

By Jen Chaney  | March 7, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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