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Celebritology 2.0: April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

Robert Pattinson + Kurt Cobain = Internet panic

rumors are circulating that Robert Pattinson *may* play Kurt Cobain in a Nirvana biopic.

By Jen Chaney  | April 9, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Summer Movies 2010: A second look at 'Sex'

I have seen the second, lengthier trailer for "Sex and the City 2," and I couldn't help but wonder: why the heck are our four New York ladies riding camels?

By Jen Chaney  | April 9, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Friday List: From Tiger to Tiki -- the worst relationship indiscretions in (recent) celebrity history

Tiger Woods, Jesse James, Tiki Barber... What do these men have in common? Well, if you ask their exes the answer would likely be a variation on "the guy's a dog." No matter how much we may admire their professional prowess (or ability to transform a clunker into a "monster machine"), all three have traded fame for infamy thanks to extra-marital dalliances. (See Woods, Tiger; James, Jesse; and Barber, Tiki) Which got us thinking about celebrity infidelities. Not to get all tabloid up in here, but with the recent outbreak of cheating scandals and power couple bust-ups we thought it was time to list the top 15 recent celebrity relationship indiscretions. To see our picks, click through the gallery below... Then vote your conscience in our handy-dandy ranking poll......

By Liz Kelly  | April 9, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Celebrities, Friday Lists  | Tags:  Jesse James, Tiger Woods, Tiki Barber, celebrity couples, celebrity splits  
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Tiger ignores 'sex addict' banners at Masters; Rihanna comes clean about Matt Kemp

In inane list of "25 Things You Don't Know About Me," Tori Spelling admits she can't whistle, but can do "flying splits"... Hello! magazine forced to pay Jude Law for publishing photos of Law vacationing with his kids... Demi Moore again denies having had extensive plastic surgery.

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | April 9, 2010; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Daily Mix  | Tags:  Corey Haim, Demi Moore, Jesse James, Lindsay Lohan, Malcolm McLaren, Tiger Woods, Tori Spelling  
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The 10 freakiest moments in 'Twin Peaks' history

Agent Cooper, caught in a moment when he wasn't speaking to Diane via tape recorder. (File photo) Twenty years ago, on this date in pop culture history, television introduced us to a dapper FBI agent, a lady who embraced logs and the dead body of a prom queen, wrapped in plastic. "Twin Peaks" -- the series that finally gave TV permanent permission to be really, really weird -- debuted on ABC on April 8, 1990, drawing audiences into the world of a Washington mining mill town where flourescent lights invariably flickered, traffic lights always swayed ominously in the late-night wind and owls, obviously, were never what they seemed. "Peaks," which sprang from the minds of Mark Frost and -- as most odd things do -- David Lynch, quickly became the hippest, freakiest show on television, sending obsessed viewers scrambling to answer the question, "Who killed Laura Palmer?" and, for...

By Jen Chaney  | April 8, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Hugh Jackman’s next role: "X-Rated Men"?

In a new movie from the Farrelly Brothers (who brought us such classics as “There’s Something About Mary,” “Shallow Hal,” and “Dumb & Dumber”) Jackman will star opposite Kate Winslet as a man with, well, an unusual deformity.

By Liz Kelly  | April 8, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Jon vs. Kate: The Gosselins square off over child custody

Is Jon Gosselin on the level or just smarting because while Kate has been busy dancing (to use the term loosely) her way into our living rooms and signing deals for a new TLC show and specials, Jon himself has been relegated to the tabloid dust bin, sitting in his two-bedroom Manhattan apartment with just a closetful of fug Ed Hardy t-shirts to keep him company?

By Liz Kelly  | April 8, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Jon Gosselin seeks custody of kids; Jesse James denies sex tape

Celebrity Beat: Jon Gosselin sues for custody of his eight children... TLC announces Kate Gosselin's next project, "Twist of Kate"... Jesse James joins Sandra Bullock in denying existence of sex tape... Lindsay Lohan says dad's engagement makes her want to vomit (wait until she hears they're already trying for a baby)... Slash wears Team Coco button on Jay Leno show performance... Eva Longoria Parker says Nicollette Sheridan and Marc Cherry had a "thing onset"... Madonna takes son David Banda back to visit Malawi orphanage... M.I.A. disses Lady Gaga, calling her "not progressive" and a "good mimic"... Whitney Houston says allergies, not drugs, caused hospitalization... Shania Twain signs on for reality show charting her "climb back to the top"... Giuliana and Bill Rancic land marriage advice book deal... Bradley Cooper sports long locks on set of "The Dark Fields"... Cyndi Lauper plans shelter for homeless gay youths... Dustin "Screech" Diamond...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | April 8, 2010; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Daily Mix  | Tags:  Eva Longoria Parker, Jon Gosselin, Kate Gosselin, Lindsay Lohan, Shania Twain, Whitney Houston  
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A pop culture bracketology round-up

College basketball fans may still be washing the bad taste out of their mouths after watching the Duke Blue Devils win the NCAA Tournament earlier this week. (If you were rooting for Duke, I can only assume you: a. had major money on the game; b. are a Duke alumnus; or c. may be related to a Krzyzewski.) "The Simpsons," which almost clinched a victory in Hulu's "Best in Show" bracket. (Fox via Reuters) But cheer up, kids. For those of you fixated on final fours and obsessed with elite eights, there are other champions to celebrate and, in some cases, important tournaments still in progress. Because, as authors Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir demonstrated with their book, The Final Four of Everything, bracketology applies to all subjects. And that includes the subjects we cover in Celebritology. Here are the results from some of the more interesting celebrity/pop culture brackets...

By Jen Chaney  | April 7, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Summer Movies 2010: A peek at 'Schmucks'

Dreamy McCuterson, aka Paul Rudd. (Helayne Seidman/The Washington Post) Do I love Paul Rudd because he was such a dreamboat in "Clueless"? Sure, that's part of it. Do I also love him because he is always irresistibly goofy, even in barely seen, mediocre fare like "I Could Never Be Your Woman"? Given. And do I further love him because he has no qualms about dancing around in a ridiculous planet Earth costume during an Elmo video, something that makes my 3-year-old giggle? Sigh. Completely. In other words, if I found out that the movie "Ruddfest 2011: Kicking It Rudd School" was opening next January, I'd go to Fandango right now and try to pre-order tickets. Which is why I am optimistic about "Dinner for Schmucks," a comedy that opens in July and teams Rudd with Steve Carell. The trailer debuted yesterday and you can view it below. I'm hopeful...

By Jen Chaney  | April 7, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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'Lost' Dueling Analysis: 'Happily Ever After'

In which Jen and Liz attempt to make sense out of last night's narrative shift. Which is really just fancy terminology for saying LindeCuse changed the game on us, yet again. Read along, then join them at 2 p.m. for the "Lost" Hour live chat. In the meantime, visit "Lost" Central to brush up on your island back story. Penny (Sonya Walger) and Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) meet again. (ABC) Liz: As Desmond said at the end of last night's episode, a lot can happen in 20 minutes. And even more can happen between 9 and 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night. For instance, our favorite show can throw a big-time curveball and leave us wondering if we're getting somewhere or only sinking deeper into confusion. Or maybe that's just me. Here's the thing. I really really liked this episode. It ranks up there with "The Constant" (one of...

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | April 7, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
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Sandra Bullock says there's no sex tape; Buzz Aldrin cut from 'DWTS'

Christopher Walken holds his caricature during an unveiling ceremony at New York's Sardi's restaurant on Tuesday. (Getty Images) Celebrity Beat: Sandra Bullock speaks out to deny existence of sex tape... Supposed Jesse James mistress wears "Team Sandra" t-shirt... Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy split | Gallery... Jon Gosselin to sue "absentee mom" Kate for custody of kids... Kate responds... Michael Lohan engaged to Gosselin ex Kate Major... Jessica Simpson to appear on mag cover sans makeup, retouching... Buzz Aldrin voted off "Dancing with the Stars"... Corey Haim obtained 550 pills illegally in months before his death... Gwyneth Paltrow disses pal Madonna for keeping people waiting... Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes spotted out in Manhattan with their kids... Jake Gyllenhaal credits Parkour for buff body... Want to blog for Alicia Keys? Apply here... O.J. Simpson's acquittal suit headed to the Newseum... Lady Gaga to headline Lollapalooza festival... Robin Thicke and...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | April 7, 2010; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Daily Mix  | Tags:  Alicia Keys, Heidi Montag, Jessica Simpson, Jim Carrey, Jon Gosselin, Paula Patton, Robin Thicke  
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Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey split

Carrey and McCarthy in 2009. (AP) Another week, another celebrity couple bites the dust. In a statement released this afternoon, a rep for Jim Carrey confirmed to People.com that he and Jenny McCarthy have split after five years of togetherness. In her own statement, McCarthy indicated that the split was amicable: I'm so grateful for the years Jim and I shared together. I will continue to be in his daughter's life and will always keep Jim as a leading man in my heart. Carrey also addressed his 600,000-plus Twitter followers, saying "I'm grateful 4 the many blessings we've shared and I wish her the very best! S'okay!" Did you see this one coming? Share your thoughts below......

By Liz Kelly  | April 6, 2010; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Celebrities  | Tags:  Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, Twitter  
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The 'Lost' 5: Questions to ponder ahead of 'Happily Ever After'

He's baaaack! Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond. (ABC) Aye brotha', Desmond is back and tonight's episode will be all about our favorite one-time monk, soldier, button pusher, sailboat captain, lover of women named Penny and constant. But what is the man who vowed to never return to the island doing back and is he there of his own volition? Warning: The spoiler averse may want to click away now (if things like casting news a and clips will spoil your show-watching experience). 1. Will we see any old, familiar faces in tonight's show? Sure will, kiddos. According to the official ABC press release we're due for cameos from Dominic Monaghan (Charlie), Jeremy Davies (Daniel Faraday), Fionnula Flanagan (Ms. Hawking), Sonya Walger (Penny) and Fisher Stevens (George Minkowski -- one of the first victims of time travel sickness). The casting notes also label one character "Goon no. 1" and you...

By Liz Kelly  | April 6, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Lost  | Tags:  Ben Linus, Desmond Hume, Dominic Monaghan, Henry Ian Cusick, Jeremy Davies, Lost, Sonya Walger, Terry O'Quinn  
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The most inspired pop culture cruises, from 'Twilight' to Rick Springfield

Perhaps you're in the process of trying to book your next vacation. And perhaps, like most aspiring travelers, you're thinking: I really wish I could go on a trip that in some way relates to the Backstreet Boys. No problem. You can take the Backstreet Boys cruise, which sets sail in December. Put down the guitar, Rick Springfield. It's time to cruise. (AP) A little too '90s for your taste? Fine. Then go on the New Kids on the Block cruise. Or maybe the Elvis cruise. Or any one of these Tribute cruises -- to the Beatles, the Rat Pack, Michael Jackson, the '70s, Neil Diamond ... Yes, it seems that no matter what your pop culture obsession is, you can pretty much find a cruise that celebrates it and, in some cases, even features the actual objects of that obsession. But which ones are the most inspired? Come aboard...

By Jen Chaney  | April 6, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The scoop on Heidi Montag's plastic surgery

A post-surgery Montag on the cover of People. (Courtesy People Magazine) Heidi Montag is, as it were, scarred for life. All of that plastic surgery she had back in November 2009 has left her unable to jog and even unwilling to hug other people because of her fragility. Montag called into Ryan Seacrest's dippy radio show yesterday to milk this surgery thing for more free PR provide some new insights about her surgical transformation. As if the 10 procedures we already knew about (everything from rhinoplasty to a boob job) weren't enough, Montag also told Seacrest she had her "back scooped." What is a back scoop? Turns out Montag isn't quite sure, but thinks maybe she is the first victim one to try it and that it has something to do with carving out one's back for a more shapely figure. And, hey, it went along with her "waist...

By Liz Kelly  | April 6, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Celebrities  | Tags:  Cosmetic and Plastic, Health, Heidi Montag, Medicine, People, Plastic surgery, Reality television, Surgery  
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Nicollette Sheridan sues 'Housewives' creator for alleged assault; Aaron Sorkin creating movie based on John Edwards scandal?

Celebrity Beat: Ex-"Desperate Housewife" Nicollette Sheridan claims show creator smacked her in the face on set... Jesse James wants to reconcile with Sandra Bullock, says lawyer... Pal George Lopez visits Bullock... Tiger Woods (who, it turns out, is a golfer) says he plans to explain sex scandal to his kids... Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich cut from "Celebrity Apprentice"... Papa Joe Simpson confirms Ashlee's nose job... Sorry Aniston, Gerard Butler spotted holding hands with French TV personality... Tori Spelling puts our fears that she's headed for a divorce to rest... Photog Annie Leibovitz again accused of not paying her bills... Rihanna makes bone marrow donation pitch... Jason Lee's ex-wife says Scientology ruined her life and career... Illness postpones Whitney Houston Paris concert... Dennis Hopper ordered to pay wife $12K a month... Photographer sues Sean Penn for alleged assault, threats. Oprah lands Rielle Hunter interview... Crime Watch: Trial judge appointed...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | April 6, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Happy birthday, Bette Davis

Thanks, Roger Ebert, for reminding me that today is the birthday of a real actress -- one of the most amazing talents to ever grace the silver screen. A talent who makes the likes of Jennifer Aniston look like amateur hour and is indeed the stuff of which Hollywood legends are made. I'm talking about one of my favorite actresses of all time: Bette Davis. And, although she passed away over 20 years ago, her movies are still required viewing -- at least in my house. In honor of what would have been her 102nd birthday, I offer my top five favorite Davis films: 1. "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" By the time Davis took on the role of an aged vaudeville child star with murderous tendencies, she was herself already considered over-the-hill by Hollywood standards. But rather than turn to the Botox of her era, Davis gamely transformed...

By Liz Kelly  | April 5, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Fashion statement: Nic Cage's blond ambition

(Getty Images) So, what's the deal with Nicolas Cage's new blond coif? "I'm doing a movie called Drive Angry and I'm trying to tap into my Celtic roots, so I dyed it blond." Or so claims Cage, who surfaced over the weekend at San Francisco's Wondercon 2010 with a mass of brittle straw-like bleach blond locks hanging lankly from his ample cranium. Hmm. Perhaps the movie synopsis offers some clue as to why the role might require him to make like a low-rent Bret Michaels. "Drive Angry" is, according to IMDB.com, the story of "a vengeful father [who] chases after the men who killed his daughter." Meh. Boring. In the interest of working Cage's "Celtic roots" into the movie plot and spicing up things a bit, perhaps this would be a bit more marketable: "The story of a vengeful father who chases after the beauty school dropout who totally...

By Liz Kelly  | April 5, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Celebrities, Fashion, Insta-Polls  
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Weekend box office: A 'Titans' triumph

Don't my armor-plated abs look awesome in 3D? (Warner Bros.) To the surprise of absolutely no one, "Clash of the Titans" landed in the top spot at the weekend box office, earning $61.4 million. Add in the money generated from Thursday night's early screenings and the domestic total comes to $64.1 million, which, for the record, is over $20 million more than the 1981 "Titans" made during its entire theatrical run. Granted, that was back in the early '80s, when the average ticket cost $2.78. But still. Other nuggets from this week's box office results: Audiences don't care if their 3D is retrofitted: Film critics -- not to mention James Cameron -- didn't think much of the 3D effects in "Titans," which were added to the film in post-production. But guess what, America? You don't care. More than half -- 52 percent, to be precise -- of the "Clash"...

By Jen Chaney  | April 5, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Erykah Badu charged in naked video shoot; 'Clash of the Titans' tops box office

Back in black: Mary-Kate (left) and Ashley Olsen attend Sunday's opening of 'Lend Me A Tenor' in New York. (Getty Images) Celebrity Beat: Despite death threats, Erin Andrews says she won't quit "Dancing with the Stars"... Madonna begins week-long Malawi visit... Jennifer Aniston's perfume -- coming soon to a store near you -- to be called "Lola Vie"... Ursula Andress voted top movie siren... Michelle McGee to ref boxing match between Hailey Glassman (Jon Gosselin's ex) and some porn star... Is this clip of a woman murdering "Enough is Enough" and cursing really Jennifer Lopez? (NSFW language)... Tia Carrere files for divorce... Just because: Suri Cruise in a pink tutu. Crime Watch: Erykah Badu charged with disorderly conduct over naked video shoot: Rumor Mill: Has Jesse James already left rehab?... Moving trucks spotted outside home of James and Sandra Bullock... Did Charlie Sheen leak "Two and a Half Men"...

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | April 5, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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