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Posted at 4:35 AM ET, 04/17/2010

Celebritology Weekend: Big break ups; Danny Glover, labor outlaw?

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney

Larry King with wife Shawn Southwick in 2004. (Reuters)

The three celeb-centric items we're watching this weekend...

1. The Big Break-Up: News broke Friday that Paris Hilton and her wannabe reality-star beau, Doug Reinhardt, have reportedly split for good, confirming that relationship rupturing is the hottest trend going in Hollywood. The Paris finale tops off a week of break-up news that included: the separation of Larry King and wife Shawn Southwick (they filed divorce papers on Wednesday, though late Friday TMZ.com reported that the couple may try counseling); the split of Mel Gibson and girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva (Their one-year relationship? So over.); and the dissolution of the nine-year partnership between Melissa Etheridge and wife Tammy Lynn Michaels.

A few couples managed to avoid getting caught up in the wave: Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (phew), Tila Tequila and her Twitter account and Kathy Griffin and her Bedazzler. All remain happily attached.

2. Lindsay Lohan as Linda Lovelace? Not so fast, LiLo (though the initials do fit). According to the New York Post, the struggling actress/tabloid staple is telling friends she's set to star as "Deep Throat" actress Lovelace in an upcoming biopic. But Rob Epstein, co-director of the upcoming movie "Lovelace," says that is "definitely not true for our project. We can't speak for any other project out there unrelated to our team."

3. Danny Glover, labor outlaw? On Friday, the “Lethal Weapon" actor and 11 others with the Service Employees International Union were cuffed, given citations, then released at a labor protest outside the Maryland headquarters of French-based food service giant Sodexo.


Glover, lethal labor weapon? (AP)

Apparently Glover stepped past police tape and refused to step back despite repeated police warnings. SEIU spokeswoman Renee Asher told us that the group was protesting the company's “unfair and illegal treatment” of its employees and that Glover has been a longtime activist on issues of workplace fairness. Glover will pay a $1,000 fine or spend 90 days in jail, according to a Montgomery County Police spokesman.

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Winfrey and pal Gayle King in 2006. (AP)

Buzziest Celebs of the Week: Based on our weekly poll of Celebritology readers, these are the three top celebs in the news for the week of April 11-17:

1. Larry King -- Thanks to splashy split news, the septuagenarian proves that AARP membership doesn't disqualify one from dominating the week's tabloid headlines.

2. Oprah -- The queen of all media can thank (unofficial) biographer Kitty Kelley for this week's big bump. And that revelation about dating John Tesh in the '70s? Didn't hurt.

3. Mel Gibson -- Breaking up may be hard to do, but it's got to beat being in the news for making drunken anti-Semitic and sexist remarks to California cops.

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Pop Culture Pick: 'Kick-Ass'
What's small, got purple hair and boasts a shocking command of Berrettas and butterfly knives? That would be Hit-Girl, one of the reasons that "Kick-Ass" is the movie of the weekend and the movie of the moment.

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You Said It: A selection of notable reader comments from the past week...

"Bruce Willis's 'Die Hard, Smell Good' has to be better than that 'Tim McGraw's Eau de Cowboy Saddle' from a couple of years ago. -- byoolin1 reacts to news that Willis plans to launch his own fragrance in July.

"A wedded bliss clearly abating
Has Larry King free to go dating;
Now the moment arrives
Where his number of wives
Is higher than CNN's rating."
-- jd121

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Beginning today, you can find Celebritology in the Style print edition every Saturday.

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By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | April 17, 2010; 4:35 AM ET
Categories:  Daily Mix  | Tags:  Bruce Willis, Danny Glover, Larry King, Lindsay Lohan, Mel Gibson, Melissa Etheridge, Paris Hilton  
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Startling & funny story behind the scenes of Larry's break-up http://bit.ly/8Yhcfg

Posted by: guzelvis | April 17, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

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