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Celebritology 2.0: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

Celebritology Weekend: Lindsay Lohan to play Linda Lovelace after all

Remember a couple of weeks back when we told you Lindsay Lohan would not be, as rumored, playing "Deep Throat" star Linda Lovelace in an upcoming biopic? Well, turns out she has indeed signed on to play the ‘70s porn goddess after all...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | May 8, 2010; 6:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Celebritology Weekend  | Tags:  Ellen DeGeneres, Lindsay Lohan, Michael Jackson, Robert Downey, Robert Pattinson, Steven Spielberg  
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Friday list: The best summer movie seasons ever

With "Iron Man 2" banging and clanging into theaters today, the summer movie season of 2010 has officially begun. It's a season that happens to mark an important anniversary: the 35th birthday of the summer blockbuster, which was officially born when 1975's "Jaws" dominated the box office and the collective cultural conversation. In the years that have followed, the months of May, June, July and August have gotten more and more crowded, as movies -- both of the massive, Spielbergian variety, as well as comedies, indies and even documentaries -- compete to capture our attention during the time of year when everyone is eager to enjoy blissful escapism beneath the chilly blast of cineplex air-conditioning vents. Luke Skywalker and Yoda, using the summer blockbuster force. (Lucasfilm) But since "Jaws" ushered in the era of the summer movie, which hot-and-humid years have given us the very best flicks? After careful consideration,...

By Jen Chaney  | May 7, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Movies, Pop Culture  | Tags:  Iron Man, Movies, Summer Movies  
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Fashion statement: Jessica Simpson's gown -- hit or miss?

Hot on the heels of her winning White House Correspondents' Dinner look, Jessica Simpson on Thursday turned up at an Operation Smile gala in New York wearing the floor-length one-shouldered gown pictured below. I'm not sure if it's the messily upswept hair, the raccoon eyes, the fake bake, the overwhelming graphic pattern or the stuffed sausage effect, but something about this -- to me -- just isn't working for our favorite makeup-free cover girl. (AP) Agree, disagree? Vote below......

By Liz Kelly  | May 7, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Celebrities, Fashion  | Tags:  Fashion Statement  
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Rachel Uchitel says David Boreanaz 'not a part of my life'; 'Iron Man 2' makes $7.5 million in Thursday debut

More: Lady Gaga annoyed with editing of her "Idol" performance... "Glee's" Matthew Morrison not up for a Britney Spears-centric episode... Jake Gyllenhaal wants to be taken "less seriously"...

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | May 7, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Daily Mix  | Tags:  David Boreanaz, Iron Man, Rachel Uchitel  
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Talking with Jon Favreau, director of 'Iron Man 2'

As soon as I hear Jon Favreau's voice on the telephone, I immediately have a flashback to that scene in "Swingers." You know the scene I mean. Jon Favreau at the L.A. premiere of "Iron Man 2." (Reuters) As a consequence, I am very tempted to begin our conversation by saying, "Hi, this is Nikki. Leave a message!" But I don't, because Favreau isn't calling from Los Angeles to discuss his "so money" 1996 movie. He's calling to talk "Iron Man 2," his soon-to-debut sequel to the enormously successful "Iron Man," both of which he directed. Our conversation ping-pongs all over the place, from the subject of whether there will be an Easter egg at the end of the "Iron Man 2" credits, to Favreau's feelings about Twitter, to that all-important question I also posed to "Iron Man 2" screenwriter Justin Theroux: if Iron Man could fight anyone, dead or...

By Jen Chaney  | May 6, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Movies, Pop Culture  | Tags:  Iron Man, Movies  
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Miley Cyrus’s new video: Too much too young?

Miley Cyrus is now 17-and-a-half, so of course it’s time for her to step up that campaign to break away from her teenybopper image. I mean, the girl's got a career to think of and teen singing sensations are about as lasting as a set of braces. One day the Disney Channel-loving legions of tweens are all “We love Miley,” and the next they’re all like “Let’s kill Kim Kardashian cuz we luv Justin Bieber.” It’s a fickle market. In that spirit, Miley this week released a new video for the first single from her upcoming album. It’s called “Can’t Be Tamed,” but should perhaps be called “I Am Some Kind of Sexually Predatory Bird Woman (And Please Ignore the Fact That I’m Still Underage While I Grind Against This Guy).” A mouthful, but it would be more accurate. Have a watch: For those of you who can’t -- or...

By Liz Kelly  | May 6, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Miley Cyrus  | Tags:  Miley Cyrus  
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Bret Michaels says he feels 'lucky to be alive'; Heidi Montag headed to Europe for bigger implants?

Celebrity Beat: Bret Michaels tells People he feels "lucky to be alive"; producers want Michaels for "Celebrity Apprentice" finale... Heidi Montag wants to go to Europe for even bigger breast implants... Teary Elisabeth Hasselbeck apologizes to Erin Andrews for stalker remarks... Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart debut baby daughter... Kim Kardashian's ex calls her a "fame whore"... Jessica Simpson's dentist shocked by her dental habits... Michelle McGee says she had sex with Jesse James out of boredom, says the sex "wasn't excellent"... Kristin Stewart won't "cheapen [her] relationships by talking about them"... Jenna Jameson describes alleged Tito Ortiz abuse in over-dramatic Us Weekly video... Kim Kardashian getting death threats from Justin Bieber fans. Rumor Mill: Sienna Miller moves back in with Jude Law... Jessica Simpson had "awkward" run-in with Tony Romo at Correspondents Dinner after party... Jennifer Aniston on baby food diet, according to U.K. tabloid... "Real Housewife of...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | May 6, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Daily Mix  | Tags:  Bret Michaels, Heidi Montag, Jesse James  
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Talking with Justin Theroux, writer of 'Iron Man 2'

Justin Theroux arrives at the 'Iron Man 2' world premiere on Monday, April 26 in Los Angeles. (AP) You probably know Justin Theroux best as an actor. During his 15 years in the movie business, he's popped up in films as varied as "Zoolander," "Mulholland Drive" and "Miami Vice," and on an equally wide range of TV series ("Six Feet Under," "The District" and "Parks and Recreation" among them). You may not realize that Theroux also is a screenwriter who co-penned "Tropic Thunder" and wrote a little film due to debut in theaters this weekend: "Iron Man 2." I recently got Theroux on the phone for a quick chat, during which we discussed his time growing up in Washington, D.C., his childhood fixation on Iron Man and an important question that "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau also will address in a Q&A slated to appear in Celebritology tomorrow:...

By Jen Chaney  | May 5, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Movies, Pop Culture  | Tags:  Iron Man, Movies  
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'Lost' Dueling Analysis: 'The Candidate'

In which Jen and Liz contemplate the sadness of losing beloved characters, the age old battle between good vs. evil and the yet-to-come final 4.5 hours of "Lost." Read along, then join them at 2 p.m. ET for the "Lost" Hour live chat. In the meantime, visit "Lost" Central to brush up on your island back story. Ladies and gentlemen, our candidates: Dr. Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox, left) and John Locke/MIB (Terry O'Quinn). (ABC) Liz: "What makes you think letting go is easy?" Jack's words to John at the end of tonight's episode are resonating with me because, like the rest of the "Lost"-watching nation, I'm in shock. We lost three main characters: Jin and Sun and Sayid. I literally have no words. You hinted in yesterday's "Lost" 5 post that we were going to lose a major character, but I don't think any of us expected tragedy of...

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | May 5, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (182)
Categories:  Lost  | Tags:  Lost, Pop Culture, TV  
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Pam Anderson cut from 'DWTS'; David Letterman extortionist gets 6 months in jail

Celebrity Beat: Coroner: Corey Haim died of pnuemonia complications... Pam Anderson cut from "Dancing with the Stars"; Kate Gosselin returning for season finale... David Boreanaz's mother-in-law likens his mistresses to "serial killers"; Rachel Uchitel plans press conference to deny allegations that she attempted to extort $6 million from Boreanaz... William Shatner has made $600 million from Priceline gig... Alleged Madonna journals pulled from eBay... Scarlett Johansson, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Denzel Washington among this year's Tony Award nominees... Roger Ebert, Jim Carrey among Webby Award winners... Vera Farmiga confirms she's expecting second baby... Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (too bad her name was misspelled). Video: Apparently teen sensation Justin Bieber -- who doesn't understand what the word "German" means -- needs to spend more time in school and less on stage... More: Beyonce debuts new Bettie Page-inspired video for "Why Don't You Love Me?" Crime...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | May 5, 2010; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Daily Mix  | Tags:  Corey Haim, David Boreanaz, Justin Bieber, Pam Anderson  
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Bret Michaels released from hospital

Michaels in 2008. (AP) Bret Michaels, our favorite reality show rocker, is out of the hospital and expected to make a full recovery after suffering a brain hemorrhage in April. "[H]e has been recently discharged and he continues to receive therapies," said Joseph Zabramski at a Tuesday press conference. "And we continue to monitor his laboratories daily, and we're adjusting his medications, and he is making a good recovery. I really expect that he will fortunately make a 100 percent recovery. He's just one of those lucky people." Docs say Michaels should wait four to six weeks before resuming normal activity, so he may need to readjust his plans to resume touring on May 26. But good news -- docs ruled out any connection to the bump on the head Micheals received at last year's Tony Awards when a piece of the set fell on his head and say...

By Liz Kelly  | May 4, 2010; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Celebrities  | Tags:  Bret Michaels  
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The 'Lost' 5: Heading toward 'The Candidate'

Jin and Sun: will they be torn asunder again? (ABC) In less than three weeks, there will no more "Lost" episode pre-hashing to do. All we'll have are the memories and, most likely, a finale that will compel us to do extensive Wikipedia research and write "Lost"-related senior theses until the end of time. But before we flash-forward to the end, let's focus on what remains, including tonight's episode, "The Candidate." Here are five things to continue pondering as we await more of the final installments in the Greatest Story Ever Told About an Island That Has Polar Bears on It. 1. Who is the Candidate? "The Last Recruit" gave us the impression that Jack was, indeed, MIB's last recruit. (And, perhaps in addition, that Claire was the last recruit for the Losties on Team Sawyer.) So is it possible that Jack also will be the Candidate -- i.e....

By Jen Chaney  | May 4, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Lost, TV  | Tags:  Lost, Lost 5  
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Fashion statement: The Costume Institute Gala -- hits and misses

Last night the stars turned out for the annual Costume Institute Gala at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. While most of the models and actresses on hand managed to nail the event's sweet spot somewhere between edgy and glam (see our gallery for the night's most fetching looks), a few stars clearly overshot the mark. For instance... 1. Katy Perry Don't adjust your monitors, her dress was laced with what looks to be strands of rope lighting. DIY: Clear rope lights, $9.99 at Ace Hardware. (Getty Images) 2. Kristin Stewart Stewart vamped up her mini-dress with a long underskirt of what appears some kind of glitter-sprayed unhemmed mesh. DIY: 50 yards of 54-inch wide tulle, $44.99 at Joann Fabrics. 3. Elizabeth Banks Banks, who has been guesting on "30 Rock" of late, muddled what would be an otherwise cute frock with furry frontpiece and statement stockings. DIY: Black Flokati...

By Liz Kelly  | May 4, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Fashion  | Tags:  Fashion Statement, Katy Perry  
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Do preemptive mea culpas work? David Boreanaz hopes so

Hollywood's newest crop of horndogs -- and they've been adding up lately -- have scrambled to save their reps from death by tabloid. But, with the lessons of Tiger Woods (who reportedly cheated on wife Elin Nordegren with more than a dozen women) and Jesse James (who stepped out on wife Sandra Bullock with a stable of babes, each skankier than the last), the post-bombshell mea culpa is no longer enough.

By Liz Kelly  | May 4, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Celebrities  | Tags:  David Boreanaz, David Letterman, Jesse James, Tiger Woods  
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David Boreanaz admits to cheating on wife; Charlie Sheen and wife trying to 'work things out'

Jude Law and Sienna Miller arrive at the annual Costume Institute Gala at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Getty Images) Celebrity Beat: "Bones" star David Boreanaz admits to cheating on his wife (with Rachel Uchitel?)... Country star Chely Wright comes out to People magazine... Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller not seeking divorce, trying to "work things out"... Bret Michaels walking "a bit," says sister... Jude Law and Sienna Miller step out together at Met gala... James Franco to teach at Yale (we suddenly feel compelled to pursue a master's degree)... Jay Leno's Correspondents Dinner jokes mostly recycled, according to Politico... Kat Von D says we shouldn't judge Michelle McGee for her tattoos... Elton John banned from private performance in Egypt... Naomi Campbell "ashamed" of her violent outbursts... Madonna's new Interview magazine photo spread. Crime Watch: Jason Wahler pleads guilty to DUI charge, sentenced to three years probation. Rumor...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | May 4, 2010; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Did Conan O'Brien take the high road on '60 Minutes'?

Members of Team CoCo undoubtedly gathered eagerly around their television sets last night to watch Conan O'Brien discuss the Great Late Night Talk Show Debacle of 2010 on "60 Minutes." If you missed it, you can watch the whole thing here: Watch CBS News Videos Online In the Hollywood Reporter, Andrew Wallenstein delivered a scathing assessment of O'Brien's interview performance. "Not since another silence-breaking media event -- the Tiger Woods 'press' conference -- has a public figure backfired so thoroughly in his attempt to try to put the best face on a bad situation (and Conan ain't doing as badly as Tiger)," he wrote. He added: "When you sit down with '60 Minutes,' you're not playing to your fan base; you're retelling your story to the kind of viewers who are more interested in world affairs than showbiz. You're talking to an audience that has the kind of perspective O'Brien...

By Jen Chaney  | May 3, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Talking 'Lost' with Daniel Dae Kim

On Friday, I spent a harried five minutes on the phone with Kim, who was in the midst of a two-hour-plus telephone press tour. Here's what we had time to talk about...

By Liz Kelly  | May 3, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Lost  | Tags:  Daniel Dae Kim, Lost  
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Lynn Redgrave dies at 67

In 1999, Redgrave won the best supporting actress Golden Globe for her role in 'Gods & Monsters.' (AP) Gallery: Lynn Redgrave through the years Some very sad news from the entertainment world: Lynn Redgrave has died. The Associated Press reports that the actress died last night at her Manhattan apartment at the age of 67. The exact cause is unclear; the "Georgy Girl" star was treated for breast cancer back in 2003. (Update: the AP story now confirms that her death was indeed caused by breast cancer.) Redgrave received two Oscar nominations during her decades-long acting career -- one for her role in the aforementioned "Georgy Girl" (1966) and another more than 30 years later for her supporting turn as a grumpy, frumpy housekeeper in 1999's "Gods and Monsters." She also earned four Tony Award nominations for her stage work. This is especially sad news since it marks the...

By Jen Chaney  | May 3, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Celebrities, Movies, Pop Culture  
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Weekend box office: Freddy kills

Apparently moviegoers genuinely missed Freddy Krueger. Either that, or there was just nothing else to see at the movies over the past couple of days. Whatever the reason, despite bad reviews, "A Nightmare on Elm Street" easily took the top spot at the weekend box office. A few quick bullet points on the weekend's winners and losers: (Warner Bros/New Line) As I just mentioned, "Nightmare on Elm Street" not only took the no. 1 spot, it opened strong, taking in $32.2 million and, according to Box Office Mojo, bringing in nearly half of its weekend cash on Friday alone. Its performance certainly was boosted by the fact that, aside from a craptastic Brendan Fraser movie, it was the only new wide release. Of course, that all changes this coming weekend, when "Iron Man 2" thunders into theaters. Speaking of that lousy Brendan Fraser movie, "Furry Vengeance" had a lousy opening...

By Jen Chaney  | May 3, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Movies, Pop Culture  | Tags:  Movies, Weekend Box Office  
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Roman Polanski breaks silence about extradition; Lindsay Lohan's dad wants conservatorship

The Jonas Brothers at Saturday night's White House Correspondents Association dinner. In case you missed our weekend coverage: -- Famous faces hit D.C. -- The Friday party scene -- Gallery: Red carpet arrivals -- Full coverage Celebrity Beat: Lindsay Lohan's dad plans to file for conservatorship... Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon inducted into New Jersey Hall of Fame... Just weeks after his "Idol" appearance, Usher blasts TV talent shows... Michael Douglas says prison may give his son a chance at a "new life"... Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon renew their vows (again); Cannon gives Carey cheezy blinged-out "ring pop"... "As the World Turns" matriarch Helen Wagner dead at 91... Actor/"Robot Chicken" creator Seth Green marries. Crime Watch: Roman Polanski breaks silence over extradition. Video: Did you miss Conan O'Brien on "60 Minutes?" Watch it now (or read these highlights, via EW.com)... Rumor Mill: Halle Berry steps out with mystery man;...

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | May 3, 2010; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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White House Correspondents' Dinner: Navigating the fever dream of famous faces

Jon Bon Jovi, meet the Rev. Al Sharpton. (AP) Photo Galleries: Red carpet | Dinner The amount of star power ratcheted up a few notches at this year's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, where at least one representative from virtually every current, mainstream American pop culture phenomenon joined the swirling, overheated mass of humanity inside the Washington HIlton. A cast member from "Iron Man 2"? Check. (Scarlett Johansson, in a pink dress and hair teased to the high heavens.) Someone from "American Idol"? Check. (Ryan Seacrest.) "Glee"? Bingo. (Matthew Morrison, once again getting mobbed by fans.) The "Hurt Locker"? Uh-huh. (Jeremy Renner and Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow.) "Lost"? Of course! (Co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams.) Justin Bieber? Yes, represented in the form of ... Mr. Tween Heartthrob/Perpetually Trending Twitter Topic himself. There is a fever dream-like quality to navigating this event. Only in a flu-induced haze would...

By Jen Chaney  | May 2, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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