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Posted at 5:07 AM ET, 05/29/2010

Celebritology Weekend: A Star-studded Memorial Day; Twitter tributes to Gary Coleman

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney

Blythe Danner. (AP)

The three celeb-centric stories you need to know about this weekend...


Blythe Danner isn't a big fan of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq, but she does support the troops. So when old pal Joe Mantegna asked her to participate in Sunday's National Memorial Day Concert, the Emmy-winning actress says she jumped at the chance. Gary Sinise, Lionel Richie, Brad Paisley, Dennis Haysbert and A.J. Cook will also take part when the show kicks off on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol (and on PBS) on Sunday starting at 8 p.m. ET. While in town, Danner also plans to make a repeat visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which she remembers visiting with late husband Bruce Paltrow and then elementary-aged kids Gwyneth (yes that Gwyneth) and Jake. On the last visit, said Danner, her son got so upset, "We thought he was tired and at the end he just wept in my husband's arms and said, 'All those boys that died.'"


Within moments of his death on Friday, Gary Coleman was the top trending topic on micro-messaging service Twitter. Celebs from Tila Tequila ("GARY COLEMAN HAS LEFT THE WORLD STAGE") to MC Hammer ("RIP Gary Coleman... May God hold you in his arms and love all the hurt away. Peace is yours eternally.") to fellow one-time child actors Alyssa Milano and Soleil Moon Frye (both wrote simply "RIP Gary Coleman") tweeted their tributes to the "Diff'rent Strokes" star, who died following a brain hemorrhage. But messages from Coleman's fans were more poignant. "Feels like a piece of my childhood died!" tweeted MissPaulaFlava. And, in what was one of the most repeated (yet fitting) reactions, HellO_KiTa wrote simply: "Whatchu talkin bout Willis?"

(Photo courtesy SubPop Records)

Comedian and former Sterling Va., resident Patton Oswalt found himself in the midst of a commencement controversy earlier this week after noting that Brian Corman, valedictorian of Columbia University's School of General Studies, plagiarized a portion of one of his stand-up routines in an address to fellow graduates. After blasting Corman on Twitter and his blog, Oswalt -- alumnus of both the College of William & Mary and the CBS sitcom "King of Queens" -- received an apology from the presumably red-faced Corman. Columbia officials also issued a mea culpa statement: "Columbia University and the School of General Studies do not condone or permit the use of someone else's work without proper citation," noted Peter J. Awn, dean of the School of General Studies. Oswalt could not be reached for comment, although his blog post on the matter -- "Mr. Corman alluded to Columbia students always taking the 'hard road' in his speech. Welcome to the hard road, Bri-Bri" -- pretty much made his point.


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 May 23 - 29):

1. Bret Michaels: The iron man of reality TV bounces back from last week's stroke with appearances on both "The Apprentice" and "American Idol" finales.

2. Fergie: The Duchess of York, caught red-handed trying to sell access to her ex, Prince Andrew, plans to explain herself to Oprah (and us) on Tuesday.

3. Lindsay Lohan: The "Inferno" poster girl was spotted partying at L.A. hot spot Las Palmas on Thursday, just three days after a judge ordered her to wear a SCRAM alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet.


Pop Culture Pick
After the onslaught of high-profile finales this week -- "Lost," 24," "Law & Order," "Dancing With the Stars," "American Idol" -- TV junkies may be wondering where they can find their next fix. Couch potatoes, please report to "Friday Night Lights," whose fourth season is now underway on Fridays on NBC. Catch up with the first few episodes of the season on or Hulu, then settle in for several weeks of satisfying Dillon, Tex., drama.

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

"50 Cent ain't what it used to be." -- byoolin1 responds to the news that
rapper and aspiring actor 50 Cent dropped 54 pounds for his role in the upcoming film "Things Fall Apart."

"She's not getting any younger. Seventeen is like 51 in Disney years, so
there will be plenty of time for college in her 70s." -- ozpunk on the
news that Miley Cyrus has no plans to attend college.

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | May 29, 2010; 5:07 AM ET
Categories:  Celebritology Weekend  
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How could you not include this little item?

Posted by: milesdy | May 29, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

RIP Dennis Hopper.

I hope this summer doesn't turn out to be like last summer, Celebrity deathwise.

Posted by: epjd | May 29, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

milesdy, I was hoping that Heidi would leave Spencer in a classy way. Nah, too much to hope for.

RIP, Easy Rider.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 29, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Danner has raised wonderful children, it sounds like. Please don't forget to teach them one of the most important lessons from the Vietnam War, for all to learn and remember (unless the Texas Schoolboard refuses to add to our kids' textbooks of course):

According to George Washington University National Security Archives and declassified intercepts per 2004

So, that whole Vietnam War thing? That turned the USA and the world upside down and killed so many? The death of innocents? And the corporations and government officials who participated knowingly? Not so innocent… guilty, in fact. Guilty of premeditated murder, if you can accept the facts that exist.

We must be willing to allow that our governments have no problem lying to us and to the world. ANYTIME they want, when it suits the suits. No Problem. Sad but true, America…

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Posted by: itkonlyyou88 | May 29, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Blythe. Gwyenth. No wonder she came up with Apple & Moses.

Posted by: kabuki3 | May 31, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

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