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Celebritology 2.0: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

Celebritology Weekend: Stars align for Gulf Coast relief

Justin Bieber. (Getty Images) Three celeb-centric stories on our radar: Look out, Gulf Coast. The celebrity community is focusing its laser-guided, do-gooding beam in your direction. Not only are stars -- from Kevin Costner to James Cameron to Helen Mirren -- going public with criticism of and potential solutions to the seemingly unstoppable oil leak; now a flotilla of celebs will converge Monday to raise money for families and wildlife affected by the massive environmental catastrophe. Larry King's special two-hour "Disaster In The Gulf: How You Can Help" airs Monday evening from 8 to 10 on CNN and promises heavy celeb hitters like it-boy Justin Bieber, actress Cameron Diaz, comediennes Kathy Griffin and Chelsea Handler, "American Idol's" Randy Jackson, rocker Lenny Kravitz, country crooner Tim McGraw, actor/director Robert Redford, Sting and, um, exercise/diet guru Richard Simmons. The event will raise money for United Way, the National Wildlife Federation and...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | June 19, 2010; 5:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Friday list: Our favorite retro toys

The opening of "Toy Story 3," which marks the return of the franchise that gave us Woody, Buzz Lightyear and a Mr. Potato Head with the voice of Don Rickles, has put us in a playful mood. And repeat viewings of the "Toy Story 3" viral video that's been circulating since April -- the one that promotes new "TS 3" character Lotso in a commercial purposely doctored to look like it was ripped from a 1983 VHS tape -- has put us in a decidedly retro-toy mood. As Pixar's "Toy Story" movies remind us, once upon a time we were all little kids who lived for every moment we could spend in the company of Barbie, Weebles and Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. With that in mind, Liz and I have focused today's Friday list on our favorite toys from our childhoods. Of course, we encourage you to add your...

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | June 18, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Friday Lists, Pop Culture  | Tags:  Friday Lists  
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The worst celebrity dads?

Lindsay and Michael Lohan pose for photogs in 2002. (Getty Images) To paraphrase Keanu Reeves in "Parenthood," you need a license to buy a dog or to drive a car, but any [expletive] can be a father. Lists of rocking celebrity dads abound. We can all agree that it would indeed be kind of cool to have a pop like the hands-on Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp; dads who seem to be perpetually (and positively) present in their kids' lives. But because we just can't approach this weekend's Hallmark holiday Father's Day with anything approaching rosiness, today we offer a list of celebrity pops who could stand to work on their parenting skills.They may not be utterly deserving of the title of worst celebrity dad, but for various reasons, all are contenders. Michael Lohan: This guy has been a thorn in the side of daughter Lindsay (and the rest...

By Liz Kelly  | June 18, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebrity Life Lessons  
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Gary Coleman cremated; Tiger Woods named in paternity suit

Celebrity Beat: Gary Coleman cremated Thursday, no funeral in the works... Alleged mistress files paternity suit against Tiger Woods, despite his being cleared by an earlier DNA test... America Ferrera engaged to longtime boyfriend... Lindsay Lohan tests negative for alcohol following SCRAM flap... Emma Roberts drops Twitter account after fans harass her for declaring she's on Team Jacob... James Franco's solo art show includes work exploring a romantic encounter between "Star Trek" characters Spock and Captain Kirk.... Eddie Cibrian cut from "CSI: Miami"... Kardashian sisters co-authoring advice book... But, watch out, "True Blood's" Ryan Kwanten penned a sex guide set for a 2011 release... Ginnifer Goodwin shows off new pixie cut. Video: Bret Michaels opens up about his recovery, new tour... Crime Watch: California man pleads not guilty to kidnapping actor Jeremy London and forcing him to use drugs... Cops called on Dina Lohan at Long Island ice cream...

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | June 18, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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The five Pixar movie moments most likely to make you cry

Just two of the fish that made us weepy in "Finding Nemo." (Pixar) In Hollywood, there is at least one thing that can be relied on, no matter what. Its name is Pixar. Virtually every summer, no matter how dismal the slate of blockbuster contenders might look, we can count on the godfathers and godmothers of CGI animation to deliver yet another family-entertainment masterpiece. Oh, and there's another thing we can count on from those Pixar movies: that at least one moment will turn us into teary, blubbering idiots. In keeping with that tradition, I heard quite a few sniffles around me at a recent screening of "Toy Story 3," particularly as the movie came to its poignant close. (The Post's review of the film is online now, by the way.) That's one benefit of seeing this Buzz Lightyear adventure in 3D; with those big, goofy specs on, fellow...

By Jen Chaney  | June 17, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Movies, Pop Culture  | Tags:  Movies, Summer Movies  
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The oil spill: Hollywood weighs in

Members of a House committee are lobbing tough questions today at BP CEO Tony Hayward. (Am I the only one, by the way, who totally thinks that guy should be played by Michael Sheen in the inevitable HBO movie about this disaster?) But representatives in Congress aren't the only high-profile people with something to say about the massive oil spill and its impact on the Gulf Coast. Members of the Hollywood community have been jumping into the fray with increasing frequency as the leak that can't be plugged continues to spew more black goop. Kevin Costner has already sold some of his oil-separating machines to BP with the hope that they can help clean-up some of the mess. James Cameron also convened a brainstorming session here in D.C. earlier this month, drawing on his years of expertise with underwater technology in the hope of finding a solution to the crisis....

By Jen Chaney  | June 17, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Celebrities  | Tags:  Celebrities, Celebrity Causes  
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Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart marry; Chris Klein busted for alleged DUI

Celebrity Beat: Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart marry after eight years of non-wedded bliss... Bret Michaels and Miley Cyrus to duet on Friday's "Good Morning America"... Following the Miley upskirt pic flap, ABC pulls ads from PerezHilton.com; Miley's take on the controversy: "[T]hat's some idiot being an idiot"... Oprah gives O magazine staffers $10,000 each to celebrate 10th anniversary... Gwyneth Paltrow's weight sometimes (gasp!) "goes up a little," says trainer... John Travolta serenades Australian World Cup team with "Grease" song... Tori Spelling says Farrah Fawcett's spirit visited her in a seance... Brooke Mueller isn't in rehab, she's seeking "stress management"... 25 things you didn't know about Elizabeth Taylor (including "I hate being called Liz, because it can sound like such a hiss." Hey...)... More fun with Sad Keanu. Crime Watch: Chris Klein released from LAPD custody after DUI arrest. Rumor Mill: Betty White denies there are "sex photos" of...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | June 17, 2010; 6:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Royal update: Kate Middleton not pregnant

Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2007. (AP) | Gallery: A royal engagement for Prince William? Star magazine is claiming a royal bun is cooking in the oven of the as-yet-unengaged Kate Middleton, aka Prince William's longtime girlfriend. According to the mag's upcoming cover a royal wedding is on hold while Buckingham Palace figures out how best to spin the news. But, alas, it would appear we've been royally duped. Again. Said a palace spokesperson to People magazine, the story is "complete nonsense." And, considering the fact that Wills is currently touring Africa with younger brother Prince Harry and not rushing back to the U.K., my money is on Ms. Middleton being happily un-knocked up. (In case you're keeping track, two weeks ago Star magazine also had royal watchers convinced a Kate/Wills engagement was imminent.)...

By Liz Kelly  | June 16, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Royals  | Tags:  Kate Middleton, Prince William, royals  
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Mag roundup: Taylor Lautner isn't all abs; Plus: Robert Pattinson, Megan Fox, Cameron Diaz

(Mario Testino for GQ) A quick scan of the celebrity interviews hitting newsstand shelves in the near future... Listen up. Taylor Lautner is more than a tight set of abs. Or so he'd have us believe. In the July issue of GQ, the 18-year-old "Twilight" saga star opens up about how he landed the role of the buff Jacob Black, his humble home life and why he's not content to rest on his laurels or, umm, abs: "Originally I was supposed to take off my shirt. The script [of 'Valentine's Day'] said we were walking into school and Willy takes off his shirt. I said, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa. Time out. He's gonna take off his shirt in the middle of school? No, no, no.' The reason I took off my shirt for New Moon is because it's written in the book that way. And there's reasons behind it." Vampy...

By Liz Kelly  | June 16, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Celebrities  | Tags:  Cameron Diaz, Megan Fox, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner  
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Justin Bieber's neck *not* broken; Laurie David denies Al Gore affair

Justin Bieber. (Getty Images) Bieber Bunk: Nice try Interwebs pranksters, but after first duping us with a Justin Bieber death hoax last week, we're justifiably wary. And so it is that we were quickly able to dismiss today's lame-o rumors that Bieber either a) broke his neck or b) is suffering from a nasty communicable disease. Get back to us when you're able to cobble together a semi-believable Bieber-based hoax. (More Bieber: The fever that won't quit) Celebrity Beat: George Clooney joins Council on Foreign Relations... Gabourey Sidibe's mom blows away competition on "America's Got Talent"... Randy Jackson (Michael's brother) hospitalized with chest pains... Prince to get BET lifetime achievement award... William Shatner to direct a documentary about, umm, William Shatner... Dakota Fanning skips "Twilight: Eclipse" screening to take college entrance exam... Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston spending more time together... Halle Berry and ex Gabriel Aubry reunite to...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | June 16, 2010; 6:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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A peek at Grease, the video game

If a sing-along "Grease" movie with onscreen, bleeped-out curse words doesn't satisfy your Danny Zuko desires, perhaps "Grease: The Game" will. Due out this August and playable on Nintendo Wii and DS systems, "Grease" the video game does exactly what you'd expect: it allows players to dance and sing along with digitally rendered versions of Sandy, Danny, Rizzo and the whole gang from Rydell High. But it does even more than that. More, I tell you! To quote from the press release issued by developer 505 Games: "Grease: The Game is loaded with challenging mini-games that let players sing the movie’s iconic songs, dance the hand jive hop, race down Thunder Road and have fun at the Rydell Graduation carnival with Frenchie, Kenickie, Rizzo and the rest of the T-Birds and Pink Ladies." But why read when you can watch this recently released video preview, featuring John Travolta and Olivia...

By Jen Chaney  | June 15, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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What can Ozzy Osbourne's genetic code teach us?

Ozzy Osbourne, who has survived years of drug and alcohol abuse, a near catastrophic ATV accident and reality television, could be considered something of a medical miracle. And now scientists are studying his genetic code to discover more about why some people can tolerate excessive substance abuse: Mapping of a genetic code sounds like expensive work. I hope researchers plan to make the most of it by including specific instances of extreme substance abuse, like what led Ozzy to snort a line of ants. Or the precise moment at which -- if one goes further with his drug usage -- he will be forever rendered a mumbling, shuffling shadow of his former self. And why stop with the substance abuse research? Why not dig deeper to discover how Oz manages to tolerate spending 24/7 with the shrill Sharon Osbourne? And, while we're at it, should researchers get busy mapping the...

By Liz Kelly  | June 15, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Sofia Coppola's 'Somewhere': Assessing the movie trailer

The trailer for "Somewhere," the upcoming film from Sofia Coppola, was released yesterday and looks quite promising. Fans of Coppola will be pleased to see all that lush, urban imagery, as well as what appears to be a return to the sort of meandering, contemporary character study the writer-director navigated so elegantly in "Lost in Translation." Speaking of "Lost in Translation," it's impossible to ignore one thing about this trailer: the fact that "Somewhere" looks an awful lot like "Lost in Translation." Let's have a look at the clip, take a brief break for some Suntory time, then count all the connections between the latest Coppola effort and the previous, Academy-Award-winning one that happened to contain the best karaoke scene ever....

By Jen Chaney  | June 15, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies, Pop Culture  | Tags:  Movie Trailers, Movies  
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Gary Coleman's death certificate released; Coldplay to get 'Glee' treatment

Britain's Princes Harry (left) and the as-yet-unengaged William goof with an African rock python in Botswana during their six-day visit to Africa. (Getty Images) Celebrity Beat: Gary Coleman's cause of death listed as "a fall" on just-released death certificate; cremation put on hold until Wednesday (From the archives: Gallery | Obit)... Robert Pattinson predicts he'll die at 30... Perez Hilton posts upskirt photo of 17-year-old Miley Cyrus... Jennifer Aniston to reveal "aggressive sexuality" in new movie... New Michael Jackson video game allows fans to relive Jacko's "most iconic performances"... Victoria Beckham lends her voice to "Spongebob Squarepants"... "Jersey Shore's" Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino releases dance single... "Real Housewives of D.C." cast -- including Michaele Salahi -- announced... Old Spice dude Isaiah Mustafa signs development deal with NBC... Kevin Costner's oil-cleaning machine explained. Crime Watch: Ryan Seacrest stalker sentenced to two years in prison... Charges dropped against Georgia man who...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | June 15, 2010; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Here comes 'Cheer Up Keanu Day'

Where would Betty White be without the Facebook campaign that landed her the most talked about "SNL" hosting gig in a decade? And what of Stephen Baldwin? Would the guy even have registered on our radar this year were it not for RestoreStephenBaldwin.org catching viral fire in April? In the past year, the Internet has proven its value as a grassroots organizing tool not only for politics, but for DIY celebrity promotion. The "Y" in this case, though, refers not directly to the celebs at the center of these crusades, but to dedicated fans who take it upon themselves to get some attention for their beloved celebs. And now it's Keanu Reeves's turn. Sad Keanu with Forrest Gump. (Image courtesy sadkeanu.com) Tomorrow, June 15, has been declared "Cheer Up Keanu Day." And here you thought it was just Tuesday. According to the Facebook page explaining the concept, Reeves is in...

By Liz Kelly  | June 14, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Five buzziest summer beach reads

Start toning your arm muscles: the 766-page, hardback "The Passage" is the buzziest novel of the summer. (Ballantine Books) It's the time of year when that novel-reading itch kicks in and we feel compelled to drop all activities in favor of reclining on a lawn chair (or a sofa, or a towel, or a hammock -- we're not picky) and burying our noses in a gripping summer read. Several works of fiction have bubbled up on this season's short list of "it" books, the tomes most likely to peek out from the tote bags of literary-minded beach-goers. I've chosen the five that I think are the buzziest. Check 'em out, then vote for the one you're most interested in reading in the poll below. And by all means, feel free to share what's on your summer lit list -- be it the latest from Stephen King or a classic...

By Jen Chaney  | June 14, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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'Karate Kid' puts box office back on track

Jaden Smith, kicking it in "Karate Kid." (Columbia Pictures) Remember last week, when it seemed pretty apparent that no one wanted to go to the movies this summer? Well, we take that back. Turns out you are interested, as long as someone in the Will Smith family is starring in an '80s movie remake. "The Karate Kid" -- the new one starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, minus Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi -- easily won the weekend with $56 million and also played a key role in putting the summer box office back on track. After a few weeks of slumping sales, this weekend's ticket take resulted in an 11 percent increase in revenue over the comparable weekend last year. So how come everyone was super-into "The Karate Kid," but not so down with the other big '80s revamp, "The A-Team"? The answer -- and a few more box...

By Jen Chaney  | June 14, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Movies, Pop Culture  | Tags:  Box Office, Movies, Summer Movies  
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New Gary Coleman will surfaces; Brad Pitt trims his beard

Celebrity Beat: New Gary Coleman will surfaces, leaving his money to mystery woman... Denzel Washington, Scarlett Johansson win big at Tony Awards... Breaking news! Brad Pitt trimmed his beard... BP buys into Kevin Costner's oil spill solution... Diddy defends his right to give 16-year-old son $360,000 car... Bam Margera hospitalized after alleged attack from baseball bat-wielding woman... Michael Jackson's dad now blames his wife for son's death... Singer, sausage maker Jimmy Dean dead at 81. Crime Watch: January Jones was not under the influence in car crash, says LAPD rep.. Shawn Johnson stalker found guilty... Chase Crawford could spend six months in jail for pot possession... Rapper Kid Cudi arrested in New York on criminal mischief, drug possession charges. Rumor Mill: Bradley Cooper and Renee Zellweger not engaged... Jodie Foster did not attack 17-year-old photog, says rep... Simon Monjack (Brittany Murphy's now dead widower) reportedly had "secret children"... Piers...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | June 14, 2010; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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