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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 06/26/2010

Celebritology Weekend: A 'Twilight' night in the D.C. area; addressing rumors about Justin Bieber's mom posing for Playboy

By Jen Chaney

Three celeb-centric stories that are particularly on our radar this weekend:

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“Twilight” fever, breaking out at home: If you’re within a 20-mile radius of National Harbor Plaza on Saturday night and happen to hear the sound of females screaming, do not panic. It’s just a mass of overexcited Twi-hards, attending a meet-and-greet with “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” co-star Alex Meraz, the actor who plays one of the muscle-bound werewolves in the movie series. Meraz, 25, will participate in a Q&A as part of the promotion for the film’s release midnight Tuesday, then take a quick cruise around the Potomac with 100 randomly selected fans. He’ll also sign autographs and take photos. Just don’t expect the guy to pucker up.

“The first time I had done a fan meet-9and-9greet, I was just wanting so desperately to be loved by the fans. ..... I ended up kissing a girl for a photo,” he said during a phone interview this week. Since then, he’s had to politely decline such requests. “That’s the only time it gets a little uncomfortable,” he said.

The evening event, by the way, has been timed to coincide with Saturday’s lunar eclipse, which might be the first time that the moon has become a product placement.

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Justin Bieber’s mom is not a Playmate: Pattie Lynn Mallette, the 34-year-old mother of tween pop Kewpie doll Justin Bieber, has denied recent reports on several celebrity blogs that she will pose nude in Playboy magazine. “PLAYBOY!? Heavens No, HELL NO! Heavens AND Hell NO!,” she wrote in a post Friday to her Twitter account. “Thx but no thx! My son finds this rumor hysterical! Please don’t believe what u read!” That denial, of course, doesn’t address whether an offer was actually made. Playboy reps are mum on the matter. “We are just not commenting at this time,” said Playboy spokesman Steve Mazeika.

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Michael Jackson: not a trending topic? The anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death came and went Friday. And though it was certainly a topic of conversation on the Internet, it didn’t dominate Google trending topics or the Twitter-verse to the degree one might have expected. As of mid-afternoon Friday, Farrah Fawcett — who, it should be noted, also died last June.25, 2009 — ranked ahead of MJ in Google’s hot-search topics. Some celebs did weigh in with Tweeted tributes, including “I’ll Be There” cover girl Mariah Carey: “Love and Prayers to MJ ‘King of Pop.’ You will be remembered forever. We miss you.”

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Reader Poll of the Week

In a previous blog post, we, the co-Celebritology writers, presented arguments in favor of and against the career of “Knight and Day” star Tom Cruise, then asked readers to deliver their verdicts in a “legal” proceeding we dubbed Tom Cruise Court. Here’s how the voting had broken down as of press time:

51 percent are siding with the prosecution (as argued by Liz Kelly) and think Tom Cruise is over, done and best forgotten.

29 percent are siding with the defense (as argued by Jen Chaney), noting that they still like the guy and think he deserves some respect.

12 percent fall in the hung jury category and are too emotionally conflicted to decide.

6 percent have declared a mistrial and would like to reconvene when "Mission: Impossible IV" arrives in theaters.

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Pop Culture Pulse

The Last Airbender”: Sure, the aforementioned “Twilight: Eclipse” is capturing all the buzz. But this adaptation of the animated Nickelodeon series -- which opens Thursday and has generated controversy in some circles for not casting enough ethnically appropriate actors to play its Asian characters -- is one to watch, if only to see whether it finally delivers a much-needed hit for downward-trending director M. Night Shyamalan.

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

Headline: Val Kilmer, who plans to turn his San Miguel ranch into a bed and breakfast, apologizes to New Mexico neighbors for once calling the state the "homicide capital of the Southwest."

Comment: Well, fine, but if he wants to open a second B&B, in Maryland, he’ll have to apologize for "The Saint" as well. — td_in_baltimore

Headline: The trailer for the movie version of"The Green Hornet" -- starring Seth Rogen as our hero and Jay Chou as his crime-fighting sidekick Kato -- is released

Comment:
I am so bummed that Kato Kaelin is not playing Kato. — reddragon1

By Jen Chaney  | June 26, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

Jen wrote:
[Justin Bieber's mom's] denial, of course, doesn’t address whether an offer [by Playboy] was actually made.

Then again, Playboy and its ilk have a history of making such offers to high-profile women. I seem to recall that even Anita Hill was asked! So asking per se is inconsequential.


ep, did you or any of the other Legal Lizards participate in that law-firm rock band competition?


Any news on the baby front from Liz yet? We Lizards are of course waiting with bated breath, and sending our best wishes.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 26, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Go USA!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 26, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

How are Liz and Baby Liz????

Posted by: guin36 | June 26, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

On a serious note, the following article appeared in the LA Times this weekend. What thinks the Lizard Island legal firm?

"Reality TV kids don't have a safety net
Labor laws and union rules are not being applied to many. At issue is whether the children are working. It's a legal gray area":
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/tv/la-et-reality-kids-20100627,0,939452.story

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 27, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

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