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Celebritology 2.0: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

Celebritology Weekend: Tom Hanks for president?

Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend... Tom Hanks with then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2008. (Reuters) 1. Tom Hanks for president? If Democrats want to regain their political footing after that less than stellar performance on Election Day, they need some help from celebrities. That's one suggestion filmmaker Michael Moore made during an appearance on MSNBC this week. "Seriously, if we ran Tom Hanks, if we ran Oprah [Winfrey] -- there's a whole column of people who are beloved people, who are smart, good," said Moore in an appearance on “The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell.” “Why don't [the Democrats] make use of all the great communicators in Hollywood to help fashion the message?" Moore also noted that President Barack Obama is “kind of like” Tom Hanks because they're both “nice guys.” (But could he bring the same level of charm that Hanks did to the classic...

By Jen Chaney  | November 6, 2010; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Pop Culture Pulse: Gwyneth Paltrow gets musical

When the Country Music Association Awards air Wednesday night on ABC, a new Nashville-style vocalist will make her CMA debut: Gwyneth Paltrow, who is scheduled to perform “Country Strong,” the title track from her upcoming movie of the same name. The Oscar-winner — who established her onscreen pipes in “Duets,” a movie with a plot that only karaoke fanatics could love -- transitions from twang to funky-soul the following week when she makes her much-hyped guest appearance on “Glee.” The track she'll perform on the inescapable Fox series? “Forget You” -- the radio-friendly version of a normally bleep-worthy Cee-Lo Green song. All of this naturally puts more promotional fuel behind the aforementioned film “Country Strong,” in which Paltrow stars as a Nashville diva attempting a comeback. Unless, of course, she somehow blows it during either of these orchestrated TV appearances. But given her talent, that seems unlikely....

By Jen Chaney  | November 6, 2010; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'127 Hours' director Danny Boyle on James Franco and his favorite intense films

Danny Boyle, arriving at the recent London premiere of "127 Hours." (AP) Update: Read the full story about how Danny Boyle and James Franco staged the amputation scene in "127 Hours," as well as what hiker Aron Ralston had to say about it. This post was originally published Nov. 4 at 2:20 p.m. EST. "127 Hours" is the film that could earn another Academy Award nomination for director Danny Boyle, and a first for its arm-amputating star James Franco. It's also the fall release most likely to require the use of smelling salts. Yes, the movie has a reputation for its ability to make grown men and women feel faint. But beyond its two minutes of forearm hacking, "127 Hours" is also an uplifting adaptation of real-life hiker Aron Ralston's decision to do something horrifying in order to liberate himself from the boulder that trapped him for five, dehydrating...

By Jen Chaney  | November 5, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friday list: Seven great road trip movies you may have forgotten

Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis, hitting the road. (Warner Bros.) This weekend Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis star in "Due Date," thereby joining in a time-honored, cinematic tradition: the road trip movie. I mean, who doesn't love watching a film in which incompatibly matched people gas up the car and head out on the road, only to encounter numerous travel-related high jinks? Answer: no one, unless that movie features Ice Cube and dares to ask the question "Are We There Yet?" Obviously there are many, many well-known favorites in this genre: "It Happened One Night," "Easy Rider," "Thelma & Louise," and, of course, "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," just to name a few. But even within this well-covered terrain there are a few slightly more obscure road trip movies that you may have neglected. Today's Friday List covers seven of the best. As always, feel free to share your...

By Jen Chaney  | November 5, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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In trailers for 'Hall Pass,' 'Just Go With It,' dudes will be dudes

Guys are such jerks. I am basing this assessment -- as so many Americans do -- on what I see in movie trailers. Specifically, I base this assessment on a pair of new film clips currently making the rounds online and forcing me to draw the conclusion that guys are nothing but sex-obsessed, unethical goofballs. This despite all real-life evidence to the contrary provided by my very ethical and non-goofball husband, male friends and colleagues. Sorry, reality. Once again, you lose to Hollywood. Exhibit A: The trailer for "Hall Pass," which stars Jason Sudeikis and Owen Wilson as a pair of husbands who are liberated from the confines of marriage for a week to do whatever (and, ahem, whoever) they want. As Deadline rightly points out, the plot of this movie also gives that same permission slip to their wives. But we don't see any of that in the trailer...

By Jen Chaney  | November 5, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Speidi admit divorce filing was a stunt; Martin Sheen signs on to 'Spider-Man'

Celebrity Beat: Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt admit divorce filing was a publicity stunt... Police find body of one-time "Bachelorette" contestant Julien Hug... Emma Bunton (a.k.a. Baby Spice) expecting her second child... On doctor's orders, Aretha Franklin cancels all concert dates through May. Bonus: The Twitter wisdom of Sylvester Stallone. Rumor Mill: Is Miley Cyrus sporting a new forearm "sleeve" tattoo?... Pop Culture Mix: Martin Sheen to play Uncle Ben in upcoming Spider-Man movie, while Sally Field could play Aunt May... In other Spidey news, the highly expensive Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has been delayed again... As proof that even J.J. Abrams doesn't always succeed, "Undercovers" has been canceled... Is Conan O'Brien on TBS worth as much to advertisers as Letterman and Leno? Answer is apparently yes. Video: David Sedaris visits "The Daily Show": The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cDavid Sedariswww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show...

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | November 5, 2010; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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William Shatner beats Gwyneth Paltrow to the '[Expletive] You' punch

Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines earlier this week when it was announced that she would lend her own insouciant interpretation of Cee-Lo Green's "[Expletive] You" (as a TV-friendly "Forget You") to "Glee" in an episode set to air later this month. But, clearly not concerned about stealing Paltrow's thunder, William Shatner turned up on "Lopez Tonight" on Wednesday to belt out his own rendition of the song in all its profane glory. It was, of course, heavily bleeped: No reaction yet from Camp Paltrow. And, really, I'm just posting this as an excuse to trot out one of my favorite clips ever -- Shatner's "interpretation" of "Rocket Man" from the 1978 Sci-Fi Awards show: Here's a link to Cee-Lo's unbleeped NSFW original. Related: Cee-Lo's dirty ditty goes viral, catches flak for profane lyrics...

By Liz Kelly  | November 5, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Remember, remember the fifth of November: Two reasons to celebrate

It's Nov. 5, a date of high significance that pop culture courteously makes sure we won't forget. In Great Britain, of course, it's Guy Fawkes Day, an annual occasion that celebrates the day in 1605 when the assassination plot of King James I was foiled and a man by the name of Fawkes was arrested for his role in the effort. It's also a great excuse for Londoners to set off fireworks and for the rest of us to either read an Alan Moore comic book series or watch the movie adaptation of said comic series: "V for Vendetta," an underrated 2006 film starring one of this year's Osar-buzziest ladies, Natalie Portman. Then there's that other really important thing that happened on Nov. 5 -- specifically, Nov. 5, 1955, the day that Doc Emmett Brown slipped, hit his head and invented the flux capacitor, which is what makes time travel...

By Jen Chaney  | November 5, 2010; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Engaged: LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian; Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnello

Cibrian and Rimes in April. (AP) Love is apparently in the Hollywood air for LeAnn Rimes and and Eddie Cibrian. And Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo. According to various news reports, both couples have plans to marry in the not too distant future. LeAnn & Eddie: Speculation ran high after Cibrian tweeted this picture of himself on bended knee in front of Rimes on Halloween, but Rimes later said the picture was just a joke and not a bona fide proposal. The two infamously met last year on the set of the Lifetime movie "Northern Lights." Both were married at the time -- Cibrian to Brandi Glanville and Rimes to one-time back-up dancer Dean Sheremet. Accusations flew. Video evidence was produced. Cibrian recently finalized his divorce from Glanville. Rimes was recently rejected by Shape readers. No date has been set for the wedding. [E! News] Nick and Vanessa: "We're...

By Liz Kelly  | November 5, 2010; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Update: Lil Wayne released from Rikers Island jail

Lil Wayne at a Manhattan court date in March. (AP) Updated at 3:09 p.m. with release details. Despite earlier word from MTV that we would have to wait 24 more hours for Dwayne Michael Carter's (a.k.a. Lil Wayne) release from prison, TMZ is reporting that the rapper was indeed set free from Rikers Island jail this morning after serving an eight-month sentence on gun possession charges. Why the confusion? According to Department of Corrections public information director Stephen Morrello, MTV got the erroneous information -- that Lil Wayne's release had been delayed -- from an officer who doesn't work in the specific jail where Carter was held. Also, in a successful bid to outwit MTV, some other stalwart press and fans, Morello says the Department of Corrections took steps to ensure Lil Wayne's safety by not disclosing details of his release in real time....

By Liz Kelly  | November 4, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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David Cassidy arrested for DUI

David Cassidy appears in this photo provided by the Florida Highway Patrol. (AP) Erstwhile teen heartthrob and "Partridge Family" star David Cassidy is vowing to fight DUI charges after he was arrested in Fort Pierce, Fla., on Wednesday night. Police reportedly pulled Cassidy over after spotting him allegedly drifting in and out of lanes and almost hitting another car. Once stopped, Cassidy admitted he'd had a glass of wine with lunch and had taken hydrocodone (a.k.a. Vicodin) a few hours later. Then, according to a Miami news station report, cops found a half-empty bottle of Woodford Reserve Kentucky bourbon in the car. According to the same report, "Cassidy registered a .139 and .141 in alcohol breath tests, nearly twice the .08 legal limit in Florida." Still, Cassidy is denying that he drove drunk. "He would never jeopardize anyone on the road and he would not have been driving had...

By Liz Kelly  | November 4, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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'Megamind': A pop culture reference check list

"Megamind": Blue arbiter of (in)justice. (DreamWorks/Paramount) "Megamind" is a fun and energetic animated movie that comes along at a time when multiplexes have been suffering from a kid-flick drought. It's also a fun and energetic animated movie that borrows, liberally and largely intentionally, from numerous past pop cultural phenomena that preceded it. For those who'd like to keep up with the rapid-fire references throughout this bad-guy-becomes-hero saga, we present the "Megamind" pop culture reference check list, designed to turn your movie-going excursion into a thoroughly geeky, anal-retentive experience. Note: Some of the items on the list may be considered semi-spoilery, so feel free to clip, save and look at it during or after the big-blue-headed-guy biopic....

By Jen Chaney  | November 4, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Kanye West feels bad for Bush remarks; Gwyneth Paltrow to sing Cee Lo Green on 'Glee'

Celebrity Beat: Kanye West feels bad about making George W. Bush feel bad... Charlie Sheen working with a "sober coach"... Celine Dion originally expected triplets... Justin Long suffers concussion in "minor" car accident... Gary Collins investigated for Mississippi hit-and-run. Rumor Mill: Demi Lovato's family "furious" over dad's Radar Online interview... Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt may file for bankruptcy after allegedly blowing $10 million... Michelle Williams gains 15 pounds for movie role (Big deal. I did the same thing for writing this blog)... Naomi Campbell accused of lying about ex-manager's perfume profits... Jon Gosselin humiliated during a trip to Taco Bell. Pop Culture Mix: Gwyneth Paltrow will sing Cee Lo Green song -- the "Forget You" version -- on "Glee"... HBO orders Justin Theroux/Steve Coogan comedy pilot... NBC picks up Chelsea Handler pilot... Another moviegoer has medical issue at L.A. premiere of "127 Hours" -- but this time it had...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | November 4, 2010; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Bret Michaels denies affair with Miley Cyrus's mom

Bret Michaels. (AP) Bret Michaels may have made out with scads of women searching for his "Rock of Love," but speaking through a rep, the rocker turned reality show star says he never had an affair with Miley Cyrus's mom, Tish. "Several reports of my client having an affair with Tish are unfounded and a fabrication," a rep for Michaels told E! News. "He has been a close friend of the family for some time because of his work with Miley." Last week, Billy Ray Cyrus filed for divorce from his wife of 17 years citing "irreconcilable differences." "It's unfortunate that Billy Ray and Tish have to be further tainted by these lies being reported," the rep continued. "The only relationship he's had with Tish is professional because he worked with Miley on 'Every Rose.' She recut it, and obviously they did that together at GMA in the summer,...

By Liz Kelly  | November 3, 2010; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Too busy dancing, Bristol Palin didn't vote

Bristol Palin, with 'Dancing' partner Mark Ballas. (Reuters) Bristol Palin apparently isn't swept up in the Tea Party frenzy along with mom Sarah Palin. She didn't vote. But who can blame her? Week after week, she's been her own Tea Party -- the improbable, unqualified, ostensibly unelectable wild card who keeps defying all odds by making the "Dancing with the Stars" cut. On Wednesday, Palin -- daughter of the one-time GOP vice presidential nominee and erstwhile governor of Alaska -- admitted to Inside Edition, "I did not send in my absentee ballots to Alaska." "I'm going to be in trouble," added Palin in an interview set to air Wednesday. "Sorry, mom!" And mom may indeed be a bit steamed since Tea Partier Joe Miller, who she endorsed, looks to have been shut out of a Senate race by write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Asked if she'd support her mom...

By Liz Kelly  | November 3, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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A 'Mad Men' star sneaks onto 'Today'

Whatever happened to manners? That's the question that NBC correspondent Miguel Almaguer -- formerly of Washington's NBC 4 -- set out to answer in a segment for the "Today" show. In the process, as Entertainment Weekly noted, he ended up interviewing a former "Mad Men" regular ... but didn't identify him as such. Michael Gladis -- who starred as Paul Kinsey in the first three seasons of the AMC drama -- gets the simple tagline "customer." Watch. The whole thing goes down at the 1:49 mark. I mean, really, wouldn't it have been courteous to give Gladis a better title? Like, "Actor formerly known as Paul Kinsey"? Or "Dude who totally hooked up with Joan and gabbed too much about it"? Or "Resenter of Peggy Olson"? Something. On the plus side, I really look forward to the upcoming "Today" show segment that asks, "Are we too rude on the road?"...

By Jen Chaney  | November 3, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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James Franco takes on cultural juggernaut 'Three's Company'

One iteration of the 'Three's Company' cast: Don Knotts, Joyce DeWitt, Richard Kline, John Ritter, Suzanne Somers and Ann Wedgeworth. (Nick at Night) Apparently, nothing is sacred to James Franco. Or everything is. Either way, I'm okay with it because it results in him doing things like enrolling in four graduate degree programs simultaneously, volunteering himself as a guest star on "General Hospital," posing in drag and directing creatively-named short films. (You'll have to Google that last one to get the NSFW title.) His latest project? "Three's Company: The Drama," which is described in a press release from the Sundance Institute as "a multi-media examination of the classic '70s sitcom." The release goes on: "Television has undoubtedly shaped our world: our increased exposure to dramatic entertainment, the shapes of our houses, the shape of the time in our day. In this piece James Franco hopes to pull television from...

By Liz Kelly  | November 3, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Fashion statement: The Olsen twins puff up for WWD

Thing one and thing two (aka Ashley, left, and Mary-Kate Olsen) on Tuesday at the Women's Wear Daily 100th anniversary celebration in New York: (AP)...

By Liz Kelly  | November 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Russell Crowe: master, commander, tweeter

Could it be that Russell Crowe -- the same irate man who walked out during a live BBC radio interview earlier this year, reportedly threatened to kill a producer with his bare hands and once beaned a hotel clerk with a phone -- has been misunderstood? Is he actually just an average dude who enjoys American college football and joshing with his fans? It turns out that Crowe -- who has always given off a bit of a "don't come near me" vibe -- has not only been (as we knew) somewhat tamed by wife Danielle Spencer and his two sons, but now spends a significant portion of his day on Twitter responding to questions from fans, boasting about his love of Michigan football and explaining his shorthand. For instance, "LLD" apparently stands for "Little Lie Down." Which is what he did Monday in Los Angeles before meeting with someone...

By Liz Kelly  | November 3, 2010; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Randy and Evi Quaid miss court date (again); Brad Pitt to play mob boss in 'Cogan's Trade'

Celebrity Beat: Randy and Evi Quaid, yet again, fail to appear in court... Demi Lovato's dad (a budding Michael Lohan?) tells Radar Online the pressures of Hollywood got to his daughter... "Harry Potter's" Emma Watson "shocked" that she's worth $32 million... Kiefer Sutherland set to make Broadway debut in "That Championship Season"... Bethenny Frankel and Sean Young to join Vince Neil on "Skating with the Stars"... "Ugly Betty" producer Salma Hayek plans to adapt Argentinian series for ABC... Burglars make off with two laptops belonging to Keira Knightley. Rumor Mill: New couple Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal spend Halloween weekend swimming, eating ice cream... Kate Middleton's parents join Prince William for shooting weekend at Balmoral, so obviously a (shotgun) wedding can't be far off... Christina Aguilera paid $1 million to perform at private Halloween party. Pop Culture Mix: Brad Pitt to play mob boss and reteam with "Assassination of Jesse...

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | November 3, 2010; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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George W. Bush still mad at Kanye West

Remember this moment from the Hurricane Katrina telethon, when Kanye West accused George W. Bush of not caring about black people and Mike Myers looked more embarrassed than he did after "The Cat in the Hat" premiere? Apparently that was the worst moment of George W. Bush's presidency. This information will reportedly be revealed in an interview with Matt Lauer that will air Monday on NBC, part of the former commander in chief's efforts to promote his new memoir. As Entertainment Weekly reports, Lauer reads Bush's written words back to him during the exchange: "‘I faced a lot of criticism as President. I didn’t like hearing people claim that I lied about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction or cut taxes to benefit the rich. But the suggestion that I was racist because of the response to Katrina represented an all-time low." Bush says: "Yeah. I still feel that way as...

By Jen Chaney  | November 3, 2010; 12:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Rumor Mill: Miley Cyrus's mom had an affair with Bret Michaels

Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus. (AP) Bret Michaels in 2008. (AP) Rut-roh. Remember last week when we were all shocked (okay, hyperbole) by the abrupt end to the 17-year marriage of Miley Cyrus's parents, Billy Ray and Tish? It turns out that the split may have been caused by an achy-breaky heart after all. According to UsMagazine.com, Tish and rocker Bret Michaels (yes, the one with the brain hemorrhage and sketchy Billboard cover) were involved in an "on-the-sly romance" that began in February when Michaels and Cyrus released the duet "Nothing to Lose." A rep for Michaels rebutted the allegations, telling Us Weekly, "There has never been an affair or a fling." A rep for Tish also denied the dalliance. Still, to timeline this potentially cataclysmic affair: February -- Tish Cyrus and Bret Michaels commence their "on-the-sly romance." April -- Michaels suffers achy-breaky brain (a.k.a. brain hemorrhage). May --...

By Liz Kelly  | November 2, 2010; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Willow Smith makes TV debut, explains that 'Whip My Hair' is the new way of saying 'I'm me'

Willow Smith made her national television debut on "Ellen" today. And as pundits predicted, she did indeed whip her hair back and forth. But that's not all. In her first major TV interview, she also clarified a number of things while chatting with Ellen DeGeneres. 1. Acting fulfills her career. Singing, on the other hand, is something she does that's "pleasurous." 2. Whipping your hair back and forth is the new way of saying "I'm me." 3. On a precociousness scale of 1 to 10, Willow Smith is a 20 who makes sassy brother Jaden look like a 6 or a 7....

By Jen Chaney  | November 2, 2010; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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How to stage a musical in a busy airport

With "Glee" in rerun mode tonight, some people may feel a strong urge to get their weekly, fresh fix of people busting out semi-obscure pop songs in unexpected everyday situations. The Internet is here to help. Specifically, this video of a well-choreographed, pseudo flash mob musical set at Heathrow's Terminal 5 -- part of T-Mobile's "Life's for Sharing" social media effort -- is here to help. Dubbed "Airport: The Musical" and subtitled, "A Special Department of Homeland Security-Themed 'Glee,' " it may raise your spirits while also raising the question: Will a performance of "Return of the Mack" really make my next three-hour flight delay more tolerable? Watch and decide for yourself....

By Jen Chaney  | November 2, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Disney star Demi Lovato enters rehab

Update: A "painful history of being bullied" led to Demi Lovato's voluntary admission into rehab, reports TMZ. A source tells the site that Lovato's issues started in middle school, where she felt she was a target because of her acting career. Lovato herself recently opened up about her experiences as a victim of teen bullying. "People say sticks and stones may break your bones, but names can never hurt you, but that's not true," she wrote on PACER's "Teens Against Bulling" Web site. Lovato was part of the site's October campaign against cyberbullying. [TMZ] ---- Demi Lovato on the cover of her 2009 album "Here We Go Again." (AP) Teen star Demi Lovato has checked into a treatment center to seek help for "emotional and physical issues," reports the Associated Press. The 18-year-old Disney star had been touring with the Jonas Brothers when she abruptly left the tour. Lovato ended...

By Liz Kelly  | November 2, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Book review: Mike Sorrentino's 'Here's the Situation' delivers predictability

(Courtesy Gotham Books) This morning on "Today," Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino asked Al Roker and the viewing public to not judge a book by its cover. Which is tough. Because the cover of Sorrentino's new book, "Here's the Situation: A Guide to Creeping on Chicks, Avoiding Grenades, and Getting Your GTL on the Jersey Shore," might lead some prospective readers to judge the breakout star of MTV's "Jersey Shore" as a cheesy, self-centered, misogynistic D-lister grabbing as much of the spotlight as he can while he can. Which would be just about right. And therein lies his charm. Between "Jersey Shore," "Dancing with the Stars," his book deal, product endorsements and his own soon-to-be-launched line of clothing, Sorrentino is on track to make $5 million this year -- which I'm betting has other reality show wanna-bes re-evaluating their game. Jon Gosselin, Bret Michaels, Daisy de la Hoya -- none...

By Liz Kelly  | November 2, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Taylor Swift launching her own fragrance; Leonardo DiCaprio to play serial killer

Celebrity Beat: Taylor Swift becomes just the latest celeb to launch her own fragrance... Ricky Martin tells Oprah (on Tuesday's show) that he "cried like a baby" after he came out... North Carolina Republican congressional candidate apologizes for (falsely) claiming Morgan Freeman did the voiceover on his campaign ad.. Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's brother accused of punching, abducting woman... And we thought Randy Quaid was the crazy brother. Celebs from Lindsay Lohan to Gilbert Gottfried turn out for Judd Apatow directed PSA: Rumor Mill: Chelsea Handler and 50 Cent lunch together in Malibu, so they must be dating... Continuing her long slog in Paris Hilton's footsteps, Kim Kardashian is reportedly recording an album... Andy Dick suicidal, "friend" tells Radar Online... Ryan Phillippe and Amanda Seyfried spotted on Halloween date... Uma Thurman's stalker strikes again... Motley Crue's Vince Neil to compete on "Skating with the Stars?" Pop Culture Mix: Leonardo DiCaprio...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | November 2, 2010; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Conan O'Brien offers preview of 'Conan' with 'Show Zero'

We're now less than a week away from the premiere of "Conan," the new TBS talk show from Conan O'Brien that will easily be the most scrutinized piece of television ever to air on TBS. Well, besides that very special episode of "My Boys." As a way to give us all a sneak peek, last night O'Brien released "Show Zero" -- a four-minute-and-fifty-second dry run of his soon-to-be nightly comedy/gab fest -- on the Internet. What do you get in that exceedingly fast-paced clip? Let's see ... amazing video of a conference room, Conan band leader Jimmy Vivino playing a piccolo, a lame Facebook joke, Jim Parsons saying "It's nice to be here," several Diet Coke promotions, the band Steel Train playing a single chord and a dancing Taco. You know what? Maybe you should just watch yourself....

By Jen Chaney  | November 2, 2010; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Charlie Sheen files for divorce

Charlie Sheen. (Getty Images) Less than a week after Charlie Sheen was hospitalized in New York after allegedly cavorting with a porn star and wrecking a hotel room, the "Two and a Half Men" star has filed for divorce from his third wife, Brooke Mueller. Sheen cited irreconcilable differences in his divorce filing. He also seeks joint custody of the couple's twin sons but, according to the Associated Press, asked the judge not to award his wife any spousal support. TMZ is speculating that Sheen filed for divorce to avoid Mueller talking about it on her upcoming reality show. How filing for divorce would actually prevent her from talking about it, we're not sure. But we can certainly understand how Sheen would want to avoid making a spectacle of his life. In August, Sheen pleaded guilty to assault in connection with a Christmas 2009 domestic dispute involving Mueller. He...

By Liz Kelly  | November 2, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Before hitting it big, Robert De Niro tamed his dumb hair

Thanks to Roger Ebert for posting the above vintage ad featuring Robert De Niro in what we have to assume were his pre-"Raging Bull" and "Taxi Driver" days. He'd hardly have needed the Heat Comb for Travis Bickle's mohawk. Click on the image for a full-size version so you, too, can read about how to get a fine coif like Bobby D.'s. According to the manufacturer, the Hot Comb -- a combined hair dryer/comb -- was even able "make dumb waves disappear, or make idiot curls go straight." Obviously this copy wasn't written by Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce's Peggy Olsen. Source: Roger Ebert's Journal...

By Liz Kelly  | November 1, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Comic-Con passes: They're almost for sale

Darth and a buddy at Comic-Con 2010. (Reuters) Geeks who got excited today to buy their passes to Comic-Con 2011 will have to exercise some patience. Registration for the annual pop culture extravaganza was scheduled to kick off today at noon Eastern time. But technical issues have forced registration to be postponed by a week. A message on the Comic-Con Web site reads: "We are really sorry for the problems with registration today. We do not know what the technical issues are, so we have temporarily closed registration. We will announce on Monday November 8th the new date and time that registration will reopen. This down time will allow us to determine and address the issues. Only a handful of badges were actually sold today. Thank you for your patience, and again, we all are truly sorry for this inconvenience." So if you panicked because the site appeared to...

By Jen Chaney  | November 1, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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NaNoWriMo: Taking the novel-writing plunge

It's the beginning of NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month, a fall tradition that challenges wannabe fiction writers to bang out a book in 30 days.

By Jen Chaney  | November 1, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lily Allen loses baby, spokesman says

Lily Allen has apparently suffered a miscarriage six months into her pregnancy, according to People.com.

By Liz Kelly  | November 1, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Weekend box office: 'Saw 3D' comes out on top in Halloween showdown

"Saw 3D": Killing, not so softly. (Lionsgate) In the Halloween weekend horror battle of 2010 -- a reprise of the 2009 face-off between "Saw VI" and "Paranormal Activity" -- multi-dimensional torture won out over faux documentary chills, at least in the short run. More details on that -- as well as which movies are the steadiest performers of the season and how Hilary Swank's latest did in wider release -- in this week's box office rundown....

By Jen Chaney  | November 1, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Zach Galifianakis smokes pot on 'Bill Maher Show'; Ron Howard says gay joke will stay in 'Dilemma'

Celebrity Beat: Courteney Cox not yet prepared to say she's divorcing David Arquette... Gayle King says she's turned down "Dancing with the Stars" three times... Original "90210" cast member Ian Ziering and wife expecting their first child... Randy Travis divorces wife of 19 years... Keanu Reeves totally loiters where he's not supposed to. Rumor Mill: Manager denies Charlie Sheen is "going to die this week," despite rumors of a new cocaine/hooker fueled rampage... Oksana Grigorieva to face Mel Gibson in court today. Pop Culture Mix: Ron Howard responds to "Dilemma" controversy, says gay joke will stay in the movie... Filmmaker George Hickenlooper -- who was poised for the premiere of his Jack Abramoff movie "Casino Jack" -- has died suddenly at the age of 47... Denise Borino-Quinn, who played Ginny Sacrimoni on "The Sopranos," dies after battle with cancer... Russell Brand chats about taking on Shakespeare... A jack-o-lantern inspired...

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | November 1, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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AMC's 'Walking Dead': Have we found our next 'Lost'?

One of 'Walking Dead's' walking dead. (AMC) Video: Zombies invade D.C. Forget vampires. In the land of TV, zombies are king. Dessicated, stinky kings -- but kings nonetheless. AMC's "The Walking Dead" premiered Sunday night and is already generating major buzz, tearing up Google search trends, generating conversation on Twitter and giving all of us something to talk about on this post-Halloween morning besides the number of Snickers bites we consumed yesterday. (For the record, it was only two!) This bodes well for a show our own Hank Stuever described as "'Lost'-like," a comparison that means the show may be ripe for slavish devotion and endless rehashing. Unless it turns out to be, like, "Flash Forward" or something. Since we know a thing or two about slavish devotion to "Lost" we thought we'd, ahem, apply our analytical skills to see if "Walking Dead" has what it takes to motivate...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | November 1, 2010; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Lost, TV  | Tags:  Walking Dead  
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