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Celebritology 2.0: November 7, 2010 - November 13, 2010

No more 'Today' for Kanye West

Okay, I totally called this one. In the wake of Kanye West's disastrous "Today" interview earlier this week -- an interview West characterized on Twitter as "BRUTAL" (his caps, not mine) -- West has pulled out of an upcoming performance on the show that had been scheduled for Nov. 26. On Friday, West again used his medium of choice to tweet this update: “I’m not performing on the Today Show for obvious reasons. I’m so happy the world got to see just a small piece of “the set up” I blatantly said I’m not performing on a tweet and to everyone around me and the next day they still announced a performance….And I don’t hate Matt Lauer… We don’t promote hate. That’s the whole point!!! I promote love and truth! Earlier in the week the rapper appeared on "Today" to apologize for accusing then-President Bush of racism in 2005 because...

By Liz Kelly  | November 12, 2010; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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A little zombie music to start your weekend

In what's either an attempt to get in the mood for Sunday's new "Walking Dead" episode or a clever attempt at social media marketing by AMC, the hashtag #zombielyrics has been making the rounds on Twitter today. And tweeters certainly have a flair for recrafting pop songs to make them more appropriate for the moaning, groaning, flesh-eating set. Here are some of my favorites so far: .bbpBox3159552547622912 {background:url(http://a1.twimg.com/profile_background_images/62248490/bacteria_smoking.jpg) #004477;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author img{float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px} p.bbpTweet a:hover{text-decoration:underline}p.bbpTweet span.timestamp{font-size:12px;display:block} If you wanna eat my liver / you gotta get with my fiends / Make it last forever / Zombiehood never ends #ZombieLyrics #SpiceGhoulsless than a minute ago via TweetDeckPhil PlaitBadAstronomer .bbpBox3163473999564800 {background:url(http://a3.twimg.com/profile_background_images/123980745/Rainbow_starboard_exterior_under_sail_3.bmp) #C0DEED;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author img{float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px} p.bbpTweet a:hover{text-decoration:underline}p.bbpTweet...

By Jen Chaney  | November 12, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Harrison Ford thinks Han Solo was boring and should have died. We don't agree.

In the new movie "Morning Glory," discerning actor Harrison Ford plays an a.m. news show anchor opposite the ever-enchanting Diane Keaton. The 68-year-old is also contemplating a fifth installment of the geriatric "Indiana Jones" franchise. I mention all of this by way of preamble because Ford recently told ABC News that Han Solo -- the "Star Wars" character that vaulted Ford on to the "A" list -- was "not interesting" and should have died at the end of "Return of the Jedi." "I don't think there's a way to weave him back into the story," Ford said in a recent interview with ABC. "Besides which as a character he was not so interesting to me. I thought he should have died in the last one, just to give it some bottom." After the jump, three Harrison Ford characters that deserve to die before Han Solo......

By Liz Kelly  | November 12, 2010; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Justin Bieber gets biopicized (wink wink)

I often find myself wondering where did that Justin Bieber kid come from. I mean, I know he was -- much like Celine Dion -- inflicted on us by Canada, but beyond that and a vague idea that the kid did some subway busking and is kind of a klutz, well, he remains a mystery wrapped in an enigma hidden behind a fringe of heavy sandy brown hair. And I even read his memoir. Lucky for me, and you, the Upright Citizens Brigade has stepped in to fill our Bieber knowledge void with the biopic "8 Kilometer: The Gritty Life Story of Justin Bieber" -- or at least the ridiculously well-done trailer for it: As the folks over at Best Week Ever noted, "Kudos to the casting people for getting a actor who looks exactly like Justin Bieber... maybe a tad bit more masculine." And thank you to the folks...

By Liz Kelly  | November 12, 2010; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Pop Culture Pulse: The wizard returns

Emma Watson at the London premiere. (AP) When a trailer for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” debuted online over the summer, the members of Hogwarts Nation went into a frenzy. If a mere preview can cause that much excitable chatter, the Horcrux fervor will undoubtedly escalate this week, when the first part of the franchise’s final chapter opens in U.S. theaters. A splashy premiere, with red carpet appearances from all-grown-up stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, was held Thursday night in London, and will be followed by another on Monday in New York’s Lincoln Square. And according to data from MovieTickets.com and Fandango.com, advance ticket sales for the film-- which opens Friday, with a flurry of midnight screenings -- are outpacing sales for all previous Potter films. In other words, expect pop culture conversation, media coverage and box office revenues to be dominated by...

By Jen Chaney  | November 12, 2010; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Former Miss California Carrie Prejean expecting first baby; First 'Deathly Hallows' reviews roll in

Celebrity Beat: Liam Neeson says Mel Gibson's "cool" with him taking over his "Hangover 2" role (watch them together in 1984's "The Bounty" which was, coincidentally, a Dino De Laurentiis production)... Jane Fonda reveals she had breast cancer, but is now "fine"... Lindsay and Michael Lohan, a reunion... Taylor Momsen blames her parents for ruining her childhood... Hulk Hogan applies for marriage license... Vera Farmiga gives birth to baby girl Gytta Lubov... Eddie Munster actor Butch Patrick goes to rehab... Dick Van Dyke rescued by porpoises... "Jersey Shore" reject Angelina Pivarnick records "rap" song. Rumor Mill: According to the National Enquirer, a "brutal fight" led to the Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus divorce... Lindsay Lohan gets go-ahead to do one-day magazine shoot... Two Gosselin kids expelled from school for fighting... Demi Lovato's rep denies she called dad from rehab. Pop Culture Mix: The first reviews for "Harry Potter and...

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | November 12, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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'The Simpsons': Will it ever end? Should it?

"The Simpsons": signed up for another season. (Fox via AP) As New York Magazine reported this morning, "The Simpsons" has been renewed for a 23rd season, a move that will bring the total number of episodes to 515 and more than cement the show's status as one of the longest primetime series of all time. Of course, for longtime fans of the residents of Springfield, [Redacted], this news provides yet another opportunity to debate whether it's wise for the show to continue. Does "The Simpsons" deliver enough smart satire and inspired slapstick to merit its perpetual renewal? Or have Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie become animation's version of the Rolling Stones, an act that doesn't know when it's time to quit?...

By Jen Chaney  | November 11, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Pop Quiz: Guess the starlet

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By Liz Kelly  | November 11, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Kanye West on 'Today': Matt Lauer responds

Last time on Kanye West vs. the World, West sat down with "Today's" Matt Lauer to apologize for calling President Bush a racist in the midst of the Hurricane Katrina non-response. Whether or not West should have apologized is somewhat moot at this point because an entirely new media feeding frenzy (to which, yes, I am contributing) has developed around Lauer's interview and whether or not he treated West fairly. Let's watch: The interview is clearly tense and Kanye took to his Twitter account on Tuesday (the interview was pre-taped) to register his displeasure with how things went down: "I don't mess with Matt Lauer or the Today Show ... and that's a very nice way for me to put it! ... HE TRIED TO FORCE MY ANSWERS. IT WAS VERY BRUTAL AND I CAME THERE WITH ONLY POSITIVE INTENT ... I feel very alone very used very tortured very...

By Liz Kelly  | November 11, 2010; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Mel Gibson ordered to pay $60,000 in back child support; Google 'watch Conan' and get Jay Leno's Web site

Celebrity Beat: Mel Gibson ordered to pay Oksana Grigorieva $60,000 in back child support... Brittany Murphy's mom penning tell all book about daughter... Billy Ray Cyrus makes first post-divorce announcement appearance at CMAs... Nicole Richie lands TV comedy series about a "young, modern, professional woman"... Kourtney Kardashian to make first non-reality appearance as guest star on "One Life to Live." Rumor Mill: Demi Lovato not in treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, says spokesperson; yet a "friend" is shopping alleged video of Lovato snorting cocaine to Radar Online... Portia DeGeneres could join "Dancing with the Stars" as part of the show's first same-sex dance pair... Rielle Hunter denies reports that she flew to L.A. to pursue John Cusack and Matt LeBlanc, and we kind of believe her. Pop Culture Mix: Google "Watch Conan" to get Jay Leno's Web site... Jon Favreau to direct "Magic Kingdom," a movie about the Disneyland...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | November 11, 2010; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Rate Gwyneth Paltrow's CMA performance

Gwyneth Paltrow made her live country music singing debut on Wednesday night's CMA broadcast. Backed by Vince Gill, Paltrow sang the title track from her upcoming movie, "Country Strong," and played an acoustic guitar. All while wearing what appeared to be four-inch heels (which gave a whole new meaning to the line "You may push me and I'll fall."). poll by twiigs.com Related: Gallery: Country kicks up its heels...

By Liz Kelly  | November 11, 2010; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Rumor Mill: Prince William and Kate Middleton to wed in 2011

(Courtesy Us Weekly) Gallery: The W.O.W. factor: Prince William and Kate Middleton Prince William and longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton will marry in 2011, Us Weekly is breathlessly reporting on the Web and in the magazine's latest issue. The report sends rumors of the couple's impending nuptials into hyperdrive after Tuesday's report that the couple was inching closer to an engagement. Among the evidence: Kate's wardrobe, which includes pieces made by a designer who also crafts wedding gowns. An unnamed source tells Us that the engagement will be announced in 2011 and, intriguingly, that the couple made a secret pact to marry three years ago while on vacation in the Seychelles. A secret so well kept that we've all been waiting for the announcement for, coincidentally, about three years. The last time Kate and Wills engagement rumors reached this level of hype was back in June when royal watchers were...

By Liz Kelly  | November 10, 2010; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Dude! What? Hurley and Don Draper have a conversation

Okay, so it gets old after about the first 40 seconds, but kudos to YouTuber keaggy for mashing up clips of "Lost's" Hugo "Hurley" Reyes and "Mad Men's" Don Draper, resulting in one minute and 45 seconds of more "dudes" and "whats" than you'd hear at a four-hour Phish concert: ---- A big thanks to Going Out Guide restaurant guru Justin Rude (whose last name does in fact rhyme with "dude") for the link. Related: "Lost" Central...

By Liz Kelly  | November 10, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gene Shalit: Bidding farewell to the punniest movie critic in history

Tomorrow marks the official send-off for "Today" show movie reviewer Gene Shalit, who is leaving his Critic's Corner after 40 years of summarizing the best and worst of American cinema with as many puns as he could muster. No matter how honest some of his reviews may have been -- contrary to prevailing wisdom, Shalit actually did pan his share of flicks -- it's his inability to resist a groan-inducing play on words that we'll remember most. The "Today" team plans to bid Shalit adieu tomorrow with what one assumes will be a drippily sentimental video montage ... and one also filled with loads of puns. This blog post was originally intended to beat them to the punch by compiling some of the best puns in Gene Shalit History, except that a problem arose: it's challenging to find a solid archive of Gene Shalit's reviews on the Web. The veteran...

By Jen Chaney  | November 10, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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'Lake Shore': Canada's regrettable answer to 'Jersey Shore'

Canadians. So smug with their nationalized health care, bilingual province and "Anne of Green Gables." But, as it turns out, our neighbors to the north are every bit as capable of converting douchy 20-somethings into profit-making trash TV as we Yanks. Although it has yet to find a TV home a preview of "Lake Shore," Toronto's answer to "Jersey Shore," is causing a big time stir on the Interwebs since a preview reel was posted to YouTube late last week. (Some NSFW language, so watch at your own risk): Its hard to judge an entire show based on an eight minute clip -- which takes viewers through the auditions and introduces us to the eight person cast -- but "Lake Shore" seems to have out-trashed "Jersey Shore" by several orders of magnitude....

By Liz Kelly  | November 10, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Why Kanye West should not have apologized to George W. Bush on the 'Today' show

Kanye West, why did you have to go on "Today" and tell George W. Bush that you're sorry (or at least somewhat regretful) for saying -- during the height of the Hurricane Katrina crisis -- that he didn't care about black people? As your Twitter account clearly indicates, taping the interview has caused you an immense amount of distress. And as demonstrated by the use of your pre-recorded comments during this morning's "Today" interview with Bush, your words only served as a balm for the former president, who said they were "appreciated" and that his faith allows him to forgive you. Racial tensions: They're all solved now that the West/Bush conflict has been put to rest. Kanye, in addition to making some killer records, you have said and done some mega-ridiculous things over the years. But the Hurricane Katrina episode? That's actually the one thing that, in my opinion, you...

By Jen Chaney  | November 10, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Rumor Mill: Pink is pregnant

An utterly bumpless Pink in 2009. (AP) On Tuesday, I passed up the opportunity to further spread photos of Pink sporting what some breathless bloggers ID'd as a "baby bump," since said bump was approximately the size of a burrito Pink may or may not have ingested prior to stepping in front of the lens of a prying paparazzo. But since Pink bump watch has now moved up to DEF-CON 2, we are duty bound to report on the rumor. Us Weekly is claiming in their latest issue that the singer, 31, and husband Carey Hart, 35, are expecting their first child. According to Us's unnamed source, the pregnancy was planned. "She's 12 weeks along," said the insider to Us. "She wanted to do it between tours, when she has some time off." Back in April, a rep for Pink denied the singer was expecting after she was photographed...

By Liz Kelly  | November 10, 2010; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Baby Watch, Celebrities, Rumor Mill  
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Video: Everybody hearts Tina Fey

Last night Tina Fey received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, prompting an array of her closest comedy friends to show up, walk the red carpet and talk about how awesome she is. Seriously, what did you expect them to do? Here's video that captures compliments from Steve Carell, Betty White, Fred Armisen, Lorne Michaels, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers, as well as a few words from Fey, who looked lovely in an major-event-appropriate updo. Watch, then read Paul Farhi's rundown of the event, then set the DVR for the broadcast of the ceremony, which airs Sunday on PBS at 9 p.m. ET....

By Jen Chaney  | November 10, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Conan' night two: The comedy by the numbers

After Monday night's debut of "Conan," plenty of critics -- including the Post's Hank Stuever and the New York Times's Alessandra Stanley -- pointed out that Conan O'Brien spent a bit too much time on NBC/"Tonight Show"/Jay Leno-related humor. We see their point. And this was something, as we noted Monday, that we feared. Which is why, starting today for what will presumably be a very limited time, we're instituting a "Conan" NBC joke count. Any references to O'Brien's past life as "Tonight Show" host -- or how lousy the NBC network is or Jay Leno's status as a disingenuous bully -- will be noted and added to the record. Here's last night's tally, as well as additional "Conan" comedy data and more video from night two of the talk show that is changing the landscape of late night ... or at least making us more likely to tune...

By Jen Chaney  | November 10, 2010; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Kanye West unleashes Twitter rant on Matt Lauer; Pregnant Miranda Kerr poses nude for W magazine

Celebrity Beat: Kanye West unleashes Twitter rant on Matt Lauer... Michael Lohan tells reporter he wants Demi Lovato's dad to stop talking to reporters... Shocker: Oprah yet again tops Forbes list of Hollywood's highest earning women... Bret Michaels denies having an affair with Miley Cyrus's mom... Heidi Montag's mom says she can't pay her bills... John Mayer blows off the press, cracks icky jokes at VH1 event... 84-year-old Gene Shalit leaving "Today." Bonus: From Buzzfeed, The Evolution of Carrot Top. (Safe for work, but scary nonetheless.) Rumor Mill: Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen are back together... Oh good, a Taylor Swift/Kanye West porn parody is finally in the works... Fake nudie pix of Emma Watson circulating at Brown University... Demi Lovato snorted cocaine, chugged booze "straight from the bottle," claims some random dude in Life & Style. Pop Culture Mix: Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill to star in "21...

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | November 10, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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People's Choice Award nominees announced. Is this the best we could do?

Breaking news! Earlier today at a star-studded press conference in Hollywood, the nominees for the LEAST important show of the upcoming awards season were announced. That's right, the People's Choice Awards has again reared its populist head to clutter our awards season calendar with the only ceremony to honor film, TV, music and the Web in categories filled with nominees determined by a shadowy "media research company." So, obviously, there are a few oversights and plain old dunderheaded match-ups that should be pointed out: -- Nominees for "Favorite Web Celeb" include Teri Hatcher and Alicia Keys, but not Antoine Dodson? I must've missed when Teri Hatcher made her stand about people climbing in windows and snatching people up. And never once did Alicia Keys warn me to hide my kids or my husband. Run and tell that....

By Liz Kelly  | November 9, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Reminder: How Conan ended up on TBS

In case you spent the last several months asleep, in the Betty Ford Center or -- like me -- on maternity leave, you may have forgotten the twisted path that led Conan O'Brien from NBC to TBS. Luckily, Taiwanese CGI news service NMA is on the case with a handy animated primer illustrating how Conan got here from there in a viral-video lasting one minute and 38 seconds. Oh, and they helpfully remind Taiwanese viewers -- who don't have TBS -- that they can see Conan's new shows online. Related: 'Conan' breaks news: Seth Rogen's NSFW engagement details 4.2 million watch debut of Conan's new TBS late night show After all the buildup, dull comedy on TBS debut of 'Conan' What Conan O'Brien should not do during the debut of 'Conan' on TBS...

By Liz Kelly  | November 9, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Dakota Fanning crowned homecoming queen. Wait, is that fair?

Fanning at last week's 19th Annual BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards. (Reuters) Imagine you are a high school senior. Popular. Pretty. You may even have a decent GPA and do your fair share of non-self-serving afterschool activities. You are universally loved by teachers, friends and their parents. You are wonderful. But honey, you are no Dakota Fanning. Fanning, the 16-year-old vet of "Charlotte's Web," "War of the Worlds," "The Runaways" and "Twilight Saga: Eclipse," was crowned homecoming queen at Hollywood's private Campbell Hall High School over the weekend. Hardly a surprise since she had already been voted homecoming princess last year and because she's, umm, Dakota Fanning....

By Liz Kelly  | November 9, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Robert Downey Jr. is Mr. Peanut. We suggest more product mascot/celebrity pairings

As Michael Cavna reported over at Comic Riffs, Robert Downey Jr. will provide the voice of Mr. Peanut in a new series of Planters ads set to launch next week. Here's a preview: Since Planters is going to the A list to update its campaign, we thought we'd help out the rest of corporate America by suggesting a few other product mascot/celebrity pairings. Did we leave any obvious matches out? If so, add to comments....

By Liz Kelly  | November 9, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Dina Lohan admits Lindsay's an addict; Kanye raps on a plane

Celebrity Beat: Dina Lohan admits daughter Lindsay is an addict... Dakota Fanning crowned homecoming queen... Adam Sandler buys his "Grown Ups" co-stars Maseratis... Karina Smirnoff shows off $95,000 engagement ring... Courtney Love drops $17,000 for tea with Adrian Brody... Lou Reed directs Susan Boyle video... Gretchen Mol expecting her second child... Nancy O'Dell to replace Mary Hart on "Entertainment Tonight"... Shannen Doherty's father dies. Rumor Mill: Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky split and, TMZ claims, Weisz "has been linked" to Daniel Craig "for months"... Christina Aguilera's mystery date is "Burlesque" set assistant Matthew Rutler... Cheryl Tiegs and Lance Bass brave Mexican drug war to attend Joe Francis's wedding... Is 50 Cent a member of the Illuminati? Video: Purportedly, this is Kanye West performing "Gold Digger" on a Delta Airlines flight. As Buzzfeed notes, no one interrupted him: Pop Culture Mix: AMC picks up "Walking Dead" for another season... Robert Downey...

By Liz Kelly  | November 9, 2010; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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'Conan' breaks news: Seth Rogen's NSFW engagement details

Conan O'Brien talks to Seth Rogen during his premiere on TBS. (AP) [Updated at 9:12 a.m. ET] Talk about commitment. Seth Rogen talked about his engagement on the series premiere of "Conan" Monday night. And when I say "commitment" I'm talking about Rogen's commitment not to brand spanking new fiancee Lauren Miller, but to his pal Conan. Rogen and Miller -- a writer -- have been dating since 2004. But, Rogen tells Conan, he apparently couldn't contain himself when he bought the engagement ring. "Literally, I felt like someone had given me like a truckload of heroin to hold onto," he said. "I felt like the feds were going to kick in my door at any second. I couldn't have a conversation with my girlfriend. All I could think of was this ring. Like 'Don't say 'Lord of the Rings!' Don't mention anything about a ring!"...

By Liz Kelly  | November 9, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Fashion statement: Diane Keaton actually looks just fine

Well done, Diane Keaton.

By Liz Kelly  | November 8, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Jackson family opens up to Oprah

Even in death, Michael Jackson's life remains surreal. Case in point: Monday's Jackson family revelations, courtesy of Oprah.

By Liz Kelly  | November 8, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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What Conan O'Brien should not do during the debut of 'Conan' on TBS

After all the hullabaloo about whether he should or should not have walked away from his "Tonight Show" gig, Conan O'Brien really needs to prove he can still hold his own as a host.

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | November 8, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Hugh Jackman had to turn down the Oscar hosting job. Here are five other options.

Hugh Jackman: Here's not looking at you, Oscar. (AP/ABC) As we all know, being Wolverine is a full-time job. That's the reason that, according to Deadline.com and as we noted in today's morning mix, Hugh Jackman turned down an offer to host this year's Academy Awards. His movie "X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2" is scheduled to begin filming in late February, right around the time of the Oscars, so he'll be otherwise engaged.. Jackman turned down a similar offer last year, because the actor said he didn't want to host two years in a row. (Note to Jackman: You might want to start preparing your 2012 Oscar excuse now. And do make it a solid one.) The action/Broadway star is a natural choice, as he proved when he hosted in 2009 and, as the show's organizers undoubtedly recall, boosted the Oscar broadcast's ratings in a big way. He's respected by...

By Jen Chaney  | November 8, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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'Walking Dead' episode two: Five questions about 'Guts'

Caution: Spoilers ahead if you haven't yet watched "Guts." On most television shows, we rarely get the chance to see the rotting, drippy entrails of a human corpse draped across our protagonist's shoulders. But "Walking Dead" is different, dang it. As Sunday night's second episode -- appropriately titled "Guts" -- demonstrated, the team behind AMC's zombie-pocalypse drama has no problem spreading the viscera around. "Give me the axe," Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes said while continuing to hack into that dead body that eventually became a disguise. "I need more guts." How very Dexter of him. While we enjoyed every ooky, suspenseful moment of watching Grimes and Glenn make their stanky attempt at escape -- Rain! Why didn't they come up with a plan B in case of rain?! -- last night's installment also raised a few questions in our minds. Join us and let's discuss....

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | November 8, 2010; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Lady Gaga dominates MTV Europe awards; Hugh Jackman turns down Oscar-hosting gig

Celebrity Beat: Lily Allen hospitalized for blood poisoning just days after losing baby... Actress Jill Clayburgh dead at 66... Florida governor mulls pardon for Jim Morrison for 1969 indecent exposure charges... Corpse (not Hef's) discovered near Playboy mansion. Rumor Mill: Miley Cyrus breaks up with Liam Hemsworth (again)... Lindsay Lohan reunites with dad; arrest warrant issued for Michael Lohan in child support case... Christina Aguilera spotted with mystery date... John Travolta and Kelly Preston decide on a name -- Benjamin -- for soon-to-be-born son. Pop Culture Mix: Hugh Jackman asked to host Oscars, but turns down gig... Is James Franco on tap to take over the Bourne franchise?... Five diehard Team Coco members started camping out yesterday for standby tickets to tonight's debut of Conan O'Brien's new show; um, presumably the line has since gotten longer?... Fiona Shaw -- who plays Aunt Petunia in the "Harry Potter" movies --...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | November 8, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Rumor Mill: Engagement hype ramps back up for Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and girlfriend Kate Middleton at the wedding of their friends Harry Mead and Rosie Bradford in October. (AP) Are Prince William and longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton inching closer to an engagement? That's the word from both Radar Online and the U.K.'s Daily Mail -- in other words, not the best of sources. But, still, it's a slowish Monday morning so we'll play with this for a bit. What exactly has these two bastions of public information so convinced that a royal engagement is imminent? The clues: Radar Online claims that "recent developments" mean the couple will announce their intention to marry... sometime between now and February. "Recent developments" would apparently include the Daily Mail's report and the fact that "London betting parlors are getting in on the action." Whatever that means....

By Liz Kelly  | November 8, 2010; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Weekend box office: 'Megamind' -- blue man's coup

"Megamind" rules the world. Or at least the box office. (DreamWorks/Paramount) A blue, big-headed villain dominated the box office, Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis took a semi-lucrative road trip and Tyler Perry's latest didn't do the usual Tyler Perry business. The details on those developments, as well as a strong debut for "127 Hours," in the weekend box office rundown....

By Jen Chaney  | November 8, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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