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Celebritology 2.0: December 26, 2010 - January 1, 2011

The best movie moments of 2010

"Toy Story 3": One of the more animated highlights of the year in movies. (Pixar) It's the time of year when we all compile lists. Lists of resolutions, lists of what's in and out, lists of what we read and what we listened to in 2010. Of course, we also make lists of the best movies of the past year, as Post film critic Ann Hornaday recently did. Since Ann's list is so strong and my top 10 would likely just echo much of what she mentioned, I've decided to make an end-of-the-year movie list of a different sort. So here's my rundown of the cinematic highlights of 2010, from the strongest performances to the best movie trailer to most exceptional non-use of 3-D. (Yeah, that last one's an honor that definitely won't be conferred at this year's Golden Globes or Academy Awards.) Feel free to chime in with...

By Jen Chaney  | December 31, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie voted top money-making stars of 2010

Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in "The Tourist." (Sony) "The Tourist" may have landed in theaters with a resounding thud, but that didn't stop the movie's stars -- Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie -- from leading the box office charge this year. Depp and Jolie were reportedly responsible for more traffic to movie theaters than any other stars, according to Quigley Publishing, which conducts the annual poll. Interesting results considering that between the two actors' 2010 releases, only "Alice in Wonderland" ranked in the year's top 10 list of highest-grossing films. With neither "The Tourist" nor "Salt" anywhere near the top, Jolie's dominance is a bit of a poser. After the jump, the full top 10......

By Liz Kelly  | December 30, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Celebrities, Movies  | Tags:  Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp  
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Chris Brown drops N-word, gay slurs in Twitter feed

Chris Brown at a 2009 court appearance. (AP) Just when things were starting to come back together for Chris Brown -- he's doing well in his probation and there is even talk of a Justin Bieber collaboration in the works -- he's gone and used the now de rigueur celebrity medium for self-destruction: Twitter. It all unfolded on Wednesday when rapper Raz (of the group B2K) posted a comment mentioning Brown's treatment of ex-girlfriend, Rihanna (Brown was convicted of felony assault following a 2009 Grammy night attack): Brown, who is still serving out his probation, flew into a rage -- unleashing a torrent of tweets aimed at Raz....

By Liz Kelly  | December 30, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Defense to claim Michael Jackson killed himself; Javier Bardem to star in 'Dark Tower'?

Celebrity Beat: Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyer plans to claim Michael Jackson killed himself... Jackson executors ask Discovery Channel to cancel plans for M.J. autopsy reenactment... Nicole Richie's probation on her 2006 DUI conviction ends two months early... Ashton Kutcher says his armageddon fitness routine quotes were taken out of context... Axl Rose voted greatest lead singer of all time in meaningless Internet poll... Justin Bieber checks into hotels under the name Chandler Bing. Or, umm, did... Bret Favre fined $50K for failing to cooperate in photo scandal investigation... Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom get their own reality show... If you're into this sort of thing, have a look at Reese Witherspoon's 4-carat engagement ring... Rupert Everett bashes Jennifer Aniston's "tasteless" career... Banned from Times Square, Snooki-in-a-ball to drop at Jersey shore... After struggling with anorexia for 15 years, French Model Isabelle Caro dead at 28. Rumor Mill: No, Suge Knight...

By Liz Kelly  | December 30, 2010; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Ashton Kutcher, exercising for the apocalypse

(Courtesy Men's Fitness) Ashton Kutcher is either having us on or he's really overthinking power outages. In the latest issue of Men's Fitness Magazine, Kutcher explained that he's trying to get super fit so as to better deal with the chaos and anarchy that will doubtless follow the collapse of the power grid. "It will not take much for people to hit the panic button," says Kutcher in the issue. "The amount of convenience that people rely on based on electricity alone. You start taking out electricity and satellites, and people are going to lose their noodle."...

By Liz Kelly  | December 29, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Most surprising celebrity break-up of 2010?

Jesse James and Sandra Bullock, pre-split. (AP) Despite some last-minute engagements (Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millipied, Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian), 2010 was rough-going for celebrity romance. Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock and Jesse James, Courteney Cox and David Arquette -- all called it quits in 2010. But which break-up caught you the most off guard? After the jump, vote in our poll......

By Liz Kelly  | December 29, 2010; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Celebrities, Insta-Polls, Splits  
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Lindsay Lohan's post-rehab plans; Adam Sandler -- not dead!

Fashionista Lindsay Lohan in July. Upon her release from rehab next week, Lohan plans to expand her fashion line into footwear. (Getty Images) Which celeb is the latest IRS target? That and much more after the jump......

By Liz Kelly  | December 29, 2010; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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George Clooney likes to watch... Sudan

Clooney visited the White House in October to talk about Sudan. (Getty Images) A group founded by George Clooney has teamed up with Google, Harvard, a U.N. agency and anti-genocide organizations to launch a project using satellites to watch Sudan....

By Liz Kelly  | December 29, 2010; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Reese Witherspoon engaged to Jim Toth

Reese Witherspoon. (Getty Images) Natalie Portman isn't the only celeb celebrating a new engagement. A rep for Reese Witherspoon confirmed to Us Weekly that the Oscar-winning actress is engaged to Jim Toth -- the Hollywood agent she's been dating since January. Witherspoon previously dated Jake Gyllenhaal (who has since moved on to drinking coffee in Brooklyn with Taylor Swift). She also has two children with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe. Source: Us Weekly...

By Liz Kelly  | December 28, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Celebrities, Relationships  | Tags:  Reese Witherspoon  
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Rihanna breaks up with Matt Kemp [Rumor Mill]

Rihanna's latest album. (Def Jam) Rihanna is reportedly single again after breaking up with Matt Kemp, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder she's been dating for the past year. An "insider" tells Us Weekly that Kemp was, "sick of always following after her like a puppy dog all over the world. He wants something more normal." Well that sounds credible. Umm. Rihanna couldn't be reached for comment, but if true, the split would only add to the recent spate of celebrity break-ups (ScarJo/Ryan Gosling, Michael C. Hall/Jennifer Carpenter, Zac Efron/Vanessa Hudgens). Source: Us Weekly...

By Liz Kelly  | December 28, 2010; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Celebrities, Rumor Mill, Splits  | Tags:  Rihanna  
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The non-Lindsay Lohan biopic: As confused and tortured as the real thing

Lindsay Lohan -- no dog, no pocketbook. (AP) If Lindsay Lohan can't play a troubled porn star in a yet-to-be-made biopic, then no one is going to use her life to make a movie about a troubled non-porn star in a yet-to-be-made biopic. And so it is that we may never have our dream of seeing model/heiress Lydia Hearst play a trouble-plagued starlet in a movie called "Dogs in Pocketbooks" actually realized. Hunh? Let's back up....

By Liz Kelly  | December 28, 2010; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Americans would rather live next to Sandra Bullock than Snooki

Dream neighbor Sandra Bullock at the 2010 Oscars. (AP) I'm not convinced Sarah Palin would want to live next door to Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia DeRossi, but if it were up to the 1,004 average Americans polled by Zillow.com, that's exactly who would be invited to live in the ideal neighborhood. In what may just squeak by with a win for "Most Inane Poll of the Year," the results proclaimed newly single Oscar winner Sandra Bullock as the most desirable celebrity neighbor. More results -- including the list of least desirable neighbors -- after the jump......

By Liz Kelly  | December 28, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Jeff Bridges was not high while accepting his Oscar. Just FYI.

He may be the 70 percent Dude in real life, but even Jeff Bridges knows it's probably not a good idea to smoke a little weed before showing up at the Academy Awards as a nominee: [Via Vulture] Related: Jeff Bridges talks about "Tron" and his e-mail addiction After the jump, that Oscar acceptance speech......

By Liz Kelly  | December 28, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Celebrities  | Tags:  Jeff Bridges  
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Elton John is a dad; New racy Miley Cyrus photos (yawn) leaked

(AP) Elton John and husband David Furnish are proud new papas to a 7-pound, 15-ounce baby boy born on Christmas Day: Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John. [AP] More morning mix -- including new racy pix of the salvia smoker -- after the jump......

By Liz Kelly  | December 28, 2010; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Aretha Franklin not dead, despite Internet reports

Aretha Franklin. (Reflections Photography) Don't believe everything you read on the Internets. Despite pervasive tweets and random reports, Aretha Franklin is alive and as well as can be expected just a few weeks after surgery and an admission that she is battling pancreatic cancer. Franklin is "home, alive and recovering," a source close to the singer told the Detroit Free Press. Perhaps tweeters had Franklin confused with Teena Marie, the Ivory Queen of Soul, who passed away on Sunday at 54. Source: Detroit Free Press...

By Liz Kelly  | December 28, 2010; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Natalie Portman engaged and pregnant

Natalie Portman, at the "Black Swan" premiere in Venice. (AP) Natalie Portman -- who most recently played an unraveling ballet dancer in "Black Swan" -- apparently has the movie to thank for more than just Oscar buzz. According to a publicist for Portman, the actress is not only engaged to choreographer Benjamin Millipied (who she met while filming the movie), but the couple is expecting a child, due sometime in 2011. “I have always kept my private life private but I will say that I am indescribably happy and feel very grateful to have this experience," said Portman in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. Portman, 29, hit the screen as a precocious kid actress who wowed audiences with her performance as a pint-size hitman in 1994's "The Professional" and then went on to build a credible career in films as varied as the rebooted "Star Wars" franchise, "The Darjeeling...

By Liz Kelly  | December 27, 2010; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Baby Watch  | Tags:  Natalie Portman  
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Hilary Swank, kid from 'Modern Family' launch fashion lines. Not together.

Hilary Swank did so NOT design this dress. (AP) Move over, Jessica Simpson. Both Oscar winner Hilary Swank and side-splittingly funny 11-year-old Rico Rodriguez (Manny from ABC's "Modern Family") have jumped into the fashion game. Swank, it was announced in Women's Wear Daily, is working with a management agency on a line of apparel "with an athletic bend." Apparently the idea grew out of Swank's previous life as a competitive gymnast. And, you know, the fact that she's a star with a brand-worthy name. No word yet on when the brand will launch and where. Swank is now, according to WWD, in the "interviewing designers" phase of production....

By Liz Kelly  | December 27, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebrity Products  | Tags:  Hilary Swank, Raini Rodriguez, Rico Rodriguez  
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Hugh Jackman hit in groin with cricket ball [Video]

Fresh from him zipline crash into Oprah's Sydney, Australia set Hugh Jackman took a direct hit to the groin from a cricket ball on Sunday, as seen on Australian TV:...

By Liz Kelly  | December 27, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Bristol Palin headed to Arizona State University? [Rumor Mill]

Bristol and her son Tripp in the June issue of Harper's Bazaar. (Harper's Bazaar) Watch out Meghan McCain, another high-profile political daughter is apparently planning to make her home in Arizona. Bristol Palin, daughter of onetime vice presidential candidate/conservative darling Sarah Palin and a recent "Dancing with the Stars" runner-up herself, plans to enroll at Arizona State University, according to TMZ....

By Liz Kelly  | December 27, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
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Hugh Hefner engaged; Rehab worker drops charges against Lindsay Lohan

More Morning Mix -- including a totally NSFW holiday message from James Franco's grandmother -- after the jump......

By Liz Kelly  | December 27, 2010; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Teena Marie dead at 54

Teena Marie, singer and Rick James protege, is dead at the age of 54. She was found unresponsive in her Pasadena home on Sunday and, according to Pasadena police, the death appeared to be from natural causes. Although Marie had a long career, starting at Motown records, she's most remembered for her '80s-era hit "Lovergirl:"...

By Liz Kelly  | December 27, 2010; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Obits  | Tags:  Teena Marie  
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