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Celebritology 2.0: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

A Super Bowl game plan for the non-football fan

Christina Aguilera, practicing her National Anthem skills during last year's NBA finals. (AP) For people who don't love football - or who realize their home team will never reach the Super Bowl until roughly five years from never - Super Bowl Sunday can be a drag. But don't drown your boredom in seven-layer dip; even the pop culturally attuned can find five reasons to enjoy the NFL's over-hyped day, which will suck up a ludicrous amount of air time Feb. 6 on Fox....

By Jen Chaney  | January 29, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Charlie Sheen enters rehab and 'Two and a Half Men' takes a break

Charlie Sheen heads to rehab. (AP) Charlie Sheen has checked into rehab and as a result, his hit sitcom, "Two and a Half Men," is going on hiatus. CBS and Warner Bros. issued a joint press release this afternoon announcing plans to put the Sheen/Jon Cryer comedy on hold while Sheen addresses his addiction issues. "We are profoundly concerned for his health and well-being, and support his decision," the press release said. USA Today reports that Stan Rosenfeld, Sheen's rep, confirmed that the actor checked in today to an undisclosed rehab center. Well, that resolves the whole "mystery" of Sheen's hospitalization; guess he didn't laugh his way to severe abdominal pain after all. Here's hoping he gets help and gets himself back on track....

By Jen Chaney  | January 28, 2011; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lea Michele to sing at Super Bowl

Lea Michele at the Golden Globes and, soon, the Super Bowl. (AP) Lea Michele will sing "America the Beautiful" during pre-game festivities ahead of this year's Super Bowl, E! Online reports today. You know, because "Glee" isn't getting enough promotion out of its much-hyped post-Super Bowl episode. Whether you're a fan of Michele or not, I think we all agree that she will belt the amber waves of grain out of that song. In fact, she may hit notes that will only be rivaled by ... Christina Aguilera, who is slated to sing the National Anthem before the battle between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers gets underway. Because this is America, dang it, where we like female singers whose vocal powers may blow out the speakers in family rooms from the Redwood Forest to the Gulf stream waters Naturally, this news raises an obvious question, which in...

By Jen Chaney  | January 28, 2011; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Will Mark Zuckerberg appear on SNL?

Mark Zuckerberg, soon to be on SNL? (AP) Rumors are swirling that Mark Zuckerberg -- the same Facebook billionaire portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network" -- may appear alongside Eisenberg when he hosts "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. This is an idea with delicious potential. Let's just hope that SNL makes optimum use of this opportunity for nerd-comedy. Zuckerberg in one of those dumb sketches that riffs on the ancient game show "Password"? Bad idea. Zuckerberg in a digital short with Eisenberg? Good idea. Zuckerberg in a digital short with Eisenberg and "Social Network" co-star Justin Timberlake? Now that would be outstanding. Source: New York Magazine's Vulture and other outlets...

By Jen Chaney  | January 28, 2011; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Charlie Sheen out of the hospital. But was excessive laughing the cause of his ailment?

Charlie Sheen, out of the hospital. (AP) Charlie Sheen is now out of Cedars-Sinai Hospital after seeking treatment Thursday for what his rep has described to several media outlets as "severe abdominal pain." What was the cause of that abdominal pain? E! and TMZ have suggested he's been up to his partying, drug-taking ways again, something Sheen's camp denies. But Sheen's friend, Steve Brodersen, told Extra that Sheen actually exacerbated a hernia injury by laughing too hard while watching television. Thus, he had to go to the hospital. We're not medical experts so maybe this is possible. And if it's not, well, points for creativity. (Also, wonder if the aforementioned Steve Brodersen is the same guy who does these celeb reports from the front seat of his car? In which case this story sounds even less believable.) Whatever the cause, Sheen is expected to return to work on the...

By Jen Chaney  | January 28, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Taraji P. Henson and her semi-racy PETA ad

Taraji P. Henson is now participating in a celebrity tradition -- getting naked for PETA advertisements. As part of the animal rights group's "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign, Henson -- past Academy Award nominee and native of our own Washington, D.C. -- bares her torso-tattoo (and almost everything else) in the ad, which she says she decided to participate in after seeing a disturbing documentary about the treatment of animals on fur farms. You can see the semi-NSFW image -- in which anything truly revelatory has been artfully covered up -- after the jump. For those keeping score, Henson joins a list of celebs who have stripped down for PETA, including Eva Mendes, Khloe Kardashian, Alicia Silverstone, the Go-Gos and, of course, David Cross. That last one was particularly shocking, since I totally thought he was a never-nude....

By Jen Chaney  | January 28, 2011; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Bret Michaels, Jimmy Buffett update: Both out of the hospital and recovering

Bret Michaels, on the mend again.(AP) An update on Bret Michaels and Jimmy Buffett: Both music stars were recently hospitalized for completely different reasons, and both have been released. Michaels, who recently checked into St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix to undergo heart surgery, was released yesterday, according to Us Weekly. The reality show star, who successfully recuperated from a brain hemorrhage earlier this year, is expected to fully recover in a few weeks, according to his doctor. Meanwhile, Jimmy Buffett -- who fell onstage earlier this week during a concert in Australia -- was discharged from a hospital in Sydney after suffering from head injuries brought about by his tumble. According to his doctors, Mr. "Come Monday" was lucky enough to walk away from the incident without any serious damage....

By Jen Chaney  | January 27, 2011; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Hugh Jackman will present at the Oscars

Hugh Jackman, Oscar presenter.(AP/ABC) He didn't have the bandwidth to host this year's Academy Awards. But Hugh Jackman will be there as a presenter. The Academy announced today that Jackman will be among the many movie-star statuette presenters during the Feb. 27 ceremony; the release did not specify which category he will tackle. We do hope this means there's a chance that Mr. Jackman will reprise his 2009 Oscar duet with co-host Anne Hathaway. Need to refresh your memory of that number? Watch it again after the jump....

By Jen Chaney  | January 27, 2011; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Jay-Z and Will Smith present 'Annie.' Is this movie-musical update a good idea?

Willow Smith, soon to be a musical orphan.(AP) Remember "Annie," the delightful musical about a spunky orphan that inspired the curriculum choices for thousands of elementary school music teachers? Well, it's coming to the big screen for a second time, with Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jay-Z behind the project. As the Associated Press and others outlets have reported, Jay-Z has hooked up with the Smiths' production company to work on developing multiple motion picture projects, with a contemporary version of "Annie" apparently at the top of the list. Naturally, the front-runner for playing Annie is none other than Willow Smith. Which means the signature song from the movie version of the Broadway musical -- previously made into a film back in 1982 -- could sound like this: "The sun will come out ... tomorrow ... when I whip my hair back and forth." Clearly Jay-Z's version of "Hard...

By Jen Chaney  | January 27, 2011; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Will Ferrell joins 'The Office'

Will Ferrell, reporting for Dunder Mifflin duty.(AP) As reported by Entertainment Weekly and other outlets, Will Ferrell will join the cast of "The Office" for four episodes later this season, at least one of which will air after the show's resident clueless ring leader, Steve Carell, departs. (Michael Scott will say his farewell four episodes prior to the season finale.) Ferrell will play a Dunder Mifflin branch manager who gets sent to Scranton. Presumably he and Carell will either clash because Ferrell's character will tell better jokes than Michael Scott, or totally bond over their inability to handle personnel. A few "That's what she saids" also seem like probable elements in the comedy mix. Presumably Ferrell won't be taking over as the equivalent of the show's new Michael Scott since his character is only temporary. But presumably he'll help tee up "The Office 2.0" ... and hopefully get into...

By Jen Chaney  | January 27, 2011; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Justin Bieber and Ozzy Osbourne to appear in Super Bowl commercial

Get used to this face. You'll be seeing it during the Super Bowl.(AP) It's the partnership the world has been waiting for: Justin Bieber will team up with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne in a Best Buy Super Bowl commercial. It's unclear what will happen in the game day ad, but Drew Panayiotou, Best Buy's senior vice president of U.S. marketing, promises via press release that Bieber and Osbourne will help the company "tell the Best Buy story." Let's hope that the Best Buy story involves Justin Bieber biting the head off a bat while perusing high-definition televisions. Because personally, that's the Best Buy story I want to hear. Don't expect this to be the only time you'll be seeing Bieber on Super Bowl Sunday, by the way. His upcoming 3-D flick "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" also will be promoted at some point during the Feb. 6 television extravaganza....

By Jen Chaney  | January 26, 2011; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Jimmy Buffett hospitalized after concert fall; Bristol Palin offered radio gig

Jimmy Buffett, recuperating from a fall.(AP) Some celebrity and pop culture news on our radar... Jimmy Buffet falls off stage during Australia concert and is taken to the hospital. He is reportedly in stable condition. It's unclear what caused the "Margaritaville" singer to topple, but TMZ reports the fall either was caused by a lighting mishap or was simply the result of a misjudgment on Buffet's part when he tried to shake hands with audience members. (TMZ) Bristol Palin has a job offer. She's been offered a gig as co-host of the morning show on Mix 96.9, a Phoenix radio station. Palin has not yet accepted the job. (Associated Press) Prince William and Kate Middleton send their save the dates ... via fax. Wait, people still use fax machines? (CNN) Mike Tyson welcomes his eighth child, a son named Morocco Elijah Tyson, with wife Lakiha Spicer. It's the couple's...

By Jen Chaney  | January 26, 2011; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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James Franco celebrates Oscar nomination by getting trapped under something heavy

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cIntro - James Franco Is Stuck Under the Mini-Fridgewww.thedailyshow.com James Franco received his very first Academy Award nomination Tuesday for his role in "127 Hours." Naturally, he celebrated the occasion by getting his arm trapped under a mini-fridge in "The Daily Show" greenroom. Watch Franco's harrowing experience above, then, in the beginning of the clip below, his decision to cut off his arm using a spork. Assuming this intense footage has not induced fainting, then proceed to the jump to watch his interview with Jon Stewart, in which Franco explains what he actually did on Oscar nomination day. (Hint: it involves going to a class on romantic poetry at Yale, where he's pursuing a PhD. Such a showoff, that guy.) The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cIndianapolis Homeless Talent Showwww.thedailyshow.com...

By Jen Chaney  | January 26, 2011; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem welcome baby: report

Bardem and Cruz, now proud parents.(AP) Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have apparently welcomed a new child into the world, but there are conflicting reports on the details. According to the New York Post -- which cites information published in the Spanish magazine Hola -- Cruz gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday at L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Meanwhile, Us and other media outlets -- citing a report in the more reputable Spanish newspaper El Pais -- say the baby arrived Tuesday, and do not identify a gender or a name. Cruz and Bardem have not yet released a statement or confirmed the news. Whatever the timing may be, it's clearly been a happy week for the couple, who got married in July; in addition to apparently becoming a dad, Bardem also earned his third Academy Award nomination for his performance n "Biutiful."...

By Jen Chaney  | January 26, 2011; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dear Academy Award voters: Why don't you like Christopher Nolan?

"Inception": honored as a best picture nominee but not for its director.(Warner Bros.) Dear Oscar voters: There's a question on my mind and the minds of many film fans on this Oscar nomination Tuesday. Why do you hate Christopher Nolan? Forgive me. Hate is a strong word, especially when you nominated his blockbuster, "Inception," for eight Academy Awards earlier today, including best picture and screenplay. But as you undoubtedly realize, you neglected to nominate him in the best director category. And he's never been nominated in that category. Nev-er. So many people thought he'd finally get the recognition he deserved for making a film that challenged our intellects, preventing our brains from freezing even when we slurped a little too intensely from our oversized, overpriced multiplex Icees. For the record, he also made a lot of money this year for the movie industry you support, which, last we checked,...

By Jen Chaney  | January 25, 2011; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Oscar nominations: The snubs and surprises

Christopher Nolan: snubbed once again. (Warner Bros.) The Academy Award nominations are out. And as always, some pleasant surprises and egregious snubs emerged. Here's a rundown, followed by a pair of polls that allow you to vote for the biggest shocker and the biggest oversights among this year's Oscar nominees. And feel free to post a comment -- or tweet your outrage using the hashtag #oscarshockers -- to vent about Oscar's neglected and happily included. TweetWho were the #oscarshockers this year? new TWTR.Widget({ version: 2, type: 'search', search: 'oscarshockers', interval: 6000, title: '#oscarshockers on Twitter', subject: '', width: 450, height: 250, theme: { shell: { background: '#eeeeee', color: '#cc0000' }, tweets: { background: '#ffffff', color: '#000000', links: '#0c4790' } }, features: { scrollbar: false, loop: true, live: true, hashtags: true, timestamp: true, avatars: true, toptweets: true, behavior: 'default' } }).render().start();...

By Jen Chaney  | January 25, 2011; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Oscar nominations 2011: Tweeting the announcements

Updated 10 a.m. We live tweeted/blogged this year's Academy Award nominations. Read the archive of our Twitter feed as this year's Oscar nominees were revealed. Also, watch video of the nomination announcement, after the jump/ More on this story: 'King's Speech,' 'True Grit' lead nominations | Complete list Photos: A look at the Oscar nominees for 2011 | Video Q&A: Ann Hornaday discusses the favorites, surprises The red-carpet road to stardom Special coverage of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards .bbpBox29891550574022656 {background:url(http://a0.twimg.com/profile_background_images/79643740/celeb20_twitback.jpg) #aaacad;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} Good morning, Oscar watchers. It's an exciting moment to be a stammering king or a fictionalized Facebook founder.less than a minute ago via webcelebritologycelebritology .bbpBox29893216253771776 {background:url(http://a0.twimg.com/profile_background_images/79643740/celeb20_twitback.jpg) #aaacad;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...

By Jen Chaney  | January 25, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Oscars 2011: Predicting the best director and best picture nominees

Is there any chance "The Social Network" will get left out of the best picture race? In short, no. (Sony) My Oscar predictions for the supporting actor/actress and lead actor/actress categories have already been covered. Now let's cover the biggies. Here are the five filmmakers and 10 films that I think are most likely to be named in the best director and best picture categories when the Academy Award nominations are announced Tuesday morning, at 8:38 a.m. EST. Rank them yourself via the polls that appear following my picks. (Note: I'll be live-tweeting the Academy Award nomination announcements tomorrow morning at twitter.com/celebritology, and right here in this blog.) Related content: Predicting the supporting actor/actress nominees Predicting the lead actor/actress nominees Oscar pre-show extended...

By Jen Chaney  | January 24, 2011; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Kevin Smith, tweeting a 'Red State' defense

Kevin Smith hyped his "Red State" premiere at the Sundance Film Festival by announcing that he would choose a distributor for his horror flick live, in the screening room. Which he did. It just so happened that said distributor happened to be ... himself.

By Jen Chaney  | January 24, 2011; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Nail polish fit for a princess ... or at least named after Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton, spawning her nail polish. (Butter London via The Non-Blonde blog) The wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William is three months away. That means time is running out for companies that are seeking to develop products inspired by (and destined to make a buck off of) the royal couple. Butter London is totally on top of things, though. As People reports, the cosmetics company is launching a new nail lacquer that borrows Middleton's nickname from her pre-engagement days. Its title: No More Waity, Katie. (The British have given the world great pop music and fine actors, but Waity Katie was the best they could do for a nickname? Rubbish.) The glittery polish will be available internationally starting next month. It seems highly unlikely that Middleton would ever wear it, given the ridiculous, self-referential name (although the color is pretty). But we are sort of tempted to splash...

By Jen Chaney  | January 24, 2011; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Oscars 2011: Predicting the lead actor and actress nominees

With the revelation of this year's Academy Award nominations less than 24 hours away, we're down to the wire on making predictions. My educated guesses in the supporting actor and actress categories were revealed Friday. Now let's move on to lead actor and actress, which will be followed up a bit later this afternoon with a post on the most likely contenders in the best director and best picture categories.

By Jen Chaney  | January 24, 2011; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Oprah Winfrey to reveal a family secret; Kevin Smith buys his own 'Red State'

Oprah Winfrey's got a secret. (Harpo Productions) Post updated 11:40 a.m. after originally being published at 9:55 a.m. Some of the celebrity and pop culture stories on our radar... Oprah Winfrey to reveal family secret on her show today: the fact that she has a half-sister she only recently discovered. Yes, there will be tears. (The Post's TV Blog) And speaking of tears, feel free to vote in our Oprah poll: Kevin Smith buys the rights to his own film, the horror flick "Red State," for $20 at Sundance Film Festival. He also declares that his next movie will be his last directorial effort. This desire to retire from directing and break free of the studio system ... it's because of "Cop Out," isn't it? (Entertainment Weekly) Aaron Carter checks into center to seek treatment for "emotional and spiritual issues." (People) Bret Michaels will reportedly undergo heart surgery today....

By Jen Chaney  | January 24, 2011; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Razzie nominations: 'Eclipse' and 'Airbender' lead the field in wretched filmmaking

"Last Airbender," getting much, um, love from the Razzies. (Zade Rosenthal) The Razzie Award voters clearly don't care for Bella Swan, M. Night Shyamalan or anything connected with Carrie Bradshaw. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and "The Last Airbender" have earned nine Razzie nominations from the group of voters that routinely honors the worst achievements in Hollywood. "Eclipse" and "Airbender" were both nominated for worst picture, alongside "The Bounty Hunter," "Sex and the City 2" and "Vampires Suck." That's right, the Razzie voters have boldly declared that they hate "Twilight" and movies that make fun of "Twilight," which makes total sense to anyone who actually had to sit through "Vampires Suck." The "Sex and the City" sequel scored an impressive seven nominations, 10 if you count the fact that Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kirstin Davis and Cynthia Nixon were nominated collectively for worst actress. The only categories that neglected...

By Jen Chaney  | January 24, 2011; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Weekend box office: Natalie Portman can't lose and other lessons learned

Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, the (carrot) tops at the box office. (Paramount) "No Strings Attached" was the No. 1 movie at the weekend box office, confirming a fact that was already obvious: moviegoers love the idea of having non-commital sex with Natalie Portman. But that's only one lesson that movie ticket sales taught us this week. A few more, and a list of the top five money-makers, follows....

By Jen Chaney  | January 24, 2011; 12:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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