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Celebritology 2.0 Archive: Celebrity Life Lessons

Anderson Cooper's go-to guy re: end times? 'Growing Pains' alum Kirk Cameron

It turns out that Kirk Cameron may actually be more sensible than Anderson Cooper. Not that this is a difficult bar to set. Why? Because even Cameron was amused by the CNN anchor's decision to interview him as an "end times" expert....

By Liz Kelly  | January 5, 2011; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebrity Life Lessons  | Tags:  Anderson Cooper, Kirk Cameron  
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Celebrity Thanksgiving recipes: Overeat like the stars

Gwyneth Paltrow's whole roasted turkey. (Courtesy goop.com) Gwyneth Paltrow isn't the only celebrity with pretensions to culinary glory. Especially when it comes to the mother of all cooking days: Thanksgiving. Last year, Paltrow -- insouciant gastronome extraordinaire -- shared a whopping 13 recipes, from caramelized Brussels sprouts to stuffed turkey burgers with cranberry ketchup, via her weekly GOOP newsletter. We've yet to see whether she'll update for 2010, but really -- why mess with perfection? Earlier this month, another newspaper published Marilyn Monroe's recipe for a stuffing that would work in either chicken or turkey, the writer remarking that the ingredient-heavy concoction "bears the unmistakable balance of fussiness and flexibility that is the hallmark of an experienced and confident cook." Looking for a more traditional stuffing? Maybe Tyrone Power's Turkey Stuffing -- which requires just seven ingredients (one of which is lard) -- is more your style. Bonus: while...

By Liz Kelly  | November 23, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Aziz Ansari, Alyssa Milano and Kal Penn want you to vote

Aziz Ansari, Alyssa Milano, Kal Penn, Rose McGowan, Ron Livingston and a few other familiar faces (including ex-Rachel Zoe employee Brad Goreski, what?) want you to vote. In a new "Funny or Die" video so fresh it makes reference to the Charlie Sheen hotel incident, they argue that voting only takes 10 minutes and suggest other ways you could (less productively) spend 10 minutes. For instance, this suggestion from Penn: "Give a dog your car keys and try to find them. In the dog's poop.": 10 Minutes from Alyssa Milano...

By Liz Kelly  | October 28, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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For Zac Efron, advice on reaching movie star maturity

Zac Efron began to chart a path away from shiny, happy "High School Musical" land with last year's engaging, but little seen "Me and Orson Welles." This weekend, he takes a few more steps along that same, take-me-seriously road with the release of his latest film, the weepy drama "Charlie St. Cloud." In his personal life, Efron also appears to be seeking to pursue more "adult" behavior. On Wednesday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," he confirmed that he and "High School Musical" co-star Corbin Bleu visited a strip club in New York as rumored, an incident that New York magazine characterized as another potentially calculated move to prove that Efron is, indeed, a grown man. Of course, he was so honest and cute about the whole thing on "Kimmel" that the effort -- if it was indeed an effort -- may not have achieved the desired effect. Given these developments, this seems...

By Jen Chaney  | July 29, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebrity Life Lessons, Movies  
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The worst celebrity dads?

Lindsay and Michael Lohan pose for photogs in 2002. (Getty Images) To paraphrase Keanu Reeves in "Parenthood," you need a license to buy a dog or to drive a car, but any [expletive] can be a father. Lists of rocking celebrity dads abound. We can all agree that it would indeed be kind of cool to have a pop like the hands-on Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp; dads who seem to be perpetually (and positively) present in their kids' lives. But because we just can't approach this weekend's Hallmark holiday Father's Day with anything approaching rosiness, today we offer a list of celebrity pops who could stand to work on their parenting skills.They may not be utterly deserving of the title of worst celebrity dad, but for various reasons, all are contenders. Michael Lohan: This guy has been a thorn in the side of daughter Lindsay (and the rest...

By Liz Kelly  | June 18, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Celebrity commencement speakers: Who's talking and who's on our wish list

It's commencement season again. And as always, sprinkled among the distinguished political figures, noted scholars and community leaders who have been called upon to deliver inspiring graduation speeches, we can easily find a fair share of celebrities. Shouldn't this man be asked to speak at a college commencement? (AP) Today, for example, Alec Baldwin delivered the keynote speech during New York University's commencement at Yankee Stadium, where he reportedly stressed the importance of commitment to a crowd of freezing cold, soon-to-be grads. The verdict, at least according to this blog post? His remarks were "cute." Baldwin isn't the first entertainment type to try to impart words of wisdom this graduation season. Actor/activist/recently arrested protestor Danny Glover spoke at Utah State University on Saturday. “Maybe with all our force, with all our conviction, with all our humility — and with all our understanding — we can make something get done," he...

By Jen Chaney  | May 12, 2010; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Celebrity Life Lessons, Pop Culture  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Paulina Porizkova takes on plastic surgery, Liz Kelly , April 22, 2010
Twitter -- Nothing But Trouble for Celebs?, Liz Kelly , October 13, 2009
What Would Gwyneth Do? I DON'T KNOW!, Liz Kelly , August 26, 2009
Heidi, We've Got Your Back!, Delece Smith-Barrow , August 3, 2009
Heidi and Spencer's Guide to Fame , Liz Kelly , June 17, 2009
 
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