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Celebritology 2.0 Archive: Celebrity Products

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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Jessica Simpson, budding billionaire?

Simpson's silver sequin dress -- your holiday party look for just $148? (Photo courtesy Jessica Simpson Collection) It turns out that while the tabloids were busy dishing up low blows about whether or not Jessica Simpson was pushing maximum density, she was laughing all the way to the bank. Simpson may be the celebrity brand to beat going in to 2011. In 2010 alone, Simpson-branded products pulled in a jaw-dropping $750 million in profits. Kind of makes Kim Kardashian's $6 million look like chump change, eh? Simpson -- the erstwhile singer, actress, reality TV show star and tabloid staple who was once jeered for her fashion missteps -- apparently has a talent for turning out jeans, shoes, swimwear, watches and perfumes that consumers can't resist. "She is the girl next door and has great product that surrounds her," Vince Camuto, founder and CEO of Camuto Group, which is Simpson's...

By Liz Kelly  | December 8, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebrity Products  
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Alec Baldwin: Paid to like Wegmans

Update: Thanks to syracuse.com for filling in more details. The woman appearing beside Baldwin in the ads is in fact his mother. And while Baldwin was paid for his cameos, he donated his fees to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, an organization that is -- yes -- named after his mom, a breast cancer survivor. -- 3:38 p.m. ET ---- In a career move that is slightly less bizarre than William Shatner's ads for local law firms, Alec Baldwin has popped up in two new commercials for supermarket chain Wegmans. The ads appear to be legit, though Baldwin -- as ever -- delivers lines that seem to be ripped both from the pages of a "30 Rock" script and the mouth of his character, Jack Donaghy. To promote the store's $6 meal platters (which, to this writer, look as if they've been baking under a high school...

By Liz Kelly  | November 19, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Justin Bieber to debut nail polish line

What's next for tween sensation Justin Bieber? Nail polish.

By Liz Kelly  | October 11, 2010; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Celebrity Products, Justin Bieber  
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Owning a(nother) piece of Marilyn Monroe

Another week, another celebrity memorabilia auction. This time around, Marilyn Monroe's iconic bubblegum pink "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" gown is set to hit the auction block and expected to sell for a whopping $150,000-$250,000. Act quickly and you could add it to a growing collection of Monroe artifacts (the actress's chest x-rays were offered for sale in April.) Lest you scoff at that $150K estimate as laughably inflated, consider that the slinky dress Monroe wore when she sang a sexily-inappropriate "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy in 1962 sold, in 1999, for $1,267,500. Yes, more than one million dollars. And, despite lacking a tie to a potential illicit presidential affair, the "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" gown is arguably the more famous of the two -- spawning countless copycats including, most famously, Madonna's "Material Girl" video which elevated her Madgeness from the ranks of pop wannabes to an icon on par with Monroe. If...

By Liz Kelly  | May 18, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Madonna vs. Kim Kardashian: Battle of the iPhone apps

This week, both Kim Kardashian and Madonna found yet another way to invade our lives -- via their own branded iPhone apps. Lest you think this a revolutionary idea, know that trailblazer Britney Spears picked up on the mobile angle months ago, launching her own app back in November 2009. Lots of other celebs -- Diddy, Lil' Wayne, T-Pain and even Pope Benedict XVI -- have their own dedicated apps, too, with more on the way. In the spirit of cluttering up my own iPhone so you don't have to, I test drove both the Madge and Kim K. apps this morning. Below, a quick comparison: (Courtesy Mobile Roadie) Catchy name? Madonna (Sure, it's quick and to the point.) Price: free User Rating: 4 stars and Mobile Roadie CEO Michael Schneider says the Madge app is "our fastest growing app of all time, adding many thousands of users per day."...

By Liz Kelly  | February 26, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Older Entries in This Category »

Jennifer Aniston not cooking up a cookbook, Liz Kelly , December 9, 2009
Bling with a bite from Brangelina, Liz Kelly , November 16, 2009
Celebrity Museums: Late Summer Road Trip?, Liz Kelly , August 25, 2009
Rachel Zoe Moves in on Gwyneth's GOOP, Liz Kelly , August 12, 2009
Paris Hilton's Doggy Style, Liz Kelly , July 24, 2009
Friday Fluff: Your Celebrity Makeover, Liz Kelly , May 29, 2009
Celebrity Designer: Alyssa Milano, Jersey Gal, Liz Kelly , September 30, 2008
What Would Gwyneth Do?, Liz Kelly , September 23, 2008
Celebrity Designer: Tara Reid's Bikini Line, Liz Kelly , August 27, 2008
 
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