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Celebritology 2.0 Archive: Extreme Fans

Man changes his name to 'Captain Awesome': What would you choose?

Oregon native Douglas Allen Smith Jr. officially changed his name to "Captain Awesome" last month. The inspiration, of course, comes from the brother-in-law of one Chuck Bartowski, aka TV's "Chuck," who is fortunate enough to be related to the cardiologist and champion of all things awesome. According to Oregon's Register-Guard, "Captain" is the former Smith's official new first name while "Awesome" is the surname; in a recent interview, he introduced himself by saying, "Hi! I'm Captain." The out-of-work cabinet installer also officially changed his signature to a smiley face. Actor Ryan McPartlin, "Chuck's" Captain Awesome: This got Jen and I thinking about what fictitious names we'd assume if, like Awesome, we ever feel a need to take on new identities based on pop culture characters. Correction: when we feel a need to take on new identities based on pop culture characters. We'll share our choices after the jump, but ask...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | December 8, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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The Museum of Celebrity Tweets: Surreally fun

It figures that on the day we feature our Q&A with Museum of Modern Tweets proprietress and artist Odessa Begay that the first image in the queue is somewhat NSFW. So consider yourself warned. It's also laugh out loud hilarious, like most of Begay's work. Here's one (SFW) example: (Courtesy Odessa Begay) Many, including your pals here at Celebritology, have tried to wring laughs out of celebrity tweets. The material is rich and there is an ever-renewing supply. But is it of import? The Library of Congress isn't sure, but did announce plans last week to archive Twitter's full backlog of public tweets. But, back to the humor: Where others have failed by either over- or under-emphasizing the ironies inherent in a bunch of rich egomaniacs hunched over their computers showing off their big brains, Begay has triumphed. Her take on celeb tweets is smart, subtle and even -- dare...

By Liz Kelly  | April 20, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Extreme Fans  | Tags:  Museum of Modern Tweets, celebrity tweets, twitter  
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Profiles in 'Lost' Fandom: Meet Morgan McPhearson

We bring you Profiles in "Lost" Fandom, a series in which we chat up some of the more hardcore "Lost" obsessives on the planet in an effort to make you feel less ridiculous for Googling "Desmond Hume, time travel" or pausing the DVR to figure out the name of the Russian book Hurley snagged from Ilana.

By Jen Chaney  | April 19, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Extreme Fans, Lost, Pop Culture, TV  | Tags:  Lost, Profiles in Lost Fandom  
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Nic Cage as everyone

Nicolas Cage as Napoleon Bonaparte. (Courtesy niccageaseveryone.blogspot.com) In my dotage, I may just open a museum dedicated to fan art -- step right up to see the NSFW Britney giving birth sculpture... right this way for the the life's work of the Etch-a-Sketchist... and, through this door, St. Angelina presides over aisle no. 31. Sitting at the intersection of adoration and creativity, could there be a more perfect expression of our celebrity veneration than fan art? Fan art is a genre that keeps on giving. And, last November, the latest edition to this blossoming genre surfaced in the form of the site Nic Cage as Everyone a site which, as you'd imagine, showcases tweaked images in which Nicolas Cage -- he of the up-down movie career and killer debt -- becomes everyone from Hulk Hogan to Gandalf. And, far from running out of steam, the site's pace has only...

By Liz Kelly  | January 7, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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In pursuit of celebs with OMGICU

(Courtesy OMGICU.com) OMGICU is social networking for the star struck -- a Web site and companion mobile app -- that lets users report often breathless celebrity sightings (similar to the oft-criticized Gawker Stalker, but without the maps) and follow sightings for specific stars. The usual suspects -- "Gossip Girl" cast members, Adrian Grenier -- are represented, but I was amused to see the unlikely inclusion of Sam Waterston (spotted once, dining alone and looking younger in person), Olympia Dukakis ("Foxy, old, diabetic.") and Paul Giamatti ("Shuffling along 6th & 20th.") The site is also partly responsible for bringing "30 Rock's" Tracy Morgan to Twitter. OMGICU founder Hugh Dornbush created this video and the Web site twacy.org to petition Morgan to take up tweeting. It worked -- Morgan is now a-tweet and OMGICU's traffic is up. Last week, I corresponded with Dornbush about the site and celebrity stalking: Liz Kelly:...

By Liz Kelly  | October 21, 2009; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Serious Film Fandom at the Toronto Film Festival

Another dispatch -- with video! -- from Jen Chaney on the Toronto Film Festival. Look, I'm not going to lie: it was nice to meet some high-wattage celebs in Toronto. But just as fascinating to me: the fans who spent hours upon hours standing outside certain hotels, just hoping to catch a glimpse of someone whose name merits printing in bold type. Since I obviously know a little more about what it's like to live on the admiring-movie-stars side of things, I had a good time chatting with some of them, and watching them gleefully crowd around Juliette Lewis when she arrived at the Interncontinental Hotel on Sunday afternoon. Here's a little video -- complete with footage of Juliette, who handled the attention very graciously -- to give you a sense of the scene....

By Jen Chaney  | September 16, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Older Entries in This Category »

Going Full Tilt for Bill Paxton, Liz Kelly , August 19, 2009
Shiantology: The Cult of LaBeouf, Liz Kelly , August 13, 2009
David Hasselhoff: Social Networking Pioneer, Liz Kelly , August 21, 2008
Celeb-Centric Art: The Etch-A-Sketchist, Liz Kelly , July 29, 2008
What Would Jamie Lee Do?, Liz Kelly , June 30, 2008
For Oprah, the Golden Touch, Liz Kelly , May 15, 2008
Doubletake: Celebrity Clones as Art, Liz Kelly , November 8, 2007
Angelina Jolie: Purty as a Picture, Liz Kelly , January 4, 2007
He Oughta Be in Pictures, Liz Kelly , December 22, 2006
Celebritology, the Religion, Liz Kelly , September 26, 2006
Let Beyonce Have Her Day, , July 28, 2006
Portrait of the Absurdist, Liz Kelly , June 27, 2006
Back to the Sneaker, Liz Kelly , June 13, 2006
 
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