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Celebritology 2.0 Archive: Reading

Channing Tatum gets drunk, loses his cellphone and giggles like a girl in awesome GQ profile

Channing Tatum, drinking and tittering his way into our hearts. (GQ) Celebrity magazine profiles tend to veer in pretty predictable directions. Sometimes the writer cozies up on the source's sun porch, which provides the opportunity to poetically recount how dapples of golden sunlight played across the movie star's face just as she began to discuss her painful, highly public divorce. Other times a reporter gets to cruise down Sunset Blvd. while the star of the next big comic book flick sits behind the wheel of his souped-up Porsche. If things go well, the soon-to-be-cape-wearer will speed heavily and brake hard, allowing the reporter to use his driving style as a metaphor for his career. And then there are those profiles in which the excessively handsome source insists on camping in the desert, gets wasted, loses his cellphone and walks around wearing a Snuggie....

By Jen Chaney  | February 17, 2011; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Celebrities, Reading  
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Five buzziest summer beach reads

Start toning your arm muscles: the 766-page, hardback "The Passage" is the buzziest novel of the summer. (Ballantine Books) It's the time of year when that novel-reading itch kicks in and we feel compelled to drop all activities in favor of reclining on a lawn chair (or a sofa, or a towel, or a hammock -- we're not picky) and burying our noses in a gripping summer read. Several works of fiction have bubbled up on this season's short list of "it" books, the tomes most likely to peek out from the tote bags of literary-minded beach-goers. I've chosen the five that I think are the buzziest. Check 'em out, then vote for the one you're most interested in reading in the poll below. And by all means, feel free to share what's on your summer lit list -- be it the latest from Stephen King or a classic...

By Jen Chaney  | June 14, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Pop Culture, Reading  | Tags:  Books  
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Fact or Fiction? Reading the Fine Print on Jackson's Life

(Image courtesy Simon & Shuster) The first posthumous Michael Jackson bio/tell-all has arrived. Ian Halperin's "Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson" was already in the works when Jackson died on June 25, but sensing the smell of money to be made, Halperin's publishers rushed the book -- updated to include details about Jackson's final days -- into production and launched it yesterday. Already, the book is ranked No. 2 on's Bestseller List, behind a Glenn Beck-penned anti-Government manifesto and just ahead of Dan Brown's newest thriller. But why spend your hard-earned ducats on an MJ bio when you can get the most explosive allegations right here? Halperin claims Jackson's greedy circle of employees and so-called friends are responsible for the one-time King of Pop's death. Halperin writes that Jackson was gay and would wear elaborate disguises when meeting one of his eight gay lovers, who he forced...

By Liz Kelly  | July 15, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Michael Jackson, Reading  
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Reading List: Lynne Spears's Parental Advisory

(Image courtesy Thomas Nelson) Tomorrow Lynne Spears's hotly anticipated book, "Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World," debuts. The buzz preceding this launch hasn't been seen Christopher Ciccone's "Life with My Sister Madonna" landed with a resounding thud in July. Says Spears of her book: "... [this is] the story of one simple Southern woman whose family got caught in a tornado called fame, and who is still trying to sort through the debris scattered all over her life in the aftermath. It's who I am, warts and all, with some true confessions that took a long time to get up the nerve to discuss." Spears's prescient use of storm imagery alone is enough to whet my appetite for the rest of the book. What other metaphors can the showbiz mom of the century employ to illustrate her hardscrabble life? Might we...

By Liz Kelly  | September 15, 2008; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Celebrities, Reading  
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