Celebritology 2.0: Celebritology Weekend

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 04/15/2011

‘Friday Night Lights’: The end begins tonight. Unless you saw it on DirecTV or DVD already.

Say goodbye to Dillon, Tex. Or, if you already saw it on DirecTV or DVD, say goodbye again. Whatever.

By Jen Chaney  |  01:00 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 11/06/2010

Celebritology Weekend: Tom Hanks for president?

Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend... Tom Hanks with then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2008. (Reuters) 1. Tom Hanks for president? If Democrats want to regain their political footing after that less than stellar performance on Election Day, they need some help from celebrities. That's one suggestion filmmaker Michael Moore made during an appearance on MSNBC this week. "Seriously, if we ran Tom Hanks, if we ran Oprah [Winfrey] -- there's a whole column of people who are beloved people, who are smart, good," said Moore in an appearance on “The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell.” “Why don't [the Democrats] make use of all the great communicators in Hollywood to help fashion the message?" Moore also noted that President Barack Obama is “kind of like” Tom Hanks because they're both “nice guys.” (But could he bring the same level of charm that Hanks did to the classic...

By Jen Chaney  |  09:24 AM ET, 11/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 11/06/2010

Pop Culture Pulse: Gwyneth Paltrow gets musical

When the Country Music Association Awards air Wednesday night on ABC, a new Nashville-style vocalist will make her CMA debut: Gwyneth Paltrow, who is scheduled to perform “Country Strong,” the title track from her upcoming movie of the same name. The Oscar-winner — who established her onscreen pipes in “Duets,” a movie with a plot that only karaoke fanatics could love -- transitions from twang to funky-soul the following week when she makes her much-hyped guest appearance on “Glee.” The track she'll perform on the inescapable Fox series? “Forget You” -- the radio-friendly version of a normally bleep-worthy Cee-Lo Green song. All of this naturally puts more promotional fuel behind the aforementioned film “Country Strong,” in which Paltrow stars as a Nashville diva attempting a comeback. Unless, of course, she somehow blows it during either of these orchestrated TV appearances. But given her talent, that seems unlikely....

By Jen Chaney  |  09:14 AM ET, 11/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:04 AM ET, 10/16/2010

Celebritology Weekend: Shia LaBeouf's coffee toss; Angelina Jolie not welcome in Bosnia

Shia LaBeouf tries to find a quiet moment outside D.C.'s Renaissance Hotel. (Photo courtesy Mark Wilkins) 1. Shia LaBeouf takes aim at D.C. photog: We could only get a few minutes of phone time with local paparazzo Mark Wilkins, who was on the receiving end of a cup of Shia LaBeouf's cold coffee this week. The local photog was in high demand after video of the incident hit the web on Friday. In a phone interview, Wilkins tells us he had only been snapping pix of the star -- in town to shoot "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" -- for about three minutes before LaBeouf suprised him with a counter-attack. Did LaBeouf say anything? "Not a word," says Jenkins. "He looked up and saw me, packed up his stuff, then it looked like he was thinking." Apparently, all that thinking led to LaBeouf beaning Wilkins with a cup of...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  |  05:04 AM ET, 10/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:24 AM ET, 10/09/2010

Celebritology Weekend: Vince Vaughn's 'Dilemma'; Hoda's shawls

Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend... 1. A Universal change: Universal Pictures confirmed Friday that it plans to alter the trailer for “The Dilemma” -- an upcoming comedy starring Vince Vaughn and directed by Ron Howard -- because of complaints about its use of the word "gay." In the beginning of the original clip, which was still viewable online as of late Friday afternoon, Vaughn’s character says that “Electric cars are gay. Not homosexual gay, but, you know, my parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay.” Both the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and journalist Anderson Cooper advocated for the reference to be removed from the trailer, and the studio ultimately complied. “The teaser trailer for ‘The Dilemma’ was not intended to cause anyone discomfort,” said a statement released Friday by Universal. “In light of growing claims that the introduction to the trailer is insensitive, it is being replaced. A full trailer,...

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  |  05:24 AM ET, 10/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:05 AM ET, 10/02/2010

Celebritology Weekend: Spike Lee calls Tea Partiers fanatics; Tony Bennett's advice for LiLo

Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend... Spike Lee at Friday's Washington Ideas Forum. (AP) Lee speaks out: The always quotable Spike Lee was in town this week for the Washington Ideas Forum, a series of interviews with newsmakers and big thinkers co-presented at the Newseum by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute. In keeping with Lee tradition, he dished out a few juicy sound bites during a Friday morning conversation with historian and journalist Douglas Brinkley. Of the Bush administration’s performance during Hurricane Katrina, he said: “People are dead now because they did not do what they needed to do.” On the BP oil spill, which made its way into his recent HBO documentary, “If God is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise”: “BP dictated to the United States of America how this thing was going to be run.” On President Obama, a man who took First Lady...

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  |  05:05 AM ET, 10/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 10/02/2010

Pop Culture Pulse: A 'Beach Boys' musical in the works?

The Beach Boys -- following Abba to the silver screen? (Capitol Records) Moviegoers could soon be picking up “Good Vibrations” from the big screen. According to a report in Variety, 20th Century Fox has snagged the rights to a musical based on the songs of the Beach Boys. The script has not been written -- Susannah Grant of “Erin Brockovich” fame has been tasked with that job -- but reportedly it will unfold “Mamma Mia!” style, with the tracks punctuating the moments in a fictional story. Let's just hope that former Interior Secretary James Watt -- the man who got the Boys banned from the National Mall in the early '80s -- somehow makes a cameo appearance. [Deadline.com]...

By Jen Chaney  |  04:55 AM ET, 10/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 06/05/2010

Celebritology Weekend: Sandra Bullock goes public; Sheryl Crow welcomes new son

We're guessing Oscar winner Sandra Bullock won't be thanking soon-to-be-ex-husband Jesse James at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards. (AP) The three celeb-centric stories on our radar (and yours) this weekend... 1. The MTV Movie Awards -- which recognize cinematic achievement in highbrow categories like Best Kiss and Best Fight -- are hardly the Academy Awards. Oh, who are we kidding? It's not even the People's Choice Awards. But the promotion-filled celebration of youth-centric moviedom may be worth watching this Sunday night because of one person: Sandra Bullock. The Arlington, Va., native and recent Oscar winner has confirmed that she will attend the L.A. ceremony to accept the MTV Generation Award, the trophy show's equivalent of a lifetime achievement honor, which will make the event her first high-profile public appearance since the rupture of her marriage to Jesse James. What will she say in her acceptance speech? We're guessing she won't...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  |  09:29 AM ET, 06/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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