Celebritology 2.0: Comment Box

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 10/28/2010

Marie Claire's Maura Kelly: Should she be fired for "fatty" comments?

A screengrab from Maura Kelly's now-defunct (but cached) Facebook fan page. Should Maura Kelly, the Marie Claire blogger at the center of a [expletive]-storm over a blog post in which she expressed her distate at watching fat people get affectionate on TV, lose her job? In case you missed the original story, Kelly drew fire earlier this week when she wrote on her Marie Claire blog that she would be, "grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other...I'd be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything." Kelly was making reference to the new CBS show "Mike & Molly," which features two plus-size leads who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. But given the recent dismissal of Juan Williams from NPR for making derogatory comments about Muslims on the "Bill O'Reilly Show," should Kelly also get the...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:47 AM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 03/01/2010

Comment Box: Andrew Koenig; Miss Golden Globes; Mickey Rourke

A missing persons poster for actor Andrew Koenig is seen on a light pole in front of the Olympic Cauldron on February 24, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Getty Images) When I heard that Boner from "Growing Pains" was missing, my first thought was "hasn't he been missing for the past 15 years?" Does that make me a bad person? Nope, not one bit. In fact, it pretty much puts you in line with the rest of us who had vague memories of Koenig as a minor character on one of the least memorable sitcoms of the '80s. Frankly, I wouldn't have been surprised to learn Koenig was a peripheral player on "Gimme a Break" or "Small Wonder." And despite such an auspicious start in acting, Koenig's career -- at least as far as we couch potatoes were concerned -- trailed off into obscurity once he left "Growing Pains" in...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:40 AM ET, 03/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 11/02/2009

Comment Box: Oprah and Stedman over?

Oprah and Stedman attended Barack Obama's swearing in ceremony as a pair last January. (AP) Is it really true that O and Stedman are through? I hadn't heard anything about their relationship ending. Where will he go? What will he do? I guess this means she and Gail can join eharmony together. -- from last week's Celebritology Live chat Well who can ever tell with Oprah? Despite her over-emotive daily dissections of OPP (other people's problems), she manages to keep a relatively tight lid on her personal life. But here's what the rumor mill is spitting out: Word surfaced back in August -- first as a blind item -- that a longtime power couple was splitting. Soon the National Enquirer broke "news" claiming that Stedman Graham had indeed moved out of chez Oprah and into his own bachelor pad, effectively ending the couple's 20-plus year relationship. Then came word...

By Liz Kelly  |  12:15 PM ET, 11/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 09/28/2009

Your Take: Parsing Polanski and Phillips

With Sunday's arrest of Roman Polanski in Switzerland on a three-decades-old conviction for having sex with a minor, the world is yet again buzzing -- and debating -- appropriate sexual relationships. This only a week after Mackenzie Phillips detailed her alleged 10-year affair with her dad. Are we overreacting, underreacting or looking at this stuff all wrong? Last week when Mackenzie Phillips dropped the bombshell that she first had sex with her father, Mamas and the Papas vocalist John Phillips, at the age of 19, our collective first reaction was "Ick." Followed in quick succession by, "Really?," "Tell me more," "She's just trying to sell books," and "Well, should we even trust a drug addict?" And, just as the story promised to retire comfortably to the Oprah Moments Hall of Fame (and excuse us from the headache of having to think about inappropriate sexual relationships, consensual or not), Roman Polanski's...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:42 AM ET, 09/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 05/05/2009

Boob Job Doesn't Sink Miss California's Platform, Says Anti-Gay Marriage Group

Carrie Prejean boob job, Carrie prejean NOM breast augmentation, Carrie prejean gay marriage

By Liz Kelly  |  11:15 AM ET, 05/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 11/10/2008

Comment Box: Have We Had Enough Hef?

Hugh Hefner and Paris Hilton at Hef's 80th birthday party in 2006. (AP) Would we respect Hugh Hefner and his legacy more if he just gave up the young chicks and the illusion of studliness to which he clings? This week, I decided to go with a question that has been gnawing at the edges of my brain for a while now: Is an 82-year-old man who still primarily identifies himself as sexually voracious impressive or pitiable? Whether you love or hate Hugh Hefner, there's no doubt that the man lives a life not only of his own choosing, but his own creation. There was certainly sexually explicit material before Hef, but he mainstreamed it. The iconic Playboy bunny symbol is recognizable the world over and the porn industry is one of the most reliably profitable businesses around (if only there were a mutual fund). (For the sake of...

By Liz Kelly  |  09:52 AM ET, 11/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 07/07/2008

Comment Box: Celeb Parents, the Most Selfish of All?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with son Maddox and daughter Zahara stroll in Mumbai in November 2006. (AP) Today in the comment box we expand on a debate hatched in last Thursday's Celebritology Live discussion -- a debate that might have engulfed the chat in a maelstrom of parental opinion-making had it been any other day but a pre-holiday afternoon. As it was, we were able to keep the discussion productive. Let's hope for the same tone below (hint hint). Why open a potential can of worms? Because, from time to time, we need to squirm a bit. Considering the makeshift camp of paparazzi encamped in Nice awaiting the birth of the Brangelina twins, I asked: "Is it selfish for someone like Angelina, who is such a paparazzi magnet, to have kids at all?" Some, like the reader below, were quick to argue that Angie and Brad -- who...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 07/07/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 05/19/2008

Comment Box: John Mayer's Mojo? All in the 'Tude?

Warning: Viewing photo may cause uncontrollable desire to date this man. (Getty Images) What do you think Jen Aniston could possibly see in John Mayer? He's been drinking too much koo-koo-kool-aid in my book. Doesn't that seem like an odd match? -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion Koo-koo-Koolaid or not, 30-year-old John Mayer seems to have an almost Lance Armstrong-esque ability to attract his choice of A-list (okay, maybe B) lady loves: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson, Minka Kelly, among others. And, now, Hollywood untouchable Jennifer Aniston. Just last week, pictures of Mayer snogging with Aniston poolside in Miami hit the net with all the force of Brangelina baby bump shot. And not only is Mayer considered a jumbo-sized chick magnet, he apparently has the ability to love 'em and leave 'em, rendering his exes inconsolable: Last week, a drunken Jessica Simspon was rumored to have been...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:18 AM ET, 05/19/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/29/2008

Comment Box: The Naked Truth About Miley Cyrus

15-year-old Miley Cyrus at the Academy Awards in Ferbuary. (Reuters) It's no surprise that the Miley Cyrus photo scandal is the talk du jour. Everyone -- from The Post Style section to mommy blogs to Jamie Lee Curtis -- is adding voice to the question of whether semi-topless Vanity Fair pix (released on the heels of last week's leaked Miley bra shots) of the 15-year-old Disney star have gone too far. In an utterly unscientific insta-poll conducted here yesterday, 72 percent of Celebritology readers think Miley Cyrus and her parents/management are using the Vanity Fair photo kerfuffle -- and their buyers' remorse -- as calculated plays for press. So, because we're so easily led down the path of manufactured starlet scandals, I thought we'd delve just a little deeper into the Great Miley Scandal of '08. Left: Annie Leibovitz's portrait of Miley Cyrus. Right: The June cover. (Images courtesy...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 04/29/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 04/21/2008

Comment Box: Val Kilmer -- the New Tom Cruise?

Kilmer as Moses. (Reuters) Usually Val Kilmer's name is invoked around here to post pictures of the one-time Lizard King's expanding waistline. But thanks to a submission from Friday's Celebritology Live chat, we can consider the notoriously difficult actor in a whole new light: byool, IN: Val Kilmer letting himself go extends to reading from the Bible on TV. In Wheeling W. Va., he appears on Cable 10 -- after the real estate ads and before the other religious show hosted by the fat shouting guy who uses his children in his ads for his tire store. I wish I were making this up. Perhaps because it lacks the flashy, couch-jumping trappings of Scientology, we've given Val a pass in favor of ribbing Tom Cruise at every opportunity. But, unlikely as it may seem, Val Kilmer has indeed been spotted reading the Bible on TV -- as corroborated by...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 04/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 03/18/2008

Comment Box: Defining Celebrity; A Good Read

A mantra for LL: I am a celebrity, though not Marilyn Monroe. (Reuters) What is your criteria for defining someone as a celebrity and thus deemed worthy for your column? Is this an ethereal thing or are there hard and fast rules? -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live chat Angelina Jolie, Gilbert Arenas, William Hung, Ashley Alexandra Dupre -- all celebrities, of a sort -- famous, infamous, skeevy, it doesn't take much these days to gain a foothold in the news-scape or score a Barbara Walters/Diane Sawyer/Matt Lauer interview. But, since you asked about MY criteria and what I deem worthy for MY column, here's a short checklist: 1. Is somehow, even tangentially, related to the entertainment business. So, Tom Brady (and his penchant for dating supermodels) is in and Michael Vick (and his doggie day care) are out. Same goes for politicians and other three-piece suit types,...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:56 AM ET, 03/18/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/10/2008

Comment Box: (Not) Heath Ledger's Final Thoughts

(AP) Celebrity news reportage walks a narrow path of legitimacy. Veer a little to one side and one risks turning into just another venue for celeb PR. Overcorrect and one is liable to tumble down the slippery slope of scandal-mongering . One need look no further back than last week's Celebritology Live discussion for a flare up of the old Britney ambulance pic debate. But between flakking and fabrication, Esquire has found a new fuel to feed the cult of celebrity: fiction. In its April issue, the magazine published an item titled "The Last Days of Heath Ledger." It reads like a journal of the actor's final hours before his death from a combination of prescription medications and includes the mundane (what he ate) and the speculative (his musings on fame). It is at once boring and compelling. It is also entirely fiction. Or, as Esquire terms it: "reported...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 03/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/03/2008

Comment Box: A Baby Bump Debate

When did the hideous term "baby bump" become common to describe the state of pregnancy? I don't remember ever hearing it or reading it five years ago and it is now everywhere. I am just curious if you or other posters feel the same way. Personally, I would rather return to the days of describing a starlet as being "in the family way." -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion Good question. Like Simon Cowell or Britney's crazy, it just feels like it's always been around. But one need only look at the ghosts of tabloids past to discover that "baby bump" is a new-millennial spin. Angelina Jolie, complete with newly-revealed baby bump, and Brad Pitt at the Spirit Awards. (Getty Images) The term was most recently used (here in Celebritology and basically everywhere) to describe Angelina Jolie's bulging midriff. Though she and partner Brad Pitt haven't officially admitted...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/03/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 02/11/2008

Comment Box: Celebs Who Give, Give, Give; 'Lost' Overload?

(Getty Images) Which A-listers give the most actual monetary donations to charity? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion Based on the most recent hard data I could find, Oprah Winfrey is the giving-est celeb of all. Like her or not, In 2006 alone O gave more than $58 million to various charities, including her South African school, her Angel Network and various other organizations. Celebs aren't just valuable assets to charitable orgs for their wallets, but also for their ability to raise awareness and inspire us average Janes to emulate their acts of goodwill. Coming next month to a TV near you, Oprah launches "The Big Give," a new reality show that gives contestants bundles of cash and challenges them to lavish it on worthy causes. And, for a non-Oprah example, look back no further than last week when Madonna raised some U.N. hackles and $5.5 million...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 02/11/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/14/2008

Comment Box: Update -- Madonna and Child

Madonna and David Banda visit Malawi in April 2007. (AP) How is Madonna's adopted son doing? -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion All outward indications point to a thriving David Banda, the now two-year-old Malawian Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie added to their family in October 2006. In fact, British tabloids reported last week that the Malawi government official charged with monitoring Madge and David has recommended that the singer be granted full custody of Banda, writing: "Mrs. Ritchie presents a confident and able parent. There are clear indications that David is becoming a happy, secure toddler. It is in the best interest of the child to remain in her care." In fact, Madonna, Ritchie, daughter Lourdes (11), son Rocco (7) and Banda spent the New Year holiday celebrating the good news at a palatial Indian resort. The adoption is expected to be officially granted in April....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/14/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/08/2008

Comment Box: Celebs Love (Not So Candid) Cameras

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt went all the way to Namibia to escape the glare of the paparazzi waiting for the birth of baby Shiloh-Nouvel. To further defuse exclusive-seeking paps, they released this official family portrait to People in June 2006. (Getty Images/People Magazine) Washington, D.C.: Why do celebrities complain about a lack of privacy then sell photos of their babies and weddings to OK!, People, Essence, etc.? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion Because they are fickle. Because they like being in control of the message and the medium. Because they are all suffering from multiple personality disorders. Okay, maybe not. Let me try again: The real answer is probably as complex and nuanced as the people we're discussing. Hmmm.... Third time's the charm? Celebrities are people, too, goshdarnit and when something's good for us, we tend to go with it. When it hurts us, we...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 12/17/2007

Comment Box: Celine Dion's Big Screen Debut

Celine Dion, ready for her closeup. (AP) What could Celine Dion possibly do that would make her career cheesier? Her own Branson theater? A Proactiv infomercial? -- Came to me in the midst of a fever-induced dream state Branson, Mo. -- that bustling cornball circuit -- takes on the sophisticated notes of a fine brie when compared with the noxious Velveeta cloud smothering the Canadian chanteuse as she takes her final Vegas stage show to... a theater near you! That's right -- for the bargain basement price of just $12.50 (take that, Hanna Montana!), you stalwart foot soldiers in the Dion army can congregate tonight at a select list of multiplexes across the country to honor your hammy queen. Delight in Dion's stage show ("...an artistic collection of powerful song and dance, fantastical imagery, reoccurring characters and special effects...") while munching on pop corn and Milk Duds. One-up the...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 12/17/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 12/10/2007

Comment Box: Are You Smarter Than Sherri Shepherd?

Sherri Shepard -- Why do such really stupid people get on TV while I am stuck here actually doing real work? -- Sunnydaze I've asked myself that question before, Sunnydaze, but usually when flopped on the couch feigning a level of outrage when confronted with: a. Another lame reality show ("America's Most Smartest Model" or "Hogan Knows Best") b. Another Fox news reader who is all legs and no brain cells. c. Another "Dr. Phil" episode featuring a dysfunctional family of exhibitionists who insist on further disintegrating their familial bond on syndicated television. d. A movie trailer for blasphemous dreck like the upcoming "Alvin and the Chipmunks" reboot. e. This. d. Don Imus. That's why I tend to avoid live TV and only venture in front of the grey screen to watch carefully-selected DVR content or VH1 Classic (because you can never get enough of this). But in the past...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 12/10/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 11/26/2007

Comment Box: Bindi Irwin's Croc Men and Other 'Lost' Causes

(Getty Images) What exactly are Crocmen? -- surlychick asks, with no noticeable trace of surliness, in Thanksgiving: Celebs with a Side of Cheese Despite Byoolin's assertion that Crocmen are "mythical creatures, with the head of a man and the body of a crocodile," it turns out they're an ill-paid quintet of yellow-shirted back-up singers who do nothing to distract one from the fact that Bindi Irwin is lip-synching. Which does nothing to distract one from the fact that Bindi, a nine-year-old Australian child who lost her father only 14 months ago, spends some of her November mornings forced to sing and dance on a parade float. Which does nothing to distract from the fact that Good Charlotte, who also "performed" from a float (the Hess gas station float), has officially jumped the shark. Which, obviously, does nothing to distract us from the fact that another parade performer, Dolly Parton,...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:52 AM ET, 11/26/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 11/12/2007

Comment Box: Domestic Bliss for Rachael Ray?

Rachael Ray. (PR Newswire) I saw Rachel Ray [sic] on the Inquirer [sic] (I think) again. Is her husband still spittin' on girls? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion You, sir or madam, have a rare ability to communicate much with an economy of words. Hats off. Now to answer your question. As you so delicately point out, this isn't the first whiff of scandal to swirl around Ray and wannabe rocker husband John Cusimano. Almost exactly a year ago the Enquirer ran a story claiming that Cusimano paid some enterprising young thing $500 a session to have her spit on him and rub her dirty feet on his body. Was EVOO involved? We don't know. Now the Enquirer is raising the red flag over Ray's marital bliss again, claiming the domestic diva has kicked hubby Cusimano out after he cheated on her (again). And, back in...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:01 AM ET, 11/12/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 11/05/2007

Comment Box: A New Brangelina Baby?

IMDB reported yesterday that Angelina Jolie is expecting another child. Is the world ready for this? Do you think they'll escape to Africa again? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion Reports that Angie and Brad may have another genetically-gifted kid on the way rekindled last week after Jolie canceled a planned lecture at an academic conference titled "The Flight of the Hummingbird -- The Future of Children in the Mind and Society of the World." Camp Brangelina is, understandably, not addressing the rumors. However, one Letizia Manjani, a spokesperson for the center where Jolie was scheduled to speak -- who would doubtless be privy to Brangelina's family planning and the chosen vessel to carry their news to the world -- did have this to say: "Angelina canceled last week. Due to her privacy I can't confirm her pregnancy, but I can say that the Italian newspapers are correct...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 11/05/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 10/29/2007

Comment Box: Royal Wedding? Katie's Net Worth?

Prince William and Kate Middleton in February. (AP) What do you think is going on with Prince William and Kate? I think they are secretly engaged. What do your secret, royal Weblinks tell you? And is there a really good Website [sic] for following such things? Thanks. -- Submitted via last week's Celebritology Live discussion If I had to take a guess, I'd say Kate and Wills are two young people (they're both 25) trying their best -- despite an inordinate amount of scrutiny -- to explore the viability of a relationship. And this professional celeb watcher errs on the side of giving these two a wide berth to do so. After all, Wills lost his mother partly due to the overzealous attention of the paparazzi. He deserves a little space, as does rowdy younger brother Harry. That said, here's what we know: Kate and William began dating sometime...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 10/29/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 10/22/2007

Comment Box: We (Heart) Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling. (AP) Did you read the article about Ryan Gosling in GQ [The Loner]? I like him more after every interview. Hopefully he can keep his head on straight as he becomes more famous. Seriously, he's quality. -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion Maybe I'm biased because not 24 hours ago I was utterly charmed by Gosling's portrayal of a lovable misanthrope in "Lars and the Real Girl." If you haven't seen this movie yet, go now. I'll wait. I'm being unreasonable, yes? Okay. Since you may not be able to get to the theaters until lunchtime, you'll have to content yourself with the trailer for now. (Aside: Read all about RealDolls here. ) Okay. Now that we're all up to speed -- yes, I did read GQ's peek inside the life of the guy who has transcended his early work as a child actor (see...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:32 AM ET, 10/22/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 10/08/2007

Comment Box: Leave Hannah Montana Alone

I can't wait til Hannah Montana gets a little older and then crashes like Britney and Lindsay and Paris and Nicole. She's headed there. What do you think? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live chat I'm including this crass question because it reminded me of a perception that I see pretty often -- usually from folks who profess a certain distaste for celebrity news: The belief that all starlets are on an unstoppable collision course with what we will hereby dub "The Brit-down." Definition: Brit-down The period of time in which a young female celebrity may experience one or more of the following: -- An ill-advised romantic entanglement resulting in an Internet sex video, a short-lived marriage or an obsession with Marilyn Manson. -- An addiction to drugs, alcohol, paparazzi cameras, plastic surgery, hair extensions, tanning salons or Taco Bell. -- Jail time, rehab or an alcohol-monitoring anklet. --...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 10/08/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 09/24/2007

Comment Box: A McCartney-Mills Update

What is the word on the train wreck that was the Paul/Heather divorce - has it become civilized? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion Maybe under-the-radar would be a better term than "civilized." Either way, we haven't heard much in the past couple of months about this high-profile split. Shocking when you consider this survey finding that the Macca split eclipsed terrorism and human rights as Britain's biggest legal story of the year. There was a whiff of excitement late last month when Paul, who along with Mills is vacationing (separately) in the Hamptons, was spotted cuddling up to Renee Zellweger at a Tom Petty concert. Still, one "friend" tells London's Daily Mail that Mills and McCartney are now "friendlier than ever." Prompting, of course, the inevitable speculation that once-troubled couple may yet reconcile. A quick scan of Macca news this morning returns nothing more scandalous -- and...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 09/24/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/17/2007

Comment Box: A Five-Point Planner for Brit

Kudos -- and one yellowed Tiger Beat magazine -- to Solver for crafting a winning game plan for struggling popster Britney Spears. Solver's plan was not only complete, but written with a succinctness and simplicity that even Spears should be able to understand. Now if she'd just get with the program. The top three entries are appended below. Now to craft my own strategy for taking a week off of Britney news. (Solver, e-mail me at celebritology@washingtonpost.com with your address and the Tiger Beat -- complete with Robby Benson's plea to save seals -- will be in the mail.) Solver's Plan: 1. Jesus 2. Pilates 3. Counseling 4. Oprah! 5. Timbaland Otherwise, it's: 1. Booze 2. Cupcakes 3. Jerry Springer 4. Divorce Court 5. Branson, Mo. --- Anonymous's Plan: I can condense it to two steps: 1. Call Heff 2. If he says no, call Larry Flynt Result? what we've...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 09/17/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/10/2007

Comment Box: When Does Celebrity End?

My question is, when does someone stop being a celebrity? At what point do we say, "This person does not have talent, never had talent and is now losing whatever looks made her a compelling pop idol for the tween set?" -- Posted by jes to Britney Spears: The Naked Truth Good question, Jes, and one that came up again last night following Brit's cringe-worthy VMA performance. One Celebritology reader vented her frustration about Spears news, questioning the time we devote to a woman whose career is clearly flatlining. But almost immediately, reader H3 chimed in with a formula that sums up our continued interest in Brit: "Sure, there are plenty of performers with more talent, but how many performers have more celebrity? If the blog were Talentology, we could get rid of her... but I think Britney is here to stay!" And, for better or worse, H3's formula applies...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 09/10/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/04/2007

Comment Box: Larry Craig -- Celebrity?

I'm Larry Craig and I'm not a celebrity. (AP) Arlington, Va.: So, has Larry Craig gone from minor celebrity (sitting Senator) to being notorious (bathroom cruiser)? And what is the dividing line? -- Submitted via last week's Celebritology Live chat In other words, when does a name (one that might be recognizable to, say, those who follow Idaho politics or the NRA) cross the molecular barrier into infamy? Because, if I understand your question, you do appreciate the difference between a bona fide celebrity and someone of Craig's stature, whose name -- whose entire existence -- will forever serve as a sort of shorthand for a bouquet of salacious circumstances which, combined, give him the approximate celebrity quotient afforded to Monica Lewinsky's blue Gap dress. Which is to say that Larry Craig, at least in these rarified halls where we presume to make serious study of all things Celebritological,...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:30 AM ET, 09/04/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 08/27/2007

Comment Box: Tim Gunn, Preg Celebs and 'High School Musical'

Is there another season of Project Runway? I love that show, but it seems that Tim Gunn now has his own show on Bravo. -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live chat Yes, shooting wrapped last month and season four is set to debut on Bravo Wednesday, Oct. 24. Despite some contract wrangling, Bravo managed to secure Gunn for this season, though his participation in future seasons may not be so sure. Gunn is also now chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne and will launch his own fashion makeover show "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style" (premiering 10 p.m. on Sept. 6.). The busy D.C. native, whose father worked for J. Edgar Hoover and mother for the CIA, will also be making an appearance Sept. 30th at the Baltimore Book Festival to promote his new book "Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style." I heard that Halle Berry and...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 08/27/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 07/30/2007

Comment Box: Usher's Cold Feet, Eddie Haskell and More

Can somebody clue me in? Is Usher's g[irl]friend a gold digger or plain ol' bad news? -- Anonymous comments on Morning Mix: Usher Cancels Weekend Wedding A little background: 37-year-old Tameka Foster was Usher's stylist for five years before she became romantically linked with the R&B singer. Is she a gold digger? In a recent Essence article Foster weighed in on some of these questions herself. On her relationship with Usher: "I am 36 with three children so I don't have the body of a 21-year-old. I have flaws, I have an attitude problem, I never make flights and the list goes on. Overall, I have issues that a person could either love or hate, but he accepted me completely. And every day he still treats me like we just met. He opens my car door, calls me to ask if I need anything. He gives a 100 percent and...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:18 AM ET, 07/30/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 07/16/2007

Comment Box: Rumor-Debunking Central

What is up with Lionel Richie's most recent ex-wife? Wasn't she arrested for helping her boyfriend perform plastic surgery in her bathroom of all places? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live chat Well, this is a breath of fresh air. Usually the name Richie is only uttered here in association with Lionel's emaciated Hollywood daughter -- you know, the one who is simultaneously looking down the barrel of an August DUI trial and pregnancy. No wonder she needs such big sunglasses. Anyhow, I digress. You asked about the second ex-Mrs. Richie -- Diane Alexander -- who asked for $300,000 a month in spousal support when she filed for divorce in 2004. Alexander, who met Richie when she was an 18-year-old back-up dancer, included the following demands as part of her needs post-Lionel (as reported online at divorcemag.com): Her court declaration also lists a yearly expense of $20,000 for plastic...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 07/16/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 06/18/2007

Comments Box: Celeb Swag, Chen's Moon Man and Dermot McDermott?

Do you think you could post a link somewhere on your blog with a list of celebrity related gift ideas, as they come up? I know you've mentioned some other books in the past... I have a friend who's b-day is in December, and I'd love to get her something like this, and it would be hugely helpful to assemble all the suggestions in one place. -- Posted to The Art of the Courtroom Sketch Thanks for writing. I ran a month-long series of posts during the 2006 holiday season detailing just the sort of celebrity-related tchotchkes you have in mind. You'll find plenty of bizarro stuff to choose from -- dolls designed by Marie Osmond, celeb-centric books and the low down on veritable bouquet of celebrity perfumes. If your friend is more of a collector, though, you might want to go back and check out posts on artists like...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 06/18/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 05/08/2007

Comment Box: Elia Kazan, Go Ahead and Watch

Martin Scorsese looks on as director Elia Kazan brandishes his lifetime achievement Oscar. (AP) "A Face in the Crowd" is a[n] Elia Kazan flick. We still blackballing him, or can I watch this now? -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion You're referring, of course, to the director's 1952 testimony to Joseph McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in which Kazan named eight of his old friends as members of the Communist Party. Though Kazan later argued that the names were already known to the committee, he was thereafter dropped by many former friends and colleagues and made the target of a "reverse blacklist" that (some argue) limited his exposure and his career. In 1999 Martin Scorcese and Robert DeNiro led Kazan on stage to receive a lifetime achievement Oscar to the applause of stars like Karl Malden and Vanessa Redgrave (though some, like Ed Begley, Jr. and...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:30 AM ET, 05/08/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 04/30/2007

Comment Box: The Next Rosie & Topher vs. Tobey, a Primer

On Friday, I asked readers to compile a wish list of possible replacements for Rosie O'Donnell when she leaves ABC talkfest "The View" in June. Suggestions ranged from the sublime (Wanda Sykes) to the sedate (Soledad O'Brien). Surprisingly, "Designing Women" Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and Dixie Carter were all nominated, as was designing dude Meshach Taylor. (Who knew?) Below a list of your best suggestions: 1. Roseanne Barr 2. Michelle Malkin, but only if she wears her cheerleading outfit for every show. 3. Danny DeVito! Just get him drunk every once in a while to keep the ratings up. 4. Gilbert Gottfried, brilliant. Unfortunately, he will never get the gig. 5. Sandra Bernhard -- because I REALLY want that smarmy blond idiot (Editor's note: we assume the poster is referring to this smarmy blond idiot) to explode. 6. Max Headroom 7. A large brown bag with two eye-holes...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 04/30/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 04/23/2007

Comment Box: A Little More Alec Baldwin

Wasn't Alec Baldwin supposed to leave the United States after Bush was elected? How is that coming along? -- Just Wondering comments on Morning Mix: Alec Baldwin Lashes Out at 11-Year-Old Daughter You're referring to the voicemail Baldwin left on then 19-year-old Jenna Bush's cell phone in early 2000: "Listen you little twerp, if your right-wingnut of a father wins the White House, I'm out of here. I've had it with him. I don't care if he has the presence of mind of an 11-year-old. You can find me in Fiji, baby. Sayonara. Baldwin out." Well, not really. (But I think I did a good job of aping Baldwin's singular ability to put us inside his pain.) According to Snopes.com -- a Web site that has made a name debunking urban legends -- Baldwin's threat has proven difficult to pin down. The story goes that Baldwin (among other celebs including...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 04/23/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 04/02/2007

Comment Box: How Many Black Eyed Peas?

Black Eyed Peas's Taboo (with bandmate Apl.De.Ap) holds up a cardboard cutout of more recognizable bandmate Stacy Ferguson at the Kids' Choice Awards. (AP) What's with those other two dudes in the Black Eyed Peas? -- Liz Okay, so I submitted this question myself because I've long wondered why Fergie and Will.I.Am always seem to have these two other guys on stage with them. Aside from sporting ensembles goofy enough to make Sanjaya Malakar envious and strike caricature-ish poses, what exactly do Taboo and Apl.De.Ap (pictured at right) do? Based on my limited exposure to the Peas (I'm obviously allergic), Taboo seems to lurch around like some kind of uncoordinated giant and get arrested while Aple.Whathizhoozie chimes in from time to time with a well-placed "Yo" or "Yah." Maybe I'm the last to know, but it turns out that Apl.Strudel (aka Allan Lindo) has been with Will.I.Am since their...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 04/02/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/26/2007

Comment Box: Britney's Promise, Sanjaya's Future

Any idea of the cred of the rehab facility Britney was in? I think it's called Promises? She leaves after 26 days -- usual stint is 30 or 45. -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live chat Promises has been in business for 18 years and the facility's Web site boasts that celebrities, grandparents and heads of state looking to get clean have all chosen them for treatment. And, in fact, previous alums include Charlie Sheen and Ben Affleck. While I can't seem to find any mention about length of stay on the site, prospective clients can peruse a Web gallery featuring pix of the oceanfront property, activities like horseback riding and orchid blossoms placed serenely on beds. The facility reportedly runs $1,600 a night and most clients stay a minimum of 30 days. Maybe Tom Cruise should check himself into rehab, the celeb fashion of the moment. Oh, wait....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 03/26/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/12/2007

Comment Box: Moobs and Guilty Pleasures

Last week, inspired by a report about the growing trend of man boobs in Hollywood, we revisited the debate over Hollywood's (and our) double standard when it comes to judging celebrities based on their looks. Two important things came out of our comments that day -- the new-to-me term "Moobs" (thank you to reader CJB for that) and -- in the hopes of a little equal-opportunity snarking -- a list of fashion-challenged men-to-watch for the fabulous Heather and Jessica over at GoFugYourself.com. Heather and Jessica received the list and wanted me to share this response with you: Awesome list, thanks for sending it along -- we always welcome suggestions. You know, we do feature men as often as we can (look at any of our celebrity terror watches, for example). The problem is, most actors clean it up fairly well for the red carpet, probably because men have a more...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 03/12/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 02/12/2007

Comment Box: Why Is Anna Nicole Front Page News?

Why is this front page news? No impact on our lives at all. Much like Princess Diana. As nice as she was... I really did not care. Moving on... -- MediaHound Well, you've asked it so I guess I have to try to answer, though I think the answer may involve pop psychology 101, voyeurism, a celebrity-obsessed culture and plain old human nature. Luckily, scads of people way smarter than me have already thought this one through. If you're still interested, keep reading for a sampling of their insight. The L.A. Times' Tim Rutten (registration required), as mentioned this morning by Howard Kurtz, describes the wall-to-wall coverage of Smith's death as a response to media expectations -- after all, both Princess Diana and O.J. Simpson pushed our threshold for tabloid crossovers to a new level. But he also offers this more basic explanation: "Americans have a hard time abiding a...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:45 AM ET, 02/12/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 02/05/2007

Comment Box: Ryan Seacrest vs. Billy Bush

Seacrest and Bush... or Bush and Seacrest? (Getty Images) How can you tell Billy Bush apart from Ryan Seacrest? They seem interchangeable to me. I guess all smirks look alike to me. Well, duh, Billy Bush is obviously the one described in Wikipedia as: "known for his light-hearted sense of humor and on-air hijinks with celebrity interviewees." Now that that's clear, we can move on to the more interesting question: Which one would win in a cage match, duel or arm-wrestling match? Seacrest is three years younger than Bush, so he may have the vigor of youth on his side. Also, he's used to holding his own with reputed sourpuss Simon Cowell and has managed to dispatch former "Idol" co-host Brian Dunkleman, supplant Rick Dees on radio, Dick Clark on New Year's Eve and D-lister Kathy Griffin on E!. Still, he has fumbled in the past -- most notably...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 02/05/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 01/08/2007

Comment Box: Justin's Regifted 'Box'; Tom and Nicole's Tag-Team Parenting

'SNL's' Amy Poehler wraps herself around the 'It' gift of 2006. (Photo courtesy ABC) Comment of the Week: "Justin Timberlake's "Christmas Box" has been re-gifted." -- Lisa comments on Morning Mix: Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake Over? Does Nicole Kidman have her kids half the time or are they always with weirdo Tom and Stepford Katie? How can she jet around all the time? -- PJ PJ, upon their divorce in 2001, "weirdo Tom" and Nicole agreed to share custody of their two children, Connor, 11, and Isabella, 13. The kids took part in the recent weddings of both parents -- Kidman married country singer Keith Urban in Australia in June and Cruise married Katie Holmes in Italy in November. Despite the level of jet-setting, both parents seem to be very active participants in their kids' lives, often spotted attending soccer games. Both Connor and Isabella were also present...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 01/08/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 12/18/2006

Comment Box: The Hoff -- Haute or Not?

Dear Liz, David Hasselhoff was "big in Germany" about 20 years ago! This is such an odd cliche just like all the other stereotypes about Germany: No, we are not all Nazis, not everybody in Germany looks or talks like Adolf Hitler and no, David Hasselhoff is not big in Germany anymore! But yes -- there is something called German humor but this is just not funny anymore. -- Therese comments on Actors Who Think They Can Sing via e-mail Therese, apologies if I implied that David Hasselhoff is still a bankable star in Germany. It's an oft-cited fact because he was never taken seriously as a musician, or anything else really, here in the States and we Yanks are amazed to learn that he was a smash hit there. See, he topped the charts in your country and even claims he played a part in the fall of the...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 12/18/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 10/30/2006

Comment Box: Hicks and Horror Flicks

Speaking of Taylor Hicks... where is he? -- Snooty comments on Celebrity Halloween Costume Help When I checked Hicks's "Original Soul Patrol" Web site this morning, I rolled my eyes and steeled myself to reading his updates without upchucking the yummy pumpkin muffin I ate for breakfast. Mission accomplished. Hicks, of course, toured with his fellow "American Idol" contestants over the summer, but perhaps you missed his smash hit release: The Ford Motor Co. model year-end sales event commercial. Okay, okay -- his single, "Make You Proud" was reportedly certified gold by the Record Industry Association of America. His still-untitled CD will be released on Dec. 5, just in time for the holiday season, but you can pre-order now at Amazon.com. Be sure to spend a few minutes there dumbfounded by comments like: "Taylor Hicks has stirred something deep within hundreds of fans - a yearning for a return to...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:44 AM ET, 10/30/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 10/23/2006

Comment Box: Name Games, 'Lost' Musings and Captain 20

"Hollyweird"? Did you steal that from MSNBC's Joe Scarborough? ;) -- Phil comments on Hollyweird: Jay-Z's Bud, Borat vs. Gypsies and Liza & David Actually, Phil, thanks for asking. This gives me a chance to geek out on my corny propensity for using lame pop culture references for headlines. I borrowed "Hollyweird" from the name of hair band Poison's 2002 attempted comeback album -- chock full of subtly-named songs like "Stupid, Stoned & Dumb" and "Get Ya Some." Hollyweird, incidentally, is also used by a Poison tribute band, coming soon to Bound Brook, N.J. and Woodbridge, Va.! It was also the title of a short-lived 1998 TV show developed for Fox, starring no one of note, but created by one Shaun Cassidy. In this instance, I orignally wanted to go with "Hollywood Babylon" -- title of a legendary book by Kenneth Anger and the name of a song from one...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:48 AM ET, 10/23/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 10/16/2006

Comment Box: Madonna, Vaughniston, "Lost"

According to an article in the Telegraph, Malawian law may currently be different than what is cited by the U.S. State Department (and your article). The Telegraph article states, "In 1993, however, Malawi signed the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. This says under article 21 that 'inter-country adoption may be considered.'" Just thought you might want to know the law [may] not have been changed for Madonna after all. -- via e-mail Thanks for pointing out this distinction. Still, Malawi-based human rights groups are questioning the correctness of this adoption. Child rights group Eye of the Child maintains that Malawi circumvented the law in order to allow this adoption to proceed. For now, Madonna's prospective new son -- David Banda -- is still in Malawi under the care of the star's entourage while his passport is processed. In case you missed it in this Morning's Mix, David's...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:44 AM ET, 10/16/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 10/09/2006

Comment Box: Jen Gets Short Shrift

(Entertainment Weekly) What was so "interesting" about Jen's heels with shorts decision? It was pretty standard fare in fashion mags this spring/summer. She looks chic. -- Anonymous comments on Life Imitates Art: Jen and Vince 'Break Up' Jen's got fabulous gams and I have no problem with her showing them off. Who wouldn't? But I am just not a fan of shorts and heels -- chic or not. Maybe it's the similarity to the Hooters uniform or unwelcome flashbacks to "Roller Boogie." I definitely do my part to keep Marc Jacobs in business and can't go a day without my DailyCandy. Still, when I see photos like this one from Paris fashion week, I think maybe I just don't get chic at all. Is that thing about the hep true? I thought he got tested after Pam got it and accused him of giving it to her, and he...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:45 AM ET, 10/09/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 09/25/2006

Comment Box: Me, I Like Rumors

"Liz, I appreciate the postings you put up and read them religiously, however, can you please stop posting "news" from Entertainmentwise, Starpulse and Femalefirst? It just seems that those 3 sources make bogus claims that never come true. Seriously, we should write down their claims and track them 3 months from now and see if there is any truth to them." -- Anonymous Anon, thanks for weighing in on the content making up a portion of the morning round-up. I absolutely need feedback like this so I can make sure I'm delivering the best daily report I can to you each day. The last thing I want to do is make Celebritology readers the undependable source at the water cooler. Still, I think there is a place for reports from less-than-confirmed and let me explain why: Often, the three outlets you mention above -- along with a few others --...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:45 AM ET, 09/25/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 09/18/2006

Comment Box: Mad Matt & Tom Thumb? Nah.

The talented Mr. Damon. (Reuters) Nowhere else to go for this question: Anyone watch Jimmy Kimmel last night and see the bit about Matt Damon storming off the show? I assume that was a joke, but didn't see the original show and it wasn't explained last night. Was it a joke, or was Damon actually p.o.'d at Jimmy for something? (Obviously, I don't watch the show every night.) Anyone? Anyone? -- BA comments on Morning Mix: Madonna Headed to Space? BA, alas I'm also not a regular Kimmel watcher (though I probably should be). I did, however, find this video of the incident and looks to me like Damon was cooperating with a variation on a long-running gag in which Kimmel frequently ends the show saying "apologies to Matt Damon." If Damon had really been mad we all know he woulda clocked Kimmel with an oar, stolen his identity,...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:45 AM ET, 09/18/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 09/11/2006

Comment Box: Suri Scoop, Rock Star Gossip

The real question is: how crappy do Cruise's adopted kids feel about all of this Suri hype? I assume that when the rest of the photos come out Conner [sic] and Bella will be fuzzy blurs in the background. -- KG comments on We're Soooo Suri KG, I can't speak for Isabella and Connor, but the Vanity Fair photo spread does feature them rather prominently in one of the photos -- they're smiling alongside dad, Suri and Katie. Here's the pic in two parts. [1] [2] P.S. A special thanks to all of you who wrote in with additional Suri conspiracy theories. From speculating on her parentage (L. Ron Hubbard, Jet Li, his sister's egg) to her disguise (wig and fake tan) to the real story behind her name ("Suri Cruise" = Tom's home town of "Syracuse"), it definitely made for some interesting reading. Remember in that Metallica documentary how...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:44 AM ET, 09/11/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 08/28/2006

Comment Box: Insider Insight and a Screech Update

Lee Majors, totally not kicking your a** for me. (Reuters) Comment of the Week: Do you remember around age 7 or 8 when you're mercilessly make fun of the kids in your class who didn't realize that Fonzi[e] wasn't real? They'd be angry and saying that they'd get the Six Million Dollar Man to beat you up and you'd just laugh at them because you'd just seen Lee Majors on the "Battle of the Network Stars?" I'm not saying kids don't confuse reality and television, but you know what? Those that did, got their butts kicked on the playground for being fools. -- Don comments on Tom & Jerry, Bad Influences? --- I've sat next to Jeff Probst at film premieres, and even I think this is a dumb idea. Heck, it's the 21st century -- my family alone has more multi-racial members and can check 20 boxes on...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 08/28/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 08/14/2006

Comment Box: Screech, SPF and Six More Weeks of Celibacy

Happy Monday on an uncharacteristically refreshing August morning in D.C., where we don't flinch when the fighter jets fly over anymore. Whatever happened to Screech's house? Remember the banks were going to foreclose on it, so he went online and sold T-shirts to pay off his debt. So whats the scoop, Liz? -- Pete on Celebrity Head-Scratchers Good question, Pete. Yes, Diamond was all over the place earlier this summer trying to sell his "I gave 15 dollars to help Screech save his house" T-shirts at $15 a pop (or $20 for an autographed shirt). He estimated he would need to sell approximately 30,000 shirts to save his home from foreclosure. He was also offered $1,000 per show by Howard Stern wingman Artie Lange to appear in a stand up show. Though Diamond agreed, he never showed up. We're way past the 30-day deadline now and neither Diamond's official Web...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:50 AM ET, 08/14/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 08/07/2006

Comment Box: Mel, Mix Tapes and Love Between the Lines

"For me, the key is whether I can continue to believe in them as a character in a movie. If I'm spending too much mental effort being skeezed out by Mel's anti-semitism or Tom's mental breakdown, I can't separate the actor from the character. I think I'm over it for both those guys." -- MKC on Mel Gibson, Past Rehabilitation? Last week's Mel Gibson news inspired much heated debate in the comment threads, but MKC's terse explainer pretty much sums up the collective opinion about Gibson's future, at least with fans. Wednesday's poll results echoed this sentiment with 58 percent of respondents saying they would not pay to see future Gibson films. "Man, this list is worse than getting one of these earworms stuck in your head. Gotta share a few more..." -- Sean on The Uncoolest Cuts Believe it or not, the above is a compliment. More than 200...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:45 AM ET, 08/07/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 07/31/2006

Comment Bag: The Sean Preston/Suri Thing? Fake!

Last week was so action packed (Lindsay Lohan's public scolding, Lance Bass comes out, the Passion of Mel Gibson) that I'm tempted to never take another vacation. But that would be silly and Puerto Rico is beckoning a few months hence. Besides, if I hadn't stepped out for a week, you would have never read the superior contributions from last week's cavalcade of substitute bloggers, all of whom hit home runs and kept me tuned in from the outer reaches of the Outer Banks. A round of applause for Frank Thomason, Gene Weingarten, Hal Straus, Michael Corones and Tanya Ballard. Now, on to your questions and comments, which were plentiful, especially in response to Frank Thomason's transcript of a "chat" between Sean Preston Federline and Suri Cruise: That was completely fake. -- Laurie comments on Sean Preston Chats With Suri Very early in the game, Laurie chimed in to clear...

By Liz Kelly  |  12:14 PM ET, 07/31/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 07/17/2006

Comment Box: Not Wussy Enough by Half

The response to Blender magazine's list of "Wussiest Rock Acts" and "Wussiest Songs" -- linked to here last Friday -- inspired a quick and heated reaction from perceptive Celebritology readers, who clearly know wuss rock when they see it and they did not see it reflected in Blender's list: "...Peter Frampton anyone? The Sgt. Pepper movie should have convinced everyone, including Peter himself that he's a wuss And what about the BeeGees?? I don't consider them "rockers" but they seem to... so I think it's perfectly fair to put them at the top of list (actually, perhaps the whole cast of the Sgt. Pepper movie should just be #1)?" -- BB Not only did they leave off Michael Bolton, they left off Kenny G and Barry Manilow (Mannillow?). How can 'Mandy' not be the wussiest song. -- Tiff "What? A list of all-time wuss rockers that doesn't even INCLUDE Journey?...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:31 AM ET, 07/17/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 07/10/2006

Comment Box: Why Is Taylor Hicks Famous?

Welcome to midsummer (when we carefully protect our computers from splashy pools and strong mojitos) and another week of Celebrity scrutiny. Is this man in pain or just famous? (AP) Could somebody please explain to me why Taylor Hicks is famous? He has no visible talent whatsoever. It appears to be yet another twist on the tale of the Emperor's New Clothes. Ergo, he was deemed "talented" by a "talent jury" on TV. Yet he has not talent! -- Stars in My Eyes comments on Morning Mix: Independence Eve Edition Not so fast. I wouldn't label Taylor Hicks famous just yet. As the latest "Idol" winner, he's benefited from the attendant buzz, but remember that there are different levels of fame -- much like the ever-worsening rings of hell in Dante's "Inferno." At the moment, Hicks is still in one of the lesser rings reserved for doughy Joe Cocker rip-offs...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 07/10/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 06/26/2006

And the Celebritology Honors Will Be...

In what can only be described as a turnout worse than that of the last presidential election, we have declared a winner in the poll determining our inaugural Celebritology Honors. To quickly recap: A couple of weeks ago I asked for nominations for an award that Celebritology will bestow on a deserving celeb on a yearly basis. Last Friday, you voted for your favorite ideas. Today, along with unanimous agreement from an in-house council, we have a clear winner -- or winners, rather. The ideas were so good, we weren't able to limit the fun to just one award. The Yearly Celebritology Honors will be: 1. Celebrity most likely to be insignificant if it weren't for the paparazzi and celebrity tabloids/blogs. (29.1 percent of votes, nominated by reader Maybe Jones) 2. Most inane comment, demonstrating complete self absorption and cluelessness. (13.5 percent of votes, nominated by reader jmsbh) 3. Most...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:44 AM ET, 06/26/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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