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Dec 06, 2012

Celebritology blogger Jen Chaney gabbed about the latest celebrity gossip and pop culture news making waves across the Web.

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I'm here and I'm ready to chat. Let us begin.

Discussion topics, as always, are wide open. But I assume royal pregnancies and holiday movies will be on the agenda today.

Liam Hemsworth... although Daniel Craig will be in the role of James Bond for a lot more years so a more mature Liam Hemsworth. My friend made that suggestion to me some time ago and I laughed at the time, but the more time to think about it, the more I like it.

He's definitely too young now, even if Craig wasn't already locked into 007.

I need to ruminate on that a bit more.  Not sure if I can see him in that role or not.

Well the good news is that the news of FUN. getting so many Grammy nods put We Are Young in my head, thus driving that silly I Think You Might Like It drivel right out.

I'm sorry if my posting of the epic Travolta/ONJ holiday music video jammed that song into your head in the first place.

I've managed to finally stop hearing it. But that could easily be reversed if I look at the video again.

Yes, the coverage of Duchess Kate's pregnancy is a little overboard. On the other hand, I would rather wait for news of a beautiful new life coming into this world than read about Lindsay Lohan getting arrested -- again.

And I would rather write about a royal baby than Lohan getting arrested again.  So we're on the same page here, epjd.

Um, no. I like him as an actor, don't get me wrong. But he's way too "built" to be Bond. Bond is supposed to be suave and look awesome in a tux. Liam looks like Thor--like he could rip your head off. Which works--for Thor. Not bond.

You're thinking of Chris Hemsworth, as opposed to brother Liam.

Is there an actor you can foresee playing Bond sometime in the semi-near future? Aside from Idris Elba, that is?

Can you explain what's going on with the new filming technique used in The Hobbit(or whatever that frames per second isssue relates to) ? Also--how are they making three movies out of that little book. Each LOTR book is about 300 pages long and that was sufficient for three movies. How can they squeeze three movies out of one 300 page book?

First question first: "The Hobbit" is shot and projected at 48 frames per second. Most movies are done at 24 frames per second. The idea, as Peter Jackson explains here, is that it's supposed to make the imagery that much more vivid and real. Some people at early screenings have reported feeling nauseous.

Having just some from seeing it, I can understand why that might happen initially to super-motion-sensitive people. Some of the swooping shoots, especially in the beginning, are a bit disorienting. But then the eye adjusts, or at least mine did.

As for how they're making three movies out of the small book, well, I can't say too much about the movie yet. (Press are still under are a review embargo.) But I will say that it drags a bit more than Fellowship. At least it did for me.

Copa. Copa Cabana...

Finally, after all these years, Barry Manilow has finally joined the chat.

I can retire now.

Soooo, if the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with twins, as speculated by her severe morning sickness that prompted her hospitalization, and the first twin born would be designated the heir, let's talk about what happend in the case of a C-section. A doctor would be deciding which one is born first?

Oh Lord, that's a fascinating question, isn't it? I am willing to have this discussion -- even though I have no idea how the heck they would sort that out -- but only after it's confirmed that she's having twins.

We don't know for sure yet, it's just been speculated in the press.

Be thankful you didn't get "Some Nights" stuck in your head--that falsetto on a loop could drive you crazy.

A. That song rips its refrain right out of Simon and Garfunkel's "Cecilia."

B. I still like it, though, until it gets to the autotune part. Ruins the whole thing. Autotuning needs to end.

LOVED the list. I'm a big fan of this time of year, and chances are good that if I'm flipping through the channels and find a Christmas special/movie on TV, I'm going to put it on, at least for a little while. I missed Blake Shelton's special, but I can imagine the direction it may have gone in. Know if they're going to air it again? And can I put my vote in for the trainwreck one? Even better if its not just LiLo, but a group effort.

A Trainwreck Celebrity Christmas, starring Lindsay Lohan, Courtney Love, Andy Dick  and Many More!

I like it. It's really a live-tweeting dream come true.

Re: Shelton's special: it is airing again, on the 14th. Once again, Christmas dreams coming true.

It is good, fun news in a time of a lot of crap news. If I never hear or read the term "Fiscal Cliff" again, it would be too soon. The baby news doesn't surprise me at all and it's nice to have something fun like this to read about instead. Not that the Duchess being in the hospital is good news but you know what I mean.

I hear you.

And she's out now so hopefully that means she's getting better and we can all fully enjoy the news without tempering it with a sense of concern.

Damian Lewis. Yea/nay?

That's interesting. I can kind of see that, although it's hard at the moment to see him as anything but Brody, even though I know he has played many other roles.

He's Australian. Not British. This is a slight problem for someone to work at MI-6. If we can do this, we can choose the best Bond ever - Denzel Washington.

As someone else noted, Denzel is too old. And I think he costs too much, too.

Idris Elba would be better.

It drags more than Fellowship? Oh this is not good news for me. Fellowship is my least favorite of the LOTR books and movies. I couldn't understand why people liked the Hobbit as a book, but I was intrigued to see it--when it was ONE movie. Now that it's three, there's no way I'm going to watch three films based on a book I barely tolerated.

Well, let me qualify something. I've had less than five hours of sleep every night this week, so I knew going in that it was going to take a lot to keep me engaged. And I'm not a massive Tolkien fan to begin with.

Some of my more Middle-earth-obsessed colleagues seemed to like it. I just didn't connect to it as much. I thought it easily could have been trimmed down.

If Barry Manilow has breached the Celebritology stronghold, can Yanni be far behind?

Oh, let's hope not.

The Guardian had something about this--essentially, yes, it's the doctor's call as to what baby is "lifted out" first. There may be some talk before, but usually, it's the doc's call as to what is medically the safest/

It is reassuring that this question already has been answered.

But man, that seems so arbitrary. Some random doctor decides the line of succession based on which baby he thought was easier to pick up first?

So I thought you meant Neeson. lol

Perhaps a flow chart is needed to distinguish betwen all the Liams and Hemsworths.

Had far less nausea with that pregnancy than two others, so not buying that there are necessarily royal twins on the way.

True. The Nauseau doesn't necessarily guarantee that she's having twins. It's just fun to imagine.

I saw an OB on TV talking about how during a c-section, they basically take the baby that's easier to get to. They will not be laid out perfectly side by side and apparently it's not feasible to move one out of the way to get the other one. Signed, Happy for Kate but embarrassed I'm following this so much

Well, that makes sense medically. But one kid definitely gets a raw deal out of that scenario, that's all I am saying.

I feel like there is a very good period piece about a royal family and years of latent jealousy that leads to betrayal in here somewhere. Maybe the next Downton Abbey?

... Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, I'm free at last ...

Maybe?

He still needs to keep his clothes on in Las Vegas, though. Just my two cents.

Watch the video start to finish. It was painful and this from someone who likes both of them. Who directed this video? It is so amateurish. It is really awful, all but the part with them in the car together, which is tolerable. The song itself is terrible, but they could have had some fun with it. Instead, they just look embarrassing. :(

Believe me, I like them both also. I wanted to be Olivia Newton-John when I was a kid. She was my first celebrity obsession.

I want nothing more than to watch them do something good.

Is that engagement still on? Hate hate hate her new hairdo, by the way.

I actually like the new hair, actually.

As far as I know, engagement still on. And she's engaged to Liam Hemsworth, Chris's younger brother and the one who is in The Hunger Games.

So if Liam Hemsworth becomes Bond in the future and remains married to Cyrus, does that make her a Bond Girl? Obviously this is all  very hypothetical, but I'm just throwing that out there...

Daniel Craig is excellent and I hope he stays on for a while. After that, though? Idris Elba or get the hell out.

I admire your decisiveness in this matter.

That guy from Two and a Half Men could join them.

You mean Angus T. Jones? Or Charlie Sheen?

Honestly, both would work.

With royal twins I am more concerned about mixing them up after birth. Suppose Elizabeth is born first, then Diana. After a bath, the nanny puts little Diana in Elizabeth's crib and little Elizabeth in Diana's crib. Then Diana gets called Elizabeth and becomes Queen while the real Elizabeth is now the "spare" as Diana.

I'm telling you this is a fantastic work of either literary fiction or trashy fiction just waiting to be released. Either way, I think it would be a delight.

Has it already been written? It feels like it has been, right?

Bizarre on so many levels. I hadn't even heard of him in a while. Does he still act?

He does a little acting still, but isn't a regular on a series right now. He's also in a band.

The stroke thing was weird, and kind of scary. He's awfully young for something like that to happen.

Um, you know movies aren't real, right, and James Bond doesn't really work at MI-6? If the Brits can take our Batman, then I'd like to see an Aussie take over Bond, just to see how they like it. (patriotic hrmmmph!)

Hold on: movies aren't real?!?

I'm so stoked that "Downton Abbey" III will be start in early January, and "Call the Midwife" II in March!

Very excited about Downton. Have not seen Call the Midwife but have heard good things.

Yes, the one who has to be king or queen. I'd much prefer to be taken out second.

Yes, it's all a matter of perspective, isn't it?

Me too! Not the Sandra Dee version in Grease but the hot chick in black at the end. Had that poster on my bedroom wall for a couple of years. I listened to her records over and over. To this day I still like some of the music from Xanadu (more so than the movie itself, mind you) but also because it introduced me to ELO, who I also love.

I love the music from Xanadu and I am not ashamed to admit it. And ELO was my first concert.

I also loved the Totally Hot record. I wanted to be the ONJ on the cover of that album, which is really not different from Hot Pants/Shake Shack ONJ in "Grease."

My theory has always been that "James Bond" is a cover identity- and that's why it's not incongruous to see so many actors cycle through the role (with various backstories). Idris Elba would be a good Bond; so would Benedict Cumberbach (sp?), whose name was bandied about during the MGM bankruptcy drama as the next Bond. Appropos of that, I'd love to see a Luther/Sherlock crossover episode- the Interwebs might melt over that.

They might indeed.

I think you're thinking of Alexandre Dumas' Three Musketeers in which the last installment claims that the "man in the iron mask" is Louis IV's twin brother which is why he has been kept hidden. I think there was also a really bad movie with Leo DiCaprio about this. For the record, I'm embarrassed that I know this.

You are right, but that wasn't quite what I had in mind.

I feel like this has some Jane Austen-y potential, except with more overwroughtness and yelling.

Which was your most favorite movie of 2012? Which holiday release are you most eagerly awaiting?

I am in the process of trying to figure that out right now, since the Washington Area Film Critics Association is doing its year-end voting right now.

I don't know what my number one would be. "Lincoln" is certainly up there. I have to say, I have liked or admired a lot but haven't unabashedly loved very much.

I'm still looking forward to watching This is 40, which I will be doing soon. I have heard it's a bit uneven, but I still want to see it. I've seen most everything else I was excited about by now.

it could become a modern-day The Prince and The Pauper if they surreptitiously (I know... as if...) leave one baby on a doorstep. Or they could run a social media campaign to give away the second born to the biggest royal obsessive, leading to a reality show called "Raising a Royal." Then, when both kids are teens, they have a Survivor-type competition to determine who gets the throne.

Oh my God, "The Hunger Games" mixed with a royal set of twins, with a dash of the Kardashian? This is brilliant!

I read in one of the Dave Brubeck obituaries that the last time young Barack Obama saw his father, it was when his dad visited him in Hawaii, and took him to a Dave Brubeck concert. For many of us older folks, Brubeck's music was part of the soundtrack of our lives.

Yes, was sad to hear he had died. Didn't know that about Obama -- thanks for sharing.

A guy I went to high school with dropped dead in the shower from a brain hemorrhage at 20, I think. A mini-stroke is a capillary popping. I doubt it's that rare, since one form of dementia is the result of many previously unnoticed mini-strokes. His just happened somewhere that it affected his brain function in a noticeable way.

It probably isn't all that rare, which is what's scary about it. We've all heard stories like this, or about people dying suddenly from a never-diagnosed heart condition.

You never know when it's your time.

Man, the chat just got a little too real.

THANK YOU! I thought I was the only one! I was just listening to Strange Magic on the metro yesterday. (sigh)

Jeff Lynne is a great songwriter. A lot of people like ELO, they just don't talk about it out loud.

At least that's my theory.

Already been done: It's called "Game of Thrones"

Not with reality TV, though, in contemporary times.

I broke my thumb this week, and I've been fumbling around with a splint and a sling ever since Sunday. I'm tired, my neck hurts from the sling, and my water bottle keeps spilling on me because I can't tighten the top enough. So this is a shameless appeal for a picture of a gentleman being handsome. (You may choose the gentleman.)

Aw, so sorry Bawlmer. Readers, before the chat ends, which handsome gentleman should I feature? I can't decide.

The guy in this past movie just looked like the poor man's Cillian Murphy to me. Why not get the real thing?

Please do not speak ill of Ben Whishaw, or his beautifully lush head of hair.

I sigh knowing there's a whole demographic that won't even understand the reference.

I sigh with you.

Couples skates are the best because they increase the chances of hand-holding.

Blue Speedos.

I feel like we should change it up a little. We always go back to that well.

How about this photo of McConaughey, in honor of the fact that he was named best supporting actor this week by the New York Film Critics Circle? Does that work?

Never speak ill of Ben W. He just joined my pantheon of celebrity crushes when I saw Skyfall. Adorable.

Oh, I shan't. (I love the contraction shan't.)

I saw him in C loud Atlas and Skyfall basically back-to-back, and there will be no ill words as a result of this experience.

Saw a movie commercial on TV in which Kyle Chandler is wearing a suit and looking square (rather than like, say, a Texas football coach). He could give George Clooney a good run for his money!

Ooh, good suggestion. He's in "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty," and still looks kinda dreamy as a semi-nerdy governmental type.

So on that note, here's some Coach T. And here's me, signing off for the week. Thanks for the chat time, guys. Talk to you next week.

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Jen Chaney
Jen Chaney anchors The Washington Post's Celebritology blog, The Post's online window into the world of pop culture and celebrities. She also frequently writes about entertainment trends, filmmakers and other Hollywood-related matters for the print edition of The Washington Post.

A Post staffer for more than a decade, Jen also can be seen reviewing movies on WETA's "Around Town," where she is one of the show's regular film critics. Last year, she contributed a series of essays to the book, "The Friday Night Lights Companion."

When she isn't blogging, at the movies or watching a television show, she's ... um ... probably at home watching a movie or a TV show.

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