Morning Mix: Super-Exclusive Dispatch from Our Capitol Hill Correspondent
Headlines: Luciano Pavarotti succumbs to pancreatic cancer at 71... Oprah Winfrey may lend her help to Barack Obama's presidential bid... Rosie O'Donnell calls Whoopi's first "View" day "all right"... Celebs on hand to kick of New York Fashion Week... Paris Hilton ready to reproduce... Amy Winehouse makes surprise appearance at Britain's Mercury Music Awards... Ryan Seacrest may sing to open Emmy Awards... Jenna Fischer ("The Office") and husband announce split on myspace page... Jennifer Lopez awarded $545K in suit against ex-husband... Phil Spector jury hears closing arguments in murder case... Busta Rhymes's trial date postponed till November.
Rumor Mill: Sherri Shepherd to join "The View" as fifth co-host... David Beckham benched for remainder of season... Lance Armstrong and fashion designer Tory Burch split... Kim Porter says Diddy's dalliances played a part in split (second item)... Drew Barrymore dating "He's Just Not That Into You" co-star Justin Long... Maddox Jolie-Pitt enrolls in New York's $18K-a-year Lycee Francais.
*** Special Dispatch: Capitol Hill Confidential ***
Here is your Celebritology special guest correspondent, Gene Weingarten, who attended yesterday's filming of the movie "Body of Lies" at Eastern Market. He will be bringing you, the reader, all the exciting news of the stars, whose names will appear in boldface, as is the custom in celebrity news on the theory that celebrity news enthusiasts don't read so good and need all the help they can get.
It was an exciting day all around for celebrity news enthusiasts because this movie features Leonardo DiCaprio, the famous weenie heartthrob, and Russell Crowe, the moody Hellion of Hollywood for whose manly bulges The Celebritologist would happily disrobe, but I am not supposed to reveal that. Unfortunately, neither Leonardo DiCaprio nor Russell Crowe was present; this was to be a scene without dialogue containing only exploding cars and many, many extras. It can be reliably reported that for much of the day, the most famous celebrity visible at the scene was Gene Weingarten, your Celebritology special guest correspondent. Gene, who was dressed in jeans and a shirt, spent much of his time watching the extras, such as the Very Fat Man Carrying a Toolbox. Also notable was the Little Jewish Guy Playing an Arab Terrorist, and the Woman With Large Breasts whom Gene Weingarten found attractive.
Things wrapped up not long after the car exploded, which is when director Ridley Scott, another celebrity, appeared. Your correspondent walked up to him. It was the meeting of the two famous titans of fame. Gene Weingarten asked Ridley Scott a question, which he answered, an answer that stunned Gene Weingarten, which he will reveal not here but in his column in three weeks, because he is not an idiot. -- Gene Weingarten
*For more on-the-scene coverage of the filming of "Body of Lies," read today's Reliable Source.
Chat Day: I eagerly await our 2 p.m. ET assignation where I hope to talk about all of the above and field your questions, comments and well-crafted criticisms of the world of Celebritology and -- more specifically -- your Celebritologist.
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