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Celebritology 2.0: April 9, 2006 - April 15, 2006

Mighty Morphin Ashlee Simpson

From top to bottom, Ashlee Simpson in 2004, 2005 and April 2006. (AP) Remember when Ashlee Simpson was the cute, yet goofy kid sister of full on pin-up girl Jessica? You should. It was only a scant 16 months ago she lip-synced her way into humiliation on "Saturday Night Live", then danced a freakish rag doll jig before walking off stage. (Video) Still, there was something likeable about the quirky Jan of the Simpson family. She's not a great musician by any stretch of the imagination, but stacked up against what most of her tween audience listens to, she holds her own. She seemed, somehow, more human than her Barbie®-perfect sibling. She wasn't afraid to make fun of herself, as she often did on her two-season MTV reality show. And although it was completely contrived, there was something refreshingly charming about her schoolgirl/punk rock look. Her plaids, black tights,...

By Liz Kelly  | April 14, 2006; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Morning Mix: J.Lo's House Not Good Enough for Cowell

Headlines: Simon Cowell plans to demolish home he bought from J.Lo... Britney Spears contemplates sitcom pilot... Alicia Keys signs on to "Nanny Diaries" acting gig... Tom Cruise holds "seminars" to prep for baby's arrival; says TomKitten won't be baptised Catholic since Katie's a Scientologist, too... Salma Hayek calls immigration situation "disheartening" (second item)... Tom Hanks names "2001: A Space Odyssey" as his favorite movie... Catherine Keener considered a nun's life... Coming soon to your iPod: Beatles for sale... Coming soon to Cirque du Soleil: Beatles soundtrack... Leonardo DiCaprio thinks trees are dandy. Homely Tunes: Slow Friday? Take a virtual leap across the pond for a stroll down memory lane. The Guardian's Culture Vulture blog is asking for your favorite songs about home. Help them out with your favorite "songs about returning home or settling down, whether comforting or claustrophobic, literal or metaphorical." (Roost Music)...

By Liz Kelly  | April 14, 2006; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Katie's 'Special' Delivery

There's something so creepy and otherworldly about the upcoming birth of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' child, I just can't get enough of the details. But what exactly are the details? Something about a pacifier and an iPod? Who can keep track? Holmes and Cruise fondle the belly in March. (AP) With Holmes in Cruise compound lockdown and delivery imminent, I thought it valuable to gather some of the hype/rumors surrounding the event. It'll be a nice gift for Holmes to present to the kid some day, maybe when explaining why daddy lives in a different house. - Silent birth. How is this even possible without sedation? According to an explainer now prominently linked on the Scientology Web site, screams are okay -- just certain words or phrases (like "Scientology is weird, man!") should be avoided. Fellow believer Kelly Preston wasn't able to hold her tongue during the birth of...

By Liz Kelly  | April 13, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Morning Mix: Call Girl Details Alleged Sorkin Dalliances

Headlines: Call girl pens tell-all detailing "crack-fueled dalliances" with "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin... Michael Jackson reportedly near deal to avert bankruptcy... Suspect in slaying of D12's Proof turns himself in... Wax clone of Lindsay Lohan scares the bejeezus out of small child... Bronze statue of Kate Moss in freaky yoga pose scares the bejeezus out of me... Dave Chappelle talks to "Esquire" about his departure from Comedy Central... Ryan Seacrest teased for being chunky teen... Youngest Pointer Sister June succumbs to cancer at 52... Helen Cohn, who with husband Nudie clothed Elvis and others in rhinestone confections, dies at 92... Here we go again: Russian art historian accuses "DaVinci Code" author Dan Brown of intellectual theft... Nicollette Sheridan's former fiance sells her engagement ring on eBay... Chagrined administrators book wrong Jon Stewart for school event... Guy Ritchie's (Mr. Madonna) "men only" vacation plans fuel rumors of marital strife...Not to...

By Liz Kelly  | April 13, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bob Geldolf: Top of the Pops?

Tom Cruise could learn a thing or two from Bob Geldof. Geldof has been named "Best Celebrity Dad" by esteemed Web site remind4u.com. (A few weeks ago Sharon Osbourne was named best celebrity mum by the equally distinguished Freemans of London.) Top pop Bob Geldof. (AP) Geldof, long an advocate of father's rights, won full custody of his three daughters (Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches and Pixie) with Paula Yates in 1997. After Yates' death from a drug overdose he became legal guardian of her daughter with deceased INXS singer Michael Hutchence, Heavenly Hiraani Tigerlily. The Brit-centric list of winners also features David Beckham in second place and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in third. Americans Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt also both made the list, but Depp effectively lives in France and Pitt is reportedly holed up in an African game reserve with expectant partner Angelina Jolie....

By Liz Kelly  | April 12, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Morning Mix: Britney Visited by Child Welfare

Paris and Hef. (AP) Headlines: Britney Spears gets surprise visit from child welfare officials; Star magazine claims visit took place after Spears' seven-month-old son fractured his skull in high-chair fall; People reports both mom and baby Sean Preston are home and safe... Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard to marry, expecting baby... Source tells Britain's Closer magazine that Katie Holmes will be separated from her newborn for seven days after birth... Tori Spelling's divorce from Charlie Shanian will be final next week, clearing the way for her to marry new fiance Dean McDermott... Paris serenades Hef at Playboy mogul's 80th birthday party..."Survivor" Richard Hatch in protective custody on tax evasion charges... Studio worried Tom Hanks' hairdo will handicap "DaVinci Code" box office... Winnie the Pooh finally gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame... MTV announces "Real World's" 18th season will be set in Denver... Carmen Electra take note: Woman fired...

By Liz Kelly  | April 12, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Elton's Closet

If you've always wanted a little piece of Elton John to call your own, this sale's for you: Today through Saturday, 10,000 pieces of clothing belonging to Sir Elton and longtime partner David Furnish (they were wed in a British civil ceremony last year) will be offered for sale to the public at New York's Rockefeller Plaza. These appear to be Sir Elton's boxer shorts. Or possibly swim trunks. Either way, let's hope they fall into the "gently-worn" category. (AP) According to an official release, "Nearly 10,000 stage costumes, designer suits, shirts, pants, jackets, accessories, shoes, and more clothing items from the personal wardrobes of Sir Elton John and David Furnish will be sold." Also: "The collection ranges from brand-new, current-season garments to gently-worn vintage treasures in a wide variety of sizes."...

By Liz Kelly  | April 11, 2006; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Proof Dead in Nightclub Shooting

Several news outlets are reporting the death of rapper Proof, a member of group D12 and long-time friend of Eminem, in an early morning shooting at an illegal after-hours nightclub in Detroit. Another unidentified man also injured in the shooting is in critical condition. (Full Story via Detroit Free Press)...

By Liz Kelly  | April 11, 2006; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Morning Mix: No Prince for 'Idol'

Headlines: Prince nixes guest appearance on "Idol" after refusing to meet with contestants... Gwyneth's new son (Moses) leads spring tide of celebrity births... Calista Flockhart admits to being "undernourished" during her "Ally McBeal" days... Jennifer Lopez sues ex-husband in bid to halt tell-all book publication... Namibians now report lions enlisted to protect Brangelina's privacy... Michael Douglas denies bashing "good friend" Brad Pitt's relationship with Jolie... Carmen Electra's Max Factor contract in jeopardy after Howard Stern show appearance... Meredith Vieira describes former abusive relationship... Ciara and Bow Wow (formerly known as "Lil' Bow Wow, for any of you out there who might be confused) are splitting up after a year, and one single, together... James Brolin (Mr. Barbra Streisand) signs on to co-star in "Rambo 4"... Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland's sobriety questioned by Page Six spy... New reality show "God or the Girl" follows seminarians on road to priesthood......

By Liz Kelly  | April 11, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Food for Thought

Tonight I plan on parking myself in front of the TV (with some chopped veggies) to watch "Honey, We're Killing the Kids." And, no, it's not a follow-up to the 1989 Rick Moranis classic, "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." Following in the footsteps of 2004's eye-opening documentary "Super Size Me," TLC's new series shines a much-need spotlight on the typical American diet. A diet that has been a recipe for disaster -- particularly for American children. Over the course of the series, 13 families with children prone to junk food binges and hours parked in front of the TV re-learn strategies for healthy eating and exercise from nutrition expert Dr. Lisa Hark. The shock value part comes into play with the projections of what these hefty kids will look like, and experience, as adults. Computerized age projections reveal how a pudgy kid becomes an obese adult and parents are cautioned...

By Liz Kelly  | April 10, 2006; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning Mix: Gwyneth Gives Birth

Headlines: Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly gives birth to baby boy in New York ("Mortimer" rumored as the favored name)... Original Playboy Hugh Hefner celebrates 80th birthday... Speaking of Playboy, the first Indonesian edition of the magazine hit Jakarta newsstands Friday... Rolling Stones make splashy Chinese debut... Kate Moss named new face of Calvin Klein... Jessica Simpson sued for failing to promote her own line of clothing... Kiefer Sutherland signs on for 72 more hours (translation: three more years) of Fox's "24"... Namibians plead for privacy for Brad & Angelina (because, you know, somebody had to)... Matt, Meredith work on that all-important news skill: banter... Meanwhile, Connie Chung emerges as contender for "The View's" open slot... Cruise, Hanks named most bankable actors in Hollywood... Frances Bean Cobain to spend summer working for Stella McCartney... Los Angeles official wants to offer reward for clues in Notorious BIG murder case... "Ice Age: The Meltdown"...

By Liz Kelly  | April 10, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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