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Celebritology 2.0: April 23, 2006 - April 29, 2006

Rocking the Prime Time Line-Up

I see a sitcom and I want to paint it black. (AP) As noted earlier this week, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is slated to star in his own TV sitcom this fall on ABC. So far, the premise is a bit fuzzy, but U.K.'s Guardian newspaper confirms Jagger has completed work on a pilot and describes the show as a "24-part series about a group of hard-up New Yorkers who decide to rob Mick Jagger." The working title? "Let's Rob Mick Jagger." Oooohkay. We can do better than that. This thing could be the latest in the wave of crossover TV stars and our ticket to pilot gold. If captains of industry (Donald Trump) and princesses of trust funds (Paris Hilton) can make it on the small screen, why not Mick and a slew of other former guitar slingers? There have to be halls-of-fame full of aging rockers...

By Liz Kelly  | April 28, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Morning Mix: O'Donnell Joins 'The View'

Headlines: Rosie O'Donnell returning to talk TV to take over Vieira's spot on "The View"... Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban set June wedding date... Brangelina will reportedly name their soon-to-come baby "Africa"... Tom Cruise's Hollywood home may be haunted (not by Katie Holmes, either, wise guys)... Ashlee Simpson says she's better looking than big sis' Jessica (but who can tell the difference anymore?); Jessica "heartbroken" by Nick's Rolling Stone tell-all... Snoop Dogg released on bail after London airport scuffle... Eminem reconciles with dying mother... Sienna Miller plans her own line of jeans....

By Liz Kelly  | April 28, 2006; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Spokes-Rapper's Delight

Clean living spokes-rapper 50 Cent. (AP) I'm not exactly sure what a "spokes-rapper" is, but I can think of no one who deserves the honor more than 50 Cent. The rapper has taken on the appellation to help judge contestants in a cooking competition aimed at preventing childhood obesity by improving teenagers' eating habits: High school students ... are being asked to submit recipes for the most nutrient-rich school cafeteria lunch they can come up with including a main course, fruit or other healthy dessert, and to wash the meal down, their favorite variety of vitamin water. -- freelunchmoney.com Sure the competition is sponsored by Glaceau, maker of his grape-flavored Vitamin Water drink, Formula 50 (from the drink's official Web site: "Try a dose of Formula 50... and lose the pimp cup."), but healthier school food is a pretty great cause for anyone -- whether 50 Cent or the...

By Liz Kelly  | April 27, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Morning Mix: Snoop Dogg in London Police Custody

Headlines: Snoop Dogg in London police custody after incident at Heathrow airport... Heather Locklear reportedly irate at pal Denise Richards over Richie Sambora... Angelina Jolie tops People's 100 Most Beautiful list; entire Jolie-Pitt clan named the "World's Most Beautiful Family"; expectant mom Jolie says she's not due to give birth for another month... British magazine FHM names Keira Knightley world's sexiest woman; Knightley to succeed Kate Moss as new Chanel model... David Copperfield works magic on would-be robbers... Another maid accuses supermodel Naomi Campbell of violence... Teri Hatcher injured (but fine) on "Desperate Housewives" set... Report: Elizabeth Taylor confined to home, rumored to be planning funeral details. Saturday Night Right: Stay in, stay up and plan on watching NBC's "Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse" on... umm... Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. ET. The latest SNL special is a tribute to Robert Smigel, creator of the late...

By Liz Kelly  | April 27, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Stars, They're Just Like Us!

Or are we just like them? Maybe not yet, but with an explosion of celebrity designed or endorsed clothing lines, make-up, perfume and jewelry it's easier than ever to wear our celebrity brand loyalty on our sleeves, so to speak. Happy Homeowner Hilary Duff. (ShowbizIreland/Getty Images) Tonight, the latest guide to help us keep up with the Joneses (or the Jones Reynolds) debuts at 9 p.m. ET on the Style Network. "My Celebrity Home" will help us average folk learn to make our homes pretentious just a little bit more like those of our favorite stars: After exclusive tours of stars' posh pads -- Hilary Duff shares the secrets of her special sewing room, Kathy Griffin shows off her hip L.A. digs -- host Peter Marr joins forces with a lucky average homeowner and a famous designer to re-create the high-end look without the Hollywood price tag. Sewing room? I'd...

By Liz Kelly  | April 26, 2006; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Morning Mix: Britney Pregnant One More Time

Headlines: Us Weekly reports Britney Spears expecting second child (if previous link doesn't work, try this one)... New dad Tom Cruise extends European promotional tour, spends four hours talking to fans on London red carpet, tells British paper he used to hitchhike with prostitutes... Scottish hotel masseuse accuses Kevin Costner of harassment... "Lost's" Michelle Rodriguez chooses jail time over community service... Phil Spector's trial delayed until 2007...Nicole Richie's boyfriend, Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein, checks into hospital for weight-related surgery...Critics call Elton John's "Lestat" musical "deadly dull"...Ben Stiller teaming up with Farrelly Brothers again for "Seven Day Itch"... Cindy Margolis to pose for Playboy... Former 4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry vows to save "Queen of Rock and Roll" Courtney Love... Jay-Z associate pleads guilty in R. Kelly pepper spray case. Would You Pay? Sprint's new BlogStar service has signed up Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, Wesley Snipes, Bam Margera and other...

By Liz Kelly  | April 26, 2006; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Dear Charlie

The latest accusations from your soon-to-be-ex Denise Richards have me a little worried about you. Again. I know I'm not the only child of the '80s who can admit to being totally attracted to the drugged-out character you played in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." There was something endearing about the way you totally antagonized/charmed the uptight Jennifer Grey -- the leather jacket, the bloodshot eyes. Sigh. We all wished for similar luck if ever we found ourselves in police custody. Denise and Charlie, 2003. (AP) Then we grew up. And by we, I mean me and my Gen X sisters. Some of us had our own brushes with the leather jacket and the bloodshot eyes, others wisely bypassed that particular rite of passage and went straight for Ferris or even Cameron (who, though subdued, was totally cool and his parents had that great cantilevered house in the woods). You grew...

By Liz Kelly  | April 25, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Morning Mix: Sienna & Jude, Together Again?

Headlines: Sienna Miller and Jude Law -- together again?... Nicole Kidman denies releasing statement about baby TomKitten; new dad Cruise attends Rome "Mission: Impossible III" premiere... "Entourage's" Kevin Dillion marries in Las Vegas... Chris Rock linked to Hollywood private eye (and alleged wire-tapper) Anthony Pellicano... Mick Jagger refuses to give up hotel suite for President Bush... Catherine Zeta-Jones is top paid celebrity spokesperson... Britney reportedly bails on husband K-Fed's Las Vegas showcase gig... Gillian Anderson separates from husband of 16 months... Producer charges Maury Povich with sexual harassment... Al Pacino joins cast of "Oceans 13"... Ronnie James Dio makes cameo appearance in upcoming Tenacious D movie... Seance organizers claim John Lennon sends message of peace... Jim Nabors inducted into Alabama hall of fame... Timothy Leary biopic in the works....

By Liz Kelly  | April 25, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Results: Greatest Stories Ever Filmed

On Friday, we turned our attention to a list compiled by a select set of British critics -- a list purporting to inventory the 50 greatest film adaptations of novels (and some short stories). To recap, the list -- though a good start and inclusive of some true greats -- seemed to come up a bit short. Is the Guardian's list the wrong mix or is 50 just too small a number to narrow down what is proving to be a particularly fertile field? No one seemed as miffed as me at the "Lord of the Rings" snub, but plenty were surprised that E.M. Forster and Edith Wharton were categorically shut out. Kurosawaguy also reminded us of another venue for adaptations we might want to include: "Although it is a TV mini series, I think that 'Lonesome Dove' is perhaps the best novel to film translation I've seen." Without further...

By Liz Kelly  | April 24, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Morning Mix: Sheen Ordered Away from Richards

Headlines: Charlie Sheen ordered to stay away from estranged wife Denise Richards (who alleges Sheen threatened to kill her)... Paris Hilton allegedly loses Bentley in poker game... Leonardo DiCaprio treated at South Africa hospital... Oprah comforts Julia Roberts after harsh Broadway reviews... Namibian authorities help Jolie/Pitt retain privacy... Tom Cruise describes birth of daughter Suri as "indescribable"... Renee Zellwegger unveils statue honoring children's author Beatrix Potter... Snoop Dogg pens debut "street-lit" novel... Pay-per-view seance (airing tonight) claims to have reached John Lennon... Release of Dan Brown's ("DaVinci Code") next thriller delayed until 2007... Elton John says he's not to blame for George Michael's recent problems; Michael to play to sellout crowds on U.K. tour... Red Hot Chili Pepper Flea urges impeachment for Bush... J.Lo, Travolta to star in "Dallas" remake; "Bend It Like Beckham's" Gurinder Chadha to direct. Sexiest Veggie? Vote for Andre 3000, Anthony Kiedis, Billy Idol, Ghostface Killah,...

By Liz Kelly  | April 24, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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