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Celebritology 2.0: April 30, 2006 - May 6, 2006

Be Back on Tuesday

Celebritology will be dark for a few days (Thursday through Monday) while I'm out on vacation. Have a great weekend, keep up on celebrity headlines and I'll see you here bright and early Tuesday morning. -- Liz...

By Liz Kelly  | May 4, 2006; 2:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Mr. T's A Game

An American icon: Mr. T. (AP) There's just something about Mr. T that makes one smile. At least this one. C'mon, we loved him in "Rocky III," "The A-Team" and the 1-800-COLLECT ads. And how many of us wouldn't be able to identify an "I pity the fool" reference in three syllables or less? The man is a bona fide cultural treasure. And finally someone in a position to do something about it has offered T a ticket back to the small screen -- and not in a demeaning "Surreal Life" second act. T will be the star of his very own weekly advice show. That's right, advice show. From the official TV Land press release: TV Land has picked up six episodes of this Dr. Phil-meets-Tony-Robbins reality show in which Mr. T stars in the unlikely role of social scientist traveling across the country to dispense his own...

By Liz Kelly  | May 3, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Morning Mix: Angelina Jolie Plans Water Birth

Headlines: Angelina Jolie planning water birth... Martin Sheen says son Charlie is "holding up pretty well"... "Sopranos'" star John Ventimiglia (Artie Bucco) arrested for driving while intoxicated... Us Weekly reports Brendan Fraser and wife have third child... Pink's husband races across Balkans in Gumball Rally... James Woods given clean bill of health after hospital visit... Celine Dion tells fans she has ear disease... Rapper Big Hawk shot to death in Houston. Rumor Mill: Tom and Katie reportedly sign pre-nuptial agreement... Are Nick and Jessica having an affair with each other?... Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn buy suburban Chicago home... Keith Urban calls off Nicole Kidman wedding plans...Courtney Love "flashes" surprised audience at L.A. benefit. Royale Treatment: Get a sneak peek at new James Bond Daniel Craig in the first official teaser trailer for "Casino Royale", newly posted on the film's official site....

By Liz Kelly  | May 3, 2006; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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"Mission" Impervious?

This may come as a surprise to folks who forgot that, in addition to being a complete freak of nature an outspoken Scientologist, Tom Cruise is also an actor and this Friday, in theaters nationwide, his latest movie -- "Mission: Impossible III" -- opens. Tom Cruise and Michelle Monaghan in a scene from "Mission: Impossible III." (AP) What seems like decades ago, Tom Cruise was just an actor -- like him or hate him -- living the life of your average Hollywood leading man. He racked up some respectable performances ("Rainman," "Magnolia"), some box office hits ("Top Gun," "Jerry Maguire") and some real stinkers ("Cocktail," "Eyes Wide Shut") and he had what seemed like a pretty typical personal life, complete with a string of starlets for mates -- Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and a short-lived romance with Penelope Cruz. Funny how things change. Was it only a year ago that...

By Liz Kelly  | May 2, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (194)
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Morning Mix: Paris Hilton, Stavros Niarchos Split

Headlines: Paris Hilton and Stavros Niarchos split; meanwhile, Paris discusses why smoking is so "sexy"... Rosie O'Donnell's "View" contract says she can't cut her hair... Keith Richards released from New Zealand hospital after fall from coconut tree... Britney Spears plans mysterious Thursday press conference... Daughters for Shaquille O'Neal and wife and Kobe Bryant and wife... Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx splits with wife of nine years, Donna D'Errico... Gary Glitter denies abusing underage girls, will appeal Vietnam sentence in May... Actor Glenn Ford ("Gilda," "Blackboard Jungle") celebrates 90th birthday... Engelbert Humperdinck turns 70. Stop the Madness: "Revenge of the Nerds" slated for a remake. Why am I scared this will be some kind of Jon Heder vehicle? Maybe we can get Tom Selleck to also declare this a stupid idea....

By Liz Kelly  | May 2, 2006; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Anna Nicole Wins Supreme Court Battle

But, she could still lose the war. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the Supreme Court, said Anna Nicole Smith -- a former topless dancer who rose to fame in the mid-1990s as a Playboy playmate and Guess model -- has the right to pursue a portion of her deceased husband's estate. Smith married billionaire J. Howard Marshall II in 1994, when he was 89. Marshall died a year later and Smith has been battling with Marshall's son, E. Pierce Marshall, for a portion of the family fortune ever since. Full Story | Opinion via FindLaw...

By Liz Kelly  | May 1, 2006; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Anna Nicole Smith, Celebrities  
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Rocking the Prime Time Line-Up, Part 2

On Friday, after word that Mick Jagger will star in his very own ABC sitcom this fall, I asked readers to come up with alternate sitcom pitches (because surely we can do better than the current Jagger premise -- a group of New Yorkers trying to rob his apartment. Talk about mission improbable.) For the Simpsons, a bite of reality. Anyhoo, you came through with some excellent concepts. See the full range of offerings here. A few of the best are excerpted below. Cat Scratch Liver: Ted Nugent gets a liver transplant and has to take a job in a veterinarian clinic. (JP Evans) Money for Nothing: Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler teaches buttoned-down students from New England prep schools how to become petty street criminals and pickpockets. (Ed) The Simpsons: Jessica and Ashlee Simpson both gain 50 pounds and learn how difficult the life of a musician is when...

By Liz Kelly  | May 1, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Morning Mix: Keith Richards Falls Out of Palm Tree

Headlines: Keith Richards reportedly falls out of palm tree while vacationing in Fiji... Bruce Springsteen criticizes Katrina response... Katie Holmes changes name to "Kate"; Kate and Tom rumored to be planning July 1 wedding; Cruise asks Jamie Foxx, Kanye West to be Suri's uncles... Madonna performs at California indie music festival; husband Guy Ritchie plans film documenting her "Confessions" tour... Will Smith signs on to superhero flick, "Tonight, He Comes"... Helena Bonham Carter plans to launch fashion line... British rocker Pete Doherty released by police investigating tabloid photos... Don Johnson and wife welcome third child... Abba star accused of evading taxes... "Mission: Impossible III" promo mistaken as bomb threat....

By Liz Kelly  | May 1, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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