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Celebritology 2.0: May 21, 2006 - May 27, 2006

Morning Mix: Britney Banishes K-Fed to the Basement

Headlines: Denise Richards and Richie Sambora vacation together in Italy... Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antionette" booed at Cannes; also in Cannes, Borat (aka Sacha Baron Cohen) models an unforgettable -- umm -- swimsuit... David Lee Roth wants back in Van Halen... Michael Jackson will make public appearance to accept MTV Japan's "Legend" award; Debbie Rowe divorce documents to be made public... Jamaican ska music great Desmond Dekker ("Israelites") dead of heart attack at 64... Ludacris, Kanye West deny ripping off "Stand Up" lyrics... DMX considers changing his name for spiritual reasons. Rumor Mill: Britney banishes K-Fed to basement of their California mansion... Nicole Richie addicted to diet pills... Gwen Stefani may have given birth in London... Heather Mills was bored with McCartney marriage... Could Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey be working on a reconciliation? Righty Rock: Just in time to load up the iPod for Memorial Day weekend, the National Review...

By Liz Kelly  | May 26, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Paris Is Burning Me Up

I'm a celebrity newsaholic. I scarf up miniscule updates about Angelina's pregnancy (she may be induced on June 3rd) and literally lost four hours looking through the wire feed of entertainment photos. This is some kind of sick compulsion, I know, and I'm sure each glossy tabloid purchased and hour spent watching E! is killing off brain cells. Am I smiling because I'm paid to smile or because I'm paid so much to smile? (Getty Images) I take some comfort in the fact that I am not alone and, like most of you who check in here each day, I do try to keep my appetite for celebrity news in its proper place. I walk my dog, pet my cat, pay bills, exercise, hang out with the husband and read most of the paper each day (note: all of these -- except dog-walking -- can be done while watching E!)....

By Liz Kelly  | May 25, 2006; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Morning Mix: Cate Blanchett Cast as Bob Dylan

Headlines: Cate Blanchett to play Bob Dylan in new biopic... Katie Holmes and baby Suri fly to Ohio to meet grandparents... Janet Jackson says she gained weight (now lost again) for passed up acting role (Mariah Carey, who recently told People she's on a strict fish and soup diet, got the job) ... Mischa Barton planning a move to London... Victoria Principal ("Dallas") splits from plastic surgeon husband... 50 Cent gets free manicure at Cannes... John Lennon letter sells for $22,000... Meryl Streep to narrate childrens' classics for Starbucks... Howard Stern settles contract dispute with CBS... Hasbro ditches plans for line of Pussycat Doll dolls... Rapper The Game arrested on weapons charges... Joan Baez joins tree-top protest to save community garden. American Idol Redux: I am probably one of the few people in the country who did not watch this season of "American Idol", though I can flub my way...

By Liz Kelly  | May 25, 2006; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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How to Curse Your Celebrity Child

Two things were made clear to me in the last several hours. 1. Geri Halliwell wasn't called "Smart" Spice or even "Appropriate" Spice and with good reason. 2. Distracted by Brangelina and their rumored intention to name their baby "Africa," we lent our help to the wrong bundle of joy. Geri Halliwell, aka "Tasteless" Spice. (AP) But how were we to know about the horror that was unfolding halfway around the world? In the recent crush of celebrity gestations and spawnings, you might have missed the fact that a B-level pop singer who wasn't lucky enough to marry a soccer star star footballer was expecting: Yes, the afore-mentioned Halliwell, aka "Ginger" Spice. Halliwell's child, a baby girl, was born May 14 in London. And with an over-the-top disregard for all that is right and good in this world, she's topped a very able entry from Gwyneth Paltrow (Apple) when it...

By Liz Kelly  | May 24, 2006; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Morning Mix: Richie, Goldstein Split Again

Headlines: Nicole Richie and former fiance Adam (DJ AM) Goldstein confirm they've split again... Brad Pitt e-mails his regrets to Cannes Film Festival, says baby's arrival imminent; Jolie's brother flies to Namibia... Fran Drescher ("The Nanny") says she'd like to run for a Senate or House seat... Willie Nelson says he uses marijuana to aid songwriting... Rumor Mill: No pre-nup for Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban... Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn keep their distance at movie premiere... Beyonce anxious to gain back the weight she lost for "Dreamgirls"... Owen Wilson bounced out of Austin Whole Foods for bare feet... Did Tom Hanks use a hair-growth drug for his "Da Vinci" locks?...

By Liz Kelly  | May 24, 2006; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dixie Chicks: Finally In Tune With the Times

(AP/Time Magazine) Remember the Dixie Chicks? They were rising meteorically in the world of country music until one fateful day in 2003 when Natalie Maines, one-third of the female trio, made an anti-Bush statement (To wit: she said she was "ashamed" that the President was from her homestate of Texas) and became an enemy of the state. The band was summarily boycotted, threatened with physical harm, labeled as terrorist sympathizers and pretty much disappeared from the country landscape even though Maines later apologized for her remark. One could almost dismiss the Dixie Chicks as a post-9/11 era lesson learned: You're either with Bush or against him; Don't mess with Texas; "Mission Accomplished"; etc. Not so fast, though. The band has continued to tour and record and, in a new Time Magazine article, Maines takes back her apology and adds that she thinks President Bush isn't "owed any respect whatsoever."...

By Liz Kelly  | May 23, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Madonna Criticized for Concert Crucifixion

Headlines: Catholic League blasts Madonna for concert crucifixion... Prince voted "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" in PETA poll... Keith Richards to return to Rolling Stones tour next month... Paris Hilton delays release of her debut album... Bette Midler to perform "Wind Beneath My Wings" at Kidman-Urban wedding... Jack Black and wife Tanya Haden expecting baby boy (Jack White and his wife, model Karen Elson, welcomed a son earlier this month)... 50 Cent named songwriter of the year... Elton John says all photographers "should be shot"... "Lost's" Rodriguez sentenced to 60 days in jail for violating probation... Michelle Williams' father in federal custody on tax evasion charges... Sandra Bullock wants stay-away order extended against alleged stalker... Man arrested for trying to extort $9 million from Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (he claimed he was Edmonds' illegitimate son)....

By Liz Kelly  | May 23, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brangelina Baby Name Game: The Results

On Friday, I asked you for baby name possibilities for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to consider for their soon-to-arrive love child. Rumor has it that Angelina has already decided on "Africa" for boy or girl, but I thought they might benefit from considering some alternatives. And, apparently, so did you because we received a veritable smorgasbord of monikers, from the ridiculous to the sublime. Some took the task seriously and came up with some lovely options keeping the spirit of an Africa-centric name: "Ananda? Swahili for 'the joy in existence without which life is not worth living.'" -- How about "If we are going with an African theme my vote is for Mufasa." -- Buster "If it is a girl, Selam. It means peace in Ethiopian language Amharic. If it is a boy, Belay It means above all in Ethiopian language Amharic." -- Addis Some were practical and succinct:...

By Liz Kelly  | May 22, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Axl, Hilfiger Scuffle at New York Club

Headlines: Axl Rose, Tommy Hilfiger scuffle at Bizarro World Manhattan club... Oprah to write book about weight struggles... Halle Berry accuses interviewer of racism... Beyonce says she lost 20 pounds for "Dreamgirls" role... Photographer arrested for trying to snap pictures of pregnant Angelina Jolie... Madonna dons crown of thorns, crucifies herself in tour opener... J.Lo says seeing happy family man Ben Affleck depresses her... Dixie Chick Natalie Maines says President Bush deserves "no respect at all." Rumor Mill: Nicole Kidman upset at being pushed out of childrens' lives by TomKat... Heather Mills-McCartney says she will donate majority of divorce settlement to charity... Val Kilmer hitches ride to London strip club. Video: Remember last week when we saw still photos of Britney almost dropping baby Sean Preston? Thanks to TMZ, watch the live action version along with Britney's comment about paparazzi: "This is why I need a gun." From Sony, With...

By Liz Kelly  | May 22, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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