Archive: July 2006

Comment Bag: The Sean Preston/Suri Thing? Fake!

Last week was so action packed (Lindsay Lohan's public scolding, Lance Bass comes out, the Passion of Mel Gibson) that I'm tempted to never take another vacation. But that would be silly and Puerto Rico is beckoning a few months hence. Besides, if I hadn't stepped out for a week, you would have never read the superior contributions from last week's cavalcade of substitute bloggers, all of whom hit home runs and kept me tuned in from the outer reaches of the Outer Banks. A round of applause for Frank Thomason, Gene Weingarten, Hal Straus, Michael Corones and Tanya Ballard. Now, on to your questions and comments, which were plentiful, especially in response to Frank Thomason's transcript of a "chat" between Sean Preston Federline and Suri Cruise: That was completely fake. -- Laurie comments on Sean Preston Chats With Suri Very early in the game, Laurie chimed in to clear...

By Liz | July 31, 2006; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

MELtdown: Gibson's Anti-Semitic Tirade

Mel Gibson has officially earned the title Mad Max. His mouth is a registered Lethal Weapon and he'll henceforth move through Hollywood as the Man Without a Face. His career is best-described as Apocalypto. Why am I making free and easy with the movie-title-assisted Gibson bashing? Because Gibson has inserted his foot so firmly in his mouth it may be impossible to dislodge. Following a Friday arrest for allegedly driving drunk in Malibu, Gibson spewed a litany of anti-Semitic remarks -- all of which were duly recorded by sheriff's's deputies and conveniently leaked to gossip site TMZ.com. (TMZ also reports Gibson had been stopped -- and released -- twice for previous driving incidents.) Gibson has issued an apology for his "out of control" behavior. Headlines: Pamela Anderson, Kid Rock marry... Lohan's mom lashes out at movie exec who called Lindsay "unprofessional"... Scientists determine Jennifer Aniston has best legs in Hollywood......

By Liz | July 31, 2006; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (24)

Let Beyonce Have Her Day

Let's admit that this petition movement by so-called "fans" demanding a re-shoot of the "Deja Vu" video is a bit much. I've now decided to jump on the leave-the-video-alone bandwagon with the rest of her true fans. I mean really, cut the sista a break. Let the video run as is! Despite what some folks say, I am digging Beyonce's new single "Deja Vu," the first cut from her soon-to-be released sophomore album entitled B'Day. I admit it's not perfect. The lyrics don't exactly jibe with the title. Per dictionary.com, deja vu means "an impression of having seen or experienced something before" and Beyonce seems to be singing about obsession, "an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone." Yes, people, yes, the "Deja Vu" video may resemble her "Crazy In Love" video and her "Baby Boy" video and pretty much every other video and live performance she's done...

By | July 28, 2006; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (22)

Morning News Mix: Justin Backs Lance

Headlines: Fellow N'Sync-ers Justin Timberlake and Joey Fatone stand behind Lance Bass...Janet Jackson's new video "Call on Me" premieres and some fans are rejecting the offer...Woody Harrelson not charged with a felony for allegedly choking photographer...Fresh Prince's Tatyana Ali releases new single (she had an old single?)...Rosie O'Donnell's first victim, er, guest on "The View" will be Jessica Simpson, who may have switched looks for her pending album's cover...Mo'Nique 180 degrees hot after ousting from airplane...Britney's ex-pool boy says she's a fishwife...Eva Longoria tired of bathing...Sir Charles may shoot for the Alabama governor's seat...Carmen Electra says she was not out kickin' it with Jamie Foxx, whose "Miami Vice" remake debuts today...Barbra Streisand looking jacked up for no good reason...Michael Jordan says baby ain't his and judge agrees...Scarlett Johansson red hot over diva accusations..."America's Next Top Model" writers and producers on strike. Who will save the models? Rumor Mill: Is...

By | July 28, 2006; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (8)

McDreamy's Makeover

© 2006 ABC, Inc. There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who know Patrick Dempsey as the African-anteater-dancing, extra-anchovy-pizza-delivering nerd from his '80s movies, and those who know him as TV's sexy Dr. Derek Shepherd from Grey's Anatomy and other appearances in the aughts. Kids these days (if one can say that at 33) may find it hard to believe that the Patrick some of us remember from "Can't Buy Me Love" and "Loverboy" was ever less than dreamy. Yet the second biggest thing to ever come out of Lewiston, Maine (it will always be tough to supplant Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston, part II) has made a true transformation from totally geek to totally chic. His metamorphosis went slowly; a rather lean '90s (Ava's Magical Adventure and Bloodknot) gave way to a part in "Scream 3" in 2000. His career picked up steam with repeat...

By Michael Corones | July 27, 2006; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Morning Mix: Creepy Shiloh Pitt

Headlines: See a creepy wax rendering of Shiloh Pitt for only $30...Lance Bass is gay (you heard it here last)...DMX won't plea in traffic case....David Hasselhoff officially back on the market...Tori Spelling's inheritance: thanks a million...Audrey Hepburn gown from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" for sale; at expected price it will not Golightly...Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo appear together on TRL...FCC may fine PBS for language used by WWII vets in documentary (please wait as I shove my brain back in my %$#*% head)...Jada Pinkett Smith the latest to see Suri... Rumor Mill: Soon to be single: the wife formerly known as Prince's...Lindsay Lohan won't let a little dehydration ruin a good night out...Zach Braff to star in Fletch prequel; salary may come from the Underhills' tab...Pam Anderson denies owning restaurant in PETA foie gras feud...Pam and Kid Rock to marry again and again and again......

By Michael Corones | July 27, 2006; 8:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Old People Movies: Why Not?

Careful readers of Celebritology may have noticed that its author can be less than completely charitable, at least when it comes to aspiring poets, singers and, frankly, most of you. But even though I sat next to Liz at work for a year, I had no idea how deeply sadistic she was until she insisted that I sub for her today. Liz, you see, knows that I have about as much insight into the world of celebrity as Ralph Nader -- who reminds us in his breezy, non-pedantic way that medical breakthroughs matter more than Madonna. Sure, I read the headlines in the checkout line. But I don't open the magazines. I'm aware that Michael Jackson has developed some irritating habits, but honestly couldn't tell you which country has most recently accepted his visa application. Fine, I thought when I accepted Liz's challenge, all I have to do is flack...

By Hal Straus | July 26, 2006; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Morning Mix: Jeopardy Champ Takes On Trebek

Headlines: $2.5 million winner Ken Jennings knocks game show and its host in a sarcastic "advice" letter (and fails to phrase his putdown in the form of a question)... Nicolas Cage set to play Liberace... Star Trek's Scotty heads back to space... Christie Brinkley's husband 'sorry', 'stupid'... Rumor Mill: Celebritology's Liz Kelly involved with Weingarten?... Jennifer never loved Vince?......

By Hal Straus | July 26, 2006; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gene's Mid-Morning Mix

Headlines: Is Celebritologist Liz Kelly sleeping with me?... Celebritology attempted to reach Liz for comment, but she was on vacation and unavailable... More on this story as it develops... Angelina is leaving Brad for Stan... Justin issues an apology!... Oprah, Ozzie Osbourne and O.J. all begin with O!... Teen idol Marcel Dildorama does not exist yet but will next week... K-Fed, J-Lo, Jay-Z secretly swap hyphens, triggering 100-point drop in Dow; analysts call it a "needed correction"... Was Tony Kornheiser seen stinking drunk, necking with his 17-year-old Filipina nanny at 2 a.m. over Oysters Rockefeller in Red Sage last Friday? Not that I know of... Why, have you heard something?... Kim Jong Il admits he is circumcised... Photos surface of Kelly-Weingarten love tryst... Dr. Dre performs quadruple bypass surgery... "My art is a visual pun," he says, enigmatically... That filthy Snoop Dogg gesture turns out to mean "I respect women...

By Gene Weingarten | July 25, 2006; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Morning Mix: Lionel Richie a 'Basket Case'

Headlines: Lionel Richie says rumors about daughter Nicole have made him a "basket case"... Matthew McConaughey lashes out at paparazzi... Colin Farrell seeks restraining order... "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch sent to federal prison in Oklahoma... Man gets eight months for taping Michael Jackson... Natalie Portman, Kiefer Sutherland, the White Stripes, Gore Vidal and Tom Wolfe among the guest stars for The Simpsons 18th (!) season... Leo DiCaprio comes to the aid of concertgoers... Liz Hurley to hawk Jordache Jeans... Christie Brinkley's hubby Peter Cook has coke-dealing past... Don't blame the booze: David Hasselhoff claims recent troubles the fault of tabloids and "hotel built for short people"... And a long way from "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes," Kurt Russell signs on to a Quentin Tarantino slasher flick... Rumor Mill: Is the Beckham brood coming to America?... Has Carmen Electra moved on to Jamie Foxx?... Wilmer and Scarlett party in the Hamptons......

By Maura McCarthy | July 25, 2006; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sean Preston Chats With Suri

Vacation is all she ever wanted; Vacation, she had to get away... but Liz will be back next week. For now, tune into an exciting episode of “Great Moments in Celebaby Wiretaps.” Thanks to a fortuitous combination of NSA wiretapping and well-timed leaks (thanks Karl!), we were able to get our hands on a transcript of a recent IM chat between Sean Preston Spears-Federline and Suri the Pseudo-Baby. Sean Preston: Yo Suri! Wazzup? Suri: Sean! I'm just chillin' and trying to clear my latest engrams (painful memories). My daddy was dancing around in his underwear and screaming “You're dangerous, Maverick!” into the mirror. Mommy then mistakenly yelled, “Be quiet Dawson!” and it went downhill from there. Sean Preston: At least your dad is in his underwear. My folks walk around the house naked and make up raps like: We're country y'all, and we've hit the wall;Cuz we got no chance,...

By | July 24, 2006; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Morning Mix: The Donald Piles On

Headlines: Donald Trump lectures Britney (for added fun, read the kiss-up comments to “Mr Trump”. My favorite: “I guess I'm the only one here that's willing to be honest with the formidable Mr. Trump...“).... Tina Fey and Ratchel Dratch are leaving SNL... Luke Wilson is having more luck following his brother than this guy did... Colin Farrell is irresistable.... Nissan hits the brakes on Kim Cattrall ad... Elizabeth Hurley to marry beau of 3 ½ years... Steely Dan claims “Dupree” was their idea (and they're admitting it?).... Matthew McConaughey sells his corvette for a cause... Paris doesn't like skinny women... No pre-boarding allowed for Snakes on a Plane... 100,000 folks attend Comic-Con... Pavarotti is home from the hospital.... Scully has something growing inside her... Janet dances around questions... American Idols to perform at White House... Ani DiFranco is preggo... Los Lonely Boy's “assault” was really a celebration...What happened to Paula...

By | July 24, 2006; 8:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Essential Celebritology Vacation Reads

Next week, I'll be spending a week at the beach on a self-imposed break from blogging and all current celeb news. We all have to detox, ya know? Five guest bloggers will take turns subbing for me each day of next week. Play nice, they are all fabulous, savvy Celebritologists. (Truth be told, one or two might not harbor the same zeal for the world of celebs, but it can't hurt to look at this menagerie from a different angle. Just smile, nod and know that person will be gone the next day.) Still, I can't be expected to go cold turkey, so I've gathered a few books (and the makings of a pitcher of Mojitos) to take along to occupy the long hours on the sand, near the pool, on the chaise longue. My picks are below. I haven't read them yet, but please share your recommendations for new...

By Liz | July 21, 2006; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Morning Mix: Fans Petition Beyonce to Re-Shoot Video

Headlines: Fans petition Beyoncé to reshoot "Deja Vu" video... K-Fed hopes to prove himself at Teen Choice Awards... Colin Farrell confronted by woman on "Tonight Show"... Paris Hilton's album set for late August release... Haley Joel Osment in good condition after car crash. Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan's Blackberry hacked, points finger at Paris Hilton... Naomi Campbell reportedly arrested after causing disturbance in London... Is Tori Spelling pregnant?... Nicole Richie faints in boutique... Sean Bean and girlfriend fight at Los Angeles hotel... Jude Law and Sienna Miller back together?... OutKast says "No" to Oprah appearance... Heath Ledger may play Joker in next Batman movie... Mischa Barton to join "Desperate Housewives"? Comic-Con: Keep up with all of the latest news coming out of the annual comics convention with this great LA Times blog. Smart Celeb of the Week: Julia Roberts, who is the new pitchwoman for an alternative fuel. Stupid Celeb of...

By Liz | July 21, 2006; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Message From You, Britney

Jack Handey Britney Spears. (AP) Britney Spears has done it again, made contact with us via her Web site. This time in the form of a snippet of poetry and her thoughts on wildlife. The short posting has all the nuance of a high school journal entry, reeking of that teen spirit that informed attempts to assert angst-ridden creative individuality (you remember, it preceded the attendant writer's remorse, humiliation and destruction of said journal). It's a pitiful little piece of work. My 14-year-old niece could do better than this while battling a summer cold and text messaging three friends simultaneously. If we factor in Britney's other recent gaffes, like a somewhat disjointed interview with Matt Lauer, an abrupt switch to the dark side and a Demi-copying nude magazine cover, one is forced to wonder -- where is Britney's publicist/manager and why isn't this person doing his job? Still, in...

By Liz | July 20, 2006; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Paris Hilton: 'I Like to Pretend I'm Stupid'

Headlines: Paris Hilton says she just pretends she's stupid; plans to one-up sister Nicky with her own line of hotels... Maddox Jolie-Pitt tops list of Cutest Hollywood Kids... Timberlake tells magazine he was "infatuated" with Britney; says iPods are too much work... Jessica Biel's charity auction date raises $30,000... Kate Hudson wins libel case against tabloid that said she had an eating disorder... Dave Navarro discusses split with Electra on his blog... Fred Durst announces upcoming wedding on MySpace... Brigitte Bardot "ashamed to be French"... Ex-Village People cop faces jail sentence... Yes, this is Ashlee Simpson... Stars in Cars: Arkansas to pardon Keith Richards for 31-year-old traffic violation... Mindy McCready found not guilty in DUI trial... Daniel Baldwin crashes Thunderbird into two parked cars... Rumor Mill: Bobby Brown denies split with Whitney Houston (and that he was looking for a "new tenderoni")... Britney Spears holing up in Beverly Hills hotel;...

By Liz | July 20, 2006; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (17)

Who's in Your Backseat?

As we continue the documentation of bizarre celebrity superlatives, this one certainly deserves a mention: Hollywood "It" duo Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently topped an poll asking participants to name who they'd most like as "cycle pillion passengers." Come again? pil·lion (pil'yen) n. 1. A pad or cushion for an extra rider behind the saddle on a horse or motorcycle. -- American Heritage Dictionary Oh. The criteria for a desirable passenger aren't enumerated (Relative weight? Groping potential? Likelihood for stalkerazzi chase? Has own helmet? New parent?), but Brangelina apparently beat out several other celebs, including Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, David Beckham, Robbie Williams and Johnny Depp. The survey, conducted by the U.K's Motorcycle Industry Association, coincides with the group's "National Motorcycle Week" campaign, which they hope will raise awareness about motorcycle safety. A word to the wise: Riding a motorcycle with Brad Pitt on the back could quite possibly...

By Liz | July 19, 2006; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Morning Mix: Anderson to Marry Kid Rock

Headlines: Pam Anderson and Kid Rock to marry... Tabloid retracts Britney/K-Fed divorce stories... "Bridget Jones" author Helen Fielding has baby... Teen details alleged affair with Christie Brinkley's husband... John Cusack gets restraining order against alleged stalker... Matthew McConaughey auctions car for charity... Gene Simmons reality show to debut Aug. 7... Fans to create new Janet Jackson album covers... Macaulay Culkin flees Israel, star chef Anthony Bourdain stuck in Lebanon. Rumor Mill: TomKat friend Leah Remini says she's seen Suri (build your own TomKitten here)... Jack Nicholson and Lara Flynn Boyle back together?... Lindsay Lohan says she looks like Marilyn Monroe. Must Read: Brad Pitt, Forcing Us to Volunteer (Post, July 19): If Brad Pitt were having the standard response to fatherhood, then he would be playing Superman in "Superman Returns," for $22 million minimum and a percentage on the back end, not being Superman, not handing out $2 million to...

By Liz | July 19, 2006; 8:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dear Jen: Admit It Already

Jen and her "great" friend Vince. (AP) Dear Jen, As my readers know, it's been some time since I've resorted to composing a public letter to a celebrity. It's kind of a contrived, goofy format and not nearly as funny or informative as I had hoped. Still, I think it's the best method of delivering for the following plea. Stop playing dumb. Maybe it worked for Rachel, but not for you, baby. Since this letter is public, I'll just include what it is you've done to force me into writing this missive: In an interview Monday on British TV, you again refused to directly characterize your relationship with "Break-Up" co-star Vince Vaughn. When asked, you went so far as to flippantly reply "Where did you hear that?" and praise him using three consecutive "greats": "Listen, he's a great man, he's a great friend, he's a great actor and so...

By Liz | July 18, 2006; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (52)

Morning Mix: Carmen Electra, Dave Navarro Split

Headlines: Carmen Electra, Dave Navarro splitting... K-Fed booked for live performance at Teen Choice Awards... Kellie Pickler lands record deal... Michelle Pfeiffer signs on to "Hairspray" remake (any more "Grease" franchise alums wanna step up?)... Mike Hammer scribe Mickey Spillane dies... Assault charges against Eminem dropped... Michael Jackson's pet name for Macaulay Culkin: Doo Doo Head... What is up with Carson Daly? Rumor Mill: Rampaging supermodel Naomi Campbell trashes boyfriend's yacht... Teen may sue Christie Brinkley's estranged husband... Nicole Kidman denies pregnancy rumors... Paris Hilton likens herself to Princess Diana; reignites feud with Lindsay Lohan... Tori Spelling to join Usher in "Chicago"?... Nelly Furtado discusses her attraction to women... Paul McCartney hires top divorce lawyer... Rod Stewart spends £6,000 a year on his hair... Dan Quayle walks out of John Mellencamp performance. Video: A Syd Barrett-fronted Pink Floyd performs "Astronomy Domine" in 1967. (via Papermag)...

By Liz | July 18, 2006; 8:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Oprah: I'm Not Gay

Winfrey and King. (AP) Oprah Winfrey and best friend Gayle King address rumors about their close relationship in the August issue of O Magazine, denying they are gay: "I understand why people think we're gay," Winfrey says. "There isn't a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it -- how can you be this close without it being sexual?" King goes on to say that they would not hide a gay relationship if one existed. One more mystery solved. No word yet on why Winfrey keeps foisting King on a public that clearly ain't interested....

By Liz | July 17, 2006; 2:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Comment Box: Not Wussy Enough by Half

The response to Blender magazine's list of "Wussiest Rock Acts" and "Wussiest Songs" -- linked to here last Friday -- inspired a quick and heated reaction from perceptive Celebritology readers, who clearly know wuss rock when they see it and they did not see it reflected in Blender's list: "...Peter Frampton anyone? The Sgt. Pepper movie should have convinced everyone, including Peter himself that he's a wuss And what about the BeeGees?? I don't consider them "rockers" but they seem to... so I think it's perfectly fair to put them at the top of list (actually, perhaps the whole cast of the Sgt. Pepper movie should just be #1)?" -- BB Not only did they leave off Michael Bolton, they left off Kenny G and Barry Manilow (Mannillow?). How can 'Mandy' not be the wussiest song. -- Tiff "What? A list of all-time wuss rockers that doesn't even INCLUDE Journey?...

By Liz | July 17, 2006; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (8)

Morning Mix: Aniston Hints at 'Friends' Reunion

Headlines: Jennifer Aniston hints at "Friends" reunion... Denise Richards extends Charlie Sheen restraining order, sells home near former friend Heather Locklear's... Justin Timberlake discusses drug use, Britney... Jessica Biel auctions date with herself... Everyone wins loses wins in latest Michael Jackson case. Rumor Mill: Eminem accused of assaulting man in strip club... Tom Cruise sends private jet to pick up groceries... Avril Lavigne marries Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley... Eddie Murphy marrying Spice Girl Mel B?... Marilyn Manson says no to "Osbourne-ish" reality show... Daniel Craig signs on for second Bond film. Lindsay Says: "Do you freak when you break out overnight?" Thus begins the new LL Proactiv commercial. Happy birthday to... David Hasselhoff (1952)....

By Liz | July 17, 2006; 8:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bikini Tips, Wuss Rock and Harry Dean Stanton

It's a muggy Friday in mid-July and a bit of a hush has come over the world of celebrities as they withdraw to pricey enclaves to lounge poolside, hide from the paparazzi, writhe on the sand, get in a little face time with loved ones and bond with same-sex friends. Bikini ready Liz Hurley. (Getty Images) Still, it's never too hot for a trio of celebrity-centric items to set the tone for the weekend. Today's first item comes to us from one-time Powers girl Elizabeth Hurley, who recently launched her own line of swimsuits. Liz Hurley's Bikini Tips (Courtesy Sky Showbiz) 1. Choose the best shape: "There's a lid for every pot, as my grandmother says, " advises Hurley. "Almost everyone looks better with a slightly high-cut leg... Bandeau tops look great on most small busts whereas adjustable straps, often a halter neck, are better for bigger busts." 2. Prepare...

By Liz | July 14, 2006; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (27)

Morning Mix: K-Fed Paid to Party

Headlines: K-Fed paid $20,000 a pop to attend parties... Another former employee accuses Naomi Campbell of abuse... Biographer readies tell-all Tom Cruise book... Usher to make Broadway debut in "Chicago"... Magazine names Ed McMahon top sidekick... Mr. T swears off gold after witnessing Katrina destruction... The Who plans first major tour in decades... Henry Winkler planning "Charlie's Angels" (the originals) reunion special... Is Chevy Chase warping his daughter?... Jackie Chan apologizes for drunken concert interruption... Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) says hypnotherapy helped her kick crystal meth... Pete Doherty hopes implant will help kick his drug habit. Rumor Mill: Katie Holmes' parents won't attend wedding... Britney and K-Fed planning to renew wedding vows... Lohan denies picking fight with Jessica Simpson... Paris Hilton disses her friends yet again... Jim Carrey, Jenny McCarthy planning to elope? Brangelina Watch: NBC's Ann Curry (who scored the only American press interview with Angelina Jolie in Namibia)...

By Liz | July 14, 2006; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (7)

The Unsinkable 'Simple Life'

What kind of cruel trick are you playing on me? Is it that you're trying to slowly drive me insane and fill me with self-doubt? You know who you are and you know what I'm talking about. For those of you out there who are blameless, though, I'll explain: As reported yesterday, E! picked up "The Simple Life" for yet another season. Record ratings, they said. Feh. My initial nausea subsided quickly enough, but a lingering unease about this revelation continued to grow over the past 24 hours and I have only now figured out why. (I mean beyond the fact that this faked "reality" show features the dunderheaded exploits of two vacant rich kids who purport to hate each other ever existed in the first place.) Simpletons Richie and Hilton. (AP) When I wrote about Paris and Nicole and their inane little show last month, I had almost unanimous...

By Liz | July 13, 2006; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (15)

Morning Mix: Son Urinates on Michael Douglas

Headlines: Son urinates on Michael Douglas after jellyfish attack... Renowned wit Lindsay Lohan says redheads have more fun; should've stopped before she added "I think I'm more sexual than my friends."... Michael Jackson's ex-wife sues over divorce payment... Angelina Jolie to play widow of slain journalist in upcoming film... Kate Hudson says she's OK with hubby's porn habit... Talk show host Montel Williams engaged... "Sopranos" return bumped from January to March 2007. Rumor Mill: Britney and K-Fed reportedly seeing marriage counselor; K-Fed planning duet with ex Shar Jackson?... Wedding next for Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake? Suri Watch: TMZ.com crafts an edifying TomKat/Suri Conspiracy Timeline. Katie denies she's pregnant again. Must Watch: Hope Is Emo (from MadTV's Crista Flanagan) Happy Birthday to... Cheech Marin (1946), Harrison Ford (1942)....

By Liz | July 13, 2006; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

A Communal '80s Mix Tape

Was "Billie Jean" the greatest song released in the '80s? Run DMC's "Raising Hell". (Courtesy of Arista Records) According to British magazine Q it is, but we know better: that you can't really choose one best '80s song because there were so many. Hence the recent uptick in '80s oldies stations, the bulk of VH1 Classic's programming and revival bands like D.C.'s fabulous Legwarmers. Although Q listed its version of a top five list, why stop there? Use the comments area to add your own top five or 10 '80s songs. By the end of the day we should have the makings of a great iTunes playlist (or "mix tape" to stick to the '80s vernacular), suitable for mid-summer hi-fi blasting. Q's Top Five: 1. "Billie Jean" (Michael Jackson) 2. "Blue Monday" (New Order) 3. "Kiss" (Prince) 4. "Walk This Way" (Aerosmith/Run DMC) 5. "Sweet Child O' Mine" (Guns n'...

By Liz | July 12, 2006; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (135)

Morning Mix: Holmes Says Suri's 'Doing Great'

Headlines: Katie Holmes tells Us magazine "Suri's doing great!" (Holmes spotted in Telluride sans bebe)... Lindsay Lohan dating Hard Rock heir; plans to release photo book... Keira Knightley's barefoot adventures... E! orders new season of Hilton & Richie's "Simple Life" (noooo, make it go away)... "Uptown Girl" Christie Brinkley splits with fourth husband... "Real World's" Paula Ann Meronek arrested for battering boyfriend... Star Jones Reynolds weighing options for the future... Snoop Dogg's new album to drop (it like it's hot) in October... Sean Lennon prepping first album in eight years... Prince abruptly shuts down official Web site... Censored segment restored to Scientology-spoofing "South Park"; episode will re-air July 19... R.I.P. Syd Barrett. Rumor Mill: Paris Hilton says she's giving up sex for a year (she once gave up on the dream of being a veterinarian, too)... Drunken Jackie Chan disrupts concert...Kelly Clarkson denies she was pressured to lose weight. Potential...

By Liz | July 12, 2006; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

What's Left of Nick Lachey?

It might shock you to read this, but I want Nick Lachey to succeed. I like him. Sir, slowly step away from the microphone. (AP) Just one problem: Nick released this new album that despite sucking out loud has landed in a pretty respectable position on the Billboard chart, which could give him some kind of misapprehension that he should continue with this music stuff. A visit to his beefcake-ified Web site is cringe inducing. What's with the Mad Max meets boot camp in an RV motif? Oof. The first single off the new album was the obligatory overt reference to his failed marriage. It's what he knows, so who can blame him? But he's unwisely releasing cheesy videos, making Today Show concert appearances and now planning a tour: "These shows will be performed in a series of smaller theaters, allowing intimate concerts with fans," the record label said in...

By Liz | July 11, 2006; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (22)

Morning Mix: Eddie Murphy Dating Scary Spice?

Headlines: "Idol" rocker Chris Daughtry signs record deal... Angelina Jolie to portray Kung Fu Tigress... Lindsay Lohan latest celeb to endorse acne medication... Mickey Rourke admits to cutting off own finger... LeAnn Rimes to have surgery for leg infection... Elizabeth Taylor says she enjoys food too much, dresses to impress men... Coming soon to a theater near you: Burger King, the Movie... "Rocky Balboa" trailer now online. Rumor Mill: Eddie Murphy dating Scary Spice?... Paris Hilton calls Nicole Richie a "snob"... Michael Jackson reportedly attempted to adopt two Brazilian babies... Russell Crowe drives into concrete pylon outside hospital... Natalie Portman may play Indiana Jones' daughter. Suri Watch: Scientology may be keeping baby out of public eye. Tom Cruise also increasingly influenced by beliefs: "While on his worldwide promotion of 'Mission Impossible III,' I am told, his behavior was, in a word, paranoid," says Ross. "He was obsessed about the purity...

By Liz | July 11, 2006; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Comment Box: Why Is Taylor Hicks Famous?

Welcome to midsummer (when we carefully protect our computers from splashy pools and strong mojitos) and another week of Celebrity scrutiny. Is this man in pain or just famous? (AP) Could somebody please explain to me why Taylor Hicks is famous? He has no visible talent whatsoever. It appears to be yet another twist on the tale of the Emperor's New Clothes. Ergo, he was deemed "talented" by a "talent jury" on TV. Yet he has not talent! -- Stars in My Eyes comments on Morning Mix: Independence Eve Edition Not so fast. I wouldn't label Taylor Hicks famous just yet. As the latest "Idol" winner, he's benefited from the attendant buzz, but remember that there are different levels of fame -- much like the ever-worsening rings of hell in Dante's "Inferno." At the moment, Hicks is still in one of the lesser rings reserved for doughy Joe Cocker rip-offs...

By Liz | July 10, 2006; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (18)

Morning Mix: Paris Admits 'Simple Life' Faked

Headlines: Paris Hilton says "Simple Life" is fake; the real Paris admits to being anti-fur vegetarian... Brigitte Nielson marries fifth husband... Petra Nemkova confirms she's dating James Blunt... Is Kate Bosworth too thin? Rumor Mill: Copy of Suri Cruise birth certificate posted online... Lindsay Lohan dating British actor Rhys Ifans?... Keira Knightley taking a break from films... Kate Moss's earnings soar after cocaine incident... Madonna planning bondage act with Jessica Simpson, Lindsay Lohan for MTV Awards show... Ron Howard throws family honeymoon after daughter's wedding. Happy Birthday to... Jessica Simpson (1980) and Ronnie James Dio (1942). Any chance of a birthday duet?...

By Liz | July 10, 2006; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

Hollywood Mysteries: Where's Suri?

A few puzzlers to ponder until "Entourage" airs on Sunday night. Mystery No. 1: Where's Suri? Eighty days have passed without a glimpse of TomKat spawn Suri, who may at this moment be communing with Xenu to plot the total eradication of journalists and the re-release of John Travolta's Scientology-fi epic "Battlefield Earth." Either that or she's up to the normal 80-day-old routine of drooling, pooping and eating mashed peas. Needless to say, this massive delay in introducing Suri to the world can only mean one thing: that she is in fact an alien and will pass her larval (OR PUPAL) stage in seclusion, emerging next summer when daddy's next movie is in need of a little PR boost. I'm kidding. Really. Obviously, the delay is easily explained -- mom and dad either want more cash for the first pix or they are commendably sheltering their wee one from the...

By Liz | July 7, 2006; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (12)

Morning Mix: Shannen Doherty to Co-Host 'The View'

Headlines: Look out ladies: Shannen Doherty to fill in as "View" co-host... Russell Crowe and wife welcome second son, Tennyson Spencer Crowe... Kidman and Urban back in Nashville for Independence Day... Sheryl Crow says she still loves Lance Armstrong... Justin Timberlake describes new single as "Bowie and David Byrne covering James Brown's 'Sex Machine'"... Robert Downey Jr. inks deal to write memoir... Small blaze scorches Ozzy Osbourne's English mansion... Pavarotti recovering from cancer surgery... Rumor Mill: Paris says she's paid to party (isn't there a word for that?)... Lindsay Lohan given Kabbalah name: Rose... Heather Locklear covers up "Richie" tattoo... Pamela Anderson back with sometime boyfriend Kid Rock?... Kelly Clarkson asked to drop a few pounds before endorsing product. Smart Celeb of the Week: Kudos to the other Hilton sister, Nicky, who plans to launch her own line of hotels. The boutique digs, called "Nicky O", will debut in Miami...

By Liz | July 7, 2006; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (7)

Celebritology 101: Mariah's Purple Passion

Celebritology 101: Mariah's Purple Passion Listen up, here's another for lesson Celebritology 101's growing syllabus: Do not look to the stars for advice or guidance on politics, diet, exercise, money management, driving or realistic aging. Mariah Carey before embarking on her purple foods regimen. (Getty Images) Although some undoubtedly live sensible, exemplary lives (the ones you don't hear much about outside of press junkets), you can never be sure when a seemingly level-headed personality will detour into the land of the absurd. Absurdity can take the form of sitting in a tree for extended periods of time, penning self-help books, acting as one's own stylist and, as you'll read below, dispensing illogical dietary advice. Mariah Carey, long considered a wit of some reknown acclaimed the world over for her demure outfits and scholarly bearing, has shaken my faith in her "smarts" by declaring that henceforth she will only eat purple...

By Liz | July 6, 2006; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (9)

Morning Mix: Swank Discusses Lowe's Drug Problems

Headlines: Hilary Swank says soon-to-be-ex Chad Lowe abused drugs... Ashley Judd discusses treatment for depression... K-Fed says his "Popozao" music debut was a joke (I'll say)... "American Idol" tour starts without Katharine McPhee... Catcher gave away Nicole Kidman's wedding bouquet... Alexis Bledel ("Gilmore Girls"), boyfriend split... "Sopranos" stars reach deals for final season... Tom Waits plans rare U.S. tour for August... Eminem selling t-shirts, posters to raise money for slain friend Proof's kids. Rumor Mill: Publicist denies Britney and K-Fed's return to reality TV... Nicole Richie dating Jeff Goldblum (yes, that Jeff Goldblum)?... Wilmer Valderrama and Scarlett Johansson spotted cavorting in the Hamptons... Madonna planning to adopt a baby?... Ashlee Simpson to be face of new Victoria's Secret line... Spelling mansion quietly placed on the market. Hasselhoff-the-Hook: What is going on with David Hasselhoff? Last week, the former "Baywatch" star underwent emergency surgery after accidentally severing a tendon in his...

By Liz | July 6, 2006; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (4)

It's Official: Paris Hilton Most Over-Hyped Celeb

The votes have been counted and -- minus complications from pesky Diebold voting machines, hanging chads and unpredictable Academy members -- we can safely declare the winners of the inaugural edition of the annual Celebritology Honors (aka The Lizzies). Let's bypass the tedium of an intro montage featuring Billy Crystal and a green screen and get right to the winners, who will be faxed a printout of this page suitable for framing! (Reuters) Celebrity Most Likely to be Insignificant if it Weren't for the Paparazzi and Celebrity Tabloids/Blogs The nominees: Kevin Federline, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan, Janice Dickinson, Taylor Hicks And the Lizzie goes to... Paris Hilton. Paris couldn't be here to accept this award so I'll just congratulate her on her talent for staying in the news while doing approximately nothing. The unprecedented interest in her social life, catfights with equally the vapid Nicole Richie and Lindsay...

By Liz | July 5, 2006; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (15)

Morning Mix: Keith Richards to Play Depp's Dad

Headlines: Jennifer Aniston named no. 1 "All American" star... Keith Richards to play Johnny Depp's dad in next "Pirates" movie... Barry Gibb buys Johnny Cash's Tennessee home... D-Lister Kathy Griffin splits from stealing husband... Brigitte Nielson to marry fifth husband (and it's not Flavor Flav)... Erik Estrada coaching Wilmer Valderrama for "CHiPs" remake... Keira Knightley says she's not anorexic... Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn and other stars will join Cindy Sheehan in "rolling" fast to protest war... Lil' Kim released from federal prison... R&B producer Dallas Austin pardoned on Dubai drug charges... Rumor Mill: Privacy starved Britney Spears signs up for second season of reality show... Vaughniston wedding rumors pick up steam again... Lindsay Lohan celebrates 20th birthday at $100K tabloid-sponsored party with Courtney Love, Jeremy Piven, Woody Harrelson... Publicists jockeying to lift Britney Spears out of "PR meltdown" (first rule: no reality TV)... Baby Kingston Rossdale (son of Gavin Rossdale...

By Liz | July 5, 2006; 8:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Morning Mix: Independence Eve Edition

When I saw the items below I just couldn't bear to send you off to your 4th of July cookouts unprepared. Headlines: Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey officially divorced... Brandy to temporarily take over Star Jones Reynolds spot on "The View"... Film critic Roger Ebert in stable condition after cancer surgery. Rumor Mill: "Prairie Home Companion" star Woody Harrelson accused of "choking" photographer. Born on the Third of July: Happy birthday to Tom Cruise, who celebrates his 44th human birthday today... and to Lindsay Lohan, who turned all of 20 yesterday (Next year we can all chip in and send her a case of Cristal. You know, for when she starts drinking). 8-1/2 Mile: An extremely slick mash-up in which the masher uppers imagine what a Fellini film with soundtrack by Eminem would look (and sound) like. Celebritology Honors: Voting closes at midnight. Winners announced Wednesday....

By Liz | July 3, 2006; 8:44 AM ET | Comments (3)

 
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