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

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 Kelly  | July 14, 2006; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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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 Kelly  | July 14, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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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 Kelly  | July 13, 2006; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Celebrities, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton  
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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 Kelly  | July 13, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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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 Kelly  | July 12, 2006; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
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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 Kelly  | July 12, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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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 Kelly  | July 11, 2006; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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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 Kelly  | July 11, 2006; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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 Kelly  | July 10, 2006; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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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 Kelly  | July 10, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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