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Celebritology 2.0: August 13, 2006 - August 19, 2006

For Bill Shatner, Phasers Set to Roast

William Shatner poses for photographers ahead of his Comedy Central roast. Browse a gallery of the night's attendees. (AP) William Shatner. His very name bespeaks of the past tense of, umm, something bears do in the woods. It suggests that he was once hot something but is now the past tense of that something. True enough, though he has found a post-Trek life on ABC's moderately successful "Boston Legal." It's "Star Trek," though, that made him a cultural icon and, tapping into this, Comedy Central wisely chose him as the latest honoree in their too infrequent roasts (The last roast, of Pam Anderson, is worth catching in re-run). "Star Trek," coincidentally, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. There's no shortage of rich material (expect jokes about Shatner's halting speech, his "music" career, his status as a Trekkie god, his girth) or of quality roasters (Carrie Fisher, Betty White, Nichelle...

By Liz Kelly  | August 18, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Morning Mix: Haley Joel Osment Charged with DUI, Pot Possession

Headlines: Haley Joel Osment charged with DUI, pot possession (official charges)... Mel Gibson takes plea bargain in his DUI case... Anderson, Kid Rock wed again in Tennessee... David Hasselhoff's divorce is official... Christopher Walken to play Travolta's husband in "Hairspray"... Barry Manilow to have hip surgery... Singer Pete Doherty facing new drug charges... Police drop road rage charges against actor Jon Gries ("Napoleon Dynamite's" Uncle Rico)... No more Oscar goodie bags... Photos: Katie Holmes shops Barney's in some massive heels. Rumor Mill: Owen Wilson hires lawyer to combat Hudson romance rumors... Justin Timberlake refuses Lindsay Lohan spot on guestlist... Brad and Angie moving to escape Aniston?... Nick Lachey plans to auction Jessica Simpson keepsakes online... Ann Curry sued by neighbors for noisy home renovations. Video: Tipsy Kelly Clarkson jumps on stage at metal cover show, swigs from the bottle and sings "Sweet Child of Mine." Snakes on a Chat: Actor...

By Liz Kelly  | August 18, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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10 Things You Should Know About 'Snakes on a Plane'

In our lifetimes, an event of epic proportions is about to unfold. It has been foretold. As we speak, pilgrimages are being made to greet its arrival. Although not yet among us, it is already famous and it promises to change the course of... this weekend, if not cinema history. Samuel L. Jackson. Snake. Plane. (Photo courtesy New Line Cinema) I'm talking about "Snakes on a Plane" (SoaP) and, based on the hype surrounding this movie, the above paragraph is an understatement. But. If you're anything like me you have been cautiously monitoring this "SoaP" hullabaloo from afar, casually bemused by the posters, the promise of Samuel L. Jackson portraying yet another bad ass (he's just so good at it) and the prospect of over-the-top fake critter violence not seen since "Anaconda" or "Piranha." But, again, if you're like me, that's where your knowledge ends. Help is at hand. Your...

By Liz Kelly  | August 17, 2006; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Morning Mix: Did Kate Hudson End Marriage for Owen Wilson?

"I'll get up in the middle of the night and I'll get a Hershey's bar, the real big ones, and I'll put it in the microwave and melt it and eat it. It sounds disgusting, but it's so satisfying." -- Britney Spears on her pregnancy diet Headlines: Jennifer Aniston denies engagement to Vaughn... U.K.'s Sun apologizes for Prince Harry groping pix (but apparently, the paper isn't sorry enough to remove them from their Web site)... Travis Barker says he still loves Shanna (even though she egged his manager's car)... Gwyneth Paltrow ready to start acting again... Johnny Depp to star in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd"... Cheech Marin, Lucy Lawless to appear on "Celebrity Duets" show. Rumor Mill: Us Weekly says Kate Hudson's budding relationship with Owen Wilson broke up marriage... Tom Cruise flies Katie's folks to Telluride compound for some bonding (third item, after the ones about Justin Timberlake saying...

By Liz Kelly  | August 17, 2006; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Paris vs. Nicole, Again and Again

Sadly, they even compete for the best sultry over-the-left-shoulder pose. (Photos: Reuters/Getty Images) AOL, long recognized as a purveyor of quality Internet content, has a present for us. Two, in fact. Both Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie are featured in two new debuts over at AOL Music: Nicole's in dad Lionel Richie's video for the new song "I Call It Love" and Paris' album, "Paris", is now available for free streaming in its entirety. Paris' New Tracks | Nicole's Video Debut What timing. It's as if the poor things are in their own velvet-roped circle of hell in which they are doomed to some kind of eternal competition for bad relationships, bad outfits, bad diets and bad press (not necessarily in that order). How do the girls stack up in what has become, yet again, a mano-a-mano contest? My grades are below (Scale of 1 - 10 with 10...

By Liz Kelly  | August 16, 2006; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Morning Mix: Actor Bruno Kirby Dies

Headlines: Actor Bruno Kirby ("When Harry Met Sally," "City Slickers") dies... Guinness names Paris Hilton Most Overrated Person (why does that sound familiar?)... The Barkers Battle on MySpace... Drew Barrymore says she's ready for children... David Copperfield says he's discovered fountain of youth... Ashton Kutcher to produce show for ABC... J.Lo to produce new FX show... Pink shaves her head, kind of... "Raymond's" Brad Garrett, wife separate... Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams salute the paparazzi... "Real World's" Puck welcomes second child, Rocco Kokopelli... Rapper Lil' Wayne arrested in Atlanta. Rumor Mill: Courteney Cox says Aniston is not engaged... Lindsay Lohan says "Sex and the City" inspired her dating philosophy... James Woods (59) breaks up with 20-year-old girlfriend. You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best: Submit your questions early for rock god Gene Simmons who will be answering questions about KISS and his new show, "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," at 3:30...

By Liz Kelly  | August 16, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Why We Should Stop Sizing Up Starlets

Jessica Simpson visits MTV's "Total Request Live" in July. (AP) Some photos of Jessica Simpson have been making the rounds lately accompanied by breathless commentary about how she's packing on the pounds. This photo in particular has at least three blogs I normally read mercilessly proclaiming her chubby and predicting a huge future for the singer, if you get my meaning. I can't say I'm blameless when it comes to making sport of a celebrity's physical appearance, but I think weight is an entirely different issue. One that is likely to inflict damage on the starlet in question and others, such as the scores of adolescent girls who idolize and look to these women for fashion and beauty cues. Lindsay Lohan goes from curvy to skeletal to curvy in the space of a year (Exhibit A | Exhibit B). Nicole Richie and Kate Bosworth are practically non-existent at this...

By Liz Kelly  | August 15, 2006; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Morning Mix: Kate Hudson, Chris Robinson Split

Headlines: Kate Hudson, Chris Robinson separate after six years of marriage... Sigourney Weaver says Mel Gibson is a "decent guy"... AOL streams Paris Hilton's new album online... Lance Bass and Reichen Lehmkul say they're happier than ever... Matt Lauer and wife expecting third child... Linda Rondstadt calls George W. Bush an "idiot"... William Shatner pens new "Star Trek" novel (did someone say William Shatner?)... Sheen, Richards amicably resolve divorce case... Boy George snaps at reporters while on trash duty... Shannen Doherty hangs up on Newsweek... Rumor Mill: Does K-Fed get a stud fee for each kid with Britney?... Diddy refuses to eat from plastic plates at BBC studios... Nick Lachey prefers Satan to ex-father-in-law... Has Jennifer Aniston agreed to "Friends" reunion? Why was Naomi Watts straddling a gargoyle 61 floors above the earth? Dancing with the Stars? Such rich material, so little time... Tucker Carlson, Jerry Springer, Vivica A. Fox,...

By Liz Kelly  | August 15, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Boy George, Garbage Man

Boy George performs his court-ordered community service today in New York City. The singer was sentenced to five days working for the New York Dept. of Sanitation after falsely reporting a burglary at his Manhattan apartment, where police found a quantity of cocaine. (Getty Images)...

By Liz Kelly  | August 14, 2006; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Comment Box: Screech, SPF and Six More Weeks of Celibacy

Happy Monday on an uncharacteristically refreshing August morning in D.C., where we don't flinch when the fighter jets fly over anymore. Whatever happened to Screech's house? Remember the banks were going to foreclose on it, so he went online and sold T-shirts to pay off his debt. So whats the scoop, Liz? -- Pete on Celebrity Head-Scratchers Good question, Pete. Yes, Diamond was all over the place earlier this summer trying to sell his "I gave 15 dollars to help Screech save his house" T-shirts at $15 a pop (or $20 for an autographed shirt). He estimated he would need to sell approximately 30,000 shirts to save his home from foreclosure. He was also offered $1,000 per show by Howard Stern wingman Artie Lange to appear in a stand up show. Though Diamond agreed, he never showed up. We're way past the 30-day deadline now and neither Diamond's official Web...

By Liz Kelly  | August 14, 2006; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Morning Mix: Tom & Katie Comfort Accident Victims

Headlines: Tom and Katie comfort car accident victims... Jennifer Garner collapses on Arizona movie set... K-Fed launches his own record label...William Shatner launches online sci-fi DVD club; will reprise Captain Kirk role in new videogame... Kanye West engaged to longtime girlfriend... Dr. Phil's son marries former Playboy Playmate... Kevin Costner returns to "Field of Dreams"... Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band plays for troops... Keanu Reeves stopped for running red light at LAX... Lou Diamond Phillips arrested for allegedly assaulting girlfriend... Boy George slated to start court-ordered garbage duty today. Rumor Mill: Suri Cruise makes appearance at Pinkett-Smith birthday party... Aniston's publicist punishes "Today" show for engagement rumor... Britney spotted house-shopping in Santa Barbara... Hugh Grant to wed girlfriend Jemima Khan?... Ex-wife claims Sean Connery beat her... Is Pete Doherty selling a heroin implant on eBay?...

By Liz Kelly  | August 14, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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