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Celebritology 2.0: September 17, 2006 - September 23, 2006

Friday List: TV Casualties

Ah, fall. Suddenly the world -- at least within a two-mile radius of D.C. -- has gone all cool air, pumpkins, mums and new TV season debuts. The husband and I have been feverishly rearranging our lives -- and DVR -- to handle a whole new schedule. Already, we have some good ("The Simpsons," "COPS"), some bad ("Men in Trees") and some ugly ("Survivor"), but we're still awaiting a few yet to debut. Since it's Friday, I thought TV proclivities might make for a great Friday list. Specifically, TV casualties of two kinds: 1. No matter how many of us profess a desire to curb our TV habit, most tend to sacrifice at least some small part of our lives to at least one show -- be it sitcom, Adult Swim or Stephen Colbert. Hence, we are TV casualties. 2. The other variety of TV casualty: the quality entertaining show...

By Liz Kelly  | September 22, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
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Sandra Bullock Sues Over Stalker

Headlines: Madonna defends concert crucifixion... Death certificate issued for Daniel Smith... Whitney Houston planning comeback album... Rachael Ray to release "soundtracks"... Singer Don Ho recovering after pacemaker surgery... Sandra Bullock sues Tennessee Agency over stalker... Seth Meyers tapped to co-anchor "SNL's" "Weekend Update"... Thailand coup interrupts filming of Nicolas Cage movie... Art broker suing rocker Axl Rose... Lou Diamond Phillips charged with domestic battery... Supernova band name dispute settled... Video: Lindsay Lohan karate kicks her way across empty parking lot. Rumor Mill: Michael Jackson planning lebrechaun theme park?... Are Denise and Richie engaged?... Jessica Simpson planning chain of "Daisy Duke" barbecue restaurants?... Katie Holmes to play pal Victoria Beckham on film?... Russell Crowe to play Steve Irwin?... Paris Hilton spotted partying with Harry Morton (as in La Lohan's property)....

By Liz Kelly  | September 22, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Maxim Gets Ugly

Maxim's no. 3, Tina Fey. (Paramount Pictures) From time to time, something comes to my attention that causes even me to shudder involuntarily. That happened today when I received a press release about Maxim's list of the 10 LEAST appealing women, excuse me -- "ladies" -- ever to appear on television. This is Maxim magazine -- known for its bodacious cover girls, scant articles and undisguised randiness -- so yet another list of women ranked by their looks isn't much of a surprise. The surprising part is who is actually on the list, which must not be targeted at Maxim's core demographic of misogynistic recliner jockeys. From the press release: "If you're looking for Rosie O'Donnell on this list, think again (just too obvious)." Gee, that's clever. I'm not exactly on the same wavelength as the Maxim staff, but given the above statement, I can only conclude that they...

By Liz Kelly  | September 21, 2006; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (181)
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Diaz Accuses Paparazzo of Assualt

Headlines: Cameron Diaz accuses paparazzo of assault (photos)... George Lucas donates $175 million to university... Jolie and Pitt give million dollar gifts to humanitarian organizations... Meanwhile, Paris Hilton gives $100 to homeless guy... Petra Nemcova discusses battle to stay thin... Rupert Everett discusses sperm count, celeb friends... "Renegade" K-Fed models for clothing line... Rappers Three 6 Mafia ("It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp") get own reality show... Matt LeBlanc's divorce finalized... Mitchell, Sanz and Parnell cut from "Saturday Night Live"; Dane Cook to host season premiere... Mel Brooks adapting "Spaceballs" into TV cartoon... Jessica Simpson to star in "Working Girl" remake... Tori Spelling to join "Smallville" cast... Liza Minelli sings on My Chemical Romance track... Walrus makes a phone call (okay, sorry). Rumor Mill: Courtney Love helped Whitney Houston clean up... Toxicology screen turns up no illegal drugs in body of Daniel Smith... Paris Hilton tells LAPD "I'm not...

By Liz Kelly  | September 21, 2006; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Hollywood Mystery: Demi's Disappearing Music Career

Last year, a few soft news items appeared about Demi Moore taking singing lessons to record a track for the upcoming movie, "Bobby," in which she plays songstress Virginia Fallon. Said a source at the time to the New York Post: "She is actually pretty good. Her voice is not bad." Maybe that's because it wasn't her first time behind a microphone. If this Internet evidence is credible, Ms. Moore was once a budding chanteuse herself. Demi with first husband Freddy Moore, circa 1983. (Photo courtesy Demophonic Music) The year was 1982 and one Demetria Gene Guynes was then married to musician Freddy Moore. Although she'd already turned in a few forgettable acting gigs, Demi was hedging her bets. With help from her husband and his band, she recorded five demo songs -- heavy on pop, keyboards and sax reminiscent of Rob Lowe in "St. Elmo's Fire." The scratchy voice...

By Liz Kelly  | September 20, 2006; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Pitt to Take Over 'Mission:Impossible' Franchise?

Headlines: Russell Crowe honors Crocodile Hunter Irwin in recorded tribute... Bobby Brown says he's "saddened" by divorce... Singer Amy Grant gets star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame... Elizabeth Taylor signs auction deal with Christie's... Darryl "DMC" McDaniels honored for foster work... Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams expecting first child... Former "X-Files" star Annabeth Gish pregnant... Sirius denies Howard Stern returning to terrestrial radio... Comedian Tom Green breaks leg skateboarding... Eminem divorce case goes to mediator... George Lucas will lead 2007 Rose Parade... Sugarcubes to reunite for one show... Madonna sports new hairdo. Rumor Mill: Brad Pitt taking over "Mission:Impossible" franchise?... Anna Nicole's reps sold last images of Daniel... Joe Simpson regularly snaps pics of daughters Jessica and Ashlee for wire service... Lindsay Lohan wants to move to London... Keith Richards gives up drugs because they're "too weak."...

By Liz Kelly  | September 20, 2006; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Dr. Phil, Heal Thyself

(CBS) Dear Dr. Phil: I was recently drooling while sifting through entertainment industry press releases when I happened upon this one about season five of "The Dr. Phil Show." I thought it was just more boring hype until I read this quote from you: "My theme this season is 'I'm coming for you.'" Are you serious, man? Not to overanalyze here, but you might want to consider something a little less, er, Freudian before Oprah notices. You'll be out on your butt quicker than you can say "Gayle's second chance." Let's see. Maybe "Going all the way for you" or "Penetrating your paranoia with a man's point of view" would be better? No? Clearly I'm no good at this, but I'm sure you have a whole staff of fresh, young copywriters able to churn out more a appropriate press release. If you ever move the show to late night...

By Liz Kelly  | September 19, 2006; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Morning Mix: Alec Baldwin Defends Scientology

Headlines: Pathologist says Anna Nicole's son on anti-depressants; photojournalist claims he fathered baby; photos of family surface on Internet... Alec Baldwin defends Scientology... Bobby Brown to reunite with New Edition... Willie Nelson cited for marijuana possession... Matt Leblanc to represent himself in divorce case... Scarlett Johansson (and men the world over) happy with curvy figure... Scottish paper apologizes for fake Nicole Kidman quotes... Usher extending "Chicago" run... Actor Mickey Hargitay (Mariska's father) dies at 80... Actor Robert Earl Jones (James' father) dies at 96... Label parts ways with INXS; injury stalls European tour. Rumor Mill: Did Britney have a tummy tuck following birth of baby no. 2?... Aaron Carter engaged to Playboy Playmate?... Paris Hilton denied entry to New York hot spot... Tara Reid has implants reduced... Beckham says wife Victoria is a shopaholic... Author and DJ claim Bob Dylan "borrowed" lyrics from poet... KISS planning yet another farewell tour....

By Liz Kelly  | September 19, 2006; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Comment Box: Mad Matt & Tom Thumb? Nah.

The talented Mr. Damon. (Reuters) Nowhere else to go for this question: Anyone watch Jimmy Kimmel last night and see the bit about Matt Damon storming off the show? I assume that was a joke, but didn't see the original show and it wasn't explained last night. Was it a joke, or was Damon actually p.o.'d at Jimmy for something? (Obviously, I don't watch the show every night.) Anyone? Anyone? -- BA comments on Morning Mix: Madonna Headed to Space? BA, alas I'm also not a regular Kimmel watcher (though I probably should be). I did, however, find this video of the incident and looks to me like Damon was cooperating with a variation on a long-running gag in which Kimmel frequently ends the show saying "apologies to Matt Damon." If Damon had really been mad we all know he woulda clocked Kimmel with an oar, stolen his identity,...

By Liz Kelly  | September 18, 2006; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Report: Lohan Breaks Wrist Partying

Headlines: Lindsay Lohan fractures wrist at fashion week party; reportedly feuds with mom... Coroner performs second autopsy on Anna Nicole's son... Sean Penn scolded for ignoring Toronto no-smoking law... It's official: Sutton Pierce Federline shares same initials as brother Sean Preston... Amanda Peet and fiance expecting first child... Justin Timberlake to produce new Duran Duran songs... Bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman free on $300,000 bail... Keira Knightley voted best starlet of all time in Yahoo poll... Rumor Mill: Victoria Beckham says Tom Cruise calls just to talk about Suri; man arrested for urinating on Cruise estate... Lawyer issues denial in response to "gay" Travolta rumors... Mel Gibson's daughter reportedly weds at his private church... Janet Jackson says she was tricked into using cocaine... Did "Dancing with the Stars" frontrunner Mario Lopez fib about dance training? Bonus: Sneak peek at K-Fed's album cover....

By Liz Kelly  | September 18, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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