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Celebritology 2.0: January 21, 2007 - January 27, 2007

Friday List: Picture This

The Brady Bunch -- Alice, Carol, Bobby, Marsha, Peter, Cindy, Mike, Greg, Jan and Cousin Liz. (Photo illustration by Liz Kelly) When I was six I had a serious desire to live with the Brady Bunch. The groovy Brady homestead rocked (I so wanted Greg Brady's teen attic pad with a beaded curtain instead of a real door) and despite some slight intervention from Carol, Mike, and Alice, the Brady household was ruled by a sort of "Lord of the Flies" childhood law. I would be cousin Liz, the cool, accepted seventh Brady -- not a bad-luck magnet like that dorky Cousin Oliver. As a pre-teen, I yearned to attend Eastland Academy with Blair, Tootie, Jo, Natalie and the other girls on "Facts of Life," wear cute uniforms and escape the awkward reality of junior high in Pemberton, N.J. By high school, I was so jonesing to be a...

By Liz Kelly  | January 26, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
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Morning Mix: Kidman in On-set Car Crash

Headlines: Nicole Kidman fine after on-set car crash (video)... Bruce Willis bruised on "Die Hard" set... Miss USA Tara Conner to tell all on "Today"... Gwyneth Paltrow apologizes to kids for not being Britney Spears... In a moment of clarity, Sienna Miller says she's only famous for her romance with Jude Law... Elizabeth Taylor contributes to Hillary Clinton's campaign... Spike Lee directing drama pilot for NBC... Special Olympics praises "American Idol" for equal-opportunity bashing; Season one runner-up Justin Guarini surfaces on "Idol" commentary show... Michael Jackson says he digs Japan enough to charge fans money to meet him... James Brown's children say singer's estate was mismanaged... Muhammad Ali buys home near Louisville... B.B. King hospitalized for undisclosed reasons in Texas. Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan spotted taking another break from rehab... George Clooney and Pamela Anderson? No way... Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson back together?... "Girls Gone Wild" creator tried to...

By Liz Kelly  | January 26, 2007; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Tyra Banks: A Lot to Love

Tyra Banks (right) shakes it for Janet Jackson. (AP) There's so much love floating around this blog lately, I'm starting to feel like a Care Bear (this one, actually). Yesterday I gushed about Mark Wahlberg and today I can't seem to stop myself from praising Tyra Banks, who in defiance of her kooky/corny talk show persona, went and said something sensible. Here's what Banks did to deserve such a big Valentine: In the latest issue of People the 161-pound former supermodel strikes back at tabloids that ran a photo of her in a bathing suit accompanied by the headline "America's Next Top Waddle." Says Banks: "I get so much mail from young girls who say, 'I look up to you, you're not as skinny as everyone else, I think you're beautiful.' So when they say that my body is 'ugly' and 'disgusting,' what does that make those girls feel...

By Liz Kelly  | January 25, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Morning Mix: Brandy Involved in Fatal Car Crash

Headlines: Singer Brandy involved in fatal car crash... "Grey's Anatomy's" Isaiah Washington enters treatment facility... Ivana Trump says Donald/Rosie feud is all hype... Restaurant group calls K-Fed Super Bowl ad insulting... Katie Holmes, Posh Spice take on Paris (France, not Hilton)... Dakota Fanning lashes out at criticism of new movie... Anne Heche splits with husband after five years of marriage (is an on-set romance to blame?)... Tom Cruise, John Travolta on list of biggest celeb eco-sinners... Child star Jackie Earl Haley ("Little Children") jubilant over Oscar nomination... Keith Urban plans 33-city American tour... Van Halen reuniting with Diamond David Lee Roth for summer tour... Wu-Tang Clan working on new album... Snoop Dogg pleads not guilty to weapons possession charges... Pop singer Pete Burns (Dead or Alive) sues over botched lip implants (Warning: graphic photo). Rumor Mill: Was Oprah Winfrey the target of a racial rant from Rachael Ray?... Jennifer Aniston...

By Liz Kelly  | January 25, 2007; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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In Praise of Marky Mark

Mark Wahlberg at last week's Golden Globe Awards. (Getty Images) From time to time I like to take a step back from my daily diet of Tara Reid pictures (a friend dubbed this one "Skank Sandwich") and press releases for events like the "Twelve Hours of Diddy" party ("There is no doubt that Miami is one of the hottest cities in America for the grown and sexy looking to party." Puh-leeze.) to muse about someone who needs no press release, no crude photo ops to generate buzz. So today I'd like to take a moment to give thanks for Mark Wahlberg -- guy's guy, eye candy, solid actor, producer and, now, Academy Award nominee for his supporting role in "The Departed." From his early days rapping with the Funky Bunch and baring his abs and his undies for Calvin Klein, it was obvious that Marky Mark was not destined...

By Liz Kelly  | January 24, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Morning Mix: Is Cruise the 'Christ' of Scientology?

Headlines: Paternity test for Anna Nicole Smith's baby put on hold; Smith sends ex Larry Birkhead an f-word laced instant message... Madame Tussauds unveils wax Beckhams, reality show may be in the works... New Web site offers visitors a look at Paris Hilton's personal items... Isaac Hayes says he won't return to "South Park." Rumor Mill: Tom Cruise is the "Christ" of Scientology... K-Fed wants Britney Spears to go into rehab... Jessica Simpson accompanying boyfriend John Mayer on tour... Christina Aguilera paid $1.5 million for private gig... Mandy Moore and DJ AM take their romance public... Jessica Biel and Derek Jeter split?... Hugh Hefner says Kelly Osbourne too imperfect for Playboy... Bill Clinton dodges overzealous fan at book party. Quote of the Day: "If you fail the first time, try try try try try try try again." - Academy Award nominee Peter O'Toole on his nomination (More Nominee Reactions)...

By Liz Kelly  | January 24, 2007; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Courtney's Love Connection

Courtney Love. (Getty Images) Strange portents come in many forms. For instance, surely some major shift to the fabric of the universe is responsible for Courtney Love's foray into online dating. The widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain says she was basically rejected by online dating powerhouse eHarmony.com. Writes Love on her Web site: "Gurss what? After an hour plus of this thing they tell me that two percent of thier 'Cliermnts ar elike me and there was noone for me." Spelling issues aside, suspension of disbelief is needed to seamlessly merge the formerly fierce Hole front woman and the most vanilla of matchmaking services into a comprehensible thought. One recoils. The reaction is not dissimilar to, say, seeing John Travolta in drag. Does not compute. Once the concept is digested, though, Love's online search for romance isn't all that shocking. She's a middle-aged single mom who has spent...

By Liz Kelly  | January 23, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Morning Mix: Paris Hilton Gets Probation for DUI Arrest

Headlines: Paris Hilton gets three years probation for DUI arrest... Isaiah Washington meets with gay rights activists, fires publicist; ABC execs considering next steps... Miss USA Tara Conner checks out of rehab... Mandy Moore says she struggles with depression... Keith Urban talks about rehab, praises wife Nicole Kidman (video)... Keira Knightley sues British tabloid for anorexia claims... Sharon Stone's "Basic Instinct 2" nominated for seven Razzies... Billy Joel to sing the national anthem at next month's Super Bowl. Rumor Mill: Did Suri Cruise already celebrate her first birthday?... Billy Ray Cyrus, Ian Ziering set for "Dancing With the Stars"... Heidi Klum and Seal decorate house with revealing portraits... Make way Bogey, Clive Owen to take on Philip Marlowe... Guy Ritchie to direct ABC series pilot... Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany consider African adoption... Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox to lock lips on "Dirt"... Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher drop plans for "Graduate"...

By Liz Kelly  | January 23, 2007; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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The Great American Pastime: Fallen Idols

Late last week, news broke that "American Idol" hopeful Thomas Daniels has a -- gasp! -- past. Who? For those who watched, you'll remember Daniels as contestant no. 81045 -- the 22-year-old guy with an with an afro, easy smile and tweed jacket who, before wowing judges with his rendition of Amos Lee's "Arms of a Woman," says he slept behind a dumpster. If you didn't watch, think of him as the one who was not a complete freak. Take a second and watch his initial "Idol" appearance: His audition falling roughly somewhere between an albino Bettie Page badly in need of new bra and several sociopathic Napoleon Dynamites with disconcerting voices and stalker potential, Daniels stood out not only as the kind of guy who might just go the distance, but the perfect antidote to last season's winner, Taylor Hicks. Then, on Friday, TMZ.com -- the AOL-backed site specializing...

By Liz Kelly  | January 22, 2007; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Morning Mix: Report -- Britney Breaks Up With That Guy

Tara Reid, showing off her new overly-tanned platinum-tressed raccoon-eyed wookie-jacket look at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (AP) Headlines: James Brown's body moved to undisclosed location... Pam Anderson protests proposed Col. Sanders postage stamp... "Idol" judges say they're no crueler than before... Teen sentenced to jail for stalking Hilary Duff... Supermodel Gisele Bundchen says families are to blame for anorexia... Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to quit acting after "Titanic"... Talking Steve Irwin action figure headed to store shelves... Actress Keri Russell ("Felicity") and Jenna Elfman ("Dharma and Greg") expecting first children... What is Diddy looking at?... Dustin Diamond ("Screech") crashes Sundance... Anna Nicole Smith sued by former lawyers. Rumor Mill: Britney Spears ends three-week-old relationship with guy whose name we no longer need remember... Heather Mills denies divorce settlement report... Did rejection drive Lindsay Lohan into rehab?... Justin Timberlake parties with Alyssa Milano... Alec Baldwin says he's...

By Liz Kelly  | January 22, 2007; 7:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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