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Celebritology 2.0: February 11, 2007 - February 17, 2007

Friday List: Stars We Hate to Love

A couple weeks back I unwittingly set off a torrent of star-hating when I unburdened myself of a lifelong, and somewhat inexplicable, aversion to Diane Keaton. Three-hundred-plus comments later, an initially tentative response had morphed into a cacophony of contempt by the end of the day. I only can imagine if I had detailed my much deeper abhorrence of Dabney Coleman. The mind reels. (Aside: In an informal and highly unscientific count Angelina Jolie emerged as the most-hated celebrity for Celebritology readers. She was closely trailed by Oprah Winfrey and the "insouciant" Gwyneth Paltrow.) Although we offered up varied reasons for our loathing, the common thread was an immediate and visceral dislike. Today, after prompting from Celebritology readers, we turn this mother upside down and -- keeping in mind that this is a (mostly) anonymous forum -- come clean about the stars we hate to love. Yet again, Liz takes...

By Liz Kelly  | February 16, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Kenny Chesney Says He's Not Gay

Headlines: Kenny Chesney says he's not gay... Judge orders DNA test on Anna Nicole Smith's body... Gabor's husband files paternity suit... California examining doctor who may have prescribed methadone to pregnant Smith... Ryan Phillippe says his daughter helped him cope with divorce... Scarlett Johansson crowned Hasty Pudding's woman of the year... Madonna says she wants to be like Gandhi... North Dakota lawmakers reject bill to honor Bono... Citing "personality conflicts," Chris Cornell leaving Audioslave... Ian Astbury drops the Doors to re-form The Cult... Carlos Santana opening three California restaurants... Keri Russell ("Felicity") marries longtime boyfriend... "Lost" hits an all-time ratings low. Rumor Mill: Flight attendant now says she did induct Ralph Fiennes into Mile High Club... Austrian crowd pelts Paris Hilton with trash... Britney Spears and sons take solo Florida mini-vacation... Justin Timberlake says "quit drinking" comment wasn't aimed at Spears... J.Lo and Marc Anthony spotted at Scientology meetings... Norah...

By Liz Kelly  | February 16, 2007; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lost Analysis: Episode 8 -- Time Travel, Anyone?

Warning: Spoilers ahead. Proceed at your own risk or head over to ABC to watch last night's episode first. Last week's episode kicked off a frenzy of theorizing not seen since the early days of the hatch, the button and the numbers and suddenly talk of "Lost" as a rudderless ship have evaporated, like so much black smoke. Why? Turns out that the scene in which Karl (Alex's Other boyfriend) is subjected to some kind of sensory overload chamber -- and I dismissed as an homage to "A Clockwork Orange" -- held what looks to be a king-sized clue (or one whopper of a red herring). Thanks to some industrious fans, we now know that the scene contained a backwards message. That's right, a genuine Paul-is-dead moment right here in our very own "Lost:" NewbrainUploaded by DarkUFO Listen closely or you might just miss the voice repeating this cryptic message:...

By Liz Kelly  | February 15, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Morning Mix: Britney Spears Urged to Get Help

(AP) Headlines: California judge releases lock on Anna Nicole Smith's body... Nanny says smith starved baby Dannielynn... Smith's mother wants guardianship... Doctor allegedly prescribed methadone to Smith 13 days before she gave birth... Courteney Cox says Jennifer Aniston kiss is "no big deal"... Paula Abdul says she's never been drunk... Howard Stern engaged to longtime girlfriend... Ben & Jerry's launches new Stephen Colbert Americone Dream ice cream... Al Franken enters Minnesota Senate race... Milli Vanilli movie in the works... Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg set for fighter film... Pink recalls working at McDonald's... Tracy Morgan pleads guilty to DWI... Heather Mills McCartney visits police station (maybe for kicking a photographer?). Rumor Mill: Former assistant urges Britney Spears to get help... Shana Moakler and Travis Barker together again?... America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty") engaged... Eminem's ex explains suicide attempt... Another on-set fight -- this time between McDreamy and McSteamy -- at...

By Liz Kelly  | February 15, 2007; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hump Day Snow Day Valentine's Day Wednesday List

Violets are blue, Roses are red, Get in on the list, If you're not still in bed. (For real poetic artistry, see last post) In a survey of 5,000 Australians, more than 70 percent of respondents (of both sexes) said they'd rather spend Valentine's Day with their partner than a celebrity dream date. While fidelity is commendable, we here in the land of list-making know that there's nothing wrong with a healthy imagination and today we'll get our creative juices flowing by compiling a list of fantasy dream dates. We could opt for the obvious and name our celebrity dream dates ("and then Russell Crowe would duel the "Donnie Darko"-era Jake Gyllenhaal for my affection"), but why make this a rehash of our top fives? To give this list a little twist, we'll make the objects of our affection completely unattainable: If you could spend Valentine's Day with one fictional...

By Liz Kelly  | February 14, 2007; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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My Funny Valentine

Full disclosure: I asked celebrated wit and official Celebritology mentor Gene Weingarten to craft me a few stanzas having to do with celebrities and Valentine's Day, but -- shucks -- I never expected this masterpiece, proving -- once again -- that the funny bone is the quickest route to a girl's heart (at least this one's heart): Paris in the springtime Is like Paris in the fall. A minute watching Paris, And Paris starts to pall. Britney is a spaniel Nice but really dumb. Don't care if she wears panties -- Who wants to see her bum? Lindsay's got no flesh left And J.Lo's got too much -- Anna's dead; besides, I dread Her creepy Midas touch. My choice of famous valentine Takes no apologist -- It's without shame I say the name Of the Celebritologist....

By Liz Kelly  | February 14, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Heather Mills to Dance with the Stars?

(AP/Sports Illustrated) Headlines: Anna Nicole Smith 911 tape released (audio)... Smith's last movie due in May on DVD... Smith's will reportedly left everything to son Daniel... Beyonce scores cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue... Elle magazine names Madonna as top fashion icon... Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's L.A. home burglarized... Tiki Barber joins "Today" show... Reese Witherspoon fires agents... Nicky Hilton sued over hotel project... Toni Braxton settles suit with ex-manager... Omar Sharif pleads no contest to battery for punching parking valet... Rumor Mill: Heather Mills reportedly signs on to "Dancing With the Stars"... Jon Bon Jovi wants to ban Denise Richards from tour... Belinda Carlisle was approached to replace "Idol's" Paula Abdul... Whitney Houston denies reconciling with Bobby Brown... J.J. Abrams planning "Dark Tower" (Stephen King) mini-series. Coming Soon (to a DVD player near you): WKRP in Cincinnati...

By Liz Kelly  | February 14, 2007; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Anna Nicole's Paper Trail

In some random episode of "The Simpsons" from years ago Homer is watching a reasonable facsimile of "Married With Children" in which the punch line of every scene is the Al Bundy character reaching over and flushing a toilet. Doing its usual bang-up job of distilling popular culture down to its essence, "The Simpsons" is helping us to understand that the particular genius of at least one sitcom is nothing more than potty humor. To quote Homer: It's funny 'cause it's true. (AP) It was this image of a flushing toilet that came back to me when I was looking through wire photos related to the Anna Nicole Smith story. I came across the photo you see to the right, described in its wire service caption (and I paraphrase) as a roll of toilet paper from a suite at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino similar to the one...

By Liz Kelly  | February 13, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Bodyguard Says He May Be Smith's Baby's Daddy

Headlines: Howard K. Stern says Bahamas house ransacked... Photos of Anna Nicole Smith with immigration official surface... Gabor's husband plans to file claim for baby... Meanwhile, bodyguard becomes fifth potential father... And it was only a matter of time until this happened... Vince Vaughn helps Jennifer Aniston celebrate birthday... Judi Dench won't attend Oscar ceremony... John Mayer, Jessica Simpson come out at post-Grammy party... Jennifer Hudson to appear on cover of Vogue... Kate Winslet may sue over diet claims... Robbie Williams enters rehab for drug addiction... Goldman family subpoenas O.J. Simpson records... Vanilla Ice hired to sell tax preparation software... Dave Grohl says he's still alive... Leonardo DiCaprio to star in Enron movie. Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan buys Marilyn Monroe's former home... Ralph Fiennes joins the Mile High Club (or at least applies for membership)... Britney Spears reportedly strips at New York club... Spears ex Isaac Cohen spills to British...

By Liz Kelly  | February 13, 2007; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Comment Box: Why Is Anna Nicole Front Page News?

Why is this front page news? No impact on our lives at all. Much like Princess Diana. As nice as she was... I really did not care. Moving on... -- MediaHound Well, you've asked it so I guess I have to try to answer, though I think the answer may involve pop psychology 101, voyeurism, a celebrity-obsessed culture and plain old human nature. Luckily, scads of people way smarter than me have already thought this one through. If you're still interested, keep reading for a sampling of their insight. The L.A. Times' Tim Rutten (registration required), as mentioned this morning by Howard Kurtz, describes the wall-to-wall coverage of Smith's death as a response to media expectations -- after all, both Princess Diana and O.J. Simpson pushed our threshold for tabloid crossovers to a new level. But he also offers this more basic explanation: "Americans have a hard time abiding a...

By Liz Kelly  | February 12, 2007; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Smith's Partner Gives Interview

Headlines: Anna Nicole Smith companion/lawyer Howard K. Stern's interview to air Monday night; Stern, baby return to disputed Bahamas mansion; Methadone found in Smith's refrigerator; Smith's sister says J. Howard Marshall is Dannielynn's father; fans mourn online... Dixie Chicks, Mary J. Blige win big at Grammys (Photo Galleries); The Police reunite, announce tour details today... Tony Danza takes on "The Producers"... Gerald Levert's death caused by accidental drug mix... Mom says Lindsay Lohan's "happy" in rehab... Helen Mirren rules British film awards. Rumor Mill: Scarlett Johansson says Justin Timberlake's just a friend... "Idol" Kellie Pickler's father arrested again... Simon Cowell accused of planting contestant on "American Idol."...

By Liz Kelly  | February 12, 2007; 6:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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