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Celebritology 2.0: February 18, 2007 - February 24, 2007

Friday List: Celeb-Zeros -- Running on Fumes

Hey, Charo was on 'Fantasy Island' twice. (20th Century Fox Television) In yesterday's Celebritology Live chat, some anonymous genius posed this fabulous question: Who invented this notion of people who are famous for being famous? I'm not sure who invented the notion, but over the years we've been subjected to or fascinated with an array of talentless, yet seemingly ubiquitous, celebrities. The current crop of celeb-zeros is presided over by Paris Hilton, who has managed to turn her lack of skills into a cottage industry, spawning a (relatively contrived) reality show and a lucrative sideline as a paid party guest. And she's not alone -- gossip pages now regularly track the sons and daughters of the famous, recording every drunken revel or, umm, parachute jump to feed our inexplicable appetite for these empty calories. Yesterday's chatters came up with the start of a fabulous Friday list, dropping names like...

By Liz Kelly  | February 23, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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Morning Mix: Britney's Umbrella Attack

Headlines: Rehab could help Britney Spears keep her children... Anna Nicole Smith will be buried in Bahamas; judge breaks down delivering decision... Prince Harry to be sent to Iraq... Country dude Brad Paisley and wife welcome son... White Stripe Jack White and wife expecting second child... Busta Rhymes charged with driving on suspended license. Rumor Mill: Britney Spears reportedly attacks paparazzi with umbrella (Video -- Warning: Some explicit language)... Brangelina to adopt again, this time from Vietnam... Naomi Campbell and Terrence Howard to come out as a couple on Oscar night... Michael Jackson in talks with "American Idol" producers... Pizza Hut spokesperson Jessica Simpson allergic to pizza... Jimmy Fallon may be next late-night talk-show host. Oscar Watch: Is it Martin Scorsese's year?... Swag bags include free Botox treatment... Show producers hoping backstage "thank-you cam" will shorten on-stage speeches... Full Coverage Quote of the Day: "The only question you answered is...

By Liz Kelly  | February 23, 2007; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Britney Back in Rehab (Again)

AP is reporting that Britney Spears has returned to a treatment facility. We will add more details as we get them. Interestingly, People.com says the confirmation came from Kevin Federline's camp and that Federline has since canceled an emergency custody hearing scheduled for today....

By Liz Kelly  | February 22, 2007; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Celebrities  
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'Lost' Episode 9 -- A Big Distraction

Spoilers Ahead: If you haven't already watched last night's installment -- "Stranger in a Strange Land" -- please do so now at ABC.com. Achara (Bai Ling) greets Jack in Phuket. (Photo courtesy ABC) Tonight on "Lost": Will Bai Ling distract Liz enough to ruin her enjoyment of an otherwise watchable episode? Well, almost. For anyone out there who just checks in on Thursdays for show analysis, I spend the rest of the week immersed in the world of celebrity news. Don't get me wrong. I love me some hot celebrity scoop, but "Lost" and these Thursday posts function as a sanity-saving oasis for me, a DMZ free of break-ups, breakdowns, deaths, arrests and... oh wait. Nevermind. Anyhow, imagine my dismay when settling in for an evening of "Lost" -- where the closest thing to a celebrity would have to be Hurley -- only to be slapped in the face with...

By Liz Kelly  | February 22, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Morning Mix: K-Fed Calls Emergency Custody Hearing

Britney Spears: Spears leaves rehab again, visits lawyer, checks into hotel with Chihuahua and reportedly tries to drop in on Kevin Federline... K-Fed plans to make emergency custody bid for Sean Preston and Jayden James... National Enquirer says Spears attempted suicide twice over weekend... Who will land the first Spears interview and can her celebrity survive? Anna Nicole Smith: Stern says Smith was on medication at time of death, paid his rent... Larry Birkhead says he and Smith talked marriage... Feuding parties view "rapidly decomposing" body... Judge expects to rule on who gets custody of corpse by Friday... Smith's mother wants Daniel exhumed, buried in Texas. In Other Headlines: J.Lo to perform on "American Idol"... Marcia Cross gives birth to twin girls... Kate Winslet says she was once addicted to losing weight... Tyra Banks recreates Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover... Orlando Bloom building eco-conscious home... Jim Carrey posts iTunes playlist... Second...

By Liz Kelly  | February 22, 2007; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Oops, She Did It Again: Britney Leaves Rehab

Apologies for not posting this sooner, but that Paris Hilton midget thing scared me off for a good long while: The Associated Press is reporting that "Britney Spears left a live-in drug rehabilitation facility early Wednesday, less than a day after checking in, according to several reports." TMZ.com is also investigating a report that Spears tried to hit a tattoo parlor on her way home, but it was closed. Last week, Spears spent one day in the Crossroads rehab facility in Antigua. Unless she checks into a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, I'll save further details for tomorrow's Morning Mix....

By Liz Kelly  | February 21, 2007; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Paris Hilton and Midgets and Goats, Oh My

(Photo Illustration courtesy Worth1000.com) With all the heavy news we've had lately -- Anna Nicole's death, Britney's rehab and the bust up of the Van Halen reunion that never got off the ground anyway -- my mind was ripe for distraction. So, let me tell you how this went down. I was minding my own business, clicking around the New York Post when I read the following sentence about Paris Hilton's 26th birthday party: After downing TY KU liquor and bottles of Dom Perignon, guests reported seeing Hilton play with a monkey while a band of midgets led a pack of goats around the room. (Full Item) Immediately recognizing that my 26th birthday party did not include midgets, goats or monkeys, my finely-tuned Celebritologist sixth sense knew there was something here worth investigating. So, because it's my job (hey, someone has to do it) to probe these things while...

By Liz Kelly  | February 21, 2007; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Hollyweird, Miscellaneous, Pop Culture  
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Morning Mix: Britney Enters Rehab

Headlines: Britney Spears enters rehab facility... K-Fed cancels Vegas party plans out of concern for Spears and children... Nicole Richie pleads not guilty to drunk driving... Howard K. Stern tells judge Anna Nicole Smith wanted to be buried in Bahamas... Tom Brady "excited" about being a father to ex Bridget Moynahan's unborn baby... Celebrities raise $1.3 million for Barack Obama... Family agrees on burial site for James Brown... Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra finalize divorce... Daniel Baldwin pleads innocent to car theft... Dead woman's family sues Michael Jackson... Judge awards O.J. Simpson's past earnings to Goldman family. Rumor Mill: Is Christina Aguilera shopping for baby clothes?... Mischa Barton's younger sister checks in to rehab... Sorry kids, but Spandau Ballet will not reunite....

By Liz Kelly  | February 21, 2007; 6:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Parsing Britney's Meltdown

A bald Britney. (AFP/Getty Images) Photo Gallery: Britney's Changing Look Unless you spent the long weekend in a sensory deprivation chamber, you know Britney Spears -- in full view of a horde of photographers -- wandered into a neighborhood hair salon in California on Friday night and proceeded to shave her head. Images of a bald Britney have been burned into our retinas, joining Michael Jackson's balcony baby dangle, Tom Cruise's couch jumping and Mel Gibson's mug shot in the celebrity meltdown hall of fame. Mothers who once accompanied teenyboppers to Spears's concerts are faced with the daunting task of turning this trainwreck into a life lesson. Grown men who slavered over the post-Disney/pre-preggo Brit just a couple of years ago have now dropped her from their top five. And the AARP crowd -- more accustomed to stars who self-destruct the old-fashioned way -- are risking whiplash with the...

By Liz Kelly  | February 20, 2007; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Daily Mix: Lindsay Lohan Exits Rehab

Headlines: Newly-bald Britney Spears dons a wig, parties at night club... Hair on sale for $1 million... Web site says these eight women look better than Britney bald... Lindsay Lohan checks out of rehab after 30-day stay... Tug-of-war over Anna Nicole Smith's baby continues, bizarre video of clown-faced Smith emerges... Playboy says Scarlett Johansson is sexiest celebrity... Publicist says Bridget Moynahan expecting Tom Brady's child... Kelly Osbourne says family member is HIV positive... Australian officials search Sylvester Stallone's private jet... Ray Liotta arrested for suspected drunk driving... Bryce Dallas Howard ("Lady in the Water") gives birth. Rumor Mill: Heather Mills prepared to claim Paul McCartney is a bad father... Victoria Beckham to style TomKat for Oscar night... J.Lo tears up after new movie booed at Berlin film festival... Whitney Houston spends weekend in Vegas with 26-year-old Ray J... Nicole Richie skips Paris Hilton's birthday bash (second item)... Kate Hudson and...

By Liz Kelly  | February 20, 2007; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Britney's Bold Bald New Look

Britney Spears shows off her newly-shorn skull. After reportedly spending one day in rehab, the pop singer shaved her own hair off after a California salon owner refused to do it for her. | Full Story (AP/KABC-TV)...

By Liz Kelly  | February 19, 2007; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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