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Celebritology 2.0: April 15, 2007 - April 21, 2007

Friday List: A Little Help for Sanjaya

Might we recommend the 'Don Juan De Marco' look for Saturday night's festivities? (Fox TV) "What would you do if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and walk out on me?" -- The Beatles. Sanjaya Malakar needs a little help from his friends. Malakar, he of the novelty hair and shaky vocals, is coming to D.C. tomorrow night to attend the annual White House Correspondents Dinner. As a guest of People magazine, Sanjaya will doubtlessly be this year's most-talked-about attendee. Even now I can picture hordes of low-level cable news staffers hunting the Hilton's honeycomb of event rooms to catch a pre-dinner glimpse of 17-year-old reality TV sensation. One can only hope that photo ops include shots of the gangly teen with dinner regulars. ("Helen Thomas, you're on candid camera!") Sanjaya isn't the first "Idol" castoff to attend the event. A couple of years ago, I'll...

By Liz Kelly  | April 20, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Morning Mix: Alec Baldwin Lashes Out at 11-Year-Old Daughter

"You don't have the brains or the decency as a human being. I don't give a damn that you're 12 years old, or 11 years old, or that you're a child, or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass who doesn't care about what you do as far as I'm concerned. You have humiliated me for the last time with this phone." -- Alec Baldwin on his 11-year-old daughter's voicemail | Audio (Warning: Not safe for work) "I am praying for my father. We have never had a good relationship. It's sad that all the men that have been in my life do not know how to accept a real woman's love. I am concentrating on my work and my life right now." -- Britney Spears responds to her father's criticism of her recent decisions Headlines: List of sexiest entertainers includes Justin Timberlake, Jessica Alba, David Beckham......

By Liz Kelly  | April 20, 2007; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (198)
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'Lost' Dueling Analyses: Forward Motion = Good

This week, post.com movies editrix Jen Chaney and I agree that we excel at disagreeing and continue in that vein for approximately 1,500 words. Desmond, brotha... (Photo courtesy ABC) Jen: Although not as good as last week's installment (note to "Lost" producers: That's the one you should submit for Emmy consideration), last night's episode was still pretty thought-provoking. Liz, this time I don't think there is any way you can doubt that religious themes are a major part of what's happening. When monks start showing up, you know a show is getting kind of biblical. I found it interesting that Desmond's dissed fiancee is named Ruth, who in the Bible is the daughter-in-law of Naomi, the woman who fell out of the sky and onto our swell little island. (They didn't tell us her name yet on the show, but the character's identity already has been revealed.) Liz: Yes, yes...

By Liz Kelly  | April 19, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
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Morning Mix: Katie Holmes Has a (Catholic) Secret

Headlines: Angelina Jolie says she's been sexual since kindergarten... Lindsay Lohan doesn't consider herself an addict... Sanjaya Malakar cut from "American Idol"... Simon Cowell denies disrespecting Virginia Tech victims... Courtney Love insists diet and exercise helped her drop 52 pounds... Lisa Rinna pulls red carpet out from under Joan Rivers... Johnny Depp's daughter looking healthy in London... Waxen Matthew McConaughey unveiled in Las Vegas... Actress Kitty Carlisle Hart dies at 96... James Brown's estate still owes $70K for funeral... Beyonce sued for allegedly illegally covering song... Chris Rock asks Georgia court to decide paternity claim... 50 Cent ordered to pay child support... Bill Wyman proves there's life after the Rolling Stones by developing his own line of metal detectors... Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears -- what are you wearing? Rumor Mill: Katie Holmes secretly talking to Catholic priests... David Beckham drops $54K on wife Victoria's birthday... Christina Ricci ordered to stop...

By Liz Kelly  | April 19, 2007; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Happy Birthday to Suri

Birthday girl Suri Cruise. (Reuters) As Little Suri Cruise celebrates her first human birthday today, we pause to wish her well and reflect back on a idyllic era for stargazers -- when tabloid breathlessness, a cultish religion and superstardom flowed like so much manna into a perfect melange of celebrity sensationalism. Was it only a year ago that we were agog at rumors of silent births, adult pacifiers and the confinement of Katie Holmes? Remember the months-long wait for the first pictures that had us questioning Suri's very existence? And do you remember where you were when you first gazed upon the stylishly-coiffed visage of the hirsute pixie? (Okay, me either.) No word yet on how the Cruise brood plans to celebrate Suri's big day, but festivities will likely take place in Louisiana where Holmes is filming "Mad Money" when not calling the cops. A quick spin around the...

By Liz Kelly  | April 18, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Morning Mix: Mag Publishes First Pix of Birkhead and Dannielynn

Madonna and daughter Lourdes at Malawi's Home of Hope orphanage. (Reuters) Headlines: Mag publishes first photos of Larry Birkhead and Dannielynn... Dave Chappelle gives six-hour stand-up show... Rosie O'Donnell cuts Bermuda from gay cruise... Victoria Principal books passage on space tour... Luke Wilson doesn't want his body compared with brother Owen's... Madonna visits Malawi orphanage, children pelt reporters with rocks... David Beckham reveals arm-covering tattoo... Clyde Drexler cut from "Dancing With the Stars"... Colin Firth to star in "Mamma Mia" movie... Man questioned in 1995 death of Jam Master Jay... Family of Notorious B.I.G. files wrongful death lawsuit against Los Angeles County... Rip Torn pleads guilty in drunk driving case... Paris Hilton ordered to attend hearing for violating probation, Hilton's laundry hamper up for auction... Former 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys manager sought by FBI. Rumor Mill: "Sahara" stars Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz doubled budget with pampering... Britney...

By Liz Kelly  | April 18, 2007; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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A Day of Silence

So this is the part of the day where I'm supposed to be funny and lob a few barbs at this or that celebrity worthy of being taken down a notch and, despite the fact that a little light news might be just what we need right now, I don't have it in me today. I spent five (or so) years as a student at Virginia Tech and resident of Blacksburg, Va. As images and details of yesterday's massacre continue to emerge, a part of my heart has broken knowing that this place -- a place of bucolic beauty, self-discovery, the pursuit of knowledge and a dynamically diverse population -- will forever be the site of unspeakable tragedy and horror for students, faculty, parents and a shocked world. We'll pick up where we left off tomorrow and, no doubt, take some celeb with an outsized ego to task for inserting...

By Liz Kelly  | April 17, 2007; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Morning Mix: Travolta -- As Big As Elvis?

The Odd Couple: Jimmie Walker and Ann Coulter at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards. (AP) Headlines: John Travolta says he's as big as Elvis (he means fame-wise, not girth-wise)... Brad Pitt says Angelina Jolie is "supergirl"... Heather Mills takes a tumble... Ann Coulter attends awards show with J.J. Walker ("Good Times")... Indian protesters burn effigies of Richard Gere... Musician Bryan Ferry apologizes for praising Nazis... Regis Philbin will return to TV on April 26... Lily Allen postpones U.S. tour... Snoop Dogg asking $2 million for mansion... DannielynnBirkhead.com at auction for $1 million... Forest Whitaker gets star on Walk of Fame... Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony suing tabloid over drug scandal story. Rumor Mill: Britney Spears fires manager Larry Rudolph... Victoria Beckham considering "Dancing With the Stars" offer... Talullah Willis (daughter of Bruce and Demi) changing her name... "Idol's" Sanjaya Malakar booed at baseball game. Shut Your Mouth: "It's...

By Liz Kelly  | April 17, 2007; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Comment Box: All-Star Politicians

Since Fred Thompson probably running [for] president has arguably pulled presidential politics into your "ology", are there any other actors or actresses out there who you think could be viable presidential contenders? -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live Fred Thompson, playing a fictionalized version of himself in 'Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.' (Shangri-La Entertainment) Is this a trick question? I don't know your name, but I'll call you Barbra and, Barbra (if you are indeed for real), you may be one of the few Americans actually open to the idea of an actor insinuating himself (or herself) into the political arena. To give you some idea of what an anomaly you are, here is an example of the question I'd expect to receive on this topic: "Actors are narcissists who have no business exercising the same basic right of every American citizen to run for office. Don't...

By Liz Kelly  | April 16, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Morning Mix: A Message From Britney, Y'all

Headlines: Prince William ends relationship with longtime girlfriend... Meanwhile, Princess Beatrice parties with Jermaine Jackson... Madonna and child arrive in Malawi for charity visit... Anna Nicole Smith's mother slowing down handover of baby Dannielynn to Larry Birkhead; Howard K. Stern files slander lawsuit against Arthur's lawyer... Andre Agassi accidentally hits wife Steffi Graf in face with tennis racket... Hawaiian crooner Don Ho dead at 76... Courtney Love denies she had weight-loss surgery... Alicia Silverstone praises her vegan lifestyle... Salma Hayek slams the Bible... Hackers using Paris Hilton pics to infect computers... Shia LaBeouf signs on to new "Indiana Jones" movie... Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men") to marry... Mike Tyson sells Arizona home for $2.1 million... Video: Simon Cowell on '90s-era game show. Rumor Mill: Edward Norton is the new "Hulk"... Halle Berry or Sienna Miller to star in "Barbarella" remake?... Beckhams living separate lives?... Rep denies Leonardo DiCaprio...

By Liz Kelly  | April 16, 2007; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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