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Celebritology 2.0: April 22, 2007 - April 28, 2007

Friday List: Rosie's Replacement?

A "View" without Rosie O'Donnell is like a hot dog without mustard. Hmm. Or perhaps, it's like Pam Anderson without implants. No, that's not quite right either. I've got it: "The View" without Rosie O'Donnell is like a sedate, estrogen-dominated yawnfest without a perky lesbian known for speaking her mind. In other words, it's about to get boring again. Earlier this week, O'Donnell, citing unsuccessful contract negotiations with ABC, said she'll be leaving the confines of the coffee klatch in June. Barbara Walters struck an appropriately wistful tone, saying she felt bad for dragging O'Donnell back to TV in the first place. Joy Behar stuck with her well-worn post-menopausal arch pose, wondering how Donald Trump would get any press without Rosie around to kick. And Elizabeth Hasselbeck, who over the eight months she's sat across from O'Donnell has become something of a right-wing nemesis, managed to look smug, triumphant and...

By Liz Kelly  | April 27, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
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Morning Mix: Baldwin Gets a Little Help from Dr. Phil

Headlines: Alec Baldwin ready to quit acting, seeks help from Dr. Phil... Indian court issues arrest warrant for Richard Gere for "obscene" kiss, Gere says he's not worried... St. Louis archbishop resigns over Sheryl Crow appearance... Tyra Banks cops a feel from Rosie O'Donnell, settles up week-old brunch bill... Former girlfriend says Phil Spector pulled guns on her... Paul McCartney slides down list of Britain's music millionaires... Angelina Jolie asks U.S. to increase aid to orphans in developing countries... Sarah Silverman to host MTV Movie Awards... David Beckham goes for that Gwen Stefani look... Film lobbyist Jack Valenti dead at 85 | Appreciation... "Monster Mash" singer Bobby Pickett dead at 69... Rapper Eve arrested for suspected DUI, bailed out by Sean Penn (really)... Stalker attacks Jesse James (Sandra Bullock's husband). Rumor Mill: Did Rosie O'Donnell want to boot Barbara Walters from "The View?"... Security detail warns fans not to "grab"...

By Liz Kelly  | April 27, 2007; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Lost' Dueling Analyses: Revelations Aplenty

Yet again, post.com movies editrix Jen Chaney and I get together to talk about our favorite escape from reality (and reality TV). Warning: Spoilers ahead! Sun (Yunjin Kim, right) and Jack (Matthew Fox). (Photo courtesy ABC) Liz: Maybe it was the lack of Sawyer or the zillionth shot of the Losties arranging a tarp on a lean-to or perhaps Sun's semi-irrelevant flashback -- but something about last night's episode killed some of the momentum picked up over the past couple of weeks. Don't get me wrong: There were plenty of juicy bits (Mikhail is alive, Sun is directly responsible for Jin's induction into the Korean underworld, Juliet hinted that she's no fan of Ben and -- the big shocker -- Naomi says Oceanic 815 like totally crashed), it's just that they were surrounded by so much blandness. We received several important plot points, but the episode as a whole was...

By Liz Kelly  | April 26, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Hugh Grant Busted for Baked Beans Attack

Headlines: Hugh Grant arrested for attacking paparazzo with baked beans (Photos)... Drew Barrymore tops People's "Most Beautiful People" list... British magazine FHM names Jessica Alba as Sexiest Woman in the World... NBC won't let Alec Baldwin quit "30 Rock"; Baldwin will appear on "The View" Friday... Judge says Larry Birkhead can bring Dannielynn to U.S... Anna Nicole Smith's diaries sell for $59,750... Spice Girl Mel B says Eddie Murphy left her with tattoo of his name... Spinal Tap reunites to fight global warming... Vanessa Minnillo leaving MTV's "TRL"... Jack Valenti checks out of Baltimore hospital... Snoop Dogg denied entry into Australia... Sanjaya Malakar's mom jailed for growing pot in 2005... Already jailed Joe Francis charged with sexual battery. Rumor Mill: Tom Cruise wants Katie Holmes to take Scientology mommy classes... Tobey Maguire travels with entourage of 10, personal chef. Shut Your Mouth! "[Making the cover] made my peacock feathers shine...

By Liz Kelly  | April 26, 2007; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Timeline: A Brief Compendium of Rosie Quotes

Rosie O'Donnell (left) with fellow 'View'-sters Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Elizabeth Hasselbeck. (AP) Despite early success as a stand-up comic, a respectable resume of big-screen supporting roles ("A League of Their Own," "Sleepless in Seattle"), a possible future on FX's "Nip/Tuck" and duty at the helm of two daytime talk shows, Rosie O'Donnell's propensity for speaking her mind has garnered her the most attention throughout her career. Following this morning's announcement of a planned exit from "The View," we pause to replay a few choice words from the mouth from Queens: 1999: "You are not allowed to own a gun, and if you do own a gun, I think you should go to prison." O'Donnell's outspoken anti-gun stance landed her in an on-screen imbroglio with actor Tom Selleck, who claims O'Donnell broke an agreement to not talk about his affiliation with the NRA. Nov. 20, 2006: "To me...

By Liz Kelly  | April 25, 2007; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Very Special Goodbye: TV Exits

Parting is such sweet sorrow, yet this ever-changing world in which we live in demands that we learn to say goodbye to our real friends -- the ones who turn out for us every week on TV -- far too often. With the explosion of reality TV shows, we are traumatized weekly by abrupt adieus. We hardly had time to clear a corner of our crowded hearts for adorable pixie Sanjaya Malakar before he was brutally excised from "American Idol" and condemned to the wraith-like fate of other reality show also-rans. All that remains is his name (which has taken on a Borat-like shorthand meaning "nerdy, gawky, fearless teen, a bit cooler than Napoleon Dynamite, but not so hip as to alienate grandparents") and a reputation as "the guy with the hair." Heather Mills and 'Dancing' partner Jonathan Roberts. (AP) Last night it was Heather Mills -- the woman who...

By Liz Kelly  | April 25, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Rosie O'Donnell -- Adieu to 'The View'?

Headlines: Heather Mills voted off "Dancing With the Stars"... Spice Girl Mel B includes nod to alleged dad Eddie Murphy in baby's name... Alec Baldwin drops longtime agents... Angelina Jolie files court papers to add "Pitt" to name of new son Pax... Ashlee Simpson says plastic surgery is a personal choice... Suri Cruise celebrates birthday with pizza and cupcakes. Weirdo... Snoop Dogg offers to debate rap lyrics with Oprah... Phil Spector murder trial to kick off today... Record company halts distribution of contested Beyonce album... Willie Nelson spared jail time on drug possession charge. Rumor Mill: Is Rosie O'Donnell leaving "The View?"... Joe Simpson wants to rehab Britney Spears's career... LL Cool J headed to Broadway?... Reese Witherspoon wants Jennifer Aniston to stay away from Jake Gyllenhaal... Fergie needed 18 takes to get last week's taped "Idol" performance right (fifth item)... Anderson Cooper showers in undies... Larry Birkhead and Virgie...

By Liz Kelly  | April 25, 2007; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Britney Spears: Suddenly Svelte

If nothing else, Britney Spears has an amazing ability to keep us guessing and illustrates perfectly the fact that we, despite our propensity for picking apart celebrities, have an astounding capacity to forgive and forget when presented with a set of killer abs. Hot on the heels of her stint in rehab -- which was itself hot on the heels of self-inflicted head-shaving, partying with Paris and a split from K-Fedex -- Spears has thrown us a curveball yet again. To put it in reality TV terms, she's gone from "Biggest Loser" to "Pussycat Doll" in what seems to be the span of about a month. And where other celebs (though no one in particular comes to mind) tend to show some wear-and-tear as a result of sudden body overhauls, Spears looks healthy, toned and -- as several male friends termed it -- "hott." Don't trust me, though. See for...

By Liz Kelly  | April 24, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Morning Mix: Kim Basinger Denies Releasing Baldwin Voicemail

Headlines: Kim Basinger denies releasing Alec Baldwin voicemail... Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("The Tudors," "Match Point") enters rehab for alcohol abuse... Regis Philbin return to TV Thursday with guest David Letterman... Britney Spears shows off newly-trim figure... America Ferrara pushed into "Pants" sequel... "Laguna Beach's" Jason Wahler photographed playing with gun... Russell Simmons wants three epithets banned from rap... Spokesman says Cat Stevens didn't refuse to speak to non-veiled women... Milla Jovovich expecting first child... Spice Girls (minus Mel B) reunite for Geri Halliwell's baby christening... Meg Ryan says fate took her to her daughter... Keith Richards's 91-year-old mother dies... Sienna Miller replaces Lindsay Lohan in Dylan Thomas biopic... Shia LaBeouf working out seven days a week to prep for "Indiana Jones"... Shanna Moakler posts Paris Hilton's contact information online... Rod Stewart's son under investigation for assault... Whitney Houston/Bobby Brown divorce finalized... "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis sentenced to 35...

By Liz Kelly  | April 24, 2007; 7:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Comment Box: A Little More Alec Baldwin

Wasn't Alec Baldwin supposed to leave the United States after Bush was elected? How is that coming along? -- Just Wondering comments on Morning Mix: Alec Baldwin Lashes Out at 11-Year-Old Daughter You're referring to the voicemail Baldwin left on then 19-year-old Jenna Bush's cell phone in early 2000: "Listen you little twerp, if your right-wingnut of a father wins the White House, I'm out of here. I've had it with him. I don't care if he has the presence of mind of an 11-year-old. You can find me in Fiji, baby. Sayonara. Baldwin out." Well, not really. (But I think I did a good job of aping Baldwin's singular ability to put us inside his pain.) According to Snopes.com -- a Web site that has made a name debunking urban legends -- Baldwin's threat has proven difficult to pin down. The story goes that Baldwin (among other celebs including...

By Liz Kelly  | April 23, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Morning Mix: Baldwin Apologizes for Voicemail Rant

Headlines: Jack Nicholson celebrates 70th year with 70 babes... Iggy Pop celebrates 60th with stagedive... Sanjaya rocks the White House Correspondents Dinner as Karl Rove clashes with Laurie David and Sheryl Crow... Madonna ends six-day Malawi visit (without seeing David Banda's father)... Chevy Chase details childhood abuse in new book... Oliver Stone to direct anti-war ad... U2's The Edge buys $15 million Malibu property... Courtney Love says she was addicted to perfection... Amy Winehouse engaged... Eric Bana crashes during Tasmanian car race... British Airways cuts Richard Branson from in-flight film... Brad Pitt signs on to Coen brothers' comedy. Rumor Mill: Angelina Jolie sues to block "Shiloh" perfume... Paris Hilton has no idea where she is... Keira Knightley "furious" with Lindsay Lohan for pulling out of movie... Queen Elizabeth to name Prince Philip royal consort on the couple's 60th anniversary. Shut Your Mouth! "I'm sorry, as everyone who knows me is...

By Liz Kelly  | April 23, 2007; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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