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Celebritology 2.0: April 29, 2007 - May 5, 2007

Paris Hilton Gets Jail Time

Lucikly, Hilton is already comfortable in black-and-white striped clothing. (Reuters) Late-breaking news this Friday evening -- Paris Hilton has been sentenced to 45 days in jail for violating the terms of her DUI probation. According to the Associated Press, Hilton "will not be allowed any work release, furloughs, use of an alternative jail or any electronic monitoring in lieu of jail, Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ruled after a hearing." Hilton is expected to begin serving her sentence on June 5th. Court Documents: People of the State of Calif. v. Paris Hilton Prosecutors' Motion To Revoke Paris Hilton's Probation...

By Liz Kelly  | May 4, 2007; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Celebritology 101: TomKat Triage

Shiny happy people Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. (Getty Images) Earlier this week, fellow Scientologist Jenna Elfman, who you may remember from sitcom TV past, surfaced to reassure us that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are "happy." Thanks, Jenna. It wasn't until yesterday, though, when Jada Pinkett Smith emphatically remarked that Katie Holmes isn't a prisoner in her own home and is, in fact, a "tigress" (roar!), that my TomKat radar (like "Spidey Sense" minus the webbing) went into all kinds of high alert. See, of late our insatiable appetite for details (true, false and in-between) about the private lives of the TomKat clan has been well fed. Let's face it, we've been downright spoiled. Here's just a sampling of recent buzz about the mythical pair: -- Katie has been flirting with "Mad Money" co-star Adam Rothenberg. -- Katie has been secretly meeting with Catholic priests. -- Katie's telling...

By Liz Kelly  | May 4, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Morning Mix: Could It Be 'Paris in the Pokey' Day?

Headlines: Paris Hilton could face jail time for violating DUI probation... David Hasselhoff asked to be videotaped drunk... Katie Couric is least popular evening news anchor... Queen Elizabeth arrives in Virginia... Don Imus suing CBS for breaking $40 million contract... Felicity Huffman calls co-star Lindsay Lohan "brilliant"... Justin Timberlake bringing concerts back to HBO... Jada Pinkett Smith says Katie Holmes is no prisoner; five out of five high-profile friends agree... Robin Williams says he's been sober for 10 months... Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger back in court for custody dispute... Victim's husband sues Brandy over fatal crash... Rapper Eve to be charged with drunk driving. Rumor Mill: Kindergarten kids frightened by "weird man" Bob Dylan... Michelle Rodriguez not quite ready to share about sexuality, despite Curve outing... Rosie O'Donnell already has offers from NBC, CBS... Fan offers underwear to Tobey Maguire... Kirsten Dunst skips premiere to celebrate her birthday... Mandy Moore...

By Liz Kelly  | May 4, 2007; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Celebritology: 'Lost' Dueling Analyses: 'The Brig'

If you thought last night's "Lost" was dense, wait till you read the following post-show analysis in which post.com movies editrix Jen Chaney and I welcome special guest blogger, J. Wood. Warning: Loads of spoilers, subtext and mind-bending theories follow. Proceed at your own risk. John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) catches up on a little light reading. (Photo courtesy ABC) Liz:  So many revelations, I hardly know where to start: Ben is deliciously evil, Kate is an idiot, Locke is disappointing, Sawyer is coming apart at the seams, Sayid is back (yay!), Cindy has highlights, Jack and Juliet know something we don't know, the Others are planning a raid on the beach camp and there is some kind of ruin to which one can tie murderous deadbeat dads for purposes of ritual sacrifice. This almost makes up for the Bai Ling incident. Almost. But first, Jen -- much like Naomi's sudden...

By Liz Kelly  | May 3, 2007; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (140)
Categories:  Lost, TV  
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Morning Mix: Isaiah Washington Makes GLAAD Ad

Headlines: Isaiah Washington to make ad for gay rights group... Leonardo DiCaprio, Rosie O'Donnell, Sacha Baron Cohen make Time's Most Influential list... Tommy Hilfiger says racism rumor is a "big fat lie"... Brangelina clan touches down in Prague... Keira Knightley tired of being a celebrity... John Ratzenberger voted off "Dancing with the Stars".... Bette Midler to take on headlining gig in Las Vegas... Coincidentally, Lindsay Lohan plans to turn 21 in Vegas... 50 Cent selling 52-room Connecticut home... Goran Visjnic and wife adopt baby boy, name him "Tin"... Ashlee Simpson says she's "confident" about her looks... Ex-wife accuses David Hasselhoff of abuse... Scary Spice Melanie Brown says she's taking Eddie Murphy to court in paternity case... Jennifer Esposito ("Crash") files for divorce from husband of four months... Busta Rhymes arrested on DUI charge. Rumor Mill: Justin Timberlake -- a little bit country?... Robert Downey, Jr. pulled over by police. Say...

By Liz Kelly  | May 3, 2007; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Barbra Streisand's Pricey Proposition

Well, she's gotta pay for these sparkly togs somehow. (Reuters) When I read that Barbra Streisand is charging European fans as much as $1,000 to see her in concert, my first thought was "You couldn't pay me $1,000 to go." My second thought, of course, was much more complex -- involving vague memories of a woman who used to dress for TV appearances in thrift-shop finds and exactly what kind of fan base Babs hopes to cultivate by alienating entire tax brackets (despite her egalitarian assertion that she "can't wait to experience these different audiences and different cultures"). In the interest of full disclosure, I need to admit that while I can appreciate a few minutes of "Hello, Dolly!" every decade or so, I just don't get Barbra Streisand worship. I seem to be immune to the kind of blind loyalty some (Rosie O'Donnell, for instance) profess for the...

By Liz Kelly  | May 2, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Morning Mix: Britney's Comeback Bid Underway

Headlines: Britney Spears performs first comeback gig... Larry Birkhead and baby Dannielynn arrive in Kentucky... President Bush makes taped appearance on "American Idol"... R. Kelly writes song for Virginia Tech... Bruce Willis drops the F-bomb on Canadian TV (not safe for work)... "Newhart" sidekick Tom Poston dies at 85. Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton go wild at Coachella after-party... Fan tried to blackmail Britney Spears with bugged teddy bear... Is Katie Holmes flirting with "Mad Money" co-star Adam Rothenberg... Neve Campbell to marry British actor John Light Saturday?... Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee buying island home in Dubai... Russell Crowe to star as sheriff in "Robin Hood" remake. Say What? "Some of the cast [of "Oceans 13"] will come and visit me at my villa again. Brad will, but I've told him he can't bring his 15 children." -- George Clooney on his Italian home's adults-only policy "If...

By Liz Kelly  | May 2, 2007; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Celebritology 101: Phil Spector's Dreadful Locks

Phil Spector is seen in court via closed circuit TV on April 26. Gallery: Spector's Hair Through the Years Forget Sanjaya's fauxhawk or Britney's shaved pate. When it comes to harebrained hairstyles, Phil Spector lays the competition to waste. Whether supporting a globe-like 'fro or a demure pageboy, the legendary rock and roll producer has proven that a little dab will do you (if your aim is convincing the rest of the world that you are, indeed, "relatively insane.") Which may be just the right cut if Spector's legal team decides to mount an insanity defense in his trial for the alleged murder of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. The much-postponed court proceedings finally got underway last Wednesday in Los Angeles, though a sick lawyer has delayed the case for at least today. Peruse this gallery of Spector's hair over the years, from '60's mod to new millennial...

By Liz Kelly  | May 1, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Morning Mix: Heather Mills Compares McCartney to Alec Baldwin

Headlines: British Army chief says Prince Harry will go to Iraq... "The View's" Elizabeth Hasselbeck expecting second child... Rosie O'Donnell says she'll announce her next move soon... Injured Ellen DeGeneres to host show from hospital bed... Dannielynn Birkhead issued passport, could arrive in U.S. with dad Larry today... Sting plans to anthologize his lyrics in book form... British fashion critics praise Kate Moss's new line of clothing... Danny DeVito introducing his own brand of limoncello... Phil Spector trial temporarily halted... Bruce Willis says being famous is "weird" (I think his fame is weird, too)... What is Britney Spears wearing?... The Beckhams new L.A. home clocks in at 13,000 square feet... Kim Kardashian reaches settlement in sex tape case. Rumor Mill: Heather Mills likens Paul McCartney to Alec Baldwin... Baldwin relaunching Web site to promote upcoming book... Gisele Bundchen walks away from Victoria's Secret over contract dispute... Debra Messing refused to...

By Liz Kelly  | May 1, 2007; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Comment Box: The Next Rosie & Topher vs. Tobey, a Primer

On Friday, I asked readers to compile a wish list of possible replacements for Rosie O'Donnell when she leaves ABC talkfest "The View" in June. Suggestions ranged from the sublime (Wanda Sykes) to the sedate (Soledad O'Brien). Surprisingly, "Designing Women" Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and Dixie Carter were all nominated, as was designing dude Meshach Taylor. (Who knew?) Below a list of your best suggestions: 1. Roseanne Barr 2. Michelle Malkin, but only if she wears her cheerleading outfit for every show. 3. Danny DeVito! Just get him drunk every once in a while to keep the ratings up. 4. Gilbert Gottfried, brilliant. Unfortunately, he will never get the gig. 5. Sandra Bernhard -- because I REALLY want that smarmy blond idiot (Editor's note: we assume the poster is referring to this smarmy blond idiot) to explode. 6. Max Headroom 7. A large brown bag with two eye-holes...

By Liz Kelly  | April 30, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Boy George Arrested for Allegedly 'Kidnapping' Male Escort

Headlines: Boy George arrested for allegedly "kidnapping" male escort... Britney Spears pulled over for speeding; let off with warning... Richard Gere apologizes to Indians for kissing controversy... Beckhams buy $20 million Beverly Hills mansion... Pamela Anderson joins Vegas magic act... Launch of Kate Moss's fashion line expected to cause frenzy... "Whale Rider" Keisha Castle-Hughes gives birth to baby girl... "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett marries Roma Downey ("Touched by an Angel")... Sarah Jessica Parker slams Gwen Stefani's fashion line... Steve McQueen's Ferrari could fetch $1.2 million at auction... Re-animated Menudo holds auditions for five new members... Singer Christopher Cross sails into divorce court... Tracy Morgan ordered to wear alcohol-monitoring device in lieu of jail time... Daniel Baldwin's car theft charges dropped. Rumor MIll: Tabloid claims Angelina Jolie suffering from "deadly disease"... Is Katie Holmes ready to leave Tom Cruise?... Larry Birkhead cut $1 million exclusive deal with NBC... Paul Hogan ("Crocodile...

By Liz Kelly  | April 30, 2007; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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