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Celebritology 2.0: May 20, 2007 - May 26, 2007

Catching Up with Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna. (Courtesy PBS) For Joe Mantegna, Memorial Day weekend means a bit of work. The actor -- best known for roles in "Godfather III," "Searching for Bobby Fischer," "Joan of Arcadia" and as the voice of mobster Fat Tony on "The Simpsons" -- is in town this weekend to co-host Sunday's National Memorial Day Concert for the sixth time. This year, Mantegna and Gary Sinise will preside over a line-up that includes Natalie Cole, Jimmy Smits, Bonnie Hunt, Josh Turner, Charles Durning and Colin Powell. I talked to Mantegna yesterday afternoon about the concert, politics, his musical chops and, of course, "The Simpsons." A longtime advocate of Veterans Administration volunteer opportunities and troop support, Mantegna says he'd rather keep his personal beliefs about the war to himself. "I never get political. I wouldn't be involved in this concert if it was a political statement. I'm 100 percent behind...

By Liz Kelly  | May 25, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: George Clooney's $350K Kiss

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt walk the 'Oceans 13' red carpet at Cannes. (AP) Headlines: George Clooney sells a kiss for $350,000 (but did he have an eye lift?)... Barbara Walters says O'Donnell/Hasselbeck feud was not a ratings stunt, Rosie sad, show staffer defaces Hasselbeck pix; Donald Trump sides with Rosie... Howard Stern says he tried to kill himself twice... Lindsay Lohan recording new "urban pop" album... Britney Spears takes her boys sailing... Mini Britney Terra Jole signs on to Las Vegas show... Orlando Bloom taking a break from acting... Marilyn Manson says Dita Von Teese destroyed his soul... Dr. Martens apologizes for Kurt Cobain ad... Jordin Sparks wears Badgley Mischka for "Idol" win... Prince planning seven Hollywood shows... Janice Dickinson shows off her panties at restaurant (Warning: Not safe for work)... Paul McCartney debuts video on YouTube... Osmond family planning reunion... Prosecutors say Tom Sizemore should go to...

By Liz Kelly  | May 25, 2007; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Lost' Analysis: Finale Thoughts

This week, Jen Chaney and I were again joined by leading "Lost" scholar J. Wood to draw conclusions about "Lost's" two-hour season finale. Massive spoilers and a summer reading list ahead. R.I.P. Charlie. (Photo courtesy ABC) Liz: No need to embellish or qualify this statement: last night's finale was phenomenal. In fact, it was so good that I didn't even realize until it ended that we didn't really get that many answers and were in fact left to ponder a whole new set of questions until "Lost's" return in January 2008. Jen, J., let's get down to it. Maybe we can start with what we think was the most significant moment from last night's show. For me, it was bearded Jack's offhand reference to his father. It underscored my pet theory that the Losties inhabit an alternate universe and this bearded Jack another in which Christian Shepard never died. So...

By Liz Kelly  | May 24, 2007; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (206)
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Morning Mix: O'Donnell vs. Hasselbeck, Again

Headlines: 17-year-old Jordin Sparks wins "American Idol," releases first single... Angelina Jolie cries when asked about late mother... Mary-Kate Olsen joins cast of Showtime's "Weeds"... Keira Knightley wins suit against tabloids... "Borat" signs deal to pen travel book... Courtney Love furious about Kurt Cobain shoe ads... John Travolta brings Scientology curriculum to Louisiana school... Judge in Phil Spector trial says forensics expert hid evidence... Evangeline Lilly's outfit needs to get lost. Rumor Mill: Is Jessica Simpson expecting?... Paris Hilton to wear protective alarm in jail... Natalie Portman dating "SNL's" Andy Samberg... Oprah's dad puts book on hold (third item)... Isaiah Washington out at "Grey's Anatomy?" In Case You Missed It: O'Donnell vs. Hasselbeck, round 2,343,232, in which the split-screen is employed... Chat-stravaganza: Join me today at 2 p.m. for the regular Celebritology Live chat, then again in the 3 o'clock hour when I'll be joined by Jen Chaney to talk...

By Liz Kelly  | May 24, 2007; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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'Lost' Finale Countdown

In which our season-long "Lost" watchers, Liz and Jen, handicap tonight's season finale. Liz: I'm told the world is abuzz about the season finale of some tacky sing-song show on Fox tonight. But we know where the people who expect more out of primetime TV than a British guy with a bad attitude (We've got two. Nyah!) will be -- watching the two-hour "game changing" season finale of "Lost" tonight at 9 p.m. ET. There are tons of sites out there spoiling the experience with leaked details. I'm not looking. How about you, Jen? Jen: I've done the peek-and-run -- looked at spoilers for a sec, then dashed away because I don't want to ruin everything. I still want my holy you-know-what moment. The big question, though: Who is going to die? Liz: Good question -- we've got several candidates: Charlie, of course. Ben, who seems to have turned entire...

By Liz Kelly  | May 23, 2007; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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In Praise of Johnny Depp

Who are you wearing? Johnny Depp arrives at the Tokyo premiere of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.' (AP) If you're asking Johnny Depp, the answer could only be "myself." Not many 43-year-old men can successfully pull off the polo shirt/paramilitary/hippie/beatnik look, but then Depp is no ordinary man. The actor, who first surfaced in 1984's "Nightmare on Elm Street" and unwittingly cast a spell over a generation of teen girls on Fox's "21 Jump Street," sported just such a look today in Tokyo while promoting the latest installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean." And rather than make him walk the plank for an outfit that would approach fug on anyone else, I find myself instead delighted by this man who isn't afraid of looking a little bit silly in support of his fierce individuality. While most Hollywood men tend to stick with a safe less-is-more wardrobe for public...

By Liz Kelly  | May 23, 2007; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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Morning Mix: Jolie to Take Break From Filming

Headlines: Angelina Jolie plans to take year off from filmmaking... Apolo Anton Ohno wins "Dancing With the Stars"... Italian consumer groups want high-priced Barbra Streisand concerts canceled... NBC dropping Stone Phillips from "Dateline"... Jon Heder ("Napoleon Dynamite") and wife welcome baby girl... Dennis Quaid and wife expecting twins... Candy Spelling has some advice for Joe Francis... Matthew McConaughey, birdman of Malibu... Kellie Pickler's dad arrested (again)... Tom Arnold divorcing (again)... Eve pleads not guilty to drunk driving charges... Mischa Barton lights up (at) Cannes. Rumor Mill: Vodka company to sponsor Lindsay Lohan's 21st birthday celebration, which won't be at Manhattan's Soho Grand hotel (second item)... Michael Jackson offered $9.9 million to attend a party... Rep denies reports that Nicole Richie is in rehab... How old is Rachel McAdams?... No honeymoon for Eva Longoria. Say What? "Because obviously, if you have a womanly figure, you're not allowed to have a brain...

By Liz Kelly  | May 23, 2007; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Celebritology 101: Stalkerazzi Avoidance Tactics

Is it live or is it latex? Oh, what's the difference. (Reuters) Victoria Beckham may be plastic, but plans to snap pics of the former Spice Girl recently blew up in the faces of a horde of stalkerazzi who were chagrined to find they'd been tailing an inflatable stand-in for the former Spice Girl. Not since a pregnant Gwen Stefani hid in the backseat of her brother's car to reach the relative safety of a Target mega-store, has a group of paparazzi been so handily outwitted. While cameras were busy snapping Mrs. Beckham's latex doppelganger, the real Posh was far away, enjoying a private shopping spree at an L.A. adult novelty store. Whether this brilliant bit of surreal bait-and-switch was Posh's brainstorm has not yet been confirmed, but I'm willing to give the former Spice Girl credit for outsmarting the camera-toting mob. After all, this is the woman responsible...

By Liz Kelly  | May 22, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Morning Mix: Paula Abdul Blames Dog for Broken Nose

Headlines: Paula Abdul blames chihuahua for broken nose... Angelina Jolie promotes "A Mighty Heart" at Cannes | More Cannes Coverage... Donald Trump says NBC can't fire him, because he quits (not if Mark Cuban can help it)... Recovering addict Keith Urban greeted with alcohol on Australian flight... Jessica Simpson launching lingerie line... New Zealand city names landfill after John Cleese... "Prison Break's" Lane Garrison pleads guilty in fatal car crash... David Hasselhoff regains right to see daughters... Sylvester Stallone fined for importing illegal drugs to Australia... Judge reduces charge against Creed frontman Scott Stapp... Tom Sizemore charged with five drug-related felonies... Robert Rodriguez to direct "Barbarella" remake. Rumor Mill: Britney Spears and her new hair extensions party in Miami... John Mayer and Jessica Simpson (who supposedly broke up last week) spotted together in New York... Oprah Winfrey surprised to learn father is penning book about her... Sting and David Bowie...

By Liz Kelly  | May 22, 2007; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Who Has the Most CRASS?

Yep, Britney has plenty of CRASS. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Liz is out today because she either is secretly Canadian and wants to celebrate Victoria Day or she has a case of the Mondays. Either way, she'll be back tomorrow. Once upon a time, March 2006 to be exact, a woman named Liz had a dream that one day she could be washingtonpost.com's source for snark and cattiness (David Broder notwithstanding). Through her grit and determination, not to mention her alacrity and pizzazz, she made it happen. And now, 625 Celebrity postings later, it's time to look back and see what we've covered. We examined every one of the 625 posts to determine which celebrities have been mentioned the most. Since all posts aren't equal, we created something we call the Celebritology Reference Accumulated Scoring System, or C.R.A.S.S. Celebrities earn 1 CRASS point for appearing in a Morning Mix...

By  | May 21, 2007; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Morning Mix: TomKat Bikes in D.C.

Headlines: TomKat spotted biking around in Georgetown (second item)... Vanity Fair hosts party in Cannes... Not-So-Sly Stallone fined $2,500 for bringing HGH down under... Kevin and Angela from "The Office" go to Scranton to raise the roof... Jessica Simpson is "very happy" post-breakup... Nick Carter says DUI made him a "better person"... U2 rocks Cannes... Shakira to wed in September but no confirmation from her hips yet... Keira Knightley wants to be more shapely... Singer Amy Winehouse gets married... Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan is dynamite in bed... Britney Spears storms off plane... The Spice Girls reunite... Cameron Diaz dating Mindfreak's Criss Angel?......

By  | May 21, 2007; 6:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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