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Celebritology 2.0: June 24, 2007 - June 30, 2007

Are the Pixar Movies an Animated Boys Town?

'Sup, big guy? Remy of "Ratatouille" makes the rounds. (Walt Disney Pictures) Pixar has done it again. With "Ratatouille," the studio has created another dazzling, clever, uplifting adventure, this time about a French rodent with a flair for food preparation. But Pixar also has done something else again: It's delivered yet another kiddie-centric piece of entertainment with a male in the starring role. Aside from the Harry Potter books, the Pixar films may be the most influential children's narratives of our time. With their bright, digitally rendered colors, winning heroes and stories of triumphing over considerable odds, they are the quintessential fairy tales for the text-message generation. Strangely, though, not one of them features a female as its main character....

By Jen Chaney  | June 29, 2007; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: K-Fed Won't Sign

Headlines: Kevin Federline refuses to sign the papers divorcing him from Britney Spears ... "Valkyrie," the upcoming movie starring Tom Cruise, will shoot in Germany after all, despite alleged concerns about his Scientology background ... Lindsay Lohan reportedly coked up during car crash ... Isaiah Washington didn't go to rehab -- no, no, no ... Death of wrestler Chris Benoit's wife reported on Wikipedia before it actually happened ... Princes William and Harry have requested that Duran Duran play "Rio" at this weekend's concert for the late Princess Diana ... According to a coroner's report, Richard Jeni had a history of mental illness; sadly, the comedian killed himself last March ... Michael Moore, barred from the New York Stock Exchange ... Would you like to buy Moby's apartment for the bargain-basement price of $7.5 million? ... Paris Hilton goes incognito to Maui, but that black wig isn't fooling anyone. Rumor...

By Jen Chaney  | June 29, 2007; 6:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Still Spicy After All These Years

Above: The Spice Girls in 1997. (AP) Below: Today in London. (Reuters) Remember the late '90s when the Spice Girls dominated the charts? Girl power and whatnot? Me either. I was too busy getting into Rage Against the Machine and the Foo Fighters second album and generally dissing overproduced pop of the Spice variety. If pressed, though, I guess I can't deny that their prototypical single "Wannabe" was a global mega-hit and the gimmicky success of their formulaic nicknamed (Sporty, Scary, etc.) image. And I definitely have to hand it to the Girls (or their management) for well-done self-parody in 1997's "Spice World." So, like many former hit-making gimmicky bands before them (The Monkees, The Police) wth the prospect of making a few more bucks before totally hitting the wall, the five Spices reunited today in London to announce plans for a world tour set to launch in L.A....

By Liz Kelly  | June 28, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Miscellaneous  
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Morning Mix: Paris's Interview -- Not So 'Hot'

"Just the whole idea of being in jail is really scary. I wasn't -- I would hate to be alone, so that was really, you know, hard for me in the beginning, to be so alone. And I've had nightmares that my -- someone would break into my cell and hurt me. And just scary times like that." -- Paris Hilton opens up to Larry King about her harrowing three-week jail stint Paris 24/7: Tom Shales reviews Paris's performance... Howard Kurtz reviews Larry King's performance... Us Weekly adds Web site to Hilton ban... Video: MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski refuses to talk about Paris Hilton... People features Hilton in cover story, photo shoot. Live Chat: Join me today at 2 p.m. ET to rant about last night's waste of an hour. Headlines: John Stamos apologizes for "out of character" TV appearance... "Oceans Thirteen" cast raises $5.5 million for Darfur relief... Fashion...

By Liz Kelly  | June 28, 2007; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Signs of the Brit-Pocalypse

For those of you who didn't vote for Britney Spears as the biggest celebrity train wreck in this year's Lizzies, well, I hate to burst your bubble, but Spears is totally crouched and ready to spring into a big ol' belly flop off the sanity diving board yet again. Signs of an impending Brit-pocalypse are lining up like overemphasized clues in a summer slasher flick. Portent No. 1: The blond bimbo bites it. Britney dyed her hair black over the weekend, emerging for the waiting paparazzi looking like a countrified Elvira in hot pants. What's worse, Brit did the dye job herself and reportedly spilled the black dye all over her face. Portent No. 2: More skin = impending doom Following the typical horror equation, Britney's see-through top and bra-baring paparazzi show can mean only that the little devil sitting on Brit's right shoulder has like totally knocked out the...

By Liz Kelly  | June 27, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Celebrities  
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Morning Mix: Paris Headlines. Deal With It.

Beyonce Knowles at last night's BET Awards: Take me to your leader. (AP) Paris 24/7: Paris Hilton starts new life by getting hair extensions, drawing like a 4th grader... US Weekly publishes Paris-free issue... The Post's Bill Booth muses on our fascination with the heiress... The New York Daily News lists Larry King's must-ask questions for Paris... Get Paris's prison release look! Headlines: Rosie O'Donnell posts photo of four-year-old daughter wearing a gun belt, maybe to celebrate her return to "Nip/Tuck"?... Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson top BET Awards... Tom Sizemore's prison sentence reduced by half... Kevin Eubanks and Carrie Underwood voted sexiest vegetarians... Prince Charles is carbon neutral... Larry King to interview Isaiah Washington Monday... Apolo Ohno joins "Dancing With the Stars" tour... John Stamos gives Abdul-esque TV interview... Wrestler Chris Benoit strangled wife, smothered son before killing himself... PETA calls Michael Moore a fatso. Rumor Mill: Oops! Newly-goth Britney...

By Liz Kelly  | June 27, 2007; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Celebritology Clip n' Save: A Little Help for Kelly Clarkson

(Sony BMG) Back in 2002, Kelly Clarkson was the first in a new breed of pop stars -- a bona fide minted-by-us "American Idol." Six seasons later, the "Idol" market is awash with wannabe singers foisted on a public saturated with Hudsons and Picklers and Aikens, oh my. You know it's tough when "soul patroller" Taylor Hicks is headlining bars in Dewey Beach, Del. Kelly Clarkson was different, though. She actually caught fire. Her name worked its way into household ubiquity and was given the pop culture stamp of approval when it was screamed as an epithet by "The 40-Year-Old Virgin's" Steve Carrell. She won Grammy awards and Billboard Awards and People's Choice Awards and even Radio Disney's coveted "Best Sleepover Song" award for "Since U Been Gone." And, most importantly, clawed her way into the U.S. pop charts with seven top 10 hits, making her a bankable investment...

By Liz Kelly  | June 26, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Morning Mix: Paris Liberated

Paris Hilton, free bird. (AP) Headlines: Paris Hilton released from jail; heiress's trash for sale on eBay... Germany says Scientologist Tom Cruise not welcome to film on military bases... Mom says Lindsay Lohan to do "extended care" program after rehab, judge recommends therapy for parents... Rosie O'Donnell says she's out of "The Price Is Right" running, but is Drew Carey now in?... Joey Fatone to host "The Singing Bee"... 50 Cent signs on to co-star with Al Pacino, Robert De Niro... Isaiah Washington in talks with NBC... Salma Hayek buys Kelsey Grammer's Hollywood home for $20 million... Tiger Woods posts first pix of baby on Web site... Prince's L.A. gig wraps up at 5:30 a.m... No Doubt reunites for hometown gig... Get your own Kurt Cobain action figure... Victoria Beckham wins libel case... Tom Sizemore gets 16 months in prison for probation violation... WWE wrestler Chris Benoit and family...

By Liz Kelly  | June 26, 2007; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Eddie Murphy's Golden Child

Eddie Murphy gears up for more daddy day care. (Reuters) Here's a true Hollywood story Charlie Murphy didn't share on "Chappelle's Show": Once upon a time Charlie's little brother, Eddie, dated Spice Girl Melanie Brown (aka Scary Spice). The two consummated their relationship and last fall Brown let it be known that she and Murphy were expecting a kid. Then, in December while giving an interview on a Dutch TV station, Murphy said, "I don't know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test." Brown, horrified by this sudden public repudiation, could only watch as Murphy surgically removed himself from her life and immediately started dating Tracey Edmonds. While Murphy glad-handed his way through the winter months attending premieres, awards shows and mugging for cameras with Edmonds (recently split from producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds), Brown went through her pregnancy alone and continued to maintain...

By Liz Kelly  | June 25, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Morning Mix: Ready for Another Week Dominated by Paris Hilton 'News'?

Headlines: Larry King scores first Paris Hilton post-jail interview... Hilton to check out of Century City facility Tuesday and embark on her "new life"... Tests confirm Eddie Murphy as father of Scary Spice baby... Pix: Newly brunette Britney Spears planning to show true colors soon... Mother of 50 Cent's son sues for more child support... Cameron Diaz apologizes for international fashion faux pas... Lindsay Lohan's parents continue court battles... Suge Knight selling Malibu mansion... Sean and Julian Lennon on speaking terms again... Muggers target Foxy Brown... John Travolta's "Look Who's Talking" movies named Worst Trilogy of All Time. Rumor Mill: Prince William and Kate Middleton back together... Paris Hilton's car repossessed?... Spice Girls set to announce reunion plans?... Tabloid pays $2 million for Eva Longoria wedding pix... Brangelina spend weekend in Spain sans kids... Mandy Moore forgets lyrics on stage... Michael Jackson planning European tour. Say What? "Look, I've...

By Liz Kelly  | June 25, 2007; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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