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

Friday List: Better Off Dead

Go away, little girl. "Lost's" Kate (Evangeline Lilly) and Jack (Matthew Fox). (Photo courtesy ABC) Sometimes it's okay to hate. Most especially when the hate is directed at a make-believe entity. When it comes down to it, there are lots of reasons to wish a fictional character dead: He's unlikable; she serves no purpose to the plot; his very existence ruins an otherwise well-told tale or, like a pebble lodged in one's shoe, she's just unbearably annoying. Recognizing this, the staff over at New York Magazine's Culture Vulture blog compiled a list of 10 fictional characters that would be better off dead. Their picks range from alleged movie-ruining wet rags like "Spider-Man's" Kirsten Dunst to "24's" Jack Bauer, who wore out his welcome a day (read: season) ago. Today, we'll build on this list by compiling our own fictional character death row. Who would you ax (not literally) if...

By Liz Kelly  | July 27, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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Morning Mix: Lohan 911 Tape Released, Nicole Richie Sentenced

Update, 12:53 p.m. ET: Nicole Richie sentenced to four days in jail. Headlines: Lindsay Lohan 911 tape released... Dina Lohan gives another interview to ask for privacy... Little sis Ali Lohan calls dad a "liar"... Naomi Watts gives birth to son Alexander Pete Shreiber... Man who threatened to sell stolen TomKat wedding pix arrested... Spice Girl Melanie Brown says baby with Eddie Murphy was planned... "Beowulf" (starring Angelina Jolie) trailer now online... J.K. Rowling says she's working on two new books... Singer Rihanna launches line of umbrellas... Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband (who once claimed he fathered Anna Nicole Smith's baby) says he was robbed by three women who handcuffed him naked to his car. Rumor Mill: K-Fed demands Britney Spears return kids to Los Angeles after eventful Vegas trip... Spears fires assistant... Is 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears pregnant?... What's Paris Hilton smoking?... Nicole Richie will likely spend five days in...

By Liz Kelly  | July 27, 2007; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Highbrow: Lindsay Lohan Zeitgeist Edition

(Joe Hadley for washingtonpost.com) Sure, we all claim we're sick of Lindsay Lohan and her made-for-reality-TV antics, but what does her very existence say about our culture? I'm curious and would like to get your thoughts in the comments section -- but first, read what some other publications are saying: Psychologist Harris Stratyner says in the NYT that Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears are "making a mockery of rehab." But is Lohan the victim of a permissive culture, shameless parents (registration required) or merely a typical addict, prone to relapse? Who cares? When it comes to celebs, the uglier the better, right? When it comes to predicting Lohan's future, though, look no further than the bottom line. More Good Reads: The Stiles Ultimatum (New York Magazine) The Simpsons Go to Paris (Harper's Bazaar) The Fug Girls See the End Times Coming (New York Magazine) L.A. Confidentiality (Los Angeles Times)...

By Liz Kelly  | July 26, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Morning Mix: Britney's OK! Interview Leaked Online

Britney Spears: Blog posts Britney's OK! magazine interview a day early. No shocking photos accompany the story (maybe because OK! is refusing to pay Spears for the interview). The details: -- Britney filmed a self-financed music video the same day. -- Britney racked up $21,267 bill in damaged and "taken" items. -- Britney wiped greasy fingers on a $274 gown. -- Britney's Yorkie puppy pooped on a $6,700 Zac Posen gown. -- Britney seemed disoriented after multiple trips to the bathroom. -- Britney eventually stormed out of the photo shoot. Also, K-Fed reportedly not speaking to Britney. Headlines: Nicole Richie interview to air on GMA next week... John Mayer falls into the Gap... Harold Perrineau (Michael) returning to "Lost"... Matt Damon gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame... Paris Hilton buys (another) new dog... Mindy McCready taken into police custody... "Pulp Fiction's" Peter Greene arrested for possession of crack cocaine......

By Liz Kelly  | July 26, 2007; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Catching Up With Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake. (Getty Images) It's Tuesday morning and Ricki Lake is calling from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she's wrapping up work on the Lifetime movie "A Very Lucky Girl" and looking forward to a weekend visit from her kids. While Lake had her make-up touched up between shots, we talked about her acting debut in the 1988 John Waters-directed "Hairspray" (she originated the role of dance-crazed Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad), her cameo in this month's well-reviewed remake and, in light of Lindsay Lohan's latest arrest, how she managed to navigate celebrity as a young actress. With a few movies in the offing, a documentary project and a possible ABC pilot, things are picking back up for the woman who credits "Hairspray" for giving her a 20-year (and counting) career. Read the full interview after the jump......

By Liz Kelly  | July 25, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Morning Mix: Latest on Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan: Lohan says she's innocent in e-mail to Billy Bush... Court date set for Aug. 24th for both DUI arrests... Mom Dina says family needs privacy... Dad Michael ordered to keep his distance, but says Lindsay won't make it without family truce... Is her career over? Can she get a rehab refund? More Headlines: OK! magazine's Britney Spears breakdown issue to hit stands Friday (details)... Umbrella and SUV featured in Spears beatdown up for auction... Julia Roberts to receive career honor... Bids for Keith Richards's autobiography top $7 million... Paula Zahn leaving CNN... Daniel Craig is highest paid British actor... Dave Chappelle produces Muslim comedy film... Courtney Love wants her old mouth back... Esai Morales denies ex-girlfriends claims of assault, herpes... Tupac Shakur's family tries to block sale of late rapper's recordings... G-Unit rapper Yayo rejects jail offer in assault case. Rumor Mill: Tom Cruise wows party guests by...

By Liz Kelly  | July 25, 2007; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Lindsay Lohan: An Arresting 2007 Timeline

Lindsay Lohan's July 24 mug shot. (REUTERS/Santa Monica Police Dept./Courtesy TMZ.com) This morning Lindsay Lohan was arrested on suspicion of DUI (among other charges), adding another chapter to a busy year for the actress. Below, a look at how she's spent the first seven months of 2007: Jan. 17: Lohan checks into L.A.'s Wonderland Center rehab saying she wants to "take care of my personal health." Feb. 20: Lohan leaves rehab after 30-day stay. May: Lohan says she plans to start work on a third album in August. May 11: "Georgia Rule," co-starring Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman, released to lukewarm reviews. May 26: Lohan arrested after crashing her Mercedes into a Beverly Hills sidewalk. She is charged with DUI; cocaine is found in the car. May 28: As photos of an incoherent Lohan surface on Web sites, the starlet enters Promises rehab facility in Malibu. July 2: Lindsay...

By Liz Kelly  | July 24, 2007; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
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Morning Mix: Lindsay Lohan Arrested on Multiple Charges

Breaking Lohan News: Lindsay Lohan arrested; charged with suspicion of driving under the influence (while wearing ankle bracelet), driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance and bringing contraband into a custody facility... Lohan released on $25,000 bail. Update, 4:29 p.m. ET: Lohan returns to rehab, lawyer says she was alerted to relapse. Headlines: Drew Carey, come on down!... Kelly Clarkson apologizes to Clive Davis... Paris Hilton begins her post-jail life of charity work... Eva Mendes poses nude in final issue of Jane magazine... Prince advising Michael Jackson on comeback strategy... J.Lo and Marc Anthony team up for tour... Sober Brigitte Nielsen turns out for Flavor Flav roast... David Hasselhoff wants to produce daughters' pop careers... Ja Rule, Lil Wayne arrested on gun charges... Is this really Madonna's arm? Rumor Mill: Britney Spears reportedly melts down at magazine photo shoot; buys new L.A. home; spawns pregnancy rumors... Hilary...

By Liz Kelly  | July 24, 2007; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Celebreality Review: 'Rock of Love'

If, like me, you missed last week's first "Rock of Love" installment, it's not too late to catch up with the newest kid on the celebreality block. Until only a week ago, it appeared Flavor Flav would reign in perpetuity as the unchallenged king of reality TV. "Flavor of Love" was contrived, outrageous, disturbing, mysogynistic, utterly irresistible TV. Turns out, though, that Flav isn't the only washed-up musician (using "musician" in the broadest sense of the word) capable of wrangling a house full of bimbettes with bared fangs bent on winning the supposed prize of becoming [insert washed-up star's name here] lady love. In Poison front man Bret Michaels, the man at the center of "Rock of Love," VH1 has found a worthy successor to Flav -- one whose take on cathouse matchmaking is just different enough to deserve an hour of our already packed weeks. Trust me, TV history...

By Liz Kelly  | July 23, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Morning Mix: Britney Set to Tell All?

Pix: Beckhams welcomed to L.A. at Sunday party... Flavor Flav roasted by cavalcade of rappers, red-headed comics. Headlines: Tammy Faye Messner dies at 65... Laila Ali marries former NFL star Curtis Conway... "Full House's" Jodie Sweetin marries in Vegas... John Travolta sues Florida airport... 50 Cent sues over "Shoot the Rapper" game... Ex-girlfriend says "NYPD Blue's" Esai Morales gave her herpes... Country star Mindy McCready arrested for battery, resisting arrest. Rumor Mill: Britney Spears negotiates tell-all interview with OK! magazine... Chris Noth could hold up "Sex and the City" film... Lindsay Lohan signs on for role in tango film... Nicky Hilton buys $3 million Hollywood hills home. Say What? "Here's another clue for you all: The Walrus was Paulie." -- "Sopranos" creator David Chase continues to toy with us. Stargazing: The Sunday Travel section's handy primer for attending a Hollywood Walk of Fame dedication....

By Liz Kelly  | July 23, 2007; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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