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Celebritology 2.0: August 12, 2007 - August 18, 2007

Friday List: Best Buddies

Batman without Robin, Thelma without Louise, Paris without Nicole -- imagining one without the other is unthinkable. The fabric of the universe would unravel if, say, Laverne turned up at the Shotz brewery minus Shirley or Lenny busted through their basement apartment door without hetero lifemate Squiggy. In short, these duos complete each other and our pop culture lexicon. Today's Friday List comes to us courtesy of New York Magazine's excellent Culture Vulture blog, where editors recently compiled a list of the "15 Most Dynamic Duos in Pop Culture History." The criteria: "No sidekicks allowed! Buddies must be on an equal footing; so long Sancho Panza, Robin, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Romance is completely off the table, so off went Mulder and Scully, Lyra and Will, Fred and Ginger, and Ennis and Jack. And finally, the buddies must stand alone, not as part of some larger group of near-equal importance;...

By Liz Kelly  | August 17, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
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Headlines: Sources Say Brangelina Never Better

Headlines: Jay-Z tops Forbes list of hip-hop moguls... First daughter Jenna Bush engaged... Paris Hilton creates frenzy with launch of clothing line... Victoria Beckham penning fashion advice book... David Beckham blogs about his first L.A. Galaxy goal... Heidi Klum goes topless for new Jordache ads... "Idol" winner Jordin Sparks to release album in November... Amy Winehouse says yes, no, yes to rehab. Pix: Pregnant Salma Hayek ready to pop?... New Angelina Jolie St. John ads and "Wanted" stills. Rumor Mill: Sources say Brangelina are doing really well, despite recent rumors... Brad Pitt gives museum guard $300 tip... Britney Spears spotted out on the town with Criss Angel... Eddie Murphy threatening to sue Melanie Brown for defamation... Isaiah Washington to guest on Star Jones Reynolds's new Court TV show Monday... Carmen Electra working on album... Nicole Richie, Zac Efron and Lauren Conrad recently spotted wearing red Kabbalah(?) string bracelets?... Jack Nicholson's...

By Liz Kelly  | August 17, 2007; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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To Care or Not To Care: 'The Hills'

Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag. (Getty Images) For the past week or so, the usual list of sites I troll has been awash in stories about the stars of MTV's semi-reality show, "The Hills." As usual, I've been ignoring them. But this morning, when scanning a blurb about "Hills"-ster Lauren Conrad saying a post-breast-augmentation co-star Heidi Montag is "not the same person anymore ... I feel like I don't even know [her]," I felt a twinge and started to doubt my "Hills" shut out. This, I thought, is good stuff ("good stuff" meaning, loosely, just the kind of vapid trash to which I tend to gravitate). Conrad's quote about sums it up for me, though. I don't feel like I know her or Heidi or any of the "Hills" kids (nor did I care to know anyone on the show's predecessor "Laguna Beach"). Until now, when I found myself...

By Liz Kelly  | August 16, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Morning Mix: Foxy Brown Whacks Neighbor with Blackberry

Headlines: Foxy Brown arrested for smacking her neighbor with her Blackberry... Rehabber Lindsay Lohan pops into Utah tanning salon... Suri Cruise not falling into Baby Gap... David Beckham scores his first goal for L.A. Galaxy... "SNL" alum Jimmy Fallon engaged... K-Fed-ex Shar Jackson to guest star on "Everybody Hates Chris"... Rosario Dawson set to star in online series... London woman denied custody of Michael Jackson's kids... South Carolina inmate sues Michael Vick for $63 billion. Rumor Mill: Former nannies have a lot to say about Britney Spears | Britney's Allure cover... Rep denies Brangelina adoption rumors... Madonna shocked fellow passengers when she injected vitamins on a recent flight... Russell Crowe to play villian in new "Star Trek" movie... Paris and Nicky Hilton asking $500,000 for New Year party appearances... Cameron Diaz and John Mayer dating?... Is Pink's marriage in trouble? Where Are They Now: MTV News tracks down album cover...

By Liz Kelly  | August 16, 2007; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Ethan Hawke: Ladykiller

The smooth-as-stucco Ethan Hawke. (AP) My dislike of Ethan Hawke was solidified several years ago when reading a Jane Magazine article in which Hawke -- at the time married to a pregnant Uma Thurman -- said men were not meant for monogamy and that his eye had a tendency to wander. This guy, I said to myself, is a jerk. That opinion was confirmed when news of Hawke's extra-marital dalliances led to the couple's ultimate divorce. Hawke's unapologetic take on the break-up: "Martin Luther King Jr. suffered from infidelity, so did John F. Kennedy. You're more likely to find great leadership coming from a man who likes to have sex with a lot of women than one who's monogamous." Oh, thanks for that light bulb moment, Ethan. Get the Swedish bikini team to the White House, stat. In the intervening years, Hawke hasn't done much to shake my low...

By Liz Kelly  | August 15, 2007; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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Morning Mix: Spears Divorce Docs May Be Unsealed

Headlines: Court may unseal Britney Spears/Kevin Federline divorce documents... Spears's bodyguard and former assistant called to testify in custody case... Magazine publishes pix of Spears and assistant frolicking in pool... Lindsay Lohan sued by woman she pursued in car chase... Courtney Love credits "discipline" for drastic weight loss... Fifteen-month-old Shiloh Jolie-Pitt has her own IMDB page... Paris Hilton sells her house for $4.25 million... Victoria Beckham says new Los Angeles home is "major"... Billy Crystal threatening to launch late night TV talk show... Lisa Marie Presley records duet with dad Elvis... Kathie Lee Gifford to turn out for Regis anniversary show... Brad Garrett slaps camera out of photographer's hand... Mel Gibson meets Guatemala's president... Imus settles with CBS, contemplates comeback... Ving Rhames issues statement on dog mauling... Lou Diamond Phillips's divorce finalized... Ashley Olsen, what are you wearing? Rumor Mill: Former lawyers say Michael Jackson owes them $113,750... Amy Winehouse...

By Liz Kelly  | August 15, 2007; 6:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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For Britney, Five Truths Worth Knowing

As mentioned in this morning's Mix, official Celebritology train wreck Britney Spears was recently snapped exiting a Hallmark store carrying the inspirational book "50 Truths Worth Knowing." Described on the Hallmark Web site as a "collection of fifty true-life experiences, this uplifting and unforgettable book offers convincing proof that the most important truths are often revealed in simple and surprising ways." Of course, Simple Brit should know this by now. She's had some important truths revealed to her in surprising ways over the past couple of years: Surprise! Don't drive with a kid on your lap. Surprise! Don't marry a back-up dancer. Surprise! Don't shave your head. I could go on. In the spirit of supporting Brit's new self-help stance, though, I offer an alternative, condensed text below -- one small enough for a laminated wallet card or even a convenient forearm tattoo. And, at FREE, the price is...

By Liz Kelly  | August 14, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Morning Mix: O.J. Simpson's Book Finds New Publisher

Headlines: It's August in California: O.J. Simpson's book finds new publisher... Time for Britney Spears to wear big furry boots with the price tag still attached... Orlando Bloom named Britain's most eligible bachelor... Van Halen (complete with David Lee Roth) reunites for tour... Donnie and Marie Osmond, together again... George Michael starts community service for DUI bust. Rumor Mill: Brangelina planning next adoption?... Paris Hilton can thank crisis management team for new image... Lindsay Lohan's presence irritates fellow rehabbers... Rep denies Colin Farrell's girlfriend is pregnant... Mary-Kate Olsen and Sir Ben Kingsley make out in new movie....

By Liz Kelly  | August 14, 2007; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Celebritology 101: Vacation Tips from the Stars

Pam Anderson and Kid Rock married while vacationing in St. Tropez in July 2006. They divorced after only four months of marriage. Tip? Vacation hook-ups do not always a life-long commitment make. (AP) Last week while vacationing in North Carolina's Outer Banks, I couldn't help but get a little envious as I flipped through pages and pages of bikini-clad celebs looking camera-ready and rested as they spend the dog days of August in far-flung locales where nine-hour gridlock, 100-degree heat and sandy sheets are not considered the epitome of relaxation. It was perhaps while gazing at the zillionth pic of fake-baked Paris Hilton or a topless Matthew McConaughey (or maybe after too much sun and wine) that I received the following revelations. I now share them with you. 1. A vacation without paps is like the earth without oxygen. Why expend the effort to squeeze into a wet suit...

By Liz Kelly  | August 13, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Morning Mix: Spears Assistant Served by K-Fed

Headlines: Britney Spears's cousin/assistant subpoenaed by Kevin Federline... Merv Griffin dies of prostate cancer at 82 | Appreciation | Photos... Baby Spice Emma Bunton welcomes baby boy Beau... TomKat take Suri to the Berlin Zoo... Christina Applegate officially divorced from Jonathan Schaech... America Ferrera house-hunting with boyfriend... David Beckham hits D.C. nightspot following Galaxy loss to United. Rumor Mill: British tabloid says Amy Winehouse is not in rehab, no, no, no... Paris Hilton's on-again, off-again bosom is on again... Nicole Richie spotted buying Rogaine for women... Ashton Kutcher goes into the closet to research upcoming role... Eric Clapton's ex says she had fling with George Harrison following death of four-year-old son... Corey Haim and Corey Feldman reuniting for "Lost Boys 2"... Spice Girl Melanie Brown's new husband wanted in New Jersey animal cruelty case; Brown's mother calls marriage a "mistake"... Angelina Jolie househunts solo in Los Angeles. Say What? "The...

By Liz Kelly  | August 13, 2007; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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