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Celebritology 2.0: September 2, 2007 - September 8, 2007

Britney Spears: The Naked Truth

Spears at last week's opening of the LAX Nightclub at the Luxor Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. (Getty Images) With Britney Spears's big "comeback" scheduled to unfold in approximately 60 hours at Sunday's Video Music Awards, what better time to consider the following question, which arrived courtesy of an anonymous celeb-behavioral savant during last week's Celebritology Live chat. (The question was prompted by this NSFW photo of Brit, whose cheeks speak louder than words): "Brit's Butt: Right before her big breakdown, Mariah Carey also appeared in public with increasingly smaller amounts of clothes. Based on such unshakeable empirical evidence, can we posit that starlets undergoing mental breakdowns manifest their cries for help by appearing nearly nude in everyday situations? Think also of Lindsay posing with her ankle bracelet in a bikini. I think there is a serious scholarly article waiting to be written." Although I had a tendency...

By Liz Kelly  | September 7, 2007; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Morning Mix: Brad Pitt 'Stifled' Attraction to Angie

Headlines: Brad Pitt says he stifled his attraction to Angelina Jolie while wrapping up marriage to Jennifer Aniston... Rut roh: VMA producer says Britney Spears opener will "set tone" for awards show... Malawian official visits Madonna's home to assess adoption... Michael Lohan visits daughter Lindsay in rehab... "High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens calls nude photo "unfortunate"... Jay-Z says he plans to marry Beyonce "one day soon"... Gwen Stefani unveils new L.A.M.B. collection at New York Fashion Week... Edie Falco to guest star on NBC's "30 Rock"... 50 Cent and Kanye West to face off on BET... Stephen Colbert's cast raises $17,500 for charity... Ben Kingsley marries wife number four. A solo George Clooney adjusts his tie at the Venice Film Festival. (Reuters) Rumor Mill: George Clooney dating "Fear Factor" winner?... Balcony-hogging Jessica Simpson annoys Fashion Week party-goers... Paula Zahn blew her fortune, says estranged husband... PIc: Is Pete Doherty...

By Liz Kelly  | September 7, 2007; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Creative Captioning: Debbie's Hairy Get Up

This week, I'm chagrined to find Debbie Harry the focus of our weekly exercise in snarkology. She's an icon. A goddess. She's Blondie, dammit. But, after spotting the photo below, well, how could I in good conscience pass up this rich opportunity for a little dose of creative captioning? Harry (who recently admitted that she'd injected sheep embryos in a bid to retain her youthful looks) it seems, deemed her ensemble appropriate to wear at a launch party for Tommy Hilfiger's new book, "Iconic America: A Roller-Coaster Ride through the Eye-Popping Panorama of American Pop Culture." Eye-popping, indeed. But surely we can do better. Share your own alternate captions below. The best entry will be elevated to a position of prominence here in the blog and the writer of that entry may call him (or her) self "Official Celebritology Captionologist" for the week of Sept. 3 - 7. (AP) Winning...

By Liz Kelly  | September 6, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
Categories:  Creative Captioning  
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Morning Mix: Super-Exclusive Dispatch from Our Capitol Hill Correspondent

Headlines: Luciano Pavarotti succumbs to pancreatic cancer at 71... Oprah Winfrey may lend her help to Barack Obama's presidential bid... Rosie O'Donnell calls Whoopi's first "View" day "all right"... Celebs on hand to kick of New York Fashion Week... Paris Hilton ready to reproduce... Amy Winehouse makes surprise appearance at Britain's Mercury Music Awards... Ryan Seacrest may sing to open Emmy Awards... Jenna Fischer ("The Office") and husband announce split on myspace page... Jennifer Lopez awarded $545K in suit against ex-husband... Phil Spector jury hears closing arguments in murder case... Busta Rhymes's trial date postponed till November. Rumor Mill: Sherri Shepherd to join "The View" as fifth co-host... David Beckham benched for remainder of season... Lance Armstrong and fashion designer Tory Burch split... Kim Porter says Diddy's dalliances played a part in split (second item)... Drew Barrymore dating "He's Just Not That Into You" co-star Justin Long... Maddox Jolie-Pitt enrolls...

By Liz Kelly  | September 6, 2007; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Celebritology 101: When Stars Step in It

It's not often that Jerry Lewis and Whoopi Goldberg enter the same orbit, but this week both aligned on a parallel course headed straight to the planet of misguided notions. I'm not a fan of schlocky slapstick humor, which is pretty much the limit of Lewis's "talent." I'm convinced the "he's loved in France" line is just propaganda designed to malign the French. And, despite his continued commitment to raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, it's time for Jerry to follow his old pal Dean Martin to the great soundstage in the sky retire.* Aside from an early nuanced, heart-breaking performance as Celie in "The Color Purple," Goldberg has never done much for me, either. The fact that she rarely does stand-up these days is a comic relief. And, thank you, nameless Hollywood producers, for releasing us long ago from Whoopi's fabulously hackneyed movies ("Sister Act," "Jumpin' Jack Flash,"...

By Liz Kelly  | September 5, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Nicole Kidman Opens Up About Miscarriage

Headlines: Nicole Kidman says she and Tom Cruise "lost a baby" early in their marriage and that she was secretly engaged after Cruise split... Jerry Lewis apologizes for using anti-gay slur during MDA telethon... Britney Spears to debut new song, "Cry," at Video Music Awards; judge grants continuance in child custody case; bodyguard charged with battery... Whoopi Goldberg makes "View" debut, defends Michael Vick; ABC says fifth host will be announced by year's end... Michelle Pfeiffer tops list of celebs who have aged well... Shaquille O'Neal files for divorce... Tobey Maguire marries baby mama in Hawaii... Halle Berry and boyfriend expecting baby in 2008... Scott Baio and fiancee expecting daughter... Bo Diddley released from hospital... Jude Law arrested in London for alleged attack on photographer... Pipe bomb explodes outside studio owned by "Soprano" Michael Imperioli... Bill Murray tries to explain Stockholm golf cart incident... Rapper The Game ordered to stand...

By Liz Kelly  | September 5, 2007; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Comment Box: Larry Craig -- Celebrity?

I'm Larry Craig and I'm not a celebrity. (AP) Arlington, Va.: So, has Larry Craig gone from minor celebrity (sitting Senator) to being notorious (bathroom cruiser)? And what is the dividing line? -- Submitted via last week's Celebritology Live chat In other words, when does a name (one that might be recognizable to, say, those who follow Idaho politics or the NRA) cross the molecular barrier into infamy? Because, if I understand your question, you do appreciate the difference between a bona fide celebrity and someone of Craig's stature, whose name -- whose entire existence -- will forever serve as a sort of shorthand for a bouquet of salacious circumstances which, combined, give him the approximate celebrity quotient afforded to Monica Lewinsky's blue Gap dress. Which is to say that Larry Craig, at least in these rarified halls where we presume to make serious study of all things Celebritological,...

By Liz Kelly  | September 4, 2007; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Brangelina Ready for Baby No. 5

Headlines: Brangelina ready for fifth child... Aggressive Italian fan grabs Brad Pitt... Director says Owen Wilson, now home, is doing better... Richard Gere urges boycott of Beijing Olympics... Billy Joel's wife turned away from Diddy's annual white party... Kate Walsh marries movie exec... Usher and Tameka Foster exchange vows, again... Former "Family Ties" co-star Brian Bonsall pleads guilty to domestic assault... Paris Hilton on cover of October British Elle (pix). Rumor Mill: New Anna Nicole Smith book alleges Howard K. Stern and Larry Birkhead were lovers... "Today" drops Cosby interview... Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams split... Lindsay Lohan gets hair extensions rehabbed... A snag for Madonna's Malawi adoption?... Casey Affleck and Summer Phoenix expecting second child....

By Liz Kelly  | September 4, 2007; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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