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Celebritology 2.0: September 16, 2007 - September 22, 2007

Friday List: Inspired Albums

My album cover. (Photo: BBC) Jay-Z is back in the rap game, again. This time the Def Jam mogul, who (ahem) retired in 2003, says his new concept album was inspired by the new Denzel Washington-Russell Crowe flick "American Gangster." "It immediately clicked with me," Jay-Z told the New York Times. "Like 'Scarface,' or any one of those films, you take the good out of it, and you can see it as an inspiring film." Fair enough. But Hova's inspiration has inspired me, too, to create this Friday List asking what movies (or to widen the scope, TV shows) would inspire you to birth your own concept album -- rap, pop, punk or any genre of your choice. We'll just assume everyone participating has the mad skills required to get your brainstorms down on wax. Or MP3. Just one caveat: No movie musicals for inspiration. That's just a little...

By Liz Kelly  | September 21, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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Morning Mix: A Sitcom in Britney's Future?

Headlines: Cable company pulls Alicia Silverstone PETA ads... Mary-Louise Parker steps out with new daughter... Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Fergie and other stars ask world leaders to help Darfur... Jay-Z at work on new album inspired by "American Gangster"... LeBron James and Kanye West to kick off new "Saturday Night Live" season... Brad Pitt in talks to join Mark Wahlberg in boxing movie... Rod Stewart's son to stand trial on assault charges... Snoop Dogg gets probation for airport weapons charge... Rapper The Game dismissed on police impersonation charges... TMZ.com mistakenly posts video of faux-Lance Ito commenting on new O.J. charges. Rumor Mill: Britney Spears up for role on NBC sitcom?... Are J.Lo and mom on the outs?... Lopez gives London hotel a laundry list of demands... Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban buy Nashville acreage... Celebutante Kim Kardashian poses for Playboy cover; and is she dating Terrence Howard?... Tori Spelling to...

By Liz Kelly  | September 21, 2007; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Creative Captioning: Me & Mr. Tarantino

She's Britain's very own bad girl, Amy Winehouse -- shakier than a lip-synching Britney Spears in stiletto boots, more powerful than Pete Doherty's cat on crack and able to take out small children with a single whip of her rat's nest bouffant. He's our homegrown film auteur, Quentin Tarantino -- still living down "Grindhouse" and cheeky enough to wear sweats to an awards show (in this case, Britain's MOBO Awards). Shape of one black-clad super-duo! Get the Hall of Injustice on the horn, stat. This unholy alliance is our inspiration for this week's Creative Captioning exercise. What thoughts lurk behind Tarantino's prim smile? And just what is Ms. Winehouse doing? Planning an escape? 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...

By Liz Kelly  | September 20, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Britney Parties Following Custody Case Ruling

Headlines: Britney Spears celebrates custody ruling with a little clubbing (and ice cream)... Justin Timberlake says he doesn't really know Britney anymore... O.J. Simpson makes bail, heads back to Florida home; alleged victim in case arrested for parole violation... Saying he was made a "scapegoat," Dan Rather sues CBS to restore his reputation... Denise Richards asks court to "protect children" from ex Charlie Sheen... Amy Winehouse gives disheveled performance at British awards show... Show me the money: Patriotic crooner Lee Greenwood cancels concert for vets over payment dispute... Matthew McConaughey takes over Owen Wilson's role in "Tropic Thunder"... Radio host says Stephen Colbert stole his joke... Kate Moss, what's going on? Rumor Mill: Paris Hilton banned from Munich's Oktoberfest... Publicist says Jennifer Lopez not pregnant... Did Hayden Panettiere threaten to kill a reporter on the Emmys red carpet?... Russell Crowe to play Moe in a "Three Stooges" update?... Demi Moore...

By Liz Kelly  | September 20, 2007; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Walker, Texas Ranger Says War is Working

The world is a crazy mixed-up place. When Paris Hilton passes for a celebrity and Hollywood's dowagers are thrown away like so many dirty socks, all we can do is surrender to the madness, sit back and enjoy the ride. Norris as Walker, Texas Ranger. (CBS) That's why it's not surprising that action heroes can become Governators, many South Pacific islanders view Rambo as a folk hero* or that Chuck Norris -- whose biggest qualifications are shirtless, oiled-up turns in macho-porn like "Missing in Action" and "Delta Force" (Tagline: "They don't negotiate with terrorists... they blow them away! ") -- thinks anyone cares what he has to say about the progress of the war in Iraq. But Norris, currently visiting troops in Iraq, is doing his part to single-handedly balance out Hollywood's outspoken anti-war critics -- like Sean Penn (who has also had firsthand experience on the ground in Iraq),...

By Liz Kelly  | September 19, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Judge Orders Drug Testing for Britney Spears

Headlines: Britney Spears ordered to undergo random drug testing, hire parenting coach... Spears single "Gimme More" cracks into top 20... O.J. Simpson charged with 10 felonies... Simpson book gets second printing... Kanye West outpacing 50 Cent in album sales showdown... Jury split on Phil Spector murder trial verdict... Joel Madden says marriage to Nicole Richie is in his future... Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban put Nashville home on the market... Alicia Silverstone stars in PETA pro-vegetarian TV ad... Annoying "Britney Guy" may get his own TV show... White Stripes cancel remainder of '07 shows... Zsa Zsa Gabor recovering from leg surgery... "High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens sued for lawyer fees... "Leave It to Beaver's" Ken Osmond (aka Eddie Haskell) sues for unpaid royalties... Tracy Morgan ordered to wear alcohol-monitoring anklet for 80 more days. Rumor Mill: Jennifer Lopez 12 weeks pregnant?... Kathy Griffin dating Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak?... Michael...

By Liz Kelly  | September 19, 2007; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Highbrow: O.J. Revisited Edition

O.J. Simpson in 2001. (AFP/Getty Images) Inspired by columnist Gene Robinson's thoughtful op-ed column, today's Highbrow focuses on O.J. Simpson -- one-time football star and Americana hero who in the '90s transformed into acquitted murderer and cultural lightning rod. For anyone out there who might have spent the last week somewhere this sort of news doesn't permeate immediately, like for instance Ua Pu, a brief recap: Simpson was arrested on Sunday in Las Vegas on suspicion of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and burglary after an incident in which the former NFL-er says he was merely trying to take back some memorabilia that rightfully belonged to him. The tale of the tape (the alleged victim recorded the entire incident), though, reveals a tense situation in which guns and plenty of profanity figured. And, suddenly, we are re-glued to the news, trading "remember whens" about white Broncos,...

By Liz Kelly  | September 18, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: No 'View' for Barry Manilow

Headlines: Barry Manilow refuses to share "View" couch with conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck... Manager and lawyer dump Britney Spears ... Secret witness in child custody case witness revealed to be ginormous former body guard; says Brit used drugs... Goldman family may seek O.J. Simpson robbery memorabilia... Mary-Louise Parker adopts baby girl from Africa... Justin Timberlake smacks pushy photog's camera... Diddy takes too-hot-for-TV perfume ads online... Simon Cowell gives Ryan Seacrest's Emmy performance low marks... 50 Cent cancels three European performances... Zsa Zsa Gabor to undergo leg surgery... "Match Game" panelist Brett Somers dies (sorry, no Wyman-esque appreciation to come). Rumor Mill: FBI says no truth to K-Fed death threat... Federline to become regular on "One Tree Hill"... Rosie O'Donnell turned down Oprah show offer... Cate Blanchett uses stunt butt in "Elizabeth" sequel. Good Read: "...if the case ever gets to trial, Johnnie Cochran isn't around anymore to tell the jury, "If...

By Liz Kelly  | September 18, 2007; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Comment Box: A Five-Point Planner for Brit

Kudos -- and one yellowed Tiger Beat magazine -- to Solver for crafting a winning game plan for struggling popster Britney Spears. Solver's plan was not only complete, but written with a succinctness and simplicity that even Spears should be able to understand. Now if she'd just get with the program. The top three entries are appended below. Now to craft my own strategy for taking a week off of Britney news. (Solver, e-mail me at celebritology@washingtonpost.com with your address and the Tiger Beat -- complete with Robby Benson's plea to save seals -- will be in the mail.) Solver's Plan: 1. Jesus 2. Pilates 3. Counseling 4. Oprah! 5. Timbaland Otherwise, it's: 1. Booze 2. Cupcakes 3. Jerry Springer 4. Divorce Court 5. Branson, Mo. --- Anonymous's Plan: I can condense it to two steps: 1. Call Heff 2. If he says no, call Larry Flynt Result? what we've...

By Liz Kelly  | September 17, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Morning Mix: Lindsay Lohan to Quit Hollywood?

Headlines: O.J. Simpson held without bail in Vegas hotel robbery... "Sopranos" wins top Emmy honors (Full Emmy Coverage | Gossip Roundup)... Britney Spears unveils "Gimme More" cover art... Madonna meets with Israeli president... Tom Cruise movie gets OK to film at German site... Billboard names Reba McEntire Woman of the Year... Jamie Foxx gets Hollwood Walk of Fame star... Evan Handler (Mr. Charlotte) signs on to "Sex and the City" movie... Ioan Gruffudd ("Fantastic Four," "Horatio Hornblower") marries... Peter Fonda selling "Easy Rider" memorabilia... Country singer Mindy McCready sentenced to a year in prison. Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan to quit Hollywood?... Spears custody case may be decided by mystery witness... Brit banned from L.A.'s Chateau Marmont?... Kanye West's "live" VMA performance pre-taped?...

By Liz Kelly  | September 17, 2007; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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