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Celebritology 2.0: September 23, 2007 - September 29, 2007

Friday List: Go Ahead, Remake My Day

Russell Crowe's on target performance in the '3:10 to Yuma' remake perfectly illustrates this blog post. Or I just like looking at Russell Crowe. (Lionsgate) Back in April, we compiled a list of movies so sacred that even uttering the word "remake" in their general vicinity constituted a crime against all that is right and good. "Leave alone our 'Escape from New York,'" we said. "Unhand 'Wonder Woman' and 'Hairspray' and shame on you, nameless faceless movie execs for even thinking you could replace Divine. A scant five months later, though, we live in a changed world. A world where the John Travolta-fronted "Hairspray" remake was not only lauded by critics, but a bona fide box office smash, taking over $117 million in domestic box office receipts. Divine who? And, thanks to a kick-butt cast led by Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, the September release of western classic "3:10...

By Liz Kelly  | September 28, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Morning Mix: Wedding Bells for Jacko?

Headlines: O.J. Simpson's "If I Did It" outsells former President Clinton's "Giving"... Oprah is highest paid TV personality... Bono gets medal for humanitarian work... Madonna, Beastie Boys nominated for Rock Hall of Fame inclusion... Former N' Sync-er Joey Fatone offers his support to Britney Spears... Spears wins "Most Embarrassing TV Dance of All-Time" accolade... Gisele Bundchen puts her Manhattan perch on the market for $10.9M... Dylan McDermott and wife Shiva Rose separate... Heather Locklear says she's dating Jack Wagner... Indian actress Shilpa Shetty still feeling effects of kiss from Richard Gere... Carrot Top rocks the 'roid look... Vivica A. Fox pleads not guilty to drunk driving charges... Script stolen from Francis Ford Coppola's Argentina home... "Battlestar Galactica's" Mary McDonnell files court order against alleged stalker. Rumor Mill: Kiefer Sutherland removed from police fundraiser... Michael Jackson still single, for now... Elizabeth Taylor planning ninth marriage?... Diddy etiquette, lesson No. 1... Did...

By Liz Kelly  | September 28, 2007; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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Creative Captioning: Spect(o)ral Analysis

This much we know: Just moments after a judge declared a mistrial in the murder case against Phil Spector, he and wife Rachelle exited the L.A. Superior Court. What we don't know, though, speaks volumes. What thought was going through the reclusive music producer's mind here? Is his wife elated or secretly annoyed that he'll be home to share the hairspray for quite some time? If anyone knows, it's you. Share your 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. 23 - 29. Deliver your sentence(s) below... (AP) Winning Captions 1. Phil Spector can't believe the "Wall of Crap" defense was so effective. -- lydacole 2. People lots people nice people photo snap-snap sunny day apple scruffs BOIL SNUFFY BUNNY!...

By Liz Kelly  | September 27, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning MIx: Join Brit in the Bathroom

Headlines: Judge declares mistrial in Phil Spector murder case... Director Rob Reiner endorses Hillary Clinton... Britney Spears invites paparazzo into public bathroom; gets new weave... School asks parents to stop snapping pix of Brangelina... Elton John derides Bush administration's AIDS policy; defends photo in kiddie porn probe... Jennifer Lopez says she's not pregnant... Milla Jovovich talks about pregnancy weight gain... Ryan Seacrest to direct David Hasselhoff comedy for E!... Drew Carey says he doesn't have much sympathy for Owen Wilson... Evan Rachel Wood plans to cover up Beatles tattoo... Reba McEntire muscles Kanye West out of top spot on album charts... Inmate says he lied about information in Notorious B.I.G. killing. Rumor Mill: Pink on verge of divorcing husband Carey Hart?... Steve-O says Lindsay Lohan once stole drugs from him... Dina Lohan says Lindsay's not ready to leave rehab... Melissa Joan Hart pregnant with second child. Chat Day: Grab a...

By Liz Kelly  | September 27, 2007; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Lost' Book Club: 'The Turn of the Screw'

(Norilana Books) It's only fitting that as we enter October, a month known primarily for its association with Halloween and tales of the creepy-spooky-altogether-ooky variety, that we turn our collective attention to a ghost story as the next selection in the "Lost" Book Club. And so it is with great foreboding (and, unfortunately, without any shrieking audio or spooky fonts) that we utter the name of this tome: "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James. Why We Chose It: In the episodes "Orientation" and "Live Together, Die Alone," the first in a serious of mysterious orientations films is stored on a book shelf, directly behind a copy of -- you guessed it -- "Turn of the Screw." Coincidence? Well, maybe. But in "Lost" World, literary references are usually the result of a calculated formula calibrated for the right mix of "aha" and "hmm" from we unwitting innocents. James's...

By Jen Chaney  | September 26, 2007; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Keifer Sutherland Arrested for DUI

Headlines: Keifer Sutherland arrested on DUI charges... Humanitarian socialite Paris Hilton planning Rwanda visit... Taye Diggs: Call me "McChocolatey"... George Clooney 911 tape released... Olsen twins launch new "Elizabeth & James" (???) clothing line for "the sophisticated woman with a playful side"... Keira Knightley says she has self-esteem problems... Angelina Jolie to meet with British foreign policy chief... Kate Moss engaged to new boyfriend Jamie Hince... Judge drops Pamela Bach hit-and-run charges. Rumor Mill: Jessica Biel in talks to play Wonder Woman... Tom Cruise planning $10 million underground bunker to escape Armageddon?... David Duchovny says "X-Files 2" to start shooting in December... Clintons ask New York eatery to take down photo of daughter Chelsea... More Oscar de la Hoya pics surface (third item). Say What? Kanye West on being the "number one human"......

By Liz Kelly  | September 26, 2007; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chris Crocker, Leave Us Alone

Chris Crocker, newly-minted 'net star. (AP) Last week, Chris Crocker rose from the obscurity of his grandparents' Tennessee house and his status as a Perez Hilton remora to become the latest Internet-created celebrity. Proof positive that there is something actually more pitiful than Britney Spears herself, Crocker is particularly hard to stomach because he's clawing his way into the pop culture lexicon by stepping on Brit's neck. If you haven't yet watched Crocker's career-making plea to "Leave Britney Alone," you can do so here. If you don't have much of a stomach for whining and crocodile tears, skip it and know that it is two minutes and 11 seconds of very calculated nails-on-chalkboard ravings by a very shrewd 19-year-old who purports to defend Spears, who he says is getting a rough break. Leave her alone, he asks, while at the same time doing everything he can to get us...

By Liz Kelly  | September 25, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Rosie O'Donnell Sabotages Her Own Book Release

Morning MIx: Rosie O'Donnell cancels all book promo interviews... Jon Stewart to interview Bolivian leader... Bruce Springsteen playing two Asbury Park boardwalk shows... Inquest into death of Daniel Smith to begin next month... Britney Spears kind of dyes her hair, y'all... Charlie Sheen accuses ex Denise Richards of "abuse and harassment"... "Dancing With the Stars" co-host Samantha Harris welcomes baby girl... "Family Ties'" Tina Yothers delivers baby boy... Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana") victim of pregnancy rumor Internet hoax... Kevin Spacey meets with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez... Richard Gere calls Iraq invasion "big lie"... Larry Birkhead's former lawyer sues him for defamation... $7 million may be missing from James Brown's estate... Mike Tyson pleads guilty to cocaine possession and DUI charges in Arizona... David Hasselhoff's ex-wife booked on hit-and-run charges... Hulk Hogan's son fined $1,000 for speeding. Rumor MIll: Lindsay Lohan to leave rehab this weekend? (second item)... Victoria Beckham homesick,...

By Liz Kelly  | September 25, 2007; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Comment Box: A McCartney-Mills Update

What is the word on the train wreck that was the Paul/Heather divorce - has it become civilized? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion Maybe under-the-radar would be a better term than "civilized." Either way, we haven't heard much in the past couple of months about this high-profile split. Shocking when you consider this survey finding that the Macca split eclipsed terrorism and human rights as Britain's biggest legal story of the year. There was a whiff of excitement late last month when Paul, who along with Mills is vacationing (separately) in the Hamptons, was spotted cuddling up to Renee Zellweger at a Tom Petty concert. Still, one "friend" tells London's Daily Mail that Mills and McCartney are now "friendlier than ever." Prompting, of course, the inevitable speculation that once-troubled couple may yet reconcile. A quick scan of Macca news this morning returns nothing more scandalous -- and...

By Liz Kelly  | September 24, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Morning Mix: George Clooney Injured in Motorcycle Accident

Headlines: George Clooney breaks rib in motorcycle accident... Britney Spears charged with hit-and-run in August parking lot fender bender... Salma Hayek gives birth to baby girl... Pregnant Nicole Richie frolics on Hawaiian beach... Mime Marcel Marceau dies at 84... Dennis Rodman investigated for smacking woman's rear... Rapper DMX investigated on animal cruelty charges. Rumor Mill: Former bodyguard details life in the Spears household... Richie Sambora checks in to Utah's Cirque Lodge; fellow Cirque guest Lindsay Lohan named in another guest's divorce papers... Brangelina planning to adopt from Burma?... Cynthia Watros ("Libby") to return to "Lost" in flashbacks....

By Liz Kelly  | September 24, 2007; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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