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Celebritology 2.0: October 14, 2007 - October 20, 2007

Friday Follies: Waste a Day the Celebritology Way

List-a-palooza This Friday I present a trio of lists from other sources with which to while away the few short hours until the official start of the weekend. None particularly lends itself to much outside input, but all three are well worth your precious surfing time. 1. Top 10 Topical Halloween Costumes Everyone Will Be Wearing Even Though We Wish They Wouldn't. Best Week Ever presents their list of the season's top annoying and inevitably ubiquitous disguises. From JT's "SNL" song parody to an iPhone to a post-life Anna Nicole Smith, this list is not for the faint of heart (and possibly not safe for work). 2. Worst Movies Directed by Actors. For those of us who didn't realize that Nicolas Cage and William Shatner have both spent time behind the lens, this list is edifying. For those among us who are fans of "Braveheart" and "The Cable Guy," this...

By Liz Kelly  | October 19, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (150)
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Morning Mix: Brit Runs Over Paparazzo's Foot

Headlines: Ellen DeGeneres says she's done talking about Iggy, cancels show taping... Britney Spears apparently runs over paparazzo's foot... Amy Winehouse arrested for marijuana possession... Actress Deborah Kerr dies at 86... Rat Packer Joey Bishop dies... Bianca Jagger evicted from New York apartment... Jon Stewart re-ups for three more years as 'Daily Show' host... TomKat back in the U.S... The two Coreys on the outs... Bobby Brown, Dee Snyder and Maureen McCormick sign on to "Gone Country" reality series... FBI raids magician David Copperfield's warehouse... Cookbook author accuses Jessica Seinfeld of plagiarism... What do celebrities blog about? Themselves. Non-News: Katie Holmes is not pregnant... Lindsay Lohan is not engaged. Say What? "I was craving bone marrow one day, and I scoured the whole of Paris searching for the leg of a cow. When I finally found what I was looking for, I cut it in half, digging out the yellowish...

By Liz Kelly  | October 19, 2007; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Britney Loses Visitation Rights

Another wrinkle in the ongoing custody case between Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. On Wednesday the court commissioner presiding over the case revoked Spears's right to any visitation with her two sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, pending word about the singer's compliance with court orders. The ruling was announced today. Maybe Commissioner Scott Gordon got wind of her recent criticism of his own performance: "He is so mean. Just an old fart. He told me I was being catty with him, but he was being catty with me and paid me no respect at all." (Source) No word on how this latest ruling affects Iggy the dog (see previous blog entry)....

By Liz Kelly  | October 18, 2007; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Outrage Over Iggy, but Not Brit's Kids?

Britney Spears carries son Jayden James in September. (AP/TMZ.com) As the controversy over Ellen's pound puppy, Iggy, continues to unfold I can't help but compare this case of puppy love gone wrong to another custody case originating from the general 90210 area: the question of who will ultimately retain primary custody of Sean Preston and Jayden James Federline. And, measuring the relative public outrage sparked by the two cases I can only assume that SPF and JJ would have a better chance of tugging on our heartstrings if they grew tails and wore collars (hush you). For anyone who hasn't been paying attention, a quick rundown of each case: SPF & JJ Federline: A judge removed Britney Spears's sons from her care and handed them over to ex-husband Kevin Federline in September. Pending several hoops through which Spears must jump (including counseling and regular drug testing), she may or...

By Liz Kelly  | October 18, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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Morning Mix: Threats Over Fate of Ellen's Pup Iggy

Headlines: Animal rescue official says she's received threats over Ellen DeGeneres dog flap But has the dog already been placed with a new family?....Britney Spears sports jacket emblazoned with the "F" bomb... John Goodman ("Roseanne," "The Big Lebowski") checks out of Malibu rehab... Slash recounts drug-induced hallucinations in new memoir... Tracey Edmonds and Eddie Murphy to wed by year's end... Accomplice says O.J. Simpson asked him to bring "firepower" to Vegas meeting... Simpson, Dionne Warwick named on California tax shame list... Mugshot: Lindsay Lohan's new boyfriend. Rumor Mill: Owen Wilson spotted partying at Santa Monica hotel... Jamie Lynn Spears lands part in Ashton-Kutcher produced sitcom... Disney dumping Vanessa Hudgens from "High School Musical 3"?... Kirsten Dunst to star in Debbie Harry biopic (fab NYT Debby Harry profile)... Ben Affleck ditches screening of his directorial debut to watch baseball game... Paris Hilton vying for role in "Dallas" movie? Say What? "I'm...

By Liz Kelly  | October 18, 2007; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Resume Redux: Bill Maher

The road to the top -- or even the middle -- is often paved with excrement. Today we inaugurate a new semi-regular feature: Resume Redux, a look at the credits our favorites stars may well wish we'd forget. This political wag once worked with science fiction siren Adrienne Barbeau. (AP) Before he became a fixture of the liberal left, talk show host Bill Maher was best known (or not) for parts in blockbusters of the B-movie circuit (today we call that "straight to DVD") and guest spots on TV shows from "Max Headroom" to "Murder She Wrote." What better way to prepare for his eventual career of political punditry than sharing screen time with Mr. T and Shannon Tweed? Bill Maher's Resume Redux: -- "DC Cab": This 1983 classic is actually a must-own for any self-respecting Mr. T fan. Co-starring Garey Busey, Paul Rodriguez and Irene Cara. (Catch a brief...

By Liz Kelly  | October 17, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Morning Mix: Meredith Vieira's 'Brokeback' Crack

Headlines: Stephen Colbert announces presidential bid... Despite tearful plea from Ellen DeGeneres, adopted dog stays with agency. (Were those tears genuine?)... J.K. Rowling inadvertently gives peep show... Jon Voight still hopes to mend relationship with daughter Angelina Jolie... Clay Aiken joins cast of "Spamalot"... Madonna and LiveNation announce $120M deal... Ricky Martin gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame... Steve-O fronts new PETA anti-fur campaign... Foxy Brown pleads innocent to BlackBerry attack... Hot this Halloween: Jailbird Socialite and hair-raising murder defendant Phil Spector top list of pop-culture-inspired costumes. Rumor Mill: LAPD investigating possible hit-and-run involving Orlando Bloom... Pam Anderson and Rick Salomon score reality show... Lindsay Lohan's new boyfriend was engaged. In Case You Missed It: Meredith Vieira cracks a "Brokeback Mountain" joke when interviewing Jake Gyllenhaal... P.S. Britney Spears still hasn't updated her Web site....

By Liz Kelly  | October 17, 2007; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Love to Hate: Oprah's Shoe Fetish

I have not been an Oprah Winfrey fan for years. I think she's self-absorbed, disconnected from reality and holds way too much sway over the minds and tastes of her target demographic. So, my disgust wasn't too difficult to summon when I saw this story about Jessica Seinfeld's $15,000 thank you note to Oprah. Seinfeld -- wife of Jerry -- appeared on Oprah's show last week to promote her new cookbook "Deceptively Delicious." With the book now comfortably perched on the bestseller list, Mrs. Seinfeld sent Oprah a thank you gift of what is estimated to be $15,000 to $20,000 worth of shoes. Here's a look, along with a peek in Oprah's closet: Yes, Jessica is undeniably guilty of Gilded Age behavior here; I expect a velvet-liveried monkey delivered the gift on a recommissioned Concord. But by sharing a glimpse of Seinfeld's largesse with her audience -- along with a...

By Liz Kelly  | October 16, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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Morning Mix: Spears Surrenders on Hit-and-Run Charges

Headlines: Britney Spears turns herself in for Aug. 6 hit and run incident, then paints town pink... Optimist Paul McCartney hopes for "dignified" divorce... Paris Hilton wants to leave her mark on the world; plans to start with Rwanda... Lindsay Lohan returns to movie set... Jennifer Aniston is boring in print again... Ellen DeGeneres under fire for giving dog to hairdresser... Colin Farrell opens up about son's cerebral palsy... "Law & Order's" Vincent D'Onofrio and wife expecting baby... Michael Jackson ordered to pay law firm $175K in overdue fees... Hilary Swank to play Amelia Earhart in new biopic... Lauren Bacall, Scarlett Johannson among honorees at Elle event... Actor Barry Williams (aka Greg Brady, aka Johnny Bravo) honored by Air Force... Two accomplices make deals to testify against O.J. Simpson. Rumor Mill: Diddy expected to turn himself in on club dust-up charges... Prince William and Kate Middleton spend Balmoral weekend with...

By Liz Kelly  | October 16, 2007; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Comment Box: Reese and Jake -- Over Already?

This Jake and Reese thing. What's up with that? Staying far away from each other on the red carpet? And Reese's divorce is final today? Shades of Brad and Angie? And do you think she's too old for him? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion You're talking, of course, about last week's premiere of "Rendition," the prescient new thriller in which Donnie Darko and Elle Woods strike brooding and defiant poses to illustrate the questionable American practice of disappearing suspected foreign terrorists to secret facilities for torture-assisted confessionals. Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal keep their distance at last week's 'Rendition' premiere. (AP) As noted by those who track this sort of thing -- and one USA Today correspondent who apparently watched closely enough to note that "the two did not share eye contact on the red carpet" -- the on-again/off-again/on-again/who knows pair played it cool at last Thursday's...

By Liz Kelly  | October 15, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Morning Mix: Diddy Reportedly Socks Romantic Rival

Headlines: Doctors raided in Anna Nicole Smith death investigation... "View"-ster Elisabeth Hasselbeck to start maternity leave next month... Red Hot Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis welcomes son Everly Bear... Britney Spears's new album cover gives Celebritologist seizure... Orlando Bloom says paparazzi caused minor car crash... Rapper T.I. arrested in weapons sting... Ex-"Idol" contestant Corey Clark pleads guilty to harassment charge... "America's Most Smartest Model" contestant outs him/herself as winner (fourth item). Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan broke after blowing $7 million on party lifestyle... Diddy gives romantic rival bloody nose... James Gandolfini disses presidential hopeful John McCain... Ashlee Simpson denies Botox reports... Josh Hartnett and Rihanna spotted necking in New York club... Vanessa Williams signs $20 million deal with Proactiv... Brangelina spend $2 million on Banksy artwork while "Idol" judge Simon Cowell spends the same amount on two cars... Janet Jackson writing book about her yo-yo weight. Say What? "I think the...

By Liz Kelly  | October 15, 2007; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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