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Celebritology 2.0: November 11, 2007 - November 17, 2007

The Great 'Star Wars' Debate

Modern mythology: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in the original 'Star Wars.' (Twentieth Century Fox) Today we depart from our regularly scheduled programming to continue a debate that began in yesterday afternoon's Celebritology Live chat. If you weren't in on the initial flare up, here's the gist: Last week, one of the Onion's pop culture writers reportedly (though we can't seem to find the piece online and it might've just been another Onion-flavored ruse.) admitted that she'd never seen the original "Star Wars" trilogy and, furthermore, didn't plan to see the movies since she got plenty of the references from parodies and the like. On the level or not, a heated debate about the relevancy of Lucas's movies was ignited. Many chatters, like me, consider the original "Star Wars" must-see viewing for any self-respecting student of pop culture, film or science fiction. But a small, vocal band...

By Liz Kelly  | November 16, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: La Lohan Serves 84 Minutes in Jail

Headlines: Lindsay Lohan spends 84 minutes in jail... Reunited Spice Girls debut at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show... Lance Armstrong says Ashley Olsen is just a friend... Hollywood Christian group prays for Britney Spears... Is Brit on her way to bankruptcy?... Funeral set for Kanye West's mom... Adoption agency says Angelina Jolie's adoption of Zahara was legal... Stylist says Jolie's pants didn't split on red carpet... Following an on-stage meltdown, Amy Winehouse's tour manager quits amid drug accusations... Heart trouble forces Wayne Newton to cancel Vegas shows... Paris Hilton plans Nicole Richie's baby shower... Hayden Panettiere a fugitive from Japanese justice... Hugh Hefner donates $2 million to USC film school... Madonna teams up with Gucci to raise money for Malawi orphans... Perky Paige Davis returning to "Trading Spaces"... Guitarist Slash files suit against real estate agent for not producing "dream home"... Katie Cassidy (David Cassidy's daughter) arrested for underage drinking, gives...

By Liz Kelly  | November 16, 2007; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Creative Captioning: Oh, Rihanna!

My first impression of the photo below? That one of those boots would make a great lamp base, kind of like that kickin' fishnet leg lamp from "A Christmas Story." My second thought was "did Cher bob her hair?" But then I looked a little closer and, horrified, realized that this is actually neither Cher nor Lita Ford, but 19-year-old (usually glam) pop prodigy Rihanna. Maybe she didn't realize pix from her Wednesday concert in Switzerland would make it over to this side of the Atlantic. But, silly girl, we live in a global village and, let me tell you, it doesn't take a village to know that this get-up has got to go. Let's hope she learns her lesson before her performance at Sunday's American Music Awards. Help Rihanna get the message by submitting your own captions for the photo above. The best entry will be elevated to a...

By Liz Kelly  | November 15, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Morning Mix: Matt Damon is All That, Says People Mag

Rumer Willis smiles after learning she'll serve as Miss Golden Globe at the upcoming 65th Annual Golden Globe Award ceremony. (AP) Headlines: O.J. Simpson ordered to stand trial in Las Vegas robbery... Matt Damon named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine, but Damon turns down the honor... Katie Holmes tops Us magazine list of best celebrity makeovers... Kanye West pulls out of Victoria's Secret Fashion Show appearance... Steven Spielberg to collect lifetime achievement award at Golden Globes... Marie Osmond's 16-year-old son enters rehab... K-Fed-ex Shar Jackson says she helps take care of Britney Spears's kids... Ellen DeGeneres cancels New York show tapings... Amy Winehouse booed at tour kick off... Oh no he Diddy'nt... Howard K. Stern said he's "basically broke"... Gyllenspoon enjoy romantic Napa Valley getaway... Ellen Pompeo marries music producer... President Bush named ""least-powerful, least-inspiring and least-intriguing [person] in Hollywood"... Don Imus returning to television (kind of). Natalie...

By Liz Kelly  | November 15, 2007; 6:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Matchmaking: Celebrity Species

Yesterday's rumors of Paris Hilton's interest in drunken African elephants turned out to be greatly exaggerated. In fact, the most exotic drunk Paris has ever seen is probably Stavros Niarchos. But, this non-story could serve as an inspiration to Paris and other stars who -- in the name of good PR -- should flock to the ever-expanding list of endangered species to adopt a pet cause. Below, we pair a few more celebs with endangered species in need of a little star power. 1. Mary-Kate Olsen and the Black-Footed Ferret In addition to sharing a striking resemblance and hyphenated names, both Mary-Kate and the ferret have experienced trouble staying properly nourished. 2. Star Jones Reynolds and the Slender Chub Reynolds, who faced her own obsolescence from "The View," may find it easy to identify with Virginia's Erimystax Cahni. 3. Duane "Dog" Chapman and the Wild Ass This beefy bottle blond's...

By Liz Kelly  | November 14, 2007; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Paris Hilton Not Detoxing Drunk Elephants

Christina Aguilera shows off her baby bulge at Tuesday's launch of Rock the Vote 2008 in Los Angeles. (Getty Images) Headlines: Sorry drunken elephants, Paris Hilton is not in your corner (huh?)... Coroner delays ruling on cause of death for Kanye West's mother; surgeon had two malpractice suits... Angelina Jolie writes about Darfur for The Economist... Johnny Carson tops list of greatest TV icons... O.J. Simpson's pals say he instructed them to carry guns into Vegas hotel room... Fired publisher Judith Regan sues former employer for $100 million... Paparazzo reportedly in critical condition after colliding with Britney Spears's car... Spears to face judge for running red light with kids in car... Nancy Grace hospitalized with complications following pregnancy... Ryan Phillippe says he was suicidal after split from Reese Witherspoon... Ryan Seacrest to help Dick Clark usher in new year again... Pam Anderson to help homeless on Thanksgiving... Nicole Kidman...

By Liz Kelly  | November 14, 2007; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: Jessica Simpson's 'Major' Stinker

In the just-released trailer for the upcoming Jessica Simpson idiot-vehicle movie "Major Movie Star," co-star Vivica Fox delivers this prophetic line: "I think I just threw up in my mouth a little." Prophetic because as I watched the trailer, well, let's just say I identified. Let's see if you can go the whole two minutes and 20 seconds without even a burp: For those not able to watch the trailer at work, the movie features Simpson as a bankrupt starlet who joins the Army (cue in-your-face product placement) in a desperate attempt to change her life. Tagline: "The Few. The Proud. The Blonde." Yeesh. Beyond the fact that "Major Movie Star" advertises itself as yet another Jessica Simpson-fronted stinker ("Employee of the Month," "Dukes of Hazzard." When will they learn?), I can't help being annoyed by the deeper incongruity here: While "Major Movie Star" is hardly the first military-centric screwball...

By Liz Kelly  | November 13, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Morning Mix: Kanye West Thanks Fans for Support

'August Rush' co-stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keri Russell make an appearance at MTV's 'TRL' on Monday. (AP) Headlines: Plastic surgeon says he's not responsible for the death of Kanye West's mother... West thanks fans for support... Elisabeth Hasselbeck reveals son's name: Taylor Thomas... "Dancing With the Stars" pro Karina Smirnoff gets nose job... Richard Gere wins humanitarian award for Tibetan work... Justin Timberlake to host charity golf tournament... Britney Spears auctioning signed copy of her album for charity... Spice Girls commercialize for British big box retailer... E! picks up second season of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians"... Barack Obama's campaign seeking star power... Reese Witherspoon's son offered a job at Pizza Hut... Break open the piggy bank, Warhol's Liz Taylor print to be auctioned... Boy George charged with false imprisonment... Rapper T.I. says he'll be exonerated on weapons charges... "Lost" webisodes released online.... Brad Pitt's got Angelina Jolie's...

By Liz Kelly  | November 13, 2007; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Comment Box: Domestic Bliss for Rachael Ray?

Rachael Ray. (PR Newswire) I saw Rachel Ray [sic] on the Inquirer [sic] (I think) again. Is her husband still spittin' on girls? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion You, sir or madam, have a rare ability to communicate much with an economy of words. Hats off. Now to answer your question. As you so delicately point out, this isn't the first whiff of scandal to swirl around Ray and wannabe rocker husband John Cusimano. Almost exactly a year ago the Enquirer ran a story claiming that Cusimano paid some enterprising young thing $500 a session to have her spit on him and rub her dirty feet on his body. Was EVOO involved? We don't know. Now the Enquirer is raising the red flag over Ray's marital bliss again, claiming the domestic diva has kicked hubby Cusimano out after he cheated on her (again). And, back in...

By Liz Kelly  | November 12, 2007; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Morning Mix: With Kids in Tow, Brit Runs Red Light

Dustin Hoffman lays one on co-star Natalie Portman at the premiere of 'Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium' Sunday night in New York. (Getty Images) Headlines: Text-happy Britney Spears reportedly runs red light with kids in back seat (video)... Elisabeth Hasselbeck gives birth to baby boy and will call Monday's "View" to reveal name... Rosie O'Donnell plans online show... Kanye West's mother dies from cosmetic surgery complications... Christina Aguilera throws baby shower at her Beverly Hills home... Witnesses say O.J. Simpson did not brandish gun during alleged Vegas robbery... Amy Winehouse attends husband's court hearing... Priest accused of stalking Conan O'Brien hospitalized... ABC to air partial "Lost" season... "Terminator" tops quotable movies. Rumor Mill: Tabloid says Spears did not fail drug test, as previously reported... Kate Hudson and Heath Ledger spotted "making out" at Hollywood club... Partying causes rift between Prince Harry and long-term girlfriend... Mick Jagger's underground swimming pool plans...

By Liz Kelly  | November 12, 2007; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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