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Celebritology 2.0: December 9, 2007 - December 15, 2007

How Webby is Bill Shatner?

In which we evaluate the Web presence of celebrities. Not very. (WilliamShatner.com) William Shatner's Web site is -- how shall we put this? -- dated. It's all primary colors and overdramatic fonts. Not only does it look as if it hasn't been redesigned since 1998, Bill's very own blog portion of the site ("Bill's Space") hasn't been updated since June. In fact, it seems Shatner has washed his hands of the site since posting this November video gripe about his lack of involvement in J.J. Abrams' new "Trek" movie. Seriously, his site is like parsecs behind that of other "Star Trek" alums like the tragically hip George Takei. And, instead of cashing in on his kitschy 'net cred by highlighting gems like this quirky favorite, we're instead greeted with a call to congratulate Bill on his Golden Globe nomination. Says one adoring fan: "Bill you DEMON. You've done it again."...

By Liz Kelly  | December 14, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Morning Mix: Sneak Peek at Brit's New Video

Watch: A clip from Britney Spears's new video... Online Videos by Veoh.com Headlines: Jessica Simpson's new movie, "Blond Ambition," going straight to DVD... George Clooney and Don Cheadle honored for Darfur efforts... Madonna and John Cougar Mellencamp among 2008 Rock Hall of Fame inductees... Katherine Heigl says she won't cross picket lines to attend Golden Globes... Despite strike, Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien contemplate January return to TV... Billboard names "Idol" alum Chris Daughtry top seller of 2007... Handwritten J.K. Rowling book sells for $4 million... Paris Hilton pole dances at Berlin nightclub... Rapper Pimp C laid to rest in Texas... Bianca Jagger evicted from New York apartment... Happy 50th birthday, Steve Buscemi! Crime Watch: Former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell files restraining order against alleged stalker... Florida drops domestic battery charges against Creed singer Scott Stapp. Rumor Mill: Paula Abdul's urine stolen by "biggest" fan (well, he must be)... Model...

By Liz Kelly  | December 14, 2007; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Catching Up With Dave Navarro

Dave Navarro and 'Spread' co-host Todd Newman. (Spread Entertainment) Dave Navarro is a little annoyed when I ask him about the "reality show curse." "If you say there's a reality TV show 'curse' then you're saying curses are real," said Navarro in an interview yesterday. "And if curses are real, all the other unknowns must be potentially real -- such as UFOs, Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster. So, maybe we should be looking for those things instead of putting Nick and Jessica through hell." Point taken. Though the guy who staked his claim in the entertainment business as the Jane's Addiction guitarist does admit that his own experiences in documenting his wedding with then-bride-to-be Carmen Electra may have been one factor that ultimately led to their divorce. Another may have been the uptick in interest from tabloids (and, by extension, readers) in prying into stars' private lives....

By Liz Kelly  | December 13, 2007; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Morning Mix: Crowe and Kidman Top List of Overpaid Celebs

John C. Reilly arrives at the premiere of his new movie, 'The Dewey Cox Story,' on Wednesday in Los Angeles. (Reuters) Headlines: Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe named most overpaid celebs... Golden Globe nominations to kick off awards season... Writers strike may dampen star power of Globes and other awards shows... Brangelina named Us Weekly's couple of the year... Paris Hilton, Alec Baldwin make Time's list of "Most Awkward Moments of 2007"... Ike Turner dead at 76 | Gallery... Liza Minnelli collapses on stage in Sweden... Author Terry Pratchett has Alzheimer's... Britney Spears a no-show at scheduled custody case deposition... Hilary Swank takes 45 "supplements" every day... Marie Osmond dances her way into talk show gig... Beckhams visit Las Vegas strip club... Lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $48,000... Tween sensation Miley Cyrus extends concert tour into 2008... Rosanne Cash recovers from brain surgery... Timothy Busfield's wife files...

By Liz Kelly  | December 13, 2007; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Paris Peddles Her Party Girl Rep

Feeling rich: Hilton is on hand to launch the new Rich Prosecco campaign in Berlin today. (Marcus Brandt/AFP/Getty Images) Nothing says class like champagne in a can. Unless that nothing is a gold spray-painted Paris Hilton writhing on a cracked, post-apocalyptic Earth. Sounds kooky, I know, but maybe kooky does wonders for canned champagne sales? In any case, the gold-encrusted Paris (NSFW) is the new face air-brushed body of Rich Prosecco. A promotional Web site for the 21st century Zima describes it as "The perfect "starter drink" for your night." Apparently the copywriters stopped short of adding "have several hours before your arrest on suspicion of DUI -- just like our poster girl, Paris Hilton!" And that is the crux of what most bugs me about this ad. There's just something impertinent about a woman who has a record of driving while intoxicated hawking "starter drinks" to anyone who...

By Liz Kelly  | December 12, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Jessica Alba Preggers

Alicia Keys speaks at a press conference ahead of Tuesday's Nobel Peace Prize concert. (AP) Headlines: "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek suffers heart attack... Hilary Swank takes her relationship with former agent public... Queen Latifah denies rumors that she's planning to marry her female personal trainer... Jessica Alba expecting first child... Amy Winehouse denied jail visit with husband... Kiefer Sutherland deluged with fan mail in jail... Spokesman says Steven Spielberg is not leaving DreamWorks... Paul Reubens planning two new Pee Wee Herman movies... Gwen Stefani establishes scholarship for California wildfire victims... Evel Knievel eulogized by Matthew McConaughey... Gillian Anderson to host Masterpiece Theater Jane Austen-palooza... Orson Welles's "Citizen Kane" Oscar fails to sell at auction. Crime Watch: Daniel Baldwin wants arrest warrant dropped. (And I want a pony, Daniel. Get real.) Rumor Mill: Britney Spears to be deposed in custody case... French producer wants Brit to play Virgin Mary in...

By Liz Kelly  | December 12, 2007; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In Praise of Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts walks the red carpet at the L.A. premiere of 'Charlie Wilson's War.' (AP) Every so often we take a break from the snark, push aside our vitriolic hate of Diane Keaton and get all doe-eyed here at Celebritology central. Like any other average Jane, we're (I'm not putting on airs. I refer to myself and my dog, Page.) susceptible to the charms of brilliant, shimmering star power -- especially when that wattage is the equivalent of green energy. Which is a nerdly way of saying "good." And so today, we gather to sing the praises of one Julia Roberts -- who has again been popping up on red carpets to promote her new movie, "Charlie Wilson's War." She of the big eyes and big smile. She who lives her life largely away from the wack crowd we normally track here. She who pretty much plays herself in...

By Liz Kelly  | December 11, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Paris Hilton Comforts Injured Oompa-Loompa

Will Smith and Tom Cruise pose as Smith leaves his shoe imprint in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. (AP) Headlines: Paris Hilton comforts injured Oompa-Loompa (thereby providing fodder for the headline of my dreams)... Led Zeppelin delivers at London reunion show... Daniel Day Lewis's "There Will Be Blood" tops Los Angeles Film Critics awards (N.Y. & D.C. results)... Regis Philbin tapped to host Oscars pre-show... PETA targets "Trollsen" twins Mary-Kate and Ashley for wearing fur... The Presleys strike again... Amy Winehouse voted dirtiest celebrity... Courtney Love says raising teenage Francis Bean is "hard"... Two-time "Dancing with the Stars" champ Julianne Hough signs record deal... "The Hills" to return for eight bonus episodes in early 2008... Quiet Riot singer Kevin Dubrow died of cocaine overdose... Doctor says drug combo killed Anna Nicole Smith's son... TomKat take in second Spice Girls show in a week. Crime Watch: Pierce...

By Liz Kelly  | December 11, 2007; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Comment Box: Are You Smarter Than Sherri Shepherd?

Sherri Shepard -- Why do such really stupid people get on TV while I am stuck here actually doing real work? -- Sunnydaze I've asked myself that question before, Sunnydaze, but usually when flopped on the couch feigning a level of outrage when confronted with: a. Another lame reality show ("America's Most Smartest Model" or "Hogan Knows Best") b. Another Fox news reader who is all legs and no brain cells. c. Another "Dr. Phil" episode featuring a dysfunctional family of exhibitionists who insist on further disintegrating their familial bond on syndicated television. d. A movie trailer for blasphemous dreck like the upcoming "Alvin and the Chipmunks" reboot. e. This. d. Don Imus. That's why I tend to avoid live TV and only venture in front of the grey screen to watch carefully-selected DVR content or VH1 Classic (because you can never get enough of this). But in the past...

By Liz Kelly  | December 10, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Morning Mix: Scott Baio is 46... and Married

Gerard Butler arrives at the L.A. premiere of his new movie, 'P.S. I Love You,' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP) Headlines: Scott Baio is 46 and married... Oprah hits the campaign trail for Barack Obama, says she's tired of "politics as usual"... Katherine Heigl tries to re-spin "Knocked Up" criticism... Amy Winehouse's mother pleads for troubled singer to come home... Regis Philbin going part-time... Elton John receives award from Maori... Joe Strummer's wife to publish book of late singer's "found" notes, lyrics... Madonna sues New York co-op board for blocking her apartment expansion plans... Bow Wow hospitalized for "stress and exhaustion" after Cincinnati concert... Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough marries. Crime Watch: Arrest warrant issued for Daniel Baldwin after actor fails to appear in court... Vivica A. Fox avoids jail time in drunk driving case... Judge orders Donald Trump to remove hedge from California golf course. Britney...

By Liz Kelly  | December 10, 2007; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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