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

Friday List: 2007's Top Celeb Surprises

Jamie Lynn Spears's pregnancy was only the latest addition to a year rife with Celebritological surprises. Below, the Celebritology Field Agent Guild and I have compiled a list of the items we found most surprising over the last 12 months. Some are silly, some are serious -- all took us by surprise. The list is far from comprehensive, so add your own below. Papa-wow! Kevin Federline. (AP) * K-Fed -- he of the jaw-droppingly inept rap career and Britney's shadow -- emerges as a good parent (at least when compared with baby mamma Britney). He's got primary custody of kids Sean Preston and Jayden James while Brit continues her shame spiral. * Jennifer Love Hewitt and Tyra Banks are fat? So sayeth some seriously dysmorphic "critics." Snark clearinghouse TMZ.com headlined one bikini shot of Hewitt "We know what you ate this summer, Love -- everything!" Nice. * Tony Parker gets...

By Liz Kelly  | December 21, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Morning Mix: Nickelodeon Mulls Teen Sex Special

R. Kelly leaves court in Chicago following a hearing in his child pornography case. The judge threatened the singer with jail time for being late to court date. (AP) Headlines: Terrell Owens says he was just kidding about Jessica Simpson jinxing Tony Romo's performance... Angelina Jolie didn't like the focus on her weight loss... Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert returning to TV in January... Colbert named AP Celebrity of the Year... "Into the Wild" leads SAG Award nominations... Queen Elizabeth surpasses Victoria to become England's oldest monarch... Sacha Baron Cohen says his Borat days are done... Just in time for Christmas, "Knight Rider's" KITT for sale on eBay... AUGHH!!!! Spears Watch: Nickelodeon mulls pregnancy special aimed at teens... Us Magazine apparently wins rights to Casey Aldridge yearbook photo... Some random uncle says the teens have no plans to marry... "Zoey 101's" fourth season will go on... Britney buys Jamie...

By Liz Kelly  | December 21, 2007; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Top Celebritology Moments of 2007

Sure, it's hackneyed and cheesy, but how can we properly ring out the year without a look back at the top Celebritology stories of 2007? From bald Britney to bad daddy Alec Baldwin, what a sordid ride it's been. 12. Spice Girls Reunion Capitalizing on a trans-Atlantic move for Victoria Beckham and an Eddie Murphy love child for Melanie Brown, the Spices roared back into relevance in 2007 and are currently in the midst of a world tour. Victoria's July reality show was may-jor and Melanie almost topped "Dancing With the Stars." Zig-a-zig-ha! O.J. Simpson in 2001. (AFP/Getty Images) 11. O.J. Simpson Arrested for Armed Break-in Frustrated in his attempt to release a book detailing how he "might" have killed ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, O.J. was arrested following a September Vegas incident which he describes as simply trying to recoup his rightful property and prosecutors describe as armed robbery. He'll...

By Liz Kelly  | December 20, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning Mix: Spears Update; X-Tina Plans C-Section

Flashback: Janine Turner in New York on Tuesday. Inset: Circa 1993 and 'Northern Exposure.' (AP) Headlines: Lawyer says Tony Parker has never even met woman claiming affair, files suit against photo agency... Heidi Montag confirms engagement to Spencer Pratt is off... Katie Holmes, Beyonce on People list of best dressed stars... Minnelli ex David Gest hospitalized with chest pains... Denzel Washington donates $1 million to re-establish college debate team... Shakira, whose hips don't lie, visits storm-ravaged Bangladesh... Russell Crowe wins right to ban gambling from rugby club. Spears Watch: Dad Jamie furious at Jamie Lynn's public announcement... Yet, People says both mom and pop "adore" Casey Aldridge... But are JL and Casey still together?... Pregnancy raises legal issues... Has Jamie Lynn already sold first baby pix to OK! Magazine?... How to talk to teens about Jamie Lynn's pregnancy... Britney (who looks like this) wants her sons drug tested. Crime...

By Liz Kelly  | December 20, 2007; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Lost' Book Club: 'Through the Looking Glass'

An image from 'Through the Looking Glass.' All the world's a stage, for sure, and the people in it merely players. When it comes to "Lost," there may be more to that idea than SAG cards and camera-ready smiles. While we've been distracted by pretty faces, smoke monsters and some of the best dialogue on TV, "Lost's" main characters have been sliding in and out of precise positions -- think chess board here -- in what is building up to (we hope) one hell of an endgame. But who is the pawn and who the prime mover? This month's selection -- the final book we'll be reading in the "Lost" Book Club discussion series -- also draws heavily on chess imagery ... and we all know how much John Locke loves his chess. Like last month's selection ("A Wrinkle in Time"), it also takes our understanding of time and...

By Liz Kelly  | December 19, 2007; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Jamie Lynn Spears, in the Family Way

Jamie Lynn Spears: All grown up now? (Getty Images) So Jamie Lynn Spears has outdone her sister. As noted in this morning's Mix, the 16-year-old sibling-in-waiting to Britney (aka Trainwreck of the Year) managed with two little words to shift the spotlight away from her sister's hairball of a life in L.A. and on to her own in Kentwood, La. Those two words? "I'm pregnant." But it's impossible to be the sister of Britney Spears -- the same Britney who shared her wedding night details with People Magazine, shaved her own head and self-immolated on-stage at the VMAs -- to quietly step back from her public life (as star of Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101") and figure this thing out. Instead, the minor announced her news from the bright, busy cover of OK Magazine. There she sits, all H&M get-up, hip hair and lip gloss with the gigantic-sized letters announcing her...

By Liz Kelly  | December 19, 2007; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (222)
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Morning Mix: 16-Year-Old Jamie Lynn Spears Pregnant

Woody Allen and Colin Farrell attend a screening of their new movie 'Cassandra's Dream' in New York. (AP) Headlines: 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears pregnant... Publication of Lynne Spears's parenting book delayed indefinitely... British pop star Lily Allen also expecting first child... Stars may skip awards shows as writers strike continues... Matthew McConaughey injured on set... Eminem's mom pens tell-all book... Peter Jackson to direct produce "The Hobbit"... Brad Pitt says he and Angelina Jolie plan on 7 - 9 kids... Chris O'Donnell and wife welcome fifth child... Black Eyed Pea Fergie named Blender's Woman of the Year... Michael Douglas is the new voice of NBC newscast... Edward Norton follows Brad Pitt in quitting "State of Play"... David Hasselhoff and ex-wife settle custody dispute... Stephen Stills diagnosed with prostate cancer... Pam Anderson takes hi-tops to an unfortunate extreme... Carmen Electra goes blonde. Crime Watch: Amy Winehouse arrested on suspicion of...

By Liz Kelly  | December 19, 2007; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Clip N' Save: Saving Pam Anderson's Marriage

For Pam and Rick, reality bites. (Getty Images) Yesterday news broke that Pam Anderson had filed for divorce from husband of 69 days Rick Salomon. But wait -- only hours later the "Baywatch" star was spotted out shopping with her supposedly estranged hubby and posted a message on her blog that she and Salomon were "working things out." Oh how they toy with us. It's a giving time of year so, below, we give Pammy eight surefire tips for saving her marriage. Or, failing that -- weathering the divorce like a champ: 1. Marry Salomon at least seven more times before the end of the year. Obviously, four wedding ceremonies to Kid Rock were not enough to make that marriage stick. I'm thinking eight should do the trick. 2. I'm no expert on the rules of attraction, but something tells me this isn't your most fetching look. 3. Quit...

By Liz Kelly  | December 18, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Morning Mix, Mysteries Edition: Pam's Marriage; Jacko's Face

Beyonce Knowles and Giorgio Armani pose at the debut of a new Armani fragrance in Milan on Monday. (AP) Headlines: Pam Anderson trying to "work things out" after filing for divorce from Rick Salomon... Michael Jackson cut himself shaving?... Chris Farley remembered on 10th anniversary of his death... Rihanna denies rumor of Josh Hartnett romance... "Heroes" star Ali Larter engaged... "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe buys $4.3 million New York apartment... Two women tried to revive dying Donda West... Rachael Ray signs on for two more years with the Food Network. Crime Watch: Judge drops Daniel Baldwin arrest warrant. Rumor Mill: Rep says Jennifer Love Hewitt is not pregnant... Was Britney Spears digitally slimmed in her newest video?... Jessica Simpson accused of "jinxing" new boyfriend Tony Romo's game... Tara Reid treated for cuts and bruises after Bali bar crawl fall....

By Liz Kelly  | December 18, 2007; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Comment Box: Celine Dion's Big Screen Debut

Celine Dion, ready for her closeup. (AP) What could Celine Dion possibly do that would make her career cheesier? Her own Branson theater? A Proactiv infomercial? -- Came to me in the midst of a fever-induced dream state Branson, Mo. -- that bustling cornball circuit -- takes on the sophisticated notes of a fine brie when compared with the noxious Velveeta cloud smothering the Canadian chanteuse as she takes her final Vegas stage show to... a theater near you! That's right -- for the bargain basement price of just $12.50 (take that, Hanna Montana!), you stalwart foot soldiers in the Dion army can congregate tonight at a select list of multiplexes across the country to honor your hammy queen. Delight in Dion's stage show ("...an artistic collection of powerful song and dance, fantastical imagery, reoccurring characters and special effects...") while munching on pop corn and Milk Duds. One-up the...

By Liz Kelly  | December 17, 2007; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Morning Mix: Travolta Dumped from 'Dallas' Remake -- Report

A blinged out Nicole Kidman signs autographs at the Australia premiere of 'The Golden Compass' in Sydney. (AP) Headlines: Brad Pitt puts Katrina recovery ahead of movie career... Singer Dan Fogelberg dead at 56... Celine Dion brings down the curtain on her Vegas stage show... Johnny Depp tops nicest celebrity autographer list, while Will Farrell is named rudest... Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton welcome baby girl... "High School Musical's" Ashley Tisdale welcomes new nose... Bai Ling has gone too far... Justin Timberlake performs his own stunts for Super Bowl ad... Marie and Donny Osmond in talks to return to TV... Alex Trebek home from hospital after last week's heart attack... ABC moves new "Lost" season to Thursday nights starting in January. Britney Watch: Us Weekly names Spears "Worst Dressed" celeb of the year... "American Idol" producer says Brit's not "well enough" for a guest appearance... Watch the entire...

By Liz Kelly  | December 17, 2007; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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