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Celebritology 2.0: March 23, 2008 - March 29, 2008

Catching Up with Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh, at Thursday's 'Stand Up For Real Sex Education' briefing on Capitol Hill and, bottom, at that evening's Planned Parenthood gala. (Top: Getty Images/Bottom: Liz Kelly for washingtonpost.com) I'll just come right out and say it: Even at a proximity of three feet Kate Walsh is utterly stunning, as I found out last night sitting opposite the "Private Practice" star in the bowels of a local hotel. Not bad, as she admits herself, for a 40-year-old actress, a mainstay on "sexiest" lists: Sexiest TV actresses, sexiest TV docs, sexiest Hollywood Obama supporters. Coincidentally, Walsh was in D.C. yesterday to talk sex -- sex education -- at a packed Planned Parenthood event. Walsh's briefing drew hordes of Capitol Hill staffers hoping to catch a whiff of her star power and get a load of the woman who has kissed both McDreamy and McSteamy. Walsh, though, says she was happiest...

By Liz Kelly  | March 28, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Morning Mix: Lindsay Lohan Works! Paris Hilton Belly Dances!

Headlines: Paris Hilton sees herself as "role model" for young women... Lindsay Lohan gets a job in Charles Manson movie... Pam Anderson says she was once attacked by leeches. (Question: Are leeches the celeb accessory of 2008?)... Madonna says she'd only sing "Like a Virgin" for $30 million... Judy Greer says movie producers asked her to dye her hair to avoid confusion with Jennifer Aniston... C. Thomas Howell and Josh Brolin to play George W. Bush... Corinne Bailey Rae's husband died of overdose. Crime Watch: Rapper T.I. pleads guilty to weapons charges, faces prison time... Remy Ma convicted of assault... Poison drummer Rikki Rockett arrested on rape charge. Rumor Mill: Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo married in secret ceremony?... Tyra Banks not leaving "America's Next Top Model"... Tom Cruise lunches with one-time nemesis Sumner Redstone... Britney Spears offered role in London stage show. Video: Paris Hilton, Role Model, Belly Dances...

By Liz Kelly  | March 28, 2008; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Demi Moore Hasn't Lobotomized Herself. Yet.

Demi Moore and 14-year-old daughter Tallulah Belle. (Getty Images) Preternaturally hard-bodied Madonna swears oxygen therapy is part of her health regime. And remember last year when Debbie Harry casually let slip that she allowed doctors to inject her with sheep embryos in a bid to retain her youthful good looks? Well, Demi Moore -- cougar extraordinaire -- has one-upped Debbie, Madonna and every Botox-ified freeze face out there by submitting to a round of bloodletting by leeches to keep herself looking like a fresh-faced youth. The leeches, Moore told David Letterman, were placed in her belly button. They bit, swelled and left the 45-year-old actress feeling "detoxified" (yet still married to Ashton Kutcher). This is the part of the post, you're thinking, where Liz starts to skewer Demi for being a bubble-headed idiot of the first order (and a pretty mediocre actress to boot). Not so. Instead, I say...

By Liz Kelly  | March 27, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Morning Mix: Anna Nicole's Passport File Breached

Pam Anderson covers the eyes of son Brandon Thomas Lee at Wednesday night L.A. Lakers game. (AP) Headlines: L.A. Times apologizes to Sean "Diddy" Combs over false Tupac story... Anna Nicole Smith's passport file "breached"... Robin Williams's wife files for divorce... Heidi Montag seeking clones to model her clothes... Paula Abdul set for "Today" performance... Paris Hilton releases line of shoes... Kimora Lee and Russell Simmons file for divorce. Again... Laila Ali pregnant with first child... Justin Timberlake to host ESPY Awards... Actor Richard Widmark dead at 93. Crime Watch: Richie Sambora arrested for suspected DUI with daughter in car. Spears Watch: Brit's TV appearance not a comeback, says NYT... Brit may appear at Kids' Choice Awards. Rumor Mill: Pictures of Brangelina's new babies could fetch $10 million... Katie Holmes on verge of breakdown?... Ashlee Simpson to attend White House Correspondents Dinner... Amy Winehouse's scabby face caused by impetigo?......

By Liz Kelly  | March 27, 2008; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Wednesday List: A Little Advice?

A little advice for Spencer Pratt (seen here with girlfriend Heidi Montag): no one likes PDAs. (Getty Images) I don't really get "The Hills," but I know a good idea when I see it. And that, my friends, is how I was able to finally recognize the value in the easy-on-the-eyes waste of space that is Spencer Pratt. See, Radar online has taken his pretty face and superimposed it on the age-old advice column model. He's hardly the first celeb to dabble in the Hax-ian arts. Jane magazine (R.I.P.) blazed that trail years ago by recruiting male celebs to help readers with boy trouble and Garrison Keillor (kind of the anti-Spencer Pratt) penned the fabulously entertaining Mr. Blue column on Salon.com for years. With Pratt, though, it's not about problems solved so much as a refreshingly dopey party-boy turn of phrase. To sum up his first crack at the...

By Liz Kelly  | March 26, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Morning Mix: Demi Moore Likes Leeches

Headlines: Demi Moore admits to using leeches as part of beauty regimen... Hillary Clinton related to Angelina Jolie, Barack Obama to Brad Pitt, says genealogical society... Fan pays $52,000 to attend "Sex and the City" premiere with Kristin Davis (no snickering)... Kirsten Dunst surfaces in northern California... Rachael Ray to get (even more) cartoonish... "Dancing With the Stars's" Priscilla Presley treated by unqualified plastic surgeon... Chef Paul Prudhomme grazed by stray bullet... Keanu Reeves wants paparazzi case moved to mediation. Spears Watch: 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears shows off engagement ring... Brit's "How I Met Your Mother" cameo boosts ratings (Video)... Brit's British accent -- it's baaaaack!... Are the paps bored with Britney? Rumor Mill: Ashley Tisdale denies she had more plastic surgery... Tameka Foster rules Usher video shoot... Heather Mills hires accountants to investigate Paul McCartney's finances... Michelle Williams's father wants public accounting of Heath Ledger's estate... Patrick Swayze not...

By Liz Kelly  | March 26, 2008; 7:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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'Lost' Madness: The Champion

Desmond Hume is your constant. He is also the champion of "Lost" Madness. I had expected a very, very tight contest between Mr. Penny Widmore and Sayid Jarrah. But the final round of our island-based bracket ended with a landslide for Desmond, who easily won with 62.5 percent of the vote. It's been an exciting two weeks of "Lost" Madness. (This is the part where you should start singing "One Shining Moment.") Some great players went down too early (Hurley). Some advanced farther than we ever expected (Jacob). But in the end, all of our contestants were winners. Okay, maybe not Nikki. Or Paulo. It wasn't the NCAA tournament (no, it wasn't SUPPOSED to be seeded like the tourney), but hopefully "Lost" Madness provided an enjoyable diversion. Thanks for playing, brothas....

By Jen Chaney  | March 25, 2008; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Sarah Jessica Parker Revisited: When Maxim Attacks

I've been chastised here for critical comments about the occasional misguided haircut or unfortunate wardrobe choice. In fact, more than one reader has told me that the room in which I have to talk about looks is slightly smaller than a postage stamp. Fair enough. Sarah Jessica Parker. (AP) But nothing prepared me for the nasty-grams lobbed at Sarah Jessica Parker during last week's Celebritology Live discussion. If you were there and you're saying to yourself, "I don't remember an inordinate amount of SJP bashing," well, that's because I didn't have the heart to send bulk of them through to the chat. I mean, how many ways can you liken SJP to a horse? Actually, at least 12 different ways, by my count. Never let it be said the Celebritology readership isn't handy with a well-turned insult. What got us on the wrong-headed topic of ranking looks was the Parker's...

By Liz Kelly  | March 25, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
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Morning Mix: Pam Anderson Officially Single. Again.

George Clooney at the premiere of his movie 'Leatherheads' in Maysville, Ky. (AP) Headlines: George Michael announces 25-city U.S. tour... Justin Timberlake donates $200K to hometown... Fred Thompson ready to return to acting... Marriage to Rick Salomon freshly annulled, Pam Anderson spends Easter with ex Tommy Lee... Johnny Knoxville officially single... Family of car crash victim sues the Hogans... Denise Richards has "Charlie" tattoo covered up with fairy... Madonna's personal trainer says "skip on a treadmill" to look like Madge... Oprah Winfrey's 13-year-old Cocker Spaniel dies... Sean "Diddy" Combs ordered to pay settlement to alleged assault victim... Lindsay Lohan's grandmother drives into tree... Listen: Heidi Montag's new single, aptly titled "No More." Spears Watch: Lawyer again denied right to appeal Britney's conservatorship. Rumor Mill: Alleged Tyra Banks stalker released from jail... George Clooney denies rumors of a clothing line... Former Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland ready to try Broadway....

By Liz Kelly  | March 25, 2008; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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And Now, a Word or Two About David Schwimmer

Remember when David Schwimmer ruled Must See TV as a major, if slightly sappy and unlikely, heartthrob? Some of us -- certainly not me -- coo'ed and ahhhed over his years-long courtship of Jennifer Aniston's Rachel on "Friends." (Here's a particularly barfy montage of their love affair.) He was a paleontologist, he had a pet monkey, he never gave up, he was so sweet. Blech. The fashion-challenged David Schwimmer. (AP) Don't get me wrong. I like the guy okay. He totally had a handle on playing a schlumpy, depressed romantic. But his post-"Friends" career has been limited to voice work in the animated feature "Madagascar" and mercy directing a couple of episodes of "Joey." Until now. Friday marks his debut as a feature film director. Sadly, no longer assisted by network stylists, Schwimmer is more heartache than heartthrob. So, being that I'm in a magnanimous kind of mood today, a...

By Liz Kelly  | March 24, 2008; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Morning Mix: Brangelina Donated $8M to Charity in '07

Sean 'Diddy' Combs hangs with his kids -- D'Lila Star and Jessie James -- at a taping of MTV's 'Making The Band 4.' (Getty Images) Headlines: Brangelina gave $8 million to charity in 2007... Husband of British singer Corinne Bailey Rae found dead... Fergie dishes about her lingering meth paranoia... Ryan Phillippe calls Jake Gyllenhaal (ex Reese Witherspoon's guy pal) a "good dude"... Rick Salomon agrees to annulment in two-month marriage to Pamela Anderson... Jamie Lee Curtis kinda topless on cover of AARP magazine... J.K. Rowling says she once had suicical thoughts... Jennie Garth to star on new CBS sitcom. Spears Watch: Brit's "How I Met Your Mother" wardrobe on auction block... K-Fed celebrates his 30th birthday in Las Vegas with ex Shar Jackson, rushed away from mike after griping about a gambling loss (NSFW video). Rumor Mill: Most of Jackson family in financial straits... Heather Mills planning series...

By Liz Kelly  | March 24, 2008; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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