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Celebritology 2.0: March 30, 2008 - April 5, 2008

Friday List: Rehabbing Naomi Campbell

Why is this woman so angry? (Getty Images) Naomi Campbell just can't seem to control her outsized temper. Neither community service nor threats of jail time seem to quell the beast that lurks inside her otherwise picture perfect body. But, because we care, today we will harness our collective problem-solving skills to help this supermodel find her supernice side and stop the violence. In the past few years, Campbell has amassed a growing cross-continental rap sheet for assaulting her assistants, using cell phones as weapons and generally behaving like a spoiled brat in the midst of a 'roid rage. Courtesy Wikipedia, a rundown of Campbell's slap-happy resume (bold is my emphasis): * 2000: she pleaded guilty in a Toronto court to a 1998 assault on Georgina Galanis, her then assistant; Campbell had assaulted Galanis with a telephone in a hotel room and threatened to throw her out of a...

By Liz Kelly  | April 4, 2008; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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Morning Mix: Naomi Campbell (Allegedly) Strikes Again

Naomi Campbell leaves London's Heathrow Airport following her arrest. (Getty Images) Headlines: Madonna's new video debuts... Brad Pitt dumps longtime publicist... George Clooney withdraws from writers' union over "Leatherheads" dispute... Lil' Jon tries his hand at winemaking... 50 Cent sued over attempt to evict his ex... Nicolas Cage wins court-ordered apology and damages from Kathleen Turner. Crime Watch: Naomi Campbell released on bail following alleged London airport assault... Anne Hathaway's boyfriend reportedly arrested for bouncing $250,000 check. Spears Watch: K-Fed spends big in Vegas. Rumor Mill: Heather Mills shopping for a New York apartment (but, really, what can you buy with $48 million in New York?)... Tom Cruise annoyed with marijuana named in his honor. In Case You Missed It: Snoop Dogg on "The View"... Just Because: Celebs Caught at Odd Moments and Star Wars Toys That Unintentionally Look Like Celebs...

By Liz Kelly  | April 4, 2008; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Workday Waster: Just Call Me Paris

True confession: In the time I usually reserve for ruminating over the day's main post -- a process at once highly technical and spiritually draining -- I've been goofing around with this face-morphy-thingamabob that lets any user upload a photo of oneself and transform it into the visage of a celebrity (and not just any celeb, but one the site's software has determined you slightly resemble). So, duh, I lost no time in changing myself into Paris Hilton. Which immediately tells you three things: 1. The site's software is -- shall we say -- smoking something, because I look nothing like Paris Hilton; 2. I am a sucker for gimmicks; and 3. I'm not above infecting you with my feckless, workday-wasting habits. Hey, it was either this or a dissection of Madonna's latest Vanity Fair interview. Here's the result of my morning's hard work: MyHeritage: Family trees - Genealogy -...

By Liz Kelly  | April 3, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Morning Mix: Bobby Brown Says Whitney Drove Him to Drugs

Headlines: Jerry Seinfeld unhurt in Hamptons car wreck... George Clooney says he was mugged at gunpoint in Sudan... John McCain welcomes Heidi Montag's support... Bobby Brown says Whitney Houston drove him to drugs... Mariah Carey has more hits than Elvis... Teri Hatcher to sing on "Idol" special (third item)... Tracey Gold ("Growing Pains") welcomes baby boy... Verne Troyer ("Mini Me") rushed to hospital from Canadian movie set... Family asks FBI to probe Sean Levert's prison death. Crime Watch: Woman charged with stalking John Cusack... Hospital worker fired for leaking Farrah Fawcett's medical records. Spears Watch: Britney Spears in talks to reprise "How I Met Your Mother" cameo... OK! recycles years-old Brit pic on cover... No joint vacation for Spears and K-Fed... Jamie Lynn to marry at Brit's Louisiana estate. Rumor Mill: Beyonce and Jay-Z to wed tomorrow?... Larry King ejected from son's little league game... "Hills" alum Jason Wahler getting...

By Liz Kelly  | April 3, 2008; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Katie Holmes, Tomboy?

Tom Cruise (or is it?) in October 2007. (Getty Images) Katie Holmes is teasing us now, right? I really want to believe that her new haircut (see it here, we don't have rights to republish the picture ourselves) is a nod to Mia Farrow's "Rosemary's Baby" look. This theory runs something like this: Annoyed with all the comparisons made between her own shadowy Scientology birth of daughter Suri and Farrow's deliverance of the anti-Christ in the 1968 horror flick, Holmes is showing off her well-known penchant for ironic, Andy Kaufman-esque humor. She's embracing the mythology we've built up around her as the innocent offering to Tom Cruise's insatiable religiosity. I'm sure that's it. But if not, there's another possible explanation: She's sending us a message. She's shorn her once-luxurious mane in a bid to alert us to her desperation. This, her sacrifice tells us, is my cry for help....

By Liz Kelly  | April 2, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Morning Mix: Beyonce & Jay-Z Headed to the Altar?

Musician John Legend testifies at a House Appropriations hearing on "Funding for the Arts" on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Robert Redford was also on hand for the event. (Reuters) Headlines: Jay Leno apologizes for gay remarks... Madonna due in Malawi next week for adoption ruling; Madge also hoping to build girls-only school in African nation... Katie Holmes debuts new super-short 'do... Moby offers $75,000 fee to anyone who can help sell his New York co-op... Back on stage, Richie Sambora thanks fans for support... Mariah Carey stops traffic in central London... Eva Mendes says she's "taking a break" following weeks in rehab... Oprah Winfrey dedicates show to her late dog... Jennifer Aniston forms her own film production company... Steve Guttenberg eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars"... Velvet Revolver dumps "erratic" Scott Weiland. Rumor Mill: Beyonce and Jay-Z apply for marriage license... Britney Spears reconciles with ex-manager Larry Rudolph... "Sex...

By Liz Kelly  | April 2, 2008; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Celebrity Scribes: An '08 Reading Guide

One need look no further than Paris HIlton's music or Rosie O'Donnell's art to find the proof that celebrities are multi-talented bundles of creativity. And, luckily for us, several celebs will be following memoirist Tori Spelling into the book store over the next several months. Look out James Patterson: Summer beach reading is getting an infusion star power. Below, the upcoming works are listed -- not chronologically -- but in order of least anticipated to most. Author Alec Baldwin will speak at the upcoming BookExpo America. (AP) 10. "Red Carpet Suicide: A Survival Guide to Keeping Up with the Hiltons" by Perez Hilton The only book that I'd rather read less than one written by a chimpanzee, the infamous blogger's upcoming book raises this question: How much more of this guy can we take? 9."Me Cheeta" by Jiggs The 75-year-old "Tarzan" co-star has outlived both Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan...

By Liz Kelly  | April 1, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Morning Mix: Katie Holmes Headed to Broadway?

Apologies for the late posting. Our blog software was down all morning, so we're running a bit behind. Expect the main post a little later than usual, too. ---- Headlines: Daniel Craig still best dressed, says GQ... Kathie Lee Gifford joins "Today"... In more breaking news, NKOTB will perform as part of "Today's" concert series... Dane Cook named "Unfunniest Comic"... PETA offers Britney Spears a job... Reese Witherspoon volunteers at New Orleans school... R&B singer Sean Levert dies in jail... Paris Hilton takes a tumble in Prague... Jessica Simpson released from hospital... Adam Sandler breaks his ankle playing basketball... Jury says Daniel Smith died of accidental overdose... Woody Allen sues over ads using his image... David Schwimmer says no chance of "Friends" reunion... Tarzan sidekick Cheeta pens memoir. Crime Watch: Alleged stalker arrested near John Cusack's home (no boombox found at scene). Rumor Mill: Katie Holmes headed to Broadway?... Tom...

By Liz Kelly  | April 1, 2008; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dimmed Stars: Not Gone, But Mostly Forgotten

Dom DeLuise. (Getty Images) If a star isn't visible in the night sky, has it burned out? And if a celebrity is no longer on our radar screen, is he or she in effect "dead to us?" Just now, reading through some of last week's comments, I was transported decades back in time to the late '70s -- "The Muppet Movie" and "Cannonball Run" -- by a passing mention of that jolly, bearded talent, Dom DeLuise. What happened to dear Dom and his "bowl full of jelly" brand of ribald humor? Why was he forgotten? Was he, like Robbie Benson, only supplied with enough vital fuel to burn hot and bright and disappear while we were watching "Star Wars" and getting our heads wrapped around Reaganomics? And what of Peter DeLuise, Dom's son, who endeavored to break out of that doughy DeLuise shadow to try his hand at becoming...

By Liz Kelly  | March 31, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Morning Mix: No Weekend Wedding for Brangelina

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony arrive at Sunday evening's premiere of the Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stone's documentary 'Shine a Light' in New York. (AP) Headlines: Madonna says she'd like to save Britney Spears... Leonardo DiCaprio's backyard basketball case headed for court... Jason Bateman to direct Fox comedy pilot... Paul McCartney vacations with rumored girlfriend... Dad Michael unhappy about Lindsay Lohan's role in Manson movie... Racy pics of a pre-George Clooney-ed Sarah Larson emerge... Wyclef Jean asks Haitians to give up crime... Janet Jackson's waist is teensy... Keith Richards says he still smokes pot. Rumor Mill: Sources say Brangelina did not marry Saturday in New Orleans... Heath Ledger may have fathered love child, says uncle... Chris Brown says he's not dating Rihanna... Donald Trump wants Ashley Dupre for reality show... Ashlee Simpson not welcome back to "SNL"... Jamie Lynn Spears registers for baby booty... Play it again, Madge: Madonna keen...

By Liz Kelly  | March 31, 2008; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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