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Celebritology 2.0: April 13, 2008 - April 19, 2008

Highbrow: Britology

The queen of culture holds court: Britney Spears outside the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse in January. (Getty Images) Turns out there's a good reason we spend so much time covering Britney Spears -- she's the most important cultural figure in America. Or so posits Vanity Fair's Matt Pressman in an online piece examining the embattled pop tart's unprecedented coverage -- not only in the tabloids, but by mainstream media and even predictors of societal bellwethers, like The Atlantic and Portfolio. Preposterous? Not so much if you consider the level to which Spears has saturated our daily lives -- from those headlines (for example, The Britney Economy) all the way to the art world (Exhibit A | Exhibit B). Here at Celebritology, she's something of a patron saint. Not only have we deemed her the Biggest Train Wreck, I've devoted more than 44 entries to Spears over the past two...

By Liz Kelly  | April 18, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Celebrities  
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Morning Mix: Mariah Carey, Back on Top

Newly-engaged (and possibly pregnant) Ashlee Simpson arrives at Thursday's Conde Nast Traveler 8th Annual Hot List party at Mansion in New York. On Wednesday, Simpson and fiance Pete Wentz dined with new parents Nicole Richie and Joel Madden. (Reuters) Headlines: Mariah Carey's new album debuts at no. 1 on pop chart... Suri Cruise turns two...Beyonce and Jay-Z take wedding party to L.A... Wayne Brady finalizes divorce following four-year separation... David Hasselhoff agrees to pay $25,000 a month to ex-wife, but gets to keep "The Hoff"... 50 Cent shedding pounds to co-star with Val Kilmer in upcoming movie... Kathy Hilton to guest star on "Young and the Restless" (quick, someone alert Brenda Dickson!)... Cameron Diaz skips movie premiere following father's death... E Street Band keyboardist Danny Federici dead at 58... Ving Rhames wants press to apologize for innacurate caretaker death reports. Spears Watch: Brit ordered to pay pay lawyers $372,000......

By Liz Kelly  | April 18, 2008; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Paris Hilton's Cheesy Smackdown

Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and her assets in 2006. (AP) One thing's for sure -- it's hard to come up with a creative, fresh-sounding insult. After all, we've been dissing each other for millennia. For example, there are only so many ways you can say someone's got a large backside. Well-worn gibes range from the mild, almost complimentary ("junk in the trunk") to the scathingly severe ("wide load"). But, it would seem we've heard them all. That is until last week, when one Paris Hilton -- mainly known around these parts for her chart-shredding single "Stars Are Blind" and her humanitarian missions -- lobbed this dirty bomb of a slight at long-time pal (and noted carrier of junk in the trunk) Kim Kardashian's posterior: "It reminds me of cottage cheese inside a big trash bag." And so a new standard for anatomical insult-flinging was set by Hilton, who surpassed...

By Liz Kelly  | April 17, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Celebrities, Paris Hilton  
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Morning Mix: The Boss Endorses Obama

Al Pacino arrives an event for his new movie '88 Minutes' in Las Vegas. (AP) Headlines: Bruce Springsteen backs Barack Obama for president... Barbra Streisand gives hospital $5 million to fight heart disease... Gwyneth Paltrow says post-partum depression made her less insouciant than usual... Breaking: Paris Hilton apologizes for dissing Kim Kardashian's butt... Robert Downey Jr. talks about early '90s romance with Sarah Jessica Parker... 50 Cent outgrows partying G-Unit... David Beckham likes basketball... William Shatner says he didn't realize he was despised by rest of "Star Trek" cast... Scream queen Hazel Court dies at 82... Martha Stewart's dog, Paw Paw, dies of renal failure... Former nanny accusing Rob Lowe of harassment poses for People photo shoot... Spoiler alert: One "Sex and the City" movie character dies, says Cynthia Nixon. Spears Watch: Restraining order against pal Sam Lutfi extended through July... Brit hits the studio for voice lessons. Rumor...

By Liz Kelly  | April 17, 2008; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brenda Dickson: Welcome to Her Nightmare

Brenda Dickson has advice on just about everything. (YouTube) Never having watched "The Young and the Restless," I can't say I was familiar with Brenda Dickson's work until the video linked below found its way to my inbox yesterday afternoon. Perhaps because Dickson in effect disappeared from the entertainment world after being fired from "The Young and the Restless" in 1988. Though, as evidenced by these pix, she is still making the Hollywood rounds -- or, rather, the bizarro world Hollywood that is populated by Fabio and "American Idol" rejects. The video is neither new -- it was produced, directed and written by Dickson in 1987 -- or new to the Internet. Mr. Liz happened upon it while perusing Dan Savage's blog. But what it is is a study in the egomaniacal tendencies that afflict several who dare to call themselves celebrities. More akin to Elizabeth Berkley than Elizabeth...

By Liz Kelly  | April 16, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hollyweird, Miscellaneous, Pop Culture  
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Morning Mix: Sources Say Ashlee Simpson IS Pregnant

Dita Von Teese Evan Rachel Wood arrives at the Cinema Society screening of 'The Life Before Her Eyes' on Tuesday in New York. (AP) Headlines: Priscilla Presley cut from "Dancing With the Stars"... "Sex and the City's" Cynthia Nixon opens up about her breast cancer scare... Madonna set for one-night-only New York club show... Brazil says "no thanks for now" to Naomi Campbell's blood... Jay-Z blamed for "ruining" British music festival... Former nanny countersues Rob Lowe for sexual harassment... A shot and a baby for Amy Winehouse... Bill Cosby to release hip-hop album... Alicia Keys backpedals on gangsta rap conspiracy comment... Lily Allen goes blonde... "Harry Potter's" Emma Watson gets $20.7 million fortune... Cameron Diaz's father dies unexpectedly from pneumonia.... Gallery: Drastic Celebrity Weight Changes. Crime Watch: Prosecutors recommend three-year sentence for Wesley Snipes... Debbie Gibson seeks restraining order against alleged stalker... Brigitte Bardot on trial for Muslim slur....

By Liz Kelly  | April 16, 2008; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In Praise of Snoop Dogg

Defying convention yet again, Snoop Dogg makes the scene at Monday night's CMT Awards. (AP) Bow wow wow yippee yo yippee yay, Snoop Dogg's in the [expletive] house. I may take some heat here for giving props to a man who is too hot (hot = packing heat) for most airports and one entire country (Great Britain), but in the past year or so Snoop Dogg -- aka Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. -- has been quietly ripping a stereotype he helped create to shreds. He's emerging like a butterfly from his Crip-enabled chrysalis to transcend his former image of a gang-banging rhyme slinger. He may not be perfect, but hey, he's trying. Last week he risked a big time street cred reduction when he sat down with the harpies of "The View" to talk about his new album and line of clothes. And while Barbara Walters and Elisabeth Hasselbeck...

By Liz Kelly  | April 15, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In Praise Of...  
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Morning Mix: Ashlee Simpson Not Preg, Says Boyfriend

Keanu Reeves at the Australian premiere of his new movie, 'Street Kings.' (AP) Headlines: Kellie Pickler, Taylor Swift win big at CMT awards... Mariah Carey's diet secret? A personal chef... Marilyn Monroe sex film, sold for $1.5M, to be kept out of public eye... Ivana Trump's white wedding... Madonna's bulging forehead vein -- is it real? Crime Watch: Police want to charge Richie Sambora with child endangerment... Accused John Cusack stalker to stand trial... Woman accused of embezzling $50,000 from Charlton Heston. Rumor Mill: Ashlee Simpson pregnant? No, says boyfriend Pete Wentz... Faith Hill not pregnant either, says rep... Beyonce ready to retire?... Heather Mills booed backstage at Miss USA, too... Heath Ledger's Joker death scene to remain in new "Batman" movie... Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker teaming up for fourth film. Note: What are those weird links with little icons in front of them? They're new Apture links...

By Liz Kelly  | April 15, 2008; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fashion Check: Liev's Chops -- Well Done or Overcooked?

Nothing says Civil War reenactor or "I'm starring in a period piece" like good old muttonchops. On men, that is. For women, a busty decolletage would be the equivalent. For Liev Schreiber, pictured below with the lovely Naomi Watts, the chops are perhaps an unfortunate side effect of his role as Sabretooth in the currently filming "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Sabretooth is apparently possessed of a superhuman ability to heal from all wounds and "acute senses of sight, hearing, smell, and taste." Sabretooth's blindspot, it would seem, is fashion sense. Rule of thumb: facial hair should not cover more than 40 percent of one's face. It may become an obstacle, rendering other fashion missteps invisible, such as a suit that goes all moiré when photographed or videotaped. Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber at the Australian premiere of 'Iron Man.' (AP) Polling courtesy twiigs.com....

By Liz Kelly  | April 14, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Fashion  
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Morning Mix: Spears in Fender-Bender; Ex Adnan Ghalib Allegedly Stabbed

In this image released by the Save Darfur Coalition, Matt Damon smashes a dollhouse to symbolize childhood under attack in Darfur. (Image courtesy the Save Darfur Coalition) Headlines: Britney Spears involved in minor fender-bender... Neil Patrick Harris says his critique of Spears's "How I Met Your Mother" cameo was taken out of context... Teen sensation Miley Cyrus earned $18 million in 2007... "Dr. Phil" show posts bail for teen accused in Florida beating... Cate Blanchett gives birth to third child, son Ignatius Martin Upton... "Full House's" Jodie Sweetin delivers baby girl... Ivana Trump marries at The Donald's Florida estate... Heather Mills booed at Miss USA pageant... Michael Lohan airs gripes with ex Dina... Lawsuit says paparazzi gave Heath Ledger cocaine... Coroner says Christian Brando died of pneumonia. Crime Watch: Foxy Brown due to be released from jail Friday. Rumor Mill: Spears ex Adnan Ghalib stabbed by mystery man in...

By Liz Kelly  | April 14, 2008; 7:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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