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Celebritology 2.0: June 22, 2008 - June 28, 2008

Friday List: Screen on the Green in Hell

Back for its 10th season, Screen on the Green will be upon us again starting July 14 with "Dr. No." The series of movies on the Mall packs viewers in who want to picnic, socialize and enjoy a classic film on a huge screen set up in front of the Capitol. Last month, Sunday Source's Dan Zak explained a little bit about the film selection process and offered his picks for the perfect outdoor summer viewing. This got me thinking: What would be the worst possible films to watch outdoors with a couple thousand people in a festive mood. Not just "Gigli" bad, but completely inappropriate for the setting. My list follows: 5) "Gerry." Matt Damon and Casey Affleck wander around in the desert for an hour and a half, as absolutely nothing happens. 4) "Mulholland Drive." This could almost be the "David Lynch Presents" list, as so many of...

By Paul Williams  | June 27, 2008; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
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Morning Mix: Mini Me Files Major Suit

Headlines: Verne "Mini Me" Troyer sues TMZ for $20 million over sex tape... No box office showdown for Aniston and Jolie... Happy Birthday to decent shortstop and Hall of Fame girl-magnet Derek Jeter.... Hulk Hogan speaks to all you little Hulkamaniacs out there... Paris donates to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles...Larry King risks 34th heart attack by talking politics with Christina Aguilera and her breasts... Bravo to bring back "Real Housewives of New York City"... Marilyn Monroe pioneered photo spread... Gandalf takes up kickboxing... America safe from Jay-Z presidential bid. Rumor Mill: Engagement ring for Cameron Diaz?... Ellen and Portia wedding plans... Naomi Campbell banned from Mandela concert, but Amy Winehouse still hasn't been...Tyra Banks to take Miley Cyrus under her wing... Fat Damon. No-Fly List: Diana Ross has baggage. Say What?: "They are horrible and they make your bottom smell rather strange." -- James McAvoy, on the protein shakes he...

By Paul Williams  | June 27, 2008; 6:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (168)
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Undressing 'The Bachelorette'

You know you're a fan of "The Bachelorette" if: 1. You slug a drink every time the word "journey" is uttered. 2. You roll your eyes every time Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas, a real estate agent from Newnan, Georgia, lauds a guy for "putting himself out there." 3. You slump in your chair when DeAnna bemoans how "I've gone through what you're going through." 4. You understand there's nothing else to watch this summer. If you selected No. 4, let's catch you up. DeAnna Pappas: Sweet catch or fishy dish? (Craig Sjodin/ABC) For those just joining us: After "Bachelor" Brad Womack's straight-arm at the altar grounded her in last season's finale, Pappas was given "a second chance at love" by becoming the rose-pinning hunter instead of the doe-eyed hunted. Since then, Pappas has dismissed 22 of her suitors with teary-eyed precision, from dropping Richard the Science Guy on the corner after...

By Christian Pelusi  | June 26, 2008; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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Morning Mix: Another Hollywood Strike?

Headlines: Screen Actors Guild ponders options as contract expires on Monday... Drew Carey dials long distance for a pizza party... Steven Spielberg lines up another project... Nicole Richie eyes a cameo on an NBC show... Tony's outfits from "The Sopranos" fetch a large haul... Carrie Bradshaw again? Not quite but, Sarah Jessica Parker finds a "new" role... Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donate $1 million to aid Iraqi children. Rumor Mill: Mini-Me no more? Verne Troyer has a sex tape... Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal move in together... Hollywood neighbors hate "The Hills," too... David Beckam may enter the mineral water game... For Nelson Mandela's big 9-0, Amy Winehouse tries nicotine patches... Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck deny report of split... Eva Longoria says she's not pregnant... Sex Pistols' Malcolm McLaren launches an "artful" porn movie for MTV's Times Square screen. Final Analysis: Esquire.com has surfaced George Carlin's "What I've...

By Christian Pelusi  | June 26, 2008; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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When Summer Movies Break the Law

Ladies, you did well at the box office. You can afford those fancy gowns. (New Line) We hold certain truths about summer blockbusters to be self-evident. We presume the movies that generate the most money (and buzz) will: star young, hot actors; feature tons of explosions; appeal primarily to fight-scene-obsessed males in their teens and twenties; and/or attract the attention of little kids who will drag their parents to see said movies again and again and again until Mom and Dad secretly wish that Nemo would just stay lost already and give them some peace. With a few sleeper-hit exceptions, those tenets usually remain steadfastly in tact. But the summer of 2008 has been an unusual one. During its first few weeks, this cinema season has challenged several blockbuster truths in surprising and (in my view) encouraging ways. Here's a look at the lessons we have learned so far:...

By Jen Chaney  | June 25, 2008; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (190)
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Morning Mix: Heather Locklear in Treatment

Headlines: Heather Locklear checks into Arizona medical facility to battle depression... Britney wins right to overnights with her sons... Amy Jo Johnson -- otherwise known as Julie from "Felicity" -- is pregnant with her first child... Kanye West wins a pair of prizes at the BET Awards, confirming his theory that he rules the nation... Wait, Mike White has written a sequel to "School of Rock"? Does this mean he'll reprise his role as Ned Schneebly? Crime Watch: Anne Hathaway's ex-boyfriend has been arrested on fraud charges. And yes, they reportedly split last week, despite what she says in next month's InStyle magazine. Rumor Mill: Michelle Williams denies feud with Heath Ledger's family... Madonna may have consulted with Paul McCartney's divorce lawyer. So watch your back, Ritchie. Jason-Bateman-O-Rama: While promoting "Hancock," the big JB says that whole pregnancy pact is so not "Juno's" fault. He also (jokingly) has some, um,...

By Jen Chaney  | June 25, 2008; 6:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Mix: Ashley Dupré Speaks Out

Headlines: Eliot Spitzer call girl Ashley Dupré speaks for the first time...Don Imus gobbles up more controversy with comments about Adam "Pacman" Jones... North American summer tour cancelled as Boy George is denied entry to the U.S. due to a pending legal case in London... "Lost" Amazon tribe closer to Krippendorf's Tribe than "lost"... Shaq disses Kobe in freestyle hip-hop lyric... Randy Jackson gets a weird birthday gift from Simon Cowell... Bat from baseball's the "Curse of the Bambino" to be sold at auction. Rumor Mill: Spokeswoman: Not so fast on Amy Winehouse emphysema reports... Rapper Nate Dogg is arrested for erratic and threatening behavior toward his estranged wife... Jennifer Anniston follows love interest John Mayer to the UK for quality time while he's on tour... Showtime picks up half-hour dark comedy series from George Clooney production house. Guest Celebritologist Michael Corones is an Opinions producer for washingtonpost.com. In his...

By Michael Corones  | June 24, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (292)
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Morning Mix: Comedian George Carlin Dies at 71

Headlines: Comedian George Carlin, who was once arrested for performing his famous monologue "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," died of heart failure at the age of 71. (Gallery)... Anna Nicole's ex Larry Birkhead buys commemorative lingerie for baby Dannielynn... Naomi Campbell says she's sorry for assault (sort of)... New York judge orders 50 Cent to give up his guns ... Christie Brinkley's lawyers subpoena husband's former mistress in divorce trial... Missy Elliot, Omarion attend Timabland's wedding in Aruba... Friends and family help Minnie Driver celebrate baby shower; father's identity still a mystery... Always-understated musician Kanye West calls fellow rapper Lil Wayne a "god". Celeb vs. the Paparazzi: Paparazzi trying to film Matthew McConaughey mobbed on beach ... Photographer sues Woody Harrelson for $2.5 million, claiming the actor choked him during an altercation two years ago. Rumor Mill: Amy Winehouse's dad says she has emphysema, telling reporters her...

By Nancy Kerr  | June 23, 2008; 7:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (160)
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