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Celebritology 2.0: August 3, 2008 - August 9, 2008

Nothing Comes Between Katie and Her Toms -- Except Me

Dear Katie Holmes, I don't know what kind of game it is you're playing with us, but wearing your husband's jeans has taken marital devotion to a whole new level of cuckoo. And not just because your husband is Tom Cruise and kookiness just kind of goes with the territory, but because he's pudgier than you, taller than you and these jeans look like they were ready for the discard pile about a year ago anyway. I know your career's kind of in remission and you pretty much blew the whole "Batman" thing, but surely TC could spring for a pair of 7s or Joe's for you. I mean, my god (and I mean no slight to your husband's religion when I say "god" and not "Xenu"), you're about an inch of waistline away from mom jeans and the gaping button-fly alone is enough reason to trade these things...

By Liz Kelly  | August 8, 2008; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  TomKat  
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Morning Mix: L'Oreal Denies Lightening Beyonce's Skin for Ad Campaign

Headlines: Morgan Freeman released from hospital... Daniel Radcliffe and Miley Cyrus top list of highest earning youngsters... Cyrus says she rebelled after break up from Nick Jonas... Brad Pitt helps son Maddox celebrate his seventh birthday, joins cast of new Quentin Tarantino film... George Lucas says "Indiana Jones" franchise couldn't go on without Harrison Ford... Eva Longoria shows off baby bump -- but is it real?... Fashion critic Mr. Blackwell hospitalized with severe infection... Candy Spelling penning tell-all book... Jay-Z says he wants to keep his wedding details to himself... Alec Baldwin wants to take Kim Basinger back to court in custody case... Judge dismisses wrongful termination suit against Bob Barker. Rumor Mill: Paul Newman given weeks to live, says source... L'Oreal denies claims that they lightened Beyonce's skin in ad campaign... Tom Selleck set for "Dancing With the Stars?"... Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson get matching tattoos... Jewel...

By Liz Kelly  | August 8, 2008; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (255)
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Highbrow: Monitoring the Paris-Britney Ad Fallout

After Monday's discussion, I didn't think I'd be talking politics again so soon, but Paris forced my hand. By now we're all familiar with the ad: in an attempt to diminish opponent Barack Obama, John McCain compared him to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. And despite the fact that it may not make the best Friday List inspiration, there has been some meaty opinion-making over the past week -- weighing the ad's effects on the presidential race and the bleeding of celebrity into the campaign. As expected, the comparison drew outrage from Paris's mom, Kathy Hilton, who called the ad "frivolous" and a "waste of time and money." (And quite possibly her money, since it turns out Hilton had contributed funds to the McCain campaign in the past). Slate's Christopher Beam even asked if Paris could sue the McCain campaign. Probably not, since "political speech is so highly protected...

By Liz Kelly  | August 7, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (190)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Highbrow, Paris Hilton  
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Morning Mix: Feds Close Ledger Investigation

Headlines: Feds drop investigation into Heath Ledger's death... Nicole Kidman asks paps to leave baby Sunday Rose alone... Paris Hilton memorized monologue in spoof campaign ad... Usher rehires manager mom... Tyra Banks poses as Michelle Obama in magazine photo shoot... Selma Blair wants to drop acid to boost her self-esteem... Mark Wahlberg makes cameo appearance on new season of "Entourage"... Hollwood madam accidentally reveals high-profile client list... Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange enters rehab. Crime Watch: Body found at New York club following Lil' Kim birthday bash. Rumor Mill: Morgan Freeman and wife split, says business partner... Katie Holmes sporting a baby bump? (or did she just eat a cracker?)... No amputation for Shia LaBeouf... Does $2K a day minder keep Lindsay Lohan sober?... Friends say Sienna Miller didn't break up Balthazar Getty's marriage... Benicio Del Toro and Catherine Keener dating? Chat Day: Join me at 2 p.m. ET...

By Liz Kelly  | August 7, 2008; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
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Daily Mix: Britney To Play Killer Stripper?

And we're back... Headlines: Scarlett Johannson embarrassed by coverage of Obama e-mails, says kissing Penelope Cruz was "least sexy" moment ever... Lisa Marie Presley expecting twins (and they won't be calling me "grandma," says Priscilla)... Anderson Cooper rips into "horrific" "Living Lohan"... One-time porn star Jenna Jameson pregnant with first child... Bo Bice and wife welcome son... More than 120 employees of medical center had peek at celebs' records... Snoop Dogg raps in Bollywood comedy... Dr. Dre set to market branded vodka and cognac... Kelsey Grammer checks out of New York hospital... Leonardo DiCaprio's grandmother dies at 93... Luke Perry arrested (in "SVU" season premiere)... What is Katie Holmes's fascination with these jeans? Crime Watch: Judge rules Wesley Snipes must pay back government in tax evasion case. Rumor Mill: Britney Spears to star in Quentin Tarantino's "Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" remake?... Toni Braxton on board for new "Dancing With the...

By Liz Kelly  | August 6, 2008; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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Reality Check: Pam Anderson and P. Diddy, On the Loose and in Need of Assistance

Update: We're taking down our backend blog software today at Noon ET for some sorely needed upgrading. While you already knew that the comments function will be affected, it looks like I won't be able to post either. So expect nothing new from this end until sometime late tomorrow afternoon. See you on the other side. -- Liz --- Pam Anderson in all her grainy glory. (Image courtesy E!) Reality is getting -- dare we say it? -- old. Or maybe I'm just thinking of Pam Anderson, subject of one of the latest additions to the reality ouvre in E!'s "Girl on the Loose." How old is she? Old enough for someone -- perhaps Pam, perhaps her management, perhaps nervous network suits -- to realize that it would be better for all involved if the show was shot in a grainy halftone, rendering Pam's shopworn face and figure virtually un-seeable....

By Liz Kelly  | August 5, 2008; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Reality Check  
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Morning Mix: Morgan Freeman in 'Good Spirits' After Crash

Headlines: Morgan Freeman in good spirits following car crash... Bernie Mac in critical condition as he battles pneumonia... Attorney says Mary-Kate Olsen doesn't know how Heath Ledger obtained drugs... Charlie Sheen is highest paid TV actor... Some TV stations refuse to air racy Eva Mendes Calvin Klein ad... DJ asks Robert Downey Jr. who he'd like to "have a brew and smoke a blunt with"... Gwyneth Paltrow backs Barack Obama in new ad... Joss Stone joins cast in third season of Showtime's "The Tudors"... Pete Wentz puts Hollywood bachelor pad on the market... Pic: Brad Pitt and dead wild cat, circa 1989 (Grrrr!). Rumor Mill: FBI seizes nude pictures of Anne Hathaway... Paul McCartney pens love song for ex Heather Mills. Well Said "I think there have been enough boobs in the White House." -- Dolly Parton responds to a fan wearing a "Dolly for President" T-shirt Note to...

By Liz Kelly  | August 5, 2008; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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Comment Box: Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Snarking

Ladies and gentleman: Paris and Britney, circa 2006. Just 'cuz. (Cliff Sobel/Splash News) Re: the McCain ad suggesting that Obama is little more than a celebrity in the same mold as the underpantsless ones: Are Paris the Heiress and Brit-Brit the Redneck Dems or Repubs? -- Submitted via last week's Celebritology Live discussion Let's be honest here. Who really cares about the political leanings of vapid tabloid tarts when we could, duh, be talking about their latest romantic exploits, jail time, public meltdowns, up-skirt shots, and divorce settlements? I mean, it takes a person with some seriously misplaced priorities to start injecting presidential politics into a celebrity blog. If I sound a little oversensitive on the matter, it's because I am. Here at Celebritology central, we're coming off of a rough week. Not only was our Comic-Con coverage met with a mixed response, Friday's call to help inject more...

By Liz Kelly  | August 4, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (152)
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Morning Mix: Brangelina Babies Make Splashy Debut

A woman in Madrid looks at the first pictures of Vivienne and Knox Jolie-Pitt in the Spanish-language version of Hello magazine. Although the pix were simultaneously released in today's People, some U.S. retailers have yet to make copies available. Particularly convenience stores in North Arlington, Va. (Getty Images) Headlines: Brangelina babies debut online and on both sides of Atlantic... People paid $14 million for pix, says source... Lindsay Lohan says L.A. police chief should stay out of her personal life... Kathy Hilton calls McCain featuring her daughter ad a "waste of time"... Christina Applegate undergoing treatment for breast cancer... Bernie Mac hospitalized with pneumonia... Madonna drops in on Michigan film festival... Diddy, Usher, Jermaine Dupri flee gunshots at Atlanta party... George Clooney joins Cindy Crawford and husband for St. Tropez vacation... Sly Stallone shows off veiny arms (scroll down). Crime Watch: Gary Glitter to be freed from Vietnam jail...

By Liz Kelly  | August 4, 2008; 6:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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