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Celebritology 2.0: August 24, 2008 - August 30, 2008

Friday List: Celebrity Snores -- We've Had Enough of These Stars

Paris and Britney way back in 2006. Have we had enough? (Cliff Sobel/Splash News) The life of an aspiring celebrity is fraught with booby traps. One day, you're the toast of the tabloids; the next you may find yourself hawking a line of bargain basement bikinis at a Vegas trade show or desperately trying to hold on to some semblance of a career by "reinventing" yourself, wondering where and how you lost your way. Was it the ill-considered marriage, the line of perfumes for Wal-Mart, the arrests, the profligate spending or the taking-yourself-way-too seriously? Who can tell? We don't help. We're fickle. We're all about the now. We have no patience for Hollywood's fading roses. Perhaps we should be more forgiving because, after all, the lives of the stars are a reflection of our own lives writ large. But, despite a handful of half-hearted protestations, we dismiss dimming stars...

By Liz Kelly  | August 29, 2008; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
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Morning Mix: David Duchovny Seeks Treatment for Sex Addiction

Headlines: David Duchovny in rehab for sex addiction... Oprah says she was moved to tears by Obama's acceptance speech... Fat Joe calls Yankee Daddy Daddy Yankee a sellout for endorsing John McCain (no comment yet from Pit Bull or Mike Jones)... Sean Penn says he'll "reluctantly" vote for Obama... Lindsay Lohan calls dad a "public embarassment" in new MySpace posting; dons cheerleader garb for "Ugly Betty" role; loses grandfather to colon cancer, uncle to jail... Reviewer deems Jessica Simpson concert performance a train wreck... (Most of) Michael Jackson turns 50 today... Justin Timberlake takes leading role in ads for his William Rast clothing label... Shannen Doherty says there was no fist fight with "90210" co-star Jennie Garth... Landlord raises rent on Heath Ledger's last apartment by $4,000. Phelps Watch: Michael Phelps to present with Britney Spears at MTV Video Music Awards... shoots "Entourage" cameo. Crime Watch: DMX pleads guilty...

By Liz Kelly  | August 29, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Double Take: Chevy or Cheney?

Just who is this middle-aged, balding white guy? (AP/Rocky Mountain News) This morning, while scanning wire photo thumbnails in my neverending quest to bring you the Images That Matter, I came upon what -- at first glance -- appeared to be an anomaly in the pix streaming out of Denver's Democratic National Convention. At first glance, it appeared to be evidence of hell freezing over or, to be more specific, of a typically bespectacled and dour Vice President Dick Cheney sitting in the crowd during President Clinton's Wednesday night speech. It was only when I clicked on the full-size image (below) that the subject came in to focus as Chevy Chase, who -- despite starring in "Spies Like Us" -- is possessed of slightly less power, and we hope a better ticker, than his executive branch doppleganger. Still, the resemblance is scary enough to warrant our recommendation that Oliver...

By Liz Kelly  | August 28, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Celebrities, Miscellaneous  
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Morning Mix: Michael Phelps to Host 'SNL' Season Opener

Headlines: Michael Phelps booked to host "Saturday Night Live" season opener... Chico's unveils "Debbie Phelps Collection"... Brad Pitt picks up Best Actor award at Venice Film Festival... Dad Michael is "out of control," says Lindsay Lohan... Dana Delaney says she turned down the role of Carrie in "Sex and the City"... Kate Moss immortalized with gold statue... Tim Gunn, who knows about these things, also hates Katie Holmes's baggy jeans... Solange Knowles hits the big time Wal-Mart parking lot, lashes out at TV interviewer for asking about Beyonce... And now, just because, Julia Roberts bikini shots. Crime Watch: Suge Knight arrested for allegedly brandishing knife at girlfriend, drug possession... Mackenzie Phillips ("One Day at a Time") arrested with cocaine, heroin... O.J. Simpson allegedly attacked by eldest daughter... Hilary Duff's dad to spend 10 days in jail for contempt of court. Rumor Mill: Boyfriend buys $18 million Brazilian apartment for...

By Liz Kelly  | August 28, 2008; 6:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
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Celebrity Designer: Tara Reid's Bikini Line

Tara Reid wants to dress you up in her love. (AP) Did it start with George Foreman Grill or Paul Newman's salad dressing? Who can remember? At this point we are awash in celebrity-designed accoutrements. From Lindsay Lohan's leggings to Kate Hudson's possibly plagiarized hair goop, it is possible to outfit one's entire life with celebrity designed or endorsed products. Today, we look at yet another entrant in the celeb-turned-product marketer field. From the mind of Tara Reid (which is, coincidentally, the one part of her body untouched by a surgeon's knife) comes her new fashion line, Mantra. And based on an initial peek at the beadazzled bikinis and studded T-shirts, Tara's mantra is "Cheap is the new black." Or, likelier still: "This will fund my umpteenth ab fix." Only a few celebs have managed to score legitimacy in the fashion world. Gwen Stefani is the shiniest example with...

By Liz Kelly  | August 27, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
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Morning Mix: Nicolette Sheridan, Michael Bolton End Engagement

Headlines: Nicollette Sheridan and Michael Bolton end engagement... Anne Hathaway says she was initially "afraid" of Obama | Photo Gallery: Celebrity Conventioneers... Daddy Yankee endorses John McCain... Kid Rock says celebrities should stay out of politics... In Venice for film festival, George Clooney hosts charity event for Darfur... Dr. Dre's son found dead... Michael Lohan says he's engaged to 24-year-old girlfriend... Diddy laments having to fly commercial... Matthew McConaughey's mom shares details of her husband's sexy death... 20-year-old Haley Joel Osment set for Broadway debut... Australia not sure it wants Snoop Dogg to visit... Hayden Panettiere blames fame-hungry cop for dad's arrest (Warning: The linked page has a video player that starts on its own.)... Audrey Tatou to play Coco Chanel in upcoming biopic... Kelly Osbourne sports black eye following alleged fight with cabinet... Keith Urban diagnosed with slipped disc... Extras seek $11 million from Tom Cruise for alleged...

By Liz Kelly  | August 27, 2008; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
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Mishmash: Solange's Turn; Catwoman Casting; Caption Results

Solange, Another Knowles Family Fashion Renegade I'm no music critic, so I wish Solange Knowles every happiness and much success with the release of her solo album, "Sol-Angel and The Hadley St. Dreams." Even if I do fall asleep midway through reading that title and literally spat out my oat bran when I saw her album cover, in which a red-winged Solange strikes a pose in what appears to be Fred Sanford's yard. The only thing worse is this pic from Solange's official Web site. Yellow lipstick? Yeesh. Oh Solange, good thing you've got precedent on your side -- doubtless, you'll follow fellow other sisters Ali Lohan, Hayley Duff and Jamie Lynn Spears on to vast, sibling-eclipsing success. (AP/Geffen Records) ---- Insta-Poll: Cher As Catwoman? Rumor has it that Cher is under consideration for taking on the role of Catwoman in the next "Batman" installment (or, as one EW reader...

By Liz Kelly  | August 26, 2008; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  Insta-Polls, Miscellaneous  
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Morning Mix: New 'Dancing With the Stars' Line-up Announced

Headlines: Susan Lucci, Lance Bass, Kim Kardashian among new "Dancing With the Stars" line-up... Britney Spears won't perform at VMAs, says manager... Jennifer Hudson to sing at Democratic National Convention... Charlie Sheen and wife expecting child... Guy Ritchie says he isn't into Kabbalah and that he and Madge may adopt again... Paris Hilton plans duet with boyfriend Benji Madden... Paula Abdul "concerned" about newly-added fourth "Idol" judge... Jennie Garth says new "90210" is too racy for her kids... Kate Hudson sued over signature hair care product. Crime Watch: Andy Dick won't face sexual battery charge. Rumor Mill: Brangelina brood planning move back to Los Angeles?... Pitt photographs Angelina for upcoming W issue... Courteney Cox reportedly involved in minor car accident in Hawaii... Michelle Rodriguez to reprise role on at least one episode of new "Lost" season... "Real Housewife of NYC" LuAnn de Lesseps reportedly puts on show at Hamptons...

By Liz Kelly  | August 26, 2008; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (221)
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Comment Box: What Makes a Celebrity?

Where is the threshold that delineates between a "mere" athlete and a celebrity athlete, or a "mere" politician and a celebrity one? Is it when they start taking their own words and actions too seriously in public?

By Liz Kelly  | August 25, 2008; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Morning Mix: Cher to Play Catwoman in Next 'Batman'?

Headlines: Madonna kicks off world tour in Wales... Stars decamp to Denver for Democratic convention... Paris Hilton taking search for new best friend to Britain, set to launch new hair extension gizmo... Kate Moss says she was never anorexic... Heidi Montag channels Olivia Newton John in new video... Malaysia allows Avril Lavigne concert to go on... Jason Lee and girlfriend welcome baby girl... Ed McMahon avoids home foreclosure... Helena Bonham Carter loses four relatives in car crash... Barenaked Ladies' frontman Ed Robertson survives plane crash... "Celebrity Rehab" facility investigated after rash of deaths... "Fearful" L.A. cop pulls gun on Diddy's entourage. Crime Watch: Da Brat gets three years in prison for nightclub attack. Rumor Mill: Cher to play Catwoman in next "Batman" movie?... Khloe Kardashian tapped for new season of "Celebrity Apprentice"... Beckhams not in "terrifying car crash"... Following fender bender, George Clooney buys Italian woman new car... Spice...

By Liz Kelly  | August 25, 2008; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (180)
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