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Celebritology 2.0: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

Friday List: Your Top 5 Celebrity Crushes

Jon Hamm as 'Mad Men's' Don Draper. (AP) Somehow my Thursday afternoon chat sessions always devolve into a hot or not showdown -- complete with gushing missives about Hollywood hotties, indignant defenses of maligned objects of affection and far too many links to stars wearing far too little clothing. Mea culpa, I suppose. There's no one guiltier than I of posting a Daniel Craig pic or two. What can I say? I'm only human. But, in the spirit of Thanksgiving -- which quickly approaches -- I turn over the Friday List construct to listing our celebrity top 5s. Because if we can't be thankful for a little harmless fantasizing, how can we possibly get excited over lukewarm turkey and lumpy gravy? So without further preamble: Share your top five of celebrity crushes below. Don't worry, your secret is safe with me. I won't be forwarding these on to your...

By Liz Kelly  | November 21, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
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Morning Mix: Ashlee Simpson Finally Gives Birth

Sissy Spacek and Reese Witherspoon chat at the Los Angeles premiere of their new movie, 'Four Christmases.' Kristin Chenoweth, far right, laughs maniacally. (Getty Images) Headlines: Ashlee Simpson gives birth to baby boy, Bronx Mowgli Wentz... Beyonce and Jay-Z named top earning entertainment couple... Reese Witherspoon says she's not ready to marry again... Matt Damon's fourth "Bourne" installment due in 2010... In new book, Eminem's mom says she didn't mean to sue him... Adrian Brody doesn't want anyone thinking he's got a sense of humor... Celebs -- including Janet Jackson SamRo and Lilo, Charlize Theron -- flock to Dubai hotel opening... Ben Affleck tours refugee camps in eastern Congo... Ivanka Trump penning motivational book. Pix: Jessica Biel, what are you wearing? Crime Watch: Convicted sex offender Gary Glitter appeals over order requiring him to notify police before traveling abroad. Rumor Mill: Did Brangelina trade baby pix for positive press...

By Liz Kelly  | November 21, 2008; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Pop Psychology: Deconstructing Britney

Despite the fact that she's unquestionably in a much better place than she was a year ago -- career back on track, in shape, spending quality time with her kids and our favorite turnaround -- Britney Spears is not a happy camper. Or so she'd have us believe in a new special, "Britney: For the Record," set to air on MTV on Nov. 30, two days ahead of the release of her new album. Amidst the look at Brit's life as a pop phenomenon, come these surprisingly candid statements: "There's no excitement, there’s no passion. I have really good days, and then I have bad days. Even when you go to jail, y'know, there's the time when you’re gonna get out. But in this situation, it's never ending. It's just like Groundhog Day every day." "I think it's too in control. If I wasn't under the restraints I'm under, I'd...

By Liz Kelly  | November 20, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Celebrities  
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Morning Mix: Hugh Jackman Named Sexiest Man Alive

Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. ET: Gene Simmons rings the NYSE opening bell. 4 p.m. ET: The Dow closes below 8,000 for the first time in five years. Dismissed as coincidence. (Getty Images) Headlines: People names Hugh Jackman the Sexiest Man Alive (Celebritologist's reaction: "Meh.")... Beyonce named Seventeen's Style Star of the Year... Paris Hilton and Benji Madden split... Britney Spears says she married K-Fed for "all the wrong reasons"... Angelina Jolie says she's not ready to quit acting yet... Gwyneth Paltrow says she regrets wearing fur in ad... Bloody, dead Amy Winehouse sculpture goes on display in New York... Pam Anderson asks Barack Obama to legalize marijuana... Alicia Silverstone writes vegan diet book... Winona Ryder hospitalized, released after falling ill on flight to London... Parole officer puts kibosh on Michael Lohan boxing match... Miley Cyrus giggles like a fool when Ellen asks about boyfriend Justin Gaston... Michael Jackson slated to...

By Liz Kelly  | November 20, 2008; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
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Have Yourself a Merry Little Hoff-mas

Personalize this photo: The Hoff as Santa. (Courtesy UniversalPoster.com) It's the most wonderful time of the year. Overeating is de rigueur, far too much time spent with relatives serves as an absolutely plausible reason for over-indulging in the egg nog and we say "I love you" to friends and family with signed photos of David Hasselhoff in swim trunks and Santa cape. The heck, you say. It's true. The Hoff has magnanimously made available nine different photos of himself for gifting. At only $15 a pop, you can knock six gift recipients out for under a hundred bucks and all in one simple Internet transaction. Not bad considering the belt-tightening caused by the continued meltdown of the world's economy. Better still -- customize each print with a four-line message of your invention "replicated in an exact digital copy of your favourite artist's handwriting and signature." The possibilities are endless....

By Liz Kelly  | November 19, 2008; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Holiday Guide  
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Morning Mix: Jolie on Breastfeeding; Clooney on 'ER'?

Tracy Ullman looks on as Amy Adams and Meryl Streep share a laugh at a screening of their new movie, 'Doubt,' Tuesday in Los Angeles. (Getty Images) Headlines: Angelina Jolie says breastfeeding twins was "hard"... A break from acting in the stars for Nicole Kidman?... P. Diddy to play prosecutor on "CSI: Miami"... Justin Timberlake releases new single on MySpace... The 10 worst celebrity breakups, as per New York mag... Courtney Love says she's not suicidal... Chuck Norris on Prop 8 passage: Too bad, gay marriage activists... Stephen Baldwin says he was just kidding about leaving the country if Obama won... Michael Jackson too sick to make court appearance, says lawyer... Snoop Dogg visits Martha Stewart... Melanie Brown and Kelly Monaco to star in topless Vegas review (but not be topless themselves)... Heather Mills lodges complaints against three British papers for alleged invasion of privacy. Pix: Nicole Kidman prevents...

By Liz Kelly  | November 19, 2008; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Hey Elijah Wood: Stop Creeping Me Out

Elijah Wood at the 8th Annual 24 Hour Plays on Broadway in New York on Monday. (Getty Images) Dear Elijah Wood, I was going to write something glitteringly brilliant today that would have probably been the object of much e-mail forwarding and linking across the blogosphere, but I was derailed by the above picture of you. So, thanks for that. Even as I write these words, I've got your creepy mug leering at me from my computer screen and your eyes -- normally so limpid and comforting in a cozy Hobbit kind of way -- are doing that weird Mona Lisa follow me around thing. It's creeping me out, man. And I like you. If it weren't for the googly eyes I'd mention some of your current projects, like your voice work as Spyro the dragon in the videogame, "The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon," for which...

By Liz Kelly  | November 18, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Morning Mix: Suri Cruise Named Most Influential Tot

Nicole Kidman arrives at the Monday premiere of 'Australia' in Sydney. (Getty Images) Headlines: Suri Cruise tops Forbes list of World's Most Powerful Tots Under Age Five... Angelina Jolie tears up talking about mom at London press conference... Brooke Shields says "Lipstick Jungle" hasn't been canceled... Kiefer Sutherland opens up about jail experience... Christopher Lloyd says he won't rebuild home razed by wildfires... Ashlee Simpson still pregnant, may have to induce says sister Jessica... Sacha Baron Cohen's "Bruno" crashes "Medium" set... Diddy says he wasn't "black enough" for "Tropic Thunder"... Julianna Margulies won't return to "ER"... Cloris Leachman released from hospital... Michael Jackson sued by Bahrain sheikh... Prince sued by perfume company. Pix: Amy Winehouse shows off new tattoo... Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Crime Watch: Heather Locklear formally charged with DUI... "Bachelor" winner Mary Delgado arrested for public intoxication, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Rumor Mill: Britney...

By Liz Kelly  | November 18, 2008; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Comment Box: Senator Olsen Twin?

Ashley (left) and Mary-Kate Olsen sign copies of their new book, 'Influence,' last week in New York. (Getty Images) Which of the Olsen twins is more likely to win election to the U.S. Senate someday? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion Is that a trick question because they're, like, both super-qualified for holding national office. In fact, this is the best idea I've heard since Mr. Liz nominated Paris Hilton for a Nobel Peace Prize. (For reconciling with Nicole Ritchie. Duh.) But, since the average person may not have given as much thought to the office-worthiness of the Mary-Kate and Ashley, here are three good reasons they should unseat Hillary Clinton in 2012: If the Olsens share the office, then one twin would always be available to fulfill her/their Senatorial duties. No vote would be missed, no constituent's pathetic plea for face time would go unheeded, no...

By Liz Kelly  | November 17, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Morning Mix: Lindsay Lohan Floured by Anti-fur Activist

Headlines: Lindsay Lohan doused with flour by anti-fur activist| Pix | Samantha Ronson mad-blogs: "I think there are plenty of families that could have used that flour for a meal."... Jennifer Hudson thanks fans for support... Jamie Foxx chiseled teeth for new movie role... Helen Mirren inserts foot in mouth... Prince goes door-to-door for Jehovah's Witnesses... Madonna asks fans to donate to Malawi school she hopes to build... Comedian Wanda Sykes says she's "proud" to be gay... Snoop Dogg's California neighborhood evacuated ahead of wildfire... Nia Vardalos adopts toddler... Charlize Theron named U.N. messenger of peace. Video: Justin Timberlake + 'SNL' = Good Crime Watch: Kanye West reportedly arrested after scuffle with photographer in London; denies assault... Suge Knight charged with drug possession, battery. Rumor Mill: Paula Abdul fears dead stalker's ghost; planning 'Idol' exit?... Elle Macpherson dating MSNBC's Dan Abrams?... Britney Spears backs out of movie role. Say...

By Liz Kelly  | November 17, 2008; 6:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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