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Celebritology 2.0: December 21, 2008 - December 27, 2008

Last Minute Celeb-Inspired Gifting

If you're anything like me, you've put off your holiday shopping until the very last moment. If you're nothing like me at all, you've also got thousands of dollars just waiting to be frivolously spent on one of the over-priced celeb-related gift ideas below. You'll be the talk of the family when they find out how many ducats you've dropped to make their dreams of rubbing shoulders with celebrities (or wearing a dress that once graced a celeb's shoulders) come true. $624 - $1,699 Before you pay down that credit card debt, consider this wiser philanthropic use of your money credit: Buy the John Mayer fan in your life four days at sea aboard the Carnival Splendor with this puzzlingly popular singer-songwriter, best known for dating a series of starlets -- including, but not limited to, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson and Minka Kelly. Wittily dubbed "Mayercraft Carrier 2," the...

By Liz Kelly  | December 24, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Morning Mix: Jennifer Hudson to Make First Appearance Since Family Tragedy

Headlines: Jennifer Hudson set to perform for first time since family murders... Without Jeremy Piven, "Speed-the-Plow" ticket sales plummet... Gwyneth Paltrow and Stella McCartney welcome Madonna back to London... Britney Spears hires Madonna's tour director... Ben Stiller breaks hand skiing... Lance Armstrong and girlfriend expecting child... DJ AM files suit in September plane crash. Pix: Mariah Carey, fashion victim. Rumor Mill: Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin on the outs? Probably not... Sydney residents miffed by Nicole Kidman's yacht moorage... Screaming match with Lindsay Lohan preceded Samantha Ronson's hospital visit. Say What? "I would tell them to please return my things, because I know they're probably watching E! News right now..." -- Former jailbird Paris Hilton, who assumes that all felons watch E! 24/7, pleads for the return of $2 million in stolen jewelry....

By Liz Kelly  | December 24, 2008; 6:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Celebrity Excess: A Little Piven-spiration

Mercury man Jeremy Piven. (AP) Jeremy Piven, whose unadventurous taste buds were apparently sated by a steady diet of twice-a-day sushi and random Chinese herbs, has become the poster child for Mercury poisoning. I love how he just lucks into these things. First John Cusack movies, then acclaim for basically playing himself on "Entourage," and now a cause to call his very own. Using Piven's example, I've assembled a short list of stars below who may also turn their excesses into the next cause celebre: Lisa Rinna: Elephantiasis of the Lips Poised to pose for Playboy early in the new year, the 45-year-old mother of two and wife of Harry Hamlin has repeatedly denied using collagen or other synthetic fillers to give her lips an increasingly freakish fullness. Rinna should seize the opportunity to come clean and carry the banner for trout-lipped women the world over. Nicole Kidman: Botulism...

By Liz Kelly  | December 23, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Morning Mix: Brit's Dad Gets a Pay Raise

Headlines: Jamie Spears gets a hefty raise for taking care of daughter Britney... Michael Jackson not sick and planning world tour, says rep; rents $100,000 a month L.A. home... Tom Cruise "distractingly bad" in "Valkyrie," says one reviewer... Scarlett Johannson's snotty tissue sells for $5,300... Screen Actors Guild delays strike vote... In the thanks-for-sharing file: Pete Wentz says he's tasted wife Ashlee Simpson's breast milk... Samantha Ronson recovering from brief hospital stay... David Spade helps Phoenix police stock up on rifles. Pix: Madonna's band of gold... Paris Hilton's cartoonish look. Crime Watch: Kirsten Dunst granted restraining order for alleged trespasser. Rumor Mill: Guy Ritchie and Jemima Khan not dating, says rep... Oprah not planning move to D.C... Jennifer Lopez sent assistant on tour to monitor hubby Marc Anthony... Madonna's head turned by Brazilian male model?... Cameron Diaz and Paul Sculfor set to move in together?... Luke Wilson spotted at...

By Liz Kelly  | December 23, 2008; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Coming to Terms with Michael Jackson at 50

A few weeks back, a chatter asked me to name something about the celebrity beat that really surprised me. I was stumped -- after witnessing the circus surrounding the death of Anna Nicole Smith and an endless stream of shenanigans from a dirty dozen of Hollywood hellions, one tends to get a bit desensitized. Then, this morning, whilst innocently gathering links for the morning mix, it happened. I was surprised to read that Michael Jackson is 50 years old (and possibly in need of a lung transplant). I mean, I knew he was 50 -- both Jacko and Madge hit the half-century mark back in August -- but it didn't fully sink in until today at approximately 6:07 a.m. And I'm not sure how I feel about it. Michael Jackson became, sometime around the early '90s, a man-child, the little boy who never grew up, a fly stuck in resin...

By Liz Kelly  | December 22, 2008; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Morning Mix: Megan Fox Named 'Sexiest Woman' of 2008

Headlines: "Transformers" star Megan Fox named sexiest woman in online poll... Rihanna to headline charity inaugural ball... Lisa Rinna to pose naked in Playboy... Ed McMahon has no plans to leave home facing foreclosure... "Real Housewives of New York's" Alex McCord penning parenting book. Pix: Ghoulish Katie Holmes won't be accompanying husband Tom Cruise to Golden Globes. Crime Watch: Paris Hilton robbed of $2 million in jewelry... Linda Hogan involved in car accident. Rumor Mill: Michael Jackson needs lung transplant, according to U.K. tabloid... Britney Spears and Benji Madden not dating, says rep... Girlfriend Lindsay Lohan causes bump in Samantha Ronson's deejay gig fees... Guy Ritchie dating (Hugh Grant ex) Jemima Khan?... Kevin Federline dating beach volleyball player?... Madonna adopting another child from Malawi?... Mary-Kate Olsen loves recession sales....

By Liz Kelly  | December 22, 2008; 6:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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