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Celebritology 2.0: January 4, 2009 - January 10, 2009

Patrick Swayze Checks in to Hospital

Patrick Swayze. (AP) Late word this afternoon that Patrick Swayze has checked himself into the hospital for observation after coming down with pneumonia following chemotherapy treatments for pancreatic cancer. The president of A&E -- home of Swayze's new show, "The Beast," made this announcement when Swayze failed to turn up at the show's press tour panel: From UsMagazine.com: "Patrick has asked that I tell you that he has checked himself into the hospital this morning for observation after coming down with pneumonia," said A&E president and general manager Robert DeBitetto. "As anyone who has had a friend or family member that has undergone treatment for cancer, chemotherapy can take a toll on you[r] immune system. Patrick did want me to tell you that he is very sorry he couldn't be at panel this morning, but he plans to get back to promoting The Beast as soon as he is...

By Liz Kelly  | January 9, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Creative Captioning: Surprise! It's Jason Segel

If it weren't for white hot James Franco, I would have totally crushed on Jason Segel in the sadly short-lived "Freaks and Geeks" -- he was a little nerdy, but how could you resist a character with so much enthusiasm for Rush's "Spirit of Radio" that he played out his Neil Pert fantasies on a make-shift basement stage? And he's managed to build himself a respectable Hollywood career as an adult -- a member of Judd Apatow's inner circle who wrote and starred in last year's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" to respectable box office returns, a regular gig on CBS's "How I Met Your Mother." And, if that wasn't enough to ensure his celebrity, he's now rumored to be romancing perennial girlfriend Drew Barrymore. But there's also Jason's creepy side. Like his total comfort with nudity (his man parts made their big screen debut in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall") and the fact...

By Liz Kelly  | January 9, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Morning Mix: Tom Cruise, Mark Wahlberg Among Golden Raspberry Nominees

Evan Rachel Wood strikes a pose on the red carpet at last night's Critics' Choice Awards. (AP) Headlines: Travoltas say goodbye to Jett at memorial service; Tom Cruise calls death "horrific" (careful, video starts automatically)... Cruise, Mark Wahlberg and Keanu Reeves among Golden Raspberry nominees... Nicole Kidman says she was embarrassed by her "Australia" performance... Tom Green, Jesse James among new "Celebrity Apprentice" cast... Justin Timberlake to show clothes at New York fashion week.. Osbourne family reunites for variety show... The Governator takes to Twitter... Scarlett Johannson says she was embarrassed about her alleged Obama "crush"... Roseanne Barr calls Israel a "Nazi state"... Lisa Bonet gives birth to son Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa... "Ugly Betty's" Anna Ortiz pregnant... Merle Haggard beats lung cancer, focuses on ending pot habit... Kevin Costner briefly hospitalized... R. Kelly's divorce finalized. Pix: Rumer Willis goes red... Kirsten Dunst rocks monk couture. Rumor Mill: Lindsay...

By Liz Kelly  | January 9, 2009; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Truth-Squadding Paris Hilton's Chaste Claim

Paris Hilton and then boyfriend Benji Madden at June's MTV Movie Awards. (AP) Paris Hilton, the maddeningly glib hotel heiress who shot to fame after the release of a homemade X-rated Internet sex video, is again demurely claiming that she's not as promiscuous as she's previously led us to believe. In the new issue of Glamour, Hilton says she's downright prudish: "I've only ever done it with a couple of people. People make up stories, but mostly I just kiss. I think it's important to play hard to get. Nobody wants the fake Prada bag -- they want the brand new bag that no one can get and is the most expensive. If you give it up to a guy he won’t respect you. He’ll want you much more if he can’t have you." Hilton last made this claim in 2006, when she told British GQ that she had...

By Liz Kelly  | January 8, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Morning Mix: Lisa Rinna's Plastic Surgery Regrets; Paltrow Defends GOOP

Favorite Leading Lady award winner Kate Hudson backstage at last night's People's Choice Awards. (Reuters) Headlines: Patrick Swayze says he likely has two years to live... Lisa Rinna says plastic surgery left her looking like a "freak"... Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys nominated for multiple Image awards... Travolta family to remember Jett today in private service... Michael Jackson moves back to Los Angeles... Gwyneth Paltrow defends GOOP... "Lost's" Naveen Andrews wins sole legal custody of three-year-old son... Britney Spears debuts tricky new single title; Brit and the kids clean up for New Year's Eve... T.I. pays $8,000 in overdue lawyer charges... Larry Flynt sues his nephews for unauthorized use of his name. Pix: Brad Pitt's February W cover. Crime Watch: Kanye West's mother's surgeon (got that?) sentenced to a year in jail for DUI. Rumor Mill: Oprah planning secret inauguration week bash?... Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick...

By Liz Kelly  | January 8, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Angie vs. Jen: Brad Pitt Weighs In. Again.

Bravo Brad Pitt. (AP) A scant week into the new year and my resolution to leave behind the Angelina Jolie vs. Jennifer Aniston debate is already toast. This time it is Brad Pitt stirring up the now fully charred embers of controversy. In February's W magazine, Pitt reportedly does his level best to keep this four-year-old wound from healing. Ripped from the New York Post's Page Six: Brad Pitt wants to set one thing straight regarding his wife Angelina Jolie: She's not a homewrecker. "What people don't understand is that we filmed ['Mr. & Mrs. Smith'] for a year. We were still filming after Jen [Aniston] and I split up," he tells W in the annual "A-List" February issue. "Even then it doesn't mean that there was some kind of dastardly affair. There wasn't. I'm very proud of the way that it was handled. It was respectful." (Full Item)...

By Liz Kelly  | January 7, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Brangelina, Insta-Polls  
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Morning Mix: Another Baby Girl for Affleck and Garner

Headlines: Patrick Swayze says cancer has put him through "hell"... Baby girl for Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck... Jamie Spears becomes permanent conservator for daughter Britney... Friday memorial service set for Jett Travolta; Lisa Marie Presley asks public not to blame Scientology for death... Princes William and Harry get their own staff... John Waters advises Barack Obama to make heterosexual divorce illegal... Alyssa Milano engaged to agent... Craig Ferguson marries longtime girlfriend... Mickey Rourke signs on to Sylvester Stallone action film... Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton found dead... Did Owen Wilson's watch save his life? Rolex thinks so... Unwitting Jamie Lynn Spears decoy threatens to sue LAX police department. Pix: Beach babes Martin Short and Steve Martin. Crime Watch: Prosecutors drop charges against Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright in Louisiana bar brawl; video shows tasers and pepper spray used on actors by police... Rip Torn pleads not guilty to drunk...

By Liz Kelly  | January 7, 2009; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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How Webby is... 'Real Housewife' Kim Zolciak? (Who?)

(Image courtesy kimzolciakonline.com) Expending more than 50 words on a woman whose biggest claim to fame is an utterly contrived second-rate reality show strikes me as overkill, but would our Celebritology studies be complete with the occasional look at wannabes? Enter Kim Zolciak. You may remember her (or not) as the zaftig blond aspiring singer (who can't sing) on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta" series. It should be noted that Zolciak is neither a housewife (unless playing mistress to married men of financial means counts) nor real (unless real somehow encompasses an enigmatic wig and spray tans). Still, she did add a bit of extra crunch to a show that was already a train wreck. Season two kicks off later this year. Yay. Now, like many an aspiring "Real Wives" wannabe crossover before her, Zolciak has taken to the Web. Zolciak's site includes the usual -- personal pix, contact...

By Liz Kelly  | January 6, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Morning Mix: Lindsay Lohan Denies Split from Samantha Ronson

Simon Le Bon and Mickey Rourke attend the U.K. premiere of 'The Wrestler' in London, England. (Getty Images) Headlines: Autopsy confirms Jett Travolta killed by seizure; John Travolta pilots plane bearing son's body back to the U.S... Celebrity Twitter accounts hacked (by v. funny hackers)... Tom Cruise says Scientology helped him overcome dyslexia... Richard Simmons attacks CNN anchor's foot... Patricia Arquette and Thomas Jane file for divorce... Gary Oldman marries for the fourth time... Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell welcome twin girls... Tim Allen and wife expecting first child... Oprah donates $365,000 to Atlanta school... Keira Knightley to play Zelda in F. Scott Fitzgerald biopic... Queen Latifah signs on for another year of Jenny Craig... Jessica Simpson recipe included in "Wives of Cowboys" cookbook... America Ferrera puts L.A. home on the market. Pix: Jake Gyllenhaal mesmerized by Laker girl... Louis Vuitton launches barely safe for work Madonna ad campaign....

By Liz Kelly  | January 6, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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Comment Box: George Clooney and Paris Hilton?!

Clooney and Hilton? (Left: Reuters, Right: Getty Images) Any truth to George Clooney and Paris Hilton dating? (Heard it on Mix this am). It's got to be a joke. I just has to be. -- Guest1234 OMG, could George Clooney, like, totally be Paris Hilton's new BOBFF (Best One-time Batman Boyfriend Forever)? Let's get right to the point: Probably not, but maybe. Sorry, that's the best I can do. A few of the lower-threshhold-for-facts tabs are making much of a couple of supposed sightings of Clooney, 47, and Hilton, 27, together. The first was apparently at Hollywood's Whiskey Bar in December, where the couple (shudder) "sat and talked together for ages," according to an unnamed, and potentially non-existent, source. "They didn’t seem to be aware of anyone else in the room." The next sighting was at Hollywood's Dan Tana's restaurant, where the two were allegedly joined by director Ridley...

By Liz Kelly  | January 5, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Morning Mix: Travolta 'Heartbroken' at Son's Death

David Beckham takes a break during a training session for the AC Milan soccer team in Dubai. (Getty Images) Headlines: John Travolta "heartbroken" at son's death, second pathologist to assist with autopsy... Officials set to declare Al Franken as winner of Minnesota Senate race... Patrick Swayze sits down with Barbara Walters for Wednesday interview special... Will Smith named top earning movie star of 2008... "Gossip Girl's" Kelly Rutherford files for divorce... Madonna's daughter Lourdes enrolls in acting school... Scarlett Johannson wins fight to shut down unofficial Web site... Death of Dr. Dre's son ruled heroin overdose... DMX's Arizona home in foreclosure. Pix: Amy Winehouse frolics with mystery man in Caribbean (NSFW)... Courtney Love can't dress herself. Crime Watch: Sam Shepard charged with drunken driving in Illinois... Matt Dillon charged with speeding (106 mph) in Vermont... Heather Locklear gets probation in DUI case. Rumor Mill: Lilo and SamRo ring in...

By Liz Kelly  | January 5, 2009; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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