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Celebritology 2.0: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

Inaugural Gawking: Where Will Oprah Be?

Oprah Winfrey attends the Alvin Ailey 50th Anniversary Opening Night Gala in New York in December. (AP) Oprah Winfrey is coming to D.C. She may already be here. She plans to tape two very special shows at the Kennedy Center. That much is certain. But how will the enthusiastic Obama fan plan spend the rest of her time in D.C.? Her plans have been a bit under wraps. A rumored Oprah-fronted inaugural ball seems to have evaporated, but that doesn't mean O won't be all over the week's festivities. Below, the latest intel on Oprah's D.C. visit: According to the New York Post, Oprah -- the queen of daytime talk -- has booked the $15,000-a-night "Royal Suite" for five nights. The suite's many perks include a personal shopping assistant, private exercise room and "a sculptural bathtub [with a] a crystal fixture elegantly draped overhead." Sunday: Oprah is rumored to...

By Liz Kelly  | January 17, 2009; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Hey Celebs, Here's a Little Inaugural Advice

Scarlett Johansson. (Getty Images) If there's one thing Celebritology readers know, it's celebrity. Or D.C. Or both. Which is why last week I asked readers to offer advice to the hordes of outsized egos $50K inaugural committee donors Hollywood royalty descending on D.C. Without further ado, the eight most entertaining, though not necessarily useful, tips: The Scientology headquarters is in Dupont Circle, but you already knew that, didn't you? Don't put anything in your evening bag that you would be embarrassed to show a Secret Service agent. One is supposed to observe the silence at the Jefferson Memorial so I would recommend that Kanye West spend most of his time there. If someone offers you a stimulus package, just say "thanks but no thanks." It probably won't be cash. Everyone wear purple and black -- Ravens colors. You will receive many grateful comments and greetings by the locals! Ahem,...

By Liz Kelly  | January 16, 2009; 9:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Celebrities, Inauguration  
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Friday List: Best Mall Movies

I'm not holding out much hope for "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," the new movie from Kevin James opening this weekend. I was never a "King of Queens" fan and, as pointed out by my colleague Jen Chaney, any movie title that includes a word rhyming with [redacted] puts one on her guard. But don't let James's ham-fisted attempt at humor scare you away from the mall. Some of the finest movie moments have taken place in malls: "Mallrats": The iconic Jay and Silent Bob help Jason Lee win back Shannen Doherty in a mall. "Fast Times at Ridgemont High": A teenaged Phoebe Cates learns to flirt while serving up fries in a mall. "Dawn of the Dead": Sarah Polley fought off an army of zombies inside a mall. Good times. Your mission -- should you choose to accept it -- is to list your favorite mall movies. And, a...

By Liz Kelly  | January 16, 2009; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Friday Lists  
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Morning Mix: Oprah Stiffs Obama Inaugural; J.Lo Says Divorce is Not an Option

Mr. Craig's neighborhood: Daniel Craig promotes his new movie, 'Defiance,' today in Munich. (Getty Images) Headlines: Diddy donates $50,000 to inaugural committee while Oprah keeps her cash to herself... Celebs you can expect to see in D.C. next week... Jennifer Lopez says her wedding bling didn't match her Globes dress... Jodie Sweetin says she's "100 percent sober" (we're glad someone is)... Jenna Fischer says a crock pot heated up her love life... Steve Carrell buys Massachussetts general store... No, Jeremy Piven wasn't on the plane that landed in the Hudson River yesterday... Sharon Osbourne wins damages from U.K. tabloid... Tameka Raymond says she won't be joining the cast of "Real Housewives of Atlanta"... "Man vs. Wild's" Bear Grylls welcomes third baby. Pix: Chloe Sevigny's creative napkin origami... Verne Troyer, bear-ly holding on to his self-respect... Zombie Mila Kunis... Katie Holmes's Miu Miu ad. Crime Watch: Boy George to be...

By Liz Kelly  | January 16, 2009; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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Insta-Poll: The Curious Case of Jeremy Piven

Jeremy Piven. (AP) Jeremy Piven, he of "hug it out, bitch" and Page Six party boy fame, sat opposite Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America" today to set the record straight about his hasty departure from a Broadway production of "Speed the Plow." As reported last month, Piven and his doctors claimed the "Entourage" star was a victim of mercury poisoning -- a supposedly debilitating condition the self-described "macro-psychotic" acquired by eating way too much sushi and relying on Chinese herbal medicines. Piven describes his symptoms: "I was so sick for most of the run of the show. Some days I would sleep right until the time I had to go to the theater. I didn't know what was wrong with me. I was exhausted. Finally, I went to a doctor at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut just so it wouldn't turn into a circus. He said, 'you've got to...

By Liz Kelly  | January 15, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Celebrities, Insta-Polls  
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Morning Mix: Swayze Beating Pneumonia; Drunk Calls Brad Pitt 'Ugly'

Headlines: Patrick Swayze says he's almost over pneumonia... Jennifer Hudson to sing national anthem at Super Bowl... Mickey Rourke stars in new PETA spay-and-neuter ad campaign... Paula Abdul denies criticizing "Idol" producers... Raven-Symone hosts self-esteem workshop for young girls... Set sail with New Kids on the Block... Guy Ritchie visits Madonna and children in New York... Naomi Campbell settles lawsuit with former maid... Ricardo Montalban dead at 88... "The Prisoner's" Patrick McGoohan dead at 80... Howie Mandel released from hospital. Pix: Ryan Seacrest tries to high-five blind "Idol" contestant... Victoria Beckham's Emporio Armani underwear ads... Paris Hilton debuts new short 'do. Rumor Mill: Drunken Golden Globe reveler attacks Brad Pitt for being "ugly"... Kelis and Nas expecting first child... Sarah Jessica Parker wants Britney Spears in "SATC" sequel... Beyonce reportedly abandons dog at record label offices... Will Smith to play Captain Nemo?... Mickey Rourke parties with Bai Ling... Emily...

By Liz Kelly  | January 15, 2009; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Friday Wednesday List: Your Advice for Celebrity Inaugural Revelers

Will one-time Obama e-mail pal Scarlett Johansson attend any inaugural events? (Getty Images) Beyonce, Jay-Z, Anne Hathaway, Sting, Bono, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Patricia Arquette, Ed Harris, Ashley Judd, Josh Lucas, Kate Walsh, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, Brendan Fraser, David Alan Grier, Deidre Hall, Herbie Hancock, Hill Harper, Terrence Howard, Lisa Marie Presley, Oprah Winfrey, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Faith Hill, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Denzel Washington, Beastie Boys, Sheryl Crow, Spike Lee, Tim Robbins, Kerry Washington, Susan Sarandon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Matthew Modine, Ellen Burstyn... Each day as more plans are solidified, it becomes increasingly obvious that of the critical mass of visitors expected in D.C. over the weekend and into next Tuesday, at least a gajillion (by my informal estimate) will be celebrities. Sure, the main event -- the swearing...

By Liz Kelly  | January 14, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Morning Mix: Paris Hilton's Web Site Will Infect You. Or Your Computer.

Headlines: Paris Hilton's Web site infects visitors... Hospitalized Patrick Swayze "upbeat," says mom... Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers added to Kids' Inaugural event... Lil' Kim not happy with "Notorious" portrayal... Daniel Craig says he's not much of a gun aficionado... Britney Spears takes sons to tour new $8 million dollar home; runs into Justin Timberlake at L.A. eatery... New Chris Rock book due in 2010... Ray Romano and Scott Bakula returning to TV in new "midlife crisis drama"... Oprah says she was rejected for "Doubt" role... Coming soon to a theater near you (again): "Smoky and the Bandit" update; Jackie Chan in a "Karate Kid" reboot... Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner name second daughter "Seraphina." Pix: Fergie and Josh Duhamel's kitschy commemorative wedding art. Video: Oprah and Kate Winslet praise "real" breasts... Rumor Mill: Paris Hilton kicked out of Golden Globes after party... Brangelina climb through shrubs at another post-Globes...

By Liz Kelly  | January 14, 2009; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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Mickey Rourke Wrestles with Fashion (And Loses)

Dear Mickey Rourke, You may not know this, but yesterday I wrote a glowing blog post praising you in the finest tradition of dewy-eyed sycophants the world over. I can admit it. I was charmed by your soft-spoken machismo when I was just a girl in my formative years. I could blame you for all sorts of things -- you made rebellion and smoking cigarettes seem cool. (Well, I guess they were cool in the '80s.) But today I see I took the wrong approach. Clearly what you need is a little tough love. In less than 24 hours you have managed to fail two basic celebrity tests. First, you've gone on record with your political views. And, sorry, but to call them "half-baked" would be an overstatement. Secondly, you've proven yourself incapable of dressing yourself: You've been out of the spotlight for a while and may not know about...

By Liz Kelly  | January 13, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Celebrities, Fashion  
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Morning Mix: Gisele and Tom Engaged; Howie Mandel Hospitalized; Hasselhoff Parties

Glenn Close gets down with her new Hollywood Walk of Fame star on Monday in Los Angeles. (Getty Images) Headlines: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen really engaged... Beyonce, Bono and Sting set to turn out for Barack Obama at Sunday event; Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher headlining D.C. high school volunteer event... Heath Ledger's parents say his Golden Globe will go to daughter Matilda... Mickey Rourke defends President Bush in new GQ article... Amy Winehouse's husband files for divorce... Mariska Hargitay hospitalized for partially collapsed lung... Howie Mandel hospitalized with irregular heartbeat... James Gandolfini headed to Broadway... Hilary Duff to play lawyer in upcoming NBC legal sitcom... Vanessa Hudgens auditions for "Twilight" sequel... Coolio thinks computers came from another planet... Jeremy Piven calls his "Speed the Plow" exit "humbling." Pix: Victoria Beckham teeters on 5.5 inch heels... David Hasselhoff, dirty dancer. Crime Watch: Jennifer Love Hewitt granted restraining order...

By Liz Kelly  | January 13, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Comment Box: Can We Call Mickey Rourke a 'Comeback Kid' Yet?

Mickey Rourke hoists his Golden Globe backstage at last night's awards ceremony in Los Angeles. (Getty Images) Did "The Wrestler" live up to your expectations? Is Mickey on a roll and will it end with redemption or death for everyone's favorite creep? -- from last week's Celebritology Live discussion I'm glad you asked because since seeing "The Wrestler" a couple weeks back I have been evangelizing for Mickey Rourke's triumphant, and long overdue, return to cinematic form. Sure, it would've been nice if he still had that lovable baby face that made him dangerously attractive in early movies like "Rumble Fish" and "Diner," but years of boxing injuries and self-destructive behavior don't seem to have dulled Rourke's acting chops one bit. Don't take my word for it -- last night Rourke beat back competition from Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Frank Langella and Sean Penn to pick up the Golden...

By Liz Kelly  | January 12, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Awards Season, Comment Box  
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Morning Mix: Globes Redux; Fergie Marries; Kanye Ready for Naked Photo Spread

Golden Globes: 'Mad Men's' Elisabeth Moss arrives at last night's awards ceremony in Los Angeles. (Getty Images) Winslet, Rourke Take Top Honors Heath Ledger Wins Posthumous Award Brangelina Snub Ryan Seacrest Sacha Baron Cohen Booed for Madonna Dig Pix: Fashion | Scene Headlines: Fergie marries Josh Duhamel in Malibu... Kanye West says he wants to pose naked... Has Lindsay Lohan's blogging crossed over into desperation or inanity?... Gael Garcia Bernal and girlfriend welcome son... Charlotte Church gives birth to son. Pix: Renee Zellweger, Golden Globe disaster... Heather Mills unveils new close-cropped hair... Katie Holmes's priestly garb... Robert Downey Jr. on the cover of Men's Vogue. Crime Watch: Ryan O'Neal pleads guilty to meth possession... Judge rejects Roman Polanski's request for court disqualification. Rumor Mill: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony to appear at pre-inaugural ball... Sienna Miller dropped from Russell Crowe's "Nottingham"... Chloe Sevigny paid $50,000 to host New Year's...

By Liz Kelly  | January 12, 2009; 7:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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