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Celebritology 2.0: March 8, 2009 - March 14, 2009

Hollywood Intervention: Nipping the Next Lilo in the Bud

Actress Bella Thorne, age 12, at Wednesday's 'Race to Witch Mountain' premiere in Hollywood. (AP) Dear Whoever This Child's Mom May Be: Look out! Your daughter, one Bella Thorne, is in mortal danger of becoming the next Lindsay Lohan. While I understand visions of reality shows and Mother of the Year Awards are dancing through your head, that's not actually a good thing. Take a look back at Bella's short -- yet crowded career trajectory: Modeling at 20 weeks, Christian Slater's canceled show and an upcoming role opposite Crispin Glover and Judd Nelson in a second-rate horror flick? And when does she have time for school? This is not good. Act now or your still somewhat innocent spawn (although she's clearly got her red carpet schtick down cold) could end up hawking leggings and self-tanning lotion before a decade is out. Is that really what you want? I'm not...

By Liz Kelly  | March 13, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Anna Nicole Smith Ex Charged; Aniston and Mayer Reportedly Split Again

Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe attends the Louis Vuitton Ready-to-Wear A/W 2009 fashion show on Thursday during Paris Fashion Week. (Getty Images) Crime Watch: Lawyer/boyfriend Howard K. Stern and doctors charged with illegally medicating Anna Nicole Smith... David Hasselhoff ex Pamela Bach arrested for DUI. Headlines: Daniel Radcliffe, Miley Cyrus top Forbes list of bankable young stars... Sting becomes a vintner... George Clooney, Julianna Margulies and Noah Wyle make return visit to "ER"... Tyra Banks opens up to Oprah about abusive ex-boyfriend... Michael Phelps apologizes for smoking pot... "Bachelor" rejectee Melissa Rycroft reveals new boyfriend... Jonas Brothers releasing a line of clothing for tween girls... Andre Benjamin says it's hard being a straight black fashion designer... Drew Barrymore won't direct third "Twilight" installment... Robert Pattinson says he took valium ahead of "Twilight" audition... "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan becomes a U.S. citizen... One-time call girl Ashlee Dupree says she's getting spiritual...

By Liz Kelly  | March 13, 2009; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Catching Up with Charlie Murphy

Charlie Murphy. (Image courtesy Crackle.com) Don't ask Charlie Murphy if he has any new "True Hollywood Stories" to tell. He's past all that. Even though his hilariously hard-to-believe tales of late night pancakes with Prince and partying with Rick James were spun into sketch comedy gold on the now defunct "Chappelle's Show," he's moved on. "There's actually nothing else I can think of that I think would make another good Hollywood story. My life went in another direction," said Murphy yesterday when I talked to him by phone. The comedian -- and brother of Eddie Murphy -- says his future is on the Web. At least for now. Later this month, he'll debut a series of short comedy sketches on Crackle.com, Sony Entertainment's entry into the Web video field. The site already features vintage TV, movies and shows created exclusively for the site. Contrary to some Web reports, Murphy...

By Liz Kelly  | March 12, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Catching Up With...  
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Patrick Swayze Denies He's Close to Death; Chris Brown Withdraws from Kids' Choice Running

Headlines: Chris Brown drops out of Kids' Choice Awards running; manager denies sending Grammy night text... Patrick Swazye debunks tabloid reports of his imminent death... George Clooney-flavored tofu, anyone?... Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith open private elementary school... E! donates money to Brangelina charity foundation (and yet Seacrest was still snubbed)... Michael Jackson adds dates to sold out London shows; set list released... Lindsay Lohan set to launch self-tanning product line... Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas lunch in D.C. with former defense secretary William Cohen... Mickey Rourke confirmed for "Iron Man" sequel... Bristol Palin and fiance Levi Johnson split... Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams marry... Anne Heche gives birth to son Atlas Heche Tupper. Pix: Scrubs' Zach Braff snapped researching medical marijuana at a New York club? Rumor Mill: Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer off again?; Jeweler says she's not designing engagement ring for the couple... Tabloid...

By Liz Kelly  | March 12, 2009; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Material Girl: Madonna's Stuff on Display and Up for Sale

An argument could be made that the last quarter century has been utterly owned by Madonna. And now, in a new London exhibit, items that still carry an afterglow from coming into contact with her Madgesty are on display in the biggest ever retrospective of her on-stage and on-screen personas. Step right up and see the world's most pointed bustiers. Gaze in wonder at the coral pink "Material Girl" dress used to great effect in drawing comparisons between herself and screen icon Marilyn Monroe. And you won't believe your eyes when you see the rather pedestrian wedding dress Ms. Ciccone wore on-stage in her "Like a Virgin" days. Still, when combined, the 300-item show does serve to remind us that Madge -- despite Jesus, Kabbalah and the lot -- is a massive honking star and a self-made star, at that. (Gallery: Madge's Material Goods) If a peek isn't enough,...

By Liz Kelly  | March 11, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Brown's Text Buddy Revealed; Katie Holmes's New Look

Tom Cruise and a suddenly long-locked Katie Holmes greet fans at the Tokyo premiere of Cruise's film 'Valkyrie.' (Reuters) Headlines: Jennifer Aniston says she'll always love ex Brad Pitt... Octo-mom admits fertility treatments were "irrational"... Jay Leno to perform free show for unemployed... Paul McCartney Vegas gig sells out in seconds... Ewan McGregor's fake Twitter account taken down... David Alan Grier's "Chocolate News" not renewed... Hulk Hogan asks court for $300,000... "Real Housewife" Alex McCord out of a job... "90210's" AnnaLynne McCord (no relation) smashes car. Pix: Madonna, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher dress up for Kabbalah party... Julia Roberts reacts to fan art... Jude Law gets manhandled... James Franco snoozes through Columbia lecture... Paris Hilton poses on beach with new boyfriend. Chris Brown/Rihanna Watch: Grammy night texts were reportedly from Brown's manager... Nickelodeon won't withdraw Brown from Kids' Choice nominees; Akon says he'd be happy to work with...

By Liz Kelly  | March 11, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Reality Check: 'Dancing With the Stars'

Denise Richards splits for partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. (ABC) If you're not much interested in D-list celebs or ballroom dancing, then you probably won't be setting the DVR to tape "Dancing With the Stars" for the next few months, but last night's season premiere was eminently watchable. Tacky costumes? Check. Big hair? Yep. Spray-on tans? Got 'em. Stars? Not so much. Faux-lebrities? Take your pick. While the show takes big liberties with its name (stars these are not), the dance-off is artery-clogging cheese TV at its best and last night's season premiere did not disappoint, despite the lack of any really big names or a Heather Mills-ish must-see moment. Last-minute substitutions -- "Girl Next Door" Holly Madison for Jewel and "Bachelor" jiltee Melissa Rycroft for Nancy O'Dell -- failed to build much in the way of excitement. In fact, the show's wildcard -- recovering addict and "Jackass" alum Steve-O --...

By Liz Kelly  | March 10, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Octo-Mom Gets Childcare; Rihanna and Chris Brown Recording Duet?

Headlines: Octo-mom accepts round-the-clock care for her 14 kids... Oprah plans Thursday domestic violence-themed show... Halle Berry named "Sexiest Black Woman Alive"... President Obama pays tribute to Christopher Reeve when lifting stem cell research ban... Michael J. Fox thrilled with stem cell decision, signs on for ABC special... Birthday girl Paris Hilton gets a new dog from new boyfriend... Woman arrested for brandishing hammer over cancer-stricken Jade Goody's hospital bed... Miley Cyrus has mild heart condition... Mariska Hargitay to miss several weeks of "SVU" taping... British tabloid apologizes for claiming Isla Fisher had plastic surgery... Mischa Barton blogs about breakup... Ex-husband gets $515,000 cash settlement in Anne Heche divorce. Pix: Angelina Jolie on "Salt" set (more pix)... Britney Spears sports Daisy Dukes. Crime Watch: "Real Housewives'" Kelly Killoren Bensimon arrested for alleged assault. Rumor Mill: Chris Brown and Rihanna working on duet?... Three of Britney Spears's back up dancers...

By Liz Kelly  | March 10, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Celebrity Anatomy: A Handy Guide to Mismatched Digits

Seldom have I noted more schadenfreude in celebrity critiquers than that inspired when otherwise glamorous female celebs are possessed of hands that appear to have been transplanted onto their bodies from the corpse of Frankenstein. (Possessed of a particularly strapping pair of paws myself, I can sympathize.) Using celeb hand-identifying as our example, today we test out a new feature -- the matchy-matchy quiz. Take a peek at the four appendages below, then try your hand at guessing to whom each belongs. If all goes well, the spiffy new quiz tool should pop back your score and let you know which answers (if any) you got wrong. After you have established your superiority (or inadequacy) in the study of celebrity digits, you'll get to see the hands attached to their owners. This survey is powered by SurveyGizmo's online survey software. Please take my survey now Have any problems with the...

By Liz Kelly  | March 9, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Morning Mix: Brangelina Do D.C.; Kimmel and Silverman Reportedly Split Again

Jessica Simpson brings her Daisy Dukes out of retirement to perform on Sunday evening at a Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Fla. (AP) Headlines: Don't expect an Oscar for Angelina Jolie, says "Salt" crew member (not too surprising for an action-heavy "espionage thriller," tho); brother James Haven visits Jolie on set; filming wraps today; Brad Pitt takes Shiloh and Zahara shopping in D.C... Michelle Obama scores "Oprah" magazine cover... Dakota Fanning joins "Twilight" sequel... "Bachelor" dumpee Melissa Rycroft joins "Dancing with the Stars"... Lauren Conrad says she led a double life on "The Hills"... Zac Efron says mom gave him a stocking full of condoms at Christmas. Pix: Beyonce shows off curves on video set. Chris Brown/Rihanna Watch: Lawyer says Rihanna will testify against Brown if required... Brown wants charge reduced to misdemeanor, says source... Dad says he hasn't heard from Rihanna since Grammy incident... Oprah urges Rihanna to...

By Liz Kelly  | March 9, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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