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Posted at 8:28 AM ET, 03/ 6/2009

Pitt Meets the Prez, Pelosi; Chris Brown Charged, Rihanna Reportedly Avoiding Family

By Liz Kelly

Friday

Headlines: Brad Pitt meets President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi... Oprah to dish on Michelle Obama interview on today's show... Madonna tops PETA's list of worst-dressed celebs... Prince Charles named world's best-dressed man... Michael Jackson announces concert plans, Web site gets 16,000 hits a second... Sanjay Gupta withdraws his name from surgeon general consideration... Vince Vaughn engaged to Canadian realtor... Julia Roberts says she turned down Oscar presenting gig... "Seinfeld" cast reunites for "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episodes... Lauren Conrad leaving "The Hills" after fifth season... Needing heart surgery, Robin Williams cancels remainder of comedy tour... Monkee Peter Tork has rare form of cancer... Lucy Liu tries her hand at painting... Jewel and Nancy O'Dell withdraw from "Dancing with the Stars."

Pix: Victoria Beckham's chauffeur chic... Catherine Zeta-Jones goes goth... Lindsay Lohan recreates Madonna's "Like a Virgin" look... Britney Spears and sons do Disney.

Chris Brown/Rihanna Watch: Brown charged with two felonies, arraignment postponed until April 6; court documents detail Brown's alleged attempts to punch, bite and choke Rihanna; Rihanna's father says family can't get in touch with her; Brown hits MySpace to ask fans to vote for him in Kids' Choice Awards.

Crime Watch: Amy Winehouse charged with assault.

Rumor Mill: Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler to remarry.

By Liz Kelly  | March 6, 2009; 8:28 AM ET
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Let's hope Pelosi got something from her meeting with Pitt, like maybe a Capitol Hill screening of "Inglourious Basterds." (Not that the Hill isn't already crawling with 'em.)


"Madonna tops PETA's list of worst-dressed celebs." One look at those skinny arms and hands and they *begged* her to cover 'em up, with fur if necessary.


Let's crash Vince Vaughn's wedding and see how he likes it.


Peter Tork's cancer may be payback for the fate he wrote for Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky. (You remember: "Peter Percival Patterson had a pet pig named Porky.
This pet pig named Porky loved pie. He loved pizza pie, pumpkin pie, pineapple pie, pizza pie, mince tarts. And Peter Percival Patterson's pet pig Porky loved pie for breakfast, pie for lunch, pie in the afternoon and pie before he went to bed.
Peter Percival Patterson's pet pig Porky ate so much pie - that do you know what he did? -
He popped.")

Jewel out of DWTS with fractured tibiae in BOTH legs. Tonya Harding, you got some 'splainin' to do.

Is LiLo's day job now just her attempting impressions of other celebrities?


"[Chris] Brown hits MySpace to ask fans to vote for him in Kids' Choice Awards." (Or else.)


Who'd have thought Amy Winehouse could see straight enough to actually hit someone?

Posted by: byoolin1 | March 6, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I heard this morning that there will be a Star Trek fragrance. No freakin' way they'll actually do this, right? They don't know Trekkies very well.

Smell the Shatner. Be the Shatner.

Posted by: DCCubefarm | March 6, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Julia Roberts seems pretty grounded, and Prince Charles does dress well.

I feel like the air has just whooshed out of my snark tires.

Oh wait.

"Victoria Beckham's chauffeur chic" -- She looks like a Russian flight attendant circa 1955. I'll have a Stoli on the rocks, pazhaluista.

"Catherine Zeta-Jones goes goth" -- that's not goth, that's Lainie Kazan. Who's that old chubby guy in the photo? Her cab driver?

"Lindsay Lohan recreates Madonna's "Like a Virgin" look" -- first she was recreating Marilyn, who later was channeled by Madonna in that "Material Girl" video, and now she's channeling Madonna. At least Lindsay's dressed.

"Britney Spears and sons do Disney" -- not going there. Not. Gonna. Do It.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | March 6, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

"Sanjay Gupta withdraws his name from surgeon general consideration" -- right now Dr. Phil is sitting by the phone, both fingers crossed, chanting, "callme callme callme..."

"Brad Pitt meets President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi" -- [insert joke about a stimulus package here]

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | March 6, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

LC's leaving "The Hills?" What is she going to go do, the *other* thing she is famous for? A project where she can really showcase her true talent?

Tangent - did anyone ever see that "Robot Chicken" bit "'The Hills' have Eyes?" It was quite possibly the most satisfying 3 or 4 minutes of television I've seen in a long time.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 6, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Headline: Dora the Explorer is getting a "a whole new fashionable look." OP parents are beside themselves.

As a salve for those parents, here is how Dora should grow up.

Dora the Explorer Grows Up (Politically Correct Version)

Young Dora is growing into a teenager. She sees many things in the world that could use her help. She joins the Girl Scouts to rebuild it in a more acceptable way. She immediate earns every badge and creates new ones. She spearheads a move to allow boys into the Scouts, 3 join. She single handedly drives the Scout Cookie campaign out of business and replaces it with Scout Tofu and Rice cakes. Bakeries and the refined sugar industry go belly up.

Dora grows physically taller but that is the only measurement that changes on her body. She declares one day that the only shoes a person needs are good hiking boots. Payless and Jimmy Choo declare bankruptcy the same day. Although many teens have the urge to drive, she has the urge to explore. She eschews a driver’s license and GM goes under. Schwinn Bicycle is revived. The cosmetics, cell phone and tattoo industries all fail after Dora comments on her lack of need for any of these.

Dora grows into young adulthood. The press asks her where she obtains the Khaki pants she always wears. She replies that the pants are made from her childhood camping shorts. It takes 3 pair of shorts to make into one pair of pants. Unemployment levels hit new highs in Malaysia, China and Taiwan.

Dora meets a young man while doing scientific research in Antarctica. She makes a systematic appraisal of his characteristics. He admires her hiking boots. They part ways. Later in the Sudan, leading the ecological rebuilding of the country after the arrest of al-Bashir, Dora notices the same young man. Having reviewed his CV for good works during his lifetime, Dora proposes. As a preemptive measure, Bride magazine folds. Dora and her man marry, barefooted, in her Khakis, in front of a compost. The Wedding and Bridal industry fail. The shapewear industry is apoplectic.

Dora and her Ken have a baby, Dora resumes wearing here Khakis the next day. Playtex goes under. Dora, Ken and the baby become the world’s ecology 911 team, racing from one disaster to another, remediating the pollution and restoring nature.

Dora and Ken and the now adult child grow old together in an idyllic pasture. Then that dreadful time comes when Dora can no longer recycle her childhood camping shorts into pants. Dora dies of a broken heart. She is laid to rest in her compost pile. The funeral industry collapses.

Posted by: anonymous_one | March 6, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

The Victoria Beckham article says, "She has previously said she feels 'so much happier' in the city, where she has steadily built up her reputation as a successful fashion designer."
I think they exaggerated on the "successful" part. Didn't her line tank at the stores?

Posted by: JLRGG | March 6, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

"Sanjay Gupta withdraws his name from surgeon general consideration."
Didn't we replace him with our island doctor, why is he only now doing this? Is he also withdrawing from Emmy consideration? And finally, why did I think of the guy from American Idol? Good thing the weekend is here.

Funny thing about the DWTS mention. Only one of those people is an actual star the other one reports on them. At least I don't have to suffer through Access interviewing Nancy.

I don't know where to begin with Chris Brown. Kids' Choice Awards, really?

Posted by: petalceleb | March 6, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I read the headline as, "Pitt Meets the Prez; Pelosi, Chris Brown charged." Guess the new glasses are good for something.

Prince Charles is living proof that you do not have to be handsome to be well-dressed, so why the (American) Esquire diss of Obama? The men's fashion-publishing industry better be careful, or... no stimulus for you!

Anonymous_one (and any OP parents who might be here), carm down. Dora's only wearing the short skirt to prove that she's not a lesbian. Because, you know, that's so much worse than being a cheap skank. Just ask LiLo.

Posted by: northgs | March 6, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

LOL, anonymous_one.

We love Dora in my house, her show is cute and fun. In my opinion, she is in need of a makeover of some kind, though not into a sex kitten like Barbie or Bratz. She is a weird looking little girl. In one episode, her cousin Diego arrives on a visit from his own tv show, and Dora jumps into his jeep (in their world, 7 year olds drive!). Sitting next to her cousin Diego, Dora's head appears so enormous as to belong to a different species.

Posted by: newengland1 | March 6, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

DCCubeFarm, I've seen a web site with the Trek fragrances; this doesn't guarantee authenticity, but it does lend a small amount of credence. The men's fragrance is "Tiberius"; I don't remember what the women's fragrance was.

Posted by: CentrevilleMom | March 6, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Don King has no comment on rumors that he's attempting to book Chris Brown and Amy Winehouse for a 12-round non-title bout in Las Vegas in June.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 6, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Prince Charles best dressed? I guess, if you like tweed, kilts and military uniforms.

If Posh's outfit didn't make you laugh out loud, scroll down to the two pics below her. I nearly wet my pants.

Zeta-Jones outfit not exactly goth. Looks like what Minnie Pearl would wear to a funeral.

You know I would reconsider that earlier nomination to be the Surgeon General, but I'm just too busy! What with Robin Wms heart surgery, Hargitay's pneumothorax, Monkey cancer, and Jewell's fractured tibias, I haven't a moment to spare. Celebritology keeps the Lizard Island doc hoppin'!

Speakin' of our Island patients (jaybub this one is for you), Friday shout out to the Swayze!

Posted by: hodie | March 6, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I really want to find some snark in the whole Chris Brown thing, because snark always makes everything better, but I just can't. I am still so aghast at his 'apology' in which he promised to seek guidance from his family and his pastor or whatever.
This is NOT like the Isiah Washington/TR Knight deal, or even the Michael Richards debacle. That a--hole cannot just release some ridiculous statement about looking within and rehabbing his soul. Judging from the picture of her face, it looks like he wanted to kill her and probably could have.
If Doublemint gum can kick him to the curb, the Kids' Choice Awards should too. Everyone should.

Posted by: Trumance1 | March 6, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, hodie! Sending the love out to The Swayze.

Posted by: jaybbub | March 6, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

The dora bit was priceless. I cannot believe news organizations are actually devoting time to debating the merits of a tween dora doll.

but then again, i don't have kids.

Rhianna needs an intervention. Luckily for her, Dr. Phil is too busy with the Octo-Mom.

Using celebrities to recreate other celebrity photos is. the. lamest. photo. shoot. idea. ever.

Posted by: memphis1 | March 6, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Truemance1 is right, there's no snark possible in the Rihanna situation.

Dear Rihanna,

He WILL hit you again. And again and again and again. They always do. They apologize profusely, express undying love, bring flowers and gifts, and then - you're a punching bag once more. Lather, rinse, repeat. You are NOT a jobless, moneyless, beaten-down woman with nowhere to turn and no one to help you. Please get over your appalling case of "stupid" and GET THE EFF AWAY FROM HIM.

Concernedly,
Everyone

Posted by: jaybbub | March 6, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Prince Chuck's uncle was the fashion plate and closet Nazi Duke of Windsor. He HAS to wear those monkey suits. It's not by choice.

Madge can sing.

When I first saw that Sanjay Gupta piece I thought you were talking about the American Idol guy.

So I get to see Jewel at DWTS even though she won't be dancing. Yay.

Looks like Catherine Zeta-Jones bought the costume Neil Patrick Harris wore in "Starship Troopers."

Amy Winehouse shouldn't go slugging people who have paid over $1K a pop to see her. But that's probably pretty far down the list of things she does that she shouldn't.

Posted by: reddragon1 | March 6, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

hodie, your Minnie Pearl comment re Zeta-Jones was way better than mine. But you already knew that.

Posted by: reddragon1 | March 6, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

sas, Now that Chris has practiced on Rihanna, maybe he's ready for Amy. If anyone ever is.

Posted by: reddragon1 | March 6, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

hey thanks red rocket but you might be right about where she got that coat.

Posted by: hodie | March 6, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

reddragon - no no no... please... the love of chris brown's life is Courtney Love - trust me on this...

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | March 6, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Hollywood is becoming too skeevy even for snarking.

Let's see...what is ok in Hollywood?

Anal rape of a 13-year-old (yes! say the apologists for Polanski)

Brutal beating of a girlfriend (yes! say the apologists for Chris Brown)

Posted by: Amelia5 | March 6, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Thanks! I left out one chapter when Dora and Ken announce their engagement to the world. They walked from the Sudan to South Africa to denounce "ownership jewelry." As a result Harry Winston rolled over in his grave and all diamond mines throughout the world were shuttered.

Don't think the MM's over at OP understood my satire. They are still in denial of how many pair of shoes they own.

Posted by: anonymous_one | March 6, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

First Lohan channeled Monroe, now Madonna (wait, Madge isn't dead yet, is she? Well, she is with Jesus...). It's a good thing LiLo doesn't have a personality, it makes it easier for her to be a chameleon. But how can she be so skinny one week & the next thing you know, she has boobs again? Does she do it with mirrors?

Posted by: kabuki3 | March 6, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

First Lohan channeled Monroe, now Madonna (wait, Madge isn't dead yet, is she? Well, she is with Jesus...). It's a good thing LiLo doesn't have a personality, it makes it easier for her to be a chameleon. But how can she be so skinny one week & the next thing you know, she has boobs again? Does she do it with mirrors?

Posted by: kabuki3 | March 6, 2009 11:13 AM

LOL kabuki! To answer your question: Binge and purge.

Posted by: hodie | March 6, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

quint, Thanks to you, I now know Lady Ga-Ga (whoever that is) wants to be bigger than Madonna. Apparently she hasn't seen pix of Madge's legs lately. She also mentioned Ms. Love.

Amelia5, that Polanski bugger left Holywood a long time ago, so it's not a new thing. Netflix "Chinatown."

Posted by: reddragon1 | March 6, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Amen, jaybbub.

Posted by: lafred | March 6, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

reddragon1

I got that Polanski left long ago, but right now - the apologists are ranting and raving that he should not have been prosecuted for his treatment of the 13-year-old girl.

Hollywood perhaps has always been seedy - but now they seem to be proud of how they forgive bad behavior - without requiring any punishment of the offenders.

Diddy hosting a re-union between a badly beaten woman and her teenage boyfriend who punched and bit her is disgusting.

OJ was shunned by much of Hollywood. Why are Polanski and Chris Brown being embraced? Where is the difference in the behavior - except in degree? They each abuse women.

Posted by: Amelia5 | March 6, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Sadly, I think OJ was shunned because he did something that he couldn't follow up with the "I've got a problem I'm working on, and I'm asking for your sympathy" routine. He had to skip the routine Hollywood apology thing in order to try to avoid jail... So, Hollywood couldn't just say "well, that's okay - we love you anyway." If he had only greviously wounded them, he probably could have claimed he had some kind of rage disorder, and he would have been forgiven.

It's got nothin' to do with OJ.

Posted by: DCLocal20 | March 6, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I love that the caption in the CZJ 3rd pic says "Unlike his wife, Michael Douglas went for comfort over style."

Um - That counts as "style?" My sister went with the "But, it's all red!" approach back when she was 4, and I kind of recall my mom saying something like "Just because it's all the same color doesn't mean you should wear it all at the same time."

Posted by: DCLocal20 | March 6, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

DCCubeFarm, I've seen a web site with the Trek fragrances; this doesn't guarantee authenticity, but it does lend a small amount of credence. The men's fragrance is "Tiberius"; I don't remember what the women's fragrance was.

Posted by: CentrevilleMom | March 6, 2009 10:21 AM

===
I hear it's Uhura

========================================
Thanks! I left out one chapter when Dora and Ken announce their engagement to the world.

Posted by: anonymous_one | March 6, 2009 11:12 AM
==========

No, you left out the chapter where Dora and Ken adopt 14 children and IVF doctors and enterprising moms of octuplets go out of business.

Posted by: mdreader01 | March 6, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Using celebrities to recreate other celebrity photos is. the. lamest. photo. shoot. idea. ever.

Posted by: memphis1 | March 6, 2009 10:31 AM

Generally agree, but gotta say the Kate Winslet VF spread chaneling Deneuve was just ridiculously glamorous and HOT. It has to be the right actress chaneling the right actress. Lilo as Marilyn was just ridiculous.

Incredibly disturbing if true that Rhianna is suddenly unreachable by her family. Not too hard for the imagination to come up with some scary scenarios about that. Also that her lawyer was standing shoulder to shoulder with Brown and Geragos (his lawyer) outside court. The Kid's Choice awards needs to disqualify Brown for consideration, stat. There is nothing in this story right now that isn't incredibly uneasy feeling.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | March 6, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I sure hope CHris Brown goes away. Soon. Before this ends up like OJ and Nicole Brown Simpson.

Did Madonna get the PETA honor because she closely resembles not-so-gently used leather?

Remind me again what Brad Pitt does that he gets time with the President and Speaker?

Posted by: Californian11 | March 6, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Is Geragos the lawyer that was involved with the Simpson case or something equally smarmy?

Not surprising Rihanna's family can't reach her. Classic abuser/abused scenario -- abuser takes away all forms of support for person he's abusing. If she's estranged from her family, all the better for him -- she's that much more dependent. Although as a number of Lizards have pointed out, Rihanna has plenty of money and opportunities; there is no logic to her staying.

Posted by: Californian11 | March 6, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

On the freeze-framed photo above, Brad looks like he is biting his tongue, and I see flaming daggers coming out of Clyburn's eyes aimed at Pelosi.

Posted by: hodie | March 6, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Amelia5, beats me why Hollywood supports Polanski. There is a bunk waiting for him in San Quentin. Yeah, he's talented, but so was the Marquis de Sade.

Also don't get the praise for Woody Allen. Guess child molesting gets you points there.

Posted by: reddragon1 | March 6, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Californian, Geragos is the new Shapiro when it comes to high profile ick cases. I think he was also one of Phil Spector's original attys.

Brad Pitt earns face time with speaker and prez due to Make It Right in New Orleans, into which he has put tremendous time, money and effort, not to mention a chance to exercise his hobby as an architectural student. Pelosi was probably thrilled. ;-)

You're right of course that isolation is a classic sign of an abuser, but one associates it more with women who don't have money and options. I just keep thinking scenarios like keeping her shut up at Kanye's place, changing all her phone numbers, hiring an attorney who seems to be more on Chris' side than hers just *might* not be all her own idea, you know?

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | March 6, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

sorcerers_cat, well said on both counts.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 6, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Um, on all THREE counts. If only I could count...

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 6, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Not to worry, Nosy, I just realized I had a freudian slip-like spelling error in my first post--chaneling instead of channeling -- Deneuve once did ads for Chanel! ;-)

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | March 6, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Lawyer: Rihanna to Testify Against Brown if Called
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/03/06/arts/AP-People-Rihanna.html

Filed at 3:54 p.m. ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rihanna's attorney says the singer would testify against Chris Brown if called as a witness in her boyfriend's assault case. Donald Etra, who is representing the 21-year-old Barbados native, said Friday that Rihanna would be required by law to testify if prosecutors subpoena her.

Etra appeared in court Thursday when Brown made his first appearance on charges of assaulting and making criminal threats to his superstar girlfriend. Brown's arraignment was postponed until April 6.

Etra said Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, wants the case over with quickly. "She wants to get along with her life and career," he said.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 6, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"She wants to get along with her life and career," he said.

-- Hopefully sans Chris Brown.

Posted by: Californian11 | March 6, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

"if prosecutors subpoena her"

Could any of our lawyers tell us if there's much risk that Rihanna WON'T be subpoenaed?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 6, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I'd say the one possibility they won't subpoena her is if they think she will testify in such a way as to "help" CB--downplay what happened, contradict some of her original statement and say that she was in shock and overstated the events.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | March 6, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

To any Celebritologists still hanging out, I just read that M.I.A. named her baby boy Ickett.

I think we have a new winner in the atrocious baby name department.

Posted by: jes11 | March 6, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b103275_mia_not_quirky_enough_name_her_son.html

Carm down, jes! M.I.A. is announcing that she did NOT name her baby Ickett, Ickitt, or any such thing. "I didn't release the baby name because I didnt think it was news." Well, I just hope she didn't choose P.O.W., either.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 7, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

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