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Celebritology 2.0: August 9, 2009 - August 15, 2009

2009 Celebritology Honors: A Little Help?

2008's Most Admired celeb: Angelina Jolie. (Getty Images) It's almost the time of year when we pause to honor standouts in the world of celebrity. That's right, we're a mere month away from the 2009 Celebritology Honors (aka The Lizzies). But, as per usual, I need a little help deciding the five or six categories we'll vote on this year. That's where you come in. Share your ideas for celebrity superlatives below. I kicked off this discussion in Thursday's Celebritology Live chat and already have a tidy list of category contenders: 1. Celeb whose kids' tell-all you most want to read 2. Least self-aware celeb 3. Dippiest celeb couple 4. Best fake romance 5. Most confounding celebrity Twitterer 6. Celebrity we'd most like to see go away and never come back 7. Dumbest career move 8. Best-dressed/worst-dressed 9. Scariest celebrity body part 10. Worst celebrity offspring offender 11. Best...

By Liz Kelly  | August 14, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Awards Season  
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Rosie O'Donnell Slams Elisabeth Hasselbeck; Posh Returns to 'Idol'

New Orleans resident Joni Lyn Bisset gives a thumbs-up sign as she wears a 'Brad Pitt for Mayor' T-shirt. Pitt, however, ain't interested. (AP) Headlines: One-time "View"-ster Rosie O'Donnell slams co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck... Victoria Beckham returns to "Idol" judge's seat... Abbie Cornish opens up about her relationship with Ryan Phillippe... Matt Damon packs on 30 pounds for movie role... Lily Allen tries to sell $5,000 watch on Twitter... Jessica Simpson caught in another earthquake... Mike Tyson says acting has helped him cope with daughter's death... Mariah Carey pushes back release of new album... Pam Anderson doesn't want to leave trailer park... Sherri Shepherd tried to help Andy Dick find God... Director says Charlize Theron "drinks like a fish and swears like a sailor"... Bono's wife suing Stella McCartney over rights to the word "nude"... Jerry O'Connell enrolls in law school... Octopop Jon Gosselin hosting Las Vegas pool party... Nadya...

By Liz Kelly  | August 14, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Shiantology: The Cult of LaBeouf

(Image courtesy Shiantology.com) I think it's fair to say that many of us deify celebrities. Me, I'm currently worshipping at the altar of Jon Hamm. But Shia LaBeouf lovers Jennifer and Betsy (who don't want their last names included here) channeled their celeb crush into Internet phenomenon du jour Shiantology.com -- a site that not only tracks the "Transformers" star, but elevates him -- literally -- to godlike status. Last week, I corresponded with the surprisingly sane Jennifer and Betsy to get the site's "creashian" (sorry) story. Read on... Liz: Why Shia LaBeouf? Jennifer and Betsy: We couldn't resist those Jewish curls, his fondness for iced tea and plaid shirts and those kind eyes that reach into your soul. Plus we feel like [with] his off-beat humor (um, Playboy interview, anyone?) [he] would think it's hilarious. A bit creepy, maybe. But he loves a good creep. Liz: Why religious...

By Liz Kelly  | August 13, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Celebrities, Extreme Fans  
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Jackson Still Topping Music Charts; Reese Witherspoon Sports a Shiner

Wearing a dress from her burlesque revue "Peepshow," Holly Madison arrives at the Las Vegas premiere of "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" on Wednesday. (Getty Images) Headlines: Weeks after death, Michael Jackson albums still topping charts... Michael Douglas "devastated" by son's arrest... Mel Gibson's girlfriend says she's not sure they'll marry... If not for acting, Jennifer Aniston would have been a microsurgeon... Sidney Poitier honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom... Anna Faris marries boyfriend... Hayden Panettiere blames the media for destroying her love life... Reality star Kourtney Kardashian pregnant... "Big Brother" contestant is Heather Mills's nanny... Gary Coleman wants us to eat fries... Neighbors complain about noise coming from Guy Ritchie's London pub... Anna Nicole Smith book defamation case gets trial. Pix: Reese Witherspoon shows off shiner... Kim Kardashian goes blonde, Ashley Tisdale goes brunette... Britney Spears sporting engagement ring?... Brad Pitt takes sons Pax and Maddox to...

By Liz Kelly  | August 13, 2009; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Rachel Zoe Moves in on Gwyneth's GOOP

Fashion icon (ahem) Rachel Zoe. (Getty Images) Rut-roh. Move over Gwyneth, there's something leaner. Literally. Paper-thin stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe, she of the protruding collar bone and jarringly floofy fur vests, has one-upped GOOPy Gwyneth Paltrow's weekly lifestyle missives with the launch of The Zoe Report, "a daily e-mail featuring my current obsessions in the ever-evolving worlds of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle." What to expect? Tread lightly if you're looking for practical fashion help. Zoe's recent recommendations include a $2,400 capelet from designer Prabal Gurung, $525 sunglasses and -- at the ridiculous price of $295 -- shredded t-shirts. Don't look for these items at the local mall, though Zoe does get points for including links to (somewhat) cheaper alternatives. Have these women never heard of Etsy or dozens of other moderately-priced Internet stockers of indie haute stuff? Thus far, a fashion coffee table book -- Scott Schuman's...

By Liz Kelly  | August 12, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Celebrity Products, Fashion  
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Liam Neeson Returns to Red Carpet; Channing Tatum -- Stripper?

Headlines: Liam Neeson walks first red carpet since wife's death... Jennifer Hudson gives birth to baby boy... Stars mourn John Hughes at private funeral... Edie Falco calls healthcare town hall protesters "desperate"... Kelly Clarkson thinks Paula Abdul's "Idol" exit is a publicity stunt... Editors explain decision to digitally alter Clarkson's Self cover shot... Papa Joe says Michael Jackson has not been buried yet... Tameka Raymond (nee Foster) writes about dark vs. light skin discrimination... Dane Cook's Vanessa Hudgens dig cut from Teen Choice Awards broadcast... Daniel Radcliffe donates to gay suicide prevention charity... "Real Housewives of Atlanta's" Lisa Wu-Hartwell denies losing home to foreclosure... Castmate Kim Zolciak's 911 call. Crime Watch: Police search Las Vegas pharmacy in Michael Jackson death probe... Cameron Douglas's (son of Michael) girlfriend arrested for attempting to smuggle heroin to him into prison... Gerard Butler's bodyguard accused of keying paparazzo's car. Pix: PDA happy Bradley...

By Liz Kelly  | August 12, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Woman Claims Jacko Gave Her Baby to Tom Cruise

In addition to the myriad other head scratchers surrounding the the death of Michael Jackson, the one-time pop singer's demise finally provided a platform for a possible schizophrenic to gain national coverage of her fantastic delusions. On Monday, one Claire Elizabeth Fields Cruise -- a 43-year-old woman who describes herself as the president of the Department of Empowerment --- stepped forward claiming to be the mother of Michael Jackson's three children. Watch her presser outside the L.A. County Courthouse below: How Cruise managed to convince a gaggle of reporters to gather for a press conference I don't know, but at least one person -- a former high school classmate she claims is the real father of Paris Jackson -- is saying Cruise "is not quite right." Cruise claims to be the biological mother of Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket but not to have actually carried them herself. Not only that...

By Liz Kelly  | August 11, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Michael Jackson  
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Jackson Autopsy Sealed; Octomom Gets TV Special

Headlines: Michael Jackson autopsy results to remain sealed (for now)... Jackson tribute concerts canceled... "Dancing with the Stars's" Mark Ballas wouldn't welcome Paula Abdul... Jessica Simpson rocked by Japanese earthquake... Malawian acting troupe parodies Madonna's Malawi adoptions... Octomom gets two-hour TV special... Mischa Barton returns to work... Miley Cyrus auctions off chance to be a roadie for a day... "Twilight's" Ashley Greene has nude pix removed from Internet... Hugh Hefner sells property next door to Playboy mansion. Pix: Kate Hudson and A-Rod smooch in public. Video: Keanu Reeves reports from 1984 teddy bear convention [via BuzzFeed]... More: Miley Cyrus's Teen Choice Awards pole dance. Rumor Mill: Britney Spears's sons, 2 and 3, curse... Kate Gosselin denies having affair with bodyguard... From the "Ick Nast" Files:Jaime Pressly denies urinating in public... Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson "on" again? Say What? "We had plans to travel together, to live together, and...

By Liz Kelly  | August 11, 2009; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Vacation Tall Tales: TomKat on OBX?

Is that Tom Cruise back there behind my nephew Brian? Nah. Probably just his brother Will. (Image courtesy Bess Kelly) Turns out the Outer Banks has its own version of the Loch Ness Monster: Tom Cruise. And because it is impossible for me to actually escape celebrity infiltration of my life, even while on vacation, I wasn't surprised last week when my 17-year-old niece came back from a plane tour of North Carolina's beaches with breathless tales of Tom Cruise owning the property JUST TWO HOUSES DOWN THE BEACH FROM OUR RENTAL! OMG! The fact that no one has ever seen the Cruises frolicking on the beach or even visiting Duck's charmingly named Wee Winks Market for a six-pack hasn't deterred locals from spinning this one out for slack-jawed city folk already stupefied by hours of sun and saltwater. And, according to one local, time share marketers may be...

By Liz Kelly  | August 10, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  TomKat  
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ABC Wants Paula Abdul; Tom Cruise's Son to Star in 'Red Dawn' Remake

Kristin Stewart wears Rock & Republic's spiked 'Roma' dress to Sunday's Teen Choice Awards. (Getty Images) Yes, you all got spoiled by last week's stellar guest bloggers, but the party's over. I'm back on the job. Headlines: ABC courting Paula Abdul; Victoria Beckham "wooden" in "Idol" judging debut... ABC president slams whiny Katherine Heigl... Wrigley cuts ties with Chris Brown... Miley Cyrus picks up six Teen Choice awards, shows off pole-dancing skills... Kathy Griffin brings Bristol Palin's baby daddy to awards... Cocaine may have contributed to death of TV pitchman Billy Mays... Tom Cruise's son to star in "Red Dawn" remake... Elisabeth Hasselbeck gives birth to third child, son Isaiah Timothy... Daniel Baldwin and wife welcome baby girl... "Sex and the City's" Willie Garson adopts... Tracy Morgan files for divorce... Cheech Marin marries classical pianist. Pix: Spencer and Heidi Pratt walk "G.I. Joe" red carpet with Heidi's Playboy cover...

By Liz Kelly  | August 10, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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