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

Twitter Trouble: Meghan McCain and Scott Baio on Deck

McCain's troublesome twitpic. (Photo courtesy Twitpic) Twitter is the Jon and Kate Gosselin of the Internet -- we can't go a day without hearing or reading the words "Twitter" or "tweet." Some profess to despise the service and everything it stands for, but we can't seem to look away. Numbers don't lie and Miley Cyrus's 2 million-plus disappointed Twitter followers (she quit tweeting last week) gives one the impression that this thing isn't going to go the way of the Rubik's cube anytime soon. Earlier this week, we debated whether or not Twitter is a problem for celebs who -- despite their glam lives -- employ high-paid publicists for a reason. And the story seems to be the same over and over -- a bizarre or shocking celeb tweet is followed by a clarification, a backpedal and, in some cases, a hasty retreat from Twitter. I asked social networking...

By Liz Kelly  | October 16, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Taylor Swift to Host 'SNL'; This Week's Buzz Meter

Kelly Rowland performs at Thursday's 'Los Premios MTV 2009' in Los Angeles. (AP) Headlines: Meghan McCain regrets posting risque twitpic... Taylor Swift to host Nov. 7 "SNL"... Britney Spears's "3" debuts at no. 1 on Billboard Hot 100... Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield to meet on today's "Oprah"... Madonna scrapped plans to call new album "Black Madonna," appear in black face on the cover... George Clooney laments the state of the news industry... Pittsburgh fire truck hits van containing Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks... Cyndi Lauper, Bret Michaels in gaggle of new "Celebrity Apprentice" recruits... Former "Bachelor" contestant Melissa Rycroft has swine flu... Daniel Radcliffe buys $5.65 million Manhattan brownstone... Garth Brooks coming out of retirement for steady Las Vegas gig... Fred Durst files for divorce after three months of marriage... Lil' Wayne expecting fourth child. Rumor Mill: Ex-babysitter claims Jon Gosselin hacked into Kate's e-mail account... Judge orders...

By Liz Kelly  | October 16, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Twits: Donnie Wahlberg, Rainn Wilson, Melissa Rivers (VIDEO)

This week, Donnie Wahlberg tells it like it is (and it's confusing), Rainn Wilson terrorizes the children of America and Melissa Rivers manages to make us all uncomfortable. Click here or on the pic below to watch this week's Twits. Share your reaction below and remember to Digg/Facebook/Tweet/Stumbl this link!... --- Actor Bios: Rachel Manteuffel (Donnie Wahlberg) acts, writes and answers phones. Thanks for watching. Jen Chaney (Rainn Wilson) oversees The Washington Post's online movie coverage and spends a lot of time over-analyzing (and sometimes Tweeting about) "Lost." Aidan Hughes (Melissa Rivers) is a Washington-based stage and film actor who most recently appeared in "My One and Only." His next project will be "Constant State of Panic" at the H Street Playhouse with the Madcap Players....

By Liz Kelly  | October 15, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Jessica Simpson Gets Apology for NFL Ad Mocking Her Weight; Avril Lavigne Divorcing

Headlines: Fox and Burger King apologize for calling Jessica Simpson fat in animated ad... Avril Lavigne files for divorce from Sum 41's Deryck Whibley (who, by the way, isn't dead)... Lindsay Lohan claims she's not to blame for fashion show disaster... Madonna says she's not comfortable with her kids living in different homes... Singer Leona Lewis punched in the head at London book signing... Maria Shriver apologizes for cell-phone driving... Julia Roberts's mother recovering from heart surgery... Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen launching line of sunglasses (Nooooo!)... Rush Limbaugh dropped by group looking to buy St. Louis Rams... Fergie to become part owner of Miami Dolphins... Captain Lou Albano dead at 76 | In Memoriam... Brooks Brothers to sell "Mad Men"-inspired suits. Crime Watch: Howard K. Stern gave Anna Nicole Smith drug injections, testifies bodyguard; not true, says Stern's lawyer... Lawyer says Roman Polanski would agree to house arrest......

By Liz Kelly  | October 15, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Sheet Chic? Demi and Pam Should Have Just Said 'No'

Are belted sheets replacing high-waisted jeans as the celebrity fashion slip-up of 2009? When Pam Anderson (aging "Baywatch" babe) turns up at an event wearing an ill-fitting toga, one can chalk it up to the vagaries of Anderson's taste -- tomorrow she's likely to show up at an art opening without pants. But, when Demi Moore (former actress, current Twitterer) also walks a red carpet swathed in yards of billowy fabric, all indications point to a trend in the making. Demi Moore (left) and Pam Anderson -- we promise they're in there somewhere. (Photos: AP and Getty Images) Anderson's dress was created by Vivienne Westwood (whom Anderson seems to resemble more each day). Not content to rely on just a questionable gown to build buzz, Anderson also enlisted a nine-year-old to carry her train. Said one attendee at the event -- the Hollywood Style Awards) "She [the nine-year-old] didn't even...

By Liz Kelly  | October 14, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Jon Gosselin Ordered to Return $180K; Jesse McCartney Forgets National Anthem Lyrics

Headlines: Jon Gosselin ordered to return $180,000... Michael Jackson gets five American Music Award nominations... Diddy says Whitney Houston threw ex Bobby Brown under the bus... Armani signs Megan Fox for underwear and jeans ad campaigns... Lindsay Lohan disses Samantha Ronson's "controlling" family via Twitter... Rihanna joins Twitter to drop hints about upcoming album... Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez attend White House event... Morgan Freeman backs Democrat in Mississippi governor's race... "Mad Men" star January Jones says ex Ashton Kutcher once told her to quit acting; were Jones's breasts digitally enhanced for GQ cover?... Lauren Conrad "done" with "The Hills"... Connecticut college wants to keep interns away from David Letterman... Cipro and Pedialyte on Anna Nicole Smith's death bed, claims witness... Tracy Morgan says Chris Kattan and Sheri Oteri treated him badly on "SNL" set... Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher rescue lost dog... Christie Brinkley and ex reach (new)...

By Liz Kelly  | October 14, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Twitter -- Nothing But Trouble for Celebs?

Twitter defector Courtney Love. (Getty Images) I've long thought that at the intersection of Twitter and celebrities lies trouble. Six months ago I asked if celebrities were ruining Twitter. But, turns out it may be Twitter that is wreaking havoc on celebs. Or, to phrase it another way, it's Twitter that's profited (from what must surely be millions of dollars in free publicity) while celebs have variously displayed an inability to spell, revealed outsized egos, publicly posted crazy rants and generally made themselves ideal candidates for parody. Could it be someone -- either the celebs or agents working in their best interests -- have finally figured this out? Will this week's desertion of Twitter by Miley Cyrus and Courtney Love be the leading edge of a coming mass exodus? Miley is rumored to have quit at the urging of suspected new boyfriend Liam Hemsworth and Courtney Love because of...

By Liz Kelly  | October 13, 2009; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Heidi Klum Gives Birth to Daughter; Al Pacino Was a Male Prostitute?

Headlines: Heidi Klum gives birth to baby girl Lou Sulola Samuel... Jon and Kate Gosselin due in court to settle some financial issues; Michael Lohan urges Jon to join Celebrity Boxing Federation... OMG! Now Courtney Love has quit Twitter... Orlando Bloom named UNICEF goodwill ambassador... Matthew Perry returning to TV in new comedy... Mike Tyson opens up to Oprah about biting Evander Holyfield, "socking" ex-wife Robin Givens... California governer Arnold Schwarzenegger signs tougher anti-paparazzi law... Gerard Butler blasts paparazzi for making life on "The Bounty" set difficult... Robert Pattinson says he can't find a date... "SNL's" Bill Hader and wife welcome daughter... Tilda Swinton opposes plans for proposed Donald Trump golf resort in Scotland... Ex suing former Madonna trainer Tracy Anderson for $1 million... Crime Watch: Anna Nicole Smith's doctors, lawyer due in court. Pix: Turns out the Mel Gibson beaver puppet fixation is for a movie... Hey Penelope...

By Liz Kelly  | October 13, 2009; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Who Is Lola? Who Cares?

Beyonce created the robot-like "Sasha Fierce," Mariah Carey toyed around with the in-need-of-emancipating "Mimi," Garth Brooks alienated his fans with the gothy "Chris Gaines" and now -- coinciding with the release of a new single -- Jennifer Lopez has her own alter ego: Lola. She's even created a Web site, (could that be a bigger Beyonce ripoff?) for Lola. Right now it seems to contain only a quick clip of the single and the following copy, that reads like J. Peterman catalog copy reworked by "SNL:" She was mysterious... she was like someone I never met. She appeared and then she was gone. Lola has reinvented sexy... the word can now be replaced with LOLA! Oh, and a Twitter feed containing only this tantalizing tweet: "Lola here. What's my deal? Well, wouldn't you like to know..." Not particularly, but since you asked, Lola (if that is your real name)...

By Liz Kelly  | October 12, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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New Michael Jackson Single Drops; Jimmy Kimmel Dating One of His Writers

Headlines: New Michael Jackson single drops; light-up Jacko glove sells for $70K... Oprah sued by flight attendant who says she did not have sex on O's personal jet... Jimmy Kimmel dating one of his show's writers... Rachel Zoe's QVC line launches -- faux fur vest, anyone?... Jailed Roman Polanski "depressed," says lawyer... "Mad Men's" Christina Hendricks marries... Jon Hamm injured on set of Ben Affleck movie; maybe that's why wife Jennifer Garner refuses to work with Affleck... Matt Damon is Affleck's distant cousin, it turns out... In case anyone cares, Kourtney Kardashian announces she's expecting a boy... Tara Reid poses for Playboy. Pix: Suri Cruise, fresh baked cupcake or little ham?... Drew Barrymore as Sharon Osbourne on "SNL." Video: Miley Cyrus raps about her Twitter quitting (In case you can't watch, here's the gist: Miley wants privacy. Twitter is bad. Self-produced YouTube videos of not-even-mediocre rap are okay, tho?)......

By Liz Kelly  | October 12, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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