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Posted at 7:33 AM ET, 06/24/2010

Robert Pattinson defends Kristen Stewart; Islam could have saved Michael, says brother

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney

Helen Mirren and Bai Ling pose at the Wednesday premiere of their new movie 'Love Ranch.' (Getty Images)

Thursday

Celebrity Beat: Ridiculous headlines of the day involving Jackson siblings (so far): Michael Jackson would still be alive if he'd embraced Islam, says brother Jermaine... Jackson was murdered for his back catalog, says sister LaToya... Robert Pattinson defends Kristen Stewart's comparison of paparazzi encounters to being raped... Lindsay Lohan claims reality show exploited her for ratings... Val Kilmer apologizes to New Mexico neighbors for calling the state the "homicide capital of the Southwest"... Ellen DeGeneres inks deal to write memoir... Cyndi Lauper reality show in the works... Jon Voight criticizes President Obama's handling of Israeli relations, immigration... Who knew? Ozzy Osbourne likes to shower at least twice a day... Greg Allman recovering from liver transplant... Mariah Carey owes $30K in bills, says vet... Joan Rivers sued by former manager for defamation, cash... Edward Norton, loved in Greece.

Crime Watch: Will.iam's Bentley burgled of $10K worth of jewelry, other stuff.

Rumor Mill: Kim Kardashian dating Dallas Cowboy Miles Austin?... Has Nicole Richie put the brakes on plans to marry Joel Madden?... Cops called to Jeremy London's house for a domestic disturbance find him sleeping in his car... Michael Jackson's children go door-to-door to spread Jehovah's Witness message... Joseph Gordon-Levitt dating supermodel Devon Aoki.

Video: A sneak peek at Bristol Palin's "Secret Life of the American Teenager" acting debut (Hint: she's the one in the vest)...

More: Octomom Nadya Suleman projectile delivers/launches "babies" on MTV game show.

Pop Culture Mix: Matt Damon in talks to star in Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo"... Troll dolls to get their own animated movie... Why some key stars of "Glee" are skipping Comic-Con... In a weirdly well-timed revelation, Robert Pattinson turns out to be related to an actual vampire... And speaking of, why do "Twilight" fans want to see Justin Bieber dead?... Imagine an "Entourage" with Seth Rogen in the role of Turtle... Could Daniel Day-Lewis play Professor Moriarty in "Sherlock Holmes" sequel?... Ben Stiller to make Internet "current affairs" show with his parents.

Chat Day! Forget that meeting. At 2 p.m. ET, you'll want to be behind your keyboard for this week's Celebritology Live chat.

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Note: Today is my last day on blog duty until September as I head off on maternity leave and new adventures of birth, diapers and raising a son (who will hopefully make his debut close to on time). I'll miss all of you immensely (though Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan -- not so much), but will be here in spirit. In the meantime, I leave you in the best possible company with Jen and I'll see everyone back here in late September. -- Liz

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | June 24, 2010; 7:33 AM ET
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Comments

Wow! Congrats Liz! Enjoy every single second of it! See you in September!

Posted by: rachelt2 | June 24, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Lindsay, of course they exploited you for ratings. Did you think the reality show wanted you for your acting chops?

Liz, you're not planning on tweeting labor? I'm shocked! Best of luck to Liz, Mr. Liz and baby Gene (that is the name right?).

Posted by: jes11 | June 24, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

"Michael Jackson would still be alive if he'd embraced Islam, says brother Jermaine." Related item from Alternate-Universe News: "Terror leaders fire Michael Jackson over delayed suicide bombing".


Ahh, LiLo, it's not just an abbreviation, it's our fondest wish: SCRAM.


What Val meant, of course, was "tied for second with California and closing in on Nevada as the homicide capital of the Southwest." The Iceman apologizes for any misunderstanding.


Apparently the Dallas Cowboys aren't content with having just cheerleaders, they need camp followers too.


"Cops called to Jeremy London's house for a domestic disturbance find him sleeping in his car." Wait, wait, don't tell me: Very. Lazy. Kidnappers.


"Michael Jackson's children go door-to-door to spread Jehovah's Witness message." All along, the Watchtower.


Too bad Robert Pattinson didn't turn out to be related to an actual actor...


Best of luck to you and Baby MIB, Liz!

Posted by: byoolin1 | June 24, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Lotsa luck & love to the next gen of the family!

Posted by: wadejg | June 24, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Good luck and best wishes to you and your family, Liz!

Posted by: DCCubefarm | June 24, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Lindsay, of course they exploited you for ratings. Did you think the reality show wanted you for your acting chops?

Liz, you're not planning on tweeting labor? I'm shocked! Best of luck to Liz, Mr. Liz and baby Gene (that is the name right?).

Posted by: jes11 | June 24, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Much love, Liz! All the best.

Posted by: eet7e | June 24, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Sorry for the double post, I've no idea what happened.

Posted by: jes11 | June 24, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Best of luck Liz.

More after I finish recovering from the Cowboys news. Did we learn nothing from the Jessica Simpson debacle?

Posted by: epjd | June 24, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

MJ must have embraced some religion involving eternal life.

Posted by: kabuki3 | June 24, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Good luck Liz!

Jermaine may have a point. People who adhere to the tenets of Islan, and actually most major relgions, don't routinely rely on foreign chemical substances to get through their day.

John Voight, foreign policy expert. Presumably by osmosis from his daughter.

re Edward Norton, according to the Pink Dragon, it's not just in Greece.

Jeremy London should be careful, based on Tiger Woods and what happened to him in HIS car. Does Melissa have access to a nine iron?

Looks like I might actually have something in common with Twilight fans.

Greg Allman with hep 3? I'm shocked and amazed.

Posted by: reddragon1 | June 24, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Best wishes to you and the fam, Liz!

Cyndi Lauper reality show in the works. Can it really be as easy as "Girls Just Want To Have Fun"?

Robert Pattinson related to Vlad the Impaler; Team Edward nominated to head up this summer's company blood drive.

Posted by: northgs | June 24, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Lindsay Lohan claims reality show exploited her for ratings...

I am shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you...

Best Wishes, Liz; you'll be missed too!

Posted by: Lizka | June 24, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

FYI: i became addicted to this blog during my maternity leave, liz. i'd always read the blog, mind you, but i got addicted to the comments section, got a feel for the regulars, laughed at luvlinsey and bobbykennedyday, checked and rechecked to get updates. best of luck to you!!

Posted by: nachomama1 | June 24, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Fond wishes to Liz and family. As America's most celebrated letter-carrier would say, "Speedy delivery!"

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Liz - Best of health and fortune to you and your family in all that is to come! I'm sure Jen will carry on admirably in your absence. Now - go get some sleep! You'll need it!

Posted by: pfallsgirl | June 24, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Good luck Liz!

Posted by: talleyl | June 24, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

reddragon-

Jermaine may have a point. People who adhere to the tenets of Islan, and actually most major relgions, don't routinely rely on foreign chemical substances to get through their day


You obviously haven't met a whole lot of Irish Catholics.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | June 24, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

"reddragon-

Jermaine may have a point. People who adhere to the tenets of Islan, and actually most major relgions, don't routinely rely on foreign chemical substances to get through their day


You obviously haven't met a whole lot of Irish Catholics.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1"

Or Episcopalians. Pass the wine!

Best wishes to Liz, Mr. Liz, and the young Celebritologist! Stay cool!

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | June 24, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Good luck, Liz! You'll be missed!

Posted by: AmberGale | June 24, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Liz! I hope everything goes great. Also, nobody ever told US this, but babies are a lot of FUN! Look for the air guitar mere moments after birth!

Posted by: Fruitfly1 | June 24, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Good Luck Liz! Have a wonderful summer with your new baby!

Posted by: lyndau07 | June 24, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Reddragon, you haven't met my relatives.

Posted by: DCCubefarm | June 24, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey byoolin, how's the G-20 going? Weren't you still in Pittsburgh for their previous meeting last September? Coincidence, eh?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

reddragon
Jeremy London should be careful, based on Tiger Woods and what happened to him in HIS car.

Don't forget those two vehicles of Charlie Sheen's that mysteriously wound up going over the side of the same hill, either.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Dorkus, the phenomenon you refer to is more Irish than Catholic. Plenty of Orange Irish have the same problem. Remember Bushmills. I tell the Pink Dragon, who is actually Green, that she is a secret Druid. I suspect many other Irish are also.

Can't explain the Episcopalians. Wouldn't even try.

Posted by: reddragon1 | June 24, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

"Michael Jackson would still be alive if he'd embraced Islam" -- Excuse me, but "embracing" is often what got him into legal troubles.

"Mariah Carey owes $30K in bills, says vet" -- And yet her distemper shot clearly hasn't kicked in yet. I'd sue.

"Val Kilmer apologizes to New Mexico neighbors for calling the state the 'homicide capital of the Southwest'" -- Well, fine, but if he wants to open a second B&B, in Maryland, he'll have to apologize for "The Saint" as well.

"Troll dolls to get their own animated movie" -- Perez Hiltion is acting now?

"Cyndi Lauper reality show in the works" -- Cinemax will pick it up but only if it's titled "She Bop" so they can air it After Hours.

"Robert Pattinson turns out to be related to an actual vampire" -- C'mon. He looks NOTHING like Larry King!

"Ben Stiller to make Internet 'current affairs' show with his parents." -- Each episode will feature a little Blue Nun. (God I loved those commercials.)

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | June 24, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"And yet her distemper shot clearly hasn't kicked in yet. I'd sue."

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Surely you meant to type "bite," td?


And, yes, Nosy, the G-20 does appear to be following me. I thought I'd lost 'em for a bit in the rain this morning, but they there were this afternoon, getting the $3 lunch special at Island Boyz.

Posted by: byoolin1 | June 24, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Byoo, thanks for the shout out yesterday. I was in federal court all day so missed the posting. Thanks for having me there in spirit.

Posted by: epjd | June 24, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

All best wishes to Liz, Mr. Liz, and the Lizlet! We will do our best to continue the snark in your absence and make you proud of us. Hope everything goes well with the Tiny Dude.

Posted by: jaybbub | June 24, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, Liz!!!! Enjoy every second of your time off! We'll miss you, and so will LiLo.

Posted by: Guest1234 | June 24, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Enjoy your time off with your little guy. I hope he arrives on time too! I'm betting this heat is not sitting so well with you these days.

Posted by: Vienna8425 | June 24, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to Liz and family...

Bristol Palin, cute girl but she'd better find an acting coach.

Posted by: kvs09 | June 24, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

The look on Helen Mirren's face in that photo is priceless -- you can just hear her thinking, "Will someone please get this crazy chick away from me?"

Best of luck to you, Liz. Hope the new arrival is healthy and housebroken -- wait, that's pets -- well, whatever! Anyway, we'll miss you!

-Snarky Squirrel

Posted by: 7900rmc | June 24, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

WTF is Serena Williams curtsying to Queen Elizabeth at Wimbledon? Didn't we fight a coupla wars in order not to have to do that cr@p anymore?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/24/AR2010062401466.html?hpid=artslot

(Or maybe Serena just scrunched down in order to hear her itty-bitty majesty?)

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"WTF is Serena Williams curtsying to Queen Elizabeth at Wimbledon? Didn't we fight a coupla wars in order not to have to do that cr@p anymore?"

...Because it's considered a mark of respect and politeness, I believe. When you meet the Queen, you can flip her the bird if that helps.

(Besides, the Queen's a little old lady. Be nice to her! She's like the whole country's grandma. Plus I bet she can pull off a mean right hook.)

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | June 24, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Bon voyage, Liz! Lots of love to you & your family, 2- and 4-legged. See ya in Sept.
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So today is National Skank Day? Bai Ling AND Kim Kartrashian?

Wonder what Kim K.'s version of "taking it slow" means. Not making a sex tape on the 1st date? Not showing him her Playboy spread? Oh, wait, I'm sure he (and the entire COwboys team) have already seen both.

Posted by: Californian11 | June 24, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Best wishes Liz! We'll miss you!

Daniel Day Lewis would make an awesome Moriarty.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | June 24, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse


For Nosy--

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/award2010_runoff.html

Voting ends tomorrow!

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | June 24, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Bawlmer, I'd be polite to the Queen, but danged if I'll curtsy to her. It's not proper protocol for Americans.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

cat, Best of luck to "Dirt!" (Some of its competitors are also worthy, BTW).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Nosy--and yes, I know, the others are really great films. Hard to compete with "Mine"==warm fuzzy pet reunification doc. But we're hoping for a win anyway--the buzz might help with getting an Emmy nom (and as far as I know, none of the others are under consideration).

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | June 24, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

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