Celebritology Weekend -- Updated: Marijuana charges against Paris Hilton dropped
Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend:
Updated: Since this item was originally posted, charges of marijuana possession against Paris Hilton have been dropped. Her co-accused -- Jennifer Rovero, a former Playboy Playmate who reportedly now works for Hilton as a freelance photographer -- pleaded guilty to the charge. Hilton's publicist told CNN the incident was "a misunderstanding."
Paris, detained: Hotel heiress and former reality show star Paris Hilton was taken into custody by South African authorities Friday on suspicion of marijuana possession. According to the Associated Press, Hilton was detained outside Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, after the World Cup match between Brazil and the Netherlands, where police allegedly discovered her with an unspecified amount of pot. She later made a brief appearance in court.
It's not the first run-in with the law for Hilton, 29, who served 45 days in jail back in 2007 after being charged with driving under the influence. After that ordeal, she publicly proclaimed that she would change her partying ways. Allegedly.
The red, white and famous: Count Jimmy Smits among the celebrities who are always happy to spend the Fourth of July in Washington, D.C. The actor will host Sunday's Capitol Fourth celebration on the National Mall for the second year in a row, where he will introduce performances from Reba McEntire, “American Idol” runner-up David Archuletta, John Schneider and Gladys Knight, among others.
Smits says spending the holiday weekend in Washington has become a family tradition. His daughter, Taina, who lives in Fairfax County, will join him to celebrate during and after the pre-fireworks concert, along with some grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
“I was so moved,” Smits said of his first time seeing those fireworks downtown. “It really puts into focus what the day is supposed to be about.”
During a telephone conversation earlier this week, Smits also said he plans to sneak in a trip to the Supreme Court, part of his research for “Outlaw,” his new NBC series about a justice who retires from the bench to practice law.
By the way, don't think the Mall is the only place to see a famous face. “Entourage's” Adrian Grenier is slated to play a gig Sunday night at the W Hotel with his band, The Honey Brothers. But if you want to see Vinnie Chase up close, be prepared to pay $200 for a ticket.
“Twilight” stars, at a theater near you: As part of the seemingly never-ending promotional blitz behind “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” Summit Entertainment is sending various stars from the bloodsucker blockbuster to multiplexes around the country, including the Washington area. Christian Serratos, who plays Angela, a non-vampire buddy of “Twilight” leading lady Bella Swan, was slated to show up Friday night at the AMC Tysons Corner and the Rave Fairfax Corner to say thank you to the fans and, perhaps, sign a few autographs. More surprise visits from various cast members are expected Saturday in other cities. No confirmation at press time as to whether the big names -- your Robert Pattinsons and Kristen Stewarts -- are participating in the multiplex pop-ins.
Poll of the Week
After Chris Brown's tearful tribute to Michael Jackson at the BET Awards, we asked readers to tell us whether it's time to forgive the singer for his assult on ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Check out the results below.
Pop Culture Pulse: Comic-Con
The full schedule for this year's mega comics and pop culture convention, to be held July 22-25 in downtown San Diego, is expected to be announced this week. Some major events -- most notably a panel discussion featuting the cast of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” -- have already been announced. But expect fan boys and fan girls to be on high alert -- Celebritology will keep them posted in the coming days as they await the official report from the Geek Central.
You Said It: A selection of notable reader comments from the past week...
Headline: "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks tells Health magazine that after gaining 15 pounds, she "felt beautiful."
Comment: "Christina Hendricks feels beautiful with 15 extra pounds? Well I feel flippin' GORGEOUS." -- kbockl
Headline: Britney Spears designs fashion line for school girls.
Comment: "In possibly related news, Amber Alert is hiring." -- byoolin1
| July 3, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories: Celebrities, Daily Mix, Paris Hilton, Pop Culture
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