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Posted at 1:30 PM ET, 07/ 3/2010

Celebritology Weekend -- Updated: Marijuana charges against Paris Hilton dropped

By Jen Chaney

Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend:


Paris Hilton, pre-World Cup detainment. (AP)

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

By Jen Chaney  | July 3, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Daily Mix, Paris Hilton, Pop Culture  
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Paris Hilton is so-o-o-o 2007.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 3, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Paris. Ding ding, you're done.

It astounds me the quickness with which people seem to forgive Chris Brown's violent attack. I assume he is trying to improve his anger issues, and great, but don't expect me to sit on the sidelines and cheer when hundreds of other talented people with no abuse history might merit my attention instead. Giving the man attention sends a message that he can do ANYTHING and it's OK.

Anyway, is it really "forgiveness" or is it just that we as a society have ADD and are too ready to move on to the next celebrity spectacle? Is Chris too 2009 already?

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | July 3, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Really deep stuff, td. In the same vein, let's consider how people semi-got over Mel Gibson's rant at cops a few years ago. Now he's unloaded every bit as offensively on his ex-Baby Mama, proving that he's learned nothing valuable the past few years re his problem.

Gotta go watch a soccer game, er, football match now.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 3, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Why would any person believe that they have the right to dictate to another person what they may or may not do with their own lives and bodies? Why waste so much time and energy on all the wrong issues? We are surrounded by serious and very real dangers. The next huge economic meltdown is approaching which will be far worse than the last one. While all this and more is going down, the busy bodies are worried about whether or not someone is smoking a bowl of flowers or snorting and injecting various powders. Drug use is not going away and the millions of people involved on a regular basis are your neighbors, business associates, co-workers, PTA members, little league coaches, cops, firefighters, nurses, doctors, and even politicians. We need to prioritize our agenda and spend our energies protecting and loving our children and each other.

Prohibition isn't like a disease where we're still waiting for the cure to be discovered - we know the cure for this. This isn't like putting a man on the moon or inventing the Internet - it doesn't take some stroke of genius or feat of technology. We have everything we need, right now, to end this moronothon. Rarely in the history of mankind have we encountered a problem of such magnitude and consequence that is so eminently solvable.

If you support prohibition then you've helped trigger the worst crime wave in history.

If you support prohibition you've a helped create a black market with massive incentives to hook both adults and children alike.

If you support prohibition you've helped to make these dangerous substances available in schools and prisons.

If you support prohibition you've helped raise gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootlegging.

If you support prohibition you've helped create the prison-for-profit synergy with drug lords.

If you support prohibition you've helped remove many important civil liberties from those citizens you falsely claim to represent.

If you support prohibition you've helped put previously unknown and contaminated drugs on the streets.

If you support prohibition you've helped to escalate Theft, Muggings and Burglaries.

If you support prohibition you've helped to divert scarce law-enforcement resources away from protecting your fellow citizens from the ever escalating violence against their person or property.

If you support prohibition you've helped overcrowd the courts and prisons, thus making it increasingly impossible to curtail the people who are hurting and terrorizing others.

If you support prohibition you've helped evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, controlling vast swaths of territory with significant social and military resources at their disposal.

Posted by: malcolmkyle | July 3, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Well said, Malcolm. As Ben Franklin is quoted as saying, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety"

The idea that you can improve society by having government force other people to live according to your own personal preferences is reprehensible, and about as un-American as it gets.


Posted by: anyoneis | July 3, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

We'll always have Paris. And she's finally done something of which I approve!

I hope a Lizzard caught the 6/27 Courtney Love show at DC's 9:30 Club. It was reviewed somewhere else in the Post (yes, there is more to the Post than Celebritology!) Here's a link to the review, reprinted here in the Seattle Times:

Posted by: kabuki3 | July 4, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Can we PLEASE just finally throw PH into jail and be rid of it?????

Posted by: cmecyclist | July 4, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

So Paries was "holding it for a friend." I thought that excuse died with the '70s.

Posted by: reddragon1 | July 6, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

So Paris was "holding it for a friend." I thought that excuse died with the '70s.

Posted by: reddragon1 | July 6, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

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