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Posted at 8:22 AM ET, 12/30/2010

Defense to claim Michael Jackson killed himself; Javier Bardem to star in 'Dark Tower'?

By Liz Kelly

Celebrity Beat: Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyer plans to claim Michael Jackson killed himself... Jackson executors ask Discovery Channel to cancel plans for M.J. autopsy reenactment... Nicole Richie's probation on her 2006 DUI conviction ends two months early... Ashton Kutcher says his armageddon fitness routine quotes were taken out of context... Axl Rose voted greatest lead singer of all time in meaningless Internet poll... Justin Bieber checks into hotels under the name Chandler Bing. Or, umm, did... Bret Favre fined $50K for failing to cooperate in photo scandal investigation... Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom get their own reality show... If you're into this sort of thing, have a look at Reese Witherspoon's 4-carat engagement ring... Rupert Everett bashes Jennifer Aniston's "tasteless" career... Banned from Times Square, Snooki-in-a-ball to drop at Jersey shore... After struggling with anorexia for 15 years, French Model Isabelle Caro dead at 28.

Rumor Mill: No, Suge Knight was not arrested for Tupac's murder... And no, Eddie Murphy is not dead -- just the latest victim of the never-gets-old Internet death hoax... Did Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie marry secretly in Namibia?

Pop Culture Mix: Javier Bardem to play Roland in "Dark Tower" movie/TV adaptation? Perhaps these circa 1989 clips of Bardem as Superman will seal the deal:

More: A Hobbit wedding as Pippin (aka actor Billy Boyd) marries.

Bonus: A young Stephen Colbert in what is -- let's face it -- a pretty boring clip...

By Liz Kelly  | December 30, 2010; 8:22 AM ET
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*Rupert Everett is a bit of a crank but he's right about Jennifer Anniston's career and the whole A-list of stars, movie-making nebula, thingy.

*I loved Billy Boyd's wife's wedding outfit. Very nice.

Posted by: pras40 | December 30, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Because Rupert Everett's career has just been one shining star vehicle after another hasn't it?

words cannot express how happy I am about the Favre fine.

Posted by: epjd | December 30, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The Guns N' Roses frontman topped the survey carried out by website, beating off competition from the likes of late Queen star Freddie Mercury and veteran Led Zeppelin rocker Robert Plant, who were placed second and third placed respectively
**************************, on that whole "beating off the competition"thing, I do not think it means what you think it means.

And REALLY?!? Axl must've broke a few fingers & mice getting all those votes in.

Posted by: wadejg | December 30, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

An autopsy reenactment? Here's hoping the casting call specified "Method actors only."

"Axl Rose voted greatest lead singer of all time in meaningless Internet poll." I am reminded of a line John Lennon once used: "Ringo's not even the best drummer in The Beatles."

"Justin Bieber checks into hotels under the name Chandler Bing. Or, umm, did..." Could be BE any more ticked off about having to find a new alias?

"Bret Favre fined $50K for failing to cooperate in photo scandal investigation." That's really going to put a dent in his Wrangler Zipperless Jeans budget.

"Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom get their own reality show." Please, please, please, let it be called "The Michael Jackson Autopsy."

Three words, my dear Rupert Everett: "Dunston Checks In." Three more? Okay, howzabout "Pret-a-porter"?

Guys, can we agree that, all other things being equal, we'd rather see Snooki dropped in a ball than drop a ball in Snooki?

Eddie Murphy is not dead, but he's auditioning for a role in some Discovery Channel thing...

Posted by: byoolin1 | December 30, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Wade, I submit that as long as Axl didn't break a few fingers "beating off the competition," we should say no more about it.

Posted by: byoolin1 | December 30, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse


In the Bieber thing, I meant, "Could _he_ BE any more ticked off..."

And I think it's pretty clear that in the Favre bit, the jeans are likely Wanglers.

Posted by: byoolin1 | December 30, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Wonderful to see that byoolin is rarin' to go for 2011.
Happy New Year, Lizards!

Posted by: pras40 | December 30, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Just what the world needs ... more trash TV in the form of yet another Kartrashian "reality" show.

RIP Isabelle Caro. That whole thing is so sad. The irony of "Kourtney Kardashian's 45-lb. weight loss" appearing as a side story alongside the death of Isabelle Caro does not escape me, but I'm guessing it escapes many starved celebs.

Posted by: Californian11 | December 30, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

From the article on Brett Favre's fine: ""The forensic analysis could not establish that Favre sent the objectionable photographs to Sterger," the N.F.L. said in a statement."

Ummmm....what type of analysis was done? Did they compare the pictures sent to Sterger to "Little Brett"?

How about somebody dropping a dime on Snooki?

One of my fondest wishes for the New Year is for Justin Bieber to check into a Roach Motel. I don't care what name he uses, so long as he checks in.

The Axl Rose article names the competition whom Axl beat off: Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant. Perhaps that explains why Axl headlined the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute. But did Axl inspire Robert Plant to plagiarize Willie Dixon's lyrics in "Whole Lotta Love"?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | December 30, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

And, to plagiarize a recent Byoolin comment:

Suge Knight has not been arrested for Tupac's murder......yet.

If Bradgelina have finally married, will they vanish from the celebrity sites? Oh, please!

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | December 30, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I recently saw a story about the Bieber kid on CNN I think. He donates $1 of every ticket sold to a local charity and he does a bunch of Make A Wish appearances for kids. As much as he irritates me, I think that's pretty admirable for a someone his age.

Posted by: stefs624 | December 30, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

What? No mention of Bobby Farrell of Boney M dying in St. Petersburg, just like Rasputin? Now sing along with me the Boney M hit...

Ra, Ra, Ra-sputin
Lover of the Russian queen

Can you tell I lived in Germany in the late 70s, the high point of Boney M's career?

Brown girl in the ring, sha na na na na!

Posted by: BMore_Cat_Lover | December 30, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Wa-a-a-ay late to the party (after a long day in computer he!!), but just noticed that WaPo's Monica Hesse and Dan Zak have decreed that Tiki Bars will be "In" in 2011. I'd like to think that the Lizard Islanders have exerted some positive influence on this sage decision. (penultimate line)

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 30, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Michael Jackson's death is a sad (& preventable) tale of anesthesia over medication in conjunction with non-observation and monitoring.

No amount of legal defense attorney posturing can relieve Murray of his responsibility to have watched & monitored his patient.

Goldilocks anesthesia is not too much or too little but always just the right amount.

Over- and under- anesthesia are 2 sides of the same coin: failure to measure the organ being medicated, your brain!

Three free letters to download to help you get Goldilocks anesthesia @

Posted by: narkose | December 31, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Michael Jackson is really dead. Check out this compelling evidence to the contrary:

Posted by: Constance_Goforth | January 5, 2011 2:55 AM | Report abuse

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