Archive: May 2007

Here Come the Lizzies!

It's that time of year again. The voice of the people -- at least you people -- was heard last July when you voted Paris Hilton the Most Over-Hyped Celebrity (and dropper of the Most Inane Comment) and, in a flash of brilliant foresight, elected Britney Spears the Most Fascinating Anticipated Celebrity Train Wreck of the Year. Time to turn our celebrity prognostication and unerring judgment to this year's headlines. But, this year the honors will expand to dole out a few more superlatives. That's where you come in: For the next week I'll be accepting your ideas for categories for this year's Celebritology Honors (aka "The Lizzies"). Hollywood's baddest bad girl? Cutest celebrity baby? Biggest celebrity train wreck? Most-shocking break-up? Starlet worth emulating? Most shameless publicity stunt? What celebrity-perpetrated events or trends defined the past 12 months? Send your ideas to celebritology@washingtonpost.com -- one or many -- and...

By Liz | May 31, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (40)

Morning Mix: Woman Offers to Serve Time for Paris

Headlines: Lindsay Lohan's dad says she's hooked on OxyContin... Arrest shines spotlight on underage drinking at trendy L.A. clubs... Kansas City woman offers to serve Paris Hilton's jail sentence... Nicole Richie says e-mail invite was a joke... Fred Thompson gives up "Law & Order" role as he preps for presidential bid (More political celebs)... "Idol" Jordin Sparks says she's happy with her curves... Paula Abdul says neurological disorder responsible for disjointed behavior... Taylor Hicks dating Milwaukee newscaster... Celine Dion and her feckless hippie son pose for magazine cover... Prince to play Macy's store to launch perfume... Jon Lovitz signs lifelong contract with comedy club... Pierce Brosnan and wife donate $100K to Honolulu school... Audrey Hepburn dress sells for $200K at auction... Former "View"-ster Lisa Ling marries... Anne Heche and husband reach short-term custody agreement. Rumor Mill: Friends say Lindsay Lohan attempted suicide twice... Jail hand picks Paris Hilton's cell mate......

By Liz | May 31, 2007; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (40)

Queen? Bah. The Dutchess Visits Virginia

Fergie pauses for a photo op Tuesday at Fair Oaks Mall. (Photo by Liz Kelly for washingtonpost.com) The quiet, suburban stillness of Fairfax County's Fair Oaks Mall -- a sleepy melange of Ann Taylor, Gap, Hollister and Cheesecake Factory -- was popped Tuesday afternoon by Fergie (aka Fergie Ferg, aka Stacy Ann Ferguson) -- sometime Black Eyed Peas frontwoman and self-proclaimed "Dutchess." She of the humps (you know, the "lovely lady lumps"); she who has coined the eponymous adjective Fergalicous. And so it was that I found myself watching quizzically from backstage as Fergie led a frantic crowd of tweeners in an enthusiastic chant of "If you ain't got no money take your broke ass home" at the Fair Oaks Verizon store, just upstairs from H&M and a latte's throw from Caribou Coffee. In the midst of a cross-country tour ("It's so nice to be accepted where you're from,"...

By Liz | May 30, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Morning Mix: Lohan Checks Into Rehab

Headlines: Lindsay Lohan checks into rehab... Mischa Barton better after Memorial Day scare... Elisabeth Hasselbeck says she's communicating with Rosie O'Donnell... Ashton Kutcher signs two-year production deal with CBS... Justin Timberlake launches his own record label... Bo Diddley recovering from stroke... Amy Winehouse's mother says pop star is too skinny... Larry Birkhead's former lawyer sues for unpaid legal fees... Brandy may face vehicular manslaughter charge... Rapper Young Jeezy arrested at Georgia strip club. Rumor Mill: Sick Britney Spears had to be carried out of hotel bar bathroom... Vocal coach says she helped Jordin Sparks... Ozzy Osbourne declined invite to duet with Sanjaya Malakar on "Idol" finale... Music mogul Clive Davis furious with Kelly Clarkson over album... Paris Hilton dumped from photog's book of "stunning" heiresses... Bobby Brown forgets the words to "My Prerogative"... Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown signs on to "Dancing With the Stars." Say What? "I am going...

By Liz | May 30, 2007; 7:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Go Away, Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan, she's got the whole world in her hands. (Reuters) The story of the day may well become the story of the year. Lindsay Lohan has acquired the dubious distinction of being the latest in a string of celebutantes to face DUI charges. Paris Hilton was recently sentenced to an incredible-shrinking-jail-term for violating her DUI probation and Nicole Richie's fate will be decided in court on June 8 after her own December arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol, Vicodin and pot. Lohan's moment came in the wee hours of Saturday morning when the 20-year-old reportedly crashed her convertible Mercedes SL-65 into a curb around 5:30 a.m. Lohan was spirited away from the scene by friends. Cops later located the starlet at L.A.'s Century City Hospital and charged her with suspicion of DUI. They haven't yet decided who will face charges for the cocaine found in the...

By Liz | May 29, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Morning Mix: Lindsay Lohan Returning to Rehab?

Headlines: Rosie O'Donnell says she probably won't speak to Elisabeth Hasselbeck again... Lindsay Lohan gets a job... Ashley Judd's husband wins Indy 500... Ewan McGregor sets off on 20-country motorcycle journey... The Police kick off world tour in Canada... Jackson family memorabilia up for auction. Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan returning to rehab? Photos show seemingly inebriated Lohan on Memorial Day... Alleged pieces of Lohan's crashed car go up for sale on eBay. Say What? "Brad has had it tough between being hobbled with children and that horrible, ugly wife." -- George Clooney jokingly discusses "Oceans 13" co-star Brad Pitt Good Read: The Post's Howard Kurtz talks tabloids....

By Liz | May 29, 2007; 7:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Memorial Day Mini-Mix: Lohan Busted for DUI

Headlines: Lindsay Lohan arrested for suspected drunk driving (video); dad says she needs to "find God"... Rosie O'Donnell says take this "View" and shove it... Paul Newman quits acting... After outcry over ticket prices, Barbra Streisand cancels Rome concert... Lars Ulrich and Connie Nielson welcome baby boy... Max Baer Jr. ("The Beverly Hillbillies's" Jethro) plans to open casino... Game show staple Charles Nelson Reilly dead at 76 (RIP). Rumor Mill: Mischa Barton hospitalized for adverse reaction to medication; spotted smoking pot at Cannes... Michael Jackson gets sick at paid birthday party appearance....

By Liz | May 28, 2007; 7:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Catching Up with Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna. (Courtesy PBS) For Joe Mantegna, Memorial Day weekend means a bit of work. The actor -- best known for roles in "Godfather III," "Searching for Bobby Fischer," "Joan of Arcadia" and as the voice of mobster Fat Tony on "The Simpsons" -- is in town this weekend to co-host Sunday's National Memorial Day Concert for the sixth time. This year, Mantegna and Gary Sinise will preside over a line-up that includes Natalie Cole, Jimmy Smits, Bonnie Hunt, Josh Turner, Charles Durning and Colin Powell. I talked to Mantegna yesterday afternoon about the concert, politics, his musical chops and, of course, "The Simpsons." A longtime advocate of Veterans Administration volunteer opportunities and troop support, Mantegna says he'd rather keep his personal beliefs about the war to himself. "I never get political. I wouldn't be involved in this concert if it was a political statement. I'm 100 percent behind...

By Liz | May 25, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Morning Mix: George Clooney's $350K Kiss

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt walk the 'Oceans 13' red carpet at Cannes. (AP) Headlines: George Clooney sells a kiss for $350,000 (but did he have an eye lift?)... Barbara Walters says O'Donnell/Hasselbeck feud was not a ratings stunt, Rosie sad, show staffer defaces Hasselbeck pix; Donald Trump sides with Rosie... Howard Stern says he tried to kill himself twice... Lindsay Lohan recording new "urban pop" album... Britney Spears takes her boys sailing... Mini Britney Terra Jole signs on to Las Vegas show... Orlando Bloom taking a break from acting... Marilyn Manson says Dita Von Teese destroyed his soul... Dr. Martens apologizes for Kurt Cobain ad... Jordin Sparks wears Badgley Mischka for "Idol" win... Prince planning seven Hollywood shows... Janice Dickinson shows off her panties at restaurant (Warning: Not safe for work)... Paul McCartney debuts video on YouTube... Osmond family planning reunion... Prosecutors say Tom Sizemore should go to...

By Liz | May 25, 2007; 7:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Lost' Analysis: Finale Thoughts

This week, Jen Chaney and I were again joined by leading "Lost" scholar J. Wood to draw conclusions about "Lost's" two-hour season finale. Massive spoilers and a summer reading list ahead. R.I.P. Charlie. (Photo courtesy ABC) Liz: No need to embellish or qualify this statement: last night's finale was phenomenal. In fact, it was so good that I didn't even realize until it ended that we didn't really get that many answers and were in fact left to ponder a whole new set of questions until "Lost's" return in January 2008. Jen, J., let's get down to it. Maybe we can start with what we think was the most significant moment from last night's show. For me, it was bearded Jack's offhand reference to his father. It underscored my pet theory that the Losties inhabit an alternate universe and this bearded Jack another in which Christian Shepard never died. So...

By Liz | May 24, 2007; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (206)

Morning Mix: O'Donnell vs. Hasselbeck, Again

Headlines: 17-year-old Jordin Sparks wins "American Idol," releases first single... Angelina Jolie cries when asked about late mother... Mary-Kate Olsen joins cast of Showtime's "Weeds"... Keira Knightley wins suit against tabloids... "Borat" signs deal to pen travel book... Courtney Love furious about Kurt Cobain shoe ads... John Travolta brings Scientology curriculum to Louisiana school... Judge in Phil Spector trial says forensics expert hid evidence... Evangeline Lilly's outfit needs to get lost. Rumor Mill: Is Jessica Simpson expecting?... Paris Hilton to wear protective alarm in jail... Natalie Portman dating "SNL's" Andy Samberg... Oprah's dad puts book on hold (third item)... Isaiah Washington out at "Grey's Anatomy?" In Case You Missed It: O'Donnell vs. Hasselbeck, round 2,343,232, in which the split-screen is employed... Chat-stravaganza: Join me today at 2 p.m. for the regular Celebritology Live chat, then again in the 3 o'clock hour when I'll be joined by Jen Chaney to talk...

By Liz | May 24, 2007; 7:39 AM ET | Comments (26)

'Lost' Finale Countdown

In which our season-long "Lost" watchers, Liz and Jen, handicap tonight's season finale. Liz: I'm told the world is abuzz about the season finale of some tacky sing-song show on Fox tonight. But we know where the people who expect more out of primetime TV than a British guy with a bad attitude (We've got two. Nyah!) will be -- watching the two-hour "game changing" season finale of "Lost" tonight at 9 p.m. ET. There are tons of sites out there spoiling the experience with leaked details. I'm not looking. How about you, Jen? Jen: I've done the peek-and-run -- looked at spoilers for a sec, then dashed away because I don't want to ruin everything. I still want my holy you-know-what moment. The big question, though: Who is going to die? Liz: Good question -- we've got several candidates: Charlie, of course. Ben, who seems to have turned entire...

By Liz | May 23, 2007; 1:29 PM ET | Comments (29)

In Praise of Johnny Depp

Who are you wearing? Johnny Depp arrives at the Tokyo premiere of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.' (AP) If you're asking Johnny Depp, the answer could only be "myself." Not many 43-year-old men can successfully pull off the polo shirt/paramilitary/hippie/beatnik look, but then Depp is no ordinary man. The actor, who first surfaced in 1984's "Nightmare on Elm Street" and unwittingly cast a spell over a generation of teen girls on Fox's "21 Jump Street," sported just such a look today in Tokyo while promoting the latest installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean." And rather than make him walk the plank for an outfit that would approach fug on anyone else, I find myself instead delighted by this man who isn't afraid of looking a little bit silly in support of his fierce individuality. While most Hollywood men tend to stick with a safe less-is-more wardrobe for public...

By Liz | May 23, 2007; 9:37 AM ET | Comments (80)

Morning Mix: Jolie to Take Break From Filming

Headlines: Angelina Jolie plans to take year off from filmmaking... Apolo Anton Ohno wins "Dancing With the Stars"... Italian consumer groups want high-priced Barbra Streisand concerts canceled... NBC dropping Stone Phillips from "Dateline"... Jon Heder ("Napoleon Dynamite") and wife welcome baby girl... Dennis Quaid and wife expecting twins... Candy Spelling has some advice for Joe Francis... Matthew McConaughey, birdman of Malibu... Kellie Pickler's dad arrested (again)... Tom Arnold divorcing (again)... Eve pleads not guilty to drunk driving charges... Mischa Barton lights up (at) Cannes. Rumor Mill: Vodka company to sponsor Lindsay Lohan's 21st birthday celebration, which won't be at Manhattan's Soho Grand hotel (second item)... Michael Jackson offered $9.9 million to attend a party... Rep denies reports that Nicole Richie is in rehab... How old is Rachel McAdams?... No honeymoon for Eva Longoria. Say What? "Because obviously, if you have a womanly figure, you're not allowed to have a brain...

By Liz | May 23, 2007; 8:23 AM ET | Comments (18)

Celebritology 101: Stalkerazzi Avoidance Tactics

Is it live or is it latex? Oh, what's the difference. (Reuters) Victoria Beckham may be plastic, but plans to snap pics of the former Spice Girl recently blew up in the faces of a horde of stalkerazzi who were chagrined to find they'd been tailing an inflatable stand-in for the former Spice Girl. Not since a pregnant Gwen Stefani hid in the backseat of her brother's car to reach the relative safety of a Target mega-store, has a group of paparazzi been so handily outwitted. While cameras were busy snapping Mrs. Beckham's latex doppelganger, the real Posh was far away, enjoying a private shopping spree at an L.A. adult novelty store. Whether this brilliant bit of surreal bait-and-switch was Posh's brainstorm has not yet been confirmed, but I'm willing to give the former Spice Girl credit for outsmarting the camera-toting mob. After all, this is the woman responsible...

By Liz | May 22, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (15)

Morning Mix: Paula Abdul Blames Dog for Broken Nose

Headlines: Paula Abdul blames chihuahua for broken nose... Angelina Jolie promotes "A Mighty Heart" at Cannes | More Cannes Coverage... Donald Trump says NBC can't fire him, because he quits (not if Mark Cuban can help it)... Recovering addict Keith Urban greeted with alcohol on Australian flight... Jessica Simpson launching lingerie line... New Zealand city names landfill after John Cleese... "Prison Break's" Lane Garrison pleads guilty in fatal car crash... David Hasselhoff regains right to see daughters... Sylvester Stallone fined for importing illegal drugs to Australia... Judge reduces charge against Creed frontman Scott Stapp... Tom Sizemore charged with five drug-related felonies... Robert Rodriguez to direct "Barbarella" remake. Rumor Mill: Britney Spears and her new hair extensions party in Miami... John Mayer and Jessica Simpson (who supposedly broke up last week) spotted together in New York... Oprah Winfrey surprised to learn father is penning book about her... Sting and David Bowie...

By Liz | May 22, 2007; 7:35 AM ET | Comments (15)

Who Has the Most CRASS?

Yep, Britney has plenty of CRASS. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Liz is out today because she either is secretly Canadian and wants to celebrate Victoria Day or she has a case of the Mondays. Either way, she'll be back tomorrow. Once upon a time, March 2006 to be exact, a woman named Liz had a dream that one day she could be washingtonpost.com's source for snark and cattiness (David Broder notwithstanding). Through her grit and determination, not to mention her alacrity and pizzazz, she made it happen. And now, 625 Celebrity postings later, it's time to look back and see what we've covered. We examined every one of the 625 posts to determine which celebrities have been mentioned the most. Since all posts aren't equal, we created something we call the Celebritology Reference Accumulated Scoring System, or C.R.A.S.S. Celebrities earn 1 CRASS point for appearing in a Morning Mix...

By | May 21, 2007; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (15)

Morning Mix: TomKat Bikes in D.C.

Headlines: TomKat spotted biking around in Georgetown (second item)... Vanity Fair hosts party in Cannes... Not-So-Sly Stallone fined $2,500 for bringing HGH down under... Kevin and Angela from "The Office" go to Scranton to raise the roof... Jessica Simpson is "very happy" post-breakup... Nick Carter says DUI made him a "better person"... U2 rocks Cannes... Shakira to wed in September but no confirmation from her hips yet... Keira Knightley wants to be more shapely... Singer Amy Winehouse gets married... Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan is dynamite in bed... Britney Spears storms off plane... The Spice Girls reunite... Cameron Diaz dating Mindfreak's Criss Angel?......

By | May 21, 2007; 6:14 AM ET | Comments (12)

Friday List: The Best Soundtracks

(Courtesy Fontana London) The gunna-gunk gunna-gunk, gunna-gunk gunna-gunk first few riffs from Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" instantly conjures up visions of the interior of Mike Damone's car in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and I'm similarly transported by songs from the other varied soundtracks taking up space on my iPod. Songs from movies like "Jesus' Son" and "Rize" share space with pre-adolescent favorites like "Camelot," "Xanadu" and my first know-it-all-by-heart soundtrack, "Grease." Hip or cheesy, loaded with subtext or unapologetically meaningless, movie soundtracks are often entry points into a genre and I have many directors I'd like to thank for sparking lifelong love affairs with artists like Cat Stevens and Mudhoney. Today's mission is to list our favorite movie soundtracks. You'll receive bonus points for including your reasons. As usual, I'll start: "Donnie Darko" -- Sadly, the official soundtrack only included the original score, so I had to craft my...

By Liz | May 18, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Morning Mix: Paris Hilton Drops Sentence Appeal

Headlines: Paris Hilton drops probation-violation appeal... Jerry Seinfeld jumps from Cannes hotel roof dressed as bee (pix)... Madonna releases new song for live earth concerts... Fan charged with stalking Sandra Bullock... DA says Lindsay Lohan won't be charged with taking woman's clothes (the back story)... Katie Holmes brings Suri to set of new movie. Rumor Mill: Soon-to-be-ex calls Anne Heche "delusional"... Britney Spears spends a girls' night out on the town, trades in wigs for hair extensions; recovery buddy Howie Day returns to rehab... "The Office's" Jenna Fischer fractures back in bar fall... Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo rescue man with heart trouble... NBC banishes upcoming Beckham reality show to cable network... Ice T and wife bounced from Maxim party table to make room for Hilary and Hayley Duff (dag... don't they know he's the Original Gangster?)...

By Liz | May 18, 2007; 7:24 AM ET | Comments (16)

'Lost' Dueling Analyses: Greatest Hits

washingtonpost.com movies editrix Jen Chaney and I overanalyze ABC's little freakshow for the second-to-last time in 2007 and have an epiphany of sorts. Warning: Spoilers ahead. Missing from last night's episode: John Locke (Terry O'Quinn). (Photo courtesy ABC) Liz: Since our purpose here is analysis, I think we need to start by acknowledging that last night's episode didn't provide us with much fodder for discussion. It was a good episode. Not great, but good. In some ways it reminded me of the Death to Poochies episode in that it seemed designed to pay off loyal viewers who have long griped about things like the absence of Rose and Bernard (they're back!) and the whereabouts of Vincent (he's back!) and Jack's backbone (it's back!). The rest of it was one long Valentine to Charlie. By the time we reached No. 1 on his "Greatist Hits" list, I was ready for some...

By Liz | May 17, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (152)

Morning Mix: Hilton's Sentence Sliced for 'Good Behavior'

Headlines: Paris Hilton's jail term cut to 23 days for "good behavior", while mom Kathy says young people can learn from Paris... Prince Harry not going to Iraq... Orlando Bloom beats out Brad Pitt to top "Sexiest Guy of Summer 2007" list... Beyonce nominated for six BET awards... Bono says neighbors' fireplace smoke wafting into his New York apartment... Andy Warhol car crash painting sells for $71.7 million... Elijah Wood to star in Iggy Pop biopic... "24" renewed for two more seasons... Bo Diddley hospitalized after suffering stroke... Ike Turner arrested on warrant issued in 1989... Michael Jackson tries to block memorabilia auction. Rumor Mill: Olsen twins to be Bond girls?... Lindsay Lohan and new boyfriend get in screaming match at New York hotel... Angelina Jolie gets new tattoo to honor late mother... Amy Winehouse to marry in Miami... Nicole Richie and Joel Madden break up?... Ex-wife says David Hasselhoff...

By Liz | May 17, 2007; 7:41 AM ET | Comments (26)

The Smart Set

Oprah Winfrey gets into her Howard University commencement address. (AP) Ah, spring. Strappy sandals come out of hiding, Adrian Higgins perks up, and a corny-copia of rubber-chicken circuit regulars, politicians, people with inscrutable job titles and, inevitably, a handful of celebs, descend on academia to deliver this year's spate of commencement addresses at the nation's universities. The topic of big name graduation speakers came up in last week's Celebritology Live discussion and I was heartened to learn that many other college graduates did not have to sit through an interminable lecture from (then) Virginia governor George Allen on their big days. (Neither did I, actually. I skipped it in favor of nursing a hangover.) Jon Stewart returned to his alma mater, William & Mary, in 2004 to warn graduates to "aim low" and "love what you do." This year, out of the 684 commencement speakers listed by the Chronicle...

By Liz | May 16, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Morning Mix: Spears Named Most Overexposed Celeb

Headlines: Forbes says Britney Spears is most overexposed celeb... Lindsay Lohan tops Maxim's Hot 100 list... Photographer sues Lohan and mom for hitting him with BMW... Driver: Phil Spector said, "I think I killed somebody"... Stars converge at Cannes for 60th film festival... Bono asks G8 to make good on promise to world's poor... "Grey's Anatomy" star Kate Walsh engaged... Snoop Dogg films "Entourage" cameo... Kenny Chesney named entertainer of the year award at country awards (Gallery)... Mary J. Blige honored by songrwiters... Ian Ziering cut from "Dancing With the Stars"... Avril Lavigne poses topless for Blender magazine... David Faustino ("Married With Children") busted for public drunkenness, pot possession... Wii creates celebrity Miis (via PopCandy). Rumor Mill: Jennifer Aniston thinks Brangelina is a "total joke"... Tabloid says Farrah Fawcett's cancer has returned... Is Mick Jagger engaged?... Britney Spears cuts off all communication with mom, back to partying... Bruce Willis dating...

By Liz | May 16, 2007; 7:50 AM ET | Comments (14)

Where in the World is Jayden James?

(Jeremy Norman for washingtonpost.com) Hey Y'all. What with all the head-shaving and fishnetting, one can easily forget that Britney Spears is also the mother of two tykes: Sean Preston (SPF) and Jayden James. SPF scored primo PR last year with a couple of tabloid stories about mom's bad parenting: There was the cracked skull mishap resulting in a visit from child services and the infamous lap-driving incident (they're so "country"!). And, recently, SPF has been seen making the scene with mom at L.A.'s Millennium Dance Studio, where she's busily hatching her plan to bring the sexy back. But the astute observer of celebrity domestication may have noticed that something is missing from this family portrait: Spears's eight-month-old son Jayden James. Not since the months-long wait for the first pictures of little Suri Cruise or Anna Nicole Smith's first marriage has so much ink been expended on someone who wears...

By Liz | May 15, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Morning Mix: Paris a No-Show at Va. Stop of Road Race

Headlines: Paris Hilton a no-show at Virginia leg of cross-country road race (maybe she was at church)... Bob Geldof criticizes Al Gore's Live Earth concerts... Anna Nicole Smith's will left $710K to deceased son; Larry Birkhead files for sole control of Dannielynn... "Ugly Betty" producer Salma Hayek signs development deal with ABC... Ty Pennington says drunk driving was an "error in judgment"... Indian court suspends Richard Gere arrest warrant... Waitress adds ammo to arsenal of Phil Spector gun stories... Bruce Willis gets all message boardy to discuss the "Die Hard mythology"... Lindsay Lohan hangs out with Mini Britney... The real Britney Spears proves wigs can get ratty, too... Sylvester Stallone pleads guilty to growth hormone import charge... Coming this fall to a TV near you: a grody "Bionic Woman." Rumor Mill: Fred Thompson not returning for next season of "Law & Order"... Patrick Swayze suits up for "Point Break 2"......

By Liz | May 15, 2007; 7:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Comment Box: Kirk Cameron on 'Nightline'?

Kirk Cameron, not one to be left behind in the debate of God's existence. (AP) Kirk Cameron on "Nightline" what? I had such a thing for him back in the day and now he just creeps me out. -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion That's right, the actor who earned his berth in our pop culture lexicon by playing the son of Alan Thicke on super-sappy '80s sitcom "Growing Pains" (watch online) is all grown-up: The "atheist turned follower of Christ" and father of six plays a starring role in the "Left Behind" series of evangelical movies and produces and co-hosts "The Way of the Master" -- a reality TV show aimed at "saving" as many people as possible by inspiring Christians to "reach out to the lost." Last Wednesday, Cameron and "Way of the Master" co-host Ray Comfort appeared on Nightline to "face-off" against two atheists...

By Liz | May 14, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Morning Mix: Gearhead Celebs Converge on Staunton

Headlines: Staunton, Va. to host gaggle of celebs competing in annual Bullrun car race, though Paris Hilton may not be driving... Sheryl Crow adopts baby boy... Jaime Pressly gives birth to baby boy... Kate Walsh leaving "Grey's Anatomy" to launch spin-off... Summer's here and Lindsay Lohan's bikini is back (Warning: May not be safe for work)... Kirstie Alley brings truckloads of aid to Kansas tornado victims... Brooke Shields battles for postpartum depression action... Ewan McGregor to earn minimum wage for Shakespearean turn... Katie Holmes treats "Mad Money" crew to TGIF treats... Leah Remini says she's not trying to convert J.Lo to Scientology... Neighbors sue Leonardo DiCaprio over backyard basketball court... Bobby Brown sues Whitney Houston to change terms of custody agreement... The Game charged with making criminal threats... Judge says Mel Gibson doing a good job with alcohol rehab... Radio host says Tracy Morgan "groped" her, said he wanted to...

By Liz | May 14, 2007; 7:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Weekend Read: 'Tabloid Prodigy'

(Running Press) Timing is everything and for Marlise Elizabeth Kast, May 2 turned out to be a propitious day to have an item about Tobey Maguire run in the New York Post. The release of Kast's book, which included a juicy tidbit about the time she'd been assigned to investigate rumors that Maguire and close friend Leonardo DiCaprio were once lovers, was picked up by Page Six just two days before the U.S. release of "Spider-Man 3." This week, I exchanged e-mails with Kast to talk about her book, "Tabloid Prodigy" -- her account of years spent as an undercover infiltrator of the Hollywood scene and her own growing internal struggle to reconcile her career with her own moral code. Read on to find out how far Kast went to get her stories, why she thinks celebs need the tabloids and which story she wishes she could take back......

By Liz | May 11, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Morning Mix: Paris May Only Serve a Few Weeks

Watch It: Lindsay Lohan, who may have never seen a working oven before, makes cream puffs with Martha on today's ' Martha Stewart Show.' | Check Local Listings (Photo courtesy The Martha Stewart Show) Headlines: Overcrowding could significantly reduce Paris Hilton's jail time... Brangelina donates $1 million to Darfur humanitarian efforts... Brad Pitt's New Orleans building project breaks ground... Hey Flickerstick*, "American Idol" producers plan to launch "Search for the Next American Band"... Prince unveiling new perfume in July... No knee lift for Melanie Griffith... Juliette Lewis is officially a freak of nature... Topless Val Kilmer shows off his beach bod... Martina McBride gets protection order against alleged stalker... Lily Allen investigated for assault on photographer... Employment tribunal says Sting wrongly fired pregnant chef... Judge says Joe Francis should face Nevada tax evasion charges... Evanescence singer Amy Lee marries... Rod Stewart set to marry again.. America Ferrera's smile insured...

By Liz | May 11, 2007; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

"Lost" Dueling Analyses: The Man Behind the Curtain

Washingtonpost.com movies editrix Jen Chaney and I attempt to make sense of a particularly enigmatic episode. Warning: Spoilers ahead... Man-child Ben Linus. (Photo courtesy ABC) Liz: So little Ben Linus, like Walt, was a special kid -- capable of seeing and feeling things that others did not. And that made all the difference in last night's whiplash-inducing episode. Is Jacob real or the manifestation of Ben's unhappy childhood? Why would he say "help me?" Does Richard Alpert not age? Is Locke down for the count? I don't think we're in Kansas anymore. Jen, help us out here. Jen: Ah, Liz, you have just touched on the detail that led to my little "Lost" epiphany last night. Climb aboard with me now as we travel through my Theory That Explains "Lost." (Sort of.) I believe you are quite right about Richard not aging (told you his eyebrows held secrets). Not only...

By Liz | May 10, 2007; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (211)

Morning Mix: No Toy Guns for Brangelina Brood

Headlines: Paris Hilton says she's not above the law (but why is she still driving?)... Lindsay Lohan tells David Letterman she loves McDonald's... Cate Blanchett's miraculous recovery... Ashley Judd graduates from college... Tom Jones and Diddy join Diana concert line-up... Drew Barrymore selected as UN World Food Program ambassador... Ricki Lake details 125-pound weight loss... "Simpsons" creators celebrate 400th episode... Lily Allen ("Smile") launches fashion line... Fellow British chanteuse Amy Winehouse smiles, too... Tammy Faye Messner ends cancer treatment, thanks fans for support... Akon apologizes for dirty onstage dancing with 14-year-old... Third woman says Phil Spector pulled a gun on her. Rumor Mill: No toy guns for Brangelina brood... Is Tori Spelling's "Inn Love" a total sham?... Johnny Depp to marry Vanessa Paradis?... Is Penelope Cruz dating Lenny Kravitz?... Incognito Orlando Bloom looking for love on Facebook.com. Say What? "So, what was it like working with my daughter?" -- Dina...

By Liz | May 10, 2007; 7:48 AM ET | Comments (137)

Fashion Victim: Mary-Kate Olsen

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Mary-Kate Olsen in a goth feather duster. (Getty Images) Hey Cate Blanchett and Kirsten Dunst (see Morning Mix), you're not the only ones who can rock the Costume Institute red carpet with a really gnarly ensemble! Behold Mary-Kate Olsen, who had Big Bird's carcass dyed special for the occasion, then crawled into it for warmth. Not content to confine her animalistic urges to ornithological inspiration, this New York Times-dubbed "fashion star" also recently stepped out in this belted leopard print drapery panel to celebrate Kate Moss's new fashion line (check out the shoes, too). Entertain yourself for minutes on end with Mary-Kate and Ashley's greatest fashion hits....

By Liz | May 9, 2007; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (17)

Morning Mix: Paris's Rival Petitions

Cate Blanchett. Really. (Getty Images) Headlines: Rival petitions ask Gov. Schwarzenegger to free/jail Paris Hilton... Helen Mirren turns down invitation to Buckingham Palace... Virginia Madsen flaks Botox... Kirsten Dunst and her boyfriend take fug to a new level... Skeletal Cate Blanchett shocks fans... Prince plans 21 London shows, but skips rest of Europe to study Bible... Billy Ray Cyrus dropped from "Dancing With the Stars"... Sponsor pulls out of Gwen Stefani tour over Akon concerns... Kentucky restaurant refuses to serve O.J. Simpson... Joey Buttafuoco's wife files for divorce... Tom Sizemore arrested for meth possession... Busta Rhymes turns down New York plea deal. Rumor Mill: Tabloid claims Britney Spears was sexually assaulted in February... Madonna invites Justin Timberlake to bring sexy back to London... Rod Stewart's son to be charged in brick-throwing attack... Dina Lohan pursues TV career.... Ashley Olsen renting $22,000 a month Malibu house (third item). Sneak Peek:...

By Liz | May 9, 2007; 7:31 AM ET | Comments (17)

Comment Box: Elia Kazan, Go Ahead and Watch

Martin Scorsese looks on as director Elia Kazan brandishes his lifetime achievement Oscar. (AP) "A Face in the Crowd" is a[n] Elia Kazan flick. We still blackballing him, or can I watch this now? -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion You're referring, of course, to the director's 1952 testimony to Joseph McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in which Kazan named eight of his old friends as members of the Communist Party. Though Kazan later argued that the names were already known to the committee, he was thereafter dropped by many former friends and colleagues and made the target of a "reverse blacklist" that (some argue) limited his exposure and his career. In 1999 Martin Scorcese and Robert DeNiro led Kazan on stage to receive a lifetime achievement Oscar to the applause of stars like Karl Malden and Vanessa Redgrave (though some, like Ed Begley, Jr. and...

By Liz | May 8, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (43)

Morning Mix: Hilton Plans to Appeal Sentence

Headlines: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" host Ty Pennington apologizes after DUI arrest... Sanjaya Malakar competing to join cast of "I Love New York 2?"... Starlets flock to annual Costume Institute Gala... San Francisco film festival fetes Robin Williams... Naomi Campbell says mop duty taught her a lesson... Michael J. Fox appeals for better Parkinson's research... Neve Campbell marries British actor John Light... It's a boy for Kevin Costner and wife... Killers singer Brandon Flowers and wife expecting first child... Tamyra Gray joining cast of "Rent"... Russell Simmons backs Dennis Kucinich's presidential bid (second item)... Madonna's music label launching Internet talent search... Witness says Phil Spector turned "demonic"... David Hasselhoff's child visitation rights suspended... George Michael pleads guilty to drugged driving charge. Rumor Mill: Paris Hilton plans to appeal 45-day jail sentence decision, reunites with publicist Elliot Mintz... parisexposed.com is coming back... Paparazzi cut hole in fence of Brangelina's Czech compound......

By Liz | May 8, 2007; 7:40 AM ET | Comments (23)

Celebritology Clip n' Save: Paris's Prison Primer

A subdued Paris Hilton leaves the Los Angeles Municipal Court Metropolitan branch Friday. (AP) Late Friday afternoon, when most of us law-abiding types were turning our attention to happy hours or "Spider-Man 3," Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer earned himself a life-long berth in Celebritology history by sentencing one Paris Whitney Hilton to spend 45 days in county jail as punishment for violating her probation. Hilton is ordered to report to the Century Regional Detentional Facility in Lynwood, Calif. on June 5, where she will -- we assume -- find out how simple (try three squares and an in-cell latrine) life can actually get. To help Paris through her 45-day exile, amateur celebrity correctional consultant Lisa Todorovich and I offer a few survival tips: 1. Pre-planning prevents poor performance: Review this comprehensive list of chicks-in-prison-flicks for cues from Pam Grier, Tanya Roberts and Wendy O. Williams...

By Liz | May 7, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (33)

Morning Mix: Paris Calls Jail Sentence 'Unfair,' Fires Publicist

Headlines: Paris Hilton says 45-day jail sentence is "cruel" and "unwarranted"; parts with longtime publicist Elliot Mintz... Stars turn out for Kentucky Derby... Judge quiets Baldwin-Basinger custody case lawyers... Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz reunite for "Shrek the Third" premiere... Actress Kim Fields ("The Facts of Life") welcomes baby boy... Jessica Biel wants respect as an actress... Jimmy Buffett opens Berkshire Hathaway meeting... Michael Douglas signs on for "Wall Street" sequel... Sacha Baron Cohen won't star in Freddy Mercury biopic... Pete Doherty arrested for drug possession again... "Star Wars" and "Dirty Dancing" top most re-watched movie poll. Rumor Mill: British tabloid says Lindsay Lohan snorted coke, bragged about upcoming Jude Law conquest... Madonna and Guy Ritchie sleeping in separate beds, leading separate lives... Nicolas Cage buying $5.4 million U.K. home... TomKat buy new L.A. mansion.... Paul McCartney asked to be introduced to "sexy" soap star. P.S. "Lost" set for three...

By Liz | May 7, 2007; 7:40 AM ET | Comments (17)

Paris Hilton Gets Jail Time

Lucikly, Hilton is already comfortable in black-and-white striped clothing. (Reuters) Late-breaking news this Friday evening -- Paris Hilton has been sentenced to 45 days in jail for violating the terms of her DUI probation. According to the Associated Press, Hilton "will not be allowed any work release, furloughs, use of an alternative jail or any electronic monitoring in lieu of jail, Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ruled after a hearing." Hilton is expected to begin serving her sentence on June 5th. Court Documents: People of the State of Calif. v. Paris Hilton Prosecutors' Motion To Revoke Paris Hilton's Probation...

By Liz | May 4, 2007; 8:07 PM ET | Comments (41)

Celebritology 101: TomKat Triage

Shiny happy people Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. (Getty Images) Earlier this week, fellow Scientologist Jenna Elfman, who you may remember from sitcom TV past, surfaced to reassure us that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are "happy." Thanks, Jenna. It wasn't until yesterday, though, when Jada Pinkett Smith emphatically remarked that Katie Holmes isn't a prisoner in her own home and is, in fact, a "tigress" (roar!), that my TomKat radar (like "Spidey Sense" minus the webbing) went into all kinds of high alert. See, of late our insatiable appetite for details (true, false and in-between) about the private lives of the TomKat clan has been well fed. Let's face it, we've been downright spoiled. Here's just a sampling of recent buzz about the mythical pair: -- Katie has been flirting with "Mad Money" co-star Adam Rothenberg. -- Katie has been secretly meeting with Catholic priests. -- Katie's telling...

By Liz | May 4, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (38)

Morning Mix: Could It Be 'Paris in the Pokey' Day?

Headlines: Paris Hilton could face jail time for violating DUI probation... David Hasselhoff asked to be videotaped drunk... Katie Couric is least popular evening news anchor... Queen Elizabeth arrives in Virginia... Don Imus suing CBS for breaking $40 million contract... Felicity Huffman calls co-star Lindsay Lohan "brilliant"... Justin Timberlake bringing concerts back to HBO... Jada Pinkett Smith says Katie Holmes is no prisoner; five out of five high-profile friends agree... Robin Williams says he's been sober for 10 months... Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger back in court for custody dispute... Victim's husband sues Brandy over fatal crash... Rapper Eve to be charged with drunk driving. Rumor Mill: Kindergarten kids frightened by "weird man" Bob Dylan... Michelle Rodriguez not quite ready to share about sexuality, despite Curve outing... Rosie O'Donnell already has offers from NBC, CBS... Fan offers underwear to Tobey Maguire... Kirsten Dunst skips premiere to celebrate her birthday... Mandy Moore...

By Liz | May 4, 2007; 7:29 AM ET | Comments (40)

Celebritology: 'Lost' Dueling Analyses: 'The Brig'

If you thought last night's "Lost" was dense, wait till you read the following post-show analysis in which post.com movies editrix Jen Chaney and I welcome special guest blogger, J. Wood. Warning: Loads of spoilers, subtext and mind-bending theories follow. Proceed at your own risk. John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) catches up on a little light reading. (Photo courtesy ABC) Liz:  So many revelations, I hardly know where to start: Ben is deliciously evil, Kate is an idiot, Locke is disappointing, Sawyer is coming apart at the seams, Sayid is back (yay!), Cindy has highlights, Jack and Juliet know something we don't know, the Others are planning a raid on the beach camp and there is some kind of ruin to which one can tie murderous deadbeat dads for purposes of ritual sacrifice. This almost makes up for the Bai Ling incident. Almost. But first, Jen -- much like Naomi's sudden...

By Liz | May 3, 2007; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (140)

Morning Mix: Isaiah Washington Makes GLAAD Ad

Headlines: Isaiah Washington to make ad for gay rights group... Leonardo DiCaprio, Rosie O'Donnell, Sacha Baron Cohen make Time's Most Influential list... Tommy Hilfiger says racism rumor is a "big fat lie"... Brangelina clan touches down in Prague... Keira Knightley tired of being a celebrity... John Ratzenberger voted off "Dancing with the Stars".... Bette Midler to take on headlining gig in Las Vegas... Coincidentally, Lindsay Lohan plans to turn 21 in Vegas... 50 Cent selling 52-room Connecticut home... Goran Visjnic and wife adopt baby boy, name him "Tin"... Ashlee Simpson says she's "confident" about her looks... Ex-wife accuses David Hasselhoff of abuse... Scary Spice Melanie Brown says she's taking Eddie Murphy to court in paternity case... Jennifer Esposito ("Crash") files for divorce from husband of four months... Busta Rhymes arrested on DUI charge. Rumor Mill: Justin Timberlake -- a little bit country?... Robert Downey, Jr. pulled over by police. Say...

By Liz | May 3, 2007; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (27)

Barbra Streisand's Pricey Proposition

Well, she's gotta pay for these sparkly togs somehow. (Reuters) When I read that Barbra Streisand is charging European fans as much as $1,000 to see her in concert, my first thought was "You couldn't pay me $1,000 to go." My second thought, of course, was much more complex -- involving vague memories of a woman who used to dress for TV appearances in thrift-shop finds and exactly what kind of fan base Babs hopes to cultivate by alienating entire tax brackets (despite her egalitarian assertion that she "can't wait to experience these different audiences and different cultures"). In the interest of full disclosure, I need to admit that while I can appreciate a few minutes of "Hello, Dolly!" every decade or so, I just don't get Barbra Streisand worship. I seem to be immune to the kind of blind loyalty some (Rosie O'Donnell, for instance) profess for the...

By Liz | May 2, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (31)

Morning Mix: Britney's Comeback Bid Underway

Headlines: Britney Spears performs first comeback gig... Larry Birkhead and baby Dannielynn arrive in Kentucky... President Bush makes taped appearance on "American Idol"... R. Kelly writes song for Virginia Tech... Bruce Willis drops the F-bomb on Canadian TV (not safe for work)... "Newhart" sidekick Tom Poston dies at 85. Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton go wild at Coachella after-party... Fan tried to blackmail Britney Spears with bugged teddy bear... Is Katie Holmes flirting with "Mad Money" co-star Adam Rothenberg... Neve Campbell to marry British actor John Light Saturday?... Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee buying island home in Dubai... Russell Crowe to star as sheriff in "Robin Hood" remake. Say What? "Some of the cast [of "Oceans 13"] will come and visit me at my villa again. Brad will, but I've told him he can't bring his 15 children." -- George Clooney on his Italian home's adults-only policy "If...

By Liz | May 2, 2007; 8:03 AM ET | Comments (27)

Celebritology 101: Phil Spector's Dreadful Locks

Phil Spector is seen in court via closed circuit TV on April 26. Gallery: Spector's Hair Through the Years Forget Sanjaya's fauxhawk or Britney's shaved pate. When it comes to harebrained hairstyles, Phil Spector lays the competition to waste. Whether supporting a globe-like 'fro or a demure pageboy, the legendary rock and roll producer has proven that a little dab will do you (if your aim is convincing the rest of the world that you are, indeed, "relatively insane.") Which may be just the right cut if Spector's legal team decides to mount an insanity defense in his trial for the alleged murder of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. The much-postponed court proceedings finally got underway last Wednesday in Los Angeles, though a sick lawyer has delayed the case for at least today. Peruse this gallery of Spector's hair over the years, from '60's mod to new millennial...

By Liz | May 1, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (45)

Morning Mix: Heather Mills Compares McCartney to Alec Baldwin

Headlines: British Army chief says Prince Harry will go to Iraq... "The View's" Elizabeth Hasselbeck expecting second child... Rosie O'Donnell says she'll announce her next move soon... Injured Ellen DeGeneres to host show from hospital bed... Dannielynn Birkhead issued passport, could arrive in U.S. with dad Larry today... Sting plans to anthologize his lyrics in book form... British fashion critics praise Kate Moss's new line of clothing... Danny DeVito introducing his own brand of limoncello... Phil Spector trial temporarily halted... Bruce Willis says being famous is "weird" (I think his fame is weird, too)... What is Britney Spears wearing?... The Beckhams new L.A. home clocks in at 13,000 square feet... Kim Kardashian reaches settlement in sex tape case. Rumor Mill: Heather Mills likens Paul McCartney to Alec Baldwin... Baldwin relaunching Web site to promote upcoming book... Gisele Bundchen walks away from Victoria's Secret over contract dispute... Debra Messing refused to...

By Liz | May 1, 2007; 7:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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