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Q&A: Isabella Rossellini on the return of 'Green Porno'

Isabella Rossellini, Golden Globe-winning star of stage and screen and daughter of film legend Ingrid Bergman and Italian director Roberto Rossellini, may end up being forever known as the "bed bug sex" lady. That's because one of Rossellini's "Green Pornos" -- a series of short films she launched in 2008 in which she dramatizes the sex lives of insects and animals -- went viral on the Internet. Why? A well-timed look at bed-bug mating rituals coincided with the resurgence of the insects in the U.S. and was even aired on Jon Stewart's "Daily Show." Rossellini is back with more "Green Porno" in a new group of shorts called "Seduce Me." This time around, Rossellini takes on the carnal cravings of deer, dolphins, seahorses, spiders and some critters -- like earthworms, fish and geese -- that are variously homosexual, transsexual or asexual. When I talked to her Friday, Rossellini was...

By Liz Kelly  | November 23, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Catching Up With..., Celebrities  | Tags:  Isabella Rossellini  
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Chatting up 'Precious' director Lee Daniels

So how does Lee Daniels, whose movie "Precious" took awards season by storm, unwind after the hype has died down? By stopping in to D.C. to receive an award at Planned Parenthood's Annual Awards Gala.

By Liz Kelly  | March 19, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Awards Season, Catching Up With..., Celebrities  
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Catching up with Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich with Kenneth Cole in 2009. (Getty Images) If Tila Tequila's rapid fire brain droppings are your idea of must-read celebrity Twitterings, then you may want to take a pass on Milla Jovovich. The actress/model/singer -- who has been tweeting since last fall -- seems to have figured out how to have an easy conversation with her fans while still fiercely guarding her privacy. Tonight, in honor of reaching 200,000 Twitter followers Jovovich will host a live streaming concert for fans by way of saying thanks. She'll also ask them to consider a donation to Sophie's Voice Foundation, a group founded by Jovovich's "Resident Evil: Afterlife" co-star Boris Kodjoe after his wife gave birth to a baby with Spina Bifida. But how did Jovovich -- a bona fide box office draw who still manages to stay well below the paparazzi radar -- start tweeting in the first place?...

By Liz Kelly  | January 15, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Catching up (again) with Charlie Murphy, a standup guy

(Courtesy Simon & Schuster) When we last talked to Charlie Murphy, back in March, he talked about his upcoming book, "Charlie Murphy: The Making of a Stand-Up Guy." Well, it hits store shelves today and Murphy is busy promoting it and his burgeoning stand-up comedy career. Yesterday, I talked with Murphy by phone to get a preview of what to expect from the book, his plans for interstellar entertainment and how he feels about one of brother Eddie's movies topping the Hollywood Reporter's list of film flops of the new century. Turns out that part wasn't so funny. Read on for the full Q and A......

By Liz Kelly  | December 1, 2009; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Catching Up with a Greener Mario Van Peebles

Mario Van Peebles. (Getty Images) You may know Mario Van Peebles from his turn as Malcolm X in "Ali" or perhaps from one of his many TV roles (he's been on everything from "All My Children" to "Law and Order" and, most recently, "Damages"). Or maybe you remember him as the star of 1985's "Rappin'" or the director of 1991's "New Jack City?" Courtesy of his mom and eco-conscious pals like Ed Begley Jr., Van Peebles is turning over a new, greener leaf. On Sunday his new show, "Mario's Green House," premieres at 6 p.m. ET on TV One. The show chronicles Van Peebles on his quest to reduce his family's (wife Chita and their five children) environmental impact. With President Obama's renewed focus on climate change, the show couldn't come at a better time. Last week, I talked to Van Peebles about the show and his approach to...

By Liz Kelly  | September 23, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Catching Up with 'What Not to Wear's' Stacy London: Special Pleat Debate Edition

(TLC) Regular Celebritology readers know there are few things I truly hate, but among those few number Diane Keaton, Michael Jackson's doll collection and -- most detested of all -- pleated pants (especially on men). After two frustrating years of debate with some pleat-loving stalwarts, I agreed to submit to the judgment of an expert: "What Not to Wear's" Stacy London, who -- along with fellow stylist Clinton Kelly -- has been beautifying America (one person at a time) for the past six years. London's verdict? She's firmly in the anti-pleat camp, thankyouverymuch, though allows that one pleat is permissible when paired with a cuffed pant leg. "My argument is that if you do carry your weight on your lower half as a man," said London in a Thursday phone interview, "meaning your tummy -- or there are men with hips or heavier thighs or even junk in the...

By Liz Kelly  | July 31, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Catching Up With..., Fashion  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Child Actors: The 'Mini Working Class', Liz Kelly , July 22, 2009
Bai Ling, Crazy Cool, Liz Kelly , April 15, 2009
Catching Up with Charlie Murphy, Liz Kelly , March 12, 2009
A Dozen Questions for Ricky Gervais, Paul Williams , February 20, 2009
Catching Up with 'Lost's' Michael Emerson, Liz Kelly , February 6, 2009
How to Be a Celebrity , Liz Kelly , January 23, 2009
Catching Up With 'Mad Men's' Bryan Batt, Liz Kelly , October 21, 2008
Catching Up With Christopher Knight, Liz Kelly , September 18, 2008
Dirty Job: Catching Up With Mike Rowe, Liz Kelly , July 16, 2008
Catching Up With John Schneider, Liz Kelly , May 22, 2008
Catching Up with Kate Walsh, Liz Kelly , March 28, 2008
Catching Up With Sheryl Crow, Liz Kelly , March 17, 2008
Catching Up With Jane Fonda, Liz Kelly , February 27, 2008
Catching Up With Dave Navarro, Liz Kelly , December 13, 2007
Doubletake: Celebrity Clones as Art, Liz Kelly , November 8, 2007
Catching Up With... Andy Dick, Liz Kelly , November 2, 2007
Perez Hilton Comes to Town, Liz Kelly , August 20, 2007
Catching Up With Ricki Lake, Liz Kelly , July 25, 2007
Catching Up with Tony Danza, Liz Kelly , July 3, 2007
Catching Up with Joe Mantegna, Liz Kelly , May 25, 2007
Catching Up With Ralph Macchio, Liz Kelly , February 6, 2007
Catching Up with Robbie Rist, Liz Kelly , August 31, 2006
 
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