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Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Guy from Smash Mouth to smash eggs in mouth for charity

The band’s lead singer will accept an egg-eating challenge if fans will raise money for charity.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  02:46 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 01/15/2010

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  |  11:02 AM ET, 01/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/23/2009

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  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/20/2009

A Dozen Questions for Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais is best known in the U.S. as the creative force behind BBC's "The Office," HBO's "Extras," he's also responsible for "The Ricky Gervais Show" series of podcasts. Gervais teamed with writing partner Stephen Merchant and producer Karl Pilkington for five seasons, largely made up of the pair mocking Pilkington for his outlandish and bizarre theories. And the round baldness of his head. The show has produced a new series of audio books, the latest installment of which, "The Ricky Gervais Guide to...The Arts" is available now. We solicited readers' questions about the podcast, his shows, career and more, then sent a dozen to Gervais. His answers are below.

By Paul Williams  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/20/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 10/21/2008

Catching Up With 'Mad Men's' Bryan Batt

Bryan Batt with co-star Christina Hendricks on the 'Mad Men' set. (AMC) Even if the cigarettes are herbal and he has to give back the sharkskin suits at the end of the day, Bryan Batt agrees: "Mad Men" is basically the coolest show on television ever. And it's not just those impeccably tailored clothes, the spot-on '60s era sets and the unshakably hip vibe. Batt plays Sal Romano on the show -- which will air its season finale Sunday on AMC -- Sterling-Cooper's closeted gay art director. Always available with a quick quip, but equally anxious to deflect attention from himself. "I couldn't have been luckier landing this plum role in such a great place, created by the brilliant Matthew Weiner and to be a part of such a great ensemble of actors," said Batt via phone last week. That may smack of sycophancy, but Batt means every word....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:33 AM ET, 10/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 07/16/2008

Dirty Job: Catching Up With Mike Rowe

Another day at the office for 'Dirty Jobs' host Mike Rowe. (Discovery) It's all a blur for Mike Rowe. He set out to make a living for himself on the fringes of TV -- a local home show hosting gig here, a voice-over there -- with at least six months off each year. But almost two decades after he first wowed QVC audiences and local D.C. area househunters, the host of Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" is a certified cable superstar -- beloved by an adoring public that either wants to be him or be with him. Fans crowd Discovery channel message boards to talk about the guy, MySpace abounds with dozens of Rowe-related pages: "Mike Rowe for President" and "Hot 4 Mike Rowe" among them. And one only need to a quick Google search to find legions of blog-enabled fans professing an often scary devotion for the guy. Is...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 07/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 03/28/2008

Catching Up with Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh, at Thursday's 'Stand Up For Real Sex Education' briefing on Capitol Hill and, bottom, at that evening's Planned Parenthood gala. (Top: Getty Images/Bottom: Liz Kelly for washingtonpost.com) I'll just come right out and say it: Even at a proximity of three feet Kate Walsh is utterly stunning, as I found out last night sitting opposite the "Private Practice" star in the bowels of a local hotel. Not bad, as she admits herself, for a 40-year-old actress, a mainstay on "sexiest" lists: Sexiest TV actresses, sexiest TV docs, sexiest Hollywood Obama supporters. Coincidentally, Walsh was in D.C. yesterday to talk sex -- sex education -- at a packed Planned Parenthood event. Walsh's briefing drew hordes of Capitol Hill staffers hoping to catch a whiff of her star power and get a load of the woman who has kissed both McDreamy and McSteamy. Walsh, though, says she was happiest...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 03/28/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 03/17/2008

Catching Up With Sheryl Crow

(AP) Sheryl Crow doesn't consider herself an "A" list celebrity. I laugh -- to myself, because I'm not going to stop the interview to debate her on where she ranks in the often ridiculous, but very real, pantheon of stars. I mean, it's not my place to chuckle dismissively and remind her that in addition to winning multiple Grammys, she dated Lance Armstrong or that she's BFF with Jennifer Aniston or that she is revered by some (and reviled by others) for taking Karl Rove to task at the 2007 White House Correspondents Dinner. We're talking about something much more important, anyway: cancer. Crow herself is a breast cancer survivor and now that she's beaten it, she's a vocal advocate of prevention, research and helping those diagnosed with the disease cope with treatment and recovery. So that's how I found myself sipping my Saturday morning coffee while chatting on...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 03/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/25/2008

Catching Up With... Barry Williams (aka Greg Brady)

Barry Williams as Greg (top center) surrounded by his 'Brady Bunch' co-stars. With apologies to anyone born after the bicentennial, back in the early '70s, the sometimes sappy, sometimes hip "Brady Bunch" (watch the show's intro) was practically required viewing. Young actor Barry Williams was the prince of the shag-carpeted, orange-kitchened, astro-turfed backyard Brady manor as oldest son Greg. And, as Greg hit his teens, he soon morphed into serious competition for other eight-track era heartthrobs like "The Partridge Family's" David Cassidy. We pulled for Greg when he battled Marcia for the groovy attic space, cringed when he suffered through an accidental hair bleaching and tut-tutted knowingly when he fell under the spell of alter ego Johnny Bravo. In 1992, Williams's autobiography "Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg," spent three months on the New York Times bestseller list and was adapted into a made-for-TV movie. Williams has...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 12/13/2007

Catching Up With Dave Navarro

Dave Navarro and 'Spread' co-host Todd Newman. (Spread Entertainment) Dave Navarro is a little annoyed when I ask him about the "reality show curse." "If you say there's a reality TV show 'curse' then you're saying curses are real," said Navarro in an interview yesterday. "And if curses are real, all the other unknowns must be potentially real -- such as UFOs, Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster. So, maybe we should be looking for those things instead of putting Nick and Jessica through hell." Point taken. Though the guy who staked his claim in the entertainment business as the Jane's Addiction guitarist does admit that his own experiences in documenting his wedding with then-bride-to-be Carmen Electra may have been one factor that ultimately led to their divorce. Another may have been the uptick in interest from tabloids (and, by extension, readers) in prying into stars' private lives....

By Liz Kelly  |  11:20 AM ET, 12/13/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 07/25/2007

Catching Up With Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake. (Getty Images) It's Tuesday morning and Ricki Lake is calling from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she's wrapping up work on the Lifetime movie "A Very Lucky Girl" and looking forward to a weekend visit from her kids. While Lake had her make-up touched up between shots, we talked about her acting debut in the 1988 John Waters-directed "Hairspray" (she originated the role of dance-crazed Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad), her cameo in this month's well-reviewed remake and, in light of Lindsay Lohan's latest arrest, how she managed to navigate celebrity as a young actress. With a few movies in the offing, a documentary project and a possible ABC pilot, things are picking back up for the woman who credits "Hairspray" for giving her a 20-year (and counting) career. Read the full interview after the jump......

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 07/25/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 05/25/2007

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 Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 05/25/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 08/31/2006

Catching Up with Robbie Rist

I am a dork. A huge dork. You read the blog, you know this. I am caught up in "Rock Star: Supernova," I wrote a thesis yesterday about "Celebrity Duets" and I admittedly worship a William Shatner video. We all have issues. Cousin Oliver, circa 1974. I wasn't aware of how big of a dork I am, though, until I was on the phone with a certain Robbie Rist and spied my reflection in my darkened computer monitor. I was grinning from ear to ear like a corn-syrup-addled six-year-old. That's because Rist is, you guessed it, the guy in the picture to the right here. Cute, wholesome, precocious Cousin Oliver from "The Brady Bunch" and if you, too, were reared by the television in the early- to mid-70s, the Bradys are also a part of your extended family. So, when I found myself talking to Rist on Tuesday, I knew...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:40 AM ET, 08/31/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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