Celebritology 2.0: Reality Check


Posted at 07:46 AM ET, 01/07/2011

'Jersey Shore's' Sammi totally hated by tweeting masses

Apparently "Jersey Shore" fans learned a lesson from Justin Bieber lovers (a.k.a. Selena Gomez haters) and have decided that Twitter is a perfectly appropriate venue in which to threaten someone's life. Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola -- whose performance (which included an altercation with new roomie Deena) on last night's premiere episode of the show's third season enraged everyone from @sirmitchell to @JavonneGotCURLS, kicking off a flurry of threats that put Sammi into the list of top trending terms on Twitter this morning. @youreaphony summed up the sentiments of the "Jersey Shore" watching nation with this tweet: .bbpBox23352447116247040 {background:url(http://a2.twimg.com/profile_background_images/187031508/user-bg-image.jpg) #131516;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author img{float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px} p.bbpTweet a:hover{text-decoration:underline}p.bbpTweet span.timestamp{font-size:12px;display:block} Sammi and Ron you better not ruin this season with your dramaless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPadThea Kamillayoureaphony But most of the tweets echo the...

By Liz Kelly  |  07:46 AM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 01/04/2011

A reading from the book of Snooki

(Courtesy Gallery Books) I really tried to read Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's new book, "A Shore Thing." As an enthusiastic "Jersey Shore" fan, I eagerly downloaded Snook's first (ahem) fictional work when it was released earlier today. I wasn't able to get through chapter one. Yes, it's that bad. Somehow, watching a group of vapid 20-somethings get drunk, fight and hop into bed with each other indiscriminately makes for good TV. In book form, however, it reads like a D-list Harlequin romance left to molder in a dirty ashtray. To wit: "...casual sex with at least a couple of guys was also on her list of summer goals." So, rather than reviewing the entire book, I've selected a few choice passages from the first chapter and used my favorite Web animation tool to create this video (after the jump):...

By Liz Kelly  |  02:48 PM ET, 01/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 12/07/2010

Kim Kardashian is TV's top-earning reality star

(AP) There is money to be made if you are possessed of a.) a fading celebrity, b.) little talent but much ego, c.) a big butt and/or well-placed implants, d.) multiple children and a bad attitude, e.) a substance abuse problem or f.) all of the above. Which is why hopefuls from David Hasselhoff ("The Hasselhoffs") to self-absorbed club kids ("The Hills," "Jersey Shore") are busy jumping on the reality TV money train. And, according to a new report from the Daily Beast, Kim Kardashian is the top-earning reality TV star on 2010 with $6 million in earnings. That includes her pay for E!'s coma-inducing "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," but the famous-for-being-famous Kardashian also rakes in big bucks thanks to endorsement deals, party-hosting gigs, sponsored tweets and her own klothing clothing line. Who else made the list? 2. Lauren Conrad, $5 million ("The Hills") 3. Bethenny Frankel, $4...

By Liz Kelly  |  02:16 PM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 12/02/2010

'Celebrity Rehab 4': Jeremy London, Rachel Uchitel, Eric Roberts try to sober up

The fourth season of VH1's "Celebrity Rehab" premiered last night with a brand new line-up of D-listers looking to get clean. This time around, we're spared the drama between Heidi Fleiss and ex Tom Sizemore, but fear not -- they've been replaced by Franken-faced Janice Dickinson, one-time Paris Hilton pal Jason "Gummi Bear" Davis and Eric Roberts (yes, that's Julia's brother and Emma's dad.) After the jump, a quick rundown of this season's cast:...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:31 AM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 03/23/2010

Reality Check: 'Dancing with the Stars'

Even Kate Gosselin, Pamela Anderson and more campy ball gowns than you can shake a stick at weren't enough to save Monday evening's "Dancing with the Stars" season premiere from being a two-hour yawn fest. And, predictably, Gosselin and Anderson were saved for the very end of the show, which meant a full hour and forty-five minutes of suffering through watching cheesy soap stars (Aiden Turner), octogenarian astronauts (Buzz Aldrin) and c-list cable stars (Niecy Nash) kill time with a repeating loop of wooden takes on the cha-cha and Viennese waltz. In seasons past, we've gone through each contestant one-by-one to detail their debut performances. But, honestly, reading a tedious post about Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek's take on the waltz or a description of bachelor Jake Pavelka's schmaltzy bio video clip would probably be second in boredom only to watching the show itself. So we'll confine ourselves to the...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:59 AM ET, 03/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 06/03/2009

Count Me Out of 'I'm a Celebrity,' Too

Update: A rep for Speidi says the couple is still in Costa Rica and still in competition and that Spencer's buddy and sister were the people under blankets at LAX (Why?). Whatever. I'm still not watching. -- 2:01 p.m. ET --- As a woman who freely admits to watching the trashtastic "Daisy of Love" and "Real Housewives of [insert any city here]," my reality viewing standards are what my father would describe as "high mediocre." But even I have limits. If you haven't already been watching NBC's month-long daily dose of reality, "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here," don't start now. Clue: A show is obviously flailing when the biggest star power it can draw is Speidi -- aka Heidi Montag Pratt and her doofily villainous new husband Spencer Pratt, stars courtesy of another reality show (MTV's "The Hills"). Apparently realizing that neither the waxen-faced Janice Dickinson nor...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:43 AM ET, 06/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 05/28/2009

Scuttling Jon and Kate Gosselin's Mom and Pop Business

The Gosselin clan in happier times. (TLC) I am so sick of Kate and Jon Gosselin, the broody pair who preside over a household of tots on TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus Eight" and have now knocked bona fide celebs off of the tabloid covers with their latest shenanigans. Love them or hate them, the truth is we are in the uncomfortable position of enabling the Gosselins to spin an overzealous fertility treatment into a lucrative mom and pop business. The Gosselins are prime examples of self-made celebrities. People who -- like Paris Hilton or Tiffany "New York" Pollard -- become famous not for any particular talent, but for the ability to self-market. Which is why I'm feeling a bit manipulated by the revelations of infidelity that surfaced a couple of weeks back, just in time for Monday's season premiere of the show's fifth season. What started as vague...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 05/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/24/2008

Reality Check: Cloris Leachman's Overexposure

Sweet fancy Moses. Cloris Leachman must be stopped. Let me explain: A couple of nights ago, I was unfortunate enough to channel surf on over to ABC in the midst of one night of the three-evening "Dancing With the Stars" season premiere. This is what happens when "Intervention" starts airing reruns (thanks a lot A&E). Now, aside from the fact that "DWTS" is cheesy and tacky and ranks right up there with a tractor pull in terms of not being my cup of tea, it can be somewhat fun to watch various celebs either blossom into ballroom quality dancers or fall flatter than Rachel Zoe's torso. Also, it's about as star-studded (we're talking cubic zirconia here) as it gets, so it's kind of hardship duty for me, ya know? But nothing short of a tetanus shot could have prepared me for the image that is currently seared into my retinas...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 09/24/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 08/05/2008

Reality Check: Pam Anderson and P. Diddy, On the Loose and in Need of Assistance

Update: We're taking down our backend blog software today at Noon ET for some sorely needed upgrading. While you already knew that the comments function will be affected, it looks like I won't be able to post either. So expect nothing new from this end until sometime late tomorrow afternoon. See you on the other side. -- Liz --- Pam Anderson in all her grainy glory. (Image courtesy E!) Reality is getting -- dare we say it? -- old. Or maybe I'm just thinking of Pam Anderson, subject of one of the latest additions to the reality ouvre in E!'s "Girl on the Loose." How old is she? Old enough for someone -- perhaps Pam, perhaps her management, perhaps nervous network suits -- to realize that it would be better for all involved if the show was shot in a grainy halftone, rendering Pam's shopworn face and figure virtually un-seeable....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:35 AM ET, 08/05/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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