Celebritology 2.0: Hollyweird

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 10/18/2010

Trending Now: Carrie Fisher did coke on "Empire Strikes Back" set

Fisher (center) as Princess Leia with Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford in the original 'Star Wars.' (Lucasfilm Ltd.) Apparently it's a slow news day because Carrie Fisher's admission that she snorted coke on the set of "The Empire Strikes Back" is trending on Google, just seven days after Fisher told Australian news wire AAP about her on-set drug escapades. "We did cocaine on the set of 'Empire', in the ice planet," said Fisher -- who details her battles with addiction in the one-woman show (and book) "Wishful Drinking." "I didn't even like coke that much, it was just a case of getting on whatever train I needed to take to get high." And although we don't condone drug use of any kind here at Celebritology HQ, we can understand how being forced to wander around an underground bunker being sassed by Han Solo while harboring romantic thoughts for another...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:34 AM ET, 10/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/28/2009

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Hollywood Wax

Penny Marshall as Laverne from 'Laverne & Shirley.' Yes, Shirley is also available. (Image courtesy Profiles in History) Mother's Day is just days away and I'm guessing you're thinking of showing up at mom's with yet another potted plant. Being mom-like, yours will stifle the urge to brain you with the hundredth hydrangea and instead smile and thank you for being such a thoughtful child. But this year you can avoid that sad scene by showing mom how much you truly appreciate all of the needless heartache and premature aging you've caused her by giving a gift that speaks from the heart. Imagine the utter joy mom will experience when you surprise her with a life-sized wax figure of Robin Williams in his seminal role as mom-friendly, spinach-pushing sailor Popeye. You can thank me later for clueing you in to the Hollywood Wax Museum's auction of more than 160...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 04/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 05/20/2008

Paris and Paula Want You Sober

Paula Abdul at Sober Day 2008. (Image courtesy 5WPR) (AP) Like everyone else with a byline and an e-mail address at a major media organization, I am constantly pummeled with annoying press releases. Any delight I get out of them is solely a product of being able to delete them quickly and without mercy. There's just something satisfying about seeing the product of some forlorn junior level PR rep's morning disappear into the ether. But, as the Post Rockers have showcased so well, some releases transcend the common blah-blah-blah-edness to achieve a certain level of interest -- whether by dint of flowery phrasing, breathlessness or unlikeliness. For instance, this one that arrived in my box yesterday afternoon: At the Sober Day USA 2008 event, held at a private residence in Beverly Hills, stars including Paula Abdul, Paris Hilton, the Kardashian sisters, Chris Tucker, Tom Arnold and Larry King all...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 05/20/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 01/17/2008

Hollyweirder: Brit vs. Tom vs. Eddie

In Hollywood, truth is often stranger than fiction. For proof, look no further than these three prime examples from the week in Celebritology. 1. Tricky Brit That clever girl, Britney Spears. After pix surfaced yesterday of the walking disaster shopping for home pregnancy tests, close Spears pal Sam Lufti said Spears and boyfriend of a few weeks Adnan Ghalib were "just toying with the paparazzi." See, it's like this -- Brit thought she'd do something all crazy-like to make us think she's like totally wacko when really she's just mostly wacko. I mean she'd hardly choose now as the time to play Russian roulette with the birth control, what with that pesky custody case taking up all her time and in-store appearances, like this alleged naked meet-and-greet earlier this week at an L.A. Betsy Johnson boutique. Still, anything's possible. She's so country, y'all! Stranger than fiction because... Spears remains a...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:22 AM ET, 01/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 06/12/2007

Forget Paris, Here's Some Real News

While important celebrity news sources like CNN and MSNBC have been busy inundating us with incremental Paris Hilton jail updates, some important stories almost slipped by unnoticed. Building on Celebritology's legacy as a hard-hitting well-rounded news clearinghouse, today I bring you three stories that matter (just as much as Paris Hilton): Bobby Brown vs. Osama bin Laden While our focus has been on domestic threat of blond hotel heiresses, ex-New Edition member and sometime addict Bobby Brown reminds us to remain on guard against equally menacing Saudi trust fund babies. In a recent interview on British TV, Brown renewed his call for vigilance against Osama bin Laden, the 9/11 mastermind who once professed a desire to add Brown's ex-wife Whitney Houston to his harem. "I feared for my life," said Brown. "I'm still on my guard. The most wanted man in the world wants you dead." | Full Story The...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:51 AM ET, 06/12/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 02/21/2007

Paris Hilton and Midgets and Goats, Oh My

(Photo Illustration courtesy Worth1000.com) With all the heavy news we've had lately -- Anna Nicole's death, Britney's rehab and the bust up of the Van Halen reunion that never got off the ground anyway -- my mind was ripe for distraction. So, let me tell you how this went down. I was minding my own business, clicking around the New York Post when I read the following sentence about Paris Hilton's 26th birthday party: After downing TY KU liquor and bottles of Dom Perignon, guests reported seeing Hilton play with a monkey while a band of midgets led a pack of goats around the room. (Full Item) Immediately recognizing that my 26th birthday party did not include midgets, goats or monkeys, my finely-tuned Celebritologist sixth sense knew there was something here worth investigating. So, because it's my job (hey, someone has to do it) to probe these things while...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:46 AM ET, 02/21/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 11/29/2006

When Celebrities Divorce

Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock at their July wedding ceremony. (Getty Images) Word in the buzz-o-sphere is that fictitious wild-and-crazy Kazakh Borat is not only an insensitive slob who exploited a poor Romanian village named Mud (I'm not making this up) and tricked drunken frat boys into acting like drunken frat boys, but can also take credit for ending the four-month marriage of Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock, aka GQ's "Newlyweds of the Year." At a private screening of the "Borat" movie, Rock reportedly became enraged about Anderson's role in the film as Borat's object of affection, telling her she'd humiliated herself, and publicly insulting the former "Baywatch" star. Apparently, the movie was nowhere near as classy as the couple's bikini-and-beer wedding in St. Tropez in July. Still, Anderson and Rock are only the latest in a growing list of celebrity marriages to break up in 2006. Reese and...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 11/29/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 10/20/2006

Hollyweird: Jay-Z's Bud, Borat vs. Gypsies and Liza & David

Okay, after scanning the entertainment wires, I'm left with no choice but to add yet another sheet to the Hollyweird file. What is this Hollyweird file of which I speak, you ask? Why, obviously, it's where these stories belong: Bring this man two Buds. (Reuters) Can I Get a Bud, Bud? Something about Jay-Z pimping Budweiser just smacks of sell out. Trust me, I'm a big Jigga fan and have cheered his incredible stewardship of Def Jam Records and Rocawear, not to mention his kick-[butt] on-again, off-again music career and his long-term relationship with Beyonce. Still, I was surprised to learn that he'll be the new public face of Budweiser Select (whose current campaign features urban singles on a subway car and urges us to "expect everything"). Jay-Z has already appeared in one commercial alongside NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Indy Racing League driver Danica Patrick. (Full Story) Age...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:59 AM ET, 10/20/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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