Celebritology 2.0: How Webby is.

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 01/06/2009

How Webby is... 'Real Housewife' Kim Zolciak? (Who?)

(Image courtesy kimzolciakonline.com) Expending more than 50 words on a woman whose biggest claim to fame is an utterly contrived second-rate reality show strikes me as overkill, but would our Celebritology studies be complete with the occasional look at wannabes? Enter Kim Zolciak. You may remember her (or not) as the zaftig blond aspiring singer (who can't sing) on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta" series. It should be noted that Zolciak is neither a housewife (unless playing mistress to married men of financial means counts) nor real (unless real somehow encompasses an enigmatic wig and spray tans). Still, she did add a bit of extra crunch to a show that was already a train wreck. Season two kicks off later this year. Yay. Now, like many an aspiring "Real Wives" wannabe crossover before her, Zolciak has taken to the Web. Zolciak's site includes the usual -- personal pix, contact...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:15 AM ET, 01/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 12/29/2008

How Webby is Michael Lohan?

Screen capture from MichaelLohanOnline.com. Would celebrities exist without a complement of hangers-on or would they, like the ephemeral dreams clad in leggings they are, simply evaporate from lack of adulation? I posit that the varied remoras which populate the ocean of celebrity as assistants, spouses, paparazzi and skeletal stylists may be just as important as the big fish to which they cling. Which is why today we will take a look at little fish Michael Lohan's latest project, a Web site. There's no need for you to personally surf on over to Lohan's -- father of erstwhile Disney darling and questionably sapphic deejay aficionado Lindsay -- site yourself. Though it does have a certain DIY charm, the automatically launching soundtrack of Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry" is enough to make this site a no-no for workplace surfers. But, if you insist on having a peek, here is a link. You'll...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 12/29/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/22/2008

How Webby is William Shatner?

If figuring out how to post videos on YouTube and recruiting your daughter to indulge your self-absorbed bugaboo with a guy who co-starred on a show with you 40 years ago, then he's, like, Sergey Brin in a fat suit. What am I talking about? Shatner, who seems to leap at every opportunity to shore up at his status as a cultural (if kitschy) icon, this week delighted his small army of YouTube followers and gossip bloggers tired of boring celebrity voting PSAs with yet another digital diary -- all part of his mission to "share his life with you and take cameras where they have never been allowed before." In the latest installment, he spends three-plus minutes talking about why he was left off the guest list for former "Star Trek" co-star George Takei's recent wedding. Takei, says Shatner, must be suffering from some kind of "sickness" or "psychosis."...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:30 AM ET, 10/22/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 12/14/2007

How Webby is Bill Shatner?

In which we evaluate the Web presence of celebrities. Not very. (WilliamShatner.com) William Shatner's Web site is -- how shall we put this? -- dated. It's all primary colors and overdramatic fonts. Not only does it look as if it hasn't been redesigned since 1998, Bill's very own blog portion of the site ("Bill's Space") hasn't been updated since June. In fact, it seems Shatner has washed his hands of the site since posting this November video gripe about his lack of involvement in J.J. Abrams' new "Trek" movie. Seriously, his site is like parsecs behind that of other "Star Trek" alums like the tragically hip George Takei. And, instead of cashing in on his kitschy 'net cred by highlighting gems like this quirky favorite, we're instead greeted with a call to congratulate Bill on his Golden Globe nomination. Says one adoring fan: "Bill you DEMON. You've done it again."...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 12/14/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)