Celebritology 2.0: Miscellaneous

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/27/2010

How Liz spent her summer vacation

Me and my guy. (Photo by Matt Nelson) For the past three months I have done my utmost to NOT pay attention to the world of celebrity. I have some general awareness of a few of the bigger stories (Mel Gibson reinforced the conventional wisdom that he is, indeed, a first-class jerk, turns out Lindsay Lohan isn't a fashion designer/actress/singer, but a chronic drug abuser, Paris Hilton's new leaf looks a lot like her old leaf) that filled the summer, but remain blissfully unaware of most celebritological goings on since late June. Why? As most of you know, I had a baby, Desmond, who literally burst into my life and pretty much turned everything upside down. Three months later, everything is rightside up again. In fact, things have never been righter, but it's been a bit of a journey. One I want to share with you. At least a...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:30 AM ET, 09/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 05/19/2010

Celebrity chef Rick Bayless: Cooking up controversy for White House dinner?

Rick Bayless poses at his Frontera Grill restaurant in Chicago. (AP) Is celebrity chef Rick Bayless cooking up controversy ahead of the second official Obama administration White House dinner? Wary of any undue attention after last November's infamous gate-crashing by Virginia fame-seekers Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the White House -- armed with a new social secretary -- has been working overtime to limit press surrounding tonight's event. But Chicago-based restaurateur Bayless has been tweeting since his arrival in D.C. earlier this week to serve as guest chef for the tonight's dinner in honor of Mexican president Felipe Calderón. While Bayless has commented on everything from the "nice" White House staff to the "rather small" kitchen, he insists (yes, via Twitter) that he has not -- as reported by the Chicaco Sun Times -- tweeted from the White House itself. But, whether tweeting from inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or not,...

By Liz Kelly  |  12:58 PM ET, 05/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 04/02/2010

TGIF: Bai Ling gets gun crazy

Oh Bai Ling, thanks for being you. That's all. Carry on. Bai Ling arrives at event promoting the video game 'Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction.' (Getty Images)...

By Liz Kelly  |  09:58 AM ET, 04/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 07/30/2009

William Shatner + Video = Reliably Funny

Sometimes I recognize that I am merely a conduit, this blog a vessel through which the throbbing force of pop culture streams unchecked. Today is one of those days. No preamble could possibly do anything to make the video embedded below -- a mash-up of a William Shatner interview and techno music -- any more perfect. So, without further ado, I bring you "Shatner of the Mount." My work is done here: (P.S. No proper Shatner video post would be complete without a link to the classic Celebritology Video Hall of Fame inductee, Shatner's "Rocket Man.")...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:05 AM ET, 07/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 10/31/2008

Hollywood Horrors: Ghoulish Gossip-Inspired Tales

Firestarter: Be careful when you summon the fire department to your next domestic emergency. Lingerie Firefighter from Hell may just answer your call. (AP) In observance of Halloween and all things spookified, today we consider these tales of depravity, which will leave your blood chilled and your brains addled. Proceed at your own risk. Mwah ha ha ha ha. Lady in the Water As much as we want to believe that celebrities are just like us, sometimes they are barking mad megalomaniacs who will stop at nothing and spare no cost to fulfill their ghastly desires. And what could be more frightening than filling a swimming pool with Kabbalah water? Don't ask Madonna, who apparently had plans to do just that before her split from Guy Ritchie earlier this month. The two were apparently in the midst of constructing the indoor pool at their English country home when they...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 10/31/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 06/18/2008

Deliver Us from Celine Dion

(Image courtesy Storktunes.com) I've never given birth so my cred for critiquing what goes down in a delivery room is about as informed as that of a 20-year-old frat boy. And after seeing "Knocked Up" I may not take my studies in this area much further. But, still, when I came across this peppy little press release touting a birth room CD headlined by the music of Celine Dion even I knew enough to recognize bad chemistry: labor pain + Celine Dion = CDs used as throwing stars. But, not trusting my limited knowledge, I asked my friend Amy -- who gave birth to daughter Maxine in November -- to weigh in. Since the experience was still somewhat fresh in her mind, she was better able to address the effects Celine might have had on her own labor: I went from "Am I in labor?" To "I'm dying! Oh...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 06/18/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 11/27/2007

Occupational Hazard: Celeb Ennui

This may come as a surprise to the occasional reader who likes to rail against me and the blog for, well, existing, but even Celebritologists aren't capable of unwavering interest in the lives of the rich and infamous. Some days it happens like this: I wake up to a morning of smelly Tara Reids, bottle blond divorces and the usual swarm of Britney Spears headlines and I. Just. Freeze Up. This morning, for instance. Here I sit with a vast array of silly celeb news for inspiration and I'm, well, uninspired. No "Dancing with the Stars" finale or leaked Britney video shoot anticipation for this Celebritologiest. Instead, I find myself gravitating to this fascinating story about the meaning (or lack of meaning) in our dreams and, yes, trying to wrap my head around the sudden, unexpected death of Redskin Sean Taylor. Forgive me for having an off day, but there...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 11/27/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/25/2007

Chris Crocker, Leave Us Alone

Chris Crocker, newly-minted 'net star. (AP) Last week, Chris Crocker rose from the obscurity of his grandparents' Tennessee house and his status as a Perez Hilton remora to become the latest Internet-created celebrity. Proof positive that there is something actually more pitiful than Britney Spears herself, Crocker is particularly hard to stomach because he's clawing his way into the pop culture lexicon by stepping on Brit's neck. If you haven't yet watched Crocker's career-making plea to "Leave Britney Alone," you can do so here. If you don't have much of a stomach for whining and crocodile tears, skip it and know that it is two minutes and 11 seconds of very calculated nails-on-chalkboard ravings by a very shrewd 19-year-old who purports to defend Spears, who he says is getting a rough break. Leave her alone, he asks, while at the same time doing everything he can to get us...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 09/25/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 09/19/2007

Walker, Texas Ranger Says War is Working

The world is a crazy mixed-up place. When Paris Hilton passes for a celebrity and Hollywood's dowagers are thrown away like so many dirty socks, all we can do is surrender to the madness, sit back and enjoy the ride. Norris as Walker, Texas Ranger. (CBS) That's why it's not surprising that action heroes can become Governators, many South Pacific islanders view Rambo as a folk hero* or that Chuck Norris -- whose biggest qualifications are shirtless, oiled-up turns in macho-porn like "Missing in Action" and "Delta Force" (Tagline: "They don't negotiate with terrorists... they blow them away! ") -- thinks anyone cares what he has to say about the progress of the war in Iraq. But Norris, currently visiting troops in Iraq, is doing his part to single-handedly balance out Hollywood's outspoken anti-war critics -- like Sean Penn (who has also had firsthand experience on the ground in Iraq),...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 09/19/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 08/24/2007

TGIF: Misbehaving Star Malaise

Sorry guys. No Friday List this week. I just couldn't summon the requisite enthusiasm for yet another compilation of the best high school movies (especially one so wrong) or even the lessons learned from '80s-era cartoons (and that's some good listing). Instead, I find myself utterly worn out by the latest epidemic of celebrity "justice" and continued bad behavior. As evinced by this morning's Mix, Celebritology is little more than a crime blotter these days. Lilo sentenced, Nicole serving a scant 82 minutes, Amy Winehouse queuing up to be the next Anna Nicole Smith. And that's not all. Over the last week we've seen Foxy Brown jailed, Ali Lohan crash a car, Bill Murray on a drunken golf cart ride, Pete Doherty's cat hospitalized for cocaine use and even the utterly staid Bette Midler illegally felling 200 trees on her Hawaiian property. Meanwhile, Phil Spector's murder trial continues to unfold...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 08/24/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/07/2007

Am I My Brother's Keeper?

Ray J: "You know you want me." Remember Brandy, the teen R&B singer from the early '90s, who bounced around in her video singing about her cute little brother, Ray J, and how he was her bestest friend in the whole wide world and she would always be there for him through thick and thin til' death did they part? Well, forget about her, (though she's been in some hot water lately) it's the brother I want to talk about today. Through the years Ray J has tried ever so hard to jumpstart his own entertainment career. He starred as Brandy's little brother in her now defunct sitcom, "Moesha". He's put out three albums to lukewarm reception, though one or two of his singles snapped off -- notably one with rapper (and plastic surgery addict) Lil' Kim, who he was also rumored to be dating. He starred in one...

By  |  11:00 AM ET, 06/07/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 05/11/2007

Weekend Read: 'Tabloid Prodigy'

(Running Press) Timing is everything and for Marlise Elizabeth Kast, May 2 turned out to be a propitious day to have an item about Tobey Maguire run in the New York Post. The release of Kast's book, which included a juicy tidbit about the time she'd been assigned to investigate rumors that Maguire and close friend Leonardo DiCaprio were once lovers, was picked up by Page Six just two days before the U.S. release of "Spider-Man 3." This week, I exchanged e-mails with Kast to talk about her book, "Tabloid Prodigy" -- her account of years spent as an undercover infiltrator of the Hollywood scene and her own growing internal struggle to reconcile her career with her own moral code. Read on to find out how far Kast went to get her stories, why she thinks celebs need the tabloids and which story she wishes she could take back......

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 05/11/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 04/16/2007

Comment Box: All-Star Politicians

Since Fred Thompson probably running [for] president has arguably pulled presidential politics into your "ology", are there any other actors or actresses out there who you think could be viable presidential contenders? -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live Fred Thompson, playing a fictionalized version of himself in 'Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.' (Shangri-La Entertainment) Is this a trick question? I don't know your name, but I'll call you Barbra and, Barbra (if you are indeed for real), you may be one of the few Americans actually open to the idea of an actor insinuating himself (or herself) into the political arena. To give you some idea of what an anomaly you are, here is an example of the question I'd expect to receive on this topic: "Actors are narcissists who have no business exercising the same basic right of every American citizen to run for office. Don't...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 04/16/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/05/2007

My Vacation: Mariah and Dinoflagellates

Mariah was here: Vieques. (Liz Kelly for washingtopost.com) Last week, while vacationing on an island where driving directions regularly include steps like "drive down the old Navy airstrip to get to the beach," "make a left at the dog sleeping in the road (but don't hit him)" and "if you pass the cockfighting venue you've gone too far," I thought I was reasonably safe from the reach of celebrity news. Silly me. The island was Vieques and Mr. Liz and I had comfortably settled in for a week of Mojitos, reggaeton and R&R while attending a friend's wedding. About 10 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, Vieques is probably best remembered as the site of some pretty high profile protests of the Navy's use of the island as a bombing range and ammo dump. In fact, the tiny island managed to attract a lot of international attention and...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 03/05/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 02/25/2007


I'm out of here for a week -- joining fellow post.com blogger Kim O'Donnel in celebrating her wedding in a warm, tropical environs where the beach is only a few steps away and the mojitos are closer. I'll be back next Monday, but in the meantime enjoy the all-star team of guest bloggers taking over Celebritology this week. (And I'll try to bring some of the warm back with me). Cheers....

By Liz Kelly  |  04:31 PM ET, 02/25/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 12/22/2006

Happy Holidays

I'll be on vacation for the next week trying to squeeze some happy holiday-ing in while moving into new digs. Undoubtedly, the world of celebrity news will keep going, so keep up with the Entertainment News wires and I'll be doing my normal weekly Washington Post Radio gig each Sunday at 10:10 a.m. ET (listen online). You can also hear me in today's podcast talking with radio's Ed O'Keefe about the top 10 celebrity stories of the year. Thanks to everyone -- from Petal to Che to the lurkers -- for making this such a fabulous first year for Celebritology. See you bright and early here on Jan. 2, 2007. I leave you with a little holiday cheer from the ever-fabulous 14 at Gallery of the Absurd: "Vicodin Elf" (Courtesy Gallery of the Absurd)...

By Liz Kelly  |  04:01 PM ET, 12/22/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 12/20/2006

Video Vacation

It's the week before Christmas which may not mean much except that things have slowed to the usual pre-holiday pace. It's nearly impossible to get anything done, so we turn to distractions -- like celebrity blogs -- to make it through the day. It's okay, I won't tell. In fact, as colleagues duck out for ski trips, sudden sick days and long afternoons of last-minute shopping, close your office door/put on your headphones and have yourself a nice little video vacation. I promise the day will go faster. Viral Video Chart has compiled what it considers to be the top celebrity viral videos of 2006. I'm underwhelmed with their No. 1 choice of Britney Spears seemingly-stoned babbling to a pre-marriage K-Fed. And Justin Timberlake's late-in-the-year entry from "SNL" didn't make the list at all. Still, goodies like Paris Hilton singing happy birthday to Hugh Hefner and Pam Anderson's f-bomb assault...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 12/20/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 12/14/2006

Biggest Celebrity Stories of 2006?

Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and daughter Suri -- the biggest headline grabbers of 2006? (AP) I've been asked to compile a digest of the biggest celebrity stories of 2006. I'm fairly certain I can rattle off many of the year's big headlines in my sleep (the inevitable result of hours spent scanning my weekly stack of tabloids and the far reaches of the celebrity blogosphere), but odds are that if I rely on my usual top-of-mind method of research I'll miss an important story or trend. That's where you come in. What celeb-centric story or stories do you consider the biggest of 2006? Did a new king or queen of the headlines rise above the crowd? Did any stars flame out? What was the biggest surprise or unexpected trend? Who got too much attention and who too little? Who should we watch heading into 2007? I could rattle off...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 12/14/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 11/10/2006

Bob's Broadway Bomb

This photo from "The Times They Are A-Changin'" screams Bob Dylan, doesn't it? (Craig Schwartz/AP) Apparently Bob Dylan should stick to making music, starring in iPod commercials and writing weird screenplays. This week, word came that the Broadway musical "The Times They Are A-Changin'," conceived by "Movin' Out's" Twyla Tharp and based on Dylan's music, will close after just 28 performances. Your last chance to see this show about a traveling circus whose members dance to "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Like a Rolling Stone" -- what, you honestly think I could make this up? -- is Nov. 19....

By Jen Chaney  |  10:43 AM ET, 11/10/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 09/21/2006

Maxim Gets Ugly

Maxim's no. 3, Tina Fey. (Paramount Pictures) From time to time, something comes to my attention that causes even me to shudder involuntarily. That happened today when I received a press release about Maxim's list of the 10 LEAST appealing women, excuse me -- "ladies" -- ever to appear on television. This is Maxim magazine -- known for its bodacious cover girls, scant articles and undisguised randiness -- so yet another list of women ranked by their looks isn't much of a surprise. The surprising part is who is actually on the list, which must not be targeted at Maxim's core demographic of misogynistic recliner jockeys. From the press release: "If you're looking for Rosie O'Donnell on this list, think again (just too obvious)." Gee, that's clever. I'm not exactly on the same wavelength as the Maxim staff, but given the above statement, I can only conclude that they...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:40 AM ET, 09/21/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 08/28/2006

Elton's Shizzle

Just received an important dispatch from sometime guest Celebritologist Mike Corones: From: Michael Corones Sent: Mon 8/28/2006 2:58 PM To: Liz Kelly Subject: RE: help! This Elton John rapping thing has me all atwitter. Some possibilities: Saturdizzle Nizzle is All Rizzle for a Fizzle Don't Let the Sizzle go Dizzle on Mizzle Goodbizzle Yizzle Brizzle Rizzle I Guezzle That's Whizzle They Cizzle it the Blizzles Crockadizzle Rizzle Candizzle in the Wizzle Bennizzle and the Jizzles Philadelphizzle Frizzle Don't Gizzle Brezzling My Hizzzle Sad Sizzles (Sizzle So Mizzle) ---------- I think I could get my shoulder lean on to some "Crockadizzle Rizzle." But can Elton top this?...

By Liz Kelly  |  04:11 PM ET, 08/28/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 08/10/2006

Celebrity Head-Scratchers

If you haven't yet visited, I suggest at least a daily sojourn to Emil Steiner's OFF/beat blog for the RDA of screwy news. But celebrity news -- as regular readers well know -- offers a modest supply of oddities, too. Some recent head-scratchers below. Doncha Wish Your Burqa Was Hot Like Me? KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysian authorities fined organizers of a concert by the chart-topping Pussycat Dolls for allowing the singers to wear skimpy costumes and for their "sexually suggestive routines," a news report said Wednesday. (Full Story) This straight-faced Associated Press story dutifully reports the reaction of incensed Malaysian officials following a standard Pussycat Dolls concert. The article gives us only a taste of the absurdity here, though -- a burlesque-inspired girl group performing "sexually suggestive routines" in a predominantly Muslim nation (to a sold out house, by the way). Officials routinely ask Western acts to "tone down"...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:33 AM ET, 08/10/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 08/03/2006

A Scheme of Hasselhoffian Proportions

A seemingly innocuous David Hasselhoff signals to his minions at Wimbledon. (Reuters) There is some kind of wrinkle in the fabric of the universe, a glitch in the matrix, if you will, and this intergalactic snafu, this disturbance in the force, centers on one man: David Hasselhoff. To wit, Hasselhoff's "Baywatch" co-star Pamela Anderson married Kid Rock over the weekend. But Anderson was previously married to Tommy Lee, who is currently appearing on "Rockstar: Supernova" with Dave Navarro, who recently split with Carmen Electra, who also co-starred on "Baywatch" with, yes, David Hasselhoff. (Graphic illustration by Liz Kelly) Dismissed as coincidence. I'm not yet sure what this means or why we should care, but it's no coincidence. Hasselhoffian forces are mobilizing and up to no good. The evidence continues to mount: Why would Pam and Kid suddenly reunite and marry if it weren't somehow to Hasselhoff's advantage? Why would...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:41 AM ET, 08/03/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 07/14/2006

Bikini Tips, Wuss Rock and Harry Dean Stanton

It's a muggy Friday in mid-July and a bit of a hush has come over the world of celebrities as they withdraw to pricey enclaves to lounge poolside, hide from the paparazzi, writhe on the sand, get in a little face time with loved ones and bond with same-sex friends. Bikini ready Liz Hurley. (Getty Images) Still, it's never too hot for a trio of celebrity-centric items to set the tone for the weekend. Today's first item comes to us from one-time Powers girl Elizabeth Hurley, who recently launched her own line of swimsuits. Liz Hurley's Bikini Tips (Courtesy Sky Showbiz) 1. Choose the best shape: "There's a lid for every pot, as my grandmother says, " advises Hurley. "Almost everyone looks better with a slightly high-cut leg... Bandeau tops look great on most small busts whereas adjustable straps, often a halter neck, are better for bigger busts." 2. Prepare...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:44 AM ET, 07/14/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 07/07/2006

Hollywood Mysteries: Where's Suri?

A few puzzlers to ponder until "Entourage" airs on Sunday night. Mystery No. 1: Where's Suri? Eighty days have passed without a glimpse of TomKat spawn Suri, who may at this moment be communing with Xenu to plot the total eradication of journalists and the re-release of John Travolta's Scientology-fi epic "Battlefield Earth." Either that or she's up to the normal 80-day-old routine of drooling, pooping and eating mashed peas. Needless to say, this massive delay in introducing Suri to the world can only mean one thing: that she is in fact an alien and will pass her larval (OR PUPAL) stage in seclusion, emerging next summer when daddy's next movie is in need of a little PR boost. I'm kidding. Really. Obviously, the delay is easily explained -- mom and dad either want more cash for the first pix or they are commendably sheltering their wee one from the...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 07/07/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 06/28/2006

Inaugural Celebritology Honors: Polls Open

Welcome to the first observance of what we here at Celebritology (and when I say "we" I mean "me") hope will be a yearly event: The Celebritology Honors, AKA The Lizzies. Although there's no red carpet, no paparazzi and, sadly, no Harry Winston jewels for your hostess, I can offer you the opportunity to pick the winners losers in the three categories chosen by Celebritology readers last week: to paraphrase, Most-Overhyped Celebrity, Celeb with the Worst Case of Foot-in-Mouth Disease and Biggest PR Train Wreck. Voting is officially open. Cast your vote, e-mail to your friends and comment below. Polls will be open through midnight July 3. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 5. Most likely to go away if we stop looking? Starting at left: Janice Dickinson (AP), Taylor Hicks (AP), Lindsay Lohan (Getty Images), Nicole Richie (Reuters), Kevin Federline (Reuters), Paris Hilton (Getty Images) VOTE HERE...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:45 AM ET, 06/28/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 06/23/2006

Vote for the Best Celeb Honor

Last Friday I asked you to submit ideas for a recurring honor that Celebritology can award to a lucky star (or stars) each year. The response was big, the ideas good and the selection tough. So tough, in fact, that I'm going to ask you to weigh in again -- this time by voting for what you consider the best idea. Then we'll add your vote to those of a few in-house heavyhitters to decide what our honor, or honors, will be. Polls will be open till Sunday at midnight ET. Vote early, vote once and pass it on. Some great ones that didn't make the cut for various reasons: -- Most inappropriate facial hair displayed in the presence of young children (really only a couple good candidates). -- Most frequent winner of meaningless awards (quantitative, not qualitative). -- Of the group of babies recently born to celebrities, the one...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:45 AM ET, 06/23/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/12/2006

Comment Box: What's Brangelina's Sign?

Happy Monday from a rain-soaked Washington, D.C. where the coffee is hot and your comments and questions are center stage. Is it true that Brad and Angelina are planning to sign with their baby? and teach their older children? -- Michelle Lancaster on Baby Brangelina Hi Michelle, I've searched the Web for a story either supporting or refuting this rumor and can find nothing mentioning Angelina and her brood in the same sentence with "sign language." However, Brad Pitt is a different story. He stars with Cate Blanchett and an ensemble cast in the upcoming "Babel" -- described as a "polyglot, multi-everything film" tracing "the various miseries of American tourists in Morocco, a Mexican nanny living in Southern California, two very young Moroccan goat-herders, and a deaf-mute schoolgirl in Japan." The film, which screened at Cannes, does feature sign language and early reviews are positive. Why the need to identify...

By Liz Kelly  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/12/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 03/16/2006

A 'South Park' No Show

This morning, a friend IMed me (thanks Lisa) with the news that Comedy Central execs had made a very bad decision. They welched on their promise to re-air the "South Park" episode that made Isaac Hayes quit earlier this week. (see yesterday's posting). An e-mail statement from Comedy Central's Executive VP of Corportate Communications Tony Fox offers only this by way of explanation: "In light of the events of earlier this week, we wanted to give Chef an appropriate tribute by airing two episode [sic] he is most known for." Well, in light of events earlier this week, Celebritology would like to give Chef, and Isaac Hayes, an appropriate tribute by linking to the episode we're all talking about: Trapped in the Closet via YouTube.com. (Note: Registration may be required and, as ever, "South Park" may contain some offensive material.) Update: Some commenters are reporting that "Trapped in the Closet"...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:32 AM ET, 03/16/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/03/2006

Watch With a Friend

A few more Oscar tidbits to carry you through till Sunday... After groping Scarlett Johannson, and few other little improprieties, on E!'s Golden Globes pre-show, will Isaac Mizrahi be invited back for Sunday's red carpet grab-and-gab fest? Looking for more surreal pre-show coverage? Joan and Melissa Rivers will be doing their thing for the second year on the TV Guide Channel. Sharing is caring and washingtonpost.com Movies editor Jen Chaney cares enough to share her Oscar evening with you. She'll be Live Online answering your questions Sunday from 7 p.m. until the show ends....

By Liz Kelly  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/03/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)