Celebritology 2.0:

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 12/21/2012

This is the Celebritology goodbye

Thanks for everything. See you in another life, brothas.

By Jen Chaney  |  12:11 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebritology 101

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 12/21/2012

Friday list: Celebritology reminiscences

“Memories ... of the way we were...”

By Jen Chaney  |  09:12 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebritology 101

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Announcement: The end of Celebritology

The blog is coming to a close this week.

By Jen Chaney  |  11:23 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 12/17/2012

‘The Hobbit’ sets box-office record; Kat Von D and Deadmau5 get engaged on Twitter

Also in the mix: lots of engagement and wedding news.

By Jen Chaney  |  08:20 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Box Office, Relationships, Movies | Tags:  Morning Mix

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 11/22/2012

‘American Horror Story’: Five questions about ‘The Origins of Monstrosity’

In which Zach Quinto takes mommy issues to a new level.

By Jen Chaney  |  08:50 AM ET, 11/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  American Horror Story

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 11/16/2012

‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2’: A gchat analysis

There are lots of references to vampire love and Lee Pace, but beware of the spoilers.

By Jen Chaney, Monica Hesse and Melissa Bell  |  01:53 PM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies | Tags:  Twilight

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Celebritology summer in review: 10 lessons that the famous taught us

Famous people shared so many lessons during the past three months.

By Jen Chaney  |  12:33 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebrity Life Lessons

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 07/31/2012

‘The Lost Boys’ turns 25: A list of 25 great things about the ‘80s vampire flick

The Frog Brothers, Kiefer Sutherland with fangs and INXS soundtrack. “Twilight” has none of those things.

By Jen Chaney  |  03:40 PM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies | Tags:  The Lost Boys, Retro Nostalgia

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 06/22/2012

Pixar’s ‘Brave’: Is its girl power message arriving too late?

After “The Hunger Games” and so many empowered females in fairy tales, “Brave” has a bit of a been-there, seen-that vibe.

By Jen Chaney  |  04:00 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies | Tags:  Pixar

Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 06/06/2012

The Miley Cyrus engagement: Five other famous women who got engaged young

Cyrus has gotten engaged at age 19 to Liam Hemsworth. She is not a prioneer in this regard.

By Jen Chaney  |  06:48 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Relationships | Tags:  Miley Cyrus

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 06/04/2012

Richard Dawson and Kathryn Joosten die; New ‘Dark Knight Rises’ footage debuts at MTV Movie Awards

CELEBRITOLOGY | Also in the morning mix: Jason Alexander apologizes for calling cricket a “gay game.”

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  09:06 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Obits | Tags:  Richard Dawson, Kathryn Joosten, Dark Knight Rises

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Ray J released from hospital after undergoing tests for blood clots

The singer was tested for blood clots in his lungs after being hospitalized Monday.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  01:44 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities | Tags:  Ray J

Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 04/27/2012

Amy Poehler of ‘Parks and Recreation’: ‘I’m a lot lazier’ than Leslie Knope

A conversation with the city council candidate who (eventually) crushed during her big debate.

By Jen Chaney  |  07:57 AM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Parks and Recreation

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Katherine Heigl welcomes second child; Tamera Mowry-Housley expecting first

Tamera Mowry-Housley of “Sister Sister” fame is expecting her first child, while Bo Bice of “American Idol“ welcomed his fourth.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  02:49 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Baby Boom | Tags:  Katherine Heigl

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 02/25/2012

Oscars 2012: What time does the show start, and other FAQs

Find out where and when red carpet coverage begins and more.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  12:02 PM ET, 02/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Oscars

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 02/14/2012

‘Simpsons’ fans watch over 86 hours of the show, set record

They won $10,500.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  03:33 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Simpsons

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 02/10/2012

‘Jersey Shore’: Spats, smushes and stalkers

A brief summary of this week’s nonsense.

By Jen Chaney  |  09:15 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jersey Shore

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Oscar nominations 2012: The list of nominees

Find out who has made the Academy Awards slate in all the major categories, as it happens.

By Jen Chaney  |  09:18 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Oscars | Tags:  Awards Season

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 01/03/2012

2011 in review: Celebritology’s most read posts of the year

The 25 blog items that attracted the most eyeballs.

By Jen Chaney  |  03:11 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities | Tags:  2011 in Review

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 12/24/2011

‘A Christmas Story’ and Grover Dill: Tribute to a toadie

An appreciation of the kid who aided and abetted yellow-eyed bully Scut Farcus.

By Jen Chaney  |  11:44 AM ET, 12/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holiday Pop Culture

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Amy Winehouse’s father against biopic? Not quite

While the father of the late singer told the Daily Mail he would “never” sanction a biopic, his spokesman told Celebritology the subject is not closed.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  11:55 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Movies

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Harry Morgan remembered: Mike Farrell pays tribute to his ‘M*A*S*H’ co-star

“He was a treasure as a person, an imp at times, and always a true professional,” Farrell said in a statement to Celebritology.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  01:04 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Obits

Posted at 07:47 PM ET, 11/14/2011

‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 1’ premieres: Watch a live stream from the red carpet (Video)

Watch Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson walk the red carpet live from the L.A. premiere.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  07:47 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities | Tags:  Twilight

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Last minute Halloween costume ideas, from Celebritology and the Post

Lady Gaga, Ryan Gosling and more costume ideas from the Post.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  12:22 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Halloween costumes, Celebritology-style: Options for women

Celebrity and pop culture-inspired costume suggestions for the ladies, from Lindsay Lohan to Lisbeth Salander.

By Jen Chaney  |  12:23 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Halloween Costumes

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Halloween costumes, Celebritology-style: Couple options

Celebrity and pop-culture-inspired costume options, from Lady Gaga and Jo Calderone to Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.

By Jen Chaney  |  04:27 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities | Tags:  Halloween Costumes

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Halloween costumes, Celebritology-style: Group options

Dressing up as a posse? Consider these celebrity- and pop-culture-inspired costume ideas, from the royal wedding to the cast of “Parks and Recreation.”

By Jen Chaney  |  11:05 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 09/09/2011

‘Jersey Shore' episode 6: Fist bump, pushups, Chapstick

The Situation is on the mend, but so are Ron, Sam, Snooki and Jionni.

By Katie Rogers  |  03:28 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Tony Bennett on Amy Winehouse: ‘She was such a sweet child’ (Video)

“Her fans really loved her. They were all rooting for her.”

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  03:04 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Video: Larry David’s rules of society in two minutes

Sample rule: ‘Cheek to cheek contact for men. That’s unacceptable.’

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  01:39 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 09/09/2011

Russell Crowe joins ‘Les Miserables’; Ashton Kutcher to get naked on ‘Ellen’

Also, Ashton Kutcher will get naked on daytime TV.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  08:46 AM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Movies | Tags:  TV

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 09/08/2011

Buddy Holly honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (Photos)

Gary Busey and Holly’s wife, Maria Elena, attended the induction ceremony.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  01:03 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Music

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 09/08/2011

Ryan Gosling ‘embarrassed’ about street fight intervention (Video)

“Then the guy from ‘The Notebook’ shows up and makes it weirder,” the actor said of his fight intervention.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  09:57 AM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 09/07/2011

Lady Gaga goes natural for Harper’s Bazaar; Anderson Cooper to interview Amy Winehouse’s family

Also, Anderson Cooper will interview Amy Winehouse’s family.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  08:41 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities | Tags:  TV

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Anthony Michael Hall arrested for allegedly disturbing the peace

The Brat Packer was allegedly fighting with his neigbor, the LA Times reports.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  03:11 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Crime Watch

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Soulja Boy apologizes for lyric insulting soldiers

Rapping “[Bleep] all the Army troops” is never a good idea.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  01:31 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Music

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Susan Lucci has some tough words for ABC exec

“An iconic show was losing out to greed,” the soap star writes of Brian Frons.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  12:27 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 09/06/2011

Eddie Murphy to host Oscars?; ‘The Help’ wins the box office

Also, Alyson Hannigan is not pregnant.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  09:21 AM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Relationships, Oscars, Movies

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 09/01/2011

Watch the ‘Margaret’ trailer — finally (video)

After more than five years, here’s the first look at the Anna Paquin, Matt Damon movie.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  01:56 PM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 08/31/2011

Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel back together?; Matthew Fox charged with assault

Also, Matthew Fox has been charged with assault.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  09:28 AM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 08/30/2011

Joseph Gordon-Levitt sings in French (Video)

Swooning follows.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  02:02 PM ET, 08/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 08/29/2011

Matthew Fox allegedly punched woman

The Hollywood Reporter and TMZ have reported that he allegedly hit the driver of a private party bus.

By Jen Chaney  |  12:39 PM ET, 08/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Crime Watch, Lost

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 08/24/2011

Courtney Stodden, Doug Hutchinson reality show may be in the works

The 16-year-old bride and her much (much) older husband said they are working with a producer to create a reality show.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  03:20 PM ET, 08/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Relationships

Posted at 12:23 AM ET, 08/01/2011

MTV turns 30: Was the network really at its best in the ’80s?

Or do some of us just think that because of our fond memories of the “I want my MTV” era?

By Jen Chaney  |  12:23 AM ET, 08/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 07/29/2011

Celebritology pop quiz: Name that famous face

You can easily identify celebrities and pop culture icons. Of course you can. You read Celebritology. So put that ability to the test by taking this famous faces quiz.

By Jen Chaney  |  10:59 AM ET, 07/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 05/12/2011

Leonardo DiCaprio, Bar Refaeli split

The actor and his on-off model girlfriend have reportedly ended their five-year relationship.

By Jen Chaney  |  11:09 AM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 PM ET, 03/02/2011

The Kim Kardashian song: Go ahead. Find something good to say about it.

It's so easy to criticize Kim Kardashian's new song "Jam (Turn It Up)." For starters, It's been autotuned so severely that it may have turned Kardashian's actual vocals inside out and back again. Yet she still sounds off-key. For another thing, its lyrics appear to have been penned by a third-grader who is writing a short story about what adults do when they go clubbing. Also, It makes Ke$ha sound like the Bob Dylan of party pop. Look, I could do this all day. And apparently so could everyone on the Internet, since the song has been blasted online since it made its debut Wednesday on Ryan Seacrest's radio show. Here's what's harder to do: come up with something positive to say about Kardashian's foray into music. Can you manage it? Give it a shot by trying to post a genuine compliment in the comments section. Here, I'll start....

By Jen Chaney  |  10:49 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Kim Kardashian

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Oscar party scene: Hitting the Governor's Ball and the Elton John party

The scene at the Elton John party. (Jen Chaney) After nearly four hours on the Academy Awards red carpet and four more in the press room, party isn't necessarily the first word that comes to mind. (Pillow is one. Vacation is another.) But this is the Oscars, for heaven's sake. And party -- or at least watch other, more famous people party -- is what must be done. The Post's Dan Zak and Amy Argetsinger navigated their way through the elite throngs at the Vanity Fair party, while I dropped by the Governor's Ball and hit the end of Elton John's annual Oscar viewing event. Here's what was seen and heard on my end of the Oscar party circuit....

By Jen Chaney  |  06:10 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Celebrities, Movies, Oscars, Party Scene

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Until we meet again...

I'm not big on goodbyes, so I'll keep this short. Exactly five years ago -- the day after the 2006 Academy Awards -- Celebritology burst into life on washingtonpost.com. I'm not sure where those five years went, but a lot has happened. Mel Gibson became a bad guy. Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger and far too many others died far too young. Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes. Britney Spears went country nuts, then made a major comeback. Lindsay Lohan (need I say more?). The blog has gone places I never anticipated (a glossary?), places I miss very much ("Lost") and has experienced a much-needed renaissance since Jen, already a friend, joined me as a blogging partner last year. My life, too, has changed in the past five years. I have more gray hair. I actually watch "Idol" now (clearly, I'm no longer any kind of hipster) and I...

By Liz Kelly  |  04:22 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Housekeeping | Tags:  Buh-Byes

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 02/28/2011

The Academy Awards red carpet: Seeking equilibrium in the midst of glamour-madness

TV fails to capture other red carpet realities. It's frenetic. It's loud. And for the reporters, it's incredibly cramped, so cramped that at one point on Sunday afternoon, it honestly seemed like a brawl might break out.

By Jen Chaney  |  01:37 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies, Oscars

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/28/2011

The Oscars and the foregone conclusions syndrome

Colin Firth, clutching the Oscar we all knew he would win. (AP) At this year's Academy Awards, there wasn't one genuine surprise. "The King's Speech" won best picture, as pretty much every prognosticator predicted. Colin Firth was named best actor. We knew that was going to happen. Natalie Portman won an Oscar, too. Which we also knew. Even the sight of James Franco in drag felt like something we'd all seen before. Because, well, we had. So have the Academy Awards become too predictable, just a formal, fancy way to call out a list of Hollywood winners that were already foregone conclusions?...

By Jen Chaney  |  12:05 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies, Oscars

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Could Billy Crystal host the Academy Awards again? It's a possibility.

Billy Crystal, back on the Oscar stage. (AP) When Billy Crystal made his appearance during this year's Academy Awards, he got a standing ovation. Clearly, his Hollywood colleagues love to see him grace that stage, a place where he feels very much at home. (Certainly, it must be said, more at home than James Franco often seemed last night.) So is there a chance he could host again? Based on what Crystal told me last night at the Governor's Ball, it's also not entirely out of the question. Related coverage: The actors' Oscar acceptance speeches: Who said it best? Complete Oscar coverage in Celebritology The Post's Hank Stuever assesses the telecast...

By Jen Chaney  |  10:25 AM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies, Oscars

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Video: Zachary Levi at the Academy Awards: 'Very surreal but a dream come true'

Read what he had to say about his performance.

By Jen Chaney  |  09:47 AM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies, Oscars

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Kirk Douglas: The highlight of the 'young, hip' Oscar broadcast

Sunday's Oscar broadcast was not, in the words of our own Hank Stuever, the youth revolution promised by the hot young hosting pair of James Franco and Anne Hathaway. (Which has us wondering -- will next year's show attempt to skew even younger with, say, Justin Bieber and Natalie Portman's baby hosting?) Despite all the young blood, some of the night's best moments were delivered by card-carrying AARP members -- one-time Oscar fixture Billy Crystal, a CGI clip of Bob Hope and a deliciously feisty Kirk Douglas, who basically stole the show. If you missed it, here's a clip of Douglas's segment, in which the 94-year-old screen legend gets more laughs in three minutes than James Franco got all night:...

By Liz Kelly  |  09:31 AM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Oscars | Tags:  Academy Awards, Oscars

Posted at 01:03 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Oscar's best and worst dressed: Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett wow for totally different reasons.

This year's Oscar ceremony was underwhelming in myriad respects. One of them was fashion. This year's crop of gowns failed to produce even one buzzy fashion trend. And wiith considerably less bling on the red carpet, 2011 may just go down in history as the year that Oscar fashion was a bit of a yawn. Still, there were some standouts -- both stunners and stinkers -- worth a second look. Best dressed The insouciant Gwyneth Paltrow in utterly stunning Calvin Klein (which totally made up for her off-key on-stage performance), host Anne Hathaway's red carpet look: a dress from the Valentino archives (though we loved her in most of her gazillion on-stage gown changes, too), Helen Miren in drop-dead gorgeous grey Vivienne Westwood and a slimmed down Jennifer Hudson in Versace. Worst Dressed The usually fashion forward Cate Blanchett in a homely concoction from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Helena Bonham...

By Liz Kelly  |  01:03 AM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season | Tags:  Academy Awards, Oscars

Posted at 11:15 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Tom Hooper wins best director for 'King's Speech'

Tom Hooper has just been named best director at the Academy Awards for his work on "The King's Speech." One can't say it was unexpected, since he won the same honor from the Directors Guild of America. But many still expected David Fincher to pull it out for "The Social Network" even if the Facebook movie ultimately lost best picture. This could turn into one of the more debated wins of the night. And, probably, another excuse for complaints about Christopher Nolan's snub in the same category. You know. Just because. What do you think if Hooper's win? Weigh in now....

By Jen Chaney  |  11:15 PM ET, 02/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies, Oscars

Posted at 10:50 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Christian Bale in the Oscar press room: another fine performance

Christian Bale is new to this whole Academy Awards process. He made that clear, in most charming fashion, when he entered the press room to undergo the gauntlet of post-Oscar-win questions. Why are you all holding up signs? he wanted to know. They're numbers, he was told, so the Oscar press room bosses can decide which reporters to call on. It's sort of like an auction. Do you win anything? Bale asked, puzzled. But he pressed on. When a reporter from People, who happened to be wearing a bowler hat, stood to ask a question, Bale complimented his head wear. Then he asked: "Have you been drinking?" The reporter played along. He said he had. Then it got better....

By Jen Chaney  |  10:50 PM ET, 02/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies, Oscars

Posted at 09:48 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Live tweeting from the Oscar press room

Our own Jen Chaney is in the press room and tweeting as this year's Academy Award winners make their way backstage to face the press scrum. Follow her below and send your comments with hashtag #oscarspotting:...

By Liz Kelly  |  09:48 PM ET, 02/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season | Tags:  Academy Awards, Oscars

Posted at 09:26 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Melissa Leo drops the F-bomb in Oscar acceptance speech

Well, there may not be a best actress Oscar curse, but there is now officially a cursing best supporting actress. Melissa Leo, who won for her role in "The Fighter," was so overcome by her win that she dropped the F bomb during her acceptance speech. Which may just be a first for the Academy Awards. And in the press room after stepping off stage, Leo admitted the Kodak Theater and a live broadcast was probably not the appropriate venue for the f-bomb. "Those words, I apologize to anyone they offend," said Leo, as tweeted by our own Jen Chaney. "There is a great deal of the English language in my vernacular." Kathy Griffin's 2007 Emmy acceptance speech was cut from the broadcast when the comedienne said, "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had...

By Liz Kelly  |  09:26 PM ET, 02/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season

Posted at 09:08 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Oscars 2011: How the opening number looked from James Franco's perspective

Our Oscar co-host just tweeted video that shows what it looks like to walk onto the Academy Awards stage. "The Social Network" Oscars: all about putting you in the action, via the Internet....

By Jen Chaney  |  09:08 PM ET, 02/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies, Oscars

Posted at 08:48 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Oscars 2011: James Franco and Anne Hathaway opening sequence -- love it or hate it?

The Academy Award opener referenced "Inception," "The Social Network," "The Fighter," "Back to the Future," Morgan Freeman's smooth narration and the fact that Alec Baldwin takes Ambien. Among other things. It didn't reinvent any Oscar traditions, but it was funny; the "True Grit" eye patch moment got one of the bigger laughs in the press room. But what did you think? A strong start, or more of the same old, same old? Vote in the poll below....

By Jen Chaney  |  08:48 PM ET, 02/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies, Oscars

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Oscars 2011: Live tweets from the red carpet

Update, 9:25 p.m. EST: Read the partial list of Oscar winners so far It's Academy Awards Sunday. And that means the time has finally come to throw on that dress, slide on those moderately high-heeled shoes and park on the red carpet for an evening of ultra-high-wattage star-gazing, fashion assessing and insightful question-asking. (Sample: "How does it feel to be here tonight? And, in a related question, who are you wearing?) Actually, some of you suggested some great red carpet questions in the blog, on Facebook and via our #oscarspotting Twitter hash tag. I'll aim to post some of the best ones on the Oscar red carpet in just a few hours. Follow my tweets from the scene on twitter.com/celebritology, or right here in the blog. Two notes: The twitter stream will pull in all items with the #oscarspotting hashtag, including tweets from others, so bear that in mind. Also,...

By Jen Chaney  |  02:45 PM ET, 02/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies, Oscars

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 02/27/2011

The Rolling Stone Oscar party: Five things learned on the scene

Rolling Stone magazine hosted its pre-Oscar party last night at Drai's Hollywood in the W Hotel. Fruity Skyy vodka drinks were served. The Roots provided outstanding musical entertainment. And a number of celebs -- "Glee's" Jenna Ushkowitz, Max Adler and Harry Shum, Jr., Aaron Sorkin, Kate Walsh and Old Spice ad man Isaiah Mustafa, to name a few -- showed up to party in a dark club while images of this year's Academy Award nominees flashed on various TV screens. (By the way, when you're in a bar listening to hip-hop, the sight of Jesse Eisenberg in his Zuckerberg-style hoodie looks surprisingly gangsta.) During my time at the party, I learned five extremely important* things, one of which is covered in the video of Shum, Jr. below. Here's the list. 1. Harry Shum, Jr. of "Glee" helped choreograph last year's signature dance number for the Academy Awards. The guy who...

By Jen Chaney  |  02:00 PM ET, 02/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Oscars, Party Scene

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Spirit Awards 2011: John Waters, Eva Mendes and more from the scene

At Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards, "Black Swan" won declared the best picture. Natalie Portman was named best actress. James Franco walked with a trophy for best actor. And a multitude of exceptional famous people nearly froze to death, thanks to freakishly cold Southern California weather and some robust breezes off the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, where the ceremony was held. As noted in a previous post, the brisk temperatures and (possibly the fatigue of one too many Oscar-season interviews) compelled many celebs to skip the Spirit Awards red carpet. But a few people stopped to chat. The always game John Waters, for example, was happy to share his thoughts about the Oscars/Spirit Awards overlap: And, as you'll see after the jump, both Eva Mendes and "The Kids Are All Right" director and co-writer Lisa Cholodenko had something to say about what the Spirit Awards mean to them. Related coverage:...

By Jen Chaney  |  12:24 PM ET, 02/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies, Oscars

Posted at 10:45 PM ET, 02/26/2011

The Spirit Awards: 'Black Swan' takes best picture as the worlds of Oscar and indie film collide

"Black Swan" a big winner at the Independent Spirits. (Fox Searchlight) "Black Swan" rose above "The Kids Are All Right" and "Winter's Bone" to take the best picture prize at this year's Independent Spirit Awards, held Saturday afternoon on a particularly gusty day on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif. Darren Aronofsky's portrait of ballet-commitment-turned-madness earned three additional awards: one for Aronofsky's direction, for cinematographer Matthew Libatique and, predictably, for Natalie Portman's lead performance, which is widely expected to be honored during Sunday's Oscars as well. During her acceptance speech, Portman made a point of emphasizing the fact that "Black Swan," which was financed independently before Fox Searchlight signed on to distribute it, qualifies as an indie effort. "My ballet teachers every day were like, when do we get paid?" she said of the drama's modest budget. The Independent Spirit Awards may be thought of as the more laid-back,...

By Jen Chaney  |  10:45 PM ET, 02/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies, Oscars

Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 02/03/2011

Charlie Sheen likens himself to Errol Flynn

CELEBRITOLOGY | A week after being hospitalized, Sheen admits that he has "a lot of work to do."

By Liz Kelly  |  08:12 AM ET, 02/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charlie Sheen

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 01/06/2011

Aziz Ansari tweet connects 'Country Strong' and dead birds. Sure, why not?

.bbpBox22748616581971970 {background:url(http://a2.twimg.com/profile_background_images/5581304/azizlittle2.jpg) #053285;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} Does anyone think all these dead birds and fish is a viral marketing campaign for the movie Country Strong?less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhoneAziz Ansariazizansari I'm thinking this is an angle that Anderson Cooper and Kirk Cameron did not consider. Though, based on the trailer, "Country Strong" could possibly be another sign of a coming apocalypse. FYI, we'll have more on "Country Strong" -- including a very special quiz -- in tomorrow's Celebritology....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:47 AM ET, 01/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebrities | Tags:  Aziz Ansari

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Celebritology Giftology Day 11: Donate like the stars

Scarlett Johansson, Oxfam supporter. (AP) Here's the 11th installment in our 12 Days of Celebritology Giftology series, a dozen posts designed to help you cross the celebrity- and pop-culture-obsessed pals off your holiday gift-giving lists. Think of these posts as our gift to you. We're just that generous. Today's mission: Donating to a celebrity-endorsed charity in the name of a friend or family member. Only imagine the looks of wonderment when your loved ones open their "gift" to find out that instead of socks or movie theater gift cards, you've given them the gift of helping to build a school in Africa. And, the best place to find out what celebrities champion which causes is looktothestars.org, a virtual clearinghouse of information on the world of celebrity giving. By its own count, Look to the Stars lists 1,620 charities and 2,362 celebrities. Surely there's something there for everyone on your...

By Liz Kelly  |  12:23 PM ET, 12/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday Guide | Tags:  Celebritology Giftology

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 12/21/2010

Celebritology Giftology Day 9: Celebrity worship

Splurge: The Saint Winehouse painting is a splurge at $2,000. (Image courtesy Berndt Offering) Here's the ninth installment in our 12 Days of Celebritology Giftology series, a dozen posts designed to help you cross your celebrity- and pop-culture-obsessed pals off your holiday gift-giving lists. Think of these posts as our gift to you. We're just that generous. Today's mission: For some, celebrity-watching is a transformative -- you might almost say spiritual -- experience. This holiday season, show the celeb worshipper in your life that you acknowledge and support his or her belief in celebrities as higher powers. Read on after the jump ......

By Liz Kelly  |  01:05 PM ET, 12/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday Guide | Tags:  Celebritology Giftology

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 12/17/2010

Celebritology Giftology Day 7: Give a piece of John Lennon a chance

Careful with the ketchup: Lennon's 'Abbey Road' suit. (AP) Here's the sixth installment in our 12 Days of Celebritology Giftology series, a dozen posts designed to help you cross the celebrity- and pop-culture-obsessed pals off your holiday gift-giving lists. Think of these posts as our gift to you. We're just that generous. Today's mission: To surprise the ultimate Beatle fan in your life with primo John Lennon memorabilia. Sadly, this will only work for a few of you. The rest of you lot may want to buy the newly available iTunes Beatles' catalog for your pals. As for the items up for grabs, Braswell Galleries of Norwalk, Conn., will be auctioning off Lennon's two-piece wool-blend "Abbey Road" album cover suit, his "Imagine" video jacket and this 1972 green Chrysler station wagon on New Year's Day: According to the auction site, the station wagon was “used on a cross-country journey...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:48 AM ET, 12/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday Guide | Tags:  Celebritology Giftology, John Lennon

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 12/16/2010

In January, MTV hits the 'Jersey Shore' again

Some shows make us wait like a year between seasons ("Walking Dead," I'm looking at you), but luckily in the land of "reality," a dozen episodes can be produced in just a few weeks and ready for public consumption lickety-split. Such is the case with "Jersey Shore," MTV's new classic about a group of meatheads and hair-extension mannequins who curse, fight, drink, nap and do lots of laundry. Season 2's sweaty finale aired in late October, but already Snooki and the gang are slated to return to cable on Jan. 6 (which totally messes up my "Quit killing brain cells with 'Jersey Shore' " New Year's resolution). Watch the newly released promo below to get a peek at a drunk (imagine that) Snooki, chick-on-chick fistfights and the newest cast member, Deena Nicole Cortese (who looks like she's going to take on Snooki in the leopard-print mini-dress department): Related: Celebritology Giftology...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:46 AM ET, 12/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  TV, TV | Tags:  Jersey Shore

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 12/15/2010

Celebritology Giftology Day 5: Give the gift of 'Jersey Shore'

The Situation: working it for the holidays. (The Situation's Facebook page) Here's the fifth installment in our 12 Days of Celebritology Giftology series, a dozen posts designed to help you cross the celebrity- and pop-culture-obsessed pals off your holiday gift-giving lists. Think of these posts as our gift to you. We're just that generous. Today's mission: Find a gift for fans of MTV's cultural juggernaut, "Jersey Shore." People like me who might not be so disappointed to find a Snooki Wig under the Christmas tree. Luckily for all of us wanna-bes, the cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore" have been particularly adept at self-marketing since their show took off as one of 2010's biggest hits. For the uninitiated, it's about a bunch of fake-baked club rats who drink, smoosh and fight. Compelling, right? The picks, after the jump......

By Liz Kelly  |  11:10 AM ET, 12/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday Guide | Tags:  Celebritology Giftology, Jersey Shore

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 12/09/2010

Celebritology Giftology Day 1: Celebrity memoirs

Today we kick off a series of posts -- 12 Days of Celebritology Giftology -- written to help you cross the celebrity and pop-culture obsessed pals off your holiday gift-giving lists. Think of these posts as our gift to you. We're just that generous. Memoirist Jay-Z. (Reuters) Today's mission: Find the perfect gift for the reader on your list. Below, three picks that should satisfy super-fans. Highbrow: Jay-Z's "Decoded" This collection of essays from rap's reigning champ (and Beyonce's husband) is part memoir, part homage to hip-hop. In it, the man born Shawn Corey Carter, details his humble beginnings in a Brooklyn housing project, his pre-fame job history (drug dealer) and how he managed to become one of the biggest stars on the planet. As ClickTrack detailed yesterday, Jay talks about his tete-a-tete with Barack Obama prior to the 2008 presidential election. I haven't yet gotten to the part --...

By Liz Kelly  |  03:54 PM ET, 12/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday Guide | Tags:  Celebritology Giftology

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 11/17/2010

Kate Middleton, Internet it girl

Kate Middleton, in hat, in 2006. (AP) Now that the engagement of Prince William to girlfriend Kate Middleton has officially been announced, curiosity about the woman formerly known as "Waity Katie" has hit an all-time high on the Web. Wednesday morning, search terms focused on Middleton were among the top 10 Google searches. What is it people are so desperate to know about Middleton? Could it be speculation about her engagement ring (it was, in fact, Diana's) or her potential wedding dress? Nah. As of early this morning, the searching was mostly banal and somewhat, well, carnal. So. In the interest of satisfying the Kate curious in one mega-blog post that will undoubtedly blow the top off Google search, Celebritology will list the top Kate Middleton search terms and provide links, photos, answers -- in short, satisfaction. This post is likely to bring the Internet to a grinding halt....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:57 AM ET, 11/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Royals | Tags:  Kate Middleton, Prince William

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 11/16/2010

Gwyneth Paltrow, 'Glee' and why the mocking of her insouciance must end

The Internet could not exist without a little snark. It's the sarcastic, sometimes borderline obnoxious engine that makes the entire blogosphere run. And when it comes to celebrities, there are few glamorous types that Web commenters enjoy flinging snark at more than Gwyneth Paltrow. Of course, that includes readers and commenters right here in Celebritology, where expressing outrage over the insouciance of Ms. Paltrow, her "insufferable" Goop suggestions and her general, alleged prissy pants-ness has become something of a pastime. Here's the thing, though: I think the era of hating on Gwyneth Paltrow might be over. At the very least, a lengthy moratorium should probably be issued. Because with her appearance tonight on "Glee" -- a preview of which can be viewed below, via Gwyneth's version of Cee-Lo's "Forget You" -- Paltrow's mission to charm the American public may be complete....

By Jen Chaney  |  05:12 PM ET, 11/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  TV, TV

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 11/08/2010

Fashion statement: Diane Keaton actually looks just fine

Well done, Diane Keaton.

By Liz Kelly  |  03:46 PM ET, 11/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebrities

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 11/06/2010

Celebritology Weekend: Tom Hanks for president?

Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend... Tom Hanks with then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2008. (Reuters) 1. Tom Hanks for president? If Democrats want to regain their political footing after that less than stellar performance on Election Day, they need some help from celebrities. That's one suggestion filmmaker Michael Moore made during an appearance on MSNBC this week. "Seriously, if we ran Tom Hanks, if we ran Oprah [Winfrey] -- there's a whole column of people who are beloved people, who are smart, good," said Moore in an appearance on “The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell.” “Why don't [the Democrats] make use of all the great communicators in Hollywood to help fashion the message?" Moore also noted that President Barack Obama is “kind of like” Tom Hanks because they're both “nice guys.” (But could he bring the same level of charm that Hanks did to the classic...

By Jen Chaney  |  09:24 AM ET, 11/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebritology Weekend

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 10/25/2010

10 things we learned from 'Back to the Future'

Those who have a firm grasp of their "Back to the Future" mythology already know what tomorrow is: Oct. 26, a date that marks the first time Marty McFly traveled back in time in the 1985 movie, otherwise known as the greatest flux capacitor film ever made. To get a jump-start on what clearly should be a government holiday, I put together a list of the 10 things that this beloved time travel saga taught us -- about life, ourselves and the awe-inspiring powers of 1.21 gigawatts. More "Back to the Future" goodness -- including my review of the 25th anniversary "Back to the Future" trilogy DVD and Blu-ray box set that releases Tuesday and an interview with "Future" star Lea Thompson -- will appear tomorrow in Celebritology. Because -- "Hello, McFly?" -- one can never have too much Hill Valley, Huey Lewis or clock tower-saving in their lives....

By Jen Chaney  |  04:45 PM ET, 10/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies, Movies

Posted at 05:04 AM ET, 10/16/2010

Celebritology Weekend: Shia LaBeouf's coffee toss; Angelina Jolie not welcome in Bosnia

Shia LaBeouf tries to find a quiet moment outside D.C.'s Renaissance Hotel. (Photo courtesy Mark Wilkins) 1. Shia LaBeouf takes aim at D.C. photog: We could only get a few minutes of phone time with local paparazzo Mark Wilkins, who was on the receiving end of a cup of Shia LaBeouf's cold coffee this week. The local photog was in high demand after video of the incident hit the web on Friday. In a phone interview, Wilkins tells us he had only been snapping pix of the star -- in town to shoot "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" -- for about three minutes before LaBeouf suprised him with a counter-attack. Did LaBeouf say anything? "Not a word," says Jenkins. "He looked up and saw me, packed up his stuff, then it looked like he was thinking." Apparently, all that thinking led to LaBeouf beaning Wilkins with a cup of...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  |  05:04 AM ET, 10/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebritology Weekend

Posted at 05:24 AM ET, 10/09/2010

Celebritology Weekend: Vince Vaughn's 'Dilemma'; Hoda's shawls

Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend... 1. A Universal change: Universal Pictures confirmed Friday that it plans to alter the trailer for “The Dilemma” -- an upcoming comedy starring Vince Vaughn and directed by Ron Howard -- because of complaints about its use of the word "gay." In the beginning of the original clip, which was still viewable online as of late Friday afternoon, Vaughn’s character says that “Electric cars are gay. Not homosexual gay, but, you know, my parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay.” Both the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and journalist Anderson Cooper advocated for the reference to be removed from the trailer, and the studio ultimately complied. “The teaser trailer for ‘The Dilemma’ was not intended to cause anyone discomfort,” said a statement released Friday by Universal. “In light of growing claims that the introduction to the trailer is insensitive, it is being replaced. A full trailer,...

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  |  05:24 AM ET, 10/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebritology Weekend

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 07/15/2010

How many award nominations will 'Inception' score?

More reviews of "Inception" are in, including one from the Post's Ann Hornaday. And at this point, even though the Academy Awards are still months away, it appears to be a foregone conclusion that Christopher Nolan's twist-your-brain-until-it's-a-pretzel thriller is going to get some Oscar love. The New York Post is saying it. So is New York Magazine. Heck, the blog Film School Rejects has already called a win for Best Picture. Roll up the red carpet at Hollywood and Highland, boys. The show's already over. But wait, I haven't jumped into the fray yet! I had planned to yesterday, but I got detained while trying to untangle the knots in my cerebellum after an "Inception" screening on Tuesday night. So today -- as part of a new awards-season handicapping series in Celebritology to be dubbed "The Contenders" -- I examine the nomination odds for "Inception" at some of this year's...

By Jen Chaney  |  09:25 AM ET, 07/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Awards Season

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 07/01/2010

How 'Lost' should have ended: the video parody

I am posting the following video for four reasons: 1. I've been meaning to post it for a couple of days and keep forgetting or getting sidetracked. And it needs to be seen by those who haven't already caught it. 2. It made me laugh out loud. And more than once. 3. Some people -- or at least one person from today's Celebritology discussion -- are still suffering from "Lost" withdrawal and need a fix. 4. All right, fine. I'm still suffering from "Lost" withdrawal, and part of getting my fix is to share this with all of you. Enjoy....

By Jen Chaney  |  03:46 PM ET, 07/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lost, Lost, Lost

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 06/05/2010

Celebritology Weekend: Sandra Bullock goes public; Sheryl Crow welcomes new son

We're guessing Oscar winner Sandra Bullock won't be thanking soon-to-be-ex-husband Jesse James at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards. (AP) The three celeb-centric stories on our radar (and yours) this weekend... 1. The MTV Movie Awards -- which recognize cinematic achievement in highbrow categories like Best Kiss and Best Fight -- are hardly the Academy Awards. Oh, who are we kidding? It's not even the People's Choice Awards. But the promotion-filled celebration of youth-centric moviedom may be worth watching this Sunday night because of one person: Sandra Bullock. The Arlington, Va., native and recent Oscar winner has confirmed that she will attend the L.A. ceremony to accept the MTV Generation Award, the trophy show's equivalent of a lifetime achievement honor, which will make the event her first high-profile public appearance since the rupture of her marriage to Jesse James. What will she say in her acceptance speech? We're guessing she won't...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  |  09:29 AM ET, 06/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebritology Weekend

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 05/05/2010

Talking with Justin Theroux, writer of 'Iron Man 2'

Justin Theroux arrives at the 'Iron Man 2' world premiere on Monday, April 26 in Los Angeles. (AP) You probably know Justin Theroux best as an actor. During his 15 years in the movie business, he's popped up in films as varied as "Zoolander," "Mulholland Drive" and "Miami Vice," and on an equally wide range of TV series ("Six Feet Under," "The District" and "Parks and Recreation" among them). You may not realize that Theroux also is a screenwriter who co-penned "Tropic Thunder" and wrote a little film due to debut in theaters this weekend: "Iron Man 2." I recently got Theroux on the phone for a quick chat, during which we discussed his time growing up in Washington, D.C., his childhood fixation on Iron Man and an important question that "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau also will address in a Q&A slated to appear in Celebritology tomorrow:...

By Jen Chaney  |  12:45 PM ET, 05/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Pop Culture, Pop Culture | Tags:  Iron Man, Movies

Posted at 07:51 PM ET, 05/01/2010

Live Tweeting the White House Correspondents Dinner

Our own Jen Chaney is on the scene at the Washington Hilton for tonight's White House Correspondents Dinner -- aka "nerd prom." Read along below as she tweets from the pre-dinner reception, main event and after parties. | Full Coverage   MultiTweetUsers = "celebritology" MultiTweetMask = ""; TweetsPerUser = 6; getUserTweet(MultiTweetUsers, TweetsPerUser);...

By Liz Kelly  |  07:51 PM ET, 05/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 04/16/2010

Friday list: The Rewatchables -- The movies we can view again and again

On Jen's list: 1994's 'Pulp Fiction. (Miramax) A couple of weeks ago, we focused a Friday List on what we called The Unwatchables: the movies, TV shows and Web videos we take pride in having skipped. This week, we hit the opposite end of the spectrum with The Rewatchables, a look at the movies we never tire of viewing again and again, and then one more time after that. Some people believe watching a film once is enough. Here at Celebritology, we do not understand these people. Some motion pictures are filled with so much rich dialogue, blood pressure-raising action and gut-busting comedy, there's no such thing as seeing them too many times. After the jump, read about our favorite rewatchable movies, then add your selections in the comments below....

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  |  02:35 PM ET, 04/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Friday Lists, Friday Lists | Tags:  movies

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 01/14/2010

Talking with 'Lost's' Jeff Fahey: part 2

Jeff Fahey in a promo shot for 'Lost's' sixth season. (ABC) Here at Celebritology, Liz and I take our star-gazing, movie fandom and "Lost"-watching very seriously. But even we know that, as the recent devastation in Haiti demonstrates, important international issues often (and should) take precedence over the latest gossipy whispers about Tiger Woods or the Jay Leno/Conan O'Brien debacle. Our recent interview with Jeff Fahey, the video portion of which we shared yesterday, was a reminder of that. In addition to starring in films like "Silverado" and "The Lawnmower Man" -- not to mention trying to figure out what lies in the shadow of the statue in his role on "Lost" -- Fahey has long devoted much of his time to assisting individuals and organizations in post-conflict areas, particularly Afghanistan. In more recent months, he has added another issue to his plate: the rights of Sahwari refugees forced...

By Jen Chaney  |  12:59 PM ET, 01/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lost, Lost

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 12/14/2009

The most over-exposed celebs of 2009: The vote

Updated 7 a.m. ET, Dec. 15: We have our winner! Jon Gosselin is officially the most-over exposed celeb of 2009! ------ Surely Heidi Montag's (here with husband Spencer Pratt) Playboy spread contributed to some over-exposure. (Getty Images) Last Friday I asked you to submit your nominees for the most over-hyped celebs of 2009 whose 15 minutes seemed to stretch into hours or whose attention seemed to outpace their merit. And you responded with a robust list of rogues (and rogue-ettes), from the expected (Octo-mom Nadya Suleman -- "Freakish irresponsible fertility treatments doesn't make you a celebritology," commented ssg3) to the surprising (Suri Cruise? "It's not that the little darling doesn't deserve attention... it's that we should be deeply ashamed for scrutinizing the social activities and wardrobe of a three year old child," said nominator Caitlin 41282). But which should take top honors as the most over-hyped? Today we put it...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:26 AM ET, 12/14/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebrities, Celebrities

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/27/2009

Hot Dirtbags: The top 10

Forget the "Sexiest Man Alive." We gather today to give thanks for a much rarer form of male attractor: the hot dirtbag. The topic came up in last week's Celebritology Live discussion and by the end of the chat I had promised to compile a list of my top 10 objects of attraction. Now I get that the dirtbag isn't for everyone, but hey, sometimes nice guys finish last. And to somewhat fracture the words of Mae West: when guys are good they're good, but when they're bad they're better. For some of us, the bad boy will always hold a certain attraction. If we're lucky, we know better than to act on our impulses; we learn to admire a dirtbag from afar, much as we would a Picasso dipped in ebola juice. The dirtbag criteria: A man who's attractive -- either physically or charismatically -- but whose appeal may...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Friday Lists

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 11/02/2009

Comment Box: Oprah and Stedman over?

Oprah and Stedman attended Barack Obama's swearing in ceremony as a pair last January. (AP) Is it really true that O and Stedman are through? I hadn't heard anything about their relationship ending. Where will he go? What will he do? I guess this means she and Gail can join eharmony together. -- from last week's Celebritology Live chat Well who can ever tell with Oprah? Despite her over-emotive daily dissections of OPP (other people's problems), she manages to keep a relatively tight lid on her personal life. But here's what the rumor mill is spitting out: Word surfaced back in August -- first as a blind item -- that a longtime power couple was splitting. Soon the National Enquirer broke "news" claiming that Stedman Graham had indeed moved out of chez Oprah and into his own bachelor pad, effectively ending the couple's 20-plus year relationship. Then came word...

By Liz Kelly  |  12:15 PM ET, 11/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 09/25/2009

Friday List: No Talent? No Problem!

Yesterday, as is wont to happen, a reader wrote in to the weekly Celebritology Live chat with a query that makes for an excellent Friday List: What celebrity has come the farthest with the least amount of talent? For my money, it's Jay Leno. He couldn't be less funny, more cheesy or further past his expiration date. He is the hackiest of hacks and when trying to somehow account for his success I can only presume a) There are more blue-haired old ladies watching late night TV than I'd realized or, b) Leno has made some kind of deal with, well, diabolical forces. I mean, the man's big idea was "Jaywalking": Please. Who tops your list of talentless success stories? Share your picks -- and your reasons -- below......

By Liz Kelly  |  11:18 AM ET, 09/25/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Friday Lists

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 09/18/2009

Friday List: Animated, Anthropomorphic Childhood Trauma

In retrospect, I suppose I'm lucky for counting three animated films as some of the most traumatic events of my childhood. Sure, I had my share of bumps, scrapes and time spent hiding out under the dining room table on particularly contentious days around the Kelly household, but when I reach into the vulnerable pain that perhaps only kids under the age of 10 are capable of feeling, it is the faces of anthropomorphic animals I see. Anthropomorphic animals in severe emotional pain. Based on a conversation that kicked off in yesterday's Celebritology Live discussion, today we'll lean on each other as we recall -- and maybe re-feel a bit -- the pop culture touchstones that bruised our little hearts as children. I'll start with the three that really got me but good, then ask you to share yours below. >> I was all of seven years old when my...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:41 AM ET, 09/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Friday Lists, Friday Lists

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 08/20/2009

VIDEO -- 'Twits': Wisdom from Diddy, LiLo and BrookeHo

I'll spare the preamble because today is all about being a multimedia powerhouse. So, without further ado, I give you "Twits" -- a pilot for what I'm hoping will become a weekly Celebritology feature, in which actors channel the inner voices of celebs as revealed by their Twitter accounts. Have a watch. All quotes are verbatim: Like it? Let me know because "Twits" needs feedback. And because in the future I may rely on you to send me celebrity Twitterings worthy of "Twit" dramatization, and may even call on you to sit in front of a camera and channel one of these deep souls. Oh, and please pass on the link to your friends. A special thank you to actors Rachel Manteuffel and Aidan Hughes, and to Meredith and Austin Bragg, who lent their considerable skills to birthing this pilot....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:10 AM ET, 08/20/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Twits Video, Twits Video

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 08/14/2009

2009 Celebritology Honors: A Little Help?

2008's Most Admired celeb: Angelina Jolie. (Getty Images) It's almost the time of year when we pause to honor standouts in the world of celebrity. That's right, we're a mere month away from the 2009 Celebritology Honors (aka The Lizzies). But, as per usual, I need a little help deciding the five or six categories we'll vote on this year. That's where you come in. Share your ideas for celebrity superlatives below. I kicked off this discussion in Thursday's Celebritology Live chat and already have a tidy list of category contenders: 1. Celeb whose kids' tell-all you most want to read 2. Least self-aware celeb 3. Dippiest celeb couple 4. Best fake romance 5. Most confounding celebrity Twitterer 6. Celebrity we'd most like to see go away and never come back 7. Dumbest career move 8. Best-dressed/worst-dressed 9. Scariest celebrity body part 10. Worst celebrity offspring offender 11. Best...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:20 AM ET, 08/14/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season

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)
Categories:  Miscellaneous, Miscellaneous

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 07/28/2009

Five-Minute Memoir: Joel Madden

(Photo: Getty Images) Word comes this morning that Joel Madden, who students of Celebritology know best as Nicole Richie's baby daddy, is penning a memoir (Madden says he's not). I hope he is, though -- I'll finally have something to put on the shelf next to this. But what could the 30-year-old Good Charlotte singer possibly have to say? I bet we can sum it up in less than 300 seconds: I was born in Waldorf, Md., as one half of a set of twins who would go on to get lots of tattoos and, unlikely as it sounds, land a few hits on the pop charts with our generic brand of Green Day derivative whiny-punk-pop. My band's name is Good Charlotte (which was ironic, see, because neither my brother nor I are named Charlotte and plenty of folks thought our music wasn't that good) and for a while...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:15 AM ET, 07/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 04/17/2009

Jamie Foxx, Hulk Hogan Lose; Barrymore and Boyle Win -- This Week's Best and Worst

A new semi-regular winner in which we hand out accolades and, umm, the opposite of accolades to the celebrities who made this week memorable. Jamie Foxx. (AP) Loser: Jamie Foxx We get that your roots are in comedy and, trust me, we here at Celebritology HQ are so not Miley Cyrus fans, but neither are we fans of a grown man suggesting an underage girl make a sex tape. Good on you for apologizing, but you should have known better. It would really be a shame if "The Soloist" -- your upcoming movie co-starring Robert Downey Jr. due to be released next weekend -- suffered because you have diarrhea of the mouth. Loser: Hulk Hogan Last week, it seemed one couldn't be a bigger jerk than "Don't call me an actor" hothead Billy Bob Thornton, who managed to turn the entire population of Canada -- who he termed "mashed potatoes...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:32 AM ET, 04/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Winners & Losers

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 02/23/2009

Oscar's Class Acts

Tom Shales has spoken -- last night's Oscar broadcast was yet another in a long line of duds. But in between the new main show (the red carpet) and the army of awards handed to "Slumdog Millionaire," a few moments of grace stood out. Hugh Jackman & Anne Hathaway We expected a song and dance routine from Jackman who won an Emmy for hosting the 2004 Tony Awards, but the surprise addition of Hathaway -- as Richard Nixon, no less -- to his opening routine elevated it from mundane to magnificently charming. And the girl can sing. Who knew? Video (Hathaway comes in at 2:12) Jackman and Hathaway make beautiful music together. (Reuters) Jennifer Aniston Regular readers of Celebritology know I'm no Aniston fan, but even a cynical hard-hearted snark machine can recognize the courage it takes to get up on-stage and muddle through a shticky scripted dialogue in front...

By Liz Kelly  |  12:01 PM ET, 02/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Awards Season

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/27/2009

Spector Trial Watch: Now Hair This

And now and update on a story Celebritology first brought you in 2007: The forecast for Phil Spector's hair? Continued freakishness with a chance of fake-itude. The legendary music producer is is in the midst of a retrial on charges that he murdered B-movie star Lana Clarkson in 2003 (his first trial ended in a hung jury in 2007). But the real headline remains Spector's ever-in-flux hairdo, which has has gone way past outré to arrive at the creepy Hobbitt stage. To be precise, he conjures Gollum mixed with a little Bruce Vilanch who accidentally got caught in an aerosol Scotchguarding chamber: I'll continue to monitor this story as the trial progresses. Review Spector's past questionable coifs in this gallery. (Photos: Gollum courtesy New Line Productions, Spector and Vilanch - AP)...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebrities, Celebrities

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 01/20/2009

Chatting Up Tim Robbins at the Creative Coalition Dinner

Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins at Monday night's dinner. (Arthur Noll for washingtonpost.com) Tim Robbins is a massive guy. Especially when stacked up against long-time partner, the slightly teensier in real life (but dazzling) Susan Sarandon. As a stream of stars representing the Creative Coalition -- the non-profit political advocacy group founded by Sarandon, Alec Baldwin and Christopher Reeve, among others -- filed by, Robbins talked to Celebritology about the election year, his hopes for the Obama presidency and his spotty memory when it comes to former Washington Post gossip columnists. When asked what he'd like to see the new Obama administration do first, Robbins said he'd like to see the detention center at Guantanamo Bay closed. "Then, just a return to respect for the Constitution," said Robbins. "I'd like the U.S. to reinvest in the documents that made us great in the first place." Robbins only broke character...

By Liz Kelly  |  07:03 AM ET, 01/20/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebrities

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)
Categories:  How Webby is...

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/28/2008

Annals of Bad Movies: Patrick Swayze's 'Road House'

We love Patrick Swayze so much around Celebritology HQ, that not only do we own a "Dirty Dancing" talking keychain, but we've subjected ourselves to most of the movies in his lengthly CV -- the good ("The Outsiders"), the bad ("Red Dawn") and the utterly cheesy (take your pick). It is in this spirit that a Swayze film becomes our first entrant in a new Celebritology category: The Annals of Bad Movies, in which we lovingly poke fun at our favorite celebs for some of their more questionable roles and recognize the value of those films as the great basis for an evening of campy fun with a group of friends. "Dirty Dancing" was a smash hit and elevated Patrick Swayze from the ranks of good looking ensemble player to leading man. With just six words -- "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" -- Swayze proved his mettle as a...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:30 AM ET, 10/28/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Annals of Bad Movies

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 09/27/2008

Remembering Paul Newman

Sad news prompts this morning's out of the ordinary weekend post: Paul Newman succumbed to cancer yesterday at age 83. An actor for the ages and a truly all around good guy, in Celebritology land he's about as un-snarkable as they come. The Post's Stephen Hunter eulogizes Newman as a man at his "best when he was too busy thinking to care about the looks he'd been given." The features staff here at post.com has also assembled a gallery looking back at Newman's legendary career. Take a deeper look back at the man's life and legacy with these links: Bio (Wikipedia) Filmography (IMDB.com) Celebrating Paul Newman (cinemaretro.com) And, finally, here's a screen test Newman did with James Dean for "East of Eden," circa 1955. Nothing special and Newman ended up not being cast in the Elia Kazan movie, but it does capture the man's spark, which was considerable: If you're...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:07 AM ET, 09/27/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 09/23/2008

What Would Gwyneth Do?

Mmmm... tastes like Gwyneth! (AP) Like a ministering angel, that paragon of tastemaking -- Gwyneth Paltrow -- has at last answered our prayers with her latest venture, a Web site named GOOP (which, along with "Apple" and "Moses" makes her 0 for three in the naming department). The site -- which bears a scarily similar feel in look and tone to Daily Candy -- promises to share Paltrow's unerring taste with anyone with a Web browser and a desire to emulate the insouciant one's charmed life. While there is a short mission statement currently posted at the site, Celebritology managed to get a copy of the draft version*. We share it in its entirety below: My life is good because I am not passive about it. [I took full advantage of being born to famous parents.] I want to nourish what is real [my Britishness], and I want to...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:15 AM ET, 09/23/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrity Products, Celebrity Products, Celebrity Products, Celebrity Products

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 09/08/2008

Comment Box: It's All About You (And Britney)

Gimme more: Britney cradles her VMA Moonmen as manager Larry Rudolph looks on. (AP) How did Britney do at last night's VMAs? -- Anonymous reader, who may in fact live with me, asking the question that's on all our minds. Thanks for asking because, as regular readers know, you can't spell Celebritology without "brit" (or "ology," but that's for another day). After last year's public immolation, the only place to go was up. And, to her credit, Brit appeared to be in full control of her musculature (a camera that followed her from dressing room to stage proved she wasn't wheeled out Hannibal Lecter style), her vocal cords and her newly-subdued image (no pink wig = good day). Sure, the pre-show skit with Jonah Hill was contrived (see clip below -- he went from "Superbad" to super bad in two short minutes) and her 20-second show opener utterly superfluous,...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 09/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Britney Spears, Britney Spears

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 09/03/2008

Comment Box: In Which We Fail (Again) to Explain Carrot Top

Carrot Top: Why does he pluck his eyebrows? It's creepy. -- Anonymous question submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion. Those well-groomed eyebrows are just one small piece in the puzzle embodied by one Scott Thompson, aka Carrot Top. Since his emergence on the pop culture radar courtesy in the late '80s, Thompson has been an enigma -- not the seductive, mysterious type, either. His inexplicable draw is more akin to the mounting hysteria one feels when confronted with a bite from an exotic spider or inexplicable credit card charges. (Photo Illustration by Liz Kelly) "What is funny about a hacky prop comic?" we asked. "How far can his Huckleberry Bumpkin look actually take him?" Pretty far. After hanging on to a bottom-feeding career on the college campus circuit with stops along the way for a tepidly-received movie (1998's "Chairman of the Board"), he seemed finally to be consigned to...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 09/03/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daily Mix

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 08/19/2008

Caption This: We're Suri You're So Cute

While our Creative Captioning exercises usually devolve into a snarkfest within the first few minutes, today's picture (it is hoped) can only inspire us to reach the warm, fuzzy and eternally sunny heights of shameless gushing. Because, no matter how one feels about Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Thetans or baggy jeans -- Suri Cruise is one of the most adorable children to ever step in front of a camera. Come on, you know it -- she makes LOL Cats and even this ridiculously sappy thing look like a piece of highway construction equipment. Even this sneezing baby panda would have a hard tim holding his own next to our girl Suri. She's that cute. Just give in. (SplashNews) You know the drill. Share your hilariously apt captions below and the best entry will win its writer the title of "Official Celebritology Captionologist" for the week of Aug. 17 - 23....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 08/19/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Creative Captioning, Creative Captioning

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 08/01/2008

Friday List: Casting a Celeb-Centric Presidential Campaign Ad

Thanks, John McCain, for reminding we average Americans that the most important determinants of our vote in the upcoming presidential election are not the same old tired criteria of election years past: the economy, candidate track records, platforms. No, you've rightly moved the election rhetoric into the TMZ-saturated present by comparing Barack Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears: As a tireless celeb watcher, let me just say "Bravo!" for your choice -- because Paris and Britney are icky and you've potentially saved us from electing a man who might share qualities with these women. For instance, how embarrassing would it be to have a president who goes commando at state dinners or, like, starts dating a Madden brother? Still, in the interest of fair play, we here at Celebritology must step up and perform our civic duty by leveling the playing field. Since it's unlikely that the Obama campaign...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:15 AM ET, 08/01/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Friday Lists

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 07/07/2008

Comment Box: Celeb Parents, the Most Selfish of All?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with son Maddox and daughter Zahara stroll in Mumbai in November 2006. (AP) Today in the comment box we expand on a debate hatched in last Thursday's Celebritology Live discussion -- a debate that might have engulfed the chat in a maelstrom of parental opinion-making had it been any other day but a pre-holiday afternoon. As it was, we were able to keep the discussion productive. Let's hope for the same tone below (hint hint). Why open a potential can of worms? Because, from time to time, we need to squirm a bit. Considering the makeshift camp of paparazzi encamped in Nice awaiting the birth of the Brangelina twins, I asked: "Is it selfish for someone like Angelina, who is such a paparazzi magnet, to have kids at all?" Some, like the reader below, were quick to argue that Angie and Brad -- who...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 07/07/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box, Comment Box

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 05/19/2008

Comment Box: John Mayer's Mojo? All in the 'Tude?

Warning: Viewing photo may cause uncontrollable desire to date this man. (Getty Images) What do you think Jen Aniston could possibly see in John Mayer? He's been drinking too much koo-koo-kool-aid in my book. Doesn't that seem like an odd match? -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion Koo-koo-Koolaid or not, 30-year-old John Mayer seems to have an almost Lance Armstrong-esque ability to attract his choice of A-list (okay, maybe B) lady loves: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson, Minka Kelly, among others. And, now, Hollywood untouchable Jennifer Aniston. Just last week, pictures of Mayer snogging with Aniston poolside in Miami hit the net with all the force of Brangelina baby bump shot. And not only is Mayer considered a jumbo-sized chick magnet, he apparently has the ability to love 'em and leave 'em, rendering his exes inconsolable: Last week, a drunken Jessica Simspon was rumored to have been...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:18 AM ET, 05/19/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/29/2008

Comment Box: The Naked Truth About Miley Cyrus

15-year-old Miley Cyrus at the Academy Awards in Ferbuary. (Reuters) It's no surprise that the Miley Cyrus photo scandal is the talk du jour. Everyone -- from The Post Style section to mommy blogs to Jamie Lee Curtis -- is adding voice to the question of whether semi-topless Vanity Fair pix (released on the heels of last week's leaked Miley bra shots) of the 15-year-old Disney star have gone too far. In an utterly unscientific insta-poll conducted here yesterday, 72 percent of Celebritology readers think Miley Cyrus and her parents/management are using the Vanity Fair photo kerfuffle -- and their buyers' remorse -- as calculated plays for press. So, because we're so easily led down the path of manufactured starlet scandals, I thought we'd delve just a little deeper into the Great Miley Scandal of '08. Left: Annie Leibovitz's portrait of Miley Cyrus. Right: The June cover. (Images courtesy...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 04/29/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box, Comment Box

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 04/24/2008

Sneak Peek: Miley Cyrus's Memoirs

Teen queen Miley Cyrus: I (heart) me. (AP) Miley Cyrus has reportedly inked a seven-figure deal to pen her memoirs. And none too soon. At 15, she's achieved the maturity and distance needed to reflect on her life's lessons. Although the book won't hit stores until 2009, Celebritology has obtained (wink wink) an incomplete outline of the book's proposed chapters, complete with handy descriptions. Chapter 1: Achy, Breaky Start -- In which I am born in the same year my pops hits the country charts with his hip-shaking "Achy Breaky Heart," a song which I hear set a new record for inspiring groans among grunged-out college kids. That record was later broken by Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On." Chapters 2 - 12: The Building Years -- At this point, I was like a high-yield hedge fund early on in its life cycle. You have to contribute before...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:43 AM ET, 04/24/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 04/21/2008

Comment Box: Val Kilmer -- the New Tom Cruise?

Kilmer as Moses. (Reuters) Usually Val Kilmer's name is invoked around here to post pictures of the one-time Lizard King's expanding waistline. But thanks to a submission from Friday's Celebritology Live chat, we can consider the notoriously difficult actor in a whole new light: byool, IN: Val Kilmer letting himself go extends to reading from the Bible on TV. In Wheeling W. Va., he appears on Cable 10 -- after the real estate ads and before the other religious show hosted by the fat shouting guy who uses his children in his ads for his tire store. I wish I were making this up. Perhaps because it lacks the flashy, couch-jumping trappings of Scientology, we've given Val a pass in favor of ribbing Tom Cruise at every opportunity. But, unlikely as it may seem, Val Kilmer has indeed been spotted reading the Bible on TV -- as corroborated by...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 04/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/25/2008

Sarah Jessica Parker Revisited: When Maxim Attacks

I've been chastised here for critical comments about the occasional misguided haircut or unfortunate wardrobe choice. In fact, more than one reader has told me that the room in which I have to talk about looks is slightly smaller than a postage stamp. Fair enough. Sarah Jessica Parker. (AP) But nothing prepared me for the nasty-grams lobbed at Sarah Jessica Parker during last week's Celebritology Live discussion. If you were there and you're saying to yourself, "I don't remember an inordinate amount of SJP bashing," well, that's because I didn't have the heart to send bulk of them through to the chat. I mean, how many ways can you liken SJP to a horse? Actually, at least 12 different ways, by my count. Never let it be said the Celebritology readership isn't handy with a well-turned insult. What got us on the wrong-headed topic of ranking looks was the Parker's...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 03/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 03/18/2008

Comment Box: Defining Celebrity; A Good Read

A mantra for LL: I am a celebrity, though not Marilyn Monroe. (Reuters) What is your criteria for defining someone as a celebrity and thus deemed worthy for your column? Is this an ethereal thing or are there hard and fast rules? -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live chat Angelina Jolie, Gilbert Arenas, William Hung, Ashley Alexandra Dupre -- all celebrities, of a sort -- famous, infamous, skeevy, it doesn't take much these days to gain a foothold in the news-scape or score a Barbara Walters/Diane Sawyer/Matt Lauer interview. But, since you asked about MY criteria and what I deem worthy for MY column, here's a short checklist: 1. Is somehow, even tangentially, related to the entertainment business. So, Tom Brady (and his penchant for dating supermodels) is in and Michael Vick (and his doggie day care) are out. Same goes for politicians and other three-piece suit types,...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:56 AM ET, 03/18/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 03/13/2008

Mary-Kate Olsen Raided My Memory

Mary-Kate Olsen and Arden Wohl at the American Museum of Natural History's Annual Winter Dance. (Getty Images) I know Celebritology readers aren't big fans of critical takedowns of celebs caught in a bad photo moment and I could never hope to out-Fug the Fug Girls, but when I saw this picture of Mary-Kate Olsen cross the wires, well, I knew it was incumbent upon me to say something. Because this photo contains concrete evidence of the lengths to which Mary-Kate will go to further her diabolical scheme to drive me insane. Mary-Kate Olsen is a shape shifter, a fashion faux pas of the first order and, now, guilty of ransacking my memory banks to find new and twisted ways in which to accoutre her diminutive frame. The evidence: 1. Mary-Kate is wearing my grandmother's mink stole, the one that spent several years stashed in an attic crawlspace with other...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 03/13/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fashion, Fashion

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/10/2008

Comment Box: (Not) Heath Ledger's Final Thoughts

(AP) Celebrity news reportage walks a narrow path of legitimacy. Veer a little to one side and one risks turning into just another venue for celeb PR. Overcorrect and one is liable to tumble down the slippery slope of scandal-mongering . One need look no further back than last week's Celebritology Live discussion for a flare up of the old Britney ambulance pic debate. But between flakking and fabrication, Esquire has found a new fuel to feed the cult of celebrity: fiction. In its April issue, the magazine published an item titled "The Last Days of Heath Ledger." It reads like a journal of the actor's final hours before his death from a combination of prescription medications and includes the mundane (what he ate) and the speculative (his musings on fame). It is at once boring and compelling. It is also entirely fiction. Or, as Esquire terms it: "reported...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 03/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box, Comment Box

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/03/2008

Comment Box: A Baby Bump Debate

When did the hideous term "baby bump" become common to describe the state of pregnancy? I don't remember ever hearing it or reading it five years ago and it is now everywhere. I am just curious if you or other posters feel the same way. Personally, I would rather return to the days of describing a starlet as being "in the family way." -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion Good question. Like Simon Cowell or Britney's crazy, it just feels like it's always been around. But one need only look at the ghosts of tabloids past to discover that "baby bump" is a new-millennial spin. Angelina Jolie, complete with newly-revealed baby bump, and Brad Pitt at the Spirit Awards. (Getty Images) The term was most recently used (here in Celebritology and basically everywhere) to describe Angelina Jolie's bulging midriff. Though she and partner Brad Pitt haven't officially admitted...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/03/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 02/20/2008

Celebritology 101: Star-Crossed Sex Tapes

Gene Simmons's family jewels find their way to a new venue. Pam Anderson has one. So does Paris Hilton. Hilton's is credited with launching her from so-so celebutante into the stratosphere of super-stardom. Which may explain why the celebrity sex tape has morphed from an image killer into a PR strategy for careers on the verge of extinction. Though it doesn't always work. Former "Saved by the Bell" child star Dustin Diamond (aka Screech) found himself the momentary butt of late night jokes about his own sex tape before he was sucked back into the obscurity from whence he came. His coinage of the phrase Dirty Sanchez now has more mileage than his name. Still, so recognizable are sex tapes as a marketing ploy that Eva Longoria even took part in a spoof tape -- in which she continuously preens for the camera -- for the Will Farrell-run site...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 02/20/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebritology 101, Celebritology 101

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 02/13/2008

Frank's Law: Cracking Down on the Paparazzi

Yesterday, we had a serious discussion about the proposed "Britney Law." If passed, it would create a 20-yard "safety bubble" around paparazzi targets. Most poll respondents deemed the idea a good one, though the debate that followed leaves the door open for questions about the legality of limiting the press -- be they notebook-wielding wire stringers or camera-toting insta-paps. It's no surprise, though, that Celebritology field agent Frank Thomason had a completely different take on the Britney Law. In fact, he's taken what had the makings of a modest eyebrow-raiser and given it the va-va-voom befitting the name "Britney." Herewith, Frank's proposed changes to the Britney Law: 1. Paps have to use cameras from the 1930s that weigh at least 20 pounds and have those gigantic flash bulbs. 2. Barring that, no cameras should be allowed in the vicinity of a celeb -- paps must use a sketch artist or...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 02/13/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebrities

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 02/11/2008

Comment Box: Celebs Who Give, Give, Give; 'Lost' Overload?

(Getty Images) Which A-listers give the most actual monetary donations to charity? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion Based on the most recent hard data I could find, Oprah Winfrey is the giving-est celeb of all. Like her or not, In 2006 alone O gave more than $58 million to various charities, including her South African school, her Angel Network and various other organizations. Celebs aren't just valuable assets to charitable orgs for their wallets, but also for their ability to raise awareness and inspire us average Janes to emulate their acts of goodwill. Coming next month to a TV near you, Oprah launches "The Big Give," a new reality show that gives contestants bundles of cash and challenges them to lavish it on worthy causes. And, for a non-Oprah example, look back no further than last week when Madonna raised some U.N. hackles and $5.5 million...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 02/11/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

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)
Categories:  Hollyweird

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/16/2008

The Oprah-fication of America

Oprah's on! And on and on and on... (Getty Images) Okay, we've talked about Oprah Winfrey here before. And either you people are humoring my distaste for the doyenne of daytime or the average Celebritology reader is so far out of the mainstream you'd send Bobby Trendy into cardiac arrest. What has inspired my doubt, you ask? The continued creep of Winfrey's influence into popular culture. Someone -- a lot of someones -- it seems, is watching, emulating, buying. How else to explain O's unchecked sprawl into TV, satellite radio, film, magazines, books, Broadway and politics? The latest front in this woman's seemingly unstoppable ubiquity is cable television. Discovery networks yesterday announced the creation of OWN -- the Oprah Winfrey Network, set to launch next year in approximately 70 million homes in America. From the AP story: Winfrey envisions the programming dealing with issues such as money, health, weight,...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Winfrey

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/14/2008

Comment Box: Update -- Madonna and Child

Madonna and David Banda visit Malawi in April 2007. (AP) How is Madonna's adopted son doing? -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion All outward indications point to a thriving David Banda, the now two-year-old Malawian Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie added to their family in October 2006. In fact, British tabloids reported last week that the Malawi government official charged with monitoring Madge and David has recommended that the singer be granted full custody of Banda, writing: "Mrs. Ritchie presents a confident and able parent. There are clear indications that David is becoming a happy, secure toddler. It is in the best interest of the child to remain in her care." In fact, Madonna, Ritchie, daughter Lourdes (11), son Rocco (7) and Banda spent the New Year holiday celebrating the good news at a palatial Indian resort. The adoption is expected to be officially granted in April....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/14/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 01/10/2008

Creative Captioning: Inside Joke?

Why are these women laughing? Giddiness? Nerves? Recreational pharmaceuticals? One can only guess what could possibly inspire this level of human emotion from robo-Bride Katie Holmes and Diane I-Never-Met-a-Prom-Tux (or-a-Cheesy-Movie-Script) I-Didn't-Like Keaton. One thing of which we can be sure? Much merriment can be made at their expense. That's where you come in. Go ahead, tickle our funny bone. Point and laugh. Skewer with your best, umm, skewer. Share your creative caption below. The best entry will be elevated to a position of prominence here in the blog and the writer of that entry may call him (or her) self "Official Celebritology Captionologist" for the week of Jan. 6 - 12. Honorable mention will be made of the most rabid rant(s) about the inanity of caption contests. (Getty Images)...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:32 AM ET, 01/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Creative Captioning

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/08/2008

Comment Box: Celebs Love (Not So Candid) Cameras

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt went all the way to Namibia to escape the glare of the paparazzi waiting for the birth of baby Shiloh-Nouvel. To further defuse exclusive-seeking paps, they released this official family portrait to People in June 2006. (Getty Images/People Magazine) Washington, D.C.: Why do celebrities complain about a lack of privacy then sell photos of their babies and weddings to OK!, People, Essence, etc.? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion Because they are fickle. Because they like being in control of the message and the medium. Because they are all suffering from multiple personality disorders. Okay, maybe not. Let me try again: The real answer is probably as complex and nuanced as the people we're discussing. Hmmm.... Third time's the charm? Celebrities are people, too, goshdarnit and when something's good for us, we tend to go with it. When it hurts us, we...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 12/21/2007

Friday List: 2007's Top Celeb Surprises

Jamie Lynn Spears's pregnancy was only the latest addition to a year rife with Celebritological surprises. Below, the Celebritology Field Agent Guild and I have compiled a list of the items we found most surprising over the last 12 months. Some are silly, some are serious -- all took us by surprise. The list is far from comprehensive, so add your own below. Papa-wow! Kevin Federline. (AP) * K-Fed -- he of the jaw-droppingly inept rap career and Britney's shadow -- emerges as a good parent (at least when compared with baby mamma Britney). He's got primary custody of kids Sean Preston and Jayden James while Brit continues her shame spiral. * Jennifer Love Hewitt and Tyra Banks are fat? So sayeth some seriously dysmorphic "critics." Snark clearinghouse TMZ.com headlined one bikini shot of Hewitt "We know what you ate this summer, Love -- everything!" Nice. * Tony Parker gets...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 12/21/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Friday Lists

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 12/11/2007

In Praise of Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts walks the red carpet at the L.A. premiere of 'Charlie Wilson's War.' (AP) Every so often we take a break from the snark, push aside our vitriolic hate of Diane Keaton and get all doe-eyed here at Celebritology central. Like any other average Jane, we're (I'm not putting on airs. I refer to myself and my dog, Page.) susceptible to the charms of brilliant, shimmering star power -- especially when that wattage is the equivalent of green energy. Which is a nerdly way of saying "good." And so today, we gather to sing the praises of one Julia Roberts -- who has again been popping up on red carpets to promote her new movie, "Charlie Wilson's War." She of the big eyes and big smile. She who lives her life largely away from the wack crowd we normally track here. She who pretty much plays herself in...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 12/11/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  In Praise Of..., In Praise Of...

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 11/16/2007

The Great 'Star Wars' Debate

Modern mythology: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in the original 'Star Wars.' (Twentieth Century Fox) Today we depart from our regularly scheduled programming to continue a debate that began in yesterday afternoon's Celebritology Live chat. If you weren't in on the initial flare up, here's the gist: Last week, one of the Onion's pop culture writers reportedly (though we can't seem to find the piece online and it might've just been another Onion-flavored ruse.) admitted that she'd never seen the original "Star Wars" trilogy and, furthermore, didn't plan to see the movies since she got plenty of the references from parodies and the like. On the level or not, a heated debate about the relevancy of Lucas's movies was ignited. Many chatters, like me, consider the original "Star Wars" must-see viewing for any self-respecting student of pop culture, film or science fiction. But a small, vocal band...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 11/16/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Pop Culture

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 11/12/2007

Comment Box: Domestic Bliss for Rachael Ray?

Rachael Ray. (PR Newswire) I saw Rachel Ray [sic] on the Inquirer [sic] (I think) again. Is her husband still spittin' on girls? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion You, sir or madam, have a rare ability to communicate much with an economy of words. Hats off. Now to answer your question. As you so delicately point out, this isn't the first whiff of scandal to swirl around Ray and wannabe rocker husband John Cusimano. Almost exactly a year ago the Enquirer ran a story claiming that Cusimano paid some enterprising young thing $500 a session to have her spit on him and rub her dirty feet on his body. Was EVOO involved? We don't know. Now the Enquirer is raising the red flag over Ray's marital bliss again, claiming the domestic diva has kicked hubby Cusimano out after he cheated on her (again). And, back in...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:01 AM ET, 11/12/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/06/2007

A Decidedly Non-Rosie Outlook

Rosie at an October 'Celebrity Detox' signing. (Getty Images) When Rosie O'Donnell walked away from "The View" after last spring's serial spat with conservative nemesis Elisabeth Hasselbeck, I cheered. It wasn't so much because I'm a Rosie-hater (though, in the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I'm not her biggest fan). Rather, it was because she decried the split-screen treatment of the shout-down. She'd had enough, she said. She didn't want to be "Hannity & Colmes," she said. She was tired of it all and wanted to return to the comfort and quiet of her family. Good on her. But, alas, she lied. Hours (at least in Celebritology time) later, O'Donnell was pushing herself back into the national blather-feuled dialogue by posting pseudo-cryptic blog slams to anyone in arm's reach (Hasselbeck, Barbara Walters). And just a few short months after her abrupt departure from daytime talk, she...

By Liz Kelly  |  12:00 PM ET, 11/06/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebrities

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

Comment Box: A New Brangelina Baby?

IMDB reported yesterday that Angelina Jolie is expecting another child. Is the world ready for this? Do you think they'll escape to Africa again? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion Reports that Angie and Brad may have another genetically-gifted kid on the way rekindled last week after Jolie canceled a planned lecture at an academic conference titled "The Flight of the Hummingbird -- The Future of Children in the Mind and Society of the World." Camp Brangelina is, understandably, not addressing the rumors. However, one Letizia Manjani, a spokesperson for the center where Jolie was scheduled to speak -- who would doubtless be privy to Brangelina's family planning and the chosen vessel to carry their news to the world -- did have this to say: "Angelina canceled last week. Due to her privacy I can't confirm her pregnancy, but I can say that the Italian newspapers are correct...

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

Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 11/01/2007

Morning Mix: Dog the Bounty Hunter Sorry for Racist Rant

Kelly Osbourne poses at last night's 'National Television Awards' at London's Royal Albert Hall. (AP) Headlines: Britney Spears bemoans "cruel" world to Ryan Seacrest (listen), kitty cat's herself up for Halloween... Duane "Dog" Chapman apologizes for racist rant (listen)... Heather Mills says Paul McCartney not protecting her and daughter Beatrice... Tom Cruise says married life is "lovely"... Lance Bass says he was married for "five minutes"... Oprah chops off Hilary Swank's hair for charity... "Prison Break's" Lane Garrison sentenced to 40 months in prison on DUI conviction... Vincent "Don Vito" Margera convicted on two sex counts... Kristy Swanson assault charges dropped. Rumor Mill: Man says Britney Spears invited him to snort cocaine off her chest... Did a newly-clean Lindsay Lohan try to order a drink?... Sting visits New York strip club. Chat Day: Join me live at 2 p.m. ET for this week's power hour of Celebritology Live. Housekeeping:...

By Liz Kelly  |  07:57 AM ET, 11/01/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daily Mix

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 10/29/2007

Comment Box: Royal Wedding? Katie's Net Worth?

Prince William and Kate Middleton in February. (AP) What do you think is going on with Prince William and Kate? I think they are secretly engaged. What do your secret, royal Weblinks tell you? And is there a really good Website [sic] for following such things? Thanks. -- Submitted via last week's Celebritology Live discussion If I had to take a guess, I'd say Kate and Wills are two young people (they're both 25) trying their best -- despite an inordinate amount of scrutiny -- to explore the viability of a relationship. And this professional celeb watcher errs on the side of giving these two a wide berth to do so. After all, Wills lost his mother partly due to the overzealous attention of the paparazzi. He deserves a little space, as does rowdy younger brother Harry. That said, here's what we know: Kate and William began dating sometime...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 10/29/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 10/26/2007

Friday List: Dream Show Marathon?

'Ab Fab's' Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. (AP) washingtonpost.com's new Channel This TV blog is my new go-to spot for post-show analysis of Celebritology-critical TV fare like "Dancing With the Stars," but sometimes the heart longs for the TV of seasons past. That's where EW's Mandi Bierly comes in. Earlier this week, Bierly asked EW readers to share picks for the ultimate dream show marathon. Bierly opted for a non-stop dose of "America's Next Top Model" while commenters' choices were all over the dial -- from the obvious ("Lost") to the mystifying ("Head of the Class"). Today we build upon EW's list by adding our own recommendations (which may come in handy around D.C. this weekend if the rain keeps falling). My picks, in no particular order: - "My So-Called Life" (Angst. Growing pains. Teen romance. Perfection.) - "Absolutely Fabulous" (Love it.) - "Deadwood" (Who can get enough Al...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 10/26/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Friday Lists

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 10/24/2007

Trouble in the Kidman-Urban Paradise?

(Reuters) When asked about her level of marital bliss, Nicole Kidman recently told Interview magazine that marriage is "beautiful and complicated" and that you "never know where something's going." Some would take this as refreshingly honest. Here in Celebritology 101, though, where we are fluent in celeb speak, Kidman's words took our interest in this still young union to DefCon 1. Could Kidman be telegraphing an unstated message? Is there trouble in what has been, until now, a rocky first year of marriage? To recap: Kidman married country singer, and fellow Aussie, Keith Urban in June 2006. Four short months later Urban checked into rehab for treatment of alcohol abuse. After three months in recovery, Urban emerged in January to announce plans for a world tour, which continues through mid-December. Kidman, in the meantime, has continued to work at a frenzied level, with three movies hitting theaters in 2007...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 10/24/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 10/22/2007

Comment Box: We (Heart) Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling. (AP) Did you read the article about Ryan Gosling in GQ [The Loner]? I like him more after every interview. Hopefully he can keep his head on straight as he becomes more famous. Seriously, he's quality. -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion Maybe I'm biased because not 24 hours ago I was utterly charmed by Gosling's portrayal of a lovable misanthrope in "Lars and the Real Girl." If you haven't seen this movie yet, go now. I'll wait. I'm being unreasonable, yes? Okay. Since you may not be able to get to the theaters until lunchtime, you'll have to content yourself with the trailer for now. (Aside: Read all about RealDolls here. ) Okay. Now that we're all up to speed -- yes, I did read GQ's peek inside the life of the guy who has transcended his early work as a child actor (see...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:32 AM ET, 10/22/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 10/19/2007

Friday Follies: Waste a Day the Celebritology Way

List-a-palooza This Friday I present a trio of lists from other sources with which to while away the few short hours until the official start of the weekend. None particularly lends itself to much outside input, but all three are well worth your precious surfing time. 1. Top 10 Topical Halloween Costumes Everyone Will Be Wearing Even Though We Wish They Wouldn't. Best Week Ever presents their list of the season's top annoying and inevitably ubiquitous disguises. From JT's "SNL" song parody to an iPhone to a post-life Anna Nicole Smith, this list is not for the faint of heart (and possibly not safe for work). 2. Worst Movies Directed by Actors. For those of us who didn't realize that Nicolas Cage and William Shatner have both spent time behind the lens, this list is edifying. For those among us who are fans of "Braveheart" and "The Cable Guy," this...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 10/19/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Friday Lists, Friday Lists

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 10/11/2007

Creative Captioning: Kiss and Tell

What are the odds? One week yields two photos of stars sandwiched between a set of big-haired smoochers. Up top, Bruce Willis is comfortably flanked by actress Eva Mendes (left) and model Petra Nemcova while, below, new "View"-er Whoopi Goldberg gets a double-dose of Muppet love from new character Abizo (left) and that ticklish rake Elmo. But which makes better Creative Captioning material? That, should you choose to accept it, is your mission. Find the hidden ironies, the fantastical absurdities, the immature yuks in one (or both) of the above photos and post it below. The best entry will be elevated to a position of prominence here in Celebritology land and its writer crowned Official Celebritology Captionologist for the week of Oct. 7 - 13, a title not to be taken lightly as it entitles the bearer to myriad delusions of grandeur. (Top: Getty Images, Bottom: AP) Winning Captions: 1....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 10/11/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Comment Box: Leave Hannah Montana Alone

I can't wait til Hannah Montana gets a little older and then crashes like Britney and Lindsay and Paris and Nicole. She's headed there. What do you think? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live chat I'm including this crass question because it reminded me of a perception that I see pretty often -- usually from folks who profess a certain distaste for celebrity news: The belief that all starlets are on an unstoppable collision course with what we will hereby dub "The Brit-down." Definition: Brit-down The period of time in which a young female celebrity may experience one or more of the following: -- An ill-advised romantic entanglement resulting in an Internet sex video, a short-lived marriage or an obsession with Marilyn Manson. -- An addiction to drugs, alcohol, paparazzi cameras, plastic surgery, hair extensions, tanning salons or Taco Bell. -- Jail time, rehab or an alcohol-monitoring anklet. --...

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

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 10/04/2007

Creative Captioning: When Billy Met Jack

Thanks to the American Film Institute's 40th anniversary celebration for bringing together the unlikely pair below. From the balding pates to the black blazers, these two could almost be clones if it weren't for the fact that a true genetic match would have probably resulted in both of these ghosts of Hollywood past being ridiculously talented. In any case, this mismatch makes rich fodder for this week's Creative Captioning exercise in which you tell us what's happening below. The best entry will be elevated to a position of prominence here in the blog and the writer of that entry may call him (or her) self "Official Celebritology Captionologist" for the week of Oct. 1 - 5. C'mon, give it some thought. Submit more than one. All work and no play makes [your name here] a dull boy/girl. (AP) Top Captions: 1. You can't handle the receding hairline. -- Irish_Ed 2....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 10/04/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Creative Captioning

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 09/27/2007

Creative Captioning: Spect(o)ral Analysis

This much we know: Just moments after a judge declared a mistrial in the murder case against Phil Spector, he and wife Rachelle exited the L.A. Superior Court. What we don't know, though, speaks volumes. What thought was going through the reclusive music producer's mind here? Is his wife elated or secretly annoyed that he'll be home to share the hairspray for quite some time? If anyone knows, it's you. Share your alternate captions below. The best entry will be elevated to a position of prominence here in the blog and the writer of that entry may call him (or her) self "Official Celebritology Captionologist" for the week of Sept. 23 - 29. Deliver your sentence(s) below... (AP) Winning Captions 1. Phil Spector can't believe the "Wall of Crap" defense was so effective. -- lydacole 2. People lots people nice people photo snap-snap sunny day apple scruffs BOIL SNUFFY BUNNY!...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 09/27/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Creative Captioning

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 09/24/2007

Comment Box: A McCartney-Mills Update

What is the word on the train wreck that was the Paul/Heather divorce - has it become civilized? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion Maybe under-the-radar would be a better term than "civilized." Either way, we haven't heard much in the past couple of months about this high-profile split. Shocking when you consider this survey finding that the Macca split eclipsed terrorism and human rights as Britain's biggest legal story of the year. There was a whiff of excitement late last month when Paul, who along with Mills is vacationing (separately) in the Hamptons, was spotted cuddling up to Renee Zellweger at a Tom Petty concert. Still, one "friend" tells London's Daily Mail that Mills and McCartney are now "friendlier than ever." Prompting, of course, the inevitable speculation that once-troubled couple may yet reconcile. A quick scan of Macca news this morning returns nothing more scandalous -- and...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 09/24/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 09/13/2007

Creative Captioning: Courtney Love's Celebrity Skin

Oh Courtney, have you ever looked so used up as this? You're a rock goddess -- not only did you marry grunge martyr Kurt Cobain, but you turned out two defining albums with your own band, Hole. We want to love you, but you scare us. And, thanks to the snapshot below you've landed in a very bad place -- as the subject of this week's Creative Captioning contest. Let me explain. Inspired by your pic, Celebritology readers will craft hilarious captions -- some innocuous, some catty, some absurd and some borderline offensive. Doubtless some tsk-tsking will take place to admonish us all for having a little bit of fun at your expense. But, hey, at least you're not wearing Comme Des Garçons (I think). The best caption will be elevated to a position of prominence here in the blahg and its writer will earn the right to tattoo his...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 09/13/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Creative Captioning

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

Comment Box: When Does Celebrity End?

My question is, when does someone stop being a celebrity? At what point do we say, "This person does not have talent, never had talent and is now losing whatever looks made her a compelling pop idol for the tween set?" -- Posted by jes to Britney Spears: The Naked Truth Good question, Jes, and one that came up again last night following Brit's cringe-worthy VMA performance. One Celebritology reader vented her frustration about Spears news, questioning the time we devote to a woman whose career is clearly flatlining. But almost immediately, reader H3 chimed in with a formula that sums up our continued interest in Brit: "Sure, there are plenty of performers with more talent, but how many performers have more celebrity? If the blog were Talentology, we could get rid of her... but I think Britney is here to stay!" And, for better or worse, H3's formula applies...

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

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 09/06/2007

Creative Captioning: Debbie's Hairy Get Up

This week, I'm chagrined to find Debbie Harry the focus of our weekly exercise in snarkology. She's an icon. A goddess. She's Blondie, dammit. But, after spotting the photo below, well, how could I in good conscience pass up this rich opportunity for a little dose of creative captioning? Harry (who recently admitted that she'd injected sheep embryos in a bid to retain her youthful looks) it seems, deemed her ensemble appropriate to wear at a launch party for Tommy Hilfiger's new book, "Iconic America: A Roller-Coaster Ride through the Eye-Popping Panorama of American Pop Culture." Eye-popping, indeed. But surely we can do better. Share your own alternate captions below. The best entry will be elevated to a position of prominence here in the blog and the writer of that entry may call him (or her) self "Official Celebritology Captionologist" for the week of Sept. 3 - 7. (AP) Winning...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 09/06/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Creative Captioning

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/04/2007

Comment Box: Larry Craig -- Celebrity?

I'm Larry Craig and I'm not a celebrity. (AP) Arlington, Va.: So, has Larry Craig gone from minor celebrity (sitting Senator) to being notorious (bathroom cruiser)? And what is the dividing line? -- Submitted via last week's Celebritology Live chat In other words, when does a name (one that might be recognizable to, say, those who follow Idaho politics or the NRA) cross the molecular barrier into infamy? Because, if I understand your question, you do appreciate the difference between a bona fide celebrity and someone of Craig's stature, whose name -- whose entire existence -- will forever serve as a sort of shorthand for a bouquet of salacious circumstances which, combined, give him the approximate celebrity quotient afforded to Monica Lewinsky's blue Gap dress. Which is to say that Larry Craig, at least in these rarified halls where we presume to make serious study of all things Celebritological,...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:30 AM ET, 09/04/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 08/30/2007

Creative Captioning: Chris Kattan's Racket

Another week, another mildly embarrassing B-lister photo op. This week's offering features Chris Kattan -- one-time "SNL" funnyman (Mango) and game-show host hopeful -- at a U.S. Open Kids' Day event. Surely we can do better than the AP, though, in coming up with a caption to describe this perfect storm (the miniskirt, the stripe of zinc oxide on the schnozz, the oversized tennis racket, the strained smile) of freakishness. The best entry will be elevated to a position of prominence here in Celebritology-land and the writer of that entry may call him (or her) self "Official Celebritology Captionologist" for the week of Aug. 27 - 31. (Check out last week's winning caption.) (AP) Top Five Entries: 1. "Does this skirt make my career look bigger?" -- DJ 2. "Hey, can someone take a picture of my descent into obscurity?" -- madfoot 3. Kattan whips out his own camera when...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 08/30/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Creative Captioning

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 08/27/2007

Comment Box: Tim Gunn, Preg Celebs and 'High School Musical'

Is there another season of Project Runway? I love that show, but it seems that Tim Gunn now has his own show on Bravo. -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live chat Yes, shooting wrapped last month and season four is set to debut on Bravo Wednesday, Oct. 24. Despite some contract wrangling, Bravo managed to secure Gunn for this season, though his participation in future seasons may not be so sure. Gunn is also now chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne and will launch his own fashion makeover show "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style" (premiering 10 p.m. on Sept. 6.). The busy D.C. native, whose father worked for J. Edgar Hoover and mother for the CIA, will also be making an appearance Sept. 30th at the Baltimore Book Festival to promote his new book "Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style." I heard that Halle Berry and...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 08/27/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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)
Categories:  Miscellaneous

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 08/13/2007

Celebritology 101: Vacation Tips from the Stars

Pam Anderson and Kid Rock married while vacationing in St. Tropez in July 2006. They divorced after only four months of marriage. Tip? Vacation hook-ups do not always a life-long commitment make. (AP) Last week while vacationing in North Carolina's Outer Banks, I couldn't help but get a little envious as I flipped through pages and pages of bikini-clad celebs looking camera-ready and rested as they spend the dog days of August in far-flung locales where nine-hour gridlock, 100-degree heat and sandy sheets are not considered the epitome of relaxation. It was perhaps while gazing at the zillionth pic of fake-baked Paris Hilton or a topless Matthew McConaughey (or maybe after too much sun and wine) that I received the following revelations. I now share them with you. 1. A vacation without paps is like the earth without oxygen. Why expend the effort to squeeze into a wet suit...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 08/13/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebritology 101

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 07/20/2007

Friday List: Unlikely Celebritology Headlines

Inspired by smarty-pants Gene Weingarten's Googlenope experiments, McSweeney's hilarious list of lists and a predilection for the absurd, today we convene to create an alternate Celebritology universe, one where anything is possible and the improbable is to be expected. How? By creating a list of headlines we would probably never see in Celebritology. Our mission today is to craft headlines so outrageously unlikely, yet logical enough to make a twisted kind of sense. Like so: Paris Hilton Beats IBM Chess Computer Britney Spears Thanks the Academy, Fans for Top Acting Honor President Willis: 'Yippee-ki-yay, motherf***er.' No More Albums from 11-Years-Dead Rapper Tupac Shakur Frances Bean Cobain Thanks Mom for Solid Start Brad Pitt: Woody Allen an Inspiration You get the idea. The 10 best headlines (as judged by an esteemed panel consisting of me and editrix Nancy Kerr) will be chosen and displayed here Monday. Let's get started......

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 07/20/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Friday Lists

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 07/16/2007

Comment Box: Rumor-Debunking Central

What is up with Lionel Richie's most recent ex-wife? Wasn't she arrested for helping her boyfriend perform plastic surgery in her bathroom of all places? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live chat Well, this is a breath of fresh air. Usually the name Richie is only uttered here in association with Lionel's emaciated Hollywood daughter -- you know, the one who is simultaneously looking down the barrel of an August DUI trial and pregnancy. No wonder she needs such big sunglasses. Anyhow, I digress. You asked about the second ex-Mrs. Richie -- Diane Alexander -- who asked for $300,000 a month in spousal support when she filed for divorce in 2004. Alexander, who met Richie when she was an 18-year-old back-up dancer, included the following demands as part of her needs post-Lionel (as reported online at divorcemag.com): Her court declaration also lists a yearly expense of $20,000 for plastic...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 07/16/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 07/12/2007

Highbrow: Checking in With the Cognoscenti

(Joe Hadley for washingtonpost.com) Today we christen a new feature, Highbrow, which will take a somewhat regular look at the world beyond (dare I say "above") the tabloids and paparazzi-driven blogs we normally frequent here in Celebritology (though, we do love them). From our own Style, Op-ed and Outlook sections to sister pubs like Slate and Newsweek and trusted tastemakers Salon, The New York Review of Books and the U.K.'s Guardian, Highbrow hopes to provide you with a little more meat for your daily diet of celebrity culture. Featured: Brand It Like Beckham Slate.com Slate's latest Primary Source document is a six-page ad agency storyboard detailing plans to promote David Beckham's arrival on ESPN, set to the Beatles' "Hello, Goodbye." Best line: "Cut to a middle-aged Spanish woman at a newsstand in Madrid, crying as she reads tabloid articles about Beckham's move. Mascara runs down her cheeks." Beyond the...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 07/12/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Highbrow

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 06/26/2007

Celebritology Clip n' Save: A Little Help for Kelly Clarkson

(Sony BMG) Back in 2002, Kelly Clarkson was the first in a new breed of pop stars -- a bona fide minted-by-us "American Idol." Six seasons later, the "Idol" market is awash with wannabe singers foisted on a public saturated with Hudsons and Picklers and Aikens, oh my. You know it's tough when "soul patroller" Taylor Hicks is headlining bars in Dewey Beach, Del. Kelly Clarkson was different, though. She actually caught fire. Her name worked its way into household ubiquity and was given the pop culture stamp of approval when it was screamed as an epithet by "The 40-Year-Old Virgin's" Steve Carrell. She won Grammy awards and Billboard Awards and People's Choice Awards and even Radio Disney's coveted "Best Sleepover Song" award for "Since U Been Gone." And, most importantly, clawed her way into the U.S. pop charts with seven top 10 hits, making her a bankable investment...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 06/26/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Clip N' Saves

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 06/20/2007

Cast Your Lizzies Votes

Cast Your Votes Now Last year, Celebritology readers made their mark on the annual awards season when we launched the inaugural Celebritology Honors (aka The Lizzies). This year, the Lizzies are back -- bigger, better and blingier than ever before. Cast your votes in this year's five categories, culled from a list of your nominations: Biggest Celebrity Train Wreck, Best Celebrity-Obsessed Web Site, Best Mug Shot, Most-Shocking Split and Most-Admired Celebrity. Voting will be open through Tuesday, July 3 and winners will be announced Monday, July 9....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 06/20/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Awards Season

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 06/01/2007

Friday List: The Dream Theme

Concept drawing of Hogwarts. (Photo courtesy Universal Studios) As reported in this morning's Mix, Universal Studios yesterday announced plans to open a Harry Potter theme park in 2009 -- finally creating a long-overdue Mecca for rabid Potter fans. Visitors will lose themselves in a "fully immersive Harry Potter themed environment" that will include recreations of Hogwarts, Hogsmeade Village, the Forbidden Forest and offer "experiential shops and restaurants that will enable guests to sample fare from the wizarding world's best known establishments." Not being much of a Harry Potter fan, though, I'm left cold by the thought of seing a faithful facsimile of Dumbledore's office, let alone surrendering my ducats to J.K. Rowling's sprawling empire. Surely, we can do better by crafting a wish list of movies that deserve the theme park treatment. To get us started, I took a quick survey of a few trusted Celebritology field agents. A...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 06/01/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Friday Lists

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 05/08/2007

Comment Box: Elia Kazan, Go Ahead and Watch

Martin Scorsese looks on as director Elia Kazan brandishes his lifetime achievement Oscar. (AP) "A Face in the Crowd" is a[n] Elia Kazan flick. We still blackballing him, or can I watch this now? -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion You're referring, of course, to the director's 1952 testimony to Joseph McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in which Kazan named eight of his old friends as members of the Communist Party. Though Kazan later argued that the names were already known to the committee, he was thereafter dropped by many former friends and colleagues and made the target of a "reverse blacklist" that (some argue) limited his exposure and his career. In 1999 Martin Scorcese and Robert DeNiro led Kazan on stage to receive a lifetime achievement Oscar to the applause of stars like Karl Malden and Vanessa Redgrave (though some, like Ed Begley, Jr. and...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:30 AM ET, 05/08/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 05/01/2007

Celebritology 101: Phil Spector's Dreadful Locks

Phil Spector is seen in court via closed circuit TV on April 26. Gallery: Spector's Hair Through the Years Forget Sanjaya's fauxhawk or Britney's shaved pate. When it comes to harebrained hairstyles, Phil Spector lays the competition to waste. Whether supporting a globe-like 'fro or a demure pageboy, the legendary rock and roll producer has proven that a little dab will do you (if your aim is convincing the rest of the world that you are, indeed, "relatively insane.") Which may be just the right cut if Spector's legal team decides to mount an insanity defense in his trial for the alleged murder of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. The much-postponed court proceedings finally got underway last Wednesday in Los Angeles, though a sick lawyer has delayed the case for at least today. Peruse this gallery of Spector's hair over the years, from '60's mod to new millennial...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 05/01/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebritology 101

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)
Categories:  Miscellaneous

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 04/10/2007

Report Card: TomKat Gets Schooled

Matchy-Matchy-ness: Towering six inches over one's spouse? Grade: D. (Getty Images) How are Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes faring as they approach their five-month anniversary? Celebritology attempts to make sense of Hollywood's most inscrutable relationship by applying the one-size-fits-all high school report card approach. Don't worry TomKat, no pesky standardized testing here, but as my high school guidance counselor would say, perhaps you'd better apply to more than one safety school. Romance Gone are the days of Tom devouring Katie on international red carpets. Body language says it all, kids, and pix like this speak volumes. Rumors of Tom's micromanagement of Katie's career and her hours-long calls to Victoria Beckham for advice on how to cope with Cruise's controlling ways only add to overall concern. Grade: D Friendships Aside from the above-mentioned Victoria Beckham, Katie seems to spend most of her time with her credit card and baby Suri....

By Liz Kelly  |  11:23 AM ET, 04/10/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  TomKat, TomKat

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/27/2007

Celebritology 101: The Art of the Blind Item

Which pop diva makes her friend go out undercover to get fried chicken so her mom doesn't find out? Which pop megastar celebrated his visit to NYC last week with an east Village go-go dancer and gay-for-pay rent boy? "He was fat, completely hairless and doesn't really like being touched," says the young gentleman. Which starlet amuses friends by carting her cocaine around town in a simply darling little Hello Kitty change purse? Sometimes there is no more satisfying read than the questionable, and often ridiculously sublime, blind item. As in the examples above, the blind item -- long a staple of gossip columnists hoping to avoid messy litigation or add a little spice to an otherwise slow news day -- hits that irresistible sweet spot between salacious hearsay and our desire to fill in the blanks. Of course, here at Celebritology we would never engage in blind item generation...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 03/27/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Blind Items, Blind Items

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/26/2007

Comment Box: Britney's Promise, Sanjaya's Future

Any idea of the cred of the rehab facility Britney was in? I think it's called Promises? She leaves after 26 days -- usual stint is 30 or 45. -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live chat Promises has been in business for 18 years and the facility's Web site boasts that celebrities, grandparents and heads of state looking to get clean have all chosen them for treatment. And, in fact, previous alums include Charlie Sheen and Ben Affleck. While I can't seem to find any mention about length of stay on the site, prospective clients can peruse a Web gallery featuring pix of the oceanfront property, activities like horseback riding and orchid blossoms placed serenely on beds. The facility reportedly runs $1,600 a night and most clients stay a minimum of 30 days. Maybe Tom Cruise should check himself into rehab, the celeb fashion of the moment. Oh, wait....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 03/26/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 03/22/2007

Morning Mix: Carmen Electra Says She's Not Dating Joan Jett

Headlines: Gisele Bundchen denies pregnancy rumors... Rep says hypoglycemia responsible for Nicole Richie's fainting spell... Paul McCartney signed to new Starbucks music label, sends Heather Mills flowers after dance debut... Photo: Jacko's ninja kids... Russell Crowe to make directorial debut... Elton John releasing all his albums online... Vivica A. Fox arrested for suspected DUI... Calvert DeForest (aka Larry "Bud" Melman) dies... Woody Harrelson's father dies in Supermax prison. Rumor Mill: Carmen Electra denies she's dating Joan Jett... Angelina Jolie sells rights to pix of new son... Tom Cruise orders Katie Holmes to cut back on shopping, calls Beckhams 18 times in one hour. Mystifying Quote of the Day: "If I looked like a tire, they wouldn't even give a damn. And I'm not that hot, trust me." -- Dina Lohan invokes auto parts to help explain why the paparazzi are fixated on her relationship with daughter Lindsay Celebritology Live: Don't...

By Liz Kelly  |  08:22 AM ET, 03/22/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daily Mix

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/06/2007

Celebritology 101: Celebrity Secrets Revealed!

(Courtesy Simon & Schuster, Inc.) Thanks to the proliferation of breathless blogs covering the sort of things we here in Celebritology 101 use as our primary syllabi material, we live in an age of instant gratification when it comes to getting a fresh whiff of the dirty laundry generated by our celebrity lab rats. One can hardly turn on a cable news channel or even safely check one's e-mail box without learning -- seemingly within hours, if not minutes -- that Britney Spears has whaled on a SUV with an umbrella, that Paris Hilton reportedly accessorizes her bathroom with big piles of "white powder" or that Scientology (as practiced by celebrities) is, like, weird. One almost forgets that there was a time when the Hollywood spin machine was able to keep scandalous revelations -- like sexuality, child abuse, substance abuse and even run-of-the-mill partying -- far away from the...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 03/06/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebritology 101

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 03/01/2007

'Lost' Analysis: Hurley's Magic Bus

With Liz out this week, Jen Chaney has parked her VW bus in the Celebritology spot reserved for "Lost" analysis. Read on for a breakdown of last night's Hurley-O-Rama. As always, SPOILERS FOLLOW SO DON'T CONTINUE IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED YET. After last week's episode -- a.k.a. the Bai Ling Debacle -- I was hoping that the "Lost" plot development train would get back on track. But once again we were treading Dharma Initiative water (or was that beer?) last night, with a mildly entertaining episode that delivered scarcely any meaty information about The Others or the island's umpteen unsolved mysteries. Still, this Hurley-centric installment about the father he lost and the beat-up VW bus he found on the island delivered a few decent moments. Among them: Hurley's touching graveside speech to his lost Libby; a cameo appearance by Cheech Marin as Hurley's pops; the reappearance of beloved dog Vincent;...

By Jen Chaney  |  10:51 AM ET, 03/01/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lost

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)
Categories:  Miscellaneous

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 02/23/2007

Friday List: Celeb-Zeros -- Running on Fumes

Hey, Charo was on 'Fantasy Island' twice. (20th Century Fox Television) In yesterday's Celebritology Live chat, some anonymous genius posed this fabulous question: Who invented this notion of people who are famous for being famous? I'm not sure who invented the notion, but over the years we've been subjected to or fascinated with an array of talentless, yet seemingly ubiquitous, celebrities. The current crop of celeb-zeros is presided over by Paris Hilton, who has managed to turn her lack of skills into a cottage industry, spawning a (relatively contrived) reality show and a lucrative sideline as a paid party guest. And she's not alone -- gossip pages now regularly track the sons and daughters of the famous, recording every drunken revel or, umm, parachute jump to feed our inexplicable appetite for these empty calories. Yesterday's chatters came up with the start of a fabulous Friday list, dropping names like...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 02/23/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Friday Lists

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 02/16/2007

Friday List: Stars We Hate to Love

A couple weeks back I unwittingly set off a torrent of star-hating when I unburdened myself of a lifelong, and somewhat inexplicable, aversion to Diane Keaton. Three-hundred-plus comments later, an initially tentative response had morphed into a cacophony of contempt by the end of the day. I only can imagine if I had detailed my much deeper abhorrence of Dabney Coleman. The mind reels. (Aside: In an informal and highly unscientific count Angelina Jolie emerged as the most-hated celebrity for Celebritology readers. She was closely trailed by Oprah Winfrey and the "insouciant" Gwyneth Paltrow.) Although we offered up varied reasons for our loathing, the common thread was an immediate and visceral dislike. Today, after prompting from Celebritology readers, we turn this mother upside down and -- keeping in mind that this is a (mostly) anonymous forum -- come clean about the stars we hate to love. Yet again, Liz takes...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 02/16/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Friday Lists

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 02/08/2007

Lost Episode 7 Analysis: It's Back, Baby

***Spoilers Ahead*** If you haven't yet watched Wednesday night's mid-season premiere, please visit ABC.com to do so before proceeding. Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell), a woman with a lot on her mind. (Photo courtesy ABC) Yesterday in the comment section of the look-ahead post here in Celebritology, reader Janie used the term "nerdgasm" to describe the frenzied next-day discussions of "Lost" in her office each week. Thank you, Janie, for giving our bliss a name. Let the nerdgasm begin. I was skeptical going into last night's show. After three long months to stew over a mediocre fall season, I didn't have high hopes for the return. After all, the six fall shows had only served to dilute the plot, drop vital threads and kill off one of my favorite characters (Mr. Eko). Then I made the mistake of watching the hour-long infomercial preamble at 9 p.m. Hosted by Damon Lindelof and Carlton...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 02/08/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lost, Lost

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 12/19/2006

Celebritology Holiday Guide: Four Presents of the Apocalypse

If you're like me -- and I hope you're not -- you delight in giving perverse gifts. My long-suffering family has been victimized by years of Velvet Elvis paintings, blankets depicting hawks or unicorns, Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia and other assorted straight-to-the-basement items. My Christmas miracle is that I have not yet been disowned. As the final installment in this year's Celebritology Holiday Guide, I offer four celebrity-related presents that are just plain wrong and, therefore, sure to make you the hit of any holiday celebration. (Courtesy Charisma Brands, LLC) 1. Freakish Dolls Designed by Marie Osmond Remember Marie Osmond? Half of the toothy smiling wholesome Donnie & Marie show back in the '70s? Well, turns out this Mormon teen angel prototype is now a dollmaker and, in collectible doll circles, apparently well-respected. Surprise your loved ones with a $25 gift certificate or just go right for the jugular by...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 12/19/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday Guide

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 12/11/2006

Celebritology Holiday Guide: Stars By the Book

Have someone on your holiday gift list who won't sit still for "Access Hollywood" or the "E! True Hollywood Story" but is spellbound by "Inside the Actors Studio," hanging on James Lipton's every well-chosen bon mot? I know the type: the closet celebritologist -- scoffing at your Us Weekly subscription, while surprisingly well-versed in the latest starlet scandals. So sad. This holiday season indulge their "academic" interest in celebrity with one of the following books, sure to win approval from even the most tabloid-averse entertainment buff. (Courtesy Melcher Media) The Pop-Up Book of Celebrity Meltdowns By Heather Havrilesky, Bruce Foster and Mick Coulas From the Publisher: "...puts you front and center as ten of the most spectacular public crack-ups of our day unfold before your eyes... Open the page to trigger a wardrobe malfunction and watch as Janet Jackson bares all at the Super Bowl... Pull the tab and see...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 12/11/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday Guide

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 12/08/2006

Friday List: A Star-Studded Wish List

If he only had a brain. (Photo illustration by Mr. Liz for washingtonpost.com) Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore because Kevin Federline is making news for trying to become a better person. Yep, you heard that right, K-Fed -- borrowing a page from "The Wizard of Oz's" Scarecrow -- is trying to get his own brain. If K-Fed's fondest wish is for a little gray matter to fill his empty head, what quality or essential item do stars like Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Jennifer Aniston need to head into 2007 stronger than ever? This Friday we'll play the role of the Great and Powerful Oz by identifying the one thing celebrities need to be complete this holiday season. To get the list started, below are a few examples compiled with Celebritology field agent Frank Thomason: Britney Spears: Maturity (though a publicist would be a close second)....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 12/08/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Friday Lists

Posted at 07:44 AM ET, 12/06/2006

Morning Mix: Report: Aniston and Vaughn Break Up

Headlines: Report: Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn split... Chris Evert to pay ex $7 million in divorce... Jenny McCarthy says she and Jim Carrey don't plan to marry... Following split from pregnant Scary Spice, Eddie Murphy wants paternity test... Farrah Fawcett finishes cancer treatment... Jackie Chan injured on "Rush Hour 3" set. Rumor Mill: Is Beyonce lying about her age?... Paris Hilton wants kids -- four of them and soon; is she back with Stavros Niarchos?... Family -- and L.A. Department of Children & Family Services -- worried about Britney Spears's partying... Was Jessica Simpson's meltdown caused by a wardrobe malfunction?... Ron Wood calls Rod Stewart "Hollywood-ified"... Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody split... Michael Jackson won't face new molestation charges... John Waters releases Christmas music compilation. BREAKING NEWS: Losties take note -- ABC announced that "Lost" will be moving to 10 p.m. ET when the show returns in February. Celebritology...

By Liz Kelly  |  07:44 AM ET, 12/06/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daily Mix

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/01/2006

Celebritology Clip 'n' Save: A 12-Step Plan for Britney Spears

Spears at last week's American Music Awards. (AP) Since filing for divorce from Kevin Federline in early November, former pop princess Britney Spears has been making a very public metamorphosis. At first, all was good -- a svelte, glam Spears visited David Letterman, was spotted meeting with former publicist Leslie Sloane-Zelnick in New York, and reportedly worked on a new album (though it's rumored that partying took priority, leaving Pharrell Williams hanging in the studio). But the week of Thanksgiving, something happened. Something named Paris Hilton. And Britney went from triumph to tabloid overnight. All is not lost, though. Britney -- who celebrates her 25th birthday tomorrow -- can still turn this quarter-life crisis around and come back bigger than before. Here's how: 1. Step away from Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Harpies are not suitable playmates. 2. Relinquish all faith in your own judgment. Instead, rely on the...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:45 AM ET, 12/01/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Britney Spears, Britney Spears

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 11/30/2006

A Musical List Smorgasbord

Long-time Celebritology readers know there's nothing I like more than a list. What is more satisfying than second-guessing someone else's taste? Not much, it turns out. We've been critiquing lists here for the better part of a year now and, may I be the first to say, we have impeccable taste. I couldn't agree with us more. Today, we have a trio of music-related lists to dissect: Teen Spirit, the Bestest Smell Fans of "I'm Too Sexy" might want to sit down: Nirvana grunge-breaking "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was named the best pop song of the last two decades by Britain's Q magazine. To make the list a song must have been released in the past 20 years and be "instantly memorable." Which explains why stinkers like Britney Spears's "...Baby One More Time" and Eminem's "Stan" made the list. Twice As Nice If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 11/30/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Friday Lists

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 11/07/2006

Celebritology 101: When Egos Attack

A certain amount of ego is required to be successful in the entertainment world -- a certain amount of self-aggrandizement is not only expected, but necessary to get out your brand: you. But somewhere between the in-your-grill braggadocio of professional wrestlers and self-deprecating shtick of Woody Allen and Albert Brooks, one should strive to strike a happy balance between egomaniac and wallpaper. If only this lesson had been available last week, before Kanye West stormed the stage when his "Touch the Sky" failed to win best video at the European MTV Awards. West grabbed the mike and proceeded to hold forth about why he should've won -- his video cost $1 million and starred Pamela Anderson. But wait: On Monday, "sources" told the New York Post that West's hissy fit was a "prank" designed to spoof his cocky image. Do you think this man is joking? I'm not buying it....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 11/07/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebritology 101

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 10/18/2006

Celebritology Clip 'n' Save: My Name Is Lindsay Lohan, and I am a(n)...

Lindsay Lohan recently shared a few naive quaint innocent aspirations with InStyle magazine: "I want to get married before I'm 30. And have my house. And make the kind of record I want. And I'd like to win an Oscar before then," said the 20-year-old. (People.com) In the interest of helping Lindsay achieve one, if not all, of these goals, Celebritology offers a handy 12-step tip sheet (below) that Lindsay can print out, laminate and carry in her purse at all times -- next to the subpoenas. About that stylist... (AP) A Few Quick Tips for Hollywood's Teetering-est Celebutante: 1. Go to college. (See Foster, Jodie; Danes, Claire; Portman, Natalie; Stiles, Julia -- i.e., women with careers beyond Page Six who never show up on TMZ.com) The experience will be invaluable, and it will give the Olsen twins one less thing to lord over you. 2. This is kind of...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 10/18/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lindsay Lohan, Lindsay Lohan, Lindsay Lohan

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 09/26/2006

Celebritology, the Religion

In the beginning, washingtonpost.com had a great idea. It would be a blog about culture and simultaneously feed and examine the insatiable appetite for celebrity gossip, photos and general table scraps. It would be called "Celebritology." The Church of Celebritology marches in Telluride's 2005 Independence Day parade. (Photo courtesy Brian Werner) Brian Werner, a Telluride, Colo., technical consultant also had a great idea. It involved turning a magnifying glass on our culture's burgeoning idolization of actors, musicians, models and bold names in general. He would also call it "Celebritology" and, along with a busload of friends, march in a 2005 Independence Day parade carrying signs bearing images of the new gods -- Tom, Katie, Brad, Angie, Madge, Lindsay -- and messages like "What Would J.Lo Do?," "Britney's Baby Will Be Bring Balance to the Force" and (my favorite) "Jim Caviezel Died for Our Sins." It was inevitable that one day,...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:34 AM ET, 09/26/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Fans, Extreme Fans, Extreme Fans

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 09/12/2006

Report: Britney Gives Birth

A preggo Britney introduces husband K-Fed at August's Teen Choice Awards. (AP) The National Enquirer (I know, I know) is reporting that Britney Spears gave birth around 2 a.m. this morning to a second son. The report is short on details and credibility, so if anyone spots any corroboration or updates, please add to the comments section. From the Enquirer: "Kevin took Britney to the hospital in the evening hours of Sept. 11 to prepare for the Cesarean birth," an insider said. Only her mother Lynn, and her sister Jamie Lynn were present at the birth. None of Kevin's family was there. ---------------- Celebritology field agent Alicia Castiglione contributed to this report....

By Liz Kelly  |  01:09 PM ET, 09/12/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Britney Spears

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 09/12/2006

Celebritology 101: The Art of Cheek!

Today we turn our attention to the satisfying pleasure afforded by a well-written headline. Particularly in the world of celebrity news, a headline can make a paper buyable, a link clickable and elevate the subject matter from the mundane to the sublime. The surreally sublime, that is. The New York tabloids have made a passable sport out of headline-writing, mainly relying on the power of the pun to sell a few more copies. Still, New York has nothing on the British, who win the world title for clever cheeky headline-writing. No contest. Some recent examples: 'Drunken Twit' Tarrant Thrown Out by His Wife for Canoodling Busty Liz is Simply the Chest Lo' Unsteady as She Goes! It's the vocabulary, you see. The British press has embraced the colloquial and freely use slang and the latest in pop culture references (see above's "Unsteady as She Goes") when composing. Also, gone is...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:44 AM ET, 09/12/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebritology 101

Posted at 07:49 PM ET, 09/11/2006

TomKat Make the Scene at Redskins Game

TomKat cruises FedEx field. (Reuters) Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes turned up for the Redskins' season opener tonight at FedEx Field. Savvy stars that they are, they've already adopted the Skins' fan uniform of designer suit and tie for him, black turtleneck for her and -- absolute de rigeur at a night game -- sunglasses for both. The Reliable Source has the scoop on the entire family's (including Isabella, Connor and Suri) visit to new backer Dan Snyder's Potomac home and their Sunday outing to Six Flags. Celebritology field agent Frank Thomason contributed to this report....

By Liz Kelly  |  07:49 PM ET, 09/11/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  TomKat, TomKat

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 09/08/2006

A Hot Fall for Celeb Watchers

Summer is now over. Gone are the long, hot days of subsisting on Lindsay Lohan bikini pix and Jen and Vince's yes/no/maybe we're dating game. If Celebritology were a sport, I'd say our season has officially kicked off. The last few days alone have provided us with enough water cooler talk to cause a noticeable slippage in national productivity: Tom Cruise apologized to Brooke Shields, Rosie and Katie made their debuts, and we finally saw little Suri. Paris takes a call after her arrest for suspected drunk driving. (AP) I didn't dare hope for more. But then Paris Hilton (video) went and got herself arrested for suspected drunk driving. Could it be that the Celebritology gods are smiling on us? Yes, I think so. Because post-arrest Hilton gave a radio interview and said she was driving fast because: "I was just really hungry and I wanted to have an In-N-Out...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:28 AM ET, 09/08/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daily Mix

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 08/09/2006

Celebritology 101: Lindsay Lohan & the Celebrity Spin Machine

Believe what I say, not what I do. (AP) Pay close attention to what comes out of the mouths of celebrities. They may not always mean what they say. They probably didn't actually come up with these words (remember, most are paid performers) and in most cases their utterances -- whether on Entertainment Tonight or surrounded by salt-of-the-earth villagers in Namibia -- are calculated to add value to their brand. Imagine them henceforth as officially sanctioned sociopaths very carefully manipulated by an able band of helpers. Below we study an annotated version of a very commonly used celebrity device in attempted image rehabilitation: ---- Lohan Wants to Visit U.S. Troops in Iraq The Associated Press Celebritology Annotation in Italics NEW YORK -- Lindsay Lohan says she wants to go to Iraq with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and entertain American troops there. Lindsay Lohan has suffered some big setbacks in...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:45 AM ET, 08/09/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebritology 101

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 07/25/2006

Gene's Mid-Morning Mix

Headlines: Is Celebritologist Liz Kelly sleeping with me?... Celebritology attempted to reach Liz for comment, but she was on vacation and unavailable... More on this story as it develops... Angelina is leaving Brad for Stan... Justin issues an apology!... Oprah, Ozzie Osbourne and O.J. all begin with O!... Teen idol Marcel Dildorama does not exist yet but will next week... K-Fed, J-Lo, Jay-Z secretly swap hyphens, triggering 100-point drop in Dow; analysts call it a "needed correction"... Was Tony Kornheiser seen stinking drunk, necking with his 17-year-old Filipina nanny at 2 a.m. over Oysters Rockefeller in Red Sage last Friday? Not that I know of... Why, have you heard something?... Kim Jong Il admits he is circumcised... Photos surface of Kelly-Weingarten love tryst... Dr. Dre performs quadruple bypass surgery... "My art is a visual pun," he says, enigmatically... That filthy Snoop Dogg gesture turns out to mean "I respect women...

By Gene Weingarten  |  10:20 AM ET, 07/25/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daily Mix

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 07/17/2006

Comment Box: Not Wussy Enough by Half

The response to Blender magazine's list of "Wussiest Rock Acts" and "Wussiest Songs" -- linked to here last Friday -- inspired a quick and heated reaction from perceptive Celebritology readers, who clearly know wuss rock when they see it and they did not see it reflected in Blender's list: "...Peter Frampton anyone? The Sgt. Pepper movie should have convinced everyone, including Peter himself that he's a wuss And what about the BeeGees?? I don't consider them "rockers" but they seem to... so I think it's perfectly fair to put them at the top of list (actually, perhaps the whole cast of the Sgt. Pepper movie should just be #1)?" -- BB Not only did they leave off Michael Bolton, they left off Kenny G and Barry Manilow (Mannillow?). How can 'Mandy' not be the wussiest song. -- Tiff "What? A list of all-time wuss rockers that doesn't even INCLUDE Journey?...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:31 AM ET, 07/17/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 07/06/2006

Celebritology 101: Mariah's Purple Passion

Celebritology 101: Mariah's Purple Passion Listen up, here's another for lesson Celebritology 101's growing syllabus: Do not look to the stars for advice or guidance on politics, diet, exercise, money management, driving or realistic aging. Mariah Carey before embarking on her purple foods regimen. (Getty Images) Although some undoubtedly live sensible, exemplary lives (the ones you don't hear much about outside of press junkets), you can never be sure when a seemingly level-headed personality will detour into the land of the absurd. Absurdity can take the form of sitting in a tree for extended periods of time, penning self-help books, acting as one's own stylist and, as you'll read below, dispensing illogical dietary advice. Mariah Carey, long considered a wit of some reknown acclaimed the world over for her demure outfits and scholarly bearing, has shaken my faith in her "smarts" by declaring that henceforth she will only eat purple...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 07/06/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebritology 101

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 06/30/2006

Morning Mix: Lil' Kim's Independence Day

Headlines: Star Jones Reynolds says she was told to "make up a story" about her departure from "The View", calls Barbara Walters a "hypocrite"; Rosie O'Donnell avoids questions about the rift... Lil' Kim to be released from prison Monday... War of words between Tori and Candy Spelling continues... Police nab thief of Jolie-Pitt baby shower photos... Denise Richards selling home next door to Heather Locklear's... Childhood crush responds to Taylor Hicks... Axl Rose says he was mistreated by Swedish police following Tuesday's arrest... "Ghostbusters 3: Ghostbusters in Hell" in production for planned 2008 release... Comedian Jamie Kennedy ("Malibu's Most Wanted") releasing rap album. Rumor Mill: Nicole Richie spotted "cuddling" with Matt Dillon... Scottish Hilton employee refuses to give Paris special treatment (how long till he's, like, fired?)... Pierce Brosnan to reprise role in rival Bond film? Celebritology Honors: Haven't voted yet? Paris Hilton and Kevin Federline are vying for title...

By Liz Kelly  |  08:44 AM ET, 06/30/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daily Mix

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 06/29/2006

A "View" I Could Do Without

If we weren't already in the midst of a very important vote here at Celebritology, I'd be tempted to offer another poll asking the burning questions arising out of all this Star Jones Reynolds/"View" fallout: Who cares? Who watches "The View?" And can the rest of this shrewish coven go away along with Jones Reynolds? The "View" crew in happier days -- February. (AP) To quickly recap for those of you lucky enough to have missed this: In April, Meredith Vieira announces she's leaving "The View" to co-host NBC's "Today." Soon after, ABC announces Rosie O'Donnell will take over Vieira's empty chair on "The View." Rumor has it Rosie wants Star gone by the time she arrives in September. Executive producer Barbara Walters denies this or any other changes to the lineup and the morning gabfest returns to normal (or as normal as it can be considering the show's inane...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 06/29/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  TV

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)
Categories:  Miscellaneous

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 06/26/2006

And the Celebritology Honors Will Be...

In what can only be described as a turnout worse than that of the last presidential election, we have declared a winner in the poll determining our inaugural Celebritology Honors. To quickly recap: A couple of weeks ago I asked for nominations for an award that Celebritology will bestow on a deserving celeb on a yearly basis. Last Friday, you voted for your favorite ideas. Today, along with unanimous agreement from an in-house council, we have a clear winner -- or winners, rather. The ideas were so good, we weren't able to limit the fun to just one award. The Yearly Celebritology Honors will be: 1. Celebrity most likely to be insignificant if it weren't for the paparazzi and celebrity tabloids/blogs. (29.1 percent of votes, nominated by reader Maybe Jones) 2. Most inane comment, demonstrating complete self absorption and cluelessness. (13.5 percent of votes, nominated by reader jmsbh) 3. Most...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:44 AM ET, 06/26/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Comment Box

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)
Categories:  Miscellaneous

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 06/21/2006

Tom and Nicole, Together Again...

...here in today's edition of Celebritology, that is. Made ya look! Anyone want to bet on how long it will take this note to turn up on eBay? (Reuters) Nicole Plies Paparazzi with Beer The "Smart Celebrity of the Week" award goes to one Nicole Kidman, who yesterday sent a case of beer out to the sweaty horde of photographers camped outside her Sydney home. With her wedding to country crooner (and fellow Aussie) Keith Urban rumored to be coming up this weekend, she may have just ensured that her wedding day (or night) will be free of gate-crashing lensmen or circling helicopters. See, because all the paparazzi needed to tame their invasive ways was to be treated like fellow human beings, to be given even an ounce of human kindness, to be accorded the dignity and respect they have so long lacked. They have feelings, too. And of course...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 06/21/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 06/20/2006

My Celebrity Eating Disorder

Time for another lesson in Celebritology 101, in which I point out something rather obvious, mix it up with something you (hopefully) haven't seen before, then arrive at an unexpected conclusion, which may or may not make sense in relation to the rest of the piece. Today's lesson is a double-header: Once you're a celebrity, privacy evaporates and no matter how mundane, there is an audience for anything celebrity related. Don't pay any attention to the hideous visage of Johnny Knoxville chowing down on a snow cone. (AP) To illustrate the above, I share the following re-enacted anecdote. On Friday night, I was overcome by a serious craving for pictures of celebrities eating. Having already wasted $4.99 on "Hostel" on OnDemand, I was desperate for entertainment. Did I dare hope for such a treat? I dared. My appetite was sated by a quick Google search and the No. 1 return:...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 06/20/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebritology 101, Celebritology 101, Celebritology 101

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 06/15/2006

Help K-Fed Tell His Story

If only there were a cheesy movie about this guy's life. (AP) This is the stuff that Celebritology dreams are made of: Kevin Federline wants to make an '8 Mile' style film -- about himself. The fledgling rapper --who is married to pop star Britney Spears -- is reportedly seeking wealthy sponsors to back his project, which would cast him in the lead role. (Full Story) And although K-Fed has apparently already penned his own script, I thought it might be helpful for us to bolster his effort by suggesting some of the major selling points of his movie. So, today's assignment is to craft a K-Fed movie pitch of 200 words or less. For inspiration, I direct you to the eminently bookmarkable Query Letters I Love and a few humble efforts (crafted with help from all-star guest contributors): A young drifter (K-Fed) arrives in Las Vegas to become...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:45 AM ET, 06/15/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebrities

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 06/06/2006

The Best Scare Fare

Let's take a break from celebrity gossip today to discuss something really important. In case you hadn't realized, today is in fact the number of the beast. My name is little creep boy. (AP/20th Century Fox) I'm not the only one sacrilegiously calling attention to the fact -- the day has been proclaimed the "National Day of Slayer" (though neither washingtonpost.com nor Celebritology endorse any of the suggested festivities) and 20th Century Fox has cleverly chosen today to open the Liev Shreiber/Julia Stiles remake of "The Omen." (There are also plenty of innocuous non-Lucifer-related associations with June 6, as well. For instance, National Yo-Yo day). Sure, "666" and horror films are the stuff that idiotic urban legends and a gazillion conspiracy theories are made of, but hey, who doesn't appreciate a good scary movie from time to time? Okay, I can name at least five people in my circle of...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:52 AM ET, 06/06/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Pop Culture

Posted at 02:30 AM ET, 05/04/2006

Be Back on Tuesday

Celebritology will be dark for a few days (Thursday through Monday) while I'm out on vacation. Have a great weekend, keep up on celebrity headlines and I'll see you here bright and early Tuesday morning. -- Liz...

By Liz Kelly  |  02:30 AM ET, 05/04/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Housekeeping

Posted at 01:31 AM ET, 04/06/2006

Till Next Week...

Celebritology will be taking a break while I'm out on vacation for the next couple of days. I'll be back on Monday morning, but in the meantime scan washingtonpost.com's Entertainment News section for breaking celebrity news (in fact, I just peeked and learned that Eminem and Kim Mathers have split up, again. Oy.) See you next week!...

By Liz Kelly  |  01:31 AM ET, 04/06/2006 |  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)
Categories:  Miscellaneous

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 03/02/2006

About This Blog

Celebritology is a hobby almost all of us engage in -- consciously or not. Some unapologetically subscribe to People, Us and are regulars watchers of Entertainment Tonight, while others eschew all celeb-centric news, dismissing it as the worst by-product of our collective culture and any attention paid to the galaxy of stars as base voyeurism. But it is our culture and somewhere betwixt the two ends of the continuum are the stories to which we are all drawn -- in admiration or disdain: A royal wedding, a Michael Jackson trial, Tom Cruise's take on psychology or Sean Penn's Op-eds on the war in Iraq. You may worship them, you may despise them -- but we all have an opinion on them. Each day, this blog will highlight the middle of the continuum -- the stories we're all talking about -- and open a dialogue about why they're so compelling. But...

By Liz Kelly  |  04:40 PM ET, 03/02/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Housekeeping