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Here's Beyonce's new limited edition Pepsi can.  

Love it, right?!

The All-American superstar scored a $50 million deal to promote the soft drink.  So expect to see more of Beyonce on Pepsi cans, advertisements and in-store displays.

The singer, who sang At Last for President and Mrs. Obama's first inaugural dance, made headlines during the 2012 presidential campaign when she and husband Jay-Z hosted a fundraiser for the president.  No word yet on whether she or Jay will have a role in the president's second inaugural festivities.

What we know for sure is that you can catch Bey on New Year's Eve performing at the Wynn Hotel in Vegas.  Can't make it Sin City? Or can't pay a mint for tickets? Well then you can watch Beyonce's Pepsi-sponsored half-time show during the SuperBowl.


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Obama for America - Virginia posted this photo of BD Wong to Facebook.  Wong appears to be standing outside of an Obama campaign office, just 38 days before the election.  The post asks supporters to volunteer for the campaign before time runs out.

Virginia is a battleground state again this election cycle.  Prior to Obama's 2008 victory in Virginia, Virginia had not been won by a Democratic presidential candidate since President Lyndon Johnson won the state in 1964.

We love, love, love Wong as Dr. George Huang on one of our fave TV shows, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit!  Wong has also had roles in the HBO series Oz and the movie Jurassic Park
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Jay-Z and Beyonce hosted a fundraiser for President Obama at Jay's swank 40/40 club in New York, and Beyonce was smitten by President Barack Obama!  Just look at her gushing at the President in this photo that Jay posted to facebook.  

Adorbs!  How can anyone not love Bey?

And what do we think of Bey's hair, dress, and makeup? Stunning, stunning, and stunning. She wore a curve hugging, red Oscar de la Renta dress and side swept, 1940s glam styled curls.

One hundred people paid forty grand apiece to chill with President Obama, Beyonce and Jay.  Hey, if I were part of the 1%, I'd drop forty gees for this event too, even if for no reason other than Vanity Fair described it as "better than George Clooney's."

Guests mingled and sipped champagne in Jay's newly renovated (to the tune of $10 million) club.  "To Jay and Bey, thank you for your friendship," the President said. "Beyonce could not be a better role model for my girls."


So the guitarist in Rage Against the Machine,  Paul Ryan's favorite band, called Ryan an "extreme fringe right wing nut job." Sometimes love isn't mutual.

Read guitarist Tom Morello's op-ed on Paul Ryan in Rolling Stone over here.




Jimmy Fallon's first job made his grandmother cry! 


WTF was he doing, right? Doesn't sound funny all. 

Check the vid to see.





Jimmy Fallon's first job made his grandmother cry! 


WTF was he doing, right? Doesn't sound funny all. 

Jimmy dishes the deets in this White House video.





Piers Morgan's interview with actress Charlize Theron aired Friday. In addition to chatting about her new movie Young Adult and her hunt for a new man, the actress gave viewers a glimpse into her political background and views:

  • Charlize has voted only twice in her life: once for Nelson Mandela and once for Barack Obama. (C'mon, Charlize, you gotta start voting more often!)

 

  • She wants Democrats to do more. "I wish Democrats would put more action into what they tell people," she told Piers. (Hmm.. in what way, we wonder.  Wish she had gone into more detail on this one.)

 

  • Charlize doesn't think people should be able to go all willy nilly with gun ownership.  "I don't think anyone should have a semiautomatic weapon for anything," she said.  Sadly, the actress is no stranger to gun violence.  In 1991, she saw her mother shoot and kill her father, who was drunk and shooting at Charlize and her mom.  The actress notes that this tragic experince may have influenced her views on gun control.

 

  • She is so in favor of gay marriage.  "I think love is love, and we should all have the same rights."

 

  • Charlize, an immigrant from South Africa, noted that her first language is Afrikaans and she still struggles with her English sometimes.

 

You can check out the trailer for Charlize's new film, Young Adult, below. 

President Obama announced Wednesday that he will appoint pop star Shakira to the President's Advisory Council on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Shakira has been an education advocate since 1995, when she founded the Barefoot Foundation to operate schools and education projects in Columbia, South Africa and Haiti.

In 2010, Shakira and her Barefoot Foundation formed an alliance with the World Bank to create educational programs for children across Latin America. She also served as the 2008 Honorary Chair of the Global Campaign for Education's Global Action Week and a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund in 2003.

Shakira is a founding member of  Latin America in Solidarity Action, a coalition of artists and business leaders seeking to promote integrated early childhood public policies.

 

 

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Left to Right: Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Five Executive Producer Kristin Hahn, and actress Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston was in Washington, D.C. Monday promoting breast cancer awareness.

Dressed in a black turtleneck and jeans, the actress met Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, in Alexandria, Virginia (my hometown!).  Together they toured the breast cancer center at iNova Alexandria Hospital (where I used to be a candystriper).

The women then headed over to the Ronald Reagan Building for a reception and screening of Five, a Lifetime anthology of five short films that chronicle the experiences of five breast cancer patients. Jennifer executive produced the movie and directed one of the short films.  (Demi Moore and Alicia Keys also directed films.) 

Later that evening, Jennifer joined boyfriend Justin Theroux, Jeanne Tripplehorne (who plays an oncologist in Five), and Patricia Clarkson (who plays a cancer patient in Five) for dinner at Fiola Da Fabio Trabocchi on Pennsylvania Avenue.  Jennifer had the white truffle pasta.



Actress Rosario Dawson was in DC Wednesday night to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Voto Latino.  Voto Latino is a non-profit organization that works to get out the Latin vote.


 


Colombian pop star Shakira stopped by the White House Monday to meet with President Obama and Veep Joe Biden.  The singer, who is a long-time children's advocate,  discussed early childhood development issues with the president and veep. 


Shakira was in Washington on behalf of the ALAS Foundation, a nonprofit coalition of Latin artists, a nonprofit coalition of Latin artists, business leaders and intellectuals that promotes public policies in support of early childhood education in Latin America.  Shakira is also a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and the founder of the Barefoot Foundation, which focuses on creating access to education for children.


After her White House visit, Shakira headed to the World Bank to announce the World Bank's Early Child Development Program, which will spend $300 million on children's educational programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. 


Above, check out the video of Shakira's World Bank appearance and watch her discuss child development issues with Greta Van Susteren on FOX News over here.


 


 

 

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The President's Committee on Arts and Humanities just got a little more fashionable.  Sarah Jessica Parker and Vogue editor Anna Wintour are new members of the Committee.

Other celebs just named to the Committee are Forrest Whitaker, Alfre Woodard, Edward Norton and Yo-Yo Ma.

According to its website, the Committee works with "the three primary cultural agencies - National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) - to initiate and support key programs; to recognize excellence in the fields of arts and humanities; and to encourage private-public partnerships around those disciplines." 

The Committee was established in 1982.

 

Nicole Kidman on Hill.jpgNicole Kidman testified before before the House Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Wednesday.  She asked for $1 billion to help combat violence against women around the world.

Ms. Kidman wore a black pant suit, nutral makeup and her hair styled in large, loose curls. 

 

 

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When it comes to helping children and families with AIDS, Nigel Barker is a "top model" advocate.  Barker, who is best known as a photographer and judge on America's Top Model, is a longtime supporter on the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and champion for public policies that help children with AIDS. 

Barker recently accompanied  the foundation's president and CEO, Pam Barnes, to Capitol Hill for an advocacy visit with Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY).  Barker and Barnes spoke with the congresswoman about the foundation's policy work; programs in Africa preventing HIV transmission from mothers to infants; and treating children, mothers, and families living with the virus.

Barker was also shooting material for an upcoming documentary about the foundation's history and current efforts to eradicate pediatric AIDS. He recently traveled to Tanzania filming clinics suppoted by the foundation and talking to mothers and children with AIDS. The documentary is scheduled to have its premiere at an event in DC sometime in the fall.

Big and Rich.

Is that the name of a band or the description of a dream husband? (That. was so. bad. Just tasteless really.)

Anyway, Big and Rich is an American country duo comprised of Big Kenny and John Rich.  One member of the duo, Rich, is known for his politics as much as his music.  He openly supported John McCain during campaign '08, and even wrote a song - Raisin' McCain - for him. 

Now Rich is publicly expressing his opinion again with song.  He ain't happy about the corporate bailouts that the auto and banking industries received from the U.S. government. Oooh, he's pipin' hot about it! And when a country singer gets mad, he doesn't get even...he gets to writing music.  (Well, if he writes a crappy song and you have to listen to it, then we guess it's fair to say that he gets even. But Rich usually writes good songs.) Anyway, here's the fruit of Rich's displeasure: Shutting Detroit Down .

 

 

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Brad Pitt (center) on the Hill with House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC).

...lookin' sha-mokin' hot!!!!

Oh, and lobbying....

Brad dropped in on Prez Obama at the White House to chat him up about continued efforts to rebuild New Orleans post-Katrina.  Then he swung by the Hill to touch base with House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi about the same thing.  Brad's "Make It Right" foundation builds homes for residents of New Orlean's lower 9th Ward who lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina.

Watch this bit of political porno below. (He talks!   Giggle.)

 

 

Sarah Palin and your typical environmentalist - not exactly BFFs.  Actress, animal lover and environmental advocate Ashley Judd (in cahoots with Defenders of Wildlife) is taking potshots at Palin for her stance on wolf killing.  "I am outraged by Sarah Palin's promotion of aerial wolf killing - this cruel, unscientific and senseles killing has no place in America," Judd said.

You can watch Judd's video attacking Palin here.  Then check out articles by the Associated Press and Reuters if you would like more info.

Since the release of Judd's video, Palin has defended her policy as animal control. "Alaskans depend on wildlife for food and cultural practices which can't be sustained when predators are allowed to decimate moose and caribou populations," Palin said in a statement. "Our predator control programs are scientific and successful at protecting vulnerable wildlife."

So what's this brou ha ha over Proposition 8, and why did someone make a musical about it?

It all started when the California Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is a-okay, opening the gates of matrimony to same-sex couples.  Gay rights opponents were appalled, so they came up with Proposition 8: a California ballot initiative that sought to change the California state constitution to restrict marriage to boy-girl couples only.

Prop 8 passed with flying colors (presumably not rainbow colors) and gays could marry no more...   Hence the drama. 

Gay and gay friendly Americans were angry and offended, so they began to protest.  Some picketed, others wrote articles, and one - Academy Award and Tony Award winner Mark Shaiman - created a musical with an all-star cast, great show tunes and dancing.  Fabulosity aside, the gist of the musical is this: Prop 8 = hate.

Asked by Keith Olberman how the muisical came about, Shaiman said "As you can tell from the video, it clearly all started when I was born really, really gay...."

 

Elisabeth Hasselbeck introduced Sarah Palin at a rally in Tampa this weekend. 

"As you can see, Sarah Palin sure is a woman who knows how to dress," Hasselbeck said. "I'm actually personally most impressed, you know, by her accessories, like the flag pin that she wears...."

We noticed that Hasselbeck's speech style, intonation and mannerisms  are almost identical to Sarah Palin's.  Shared speech coach, perhaps? If we weren't watching Hasselbeck, we would think Palin was speaking.  Just an observation...


Anyway, Hasselbeck did well, looked great and got a warm reception from the crowd.  Here's a clip of her speech.


 


Whassup in 2008?

Ever wonder whatever happened to the whassup guys from the Budweiser commercial?  Yeah, we never cared either. But here's an update on them anyway...

 

Elisabeth Hasselbeck View site.jpgElisabeth Hasselbeck will join Sarah Palin on the campaign trail this weekend.  The McCain/Palin campaign hopes that Elisabeth will help attract more women to the ticket. 

We thought that's what Palin was for, but she hasn't been as effective as the campaign would like.  A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that 56% of women say they question McCain's judgement because he picked Palin as his running mate.

Elisabeth represents the lone conservative voice on The View.  She recently spoke against the media's focus on Sarah Palin's $150,000 new wardrobe with, "Are you looking into Joe Biden's supposed botox shots in his forehead?"  Ouch.

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Natalie Portman wants you to vote early for a change.  She filmed this video in Cincinati, Ohio at her grandma's house for voteforchange.com. Voteforchange.com is supported by the Obama campaign.

 

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel say it's good to think outside the box, but it's not good to vote that way. Here's their "vote in the box" song and dance for Barack Obama:

 


Hat Tip: Maegan Carberry

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The economy sucks, so we thought we'd tickle your funny bone to make you feel better.  In this David Letterman clip, Chris Rock gives Bill Clinton the heads up that Hillary lost.

 

 

So, did Chris have you rolling on the floor, laughing your ass off?  Or did you take offense to his comments? 

Do you think the Clintons support Barack Obama for real or just in public because they "have" to?  Holla in the comments, yo.

U.S. Senators better prepare for an avalanche! Oprah Winfrey asked her millions of viewers today to call, write and email their U.S. Senators and tell them to "vote yes on Senate Bill 1738--The PROTECT Our Children Act."  If passed, The PROTECT Our Children Act will fund additional law enforcement support to catch child sexual predators.

"We need to put pressure on our U.S. Senators to bring [the Act] to the floor," Oprah said on her show. "And we don't want them to just bring it to the floor; We want them to pass it."

Oprah has posted the contact information for every U.S. Senator on her website, along with a pre-written letter in support of the bill that viewers can just sign and send to their senators.  You can visit Oprah's web page dedicated to passing the bill right here.

Oprah, known for her philanthropic efforts as well as her media success, is a long-time supporter of child advocacy causes.

 


 

 

Actor Matt Damon is totally freaked out that John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate.  

At 72, McCain is no spring chicken. Damon fears that if McCain wins the presidency, he'll kick the bucket while in office and Palin will become president. "You do the actuary tables and there's a one-out-of-three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn't survive his first term and it will be President Palin . . . It's like a bad Disney movie," he said. 

Why would the Disney movie be so bad?  According to Damon, Palin is wholly unqualified to lead the country.  " 'I'm just a hockey mom from Alaska.' And she's the president," he said. "And it's like she's facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It's absurd. It's totally absurd."

He continued, "I don't know why more people aren't talking about how absurd it is. It's a really terrifying possibility,"


A Democat and Barack Obama supporter, Damon contributed $4,600 to Obama's campaign and $28,500 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

(This post - especially the video - is dedicated to my sister Jen, who thinks Matt Damon is dee-lish!)

Boy George released a video for the pro-Obama Yes We Can song.  It features Amy Winehouse and David Bowie.

 


Uhh... We just don't know what to say.... Thoughts? Tell us in the comments.

 

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Heidi Montag and Lauren Conrad at the White House Correspondent's Dinner in April 2008.  Getty Images photo from here.

And while we're on the topic of The Hills, turns out Lauren Conrad is a Republican just like her frenemy Heidi Montag. While at the White house Correspondent's dinner last April, Conrad clapped enthusiasticlly when a reporter from New York magazine asked her if he should vote for a Republican.  When he asked if he should vote for a Democrat, she wrinked her nose. 

Frenemy Heidi endorsed John McCain earlier this year, and the senator responded that he "never misses an episode of The Hills."

 

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Meghan McCain and Heidi Montag outside The Ivy on the Shore in Santa Monica, CA. Photo from US Weekly (uhh.. over here).

Meghan McCain and Heidi Montag did lunch recently at The Ivy on the Shore in Santa Monica, CA.

Polichicks reported earlier that Heidi Montag, LC's frenemy on The Hills, endorsed John McCain for President.  To that, McCain responded: "I'm honored to have Heidi's support, and I want to assure her that I never miss an episode of The Hills."

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Clint Eastwood got a makeover!  He's softened his Dirty Harry style to adopt a look that's more When Harry Met Sally. He is so not afraid of his feminine side!  Above, Clint models his pastel pink McCain cap in a photo with Cindy McCain at a campaign event. 

 

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Jennifer Lopez, flanked by aides, on Capitol Hill. Photo from Faded Youth Blog.

Jenny from the block was Jenny on the Hill last Wednesday, as the star made an unannounced visit to Sen. Barack Obama's Capitol Hill office.  Sen. Obama wasn't there, so J.Lo met with his staff for an hour and a half.  J.Lo and Obama's staff are mum about what the meeting was about.

(We digress to say... Peep the Birkin she's carrying.  Nice!)

See also: J.Lo: The new Obama girl? [Faded Youth Blog]

 

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L.C., Audrina and Whitney are promoting voter registration, as well as Declare Yourself, Seventeen and MTV's "In the Time It Takes" video contest.  Read all about it over here


 


Michelle and Barack Obama (mostly Michelle) were on Rachael Ray about a week ago.  Rachael tried to play it impartial, but her sparkly eyes and beaming smile totally gave her away as an Obama supporter.  She just ate the Obamas up!


Highlights:


Michelle and Barack have date night once a week.


Rachael implied that she loves her dog Isaboo more than the Obamas love their kids.  You know the Obamas talked about that later. (But in Rach's defense, she was clearly star struck and these things just happen when you're star struck.)


The Obamas first dance was was to "Unforgettable" (presumably the Nat King Cole version, but if not, they're not as cool as we thought).


Michelle walked down the aisle to a Stevie Wonder song at their wedding.


Michelle said she watches what the kids eat. (Ugh! That probably means no sugar cereals.  As in no Lucky Charms and no Cocoa Puffs. And worse, no prizes in the box!)


At the end of the interview, Michelle fondly reached for Rachael and said, "Girl...."  Michelle is so regular, and we love it!


 

John McCain is in luck. Hills star Heidi Montag, who endorsed the senator earlier this month, has promised to register to vote "this week."

 

 

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The Hills star Heidi Montag and fiance Spencer Pratt give a shout out to John McCain.  Photo from Heidi's MySpace page.

The Hills star Heidi Montag told Us Magazine that she is so totally behind John McCain for president.  When her fiance, Spencer Pratt, warned her about making an endorsement, she replied, "I don't think anybody cares who Heidi Montag votes for."

See.  She is smart.

John McCain happily accepted Montag's endorsement saying, "I'm honored to have Heidi's support and I want to assure her that I never miss an episode of 'The Hills,' especially since the new season started."

Seriously.  This is not some kind of two days after April Fool's Day joke.

 


 


Hillary Clinton might want to make a 3 a.m. call to 50 Cent.  After months of standing behind Clinton, 50 tells MTV News that he's now an undecided voter.

Recording star Sarah McLachlan recorded this public service announcement for the ASPCA. She asks, "Will you be an angel for a helpless animal? Every day innocent animals are abused, beaten and neglected, and they're crying out for help."

 


Here's how you probably remember Sarah best, performing her hit song "Adia."

Elton John will perform at Radio City Music Hall to raise money for Hillary Clinton.

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cear_scarlet_natalie_v.jpgScarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman are on the cover of W Magazine this month.  In an interview inside the magazine, the two actresses reveal that they are as different as Mary and Anne Boelyn, the sisters they portray in The Other Boelyn.  One major difference?  Their politics.  Scarlett supports Barack Obama, while the undecided Natalie seems to be leaning toward Hillary Clinton

Right now, though, fighting the rumour mill is less important for Johansson than fighting for her presidential candidate of choice, Barack Obama.  She spent several days in Iowa in January, working the phone banks on his behalf and talking to high school and college students about the importance of caucusing.  "I will continue stumping for Obama until he's elected," she declares.  "The past eight years have been painful for a lot of people.  We're in a state of emergency."

A fellow political junkie, Portman is still struggling to decide betwen Obama and Hillary Clinton.  She can't help remembering how impressed she was when she met the latter, who was sponsoring a FINC-backed bill that went before the Senate.  "I met about 10 representatives that day and Hillary was by far the sharpest.  Did you read Gloria Steinem's op-ed piece?" Portman asks, citing Steinem's January 8 column about Clinton in the New York Times. "Hillary's just so experienced."

Here's Black Eyed Pea's frontman Will.i.am's latest video supporting Barack Obama.  The video, titled We Are the Ones, features celebrities Jessica Alba, Ryan Phillippe, George Lopez, Kerry Washington, Regina King, and the voice of Macy Gray.

Will.i.am previously produced Yes We Can, a viral video sensation that was viewed over 5 million times on YouTube. Yes We Can features celebrities John Legend, Scarlett Johansson, Common, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kate Walsh, Tatyana Ali and more.

Campaign '08

As a career woman, you're dammned if you do (have feelings) and damned if you don't. That's how Cosmo editor Kate White (love her!) sums up Hillary Clinton's campaign dilemma. [Forbes]

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are sweatin' Nevada voters.  Just days before the primary, polls show them in a statistical tie. [CNN]

If you can't say something nice, then your name is probably Karl Rove. He hates on Clinton and Obama on the regular. [CNN]

 

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 Former Congressman Mark Deli Siljander (R-MI) totally sold out the United States.  He has been indicted for helping raise money for Al Quaeda. [AP]

U.S. abortion rates are the lowest since 1976 [The Washington Post]

Mean Girls 2.   A girl robbed a Girl Scout selling cookies, after filling out her name and address on the cookie order form. And she didn't think she'd get caught.  If America had better schools, our theives would be smarter. [ParentDish]

Who needs men?  A captive shark gave birth and a baby daddy was nowhere to be found.  The single mother hadn't had a date (or any exposure to a male shark) in six years , but that turned out to be just a bump in the road to motherhood. [National Geographic]

 

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And they said it wouldn't last...  Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds proved wrong all naysayers who doubted their marriage would.  It did last... a whole 2 weeks. [Fox News]

The Big O gets bigger.   Oprah reaches 30 million viewers a week on the Oprah Show, but that's not enough.  A 24 hour network would have a way bigger audience, so Oprah will launch her OWN  (Oprah Winfrey Network) with Discovery Communications in 2009.  [The Chicago Tribune]

 

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Diane von Furstenberg walks the runway at her Fall 2007 show. Photos credit: Style.com.

Four reasons designer Diane von Furstenberg heart Hillary Clinton:

  • She believes Hillary will do the best job in the White House.
  • She thinks Hillary is intelligent.
  • She thinks Hillary has both a "micro and macro" management style.
  • She thinks Hillary "truly cares."

Four reasons we heart Diane von Furstenberg:

Diane von Furstenberg Bow Shoulder DressDiane von Furstenberg Printed Chiffon Top Diane von Furstenberg Printed Cover-UpDiane von Furstenberg Stone-Print Wrap Cover-Up

Photo credit, all four photos: Bergdorf Goodman.

Top left: Bow Shoulder Dress in macaroon (green)/cream stripes with pink/taupe/yellow abstract floral print.
$575. Top right: Printed Chiffon Top in macaroon with cream stripes. Sabrina neckline; red/yellow/purple smocked top. Sleeveless. Pleated front. 100% silk. $198. Bottom left: Printed Cover- Up in fuchsia/orange/white abstract coral print.V neckline; keyhole front with bow. Three-quarter sleeves. $195.  Bottom right: Stone Print Wrap Cover-Up in black/white/tan abstract stone print. V neckline; cap sleeves. Surplice bodice with tie. $210. All by Diane von Furstenberg and available at Bergdorf Goodman.
 
 
 

Like many Americans, Alicia Keys has not yet decided who she will support in the upcoming presidential election.  Photo credit: aliciakeys.com.

Is your favorite celebrity supporting Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama?  Here's the rundown, as reported by the Examiner:

Sen. Barack Obama could have done some serious fundraising at the Warner Theatre on Saturday night, as nearly every VIP at the BET Honors was a full-fledged Obama supporter. We asked the celebrities for their 2008 candidate, and here’s the rundown:

In the Obama camp: Tyra Banks, Ne-Yo, Blair Underwood, Rahim Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer, Hill Harper and Chingy. Some even explained.

Mario Van Peebles: “We need someone who can position us anew globally … someone who can bring about deep change. … He’s the one person I know who’s exciting. … He’s smart, and this brother also gets the street! I think he can do it!”

Wyclef Jean (although he conceded that Sen. Hillary Clinton was a close second): “Obama is like the voice of the new generation.”

Cornel West: “Many of us are fighting for him … but it’s getting tense … it’s heating up!”

Kerry Washington: “I’m actually going to go campaign for him down in South Carolina soon.”

In the Hillary camp:

Vivica Fox
: (“We never should have been over in Iraq in the first place. … I’d love to bring them home.” And why not a Republican candidate, Vivica? “They had eight years, and they screwed it up!”)

On the fence:

Alicia Keys (“I’m still deciding”); Richard Parsons (“It’s too early,” but “there are some very interesting candidates”); and Brian McKnight (“leaning toward Obama”).

Staying mum: Jill Scott.

 

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What nutcases are wearing now.  Photo credit: Review Journal

Why does Hillary Clinton keep getting the short end of the stick when it comes to celebrity endorsements?  Barack Obama gets Oprah, and Hillary gets stuck with Roseanne Barr.  Anyway, much to Hillary's chagrin, Roseanne announced her endorsement with this rant against Barack and Oprah on her blog (printed as written, with spelling errors and all):

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is an empty suit selling "hope" in lieu of Truth. Oprah Winfrey helped to elect Arnold Swartzenegger. I have no doubt that she voted her purse by doing this, as she is a large land owner in California, and that ilk fears Dems because they do not want to pay their "fair share" of Cali tax. Oprah has given us Swartzenegger and Dr. Phil. If that was not offensive enough to decent thinking people, now she brings us Obama. He has no ideas, no plan and nothing to add other than the cynical pacification of the masses with bedtime stories about hope, while calling Unions "special interest groups" that need to be done away with.
Obama votes with Bush constantly funding this terrible endless war. Oprah, you play the race card and the gender card too.
You are a closeted republican and chose Barak Obama because you do not like other women who actually stand for something to working American Women besides glamour, angels, hollywood and dieting!
When Americans find out that Obama backs right wing corporate racist anti worker bullshit, they will not vote for him, and the victory will go to the most racist right wing republican ever.... Mccain, who is a fascist! That the culinary service workers in vegas have promised barak their vote,( he is anti union in his votes) over edwards, who is a pro-union man, just proves how stupid americans are and how they can be tricked so easily by the color of a person's skin...exactly what MLK hated!
Obama doesn't even back reproductive rights for any woman! It is historical that Oprah Winfrey, beloved of women, chooses a flashy man with small credentials over a seasoned woman politician with 35 years of experience...and sells that to the female demographic who look to her for inspiration!

She backpedalled in a follow-up post:

I am so sorry for sounding like I don't like Oprah or Obama. I do. Oprah has been a force for good for a long time, and I just got carried away with my preference for Hilary over Obama. I think she is smarter and better than he is, but either of them is better than any Republican, and will get my vote no matter who ends up on top. I got upset because I felt Oprah was adding to the divisiveness in this country. I am sorry Oprah, I really do admire and love you for all the good you do and have done in this country and the world at large. I am just so worried about another Republican getting in, my stomache hurts and I can't sleep, and I go over the top sometimes!

  

 

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 Magic Johnson and Bill Clinton at a rally for Hillary.  Photo credit: Keith Bradford for Reuters.

 

Magic Johnson says he supports Hillary Clinton because the lady is a champ.  Barack Obama, he implies, is not. 

"You don't want somebody in there that is young or a rookie at politics," said the former Los Angeles Lakers star at a pep rally for Hillary in Iowa. "We want somebody in there that knows what they're doing because this job is so huge."

Johnson is the third major celebrity to endorse Clinton after Oprah announced her plans to campaign for Obama. (Oprah campaigned for Obama weekend before last.) Madonna and Barbra Streisand announced their support a couple of weeks ago.

So will Madonna + Barbra + Magic = Oprah? 

Nope. Not even close.

 

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Marchesa designer Georgina Chapan and producer Harvey Weinstein walk the red carpet at the premiere of Oceans 13 at the 2007 International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.  Photo credit: Pascal le Segretain, Getty Images Europe. 

Every woman has faked it. Admit it, you know you have.  And your man didn't notice.  But if he did notice, he would he even care anyway?

Yes, says movie mogul/Halston owner/Project Runway producer Harvey Weinstein. There are sensitive men out there who do care, and he's of them.  To stop the fakers, Weinstein wants Congress to get all up in your bedroom..bedroom closet, that is.. and pass the Design Piracy Prohibition Act to prevent the manufacture of (and indirectly, use of) fake designer handbags, dresses and other products. 

You see, the drama all started when a clothing manufacturer bragged that he was going to copy a Marchesa dress designed by Weinstein's fiancee, Georgina Chapman, straight off the red carpet.  Under current U.S. law, it's okay to copy a design, so long as you don't copy the designer's trademarked logos.  When Weinstein learned that Chapman's dress could be copied and she couldn't do jack to stop it, he got a serious attitude - serious! - and began work to change U.S. law.

Under the proposed Design Piracy Prohibition Act, fashion designers would have copyright protection of their designs for three years.  Congress and fakers be warned, Weinstein says he's not effing around: "I might not know how to sew a dress and I might not know how to design a piece of jewelry, but I'm pretty good at a street fight and I bet you I get this bill passed." 

It's on now.

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This one's a real screamer! Gucci in python at Neiman Marcus for $3,690. 

See also:

www.CounterfeitChic.com

 

 


If you weren't one of the 70,000 people at the Oprah/Obama rallies this weekend or one of the millions of people who saw the news coverage, the Obama campaign wants to make sure that you know that Barack is  Oprah's "most favoritest" thing.  The campaign sent out an email yesterday evening asking recipients to forward a video with excerpts of  Oprah's and Obama's remarks at the rallies to all of their friends. 


Interesting is that the email about Oprah's endorsement came from "Obama from America," rather than Oprah herself.  A personal email messsage from Oprah urging us gals to vote for Obama would be powerful with a capital P.  Either the Obama campaign is holding the Oprah email card for later use (most likely), or Oprah has determined that an endorsement of that kind is more than her brand can handle (less likely... O can do almost anything). 


View the video that came with the Oprah email above.  Read the email in it's entirety after the jump.


 


 

 

EvaMendes_Mazur_5162962_Max.jpgEva Mendes is the latest celebrity to pose nude for PETA.  "I want people to know that there are options—that killing a poor animal and wearing it isn't cool ... respecting all life forms is cool," the actress told PETA in an interview.

Eva's PETA campain follows the nude video campaign that Alicia Silverstone did for the animal rights group.  You can view Eva's poster here.

 

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Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie at the premiere of his new film Revolver

So Hillary Clinton's latest BFF is Madonna. Women's Wear Daily caught up with Madge and her husband Guy Ritchie at the premiere of his new film Revolver. Let's eavesdrop on the conversation.

WWD: Hillary or Obama?

Madge: Hillary

WWD: Because?

Madge: Because I've gotta support the girls.  And because I'm a big fan of the Clintons.

The madge dash to Hillary's side comes as no surprise.  TMZ.com predicted that Madonna would support Hillary back in August, when she spent over two hours with Bill Clinton at his foundation's headquarters. You can watch TMZ.com's video of Madonna's visit - well, at least video of her walking in and out of the building - here. (Bill Clinton is the only person in the world who can keep the paps away from his office.  Now that's power.)

See also:

Madonna and Guy Step Out, Support Hillary [The Huffington Post]

Longtime friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barbra Streisand,  announced last week that she will endorse Hillary Clinton for president.  The endorsement comes in response to Oprah's announcement that she will campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina for Barack Obama. Streisand hopes that her endorsement will help bring the Clinton campaign back to the way they were - ahead in the Iowa. 

Money Babs has made financial contributions to the presidential campaigns of all three democratic frontrunners: Barack Obama, John Edwards and Hillary Clinton.

 

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Actress Robin Weigert in publicity photo from robinweigert.com.

Emmy-nominated actress Robin Weigert, who is best known for her role as Calamity Jane on HBO's Deadwood, talked to Capitol File about election 2008.  So who does Robin think should be the next president?  "I've gone back and forth a lot on this,"  she said.  "I think Obama is an incredibly inspiring speaker and person.  At the same time, I'd be excited to see Hillary Clinton as president.  I think she'd be incredibly good at the job.  Ultimately, I want someone who can galvanize the country."

You can watch Robin in NBC's new series called Life.  She also plays David Duchovny's sister in the movie Things We Lost in the Fire, which stars Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro.

Robin is from Washington, D.C., where she attended school at Sidwell Friends.

 

Jennifer Garner_faces of influenza.jpgActress Jennifer Garner wants you to get a flu shot.  She is the new national Faces of Influenza spokesperson for the American Lung Association's Influenza Prevention Program.

"Women play an important role in a family. It's our job to take care of those we love, that's why I make sure my family is protected against influenza," Jennifer says.

Many people don't know how serious influenza can be. They think it's like having alergies or getting the common cold.  It's not. Each year, approximately 226,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized and an average of 36,000 die from the disease and its complications.  2 out of 3 Americans are recommended to get the influenza vaccine, but many do not because they aren't aware that they need it.

"Look around, and you'll see someone in your life who should receive an influenza vaccination. There's the couple with young children, like my husband (Ben Affleck) and I, or your parents, who are over 50 years of age, or your friend who will be pregnant during influenza season. It's also likely you know someone living with a serious medical condition, like asthma, COPD, heart disease, or diabetes. My own father has heart complications."

You can see one of Jennifer's public service announcements for the Faces of Influenza campaign here.

Borat.jpgBorat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen) supports Barack Obama for president.  He told Reuters:

"I cannot believe that it possible a woman can become Premier of US and A - in Kazakhstan, we say that to give a woman power, is like to give a monkey a gun - very dangerous. We do not give monkeys guns any more in Kazakhstan ever since the Astana Zoo massacre of 2003 when Torkin the orang-utan shoot 17 schoolchildrens. I personal would like the basketball player, Barak Obamas, to be Premier."

See also:

Borat 4 Barack [PerezHilton.com]

Borat -- With Colbert Out? -- Backs 'Obamas' for President [Editor & Publisher]

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14,000 dolphins are killed every year in Japan for food.  Japanese fisherman see nothing wrong with this and believe that dolphins should be treated like any other fish that's caught and eaten by humans. They say that eating dolphin is a part of Japanese culture, and foreigners ought to stay out of it.


Hayden Panettiere disagrees.  The Heroes star left Hollywood behind, joined other dolphin rights activists in Japan, and confronted Japanese fisherman in the water as they began the dolphin slaughter.  The fishermen used a long pole to push Hayden and her pals away, and sadly, not one dolphin - not even the little baby dolphin that Hayden said looked at her - was saved.  Hayden returned to shore and sobbed on the beach.

Hayden is a spokesperson for savethewhalesagain.org.

Video below.


 


 

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Ashley Judd, actress and YouthAIDS Global Ambasador, with YouthAIDS founder Kate Roberts

Actress and activist Ashley Judd will hit the political talk show circuit today to drum up support for programs that fight youth AIDS.  She will talk about the youth AIDS problem on Fox News Sunday and This Week.

More than 12 million people under the age of 25 are infected with HIV and more than 50 percent of all new infections occur among 15- to 24-year-olds.  "There is an extraordinary, compelling, urgent problem," Ashley told CNN.

Ashley is a Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS, a nonprofit organization that uses pop culture to market safe sex practices to youth.  YouthAIDS programs promoting AIDS prevention have reached more than 60 million youth in 60 countries.

Ashley has traveled to 10 countries in her role as Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS. She told CNN, "I have the opportunity to visit the everyday, unsung, unheralded heroes around the world, who are working in public health in extreme conditions, grossly underfunded, and celebrate them.  And then go to governmental bodies and heads of state and to the media and say, 'Oh my gosh! Wait until you hear about this amazing grassroots program that I just saw in Cambodia.'" 

You can watch Ashley discuss her work with YouthAIDS here .  Watch her and other celebrities (Christina Aguilera, Cindy Crawford, Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LL Cool J and Salma Hayek) participate in an ALDO/YouthAIDS awareness campaign at the end of this entry.

In addition to her work promoting AIDS prevention, Ashley is very politically active. She is a pro-choice advocate and gives speeches and attends rallies in support of the cause. She has made financial contributions to Democratic candidates, and she supported former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., by appearing at a  "Women for Ford" event during his U.S. Senate campaign.

Drew Carey Big Photo.jpg"Ahaaaaa.... Smell that smell.  That's the smell of freedom," said Drew Carey, as he walked into Farmacy while filming a video on marijuana use and the war on drugs.  Farmacy is a store in California where you can buy marijuana legally, as long as you have a doctor's note. (Hmmm.  Good to know... uh, in case we ever get hurt or something.) 


Anyway, Carey wants to legalize marijuana for medical use.  Okay, Carey really wants to legalize weed for any use, but his first battle is to push the federal government to legalize medical marijuana. 


“I think it’s clear by now that the federal government needs to reclassify marijuana," Carey said in the video. "People who need it should be able to get it – safely and easily." 

Carey interviewed several people in the video who use marijuana for medical purposes, including Bill Lehey, who is a self-described gun-toting, right-wing Republican. "If you want my gun, you better take it off my dead body," Lehey said. He also said that he supports legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, because he needs it to treat backpain. He said that sometimes his back hurts so much that it wakes him up at night. "Two puffs" of weed, and he's sleeping like a baby.

This video is part of The Drew Carey Project, a Reason.tv video series in which Carey plans to address the political issues of the day, such as traffic congestion and immigration. You can watch it below.

 

 

Brad Pitt_Parade_Robert Ascroft for Parade.jpgParade Magazine recently suggested to Brad Pitt that he run for president.  The response?

"Oh, my God!" Pitt says in surprise. "I never thought about it. I have no desire at this point. Maybe I serve better by not going through that door." He laughs. "George should do it!" he says, offering up pal Clooney. "He'd be quite good. I think Ben Affleck should run."

Just as long as Brad doesn't endorse John Edwards.... That would cause a problem at home with girlfriend Angelina Jolie.

 

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Academy Award winning actress and activist Emma Thompson is speaking out against sex trafficking by promoting the London exhibit "Journey in Trafalgar Square," which traces the life of an Eastern European sex worker.  Watch the video (about 2 min long) here.  It's appalling to hear what sex workers slaves go through.

In addition to her political activism, Emma Thompson is known for her roles in the films Howard's End, The Remains of the Day and Sense and Sensibility.

James Denton, who plays hearthrop Mike Delfino on Desperate Housewives, says that he is "desperate" for "the kind of change that John Edwards is offering - the kind of change that America deperately needs."  He also says that Edwards is desperate for cash and asks for contributions.  If you are desperate to see for yourself, the video is below.

 

 

Porn star Jenna Jameson told PR.com that she likes Hillary Clinton for president, even though Hillary's "pretty conservative for a Democrat." 

More Alicia Silverstone

For those of you who enjoyed Alicia Silverstone's nude video for PETA ("Uh, she's definately not wearing any fur..." commented one viewer), PETA has also posted a special message from Alicia on its website. 

 

Alicia Silverstone, who is a vegan and best known for her role the film Clueless,  filmed this PETA commercial totally in the buff.   It will air only in Houston, TX.   It's hot and steamy, so don't let any kiddies near your computer see it.

 

In the latest issue of Time (September 24, 2007), 50 Cent reaffirms his support of Hillary.

Q: Are you endorsing a particular candidate in the '08 election?

A:  No, but I like Hillary.  I think she was already our president once.  [Laughs.]

 

Here's an AP video about Oprah's Saturday fundraiser for Barack Obama.  Stevie Wonder performed and Hollywood's biggest stars were in attendance. 

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halleberryforobama.jpgAfter months of press and blogger speculation, actress and Obama fan Halle Berry has confirmed that she and her model boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey are expecting: "Yes, I am three months pregnant! Gabriel and I are beyond excited, and I've waited a long time for this moment in life. Now the next seven months will be the longest of my life!"

Q is a Hill Fan.  So here's his endorsement video.  Right here.

The most phenomenal of phenomenal women, Dr. Maya Angelou, poetically endorses Hillary Clinton here.

 

AR560x560,50 cent_50 official website.jpgHillary Clinton just scored an endorsement from rapper 50 Cent (ne Curtis James Jackson).  "I'd like to see Hillary Clinton be president," MTV News reports 50 told Rap-Up Magazine. "It would be nice to see a woman be the actual president and ... this is a way for us to have Bill Clinton be president again, and he did a great job during his term."

50, who shares a birthday with George W. Bush, also revealed his opinion of the president. "[Bush] has less compassion than a regular human being," he said. Seems Fiddy also thinks G-Dub is a punk. "Me and George Bush are so different. ... I actually go to war, when I go to war. Bush just sends [people] to war."

 

George Clooney beard.jpgGeorge Clooney is the hottest political commentator we know!  Read his "analysis" of the Demoratic primary below.

From the Associated Press (as published in The Chicago Tribune):

Obama's Lika A Rockstar

Barack Obama has the aura of a rock star, says George Clooney, who also had some kind words for other Democratic presidential candidates.

"You've been in a room once in a while with a rock star. He walks into the world, and he takes your breath away. I'd love him to be president, quite honestly," the actor told reporters Friday at the Venice Film Festival, where his legal thriller "Michael Clayton" was premiering.

Clooney, who banked a check for Obama at a private $1.3 million fundraiser in Beverly Hills last February, praised the U.S. senator for speaking out early against the Iraq war.

But with more than a year until the election, Clooney also said he liked Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Sen. John Edwards -- and pondered whether former Vice President Al Gore might vie for the presidency again.

"It could be interesting," he said.

The politics of war was in the air at Venice, with two U.S. films competing for the Golden Lion dealing with the impact of the Iraq conflict.

Clooney -- who said he made "Syriana" and "Good Night, and Good Luck," out of anger that he was labeled a traitor for questioning the decision to go to war -- told reporters he thinks change is coming.

He said he believes Americans are now in the process of fixing the mistakes of the last few years.

Fixing things, "that's what Americans have been really good at," he said.

 




Hillary Clinton's campaign sent out the alert below to let everyone know about Hillary's and Bill's upcoming appearances on Letterman, Oprah and Larry King.  Make sure you watch!

Mark your calendars and set your Tivos and VCRs -- you don't want to miss Hillary's two upcoming TV appearances! Tonight she'll be making her seventh appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman -- her first as a candidate for president. And this coming Tuesday, September 4, she'll be Ellen's guest on the season premiere of the Ellen DeGeneres show.

Ellen is soliciting questions from her viewers to ask of Hillary, and we want to turn it around on her. So if you have a question for Hillary to ask Ellen, submit it here:

http://www.hillaryclinton.com/questionsforellen

Also on September 4, you can catch President Clinton on both the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Late Show, talking about his new book Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World. He'll also be on CNN's Larry King Live on September 5.

Check the links below for full listings:

  • August 30: Hillary on Letterman - Listings
  • September 4: Hillary on Ellen - Listings
  • September 4: Bill Clinton on Oprah - Listings
  • September 4: Bill Clinton on Letterman - Listings
  • September 5: Bill Clinton on Larry King - Listings
Make sure you don't miss them!

TMZ is reporting that Oprah wants out-of-town guests for her Barack Obama fundraiser to stay at the San Ysidro Ranch.  One little snafu... there's a wedding there the day of her fundraiser, and many of the guest rooms are already booked. 

Oprah's people have tried to get the bride to move her wedding, but she won't budge.  Well, of course not.  It's her wedding! You know, that (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime event that little girls dream of (and sometimes plan) from birth?

All sentiments aside, Oprah got her way. "The wedding party did cancel a few rooms -- but we didn't charge a cancellation fee because there was such a demand for rooms that weekend," said the hotel manager.

If you're one of the lucky 1500 of O's closest friends who will be at the fundraiser, you'll be kicking it with Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, and [insert deep, wishful sigh here] George Clooney.  All are expected to attend.

 

Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama Barackstar says that he is not feeling Obama Girl.  Obama Girl is actress Amber Lee Ottinger, who appears in a saucy you tube video singing and dancing about her lust for Barackstar.  Barackstar gets that the video was made in jest, but he expresses concern about the effect that it will have on his young daughters.

"Sasha asked Mommy about it. She said, 'Daddy already has a wife' or something like that," Barackstar told the Associated Press. "I guess it's too much to ask, but you do wish people would think about what impact their actions have on kids and families. This is part of the process of politics that can be difficult, (that) is making sure that your kids and your wife and your family are insulated from both things like this and what I suspect will be at some point some negative campaigning."

Hmmm.  Looks to us like the Barackstar camp is about to make family an issue in this campaign.  Barackstar's  suggestion that people should "think about what impact their actions have on kids and families" could be intended to remind voters of the Clintons' marital difficulties and their inability to protect Chelsea (and your kids) from Bill's no-no activities.

We'll see where this goes...  but in the meantime, you can see the Obama Girl video (if you're not one of the 3 million Americans who already has) here.

 

 

Common, Mos Def and Talib Kweli have all given shoutouts to Barack Obama.  Get the rundown here.

Hat Tip: hiphopx.com

 

 

Magic Johnson.jpgEarvin "Magic" Johnson will team up with co-hosts Quincy Jones and Berry Gordy to host a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton on September 14 in Los Angeles.  In a statement, Johnson said Clinton "has the experience and knowledge to help lead our country."

 Just days earlier on September 8, Oprah Winfrey will host a fundraiser for Barack Obama at her Montecito estate.

 

unhcr_jolie.jpgAngelina Jolie is so over the press spreading rumors about her.  Sure, she's used to the press accusing her of drinking blood, being a homewrecker, engaging in wild and freaky sexual activity, and well, frankly being a wierdo...  but when the press reports that she supports John Edwards for president, well, that's where she has to draw the line!  In defense of her reputation, Jolie released the following statement:

''There are many false stories that circulate about me, but the one I feel I need to address, because it is about such an important topic, is that I have not decided to endorse John Edwards, or any other presidential candidate. Like many Americans, I am learning more about the candidates' records and positions but at this time I have not yet made an endorsement."

Do. Not. Say. Angie. Likes. John. Edwards.

 

 

 

  oprah-xm-satellite-radio.jpg Oprah Winfrey, who has called presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama "my favorite guy" and "my choice," will host a swank fundraiser for him at her Montecito estate.  This is sure to be among the most talked-about events of the election season.  Who wouldn't want to kick it with Oprah, Barack and a bunch of A-list celebrities in Oprah's posh mansion?!  We are so there!

Tickets are $2,300 per person, which is the maximum amount that an individual can contribute to a primary election.  An individual can give a federal candidate up to a total of $4,600 in an election cycle, $2,300 for the primary election and $2,300 for the general election.  There are also perks for guests who raise money for the event in addition to writing their own check. Guests who raise $25,000 will get into a VIP reception, and those who raise $50,000 will get into a VIP dinner.

This is the first time that Oprah has officially endorsed an White House candidate. As Oprah is one of the most influential celebrities with a fan base of millions who trust her opinion and watch her show everyday (us included), her endorsement of Obama is likely to be worth far more to the campaign in exposure than any amount of money raised.

 

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