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The Twitterverse went into a tizzy tonight as Barack Obama was re-elected for his second term as President of the United States.
Here's what Hollywood had to say about the momentous occasion:
Jessica Alba: "Woohoo! Congrats President @BarackObama & 2 all the Americans who made their voices known & heard! I love our great country & our Democracy!"
Kelly Osbourne: "Thank God #Obama2012 has victoriously won I feel Safer now there hopefully wont be a world war III & gays can finally get married! #victory"
Olivia Wilde: "America! You have spoken! Women! You have been heard! Young people! You proved them wrong! Tireless Obama volunteers! I Thank You!"
Demi Lovato: "Tonight is a good night for women. Proud to be a Woman In America!!!"
Katy Perry: "Done And Dusted!!!"
Ricky Martin: "We, the people, have spoken."
Kerry Washington: "Wow! Wow! Wow! #Obama »
This is sure to be a little less controversial than Lena Dunham’s ad.
Ne-Yo, along with Herbie Hancock, Johnny Rzeznik, Delta Rae, and Natasha Bedingfield have released a song/campaign video for President Obama. Like Will.i.am’s 2008 video “Yes We Can,” “Forward” features a chorus with a simple message mixed with verses that also contain Obama soundbites from various events.
Check it out below:
Your move, Meat Loaf.
Romney is a ‘bullsh***er’ and 9 other things Obama told ‘Rolling Stone’
Celebs who endorse Romney: Add Meat Loaf »
- Erin Strecker
From athletes and astronauts to singers and Hollywood stars, a growing line of celebrities is turning up at fancy dinners and rallies to build support and get out the vote for Obama or Romney, the president's Republican challenger.
Both campaigns have spent huge amounts of time and effort making sure their rallies feature opening acts that reinforce a campaign message, whether it's the economy, health care, veterans or some other issue.
Nicklaus, who now designs golf courses, teed up Romney at a campaign event near Columbus, Ohio.
The golfer said he's had »
"Life is a pre-existing condition," McCready says at the beginning of the video. The guitarist was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when he was 21 years old, and has long been an advocate for the condition. (As noted by the Seattle Times, "Crohn's disease is characterized by the inflammation of the intestinal wall, while ulcerative colitis causes ulceration and inflammation in the colon and rectum.")
"I was denied twice, even being a member of a famous rock band," McCready said in a statement accompanying the video. "The people who don't have those kind of resources, »
- The Huffington Post
The Republican National Convention's surprise speaker has spoken. After endorsing Mitt Romney for president earlier this month, Clint Eastwood was on hand Thursday at the Gop convention, taking the stage in support of the presidential nominee. During his time in front of the crowd, Eastwood said President Barack Obama failed to deliver on his promises, saying it was time for Romney to "solve the problem." "I remember three and a half years ago when Mr. Obama won the election and, no, I wasn't a big supporter," Eastwood said. "I was watching that night when he was having that thing and they were talking about hope and change…'Yes we can'…it was »
Tonight’s meh True Blood was proof double-o positive of the Law of Fives. Seriously, if physicists applied themselves, I trust they’d find the Law of Fives almost as immutable as the Law of Gravity, and not nearly as funny. As much as tonight’s episode sort of amused us it was also reminding us that it was, in this final Alan Ball-written episode of this final Ball-supervised season, one over-repeated riff, theme or trope away from self parody, accidental camp or worse. What I mean: a troop of rednecks in Obama masks yelling, “Yes we can!” as they blow up a vampire . . . . Well, can’t speak for you, but that’s pretty much what “trying too hard” looks like in True Blood terms. But back to the Law of Fives: from The Wire to Alias to that other great vamp show, Angel, five seasons is just the perfect amount. »
- Ian Grey
Sookie was still feeling the effects of one too many Orange Marzipans when True Blood kicked off this week, but "Hopeless" had me drunk with delight in the end, as it featured a number of scenes to which I'd like to raise a glass.
While the smoke monster chased Terry and Patrick like they were members of Danielle Rousseau's science expedition on Lost, some of you may have found yourself wanting to put a curse on Alan Ball for this continued storyline.
I, however, liked the heartfelt scene where Terry told Arlene why he had to leave her and the kids behind. They both have been through so much and thought they finally had found some peace when they discovered their feelings for each another, but once again they were each set adrift in their quests for a normal life.
Two people who have never known a normal life, Sam and Luna, »
- email@example.com (Chris O'Hara)
From Twilight to Teen Mom, no pop-culture stone was left unturned.
By Terri Schwartz
Russell Brand hosts the 2012 MTV Movie Awards
Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images
Universal City, California — Russell Brand might have to host every MTV awards show from here on out!
The 2012 MTV Movie Awards were immediately off to a good start thanks to Brand's , and he kept the jokes rolling throughout the rest of the two-hour-long show. In honor of Brand's sharp witticisms, we've put together a list of his nine best jokes that kept us laughing long after he finished telling them.
Twilight! Hunger Games!
When Brand first walked out onto the Movie Awards stage and started yelling, " Twilight! Hunger Games!" we figured he was off Andy Samberg. Instead, as he said later in the monologue, he was using them because "these words generate goodwill." They certainly did, as he used them repeatedly over the course of the night. »
"I want to thank Clooney for letting us use his basketball court," Obama quipped to a glittery crowd that included Barbra Streisand, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Salma Hayek and Tobey Maguire. "This guy has been talking smack about his basketball game ever since I've known him."
It can't feel too shabby to be applauded by Barbra, Salma and Tobey while you're teasing your buddy George. And though many of the guests Thursday night at Clooney's home in the Studio City area of Los Angeles were, like their host, longtime supporters, there was no question the president was feeling some special love at this fundraiser. He had, after all, thrilled the community a day earlier with the support for gay marriage they'd long awaited.
Only months ago, it seemed uncertain »
Black told the Huffington Post Wednesday afternoon that he was deeply moved by President Barack Obama's statement in support of gay marriage, which he called "a game changer."
"It does show leadership. It shows strength. And all these things I've been waiting to see," Black said. "I've caught myself saying, 'Yes we can' again."
Black's enthusiasm stands in sharp contrast to his strongly-worded op-ed in the Hollywood Reporter on April 26. He called for those in the Lgbt to consider withholding support for the president because of his spotty record on gay rights. (Black later said the Hollywood Reporter's headline misconstrued his position.)
Black said the stridency and passion of Obama's statement on Wednesday convinced him of the president's commitment to equal rights.
"This was such a bold statement -- more than I ever expected, »
- Joe Satran
"We the Party" has a poster that makes it look like a more urban entry in the popular "Step Up" franchise, but is hilariously tagged as being "From the Director of 'New Jack City,'" a movie that most of the cast and pretty much anyone they're targeting to watch the movie, have either forgotten about entirely or never seen because it's too fucking old. It is, however, quite evocative of "We the Party," a movie that tries to be edgier, more outrageous, and (oddly) more socially conscious than most teen movies, but ends up being just as tired and cliché (if not more so), combining familiar beats from every high school flick imaginable and shellacking them in the tired aesthetics of 1990s music videos.
The titular shindig in "We the Party" is one put on by Hendrix Sutton (Mandela Van Peebles – there are about a half-dozen credited Van »
- Drew Taylor
While the Republican leadership race (to the bottom) continues, with all the candidates trying to prove who hates women, gays and minorities the most, President Barack Obama hasn't really fired up his campaign in full. Yet. But with the elections looming just eight months away, he's going to start hitting the road and getting the word out, hoping that America says "Yes We Can" again.
To help get things rolling, Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth," "Waiting For Superman") has shot a 17-minute short film about the President. A trailer has dropped and it's exactly what you'd expect: a softball, yet rousing examination of Obama's presidency with an emphasis on his work on the economy, healthcare and killing Bin Laden, all narrated with the dulcet tones of Tom Hanks. Considering this is gearing up to be shown at upcoming campaign spots, it's hardly a surprise.
It should be said »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This just in: President Obama will be re-elected president in 2012.
At least, that's what the newly discovered Academy Awards/Golden Globes Rule suggests.
With only two exceptions over the past 50 years, a Democrat has won the White House when the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and the Oscar for Best Picture have not gone to the same film. When the same picture takes both honors, a Republican wins.
This year, "The Descendants" won Best Motion Picture (Drama) at the Globes, and "The Artist" won Oscar's Best Picture. (Full disclosure: "The Artist" also won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical).)
CNN's OutFront blog spotted the pattern (and yes, even they float the question of whether or not they have too much time on their hands), and the details are pretty intriguing. Of the two times the rule failed to hold true, one can be »
- Kia Makarechi
London, Jan 14: Singer Beyonce Knowles has designed a T-shirt to raise money for Us President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
The 30-year-old, who gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy Jan 7, is one of 22 people to get involved in the Runway to Win campaign by creating a garment, reports contactmusic.com.
Beyonce's mother Tina Knowles, who manages the star's House of Dereon clothing line, says that the designs are embellished with many slogans and phrases associated with the president, including 'Yes we can'.
- Diksha Singh
14 items from 2012
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