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Michelle Obama lands cameo on Parks and Recreation

February 28th, 2014 3:20am EST
Michelle Obama
America's First Lady Michelle Obama will make a special appearance on the season six finale of hit U.S. sitcom Parks And Recreation.

President Barack Obama's wife will guest star on the Amy Poehler-led comedy, which centres on a group of small town government workers in the Parks and Recreation Department in Indiana.

It has not been revealed how the First Lady will fit into the show, but the scene was recently filmed in Miami, Florida.

On Tuesday (25Feb14), Poehler served as a special guest at Obama's Let's Move event in Miami, adding some star power to the initiative which encourages ch...

Kathryn Bigelow Defends 'Zero Dark Thirty's' Torture Scenes

December 20th, 2012 10:49am EST
Kathryn Bigelow
Filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal have defended the depiction of torture in their new movie Zero Dark Thirty following heavy criticism from several politicians.

The movie, based on the real life hunt for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, has come under fire from former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, as well as two Democratic Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin.

The pair condemned the moviemakers for suggesting information leading to bin Laden's capture was obtained using torture and they wrote an open letter to Sony Pictures chairman Michael Lynton, stating,...

Sarah Palin's Aide Slams HBO's 'Game Change'

February 23rd, 2012 2:40pm EST
Sarah Palin
A leading aide for one-time vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has condemned Julianne Moore's portrayal of the politician in upcoming TV movie Game Change, branding the project inaccurate and "sick".

The film, which is set to premiere on March 10th, chronicles the former Alaskan governor's bid to become America's first female vice-president as John McCain's running mate in 2008.

Much has been made about Moore's likeness to Palin in trailers for the film, but the politician's former spokeswoman Meg Stapleton insists that's one of the only things correct about the project. Stapleton ...

Julianne Moore Is A Scary (But Great) Sarah Palin In 'Game Change' Trailer

February 1st, 2012 11:45am EST
Game Change
Told through the eyes of John McCain strategist Steve Schmidt (Woody Harrelson), the man who most championed Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) during the 2008 presidential election, "Game Change" revisits a defining moment in U.S. politics.

The film gives a behind-the-scenes look at McCain's bid for office, from the selection of the Alaska Governor as his vice presidential running mate to their defeat in the general election.

Check out the trailer below:

George Lopez Will Move To Canada If Sarah Palin Becomes President

July 27th, 2011 8:23am EDT
George Lopez
Comic-turned-TV presenter George Lopez has vowed to banish himself to Canada if Sarah Palin ever becomes president of the United States.

The former Alaskan governor previously ran for the vice-president position during John McCain's Republican bid for the White House in 2008, and became a controversial figure due to her right-wing stance and apparent lack of foreign affairs knowledge.

Palin has not ruled herself out of potentially running for the top job next year, but Lopez, who is a Democrat and longtime campaigner for Latino rights, is adamant he will move north if she ever is made l...

Jeremy Irons Gets Political And Religious On Showtime's 'The Borgias'

March 29th, 2011 11:15am EDT
Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia
Showtime’s newest series The Borgias is the scandalous drama of the papal family of the 15th century. Jeremy Irons plays Rodrigo Borgia, who becomes Pope Alexander VI. Researching his character was as challenging as finding unbiased journalism today.

“If you read the newspapers over the last 10 years to try to discover what sort of man George Bush is, you read a whole load of different things,” Irons said. “Whether it's FOX or whether it's the New Statesman or whoever it is writing, it's different opinions. It's the same for my character, Rodrigo Borgia. What sort of guy was he? You hav...

Sarah Palin: 'They Capitalize On Pretending To Be Me'

March 16th, 2011 12:29pm EDT
Sarah Palin
Julianne Moore is facing some fierce opposition as she prepares to play Sarah Palin on the big screen - the former Alaska Governor has condemned the movie plans and accused Hollywood bosses of exploiting her story for financial gain.

Moore is set to play the politician in upcoming film Game Change, based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's book of the same name, which chronicles John McCain's failed 2008 presidential run.

The Arizona Senator picked Palin as his running mate to go up against eventual winners Barack Obama and Joe Biden, in a move which many critics believe cost McCain th...

Lady Gaga Calls Out John McCain On 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Stance & 'Shameless Filibuster'

September 17th, 2010 3:29pm EDT
Lady Gaga Call Out John McCain
Lady Gaga has continued her crusade against the U.S. military's anti-gay 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy by calling on former presidential hopeful John McCain to change his stance on the controversial ruling in a new online video.

The Poker Face hitmaker has been outspoken in her support for soldiers who have been discharged from the U.S. armed forces for being gay, and turned the spotlight on the issue at last weekend's MTV Video Music Awards by taking fired Air Force members as her dates to the event.

She also recently reached out to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, urging him to boost...

One Of These People Plays In The NBA (Hint: It's Not Snooki)

June 17th, 2010 11:08pm EDT
Snooki hammed it up for the paparazzi outside New York's popular Primeko restaurant yesterday. Knicks basketball player David Lee towered over her and "Jersey Shore" co-star Vinny Guadagnino. And, of course, Snooki let her cleavage hang out (complete with hot pink bra strap showing) in a little black dress.

The famed "Jersey Shore" guidette said in a recent interview with Glamour, "I don't go tanning anymore because Obama put a 10 percent tax on tanning. And I feel like he did that intentionally for us. McCain would never put a 10 percent tax on tanning because he's pale and he'd probably...

John McCain Tweets Message To 'Jersey Shore' Star Snooki

June 10th, 2010 3:27pm EDT
John McCain Tweets To Snooki
What does John McCain and Jersey Shore star Snookie have in common? They're both Twits of course.

The fellow Twits recently tweeted with each other following comments the famed Jersey Shore guidette made in a recent interview with Glamour.

"I don't go tanning anymore because Obama put a 10% tax on tanning," the reality star said.

"And I feel like he did that intentionally for us. McCain would never put a 10% tax on tanning because he's pale and he'd probably want to be tan," she added.

"Haha Yes!! RT @SenJohnMcCain: @Sn00ki ur right, I wouldnever tax ur tanning bed! Obama 's tax policy ...

David Byrne Sues Politician Over 'Road To Nowhere'

May 25th, 2010 12:00pm EDT
David Byrne
Former Talking Heads star David Byrne is suing a Florida politician for using his Road To Nowhere hit as a campaign anthem - without permission.

The rocker is seeking $1 million in damages from state Governor Charlie Crist, for using the 1985 song in an online ad attacking his one-time opponent Marco Rubio. Byrne filed his suit on Monday in Tampa, Florida.

He tells, "I was pretty upset by that... (This) is not about politics... It's about copyright and about the fact that it does imply that I would have licensed it and endorsed him and whatever he stands for."

Byrne is b...

Annette Bening Goes From Politics To The Economy

May 5th, 2010 10:10am EDT
Annette Bening
Annette Bening is usually active in political causes, but these days she’s turned her attention to economic matters. Perhaps financial matters are still a vital political issue, but she’s found a showbiz cause to advocate.

“In the last year because of the recession, there's something called The Actors' Fund,” Bening said. “They're these ratings for different organizations, they're really important in show business, to help people. The needs have gone up. It's tough right now. A lot of people are out of work. So I've been raising money for The Actors' Fund here and in New York, because they...

Heather Graham Crafts Political 'Spells'

October 9th, 2009 3:04pm EDT
Heather Graham
Heather Graham is following in the footsteps of campaigning actresses Angelina Jolie and Jane Fonda and making a stand for a political cause.

The Boogie Nights star is currently in New York City, shooting a new public service announcement for, reports The organization is a liberal advocacy group, which raises money for the Democrat party candidates.

The 39-year-old star was an outspoken supporter of Democrat President Barack Obama ahead of last year's General Election, and even claims a hand in his victory over Republican John McCain.

She said at the tim...

Spotlight On Celebrity Wonk Eyes

April 29th, 2009 11:17am EDT
Gary Busey
According to Urban Dictionary, a wonk eye is "a constant lazy eye, so bad that it is unavoidable to stare at when talking to an individual with this problem, and sometimes difficult to know who the individual is speaking to." Check out some celebrities who have their share of wonkness:

Paris Hilton

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Ludacris Apologizes To John McCain

February 19th, 2009 4:10pm EST
Rapper Ludacris has personally apologized to failed U.S. presidential candidate John McCain after blasting the Republican in a controversial track last year.

The Area Codes star slammed McCain in a song entitled Politics (Obama Is Here), which championed Democrat Barack Obama's bid for the White House.

But Ludacris was publicly chastised by Obama for including the lyrics: "McCain don't belong in no chair unless he's paralyzed."

Now E! Online reports the hip-hop star has made peace with McCain and his wife Cindy after meeting the couple during the NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoen...

Mickey Rourke Supports President Bush

January 9th, 2009 9:14am EST
Mickey Rourke
Actor Mickey Rourke sympathizes with U.S. President George W. Bush - insisting he doesn't know how any politician could have successfully navigated America after the 9/11 attacks on New York.

The Hollywood tough-guy spoke out about his political views in a candid interview with Britain's GQ magazine, and admits he doesn't understand why so many people blame Bush for a string of world issues - including Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism in the West.

And the actor, who claims he didn't follow last year's historic U.S. election battle between Barack Obama and John McCain, urges ...

Celebrity Predictions For 2009

January 3rd, 2009 11:04am EST
Britney Spears
The global economy is on its knees, the war in Iraq is still raging, and global warming is apparently getting worse. Hardly the best way to start off a new year, is it?

But death and destruction has never had too much of an impact on the showbiz world - that is, unless the California wildfires suddenly send the Hollywood Hills up in flames (God forbid).

Nothing would be more shocking than seeing Amy Winehouse ‘do a Britney’ and chop off her trademark beehive in a drink-and-drug fueled night of disaster. Or squeaky-clean Miley Cyrus getting caught up in a sex tape scandal...


The Best Of A Bad Year: 2008

December 30th, 2008 10:50am EST
The Wrestler
(Truth Justice and Gordon Shumway - weekly column) I'm not going to lie to you, 2008 was a pretty terrible year. But, over here at "TJAGS" we're not going to focus on the bad; instead, let's focus on ten good things that happened during the past year. Not just good things, not just great things, but some may be inclined to call call them the ten "best" things to happen, at least in the world of entertainment, in 2008.

Hey, if you feel I missed something, feel free to add it in the comments. In fact, let's make this one big love fest for what was the year 2008 before we, you know, tell...

The Slammies: A Look Back At Some Of The Best Celebrity SLAMS

December 25th, 2008 7:00pm EST
SLAM= Verb Slang: To Criticize harshly; censure forcefully. Noun= A harsh or devastating criticism. Since the beginning of show business, in the celebrity news world actors and musicians have SLAMMED rumors, gossip, hearsay and chitchat as well as other unconfirmed reports.

However, the most interesting slams are when one star decides to MINGS from the past year:

Simon Cowell Slams Britney Spears

Music mogul Simon Cowell has blasted troubled stars Britney Spears and British star Robbie Williams for checking into rehab, insisting they have no idea of what hard ...

Robert De Niro Wept Over Obama Election Win

December 8th, 2008 12:21pm EST
Robert De Niro
Legendary movie tough guy Robert De Niro was so overjoyed with U.S. president-elect Barack Obama's historic election win in November, he was moved to tears.

De Niro was an outspoken supporter of the Democrat throughout his campaign for the White House, speaking at public rallies to gather financial backing for the politician's election trail. And the veteran actor couldn't hide his emotions as Obama's win was announced - especially after his producer pal Art Linson started to well up.

He tells Britain's Sunday Times magazine, "He (Linson) cried. It was ridiculous. He crie...

Spotlight On Jon Stewart

December 8th, 2008 10:43am EST
Jon Stewart
If someone said years ago that Jon Stuart Leibowitz would become one of the respected and beloved comedians in the world, he would have been the first person to start laughing. After all, he was "that dude" from movies like "Half Baked," "The Faculty," and "Playing by Heart." He changed his name in Hollywood to Jon Stewart, and "The Jon Stewart Show" was canceled after a very short life span. He was a somewhat successful stand up comedian, and hosted "Short Attention Span Theater" on Comedy Central and an MTV show called "You Wrote It, You Watch It." Neither of which did particularly well. ...

'Saturday Night Live': Post-Election

December 2nd, 2008 10:04am EST
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live is not funny. Some of the skits are funny, some, but the show as a whole is not. The former meter of comedic excellence has not so much stepped away from the glory days of John Belushi and Chevy Chase as much as it has dove. Even Cheri Oteri, whose career is on the wane since her days cheerleading alongside Will Ferrell, chose to cameo on the soon-to-be-cancelled Boston Legal as opposed to her alma mater.

Yes, the election has returned SNL to brief heights of hilarity. But, what does it mean when the most memorable skits of the new season featured two former cast m...

The 10 Most Thankful Celebrities Of 2008

November 26th, 2008 9:35am EST
Britney Spears
Picture it: Pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, a bird with all the trimmings with family around the table, watching sports or playing board games. Don't forget to dish out gold medals, divorce decrees, box-office history and custody battles. As Americans across the nation tuck in to their turkey, a few notable celebrities have unique reasons to be grateful this Thanksgiving.

Tina Fey

The former "Saturday Night Live" funny lady has had a banner year: A big screen outing opposite pal Amy Poehler in the Spring release Baby Mama and two Emmy wins (Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstan...

Seal Discusses His Album 'Soul', His Love For Music And America

November 25th, 2008 10:49am EST
The gorgeous 45 year old crooner from the UK is at it again. Grammy award winning soul artist Seal is back with his 6th studio album "Soul." It is a 12 track collection of classic soul songs where he covers such greats as Sam Cooke's 'A Change Gonna Come,' James Brown's 'It's A Man's Man's Man's World,' and Otis Redding's 'I've Been Loving You Too Long,' just to name a few.

Some may refer to him as 'Mr. Heidi Klum,' but be assured that Seal can hold his own in the spotlight. His self-titled album released in 1991 was the beginning testament to that fact and his first single 'Crazy'...

John McCain Bites Back At Jackson Browne Lawsuit

November 20th, 2008 11:01am EST
John McCain
Rocker Jackson Browne only sued John McCain over the use of his song in a political video, so he could land free publicity, according to lawyers representing the former presidential candidate.

Browne was furious when his track "Running on Empty" appeared in a promotion tape for McCain back in August, and immediately sued.

Three months on, following McCain's defeat to Barack Obama, the Arizona senator has responded in new legal papers, obtained by

In the documents, attorneys for the 72-year-old politician claim their client was legally allowed to use the track because...

R.E.M Celebrates Barack Obama's Win

November 13th, 2008 12:37pm EST
Rockers R.E.M transformed the last date of their Brazilian tour into a celebration of Barack Obama's historic victory in the U.S. presidential election.

The group have made their support for the Democrat leader known throughout his bid for the White House, speaking against the current U.S. administration during their tour of South America.

And the Losing My Religion stars made Obama's victory the focus of their Sao Paulo gig on Tuesday - projecting images of the Illinois, Chicago senator above the stage.

Alongside the smiling snaps of the popular politician were the words "Ob...

Cindy McCain Cheated On John McCain?

November 12th, 2008 3:43pm EST
John McCain
We're not sure how believable this story is but according to the National Enquirer Cindy McCain was caught cheating on her husband, Senator John McCain. According to the witness they were caught lip locking on several occasions. The witness claims, "I couldn't believe I was watching Cindy McCain passionately kissing and hugging another man!" He also added, the man resembled "a washed-up '80s rock musician."

Apparently this happened in April of 2006. We'll probably be hearing more of this in the near future. The Enquirer claims there are more photos when the magazine hits the n...

Video: John McCain's First Post-Election Interview From 'Jay Leno'

November 12th, 2008 9:37am EST
John McCain Jay Leno tonight Show Video
Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show' was able to score the first post-Election interview with John McCain. Watch the full video of John and Jay riffing on politics and more here.

Speak your mind: Leave a comment below about the interview or McCain and Obama in general!

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Photos and video © 2008 NBC Universal, Inc.

Seal Upset About 'Leaving America' Misquote

November 12th, 2008 8:43am EST
British singer Seal has fired back at style magazine Vanity Fair for misquoting him in an article about the U.S. presidential election.

The singer insists the magazine's editors went too far when they quoted him saying he'd leave America with his wife Heidi Klum and their children if John McCain was elected the 44th U.S. President.

As it was, Barack Obama won the election last week, but Seal's still upset that he was misquoted in the Vanity Fair article.

He tells news show "Access Hollywood," "What I did say (was), the country has gone through perhaps the worst eight years du...

'South Park' Residents Celebrate Obama Victory In Latest Episode

November 6th, 2008 11:19am EST
South Park
Less than 24 hours after Barack Obama's Presidential victory over John McCain, South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone crank out an episode that satirizes election night. The episode titled 'About Last Night' contains direct quotes from both victory and concession speeches. The episode was obviously done in advance with the South Park staff most likely pulling an all nighter to make the additions.

In the episode, neither candidate was interested in becoming President; instead it's a brilliant Oceans Eleven spoof. Both sides are jewel thieves and are in on an elaborate plan to steal t...

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