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Michelle Obama cancels Hollywood fundraiser

October 9th, 2013 3:01am EDT
Michelle Obama
America's First Lady Michelle Obama has scrapped a Hollywood fundraiser as the U.S. government shutdown begins a second week.

Government officials announced the shutdown last Tuesday (01Oct13) after the Senate and Congress failed to agree on a budget, leaving 800,000 civic employees on forced unpaid leave, and, because of the hold up, Obama has cancelled her scheduled appearance at the Democratic National Committee fundraiser, which was to be held at the home of Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal's home, according to Deadline.com.

The original event was initially scheduled for...
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Dule Hill still in awe at peformance for United Nations leaders

September 24th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Dule Hill
Actor Dule Hill is still pinching himself after performing a song-and-dance routine from his new Broadway musical After Midnight in front of U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday night (23Sep13).

The West Wing star, who portrayed a presidential aide on the hit TV drama, joined his castmates at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York to entertain world leaders including Obama, who are in the Big Apple to attend a series of high-profile meetings at the United Nations headquarters.

Hill sang I've Got the World on a String from the musical, which celebrates jazz icon Duke Ellington's years at H...
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White House music event scrapped after Washington shootings

September 16th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Barack Obama
A White House event featuring Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin has been cancelled in the wake of the fatal shootings of 12 people in Washington, D.C. on Monday (16Sep13).

President Barack Obama postponed the Musica Latina event following the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yards, which also left another 12 people injured. Suspect Aaron Alexis, a former petty officer in the U.S. Navy, was killed during a gunfight with police.

A statement from the White House reads: "In light of today’s tragic events at the Washington Navy Yard and out of respect for the victims and their families, Musi...
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Barack Obama teared up during The Butler screening

August 28th, 2013 3:01am EDT
Barack Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama has revealed director Lee Daniels' new movie The Butler brought him to tears.

The new movie, about a real-life African-American butler who served for 34 years at the White House under eight different leaders, was shown to Obama and his wife Michelle recently and he admits Forest Whitaker's portrayal of the titular character, Cecil Gaines, was a powerful one that left him proud and emotional.

The film, which also features the backdrop of racial strife in America, climaxes with Obama's election victory and a fictional meeting between Gaines and the first black Pr...
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President Obama honours George Lucas at White House medal ceremony

July 10th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
George Lucas
Star Wars creator George Lucas and writer Joan Didion were among the 24 people honoured with presidential medals at the White House on Wednesday (10Jul13).

Paying tribute to the newlywed filmmaker, who received a National Medal of Arts, U.S. President Barack Obama told the media and dignitaries that Star Wars had amazed him.

He said, "I remember when I first saw it. There's a whole generation that thinks special effects always look like they do today. But it used to be you'd see, like, the string on the little model spaceships."

Obama also handed out medals to sportswriter Frank Deford, ...
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The Next Victims On Amanda Bynes' 'Ugly' Twitter List: The Obamas

July 8th, 2013 2:07pm EDT
Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes has added President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to her growing list of people she finds ugly.

The troubled Bynes, who has grown increasingly erratic this year, has primarily used Twitter to defend herself from tabloid rumors (and criticize them for using old photos) and to call several people "ugly."

Apparently it was the Obamas' turn, because Bynes tweeted today, "Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are ugly!"

In the past, Bynes called Lance Bass, Drake, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus ugly. She took back her criticism of Miley after Miley responded, and Bynes later tweeted, "Mi...
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George Lucas To Receive The National Medal Of Arts From President Obama

July 4th, 2013 2:00pm EDT
George Lucas
Filmmaker George Lucas will receive the government's highest arts honor from President Barack Obama later this month. On July 12, the "Star Wars" creator will be presented with the National Medal of Arts at the White House.
 
The President's office issued the following statement: "By combining the art of storytelling with boundless imagination and cutting-edge techniques, Mr. Lucas has transported us to new worlds and created some of the most beloved and iconic films of all time."

Record label boss Herb Alpert, playwright Tony Kushner and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Elaine May will also b...
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George Lucas to be honoured by Obama with America's top arts accolade

July 3rd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
George Lucas
Movie mogul George Lucas will receive the U.S. government's highest arts honour from President Barack Obama later this month (Jul13).

The Star Wars creator will be presented with the National Medal of Arts at the White House on 12 July (13).

A statement from the President's office reads, “By combining the art of storytelling with boundless imagination and cutting-edge techniques, Mr. Lucas has transported us to new worlds and created some of the most beloved and iconic films of all time."

Other luminaries to be honoured at the same ceremony include record label boss Herb Alpert, playwrig...
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Mick Jagger Rips Barack Obama During Final U.S. Rolling Stones Concert

June 25th, 2013 7:01pm EDT
Mick Jagger
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger took a shot at President Barack Obama Monday night during the band's concert at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

The band was in town for the final date of the U.S. leg of their "50 And Counting" tour and the frontman seized the opportunity to blast Obama over the recent National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance scandal.

"I don't think President Obama is here tonight," Jagger said, "but I'm sure he's listening in."

According to Fox News, fans booed when Jagger mentioned the president's name.

Obama has defended the NSA's secret surveillance of t...
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Husband of accused ricin letter-sending actress files for divorce

June 13th, 2013 8:54pm EDT
Barack Obama
The husband of the actress accused of mailing letters laced with ricin to U.S. President Barack Obama has filed for divorce.

Texas-based Shannon Rogers Richardson was taken into custody by police last week (09Jun13) over allegations she sent three poisonous notes to Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, threatening harm if they continued to push for tougher gun control laws.

The actress, who had bit parts in U.S. TV shows The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries, originally claimed her estranged husband, Nathaniel Richardson, was responsible for the crime, and now he has filed ...
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Oscar winners front new anti-nuclear video campaign

June 12th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Barack Obama
Oscar winners Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Christoph Waltz have teamed up for a new video, in which they urge U.S. leader Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin to imagine a world without nuclear weapons.

The actors join Morgan Freeman, Naomi Watts, Alec Baldwin, John Cusack and Danny DeVito, among others, in the new Global Zero public service announcement, which has been released to coincide with the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland, where world leaders will meet to discuss arms and international defence next week (17-18Jun13).

The video is part of an internati...
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Ricin Letters Sent To Barack Obama Leads To Arrest Of TV Actress

June 8th, 2013 1:30pm EDT
Barack Obama
What does The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries have to do with recent ricin laced letters mailed to President Barack Obama? Apparently an actress who has appeared in both those shows has been arrested and charged with allegations that she was responsible for mailing those letters to the President.

Shannon Rogers Richardson, who lives in New Boston, Texas, originally tipped off officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) last week, claiming that her estranged husband, Nathaniel Richardson, had sent three notes containing the poison to the White House and to New York City Ma...
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Bradley Cooper and Glenn Close attending White House mental health conference

June 3rd, 2013 2:39pm EDT
Glenn Close
Bradley Cooper and Glenn Close will head to the White House on Monday to discuss the stigma surrounding mental health issues in America.

U.S. President Barack Obama has called the conference in the aftermath of the Connecticut elementary school massacre in December, when 20 children and six adults were shot dead by Adam Lanza.

The atrocity sparked debate about the connection between America's rampant gun crime and the mental health of the perpetrators, and Obama is keen to ensure those struggling with issues have access to help.

Cooper has been advocate of mental health charities followi...
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Kerry Washington received death threats after Obama speech

May 29th, 2013 8:42pm EDT
Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington had to steer clear of Twitter and Facebook after speaking at the Democratic National Convention last year (12) in support of President Barack Obama because Republican fans of her TV series Scandal wanted her dead.

The Django Unchained actress has never backed down from her political beliefs but found some of the backlash from her DNC appearance a little hard to stomach.

She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Our show has a very active life on Twitter and Facebook, (but) I couldn't go near any of it because there were threats to my life, sexism and racism. It was shocking that...
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Carole King makes history with Gershwin Prize

May 23rd, 2013 3:10am EDT
Carole King
U.S. President Barack Obama was on hand to honour the career achievements of Carole King at the White House on Wednesday (22May13) when she became the first ever woman to receive the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The You've Got a Friend hitmaker made history by collecting the Library of Congress award, in recognition of her five decades in music, before a star-studded crowd in Washington, D.C.

President Obama referenced the Oklahoma tornado tragedy, which left 24 people dead on Monday (20May13), but insisted the power of song helps lift the spirits of those in need.

He sai...
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Justin Timberlake Brings 'Memphis Soul' To The White House

April 10th, 2013 5:10pm EDT
Justin Timberlake
Pop star Justin Timberlake was a big hit at the White House on Tuesday night, where he performed during a music education event held by First Lady Michelle Obama.

"In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul" celebrated the sounds of the 60s from the singer's native Memphis, Tennessee, and included a mix of acts old and new.

Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones, Ben Harper and newcomers Alabama Shakes were on hand interact with music students at the "Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul" workshop, but it was Timberlake who had the crowd buzzing.

"Oh, watching you all's faces - pric...
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President Obama & Many Celebrities Pay Tribute To Film Critic Roger Ebert

April 5th, 2013 11:51am EDT
Roger Ebert
Following movie critic Roger Ebert's death on Thursday, President Barack Obama, director Darren Aronofsky, comedian Steve Martin and many other celebrities praised the star and shared their memories of him online.

Just two days after revealing his cancer had returned, the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning film buff passed away at age 70, and dozens of celebs expressed their appreciation for the critic, who famously recognized great films with his "two thumbs up" line.

Obama wrote in a statement: "Michelle (Obama) and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert. For a generation o...
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History Channel's 'The Bible' Producers Call Satan's Resemblance To Barack Obama 'Utter Nonsense'

March 18th, 2013 10:27pm EDT
Mohamen Mehdi Ouazzani as Satan
The History Channel's 10-hour miniseries The Bible came under fire Monday morning because Moroccan actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, who was introduced as Satan in the series' third episode Sunday night, happens to look a little bit like U.S. President Barack Obama.

The internet buzzed over the resemblance of the Devil and the President after conservative pundit Glenn Beck tweeted, "Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on HIstory Channel looks exactly like That Guy?" ("That Guy" being Obama -- Beck has vowed not to say his name in 2013.)

But now the History Channel and the hit seri...
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Obama-Threatener Ted Nugent Heading To State Of The Union

February 12th, 2013 2:19pm EST
Ted Nugent
Militant NRA spokesman and outspoken Obama opponent Ted Nugent is heading to Washington, D.C., to sit in on the State of the Union address. Bad idea?

He once threw a thinly-veiled threat at Barack Obama, but now outspoken NRA advocate and rock star extraordinaire Ted Nugent will be sitting in on the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Nugent, who last April said, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year," and in 2007 stated, "Obama, he's a piece of s**t. I told him to suck on my machine gun. Hey...
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Ashley Judd 'Thanks' Karl Rove For Political Attack Ad

February 7th, 2013 2:35pm EST
Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd has taken a swipe at her Republican detractors as she considers running for office, sarcastically thanking her critics for releasing an advert attacking her political views before she even enters the race.

The actress has been contemplating branching out into politics for some time, and is a fierce supporter of President Barack Obama.

Her passion for the Democratic party has impressed politicians in Kentucky, where she attended university, and a survey revealed she is the candidate of choice to run for state Senate.

However, the actress' interest in a political role has sp...
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Weekly Celebrity Twitter Roundup: Jan. 19-26, 2013

January 26th, 2013 11:30am EST
Barack Obama
Welcome one, welcome all to this week's Twitter roundup, where we put all the best Twitterings and Instagrammings in one place for you to see, in one bite-sized package! This week, President Obama's inauguration, Seacrest crowns Justin Bieber the Grand Pooh-Bah of Twitter, some old men join the internet, Shakira gives birth, Seth Macfarlane brings civil rights to Tweets and more.

President Obama reflecting on his successes at the 2013 inauguration

"I want to take a look one more time. I'm not going to see this again."—The President pausing at the Capitol yesterday twitter.com/BarackOb...
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Steven Seagal Seeks Presidential Pardon For Convicted Producer

January 22nd, 2013 9:41am EST
Steven Seagal
Steven Seagal has called on President Barack Obama to pardon a former producing partner who was convicted of attempting to extort money from the actor.

Julius R. Nasso, who worked with Seagal for a decade, was jailed for a year after he was convicted of attempting to extort millions of dollars from the actor, claiming the Under Siege star owed him money for collapsed projects when he decided against making any more action films.

Nasso, who was released from prison two months early in 2005 for good behavior, now appears to have mended his relationship with Seagal, who has since written a...
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Jamie Foxx Was 'Honored' To Be At And Perform At Inaugural Ball

January 22nd, 2013 9:15am EST
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx Was 'Honored' To Be At And Perform At Inaugural Ball

Singer/actor Jamie Foxx serenaded U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill at President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Ball on Monday.

The Ray star took to the stage at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. after Jennifer Hudson, who had performed Al Green's classic Let's Stay Together for the First Couple's dance.

Foxx took a leaf out of the late Ray Charles' book and belted out his hit 1962 track I Can't Stop Loving You as Biden and his wife took to the dance floor.

Before starting his performance, Foxx sa...
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James Franco Writes Poem For President Obama For Inauguration Day

January 22nd, 2013 9:12am EST
James Franco
James Franco wrote a poem to commemorate the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The actor appeared to struggle to come up with something interesting for readers after he was commisioned by Yahoo! News editors to write something for the President, who began his second term on Monday.

Franco detailed his writing challenge in the piece, titled "Obama in Asheville." 

He wrote: "I was asked to write something for the inauguration of his second term, but what could I write? I was in Asheville, studying writing, but not the political sort; I write confessions and characters, and tha...
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Inaugural Ball Highlights: A Red Hot Michelle Obama, Presidential Dancing, Great Music & More

January 22nd, 2013 8:38am EST
Barack and Michelle Obama
Everyone was waiting to see what Michelle Obama would wear to the inaugural balls on Monday night, and she definitely didn't disappoint.

The First Lady, who recently made a style statement by debuting bangs, opted for a red chiffon and velvet gown. The custom-made halter dress was designed by Jason Wu, who also made her stunning white gown for the same event four years ago. She also wore Jimmy Choo shoes and jewelry by Kimberly McDonald. The President wore a tuxedo with a white tie.

The couple showed up on stage at the ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center holding hands, wavi...
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Lupe Fiasco Reportedly Kicked Offstage At Inauguration Concert

January 21st, 2013 10:32am EST
Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco was escorted off the stage at a concert held in honor of Barack Obama's inauguration on Sunday after launching into an angry rant about the President.

The hip-hop star was booked to headline the Start Up Rock On concert in Washington, D.C. to mark Obama's re-election, but he used his set to voice his frustration with the current administration.

Fans at The Hamilton venue were stunned as Fiasco performed an anti-Obama song for 30 minutes, and reportedly refused to move on to another track.

Josh Rogin, a reporter for news website The Cable, took to Twitter.com to describe th...
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Stars Launch Barack Obama's Inauguration

January 20th, 2013 6:00pm EST
Michelle Obama
Will.i.am, John Legend, Katy Perry and Usher were among the stars who helped kick off U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration celebrations in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

A whole host of famous faces descended on the U.S. capital as Obama prepares to be sworn in for a second term in front of hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall on Monday.

Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am was at the star-studded OurTime.org Generation Now party, where Legend, Common and T-Pain performed in honour of the next generation of American voters.

will.i.am talked about the importance of youth ac...
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The Most Sociable Celebrities In Social Media

December 29th, 2012 1:00pm EST
George Takei
Some Celebrities love us (and you) more than others. Some celebrities are reclusive nomads who do a movie and then crawl back into whatever hole they live in away from the world, with no communication whatsoever until we hear about their next upcoming movie.

Other celebrities however, engage themselves with their fans. This used to mean interviews and autographs, but now, it means something slightly different. Social media has allowed the celebrity crowd to communicate with their thousands of fans instantly and with a great deal of personality.Even if they don't talk with each individual...
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Brad Pitt Commends President Obama's Policy On Marijuana

December 20th, 2012 4:20pm EST
Brad Pitt
Stars including Brad Pitt and Danny Glover have praised Barack Obama after the President declared that prosecuting recreational pot users is "not a top priority."

Hollywood actor Pitt is an executive producer of new documentary The House I Live In, about the country's war on drugs, and he has thrown his support behind Obama after the politician insisted police have "bigger fish to fry" and won't be "going after recreational users in states that have determined that it's (marijuana) legal."

Pitt and his co-producers, Glover, John Legend and Russell Simmons, say in a statement, "President...
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Barack Obama Shows No Love For PSY Following 'Anti-American' Rap

December 10th, 2012 11:19am EST
PSY
Korean star PSY’s “anti-American” lyrics from a 2004 song didn’t keep the Asian sensation from performing at Sunday night’s annual “Christmas in Washington” charity concert, with President Obama in attendance.

On Friday, the “Gangnam Style” star apologized after a song surfaced featuring the artist rapping about American troop and their families dying “slowly and painfully.” PSY did his best to explain the comments in his statement, writing:

“The song I was featured in — from eight years ago — was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two innocent Ko...
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