Watch: Will Ferrell will do anything to get you to vote
November 5th, 2012
10:59 AM ET

Watch: Will Ferrell will do anything to get you to vote

After starring in the political comedy "The Campaign" this summer, actor Will Ferrell is doing some campaigning in real life, bringing humor to the rapidly approaching election day.

In a YouTube clip, Ferrell promises that he'll "do anything" to get Americans to vote on November 6, including cooking a pasta dinner, eating garbage and/or underpants, or punching himself in the face. (He did say anything, and according to President Obama's Twitter account, "Will Ferrell’s not kidding.")

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Politainment
September 26th, 2012
10:08 AM ET

Madonna on Obama endorsement: I was being ironic

Madonna's made her allegiance to President Obama's re-election campaign well-known - recall the tattoo she showed off not long ago - so it's not surprising that she rallied attendees at her MDNA concert stop in Washington, D.C., on Monday to vote for him.

The surprising part is the way she did it. In a video clip - which uses strong language, so be forewarned - Madonna touched on history and civil rights before telling her fans that they "better vote for f*****g Obama, OK? For better or for worse, alright, we have a black Muslim in the White House."

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Kal Penn brings #sexyface to the DNC
September 5th, 2012
10:24 AM ET

Kal Penn brings #sexyface to the DNC

Hollywood and politics have mixed it up plenty in the past, and the overlap is feeling especially apparent this election year.

Following Clint Eastwood's now famous conversation with an empty chair (and the pleas of Betty White fans to get her to the Democratic National Convention), actor Kal Penn had a turn at the DNC podium Tuesday.

Five lines that killed on Day 1 of Democratic National Convention

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Celebrities • Our Mobile Society • Politainment
Dee Snider 'not going to take' Paul Ryan playing his song
August 23rd, 2012
12:37 PM ET

Dee Snider 'not going to take' Paul Ryan playing his song

Both K'Naan and the Silversun Pickups have asked the Mitt Romney campaign to refrain from playing their music, and now it seems Twisted Sister's Dee Snider is asking the same of Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan.

According to Talking Points Memo, Ryan apparently played the Twisted Sister track "We're Not Gonna Take It" at a Pennsylvania rally this week, and Snider ... well, he couldn't take it.

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President Obama 'sings' 'Call Me Maybe'
June 5th, 2012
10:01 AM ET

President Obama 'sings' 'Call Me Maybe'

Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is so pervasive even the President's singing it.

Well, with help from BaracksDubs, which mashes President Obama's speeches with hit songs. And considering that nearly everyone on the Internet has offered their version of what may turn into the song of the summer, it makes sense that Jespen's single would find its way to the Oval Office ... even if it's by way of clever editing.

The President, of course, sees no harm in performing a little a cappella now and then, as he showcased his pipes with a bit of Al Green earlier this year.

"I can sing," he told Rolling Stone in April of his impromptu performance. "I wasn't worried about being able to hit those high notes."

We're sure that applies to Jepsen's earworm, too - think we'll ever see the President sing this one live?


Filed under: 2012 Election • Celebrities • Music • Politainment
Where music meets politics: Campaign songs
February 3rd, 2012
10:48 AM ET

Where music meets politics: Campaign songs

Perhaps Mitt Romney’s campaign used “Wavin’ Flag” at the Florida primary victory party to show the candidate’s patriotic side, but K’Naan, the rapper behind it, is certainly not happy.

The Somali-Canadian artist said he was “dismayed” that he had not been asked for permission, and threatened to sue.

“If I had been asked, I would certainly not have granted it,” K'Naan said in a statement. “I would happily grant the Obama campaign use of my song without prejudice.”

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