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.”


Newt Gingrich: Brad Pitt could play me in a movie
February 1st, 2012
01:31 PM ET

Newt Gingrich: Brad Pitt could play me in a movie

We've all played the "which famous person could play me in the story of my life" casting game, and Newt Gingrich has joined in.

According to TMZ, the Republican candidate for the presidential nomination has said that if he had to pick someone to portray him in a film, he'd pick straight from the A-list.

"Brad Pitt," Gingrich told radio host Rich Stevens Tuesday of who could portray him. "Why not go for it?"


Filed under: 2012 Election • Brad Pitt • Politainment
January 20th, 2012
10:13 AM ET

President Obama lets loose with some Al Green

Perhaps instead of an election we should just have a sing-off.

During a campaign appearance Thursday night at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, President Barack Obama got the crowd cheering with a tune.

After legendary soul singer Rev. Al Green performed, the Commander-in-Chief took the stage and crooned a few lines of Green's hit song "Let's Stay Together." FULL POST

Filed under: 2012 Election • Politainment
Snooki: Trump for president, please
January 18th, 2012
12:55 PM ET

Snooki: Trump for president, please

If you're unenthusiastic about the options available for the 2012 presidential nomination, Snooki feels your pain.

As she relayed at a recent press conference - for the launch of Team Snooki Boxing, the Huffington Post tells us - she's unimpressed. The guy she wants to put her "Jersey Shore" influence behind (millions of people do watch her pickles-and-booze-fueled antics on the reality show, after all, although less at the start of the fifth season than usual) isn't even a contender.

Not at the moment, anyway.


Filed under: 2012 Election • Celebrities • Jersey Shore • Politainment • Snooki
Louis C.K. snags hosting duties at political gig
December 19th, 2011
12:46 PM ET

Louis C.K. snags hosting duties at political gig

Guess who's coming to dinner? None other than Louis C.K.

The comedian has been selected as the featured speaker for the 68th Annual Radio & Television Congressional Correspondents' Dinner, to be held in June.

According to a press release, the black tie event is "traditionally attended by the President, the Congressional Leadership, media executives, Capitol Hill broadcast journalists and prominent newsmakers."

The comic is perhaps best known for his starring role in the FX original comedy series "Louie" and his stand-up work, which includes his recent comedy special, “Louis C.K.: Live at The Beacon Theater.”

Filed under: 2012 Election • Celebrities • Politainment
December 5th, 2011
01:48 PM ET

Herman Cain quotes 'Pokémon' on his way out

As Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain suspends his bid amidst allegations of sexual harassment and an affair, he leaves us with an entertainment-related (and, to some, probably entertaining) news nugget.

On Saturday, Cain announced that he was suspending his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, and his parting words included a quote from an unlikely source: A song from “Pokémon: The Movie 2000.”

The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza said this weekend as he has previously during his campaign, "Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, it's never easy when there is so much on the line. But you and I can make a difference.”


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