Brad Pitt's advice for OWS protesters
November 14th, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Brad Pitt's advice for OWS protesters

While promoting “Moneyball” in Japan, E! News reports that Brad Pitt had some words of wisdom regarding the Occupy Wall Street protests. His advice? Keep going, learn the issues and come up with a plan.

Americans are questioning a “system that has not served us very well,” Pitt explained to Tokyo reporters of the current movement. He described a system “defined for corporate lobbyists instead of the best needs for the people, and people are feeling screwed a little bit there."

The father of six also stressed that OWS protesters need to keep their momentum. "The most important thing," he said, is "not just getting swept up in the fervor of a fight. If you're feeling marginalized and frustrated, sometimes the release of a fight can pacify for the moment."

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NBC hires Chelsea Clinton as special correspondent
November 14th, 2011
10:12 AM ET

NBC hires Chelsea Clinton as special correspondent

Chelsea Clinton may have avoided the public eye in the past, but she's now stepping into the spotlight.

The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been hired as a special correspondent for NBC's "Nightly News" and "Rock Center with Brian Williams," effective Monday.

She'll contribute to the "Making a Difference" series, which focuses on "extraordinary stories from ordinary people," CNN's Political Ticker reports.

For more, visit the Ticker.


Filed under: Politainment • television
Mike Tyson steps into Herman Cain's shoes
November 9th, 2011
05:36 PM ET

Mike Tyson steps into Herman Cain's shoes

If "The Daily Show" and "Saturday Night Live" haven't already demonstrated that this election cycle is full of moments just begging to be joked about, Funny Or Die has launched a website to do exactly that.

On "Live Funny or Die," it's all political spoofs, all the time. The initial video pokes fun at Republican presidential hopefuls Rick Perry (Darrell Hammond), Michele Bachman (Erin Gibson), Mitt Romney (Rob Delaney) and Herman Cain (played by a salt-and-pepper mustachioed, bespectacled Mike Tyson).

Tyson-as-Cain introduces his 1-1-1 plan: "Funny or Die? Why are there two options? My 1-1-1 plan calls for one website, where you can search for one word, and get one response."

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Does Obama have a Hollywood problem?
October 26th, 2011
04:50 PM ET

Does Obama have a Hollywood problem?

As we head into the 2012 election, one of the questions many in the industry are asking is whether the President has lost his Hollywood support.

As Kareen Wynter reports in this video, stars like Matt Damon and Melissa Etheridge haven't been kind with their observations of President Obama's term in office. Now we can add filmmaker Michael Moore to that list.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Celebrities • Politainment
NBC orders White House comedy pilot
October 25th, 2011
03:35 PM ET

NBC orders White House comedy pilot

According to Variety, a presidential comedy series may be coming to NBC.

The network has ordered a pilot for “1600 Penn,” a single camera comedy revolving around a dysfunctional family… who live at the White House.

The project comes from a Hollywood power trio: “Modern Family” director Jason Winer, Tony-nominated “Book of Mormon” star Josh Gad and former President Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett. All three men will serve as executive producers.

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Orlando Jones: Palin tweet 'farcical, not funny'
October 25th, 2011
12:38 PM ET

Orlando Jones: Palin tweet 'farcical, not funny'

Tweets often find stars and the anonymous alike saying, "let me explain...." and actor Orlando Jones is the latest to offer more exposition about a statement he posted Saturday following the death of Moammar Gadhafi.

"Libyan Rebels kill Gaddafi, if American liberals want respect they better stop listening to Aretha & kill Sarah Palin(:," he wrote.

Jones then responded to a number of Twitter users, including one that asked why the actor "thinks it's funny to call for Sarah Palin to be murdered." Jones replied to the query, "I don't. I think it's funny that you are so upset about my inane tweet."

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Filed under: Celebrities • Politainment
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