Names & Faces: Ashton Kutcher, Samantha Power & Cass Sunstein's Baby, Tim Gunn

Ashton Kutcher, who came out on top in the race against CNN for 1 million Twitter followers, spoke about the bet with Larry King. The network donated $100,000 to the fight against malaria.
Ashton Kutcher, who came out on top in the race against CNN for 1 million Twitter followers, spoke about the bet with Larry King. The network donated $100,000 to the fight against malaria. ("Larry King Live" Via Associated Press)
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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Tweet Endings All Around

So much for that Twitter feud! A week after Ashton Kutcher beat CNN to 1 million followers on Twitter.com, it sounds like both parties are better off.

On April 13, Kutcher -- known on Twitter as aplusk -- wagered $100,000 that he would reach 1 million followers before the Twitter account cnnbrk, held by CNN's breaking news feed. Kutcher, a vocal advocate for the eradication of malaria, won on April 17, so CNN paid up -- to UNICEF. A UNICEF partner organization will match the cable giant's donation: $200,000 will go toward insecticide-treated bed nets to reduce the spread of malaria in Africa.

Kutcher must have been happy with the outcome: We hear the actor and wife Demi Moore will be CNN's guests at this year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner, May 9 at the Hilton Washington.

The Stork Visits D.C.

There's a new pint-size wonk in town. Top Obama administration officials Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein have welcomed their first child, Declan Power-Sunstein, born yesterday in Washington. "Seven pounds, eight ounces," the new father told us.

Power, 38, is the Harvard foreign-policy scholar whose comments about Hillary Clinton led to her exit from the Obama campaign. She's now with the National Security Council. Sunstein, 54, is a longtime University of Chicago law professor who has been nominated to head the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The couple met on the Obama campaign trail and were married in Ireland last summer.

That's 'Dr. Gunn' To You

How would caps and gowns fare on "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style"? Perhaps the fashion guru will share his thoughts when he delivers the Corcoran College of Art and Design's commencement speech next month.

Gunn, 55 -- a Washington native and TV personality best known for co-hosting "Project Runway" with supermodel Heidi Klum -- will also receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from the Corcoran, his alma mater (he earned a bachelor's in fine arts and sculpture there in 1976, the Associated Press reports). Gunn went on to hold various teaching and administrative positions at New York's Parsons school and is now chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne.

The Corcoran commencement is set for May 23 at DAR Constitution Hall.

End Notes

Update: A day after missing a "Tonight Show" appearance for the first time ever because of illness, Jay Leno was released from the hospital yesterday, NBC said. Leno's publicist, Dick Guttman, said doctors found that Leno's illness wasn't "symptomatic of anything serious." NBC said Leno -- whose Thursday and Friday shows were canceled -- was feeling much better and was "anxious to return to work Monday." Leno, 58, took over "Tonight" in 1992.

Spotted: Leonardo DiCaprio at the Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center on Thursday. The actor (baseball cap, jeans, navy blue T-shirt) and his mom, both in town for an Earth Day dinner at the Kuwaiti ambassador's residence, politely turned down a guided tour and ate at the in-house McDonald's; earlier that day, Leo ordered two chicken tacos from an "On the Fly" cart outside the American History Museum, but only after ascertaining that they were organic. . . . Actor Forest Whitaker lunching with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke at Bobby Van's Steakhouse on Thursday. The Oscar winner had the vegetable platter.

Quoted: "He just lights me up." -- Justin Timberlake expressing his love of Cleveland Cavaliers all-star LeBron James -- on whom, Timberlake admits to ESPN's "SportsCenter," he has a man crush.

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports


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