Saturday, August 1, 2009

Newlyweds' New Cause

Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz, the newlyweds whose choreographed wedding entrance video went viral earlier this month on YouTube, are asking their fans to support an organization that works to end domestic violence.

In less than two weeks, 13 million people have watched the St. Paul, Minn., couple's wedding video, which features their exuberant wedding party dancing into the church while Chris Brown's hit "Forever" plays. But some viewers questioned the song choice, given Brown's recent sentencing and apology for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna, in February.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, digital downloads of "Forever" have skyrocketed since the video went online July 19, jumping from below 3,000 to 50,000 by July 26. The song was released in 2008.

On a new Web site,, Peterson and Heinz write: "Due to the circumstances surrounding the song in our wedding video, we have chosen the Sheila Wellstone Institute," which -- according to its own Web site -- works to end violence against women and children. (And by the way, that divorce court dance video suddenly gone viral is a copycat parody; Jill and Kevin's Web site reports that their love is still on the upswing.)

High Marks for Michelle

First lady Michelle Obama has garnered a favorable performance review from someone who knows the East Wing better than most: Laura Bush.

"She's doing a great job," Bush told the Associated Press in Connecticut, where she attended a change of command ceremony Friday for the USS Texas, a submarine. Bush likened being first lady to membership in a club that very few people get to join.

As for the former first lady's current work, she said she's enjoying private life -- taking lots of walks, working on her memoir and helping pull together the presidential library of her husband, former president George W. Bush. The couple now live in the Preston Hollow section of Dallas.

Apatow Hits Back at Heigl

The Apatow/Heigl fracas continues!

It began in December 2007, when actress Katherine Heigl told Vanity Fair that "Knocked Up," the Judd Apatow film that helped launch her to stardom, was "a little sexist," depicting women as humorless, uptight "shrews" and men "as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys." "It was hard for me to love the movie," she said.

The remarks came up Friday on Howard Stern's radio show, where the shock-jock interviewed Apatow and actor Seth Rogen about their new film, "Funny People." Stern goaded the pair about Heigl, prompting jabs at her newest chick flick, "The Ugly Truth."

Apatow mentioned a racy scene involving Heigl's character, underwear and a sex toy. "So I'd have to see if that was uplifting for women," Apatow quipped.

Added Rogen: "That . . . sounds like it really puts women on a pedestal in a beautiful way."

End Notes

Spotted: Rocker Dave Grohl at the National Gallery of Art on Thursday afternoon. Grohl (T-shirt, shorts, sunburn), with wife Jordyn Blum and their two young daughters, lingered in the "Heaven on Earth: Manuscript Illumination" exhibit.

Quoted: "I was like, 'What are we doing here, man?' And he's like, 'I don't know. Right now it looks like we came together with our moms to Crate & Barrel. What's going on?' " -- "Gossip Girl" star Chace Crawford, 24, telling People magazine it was kind of "embarrassing" running into co-star Penn Badgley, 22, on a recent shopping trip. Both actors had brought along their moms to help pick out things for their new apartments in New York City.

-- Marissa Newhall from staff, Web and wire reports

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