Celebritology 2.0: Political Statement

Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 12/21/2012

On ‘Face the Nation,’ Ben Affleck discusses Senate run; the ‘Jersey Shore’ is finally over

If actor actually runs for Senate, which he probably won’t, can Matt Damon be his chief of staff?

By Jen Chaney  |  07:40 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 11/08/2012

Biden to appear on ‘Parks and Recreation’; mother of ‘Modern Family’ star denies abuse claims

Also Jermaine Jackson wants to become Jermaine Jacksun. For art.

By Jen Chaney  |  08:45 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 10/31/2012

Brad Pitt makes major contribution to support gay marriage; Gene Hackman reportedly hits homeless man in self-defense

Also: Kelsey Grammer explains why he brought his baby to the Playboy mansion.

By Jen Chaney  |  09:17 AM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 10/26/2012

Lindsay Lohan’s publicist resigns; Meat Loaf endorses Mitt Romney

Also: Taylor Swift is still buying that Hyannis Port house, despite her Kennedy break-up.

By Jen Chaney  |  08:53 AM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 10/17/2012

Mitt Romney is still riding ‘Friday Night Lights’ wave despite Peter Berg’s letter

A pre-debate photo shows he is not daunted by Peter Berg’s letter.

By Jen Chaney  |  10:32 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 10/12/2012

Peter Berg is not messing around about Mitt Romney’s ‘Friday Night Lights’ slogan

The “Friday Night Lights” producer tells Romney what he can do with his “clear eyes and full hearts.”

By Jen Chaney  |  05:15 PM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 10/12/2012

Game changer: Lindsay Lohan has endorsed Mitt Romney

This. Could. Change. Everything.

By Jen Chaney  |  11:59 AM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 10/11/2012

A few thoughts on this whole Mitt Romney and ‘Friday Night Lights’ thing

“Clear eyes, full hearts, smart campaign move”?

By Jen Chaney  |  10:22 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 10/03/2012

The Mel Gibson/Tom Hanks experiment: What a new study says about our response to celebrity opinion

We don’t like celebs who don’t agree with us, apparently.

By Jen Chaney  |  01:41 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 10/02/2012

Zac Efron, Leonardo DiCaprio and Selena Gomez all want you to vote for stuff

So do Sarah Silverman, Jonah Hill, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen DeGeneres.

By Jen Chaney  |  12:04 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 09/27/2012

Samuel L. Jackson’s profane Obama PSA arrives online; Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson reconciliation continues

Also: For some reason, there’s an online kiss controversy involving Chris Brown.

By Jen Chaney  |  09:25 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:21 AM ET, 09/26/2012

Madonna explains Obama ‘black Muslim’ comment; Lady Gaga admits to bulimia and anorexia battles

Also: Chris Lighty’s death is being investigated.

By Jen Chaney  |  07:21 AM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 09/21/2012

Homer Simpson has already voted in the 2012 presidential election

So did he go Obama or Romney?

By Jen Chaney  |  05:26 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 09/07/2012

Clint Eastwood speaks to Carmel Pine Cone about invisible Obama

“When I saw the stool there, it gave me the idea.”

By Jen Chaney  |  03:16 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 08/31/2012

Clint Eastwood, his convention speech and what it means for his image

Many wondered how his remarks might affect the race. Now we wonder how they might affect his image.

By Jen Chaney  |  08:24 AM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Kirk Cameron: Cut Todd Akin some slack

He didn’t defend the word choice, but suggests that people should go easier on the man who used the term “legitimate rape.”

By Jen Chaney  |  03:21 PM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 06/05/2012

Pink forced to drop out of Obama fundraiser over illness

Darren Criss will fill in for the ailing singer.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  01:46 PM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Kim Kardashian endorses President Obama for endorsing same-sex marriage

“Today I am proud to be an American!!” she says after he endorsed same-sex marriage.

By Jen Chaney  |  05:07 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Roseanne Barr is officially running for president

As a Green Party candidate.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  08:24 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 12/29/2011

Kelly Clarkson tweets support for Ron Paul, receives barrage of angry tweets

The “American Idol” winner’s endorsement of the Republican candidate proved to be unpopular with a handful of her Twitter followers.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  11:04 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 12/20/2011

Ryan Gosling cares about the chickens who lay eggs for McDonald’s

Zooey Deschanel, Steve-O and eight other celebs have asked McDonald’s to use cage-free egg suppliers.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  11:59 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 12/16/2011

Christian Bale attempts to visit Chinese activist, is blocked by guards (Video)

The actor’s run-in with plainclothes guards was captured on video by a CNN camera crew.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  08:31 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 12/02/2011

Adam Carolla is not a fan of Occupy Wall Street; Justin Bieber sends his love to ‘X Factor’ contestant

Also in the morning mix: Barbara Walters is booed.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  09:12 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Jon Stewart pranks Jon Huntsman with questions for Jon Hamm

“The Daily Show” repurposed the hashtag #Q4Jon to prank the presidential hopeful.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  11:26 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Orlando Jones defends ‘kill Sarah Palin’ tweet joke as not ‘a call to action,’ ‘artistic expression’

Orlando Jones reentered the public consciousness this week for all the wrong reasons after his ’kill Sarah Palin’ tweet joke.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  02:47 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Kim Kardashian changes topic to cake during Occupy Wall Street conversation

Before the Wall Street Journal could hear her opinion on the movement, the reality princess was distracted by dessert.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  10:17 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Russell Simmons offered to pay for Zuccotti Park cleanup: Do celebrities help or hurt Occupy Wall Street?

Does a celebrity endorsement hurt or help Occupy Wall Street?

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  02:22 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Victoria Jackson brings opinions about Obama and Jesus to Occupy Wall Street (Video)

The former “Saturday Night Live” star and current Christian conversative attempted to convince Occupy Wall Street protesters of the error of their ways.

By Jen Chaney  |  12:38 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 10/13/2011

Hilary Swank expresses deep regret about Chechen event

“If I had a full understanding of what this event was apparently intended to be, I would never have gone,” the actress said in a statement.

By Jen Chaney  |  08:23 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Occupy Wall Street: Penn Badgley, Tim Robbins latest celebs to join protests

The actors are the latest celebs to take up the cause.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  01:03 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 09/20/2011

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ end celebrated by Lady Gaga, Jane Lynch

Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch and other celebs are happy to see the controversial policy end.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  04:24 PM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 08/11/2011

Is Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow a threat to national security?

Rep. Peter T. King has raised concerns about Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal’s access to classified information as they prepare to make a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

By Jen Chaney  |  01:50 PM ET, 08/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 08/10/2011

Alec Baldwin not running for mayor in 2013, maybe in future

But he’s not ruling out a future run to govern New York City.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  11:48 AM ET, 08/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 08/05/2011

Roseanne Barr announces presidential bid — again (Video)

The actress and realty star

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  08:59 AM ET, 08/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 08/03/2011

Matt Damon ‘disgusted’ by debt deal, says it’s ‘criminal’ that wealthy don’t pay more taxes (video)

He also doesn’t care for people who suggest that teachers might be unmotivated.

By Jen Chaney  |  10:35 AM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 08/01/2011

Miley Cyrus shows support for gay marriage via tattoo

The singer showed her support for gay marriage with an equals sign inked on her ring finger.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  08:02 AM ET, 08/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 06/28/2011

Michelle Yeoh, Hollywood actress, deported from Myanmar

The actress plays pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi in an upcoming film.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  09:42 AM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 05/18/2011

Ed Harris, looking a lot like John McCain

An image of the actor in “Game Change” demonstrates how much he looks lke the senator/former presidential contender.

By Jen Chaney  |  09:05 AM ET, 05/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 05/16/2011

Donald Trump ends presidential run right before ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ finale

Wait, this whole thing could not possibly have been a publicity stunt, could it?

By Jen Chaney  |  01:49 PM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 05/05/2011

Alec Baldwin on possible Donald Trump presidential run

While we know that “Blossom’s” Joey Lawrence would be open to a Donald Trump presidential run, it seems Alec Baldwin would, too.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  08:28 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 05/03/2011

Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman and other late-night reactions to Osama bin Laden

How Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman and some of the best-known late-night hosts reacted to the historic event.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  09:41 AM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 05/02/2011

Is Bill Hader of ‘SNL’ a political wonk? He takes a quiz to find out

The quiz began with Hader asking, “What’s a wonk?” It gets better from there.

By Jen Chaney  |  03:19 PM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Joey Lawrence ‘open’ to Donald Trump for president

Actor Joey Lawrence told Fox News that he would support Donald Trump’s run for president.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  01:43 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 04/27/2011

See Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin

An initial photograph of Moore in her “Game Change” garb has been released.

By Jen Chaney  |  10:25 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 04/25/2011

‘Celebrity Apprentice’: Donald Trump conducts presidential poll

Possible Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump conducted an informal poll on last night’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  08:24 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Five things Julianne Moore won’t do in her role as Sarah Palin

Here’s a list of five things that Julianne Moore has done on film or television in the past that, presumably, she won’t be doing in the role of Sarah Palin.

By Jen Chaney  |  11:50 AM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 AM ET, 10/13/2010

George Clooney brings celebrity and focus on the Sudan to Council on Foreign Relations

When George Clooney shows up at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., a few predictable things happen. For starters -- and most importantly, certainly -- he speaks at length about preventing more potentially deadly civil unrest in the Sudan, a time-sensitive concern given a January referendum that could split the north and south regions of the African nation. He also charms his way through a crowd of eager hand-shakers while making his way to the front of the briefing room. And, not surprisingly for wonky Washington, his presence attracts a mix of policy makers, scholars, journalists and outright gawkers who each have different reasons for parking themselves in uncomfortable chairs to listen to an hour-long conversation about the nitty-gritty nuances of international diplomacy efforts. Some make a point of noting how seriously they take the matters being discussed ("I actually write about this issue and the substance...

By Jen Chaney  |  12:10 AM ET, 10/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 04/26/2010

Political statement: Janine Turner, tea partier?

Maybe it would be easier to take Janine Turner and her new Constituting America campaign seriously if almost every page of the campaign's official Web site didn't carry the same photo of the "Friday Night Lights"/"Northern Exposure" actress doing her best Loni Anderson impression.

By Liz Kelly  |  12:42 PM ET, 04/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)