Robert Redford Defends Obama

Actor Robert Redford Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images

Robert Redford fears little progress will be made in combatting climate change in the remainder of President Obama’s second term.

“Am I disappointed in the outcome? Somewhat, not entirely,” Redford told The Hollywood Reporter. “You have to look at what [President Obama]’s up against. There’s never been a more paralyzed system to try to work with.”

Redford attended the launch of Pitzer College’s new environmental initiative that involves a fossil fuel divestment climate-action model. He slammed the current state of politics after the event on April 12.

“There’s too much partisan warfare. It’s sad,” he said.

The veteran actor has been an outspoken environmental activist and endorsed Obama in 2012.

Obama Snubs Kim Kardashian’s Support

In the heated weeks leading up to the 2012 election, it seemed Team Obama was using Hollywood’s profuse support to its advantage. Whether it was starring in campaign videos, hosting fundraisers or sending celebs out on the campaign trail,  it seemed like every celeb was helping the President in his reelection bid.

Well, everyone except Kim Kardashian.

RadarOnline reports that President Obama and his campaign “wanted nothing to do with her,” according to an inside source.  

Apparently Kardashian was eager to publicly help Obama get reelected, but the campaign allegedly denied her support. “She was not the young, cool, image they wanted to portray at all. Even though she kept asking, the campaign would never let her do anything in an official capacity.”

The source went on to say Kardashian was “political poison” and her support “is the last thing people who are serious about getting elected want.”

The news is interesting, given Kardashian claimed she was an undecided voter in September 2012. This isn’t the first time the Obama campaign refused a celeb’s endorsement. During the 2008 election, Lindsay Lohan reportedly offered her assistance to Obama, but the campaign politely declined.

Kardashian and her family have been vocal supporters and opponents of Obama. At the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner, Kim noted that the Kardashian kids were Democrats, and huge supporters of Obama, while her parents were Republicans.

In August 2013, Obama slammed Kim and Kanye West in an interview, saying their wealth and lifestyles weren’t marks of success.

Kris Jenner, Kardashian’s mother, responded to the President’s comments on her talkshow, saying “I bet the president has some friends with 10,000-square-foot houses and you probably wouldn’t mind going over there, Mr. President while you were asking them to have a party for you when you were campaigning for dollars to run for president.” See the entire clip below.

Kardashian’s fiance, Kanye West, ranted against Obama at a concert in 2013 in response to the comments.

The President and West have had a colorful history. Obama called West a “jackass” in 2009, after his actions at the MTV Video Music Awards. Despite the diss, West attended an Obama reelection fundraiser in Paris in 2012.

Bruce Jenner, Kardashian’s stepfather, slammed Obama when he won the Nobel Peace prize in 2009.

The Obama-Kardashian-West-Jenner relationship is a roller coaster. The pop-culture president vs. the pop-culture family.

 

 

 

Updated: Grimes Garners Hollywood Support

UPDATE April 13, 2014: 

The list of Grimes’ Hollywood supporters continues to grow. The Hill reported in late October that Danny DeVito, Jack Black, Jon Hamm, Nicolas Cage, Jerry Seinfeld, Cameron Diaz, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mike Meyers, James Cameron, Steven Speilberg, and J.J. Abrams all gave the maximum $5,200 to Grimes’ campaign. Chris Rock and Ted Danson contributed $5,000. Actor Ben Stiller gave $2,500, Barbra Streisand and Aaron Sorkin contributed $1,000, while Woody Allen and Leonard Nimoy gave $500 each, according to FEC filings.

After a closer look the FEC filings, there are a few more names to add to the list: Nicholas Cage, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Judd Apatow, Rhea Perlman, Mark Burnett, Kate Capshaw, Norman Lear, David Geffen, Ari Emanuel, and Leslie Mann all donating $5,200. Veteran actor Kirk Douglas gave $5,000, Ron Meyer and America Ferrera gave $2,600, Bryan Cranston gave $2,500, Rob Reiner gave $1,250, Renee Zellweger and Kathleen Kennedy gave $1,000, and Nancy Sinatra gave $250.

Stay tuned as more FEC filings become public.

Original post: Sept. 12, 2013

Even though the 2014 elections are more than a year away, Hollywood liberals have already begun fundraising and supporting Democratic candidates. Rising Democratic star and Kentucky Senate candidate, Alison Lundergan Grimes, is the most recent favorite of Hollywood mega-donors.

The Hill reports Dreamworks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg sent an email to prominent Democratic donors stating that there was “no more important election being held next year in this country” and urged donors to support the Kentucky Secretary of State when she travels to California this month.

Katzenberg isn’t the only Hollywood-type to lend his support. Pop star will.i.am. is set to appear at a Grimes fundraiser in coming weeks.

Grimes is running against Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, who is running for a sixth term.

Grimes is the second Democratic candidate to gain Hollywood support for the next election cycle. Newark Mayor Cory Booker (the Democratic candidate in New Jersey’s special election on October 16) has received a large amount of support from the Hollywood community – including fundraisers held by Oprah Winfrey, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and Steven Spielberg.

Democratic supporters hope Hollywood’s interest can bring attention and money to the uphill battle of defeating one of the longest-serving Senators currently in the Senate chamber.

Robert De Niro Defends Obama

Robert DeNiro joined Barack Obama, Caroline Kennedy and Edward M. Kennedy. (Photo: Jason Reed/Reuters)

Robert De Niro defended President Barack Obama from critics in the fall issue of Du Jour magazine.

Working as an actor his entire life means that De Niro sees everything through that lens. In describing his steadfast support for Barack Obama, he compares the president’s challenges to a filmmaker’s. “He’s a good person, period,” he says. “He’s trying his best. He’s going to do things that people feel are not right or violating one right or another. But at the end of the day, he represents, I think, the best of the type of people that I would like to see running the government. He has to play that game, the political game. They all do. They make statements they can’t honor because they’re impossible to honor. Once you get into that Washington machinery, you’ve just got to figure it out and swim against the current and grab onto this rock and that, and just try to maintain your course.”

“You know, it’s one thing to be a critic,” he continues. “It’s another thing to be directly involved. It’s like directing a movie and you edit the film and then someone will give you a suggestion: ‘You could do this, you could do that.’ You look and you say, ‘Yeah, but the reason I can’t do that is because I don’t have that shot, and if I use this shot that’s better here, it impacts on this one and it’s a story point.’ In other words, it can’t be done. You have to make these choices with the government, and you’re going to be criticized. If you took the time to explain it all to the public, they’d say, ‘OK, I get it.’ Can you explain to everybody? No. You just have to say, ‘I made this choice because I felt it was the right choice.’”

De Niro has publicly supported the President in the past and endorsed him with Sen. Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy in 2007. In 2012, during a reelection fundraiser for Obama that featured First Lady Michelle Obama, the actor told a room full of donors “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney,” De Niro said. “Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?” Republicans were none too pleased with the joke and De Niro later apologized.

George Takei Makes NYC Mayor Endorsement

Star Trek actor George Takei endorsed New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn in the Democratic primary being held September 10.

Quinn has accumulated many celebrity endorsements including Takei’s, as well as Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Dunham, Tim Gunn, Brett Ratner, Tom Hanks, Rob Reiner, Zachary Quinto and Lance Bass, to name a few.

Scarlett Johansson Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Actress and outspoken Hollywood Democrat, Scarlett Johansson, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, in the October issue of Harper’s BAZAAR.

The actress’ commitment to film is matched by her passion for politics, she tells Mair, expressing her hope that at the next US Presidential election in 2016, Hilary Clinton will win.  “I think we could only benefit from having someone in office who has been a mother; women have a different perspective because of that maternal instinct.”

In recent years, Johansson has advocated for Democratic candidates and causes. The actress campaigned for President Barack Obama during both election cycles, and even  spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2012 (below).

Johansson joins the long list of celebrities who have endorsed Clinton for president, including Dustin Hoffman, Michael Bolton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Geena Davis and Anna Wintour.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon To Co-Host Fundraiser for Cory Booker

Actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are co-hosting a fundraiser for New Jersey Senate hopeful Cory Booker, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

The fundraiser will take place Sept. 23 at host Ron Burkle’s house. Ticket prices range from $1,000 – $10,000 a piece.

Joining the fundraising duo, who previously co-hosted a fundraiser for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, will be Hollywood Democratic heavyweights J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath, Jennifer Garner, Michael Eisner, Troy Carter, WME co-CEO Patrick Whitesell, talent agency head Bob Gersh, Disney exec Sean Bailey, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and former US Ambassador Nicole Avant, according to THR. Also joining the co-hosts is producer Jerry Weintraub who previously hosted a fundraiser at his house in late April.

This is the latest fundraiser and wave of Hollywood support for Booker, who recently won the Democratic primary in a landslide victory.

Ivanka Trump hosted a fundraiser in July and Oprah Winfrey hosted a fundraiser in early August. Since declaring his candidacy, the Newark Mayor has gained the public support of actresses Kate Mara and Eva Longoria.

Booker will face Republican Steve Lonegan in the special election on October 16, 2013. The seat was previously held by Democrat Sen. Frank Lautenberg who died in June at the age of 89.