Trump Gains Celebrity Endorsements, Digs

After what some political pundits called a mediocre second debate performance, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump can rest easy with endorsements from actor Gary Busey and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“I know him personally. I know him professionally. He’s a great guy. He’s sharp. He’s fast. He can change the country after the last eight years,” Busey told Fox News. The actor endorsed and then unendorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 GOP primary.

On Thursday, Brady said it would be “great” if Trump triumphed in 2016.

Meanwhile, Trump’s taken heat from a slew of celebrities:

Sharon Osbourne: “You don’t expect somebody in that sphere to behave that way.”

Robert Redford: “He’s got such a big foot in his mouth I’m not sure you could get it out.”

Andrew Garfield: “I just don’t understand the blatant lack of humanity that he is proudly exhibiting on a daily basis. [It is] harrowing.”

Salma Hayek: “We have to take this very seriously. This is very scary.”
“This is not a reality show. America is not a reality show. This is not a popularity contest. This is not Miss America or Miss Universe.”

Emily Blunt (To Republicans in general): “I became an American citizen recently, and that night, we watched the Republican debate and I thought, ‘This was a terrible mistake. What have I done?'”

Bernie Enlists Hollywood Help

A few months ago, many political pundits called Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) bid for the White House a longshot. Today, Sanders leads Hillary Clinton and the rest of his Democratic opponents in crucial states, including Iowa and New Hampshire, according to recent polling.

With momentum picking up, the Sanders campaign released the names of 128 celebrities who have pledged support for the campaign.

Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Will Ferrell, Margaret Cho, Danny DeVito, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Juliette Lewis, Zoë Kravitz, Justin Long, Ezra Miller, Graham Nash, Patton Oswalt, Jeremy Piven, John C. Reilly, Bonnie Raitt, Sarah Silverman, Steve Wozniak and Hans Zimmer.

“We — the undersigned artists, musicians, and cultural leaders of America — are excited to endorse a new vision for our country. It’s a vision that pushes for a progressive economic agenda,” reads the campaign page.

Mark Ruffalo and Susan Sarandon, whose names were also on the list, were early celebrity supporters of Sanders. DeVito maxed out political contributions to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination, earlier this year.

On Friday, Ruffalo shared an image of himself at a Sanders rally in New York City.

#feelthebern2016 This guy is for real.

A photo posted by Mark Ruffalo (@markruffalo) on Sep 18, 2015 at 10:01am PDT

“Little House on the Prairie” actress running for Congress

Photo credit: Melissa Gilbert for Congress

Photo credit: Melissa Gilbert for Congress

Melissa Gilbert, best known for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder on “Little House on the Prairie” and as the Screen Actors Guild president, is running for Congress in Michigan.

The actress announced her candidacy against Republican Rep. Mike Bishop in early August.

Bishop won Michigan’s 8th Congressional District by a 13-point margin in 2014, but Barack Obama carried the district by 6 points in 2008 and Mitt Romney edged Obama by 3 points in 2012.

While the seat may be a pickup opportunity for Democrats, national Republican groups are already attacking Gilbert for not paying $360,000 in federal income taxes.

The National Republican Congressional Committee blasted out an attack of Gilbert following her announcement, according to Roll Call.

“Hopefully tax delinquent Melissa Gilbert didn’t sell her little house on the prairie, because with $360,000 owed to the IRS, she certainly won’t be moving into the House of Representatives,” said NRCC spokesman Chris Pack in a statement.

Gilbert responded to a June article in The Detroit News that detailed her financial difficulties.

“I’ve set up an installment plan to fully pay off my debt and will continue to work as hard as I can to erase this debt and dig myself out of this hole,” Gilbert said. “I am absolutely positive that I can do it.”

Owen Wilson on Trump: Charlie Sheen of politics

Actor Owen Wilson dissed Donald Trump’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination in an interview with The Daily Beast.

“You can’t help but get a kick out of him, and I think part of it is we’re so used to politicians on both sides sounding like actors at press junkets—it’s sort of by rote, and they say all the right things,” Wilson laughed. “So here’s somebody who’s not following that script. It’s like when Charlie Sheen was doing that stuff—like, wow! He’s answering a question completely honestly, and in an entertaining way. You sort of feel he could be a character from Network.”

While Trump has said some obscene things on the campaign trail, Wilson acknowledged his ability to engage voters.

“I don’t know if I’m not taking it as seriously as I should,” he said. “But when he said he was going down to the border and he showed up at a press conference and said, ‘Now I’m going out to the border and I hope I’ll see you later’—sort of suggesting that it was so dangerous that ‘Who knows if I’ll see you later’… I don’t know, it was just funny to me. The guy is a showman. You have to sort of get a kick out of the guy. It is entertaining, for sure. That’s why people are tuning in.”

The actor, an Obama supporter, hasn’t thrown his support behind any of the 2016 hopefuls, but a Trump endorsement seems unlikely.

“You can’t honestly believe he really could be president, do you? I have a hard time believing that… that still seems so far away. That doesn’t quite seem realistic to me. But talk to me in a few months. We’ll see.”

Clinton Hangs with Kim, Kanye and Kris

Hillary Clinton tapped into reality royalty during a recent swing through Los Angeles. Kim Kardashian-West posted a picture of her and husband Kanye West with the Democratic frontrunner. Kardashian Matriarch, Kris Jenner, posted a photo on Instagram with Clinton the same day.

I got my selfie!!! I really loved hearing her speak & hearing her goals for our country! #HillaryForPresident

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Aug 6, 2015 at 8:40pm PDT

An Honor to meet you Hillary Clinton! Great evening… #ohjustchatting

A photo posted by @krisjenner on Aug 6, 2015 at 8:13pm PDT

2016 Donors: Who Hollywood’s Backing

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Last Wednesday was the Federal Election Commission’s deadline for filed political candidates to submit their quarterly fundraising reports. Here’s who Hollywood is backing in the race for the White House:

Hillary Clinton

Tobey Maguire -$2,700
Dakota Fanning – $250
Rebecca Gayheart – $250
Ted Danson -$2,700
Ben Affleck – $2,700
Richard Gere -$2,700
Mary Steenburgen – $2,700
Chloe Moretz – $100
Bradley Whitford – $2,700
Leonardo DiCaprio – $2,700
Jeffrey Wright – $250
America Ferrera – $2,700
Lukas Haas -$2,700
John Galecki -$2,700
Bryan Cranston -$2,700
Jim Parsons – $2,700
Jennifer Garner $2,700
Chris Colfer – $2,700
Jesse Eisenberg – $1,000
Tim Meadows – $500
Glenn Close – $2,700
Kate Bosworth – $500
Kate Capshaw – $2,700
Katey Sagal – $2,700
Olivia Wilde – $2,700
Eva Longoria – $2,700
Melanie Griffith – $1,000
Reese Witherspoon $2,700
Kate Hudson – $2,700
Charlize Theron – $2,700
Elizabeth Banks – $2,700
Marlo Thomas – $2,700
Chuck Lorre – $2,700
Stephen Spielberg – $2,700
Quincy Jones – $2,700
Barbra Streisand – $2,700
Magic Johnson – $2,700
Beyoncé Knowles – $2,700
Jon Bon Jovi – $2,700
Ari Emanuel – $2,700
Sarah Silverman – $2,700
Leonard Amato – $2,700
Howard Stern – $2,700
Rob Reiner – $2,700
Stevie Wonder – $2,700
Alex Rodriguez – $2,700

Jeb Bush

Eli Manning – $2,700
Steve Smith – $2,500

Ben Carson

Roger McGuinn – $1,000

Mike Huckabee

Chuck Norris – $2,700

Marco Rubio

Rick Harrison – $5,000

Martin O’Malley (D)

Danny DeVito – $2,700

Bernie Sanders (D)

Susan Sarandon – $1,000
Mark Ruffalo – $825

Obama Fundraises for the DNC in Beverly Hills

President Obama raised money for the Democratic National Committee at the Beverly Hills home of Tyler Perry on June 19.

Obama reportedly spoke about criminal justice reform, according to The Hill.

“We should be reforming our criminal justice system in such a way that we are not incarcerating nonviolent offenders in ways that renders them incapable of getting a job after they leave office,” said Obama.

“Little slip of the tongue there. Little Freudian slip. Tyler is going to give me a job once I leave.”

Actress January Jones and “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner were in attendance, as well as former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, former NBA player Jason Collins and Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.

Attendees paid between $2,500 and $33,400 for tickets to the event.

Following the fundraiser, Obama privately met with director Steven Spielberg and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to the National Journal.