Monthly Archives: November 2012

Morgan Freeman Lends Voice to Pro-Gay Marriage Ad

Actor Morgan Freeman narrates a new ad in support for Same-Sex Marriage for the Human Rights Campaign.

Robert Redford Hopes Obama Will Act On Climate Change

Photo Credit: Arthur Pollock /The Boston Herald

Actor and environmentalist Robert Redford said he’s optimistic that President Obama will act on climate change, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“He’s lightly touched on this as an issue, that it’s unfortunate that it took a storm of such consequence to draw the attention that could’ve been drawn by the candidates on the campaign trail,” Redford said. “Now I’m hopeful that [Obama] is going to take what his words were and put some teeth behind them.”

The academy award-winning actor said average citizens are the ones that can make changes, not the government.

“It’s been tied up for so long, it’s been bottled up for so long, it takes awhile to undo things,” Redford said. “Particularly when you have elements still in play there that are living in the 1950s. And their points of view are so narrow and so ideologically driven that it’s not likely you’re going to see much change there. As a matter of fact, it might provoke them to be even more contentious. So I guess I put my hope more in the people, not so much in current government.”

“The Beltway is a very complicated and troubled place,” Redford added.

THR reports that the newly announced Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability will begin academic offerings in the fall of 2014 and will be located on 11 acres of the Claremont campus. The school’s news release said the curriculum will “prepare students to create solutions for the most challenging and urgent sustainability problems.”

Redford spoke at a press conference unveiling the conservancy.

“I’m really excited about the idea that — before it’s too late for Los Angeles — that something could be set aside or set up that would not only honor what was and what could still be but also honor the young people coming into the world,” Redford said.

Redford, an Obama supporter, said Americans will have to keep pushing congressional members and Obama on climate change and sustainability.

“This last election was pretty scary for awhile,” Redford said at the press conference. “I’m obviously biased in terms of being happy that we got through it to where we did — but that doesn’t mean it’s the end. That doesn’t mean ‘OK, quit and go home.’ It’s really kind of a beginning.”

Jane Fonda On Playing Nancy Reagan

Outspoken liberal actress Jane Fonda plays former first lady Nancy Reagan in Lee Daniels upcoming film “The Butler.” After being awarded the Los Angeles Press Club’s Visionary Award on Sunday, Fonda discussed her role in a Q&A session.

Fonda said she spoke to Reagan about the role before production.

“I know that she was happy that I was doing it, and I sent some questions to her that she answered,” Fonda said.

The actress said she wanted the portrayal to be as accurate as possible.

“They had be doing something that wasn’t very nice,” Fonda said. “And I said, ‘if she really did this, I’ll do it. But if it’s made up, I don’t want to do it.’ I don’t want to take cheap shots at her, because what she was was like a chief of staff. You couldn’t get to him without going through her. She was a tremendous power broker. She was very important with them. And so I wanted to see her talking to James Baker about the need for a Russian summit, for example, so I wanted to know if she called him ‘Jim’ or ‘James,’ and put her arm through his, and things like that.”

From the left: Director Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda and Alan Rickman Photo credit: Oprah Winfrey

The two-time Oscar-winner said she was surprised Reagan was happy with her portraying her.

“Yes. Yes,” Fonda said, “because back when she was feisty she wasn’t nice to me. We all mellow. We all mellow.”

Fonda said she “loved” playing the former first lady and would love to do a full movie about her someday.

Jamie Foxx: “Republicans Don’t Take Jokes Well”

Actor Jamie Foxx slammed Republicans for not being able to” take jokes well,” during The Hollywood Reporter’s roundtable for male actors.

“Republicans don’t take jokes well,” the ‘Django Unchained’ star said. “I’ve performed for George W. Bush and all these guys ’cause I’m from Texas. I did a big thing at the Cowboys’ new stadium. You got Bush there, I’m cracking jokes, and I said, ‘Come on, man, you gotta lighten up.’ They don’t take it well because all jokes have a layer of truth.”

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Bono Lauds Obama Win; Meets With Biden

Photo by Pete Souza courtesy of the White House

Bono praised Americans for reelecting President Obama, reports the Associated Press.

“Congratulations are in order not just for turning out in record numbers – and forgetting politics for a minute – but for electing an extraordinary man as president,” Bono said. “I think you have to say that whatever your political tradition.”

The U2 frontman spoke at the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University. During his speech, Bono noted the close connection between politics and poverty, and urged U.S. politicians to think wisely about upcoming fiscal decisions and the consequences they may have.

“Cuts can cost the lives of the poorest of the poor,” he said. “It shouldn’t be a hard case to make, but it is right now. In the halls of Congress, the Senate, maybe here in Healy Hall. But I put it to you we must not let this economic recession become a moral recession. That would become a double cruelty.”

Update: Bono met with Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday at the White House according to the VP’s office and Twitter feed.

Photo credit: The White House

Julie Bowen Explains Why Ann Romney May Like ‘Modern Family’

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‘Modern Family’ actress Julie Bowen explained why she believes Ann Romney named the show her favorite during the election, in the Metro UK.

What do you think of the fact Michelle Obama and Ann Romney have both namechecked Modern Family as their favourite show? 

I think it’s great that two such diverse groups of people watch the show. I think that having Jay [Ed O’Neill] in the show gives people a set of eyes to watch with, particularly those who are more conservative or old-fashioned. It gives Ann Romney her way into the show. Yes, his son is gay, yes, his son has a partner and they have a child – he accepts it but was it his first choice? No. Does he love it if they are touching each other? No. And I think that’s also Ann Romney’s way of letting us know she had to say and do things she doesn’t really believe for the election.

Sen. Ashley Judd? Possibly

Actress Ashley Judd’s name has been floated as a possible challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky in 2014.

Judd, a Kentucky native, responded to the rumors in a statement to Us Weekly.

“I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I’m very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let’s focus on coming together to keep moving America’s families, and especially our kids, forward,” Judd said.

The actress was a delegate at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and was a strong supporter of President Obama throughout the campaign season.

Sen. McConnell’s campaign manager also responded to the rumors.

“Senator McConnell and his wife are big fans of Ashley Judd’s movies and appreciate her energy, particularly when it comes to getting young people engaged in the political process,” the Senator’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton said.

In an interview (below) at the DNC, Judd doesn’t rule out a run.

“No, I’m not ruling it out and it would be foolish to say that I am,” Judd said. “I honestly don’t know that it’s the best use of me, but I also don’t know the future.”

In the past, Republican celebrities have held more elected offices than Democratic celebrities. Republicans Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood, Shirley Temple, Fred Thompson, Sonny Bono and Arnold Schwarzenegger have all held office in one way or another. Sen. Al Franken is the best known Democrat to be elected into office.

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