Monthly Archives: December 2012

Steven Spielberg Praises Chris Christie

It is a widely known fact that Steven Spielberg is not a Republican. However, the Oscar-winning director recently praised New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on his response to Hurricane Sandy and embracing President Obama regardless of their political differences.

“Gov. Chris Christie was a hero for me,” Spielberg told The Hollywood Reporter. “He was able to put party politics aside for the greater good. And the fact that he would, right at the end of the election cycle, tell the truth about his gratitude — he was my hero.”

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Senator Ben Affleck?

Sen. John Kerry and Affleck Photo credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images

UPDATE: Affleck took to his Facebook page to respond to the rumors surrounding a possible Senate bid:

“I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office. Right now it’s a privilege to spend my time working with Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), supporting our veterans, drawing attention to the great many who go hungry in the U.S. everyday and using filmmaking to entertain and foster discussion about issues like our relationship to Iran.

We are about to get a great Secretary of State and there are some phenomenal candidates in Massachusetts for his Senate seat. I look forward to an amazing campaign.”

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Actor Ben Affleck‘s name is one of a handful that is being speculated as a possible candidate for Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s seat. Kerry who was nominated by President Obama to be the next Secretary of State on Friday, is  expected to be confirmed, thus opening up a seat.

Affleck -a Cambridge native- has been an ardent supporter of the Democratic Party and most recently hosted a fundraiser for newly-elected Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Affleck appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, where host Bob Schieffer asked him about the rumors of a Senate bid.

“One never knows. I’m not one to get into conjecture,” Affleck said.“I do have a great fondness and admiration for the political process in this country. It’s a big deal for me to come down here and be on your show that I’ve watched so much, but I’m not going to get into speculation about my political future.”

“I like to be involved — right now I’m really happy being involved from the outside in government, advocating for the Congolese, taking this move that I made, ‘Argo,’ and it’s really become a springboard for dialogue about our relationship with Iran, which is, you know, as Hillary Clinton said, the most pressing foreign policy issue today — so I got a lot on my plate,” Affleck said.

Politico reports Affleck was on Capitol Hill this week speaking to the House Armed Services Committee hearing about the security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Affleck is the founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative which is an advocacy group that aids communities in social and economical development initiatives.

In 2001, Affleck told GQ that he’d like to run for office in the future.

“My fantasy is that someday I’m independently wealthy enough that I’m not beholden to anybody, so I can run for Congress on the grounds that everyday people should be in government,” Affleck said.

However, the actor seems to have changed his mind in the December issue of GQ.

“So, no, the answer is: I don’t want to run for office. And I don’t even like working in partisan politics. People get so wound up and so ugly now. I find that doing things that are independent where you can really actually make a difference, where you can affect policy, you can affect change, means more than doing the partisan political thing.”

Affleck said he has been approached to run for office in the past.

“That race was a Senate race. But of course there’s also of course the Senate race in Massachusetts,” Affleck said. “Whenever the few races have come up, when they just start casting around for names to throw in there, mine comes up.”

Affleck is the latest celebrity whose name has been floated as a Senate candidate. Actress Ashley Judd has allegedly been considering a run against Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Hollywood ‘Demands A Plan’ On Gun Control

Dozens of Hollywood celebrities star in a new video in support for gun control for the campaign “Demand A Plan” that is sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Some of the celebrities include: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston, Beyonce, Paul Rudd, Courtney Cox, Jamie Foxx, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Poehler, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Garner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Rock, Selena Gomez, Conan O’Brien, Carmelo Anthony and more.

The video comes one week after the Newtown school shootings that left 27 people dead, including 20 children.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns was cofounded in 2006 by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Their website states that the group is a bipartisan coalition of 800 mayors throughout the country that advocate for the prevention of gun violence.

Kid Rock to Obama: ‘No Hard Feelings’

Although Kid Rock endorsed and campaigned for Mitt Romney, the rocker said he has no hard feelings towards President Obama.

“It always stinks to lose at anything in life,” Rock told CNN. “But the beautiful thing about it, you know, is that I love this country and I think both men do, so you cross your fingers and try to move forward and hope for the best. You respect the office of the president of the United States, and the great thing is that in four years, we’ll see what happens. It’s tough to stand up for something you believe in, especially in my business. It’s very easy to alienate a lot of fans and people, but if you don’t stand for something you stand for nothing.”

Rock said Obama greeted him at the Kennedy Center Honors and joked that he was “still here.” “I said, ‘No hard feelings’ and he remembered meeting my son when I played his inauguration, which was very special.”

James Taylor Advocates Voter Reform, Slams Voter ID Laws

Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Singer James Taylor discussed politics and election reform during a speech at the National Press Club on Friday.

“We have a day off for 4th of July. For Independence Day, Patriot’s Day. Washington and Lincoln’s birthday, Veteran’s Day, we have MLK day. Why can’t we get a day off to go to the polls?” Taylor asked.

Taylor said the polls should be open longer and criticized voter ID laws.

“There are a lot of people in the country … who want fewer people to vote,” Taylor said. “These voter ID laws that are in the name of preventing voter fraud, I think, it’s a solution without a problem. …It’s just a bad idea in my opinion.”

Taylor, an Obama supporter, said much of his ambition during the last election was due to the eight years of the Bush presidency.

“It was a tough time for me,” Taylor said. “I really suffered. It made me deeply ambivalent about my country. That we would choose that – even if we may not have actually chosen it – that that was what represented us in the world.”

Taylor said he’s optimistic that Democrats and Republicans can come together to solve the nation’s problems.

“I think that by ourselves liberals would probably steer us to a sort of paralyzed nanny state, European style,” the singer said. “And Republicans left to their own would head toward oligarchy of inherited wealth and power. So I think that we really do need a strong Republican Party and a good dialogue between left and right.”

 

Matt Damon ‘Hopeful’ For Obama’s Second Term

Actor Matt Damon has an optimistic view on President Obama’s second term, reports The Wrap.

“I’m a perennial optimist,” Damon said. “So I’m very hopeful that this second term is going be a great one and that we’re going to see who he is and he’s going to make a lot of people’s lives a lot better. That’s my true hope.”

Although the actor was a critic throughout Obama’s first term, he is satisfied with the election results.

“I voted for him,” Damon said. “Absolutely, I voted for him.”

Previously, Damon criticized the president for not accomplishing enough in his first term.

“You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better,” Damon said in December 2011.

Meryl Streep and Hillary Clinton Pose For A Picture

Meryl Streep & Hillary Clinton Photo: Getty Images

Actress Meryl Streep snapped a photo (above) with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the State Department on Dec. 1.