Monthly Archives: January 2013

Anna Wintour’s Boyfriend Owes US Government $1.2 Million in Taxes

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour may have been one of President Barack Obama’s top fundraisers and a possible British ambassador pick, however a recent discovery of her boyfriend’s tax debt may hamper her nomination chances, reports The Daily Telegraph.

J. Shelby Bryan, a former Clinton advisor and Obama fundraiser, has owed a reported $1.2 million in taxes to the United States government since 2006.

Bryan, a telecommunications executive in Texas, once had an estimated net worth of $30 million, but was hit by the financial crisis. The Telegraph reports that Bryan originally owed more than $1.6 million in taxes, but paid off $400,000.

Bryan states that he is “on schedule” with the IRS and is on a payment plan.

Wintour was a key player in Obama’s fundraising strategy, co-hosting dinners with celebrity donors at $35,000 a plate in New York, London and Paris.

If Wintour were to be nominated for British ambassadorship, Bryan’s tax woes  may pose a challenge in her confirmation in the U.S. Senate.

 

 

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Celebs Flock to D.C. for Inauguration Festivities

Washington D.C. may not have been as star-studded during this weekend’s inaugural festivities compared to 2009, but many celebrities braved the cold to celebrate and perform for President Obama’s second term celebrations.

Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor and Beyonce serenaded the First family and attendees at the Inauguration on Monday. However, it has been reported Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem with vocals she prerecorded Sunday night.

Here are videos of the performances:

Also spotted at the ceremony was rapper Jay-Z, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Eva Longoria, Stevie Wonder, Cyndi Lauper, former Boston Celtic Bill Russell, Ashley Judd and John Legend.

John Mayer and Katy Perry Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Jay-Z and Beyonce Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Singer Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Brad Paisley, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Fun were among the performers at the various inaugural balls.

Bill Clinton At The Golden Globes

Former President Bill Clinton introduced Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” at the HFPA Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

Deadline is reporting that Spielberg helped orchestrate the surprise appearance by the 42nd President. Prior to Clinton’s introduction, few with HFPA knew about Clinton’s presentation and honchos at DreamWorks kept the plan under wraps, according to the Deadline.

Clinton received a standing ovation and praised the “brilliant film” in his introduction.

“Winning it required the President to make a lot of unsavory deals that had nothing to do with the big issue — I wouldn’t know anything about that,” Clinton joked.

Lena Dunham On Dating Republicans

“Girls” actress and creator Lena Dunham – an outspoken Obama supporter- discussed her character’s new black Republican love interest in the second season of the show and her personal thoughts on dating Republicans with Vulture.

Why make him a Republican?
We liked the idea of a Republican entering their universe. And Hannah doesn’t really have a clear sense of why you shouldn’t date a Republican; it’s kind of just like the same reason why you shouldn’t date a Nazi: You just shouldn’t.

Wait, so your position is that you shouldn’t date a Republican?       My personal position is that you should date anyone you want so long as they treat you respectfully and share your value system. So it might be hard for me to date someone who was against gay marriage and abortion rights — I don’t think I would be attracted to them — but I don’t have any personal problem with dating a Republican. I do think that Hannah has this reverse ignorance where she’s like, If they’re Republican, get them out of my airspace, and that was a fun thought to explore.

 

Celebs Sign On For Inaugural Events

As President Barack Obama’s inaugural weekend quickly approaches, more entertainers are signing up to join the celebrations and events around Washington D.C.

Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor are set to perform during the Inauguration ceremony on the West Front of the Capitol on January 21.

The AP reports that Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Usher, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley and Fun are set to sing at Obama’s inaugural galas Jan. 21 and a children’s concert on Jan. 19. Performers including Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and the cast of “Glee” have also signed on to perform at various galas that weekend.

City officials estimate a drop in attendance and predict an the crowd at the inaugural ceremony to be somewhere between 600,000 and 800,000 – down from 1.8 million in 2009.

During Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, celebrities flocked to the celebrations. Speakers and performers included Jack Black, Steve Carell, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Ashley Judd, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah, Laura Linney, George Lopez, Kal Penn, Marisa Tomei, Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Tiger Woods, Master Sgt. Caleb Green, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi with Bettye Lavette, James Taylor, John Legend, Jennifer Nettle, John Mellencamp, Josh Groban and Heather Headley, Will.i.am with Herbie Hancock and Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Garth Brooks, Shakira, Adam Levine, Stevie Wonder with Usher and Shakira, U2, Pete Seeger, Beyonce and Aretha Franklin.

Beyonce and Jay-Z at the 2009 Inauguration Photo: Reuters

Other celebrities simply attended the ceremony and/or performed at the dozens of galas held around Washington D.C., including Faith Hill, Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Dustin Hoffman, Magic Johnson, Mohammad Ali, Samuel L. Jackson, Arnold Schwarznegger,Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Sharon Stone, Sting, Elvis Costello, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Spike Lee, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, John Cusack, Leonardo DiCaprio, Demi Moore, Jackson Browne, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge, Mariah Carey and Robert DeNiro.

Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw at the 2009 Inauguration. Photo: Getty Images

Beyonce famously belted out Etta James’s ‘At Last’ at the Neighborhood Ball. Watch the performances below.

Letterman Addresses Palin Daughter Joke/Apology

Comedian David Letterman opened up to Oprah Winfrey about a controversial joke he made about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin‘s daughter in 2009, in an interview that aired Sunday on OWN.

“I felt like Sarah Palin was somebody I wanted to continue to be able to make fun of and I felt like if I don’t apologize — if I don’t sincerely express my regret — I will not be able to go forward making fun of her,” Letterman said.

After a photo of the Palin and daughter Willow attended a New York Yankees game, Letterman joked that the former vice presidential candidate’s daughter had been “knocked up” by baseball player Alex Rodriguez.

Letterman said he regrets mistaking the younger Willow for older sister Bristol.

“I felt bad for the [then] 14-year-old. You know, that was just like, ‘Nice going. You got the wrong daughter.’ That was just a stupid joke that was dumb luck and got worse,” Letterman said.

Claire Danes Recounts Meeting Obama

It’s no secret President Barack Obama is a fan of “Homeland.” The star of the show, Claire Danes, recounts her first time meeting the president with actor Hugh Dancy, in the latest issue of Elle.

“Hugh was like, ‘We have to meet Obama,’ and we walked over before we could think and found ourselves shaking hands with him,” Danes says. “Hugh realized that he’d forgotten to actually properly introduce himself, and he [President Obama] was like, ‘And you are?’ And Hugh was like, ‘I’m sorry, Mr. President.’ I said, ‘I’m Claire Danes,’ and he said, ‘Oh, you’re a fine actress.’ And I said, ‘You’re a fine president!’ And he said, ‘Oh, you’re a finer actress than I am president.’ I didn’t have any retort. Hugh and I went immediately to the bar and had a big shot of vodka.”