Monthly Archives: July 2013

Celebrities Endorse in NYC Mayoral Race

Celebrities are throwing their support and opening their wallets for candidates in  race for New York City’s mayor.

Christine Quinn recently nabbed the endorsement of director Brett Ratner and had previous support from Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner. Last week she released a list of 1,700 LGBT supporters for Quinn, including Neil Patrick-Harris, Lance Bass, Meredith Baxter, Victor Garber, George Takei, Zachary Quinto, Tim Gunn and screen writer Dustin Lance Black. Other celebrity supporters include Whoopie Goldberg, Brooke Shields, Gloria Steinem, Candice Bergen and previous donors reportedly include Anna Wintour, Harvey Weinstein and Jon Bon Jovi.

Before deleting his Twitter account, Alec Baldwin tweeted he was raffling off invites to a dinner fundraiser with candidate Bill de Blasio. Also supporting de Blasio, include Steve Buscemi, Russell Simmons, Susan SarandonPaul Simon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Alan Cumming.

Republican candidate Joe Lhota has the support of actor Steve Schirripa, and Democratic candidate Scott Stringer has the support of Scarlett Johansson. However, former Rep. Anthony Weiner hasn’t been able to nab any endorsements yet.

With the election months out (Nov. 5), Weiner and the other candidates still have time to win the “Hollywood vote.”

Vince Vaughn Spotted at Ron Paul Summit

Actor Vince Vaughn and former Rep. Ron Paul. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

Actor Vince Vaughn and former Rep. Ron Paul. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

Actor Vince Vaughn attended a barbecue with former GOP presidential candidate and Rep. Ron Paul in Lake Jackson, Texas, reports Politico.

The event was part of Paul’s “liberty movement” and was held at his house over the weekend for libertarian supporters and activists.

Vaughn has been a longtime supporter of Paul and recently told Rolling Stone, “I really do like Ron Paul — I agree with him on most things.”

The actor reportedly invited Paul and his wife, Carol, to the movie premiere of his film Couple’s Retreat in 2009. He also endorsed Paul’s 2009 book “End the Fed.”

Connie Britton Takes Side on Texas Anti-Abortion Bill

Actress Connie Britton has taken a side against the Texas anti-abortion bill that is currently being debated in the “Lone Star State,” reports THR.

Britton, who played Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights, released a limited-edition T-shirt with the saying, “WWTTD? What Would Tami Taylor Do?” in partnership with Planned Parenthood. The back of the shirt reads “standwithtexaswomen.org.” The shirts are available here during July only.

“The character Tami on Friday Night Lights is a Texas woman deeply committed to her community and to standing up for what is right for her neighbors and the people she loves,” Britton said in a statement. “I have been inspired by how people around the country have united to stand with the women of Texas, and I can’t help but think that, in this moment, we all have the opportunity to join with and become strong, powerful Texas men and women.”

Other celebrities opposing the bill include Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines (below), House‘s Lisa Edelstein and Law & Order: SVU‘s Stephanie March, who attended a rally outside the Texas State Capitol on Monday. They joined state Senator Wendy Davis, who gained respect from the pro-abortion rights community last week after filibustered the bill for 11 hours. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards and NARAL president Ilyse Hogue were also in attendance at a rally.

Read more on the Texas abortion battle, here.

Filmmaker Brett Ratner Fundraising for Christine Quinn

Director Brett Ratner Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for GLAAD

Filmmaker Brett Ratner, who infamously resigned from producing the Oscars in 2012 because of a homophobic slur, is fundraising for NYC mayoral candidate Christine Quinn – a lesbian, reports the New York Post.

Ratner – who’s directed such hits as “Rush Hour” and “Tower Heist” – has reportedly raised $28,400 for the Democratic candidate as a bundler. Quinn’s other Hollywood fundraisers include Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner.

Ratner allegedly said, “Rehearsal is for f–s.”

After the incident, Ratner received backlash from the gay community and publicly apologized for his comments. The director was honored by GLAAD in March 2013 for his support and work within the gay community.

Quinn, a City Councilor for Manhattan’s lower west side, is among a slew of contenders bidding for the mayoral title.