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Friday
Dec212012

Jennifer Aniston, Beyonce and More Urge Fans to Demand a Gun Violence Plan

Demand A Plan / YouTube(NEW YORK) -- After the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., lawmakers have been speaking out about how to control gun violence. Now Hollywood is getting involved too.

Some of the biggest names in music, film and television participated in a gun violence video on behalf of Demand A Plan, a campaign of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization. Stars like Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carrell and Will Ferrell urge fans to demand a plan.

“For the children of Sandy Hook, demand a plan. No more lists of names,” Cameron Diaz, Courtney Cox and more said in the video. "It’s not too soon, it’s too late. Now is the time before we all know someone who loved someone on that list.”

 

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Nov072012

After Obama Victory, Donald Trump Rants on Twitter

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It’s Donald Trump vs. the world in the wake of President Obama’s second-term win. Late Tuesday, after Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney was certain, the billionaire real estate mogul and one-time 2012 presidential contender tweeted, “Well, back to the drawing board!”

He got more disgruntled as the night went on.

“We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty,” Trump continued. "Our nation is totally divided! Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us. This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!"

And then:

“Our country is now in serious and unprecedented trouble…like never before. Our nation is a once great nation divided! The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy. Hopefully the House of Representatives can hold our country together for four more years…stay strong and never give up! House of Representatives shouldn’t give anything to Obama unless he terminates Obamacare.”

And lest we forget:

“This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!”

Hollywood was quick to hate on him.

Alec Baldwin tweeted, ”@realdonaldtrump. You trust the voters when they choose The Apprentice. But not now?”

“Hey Trump, did you see Mitt Romney’s concession speech? That’s what graciousness and good hair looks like,” “Modern Family” executive producer Steve Levitan wrote.

Mark Ruffalo tweeted, "Donald Trump just called for a Revolution. Doesn’t like democracy I guess.”

Here's how other celebrities reacted on Twitter late Tuesday and early Wednesday to the news of President Obama's re-election:

-- Katy Perry: "DONE AND DUSTED!!!"

-- Eva Longoria: "We did it!!! Obama re-elected!!!!! Yes!! Yes We Can!"

-- Cher: "WE WON ! WE WON ! GREAT GOD ALMIGHTY ! WE WON!!"

-- Mark Ruffalo: "Obama just took Ohio!!!!! ITs over. TKO WE HAVE OUR PRESIDENT!!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!!!"

-- Zoe Saldana: "Barack Obama!!! The 44th President of The United States of America. God bless America, once again!- ZS."

-- Kal Penn, who once served as an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement: "Young people, you fought hard & pushed for #progress and this is historic & awesome! Congratulations, Mr. President!"

-- Olivia Munn: "Four More Years!!!! @BarackObama is our 43rd AND 44th PRESIDENT!!!!

-- Octavia Spencer: "CRYING MY EYES OUT RIGHT NOW! AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL! #SoProudOfTeamObama and everyone that i got to meet on the ground!"

-- Kerry Washington: "Wow! Wow! Wow! #Obama2012 YOU DID IT AMERICA! YOU DID IT!"

-- Gabrielle Union: "YES. WE. DID...AGAIN!!! #Obama2012 #Forward THANK YOU AMERICA!!!!!"

-- Billy Ray Cyrus: "Congratulations Mr President ! Congratulations America ...the process worked ...and freedom rings."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov062012

Mariah, Beyonce and More Stars Urged Fans to Vote on Election Day

@foofighters(NEW YORK) -- With Election Day upon us, celebrities have pushed their fans to the polls.

As if her earrings hadn’t made it clear enough, Beyonce posted a letter endorsing President Obama on her website. “Every day we see your heart and character, inspiring all of us to give more of ourselves,” she wrote. “You are the leader to take us from where we are to where we need to be.”

Melissa Joan Hart tweeted her support for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, writing, “Can’t get too political in only 140 chac but for those asking, I’m voting #RomneyRyan.” (She defended her stance in subsequent tweets, writing “Probably lost a few jobs in Hollywood with my political views. So sad the ‘tolerant left’ is anything but!”)

Sarah Jessica Parker made her choice clear with the Viva Obama shirt she wore to the polls. After posing for NYC paparazzi, she yelled at them to go vote.

Mariah Carey turned voting into a photo session, documenting her time at the polls on Instagram and Twitter. "Let your vote be heard!!! Four more years!” she tweeted.

Joan Rivers had a friend hold her spot in one of New York’s many long polling lines while she went to the doctor. She tweeted this from the exam room with the message: “Why oh why is this patriotic American citizen still single?” She later returned to her polling spot to vote and tweeted, “Left Dr Nicholas and my gorgeous shorts behind and now back to find my darling Eric on line and vote. Perfect timing!”

The Kardashian sisters also skipped the lines at polling sites and voted early with absentee ballots. Kim Kardashian posted a photo of her yet-to-be-filled-out ballot on Instagram and wrote, “Sending in my absentee ballot now!!! Make sure you vote!!!!”

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl tweeted a photo of himself wearing an “I Voted” sticker and a big grin. Though he didn’t say who he voted for, since he performed at the DNC, Obama would be the logical guess.

Lenny Kravitz also let a sticker do most of the talking. He posted this photo with the tweet, “I voted. Go #vote”

Many other stars urged their Twitter followers to vote no matter their political affiliation:


Kate Walsh: “Epic lines at polls…America is VOTING, yo!”

Zoe Saldana: “Don’t forget to vote today…every vote counts. -ZS”

Jennifer Hudson: “We vote, we win.”

Nicki Minaj: “Beyond proud of your passion to let your voice be heard. Happy Election Day”

Jennifer Lopez: “If you are old enough to vote for the first time, exercise your right today. It matters-and can change the world.Go vote”

Lady Gaga: “So great to see everyone so involved today, going to say some political prayers and take a nap. #GodBlessAmerica”

Some made their leanings clear:


Ellen DeGeneres: “If you want to see change… vote. If you want equal rights… vote. If you want good deals on holiday sweaters, go to jcp. Then vote.”

Gabrielle Union: "I have republican friends. We don’t insult each other, we respectfully disagree & … WE VOTE! I vote #Obama2012!#NoNegativityZone”

A few were more blunt about their choice:


Stacey Dash: “Vote Vote Vote @MittRomney @RepPaulRyan #blacks4Romney#RomneyRyan2012#Vote2012#VOTE”

Spike Lee: “Today We Got 99 Problems But A MITT Ain’t One.(With Love To My Brother Jay-Z).BROOKLYN STAND UP.We’re Ridin’ With Our President Obama.VOTE”

And some got kind of silly:

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
: "Before I vote – final question.. who wakes up first and starts kickin’ a** before sunrise? @MittRomney or @BarackObama #CINC

Jennifer Love Hewitt: “I find voting super sexy! Go vote!”

Donald Trump (on Facebook): “Me voting -- it really is my hair!”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Nov052012

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Tweets Bieber, Springsteen for Sandy Support

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is using Twitter to get the famous and followed to spread the word about the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy last week.  Christie is tweeting at celebrities, asking them to help victims of the storm by spreading the word and by donating to the New Jersey Relief Fund.

Christie went on a Twitter tear, appealing for support for his home state and advocating for the New Jersey areas that were hit the hardest by Sandy. Among some of the chosen celebrities were New Jersey natives Kelly Ripa, Bruce Springsteen, Danny DeVito and the Jonas Brothers.

“Ur hometown state need ur help spreading the word. To help all those affected by #Sandy click here https://sandynjrelieffund.org/index.html thx,” Christie tweeted at the Jonas Brothers.

Christie tweeted over ten different celebrities this week, including members of the two local NFL teams, the New York Jets and the New York Giants. Most of the tweets sent ended with the hashtag #NJResilience.

The governor did not limit his tweeting for help to Jerseyians alone. He also tweeted TV personality Ryan Seacrest and Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber.

“@justinbieber my girls are big fans. Will u help us spread the word about NJReliefFund?” Gov. Christie Tweeted. Bieber retweeted the governor and added a response: “Gonna try to work with Red Cross to have u guys all help donate for those affected by hurricane sandy.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Sep272012

Stars Raising Money for Charity with Words With Friends Celebrity Challenge

ABC/RON TOM(NEW YORK) -- Eva Longoria, Jonah Hill, Kristen Bell, Edward Norton, John Legend and Snoop Dogg have signed up to participate in the first-ever Words With Friends Celebrity Challenge.

The social gaming company Zynga, American Express and the fundraising website CrowdRise have recruited the stars and other celebrities to help raise money for various charities.

Fans can join a celebrity’s team to help raise money for a charity of the star’s choosing.  Gameplay kicks off Thursday and runs through Oct. 3.  At stake is a chance to win a slice of $500,000 for charity.  Winners will be announced on Oct. 4.

By joining the game, participants earn points when they play as many words as possible on the Words With Friends game during the team tournament.  The higher the team's rank, the more money it earns for its chosen charity.  Fans who enter at least five words are automatically entered in the "Play a Celebrity Sweepstakes" to play a game against their team's celebrity leader.

Longoria will be raising money for her self-named foundation which fosters entrepreneurship among Latina women, while Hill and Bell will be working to benefit Harlem Grown, which raises money for the New York City parks and education departments.

Legend will be raising money for his Show Me Campaign, which fights poverty, while Snoop Dogg will be earning money for his Snoop Youth Football League.

“Zynga knows a thing or two about social gaming, and it's awesome to see them using that knowledge to engineer impact,” says Norton, who founded CrowdRise.

Players can download the gaming app for free on Android and Apple smart phones and Apple's iPad, iPod and iPod touch.

To learn more about the fan challenge, visit WordsCelebrityChallenge.com.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May042012

Adam Yauch Tributes Flood Twitter

NastyLittleMan.com(NEW YORK) -- Celebrity reaction to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s death swept the Internet Friday. On Twitter, tributes from the music world and beyond abound:

“Adam was incredibly sweet and the most sensitive artist who I loved dearly. I was always inspired by his work. He will be missed by all of us.” -- Russell Simmons, mentor for the Beastie Boys and founder of GlobalGrind.com.

“Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch’s passing. A true pioneer of art. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. #RIPMCA” -- Justin Timberlake.

“God Bless the soul of Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys. RIP” -- Common.

“What an awful day. Rest in peace, MCA.” -- Martha Plimpton.

“Rest in Peace Adam Yauch. Our condolences to your friends and family.” -- Duran Duran.

“Rest in peace MCA. You are a legend. No sleep ’till Brooklyn. Lenny.” -- Lenny Kravitz.

“Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch’s passing. #RIPMCA” -- Lance Armstrong.

“We lost one of our greatest talents today. my prayers and thoughts go out to the family and friends of Adam Yauch. Beastie Boys for life.” -- Milla Jovovich.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr182012

Regis Philbin, Other Stars, Fans Remember Dick Clark

ABC/ Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Regis Philbin is one of the many stars remembering the late Dick Clark, who died Wednesday at the age of 82.

Philbin filled in as host of Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in 2004, after Clark suffered a stroke. He says of his experience on the special, "I was sorry he couldn't be there and I wondered what the reaction was going to be, but I just kept saying, Dick is back next year, believe me. But that was a thrill for me and I'll never forget it."

Philbin tells ABC News Radio he believes New Year's Rockin' Eve is in capable hands with Ryan Seacrest, adding, "I think he has it well under control."

Philbin describes Clark as an innovator in the TV business. He says, "Once I got on a plane and all of a sudden there was Dick Clark sitting next to me. So for six hours on the way from L.A. to New York we talked about the business over and over and over again and I said, Wow, this guy is brilliant."

Joe Bonsall of country music legends the Oak Ridge Boys was a longtime friend of Clark's, and he calls him "our first video deejay in a way." Bonsall explains, "He gave us music, he brought it to the kids, and I think his incredible legacy will be that he was the American icon who stood up there behind the podium and brought the music too us...every genre."

Chubby Checker echoes that sentiment: "If Elvis was the King of Rock 'n' Roll then Dick Clark is the king of all disc jockeys."

At Clark's Hollywood Walk of Fame star, fans saluted the TV icon and left flowers.

Here are some other celebrity reactions on Twitter and elsewhere to the news of Clark's passing:

  • Mario Lopez, a co-host on the 2001-2003 Dick Clark daytime talk show The Other Half: Just heard the news of Dick Clark... It was truly an honor to have worked with him, learn from him and to be able to call him a friend. He was a great man and an even better friend. The word legend is thrown around a lot, but it's never more appropriate than when used in describing Mr. Clark. He was a real inspiration & influence in my life. I will dearly miss my friend...Rest well DC."
  • Jenny McCarthy, who served as a correspondent on New Year's Rockin' Eve in recent years: "RIP dick Clark. You were amazing to work with. U will be missed. Xxxoo."
  • Joan Rivers: "Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!"
  • Debbie Gibson, 1980s pop star who performed on American Bandstand: "Just heard about Dick Clark. Oh man.... So sad :-("
  • Rob Thomas, Matchbox 20 frontman: "The end of an era. R.I.P. Dick Clark."
  • Billy Ray Cyrus: "R.I.P. Dick Clark. Thoughts and prayers with the Clark Family."
  • Snoop Dogg: "REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir."
  • Questlove, member of The Roots: "Dick Clark. A Great Philadelphian. Thank You Very Much!"
  • Janet Jackson: "Dick Clark changed the face of musical television. He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bless."
  • Barry Manilow: "He was a dear friend, supporting me and my music for all of my years in the business. A great businessman and a true gentleman. An inspiration. My heart is so heavy now."
  • Kenny Rogers: “I’m one of the lucky people who can say that I knew Dick Clark personally. Dick produced almost every awards show I was on during the 80’s, and he constantly encouraged me toward success. He will be missed by everyone–especially by those who knew him well.”
  • Diana Ross: "I was very sad to here this news....Dick Clark was a pioneer, he was a music star maker, he was a legend and was my friend. He said that 'music is the soundtrack of your life.' Since I was 16, he was always a part of mine."
  • Stevie Wonder: "Dick Clark bridged a color gap at a time when there should not have been one, giving musical life to black artists that may not have had a chance. He gave music freedom - equal opportunity. He wore many hats and all of them incredibly well.  His saying was it’s got a beat and you can dance to it.  My words are he had a heart of gold, that's what I know and I'm stickin to it."
  • Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff: "As fellow Philadelphians, we have admired Dick Clark and the American Bandstand brand for many years, as it promoted Philadelphia music around the nation. Dick Clark was one of our inspirations for creating the ‘Sound of Philadelphia’ music brand."
  • Berry Gordy, Motown founder: "I’m saddened and devastated over the loss of my dear friend, Dick Clark.   We were friends for over 50 years....Dick was always there for me and Motown, even before there was a Motown....Dick did everything with class, style and integrity.  He was a true gentleman. His groundbreaking achievements in music and television ensure that his legacy will live on forever."

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Wednesday
Jan252012

More Americans Would Prefer to Hang Out with Tim Tebow 

John Lamparski/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow impressed football fans with his last-minute comebacks this past NFL season, and a new survey finds many Americans are so impressed, they want him as a fantasy celebrity friend.

A new survey commissioned by the social network Badoo finds 30 percent of respondents saying they would choose Tebow as the celebrity they most want to hang with, while 20 percent expressed a preference for George Clooney.  Ten percent chose Brad Pitt, six percent selected Ryan Gosling, and four percent named Bradley Cooper.  A small percentage -- less than one percent -- said they would prefer to hang out with Jersey Shore star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.

Quality “Tebow Time” was the preference of 38 percent of all the men polled, while the women were split between Tebow and George Clooney, with each receiving 24 percent of the female vote.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec292011

Which Celebs Would Make the Best -- and Worst -- Neighbors?

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(SEATTLE) -- If you could have a celebrity as a neighbor, whom would you choose?  According to the fifth annual Zillow Celebrity Neighbor Survey, 11 percent of participants would like to be neighbors with Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow in 2012.

Celebrity couples Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux received 10 percent and 9 percent of the vote, respectively. Interestingly, 42 percent chose "none of the above," meaning those polled would choose other celebs to live near -- or that even in our star-obsessed culture, we like like our famous faces at arm's length.

The least desirable neighbor of 2011 is the cast of the reality show Jersey Shore, with 28 percent of the vote.  This is the second year in a row they achieved that dubious distinction. Twenty-one percent of respondents said Charlie Sheen would be the worst neighbor, and in third place is Lindsay Lohan, who got 14 percent of the vote.

Here are the Most Desirable Neighbors for 2012:

* Tim Tebow, 11 percent.
* Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt, 10 percent.
* Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux, 9 percent.
* Jennifer Lopez, 6 percent.
* Beyoncé & Jay-Z, 5 percent.
* Nancy Grace, 4 percent.
* Kim Kardashian, 4 percent.
* Other, 11 percent.
* None of the above, 42 percent.

And the Worst Neighbors of 2011:

* Jersey Shore cast, 28 percent.
* Charlie Sheen, 21 percent.
* Lindsay Lohan, 14 percent.
* Kim Kardashian, 13 percent.
* Nancy Grace, 3 percent.
* Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt, 3 percent.
* Anthony Weiner, 2 percent.
* Other, 2 percent.
* None of the above, 14 percent.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Sep182011

Celebrities Weigh in on DWTS Competition

Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(LOS ANGELES) -- Season 13 of Dancing with the Stars kicks off on Monday Night. Twelve celebrities will strut their stuff in the hopes of sticking around long enough to win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.

Talk show host Nancy Grace is concerned with just about everybody.

"Oh good lord, are you kidding me?" Grace said. "OK, there's [Rob] Kardashian, he's 12. There's a professional athlete and there's a professional female soccer player. There's Elisabetta Canalis who's like the Italian import, she's absolutely gorgeous. They're all young, skinny, and a great dancer, so you know, they're all a triple threat."

Who is actor David Arquette afraid of? Hint: a certain talk show legend.   

"Well, you know Ricki [Lake]'s very serious. She was like into it. I mean she was like, 'I want to win this.'"

Ricki Lake returned the sentiment:

"I think David Arquette is a good dancer. I really do. I think Ron Artest has such personality, and he's so likeable."

The first dances will be the Cha Cha and the Viennese Waltz.

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