Celebritology Weekend: Tom Hanks for president?
Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend...
1. Tom Hanks for president? If Democrats want to regain their political footing after that less than stellar performance on Election Day, they need some help from celebrities. That's one suggestion filmmaker Michael Moore made during an appearance on MSNBC this week. "Seriously, if we ran Tom Hanks, if we ran Oprah [Winfrey] -- there's a whole column of people who are beloved people, who are smart, good," said Moore in an appearance on “The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell.” “Why don't [the Democrats] make use of all the great communicators in Hollywood to help fashion the message?"
Moore also noted that President Barack Obama is “kind of like” Tom Hanks because they're both “nice guys.” (But could he bring the same level of charm that Hanks did to the classic “Turner and Hooch”? Discuss.) Moore also noted that he's circulating a “Democrats on probation” petition online and encouraging voters to stop supporting members of the party if they move farther to the center or the right in order to get elected in 2012.
2. A Shape no-show: When Shape magazine threw a party to celebrate its January issue -- featuring a toned, string bikini-wearing LeAnn Rimes -- one person was unable to make it: LeAnn Rimes. According to People magazine, the country star's absence raised some eyebrows since Shape's editor, Valierie Latona, recently e-mailed an apology to readers who objected to the cover girl choice based on her semi-controversial love life. Last year, Rimes began dating Eddie Cibrian, her co-star in the Lifetime movie "Northern Lights," when both were still married; both have since divorced.
In other Rimes news, after the two Tweeted a photo of Cibrian proposing earlier this week, E! Online reported that the couple is engaged. The pair officially says they were just kidding around and hasn't confirmed a pending wedding.
Rimes, meanwhile, said she had to skip that Shape party for a simple reason: she has the flu. “Under Dr.'s orders I couldn't go.,” she wrote on her Twitter feed. “I spoke to Valerie yesterday I don't know how many times and all is well w/ absolutely NO controversy."
3. Spacey, honored by the Brits: Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey has another title to add before his name: Commander of the Order of the British Empire. According to the Associated Press, the honor was conferred on Spacey earlier this week by Prince Charles, in recognition of the actor's focus on reviving The Old Vic, a historic theater in London. Perhaps he can show off his new medal when he comes to Washington on Wednesday for the D.C. premiere of “Casino Jack,” the film in which he stars as former lobbyist and convicted defrauder Jack Abramoff.
| November 6, 2010; 9:24 AM ET
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