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Posted at 9:24 AM ET, 11/ 6/2010

Celebritology Weekend: Tom Hanks for president?

By Jen Chaney

Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend...

Tom Hanks with then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2008. (Reuters)

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.

By Jen Chaney  | November 6, 2010; 9:24 AM ET
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RIP Jill Clayburgh. She was one great actress. She could serious and no one could touch her on Dirty Sexy Money.

How come no story on her but we get the non-story on LeeAnn Rimes not showing up to some magazine's party?

Posted by: epjd | November 6, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Best regards for you all,

Looking forward to your visiting.

Posted by: fsafs19 | November 6, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Second ep's sentiments re Clayburgh. Guess that's the price for having lived a life less in the spotlight (despite being a star, and married to a famous playwright), and remaining discreet re her 20+ year battle with leukemia.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 6, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

RIP also to Metropolitan Opera star Shirley Verrett, whose voice spanned the mezzo and soprano ranges. Had the pleasure of seeing her sing many years ago at the KenCen.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 6, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

If the Dems went with Tom Hanks, I'd vote Republican for the first time in my life.

Posted by: kabuki3 | November 6, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Project Proposal
England filmed the Red Riding Trilogy to tell the story on the White Rose with the Yorkshire Ripper

4 playwrights. The Prisoners Of Power Trilogy with bonus feature.

Part I: 20 minutes 1 Act
Like Amadeus, except the hire Mozart is told to write his own Requium before his execution by the boss German aristocracy because he showed up and overshadowed his betters with celebrity and popular repute.

Part II:20 minutes 1 Act
Beethoven writes Eroica but the sands shift under his feet and the monarchists deafen him to punish him for his betrayal.

Part III: 20 minutes 1 Act
Sherlock, Lestrade and Watson solve the Ripper murder but can't act on the solve. Wilkinson Sword no longer makes munitions but has Commonwealth patent on disposable safety razor. So a cavalier cavalry type snickersnacks strumpets with straight razor in poor part of town. Fleet Street sensationalizes with psycho cover story and public safety crisis to generate product launch.

Part IV: 20 minutes 1 Act titled EQUAALS
Like Equus, except parvenue, nouveau riche stable is attacked by toffs who put the poor stable boy up to the dirty deed. 6 thoroughbreds are blinded to deny track winnings and force sale for stud. Psycho cover story where the suspect is put on drugs and driven mad.

Posted by: Uoughtano | November 6, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

kabuki, even if Hanks ran against Sarah Palin?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 6, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Then I'd move to Tasmania.

Posted by: kabuki3 | November 7, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

The devil, you say!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 7, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

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