George Clooney speaks to the media after his meeting with President Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House on Monday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Wonder why you didn't spot George Clooney at the Oscars? He skipped the Hollywood lovefest to talk to Barack Obama and Joe Biden about the crisis in Darfur. The actor was scheduled to meet with the veep Monday, but he bumped into the president at the White House and also got about 15 minutes of Oval Office face time. Clooney then appeared on "Larry King Live" via satellite from the White House lawn (no coat, freezing temperatures) to talk about his efforts. The administration, he said, is planning to appoint a full-time envoy to address the issue; no comment from the White House. (And for you "ER" fans: The actor confirmed he'll appear on the show's last episode with Susan Sarandon and Julianna Margulies.)
Jackson Browne's lawsuit against John McCain can continue, according to a federal district court in L.A. The liberal singer sued McCain and the Republican National Committee for using his song "Running on Empty" in a political video without permission. McCain's lawyers asked for a dismissal based on "fair use" rules; a judge rejected the motion and will schedule a jury trial in April.
D-lister Kathy Griffin will receive $2 million for a memoir, reports the New York Observer. (And to think, Condi Rice gets only $2.5 million for three books!) The comedian got the deal from Random House; no word on a release date.