If there was anyone having a good day yesterday, other than President Obama and our gorgeous First Lady, of course, it had to be Kelly Clarkson. She was at the occasion to sing My Country ‘Tis of Thee with the United States Marine Band after the Prez’s address. Her backstage time was well-spent with that other powerhouse, who blew us away with her rendition of the national anthem, Beyonce. Kelly was suitably star-struck around Bey, as you can see in the picture on the left. “Me and B just hangin’ out ….don’t worry about it. Seriously, God did good. She is so beautiful!” is what her tweet read.
And then it got even better. Because during the time that she was actually singing — and TV cameras picked this up everywhere — she kept getting photobombed by none other than ex-Prez Bill Clinton. Solid gold. This photograph (above right) has been doing the rounds and cracked us up completely. You go, Kelly.
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Holy s—, you guys, can you believe it? Hilary Clinton’s husband just showed up to the Golden Globes! Kidding kidding, we mean Bill Rodham Clinton. OK, sorry, we stole both of those jokes from expert hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but it’s still pretty cool that the former president showed up to introduce Steven Spielberg’s epic, Lincoln. Apparently the appearance was kept under serious Secret Service secrecy, and the entire auditorium rose to their feet when the former Commander In Chief took the stage. He praised both the film, which is up for Best Picture in…well, pretty much every award show ever, and the president for…you know, saving the union and all.
“President Lincoln’s struggle to abolish slavery reminds us that enduring progress is forged in a cauldron of both principle and compromise,” Clinton continued. “This brilliant film shows us how he did it, and gives us hope that we can do it again.” He also found more than a few comparisons between himself and ol’ Honest Abe when describing how he strived to get the 13th Amendment passed. “A tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided Congress. Winning it required the president to make a lot of unsavory deals that had nothing to do with the big issue. I wouldn’t know anything about that.” Lulz, so we’re laughing about his impeachment hearings now? Way to be, Prez!
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Bono and The Edge may tell the media that Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is only “90% done,” but that didn’t stop them from rolling the red carpet out for the powerful pals at Tuesday’s opening night performance. Among the celebs on hand for the musical’s first “official” performance (following months of notorious “previews”) were former President Bill Clinton, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Jay-Z, Cindy Crawford, Spike Lee and Helena Christiansen. Even original director Julie Taymor, fired after refusing to make changes to the critically maligned, accident-prone show was on hand despite her lawsuit against the producers. It’s been a long decade to this moment for the musical’s makers—will staying on Broadway be even harder?
See photos of the red carpet and curtain call in the gallery below.
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We aren’t experts on this kind of thing, but it seems like a Bill Clinton A-Team 2 cameo is just the former president’s way of experiencing the perks of being back in office: helicopter rides, staring down despots, all the cigars you could possibly want. As Hangover Part II‘s Bradley Cooper tells Entertainment Weekly, when Clinton stopped by the set, getting a photo op with Zach Galifianakis was the last thing on his mind. “The first thing he said when he sat down was, ‘Is there going to be an A-Team 2–and can I be in it?,'” Cooper laughs. “I was like,’‘This is a joke, right?'” Do you remember this man’s presidency, Cooper? Virtually the only difference will be the number of gold chains his cabinet has on.
While Bill Clinton’s Hangover Part II cameo is unfortunately just a rumor, we are completely on board with Bill stopping by or, hell, even starring in the film. After all, if he’s a terrible actor, they can just fire him. The man’s been impeached; there’s not a lot that would throw him for a loop.
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Charlie Sheen might be riding high on all the attention he’s getting recently (in addition to Riding The Snake), but it looks like he won’t be showing his mug in at least one medium any time soon, Major League 3 excluded. According an E! interview with Bradley Cooper, Charlie Sheen and Bill Clinton will not appear in The Hangover Part II, despite numerous rumors to the contrary. “Bill Clinton, we saw him give a speech in Bangkok,” Cooper went on to explain. “Me and Zachie [Galifianakis] and Todd [Phillips]…were honored enough to have dinner with him.” Despite their evening with the former president, Clinton clearly has more important things to do, like helping create some sort of defense plan in case Sheen’s warlock army finally makes it to the surface.
While the Two And A Half Men star will probably miss out on the chance to appear on the big screen in 2011, Sheen’s media presence is still expanding with SpikeTV’s animated special Charlie Sheen’s Winningest Moments. Teaming up with Taiwanese media company NWA, SpikeTV will present a fine selection of Sheen’s most over-the-top moments rendered in CGI. Charlie already owns the internet so hard, it was only a matter of time before the computers got together and made a homage to their new leader #cyberwinning.
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Here’s a combination so odd that it actually almost makes sense. Last night Bill Clinton was spotted dining in South Beach with Cameron Diaz and New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez. The power trio were spotted at the steakhouse Prime 112, perhaps discussing marijuana inhaling, or just talking about their love of New York, it’s still unclear. It’s pretty hard to be inconspicuous when you’re three of the world’s most famous people and you dine al fresco, but they seem to have enjoyed themselves. Hillary Clinton must not have gotten the Evite.
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This ex-president of ours never ceases to surprise us. And we’re talking about Bill Clinton this time, not George W. Bush, whose actions are never surprising anymore. First Clinton shocked us by actually having an opinion about Lil’ Wayne‘s release from prison and now he’s totally going Hollywood and has signed on for a cameo in The Hangover 2. In fact, the scene Clinton will be in has already been shot, as he was conveniently in Bangkok, Thailand this weekend, which is where the movie takes place. We can’t wait to see the film but we have to wonder if Bill saw the first movie (or, more importantly, the closing credits) and knows what he’s getting himself into.
Between the President’s guest role in this film and Hillary Clinton‘s recent hilarious interview on Australian TV, is is weird that we sorta want to hang out with these two now?
When President George W. Bush admitted his feelings were hurt by Kanye West, we understood. No one is likely to forget the guy who calls you a racist who hates black people. But now, as a result of being put on the spot on a morning radio show, President Bill Clinton had a surprisingly knowledgeable response when asked what he thought about Lil’ Wayne, who is leaving prison tomorrow. For two presidents to have an opinion on famous rappers in one day is just plain weird, right? (We won’t even get into the other news about the famous rapper who wants to become president, ahem, Jay-Z.)
President Clinton held his own after the disc jockey’s at Pittsburgh’s KISS 96.1 FM asked him to comment on Lil’ Wayne’s release from prison tomorrow. Now, if this was our sixty-something father, the response would be “Lil’ who?”, but Clinton actually gave a good answer, saying:
I know this is kind of a funny question for you to ask me. But I thinkÃ¢â‚¬â€you know, my daughter introduced me to rap and hip-hop music after I said some things she thought were not very smart. She said, “Dad, you need to listen, all these people are smart.” This guy’s smart. And he’s got abilities. And he’s got a new chance now. And what I hope is that this is not just something to brand him as a cool guy, but that it’ll never happen again to him. You know, I think a lot of these people, they don’t get successful in thatÃ¢â‚¬â€just like in any other area of lifeÃ¢â‚¬â€by being really dumb. They’re really smart. But a lot of them had tough lives and they almost think it’s cool to get in trouble every now and then, or they don’t know how to stay out. But what I hope will happen is that he has a good life now.
Our presidents actually have more of a handle on pop cultureÃ‚Â than we thought.
This news may have slipped under your radar so we don’t blame you if you aren’t aware of it, but Chelsea Clinton got married this weekend. Oh wait, just kidding, it was apparently the WEDDING OF THE CENTURY.
While we wish Chelsea and her husband Marc Mezvinsky the best we also feel a little bad for them, thanks to the media frenzy surrounding their nuptials and the frenzy of “fans” (is that what you call people who dress in costumes and post signs all over town trying to get your attention?) that descended on Rhinebeck, NY, the site of the event. So in honor of the newlyweds, we’d like to bring you the top six creepiest people and things lurking nearby on their wedding day. Turns out the heavy police presence was justified after all.
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No, that’s not a picture ofÃ‚Â Hillary Clinton being sworn in as Secretary of State, she’s actually involved in a secret pre-wedding ritual that rich people have. What she’s actually saying is “I, the mother of the bride, solemnly swear to shell out a sh*t-ton of money for my only daughter’s upcoming ceremony so that people will call it the wedding of the century.” Because Chelsea Clinton‘s wedding is reported to cost around $2 million. Excuse us while we cry into the irregular hanky we bought at Filene’s Basement.
What could possibly cost that much anyway? According to Politics Daily, the Clintons are spending up to $200,000 for the venue (Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, NY), $40,000 for the band (for that money, it had better be all four Beatles, living and dead), $250,000 on flowers (how is this even possible?) and TMZ reports that the glamorous port-a-potties the Clintons are renting will cost $15,000. To that we ask, if they’re spending that much money in the first place, why are the Clintons not holding the wedding in a place with real toilets?
Maybe the reason we find this all so offensive is that we’re the same age as Chelsea. When she went through her awkward phase, we were going through our awkward phase. When she was adjusting to life in Washington, D.C., we were adjusting to life in a new town, too. And after college, we both moved to New York City. That Ã‚Â teeny tiny bit of her that we identified with is all gone now. Now that we realize that her rental toilets alone cost more than our dream wedding.