New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was dressed as Spiderman this weekend, soaring across a theater stage, all in the name of charity. He was dangled from the ceiling at Saturday's Inner Circle Charity Dinner and staying true to Spiderman's Broadway reputation, he got stuck trying to land.
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Friday, March 4, 2011
Music stars are apologizing for concerts they've done in the past for hosts whom may have been affiliated with Libyan dictator, Mommar Gadhfi. Nelly Furtado announced earlier this week she's giving her $1 million fee to charity. Beyonce said she'd donated her check from an '09 concert as soon as she discovered the connection. Meanwhile, in a statement on her website, Mariah Carey said she was "naive and unaware" of just exactly who her 2008 performance was for, and called on other artists to take "responsibility regardless of who books our shows."
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
There are certain channels and shows that I consider to be constant political-free zones and Bravo’s Real Housewives series is one of them. So you can imagine my surprise when during Tuesday night’s episode of the Miami edition, I spotted a familiar face—former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, but while the show was filming, Crist was the current Governor of the state. He and his wife Carole make a quick on-camera appearance at a gala hosted by one of the housewives. After doing a little digging, turns out the former Florida Governor has more than one connection to the Bravo franchise. Over the summer, the then-Florida governor and senatorial candidate stayed with New York Housewife Jill Zarin in the Hamptons meeting with environmentalists and campaigning.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
On Monday, Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) beat IBM's super-computer, Watson, at a round of "Jeopardy!"as part of an event organized by IBM. (To be fair, Holt is not your average congressman, especially not when it comes to trivia. He's a five-time "Jeopardy!" champion and a nuclear physicist, to boot). Nevertheless, Holt said the prospect of facing a computerized opponent was daunting. "I watched a few episodes [of Watson] against Jennings a few weeks ago, and I thought I was in for trouble." Not so. At the end of his round, Holt had 8,600 points to Watson's 6,200. He tweeted, "I played a full round against @IBMWatson tonight and was proud to hold my own: the final tally was Holt $8,600, Watson $6,200."
Rahm Emanuel’s Twitter imposter has finally revealed himself! Just a week after Emanuel won the election in the Windy City, the man behind the fake Twitter persona has come forward to The Atlantic. His name: Dan Sinker, and he's the founder of the now defunct Punk Planet magazine. He says he can't really remember why he created the Twitter handle, except thinking that "this might be kind of funny." But after a while his fake persona began to take a toll. "The train rides became totally paranoia-inducing by the end. I would think, 'Is anybody watching this? Why is that guy looking at my phone?” Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for Emanuel, says the mayor-elect will keep his promise to donate money to the charity of Sinker's choice. More from Politico’s Click.
After ABC announced the cast for the next season of "Dancing with the Stars," her ChristinePAC sent this email to supporters late last night:
“I’m honored to have been invited to participate in one of the few uplifting TV shows out there. The physical challenge made it all the more appealing. Meeting challenges head-on makes us stronger. Yet, for now, I have another challenge before me; to complete a book that tells the story of the 2010 election cycle with the dignity and respect it deserves.
“Many referred to the 2010 elections, and all the activity leading up to them, as the start of the Second American Revolution. This is because so many everyday Americans found themselves engaged in the civic process for the very first time. It’s humbling to have an opportunity to write a book that tells their story.
“It is my hope that this book will serve as a clarion call to my fellow citizen-activists by taking the reader beyond petitions and protests and articulating not just what we should do, but why we must do it.
“My goal is for the book and the new PAC I’m starting to serve as resources to activate and motivate those in this middle-class movement who worked so hard to launch the new revolution. If either of these projects were further along, I would be lacing up my dancing shoes right now.”