Obama Joins Hollywood to Aid Barbara Boxer in Senate Race

Tuesday, 23 Mar 2010 06:18 PM

By James Hirsen

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The Left Coast Report: A Political Look at Hollywood

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1. Obama Joins Hollywood to Aid Barbara Boxer in Senate Race
2. Rosie O'Donnell Heads Back to Daytime TV
3. Jedi Follower Bounced From Job Center
4. Marriage Mayhem: Man Marries Pillow
5. Tiger Woods and Jesse James Apologize, Paramours Get PR
 

1. Obama Joins Hollywood to Aid Barbara Boxer in Senate Race

An all-star cast of Hollywood elites is being lined up for an event that will headline President Barack Obama in a bid to keep Barbara Boxer seated in the Senate.

Her seat is up for grabs in November, according to a recent survey conducted by The Field Poll.

The ram-through of the healthcare bill has created unprecedented voter dissatisfaction even in the Golden State. This is the same kind of dynamic that swept Republican Sen. Scott Brown into Ted Kennedy's old seat in Massachusetts.

The poll shows that in two months time, Boxer's unfavorable rating has ballooned from 39 percent to 51 percent.

California’s Democratic senator is now in a statistical dead heat with the two leading candidates for the Republican nomination, former Congressman Tom Campbell and former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Carly Fiorina.

On April 19, Obama will make an appearance at a California Science Center reception followed by a sit-down dinner at the Natural History Museum to raise cash for the Democratic National Committee and Boxer.


2. Rosie O'Donnell Heads Back to Daytime TV

Former “View” host Rosie O'Donnell is headed back to daytime TV.

O'Donnell has partnered with entertainment execs Scott Carlin and Dick Robertson to create a new daytime television talk show, according to the Showbiz411 Web site.

Carlin used to run HBO Domestic Distribution, and Robertson is the former president of Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution. They were both involved with O'Donnell's former TV program, “The Rosie O'Donnell Show,” which was on the air for six years.

In order to sell the show, producers will have to overcome Rosie's over-the-top reputation for creating problems when she’s involved with an entertainment project.

The plan is for O'Donnell's new syndicated program to debut in the fall of 2011.

Perhaps not so coincidentally, that's around the same time “The Oprah Winfrey Show” says adios.


3. Jedi Follower Bounced From Job Center

People often debate about whether movies can actually influence behavior.

No doubt there is evidence that they can and do, at least in the case of the “Star Wars” movies.

The enduring films have spawned a religion. Some fans have set up the “International Church of Jediism,” based on the George Lucas sci-fi flicks.

One avid Jedi believer was recently thrown out of an employment center in the U.K. for refusing to remove his Jedi hood.

Chris Jarvis, a 31-year-old “Star Wars” devotee and faithful follower of Jediism, was told that he would have to leave the premises if he did not take off the hood that he was wearing as part of his Jedi knight outfit.

Jarvis protested and eventually security was called in to eject him. Fortunately, no light sabers had to be wielded.

Jarvis promptly filled out a complaint form and three days later received a formal letter from Job Center boss Wendy Flewers.

Flewers apologized for Jarvis having been asked to remove his hood and emphasized that the Job Center embraces “diversity and respects customers' religion.”

As for Jarvis, he insisted that he was standing up for his beliefs: “It's my religion. I'm a Jedi knight. It means following the way of the Jedi. Muslims can walk around in whatever religious gear they like, so why can't I?”

Notwithstanding the apology, Jarvis plans to file a lawsuit for discrimination.

Apparently, the Force is with him because attorneys are lining up to defend him, and some are even willing to dress up like Yoda.


4. Marriage Mayhem: Man Marries Pillow

With the backdrop of several states putting forth initiatives that attempt to preserve the traditional definition of marriage, a new kind of marital union is making headlines.

This time true love has taken the form of a Korean man marrying his pillow.

Lee Jin-gyu fell for a large, huggable pillow from Japan with the image of the popular anime character Fate Testarossa, from the “Magical Girls” anime series, printed on it.

A special ceremony was held for the 28-year-old man and his pillow bride. Of course, the bride wore a tailor-made wedding dress for the service.

The knot-tying took place in front of a local priest.

The groom even planted a kiss on his main squeeze as the local media eagerly reported on the nuptials. Lee is reportedly obsessed with his pillow mate and takes it everywhere. He takes it out to eat with him, where it gets its own seat at the table and its own meal.

It’s anyone’s guess where all of this will lead.

Unnamed sources indicate that Lee has warned that if anyone tries to contest the wedlock, they’ll have a major pillow fight on their hands.


5. Tiger Woods and Jesse James Apologize, Paramours Get PR

A lot of marriages manage to endure in spite of some terribly bad behavior on the part of one or both partners, the marriage of a former president providing a prime contemporary example.

Sandra Bullock’s husband, Jesse James, whom the actress thanked at the Golden Globes for “having her back,” released a public apology after reports surfaced in the tabloids that he had cheated on Bullock. James indicated that most of the allegations are untrue, contended that he only had himself to blame and is declining to talk about the matter further.

James’ alleged infidelity fling was with a tattoo model who in the past had posed in salacious photos as a Nazi. Apologies seem to be de rigueur for celebs lately.

His apology is reminiscent of Tiger Woods’ recent press conference in which Woods expressed sorrow for his extramarital activities. In Tiger’s case, women are continuing to contact media sources and hire lawyers and publicists in an apparent means of cashing in on the affairs and the intense public curiosity.

The latest is former porn star Joslyn James, who is now telling the press that she has additional details to reveal about Woods. Purportedly, even after she had posted more than 100 sexually graphic texts on her Web site, attention on Joslyn had died down.

An apology, of course, is a necessary step in achieving any peaceful resolution. However, when it comes to unfaithfulness in the celebrity world, everything becomes hyper-inflated for all parties involved. This makes it all the more difficult to alleviate tensions, soothe hard feelings, make amends, and repair damage.

Difficult, but not impossible. If after an apology, contrite actions and sustained commitment to the relationship follow, then healing of the marriage can potentially take place.

However, in Hollywood, usually such healing can only come on the heels of sordid details, videos, and the like.

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