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U2 Can B A Rock Star Prez

U2 Can B A Rock Star Prez. The president of the World Bank is traditionally an American. But in a recent editorial the L.A. Times nominated third-world debt relief activitist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee and--oh yeah--U2 frontman for the soon-to-be-vacant position. With economic tutoring from "probably the most important economist in the world", the singer/activist (and self-confessed egomaniac) has spent the last 5 years lobbying the World Bank and IMF to help African nations break the decades' old cycle of debt by combining debt relief with improved trade and AIDS assistance. After a stint as celebrity spokesmodel for Jubilee2000, then founding a similar DATA Agenda funded by Bill Gates, he's developed cred as "a serious player on Third World debt". "It's about the right to begin again," Bono says. "The right to be free of your past..." President Bono: a chance to reform the World Bank from the inside, or celebrity poser? Readers' response... [BugMeNot for the reg-only sites]
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Mar 1, 2005 - 32 comments

Poor Little Rich Dog

Poor little Daisy Moshammer... After a life of leisure, immortalized on the arm of her famous, eccentric papa, the little dog's troubles began on the tragic evening of January 13th in Grünwald. Alas, poor little Daisy was fast asleep in bed when strange man strangled her beloved fashion icon daddy to death with a telephone cord. As he was a huge celebrity in Germany, the country mourned.

"What will become of me without Daddy?" Daisy whimpered. "I've been carried around so long, I don't even know how to walk anymore..."

When the will was read, Daddy proved he loved her! But without him to carry her, Daisy's world began to spiral out of control. Suddenly wealthy and thrust into the spotlight alone without her beloved big-haired father... how will she ever fill the void? Sex? Drugs? Are you kidding? Daddy would've much prefer shopping!
posted by miss lynnster on Feb 9, 2005 - 15 comments

Paper Doll Heaven

Paper Doll Heaven is an online celebrity dress up game for armchair fashionistas of all ages. It's Patrick Nagel meets starstruck Flash. Create a celebrity makeover. Be a stylist to the stars. From Johnny Dep to Dame Edna to Bjork to Audrey Tatou, you can dress and undress (insert prudish gasp here) your favorite and not-so favorite celebrities. Sure this has no redeeming social value, but it's therapeutic and fun to make the "beautiful people" look like fashion train wrecks. (SFW-except for cartoonish celebs in their knickers.)
posted by VelvetHellvis on Feb 3, 2005 - 12 comments

Michael Jackson

The Case Against Michael Jackson. The Smoking Gun plays prosecutor in what will surely be one of history's most disturbing public trials. Not safe for lunch.
posted by Saucy Intruder on Jan 6, 2005 - 62 comments

Oops, I Ofoto'd again

The great thing about Ofoto and other photo printing sites is that you can instantly put up photos of an event for your friends to see and get prints made. But sometimes you accidentally leave them public. I give you: Lindsay Lohan's Thanksgiving.
posted by mathowie on Dec 15, 2004 - 75 comments

But where is Danny Bonudce

Thanks to our new service you too can spend quality time with Kato Kaelin. Unfortunately, Leon Spinks is currently unavailable. And if you think you might want to sleep or use your phone during the next week, make sure to read the faq.
posted by alms on Dec 14, 2004 - 20 comments

Early Celebrity.

Famous for Being Famous - is an article on the artist, Giotto, argued to be among the first "celebrities." Giotto studied with the painter Cimabue and is said to have been an early influence on Leonardo da Vinci. Although not currently as well-known as Michaelangelo, for instance, Giotto's fame in his day was great, as evidenced by writings by Dante and Boccaccio.
posted by grapefruitmoon on Dec 5, 2004 - 5 comments

Saving the world, one stapler at a time.

Saving the world, one stapler at a time. Now you can buy a stapler (signed by an uber-celeb) and be a philanthrophic soul at the same time! If only they had a red Swingline signed by Milton, my life would be complete. But why would anybody want this one signed by Paris Hilton? God knows where it's been!
posted by drew on Dec 2, 2004 - 14 comments

What's at stake?

Fans of Joss Whedon are being asked to shell out thirty-five bucks a piece to hear Buffy's creator answer questions over a speaker phone, and remind them to vote for Kerry. Meanwhile "Buffy" herself is known to pose for the other guys. One might wish people really tune out celebrity opinions on politics. Does it change minds or are they already made up? Even when the facts are fiction. Should celebrities shut up or do they have the right to speak out? What, or rather who, influences you?
posted by ZachsMind on Oct 19, 2004 - 26 comments

A walk on the wild side with Warholstars

Warholstars is a comprehensive guide to the colorful cast of characters that made up Andy Warhol's constellation and that Lou Reed sang about in Walk on the Wild Side...meet Holly, Candy, Little Joe, Sugar Plum Fairy, Jackie Curtis, and more.
posted by madamjujujive on Aug 29, 2004 - 9 comments

Celebraties turned Politicians

Top 25 Celebrities Turned Politicians
posted by Rastafari on Jul 19, 2004 - 8 comments

Autopen

Is the autograph real? Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and of course Ronald Reagan have used it - the Autopen - a machine which signs an autograph in the celebrity's handwriting. It was developed in the early part of this century but only became popular in the late 1940's. Learn more at Stephen Beck's Autograph Pages
posted by azul on Jun 5, 2004 - 9 comments

Come on, don't 'cha wanna know what's next?

Your favourite band's favourite band sucks. Slate article discussing iTunes' celebrity playlists. via gizmodo
posted by Capn on May 31, 2004 - 32 comments

Spears is Dead

Sleep with me, I'm not too young. Backmasking in Britney Spears song?
posted by drezdn on May 18, 2004 - 58 comments

the name game

Michelle Branch found by someone doing their taxes. No, it's not the pop singer. But have they ever found terrorist David Nelson? And will liberal radio host Michael Jackson ever get a job again?
posted by calwatch on Apr 9, 2004 - 6 comments

You Loved The 'Dirty' Video

David LaChapelle : New York magazine calls him "the Fellini of photography". Most others just remember the wacky picture of Lil Kim literally covered in Louis Vutton, Britney's coming out party or for that slimy (in a good way!) Christina Aguilera video.
posted by owillis on Jan 12, 2004 - 12 comments

Celebrities & Charity

Celebrities take large payments from charities. The LA Times (reg reqd) is reporting that celebrities have received enormous payments for making appearances at celebrity benefits, including David Schwimmer, Cher, Gerald Ford, and others. To me, it's a shocking new low, but maybe I shouldn't be surprised.
posted by MikeB on Dec 15, 2003 - 33 comments

Rush Limbaugh Checks Into Rehab

"I am no victim and do not portray myself as such. I take full responsibility for my problem." Rush Limbaugh finally admits to what everyone's been guessing for a while now...to read the text of his statement, he claims to be making a clean breast of things and taking full responsibility for his own actions. Is this really an example of a vocal ideologue finally living up the standards they proclaim, or is it somehow readable as self-serving hypocrisy?
posted by LairBob on Oct 10, 2003 - 130 comments

Terry Gross vs. Bill O'Reilly

O'Reilly "self-terminates" interview on NPR's "Fresh Air" In an apparent effort to balance having had Al Franken last week, NPR's "Fresh Air" asked Bill O' Reilly to appear on today's show. Apparently, O'Reilly eventually decided that it was too much of an "attack" interview, and left.
posted by LairBob on Oct 8, 2003 - 102 comments

please talk to my agent

The Ivy League pop stars! Gossipy article reveals how universities throughout the USA are frantically fighting each other in order to attract celebrity professors. Niall Ferguson, Deirdre (born Donald) McCloskey and Saul Bellow ("teaching load: one course a year") are some examples. Considering these people are already engaged in their own love affair with the public eye (book tours, book deals, media events etc), are they the best choice from the academic point of view? Do traditional universities really have to resort to namedropping? And just between us, anybody out there ever had or currently has classes with bigwigs that turned out to be really fascinating or really disappointing? first link via those elitists from aldaily
posted by 111 on Jul 14, 2003 - 36 comments

Time Lines And Contemporaries

My Contemporaries Are Cooler Than Yours: Actually, it can become quite depressing to find out exactly who belongs to your generation. I mean, Howie Mandell, Bill Gates, Sandra Bernhard, Margot Hemingway, Kevin Costner and Joe Jackson? Give me a break. Which, thankfully, WhoWhatWhen, an interactive timeline generator, does quite nicely. Perfect for paranoids who like beginning sentences with "Surely it's no coincidence that in that very same year..." [Via LinkFilter.]
posted by MiguelCardoso on Jun 15, 2003 - 46 comments

The South shall rise again?

Smashist, former In/Humanist, and the once (unofficial) King of Epinions, Teabag Balzac aka Chris Bickel has a knack for getting attention. While the Democratic Debates were kicking off in downtown Columbia, SC., Bickel's Zima embibing pseudo-Homo Metal band, Confederate Fagg, were kicking out the jams across the river in the hipper-than-thou enclave of WeCo to celebrate the release of their collection of original tongue in (ass)cheek "frat rock" aptly titled Rock and Roll Hall of Flame. Are the denizens of Columbia simply blessed or does every city have a prolific and colorful character like Mr. Bickel?
posted by shoepal on May 5, 2003 - 13 comments

Star Wars Kid

Step one: record an embarrassing video of yourself (WMV link). Step two: Let the video fall into the hands of the internet masses, and become the hero you've dreamed of(also WMV).
posted by malphigian on May 2, 2003 - 41 comments

I'll get you for this Midler!

Bootleg Betty: even though there's a weblog about pretty much anything these days, it was still a surprise to see a weblog entirely about Bette Midler. [via Syndic8.com]
posted by sillygwailo on Apr 10, 2003 - 1 comment

Che Sells

Stop. Selling. Che. Doctor, Revolutionary, Murderer? Whoever he was, it don't mostly matter when he's this generation and the last's favourite rebelposterboy. Does it even matter, any more, the history behind such powerful brand semantics? It is, apparently, enough to be a symbol nowadays, even if in the end you're one of only ignorance. Is this the ultimate in simulacra? And will They ever stop marketing our martyrs? So who was Che Guevara? And what does he want with our children?
posted by armoured-ant on Mar 1, 2003 - 42 comments

dead ... completely

list of deaths in 2g2 -win a few of those 'are-they-dead?' arguments in 2g3.
posted by alfredogarcia on Dec 30, 2002 - 23 comments

What's The Frequency, Moby?

What's the Frequency, Moby? Techno superstar Moby was assaulted by a pair of mysterious assailants last night after a concert in Boston. "He wrote on his Web site that he is not angry about the attack, just mystified about the motive. He has asked the attackers to post an explanation." Moby's journal has been discussed previously, but is worth a look if you've never visited.
posted by Joey Michaels on Dec 13, 2002 - 47 comments

Update on the trapped coal miners

Paging Andy Warhol What happens during the 16th minute after you unexpectedly become famous? Here's a follow up story on the Coal Miners trapped and then rescued last July. You know its gonna get weirder, so lets get on with the show
posted by BentPenguin on Nov 13, 2002 - 9 comments

Do you love rubber duckies?

Do you love rubber duckies? Do you love Mr. T? Would you love the bastard offspring of a rubber ducky and Mr. T? How about Carmen Miranda? All this and more at Celebriducks.com. via memepool
posted by mr_crash_davis on Oct 7, 2002 - 15 comments

Celebrities killed graphic design.

Celebrities killed graphic design. The sad and discouraging decline of magazine covers. With before and after pics. You have been warmed.
posted by magullo on Sep 20, 2002 - 51 comments

Buzz Aldrin punches moon conspiracy theorist

Buzz Aldrin punches moon conspiracy theorist - Light on content but loaded up with a snappy title, this headline had me rolling. I can only imagine how 33 years of 'conspiracy theorists' could play on your nerves. If only there were places I could keep track of celebrities who loose it.
posted by dirtylittlemonkey on Sep 11, 2002 - 41 comments

Britney turned on by lesbian porn. Seems pop princess Britney Spears has been hanging recently with adult film star Jenna Jameson. Reportedly there is "an attraction between them," and Jenna would love to perform with Britney in a movie. I can't make this stuff up.
posted by johnnyace on Sep 4, 2002 - 43 comments

C3P0 a drama queen?

C3P0 a drama queen? Who didn't see *that* one? Anyways... welcome to the only page on the internet about gay celebrity... robots.
posted by jcterminal on Sep 2, 2002 - 91 comments

Osama the CIA Agent

Osama the CIA Agent, he may not the first in the long line of alleged celebrity CIA agents. What about other supposed agents like Timothy Leary, Yakov Smirnoff, Benjamin Netanyahu, everybody in the media or even a kitty?

I guess, we're all CIA agents in somebody's eyes.
posted by RobbieFal on Aug 26, 2002 - 15 comments

Own the Bus that Drowning Pool's Lead Singer was found Dead in.

Own the Bus that Drowning Pool's Lead Singer was found Dead in. Is this a hoax or a morbid curiosity collectible? Would you buy a Haunted Painting or celebrity death memorabilia? [link via actionmanmagazine board]
posted by drezdn on Aug 15, 2002 - 19 comments

MN Governor Jesse Ventura announced he will not run for re-election

MN Governor Jesse Ventura announced he will not run for re-election -- Ventura said, "You've got to have your heart and soul into these types of jobs. You've got to want to do it. * * * I feel that it's time to go back into the private sector." (He also said that his decision was "partly tied" to allegations by former employees that his 22-year-old son had thrown parties in the governor's residence.)
posted by subgenius on Jun 18, 2002 - 15 comments

LLLETS GET READY TO CASH OUR CHHHHHHHECKSSSSSS!!!

LLLETS GET READY TO CASH OUR CHHHHHHHECKSSSSSS!!! 'Celebrity Boxing II' aired tonight on FOX. Let's see: Sloppy amateur fighting? Check. Desperate people willing to debase themselves for some quick cash? Check. The stink of exploitation? Check.

Hey, wait a minute -- I'm watching Bumfighting!
posted by Dirjy on May 22, 2002 - 11 comments

Spenser: Retired

Spenser: Retired Robert Urich 1946-2002 :(
posted by WolfDaddy on Apr 17, 2002 - 20 comments

Pamela Anderson to marry Kid Rock.

Pamela Anderson to marry Kid Rock. I'll wait for the movie.
posted by dchase on Apr 13, 2002 - 53 comments

"Sober Companions"

"Sober Companions" or "Minders"are basically high-priced babysitters for celebrities with drug or alcohol problems. At $2500 a day, would you be willing to watch over, say, Yasmine Bleeth?
posted by mr_crash_davis on Apr 4, 2002 - 15 comments

It's strange to think Harmony Cousins is part my generation when she's lived ten times the life I have. But the fact that even after all this she can pull herself back to together proves that she's ten times the person most of us are. How many of us have her strength?
posted by feelinglistless on Apr 1, 2002 - 29 comments

What you talkin' about Willis?

What you talkin' about Willis? I'm talkin' about bitches and guns and kicking Vanilla Ice's ass so hard he's gonna look like Mr Drummond!
posted by skinsuit on Mar 14, 2002 - 39 comments

Anna Nicole Smith walks away with $88 million. Not bad for a Playboy model who met an 89 year old millionaire at a topless club, married him when he offered her half of his fortune and declared bankruptcy when the old geezer reneged on his promise. Given the obvious motivations behind this lawsuit, do you think Smith will give any of the dough away to charity?
posted by ed on Mar 7, 2002 - 26 comments

Got a taste for quasi-celebrity schadenfreude? Then glut yourself on the promotional materials of C-tier entertainers at the Hal Morris Museum. Care to slip down another couple of rungs on the ladder of fame? Have a look at the Celebrities of Real Estate. (thanks, Misterpants!)
posted by MrBaliHai on Feb 9, 2002 - 2 comments

Not just another pretty face...

Not just another pretty face... The wonderous wit and wisdom of the world's supermodels.
posted by Samizdata on Jan 3, 2002 - 56 comments

I am too Krusty the Clown Robert DeNiro!
posted by plinth on Nov 16, 2001 - 40 comments

Washed-up movie actor C. Thomas Howell is on trial today for "making a terrorist threat" while beating up a skateboarder. I always knew there was something I didn't like about him.
posted by nicwolff on Oct 30, 2001 - 30 comments

N'Sync? Britney Spears? Now YOU can dance just like them! My world is complete. This guy wins the award for celebrity-byproduct of the year, I think.
posted by owillis on Oct 28, 2001 - 6 comments

The picture on the site for the upcoming movie K-Pax

The picture on the site for the upcoming movie K-Pax makes me want to add "...that Kevin Spacey's gay?" to that tagline. Not, of course, that there would be anything wrong with that. Actually, the one page of celebrity rumors I mostly buy, even if many are humdrum (drug/alcohol problems? say it ain't so!) claims he is, although who cares. David Duchovny, pothead, pr0n collector; Macy Gray, functioning heroin addict -- now that's what I wanna hear! (The page seems to have disappeared, so I've linked to the google's cached one, which unfortunately only goes halfway down the alphabet. Anybody have a better link?)
posted by cps on Oct 7, 2001 - 33 comments

He always did have a great wrist shot! There's a poll on the Globe and Mail website asking whether a person not afflicted with a certain condition should act as a spokesperson for the cause. I say why not?
posted by lairdj on Sep 4, 2001 - 4 comments

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