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Celebs Get out the Vote

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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With the hours ticking down until the election, many celebs are doing their part to get out the vote. While most stars appear to be backing President Obama, David Mamet has been outspoken about his support of Mitt Romney. You can read his appeal to fellow Jewish voters, “A note to a stiff-necked people” in the Jewish Journal here, and Forward columnist Jay Michaelson’s response to it here.

Neil Diamond and Burt Bacharach manned the phones at the local Obama campaign headquarters in Culver City and even gave an impromptu concert for the other volunteers.

Others took to Twitter to encourage people to go to the polls. Check out these tweets from 55 celebs, including Elizabeth Banks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Fran Drescher, Scooter Braun, Neil Diamond (who tweeted from the phone bank), Larry King, and Samantha Ronson.

Evan Rachel Wood and new husband Jamie Bell were robbed while on their honeymoon. They tweeted that their hotel room had been ransacked but that they were okay.

Sharon Osbourne has revealed that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy last summer after learning that she carries a gene that predisposes her to breast cancer. Osbourne, who has already battled colon cancer, has also said that she is done with subjecting herself to plastic surgery procedures.

The latest James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” is breaking box office records overseas. Word is that the film’s director, Sam Mendes, is now teaming up with Skyfall writer, John Logan, on a vampire hunter TV show.

On the other hand, “Vamps,” which serves as a reunion for Clueless director Amy Heckerling and actress Alicia Silverstone, has turned out to be a flop, grossing only $500 over the weekend.

In other film news, Dror Moreh’s “The Gatekeepers,” in which six former Shin Bet directors reflect publicly for the first time, has secured a distribution deal for the UK, Ireland and Australia.

Michelle Trachtenberg has lined up a guest starring role on “Criminal Minds.” She’ll play a stalker who becomes unhinged after being denied a job.

“Glee” will be airing a tribute to “Grease,” and Kate Hudson will be part of it. Listen to a preview of her singing the Rizzo song, “There Are Worse Things I Could Do.”

And in celebrity sightings, we have:Andrew Garfield leaving the gym; Rashida Jones hobnobbing with other stars at SoHo House in West Hollywood; Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher eating breakfast in sweatpants in Sydney; and Adam Levine holding up a sign urging people to donate to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief as he was met by paparazzi outside and L.A. café.


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