Actor Damian Lewis speaks onstage during the “Homeland” panel discussion at the CBS, Showtime and The CW portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2013 in Beverly Hills
*Homeland star Damian Lewis says Jay Z has upped his street cred by dropping the name of his character in a track from his new album.
The rapper mentions Lewis in “F.U.T.W.,” a track from “Magna Carta… Holy Grail,” in which he spits, “Feel like a stranger in my own land/ Got me feeling like Brody in Homeland.” [Listen below.]
Lewis, who plays prisoner of war-turned-Congressman Nicholas Brody in the hit drama series, told Esquire magazine of the name check: “It’s one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to me. My natural habitat is quite a long way from, you know, a gangster rapper. So the fact I’ve somehow straddled popular culture to find myself name-checked (is great).”
*In an interview with Esquire magazine, Clint Eastwood said he believes President Obama is power hungry and is taking too much credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
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“There are two kinds of people in this world,” Eastwood told the publication a month before his “empty chair” speech at the Republican National Convention. “‘I’ people and ‘we’ people. I’ve always tried to be a ‘we’ person. I think that our president is an ‘I’ person. He speaks as though he killed Osama bin Laden himself.”
Eastwood went on to suggest the president was in love with power.
“Can you imagine being him, surrounded by people all the time?” Eastwood said. “I’d hate it. But he seems to like it. He seems to like what I’d hate, all the trappings of power. He said that if he failed in his first term he wouldn’t seek a second. Well, here he is — unemployment’s still up around 8 percent — and he’s doing anything he possibly can to keep power. There’s no way he’s going to give it up.”
Esquire reporter Tom Junod included Eastwood’s quotes about Obama in a preview of the October cover story. But he opted not to include the actor’s political remarks in the actual piece.
“Not because they offended my political sensibilities,” Junod wrote, “but because they made him sound like a type of person — another cranky old guy, running down the president, and not always very clearly — when I wanted to write about what made Clint Eastwood singular.”
In happier times, Whitney Houston with Bobby Brown, her mother, and friend Robyn Crawford.
*Whitney Houston will have many people come to the pulpit on Saturday to tell their heart wrenching stories of friendship and closeness with her.
They will all tell the stories of her life and many will not be able to continue on with their words.
But, one friend has chosen to have her words printed in Esquire, so that the entire story can be heard.
*Rihanna dawns the November cover of Esquire and she reveals her joy for her ex-boyfriend’s success.
Yes in the past she probably hated Chris Brown’s very existence, but she confessed that the negativity “was taking up too much of my time.” So she moved on.
“It was too much anger,” the 23-year-old said. “I’m really excited to see the breakthrough he’s had in his career.”
It’s been two years since the pair ended their relationship on a violent note. Now Brown is serving five years probation after pleading guilty to felony assault.
But his career has definitely reached new heights after falling to such a low point.
“F.A.M.E. (Forgiving All My Enemies)” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s 200 albums in March. He’s also reached gold status and has several hits on heavy rotation.
“It’s incredible to see how he pulled out the way he did. Even when the world seemed like it was against him, you know?” Rihanna said. “I really like the music he’s putting out. I’m a fan of his stuff. I’ve always been a fan.”
Esquire named Rihanna the Sexiest Woman Alive for 2011.
*In the March Issue of Esquire, Chris Rock comes right out and says what some folks are already thing about Tea Partiers: they act like little children who wear themselves out right before bedtime.
“When I see the Tea Party and all this stuff, it actually feels like racism’s almost over. Because this is the last — this is the act up before the sleep. They’re going crazy. They’re insane. You want to get rid of them — and the next thing you know, they’re f—— knocked out,” Rock said.
The comedian/pundit’s wide-ranging interview with Esquire writer Scott Raab, in which the comedian discusses hosting the Oscars, doing stand-up gigs and basketball player LeBron James, is in the March issue. The issue is on newsstands on Tuesday, Feb. 22.