President Barack Obama is introduced by film producer and CEO of DreamWorks Animation Jeffrey Katzenberg at a Democratic National Committee fundraising event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, in this 2009 file photo
*In August, President Obama broke bread with film mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg during a private fundraiser.
Next week, the Commander-in-Chief is heading over to his top bundler’s DreamWorks Animation Glendale campus for a very public pre-Thanksgiving visit.
While in town next week for a series of fundraisers, Obama will be dropping by the facility on November 26 in the afternoon, according to Deadline.com.
While there, the President will be giving a speech to company employees and invited guests at Katzenberg HQ.
*Rihanna is being asked to tone down her image so she can be made into a cartoon character – so says RadarOnline.com.
The singer is being sought by DreamWorks Animation studios, who want to make a character out of the pop star, born Robyn Fenty, but first they want her to agree to promote a more wholesome lifestyle.
A source says the company’s CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg, wants to ”globalize and sanitize her image for the widest possible audience.”
“Jeffrey has been tracking Robyn for a couple of years. He is a huge fan and believes the sky’s the limit if she can clean up her act to appeal to a wider audience,” a source told the website.
“He sees a huge amount of money to be made there and wants to capitalize before somebody else does. He’s making pop-friendly movies and wants her to be in them. It’s time for Rihanna to go from R-rated to PG-rated. This is Jeffrey’s firm opinion and he’s doing all he can to make it happen.”
The source cited how DreamWorks had managed to take comedian Chris Rock – known for his explicit stand up routines – and put him in front of a family audience as a voice actor in the hugely successful “Madagascar” franchise.
*Gayle King, Al Roker, Ne-Yo, Mark Hamill, Robin Williams and Rahm Emanuel were among the celebrities spotted in Chicago on Saturday to celebrate the wedding of George Lucas and Windy City native Mellody Hobson.
The couple, who tied the knot June 22 at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif., hosted well-wishers at the city’s lakeside Promontory Point under a huge tent, where Prince and his 22-piece band provided the music.
CNN contributor Van Jones, Jesse Jackson, “Star Wars” prequel star Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson were also in attendance.
“They wrote a check to the city for the whole thing,” said a police officer on duty, as he shooed rubberneckers from a pathway that overlooked carts shuttling guests from the check-in desk. Those spotted at the main gate tilted towards Chicago political and business figures from the Hobson side of the aisle — with assorted TV news personalities from national outlets.
Hobson, the chair of DreamWorks Animation and head of the Chicago-based investment management firm Ariel Investments and chairman of Ariel Mutual Funds, also contributes financial analysis for CBS News.
Other attendees included Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley; his brother Bill, now running for Illinois governor; former White House Social Secretary Van Jones, Jesse Jackson, “Star Wars” prequel star Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson, who is now CEO of Johnson Publishing Company; University of Chicago president Robert Zimmer; Chicago Metropolis 2020’s Paula Wolff; radio host Tom Joyner; former Congressman Harold Ford Jr.; and Patrick Daley, a classmate of Hobson’s from St. Ignatius College Prep.
Actor Andrew Shue, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast Tina Brown, CNN pundit Paul Begala and MSNBC PoliticsNation host Rev. Al Sharpton were also in attendance at the event.
Singer Ne-Yo spotted at the wedding party of George Lucas and Mellody Hobson in Chicago
The Hyde Park neighborhood, which hosted the event, is the site of the University of Chicago and was President Barack Obama’s home prior to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The Chicago Tribune reported the reception was organized by New York party planner Van Wyck & Van Wyck, who has previously overseen bashes for Sean “Diddy” Combs, Alicia Keys, Hillary Clinton and Barack and Michelle Obama.
Guests staying at the Chicago Peninsula Hotel found a gift bag awaiting them Friday. The bags were filled with some of the couple’s “favorite local flavors,” which included chocolate cookies from Carol’s Cookies, popcorn from Garrett Popcorn, and Marshall Field’s Original Frango Mints. There were also Skywalker Ranch hats, T-shirts and a tote.
Last weekend, Bill Moyers officiated a ceremony for the couple, which was attended by Ron Howard, Oprah Winfrey, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg. The couple made their engagement public in January.
Watch local news coverage of the event from ABC below.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton greets Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama (L) on stage during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina
*Former President Bill Clinton and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, both of whom gave primetime keynote addresses at the recent Democratic National Convention, are teaming up with TV mogul Michael King to raise money for President Obama at a breakfast with the president during his October trip to Los Angeles.
King is a TV executive who inherited King World Productions, which launched Harpo’s The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as Dr. Phil McGraw’s talk show into syndication.
Clinton and Castro are set to host the gathering at King’s Pacific Palisades estate on Oct. 8, the day after the “30 Days to Victory Concert” for Obama at the Nokia Theatre. The concert features performances by Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Jon Bon Jovi and Earth, Wind and Fire.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro
Tickets to the King event range from $1000 for “general seating” to $40,000 for “co-host greet, photo opportunity and premium seating” at the breakfast.
Jeffrey Katzenberg is also co-hosting a $25,000-per-person dinner for Obama during the October trip.
President Barack Obama presents Stevie Wonder with the Library of Congress Gershwin Award during ‘Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize’ in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009.
*Stevie Wonder is the latest artist added to the performance lineup of “30 Days to Victory,” a fundraiser concert for President Barack Obama to be held Oct. 7 in Los Angeles.
The pair join previously announced performers Katy Perry and Earth, Wind & Fire on the bill, dubbed the 30 Days To Victory Concert. More names are expected to be released soon as organizers lock down final plans for the October 7 event, which is being put on jointly by the campaign’s Entertainment Advisory Council and veteran Hollywood special events producer Ken Ehrlich.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who gave the keynote at the Democratic National Convention earlier this month, will speak, as will Obama. Tickets for the concert at the 7100-seat Nokia have been on sale at the campaign website for the past few days. All of the $44 tickets — Obama’s number in the line of Presidents — and $100 tickets are sold out but there are still $250, $1,000 and $2,500 tickets left. Those willing to put down $10,000 can get a picture with Obama and other VIP amenities. Doors open at the event at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 7.
According to Deadline, entertainment mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg will co-host a now $25,000 per ticket dinner following the 30 Days To Victory Concert. Harvey Weinstein may also come on board to co-host, and the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at LA Live will handle the food.
The campaign stop will also include a high-dollar dinner, at $40,000 per couple, in downtown Los Angeles, according to a campaign email obtained by THR.
“The exact details for the concert are still being confirmed, but this will be a large scale event with multiple performers and speakers preceding the President’s remarks,” according to an email sent to Los Angeles donors Thursday. “As we begin to confirm the talent and details, we will make the information known to all of you.”
The concert and dinner have been in the works for weeks, sources say, with Jeffrey Katzenberg spearheading the dinner. Harvey Weinstein is said to be working on a similar fundraiser in New York City.
Tickets to the concert are expected to be available through Ticketmaster starting early next week.
According to the campaign email, the price points for the concert are as follows:
$44 per person – Gen44 (Young Professionals, limited availability)
$250 per person – General Admission
$1,000 per person – General Admission, better seating
$5,000 per person – VIP access (to lounge area and preferred seating)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama joins students at the food line to pick up lunch items at the cafeteria of Parklawn Elementary School Jan. 25, 2012 in Alexandria, Virginia.
*A gathering of Hollywood A-listers toasted First Lady Michelle Obama in Beverly Hills Tuesday evening, raising nearly $1 million for her husband’s reelection campaign, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
About 135 people — a mix of artists and executives in music, film and television — mingled on a candlelit patio at the home of former U.S. Ambassador Nicole Avant and her husband Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer.
Among those attending the event were Quincy Jones, Harvey Weinstein, Jerry and Ann Moss, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Reed Hastings, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steve Bing, Berry Gordy, Mike and Irena Medavoy, Haim and Cheryl Saban, and Jeff Garlin.
The First Lady stood for photos and gave out hugs as folk singer Joshua Radin serenaded the crowd.
During the gathering, Mrs. Obama recited her husband’s achievements over the past three years, praising the president’s healthcare reform, the removal of troops from Iraq, the proposal to reduce taxes for the middle class, and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” according to a pool report.
She emphasized that Barack Obama should be re-elected in November in order for the American economy to finally recover from the crisis. “In the last 3 years, we’ve worked hard to get out of this mess and we’ve made some remarkable progress, but we know there are people still suffering and there is a long road left to travel,” the First Lady said.
“She talked about (Obama’s) accomplishments so beautifully, it really moved people,” one attendee told The Hollywood Reporter. “People were really fired up afterward. Everyone was thrilled to see her.”