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Meet Patrick Schwarzenegger, Arnold and Maria's enterprising son

Patrick Schwarzenegger Hey, world, meet Patrick Schwarzenegger -- the genetic product of the Kennedy dynasty and the Terminator.

The eldest son of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, the promising young man gets the profile treatment from Details this month. From shirtless yoga to under-18 entrepreneurial efforts, here are the essentials on Patrick:

Service first: The 17-year-old enjoys high school parties and tweeting at eligible females as much as the next guy, but he's well aware of the expectations placed on him. "My mom raised me with the idea of doing public service, and I definitely want to go in that direction. But I also want to follow in my dad's entrepreneurial footsteps," he said.

His after-school job pays handsomely: His clothing company Project360, which donates a percentage of proceeds to various charities, has a full menswear collection on the horizon and a mid-five-figures net from 2010, according to the magazine.

He's billboard-friendly: To raise Project360's profile and, admittedly, his own, the celeb spawn has signed with agency L.A. Models. He's allegedly being pushed for Ralph Lauren and Armani campaigns. Patrick aims to "get comfortable in front of the camera" but insists that modeling "isn't going to be my permanent job. There's a lot of other things I want to do." 

He's a flirt: While he confirms he's just reunited with an ex-girlfriend, Schwarzenegger wouldn't mind a famous partner down the line. His aforementioned tweeting includes winks at the likes of Kendall Jenner, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez -- he's even labeled them "girls for the future." 

Details.com has more on his political ambitions, epic Cape Cod vacations with the whole Kennedy clan and the controversy over his muscles.

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Photo: Patrick Schwarzenegger on his native sands of Malibu. Credit: Details 


'30 Rock' dream of Bill Clinton appearing in its 100th episode dashed

Tina-fey-bill-clinton Looks as if Bill Clinton won't be joining the ranks of famous "30 Rock" guest stars any time soon.

Tina Fey, creator and star of the NBC show, had Clinton on a short list of dream guests for the sitcom's 100th episode, airing April 20.

"They hoped he would appear next week to shoot the episode," a show insider told Page Six. "They included him on the call list, but it didn't happen."

The column contacted a rep for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's husband, who basically said the ex-prez didn't get any say in the matter.

"The request was made and immediately denied without asking him," the mouthpiece said. 

Sadsies, as Clinton's former Vice President Al Gore has appeared, along with a slew of notables including Matt Damon, Jennifer Aniston and Oprah Winfrey.

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Al Gore and Laurie David -- nothing to see here, folks, nothing to see [poll]

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Photos: Tina Fey, left, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in L.A. on Jan. 30, 2011; former President Clinton, right, at a college basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 26, 2011. Credits: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images, left; Mitchell Layton / Getty Images



Ben Affleck makes a date with congressional subcommittee on Congo

Ben-affleck-congo-congress Ben Affleck has made himself a date in Washington.

The actor and director will appear this Tuesday before the congressional subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights.

Affleck will be testifying at an open hearing, titled "The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Securing Peace in the Midst of Tragedy," on behalf of his organization the Eastern Congo Initiative.

Affleck has long been passionate about the building of sustainable society in the country, torn by sexual violence, lack of infrastructure for the nation's children and zero income-generation resources.

While Affleck mulls his next directorial project, he'll be seen in 2012's untitled Terrence Malick project, alongside Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Rachel Weisz.

What do you think of Ben's do-gooding? Tell us in comments.

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Photo: Ben Affleck attends the 2011 BAFTA Los Angeles award season tea. Credit: Getty Images


Presidents Day: Celebrating Monica Lewinsky, Judith Exner and other man-made celebs

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Presidents Day, which honors the births of Washington and Lincoln, seems to be commemorated now with a day off work for some and a light commute for the rest of us -- plus, of course, sales on furniture and cars. But isn't there something more dignified to it all?

Presidents Day celebrities We should, in theory, spend some time thinking about what our presidents have done to give us the country we have today, right? And yes, we thought about it. And then we decided that we were less interested in presidential achievements than we were in regular folks who achieved fame, or infamy, thanks to an association with a leader of the free world.

In that spirit, the Ministry has compiled a Presidents Day photo gallery of average Joes -- or, more often, average Janes -- whose names we know thanks to high-level improprieties. Click the photo of CIA agent Valerie Plame, right (whose relationship, admittedly, was more with the White House in general than with a president in particular) and take a trip down memory lane with the likes of Monica Lewinsky, Judith Exner, Sally Hemings and more.

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Photos: (Top) Monica Lewinsky and President Clinton. (Right) Valerie Plame. Credits: Associated Press


Lady Gaga video asks fans to lobby Senate for repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

 

 

Lady Gaga wants people to make some phone calls — specifically, calls to request that senators next week vote to repeal "don't ask, don't tell."

The pop diva took to YouTube on Friday with a seven-minute clip on the controversial U.S. military policy, naming Senate leaders and calling to action her legion of Little Monsters.

Praising the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and its investigations into military discharges over sexual orientation, Gaga says the group's work "proves that these soldiers are being searched, superiors are going through their e-mails and private belongings, calling family members and operating based on assumptions. Ultimately the law is being enforced using gay profiling."

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Maria Conchita Alonso goes off on Sean Penn for supporting Hugo Chavez

Penn haiti Actress Maria Conchita Alonso, who costarred with Sean Penn as his cross-cultural love interest in the 1988 film "Colors," has written a scathing open letter to the actor, shredding him for his support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and encouraging him to further investigate the situation in that country.

It's not a first for the actress, who in  March 2009 told HollywoodTV that Penn should shut up about Chavez because, despite being an "amazing actor," he has "no clue at all what's going on in Venezuela."

"I was appalled by a recent television interview where you vigorously showed support for the regime of Hugo Chavez," Alonso writes in the current letter. "Therefore, I've decided to set the record straight for you regarding the Chavez regime, supporting my case based not only on my political ideologies, but on proven facts you choose to ignore."

The actress, who was born in Cuba, raised in Venezuela and became a U.S. citizen in 2005, was referring to Penn's appearance on "Real Time With Bill Maher" earlier this month. Maher had asked Penn to share what he knows that Maher doesn't, that might soften Chavez's rep. Penn's answer can be seen here. Watch because it's not exactly an easy one to summarize. 

Here's the full text of Alonso's letter, which is also better read in full than summarized.

In addition to praising Chavez's 14 "transparent" election victories ...

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First Lady Zsa Zsa Gabor? Her husband the prince is running for California governor

Prince It was good enough to attract Arnold Schwarzenegger. Good enough to lure Gary Coleman. Good enough to tempt Arianna Huffington, Gallagher, Angelyne and porn/reality TV star Mary Carey.

Why shouldn't the jewel of a job that is the governorship of California be good enough to paste into socialite Prince Frederic von Anhalt's questionable crown? Instant celeb status -- just add an electorate!

Zsa Zsa Gabor's most recent husband, who in 2007 said he might have fathered a child with Anna Nicole Smith, officially threw his bright red campaign cap in the ring as an independent Wednesday, saying he was inspired to run by watching Schwarzenegger's mistakes. Last month he'd announced his gubernatorial aspirations and more recently expressed his intention, if elected, "to change and give up Hollywood -- and mingle with the people, not the stars."

Hollywood is, um, sure to miss him?

His website, which invokes the name of President Reagan, also offers this logic: "We've had Irish-American, African-American, Armenian-American and Austrian-American governors and now its time for a GERMAN-AMERICAN to lead the state." 

So where does he stand on some of the issues? On illegal immigration: Legalize it, tax it. Marijuana: Legalize, tax. Prostitution: Legalize, tax. Cuban cigars: Legalize, tax. (We're seeing a pattern here.)

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'I've had it': Elizabeth and John Edwards legally separate

Edwards Elizabeth Edwards has had just about enough, thank you  -- she and husband John Edwards, the former senator, one-time vice presidential candidate and two-time (and two-timing) presidential hopeful, have legally separated after 32 years of marriage and are living in different homes.

According to Elizabeth's sister Nancy Anania, speaking to People, "She said, 'I've had it. I can't do this. I want my life back.' " Elizabeth is staying in the couple's Chapel Hill, N.C., mansion and John is 160 miles away at their beach house.

"It is an extraordinarily sad moment, but I love my children more than anything and still care deeply about Elizabeth," John Edwards said today in a statement.

John recently admitted he's the father of a child born to Rielle Hunter, a campaign staffer with whom he had an affair that was uncovered by the National Enquirer in 2007. Edwards met Hunter in early 2006; the child was born Feb. 27, 2008. He copped to the affair in August 2008, but until last week denied repeatedly that Frances Quinn Hunter was his daughter.

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