Michelle Obama's got three boards and 15 pins and if you don't know what that means, you aren't following one of the latest trends online: Pinterest. Wednesday morning, the first lady popped up on the social media site, which allows users to post, or "pin," images they like to various themed "boards" they create. Users may post comments under the pins, or "repin" photos they like to their own pages. So far, Obama's boards are "Around the White House," "Great Memories" and "Father's Day." The account is run by the president's re-election team with the first lady's pins signed "-mo." Hours after launching her page, Obama had 4,957 followers. One might have expected the social-media savvy White House to beat the opposition to a website like this, but Ann Romney has been on Pinterest for three months, sharing recipes, favorite books and moments with her family. Romney has eight boards with 66 pins and 7,519 followers. Her boards include "Patriotic," "Things I love" and "Inspiration."
Cruise honored with Friars toast, not roast
The Friars Club, best known for searing celebrity roasts, held the insults when it toasted Tom Cruise. The actor received the fourth Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award, placing him in the same company as Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra. Fresh off a whirlwind week of premieres for "Rock of Ages," which comes out Friday, the actor said he's amazed his career is still going so strong. "I was hoping. After my first film I remember thinking I just wanted the opportunity to do it again. And I didn't know whether I was going to have it again and so to be doing this now; it's kind of amazing to me," said the actor who turns 50 next month. Cruise had been slated to receive the award Tuesday from Jerry Lewis, but the comedian had a health scare just before the ceremony. Lewis' publicist said he was OK after being hospitalized overnight for low blood sugar. Alec Baldwin presided at the Waldorf-Astoria, where speakers included such former co-stars as Cuba Gooding Jr. and Kevin Pollak. Robin Thicke and Corinne Rae Bailey were among the musical performers. Cruise said during his acceptance speech that his wife, actress Katie Holmes, was out of the country. But he did bring their 6-year-old daughter, Suri, who not only got to stay up late, but to take in an R-rated tribute in keeping with the Friars tradition of blue humor.
Jennifer Love Hewitt's mother, Patricia, 67, died Tuesday from complications of cancer, the actress' rep confirmed. The actress, 33, who had been tweeting from Monaco, returned to Los Angeles just in time, USA Today reported. "She was an angel to all who knew her and they are grateful she is now in a better place," the rep said. "They ask for privacy at this difficult time."