Freedom’s just another word: Kris Kristofferson sang “Me and Bobby McGee” to honor Janis Joplin with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday in Los Angeles. Kristofferson co-wrote the song with Joplin and Fred Foster. Joplin, who died in 1970 of an overdose of heroin, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
NEW YORK - Actors Jonah Hill, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristen Bell are among a batch of celebrities donning Russian-language “Love Conquers Hate” T-shirts to show support for gays in Russia alarmed by a new law banning pro-gay “propaganda.”
It’s part of an initiative launched Monday by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest U.S. gay-rights group. Participating celebrities will share photos of themselves wearing the T-shirts on their social media platforms, encouraging followers to do likewise. The HRC says all net proceeds from shirt sales will go to a fund supporting gay-rights efforts in Russia.
“We stand with Russia’s LGBT community and their allies,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We are committed to doing as much as we possibly can to support their efforts to repeal this heinous law.”
According to the campaign, other celebrities joining the T-shirt campaign include Fergie, Kelly Osbourne, Ricky Martin, Kevin Bacon, Doutzen Kroes, Anthony Bourdain, Tim Gunn, Perez Hilton, Todd Glass, Jonathan Del Arco, Amanda Leigh Dunn, Ana Matronic, Olympic swimmer Craig Gibbons, NBA basketball player Jason Collins, country singer Maggie Rose and soccer players Jozy Altidore, Lori Lindsey and Megan Rapinoe.
The law banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors” was enacted in June. Gay-rights activists have asked the International Olympic Committee to call for the law’s repeal ahead of the Winter Olympics in Russia in February.
More hardware for Taylor Swift
The Country Music Association will present Taylor Swift with its Pinnacle Award, given to an artist who has achieved worldwide success and recognition that’s unique to country music. Garth Brooks is the only other performer to win the award, created in 2005. Swift is the top nominee at Wednesday’s awards, airing live at 7 p.m. CDT from Nashville. She’s got six nominations along with Kacey Musgraves and is going for a third win of top honor entertainer of the year. Swift will perform on the awards show with Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer and Eric Darken.
baby no. 2: Drew Barrymore and her husband, Will Kopelman, are expecting their second child. Barrymore and Kopelman, who were married in June 2012, are the parents of a 13-month-old daughter, Olive. Barrymore recently launched her own beauty brand, Flower. Kopelman is an art consultant.