By Luis Gomez
12:44 PM EST, November 12, 2012
Barack Obama once again seemed to have a firm grip on the Hollywood vote during this year's election, so it's no surprise that stars came out to support the president Tuesday at his election night rally at McCormick Place. And because, to them, there was no cooler place on the planet to be than Obama's rally, many of those stars just had to tell the world via Twitter that they were there.
Zachary Quinto (Spock in the "Star Trek" movie reboot) tweeted several photos of himself and his credential at the rally — after manning the phones at Obama headquarters for what he said was six hours earlier that day. "So proud," Quinto tweeted after Obama won. "So grateful. Nowhere I would rather be. Hope renewed." Benjamin McKenzie ("The OC"), who dined with Quinto at RPM Italian on Nov. 5 and at Chuck's Manufacturing in the Hard Rock Hotel on Election Day, also campaigned for Obama around the country and attended the McCormick Place rally.
Actress Ashley Judd not only was on the floor for the rally, but she apparently was also backstage. "Passing through backstage, I saw Pres Re-Elect's acceptance speech," Judd tweeted. "It was suddenly real!" Black Eyed Peas leader Will.I.Am also boasted about his backstage access (while possibly earning himself a spot on the Humblebrag Twitter feed): "I got to speak with the president backstage before this historic speech," tweeted Will.I.Am, who attended an after-party at Primehouse and ended the night at Board Room. "(F)rom the ghetto to backstage."
Melanie Griffith appeared to be so excited at the rally she accidentally dropped an F-bomb on live TV during an interview with WGN News. Fortunately for the censors, fellow Oscar-nominated actresses Angela Bassett and Alfre Woodard were able to keep their composure during their interview with the station.
Also tweeting from the rally were Justin Long ("Dodgeball"), Vivica A. Fox ("Kill Bill"), former "View" co-host Star Jones, Rockford native and former Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams and "The Talk" co-host Aisha Tyler. "History," Tyler tweeted. "Twice. I'll show this (photo) to my grand kids, along with my vintage console and painful corns."
Opening night: Joe Minoso, an ensemble member at Latino theater company Teatro Vista, brought his "Chicago Fire" co-stars, including Eamonn Walker and David Eigenberg, to the opening night of Teatro Vista's "I put the fear of mexico in 'em" on Thursday at Chicago Dramatists in the River West neighborhood. The production runs through Dec. 9 and features my old high school friend Marvin Quijada.
About this week: Michael Shannon, who plays villain General Zod in the Superman reboot "Man of Steel," will co-host A Red Orchid Theatre's 20th anniversary gala Monday at Sunda and The Underground. … Singer-actresses Olivia Holt ("Kickin' It") and Bella Thorne ("Shake It Up") will take part in Saturday's Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on North Michigan Avenue. … "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" actor Peter Facinelli will appear Friday and Sunday at Hollywood Blvd Cinema in Woodridge and Saturday at Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville.
Sightings: Actor Josh Peck ("Drake & Josh") and indie band Fitz and the Tantrums had dinner, separately, Nov. 2 at RPM Italian. … The Bears' Jay Cutler had lunch Saturday at Public House. Teammate Brian Urlacher and coach Lovie Smith dined, separately, Saturday at Joe's Stone Crab. Fellow Bear Kellen Davis dined Saturday at Japonais. … Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant and teammates Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Perkins and Eric Maynor dined Wednesday at N9NE Steakhouse. The Bulls' Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson and Nate Robinson partied Thursday at The Underground following their loss to the Thunder. Fellow Bull Marco Belinelli shopped Nov. 5 at Haberdash boutique. … "Pardon the Interruption" co-host Michael Wilbon hung out Friday at HUB 51.
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