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Painter (and former president) George W. Bush sells Christmas ornament featuring his art

Move over Banksy, there’s a new popular artist in town — former President George W. Bush! The George W. Bush Presidential Center is selling a Christmas ornament featuring Bush’s original painting of a cardinal. Priced at $29.98, the ornament serves as the first time a print of former President Bush’s artwork has been available to the public. READ FULL STORY

George W. Bush made a pretty good painting of Jay Leno -- VIDEO

Tuesday night’s edition of The Tonight Show welcomed former president George W. Bush. Sorry — make that former president, current painter. (You may remember Bush’s work from earlier this year, when a hacker obtained images of three “in progress” pieces from the president’s personal email account.)

Forty-three explained that he’s been taking painting lessons in Dallas before Leno showed off a pair of the president’s pieces, including a painting of the Bush family’s late Scottish Terrier Barney — star of numerous White House Christmas videos — and one of his cat, Bob. (Bob is so named so that Bush “can remember how to spell it when I get older,” he said.)

And then Dubya pulled out his trump card: A portrait of a smirking Jay Leno, complete with American flag pin and the Los Angeles skyline behind him. When receiving the painting, Leno seemed truly impressed and touched.


Presidents, politicians, journalists, and... Taylor Swift team up for the ultimate Gettysburg Address -- VIDEO

November 19 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s iconic Gettysburg Address, largely considered one of the most poignant, stirring, and important speeches in American history. And naturally, Civil War buff documentarian Ken Burns wouldn’t let an occasion like this pass by without some sort of commemoration.

Though his 90-minute documentary The Address won’t premiere on PBS until the spring of 2014, Burns has already set up a website called Learn the Address, which encourages “everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech.”

Scads of famous Americans have already taken Burns up on his challenge — including every living president, Lincoln director Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, and slightly less predictable participants like Alyssa Milano. Which of them best exemplifies Honest Abe’s signature mix of dignity, intelligence, and humanity? Decide for yourself after checking out this handy mashup video. (Hint: It’s not Taylor Swift.)


Johnny Depp's inspiration for Willy Wonka: An incredibly stoned George W. Bush

Johnny Depp visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the first time today, revealing the inspiration for some of his most iconic characters and his greatest personal terror — dancing. While Dark Shadows costars Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Grace Moretz hoofed it as they were introduced to the audience, Depp resisted. “I fear it more than anything in the world,” he told Ellen when she asked him why he refused to dance. “I’d rather swallow a bag of hair.”

Later, the star discussed some of his more famous creations, including Edward Scissorhands, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Willy Wonka. “Certain ingredients you add to these characters — Willy Wonka, for example, I imagined what George Bush would be like…incredible stoned,” he said, as the crowd began laughing at the mention of Bush and Wonka in the same sentence. “Anywhere that you can find a moment of irreverence or absurdity, I’ll stick it right in there — sometimes to the dismay of the director.” Watch the exchange below: READ FULL STORY

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