'Rock the Vote' gears up for midterm elections

ROCK THE BOAT: Or something like that, per Rolling Stone, “The next presidential election is still two years away, but with some major midterm elections set for this coming Election Day, Rock the Vote is making a grand return to encourage young voters to get active in the political process.

“. . . Rock the Vote will once again be a merging point of music, pop culture, politics and technology as they strive to reach their goal for the midterm elections: Registering 1.5 million people — including 400,000 young people and 200,000 Latinos — to vote.”

THIS AIN’T NASHVILLE: But it is a baby bump, per People, “In the spirit of summer, Hayden Panettiere showed off a little skin – and some serious bump. On Saturday, the mom-to-be, 24, flashed her growing belly in a loose navy crop top and matching harem pants while walking around Porto Cervo, Italy, with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, 38.”

BLOODY TRUTHS: And then some, per the Los Angeles Times, “HBO’s “True Blood” launches its seventh and final season with heaps of sex, violence and supernatural terror. It’s a typical day, therefore, in bucolic Bon Temps, La., where vampires, werewolves and other strange creatures practically outnumber the normal folk.”

BARBARA WALTERS: Didn’t she retire?, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Barbara Walters has taped her interview with the father of Santa Barbara shooting suspect Elliot Rodger. It is set to air Friday night, Walters said in a tweet posted Sunday. Walters wrote that she sat down with Peter Rodger, a second-unit director on The Hunger Games, earlier that day.”

KATY PERRY: And Bubba’s wife, per Us Weekly, “Katy Perry has friends in very high places. The pop star, 29, rubbed shoulders with former First Lady and rumored presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton this weekend, supporting the politician at an event promoting the release of Clinton's new memoir, Hard Choices. Perry shared a photo via Instagram of herself posing with the former Secretary of State, 66. The image shows the singer in a green plaid dress, holding a copy of Hard Choices, while standing close to a well-coiffed Clinton.”

DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS: This is weird, per The Wrap, “The National Academy of Television Arts & Science might be regretting its choice to hire four popular social media personalities to cover the Daytime Emmy Awards red carpet on Sunday. The livestream — hosted by Brittany Furlan, Lauren Elizabeth, Jessica Harlow and Meghan Rosette — has been declared a “disaster” by numerous media outlets as well as daytime TV insiders in wake of what Washington Post characterized as “wildly unprofessional” interviews and racy jokes.”{ }

MEANWHILE: Envelope, please, per Entertainment Weekly,“ The biggest winner at Sunday’s live-streamed Daytime Emmy Awards, emceed by Kathy Griffin, was Steve Harvey, who took home two prizes: one for his eponymous talk show and one as the host of the syndicated Family Feud. Among soap operas, The Young and the Restless dominated, nabbing Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor (Billy Miller), and Outstanding Supporting Actress (Amelia Heinle), among other awards. Check out the full list of winners .”

COLE PORTER: And the lost show, per the New York Times, “. . . The mystery was what had happened to the music for “La Revue des Ambassadeurs,” a lost Cole Porter show that was staged in Paris in mid-1928 with singers, dancers, the bandleader Fred Waring, a cast that included Clifton Webb and Morton Downey and, remarkably, George Gershwin at the piano on opening night.

“. . .But the missing music has been found, along with a previously unknown number, “Rippling Stream.” The show, retitled “The Ambassador Revue,” will be staged for the first time in this country on Friday at 8 p.m. at Town Hall with Mr. Giordano and his Nighthawks and a cast that includes Amy Burton, Anita Gillette, Jason Graae, Ted Levy, Catherine Russell and Tom Wopat. The choreography will be by Randy Skinner.”

MAKIN’ IT RAIN: That’s some punch, per TMZ, “There musta been storm clouds following Floyd Mayweather this weekend ... 'cause dude made it rain HARD in a Miami strip club ... throwing around $100k in cash ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. Mayweather rolled into E11even to celebrate DJ Irie's birthday -- with a backpack that we're told contained $100k in greenbacks (Floyd was showing off some of the cash on his Instagram page earlier that day).”

PROPS TO THE NEWS GUY: Just the facts, per the Associated Press, “Two of the nurses who treated ABC News producer Terence Wrong when he was hospitalized for a minor ailment recently told him they traced their interest in medicine directly to his work.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video:

--Skip Wood