James Bond’s Daniel Craig reportedly spied in Charleston

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It might be Oscar night, but if Charleston social media is to be believed, the Holy City laid out the red carpet to ‘James Bond’ actor Daniel Craig and his wife, actress Rachel Weisz (‘Oz the Great and Powerful’) this weekend.

What proof is there? Good question. We should always be suspicious of what we read on social media – like that time people actually drove all the way to Rita’s on Folly Beach because a couple of women reported seeing Channing Tatum there (Hint: It wasn’t Channing Tatum).

And there was that time a local tour company pretended it was Justin Bieber.

The main source of the Daniel Craig report appears to be staff at The Macintosh, including restaurantuer Steve Palmer. Though I’ve since found posts on Facebook indicating they ate at Halls Chophouse Saturday night and also Muse today.

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Charleston’s Darius Rucker uses Twitter to respond to fans, critics

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When he’s not singing, Darius Rucker is often tweeting. Post and Courier/file.

Following celebrities on Twitter is usually a one-way street. Not only do they rarely follow you back, you’re lucky to ever get a response.

Take Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, for instance: 90 million followers between them and most of their tweets range from self-promotion to mundane.

That’s why it’s refreshing to see celebrities like Charleston’s own Darius Rucker take the time to respond to both fans and critics on Twitter, as he did Saturday.

Rucker let loose some fun facts you might not have already known, such as: he never signs autographs with ‘Hootie’, his golf handicap is a 6.9 and his favorite winter sport is curling. You can also find out what happens if a woman throws her panties at him while he’s on stage.

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How did Charleston Police end up in this viral Justin Bieber meme?

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At first glance, this picture circulating social media (Twitter especially) seems like just another joke aimed at boy singer Justin Bieber, who was arrested in Miami on charges of DUI and resisting arrest.

But anyone familiar with Charleston, if you look a little closer, will notice that those are Charleston police officers giving that little boy a pretend ticket. (Hat tip to Jared Smith – coiner of #warontouror – who noticed it before I did).

Where did the photo originally come from? I emailed Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis who said the photo was taken by the child’s father but his name was not immediately available.

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Top 10 Charleston Socialscape posts of 2013 (because you probably missed them the first time)

Everyone else is doing a Top 10 list for the end of the year, so I thought it would be fun to do my own look back at some of the coolest moments from 2013.

As narcissistic as that sounds, it’s a sneaky way to get you to see some of these posts for the first time, given that for much of the year one would need a GPS to find the blog on postandcourier.com. Some of you might be shocked I actually have 10 total posts.

Anyway, take a trip back with the ghost of Socialscape’s past. Note: Click the links next to the numbers to see the original post.

 

10. Justin Bieber prank

Back before the Diane in 7A and all of the other hoaxes that trickled down our timelines this year, there was this tweet from Justin Bieber:

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Actually, it wasn’t really from Bieber’s account. It was a joke done “just for fun” by the folks over at Bulldog Tours. It only added fuel to Continue reading

Dave Chappelle makes a third, unscheduled stop in Charleston

Comedian Dave Chappelle put on two shows in Charleston Tuesday night and then made a third stop at the Republic Garden and Lounge on King Street, where he took a picture with some of the staff.

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Darius Rucker joins student on stage during Wando High School talent show

frankieI’m gonna work like I don’t need the money

I’m gonna laugh like I’m not afraid to cry

I’m gonna dance like nobody’s watching

I’m gonna love while I still got the time

‘While I still got the time’ – Darius Rucker

There was lots of laughing, dancing and love at the Wando High School talent show Wednesday night when Rucker joined 16-year-old Frankie Antonelli on stage during the student’s rendition of Rucker’s song.

The moment was especially touching because Antonelli has Down Syndrome. His mom Debbie, a woman’s basketball analyst who often appears on ESPN and other networks, tweeted that Frankie hasn’t let anything stop him. Continue reading

Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines still speaking her mind 10 years later

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My first and only article for Rolling Stone. No link, though. Anyone who says the Internet is forever never tried to find a link from 10 years ago. Update! Link found. Click on the pic.

I was a reporter for The Greenville News 10 years ago when the Dixie Chicks came to town for their first U.S. concert since lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience: “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.”

It may not seem like much now since it’s apparently become OK to insult the president here, there and everywhere but at the time, as war loomed with Iraq, it really offended many in the patriotic country music audience. Radio stations stopped playing their music. People drove heavy machinery over piles of their CDS (those things before MP3 players).

The atmosphere was crazy in Greenville as “fans” protested outside what was the Bil-Lo Arena for days and the band was in hiding because their lives had been threatened.

Myself and members of the media from all over the world were there to listen to what the chicksETprotesters said as the band itself steered clear, except to appear nude on Entertainment Weekly that very same week to protest censorship.

Many critics predicted they’d be booed off the stage but 15,000 true fans were in the audience and drowned out any boos.

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Charleston or Hollywood South? Celebrities keep popping up

Just days after reported Ryan Gosling sightings shook the women of Charleston, another pair of Hollywood stars were reportedly seen strolling along King Street.

Post and Courier reporter/photographer Andrew Knapp shot this picture of two people he believes to be Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively at Second Sunday:

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Charleston women search for Ryan Gosling after he’s reportedly seen downtown

Gosling and Rachel McAdams rehearse a dance for a scene for ""The Notebook"" on Friday, January 24, 2003. Post and Courier file photo.

Gosling and Rachel McAdams rehearse a scene for “The Notebook” on January 24, 2003. Post and Courier file photo.

If you saw a bunch of women marching around downtown Charleston today searching intently as if Ryan Gosling had been spotted well, it’s because Ryan Gosling was reportedly seen downtown.

The rumor first hit about 8 p.m. Thursday night after two or three people tweeted that they saw him at Hall’s Chophouse. Since then, even without any photographic proof, seemingly every young woman in Charleston is determined to live her ‘The Notebook’ fantasy.

I used Storify to document how the whole thing played out and, well, also because I think these tweets are hilarious. You can also see it below. By the way, if you do get a photo send it to yourphotos@postandcourier.com

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