Celeb Scoop: George Clooney Hosts the Biggest Presidential Fundraiser Ever

Plus: Beastie Boy MCA passes away at 47, Colin Farrell on the set of Dead Man Down, The Avengers kill it at midnight shows, and more of today's celebrity news.

Clooney’s Record-Breaking Obama Fundraiser. The actor’s May 10th fundraising dinner for Barack Obama is expected to pull in $12 million. That will make it the biggest American presidential fundraiser. Ever. [E!]

Beastie Boy MCA Dead at 47.
Adam Yauch—better known as MCA of the Beastie Boys—has passed away at the age of 47. Back in 2009, Yauch announced that he was undergoing treatment for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node. He recently missed the Beastie Boys induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [TMZ]

Shots From Dead Man Down Set. Colin Farrell and company have spent the past few days shooting and posing with fans on Walnut Street between 16th and 17th in Center City. [PhillyChitChat]

Snooki Calls Out Tanning Mom. A Camden mother was recently charged because her daughter was allegedly burned in a tanning booth with the woman. Snooki—society’s favorite moral compass—has weighed in and said, “That bitch is crazy.” [Radar]

The Avengers Kill It at Midnight. The movie brought in nearly $19 million with midnight shows last night and is projected to give Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 a run for its money as the opening weekend in American box office history. [The Wrap]

Beyonce Wins a Journalism Award? The New York chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists will give its first-place prize in arts and entertainment to Beyonce for a story she wrote for Essence magazine. [Daily News]

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you. [EW]