For more information about Body and Soul, the HIV charity organization Kelly was supporting, you can check out Body and Soul's website. For general information on HIV/AIDS, visit the National Institute of Health's HIV and AIDS information site.
Having spent much of my youth in Florida, I can tell you that the poor manatee has been a glorified motorboat speedbump for years. It's a sad state of affairs for our gentle warm water friend. Groups like Save the Manatee educate boaters and swimmers on proper human-manatee interaction - don't touch; don't ride; watch from a distance. Ummm... I'd say all those rules are pretty much violated by Horny Manatee fans, but that's alright. If non-profit organizations knew that you could raise money by dressing up in a furry costume and humping a bedpost, they wouldn't have wasted all that time begging the government for money.
How did a Washington-based advocacy group get so connected to the Left Coast? One of the organization's founders is none other than Norman Lear, the man who created The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude and All in the Family.
As you might imagine, the audience went nuts until Oprah dropped the bombshell. That $1,000 would go to someone other than themselves. That's the kind of gift that makes rich people feel good about themselves, and the rest of us feel sorta horrible. Sure, we want to give money to charity to. We'd like the good feeling that comes with tithing and personal philanthropy. We'd also like the good feeling that comes with paying the phone bill on time.
I think I speak for everyone when I say, "Huh????"
Boxer Mike Tyson, who has been making the rounds on Scarbourough Country and other TV shows saying he's going to fight female boxers, is now saying that he's going to fight 60something singer Tom Jones in a charity match.
Um, yeah, OK. I'll believe that when I see it. For two reasons: one, this is from WENN, an entertainment news service that provides news to several sites, including the IMDB, and their info can be shaky sometimes. Second, as a longtime Tom Jones fan, I can't see any reason why Jones would lower himself like this. I mean, Horshack from Welcome Back, Kotter fought in a celeb match (I think it was against Screech, which tells you all you need to know), but why would Jones want to do it?
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I really wonder sometimes what working, struggling musicians think of celebrity bands. You know what I mean; you've been playing at P.J. McDrunkerson's every Friday night for the last five years and it seems like you're never going to get any better gig than that, and then some TV or movie star decides to start picking at a guitar, and they're getting pots of money and recording contracts thrown at them. If I were in the position, I'd probably be a little resentful. Well, maybe a whole lot resentful. And bitter. But that's just me.
But at least these celebs are giving their exorbitant appearance fees and CD proceeds to good causes. Take the case of the Band from TV, which consists of Greg Grunberg of Heroes on drums, Hugh Laurie from House on the keyboards, and James Denton from Desperate Housewives on the guitars. Also in the band are Bob Guiney of The Bachelor, Bonnie Somerville of Kitchen Confidential, and -- gasp! -- a couple of others. This article from USA Today (by way of our friends at AOL) gives the details on how the band got together, what they play -- covers of party songs! -- and the hundreds of thousands of dollars they get per appearance. But it also discusses why Grunberg, who founded the band does it: to raise money for epilepsy research (his son is epileptic). Laurie is doing it for Save the Children. And Guiney? Well, he's probably doing it for the "Bachelor Bob Fame Reclamation Fund," but the article doesn't say.
Tickets are $75 a piece. They go on sale at 10 am PT in case you're in the neighborhood. No, I'm not involved. I just think it'll be a terrific show.
The interview coincides with World Refugee Day and it airs on Tuesday, June 20 at 10 pm on Anderson Cooper 360.
If, while tending your garden today, you suddenly trip over a rake, fall into a wormhole in the fabric of space and time and wind up in the Maritime Hotel in New York City on June 16, you should stick around because you can bid on a dinner date with Sean Yazbeck, the latest winner of The Apprentice. Tammy Trenta, also a contestant on The Apprentice, has set up the event and charity auction as a means to raise money for the the Theresa Kathryn Foundation, which supports "women and women-based initiatives around the globe." Tickets are $65 dollars, but you'll have to shell out $150 if you want to hang with the cast of The Apprentice beforehand (I don't think that includes Donald Trump, though). In a related auction, if you see me walking around the streets of Minneapolis today and give me a two quarters I'll buy you a Twinkie from the vending machine. That's just the kind of guy I am.
I can't help but wonder if he would get more money if he agreed to swim in costume.
Fans of Firefly have organized charity screenings of Serenity (the big-screen adaptation of the short-lived show) in 38 cities in 5 countries on June 23rd. The date just happens to be creator Joss Whedon's birthday. Proceeds of the special screening will go to Whedon's favorite charity, Equality Now, an international organization that works to end violence against women and girls.
The charity event is being called Serenity Now/Equality Now. Click here to see if it's showing in your city. And, if you live in PDX, I'll see you at Cinema 21!
(S02E18) In my humble opinion, The Office is hands down the best comedy on television today. Great writing, great acting, great stories--I could go on and on. This episode, the season finale, was, in a word, brilliant. You could not ask for a better way to tie up story lines that occurred over the course of a season while opening up new ones at the same time.
Let's briefly sum up what happened. Dunder Mifflin, led by Michael, holds a Casino Night charity function in the warehouse of the Scranton branch. Michael (played by the excellent Steve Carell) is doing his best to choose a suitable charity after the staff nixes the Boy Scouts. After some interplay, they decide to do something for AIDS patients, so that Michael can prove to everyone that he is a great "philanderer". (Michael's butchering of words reminds me of the old-time comic Norm Crosby.)
At the same time, the flirtation between Jim and Pam reaches a fever pitch when he offers to help her choose a band for her wedding. Just looking at them making eye contact with each other is enough to make you just want to shout at the screen, "Come on! Get together already!" In addition, how funny was seeing Kevin in "Scranton-icity"? The Wedding Singer flashed in front of my eyes at that moment.
Michael also is in a bit of a "love triangle drama" when he ends up inviting his real estate agent (Carol) and his boss (Jan) to the event. Of course, his bravado gets in the way and he looks foolish trying to "balance" both women, but still you root for Michael to find romance despite his boorishness. As we've seen over the course of the season, despite his over-the-top behavior, he exhibits a sensitive, human side that makes you think that deep down, he's a good guy who just needs some understanding.
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