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Kelly Osbourne reveals family member's HIV status

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 19th 2007 2:03PM
Kelly Osbourne HIV educationReality TV veteran Kelly Osbourne announced at a HIV/AIDS charity event in north London that a member of her family has been diagnosed as HIV positive. Photographers on the scene reported that Osbourne fought back tears as she left the stage. There has been no comment from any the Osbournes following the announcement.

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.

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Horny manatees help save real manatees

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 15th 2006 6:29PM
Horny Manatee SchoolgirlCharitable giving just got funnier. Adding an altruistic spin to their HornyManatee.com gag, Late Night with Conan O'Brien is donating $5 from the sale of every Horny Manatee t-shirt to the Save the Manatee Club, champion to sea cows everywhere.

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.

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People for the American Way auctions off TV goodies

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 7th 2006 12:27PM
PFAW LogoNon-profit advocacy group People for the American Way are hosting a ten-day charity auction that includes some mighty tempting television-related items. If you've got the cash, TV-loving friends and an altruistic spirit, consider your holiday shopping complete. Up for grabs are set visits to Desperate Housewives and CSI: Miami, tours of South Park Studios and the Playboy Mansion, signed scripts from Family Guy and Oz, signed books by Al Franken and James Carville, lunch with Elvira at the Magic Castle and an invite to a table read with the cast of Family Guy.

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.

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Oprah gives the gift that keeps on giving

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 1st 2006 6:32PM
Oprah WinfreyOn Monday Oprah Winfrey gave each member of her studio audience not a Pontiac, not an iPod, not even a lousy copy of O Magazine stashed under their seats. Nope. The lucky audience members were each given $1,000. Holy crap! A thousand dollars, Oprah? Thanks.

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.

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Say it ain't so: Mike Tyson to box Tom Jones?

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 20th 2006 2:47PM

Tom JonesI 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?

[via Best Week Ever]

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Celebs stop by Jeopardy! in November

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 27th 2006 7:02PM
jeopardyStarting November 8, Jeopardy! will once again be host to a bunch of celebrities playing for charitable causes. All celebs are guaranteed to win $25,000 for the charity of their choice, with the winner of each game bringing in $50,000 for their charity. Look for the likes of Regis Philbin, Rachael Ray, Neil Patrick Harris, Christopher Meloni, Martin Short, Soledad O'Brien, Jane Kaczmarek, Sam Waterson and several others to appear on the show. It'll be interesting to see of Ray's expertise expands beyond the kitchen, or if Soledad O'Brien knows as much about history as she does current events. The only wildcard I can see in this bunch is Meloni. He's a bit hard to pin down, but he did pee into a bucket once on Oz, and you never know when a category about that very subject might pop up. I'm just saying it's good to be prepared for anything.

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Denton, Laurie and Grunberg are in the Band from TV

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 2nd 2006 12:01PM
Band from TV
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.

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David Cross opening for Pearl Jam

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 24th 2006 11:35AM
david crossDavid Cross, brilliant (and sometimes extremely foul) comedian and former co-star of Arrested Development is giving a special performance for charity in Portland, Oregon. I'm not sure my reasons for posting this: either I'm really excited about it or I'm gloating. Either way, he's opening for Pearl Jam at this event in Portland on Thursday, July 20th.

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.

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Angelina Jolie gives post-baby interview to Anderson Cooper

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 17th 2006 9:13AM
angelina jolieNow back in Los Angeles after giving birth to baby Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt at a resort in Africa, Angelina Jolie recently sat down for an interview with CNN's golden boy, Anderson Cooper. According to E!, she talks to Cooper about being terrified during the c-section ("I just wanted to hear her cry"), Brad Pitt in the operating room during the birth of their daughter, and about her work with refugees. You've got to give Angelina credit for using her celebrity powers for good. She put Namibia on the map and is doing a great job of getting the media to agree to cover both her personal life and her pet charity projects.

The interview coincides with World Refugee Day and it airs on Tuesday, June 20 at 10 pm on Anderson Cooper 360.

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Win a date with Sean Yazbeck

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 11th 2006 1:02PM

sean yazbeck of the apprenticeIf, 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.

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Little Britain star to swim English Channel

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 2nd 2006 5:24PM
David WalliamsDavid Walliams, one of the stars of Little Britain, is going to attempt to swim the 21 miles of the English Channel. This feat is all in the name of a charity called Sport Relief, where half of the proceeds are spent in the UK to help families in disadvantaged communities and the other half is for children and young people in the world's poorest countries. You can go on the Sport Relief website and sponsor David before he takes on this tremendous task (less than 10% of people actually make it across the other side).

I can't help but wonder if he would get more money if he agreed to swim in costume.

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Comic Relief returns to help Katrina victims

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 1st 2006 10:17AM
comic relief; robin williamsComic Relief launched 20 years ago to raise awareness and funds for the homeless. It went off the air eight years ago but, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it is making a comeback this year to benefit the still-suffering victims of Hurricane Katrina. Traditional Comic Relief headliners Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal plan to lighten the mood during a benefit performance that will broadcast simultaneously on TBS, HBO and AOL on November 18th. Previous performances raised $50 million for the homeless cause. This time, the benefactors of the fundraising will be children and animals.

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Charity screenings of Serenity scheduled for June

by Anna Johns, posted May 27th 2006 10:42AM
serenity; firefly; equality nowOh, you Browncoats. I love you guys.

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!

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eBay auction for Malcom and That '70s Show

by Adam Finley, posted May 15th 2006 5:02PM
malcolm in the middle and that 70s showHow would you like to have the coffee table from That '70s Show? Or maybe Kitty's crockpot? Then again, maybe you're more of a Malcolm in the Middle fan and want to own the couch from the living room set? If any of these props (and others) sound cool to you, Mr and Mrs. Moneybags, you should check out this auction going on right  now over on eBay. This is a charity auction, and proceeds from the That '70s Show stuff will go to The Young Storytellers Foundation while money made off props from Malcolm in the Middle will go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The auction ends May 17.

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The Office: Casino Night (finale)

by Michael Sciannamea, posted May 11th 2006 11:26PM

Michael Scott, deep down he's a good guy(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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