George Clooney Talks Sudan With Obama

By | Wednesday October 13, 2010 @ 6:03am PDT

Since Barack Obama has been in office, Hollywood celebs keep getting his ear for their pet causes. CNN is reporting that George Clooney paid a visit to the White House on Tuesday and met with President Obama in the Oval … Read More »

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CANNES: Sean Penn Called To DC And Will Miss ‘Fair Game’ Premiere

By | Saturday May 15, 2010 @ 1:25pm PDT
Mike Fleming

fair_game_movie_image_sean_penn_naomi_watts_01EXCLUSIVE: Sean Penn won’t attend the May 20th Cannes premiere of his political movie Fair Game because, ironically, of his social activism. He has been asked to appear before a U.S. Senate Committee hearing focused on the crisis in Haiti. Penn has made himself a very … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Idol Gives Back’ Wins, Three Series Air Originals And Hit Lows

By | Thursday April 22, 2010 @ 8:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox’ Idol Gives Back ruled Wednesday night. The 2+ hour charity special/Idol result show drew a 5.7 rating/16 among adults 18-49 and 18.4 million viewers overall. That is 16% down in the demo from the most recent Idol Gives Back in 2008 but up 3% in total viewers. (Fox expects … Read More »

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Primary Stages Fundraiser Mixes Unusual Bedfellows: ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Oz’

By | Thursday April 22, 2010 @ 6:17am PDT
Mike Fleming

godfatherhorseheadpicGotham’s Primary Stages wraps up its 25th anniversary season with a celebrity benefit stage reading performance that will be of particular interest to those who were fans of The Godfather and Oz. (I plead guilty to both). Tom Fontana, the creative … Read More »

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83M U.S. TV Viewers For Haiti Telethon

By | Monday January 25, 2010 @ 4:18pm PST

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NEW YORK, NY (January 25, 2010) – “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief,” drew a cumulative audience of more than 83 million viewers and a gross average audience of more than 24

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Telethon For Haiti Raises Preliminary $57M

By | Saturday January 23, 2010 @ 7:19pm PST

NEW YORK, NY; LOS ANGELES, CA; AND LONDON, ENGLAND — (January 23, 2010) – With donations continuing to come in from around the world, “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” today announced that it has raised more than $57 million to date, a new record

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Liz Convinces WGA To Be AIDS Charitable

By | Wednesday November 21, 2007 @ 1:09am PST

Liz Taylor says she asked for and received “one night’s dispensation” from the WGA so that striking TV and film writers could put down their picket signs when an AIDS benefit performance is held next month on the Paramount Pictures lot, according to news reports. Taylor and James … Read More »

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Hollywood White Guys Have No Rhythm…

By | Friday March 23, 2007 @ 1:56pm PDT

chernin_1.jpgUPDATE: Here’s a YouTube 2007 video of Tom Cruise trying to dance in London. Did he have a stunt double do his rockin’ in Risky Business?

It sounds like one of those hilarious Hollywood moments that you probably had to … Read More »

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Ex-Mogul Sherry Lansing: Happy At Last

By | Wednesday September 20, 2006 @ 2:09am PDT

OK, so now we know what ex-studio moguls do: they blog on HuffPo. If Sherry Lansing’s doing it, can ousted Viacomer Tom Freston be far behind? Sherry opines about turning 60. But there are some interesting Hollywood revelations as well. … Read More »

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UPDATED: George Clooney Spoke To UN Security Council About Darfur

By | Tuesday September 12, 2006 @ 8:09pm PDT

2nd UPDATE: *George Clooney spoke movingly and passionately to the United Nation’s most powerful body Thursday, saying the world would be blamed for another Rwanda if atrocities were not halted in Sudan’s Darfur region. “In many ways it is unfair but it is nevertheless true that this genocide will be on … Read More »

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Why Isn’t Hollywood More Charitable?

By | Tuesday June 6, 2006 @ 4:20pm PDT

Since the Brangelinas are donating the proceeds from selling photos of their baby, let’s consider this: that, for all of Hollywood’s wealth, glitter and dizzying array of charity events, its biggest names are largely missing from the list of America’s major philanthropists. Only two entertainment industry figures were in the … Read More »

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GOP Dissed Dana

By | Tuesday March 7, 2006 @ 11:48pm PST

On the sad occasion of Dana’s death, here’s the column I wrote right after her husband died in 2004: Where’s Their Sense of Decency? I learned that, just a day after the actor’s passing, one or more … Read More »

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