Celebrity endorsements aren't anything new, but that doesn't change the fact that we love this recent trend of straight-to-Youtube public service announcements that are massively overloaded in our favorite Hollywood stars. While the Stand Up To Cancer PSA doesn't feature any surprising announcements like April's celebrity-filled Give A Damn PSA did, it certainly is funny yet sincere enough to get our attention.
The whole idea behind the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) PSA "Change The Odds" is, as PSA's are wont to do, tell the public the odds of contracting some form of cancer. For a male, Dakota Fanning informs the audience, it is a one out of two chance. For a female, it's one in three.
The problem of "white washing" or "facepainting" — having a white actor play a role meant for someone of a different ethnicity — is not new to Hollywood, but that doesn't mean that it's come any less under fire in recent years (read this for a really good essay on the subject). Just this year, M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender" has received a lot of flack for starring white actors in the film's three lead roles intended for Asians, and "Prince of Persia" came under fire for having its Persian prince be played by the very white Jake Gyllenhaal.
"Twilight" even received some criticism for casting Taylor Lautner, an actor from Dutch, French and German descent, as the film's main Native American character, Jacob Black. While Taylor does claim to have some Native American blood, Summit Entertainment went out of their way to cast Native American actors as the rest of the Quilete wolf pack when "New Moon" came out, and Chaske Spencer acknowledges what a blessing it is that he was cast. Read More...
By George Loomis
“Twilight” stars have already invaded our movie theaters and magazines, so it should come as no surprise that they now occupy the Forbes Celebrity 100 as well. This year’s Forbes power list contains a mix of newcomers and mainstays, featuring everyone from lovebirds Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart to “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe. Even Britney Spears returned to the top 10 in a big way!
While Britney moved up to #6, Can’t Be Tamed artist Miley Cyrus rushed to fill Britney’s 2009 rank, claiming #13. It must have been Britney’s endorsement deals with Elizabeth Arden and Candies that did the trick — not to mention her successful tour — but she’s not the only lady of pop with power. Almost as predictable as the “Eclipse” leads climbing Forbes’ ranks is Lady Gaga’s tremendous debut on the list at #4.
Today marks the one year anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson and the sad day did not go forgotten on Twitter. Celebrity fans of MJ honored his memory, including Mariah Carey, who posted she was, "Watching 'You are not alone'..Love and Prayers to 'MJ "King of Pop.' You will be remembered forever. We miss you." Justin Bieber may be a newcomer to the industry, but it seems MJ's legacy left an impact on him, tweeting, "1 year ago 2day we lost the greatest entertainer that was and will ever be...Michael Jackson...he will be missed but never forgotten. RIP MJ."
Sean "Diddy" Combs echoed their sentiments, writing from his page, "Can't believe its been a year without the legend... He lives on forever in our hearts + spirit!! RIP MICHAEL!!!" Michael's impact clearly wasn't just in the music world, as TV star ("90210") Tristan Wilds told followers, "R.I.P. To the best who's ever done it. To my hero, and our idol, Michael Jackson. Let's celebrate his life, not mourn his death!!"
Keep reading for the rest of Friday's most notable tweets out of Hollywood, including Evan Lysacek's experience at the "Eclipse" premiere. Follow us @hollywoodcrush to get even more celebrity and pop culture news around the clock!
By Eileen Reslen
One thing’s for sure-not even Mother Nature can take the music out of the home of country music.
After a devastating flood that placed a dark cloud over the southern capital, some of Hollywood’s finest stars came together to bring joy and great tunes back to Nashville.
Country music’s elite, including Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and country’s number one couple, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, put their best voices forward for the charity concert Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Recovery, Tuesday night (June 22).
Hollywood finally banded together last night to do their part to raise money for the oil spill disaster that's ravaged the Gulf Coast. The CNN telethon called "Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help" aired last night, and celebs helped bring in much-needed aid. As Ryan Seacrest reported today, "Final numbers from @kingsthings 1.8 million raised last night for people & animals needing help now! This is going to those who cannot wait." Meanwhile, Ian Somerhalder, who also appeared, showed his gratitude by tweeting, "I'm humbled by and grateful for all of the support yesterday for our Gulf. The people of the Gulf and especially the people of Grand Isle," later adding, "Want to say thank you around the world and at home. It means so much you have no idea..."
There was an even more staggering figure floating around the Twitterverse, which was just how many followers Demi Lovato has acquired. Demi excitedly posted, "OMG 2,000,000 FOLLOWERS?!?!! I JUST SAW THIS!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!!! BEST way to start my day!!!! #myfansareTHEBEST."Now, if only all of Demi's followers could donate to the oil disaster, too!
Check out the rest of Tuesday's most memorable tweets from the stars, including Colin Hanks' soundtrack trivia! Follow us @hollywoodcrush to get even more celebrity and pop culture news around the clock!
By Cara Alwill
The stars will align tonight for two reasons: first, a Miley Cyrus concert live stream on MTV websites and second — on a more serious note — for a special telethon to help the oil crisis in the Gulf coast on "Larry King Live." “DISASTER IN THE GULF: How You Can Help,” will air from 8 to 10pm ET on CNN.
The two-hour event will help raise funds for United Way, The National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy, all of which are organizations working directly with the families, individuals and wildlife affected by the Gulf oil spill.
The sad passing of "Golden Girls" star Rue McClanahan, who died today at the age 76 from a stroke, had many fans of the beloved actress taking to their twitter pages to pay their respects. Jaimie Alexander posted, "R.I.P Rue McClanahan (February 20, 1934 – June 3, 2010)" while Mandy Moore wrote, "RIP rue mcclanahan. sending love and prayers to her loved ones....."
Many reflected on their love for Rue's iconic character, the saucy Southerner Blanche Devereaux. The All-American Rejects rocker Nickolas Wheeler tweeted, "I knew that I would Rue the day we lost yet another Golden Girl! RIP Blanche Devereaux" as Lance Bass paid homage with the show's classic theme song, "Thank you for being a friend Rue McClanahan! You will be missed Blanche!"
Check out what else had celebs buzzing around the Twitterverse, including the "Jersey Shore" gang gearing up for the MTV Movie Awards! Follow us @hollywoodcrush to get even more celebrity and pop culture news around the clock!
Memorial Day weekend got off to a sad start in Hollywood as news that former child star Gary Coleman (pictured in 1982) passed away this afternoon at the age of 42 after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Many stars took to their twitters to pay their respects to the "Diff'rent Strokes" star, including Keke Palmer, who shared, "R.I.P. Gary , you gave me hope that one day I could have my own tv show, much love." A saddened Travis Barker simply stated, "RIP Gary Coleman".
Other celebs reminisced about watching Gary when they were young, including Eliza Dushku who wrote, "We love you Gary Coleman, thank u for Diff'rent Strokes, sir, u brought joy into my & my bros childhood.. "Whatchoo talkin bout, Willis.." And, "House" actor Omar Epps tweeted, " RIP Gary Coleman You're forever a part of my childhood! Godspeed!"
Be sure to check out the rest of Friday's tweets of stars paying their respects to Gary Coleman. Follow us @hollywoodcrush to get even more celebrity and pop culture news around the clock!
By George Loomis
Every day a multitude of stars wander through the halls of MTV News to talk about their latest projects and goof around with staff members. But sometimes we catch stars elsewhere, and that's why we put together Spotted!, a daily compendium of stars in the wild.
Though her ring may lead you to believe that she’s walking down the aisle, Lindsay Lohan reported to court today in Beverly Hills for a whole other kind of legal proceeding. After arriving 10 minutes late (according to People), Lindsay was ordered to wear a SCRAM bracelet that will detect traces of alcohol in her system. This will be the second time Lindsay has worn the bracelet, which she will be fitted for within 24 hours. Hopefully it matches the ring!
To see more snapshots from Lindsay's court appearance, click on the photo above. After the jump, check out which "Glee" guy we caught playing hardball.