With its celebration of ordinary people and extraordinary achievements, the CNN Heroes Tribute was a different kind of red-carpet event than the usual Hollywood affair—but that didn't stop some of our favorite celebs from showing their support at yesterday evening's ceremony! And photographers snapped some great shots when the stars came out last night to support this celebration of people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference.
Miley Cyrus, who showed her support with a performance of her hit song "The Climb," showed up on the arm of Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne himself!) and was all smiles in a gauzy yellow gown. She later took to Twitter to express her gratitude for the opportunity to participate. "What a glorious night to be apart of. Thank you for having me on your stage @CNN Such an honor."
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the newest voice shedding light on the cause is a familiar one. "The Vampire Diaries" star Nina Dobrev has partnered with Puma's Project Pink to help raise funds for the breast cancer charity of your choosing. That's right. Through October 7, you can vote for which organization will receive funds raised through Project Pink. It's one component of the charity puzzle that drew Nina in.
"What's cool about [Project Pink] is that it empowers people. It empowers women. It empowers girls to actually do something, and it puts the money in their hands, and they decide where it goes," Nina told us while in New York City to support the campaign. "They choose the organization that gets all the money, and they have a voice. And that's pretty powerful."
Dustin Milligan may be swimming with sharks in this week's "Shark Night 3D," but we noticed Dustin a while back thanks to a very impressive resume packed with various projects that show off the many sides of this Canadian cutie. And today, we show you another side as we declare him this week's Hump Day Hottie.
Check out this dreamy photo of Dustin, and then keep reading for more details about him!
Vital stats: Dustin, 26, grew up in Canada in a place that sounds very remote to us, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. He then moved on to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor. Spoiler alert: It worked. Wondering what kinds of girls he likes? Well, he used to date his former "90201" co-star Jessica Stroup.
He's also a do-gooder. According to his website, he also started his own scholarship fund called, Enough Talk, Hurry Up and Do It Already Arts Scholarship Fund, which helps kids in his hometown as they embark on college careers in the arts.
by Danielle Genet
We live in a time when scandal generally outshines generosity, so when celebrities use their fame for good, we think it deserves special mention. Which is why we're excited that Justin Bieber is following in the footsteps of other kindhearted celebrities and auctioning off an autographed pair of bedazzled lace-up sneakers with proceeds going to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
The charity auction's official site reports the winner will receive "one pair of black Supra sneakers, signed and worn by Justin Bieber, along with a certificate of authenticity." The current bid as of press time sits at a whopping $1,000, and the next minimum bid must be an increase of $100. It’s just a small price to pay for memorabilia that will last a lifetime (potential Bieber stink may be included) and benefit an important cause. The auction ends on August 10, so what are you waiting for?
Justin’s philanthropic act of donating personal items is something celebrities have been doing for a while, so we were inspired to look back at other celebrities who tore clothes off their backs and donated them to the greater good. Check it out after the jump!
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.
Could these two be any more adorable?
Emma Roberts and boyfriend Chord Overstreet shared a smile and a spin on a carnival ride in The Hamptons this weekend for Super Saturday 14—a charity event hosted by Emma, Donna Karan, Ariel Foxman and Kelly Ripa, benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
The twosome followed up their jaunty ride with an ice-cream cone cool down. Where's ours, guys?
by Christina Garibaldi
Miranda Cosgrove is having a busy summer. In early June, her hit TV show "iCarly" joined forces with fellow Nickelodeon series "Victorious" for a crossover episode, "iParty with Victorious." She had First Lady Michelle Obama hit the set for an upcoming episode, and she’s gearing up for a summer tour. Yet, with all that going on, Miranda still makes it a point to give back not only to her fans, but to her community as well.
Miranda recently attended the Pretty Amazing event in New York City, where she helped to choose one lucky girl to appear on the cover of Seventeen magazine. The winner of this opportunity will receive a $10,000 scholarship from Neutrogena Wave for Change campaign. Teaming up with Global Giving, this campaign provides an opportunity to give back on a worldwide level, and leading the cause is Miranda, who is a Neutrogena Brand Ambassador.
"I’ve been involved with Neutrogena for a while now, and I’m really happy to be a part of the whole Wave for Change program," Miranda told MTV News. "Every time someone buys the product it gives back to charity."
Lady Gaga's pal and stylist, Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti, is hooking up with the Robin Hood Foundation to help them raise a little extra dough. Gaga played their benefit event earlier this month in NYC, and now Nicola is also working with the non-profit.
Starting on May 20, fans can go to the Gilt Groupe website and bid on exclusive Gaga-related merch. So, what's up for grabs? A Mugler dress worn by Gaga herself during a show earlier this year in Paris, a chance to go to Paris to see a Mugler fashion show (ooh la la!) and a chance to hear Gaga's new album Born This Way (which drops Monday) alongside the superstar.
"How To Make It In America" star (and one-time Hump Day Hanukkah Hottie) Bryan Greenberg is using his fame to shed light on a subject he feels deserves some attention. The actor is hooking up with The Olevolos Project—a non-profit organization that works to develop young leaders in the Olevolos Village in Tanzania, Africa using formal schooling, tutoring programs and extra-curricular activities.
"There's so many kids and they're living in pretty bleak conditions," he told Hollywood Crush. "They're great people, and the most shocking thing that I found is that 50 percent of these kids don't make it to 10 years old… I wanted to do something, and I didn't really have to look that far cause my cousin already started this thing. So I want to help out if I can. So I'm trying to raise money just to build an extension on to the orphanage so that they have a library… I'm just trying to help out a little bit, and these kids are amazing, and I want to give them an opportunity."
As we celebrate Earth Day (don't forget to do your part to keep your carbon footprint low—be it recycling, changing your light bulbs or becoming involved with massive environmental efforts), we couldn't help but think of some of our favorite celebs who give extra TLC to Mother Nature year round.
With so many sexy, Earth-conscience celebs to choose from (Hollywood definitely likes to lend a helping hand) we want to know which eco-friendly heartthrob you would most like to hug a tree (or drive around in a Prius) with this Earth Day. Get all the deets on the candidates and cast your vote after the jump!
Not that taking off his shirt just to take off his shirt isn't reason enough, but Robert Pattinson is donating the proceeds from an auctioned-off autographed T-shirt to a good cause.
RPattz is the latest celeb to join the slew of stars doing their part for Japanese tsunami relief. The shirt will be auctioned off through the Yoshiki Foundation. His "Water For Elephants" co-star Reese Witherspoon also donated a signed T to the foundation.
For those unfamiliar with the Yoshiki Foundation, it was started by Yoshiki, a member of the Japanese rock band X Japan. He started the foundation in 2010 to give back to the community.