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.
Sometimes, critical acclaim, online buzz and a "Twilight" star just aren't enough for an indie film to reach a wider audience. Such is the case with the Toronto International Film Festival hit "Girlfriend," starring Shannon Woodward ("Raising Hope"), Evan Sneider (the first lead feature film actor with Down's Syndrome) and some guy you may have heard of named Jackson Rathbone.
As a way to get their film to as wide an audience as possible, the producers of "Girlfriend" created their own fundraising page on IndieGoGo.com. It's pretty simple: The adoring public spares some cash, and the producers will use that money to hold more screenings of the film in theaters, on demand and online.
Donors can receive anything from a special thanks on the "Girlfriend" website to a copy of the original screenplay. Especially deep-pocketed fans could even win a dinner for two with Evan, the star of the movie. Sounds pretty cool to us, but unfortunately we don't have an extra ten grand lying around. Maybe after we win the lottery...
Lea Michele, a longtime supporter of PETA, is teaming up with the animal rights organization to boycott horse-drawn carriages in New York City. The "Glee" star posed for a print ad and taped an exposé meant to show the harsh conditions these horses endure.
"Imagine for a moment that you're forced to do hard physical labor all day, seven days a week—whether it's sweltering hot or freezing cold outside," she says. "At the end of the day, instead of relaxing on [an] easy chair or sleeping in a comfortable bed, you are locked in a tiny closet all night long... Don't get taken for a ride."
This isn't Lea's first time fighting against New York's carriage industry. She was also active in protecting the livelihood of horses during her Broadway days, and it looks like she is trying to put her continued popularity on "Glee" to use to make sure something actually gets done.
Talk about taking a bite out of the bestseller list: After just six months in bookstores, sales of Stephenie Meyer's novella, "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner," have raised $1.5 million for the American Red Cross. You may recall, Stephenie and her publisher Little, Brown pledged a dollar from each book's sales to the agency's International Response Fund (which, among other causes, supported Haiti relief efforts earlier this year).
"I'm so grateful that Little, Brown, the American Red Cross, and my fans made this generous gift possible," Stephenie said in a statement. "It’s amazing to have the opportunity to help those so greatly in need."
A check was presented to American Red Cross representatives today, and they couldn't have been more thrilled with the results of the partnership. "The generous contribution of Little, Brown to the IRF is essential to the ability of the American Red Cross to provide help and hope for people during their darkest hours," said David Meltzer of the American Red Cross. "This kind of donation helps us provide a depth and breadth of services which is hard to match."
How much would you pay to meet your favorite celebrity? $30? $100? $2,000? What if it was to hang out with them for the day on the set of their latest movie AND the money would go to charity? Well, one super fan was willing to spend $80,000 to hang out for a day on the set of "Breaking Dawn" with Robert Pattinson. Yes, you counted all those zeros correctly. Talk about one killer Christmas present!
Charity Buzz, which hosted the set visit auction, estimated that the value of the visit plus hotel accommodations and the RPattz meet and greet was around $25,000. The auction kicked off on November 14 with a starting bid of $10,000 and closed Wednesday evening, with the final price far surpassing Charity Buzz's expectation.
Twitter was abuzz this morning with birthday wishes for the one and only "Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder (who just turned 32!), with fans sending so much love that "Birthday Ian" actually remained a trending topic throughout most of the morning.
We jumped on the phone with the birthday boy while he was on his way to the "TVD" set to film a bathtub scene (um, yeah, more on that later), and asked what he really wants for his birthday. The answer might surprise you.
You see, unlike most, Ian's wish list doesn't involve the latest tech toy or "Vampire Diaries" season one DVD (that sounds more like our list...). Instead, all he's asking for is a donation to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.