*This holiday season on “LIVE” with Kelly and Michael, new host and football legend Michael Strahan and award-winning actress Sofia Vergara will take part in the ninth annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.
The event will be a celebration of thanks for healthy children and families; and will also serve as an opportunity to give to hospitalized kids.
Beginning Thanksgiving week, Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude, will welcome Hollywood’s elite to join in on the giving.
“Hanging out with the children and being a part of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign is a highlight of my year,” said Michael Strahan. “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a remarkable place – it takes on the hardest cases and no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. I challenge all my fans to support St. Jude this holiday season and beyond to help give these kids another chance to celebrate life.”
The national television spots will air on network and cable television broadcasts, as well as online, in both English and Spanish. Celebrities will also be featured in a 60-second movie trailer that will appear in theatres nationwide – including Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas, among others – as well as on American Airlines and Delta Air Lines flights. All of the spots, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, will debut at stjude.org on Nov. 16.
Sofia, a cancer survivor also commented that being a part of the event this year is “humbling and inspiring.”
Since 2004, the campaign has raised more than $312 million for cancer cure research.
Stevie Wonder attends LACMA's Art And Film Gala Honoring Clint Eastwood And John Baldessari at LACMA on Nov. 5, 2011 in Los Angeles
*Add Stevie Wonder to the list of stars rumored to be getting big bucks to perform New Year’s Eve.
According to The New York Post, the R&B legend will earn $1 million to play the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas on Dec. 31, as the resort celebrates its first year in business. But Wonder’s big-ticket payday looks like a bargain compared to last year when the Cosmopolitan shelled out a reported $1 million each for Coldplay and Jay-Z to play.
The casino hotel spent up to $25 million for its New Year’s Eve opening weekend bash overall.
Elsewhere on the Strip, “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara will host a countdown at Hyde Las Vegas, marking the opening for the nightclub at the Bellagio. Vergara steps in after organizers were in talks with Sean “Diddy” Combs and Justin Timberlake to host the event, but couldn’t reach an agreement.
*Danai Maraire brings you exclusive interviews with the cast of the new film that brings to life a Saturday morning cartoon favorite.
“The Smurfs,” stars Katy Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, George Lopez, Sofia Vergara and more as the cuddly little blue characters from our childhood.
There are 100s of the smurfs in total so I thought it’d be fun to see how many the cast could name. How many smurfs can you name? Having trouble? No worries, take a look at the video and see how you stack up.
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*A domino situation has led to two actors dropping out of director Lee Daniels’ upcoming project “Paperboy,” and Nicole Kidman is reportedly in talks to become one of the replacements.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the drama was to have starred Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Tobey Maguire and Sofia Vergara, with production scheduled to begin later this summer.
But Maguire dropped out of the project last week, throwing a wrench into the proceedings and causing the shoot to be pushed back. That delay then ran into Vergara’s “Modern Family” shooting schedule, prompting her to drop out of “Paperboy” on Friday.
But the producers are acting quickly to fill the holes and are now in talks with Nicole Kidman to step into Vergara’s shoes. McConaughey and Efron are still in at this point.
“Paperboy” follows a reporter and his brother who investigate the events surrounding a murder in order to exonerate a man on death row. Kidman, if her deal can be made, will play a woman with a dark side who writes letters to men on death row. She brings the case to the attention of the reporter, developing a relationship with him.
*Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is the latest to join the ensemble cast of New Line’s “New Year’s Eve.”
The Garry Marshall-directed movie tells intertwining stories of a group of New Yorkers as they navigate their way through bittersweet drama and romance over the course of New Year’s Eve.
The cast already includes Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara.
Ludacris will play a NYPD officer who is working with the director of the Times Square festivities (Swank).
The rapper recently appeared in the Ivan Reitman romantic comedy “No Strings Attached” and in “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” as himself. He also shows up in “Fast Five,” the upcoming fifth installment of Universal’s “Fast and the Furious” franchise.
*Halle Berry is in talks to join “New Year’s Eve,” the all-star follow-up to this year’s romantic ensemble “Valentine’s Day.”
The New Line project already includes such names as Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank, Ashton Kutcher, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Biel, Lea Michele and Abigail Breslin.
In addition to Berry, Zac Efron is also in negotiations to join the cast.
The movie tells intertwining stories of a group of New Yorkers as they navigate their way through bittersweet drama and romance over the course of New Year’s Eve.
If her deal is done, Berry would play a caterer who runs into a former flame. Parker would play Breslin’s mom, someone who relies too much on her daughter for company. Efron would play a bike messenger who tries to fulfill Pfeiffer’s New Year’s Eve resolutions in exchange for tickets to a big party.
The movie, being directed by Garry Marshall, was initially to shoot mid-December but is now eyeing a Feb. 1 start in New York.
Next for Berry is her Golden Globe-nominated role in “Frankie and Alice,” which is currently in limited release and opens nationwide on Feb. 4.
*Blair Underwood was among the celebrities announced as presenters for the 62 annual Primetime Emmy Awards, to be held Aug. 29 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Nominees Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) and Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”D), along with “Desperate Housewives” star ‘Eva Longoria Parker will also be among those handing out golden statuettes
As previously reported, Underwood plays the President of the Unites States in NBC’s new fall drama “The Event,” premiering Monday, Sept. 20.
LL Cool J in the CBS series "NCIS: Los Angeles"
Previously announced presenters include “NCIS: Los Angeles” star LL Cool J and Laurence Fishburne, as well as Matthew Morrison, John Krasinski, Matthew Perry, Edie Falco, Julianna Margulies, Keri Russell and Sofia Vergara.
Comedians Will Arnett, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Joel McHale will help round out the list of presenters.
Jimmy Fallon will host the telecast, airing live on NBC starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke rehearse for Dancing With the Stars
*Cincinnati Bengals player Chad Ochocinco will follow up his “Dancing with the Stars” run this spring with a summer-long search for love at VH1.
“The Tournament,” the dating reality show’s working title, will follow the 32-year-old father of four over the course of ten weeks as he looks for someone to become his main squeeze, according to VH1.
The first episode will show Chad traveling across the country to meet women interested in dating him. During the episode, he narrows the list down to 16 – four women from each of the four regions of the country. Those ladies will then compete in a tournament for Ochocinco’s love.
In an interview with “Access Hollywood,” Chad suggested he’d give up all of his potential loves on the reality show for a chance to date his celebrity crush: “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara.
“I’m single. I’ve struggled with the dating life,” he told co-host Shaun Robinson. “I haven’t been able to find the right one, so with the help of a show like [that], as long as it’s classy… it has to be classy because there’s a way to do a show like this and be classy… and very tasteful and I would like it… unless you can get Sofia Vergara to date me.”
His “Dancing” partner Cheryl Burke also pointed out that Chad has a little crush on one of his fellow “Stars” — mom of eight Kate Gosselin.
“Kate, she’s beautiful to me,” he said.
Chad’s dating show will premiere in July 2010. “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10 premieres on ABC on March 22.