*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.