Charity & Good Deeds

One More Reason Taylor Swift Is Awesome

August 19th, 2014 10:45pm EDT
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift had so much fun doing her Yahoo! livestream album and single announcement on Monday night, that the singer invited her 90-strong fan-filled studio audience back to her apartment for pizza.

"Taylor Swift is just the best," one fan wrote on Twitter during the impromptu party. "Ever. I mean if you have an apartment you've gotta have a party, right? Thanks for inviting me girl."

Swift, who announced the October 27 release of her fifth studio album, a full-on pop LP titled "1989," held the livestream event at the Empire State Building in New York City before heading back to her Ma...
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ABC's Shondaland Thursday Stars Take On The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 19th, 2014 8:57am EDT
Grey's Anatomy
This fall, ABC's "Shondaland Thursday" (coined after Shonda Rhimes) is sure to heat up now that Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder will all air on the same night, but the stars of all three shows kept cool this week by taking on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The challenge, put in motion by the ALS Association, initially began as a way to create awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Participants are urged to dump a bucket of ice water over their head or donate to the charity. As of Monday, Aug. 18, the ALS Association raised $15.6 million in donations.

The...
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Charlie Sheen Showers Himself In Cash For ALS

August 18th, 2014 10:50pm EDT
Charlie Sheen Leads A Long List Of Celebs Taking The Ice Bucket
If you haven't yet heard about the "ice bucket challenge" going on to benefit ALS, then chances are you've been living under a rock for the last two weeks.

The social media craze, which actually began months ago (more on that later), has been sweeping the nation all in the name of raising money and awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The challenge is simple: someone "nominates" you and two others to take the challenge next and then dumps about a five-gallon bucked of ice water over their own head. Those nominated can either accept the...
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'Downton Abbey' Pokes Fun At 'Water-Bottle-Gate' And Promotes Charity

August 17th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
'Downton Abbey' Pokes Fun At 'Water-Bottle-Gate' And Promotes Ch
As humans were not perfect - as was pointed out in a recent Downton Abbey promo photo flub that went viral earlier this week – we all make mistakes. Having the ability to laugh at yourself shows not only that you have a sense of humor but is a sign of maturity.

The cast of Downton Abbey showed just those attributes and more. After the embarrassing Instagram photo incident, where a plastic water bottle was noticed on mantlepiece, the cast responded by poking fun of the incident while promoting a good cause, the charity WaterAid UK.

"After seeing the reaction the picture caused earlier this...
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RJ Mitte: After 'Breaking Bad,' A Great Example In Hollywood

August 5th, 2014 12:03pm EDT
RJ Mitte: After 'Breaking Bad,' A Great Example In Hollywood
We know and love RJ Mitte from his role as Walter White, Jr. on Breaking Bad. What you might not know is how remarkable of a person he is, both as an actor and as a representative of the disabled community in Hollywood. We had the pleasure of speaking to RJ last week to discuss building his career after Breaking Bad and how he's doing his part off-screen to make the world a better place.

How do you follow up starring in what's widely considered to be one of the best TV series of all time? "The biggest thing is to keep working. Work will beget more work," he told us. "What's lucky is Breaki...
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'Game Of Thrones' Author Won't Kill Off Teen Who Donated To His Cause - Read Why

July 28th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
George R.R. Martin Writes To Teenage Donor, Won't Kill Him Off I
George R.R. Martin, author of the Song of Ice and Fire book series, has responded to a letter sent to him from a teenage fan who made a donation to his Prizeo campaign and asked to be killed off in an upcoming book.

Martin started a campaign to raise money for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depot of Santa Fe on the website, which lets charities crowdsource money and offer prizes featuring celebrities. Everyone who donated was entered into a sweepstakes to go on a helicopter ride over the sanctuary with Martin, but two people who donated $20,000 were offered the chance to be ki...
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LeVar Burton: Remarkable From 'Reading Rainbow' To 'Perception'

July 11th, 2014 12:05pm EDT
LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton may be the closest thing that we have to a superhero in the entertainment industry. On camera, he's a talented actor who always impresses, whether he's playing Paul Haley on TNT's Perception or Doc Greene on The Hub's Transformers Rescue Bots. Off camera, he's beloved by generations as the public face of one of TV's best educational programs, Reading Rainbow, which just raised more than six million dollars to help childhood literacy. And he's also one of the nicest people you could ever meet. LeVar took time out of his busy schedule this week to speak with us about all of his c...
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Billy Ray Cyrus Honors Slain Nevada Teacher Michael Landsberry

July 7th, 2014 2:40pm EDT
Billy Ray Cyrus Honors Slain Nevada Teacher Michael Landsberry
Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus recently paid tribute to a Nevada school teacher by the name of Michael Landsberry at his concert stop in Incline Village near Lake Tahoe. Landsberry passed away as the result of a school shooting at the hands of a 12-year-old student.

Cyrus presented Landsberry's widow Sharon with a memorial plaque and praised the fallen teacher. An ex-Marine, Landsberry tried to talk down the shooter before being shot in the chest at a middle school in the suburb of Sparks. Before taking his own life, the shooter also wounded two other classmates.

Cyrus told the crowd...
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Paul McCartney Helps Couple Get Engaged At Concert (Video)

July 7th, 2014 12:30pm EDT
Paul McCartney Helps Couple Get Engaged At Concert (Video)
Paul McCartney is such a great guy that he helped a couple get engaged when he resumed his tour in Albany, New York, on July 5. As you may know, McCartney had been on sick leave from his tour but was well enough to get back to his fans the day following Independence Day, and he made the day special for concertgoers as well as one happy couple.

While performing a second encore, McCartney saw a couple holding up signs help up by John Dann and Claudia Rodgers. His sign read: "I've got the ring and I'm 64," while hers read: "He won't marry me 'til he meets you."

The singer's response to the...
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Madonna Inspired To Donate To Detroit

July 2nd, 2014 11:00am EDT
Madonna Inspired To Donate To Detroit
Madonna is giving back!

The "Material Girl" singer has revealed that she was inspired to help the city of Detroit by donating to three separate organizations. During a recent visit to Michigan, the singer said that she wanted to donate funds to organizations that will benefit women, youth and music aficionados.

She is providing a new facility for the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym, which will give out free boxing lessons and mentor children. In addition, Madge has listed her plans to help "The Empowerment Plan," which will employ women in shelters to make clothes for the homeless. Lastly, s...
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