Charity & Good Deeds

Austin Basis Of The CW's Beauty And The Beast

5/9/2015 12:09pm EDT
Austin Basis Previews Season 3 Of 'Beauty & The Beast'
Austin Basis is helping to fight bad guys on TV and working for a good cause off-screen, too. Tonight he'll be part of the JDRF's 12th annual Imagine Gala, raising funds to support Type 1 Diabetes research - a cause near and dear to his heart, as Austin himself is one of the many people who are Type 1 Diabetic.

He's truly out there making a difference in the world, along with many of the fans of The CW's Beauty and the Beast, on which Austin plays the loveable J.T. Forbes. Before heading to the Gala, Austin sat down with us to preview the upcoming third season of BATB - which begins next m...

Inside The 2015 TGPLB Pro/Celebrity Race

5/6/2015 12:10pm EDT
Dave Pasant Takes Us Inside The 2015 TGPLB Pro/Celebrity Race
Alfonso Ribeiro might have driven away with this year's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race, but don't overlook Dave Pasant, who won the Celebrity category in his sixth attempt at the charity battle at 'The Beach.'

Finally climbing onto the podium after all these years is one accomplishment, but more importantly than that, Dave is a memorable figure in both Pro/Celebrity Race and overall Grand Prix of Long Beach history. With those half-dozen trips around the track, he's donated an estimated half million dollars to Racing For Kids, assisting children's hospitals. He's also o...

Actress Speaks Out For Syrian Refugees

4/25/2015 12:21pm EDT
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie gave a powerful speech during a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York City on Friday about the refugee crisis in Syria.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees special envoy opened up about her experiences with those fleeing from Syria during her 10 visits to the region in recent years, and she urged the dignitaries and aid officials to do more to help them.

Jolie said, "We cannot look at Syria and the evil that has arisen from the ashes of indecision and think this is not the lowest point in the world's inability to protect and defend the innocent."

She adde...

'Insurgent' Actor Mekhi Phifer On The Pro/Celebrity Race

4/21/2015 12:08pm EDT
Mekhi Phifer's Memorable TGPLB Pro/Celebrity Race
So, Mekhi Phifer had an interesting Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race.

The Insurgent and ER actor (pictured above with 2013 race winner Brett Davern) was making his first appearance in the charity motorsports event on Saturday, and celebrated that fact by putting his car into a tire wall - not once, but twice. He did still finish the race, and we caught up with him both before and after his eventful day to talk about it.

"I'm feeling great about it," he told us prior to Friday's qualifying session. "It's a fun event and I'm just planning on having fun. It's for charity. I...

Alfonso Ribeiro Wins

4/19/2015 12:03pm EDT
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race
Alfonso Ribeiro isn't just an actor, he's one heck of a race car driver. On Saturday, the Dancing with the Stars season 19 champ nailed down his third Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race - and did it in style, with perhaps one of the greatest outings in the history of the event.

We caught up with Alfonso shortly after his victory to ask him what it was like to lead the field of celebrity drivers for more than half the race and how being a three-time TGPLB Pro/Celebrity Race champion compares to his previous competition triumphs.

The first thing you have to know is that Alfo...

Is This Joshua Morrow's Year?

4/18/2015 12:03pm EDT
Is This The Year That 'Y&R' Star Joshua Morrow Becomes A Champio
Joshua Morrow has a Soap Opera Digest Award for his role as Nicholas "Nick" Newman on The Young and the Restless. But for years now, he's had his sights on bringing home another achievement: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race winner.

Today he gets his fourth shot at making that dream a reality, and we checked in with him just before he earned the pole position during Friday's qualifying session to ask him about his history with the race and with one of the other participants.

"I feel pretty good about my chances," he told us. "I feel very comfortable in the car. This is my...

Gwyneth Paltrow Fails The Foodbank New York City Challenge

4/17/2015 2:32pm EDT
Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted that she failed to complete a challenge from celebrity chef Mario Batali, in which she was to live on the equivalent of what someone on food stamps would live on during a week.

The actress was tasked with spending just $29 on food for one week, as those on government assistance do, and she lasted only four days.

"As I suspected, we only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice)," she wrote on her website,

Actually, she had more than that...

Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach Kicks Off This Friday

4/15/2015 12:09pm EDT
2015 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach: Storylines To Watch For Th
One of the best motor racing weekends in the country is just days away, so it's time to make sure you're in the know. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach kicks off this Friday, April 17, bringing the Verizon IndyCar Series and TGPLB Pro/Celebrity Race to the streets of Southern California.

2015 is poised to be one of the most exciting TGPLB years yet, but to fully enjoy the experience you have to be aware of just what's going on. Read on to find out the top stories in both IndyCar and Pro/Celebrity heading into this weekend.

When it comes to the Verizon IndyCar Series, Long Beach is an ea...

Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik Joins And Talks Toyota Grand Prix

4/3/2015 2:02pm EDT
Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik Joins Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beac
Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik knows how to write a hit song and play to a sold-out house, but not so much in the car racing department. He's learning, though, as one of the participants in this year's Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. We caught up with John at practice to ask him how he got involved and how he was finding life behind the wheel.

"If I had known how terrifying it was going to be, I might have actually said I don't think so," he admitted. "But it's for charity, so it's good. It's fun. How many people get a chance to do something like this? It's a challenge, that's for sure....

Brett Davern Talks Toyota Grand Prix

4/2/2015 2:05pm EDT
Brett Davern On His Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrit
One of the major storylines in next month's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race is whether or not Brett Davern will be able to repeat as overall race winner. Considering that he's never finished lower than second place, we would not be betting against him.

We sat down with Brett at the recent practice session to discuss what he thinks his chances are, his already memorable history with the Pro/Celebrity Race, and the big milestone coming up in season five of MTV's Awkward, in which he stars as Jake Rosati.

Brett might be a celebrity, but in the three years he's been part of...