How can we reasonably believe that socialite and apparent philanthropist Paris Hilton a) has any idea what poverty is, and b) cares about helping children and not just improving her self-image? Check out her PSA for My Hope for Children, but we don’t think you’ll get much out of it. More
Here’s your chance to take former Bachelor contestant Ben Flajnik out to lunch and find out if his fiance Courtney Robertson is as crazy as she seemed on the show. More
Teen Mom 2 often portrays the babydaddies as useless, but this week they’ve stepped up. Jo wants to meet Jordan, and Kieffer offers to stop smoking pot for Jenelle. More
Color me surprised. More
Matt Damon dresses up as Santa and tries to get kids to ask for water bottles instead of Justin Bieber or zombie dolls (whatever those are). More
Bid now for your chance to purchase evidence that Tony Bennett shouldn’t quit his day job. More
The jokes, they make themselves. More
Would you buy fame-pariah Michaele Salahi‘s used underwear? Because her cuckolded estranged husband Tareq Salahi is selling them — supposedly for charity, although that may be a bit of a sham. Meanwhile, Michaele continues to live the high life with her new boyfriend, Journey guitarist Neal Schon. More
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Today would have been Amy Winehouse‘s 28th birthday. Let’s all watch the her last ever audio/video recording and remember how great she was. More
I.e., like laughter, moonbeams, and the dreams of little girls. More
Stephen Colbert announced that he would join band The Roots to perform a cover of Rebecca Black‘s “Friday” if fans helped raise $26,000 for Colbert’s favorite charity, DonorsChoose. (Editor’s note: DonorsChoose is awesome!) Not only did viewers raise the money, but NBC matched the amount. Last night, the performance happened on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (the Roots are Fallon’s house band), and it was every bit as glorious as you thought it would be. More
Often fandom is viewed as an insular, even selfish community dedicated only to discussion and art related to their specific series. As we saw with the whole Firefly fiasco last week, fans can drum up bad press by appearing way too single-minded.
However, those negative incidents don’t characterize fandom as a whole. For every natural catastrophe that has occurred over the past eight years, I’ve witnessed LiveJournal fan communities unite to raise funds for emergency aid organizations. Their latest efforts, centered in the multi-fandom, multimedia community Help Japan, are reminiscent of the actions that fans took after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. More
Crushable favorite Neko Case is auctioning off a 1967 Mercury Cougar to benefit 826 National, the Dave Eggers-founded charity that helps kids hone their writing skills. The awesome cherry red muscle car was featured on the cover of Neko’s latest album, Middle Cyclone, and is one of many prizes the auction promises to yield. Tickets are $45 and for a good cause — what are you waiting for? More