January 25th, 2010
10:16 PM ET

John Travolta's mercy flight to Haiti

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So many stars have done their part for Haiti by raising awareness and funds, but one A-lister is actually taking the controls of a plane and flying into the heart of the disaster area himself - John Travolta.

One of Travolta's reps just confirmed to CNN that the star is personally flying one of his jets to Haiti to help out with relief efforts there.

In addition to relief supplies, Travolta is bringing along his wife Kelly Preston, several doctors and Church of Scientology ministers.

January 25th, 2010
06:47 PM ET

Sundance Monday musings

Daytime at Sundance has a different vibe than the nights, obviously. You never really know who you are going to run into. So here's a rundown of Monday at Sundance:

12:30 p.m.: In the CNN office space, waiting for the cast of "Abel" to arrive.

12:42 p.m.: Diego Luna just walked in for the interview, as the two kid stars of Abel wait in the wings for their interview. The publicist tells me this is the first trip to the States for the kids, who live in central Mexico. He says they are in awe by the snow!

1:10 p.m.: Finally sat down for lunch at Red Banjo Pizza on Main Street, and in walks the "Abel" cast. We all got a big chuckle out running into each other so soon after the CNN interview. FULL POST

January 25th, 2010
05:29 PM ET

Reality stars come out for Sundance

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For indie film purists, the invasion of Park City by reality stars seems like a travesty to the true spirit of the Sundance Film Festival.

I never mind running into a parka-ed Jon Gosselin on the street because getting in a good solid belly laugh is good for my soul, but it does beg the question: What is Gosselin and a slew of other reality stars doing at a festival that celebrates the work of filmmakers? FULL POST

January 25th, 2010
05:10 PM ET

'Idol' scoops up 'Pants' site months before show

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(Editor's Note, Tuesday, January 26, 6:10 p.m. ET: FremantleMedia has responded to this blog post. See the company's statement at the bottom of the entry.)

It appears that “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell wasn’t the only one who suspected “Pants on the Ground” would become a hit.

According to information on GoDaddy.com, the domain name pantsontheground.com was snapped up in November and registered to Patrick Lynn.

Lynn is a supervising producer for “American Idol” - and the URL now links to “Memorable Auditions” on “Idol’s” official Web site. FULL POST

January 25th, 2010
03:39 PM ET

Hollywood and Haiti: Who's giving what?

One of the commenters today on our Haiti telethon blog post made an interesting request: "I would like to see a list of all the Hollywood types who have contributed to this telethon and how much they contributed.  Actions speak louder than words (or performances)."

Of course, as other posters noted, those performances were aimed at increasing donations, by getting more people to tune in to the telethon.  In addition, many celebrities are donating their time to raising funds and awareness for the cause, such as Ben Stiller's fundraising through Save The Children for a school in Haiti. And, as unlikely as it may seem, some celebs may have contributed without putting out press releases.

Nevertheless, this sounded like a "Find The Good" challenge, so here's what I've been able to dig up.  This list is by no means complete, or in any kind of order, but it should provide an idea of who's giving what.

January 25th, 2010
01:48 PM ET

Judge gives Britney Spears 'ok' to auction off VMA dress

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Britney Spears literally wants to give the clothes off her back to help victims of the Haitian earthquake.

The pop singer received permission from a judge on Friday to donate a dress that she wore during her comeback appearance at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, to be auctioned off for charity.

Spears appeared before the judge for a progress review of her father’s handling of her affairs. Jamie Spears was given control of his daughter’s finances two years ago.  During the routine visit to the judge Spears also received permission to auction off the dress for Haitian relief. FULL POST

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