February 11th, 2010
03:10 PM ET

Haiti telethon money distribution begins

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Some of the millions of dollars raised from viewers during the “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” has been distributed.

“Hope for Haiti Now” (HFHN) announced on Thursday that they have begun distribution of the first installment of funds raised during the star-studded telethon held on January 22.

HFHN said it has allotted $35 million to begin funding both immediate disaster relief, and reconstruction and recovery efforts in Haiti.  Of that initial total, Oxfam America will receive $8 million, Partners In Health will receive $8 million, the American Red Cross will receive $6 million, UNICEF will receive $6 million, the United Nations World Food Programme will receive $6 million, and Yele Haiti Foundation will receive $1 million.

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Filed under: Celebrities • television
February 11th, 2010
03:03 PM ET

MTV redesigns logo for a new generation

If you've been watching MTV lately and have been confused as to why something felt "off," here's a hint: the network has given its nearly 29-year-old logo a face lift.

The new logo is almost but not quite the same as the old one - a little squatter in terms of height, the "TV" part of the logo sits lower on the "M", but most importantly, the "music television" tag line is gone.

Some have taken this as a sign that MTV's design team has actually started watching the channel's programming, which offers more in the way of roommate drama than it does music television.

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Filed under: Music • television
February 11th, 2010
11:25 AM ET

'Idol' Group Night has drama

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I don’t know about you, but Group Night on “Idol” always exhausts me.

I understand that the purpose is to test the work ethic and ability of the singers to be able to pull off a good performance using talent and team work, but really it always just feels like it’s testing who can go without sleep and not crack.

That being said, Wednesday night’s “Idol” had me thanks to the Neopolitan versus Destiny’s Wild rivalry. Both groups sang Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and watching the treachery of them trying to out do one another reminded me of my all-girl high school days.

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February 11th, 2010
11:03 AM ET

John Mayer keeps tweeting, chokes up on stage

Last night was probably one of the lowest for musician John Mayer, and Twitter was there for him as he got some of his feelings off his chest.

After he tweeted a series of apologetic statements for his now infamous Playboy interview, Mayer started responding to a few of the comments that had his name high up on the trending topic list well into the night.

Twitter user CRHines17 - bio: awesome - tweeted to Mayer an offering of support Wednesday.

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Filed under: John Mayer • Music
February 11th, 2010
10:34 AM ET

Alec Baldwin released from hospital and 'doing fine,' says rep

Alec Baldwin was rushed to a New York City hospital early Thursday, but has since been released and is doing fine, CNN has confirmed.

According to reports, medics were responding to a 911 call that claimed the "30 Rock" actor was unresponsive to attempts to rouse him. The caller is suspected to be Baldwin's 14-year-old daughter, Ireland.

According to Baldwin's rep, Matthew Hiltzik, "This was a misunderstanding on one person's part. Alec was quickly released from the hospital, he's completely fine and will be at work today."


Filed under: Alec Baldwin • Celebrities
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