April 1st, 2010
05:33 PM ET

'Idol Gives Back' announces first performers

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Fox has announced some of the artists who will be participating in the  “Idol Gives Back” program.

Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, The Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox and Jeff Beck are the first batch of performers slated for the philanthropic event scheduled to air April 21 as part of the hist show, "American Idol."

“Idol Gives Back” has raised over $140 million for charity to date. This year’s special will help raise awareness and funds to benefit various U.S. and international charities, including Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs and the United Nations Foundation.

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April 1st, 2010
03:20 PM ET

Gabourey Sidibe to host 'SNL'

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Awards season is over, but the honors keep flowing for Gabourey Sidibe.

A rep for NBC confirmed to CNN that the Academy Award nominated-actress is set to host “Saturday Night Live.” It will be a first time hosting gig for Sidibe on the venerable NBC show.

The “Precious” star has continued to raise her profile since becoming a frequent awards nominee for her acclaimed movie role. Sidibe is scheduled to host the comedy sketch show on April 24.

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Filed under: Celebrities • television
April 1st, 2010
01:45 PM ET

Anna Paquin comes out as a bisexual

Anna PaquinHer name is Anna Paquin, she’s bisexual, and yes, she gives a damn.

In a new public service announcement to spread awareness for hate crimes, provided by the Cyndi Lauper-backed organization We Give a Damn, the “True Blood” actress revealed her sexuality along with a host of other celebrities, gay and straight.

Paquin, who is currently engaged to her “True Blood” co-star Stephen Moyer, joined Wanda Sykes, Elton John, and Whoopi Goldberg to encourage others to speak up on the need for equality.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Stephen Moyer • television • True Blood
April 1st, 2010
12:09 PM ET

Toby Keith also unknowing participant in Palin's Fox News show

LL Cool J wasn't the only one surprised to see that he was part of Sarah Palin's upcoming Fox News program, "Real American Stories."

A representative for country star Toby Keith told CNN that she too was unaware that Fox News was using an old interview of Keith's, conducted sometime in early 2009.

"I had no idea Toby's interview was going to air on Sarah Palin's special. I found out after the press release went out and was contacted by a reporter asking about the show," Keith’s publicist said. "It is an old interview….I was never contacted by Fox requesting permission. I still have not heard from Fox."

Calls to Fox News for comment have not been returned.


Filed under: Celebrities • Music • television
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