April 6th, 2010
12:28 PM ET

Madonna lays foundation for school in Malawi

The children of Malawi have the strength to save the country, “they just need to be given the tools,” Madonna wrote in her blog Monday. The singer traveled to Malawi this week to begin laying a foundation - literally - for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls.

“Tomorrow the brick I will lay is not just the bedrock to a school - it is the foundation for our shared future,” she wrote.

The academy, funded by Madonna’s charity, will “educate, protect and empower 450 young girls who are Malawi’s hope for the future.”

Madonna’s four children, two of which she adopted from Malawi, were with her.

Filed under: Madonna
April 6th, 2010
11:51 AM ET

Jolie and Pitt visit displaced families in Bosnia

Angelina Jolie took a break from filming her latest movie to visit Bosnia on Monday, April 5, with her partner Brad Pitt.

More than 113,000 Bosnians and 7,000 refugees from Croatia are still affected by the war for independence from Yugoslavia that ended more than 14 years ago, according to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR.

Jolie and Pitt visited a collective center in Gorazde where many displaced families live in “appalling conditions.” These conditions include a lack of basic amenities, like running water, says the UNHCR. FULL POST

Filed under: Angelina Jolie • Brad Pitt • Celebrities
April 6th, 2010
11:47 AM ET

Gleek Week kicks off

"Glee" haters beware. For the past year, Fox's musical TV show turned object of fan obsession has been on-air, online and on your iPod (just admit it). The constant buzz might have seemed overwhelming - until now.

Monday marked the start of what the Fox marketing team is calling "Gleek Week," a week-long flurry of "Glee"-centered activity, promotion and love for their hit show.

In other words, if you thought it was too much before... hide.


Filed under: Glee • television
April 6th, 2010
11:45 AM ET

Cotillard will not replace Bruni in Woody Allen film

Rumors that Marion Cotillard would be replacing Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the French president's wife, in the next Woody Allen film are untrue, according to Allen's rep.

The yet unnamed movie is due to start shooting in Paris, France, this summer. Bruni is an Italian ex-model and will still be playing a part in the movie. Oscar winner Cotillard, who is French, will also have a role in the film, the rep says.

According to IMDB.com, Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson will appear in the summer project as well.

Filed under: Celebrities • movies • Woody Allen
April 6th, 2010
11:41 AM ET

Whitney Houston cancels Paris performance

Parisians hoping to see Whitney Houston perform live in the City of Lights will have to take a rain check – Houston has canceled the show under the advisement of her physician, CNN has learned.

“Whitney is suffering from an upper respiratory infection and after a consultation with her doctors has been advised to postpone her performance,” Houston’s representative said in a statement.

“Whitney was excited to open her European tour in Paris and deeply regrets having been forced to postpone the show,” her rep added.


Filed under: Celebrities • Music
April 6th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Tina Fey bringing Sarah Palin back to 'SNL'

Tina FeyTina Fey’s Sarah Palin impersonation isn’t for the history books just yet.

Fey told the U.K. paper the Telegraph that she’ll likely have to warm up her version of an Alaskan accent for a Palin reprisal on "Saturday Night Live."

“I haven’t been watching her on television lately because I’ve been working on "30 Rock," but I’m doing another "Saturday Night Live" next month and I’m sure we’ll be trying to write something about her,” Fey said.

In case you slept through 2009, or just want to relive the memory for old times sake, watch Fey's "Palin" take on Amy Pohler's "Hillary Clinton" here.

Filed under: Celebrities • television
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