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George Clooney, Bono drop the F-bomb for famine relief

George Clooney and Bono star in a new PSA for famine relief
George Clooney, Christy Turlington, Bono and a ton more celebs are dropping the F-bomb — famine, that is.

A new public service announcement hit on Tuesday from the One organization, where bold names pleaded for hunger intervention in Africa.

The clip (below) features a string of obscenity bleeps covering Clooney and folks like Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Joe Jonas, Rob Lowe, Arianna Huffington, Annie Lenox, Mike Huckabee, Ewan McGregor and Evan Rachel Wood.

The real offense, according to Bono, is dying children in Somalia.

"30,000 children have died in the past three months," Clooney says with his gang of famous activists, referring to a devastating drought the has affected the region and others in Africa. Watch the spot and get more info here.

 

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— Matt Donnelly
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Photo: George Clooney, left, Christy Turlington and Bono. Credits: Jason Merritt / Getty Images,  Andy Kropa / Getty Images, Jason Merritt / Getty Images.



Larry King rocks those boogie shoes in 'Dance 4 Your Life' PSA [Video]

Larry King has been spotted recently getting his dance on -- to promote heart health in people of all ages through a new public service campaign, "Dance 4 Your Life!"

After being interviewed by Angelina Ballerina, the suspenders-clad King and Nigel Lythgoe demonstrate that, well, just about any kind of dance will do when it comes to staying active. Rumor has it there are rather fabulous outtakes floating around from the PSA shoot, though a vast media conspiracy appears to be keeping King's best moves under wraps.

"Dance is an activity that is universally recognized and accessible across all socioeconomic levels, making it an ideal approach to promoting heart health," King, 77, said on his cardiac foundation's website, pointing out that it had partnered with the Dizzy Feet Foundation folks (Katie Holmes, Carrie Ann Inaba, Adam Shankman and Lythgoe, who appears willing to dance with just about anyone) "to address Americans' increasingly sedentary lifestyles and the resulting health issues."

"So You Think You Can Dance" judge Shankman, incidentally, is the director and choreographer on "Rock of Ages," currently filming in Miami and starring Holmes' husband, Tom Cruise.

The Larry King Cardiac Foundation, which funds heart surgery in patients who otherwise could not afford care, came about after the longtime CNN host recovered from a 1987 quintuple bypass.

"Dance 4 Your Life!" expands on Lythgoe's National Dance Day to keep folks' feet moving all year round. HIT Entertainment produced the PSA, hosted by its Angelina Ballerina.

Sunshine arms, everyone, sunshine arms.

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'Hangover 2's' Ken Jeong dons leisure suit (and lots of heart) for new PSA

Ken Jeong of "The Hangover 2" is familiar with the odd emergency-revival situation on screen, so it's fitting that he now stars in a PSA about proper procedure for CPR in a "cardiac event."

Sound a bit heavy? As fun facts would have it, "Community" actor Jeong is actually "Dr. Ken," complete with a real M.D. and experience in internal medicine.

Bring on the chest pumping, hard and fast, preferably to the beat of "Stayin' Alive."

Check out the clip, complete with leisure suit and hot blonds, above.

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Hugh Jackman wants you to 'Live Below the Line' -- on $1.50 a day

Hugh Jackman Can you live for a day on a $1.50 food budget? What about doing it for five days? That's what Hugh Jackman is challenging people to do in a PSA for the Global Poverty Project's "Live Below the Line" campaign.

The Aussie triple-threat sits on the board of the Global Poverty Project, an international organization designed to target public policy to end extreme poverty, and appeared in the video for the "Live Below the Line" campaign. Jackman urged Americans to live below the extreme poverty line by going a workweek spending less than a buck fifty each day on food from May 16 through May 20.

"This is an incredible campaign that really gives us the chance to understand the realities of extreme poverty," Jackman said in a statement.

"It is certainly a challenge to eat and drink off of $1.50 a day for five days, but for 1.4 billion people, $7.50 is all they have not only for food, but also for living costs, clothing -- everything! 'Live Below the Line' highlights the challenges that over 1 billion people are faced with every day and urges us to do something about it."

The campaign was launched April 18 in London, but Jackman joined up with the Global Poverty Project about three years ago when he met founder Hugh Evans.

"I thought, this guy is a lot smarter than me, he's got better ideas, so I'm jumping on board," the "X-Men" actor said. "This is a simple way to get people's attention and more importantly get them to sympathize with the situation of the world.

"Even though the issue of global poverty seems big, there are really simple, practical measures and ways to change things. Write a letter to your [Congress representative], write a letter to a company like Hershey's, for example, to use fair trade chocolate or fair trade coffee. There's simple things and that kind of activation means a lot."

Will you take on Jackman's challenge? Watch the PSA below and tell us in comments.

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Photo: Hugh Jackman at the 'Live Below the Line' charity benefit in London on April 18, 2011. Credit: Ian Gavan / Getty Images


Heidi Klum goes sans pants for Stand Up to Cancer PSA

Heidi Klum for Stand Up to Cancer Heidi Klum is not a fan of cancer -- or pants -- in a super-cute new PSA for Stand Up to Cancer.

"If you don’t want to be OUT, you can be IN by joining me and the Stand Up to Cancer movement in the fight against cancer," Klum said in a statement echoing her "Project Runway" catch phrases.

"Let's all say Auf Wiedersehen to cancer together!" 

The print campaign made its national debut in People's Most Beautiful 2011 issue, with cover girl Jennifer Lopez. 

Klum is one of countless celebrity ambassadors for the organization, which raises funds for cancer research and treatment.

If you fancy the hoodie on Heidi, you can nab one at the organization's official website. All proceeds go to the charity -- Klum not included. 

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Photo: Heidi Klum works a hoodie for a good cause. Credit: Stand Up to Cancer  


Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher recruit 'real men' Justin Timberlake, Bradley Cooper, Isaiah Mustafa for PSAs

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher have launched a flurry of PSAs featuring such A-listers as Justin Timberlake, Drake and Bradley Cooper to put an end to human trafficking and child sex slavery.

The DNA Foundation's Real Men Don't Buy Girls Campaign launched Monday and has been gathering steam. Kutcher kicked off the campaign with his "Real Men Do Their Own Laundry" video. Subsequently, Isaiah Mustafa, Jason Mraz, Adrian Peterson, Sean Penn and Jamie Foxx have each been featured in PSA videos. See all the real men (and the women who prefer them) here.

The philanthropic couple will appear on Piers Morgan’s show this week and have enabled supporters to their own “real men” videos too.

"Many people think of human trafficking as a problem in developing countries. The sad reality is that thousands of young girls have been forced into sex slavery and held against their will, right here in the 'land of the free,' " Moore and Kutcher said in a statement.

"After learning about this horrifying problem, we realized that we couldn't just go on with our daily lives, we had to do something about it. And we've enlisted government, law enforcement and nonprofit organization experts to help."

The couple recently traveled to Luxor, Egypt, to attend the International End Human Trafficking Now Forum. The also spoke at the launch of the United Nations Global Plan Against Trafficking in Persons and Victim's Trust Fund last November, working to provide "humanitarian, legal and financial aid to victims of trafficking."

Which "real man" is your favorite? Tell us in comments.

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Matt Damon, Ben Affleck reunite for Feeding America

 

It wasn't exactly a Hollywood reteaming of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, but the famous pair did get together again to spread some goodwill (insert "Hunting" pun here). 

The men loaned their talents to two public service announcements for Feeding America, which aims to increase awareness for hunger relief across the country.

Damon takes a lighthearted approach, telling the story of Steve, a family man who utilizes one of the program's many food banks. When the real Steve weighs in with some acting tips, Damon reminds him, "I have an Academy Award."

"Not for playing me," Steve quips. (Allow us to quip: That Oscar was for writing, Matt.)

Affleck shoots straight from the hip, dropping statistics on the millions of Americans without food. Check out Matt's PSA above and Ben's below, and leave your thoughts in the comments section.

 

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Sandra Bullock back on board with the 'Be the One' Gulf Coast restoration campaign

Betty-and-bullock Sandra Bullock is back on the "Be the One" team again, endorsing the message in a celebrity-laden video produced by Women of the Storm that urges people to sign a petition supporting a fully funded and sustainable plan for Gulf Coast restoration.

"We are happy that Ms. Bullock has reviewed the facts of the restorethegulf.com campaign,” Anne Milling, WOTS founder, said Wednesday. "She and the other celebrities have been instrumental in rallying national support for restoration of our beaches, wetlands and Gulf Coast environment."

Bullock pulled out of the project about 10 days in, pending a review of facts, after a blog that had tasked itself with "clearing the PR pollution that clouds climate science" followed a trail of logos ...

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Sandra Bullock is Hollywood's highest-paid actress -- and about that Gulf Coast PSA ... [poll]

Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson Sandra Bullock is currently the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, having pulled in $56 million between June 2009 and June 2010, Forbes reports.

Tens of millions of dollars away in second place, it was a tie: Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz each earned about $32 million for the year. Jennifer Aniston came in fourth at $27 million, and Sarah Jessica Parker notched in fifth at $25 million. 

Bullock pulled in the bucks largely from "The Proposal" and "The Blind Side." On the latter, she cut her asking price, earned an Oscar and took home a sizable chunk of the $320-million box-office take, according to Forbes.

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Zac Efron, Dakota Fanning and more star in 'Stand Up to Cancer' PSA



Some of the hottest names in young Hollywood, including Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Dakota Fanning and Olivia Munn, have banded together to spread awareness for Stand Up to Cancer.

The likes of Kristen Bell, Zachary Levi, new "Spider-Man" Andrew Garfield and Naya Rivera of "Glee" pitch in as well in a new public service announcement tasking viewers to "defeat the odds" by supporting innovative cancer research.

The PSA also serves to promote Stand Up to Cancer's Sept. 10 telethon, a one-hour fundraiser that will be simulcast commercial-free across major networks, including NBC, ABC and CBS, as well as cable stations including E! and VH1.

Check out the PSA above.

— Matt Donnelly

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