Whether Superstorm Sandy seems like it was really long ago or really recently depends on whether your home was affected by the floods that swept up New York and New Jersey’s coastlines — some people are still putting the pieces of their lives back together. But on today’s one year anniversary, we just wanted to take a second to remember the good that came out of the storm: So many people, rich and poor, regular joe and super famous, came together to help those in need. We saw the best of the Jersey Shore cast, Alec Baldwin, Emma Watson, Amar’e Stoudemire, Justin Timberlake and more. Read more…
We’ve already seen Kristen Stewart doing her thing and speaking on stage to support 121212, a concert benefiting the Robin Hood Relief Fund to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City yesterday. But she wasn’t the only celebrity who turned up to lend their voices. Like Blake Lively, who looked lovely in an orange Isabel Marant dress with caged Christian Louboutin ankle booties and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. Diddy was there too, as was Olivia Wilde, who wore skinny jeans and an awesome pair of red studded pumps. We’re guessing those are Louboutins too.
Katie Holmes showed up in head-to-toe Tom Ford in a pretty interesting cut-velvet, electric violet dress. Susan Sarandon was age-defying as usual, in all black, with a snazzy fitted zippered jacket. Martha Stewart even wore leather pants! Zosia Mamet puzzles us. She’s one of our favorite characters on Girls and seems hysterically funny but is always so taciturn in photographs. Like, this is a great cause … lighten up and smile a little! It’s okay that your pants don’t fit and your shirt’s making us drowsy. Chelsea Clinton was on the other side of the spectrum, looking polished and with a smile that didn’t leave her face, just like Gina Gershon, only the latter stuck to her usual rock chic and bedhead. She does work it, though! Read more…
What a great cause to be a part of. We all know that Kristen Stewart doesn’t feel exactly comfortable giving any sort of speech on stage — awards shows have proven this — so the fact that she did this, and did well, deserves applause. The actress participated in “12-12-12″, a concert benefiting The Robin Hood Relief Fund to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, which was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City yesterday. “I’m here to talk to you about New Jersey tonight …” she said on stage, as she took over from Billy Crystal launching into an articulate, sincere speech about the statistics of the damage done in the area, before handing over to Jon Bon Jovi. Awesome job, KStew! We just can’t understand why she wore a neon jogging shorts-suit while saying it? With a collared shirt? Watch the video of speech right below.
If anything was going to convince us that newlyweds Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel had nothing to do with that horribly tasteless homeless video his friends made, this was it: Just home from their glam wedding in Italy and secluded honeymoon in Tanzania, the couple headed out to hurricane ravaged Far Rockaway, New York, on Saturday to hand out supplies. Of course, we assume that if your home has been destroyed by floods and you haven’t had power in two weeks, the last thing you care about is who the person is handing you a backpack full of much-needed supplies, even if they have perfect bone structure. Still, we know relief efforts still need every helping hand they could get, so we hope that the sight of makeup-less Jessica and low-key JT laboring away for three and a half hours inspires a few of their fans to get out there and help too. Also, this might be the best collaboration ever between Timberlake and Timbaland. Read more…
It’s on all of us to pitch in and aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy, but it touches a cold, hard part of our soul to see famous people step up and do what’s right following a tragedy. They just have so much more money than us! In addition to Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Sting and Billy Joel reminding America to have a heart via song at last week’s Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together telethon, plenty of celebs did their part this week. For example…
Considering what a controversy the cast of Jersey Shore has stirred up ever since their show first aired on MTV, we think this is a great step for them and their adopted hometown of Seaside Heights. After witnessing the devastation done to their summer haunt during Superstorm Sandy, the show is teaming up with Architecture for Humanity for a benefit called Restore the Shore, airing live next Thursday, November 15 at 11 p.m. ET (tape-delayed for the West Coast). The money raised will help rebuild the boardwalk and assist the people who live and work in the affected region.
According to the press release we got this morning, the special will also feature special guests to be announced. Who do you think they should invite? Here are our suggestions:
Everyone a Jersey Shore star has ever fought with on the show. What better way to demonstrate how Jerseyans come together in a time of crisis?
The cast of every other Jersey-set show that has been accused of promoting negative stereotypes of the state: Real Housewives of New Jersey, The Sopranos, that lawyer show no one watched.
One of the only good things about a disaster on the scale of Hurricane Sandy is that it definitely helps put things in perspective. And celebrities of every stripe are using their money and influence to spread the word and help those in need! Of course on the wake of the storm’s destruction, many eyes turned towards New Jersey’s favorite son: Bruce Springsteen. And he hasn’t let us down. At a concert in upstate NY, The Boss dedicated a heartfelt rendition “My City Of Ruins” to his hometown of Asbury Park, and thanked emergency responders for all of the work they’ve done. He is set to headline a benefit concert called Coming Together with fellow Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel and Sting, which will air this Friday at 8 PM on NBC. The telethon will be hosted by Matt Lauer and will also feature appearances by Jimmy Fallon, Brian Williams, and we’re sure many more.
The cast of Jersey Shore has been mourning the loss of their Boardwalk, and posted numerous well wishes to their twitters. J-Woww was reportedly moved to tears when surveying the damage, and Snooki has offered her volunterring services and pledged to donate money to rescue efforts and repairs to her Seaside Heights home turf. “Cleaning my closet today to donate clothes and whatever I can do the victims affected by sandy!” she posted to her twitter. “I’m comin with clothes!!!!”
Superstorm Sandy has got to be one of the most documented events in the history of mankind — which isn’t surprising, because people have always loved to photograph, film, paint and otherwise record New York City. (And we admit, we also happen to be a kind of narcissistic bunch.) Oh yeah, and all of the media is here. But for all of the images we see of flooded streets, fallen trees and powerless lower Manhattan, we’re pretty sure that those pictures won’t replace the iconic ones we hold in our mind’s eye when we think of New York. Or, sorry, not to leave you out, neighbors, the Jersey Shore. In case you’ve got some temporary memory loss, we’ve got a handful of such images, from Woody Allen’s Manhattan, The Warriors, Sex and the City, Jersey Shore, The Sitter and Cloverfield, alongside photos of the same places from this week. If we know New York, there’s no doubt these locales will be back to their photogenic selves in no time.
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PS. If you want to see some amazing pics of New York in the storm, we found some over at ControlGeek.net.
Everyone was worried about how Hurricane Sandy would affect Halloween trick-or-treating for small children, but did anyone give a thought to poor Heidi Klum, who looks forward to her epic Halloween blow out every year? Well we did, and we’re sad to report that the super storm has forced the super model to cancel her annual party this year. She issued a statement yesterday in which she explained this Great Pumpkin-sized bummer.
“I hope you and your loved ones are safe after this devastating storm in the New York City area,” she says. “For obvious reasons, I am canceling my Halloween party scheduled for tomorrow night. I hope to postpone for the near future… maybe a very Haunted Christmas? I hope everyone understands and stays safe.” Awww, we’re so sorry, Heidi. We know how pumped she gets for these shindigs, featuring her insanely elaborate costumes. She already gave us a sneak peak of this year’s edition: A golden Cleopatra. We guess we’ll have to wait for a “Haunted Christmas” to see it. Luckily we have a gallery of her past costumes to tide you over until then. Check it out!
For more on Hurricane Sandy, let’s throw it over to veteran weather correspondant Coco! The lovely Mrs. Ice-Treported on the historic super storm live from the balcony of her Edgewater, New Jersey apartment yesterday afternoon. The 33-year-old model took to social media yesterday to admit being quite the meterology enthusiast. “I’m obsessed with Hurricane Sandy..” she posted to twitter. “I just LOVE weather! The eye of the storm is coming straight towards me!! So exciting! Am I insane? I’m ready.” Yes, she really loves high speed wind. Like, more than a friend. “I get turned on by extreme weather,” she continued. Hmmm…
So it’s no surprise that Coco couldn’t resist the opportunity to do her own embedded reporting, complete with standard uniform of pink velour track suit and a seriously low cut black tank top. Only Coco could turn a natural disaster into a wet t-shirt contest! “The wind is crazy. The wind is pushing drops in your eyes. I am soaked. It is bizarre,” she screamed as the storm blew her around the deck. “It’s cool but scary at the same time.” After a while, she kind of looked like one of those women on the front of pirate ships. She posted the results to YouTube once safely back inside, apologizing for the poor sound quality due to the wind. We have a funny feeling that people are ok with that.
Coco was truly our definitive storm tracker, posting such evocative tweets as: “In total blackness. No power, streets r flooded. Its kinda creepy. I feel like I’m n Walking Dead show waiting on zombies 2 come out any minute.” Terrifyingly, that was the last thing she tweeted. Coco…Coco, are you out there!? Did the zombies get you!? We’ll let you know as soon as we hear back from her.