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Is Amanda Bynes trying to replace Lauryn Hill in The Fugees? No! But Marianne Garvey reports the actress/future-singer is working with Wyclef Jean on new music. In return, the rapper is asking Bynes for help some promotional help on Twitter. Jean is trying to cull Bynes’ power on social media. Even though he has more followers, he clearly knows that Bynes’ tweets get more attention.
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He might not be able to run for President of Haiti, but Wyclef Jean is slinging mud like he’s coming up for re-election. According to Wyclef Jean, Sean Penn’s coke habit was the reason the actor claimed to have never noticed Jean helping out in Haiti.
During a concert this week the former Fugee ripped into Penn, saying “I got a message for Sean Penn: Maybe he ain’t see me in Haiti because he was too busy sniffing cocaine.”Ã‚Â Yikes! Considering the actor was in Haiti for several months following the disaster, we sincerely doubt any human could do enough cocaine to miss Wyclef that entire time. But if anyone could do it, it would definitely be Sean Penn!
Penn immediately shot back, brushing off the coke claim as ridiculous and offering everything short of a doctor’s note to prove it. Says PennÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s reps, “Mr. Jean is clearly unfamiliar with the physical demands put upon volunteers in Haiti. As aid workers there, the notion of depleting the body’s immune system thru the use of illicit drugs is ludicrous. More specifically, J/P Haitian Relief Organization (a.k.a. JPHRO) has a ZERO tolerance policy for any and all illegal drugs. As the leader of this organization, Sean Penn has not only set this policy, but adheres to it. That Mr. Jean would make such a false accusation is reckless and saddening, but not surprising.”
Whether Wyclef’s claims have any validity or not, we can all agree that the last thing the people of Haiti need is a coked-out Sean Penn scampering around the island. Actually, the last thing they need are two celebrities arguing about them constantly, so maybe take it down a notch, you guys.
When Wyclef Jean announced that he wanted to run for President of his native country Haiti, the news was generally met with a big WTF? Ã‚Â But in all fairness, don’t you think the artist should be allowed to explain exactly why he made his decision? It’s not like a crossover between the entertainment and political spheres have never happened. And why exactly are we pulling someone down for actually trying to do some good?
When asked by People, Wyclef explained, “The suffering of the people of Haiti, the youth of Haiti Ã¢â‚¬â€œ which is the majority of the population Ã¢â‚¬â€œ can’t take another five years of the corruption that’s been going on for the past 200 years. This is why I’m running.” Again, note that he’s been putting his money where his mouth is considering he founded and has been running his charity Yele Haiti for the last 5 years.
Folks wondering whether he’s thought his decision through would be surprised to know he has a game plan ready adding, “[My platform] has four pillars: education, job creation, instilling security into the culture, and, how do we get our agriculture back?”
Wyclef also commented that he knows how much scrutiny he’s going to be under (looks like he was right), and that a majority of the reaction to his candidacy will be met with disdain especially about his qualifications. He refutes, “Politics is a combat sport, so I expect nothing less than to be attacked everyday.Ã‚Â Automatically, when people first see me theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to say, Ã¢â‚¬ËœIsnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t that the guy from the Fugees?’ But I’m hoping that next they’ll say, ‘Okay. He knows what heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s talking about.”
He also has a Haitian passport, has lived there for five consecutive years and owns property there, so he is legitimate in his bid. The majority seem to be on his side. A poll on People asking whether he’d make a good president has an overwhelmingly positive response so far.
Former member of the The Fugees, Wyclef Jean, might be about to announce his candidacy for the Haitian presidential race, just in time for the election on November 28. We’d like to join everyone in Haiti by saying: “Wha? The ‘Gone ‘Til November’ guy? ” and scratching our heads.
As out of left field as this might seem (to us at least), Haitian-born Jean has dedicated much of his time and energy since 2005 working on his Yéle Haiti Foundation, and has worked diligently to rally support for disaster survivors since the earthquake earlier this year. Plenty of politicians have started out as performers: Representative Sonny Bono, President Ronald Regan, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Under Secretary of Defense Dora the Explorer. While we believe that anyone can do anything they put their minds to (not so fast, Seacrest), we can’t help by think that Haiti might be better served by someone who has more political experience than just trying to convince Lauren Hill that the studio fire extinguisher isn’t possessed by a demon. Maybe start as town trustee and work your way up?
And while the reality is that fame is often the main reason people do get ahead in politics , we believe that Jean has his head in the right place and that whatever he decides he will keep working for the betterment of the Haitian people. In fact, in response to questions last Friday about if he would run, Jean responded, “I would say right now, currently at this minute, no,” which means almost certainly yes. See, he’s acting like a politician already!
The official Hope for Haiti Now telethon lineup has just been announced, and this show is going to be even bigger than we had imagined. Rarely, if ever, have so many of the world’s biggest musicians mobilized so quickly with Hollywood elite (plus President Clinton and Oprah) to lend a helping hand in a time of tragedy. If only George Clooney, the mastermind behind the telethon, had been responsible for the relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina!
We already reported that the Hope for Haiti Now lineup will include Robert Pattinson, Bono, Jay-Z, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Sting, Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen and Shakira. Now we can provide the full, official lineup. Of particular interest will be headliners Jay-Z and Bono (a rock/rap collaboration for the ages) and Justin Timberlake.
Performing in Los Angeles:
- Alicia Keys
- Christina Aguilera
- Dave Matthews
- Emeline Michel
- John Legend
- Justin Timberlake
- Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and Kid Rock (Group performance)
- Stevie Wonder
- Taylor Swift
Performing in New York:
- Bruce Springsteen
- Jennifer Hudson
- Mary J Blige
- Wyclef Jean
Performing in London:
- Jay-Z, Bono and The Edge (collaboration)
Presenters and speakers in Los Angeles (except where noted differently) include:
- Anderson Cooper (from Haiti)
- Ben Stiller
- Brad Pitt
- Chris Rock
- Clint Eastwood
- Denzel Washington
- Drew Barrymore
- George Clooney
- Halle Berry
- Jon Stewart (from New York)
- Julia Roberts
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Matt Damon
- Meryl Streep
- Morgan Freeman
- Nicole Kidman
- Oprah Winfrey
- President Clinton (from New York)
- Robert Pattinson (from London)
- Samuel L. Jackson
- Tom Hanks
- Will Smith with Muhammad Ali
Turn on your television at 8PM EST to witness history in the making. Hope for Haiti Now will be on just about every channel, including VH1 and MTV. Donations will go to Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef’s Yele Haiti Foundation. Facebook and MySpace have signed on as official social-media partners to help drive donations.
When news broke that George Clooney‘s Hope for Haiti Now telethon would airing Friday at 8PM EST on VH1, MTV and just about every channel on your television set, scant details were available as to which celebs would be involved in the show. But that didn’t stop us from starting our Official Hope For Haiti Now Telethon Lineup guessing game. We’re happy to report that our initial list is shaping up to be remarkably accurate (Anderson Cooper‘s involvement doesn’t count because he’s a newsman who sometimes acts like a celebrity, not an actual celebrity).
Performing at the Hope for Haiti Now telethon: Bono, Jay-Z, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Sting, Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen, Shakira and many others who have yet to be announced. There will also be no shortage of A-listers either speaking or manning the phones to take donations, according to E! Online. So if you’ve ever wanted to ring Jennifer Aniston or Jon Hamm late one lonely Friday night, this may be your one and only shot. Also participating are Jake Gyllenhaal, Brad Pitt, Colin Farrell, Zac Efron, Bradley Cooper, Renee Zellweger, Anna Kendrick, Sandra Bullock, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Gabby Sidibe, Chris Pine and Emily Blunt.
As for Robert Pattinson, he’ll be hosting the London segment of Hope for Haiti Now. Clooney and pals will be based at the show’s headquarters in Los Angeles while Anderson Cooper reports from Ground Zero in Haiti. Performances will take place in L.A., New York and London.
MTV Networks has confirmed its networks are collaborating to present Hope for Haiti Now, a global Haiti fundraising telethon to air live and commercial-free across ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, BET, CNN, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, AND CMT on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT, with a rebroadcast for West Coast audiences at 8:00 p.m. PT. Hope for Haiti Now will also be made available to MTV Networks International, CNN International, and National Geographic channels worldwide.
So far, the confirmed participants for Hope for Haiti Now include co-producer George Clooney in Los Angeles, Wyclef Jean in New York and Anderson Cooper, reporting from Haiti. The two-hour telethon will be broadcast from NYC and Los Angeles, with more musical and celebrity guests to be announced over the week. All proceeds will be split evenly among six relief organizations currently operating in Haiti: Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF and Yele Haiti Foundation.
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Details are trickling in as we type … But we’re hearing about a fundraiser for Haiti that is being masterminded by George Clooney. Allegedly MTV has agreed to air a bi-coastal happening on all of its channels (MTV, BET, CMT and our beloved VH1) in an attempt to provide much-needed support for the devasted victims of the earthquake.
According to Showbiz411, which broke the story today, Clooney was busy recruiting celebs at a party for Up in the Air last night — and Sting, after being approached, was overheard saying “Where do I go?” The timing for recruiting talent could not be better as nearly every A-list actor will be attending the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on Friday and then the Golden Globes on Sunday. Expect to hear a lot about Haiti in upcoming acceptance speeches!
It’s hard to imagine this event going down without music. We can’t confirm anything at this time, but a straight talking-head telethon just isn’t how VH1 or MTV rolls. Plus, can you imagine Sting without his guitar? Exactly.
After the jump, we start the Official Haiti Fundraiser Celebrity Lineup Guessing Game, which includes Wyclef Jean, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, Diddy, U2, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Shakira, John Legend, Adam Lambert, Ryan Seacrest and the Dixie Chicks. (But first, find out how you can help at the White House’s website.)