Since last week’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon, a number of celebrities and other notable stars have come together to lend a hand in their own way to support the city, from both near and far.
Former New Kid on the Block, Joey McIntyre was running in the marathon to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association and in honor of his mother who suffers from the disease. He finished the race mere minutes before the bombs went off. he’s since tweeted messages of love and support, along with Cambridge native Minday Kaling.
As a touching sign of solidarity, New York showed their love for Boston by singing Neil Diamond’s hit song, “Sweet Caroline” at Yankee Stadium. On Saturday, Diamond surprised the Red Sox fandom at Fenway, just hours after a citywide lockdown, by showing up to lead Red Sox fans in the song traditional sung a the top of the eighth inning. Diamond apparently flew to Boston before he even arranged the performance, and also told Rolling Stone, “I’m writing now and obviously affected by this situation in Boston, so I’m writing about it just to express myself.”
Victims of the bombings that are still recovering in local hospitals were surprise when actor Bradley Cooper stopped by the Boston Medical Center on Friday. Cooper is currently in town filming David O. Russell’s upcoming movie American Hustle.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman made sure to visit Jeffrey Bauman during his visit. Bauman, lost both of his legs in the bombing, but awoke from surgery and was able to provide the the FBI with important information for their investigation. Other NFL stars, Danny Amendola and Jermichael Finley (of the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers, respectively) have both pledged to give portions of their 2013 season salaries to the One Fund. Amendola will be donating $100 per catch and $200 per drop, while Finley promised $500 for both every dropped pass and touchdown to the relief efforts. “Now fans can cheer & boo me @ the same time!” Finley said on his Twitter page.
Late-night E! talk show host Chelsea Handler pledged her support to bombing victims in the form of a $25,000 donation to gofundme.com, an online recovery fund for Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, a mother and daughter from Lowell, Massachusetts, who were both severely injured at the marathon bombings.
Newton, Massachusetts, native Amy Poehler addressed the audience of her Smart Girls YouTube channel Friday by answering a viewer question on violent imagery. “It’s been tough, hasn’t it? Doesn’t it feel like we’re just bombarded with stuff now? That everywhere we go there’s just some picture that’s worse than before. I kinda feel like my eyes need a break.” She ended the video with a very simple message: “I love you Boston.” Poehler is a graduate of Boston College.
Other stars lent their support more simply. On Monday morning, “The View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck wore a red Boston jersey. The conservative member of the talk show panel attended and also graduated from Boston College. Likewise, Olympic gold medalist gymnast Aly Raisman was seen wearing Boston t-shirts in her aired rehearsals for “Dancing With the Stars.” The 18 year old lives in Needham, saying “It was really difficult,” of performing live on TV shortly after learning of the bombings. “I just want to say that I love everyone back home from Boston. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers.”
Brash and brazen comedienne and bestselling author, Chelsea Handler is making her way to Boston this week. The “Chelsea Lately” host is performing at Agganis Arena at Boston University tonight, as a stop on her Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me Tour.
Up next for Handler is an NBC pilot based on her bestselling autobiography, “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea.” The sitcom will portray Handler’s life as a young, struggling comedienne and cocktail waitress. ”That 70′s Show” alum, Laura Prepon will star as Chelsea and Boston’s own Lenny Clarke is set to play Chelsea’s father.
Tickets for the Agganis Arena show are still available through Ticketmaster.
New England native and shocking comedian Lenny Clarke lands a role in NBC’s pilot “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea” based on the vivacious Chelsea Handler’s bestselling autobiography of the same name.
Miss Handler, who is hot to trot right now with her hit “Chelsea Lately”, “Lately After” and now an NBC pilot that she will not only be co-producing but staring in, makes her one of the coolest girls in Hollywood.
Chelsea has done some growing up since her truthful tales in her best seller gone television series. The pilot will center on Handler’s early days as a sassy cocktail waitress, party girl and a struggling comedian.
The sexy Laura Prepon from “That 70’s Show” will play the promiscuous Chelsea, who like Chelsea, is the youngest of a large family and was born in Jersey. Handler is rumored to play her older sister in the pilot.
Boston’s own Clarke is lined up to play Chelsea’s father which seems to be the perfect role for him. Clarke, who is known for his larger than life personality and to say whatever is on his mind like his “daughter Chelsea”, synced well with casting. The “Rescue Me” alum will return for the final season as “Uncle Teddy” this summer.
And guess what? Handler will be kicking off her Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me Tour in Beantown, May 10th at the Agganis Arena.
Handler has her own unique twist on celebrity truths and rumors and a spin on hot topics of the day. Her sharp, jaw dropping jabs make so many of us fans. Don’t forget to like the fresh TV pilot “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea”on FB and stay tuned for the debut.
Do you want to be at the hippest New Year’s Eve bash this year? Well you better believe Hollywood East will be rocking the evening with the totally awesome hot shot Chelsea Handler at the Mohegan Sun, December 31 for the Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang Tour.
Chelsea broke into the world of late-night talk shows with her E! Entertainment series, “Chelsea Lately”. Consistently the network’s highest rated program, Handler has her own twist on celebrity truths and rumors, and a spin on hot topics of the day. She is sharp with wittiness and her jaw dropping jabs make so many of us fans.
“Chelsea Lately” has an average of 900,000 viewers an episode and when the 21 city comedy tour kicked off in March, tickets sold out immediately. Live Nation has since added 15 more shows and guess what? You don’t have to spend a fortune to get in on this chic New Year’s Eve event — tickets for the show are $55. We know Mohegan Sun lodging can add up so we recommend saving a buck or two and book a room at one of the many hotel/motels right outside the posh venue. Most of them have free shuttles running all night to the Sun.
We’re not sure if Chelsea’s side kick Chuy will be in attendance but we do know Sarah Colonna, a regular at the round table and one of the five female writers of the hit show, will be joining the bang bang tour too.
Sure you can spend another New Year’s watching the ball drop and eating Chinese food or you could be having a blast with the shocking comedian as twenty ten fades and twenty eleven brings new cheer. Your first resolution this year should be to ring in the new year with fun at the Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang Tour. Check out Mohegan Sun dot com for lodging and tickets are available on ticketmaster dot com now.
Summertime at the Wilbur Theater in Boston just got a lot hotter. Loads of comedians and actors will be hitting the stage and getting their funny on all summer long. The Comedians of Chelsea Lately are coming up soon on June 11th, featuring sharp tongues Whitney Cummings, Heather McDonald, Jen Kirkman, Jo Koy and Chelsea Handler’s own personal nugget: Chuy Bravo. The comedians are frequently part of the “Chelsea Lately” roundtable and offer their hilarious insight on the pop culture news of the day.
Aziz Ansari (7/12), who plays Tom on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” is also hot on the radar right now. He probably got a chuckle out of you as one of Paul Rudd’s fencing buddies from I Love You, Man or in his ubiquitous commercials as the host MTV Movie Awards. Mariah Carey’s hubby Nick Cannon will take the stage on 7/30. The funny guy is taking a break from hosting “America’s Got Talent” and going back to his performing roots from his days on “Wild ‘n Out” and (throwback to 90s Nickelodeon fans) “All That”.
Other noteworthy performances like Christopher Titus (“Titus” on FOX, 6/11), Craig Ferguson of “The Late, Late Show” and How to Train Your Dragon (7/2), and Shawn and Marlon Wayans (8/21) will be sure to give you your daily dose of funny. For a full list of performances at the Wilbur Theater, take the jump here.
★ Last Saturday was a busy day in Boston for celebrity events; Chelsea Handler had a book signing in Brookline, and Tinsley Mortimer of “High Society” on the CW made an appearance at The Estate.
★ Our own Matt Dolloff interviews Emmy award winning Northeastern U professor.
★ Conan O’Brien announces plans to team up with George Lopez to create all-new late-night line-up on TBS.
★ New Hampshire Film Office survives first round of state budget cuts, what happens next?
★ Matt Damon receives mid-career achievement award from American Cinematheque.
★ Connecticut’s Chloe Sevigny talks about her recent Golden Globe win.
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