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Spotlight: Adam Sandler's Charity Work

Donated 400 Playstations to Israel for victims of the Israel-Lebanon war.

Signed items for the VH1 and eBay auction and took part in the America: A Tribute to Heroes charity telethon for victims of 9/11.

Performed at “Night of Too Many Stars” charity event raising money for the Autism Coalition, now known as Autism Speaks.

Charities & foundations supported

Adam Sandler has supported the following charities:

Animal Rescue FoundationAnte Up For AfricaAutism SpeaksBoys & Girls Clubs of AmericaChris Farley FoundationClothes Off Our BackEB Medical Research FoundationENOUGH ProjectEntertainment Industry FoundationFeeding AmericaHillsidesLife Rolls On FoundationMake-a-Wish FoundationMATTERNot On Our WatchProject Angel FoodStand Up To CancerToys for Tots Read more about Adam Sandler's charity work and events. Related articles Stars Raise The Stakes For DarfurParis Hilton Enjoys A Night By The OceanSandler Donates To Boys & Girls ClubBid Now For Christmas GiftsStewart to Host Night Of Too Many Stars

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Riding 'Selma' praise, PGA will honor Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment with Visionary Award

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Riding 'Selma' praise, PGA will honor Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment with Visionary Award
Brad Pitt uses his power for good. The A-lister could easily hang his hat on a cavalcade of franchise films and call it a day. Instead, he throws himself on the occasional blockbuster sword (see: Troy" or "World War Z") for the cred to make movies that strive for something beyond pure entertainment. His Plan B Entertainment, run by Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner, has produced a number of highly acclaimed films over the years, including "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "The Tree of Life," "Moneyball," the Best Picture-winning "12 Years a Slave," HBO's "The Normal Heart" and next year's "True Story." This December will see the release of Plan B's "Selma," which prompted the PGA to pay its respects to Pitt’s company in the form of the organization’s Visionary Award. The Producers Guild Visionary Award recognizes "television, film or new media
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Stand Up to Cancer Special Returns in September on 30 Channels

Stand Up to Cancer, a bi-annual special that has raised more than $260 million for cancer research, will return on Friday, Sept. 5, at 8/7c via ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and 26 other channels simultaneously.

The special features performances from music, film and TV stars. Gwyneth Paltrow and Joel Gallen (America: A Tribute to Heroes) will return as executive producers. The goal: To build public support for new cancer research and promising new treatments.

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We love the 2000s: EW staffers pick the decade's best pop culture moments

We love the 2000s: EW staffers pick the decade's best pop culture moments
Not too long ago, we were all living in the New Millennium, less affectionately known as the age of Y2K. Or if you want to be technical about it, it was the first decade of the 21st century. And during those 10 years, pop culture thrived. Not only did Nipplegate change the way we looked at Super Bowl halftime shows, but things like Laguna Beach made us rethink “reality,” Heath Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight redefined the term “Oscar-worthy,” and Glee revived the television musical.

So with VH1′s I Love the 2000s wrapping up tonight, we thought
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Chris Meledandri To Receive 2014 Visionary Award At Producers Guild Awards

Founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, Chris Meledandri. Photo Credit: Suzanne Hanover © 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that Chris Meledandri, Founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, will receive the 2014 Visionary Award. The award will be presented to Meledandri at the 25th Anniversary Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 19, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Producers Guild Visionary Award recognizes a television, film or new media producer for his or her unique or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance.

Meledandri is being recognized with the Visionary Award as one of the definitive producers of contemporary animation. He receives this award just as the latest blockbuster hit that he has produced, Universal and Illumination’s Despicable Me 2, becomes the 5th highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide at the global box office.

“I have spent my career working alongside brilliant,
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Louis C.K., Bryan Cranston and Lena Dunham among DGA TV nominees

Louis C.K., Bryan Cranston and Lena Dunham among DGA TV nominees
Just as with Ben Affleck on the feature film side, three actors turned TV helmers reaped bids from the Directors Guild of America Wednesday.  Louis C.K. contends for directing the "New Year's Eve" episode of his FX laffer "Louie"; Lena Dunham is up for the pilot of her HBO series "Girls"; and three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston landed a nod for overseeing "Election Day" on "Modern Family."  -Insertgroups:12- The other laffmeisters in the mix are Mark Cendrowski for "The Date Night Variable" episode of "The Big Bang Theory" and Beth McCarthy-Miller, who handled the "Live From Studio 6H" episode of "30 Rock." McCarthy-Miller is a two-time DGA champ for overseeing live programs "America: A Tribute to Heroes" and "Saturday Night Live." On the drama front, "Homeland" picked up two bids for returning nominees: Lesli Lin...
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Global Showbiz Briefs: Environmental Media Awards Scribes, Phone-Hacking Lawsuits, Australian Cinema Woes, RealD In Russia

Phil Rosenthal, David Wild To Pen 2012 Environmental Media Awards The Environmental Media Association says Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal and TV writer David Wild will team up to pen the 22nd annual Environmental Media Awards. The pair first worked together on America: A Tribute To Heroes telethon in 2001. Wild’s TV writing credits include the Grammy Awards and The Primetime Emmy Awards. Rosenthal directed and stars in the feature documentary Exporting Raymond. The awards will be held September 29 at Warner Bros Studios in Burbank. Russell Brand, Christopher Eccleston Sue Over Phone-Hacking Russell Brand and Christopher Eccleston have added their names to the list of News Of The World litigants. News Corp’s News International, which published the now-defunct paper, is now facing about 174 invasion of privacy claims over alleged phone-hacking claims. Those cases are expected to go to trial next year, The Guardian reports. Along with the British actors,
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Producer Joel Gallen on the 9/11 Telethon: 'It Was Wall-to-Wall Emotion'

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Producer Joel Gallen on the 9/11 Telethon: 'It Was Wall-to-Wall Emotion'
"America: A Tribute to Heroes" was a two-hour primetime television special that aired on Sept. 21, 2001 -- 10 days after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and one week after the idea was first broached to producer Joel Gallen. The special, which aired simultaneously on the four major broadcast networks and on scores of other cable and international networks, featured performances by Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, U2, Paul Simon and 17 others, and short speeches by another two dozen celebrities, including Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Will
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Directors Guild of America Unveils Nominations

The DGA revealed their nominees for the best direction of 2010 today and for the most part, they were pretty expected. Modern Family, Boardwalk Empire, and The Pacific all had multiple episodes/installments nominated in their respective categories, but joining them in being nominated (though not necessarily in the same category) were an episode from The Hills, an episode of Glee that wasn't received terribly well, and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. You can read the full list of nominees below in the press release.

Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Commercials for the year 2010.

“Whether it’s a 30-second commercial or a multi-part miniseries, television directors are crucial to the success of any television project.” said Hackford. “As the DGA celebrates its 75th anniversary this year,
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DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series, Dramatic Series, Comedy Series, Musical Variety, Reality Programs, Daytime Serials, Children’s Programs and Commercials for 2010

hollywoodnews.com: Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Commercials for the year 2010.

‘Whether it’s a 30-second commercial or a multi-part miniseries, television directors are crucial to the success of any television project.’ said Hackford. ‘As the DGA celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, we salute the critical role of the director in TV and are proud to honor the tremendous range of excellence found in the projects nominated today. Congratulations to all of the nominees.’

The winners will be announced at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

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Movies For Television And Mini-series

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for 2010 are (in alphabetical order):

Mick Jackson

Temple Grandin

(HBO
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'Sing-Off' Producer Joel Gallen Signs First-Look Deal With Sony TV

Hot off the success of the second cycle of NBC's reality series The Sing-Off, the show's executive producer Joel Gallen and his production company Tenth Planet Prods. have signed a one-year first look deal with Sony Pictures TV, the studio behind the singing competition. After 25 years of working in specials, including executive producing the last 7 Comedy Central Roasts, all 4 years of CNN Heroes, the MTV Movie Awards for 12 consecutive years from 1995 to 2006, George Clooney's Hope for Haiti telethon as well as the 2001 telethon America: a Tribute to Heroes, Gallen expended to series with MTV's reality show America's Best Dance Crew. Gallen and Tenth Planet are now heading into Season 6 of the dance show. "I'm excited to be entrenched in the series business after so many years of focusing on Specials," Wme-repped Gallen said. "I feel rejuvenated and look forward to developing and producing many more projects with Sony." He
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John Lennon's 'Imagine': The Five Best Covers From The Past 10 Years

Three decades ago today, John Lennon was shot to death outside his home in New York's Dakota building, and in the time since, the world has changed immeasurably ... and not necessarily for the better.

And while fans can endlessly debate how things would've been different had Lennon lived, the iconic musician's most lasting contribution to the planet is his music — songs of hope and ideals, protest and prosperity that still contain the power to make us strive for a better tomorrow. As a testament to this, one of his best-known compositions — "Imagine" — has (and seemingly ever will be) one of the most covered songs on the planet, having been sung by everyone from David Bowie to, well, Will Farrell and Manny Pacquiao.

Over the past decade, the covers have kept rolling in. Some of them miss the mark (and the true spirit) of Lennon's original, piling on the histrionics and
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"Redemption Song": My Post-Emmy Playlist For George Clooney

Moments before he accepted the Television Academy's Bob Hope Humanitarian Award from his lovely friend and former hospital co-worker Julianna Margulies last night at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, George Clooney proved once and for all what a truly great humanitarian he is. Mr. Clooney did so by taking time off from saving the world and sleeping with the cast of Modern Family to personally tell me that he "really enjoys those Huffington Post playlists you do." Accordingly, I now demand that we give this saint his own very special Nobel Peace Prize for Playlist Appreciation. Seriously, it's been a profound -- for me -- honor to work alongside George, Joel Gallen and many other volunteers on America: A Tribute To Heroes and subsequent TV events like most recently, the Hope For Haiti Now telethon. I feel privileged to...
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'Modern,' 'Mad' Twist to 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards delivered a night of genuine surprises and evenly distributed accolades, with "Mad Men" coming out on top for the third consecutive year as Outstanding Drama Series -- and "Modern Family" out-dysfunctioning "Glee" for Outstanding Comedy Series. Read on for the recap! Get the complete list of Emmy winners Here! The big upset of the night truly was achieved by "Modern Family," as the momentum and popularity of "Glee" was expected by many to out-sing the competition, which included powerhouse "30 Rock," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Nurse Jackie" and "The Office." On the drama side, many may have hoped that "Lost" would win, given that that this year marked its swan song, but "Mad Men" still beat out the Oceanic castaways as well as "Dexter," "The Good Wife," "True Blood" and "Breaking Bad." "Breaking Bad" still had a good night, with Bryan Cranston celebrating his third consecutive Emmy
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George Clooney to receive special Emmy

George  Clooney to receive special Emmy
George Clooney will receive a special Emmy Award during the primetime telecast on Aug. 29. He'll be handed the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award to acknowledge his extensive charity work. Notes the TV academy's press release: "Whether it is his advocacy to stop genocide in Darfur, his subsequent founding of Not On Our Watch with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Jerry Weintraub to focus global attention and resources on preventing mass atrocities, or quickly mobilizing the entertainment industry for the 'America: A Tribute to Heroes' in the wake of 9/11, 'Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope' in 2005, and most recently, the 'Hope For Haiti Now' telethon, Clooney’s personal dedication to humanitarian concerns makes...
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George Clooney to receive Bob Hope Humanitarian Award

George Clooney to receive Bob Hope Humanitarian Award
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that it honor George Clooney with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at this year’s Emmys. The award will be presented for the first time in six years to Clooney on Aug. 29 during the live presentation on NBC.

The Bob Hope Humanitarian Award goes to someone whose humanitarian work has brought credit to the industry and has had a lasting impact on society. Other recipients include Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, and Danny Thomas. Clooney remains committed to increasing awareness of human rights issues around the globe, from his mission to stop genocide in Darfur,
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Star-spangled mission to raise funds for victims of Gulf oil spill

Robert Redford, Sting, Cameron Diaz and Justin Bieber are among the stars lined up for Larry King telethon in aid of Bp oil spill victims

With more than 6,000 boats and almost 35,000 people already deployed in the Gulf of Mexico, an army of celebrity reinforcements last night hurled themselves at the rescue mission surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Household names ranging from elder statesmen of film and pop – Robert Redford and Sting – to teenage heartthrob Justin Bieber sprinkled their stardust over an otherwise relentlessly grim unfolding of the environmental tragedy in the gulf. They appeared in a two-hour telethon on the CNN show Larry King Live. King said the aim was to raise money and awareness for the Gulf coast people and wildlife worst hit by the disaster. "For those who have lost their livelihoods, for those who can't wait but need help right now."

Among those who answered his
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Star-spangled mission to raise funds for victims of Gulf oil spill

Robert Redford, Sting, Cameron Diaz and Justin Bieber are among the stars lined up for Larry King telethon in aid of Bp oil spill victims

With more than 6,000 boats and almost 35,000 people already deployed in the Gulf of Mexico, an army of celebrity reinforcements last night hurled themselves at the rescue mission surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Household names ranging from elder statesmen of film and pop – Robert Redford and Sting – to teenage heartthrob Justin Bieber sprinkled their stardust over an otherwise relentlessly grim unfolding of the environmental tragedy in the gulf. They appeared in a two-hour telethon on the CNN show Larry King Live. King said the aim was to raise money and awareness for the Gulf coast people and wildlife worst hit by the disaster. "For those who have lost their livelihoods, for those who can't wait but need help right now."

Among those who answered his
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Hope for Haiti: Hollywood stars answer the calls in Haiti telethon

Steven Spielberg, Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon are among those on the phone lines in a bid to raise funds for victims of the earthquake

"Can you send an angel?" sang Alicia Keys, opening the Hope For Haiti tele­thon early yesterday morning with her song Prelude to a Kiss. And then, on cue, George Clooney appeared, the first of a sombre parade of actors and musicians to appeal for donations for the earthquake victims in the Caribbean country.

"The Haitian people need our help," said the actor, who had organised the fundraising concert with Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean. "They need to know they are not alone."

Once again the international stellar community, broadcasting live from New York, London, Los Angeles and Haiti on MTV, YouTube and most major American networks, proved they could work together at short notice to raise funds for an emergency relief operation.

Viewers across the
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MTV's 'Hope For Haiti' Telethon Takes A Cue From Past All-Star Relief Efforts

Benefits for Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and the Asian tsunami similarly called on celebs to help raise money.

By Jayson Rodriguez

George Clooney

Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

George Clooney and Wyclef Jean have been burning the midnight oil, working furiously to raise funds and secure participants for the "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" telethon, presented by MTV Networks on Friday at 8 p.m. Et/Pt.

The undertaking is expected to be one of the biggest charitable efforts ever. All proceeds from the telecast will be split among five relief organizations actively operating in Haiti: Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, Unicef and Wyclef's Yele Haiti foundation.

"Hope for Haiti" is the latest in a line of all-star charity events, following in the footsteps of the September 11 fundraiser "America: A Tribute to Heroes" and "Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast,
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