Stars 'Live Below the Line'
Normally we focus on celebrities' shocking and less-than-smart -- but very entertaining -- decisions, but we thought it might be nice to take a break from that for one day to highlight an important cause that several stars are participating in.
"Live Below the Line is an innovative awareness and fundraising campaign that's making a huge difference in the fight against extreme poverty," according to the group's website. "By living off just $1.50 per day for food for 5 days, you will be bringing to life the direct experiences of the 1.4 billion people currently living in extreme poverty and helping to make real change."
Big-name stars such as Ben Affleck, Josh Groban and Sophia Bush, as well as Vice President Biden's son Hunter Biden, will participate in the project, which takes place April 29 through May 3, Us Weekly reports. Other stars that have previously participated include Minka Kelly, Hugh Jackman, Malin Akerman and Nick Lachey.
According to Josh, "Taking on this challenge last year was such a humbling experience for me, and I was so proud and heartened by my fans that joined me. It's amazing how much we take for granted not having to live in hunger, and I am honored to have been asked to help spread the word about this eye-opening campaign again this year."
Hunter, who is currently chairman of the World Food Program USA, said, "I've seen firsthand how school feeding can change the life of a child in my travels to places like the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. At just 25 cents a meal, school meals have the power to break the cycle of hunger, giving children the chance to learn, grow and a reach their full potential."
Extreme poverty, defined by the World Bank as living on less than $1.50 per day, affects 1.4 billion people worldwide, and Live Below the Line works to increase awareness and understanding of this serious issue through firsthand experience, as well as to raise money for those living in extreme poverty.
Join these stars and pledge to get involved at livebelowtheline.com.
- Elizabeth Larner
Germany: Justin's monkey going nowhere
German customs authorities said Tuesday that Justin Bieber's monkey is going nowhere for now, even though the singer has apparently asked that it be removed from an animal shelter where it is staying and be placed in a zoo.
Mally, a 17-week-old capuchin monkey, was seized by customs authorities on March 28 when Justin failed to produce the required papers after landing in Munich while on tour.
Judith Brettmeister, a spokeswoman for the Munich Animal Protection League shelter, where Mally has been kept since then, told the Associated Press on Tuesday that her office has since received two emails from a representative saying he was with Justin's management company.
Judith said she could not confirm that the emails were really from the management company, "though they appear to be." Justin's representative did not immediately respond to an email requesting confirmation.
Customs spokesman Thomas Meister said Mally will stay in the shelter until Justin or someone with his power of attorney gets in touch with them directly.
Justin has until May 17 to provide Mally's paperwork, Thomas said.
"If by May 17 there is nothing, then he loses ownership of the animal, and it becomes the property of the Federal Republic of Germany," he said.
If Justin really does want to place the animal in a zoo, he is welcome to contact customs authorities and forfeit Mally at any time, but will likely have to pay costs associated with keeping the monkey so far and a fine, Thomas said. - AP
"I think the general rule is when you say, 'Do you know who I am?' the answer is most likely no. If you have to explain to someone you're famous, then you're technically not that famous." - Actor David Spade, telling a TMZ reporter when it's acceptable to use the "don't-you-know-who-I-am card"
What the stars are tweeting
"WHAT?! AGAIN? Sorry guys, still not dating @ernestoarguello Who are these 'sources'??" - @EvaLongoria (actress Eva Longoria), responding to rumors that she and "Ready for Love" star Ernesto Arguello are dating
Happy birthday for April 24
Actor-singer Doc Shaw ("Tyler Perry's House of Payne") is 21.
Singer-songwriter Ben Howard is 26.
Singer-bassist Tyson Ritter of the All-American Rejects is 29.
Singer Kelly Clarkson ("American Idol") is 31.
Actress Sasha Barrese ("The Hangover") is 32
Actor Austin Nichols ("One Tree Hill") is 33.
Actress Rebecca Mader ("No Ordinary Family," "Lost") is 36.
Actor Eric Balfour ("24") is 36.
Bassist Brian Marshall of Creed is 40.
Actress Melinda Clarke ("The O.C.") is 44.
Drummer Aaron Comess of the Spin Doctors is 45.
Drummer Patty Schemel of Hole is 46.
Actor Djimon Hounsou ("Blood Diamond," "Amistad") is 49.
Actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer ("The Soul Man") is 49.
Bassist Billy Gould of Faith No More is 50.
Actor Glenn Morshower ("24") is 54.
Bassist David J of Love and Rockets and of Bauhaus is 56.
Actor Michael O'Keefe ("Roseanne") is 58.
Singer-bassist Jack Blades of Night Ranger is 59.
Actor Eric Bogosian ("Law and Order: Criminal Intent") is 60.
Singer-keyboardist Rob Hyman of the Hooters is 63.
Drummer Doug Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revival is 68.
Country singer Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys is 70.
Actress-singer-director Barbra Streisand ("Funny Girl") is 71.
Actress Shirley MacLaine ("The Apartment," "Terms of Endearment") is 79.