…Beyonce will perform in London and Madonna will take the stage in New York in the Friday evening benefit show which is being broadcast on all four leading U.S. networks, dozens of cable channels and internationally on Internet websites.
Clooney, the “Up in the Air” star who organized the event, will officially make his $1 million donation during the telecast, his spokesman said. Clooney, who will take part from Los Angeles, told “Entertainment Tonight” he had been up for “three days straight trying to put it together.”
“It’s first getting networks together, getting phone lines, phone banks, charitable organizations together and finding the way to get the money to them. It’s a long process of making deals and trying to get things done,” he said.
Other notables taking part include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, U2 frontman Bono, singer Bruce Springsteen, rapper Jay-Z and actors Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.
MTV, the show’s co-producer, has said “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief,” will be the most widely distributed telethon in history.
8. Madonna, “Hung Up” (Johan Renck)
Madonna may be wearing Karen Lynn Gorney’s thrift store hand-me-downs and dancing for her own sake, but I’d like to see John Travolta or anyone else dare to ask her if she’s in training to be anything other than the yoga-flexible, parkour-and-krump co-opting, ass-cleave-baring, DDR-oblivious, beatbox-humping trooper she is and always will be. EH
19. Madonna, “American Life (Director’s Cut)” (Jonas Akerlund)
When announcing her decision not to release director Jonas Akerlund’s original cut of the “American Life” video, Madonna claimed that she did not “want to risk offending anyone who might misinterpret” its meaning. It seemed like spin control back in 2003, but that statement reads today like a damning indictment of the reactionary groupthink that gripped the nation in the early days of the Iraq War. It isn’t like either the video’s message about viewing war as a form of popular entertainment or its striking, loaded images leave much room for misinterpretation. Prescient? Yes. Relevant? Surely. Subtle? Not so much. JK
Several major broadcast networks and cable channels will air MTV Networks’ “Hope for Haiti,” an all-star telethon for Haitian earthquake relief, on Jan. 22.
Networks showing the telethon are ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT. It will also be available internationally. The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Eastern time and will run commercial-free.
Haitian-born entertainer Wyclef Jean will helm the show from New York, and George Clooney will host the Los Angeles part. CNN’s Anderson Cooper will be in Haiti.
The show will benefit Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation, as well as UNICEF, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, and the Red Cross.
“On my way to New York. Playing with Madonna Friday for a Haiti telethon. Stay tuned. No pun intended.” – Monte Pittman at Facebook