Katrina Update: Fats Domino found, more stars give back
So at least one person has been rescued from Katrina. They still don’t know where Fats Domino (left) is, but the ”Walkin’ to New Orleans” singer’s daughter spotted him in a news photo taken Monday of a rescue boat.
– Meanwhile, stars continue to pitch in, as several TV specials take shape. Late additions to Harry Connick‘s NBC telethon tonight are New Orleans music mainstay Aaron Neville, Faith Hill, Hilary Swank (whose movie shoot for The Reaping had to flee Louisiana), Lindsay Lohan, John Goodman, Claire Danes, and Mike Myers. The BET Sept. 9 event, announced yesterday by Russell Simmons and Chris Rock, will feature Jay-Z, Diddy, Stevie Wonder, Omarion, Common, rappers Master P and Juvenile (who both lost their New Orleans homes), Wynton Marsalis, and Mississippi rapper David Banner. The CBS-ABC-Fox special will air next Tuesday or Wednesday, with Ellen DeGeneres in talks to host.
– More star charity: Jay-Z, Diddy, and Celine Dion have each pledged $1 million. Jay Leno will auction off a Harley-Davidson autographed by next week’s Tonight Show guests. Eddie Griffin, performing two stand-up shows at a Louisiana casino this weekend, is donating the proceeds. Jane Kaczmarek and Bradley Whitford will donate the proceeds from their annual Clothes Off Our Backs auction of celebrity formalwear from the Emmys (Sept. 18). 3 Doors Down are urging concertgoers to bring food and clothing. Barry Manilow is matching — and doubling — hurricane relief contributions made to his Manilow Fund for Health & Hope, aiming to raise a total of $150,000. And Wil Wheaton is helping to organize some benefit poker tournaments.
– Reality TV is affected: Tim Farris of INXS announced on Wednesday’s Rock Star: INXS that the band had made a donation. And the American Idol auditions scheduled for Monday in Memphis, a city overwhelmed by refugee aid efforts, have been canceled.
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