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Saturday
Jan142012

'Revenge' Actor Madeleine Stowe Helping Build Haiti School

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- She plays the Queen of Mean in her latest role as Victoria Grayson on ABC's Revenge but off-camera, actress Madeleine Stowe is working to help children in Haiti get a fresh start.

"If I had all the money in the world, I would know where it would go," Stowe said. "I know exactly where it would go."

It's been two years since a massive earthquake tore through the impoverished Caribbean country, but Haiti continues to feel its ravaged effects. Through a group called Artists for Peace and Social Justice, Stowe is helping to build Haiti's first free public high school -- 100 percent of donations to the organization go towards work on the ground.

"It will eventually have 3,000 students," Stowe said. "The beauty of it is that it is enclosed in this 40-acre compound where this hospital exists so the children are also getting health care."

Stowe has been traveling to Haiti since before the 2010 earthquake and said when she returns from her trips, she feels new heartache.

"When I come back the same thing always happens, I'm hungry but I can't eat," she said. "I feel an ache in my stomach and I -- invariably we -- I variably weep. I never weep when I'm there because the people are so alive and present and when I come back, that's generally when I fall apart."

It's a world away from the fictional Grayson Manor on Revenge, which has become one of the most popular TV dramas this season after launching last fall, and Stowe's role as Victoria, the scheming socialite with ice in her veins and that tantalizing, evil smile, is far from the real person.

"She's full of hate... she's very venal, but she also loves very deeply," Stowe said of her character. "I have it in me to be mean. We all have a little mean, but I try to keep it down. It happens if I am politically outraged or have a bad day with my husband maybe. Definitely comes through."

Revenge is like The Count of Monte Cristo set in the luxurious Hamptons, present day -- although Grayson Manor was recreated on a sound stage in Manhattan Beach, Calif. from a house in North Carolina. The Graysons are American blue bloods with a hedge fund and a few skeletons in the closet.

"I thought it would be interesting for the viewers to watch their cake and eat it too," Stowe said. "In other words, see people with a very extravagant lifestyle, but having terrible things happen to them."

As Victoria, Stowe may be the best-dressed woman on television, with every outfit custom tailored to fit her body -- she admitted with a laugh that she doesn't get to keep the clothes. But while her character lives like a diva, Stowe is passionately private. It's one reason the actress said she took a step back from working in movies 15 years ago.

"There is a part of me that likes the attention, but mostly I would disappear and recede," she said. "It's always about, for me, trying to find the thing I am very engaged in and feel clean about, which is sort of the anti-thesis to this character."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Dec212011

Kim Kardashian Under Tabloid Attack for Visit to Haiti

David Livingston/Getty Images(BOCA RATON, Fla.) -- Kim Kardashian has described her recent visit to impoverished Haiti as “completely life-changing" and a "very emotional and surprisingly positive journey" that she will never forget, but that's not the way the National Enquirer portrays the trip. The tabloid quotes sources as saying Kardashian's 48-hour visit was for a fashion show and a photo-op.

The tabloid reports Kardashian stayed in a $1,000-a night hotel suite, and mostly avoided the refugee camps where more than 600,000 Haitians continue to live after becoming homeless following last year's devastating earthquake.

One source tells the Enquirer, "The whole trip was a sham...all she did was rub shoulders with the nation's elite."

Locals yelled, "Phony" and, "Go Back home, Kim" at the reality star, according to the report.

The National Enquirer says when Kardashian visited a school to pass out Christmas presents, it was Haiti's most prestigious academy, and "orphans were bused in to meet her."  Another source says Kardashian seemed to be inconvenienced by the poverty and was seen cleaning her hands with disinfectant wipes after shaking a few hands.

Kardashian, however, is striking back, telling Us, she is saddened that, “some media outlets have tried to tarnish the motive" behind her visit and, "have written completely ridiculous and untrue things.”

She states on her blog, “The truth is that I was at the Haitian Artisan Craft Fair, where the amazing men and women who take their jewelry and crafts sell them to visitors to make a living, and I bought some beautiful jewelry.”

During her visit, Kardashian also met with actress Maria Bello to learn about her We Advance charity, which strives to promote health and the well-being of women throughout Haiti.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Mar222011

Charlie Sheen Tour Headed for Haiti? Actor Appears on 'Jimmy Kimmel'

Jeff Vespa/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlie Sheen is planning on bringing his upcoming tour to Haiti, which is still recovering from last year's earthquake, according to TMZ.com.

The former Two and a Half Men star, who would donate the proceeds to charity, is reportedly planning on making Haiti the last stop on his Sheen LIVE: My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option tour.  Sheen has also reportedly gotten help from Sean Penn in bringing the show to Haiti.  Penn has been very active in the country's recovery efforts.

In other news, Sheen made an unpublicized walk-on on Monday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC.

Kimmel was interviewing guest Mark Cuban about talks he's reportedly had with Sheen about creating a show for Cuban's HDNet when Sheen himself strode onstage, his arms laden with bags full of Charlie Sheen-branded merchandise.

Sheen said little during the cameo, but he did give Kimmel a kiss on the lips, throw t-shirts to the enthusiastic crowd, and dropped a hint about a possible future with the Fox network by presenting Kimmel with a coffee mug with a fox on it, telling the host, "You figure it out."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Mar202011

Wyclef Jean Shot in Hand in Haiti

ABC News(PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti) -- Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean is recovering after suffering a gunshot wound to the hand Saturday in Haiti.

The Haitian singer was reportedly wounded by a bullet around 11 p.m. in Port-au-Prince, and was immediately taken to a hospital for treatment. A spokesperson for Jean described the injury as a minor graze to the hand, and said that Jean was treated and released from the hospital, and that he is fine.

The shooting occurred the day before Haiti’s presidential election. Jean is in the country to support presidential candidate Michel Martelly.

“Wyclef's commitment to his native country and to his people is unparalleled. He is therefore undeterred by this incident,” said Jean’s spokesperson Cindy Tanenbaum in a statement.

On Twitter, a tweet from the singer’s account said, “We have spoken to Wyclef, he is ok. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers -- Management”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Mar052011

Sean Penn: Charlie Sheen Has a Lot to Offer Haiti

Jeff Vespa/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- After his whirlwind week of media appearances, Charlie Sheen says he'll now be focusing his exceptional energy in one of the last places you'd expect: the ongoing Haitian relief effort.

Speaking with Access Hollywood on Friday, Sheen said that he and his friend Sean Penn were planning a trip to Haiti and that he wants to help focus the attention of the world back on the devastated Caribbean nation.

He did not indicate when they would be leaving.

According to Oscar winner and long-time Sheen friend Sean Penn, the troubled actor has a lot to offer the island country that was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January 2010 that killed an estimated 316,000 people.

"I think his energies, intelligence and passion could be both of service and servicing to him, as it is to all who are touched by the struggle of the Haitian people," Penn said in a statement Friday.

"Charlie is one of the very few public people who cannot be accused of using the media to his own benefit. I would very much like to show my old friend the world of needs on the ground in Haiti, and introduce him and his tremendous wit to our hard working Haitian staff," Penn added.

Since the earthquake hit Haiti on January 12, Penn has become a major spokesman of relief efforts to help the estimated 1.3 million people who lost their homes.

"If [Sheen] chooses to give support, I'll trust it," Penn said of Sheen.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Mar042011

Charlie Sheen Latest: He's Jewish, Going to Haiti

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlie Sheen has revealed that he's partly Jewish.

The actor, who has been accused of anti-Semitic remarks aimed at Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, told an interviewer that he is Jewish on his mother's side of the family.

"Here's where it gets confusing – we don't know who her father is … but she is, in fact, Jewish," Sheen told Access Hollywood Live in a phone interview.

Sheen also said he plans to travel to Haiti next week with Sean Penn.

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