Jerry Lewis is out as host of this year's muscular dystrophy telethon.
In May, the 85-year-old comedian-filmmaker announced that the Sept. 4 show was going to be his last. But the Muscular Dystrophy Association abruptly and briefly announced Lewis would no longer be its national chairman — or be on the upcoming Labor Day fundraiser, as he has for some five decades.
Jimmy Smits is paying tribute to the people who actively fight cancer in a new Stand Up to Cancer ad.
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"I'm standing up for my cousin, Carol, who passed away in 2008 after a long battle against cancer, and other members of my family who have been touched by it," Smits said in a statement.
The PSA features ...
Laura Ziskin has a tough job — and not just as one of Hollywood's most successful producers.
Ziskin, a breast cancer survivor who produced the Spider-Man trilogy, Pretty Woman and the Academy Awards — twice — also co-created Stand Up to Cancer, a special that has to engage audiences while dealing with one of the most sensitive subjects imaginable.
"I joke that I have to make cancer entertaining," Ziskin tells TVGuide.com. "It's a tough challenge, but I'm up for it. And I can promise you our show will be entertaining."
Stand Up To Cancer fundraiser returning in September
Friday's telethon will focus on survivors — including celebrities who haven't spoken out ...
Supernatural's Misha Collins, who plays an angel who doesn't help people, hopes to use his stardom and Supernatural fandom to lead people to reach out to others in any way they can — through his Random Acts charity. "If it's something unusual and something people aren't expecting, then it has a greater chance of having a lasting impact," the 36-year-old actor tells TVGuide.com. Among his projects: raising money to help build three orphanages in Haiti as well as raising funds for the victims of the flood in Pakistan. His effort also includes...