Oscar winners boost Haiti telethon

Performer list for global event grows

Firmly becoming a who’s who of Hollywood, Friday’s multi-network “Hope for Haiti” telethon has added a host of past Oscar winners to its roster of talent.

With many of the musical guests signed on earlier this week, “Hope for Haiti” bookers turned their attention to thespians. Halle Berry, Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington have joined the broadcast, which will be televised by more than 25 U.S. networks as well as several internationally.

Sirius XM radio and several online outlets will also air the telethon, organized by George Clooney with MTV Networks and produced by Joel Gallen.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Pattinson, Brad Pitt, Chris Rock, Will Smith, Ben Stiller and Jon Stewart have also signed on to participate in Friday’s event, along with President Bill Clinton and boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

The telethon’s musical roster also grew, with Beyonce committing to a performance in London and Madonna in New York City. Haitian Artist Emeline Michel will perform from Los Angeles.

Hope for Haiti” also announced Thursday that it will begin accepting donations at 9 a.m. Friday at http://www.hopeforhaitinow.org or (877) 99-HAITI. You can also text “GIVE” to 50555 to donate.

Other Haiti fundraisers continue to crop up. Film director Paul Haggis is hosting a fundraiser at his home Sunday with a minimum $5,000 donation for attendance. Crow and Moby are among those scheduled to perform. Scheduled attendees include Javier Bardem, Simon Baker, Maria Bello, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Josh Brolin, Pierce Brosnan, Marcia Cross, Penelope Cruz, Ted Danson, James Franco, Diane Lane, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Rick Nicita, Amy Pascal, Mary Steenburgen, Madeleine Stowe, Charlize Theron, Paula Wagner and Olivia Wilde.

In addition, Largo at the Cornonet will host a benefit Monday night, featuring Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman and others.

The “Hope for Haiti” telethon will commence Friday at 5 p.m. Pacific. It will be broadcast live on most networks, but delayed to 8 p.m. Pacific on the broadcast networks for West Coast viewers.

Previously announced musical performers include Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Wyclef Jean, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen and Sting in New York City, and Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Dave Matthews, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder in Los Angeles (along with a group performance by Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock and Keith Urban). Coldplay will also perform in London, along with a group performance by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna.

The music performances from the telethon will be available via iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Rhapsody beginning Saturday, with all proceeds going to the “Hope for Haiti Now” charities: Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, Yele Haiti Foundation and the Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation.

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