Missions of Mercy
In the aftermath of the tsunami
disasters, Hollywood is rolling up its sleeves and taking
action, lending a helping hand to the victims of the
"Extra" has learned stars like Susan Sarandon,
Julianne Moore, Dustin Hoffman and Debra Messing will
donate their time to a telethon. We've also learned
another telethon is being planned for NBC stations on
January 15th. George Clooney, Christina Aguilera, Tim
McGraw and Sheryl Crow will participate in that one.
Meanwhile, "Good Morning America" has had
an artist on every morning this week to perform and
raise money; Wednesday it was Wynonna Judd. "Here
we are in the worst of times and yet music is such a
healer," Wynonna said.
We met up with Rob Bourndon and Chester Bennington of
the rock band Linkin Park, who were among the first
celebrities to offer their support to relief efforts.
They've also been deeply touched by the suffering and
the group has joined "Music for Relief," a
coalition of musicians raising money for victims. Chester
told us they'll be working to put a benefit concert
Athletes are also helping out. Laker star Kobe Bryant
is one of several players who have pledged to donate
$1,000 for each point they score in an upcoming game.
But along with helping, for many celebrities there is
also heartbreak. Leonardo DiCaprio, in Rome promoting
"The Aviator," appeared on "Good Morning
America" to discuss the tragedy. "When I heard
about the news I was completely devastated," Leo
Leo's "Aviator" co-star Cate Blanchett talked
about the tragedy on the red carpet, observing that,
"The earth has shifted off its axis and things
are changing. You never -- for one second -- forget
it, no matter how bright the lights are."
On Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey opened her show with an
emotional tribute to Nate Berkus, a regular on her show
who survived the tsunami. She revealed he is now back
home recovering, but still anxiously awaiting word on
his friend, celebrity photographer Fernando Bengochea,
who is still missing.
Now, the question is what other parts of the world are
at risk? Time magazine Science Editor Philip Elmer-DeWitt
outlined tsunami danger zones for us, saying "There
were eighty tsunamis that hit the coast of California
over the past two hundred years."
Danger zone include California, Hawaii, Florida and
Africa, but Elmer-DeWitt notes that we are much better
prepared than Asia. "We'll get a big one eventually,"
he stated. "We're not likely to lose one-hundred-and-fifty
to two-hundred-thousand people."
As people in Asia mourn the missing and try to get their
lives back together, Americans are stopping everything
to try and lessen their pain.