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Meet the man who will die in the next 'Game of Thrones' book

When you play the game of thrones, sometimes you win and you die.

ABC News reports that Dave Goldblatt, a 30-year-old Facebook employee, has won the highest prize in author George R.R. Martin’s most recent charity auction, which is raising money for Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot of Santa Fe. Goldblatt coughed up the Braavos-level sum of $20,000 to enter the “martyr” donation level — for which Martin promised to name a character after the donor (and then kill that character later in the series).

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On the Scene: Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity benefit

Alzheimer’s? The worst. Seth Rogen, wife Lauren Miller, and their crew of charity-loving comedians getting together for an Alzheimer’s research benefit? The best.

Miller’s own mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 55, which inspired Miller and her husband to find a way to educate more people about the disease. They created Hilarity for Charity to bring Alzheimer’s awareness to younger crowds, and, more concretely, to fund Alzheimer’s research and donate resources to families struggling with it.  READ FULL STORY

See Seth Rogen tackle Alzheimer's at Senate hearing -- VIDEO

Seth Rogen isn’t all stoner comedies and “Bound 2″ parodies. The self-described “man-child” put on a suit and tie yesterday to speak in front of the Senate about promoting Alzheimer’s education.

This wasn’t the first time Rogen has spoken out about Alzheimer’s. In 2011, he and his wife Lauren Miller sat down with Larry King to discuss the disease. Miller’s mom was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in her mid-fifties and, now in her sixties, is unable to perform most basic functions. Seeing the effects of Alzheimer’s on his mother-in-law has made Rogen an outspoken supporter of research, going as far as to start a charity with Miller.

Their organization, Hilarity for Charity, puts on events that include performances by comedy greats like Aziz Ansari and Patton Oswalt. The money raised by these events goes to families struggling with the disease and to research.

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon rag on each other for charity -- VIDEO

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Matt Damon, the greatest good sport ever, is taking shots again, now from actor buddy Ben Affleck. But he’s firing back this time. The two appear in a video together to promote their latest cause: The deal is you donate $10 that will go toward both the Eastern Congo Initiative (Affleck’s choice) and Water.org (Damon’s choice) and you (plus a friend) will also be entered to win a trip to go to Hollywood and attend a VIP event with the duo.

In the video, Affleck bashes Damon’s height, Damon opens an old wound by pointing out that Affleck’s eye twitches whenever someone brings up Gigli, Affleck brags about his Best Picture win for Argo, Damon indirectly claims he did most of the writing for Good Will Hunting. It’s all in good fun though, and the two erupt in laughter as the video ends. If this is what going on a date with the two will be like, I’m in.

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Taylor Swift tops list of 2013's most charitable celebrities

Taylor Swift is the gift that keeps on giving.

Every year, the nonprofit DoSomething.org compiles a top 20 list of “Celebs Gone Good” that’s filled with stars whose charitable activities set them apart from the pack. 2013′s top dog, generosity-wise, is none other than the Red singer/songwriter — which shouldn’t surprise Swift fans, since she also led DoSomething’s list last year. A release notes Swift’s work at the recent Winter White Gala in London, a benefit for homeless youth, as well as her latest liberal gift to the Nashville music scene — a $100,000 donation to the Nashville Symphony, bequeathed on Swift’s 24th birthday.

The list’s number 2 spot is occupied by the benevolent heartthrobs of One Direction, who began 2013 by volunteering as a group in Ghana under the auspices of Comic Relief. Individual group members, too, have shown big charitable impulses; DoSomething says that Harry Styles and Liam Payne raised over $800,000 for cancer research this year as well. (So maybe Styles is more than just “Trouble” after all.) Chime for Change and Goodwill activist Beyoncé, Reach Out Worldwide founder Paul Walker, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose smash hit “Same Love” spurred a national conversation about marriage equality and the hip-hop community, round out the list’s top 5.

Check below to see 2013′s full list of Celebs Gone Good.

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Pardcast-A-Thon 2013 preview: Jimmy Pardo on Smile Train and hitting the eight-hour podcast wall

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Why is Thanksgiving such a perfect setting for marathons? (The non-physical kind, of course.) Is it because the entire holiday weekend is dedicated to extended bouts of gluttony and shopping till one drops?

No matter the reason, this Thanksgiving not only brings the return of the MST3K Turkey Day marathon, but it also ushers in this year’s Never Not Funny Pardcast-A-Thon. Launching the day after Thanksgiving at noon PT, hosts Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap, and Pat Francis will live-stream 13 straight hours of auditory and visual comedy goodness in support of Smile Train. This year’s guests include Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Andy Richter, Joel Stein, Scott Aukerman, Doug Benson, and radio legend Phil Hendrie.

Now in its fifth year, the Pardcast-A-Thon has grown from a nine-hour romp in 2009 to the current jumbo-sized run. To date, the Pardcast-A-Thon has raised over $300,000 for Smile Train, a charity that seeks to repair cleft lips and palettes in children all over the world. “I donated money to Smile Train just one Sunday after seeing it in the back of Parade magazine,” Pardo told EW. “I saw the picture of the child and it said for $250 and a 45-minute surgery, you can change a child’s life. My dumb little head understood that. I’ve donated money before to other great causes, but for $250, I’m really gonna understand what’s happening here.”

Pardo shared his experience with friend and collaborator Pat Francis, and Francis revealed he had also just donated to Smile Train. That’s where Pardcast-A-Thon was born. “For whatever reason, Smile Train responded to the idea that we were doing this for them, and it’s a comedy show, so they’re putting smiles on kids’ faces, and I’m a comic putting smiles on people’s face,” Pardo said. “It sounds a little cheesy, but everything really worked out and that became our charity of choice.”
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'Anchorman' live reading, on the scene: Ron Burgundy, philanthropist?

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Even when he’s stripped of the polyester suit, bushy mustache, and ’70s news desk, it’s always hilarious to hear Will Ferrell shout, “Great Odin’s raven!” Ferrell and the rest of the Anchorman cast gathered at Santa Monica, California’s Broad Stage on Thursday night for a live reading of the 2004 comedy’s script, a benefit for the nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826LA.

Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy was joined by the rest of his Channel 4 News Team — Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner), and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) — along with lady love Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). Jack Black, Chris Parnell, Danny Trejo, Fred Willard, and Fred Armisen even showed up for their minor roles, with Maya Rudolph voicing any non-Veronica ladies (including the role of the Mama Bear in her captioned conversation with Baxter the dog). Director/writer Adam McKay read all the stage cues aloud, while narrator Bill Kurtis lent his golden pipes to the event.

Conan O’Brien hosted the festivities and filled in for Vince Vaughn’s rival newsman during the live reading. “Only in L.A. do they do charity readings of screenplays,” O’Brien said, joking that the next benefit would be a script reading of Bio-Dome 2. As the night’s MC, he laid out some ground rules for the evening: “If you have hard candy, unwrap it now — and stick it up your ass.” When the crowd reacted to his profanity, O’Brien said, “There are no kids here. Who would bring children to a benefit for children?”

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Bryan Cranston, Cher offer custom voicemail recordings for charity

It may be one of the most boring lines ever — “Leave a message after the beep.” But what if you managed to jazz up your phone’s outgoing message with a celebrity?

The advocacy group Autism Speaks is offering just that: custom-recorded messages from Batman star Adam West, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, singer Cher, actors Jack Black, Peter Dinklage, and Jim Parsons, Star Wars star Mark Hamill, Star Trek actors Michael Dorn and Zachary Quinto, and broadcaster Vin Scully.

“We got a good mix and match,” said Ed Asner, the curmudgeonly Emmy Award winner of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant, who dreamed up the unusual fundraiser with one of his sons, Matt, who works for Autism Speaks. “They’ve all been really happy to do it. And if they’re not happy, I’ll put a hit out on them.”

From Oct. 7 to Oct. 13, a limited number of 20-second long MP3 messages you write will be recorded by each celebrity on a first-come, first-served basis for fans to do with as they wish. All requests must be of the PG variety and each costs $299.
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'Breaking Bad' props sell out for New Mexico charity

For all the Breaking Bad fans who ever admired Walter White’s pleat-front khakis and thought, “Man, that meth cook has style,” the Albuquerque, New Mexico, Goodwill was the place to be this weekend. The show thanked the local thrift store for providing furniture and clothing throughout its five-season run by donating items from the set for an auction, including Walt’s pants, dress shirts, and shoes.

Other items available at Saturday’s auction (which reportedly sold out all 200 items within two hours): chemistry lab equipment, furniture from Mike Ehrmantraut’s house, and DEA hats.

One fan posted a photo from the auction of people lined up around the building waiting for their shot at some BB swag:
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Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel put 'Wicked'-ly adorable new twist on 'I'm Not That Girl' -- VIDEO

Broadway power couple Idina Menzel (Wicked) and Taye Diggs (Rent) were so grateful for one woman’s support of A Broader Way, their performing-arts charity for under-served communities, that they decided to thank her in the best way they know how: with a song!

For the thank-you tune, Menzel, who also plays Rachel Berry (Lea Michele)’s mom on Glee, chose “I’m Not That Girl,” one of her standout numbers from Wicked, but this time, it had the added bonus of her dreamy husband beatboxing in the background. The cell phone video was recorded at the airport, with the couple crouched in a corner, singing/beatboxing as quietly as possible — but we’re guessing their fellow Delta loungers wouldn’t have minded an impromptu performance from the talented twosome. Check it out below:
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