- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 2, 2011

‘Extreme Makeover’ fundraiser to salute military families

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will salute military families in a Veterans Day fundraising special featuring stars including Jewel, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams, the Associated Press reports.

The hourlong ABC special, airing at 8 p.m. Nov. 11, will focus on issues faced by veterans and highlight the skills they can bring to the workforce and their communities, ABC and the charitable Entertainment Industry Foundation said Wednesday.

Jewel, who is co-hosting the special with Ty Pennington of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” also will sing.

“We want everyone to pitch in,” she said in a statement. “We don’t want the veterans to feel forgotten. Through their struggles, illness, post-traumatic stress disorder and a tough economy, we’re here to let them know they’re still supported.”

Celebrities will ask viewers to donate by phone and online to groups that support military veterans. Those scheduled to take part include George Lopez, J.R. Martinez, Rachael Ray, Sherri Shepherd and Major League Baseball players Daniel Murphy, Shane Victorino and Clay Buchholz.

“It’s important that the people who are watching and the people who may not have a lot themselves hear the clarion call. And even if they give $5, they have done something to help,” said Miss Goldberg, who added that as the longtime co-host of Comic Relief she has seen how generous people can be.

“Kids went in their pockets, people broke their piggy banks, and they gave what they could to make someone else’s life better. What’s better than that? That’s America,” said the actress and co-host of “The View.”

Contributions from the special, subtitled, “Rise and Honor,” will go to the Fisher House Foundation, Hire Heroes USA, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, USO, Volunteers of America and Welcome Back Veterans.

J.R. Martinez tapped as Rose Parade grand marshal

The grand marshal for Pasadena’s 123rd Tournament of Roses is a certain crowd pleaser.

Leading the Jan. 2 procession of floats will be J.R. Martinez, the “Dancing With the Stars” contestant, “All My Children” daytime soap-opera star and Iraq War veteran who was seriously burned when his Humvee hit a land mine, the Associated Press reports.

Mr. Martinez also will toss the coin before the kickoff of the 98th Rose Bowl game, in honor of all wounded military personnel.

The Tournament of Roses Association’s announcement Tuesday said Mr. Martinez is a perfect fit for the parade theme, “Just Imagine.”

Mr. Martinez said he’s grateful for the opportunity to share his message of hope and possibility.

Tournament President Rick Jackson said Mr. Martinez is an inspiration because of his courage and dedication to helping all Americans facing challenges.

‘America’s Most Wanted’ making return in December

Bad guys, look out! John Walsh returns to the air next month with weekly editions of “America’s Most Wanted.”

According to the Associated Press, the Lifetime cable TV network announced Tuesday that the crime-fighting series will return for its 25th season at 9 p.m. Dec. 2. Lifetime has ordered 20 weekly hour-long episodes.

Mr. Walsh will remain as the host of the criminal roundup, which since 1988 has helped bring almost 1,200 fugitives to justice.

Until June, “America’s Most Wanted” had been a fixture on the Fox network. Then Fox announced last spring that it was axing the series because of high production costs.

Mr. Walsh calls his show “the court of last resort” in its mission to put criminals behind bars. His 6-year-old son, Adam, was kidnapped and killed in 1981.

Tango trips up Arquette, leads to ‘Dancing’ ouster

It was the last tango for David Arquette.

According to the Associated Press, the 40-year-old actor was dismissed Tuesday from “Dancing With the Stars.”

“This whole thing has been incredible. I’ve loved it,” he said after learning he’d be leaving. “I came here to get to know more about myself, face my fears, entertain people, [give] America a chance to get to know me better and learn how to dance.”

Mr. Arquette earned 47 points out of 60 for his two dances on Monday’s episode: A cha-cha that impressed the judges and a team tango that didn’t.

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said Mr. Arquette’s cha-cha showed growth. But the team dance failed to come together. Judge Len Goodman said the bulk of the routine “was a disaster.”

Mr. Arquette finished three points ahead of last-place dancer Nancy Grace, who relied on her fans to keep her in the contest. She will return to dance again, along with Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez, Rob Kardashian and Hope Solo.

Judges’ scores are combined with viewer votes to determine which celebrity contestant is ousted each week.

Mr. Arquette joins previously eliminated contestants Chaz Bono, Carson Kressley, Chynna Phillips, Kristin Cavallari, Elisabetta Canalis and Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest. All are expected to return for the show’s season finale later this month.

Kardashian offers fans explanation for divorce

Kim Kardashian says she never meant to hurt anyone by ending her marriage after just 72 days.

The 31-year-old reality star posted a message to her fans on her website Tuesday, one day after filing for divorce from Kris Humphries, whom she married in a lavish ceremony that aired as a two-hour TV special on E!

Miss Kardashian said that while she “married for love” and “would not have spent so much time on something just for a TV show,” she admitted she “got caught up with the hoopla and the filming of the TV show.”

“When I probably should have ended my relationship, I didn’t know how to and I didn’t want to disappoint a lot of people,” she wrote.

Miss Kardashian said she takes “full responsibility for my actions and decisions,” adding that “it just didn’t turn out to be the fairy tale I had so badly hoped for.”

Miss Kardashian and Mr. Humphries dated for nine months before marrying in August. In her post, Miss Kardashian said she plans to “donate the money for all the gifts to the Dream Foundation.”

She did not mention Mr. Humphries in the 370-word message.

Compiled from web and wire reports.