Gonzalez Among the Frontrunners to Join ABC’s “The View”

It looks like October Gonzalez may be sharing her view(s) with the world…

Gonzalez, the wife of retiring football star Tony Gonzalez is reportedly one of the frontrunners to join Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell on ABC’s The View when the daytime talk show returns in September.

Tony & October Gonzalez

Gonzalez, who famously posed naked with her husband for PETA to discourage fur wearing, was among the prospects that ABC chemistry-tested Thursday on the set of The Chew before a test audience.

If selected to serve on the panel, the self-described “Mommy, Wife, Sister, blogger and love of life” would become the show’s first Latina to co-host the daytime talker.

“It’s all speculation at this point — we don’t have any announcement; no decisions have been made,” a rep for The View told Deadline.com.

Gonzalez and the other semi-finalists have done practice rounds with Goldberg and O’Donnell for the express purpose of chem-testing them to reach some conclusions as to how to best cast a new panel that includes the two hosts who are set to return — O’Donnell after a several-season break.

Other contenders include MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, CNN Crossfire’s S.E. Cupp, CNN contributing legal analyst Sunny Hostin, CNN political contributor Ana Navarro, Bloomberg TV managing editor Stephanie Ruhle; ESPN anchor Sage Steele, ESPN.com columnist Jemele Hill, and Good Day LA co-host Lauren Sanchez.

Show producers are reportedly searching for their first Latina as well as a more conservative voice to join the panel – a seat once filled by Fox and Friends co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

De Moura to Appear Naked in New PETA Campaign

Adriana De Moura is preparing for an oh-so-revealing PETA campaign…

The Brazilian Real Housewives of Miami star, who got married in May, will go naked for an upcoming PETA campaign, according to E! News.

Adriana De Moura

De Moura is reportedly going to ditch her clothes and pose in a bathtub for an ad that will raise awareness about the cruel practice of keeping sea mammals for entertainment purpose.

De Moura’s ad will ask the question, “Could you live in a tub for 40 years?” It will be focused on the story of a lone Orca called Lolita. Killer whales travel in groups in the ocean, but the mammal is imprisoned in a small tank at the Miami Seaquarium. Lolita has been there since it was caught in 1970.

De Moura hopes that appearing in the ad will bring about change. She’s passionate about the issue because her native Brazil has banned the cruel practice along with a few other countries. De Moura and other activists are urging Miami Seaquarium to send Lolita to Puget Sound.

Lozada Strips Down for Peta’s Anti-Fur Campaign

This holiday season, Evelyn Lozada is lending her voice and her body for a good cause…

The 37-year-old Puerto Rican Basketball Wives star has stripped down to her birthday suit for PETA‘s latest “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign.

Evelyn Lozada's PETA Ad

Lozada’s cheeky new winter-themed anti-fur ad, shot by celebrity photographer Drexina Nelson, features the reality television star laying on her stomach with her bare legs dangling in the air and covered with faux snow.

“I’m an animal lover,” she says in a new promo spot for the campaign. “I’m definitely one of those people who wore fur years ago. I was looking online and I saw how these animals are tortured…You don’t really realize the hurt and the pain that they go through.”


In the PETA ad, Lozada shows the world that a woman doesn’t need to wear fur to be glamorous or beautiful.

She’s the latest in a long line of celebrities who’d “Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur,” including Eva Mendes, Khloe Kardashian, Christy Turlington, Wendy Williams, Joanna Krupa and Bethenny Frankel.

Gomez Receives Do Something Award & Grant

She may not be a Hollywood A-lister… But Katia Gomez is being touted for her A-list efforts to help those less fortunate.

The 24-year-old Latina philanthropist was the big winner at this year’s Do Something Awards, organized by DoSomething.org, which recognize celebrities and philanthropists for their charitable and activist efforts.

Katia Gomez

Gomez, who grew up in a single parent home where her mother always found time and money for Katia’s education, received the Do Something Award – along with a $100,000 grant – for creating Educate2Envision, which provides education for young citizens of Honduras.

While on a volunteer trip to Honduras, the third poorest country in Latin America, Gomez saw firsthand the effects of a young population in extreme poverty, where almost half of the population is 16 years old and younger and more than half of all Hondurans survive on only $2 a day. Gomez took her own passion for education and created Educate2Envision to show the opportunities that education can bring. Educate2Envision works in three remote and has brought secondary education to more than 450 students.

Lea Michele took home the TV Star: Female award. The 25-year-old part-Spanish Glee star thanked PETA’s Michelle Cho and reminded the audience to not ride horse-drawn carriages in New York, an issue she’s been speaking about alongside PETA.

New American Idol judge Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon picked up the Do Something Award in the Couple category.

The Do Something Awards, which also featured performances by Flo Rida and fun., will be presented on VH1 on Tuesday, August 21 at 9:00 pm ET.

Here’s the full list of winners:

The Do Something Award Katia Gomez
Athlete Hope Solo
Comedian Joel McHale
Couple Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
Facebook Ben Affleck and The Eastern Congo Initiative
Music Artist Will.i.am
Style Giuliana Rancic
TV Star: Female Lea Michele
TV Star: Male Cory Monteith
Twitter Kristen Bell

Winners revealed online following the show:
City Miami, Flor.
Film Invisible Children Kony 2012
Movie Star: Female Emma Stone
Movie Star: Male Josh Hutcherson
Reality TV Show Dancing With the Stars
TV Show The Big Bang Theory

Cruz: This Year’s “Key To The Cure” Ambassador

Penelope Cruz is hoping to raise awareness about women’s cancer research.

The 38-year-old Spanish actress, who is currently starring in Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love, has been named the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s ambassador for Saks Fifth Avenue’s 2012 Key To The Cure.

Penelope Cruz

As this year’s ambassador, Cruz will don a specially designed T-shirt by noted fashion designer Carolina Herrera that promotes women’s cancer research funding.

Herrera’s limited edition T-shirt will retail for $35 at Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and on saks.com. One hundred percent of the proceeds from each shirt sold will be donated to EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund, benefiting charitable programs dedicated to finding new detection methods, better treatments and eventual cures for women’s cancers.

Penelope Cruz in Key To The Cure T-Shirt

“By purchasing this year’s SAKS FIFTH AVENUE KEY TO THE CURE T-shirt, designed by Carolina Herrera, you can help continue the innovative research already in progress,” says the Oscar-winning actress. “Cancer has affected each and every one of us in one way or another and I am thrilled to be involved with this wonderful cause.”

Cruz, who bared a shoulder earlier this year in a PETA anti-fur ad, will appear in a national public service announcement wearing Herrera’s limited edition T-shirt. The PSA will appear in major fashion and lifestyle magazines in September and October.

The T-shirt debuts at Saks Fifth Avenue on October 1st.

Cruz Bares Shoulder in New PETA Anti-Fur Ad…

Despite the bitter cold temperatures in New York City, Penelope Cruz isn’t afraid to bare arms, or in this case, shoulders for a good cause.

The 37-year-old Oscar-winning actress gives fur the cold shoulder as part of PETA’s latest ad campaign.

Penelope Cruz's PETA Ad

Cruz, mother to one-year-old Leo with hubby Javier Bardem—is appearing on a 70-foot billboard that debuted near New York City’s Penn Station on Wednesday.

“Penelope has appeared on every ‘best-dressed’ list in the world, and the one thing you’ll never see her wearing is fur,” PETA’s Senior VP Lisa Lange tells Us Weekly in a statement of the animal rights group’s latest spokesmodel. “PETA couldn’t ask for a more fitting emblem of the modern, glamorous woman who knows that there’s nothing more beautiful than a woman who has a look that kills without anyone having to die for it.”

Cruz—who is preparing to work on her second film project with Woody Allen, who directed her an Academy Award in Vicky Cristina Barcelona—joins the likes of Taraji P. Henson and Bethenny Frankel in supporting the cause.

Lovato: A Celeb Gone Good!

There’s no denying Demi Lovato has a heart of gold… And, now she’s being recognized for giving back to the community.

The 19-year-old part-Mexican singer/actress—who has become a mental health advocate following her own personal struggles this years—has been named as one of this year’s Top 20 Celebs Gone Good, courtesy of DoSomething.org.

Demi Lovato to perform at the Latin Grammys

Lovato, who didn’t shy away from her personal struggles in 2011, landed at No. 10.

The former star of Disney’s Sonny with a Chancewho recently took on her former employer via Twitter after an inappropriate eating disorder joke—partnered with the Jed Foundation to get people talking about bullying and body image through her “Love is Louder Than the Pressure to Be Perfect” campaign.

As part of her quest to get girls to take action, Lovato opened up about her own personal struggles by acting as a spokesperson and guest editor for Seventeen magazine.

But Lovato wasn’t the only Latina making the list.

Colombian superstar Shakira, who was named the 2011 Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy, ranked at No. 11. The 34-year-old singing sensation has dedicated her life to promoting the importance of education. Last month, the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF visited India to promote learning among girls in impoverished areas. Earlier this year, Shakira was appointed to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. 

Meanwhile, part-Spanish actress Lea Michele entered the Celebs Gone Good list for the first time at No. 16. The Glee star and animal-rights activist has been using her powerful voice to call for a ban on horse-drawn carriages. Michele, a devoted advocate for PETA, even filmed a shocking video that shows the brutal conditions the horses endure. And she encourages her followers to get involved by tweeting information about animal cruelty.

For the first time, DoSomething.org incorporated Facebook voting to help determine the impact of celebrities reaching an audience with their cause. Criteria required stars to do more than simply give money, but to take action such as building houses, writing articles or founding an organization. Other entertainers making the list are Lady Gaga, who came in at No. 1, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift.

Click here to see the complete list of the Top 20 Celebs Gone Good.

 

Saporta & Michele Nominated for Top PETA2 Libby Award…

Call them the great liberators! Lea Michele and Gabe Saporta have been touted for being animal-friendly celebrities…

The 25-year-old part-Spanish Glee star and 32-year-old Uruguayan Cobra Starship front man have been nominated for the top Libby award, by PETA’s youth division, peta2.

Gabe Saporta & Lea Michele Libby Award Nominees

Michele and Saporta are both nominated in the Top Animal Friendly Celebrity category. The other nominees are Jackass star Steve-O, Victorious star Daniella Monet

Michele is recognized for her efforts to raise awareness about the cruel mistreatment of horses used for carriage rides in New York City.

Meanwhile, Saporta has been hailed peta2’s Sexiest Vegetarian in the past.

Other nominees in the various categories for the 6th annual Libbys, or Liberation Awards, include Ke$ha and Justin Bieber.

“Our nominees have all worked hard to shine their spotlights on a variety of important animal issues,” says peta2 Division Manager Marta Holmberg. “As our accomplished stars demonstrate, compassion isn’t just a virtue – it’s also a road to success.”

Fans can vote for their favorite animal-friendly stars at peta2.com until this Friday, December 23. The winners will be announced on January 17, 2012.

Click here for a complete look at this year’s nominees.

Michele & Longoria Recognized For Their “Impact”

Sweet charity! Mexican American actress Eva Longoria and part-Spanish actor and singer Lea Michele are being recognized as a Lifetime Impact Honorees for their noble philanthropic work at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon in Beverly Hills.

Each year, the industry magazine recognizes women in entertainment who pour themselves into causes greater than themselves to make a difference in the world around them. During the luncheon, 400 Hollywood insiders, A-list talent and special guests come together to celebrate, support and pay tribute to the philanthropic efforts of honorees. The goal: to inspire and encourage women from all walks of life to get involved, give back and make a difference.

“The Desperate Housewives” star is being recognized for her own non-profit organization, Eva’s Heroes, which aims to help special needs teenagers and young adults with special needs to integrate and flourish in society. Based in San Antonio, Texas, Eva’s Heroes provides after-school and summer programs, as well as monthly activities that help cultivate an inclusive atmosphere based on four tenets: interaction, growth, learning and love.

“My older sister, whose name is Elizabeth, has a mental disability, and she’s the oldest of four girls,” says the 36-year-old Longoria. “I was born into her world, so I didn’t know any other world. Growing up in south Texas we saw how many programs Elizabeth benefited from, so it was always a natural fit to give back to the special needs community because the special needs community gave to us.”

So what’s next for Eva’s Heroes?

“We want to go regional, statewide, nationally,” proclaims Longoria. “Every community could use the template that we use; it would be so easy.”

Meanwhile, “Glee” star Lea Michele is being honored for lending her voice to help People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) fight for animal rights, including a recent campaign against horse-drawn carriage rides in New York City.  Michele got involved with PETA five years ago after seeing a presentation on one of supermodel Janice Dickinson’s reality show.

“They showed a video, which was very disturbing, but it opened up my eyes,” recalls the 25-year-old Michele. “Afterward the spokesperson said if you could just take one moment and go look online, and I immediately turned off the television and went onto peta.com.”

Michele left a note saying she was a Broadway actress who wanted to help. She received an email reply by email the next day and has been working with them ever since.

“I’m constantly brainstorming (with PETA) about what we can do,” professes Michele. “I’m so thankful that being in this business and this industry gives you a little power to inform people on these issues.”

Along with Longoria and Michele, this year’s Lifetime Impact Honorees include actress Annette Bening, singer Mary J. Blige, DreamWorks Studios co-chairman and CEO Stacey Snider and actress Olivia Wilde.