Celebrity News 06-09-11

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By Associated Press

Adkins asks fans to give to Red Cross

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — County singer Trace Adkins has received an outpouring of support since fire destroyed his Tennessee home, but he is asking fans and friends to think of tornado victims instead.
On Tuesday Adkins asked well-wishers to turn their generosity toward victims of the recent floods and tornadoes that have devastated parts of the South.
He is asking that donations offered to him instead be sent to the American Red Cross via CMT One Country.
Adkins was headed to Alaska to perform when his home in the Nashville suburb of Brentwood caught fire Saturday. His children and their nanny escaped.
Adkins says in a statement that he has been blessed. His wife and kids are OK and he has his guitar and songs. He says everything else can be replaced.

Jeff Bridges combats childhood hunger

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Oscar winner Jeff Bridges is lending his star power to a public-private partnership in Virginia to combat childhood hunger.
Bridges joined Gov. Bob McDonnell and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at Barcroft Elementary in Arlington for the start of Virginia’s No Kid Hungry campaign. The program will connect low-income kids to federal nutrition programs, like those that provide lunches during summer when school’s out.
Currently fewer than 20 percent of kids in Virginia who are eligible for free and reduced price school lunches participate in summer meal programs.
Bridges, who won an Academy Award for his role in “Crazy Heart,” serves as a national spokesman for the No Kid Hungry campaign. Bridges said he’d feel miserable if he didn’t do his part to alleviate childhood hunger.

Ja Rule heads to prison in gun case

NEW YORK (AP) — Multiplatinum-selling rapper Ja Rule was getting set  to go to prison, but left fans with an album on the way.
The rapper-actor — whose gravelly voice, thuggish tough talk and duets with R&B divas made him one of rap’s stars in the early 2000s — was set to be sentenced to two years in a New York prison.
“My last day out,” he Tweeted Tuesday afternoon, adding that he was spending it at the movies with his family.