AIRING LIVE SUNDAY, DEC. 2 AT 9 PM EST: ADRIEN BRODY, HARVEY KEITEL, MARIA BELLO, JOSH DUHAMEL, RAINN WILSON, JEFF GORDON JOIN SUSAN SARANDON, VIOLA DAVIS, JANE LYNCH, RICO RODRIGUEZ, MIRANDA COSGROVE, DAVID SPADE, CULLEN JONES AND 50 CENT, WITH MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY NE-YO AND PHILLIP PHILLIPS
ANDERSON COOPER HOSTS FROM THE SHRINE AUDITORIUM IN LA
Academy Award-nominated actor Harvey Keitel, Golden Globes-nominated actress and Official Goodwill Ambassador for Women in Haiti Maria Bello, Emmy Award-winning actor Josh Duhamel, Emmy Award-nominated actor Rainn Wilson, four-time NASCAR Cup Champion Jeff Gordon and musical guest, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, join CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, hosted by Anderson Cooper airing LIVE on Sunday, December 2 at 9pm, ET.
The live program’s celebrity lineup also features (previously announced) Susan Sarandon, two-time Academy Award nominee Viola Davis, Glee’s Jane Lynch, Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez, iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove, Rules of Engagement star David Spade, Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones and hip-hop star 50 Cent. Three-time Grammy Award winning singer songwriter NE-YO and American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips are set to perform.
Each of the 2012 Top 10 CNN Heroes will have his or her story told by celebrities at the live event, which takes place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. During the live celebration, the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year will be announced.
CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute is sponsored by BP, GEICO, Humana, Johnson & Johnson, SERVPRO®, Subaru of America, Inc., and Tide.
Airing just prior to CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will be a one-hour presentation, CNN Heroes: Sharing the Spotlight at 8pm ET, hosted by Cooper. The special features exclusive interviews with NE-YO (conducted by HLN’s Showbiz Tonight host A.J. Hammer), Ben Stiller, and Christy Turlington Burns, who talk about their passions, foster care, Haiti, and maternal health, respectively. The special will feature live cut-ins from CNN’s Nischelle Turner, providing red carpet coverage and interviews with luminaries in attendance.
Now in its sixth year, the CNN Heroes initiative has received more than 45,000 nominations from more than 100 countries and profiled over 180 everyday heroes doing extraordinary work. Voting is now closed for this year’s top 10 nominees.
Stories and photo galleries of the Top 10 CNN Heroes who will be honored on Dec. 2, can be found at www.CNNHeroes.com.
During the broadcast, viewers can participate in a ‘CNN Heroes’ live blog at CNN.com/Backstage. The companion experience will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, videos, trivia and comments from host Anderson Cooper, presenters and performers. Viewers can “join the conversation” while they watch, signing in from Facebook, Twitter and other social media. The live blog will also be available on mobile devices and in the CNN Heroes section of the CNN iPad app.
On social media, visit the CNN Heroes page on Facebook and follow @CNN Heroes on Twitter, the hashtag #CNNHeroes. Additionally, behind-the-scenes CNN Heroes images can be viewed on CNN Heroes’ Instagram account. GetGlue users can “check-in” to CNN Heroes for exclusive limited-edition CNN Heroes stickers.
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