In the movies and on TV, it seems actors always perform stunts and impossible feats with expertise and ease. But at the Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond this weekend, the actors were mere mortals.
The 12 celebrities slated to participate in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race on April 20, part of the 39th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, took to the track for four days of race training.
Comedian Wanda Sykes admitted she is “just trying to stay alive.” Others who have participated in the charity competition took the intense training in stride, such as Jesse Metcalfe, star of the television show Dallas, who said he felt “a need for speed.”
Stars including Sykes and Metcalfe, and Olympic Gold Medalist and Long Beach native Jessica Hardy, made the early-morning trek out to the western-most valley of the Mojave Desert to get a crash course in basic racing from Fast Lane Racing School pro instructor Danny McKeever.
Other celebrities participating include Mexico’s most acclaimed actress Kate del Castillo (“La Reina del Sur,” “Under the Same Moon,” “Trade” and “Weeds”); Brett Davern (“Awkward”), Jenna Elfman (“Dharma & Greg” and “1600 Penn”); Jackson Rathbone (“Twilight”); Michelle Rodriguez (“Avatar”); Jeremy Sisto (“Six Feet Under”); Michael Trucco (“Castle” and “How I Met Your Mother”); Dakota Meyer, a former U.S. Marine and Medal of Honor recipient for his 2009 actions in Afghanistan; Grammy award-nominated and best-selling Mexican pop singer Cristian Castro; Mark Steins, Emmy award-winning journalist and host of Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family;” and Rutledge Wood, auto racing analyst on Fox Sports/SPEED.
Jackson will be participating in this year’s Toyota Grand Pix charity race. The race will take place on April 20. Details below!
The 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach may be more than a month away, but some famous folks got the green flag Thursday when they were announced as drivers for “Revved Up to Race,” the 37th annual pro/celebrity race that serves as a warm-up for the main event.
Jackson Rathbone of “Twilight,” Jesse Metcalfe of “Dallas” and “Desperate Housewives,” and funny lady Wanda Sykes are only a few of the those who’ll be getting behind the wheel of identical new 210-horsepower Scion FR-S race vehicles and burning through 10 laps in downtown Long Beach on April 20.
The event not only benefits Racing for Kids, a national fundraising program supporting U.S. children’s hospitals, but, according to Toyota national motorsports manager Les Unger, allows the celebs to “feel the rush behind the wheel on the famous Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach track.”
“Laughter is the best medicine!” Hope you’ll join us for an evening of Laugh-Out-Loud comedy on Thursday, March 7, 2013 to benefit Make A Film Foundation (MAFF). Hosted by Quddus and starring late-night regular, the hilarious and adorable Wendy Liebman, Chad Coleman from “The Walking Dead”, “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” and HBO’s “The Wire”, known stand-up comic Kerri Pomarolli, along with Zach Cumer (iCarly), Miranda May (“The Heartbreak Kid”); musical performances by Greg Scott & Olivia Faye and Special Appearance by Jackson Rathbone (“The Twilight Sagas”), Kaitlin Doubleday (“Catch Me If You Can”) and recording artist, Abraham McDonald and many other celebrities and great performances.
Make A Film Foundation grants film wishes to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions and helps them create short film legacies by teaming them with noted actors, writers and directors. They believe the art of film making is therapeutic, offers hope and builds self-esteem. With their ‘VIDZ 4 KIDZ’ program, Make A Film Foundation teams children who have various medical challenges with hand-held video cameras and film mentors to help them create mini-movies about their lives and challenges. Their motto is “LIFE… Camera… Action!”
It’s always nice to see stars give back. And before “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” is released on DVD at midnight on March 2, stars from the film surprised kids at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Friday.
Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, and Jackson Rathbone all popped in to surprise kids who just thought they were getting a special screening of the film. The “Twilight” stars passed out signed DVDs, posed for pictures, and spent time talking with many families inside the hospital.
“When we were filming [Breaking Dawn] we went and gave our time at the Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge and it feels good to be able to give back,” Facinelli told omg! during his visit. “I know a lot of these kids are going through a hard time and anything you can do to put a smile on their face or make their day better, gives them positive energy and keep fighting the good fight to get better.”
Facinelli lit up the room by telling a few jokes to the patients and explained what went into filming some of the difficult scenes like the big showdown at the end. (Did you know they had to film with cardboard werewolfs?)
A dozen children gathered around a TV at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles March 1, watching a Blu-ray Disc of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, a day before it’s released to the public.
Keaira Lomas-Lee, 13, was answering trivia questions about the “Twilight” franchise before the movie began, smiling wide after getting one of the questions right. Her smile got a lot bigger when “Twilight” star Peter Facinelli (Dr. Carlisle Cullen) walked through the door.
“What are you guys watching?” he joked, as Elizabeth Reaser (Esme Cullen), Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale) and Nikki Reed (Rosalie Hale) followed him through the door.
“Can we just sit down and watch all the extras together? I haven’t seen them yet,” Facinelli said.
“Have you guys seen all the movies?” Reaser asked. Most had.
The stars spent a solid half hour signing DVDs, T-shirts and tote bags, before taking pictures with the kids. Facinelli walked the kids through some of the copious bonuses Summit and Lionsgate included on the DVD and Blu-ray. The four then visited sick children in their rooms.
“I was surprised when they came [in],” Lomas-Lee said, as she looked through the autographed goods she was given. Asked what she planned to do with her signed DVD, she replied: “I’m going to keep mine!”
The adorable Mackenize Foy mentioned Jackson in a recent interview with WWD.
Which of your “Breaking Dawn” co-stars’ closets would you most want to raid?
“Definitely Jackson Rathbone’s, [who plays vampire Jasper Hale]. He’s got all kinds of fun things. Seriously, have you seen his hats? They’re awesome.”
Looks like Jackson will be participating in another WordTheatre event! Jackson will be reading Richard Baush’s “The Eyes of Love”. Thanks to epnebelle for the heads up.
March 10, 2013 to May 5, 2013 @ A Private Club in West Hollywood at 5PM
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Mingle with our Authors and Actors at Three Great Shows at an Exclusive Club in West Hollywood.
Sunday, March 10
with performances from
JK Simmons (Juno, Spider Man)
Jackson Rathbone (Twilight, The Last Airbender)
Annette O’Toole (Smallville, 48 Hours)
Aside from being nominated, Jackson will also be presenting at the Streamy Awards. The event takes place on February 17.
Presenters for the Streamys were also unveiled, and they include George Takei, iJustine, Lance Bass, Shane Dawson, Larry King, Shira Lazar, Vanessa Marano, MysteryGuitarMan, Ty Pennington, Pauley Perrette, Charo, Jackson Rathbone, Shay Carl, Eden Sher, the SourceFed cast and Kirsten Vangsness.
Chris Hardwick hosts the Streamys, which will feature performances by Vanilla Ice, Chester See, DeStorm, Epic Rap Battles, Mike Tompkins, Shontelle, Kurt Hugo Schneider, Sam Tsui, Savannah Outen and Lisa Lavie. Additional performers will be announced shortly.
Jackson, along with several other familiar faces, will be contributing to the upcoming Spencer Bell tribute album. You can already pre-order your copy. To do so, head on over to the Spencer Bell Legacy Project website for more information. Here’s the complete tracklist.
The following artists have contributed their own unique interpretations of Spencer’s songs:
Lea Haworth – Bistro
Kissing Club – Nerve Damage
Evro – Better Man
Ben Graupner – Marvin Gaye
Rob Coonrod – Monkey Song
Pink Fuzzy Animals – Strangers
Anna Wang & the Oh Boys – Rotten Harvest
Stevedores – Big Blue Sun
Ben Johnson – Beautiful More So
Sean Fernando & Adam Webb Orenstein – Return To Earth
Rob Coonrod – Oh, Jesus
Ben Johnson – Violin
Jackson Rathbone – Acapella Gumdrop
Ryan Rebo – Lonesome Ballad of Lonesome Boy
Yet Cut Breath – Dick Van Dyke
Plus a special bonus track of a never before recorded Spencer Bell composition pulled from his journals called, “Sleep” by Lea Haworth
Jackson, along with several other celebrities, made their predictions/picks for the Superbowl this weekend and well, you can check out Jackson’s below! Also… WHO’S GOT IT BETTER THAN US? NOBODY!!
Since 1986, the Scripps Celebrity Super Bowl Poll has been asking big names in entertainment, news, sports and pop culture to predict the outcome of the big game. This year, more than 115 celebrities picked between the San Francisco 49ers, led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and the Baltimore Ravens, featuring linebacker Ray Lewis.
Take note, betting fans: The celebs have gotten it right 18 times in 27 years.
And this year the majority says the 49ers will seize the Lombardi Trophy in New Orleans.
JACKSON RATHBONE, actor, “Twilight”: 49ers, 31-24. The reason behind the prediction is the emergence of Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback for San Fran. He’s on fire right now and he looks like early Tom Brady when he won his first Super Bowl. I think they have the momentum and Kaepernick came out of nowhere midseason when the Niners’ starting quarterback, Alex Smith, got hurt, so there is very little info on him as far as game preparation goes for opponents. He’s really hard to defend because he’s a threat to pass and run; most quarterbacks aren’t as big, strong and mobile as he is. He is the next big deal in the NFL, and we are watching the beginning of his emergence as an elite quarterback in the league.