Hollywood stars out en masse for first U.S. Red Nose Day event

Fri May 22, 2015 12:32pm EDT
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By Chris Michaud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hollywood stars joined top music acts on Thursday for the first U.S. Red Nose Day, a charitable drive that raises funds for children in need around the world.

In all more than 100 stars, including Oscar winners Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore and Helen Mirren appeared either live or in taped comedy segments, many of which satirized the entertainment world.

NBC's three-hour live telecast was hosted by Seth Meyers, David Duchovny and Jane Krakowski.

Meyers, making much of Red Nose Day's 30-year history in Britain, where it has raised more than $1 billion, joked that the event's main goal was "to raise enough money to rub this in England's stuck-up face."

Accordingly, Simon Cowell, Naomi Campbell, Ian McKellen and Mirren were all seen toiling backstage, ostensibly performing technical or menial tasks such as serving beverages or in Benedict Cumberbatch's case, handling cue cards.

Other highlights of the marathon broadcast, which included segments featuring Jack Black visiting poverty-stricken areas worldwide, included Coldplay's appearance as the centerpiece of a sketch film documenting the creation of "Game of Thrones: The Musical."

Several cast members of the HBO show including Kit Harington, Diana Rigg and Peter Dinklage took part, with Liam Neeson narrating.

Roberts was the focus of another bit as co-star Richard Gere weighed in on her "real," gruffly masculine speaking voice, which Gere compared to a prizefighter's.   Continued...

Actor Kellan Lutz attends the Red Nose Charity event in New York May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz