Thursday, July 8, 2010

This Week's Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

NBC Photo: Trae Patton

This week Hollywood hot shots cheat for charity, celebs offer walk-on roles for cold hard cash, and two city slicker farmers help out their local community artisans. Here are this week's most inspirational pop culture moments.

Celebs Cheat to Raise Money for Charity

Dianna Agron from "Glee" and John Krasinski from "The Office" are scheduled to join Spike Jonze, Catherine Keener, and Judd Apatow to cheat for a worthy cause. 826LA — an organization that helps inspire kids to explore their creative writing skills — is holding the first annual Spelling Bee for Cheaters ("a tournament of verbal smarts and fraudulence") on August 14.

The premise is simple. It works like any other linguistic challenge of this sort. Contestants take turns spelling words until only one is left standing, but in this case, hints can be bought by raising money.

Teams register online to take part. They raise money in the time leading up to the event. The more money they raise, the more they can cheat.

For example, for $100 you can get a one letter hint. You get to pick a new word for just $500. $750 buys a peak at a dictionary. You can pass and stay in the round for $2,000. $6,000 buys you a spelling bee mulligan (a second chance to spell your word) and for $25,000 you get immunity and basically walk off with the title without spelling anything.
Our favorite thing about the event is the names some of the teams have chosen like The Tori Spellings, Marmoset There'd Be Days Like This, Post-Grammatic Stress Disorder, and Peanut Butter and Spelly. Visit the site and donate to your favorite team to help them buy cheats.

The fundraiser is the brainchild of the 826LA organization and the creators of the Broadway hit "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Judd Apatow, Spike Jonze, and Catherine Keener sit on 826LA's Advisory Board and are expected to be at the August event. Think you can out-spell them? Sign up now at the Spelling Bee for Cheaters website.

View the rest at Beliefnet's Idol Chatter.

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