Tim McGraw

Will You Stand Up 2 Cancer on Friday?

September 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm , by

Dozens of your favorite celebrities are teaming up against cancer this Friday, September 7, 2012 for the third annual Stand Up 2 Cancer telecast. Will you be joining them?

A-listers Gwyneth Paltrow (who is the executive producer this year), Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Samuel L. Jackson, Emma Stone and more are set to appear during the commercial-free show, which starts at 8 p.m. on multiple networks. Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw will also be performing.

And if that’s not enough to grab your interest: stars will be manning the phones themselves.

Stand Up 2 Cancer has raised more than $180 million for cancer research since movie producer Laura Ziskin launched the organization in 2008. (That’s her, above, with Paltrow at the 2010 event.) Ziskin, who produced the Spider-Man movies, lived with breast cancer for seven years before it tragically took her life in June 2011.

Besides tuning in, here are more ways you can get involved and help make a difference:

Launch A Star
Unfortunately, we all know someone who’s been affected by cancer. You can launch a star in a loved one’s honor to The Constellation for a $1 donation or more.

Get Social
Keep in touch with the organization on Facebook and Twitter. And check out the SU2C blog for research updates, patient stories and more.

Start Your Own Group
Inspired yet? Stand Up 2 Cancer isn’t just a telecast—it’s a movement! The goal is to fund collaborative research among top scientists to speed up the discovery of lifesaving treatments, and that takes year-round fund-raising. If you’d like to host your own events to raise money for Stand Up 2 Cancer, check out this grassroots toolkit and learn more about the “dream teams” the organization is currently funding.


Tim Of All Trades: An Interview with Tim McGraw

February 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm , by

Tim_McGraw_mainAfter talking to the multi-hyphenate Tim McGraw, I started thinking I should probably be doing a bit more with my time. The man is amazing. He is a country music superstar, actor (in an Oscar-nominated movie no less!), devoted husband to the beautiful Faith Hill, father of three girls (ages 12, 11 and 8), cologne creator and author! Seriously, I need to step up my game…I get tired just thinking about what his schedule must be like.

Ever the Southern gentleman, Tim took time out of his (very) busy day to talk about his second children’s book, Love Your Heart—a touching story about a little girl and her father.

What do you get out of writing kids’ books that’s different from writing music?
Well, it’s probably the only thing that I do that my kids really care about or like. They certainly don’t listen to my music. They’ll listen to their mother, but they don’t listen to me. Since I’m not one of the Jonas Brothers or Taylor Swift, it’s not their cup of tea.

What made you decide to write a children’s book?
My writing partner, Tom Douglas, and I wrote a song called, “My Little Girl.” It turned out to be this really big record and everybody loved the story. (Watch the music video after the jump.) So, Tom came up with the idea of turning it into our first book.

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