JOHN GOODMAN's return to U.S. television has been such a smash success network executives at cable channel HBO have already picked up his new drama TREME for a second season after just one episode aired last week (11Apr10). Goodman plays a college professor in New Orleans coping with the aftermath of 2005's devastating Hurricane Katrina.
Goossen directed the 30 Rock star in the 2009 thriller, and reportedly became interested in the 21-year-old on set.
According to U.S. magazine Star, the Los Angeles-based film-maker has been dating Bowden - who's currently filming the hit U.S. TV series in New York - for several months.
A source says of the long-distance romance, "He's worth it, because he's just perfect for her."
The actor/director initially donated $250,000 (£156,250) to various charities, but has since had a change of heart and decided to match donations made by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
In a statement posted on his website, Perry writes, "I have raised my personal donation from $250,000 to $1 million. I did this realising that after the next big story comes along, the news media will pack up and leave the people of Haiti to fend for themselves. They always do.
"My plan is to do just what I did when I built those 20 houses for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Sometimes it's best to wait for the frenzy to pass to really be effective. Haiti needs help now and there are a lot of people doing that, but they will also need help in the coming months."
Perry now hopes to visit Haiti in an effort to make sure his charity money is being well spent: "My plan is to take a trip there and see for myself how to put our donations to the best use."
The Couples Retreat star took in three pets left homeless after Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, volunteering to look after the oldest canine the shelter had in what she thought would be its final days.
But the dog, named Sadie, is clinging to life - and four years later, Bell has to put up with her pet's bad hygiene and diminishing health.
She explains, "I adopted this dog from Katrina when she was 12 'cause I work with a shelter and they had a bunch of dogs and I said, 'I'll take the oldest one, I can care for her.'
"Cut to four years later, (I'm) actually thinking she may be a real-life vampire and never die. She's almost totally blind and deaf. When she's in the house, you can hear her pooping from the other room, it's like bowling balls dropping.
"She's semi-crippled in the house and she breathes like Darth Vader."
The star flew to the country on Thursday (21Jan10) with former U.S. presidential candidate John Edwards to hand out food and supplies to the survivors of last week's (12Jan10) disaster.
As part of his visit, Penn has been on a tour of the nation with 11 doctors, visiting a medical clinic, a food distribution site and handing out 1,000 water filters he brought with him from America.
He says, "It is a devastated area. I've seen the same thing your cameras have seen. People are suffering and a lot of people are doing their best - the U.S. military and human aid groups - to help them. The idea of us being here is to make sure the aid gets to them."
Penn has become known for using his resources to help those in need after disasters - he visited New Orleans, Louisiana a week after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 and helped rescue people stranded by floods.
And he's not the only star helping aid efforts in the country - George Clooney gathered pals including Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Bono to take part in his charity telethon on Friday night (22Jan10).
Penn and Edwards are part of a group which has flown to the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean nation to hand out food and supplies to the survivors of last week's (12Jan10) 7.0-magnitude disaster.
Penn has become known for using his resources to help those in need after disasters - he visited New Orleans, Louisiana a week after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 and helped to rescue people stranded by floods.
The actor isn't the only celebrity doing what he can to help Haitians - native Wyclef Jean returned home last weekend (16Jan10) and he's planning a second trip on Saturday (23Jan10).
The Big Easy was left devastated by Hurricane Katrina when the levees broke and flood water wiped out many residential areas.
Stars including Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock threw themselves into helping residents rebuild the city - but Mendes is adamant the government has not done enough to aid locals.
The sexy star filmed new movie Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans there, and was stunned to see some areas had barely changed since the disaster.
She tells Fox News, "It was exciting because we brought business there, but it was pretty devastating. I was in shock at some parts, I hadn't been there ever so I was still in shock that this happened in our country.
"I felt we were somewhere else in certain areas. Our government failed this; you can see they failed this. It was pretty intense."
The actor - real name Laurence Tureaud - famously hung strings of gold around his neck on and off screen.
But he retired the bling in 2005 out of respect for the victims of the natural disaster, which struck America's gulf coast, killing thousands.
Mr T tells the New York Daily News, "As a Christian I said I would never wear my own gold again because of what happened with Hurricane Katrina. It would be a sin against God for me to wear my gold when so many people lost everything.
"Sure, it's my trademark, but I am the same person whether I'm wearing the gold or not. My moral values are the same. The gold don't make me, I make the gold."
The Fight Club star set up his Make It Right foundation in 2007, which created 13 homes in the 9th Ward, which was devastated by the hurricane four years ago, killing 1,500 people and causing more than $80 billion worth of damage.
Each property has been made with eco-friendly features such as green roofs to dramatically cut heating and cooling costs.
Pitt was handed a plaque from the U.S. Green Building Council on Thursday (24Sep09) at former U.S President Bill Clinton's eco-awareness summit, the Clinton Global Initiative.
The council said the actor's foundation had created the "largest and greenest single-family community in the world".
Speaking at the event, Pitt said, "Make It Right has exceeded my expectations. Our criteria from the beginning were at odds, to say the least. We demanded that these homes be sustainable, that they have aesthetic qualities ... that they be storm resilient and take safety in mind of the families who live there and that they would be affordable.
"If we had not been so blissfully naive to the potential, we would not be experiencing what we are seeing today and that is the unquantifiable joy of families returning home to the 9th Ward and returning home to something that was better than before. What the team has done here is not so exceptional. All we did was put the right people together and answer the problems as they came along and that is why we're here today."
Pitt is aiming to have 150 green properties developed in New Orleans by 2010.
The actor, who has had a love of building projects since childhood, is one of 13 individuals receiving the honour and was selected for his contributions to design.
Council co-chairman James P. Cramer says, "We are most inspired and we congratulate our new DFC Senior Fellows."
The Fight Club star launched an affordable housing project in New Orleans, Louisiana after the city was devastated by 2005's Hurricane Katrina when the levees broke and flood water wiped out many residential areas.