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It is a call to arms: Geek Girls Unite!

And, its the name of a book by Leslie Simon that is “a literary celebration of all the fangirls, fashionistas, bookworms, indie chicks, craft mavens, and other female misfits out there”.

The full name of the book is Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World and is described as follows:

What do Amy Poehler, Bjork, Felicia Day, Martha Stewart, Miranda July, and Zooey Deschanel have in common? They’re just a few of the amazing women proving that “geek” is no longer a four-letter word.

In recent years, male geeks have taken the world by storm. But what about their female counterparts? After all, fangirls are just like fanboys—they put on their Imperial Stormtrooper Lycra pants one leg at a time.

Geek Girls Unite is a call to arms for every girl who has ever obsessed over music, comics, film, comedy, books, crafts, fashion, or anything else under the Death Star. Music geek girl Leslie Simon offers an overview of the geek elite by covering groundbreaking women, hall-of-famers, ultimate love matches, and potential frenemies, along with her top picks for playlists, books, movies, and websites. This smart and hilarious tour through girl geekdom is a must-have for any woman who has ever wondered where her sassy rebel sisters have been hiding.

Simon is the Senior Creative Director for Warner Bros. Records and is also the author of two other books: Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes and co-author of Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture.

You can also learn more about Geek Girls Unite here.

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Tamala Jones (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Are you a fan of the ABC series Castle? Would you like to win a visit to the set and lunch with series co-star actress Tamala Jones?

Well, today is your lucky day. Ms. Jones has donated a visit to the set of the series, which includes lunch with her for one lucky person and their friend.

The proceeds for this item benefit Oxfam International with the auction being run by CharityBuzz. The bidding closes on Tuesday, August 23 at 2 PM (Eastern time)

Here are the terms: Valid for 2 people. Cannot be resold or re-auctioned. Scheduling is based on availability. Blackout dates may apply. During set visit, meet and greet with other cast members of Castle is NOT guaranteed. Must be 18 years of age. Travel and accommodation not included.

Go here to bid and GOOD LUCK!

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On Sunday night the Teen Choice Awards were held with much of young Hollywood out in force to attend the annual fete voted on by young and old adult (rule books be damned, right?) But what happened after the awards show that included the involvement of some of young Hollywood is what should be getting more attention. No, this isn’t going to be a story of scandal or intrigue among the young jet-set but a story of young Hollywood doing something right.

The DoSomething & StaplesStaples for Students” charity event, of which the cast of Pretty Little Liars are the spokespeople, took the traditional idea of the Hollywood swag bag and “spun it on its head”. Cast members of the popular ABC Family Channel series – Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell – were joined not only by singers Jason Derulo and JoJo, Twilight actors Tinsel Korey and Booboo Stewart and actresses Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) and Francia Raisa (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) [among others] but also teen volunteers to pack hundreds of backpacks with school supplies for the Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles.

Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell (Getty Images)

This event was meant to shine the spotlight on the season-long campaign to get school supplies into the hands of needy students all around the city. But that doesn’t mean that one event was the only way people can get involved. Parents and teens (or anyone who wants to get involved, in the program) can still help out by visiting their local Staples store from now through September 17, dropping off new school supplies or making a donation at the register (100 percent of the proceeds will benefit local students in need).

Additionally, teens can visit Staples for Students to get involved in the following ways:

• Request an Action Kit: Students can get tips, resources, and flyers on running their own school supply drives in their neighborhoods.

• Text SUPPLIES to 38383: Students will receive more information on how to begin their own school supply drive or find their nearest Staples drop-off location (standard text messaging rates apply).

• Pick Your Pretty Little Liar: When teens log-on and select their favorite star from the campaign, $1 will be donated by Staples to the cause and in turn, teens will get exclusive behind-the-scenes details from the actresses.

• Check in on Foursquare: Teens who check-in at any Staples store on Foursquare will also have a $1 donated on their behalf by Staples to the campaign.

As part of this fourth annual campaign, Staples will also provide 4,500 backpacks filled with supplies totaling more than $125,000 to Boys & Girls Club members in communities affected by this year’s devastating tornadoes, including Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Joplin, Missouri and Springfield, Massachusetts so children in those hard-hit areas can go back to school with the supplies they need to succeed and achieve great futures.

DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the United States that helps young people work for causes for which they care about. A driving force in creating a culture of volunteerism, DoSomething is on track to activate two million young people in 2011. By leveraging the web, television, mobile, and pop culture, DoSomething inspires, empowers and celebrates a generation of doers: teenagers who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action. You can learn more about DoSomething.org here.

Doing their part are the stars of Pretty Little Liars, who starred in this year’s DoSomething public service announcement airing on television and radio stations nationwide, generating excitement online through Staples for Students and appearing in signs at Staples stores.

So, get out there and do your part, lend a hand and make a difference for a needy child.

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The following is taken (nearly) verbatim from an article at The Futon Critic:

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, the USA Network will premiere the original film The Space Between on Sunday, September 11 at 9 PM. This Characters Unit film stars Oscar and Golden Globe winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter).

In the film, Montine McLeod (Leo), a lonely flight attendant, and Omar Hassan (Anthony Keyvan from Lost and iCarly), a 10-year-old Pakistani-American boy, are on a plane that is grounded in Longview, TX the morning of 9/11/01. When Montine discovers that Omar’s father works in the World Trade Center she is forced to drive the boy back home to his uncertain future in New York. As they journey across America’s vast heartland in the hours and days immediately following the terrorist attacks, Montine and Omar help each other discover the importance of tolerance, redemption, acceptance and hope.

Immediately following is the Oscar winning short documentary film Twin Towers from acclaimed producer Dick Wolf of the long running Law & Order franchise.

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As referenced in my previous article, actress Catherine Bell (Army Wives) and her director-husband Adam Beason have a movie project in the works called The B-Ring.

According to the Kickstarter website where funds are being raised to help finance the film, the money goal has been reached and the project will move forward.

Congrats to Catherine, Adam and everyone involved in this project!!

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May 12 is National Doodle Day in the USA.

What is National Doodle Day you ask? It is part of Neurofibromatosis Awareness month. Yes, that is a mouthful, but considering that Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that affects one in every 2,500 births. This disorder is more common than Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy and Huntington’s disease combined.

In an effort to raise money and awareness, celebrity doodles – from the likes of Jeff Bridges, Richard Chamberlain, Melissa Joan Hart, Julianna Margulies, Elizabeth Mitchell, Simon Pegg, Katee Sackhoff and Liz Tigelaar – are being auctioned off on eBay during May. These doodles will help to raise funds that will benefit NF, Inc., an organization dedicated to providing support to individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis.

Funds from the National Doodle Day auction will go to support education, advocacy, coalitions, and research for treatments and a cure.

For more information about National Doodle Day, visit the website or email them at doodleday@nfnetwork.org. To learn more about Neurofibromatosis, please visit here.

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Leave it to the good folks at “We Give A Chuck” – the dedicated fans of the NBC dramedy Chuck that is, once again, on the bubble for renewal at the network.

They’ve created this video to appease to the network to give the show another season.

Check it out!!

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