Celebrities lead ABC hurricane relief

Barbara Walters, George Stephanopoulos and Mark Cuban are taking out their checkbooks for Superstorm Sandy relief on ABC’s “Day of Giving.”

ABC said Monday that Walters donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross, and Stephanopoulos $50,000.

Throughout its programming Monday, the network has been urging viewers to give money to the organization to help victims of the storm, which hit New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area particularly hard.

Through early afternoon, ABC raised more than $10 million, with the biggest gift being $3 million from the Samsung Corp. Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner, made an unspecified donation. Other Disney-owned networks, like ESPN, are participating.

Aerosmith plays free concert in Boston

Thousands of fans filled a Boston street to watch Aerosmith play a concert in front of the building where band members once lived.

People hung out windows, crowded fire escapes and stood on roofs on Commonwealth Avenue to watch a show meant to encourage voting and promote the band’s new album, “Music from Another Dimension!,” which comes out today.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was among those attending Monday’s show, getting on stage after the band arrived in an amphibious tour vehicle.

Boston University student Becca Emmetts, who lives in Aerosmith’s former building, sent a friend to her physics class with this message explaining her tardiness: “Aerosmith was playing on my front stoop.”

Actors Bell, Shepard expecting first baby

Actress Kristen Bell and her fiance, Dax Shepard, have babies on the brain. Bell’s representative, Marcel Pariseau, said the couple are expecting their first child in late spring.

Shepard, 37, appears on the NBC drama “Parenthood.” Bell, 32, has a role on Showtime’s “House of Lies” and narrates “Gossip Girl” as the show’s title character. They co-starred in the film “Hit & Run” this summer, which Shepard wrote and directed.

The couple, both originally from Michigan, started dating in 2007. They have been engaged for about three years.

Wire reports