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2016 SAG Awards Holiday Auction Underway Now

Dec 14, 2016 12:30 pm

Oprah: Profile

The Screen Actors Guild Awards Holiday Auction benefiting the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Children’s Literacy and Actor Assistance programs is currently underway at sagawards.org/auction.

The annual Holiday Auction features the ultimate SAG Awards VIP Package, with two tickets to the 23rd Annual SAG Awards Ceremony and Gala on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Other highlights include autographed film and television collectibles from Oprah Winfrey, Helen Mirren, Neil Patrick Harris, William Shatner, Taraji P. Henson, and the casts of Mr. Robot, This Is Us, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and more. Also up for bid are unique gifts, such as VIP tickets to a live taping of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, premiere tickets to FX’s The Americans and several packages to participate in the 23rd Annual SAG Awards Red Carpet Bleacher Seats. Bidding online has begun and concludes on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, at 6 p.m. (PT) at sagawards.org/auction.

All Holiday Auction items will be featured in a display for invited media and publicists at the SAG Awards Nominations Announcement at the Pacific Design Center on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The announcement will be carried live on TNT, TBS, truTV, sagawards.tntdrama.com, truTV.com and sagawards.org at 10 a.m. (ET) / 7 a.m. (PT). Prior to the announcement, this year’s stunt ensemble nominees will be revealed during a live webcast at 9:50 a.m. (ET) / 6:50 a.m. (PT) on sagawards.tntdrama.com and sagawards.org.

Proceeds from the SAG Awards Holiday Auction support the SAGAFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy programs: Storyline Online, the interactive children’s literacy website that attracts more than 8 million global views each month, and BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), reading to children in Title I schools across the country. The auction also supports the SAGAFTRA Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund, Emergency Assistance and Scholarship Program for SAGAFTRA members and their families.

The following is a list of items up for bid at the SAG Awards Holiday Auction:
Experiences, Tapings and Packages

SAG Awards VIP package – 2 tickets to the 23rd Annual SAG Awards Ceremony and Gala, a Backstage Tour, 2 United Airline tickets and 3-night stay at the Montage Beverly Hills
SAG Awards Backstage Tour and 2 Front Row Red Carpet Bleacher Seats
• 4 Front Row Red Carpet Bleacher Seats at the 23rd Annual SAG Awards
• 2 tickets to FX’s season premiere of The Americans
• 2 VIP tickets to a live taping of Conan
• 2 VIP tickets to a live taping of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
• 4 tickets to a taping of E!’s Fashion Police
• 2 VIP tickets to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
• 2 VIP tickets to Dancing with the Stars in 2016
• 2 VIP tickets to The Late Late Show with James Corden
SAG Awards Bleacher Seat packages

Autographed Collectibles and Memorabilia

• This is Us pilot script signed by cast
• The Good Place poster signed by Kristen Bell and Ted Danson
• The Walking Dead Compendium One signed by Robert Kirkman
• The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Blu-ray signed by cast members
• Ash vs. Evil Dead package with Blu-ray, cast signed poster and more
• The Evil Dead: Ultimate Edition DVD collection signed by Bruce Campbell
• scrappy little nobody hardcover book signed by Anna Kendrick
• Around the Way Girl: A Memoir hardcover book signed by Taraji P. Henson
• Greenleaf mounted poster signed by Oprah Winfrey and cast
• In Such Good Company hardcover book signed by Carol Burnett
• Eye in the Sky poster and Blu-ray signed by Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul and Gavin Hood
• Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man hardcover book signed by William Shatner
• Mr. Robot Red Wheelbarrow Journal signed by cast and creator
• Mr. Robot Fsociety mask signed by cast and creator
• Miss Sloane poster signed by Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, John Madden and Johnny Perera
• The Walking Dead Vol 1: Days Gone Bye signed by creator Robert Kirkman
• Casual poster and season 2 DVD set signed by cast
• The Mindy Project poster signed by Mindy Kaling
• All Kinds of Love & The 2000 Year Old Man hardcover books signed by Carl Reiner
• The Art of More poster signed by cast
• Showtime collectibles with Ray Donovan cast signed photo, Billions, The Affair merchandise +
• Anthropoid movie promotional messenger bag
• Evolution hardcover book signed by Joe Manganiello
• Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life mounted poster signed by Lauren Graham
• The Carol Burnett Show Collector’s Edition DVD set signed by Carol Burnett
• Yes Please book signed by Amy Poehler
• Outlander photo signed by cast, creator and writer
• Captain Fantastic computer bag and bandana
• Choose Your Own Autobiography hardcover book signed by Neil Patrick Harris

Premium Items

• Champagne Taittinger Bottle signed by 22nd Annual SAG Award recipients
• Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 3.0 Wireless Boombox & Buckshot Pro
• Outdoor Tech Big Turtle Shell Wireless Boombox & Kodiak Plus 2.0 Power Bank

 

Stars Attend UNICEF’s 70th Anniversary Event

Dec 14, 2016 11:30 am
Ishmael Beah, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, Millie Bobby Brown, Jackie Chan, Priyanka Chopra, Angelique Kidjo and Femi Kuti attend UNICEF’s 70th anniversary event and call for a fair chance for every child.

Orlando Bloom, Priyanka Chopra, Angélique Kidjo, David Beckham, Femi Kuti, Ishmael Beah, Jackie Chan and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
Orlando Bloom, Priyanka Chopra, Angélique Kidjo, David Beckham, Femi Kuti, Ishmael Beah, Jackie Chan and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake

UNICEF commemorated 70 years of tireless work for children today with the help of some of the organization’s best-known Goodwill Ambassadors and celebrity advocates at a ’children’s takeover’ event co-hosted by 12-year-old Millie Bobby Brown and featuring children and young people who have benefited directly from UNICEF’s efforts.

The celebration at United Nations headquarters in New York featured UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Ishmael Beah, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, Jackie Chan, Angelique Kidjo, Femi Kuti, and world-renowned actress and girls’ rights advocate Priyanka Chopra, whose appointment as UNICEF’s newest global Goodwill Ambassador was announced at the event.

“My involvement with UNICEF began almost 10 years ago in India. Today, I stand here humbled, enriched and committed, because of it. Thank you, UNICEF, for the amazing journey so far as well as this huge honor,” said UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra. “Along this decade old journey, with UNICEF, I have been on many field trips to villages and centers across India. On those trips, I spent time with numerous young girls and their families and experienced firsthand the transformative power of empowering young girls with opportunities that are rightfully theirs. Together, with my fellow, dedicated ambassadors, I am now proud to stand with UNICEF to help build a world where children’s rights are respected and protected.”

Ms. Chopra has served as a UNICEF national ambassador in India, where she has been an intrepid advocate for girls and adolescents. Celebrating her appointment, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said, “Priyanka Chopra is already a champion for India’s children — and as a UNICEF global Goodwill Ambassador, she will be a force for children and adolescents everywhere.”

The anniversary celebration, which was led by the next generation of young celebrities and other young people, powerfully demonstrated the impact of UNICEF’s work over seven decades to protect the rights of the world’s most vulnerable children.

“This celebration of UNICEF’s 70th anniversary belongs to those for whom UNICEF was created in the first place: children. And it also belongs to the thousands of UNICEF staff and our partners whose work in some of the world’s most dangerous and difficult places has touched the lives of millions of children. What can be more important?” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.

People’s Choice nominee and star of hit television series Stranger Things Millie Bobby Brown served as the evening’s co-host and interviewed international soccer star David Beckham about what he has seen and learned over the course of his 11-years as a Goodwill Ambassador. Rising young Broadway star Akira Golz and UNICEF Youth Advocate Chen Lin were also co-hosts at the event. Together they represented the future of UNICEF and its work for every child.

Orquestra Crianca Cidada, a 37-member Brazilian children’s orchestra, kicked off the evening’s performances. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors and international music stars Angelique Kidjo and Femi Kuti performed together onstage with Kids United, a French musical group of children aged between 8 and 16 years.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom conducted an onstage discussion with child refugee Mustafa Al Said, who fled conflict in his native Syria and now lives in Germany. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ishmael Beah spoke about his experience as a child soldier in Sierra Leone and his work advocating against the recruitment of children into armed groups.

The programme also featured Juan Carlos, a 27-year-old lawyer from El Salvador, who recalled how UNICEF helped him after he lost his limbs when he stepped on a buried landmine at the age of five years old. He now advocates for the rights of children with disabilities, working to help break down the barriers and inequities they often face.

Livey Van Wyk, a mother living with HIV, spoke about her experience fighting stigma, She was accompanied on stage by her 13-year-old son, who is HIV-negative thanks to UNICEF’s work in Namibia to prevent HIV transmission from mothers to their babies.

Today, the Empire State Building in New York marked UNICEF’s 70th anniversary by lighting the tower UNICEF-blue. The lights were switched on by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham.

UNICEF was established to bring help and hope to children whose lives and futures were at risk. Our mission is no less urgent today,” said Mr. Lake. “As UNICEF gives children hope, children are the world’s hope for a better future — for all of us.”

 

BAFTA Los Angeles Launches Access For All Campaign

Dec 14, 2016 10:15 am

Jodie Foster: Profile

BAFTA LA announced last week the launch of its Access for All campaign, a commitment to ensuring that talented individuals are offered a clear pathway to careers in the entertainment industry, uninhibited by background, demographics or personal circumstance.

The campaign will drive funds towards BAFTA LA’s acclaimed scholarship, education and community initiatives, allowing the organization to discover, support and nurture talented professionals.

With initiatives that range from grassroots community events to professional development programs, the Access for All campaign is a call to action for public and industry support as BAFTA LA strives to make equal opportunity a closer reality in our business.

“While BAFTA Los Angeles is widely known for promoting excellence through our screenings, awards and celebrations, Access for All puts focus on our community and talent development programs” said BAFTA LA Chairman Kieran Breen. “Los Angeles is a city that has warmly welcomed Brits with open arms for many years, so it is important to BAFTA that we give something back and use the unique expertise of our membership to provide meaningful support to those now looking to begin their own careers”.

In collaboration with a variety of partners including the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, LAUSD, Washington Preparatory High School, BAFTA LA will publicly showcase opportunities and potential careers in the entertainment industry, both on and off screen. For those actively pursuing their careers, BAFTA LA will offer focused, targeted programs that provide specific developmental support and professional training.

BAFTA LA has been quietly, but successfully supporting new talents in the LA community for many years, serving as a foot in the door and a pathway to the top for those who deserve the chance to succeed,” said BAFTA Los Angeles CEO Chantal Rickards. “With Access for All, it is time for us to step out from the shadows and ask for support to grow these impactful programs.”

Most recently, BAFTA Los Angeles commissioned British artist Lincoln Townley to create a suite of portraits in celebration of the 2016 British Academy Britannia Award honorees – Jodie Foster, Ricky Gervais, Samuel L. Jackson, Felicity Jones, Ang Lee, and Ewan McGregor. Townley has generously donated these works of art some of which which were sold immediately following the event (28 October) to raise funds for BAFTA Los Angeles’ ongoing educational and community outreach programming under the Access for All campaign. To date, these limited edition prints have already generated $60,000 in donations.

INNER CITY CINEMA will bring the magic of cinema to areas without access to public movie theaters through its initiative. Free public screenings and Q&As will be held throughout the year at county parks in South LA, to capture the imaginations of children and families, raising awareness of the many career opportunities within the industry.

INNER CITY MENTORING will provide over 1000 hours of expert mentorship to the film students at George Washington Preparatory High School. Through stimulating lectures, one-on-one coaching, and collaborative short film projects, this initiative will allow students to experience life on both sides of the camera.

THE HIGH FLYERS PROGRAM will provide 10 inner city high school students who demonstrate the talent and drive to succeed with structured, intensive support and mentorship, connecting them with filmmaking workshops, internships and professional development events. BAFTA LA will also provide safe transportation around the city to attend events and workshops.

BAFTA LA will provide SCHOLARSHIPS for British students at US film schools, with a belief that the world’s most talented emerging filmmakers should have access to the world’s best film education.

The BAFTA US STUDENT FILM AWARDS will expand to identify and celebrate more of the best creative works produced by American and international post-graduate students studying in the United States, connecting promising international students with BAFTA’s membership and programming, 56 Schools across the US participated in 2016 and further expansion is planned for 2017.

The NEWCOMERS PROGRAM will recognize and support 35 rising UK stars who have recently moved to Los Angeles to further their development and career. The program recognizes the long and fruitful legacy of UK talents moving to the US to expand their knowledge, develop their skills, and expand their network of peers.

In an effort to preserve the legacy of the industry for future generations, BAFTA Los Angeles will seek to provide access to its HERITAGE ARCHIVE collection of unique one-on-one interviews with legendary British filmmakers. The Archive includes over 200 hours of footage from almost 100 interview subjects including Michael Caine, Malcolm McDowell, Lyn Redgrave, Roger Moore, and Helen Mirren.

 

Beth And Howard Stern Celebrate The Holidays By Finding Homes For More Than 250 Animals

Dec 14, 2016 09:14 am

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More than 250 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens of all ages and breeds from North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, found loving homes in time for the holidays this past weekend.

Beth & Howard Stern, and a small group of friends, set up a fund to pay the adoption fees for all approved adopters from this past Friday through Sunday. Their hope was to encourage more people to adopt over the holidays and clear the cages at the shelter – and it certainly worked.

“My wish was to provide this holiday gift to animal lovers as well as the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens who were in need of homes, and of course to North Shore Animal League America,” said Beth Stern. “To know that so many homeless animals will now have homes for the holidays, especially so many of the older cats and dogs, is the best gift of all.”

North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no kill animal shelter, pioneered the practice of humane relocation over 30 years ago in an effort to find responsible homes for as many animals as possible and to raise awareness about the plight of homeless animals.

“We have been so fortunate to work with Beth as a volunteer, foster parent and national spokesperson for over a decade,” said Joanne Yohannan, Senior Vice President of Operations, North Shore Animal League America. “Beth is truly committed to saving as many innocent lives as possible and I’m thrilled to see so many empty cages”. Thank you Beth and Howard for all you do for those without a voice.

 

Enrique Iglesias Helps Kids in El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru Turn the Page This Holiday Season

Dec 14, 2016 07:45 am

Enrique Iglesias: Profile

Right before performing in front of thousands in Guatemala last week, Grammy Award-winning artist Enrique Iglesias received a surprise holiday gift backstage from some of his littlest local fans.

The international pop star, through a partnership with Microsoft, just donated $200,000 in software to Save the Children to strengthen its literacy programming for elementary school-age children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru, and the kid fans from Guatemala’s remote mountainous region of Quiche wanted to thank him in their own words at the Dec. 9 concert.

Their gift – a handmade book – is a collection of hand-written stories and colorful drawings that they created through Save the Children’s literacy program called Literacy Boost. The stories describe local traditions around holidays like Guatemala’s Independence Day and Christmas.

“I am honored to receive such an original and creative gift. As a songwriter, words and story-telling have always had a special meaning to me. Through this donation, I hope more children will be able to share in my passion,” said Iglesias.

In Guatemala, nearly 1 in three kids does not complete elementary school. Many children, lacking the basic skills to read and write, struggle in school and eventually drop out. Literacy Boost helps kids learn to read early on, by training teachers in effective classroom techniques, inspiring parents to support their children’s learning and create books with locally available materials, and offering reading camps and a reading buddy program for kids, which encourages them to read at home.

“Going to school is not enough to ensure learning. Some children – those who are indigenous and do not know the national language, kids living in extreme poverty, girls and those with few books or no one to read to them at home – need an extra boost to gain basic reading skills,” said Mary McInerney, Save the Children’s country director in Guatemala. “The gap in reading ability between strong and struggling readers widens with age. That is why it is critically important that children learn to read in the early grades, so that they can then read to learn.”

McInerny added, “We are tremendously grateful for Enrique’s donation to our Literacy Boost program. It will help the teachers improve their lesson plans and create learning materials, such as stories for the kids to read during reading camp with their reading buddies.”

The donated software also will be used to support a food program funded by USDA called IDEA, which provides nutritious food and education on good eating habits to children in Save the Children-supported schools.

With their gift to Iglesias, the Guatemalan children wanted to welcome the international pop star to their country.

“We want to share something from our communities, and thank him for his support,” said 9-year-old Juana.

“His support motivates us to stay in school and reach our dreams,” said 9-year-old Henely.

Literacy Boost is helping kids learn to read in 24 countries around the world, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti and Peru in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Teaming up with Save the Children last fall, Iglesias also launched a #Hearts4Kids T-shirt to support the non-profit’s humanitarian responses around the globe.

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Future Of Climate Is On Your Plate

Dec 14, 2016 06:30 am
Entertainment industry icons and climate activists Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron and Li Bingbing star in a groundbreaking series of public service announcements to inspire individual climate action against the backdrop of uncertainty in the environmental movement wrought by the election of Donald Trump to the White House.

Video: ‘Less Meat Less Heat’ starring Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (WILDAID | 5 To Do Today)

The president-elect has previously claimed that climate change is a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese, leaving an opening for China to establish itself as the global leader in sustainability and the booming renewables industry. With low levels of public awareness on the climate impact of diet, the PSAs aim to empower Chinese consumers to make everyday choices that can help curb climate change.

The PSAs, produced by WildAid’s China-based 5 To Do Today climate program and expected to reach tens of millions of people across China, come at a tenuous time for the global movement to mitigate climate change as the U.S.’s own climate ambitions are called into question. Chinese officials recently warned Trump that he would be defying the wishes of the entire planet if he were to follow through on his campaign promise to back out of the Paris climate agreement.

“With the recent election results, it will likely be up to China to ensure progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said WildAid Executive Director Peter Knights. “The Chinese government has every incentive to continue its impressive transition to a greener economy and we support that effort by encouraging climate-friendly behavior at the individual level.”

The PSAs promote eating less meat as an essential part of climate change mitigation. Animal agriculture accounts for an estimated 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and emissions from this fast-growing sector are largely unregulated. Due to its population and rapid economic growth, China is essential to any efforts to curb GHG emissions: the nation consumes 28% of all the world’s meat, about half of the world’s pork and is projected to add the equivalent of the total United States consumption to global demand for meat between 2010 and 2030.

“With climate deniers now running the show, it’s more important than ever for people of conscience to fight climate change by doing everything we can as individuals,” said director James Cameron. “One of the most powerful things we can do is to stop eating meat, dairy and other animal foods. Animal agriculture produces more greenhouse warming than transportation — more than all cars, trucks, planes, trains and ships combined. We don’t have to bemoan the inaction of a denier government — we can solve this ourselves.”

According to Chatham House and the Proceedings from the National Academy of Sciences, the current level of meat consumption is not sustainable and has a tremendous impact on societal health and the environment. By 2050, global consumption of meat and dairy products are expected to rise 76 percent and 65 percent respectively. Several studies confirm that current agricultural practices are a hugely inefficient use of land and water, driving deforestation, biodiversity loss and many other environmental crises.

A survey shows that the Chinese public may be receptive to some dietary shifts. Eighty-eight percent of respondents were aware that meat consumption was unhealthy, while 40 percent were aware of the associated GHG emissions. Overall, 83 percent of respondents were willing to eat vegetarian at least one day each week for their health and the planet, with 62 percent willing to eat vegetarian two or more days each week.

“As much as we in California and the United States have been leaders and have inspired China to go in the right direction with environmental issues, they are now inspiring us,” former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said an interview with 5 To Do Today released in June.

The PSAs will appear in Mandarin on 5 To Do Today media partner outlets in China including on Beijing TV, Shenzhen TV, and other Chinese TV networks, and promoted online by China’s most popular video sites including Iqiyi and LeTV. The PSAs support the adoption of a healthy diet in line with the Chinese Nutrition Society’s Recommended Dietary Guidelines, which suggest limiting annual meat consumption to 27.4 kg per person, compared to current average of 63 kg in China.

 

Spotlight: David Walliams’s Charity Work

Dec 14, 2016 10:00 pm

David Walliams

Half of the British comedy duo Little Britain with Matt Lucas.

Walliams swam the English Channel in 2006 to raise more than £1 million for Sport Relief. In November of that year those efforts won him the Pride of Britain Award for “Most Influential Public Figure”.

In July of 2006 he became Patron of Cardiac Risk in the Young.

Read more about David Walliams’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: Variety – The Children’s Charity’s Celebrity Supporters

Dec 14, 2016 05:00 am
Enthusiatic group of business leaders who donate their time, rescources and energy to positively impact the lives of children

Celebrity supporters

Variety – The Children’s Charity has 22 known supporters, including Pierce Brosnan, Will Ferrell, and Jessica Simpson

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.