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Arlene Phillips Steps Out Against Foie Gras

first_imgTV presenter and choreographer Arlene Phillips, who was awarded a CBE by Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony earlier this year, has called today on His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to strip Fortnum & Mason of its Royal Warrants for continuing to sell foie gras – a product that is illegal to produce in the UK.“Holding Royal Warrants should be an immense privilege bestowed only on establishments with extremely high standards”, writes the former Strictly Come Dancing judge. “In light of Fortnum & Mason’s cavalier attitude towards animal welfare and for continuing to promote a product that is illegal to produce in Britain, may I respectfully request that you consider revoking the Royal Warrants until it ends its sale of foie gras?”Philips’ judgment comes after PETA showed her undercover video footage, narrated by acting legend Sir Roger Moore, which exposed terrible abuse on foie gras farms supplying Fortnum & Mason – including at the abattoir, where birds had knives plunged into their throats without prior pre-stunning, in contravention of both UK and French law.During foie gras production, huge amounts of grain are pumped into the stomachs of geese through metal pipes, which are rammed down their throats several times a day. Their distended livers – which can swell to up to 10 times their normal size – press against their lungs, causing them to pant constantly. Veterinarians and avian experts agree – there is no humane way to produce foie gras. Animal protection groups – including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Compassion in World Farming, Animal Defenders International, Animal Aid, Viva!, Four Paws, One Kind, Save Me and the International Veterinary Society – have all joined PETA in calling for Fortnum & Mason to stop selling foie gras.last_img read more


October 16, 2019 0

John Mayers Tour Benefits Veterans With Post Traumatic Stress

first_imgJohn Mayer is using the U.S. portion of his new tour to heighten awareness of and raise funds for military veterans suffering from the effects of post traumatic stress.One dollar from each tour ticket sold will fund PTS-related programs created by Mayer and the Northern California Institute for Research and Education.Mayer kicked off his first tour in three years in Milwaukee on July 6. Rolling Stone reviewed the tour opener, saying that “Saturday’s show may be remembered for its heavy dose of new material and Mayer’s vocal rejuvenation. But in the moment it felt most special because [Mayer] looked thrilled to be back.” The 40-stop U.S tour continues through early October, with support act Phillip Phillips (“Home,” “Gone, Gone, Gone”) for most U.S. shows. Mayer was also just announced on the lineup for the Global Poverty Project benefit concert in Central Park on September 28.Paradise Valley, the latest album from Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer, will be released on August 20, and is available now to pre-order on iTunes. Mayer produced Paradise Valley with longtime collaborator Don Was, who also co-produced Mayer’s #1 charting Gold-certified 2012 release Born and Raised, and has worked on albums for acts such as the Rolling Stones, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt.“Paper Doll,” the first single from Paradise Valley, is available now on iTunes, and the lyric video already has more than 3 million views. People gave the “bittersweet beauty” 3 1/2 stars and Billboard called it “a perfectly crafted pop song,” remarking that “Mayer’s voice has triumphantly returned.”Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will instantly receive a download of the track “Wildfire.” A lyric video for “Wildfire,” featuring footage of Mayer performing live, was posted today and can be viewed here.last_img read more


October 16, 2019 0

Eat Bonbons With Warren Buffett

first_imgHere is your chance to go on an “all-you-can-eat” tour of See’s Candy Factory in Los Angeles plus meet business magnate, investor, and philanthropist Warren Buffett! And as an added bonus, Mr. Buffett will demonstrate the only acceptable way to eat a bonbon!A charity auction is giving you this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to benefit Communities in Schools, the largest dropout prevention organization in the US.Warren Buffett is widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century. Buffett is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world’s wealthiest person in 2008 and as the third wealthiest person in 2011. In 2012, Time magazine named Buffett one of the most influential people in the world.Buffett is called the “Wizard of Omaha”, “Oracle of Omaha”, or the “Sage of Omaha” and is noted for his adherence to the value investing philosophy. Buffett is also a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes.In 1972, the See’s family sold the company to Berkshire Hathaway Inc., presided over by Chairman Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charles Munger. Utilizing his philosophy of acquiring solid companies where he could follow his “hands off” policy, Warren Buffett installed Charles N. Huggins as President and CEO. Charles Huggins dedicated himself to the continuance of the company he joined in 1951, guiding it with the old-fashioned values set by Charles See until his retirement at the end of 2005.The auction runs until August 13, and can be accessed via CharityBuzz.com. This item is subject to Mr. Buffett’s Los Angeles travel schedule.last_img read more


October 16, 2019 0

Adrienne Shelly Foundation Awards Its 50th Grant

first_imgThe Adrienne Shelly Foundation (ASF), a non-profit organization named after the late actor and filmmaker who was killed in 2006, announced today that it has awarded its 50th production grant, in partnership with the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, to Meredith Danluck for her film State Like Sleep.Danluck is an artist and filmmaker whose work has screened at major art institutions internationally including MoMA, PS1, Venice Biennale and Liverpool Biennial, as well as various film festivals including SXSW, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival. In State Like Sleep, a young American widow in northern Europe reluctantly revisits her past when her mother is hospitalized in Brussels. Danluck and her project participated in the Sundance Institute Directors Lab and Screenwriter Lab last year.Earlier in the month ASF awarded its 49th grant to Boston University film student Julia Iglesias, who’ll soon be shooting her short film Aida’s 85th.“I can’t stress enough the importance of ASF’s mission of supporting women filmmakers,” said Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning actress Michelle Williams, an ASF Advisory Board member. “Reaching its 50th grant just demonstrates the impact ASF has on the indie film community.”“I knew and worked with Adrienne, and have been involved with ASF since its inception,” said actor Paul Rudd, a member of the Advisory Board. “This is an organization with a critical mission, and I’m thrilled to see it achieve such an incredible milestone.”The reaching of this milestone is especially meaningful to ASF founder and executive director Andy Ostroy, who was married to Ms. Shelly at the time of her death.“ASF has been successful in turning tragedy into something positive,” said Ostroy. “I’m proud of the work we do, and the lives we’ve touched in honor of Adrienne.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more


October 16, 2019 0

Jane Fonda To Be Honored At Los Angeles LGBT Center Vanguard Awards

first_imgThe Los Angeles LGBT Center is proud to announce that two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner will be honored at the Center’s 46th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards on November 7 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.Fonda will receive the award from the incomparable Lily Tomlin, her co-star in the hit show Grace and Frankie. Nyswaner’s award will be presented by Frances McDormand.Additional participants and attendees will be announced in the coming weeks. One of the nation’s premier LGBT charity events, the Center’s Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards will bring together more than 1,200 LGBT people and their allies to enjoy cocktails, dinner, and entertainment, while celebrating inspirational honorees who exemplify courage, compassion, and a relentless tenacity for creating positive change in the world. The evening also features an extensive silent auction that includes high-end items, packages, and experiences.“This honor means a lot to me. The work that the Center does for the LGBT community, its children, and extended families is profound and essential,” said Fonda, who will soon appear in director Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.Fonda became a friend and ally to the LGBT community at a time when celebrities advocating for LGBT rights was almost unthinkable. She campaigned with Harvey Milk against California’s anti-LGBT Briggs Initiative, fought Anita Bryant – the notorious activist who demonized LGBT with a campaign to repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance in Florida – and has been a lifelong supporter of the LGBT community and champion for human rights.“Since long before I worked with Jane, I was in awe of her energy, activism, and generosity,” said Tomlin. “Three decades later, I am still in awe of her and feel truly privileged to bestow this well-deserved honor. She has earned this over and over and over in her lifetime.”Nyswaner is an openly gay writer, producer, documentary filmmaker, activist and pioneer in LGBT-related films. He’s the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of Philadelphia, the first major studio film to address homophobia and AIDS, and is the winner of a Peabody Award for his film Soldier’s Girl, which tells the true-life story of transgender heroine Calpernia Addams. More recently he wrote Freeheld—starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page—the groundbreaking story of a woman’s struggle to win her lesbian partner’s pension benefits after she’s diagnosed with terminal cancer. He is also the co-creator of the Nyswaner/Salzman Film Archive, the fourth largest LGBT film archive in the United States.Please visit www.lgbtvanguardawards.org for additional information including details on how to purchase tickets.Sponsors of the Center’s Anniversary Vanguard Awards include Diamond Sponsor: Wells Fargo; Platinum Sponsors: AT&T DirecTV and The Palette Fund; Gold Sponsors: Anita May Rosenstein Foundation, American Airlines, Comcast NBCUniversal, Nordstrom, Bloomberg Philanthropies, General Motors, U.S. Bank, Van Fletcher & Skip Paul, Southern California Gas Company, Barry McCabe, PacFed, Greg Fullmer/Danny Hawkins/Douglas Dyakon, Curt Shepard & Alan Hergott, and Lionsgate; Silver Sponsors: The Huntington, Ralphs/Food4Less, Union Bank, Target, Out@WB, The David Bohnett Foundation, Johnson Controls, The Hyatt Regency Century City Plaza, LabCorp, Rose Greene, Nihon Kohden, UTA Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.; In-Kind Sponsors: Pride.com & The Advocate, LA Pride, Stoli, Pasquini Coffee, and Lesbian News; and Official Wine Sponsor: Kobler Estate Winerylast_img read more


October 16, 2019 0

RED Launches StarStudded SHOPATHON For World AIDS Day

first_imgOn December 1 – World AIDS Day and Giving Tuesday – the first ever (SHOPATHON)RED to fight AIDS officially kicks off.A (RED) shopping extravaganza featuring the likes of Bono, Scarlett Johansson, Snoop Dogg, The Weeknd, Meryl Streep and co-produced by VICE Media, (SHOPATHON)RED will live on-air and online through the holidays, selling iconic (RED) products, limited edition pieces, and the chance for fans to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities in partnership with the online giving platform, Omaze.Raising money for The Global Fund to fight AIDS, every dollar will be matched by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, up to $20 million, meaning there have never been more reasons to SHOP (RED) and SAVE LIVES.“The progress we have made in the fight against AIDS is immense, but so is the jeopardy if we grow complacent and think we’ve conquered this vicious little virus… Because we haven’t! We have to keep pushing until everyone who needs treatment can get it and until we can prevent the millions of unnecessary new infections we are still seeing every year,” said Bono, co-founder of (RED) and ONE Campaign. “Justice often calls for the power of strange bedfellows, which is why (SHOPATHON)RED is where you’ll see everyone from Bill Gates to Snoop Dogg, Vice and Game of Thrones campaigning to get closer to finishing AIDS once and for all.”On December 1, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! will kick off (SHOPATHON)RED with a tongue-in-cheek take on the world of home shopping. Joined by Olivia Wilde, the show will feature (RED) products and guest stars launching once-in-a-lifetime experiences to help the fight to end AIDS. Appearances include Bono, Matt Damon, a live performance by The Killers and special segments with Tom Brady and Shaquille O’Neal, among other surprises. Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35|10:35 CT on ABC.“We’re doing a very special show on December 1 with many stars in support of (RED) to raise money to fight AIDS on World AIDS Day. It will be a great show for an important issue,” said Jimmy Kimmel.Want to visit the Game of Thrones set, or hit the saddle for a bike ride with Bono? These are just some of the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that can be won on Omaze, the online giving platform. Other experiences include;• Going on a one day wellness break with Snoop Dogg in Colorado • A ’K’ONTOUR’ makeover with Kim Kardashian and her glam squad • Having your portrait painted by James Franco • Jimmy Kimmel giving your kid ‘the talk’! • Getting a passing lesson from Tom Brady • Walking the red carpet with Meryl Streep • Getting snapped with Shaquille O’Neal for your 2016 holiday card • Hanging backstage with The Weeknd • Going to a UT game with Matthew McConaughey • Announcing the No.1 track with Ryan Seacrest on the American Top 40 • Assisting Stephen Curry with his pre-game tunnel shot!These stars, and many others, are offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences in support of World AIDS Day. For as little as $10, fans can enter now for their chance to win on Omaze.com/RED, with proceeds going to fight AIDS with (RED). Entries close on January 21, 2016.(RED) has teamed up with Gilt, the innovative online shopping destination, to be the official e-commerce partner for the campaign. From December 1st thru 16th, Gilt.com will offer more than 100 stylish (RED) and limited edition products that ‘give back’ with every purchase, raising money to fight AIDS. Gilt will offer something for everyone’s holiday list, featuring products from brands including Alessi, Alex and Ani, Warby Parker, Jennifer Meyer, Converse, Le Creuset, Fatboy, Fresh, Jonathan Adler, Moleskine, Mophie and more.The store will also offer special limited edition items including a ‘Love Me’ canvas tote bag by artist Curtis Kulig, a printed motif t-shirt designed by EJ Johnson and a very special (RED) flower bouquet from Farmgirl Flowers. To shop this exclusive sale, visit www.gilt.com/RED.(RED)’s founding apparel partner, Gap, is announcing a $1 million commitment to the fight to end AIDS and is debuting a range of new (RED) styles that will support this promise. Gap denim jackets and t-shirts for men, women and children and a onesie for baby will all be available on Gilt.com/RED, and will also be available in the U.S. on Gap.com and at the 680 5th Avenue (at 54th Street) New York City.(RED) and eBay are collaborating to auction off one-of-a-kind (RED) pieces and one-on-one brunch experiences with iconic global business figures.Among those offering an hour or more long brunch include: Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, Ari Emanuel, Co-CEO of WME and IMG, Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of Warby Parker, Biz Stone, Ev Williams and Jack Dorsey, Co-Founders of Twitter, Jonathan Adler, CEO of Jonathan Adler Enterprises, Devin Wenig, CEO of eBay, and a trip to Italy to meet Alessandro Mendini, Alessi Design Contributor. All proceeds from the auctions will benefit the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.Deborah Dugan, CEO, (RED) said; “We’re always looking for ways to partner with the smartest creative minds to help solve one of the world’s greatest problems… but a problem that we can now imagine ending. We’re so grateful to all of the musicians, actors, artists, athletes, brands and creators for their (RED) partnership in helping us deliver an AIDS free generation by 2020. Think of the launch of (SHOPATHON)RED as a countdown to reaching that goal.”“(RED)’s support of the Global Fund has been absolutely fundamental to our collective success,” said Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “Delivering private sector investment where it’s needed most – to programs on the ground aimed at controlling a preventable and treatable disease. (RED)’s World AIDS Day campaign comes at a critical moment when funding and focus are needed most to see the world towards the finish line.”There are even more ways for people to support (RED) and fight AIDS; • For the eighth year, (RED) partner Starbucks will contribute 10 cents for every handcrafted beverage sold at participating US and Canada locations to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. • From Nov 30 – Dec 4, Supercell is turning all three of their incredibly popular games (RED) – Clash of Clans, Boom Beach and Hay Day. Special (RED) items are available only on iOS with 100% of proceeds going to fight AIDS. • Through December 20th, fans of concerts, sports, theatre and family events can support (RED) by adding a $5-25 contribution to their Ticketmaster and Live Nation ticket purchases. • On December 1st, the Uber app will go (RED). Riders in the US will be able to choose to ride (RED), which will allow them to make a $5 donation to fight AIDS at the end of their trip.In addition to co-producing (SHOPATHON)RED, VICE takes a look at the revolutionary breakthroughs in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatments in the brand new VICE Special Report: Countdown to Zero, airing at 9pm ET/PT on December 1, exclusively on HBO. The 60-minute report is hosted by VICE co-founders Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi.last_img read more


October 16, 2019 0

Tech Billionaires Donate Large To Cancer Research

first_imgIn May, American billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle origins announced his $200 million donation to a new cancer research center.The interdisciplinary facility, to be called Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC, is expected to break ground by November. The center’s goal, as reported by Fortune.com, is to bring experts from different specialties together “to transform the way cancer is treated”. Besides medical scientists, this would even include chefs to advise on diet in medicine.Meanwhile, billionaire Sean Parker of Napster announced his own $250 million contribution to form the Parker Institute. His funding, he says, will be divided over time amongst six partner centers: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Stanford Medicine, Penn Medicine, UCSF and UCLA.This collaboration aims to accelerate the progress in scientific discoveries in the field of cancer immunotherapy because the centers will be able to collaborate and pool their intellectual property so that scientists at any center will have access to any breakthroughs at any other of the centers.Parker says that immunotherapy has seen success in some areas, such as melanoma and blood cancers, and believes there is no reason why it shouldn’t be applicable to all tumor types.“At some point I had a hunch that the immune system played a really important role in protecting us from cancer,” he says. “That was, for a long time, a very controversial theory.”This is the basis for his bringing scientists into an environment where they can cooperate and collaborate and where the best ideas can get funded.“I’ve been interested in life sciences for as long as I can remember,” says Parker. “I have a deep personal interest in immunology because I have autoimmune diseases myself. Cancer knows no boundaries. It afflicts people everywhere.”Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more


October 16, 2019 0

The 2017 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit

first_imgBlack Enterprise hosts its 12th annual Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit on Thursday, March 9th to Sunday, March 12th at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.The Summit, hosted by ADP, is the leading executive development conference for women and annually welcomes more than 1,000 mid- to senior-level power players and C-suite executives from across the country.This year’s conference highlights include: • The Women of Power Legacy Awards dinner honoring those who blazed trails and redefined the standard of success for women of color. This year’s recipients are Ursula Burns, Chairman of Xerox Corp.; Phylicia Rashad, Tony Award-winning actress, singer, and stage director; Pastor Shirley Caesar, Grammy Award-winning singer; and gender and race activist Marcia Ann Gillespie. • Ursula Burns, the first black woman to become CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and Ann Fudge, former chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Advertising, will talk candidly about the clearest paths to corporate power for black women, the realities of life at the top, and what they wish they’d known then that is crystal clear now. • 45-minute Executive One-on-One coaching to sharpen attendees winning edge • From the Corner Office: Kaiser Permanente Chairman & CEO Bernard Tyson will be interviewed by Black Enterprise President and CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. Their discussion will engage and inspire Women of Power attendees and is sure to assist them in developing their own actionable plan to carve out their path to the corner office. • The Women of Power Concert & DinnerNow in its 12th year, the Women of Power Summit features influential speakers and one-on-one keynote sessions with top executives — many of whom are women of color themselves. In addition, the Summit offers more than 20 hours of lifestyle, leadership, and professional development workshops with countless opportunities to network with like-minded peers. Attendees will be empowered, inspired, and equipped with the necessary tools to implement a strategy for success beginning the moment the conference concludes.“Every year, the Summit offers plenty that’s new: speakers, sponsors, topics that tap into emerging issues, and the unique challenges we face,” says Editorial Director of the Women of Power Summit Caroline V. Clarke. “What never changes is our commitment to this audience’s success and their need for greater connection with each other. This event is relevant, resonant, and unparalleled, and we are so excited about this year.”Confirmed speakers and awardees include:Ursula Burns, Chairman, Xerox Corp. Phylicia Rashad, Award-winning Actress Pastor Shirley Caesar, Grammy Award-winning Singer Marcia Ann Gillespie, Gender and Race Activist Audra Bohannon, Senior Partner, Korn Ferry Valorie Burton, Author, Founder, The CaPP Institute Debra Ann Chase, Producer, President, Martin Chase Productions Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer, Levo Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Managing Director, RSR Partners Michelle Fisher, Founder & CEO, Blaze Mobile Ann M. Fudge, Former Chairman & CEO Young & Rubicam Brands Cheryl Grace SVP, U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, Nielsen Jamila Hunter, SVP, Comedy Development, ABC Entertainment Elisa Leary, VP, Human Resources, Macy’s Dee Marshall, Certified, Trainer, Coach, Consultant, Raise The Bar L.L.C. Candace Matthews, Regional President – The Americas, AMWAY Christina Norman, CEO, Water Cooler Group Bozoma Saint John, Head of Global Consumer Marketing, Apple Music and iTunes Sandra Sims-Williams, Chief Diversity Officer, Publicis Groupe Birame Sock, President & Chief Operating Officer, Function(x) Inc. Lauren Wesley Wilson, President, ColorComm Inc. Elaine Welteroth, Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue 
Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman & CEO, Kaiser Permanente Maya Harris, Senior Policy Advisor for Hillary ClintonThe host sponsor of the 2017 Women of Power Summit is ADP. Presenting sponsors include AT&T, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Dell, Macy’s, PepsiCo, Walmart and The Walt Disney Co. Platinum Sponsors are Southwest Airlines and State Farm; and Corporate Sponsors are The Islands of the Bahamas, Carnival Corp. & PLC, and FedEx Express.The Summit begins Thursday, March 9 and concludes Sunday, March 12. To register and find out more information, visit www.blackenterprise.com/wps and follow @BlackEnterprise on Twitter.last_img read more


October 16, 2019 0

Leo Messi Foundation Helps UNICEF Get Syrian Children Back Into The Classroom

first_imgUNICEF has installed 20 new prefabricated classrooms in Tartus, Syria, and rural areas of Damascus, thanks to a generous donation from the Leo Messi Foundation.The donation has enabled more than 1,600 Syrian children affected by the conflict to attend school with fully furnished classrooms.“More than 60 per cent of children attending these schools have been displaced from their homes due to the fighting,” said UNICEF. “School provides children affected by war with a routine, structure, and a sense of normality in a situation that is far from normal. We are grateful to the generous support of the Leo Messi Foundation to help hundreds of children access education.”After more than six years of conflict, 1.75 million children in Syria are out of school and millions more are at risk of dropping out. One in three schools cannot be used as they have either been destroyed or are being used as shelters or for military purposes.The functioning schools are overcrowded, and some have had to add shifts to accommodate more children, reducing study time and affecting the quality of education.Over seven years, the Leo Messi Foundation has supported UNICEF’s work for children in countries including Haiti and Nepal, among others.last_img read more


October 16, 2019 0

Robert De Niro To Be Honored With Brass Ring Award at 2018

first_imgEvent chair and host Barbara Davis announced today that Academy award-winning actor, producer and director Robert De Niro will be honored with the “Brass Ring Award” at The 2018 Carousel of Hope Ball on Saturday, October 6.The biennial event is dedicated to increasing awareness for diabetes, and raising funds for clinical care and diabetes research at the Barbara Davis Center For Diabetes. Longtime supporter, Robert De Niro, will receive the award at this year’s ball for his humanitarian efforts and continued support of the cause. The “Brass Ring Award” was named after the elusive brass ring that carousel riders would try to catch when the ride first became popular. Now universally recognized as a symbol of achievement, the brass ring represents the ultimate goal of finding a cure for diabetes. “Brass Ring Award” recipients exemplify the dedication and strength that brings the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center one step closer to finding a cure. Past “Brass Ring Award” recipients include Frank Sinatra, Hillary Clinton, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, George Clooney, Jane Fonda, Sir Sidney Poitier, David Foster, Halle Berry, Sherry Lansing and more.Speaking on the award, Chairman and Host of The Carousel of Hope Ball Barbara Davis, said, “We are so delighted to announce that the multi-talented, two-time Oscar-winning actor, director and producer, Robert De Niro will receive the Brass Ring Award at the 2018 Carousel of Hope Ball. He is one of the kindest, most caring human beings I have ever known. He goes above and beyond to help others and has supported the Carousel of Hope from the very start.”De Niro has been recognized around the world for his outstanding work in film. In 2009, De Niro received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor, and President Obama presented De Niro with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, recognizing him for his outstanding contributions to the U.S. He served as the jury president of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, and in 2009, received the Stanley Kubrick Award from the BAFTA Britannia Awards. AARP The Magazine gave De Niro the 2010 Movies for Grownups Lifetime Achievement Award, and the following year, he was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. He was honored by AFI with their Life Achievement Award in 2003, and two years prior, received the Bravo Lifetime Achievement Award at the Independent Feature Projects’ Gotham Awards. De Niro and the cast of “The Good Shepherd” were awarded the Silver Berlin Bear at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival. He is the recipient of two National Board of Review Awards, four New York Film Critics Circle Awards, two Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, and GLAAD’s 2016 Excellent in Media Award.Robert De Niro launched his prolific motion picture career in Brian De Palma’s “The Wedding Party” in 1969. By 1974 he had won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in recognition of his critically acclaimed performance in “Bang the Drum Slowly” and from the National Society of Film Critic for Martin Scorsese’s “Mean Streets.” In 1974 De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the young Vito Corleone in “The Godfather, Part II.” In 1980 he won his second Oscar, as Best Actor, for his extraordinary portrayal of Jake La Motta in Scorsese’s “Raging Bull.” De Niro has earned Academy Award nominations for his work in five additional films: as Travis Bickle in Scorsese’s acclaimed “Taxi Driver;” as a Vietnam vet in Michael Cimino’s “The Deer Hunter,” as a catatonic patient brought to life in Penny Marshall’s “Awakenings,” in 1992 as Max Cady, an ex-con looking for revenge, in Scorsese’s remake of the 1962 classic “Cape Fear” and as a father to a bi-polar son in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook.”He was most recently seen in Tribeca Productions’ and HBO’s “Wizard of Lies” starring as Bernie Madoff, for which he received both an Emmy Award nomination for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie. His next project will be Netflix’s “The Irishman”, in which he stars and is producing with Martin Scorsese, for their ninth collaboration.De Niro takes pride in the development of his production company, Tribeca Productions, the Tribeca Film Center, which he co-founded with Jane Rosenthal in 1988, and in the Tribeca Film Festival, which he founded with Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival, which just completed its 17th run, was conceived to foster the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture; the festival’s mission is to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center and help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audiences. Through Tribeca Productions, De Niro develops projects on which he serves in a combination of capacities, including producer, director and actor.This year marks the 32nd Carousel Ball, where guests will enjoy cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner, exciting entertainment, and musical performances. Since its inception in 1978, the iconic event has been a Hollywood favorite, uniting entertainment, sports, and business industry leaders from all areas for a night dedicated to raising awareness and, ultimately, finding a cure for diabetes. Diabetes, which afflicts over 30 million people in the United States alone, is rapidly on the rise. It is estimated that one in three babies born today will have diabetes in their lifetime and each year, approximately 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Of those, 25,000 are children. The Carousel of Hope Balls have raised more than $100 million to date, with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (BDC). Funds are raised through sponsorships, dinner tickets, a live and silent auction, and contributions. Rated #1 Benefit in Southern California by Bizbash for multiple years, this star-studded evening is not to be missed.The 2018 Carousel of Hope Ball is generously sponsored by American Airlines, Tina & Rick Caruso, Marlyn and Robert Day, and Dexcom.Mrs. Davis will co-host a kickoff cocktail party with Bruce Bozzi, Jr. at The Palm on May 21.More info can be found here.last_img read more


October 16, 2019 0

The brave 15yearold Eagle Huntress who overturned tradition

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Aisholpan Nurgaiv is a soft-spoken, 15-year-old Kazakh girl with a bright, shy smile, a competitive streak and a rare skill: she hunts from horseback with the aid of her 10-kilogram golden eagle. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment As profiled in Otto Bell’s stunning Mongolia-set documentary The Eagle Huntress, screening in the TIFF Kids program, Aisholpan pushes past 1,000 years of male tradition to become the first female champion eagle hunter.Early on in the film, narrated by Daisy Ridley, then-13-year-old Aisholpan goes with her father Nurgaiv Rys to perform a key ritual for an eagle hunter: the capture of an eaglet to train as a hunting partner.That done, coached by her father — one of 12 generations of eagle hunters in their family — Aisholpan is brave, skilled in handling the huge bird and has unwavering determination to excel. She is focused on besting the older men in the region who doubt her, sure she can win first place at an annual competition.Later, she participates in a gruelling winter hunt, the first girl in her family to do so. Twitterlast_img read more


October 15, 2019 0

RIP DENNIS MCGRATH

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment From WGCWe mourn the passing of longstanding WGC councillor, screenwriter, and friend, Denis McGrathToday the WGC joins the screenwriting community in mourning Denis McGrath, a longstanding WGC councillor. Denis passed away yesterday at St. Joseph’s hospital in Toronto.Denis worked tirelessly for the betterment of Canadian screenwriters, as a councillor since 2008, and as a fierce negotiator through the last two rounds of IPA bargaining. He was a sharp, outspoken advocate for screenwriters through social media, and his blog, Dead Things ON Sticks. Denis took on the powers-that-be in the industry, questioning assumptions and challenging ill-informed rhetoric. Denis never gave up a fight.His professional accomplishments include winning the WGC Writers Block Award for service to Canadian screenwriters (2015), and he was nominated for a Gemini and won a WGC Screenwriting Award for his miniseries, Across the River to Motor City. He was a valued screenwriter on shows including X Company, Continuum, Bitten, The Border, and many others.Denis was also a teacher and a mentor. He served as the Executive Producer in Residence and Showrunner Mentor for the Prime Time program at the Canadian Film Centre; taught students at Ryerson University, and gave generously of his time to both his peers and screenwriting newcomers.Denis famously loved baseball, and knew a hell of a lot about it. He also was passionate about politics, science-fiction, and many kinds of music. But today what we remember most about Denis is his quick wit, his irreverence, and his wonderful deep laugh, a laugh that made us want to laugh along with him. We did, and we thank him for that. His loss is immeasurable.SOURCE:  WGC – WRITERS GUILD OF CANADA Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


October 15, 2019 0

Stage shows cop shop is tops says officer

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Its initial premise is that an elderly man (John Koensgen) is left at a police station with a butcher’s hook around his neck and the business card of a lawyer, Hamilton (Andrew Musselman), who doesn’t seem to know him. An interpreter (Miranda Calderon) is called in to help because the man can’t speak English. And then things go into full thriller mode.center_img Advertisement The play is set in a Toronto police station and one of its central characters, played by Tony Nappo, is a detective so I invited Boddy, who’s currently based at the 11th Division on Davenport, to the theatre for his specialist perspective.But for a good portion of the 90-minute show, I’m worried I may have made a big boo-boo. I saw Weyni Mengesha’s production in its initial run at the Theatre Centre, but had forgotten — or perhaps repressed — just how harrowing it becomes. Facebook Inspector Chris Boddy has been with the Toronto Police Service for 26 years. Asked when he last went to the theatre, he’s momentarily stumped, but remembers seeing the Blue Man Group at the Panasonic Theatre on “the night of the flood” in the summer of 2005.It’s been a while, then.On the weekend, Boddy was back at the Panasonic to see Butcher, Nicolas Billon’s celebrated 2014 play back for an encore run in the Off-Mirvish season.last_img read more


October 15, 2019 0

Vancouver Film School to enter Bollywood industry centre by opening campus in

first_imgCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Vancouver Film School founder James Griffin, Digital India’s Ashish Kulkarni, and Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan attended a meeting in India. VFS founder and president James Griffin attended a meeting in Mumbai with Trudeau, Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Digital India’s Ashish Kulkarni, who is the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s chairman for animation, visual effects, gaming, and comics. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: As Mumbai, India, is the nexus of the world’s most prolific film production centres, the Hindi film industry otherwise known as Bollywood, a local film school is planning to expand there.On February 20, the Vancouver Film School announced that it will be opening a new campus in Mumbai in July, located at the Mackichan Complex of Wilson College.The partnership was one of 66 commercial contracts by Canadian and Indian companies announced by Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau during his visit to India. Twitterlast_img read more


October 15, 2019 0

YVRFF – VANCOUVER VIRTUAL REALITY FILM FESTIVAL 2018

first_imgYou grant us the right to use your name, photograph and/or likeness, and biographical material in connection with YVRFF Programming as well as on our website, and you hereby grant us the right to use still photographs and clips from your film on our website and in print media as decided by the Festival.You hereby represent and warrant that you have the right to enter this film in YVRFF; Vancouver Virtual Reality Film Festival, and have secured all the rights to your film, including music, story and title, and that you have cleared all rights, including copyright, trademarks and logos as necessary. You are solely liable for any damage resulting from infringement of these copyrights, proprietary rights or any other intellectual property rights, including, without limitation, rights or privacy and publicity, or any other harm or damage arising from YVRFF using your film in the festival Programming.By completing the submission process, you effectively indemnify and hold harmless YVRFF for any claims, losses, damages, costs or expenditures (including legal fees) due to any claims by any third parties tha may arise as a result of YVRFF’s use of your film or by reason of a breach of your representations and warranties. Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement By submitting your film to YVRFF; Vancouver Virtual Reality Film Festival, you hereby grant to YVRFF the non-exclusive license to show your film during the festival duration if chosen as an official selection. YVRFF is the premier VR film festival in Western Canada, cultivating a strong community of VR filmmakers and enthusiasts from across the globe. YVRFF aims to make VR accessible to anyone with an interest or passion in virtual reality. Within a world class festival setting in beautiful Vancouver, BC, we’re dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for VR filmmakers, developers and audience members alike as we return for our second season.Featuring the most cutting edge technology and providing guests the opportunity to fully experience and engage in VR movies, the 2018 season for YVRFF has expanded to include our gala opening night party, and two full days of VR programming selected by our festival Programming Committee. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Rules & Termslast_img read more


October 15, 2019 0

CANADIAN DOC ON PRESIDENT TRUMP TO DEBUT ON SUPER CHANNEL

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Vancouver filmmaker Fred Peabody’s investigative documentary The Corporate Coup d’État will have its broadcast debut on Canadian net Super Channel.Produced by Toronto-based White Pine Pictures, the film investigates President Donald Trump as a “symptom of a broken system” that has put power in the hands of corporations since the Reagan era, highlighting political tensions in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


October 15, 2019 0

Video surfaces of First Nation man being bullied

first_imgAPTN National NewsPolice in Dryden, Ont. are asking for the public’s help after video of an Aboriginal man being bullied went viral.The video was posted online and sent to APTN National News by a number of people.In the video a man is seen sitting on a bench at McDonald’s.Another man standing over him taunts and slaps him in the head. He challenges the man to go outside.But the man seems to be struggling.The chief of police in Dryden, himself a First Nation man, says it actually shows a “heinous” crime.Rob Davis says investigators know the identities of both the victim and suspect but need to speak with the person who shot the video.Anyone with information is asked to call 1-807-223-3281.last_img read more


October 14, 2019 0

Life jacketclad Justice Minister MacKays photo op interrupted by Indigenous women calling

first_imgAPTN National NewsJustice Minister Peter MacKay agreed to meet with the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women after he was confronted on Parliament Hill with demands for a public inquiry.A life jacket-clad MacKay was standing next to a mascot in the form of a red lifejacket alongside a group of children all wearing identical life jackets when his photo opportunity was interrupted by a woman with a message.MacKay eventually agreed to meet with the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women.Video by APTN video-journalist John Cooke.last_img read more


October 14, 2019 0

Eskasoni First Nation uses powwow to build bridges and economy

first_imgAPTN National NewsCanada’s largest Mi’kmaw community just hosted its largest powwow to date.It was a chance to shine a positive light on the Eskasoni First Nation and kick start their economy.Oh, and the highlight of the weekend?A free concert by A Tribe Called Red.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.last_img


October 14, 2019 0

No doubt in my mind they met a tragic event Mikmaq community

first_img(Moccasins on the shores of Bras d’Or in memory of sisters Judina Noel and Kate Michael and their husbands, Noel Marshall and Joseph Michael. The fifth pair is for Kate’s unborn child. Photo: APTN)Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsMi’kmaw elders held a quiet ceremony in the early morning drizzle Wednesday along the shore of the Bras d’Or Lake in Cape Breton to honour four people who went missing 80 years ago.“On March 30, 1936, they left here that morning,” said Joe Michael. “They went across to Big Pond. This is where the ceremony will begin. And in Big Pond, where they camped and fished for eels…Big Pond is where we’ll capture their spirits.”Judina Marshall and Kate Michael were sisters from the Mi’kmaw community of Eskasoni. They traveled across the Bras d’Or Lake by dory that day with their husbands – Noel Marshall and Joseph Michael – who took their eel spears.Mi’kmaq Elders hold a ceremony on the shores of Bras d’Or Lake. Photo: APTN The women had their baskets and crafts to sell or trade for goods.But they never returned.The Mi’kmaq spent over a month combing the waters and surrounding woods for clues but found nothing. Eight decades has passed but the community never let it go. The late Greg Johnson and Charlie Morris spent years searching for the truth.About three years ago, Joe Michael, a retired RCMP officer, and the grandson of Kate and Joseph, took over the investigation. He rounded up accounts of what happened.No one has ever found the bodies but Michael did find something else – someone who had seen the dory.Michael said he was told the bottom of the boat looked like it had been smashed with an axe, as if someone tried to sink it.“No doubt in my mind they met a tragic event,” said Michael. “Somebody did something over there. Can I say murdered them? No. I don’t want to say that because it’d be too, um, I don’t know. It’s probably not the word to use right now. They met a tragic end and that’s where their bodies are. Still over there.”The RCMP never investigated in 1936. In 1965, the chief of Eskasoni Charlie Francis asked police to re-open the case, but police declined.“There was nothing, not back then,” said Elder Georgina Doucette. “Things were different in Cape Breton. I guess there was so much racism that when anything like that happened to our people it didn’t get investigated. It was hardly mentioned in the paper, just a small paragraph and that was it.”She said Wednesday’s ceremony was also about moving past the frustration to forgiveness.Georgina’s son Michael Doucette sang and drummed He smudged those gathered along the shore.“I’m sure over there they feel anxiety that we’re re-opening this,” Doucette told everyone. “We’re not outright accusing them. But in our hearts we know what happened to our people.”The day is about closure – for the Mi’kmaw community who has wondered for decades what happened and the many descendants. The two couples left behind a total of 14 children. Kate Michael was eight-months pregnant at the time she went missing.“I feel good bringing the spirits home to Eskasoni,” said Georgina Doucette. “I think we’re all very happy that this memorial, this ceremony took place. Something had to be done. You can’t go on thinking they’re there, somewhere across the pond.“In my heart, I do believe something tragic happened to my aunts and my uncles. And the unborn child.”A caravan of cars drove around the Bras d’Or Lake to hold the next part of the ceremony at Big Pond. It’s known that the two couples arrived here and had tea with friends around 11 in the morning Joe Michael has pieced together some details. He’s convinced they met a violent end that involved a confrontation between the men and one or more people in Big Pond.“The women, my grandmother and her sister, they were probably standing by watching what was going on and became victims,” said Michael. “The wrong place at the wrong time.”Michael won’t divulge all he knows. He said it’s enough that he and the family members know the truth.Georgina agreed. The two sisters, Judina and Kate, were her aunts.“We never had any answers just speculation and hearsay,” she said, adding that no one ever believed the theory that the four people drowned. “We don’t want to go out there making accusation or having people put words into our mouths or add on to the story. They’ve been there 80 years and I would like them to just continue their journey so we can all have peace.”Michael placed moccasins along the water’s edge. People reach down and lay their hands on the pebbled beach. Somewhere on this shore are the bones of their ancestors. Elder Susan Marshall led prayers and tobacco offerings.“We’re here today to release the spirits of our ancestors who went missing 80 years ago,” said Chief Leroy Denny as he addressed the crowd, much of it spoken in Mi’kmaq.More prayers. A final Mi’kmaq Honour song.The group headed to the church in Eskasoni, where over 100 people were waiting. Mi’kmaq cultural traditions and Catholicism were intertwined. They brought in five crosses for the four men and women and the unborn child who died.A gentle version of Amazing Grace is sung in Mi’kmaq.At the end of the service, Michael stood up and gave everyone his account of what he believed happened. Most likely, they were killed. And nothing was ever done about it.“We’re not here to press charges or prosecute anybody,” he said. “1936 is gone. Today is about forgiveness.”The community is fundraising now to put up a memorial which will tell the truth about what happened to Judina and Noel Marshall and Kate and Joseph Michael.“It will make a difference in our stories now and we can tell our children,” said Georgina Doucette. “No more speculation. We know what happened.”troache@aptn.calast_img read more


October 14, 2019 0