The Creative Coalition (TCC) and Supper Suite By STK’s Gala Benefit Dinner “The Night Before” is now “The Day After!”

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Alexandra Reeve and Garren Givens 

Here’s our wrap up of a night of exceptional food, wine, spirits, beer and banter in the nation’s capital at The One Group’s signature restaurant STK on Friday, April 29. The event was sponsored by Dobel Tequila, Blue Moon Brewing and Line 39 Wines.

The dinner was hosted by Emily Ratajkowski (“Gone Girl”), Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaries”),Rosario Dawson (“Daredevil”), Neve Campbell (“House of Cards”), Wendi McLendon-Covey(“The Goldbergs”), AnnaLynne McCord (“90210”), Constance Zimmer (“UnREAL”), Lisa Edelstein (“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”), Richard Schiff (“The West Wing,” “Rogue”), Esai Morales (“The Brink”), along with DC Senator Paul Strauss, Ohio State Senator Capri Cafaro, MCNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and film producer Matthew Rhodes (“Whiplash”) .

Continue reading “The Creative Coalition (TCC) and Supper Suite By STK’s Gala Benefit Dinner “The Night Before” is now “The Day After!””

Champagne Taittinger Partners With SAG-AFTRA For “Celebration Of Journalism”

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As the official Champagne sponsor for the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards® for the last sixteen years, Champagne Taittinger, one of the last family-owned and operated grand marquee Champagne houses in the world, continued its long-time partnership with SAG-AFTRA on Friday, April 29th with a “Celebration of Journalism.” The star-studded event honored journalists on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner, and took place at The Washington Post headquarters in D.C., in collaboration with Variety.

Champagne Taittinger’s Brut La Française NV was served to attending journalists, entertainment industry luminaries, and politicians on the red carpet. Overall, Champagne Taittinger donated 130 standard bottles of Champagne Taittinger and also provided two magnum bottles, which were signed by VIP attendees for an auction benefiting the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Continue reading “Champagne Taittinger Partners With SAG-AFTRA For “Celebration Of Journalism””

Ferrell on Fallon

150201_2843991_lip_sync_battle_with_will_ferrell_kevin_harHappy Saturday! –Will Ferrell promised on Fallon that he would provide fans with an epic drum off and boy did he deliver! Check out the video of Will Ferrell and Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers participating in an insanely epic drum off last night, exclusively on Facebook Live on Funny Or Die’s Facebook Page. The “drum-off” was part of “Will Ferrell & Chad Smith’s Red Hot Benefit, Comedy + Music & Quinceanera”  and took place last night in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium.  Will never had a party for his 15th birthday and is making up for it now, to benefit Cancer for College.

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Meghan Trainor Melts Hearts of Two Young Fans

meg2WEST PALM BEACH, FL, April 29, 2016 – After Grammy-winner Meghan Trainor dazzled the crowd this week with her on-stage performance at SunFest, south Florida’s largest waterfront music festival, she then made dreams come true for two young girls off stage.

The fans, Madison Harris, 7, and Jillian Russell, 10, of West Palm Beach, attended SunFest with Madison’s mother, Alexis Harris, donning Meghan Trainor t-shirts and dreams of meeting the superstar.  Train0r managed to spot them in the large crowd that was waiting backstage, sought them out, gave them a big hug, and even posted photos to her own Instagram (image below) with the caption, “These girls melted my heart. Love you so much! Thank you for waiting for me {and} glad I got to hug you after the show.” The pictures show the girls getting emotional and Trainor used the hasthtag #criedinmyarms. Continue reading “Meghan Trainor Melts Hearts of Two Young Fans”

The UN this week launched a new PSA for the World Humanitarian Summit

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  • Cody Simpson
  • Big Sean
  • Daniel Craig
  • Rosario Dawson
  • Alfre Woodard
  • Yara Shahidi
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Michael Douglas (and more)

The video challenges viewers to visit to petition their president or leader attend the summit and help mandate change for the 125 million people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance (more today and after World War II).

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THE UNITED NATIONS’ LATEST CAMPAIGN CREATES CALL-TO-ACTION FOR HUMANITY Uses the Power of Digital Media, Empathy to Inspire Change and Encourage World Leaders to Attend First-ever World Humanitarian Summit 

(NEW YORK, 26 April, 2016) – Impossible choices are being made every single day by the more than 125 million people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance around the globe. To spark action ahead of the first-ever World Humanitarian summit, the United Nations (UN) today launches a global, interactive digital experience that aims to inspire commitment to meaningful change in the name of humanity.

The digital challenge at Impossible features a three-minute, online journey based on real experiences people in crises often face. At the end of the online experience, users can share results across their respective social platforms and call upon global leadership to attend the Summit, and take bold action.

“Arguably one of the most powerful tools at our disposal today is social media – it can give a voice to the voiceless, create instant awareness and drive change in ways never before seen around the world,” said Stephen O’Brien, UN Humanitarian Chief. “With Impossible Choices, we are calling upon the digitally-connected to help create a movement towards showing world leaders that the world is looking to them to make bold decisions and act for the good of humanity.”

Celebrity influencers have also joined the call to action with a powerful short film highlighting the current global humanitarian crisis. Global stars, including Daniel Craig, Forest Whitaker, Rosario Dawson, Cody Simpson, Big Sean, Michael Douglas, Alfre Woodard, Yara Shahidi, Mallika Sherawat, Catarina Furtado and Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, speak passionately to the current refugee crisis and, together with thought-provoking footage of the ongoing plight of displaced people, address the core struggles and impossible choices being faced daily by men, women and children around the globe who are homeless, without healthcare or education and being subjected to constant violence.

The announcements will be broadcast on Turkish Airlines flights, a World Humanitarian Summit Sponsor, and across social media throughout the month of May leading up to the Summit.

In an effort to ensure the campaign maintains the most authentic possible voice, the UN has also appointed 20 Champions for Humanity, a group of influential individuals – from CEOs to photographers, philanthropists to entertainers – to kick-off the Impossible Choices campaign and gather support from within their networks.

Today is just the start. Impossible Choices aims to build momentum towards the World Humanitarian Summit, set to take place in Istanbul from May 23 – 24. The Summit is the result of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s three years of consultations with more than 23,000 people in 150 countries. It will bring together heads of state, business leaders, civil society representatives, and humanitarian workers to create clear, actionable goals for change, grounded in the one value that unites us all: our common humanity.

For more information about the World Humanitarian Summit, go to To takeImpossible Choices the three-minute challenge, go to  

About the World Humanitarian Summit

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, set to take place in Istanbul on 23 -24 May 2016, is a call to action by UN Secretary-General to place humanity at the centre of global decision-making. @WHSummit

These Are the “Chosen” Films For The 11th Annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival 2016


LAJFF May 18 - 25, 2016May 18 Through May 25 at Various Theaters All Over Los Angeles Red Carpet Opening Night Gala Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Time: 7:00 pm red carpet 8:00 pm show

Location: Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre

This year the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival will honor Laemmle Theaters for their 75-year commitment to bringing the very best in Jewish cinema and art house films to Los Angeles. Continue reading “These Are the “Chosen” Films For The 11th Annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival 2016”

CBS Daytime Creates Custom Snapchat Geofilter for Daytime Emmy Ceremony & After Party

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 22:  The cast and crew of ìThe Young and the Restlessî pose in the press room with the award for Outstanding Drama Series during The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 22, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 22: The cast and crew of ìThe Young and the Restlessî pose in the press room with the award for Outstanding Drama Series during The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 22, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

CBS Daytime, nominated for an industry-leading 77 Daytime Emmy Awards, has created a custom Snapchat Geofilter for attendees of Sunday’s ceremony and the Network’s exclusive After Party. The Geofilter, a special overlay that communicates the “where and when” of a Snap, is a dynamic way for anyone attending the events to share the excitement and celebration of Daytime’s biggest night.

The Daytime Emmy Awards Ceremony is being held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 1, with the red carpet from 2:00 – 5:00 PM, and the awards ceremony from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. CBS Daytime will host an exclusive invitation-only After Party Celebration from 7:00 PM – Midnight.

To use the Geofilter, attendees at the events can take a photo in the Snapchat application and then swipe left on the Snap preview screen to add the CBS Daytime overlay.

Follow the CBS Daytime Emmy story on the Network’s Snapchat account, CBSDaytime, and celebrate with the CBS Daytime nominees, talent and executives as the night unfolds. Additionally, fans can follow all the red carpet looks at @CBSDaytime on Instagram, and get breaking news from the event at @CBSDaytime on Twitter.

Example of the Geofilter, featuring the Daytime Emmy-nominated hosts of THE TALK; the CBSDaytime Snap code:


7th annual TCM Classic Film Festival

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28:  (L-R) Head of Turner Network Sales Coleman Breland, General Manager at TCM Jennifer Dorian, Managing Director at TCM Genevieve McGillicuddy attends 'All The President's Premiere' during the TCM Classic Film Festival 2016 Opening Night on April 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25826_005  (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Turner) *** Local Caption *** Coleman Breland;Genevieve McGillicuddy;Jennifer Dorian
LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 28: (L-R) Head of Turner Network Sales Coleman Breland, General Manager at TCM Jennifer Dorian, Managing Director at TCM Genevieve McGillicuddy attends ‘All The President’s Premiere’ during the TCM Classic Film Festival 2016 Opening Night on April 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25826_005 (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Turner)

Turner Classic Movies kicks off its 7th annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood on Thursday, April 28 with the opening night screening of All The President’s Men at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. Carl Bernstein, investigative journalist and author of the book “All The President’s Men,” joined Spotlight director Tom McCarthy and Spotlight screenwriter Josh Singer for a conversation with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz highlighting journalism in film. Actor Alec Baldwin joined Ben Mankiewicz to open the evening’s events.






tony 3New York, NY (April 29, 2016) – The Tony Awards Administration Committee met today for the fourth and final time this season to determine the eligibility of nine Broadway productions for the 2016 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards®, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The Tony Awards Administration Committee met a total of four times throughout the 2015-2016 season to decide the eligibility for the 70th Annual Tony Awards.

The productions discussed were Bright Star, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, The Father, American Psycho, Waitress, Fully Committed, Tuck Everlasting, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that Followed.  Continue reading “TONY AWARDS ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE MEETS FOR THE FINAL TIME DURING THE 2015-2016 SEASON TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY  “

Stars Donate Leather Jackets And Pants For Watch Strap Collection

Apr 28, 2016 01:45 pm

MusiCares has partnered with global watch and accessories brand Nixon for the spring release of the Rock LTD Collection, a limited edition capsule of one-of-a-kind timepieces designed with donated leather jackets, pants and guitar straps from some of the world’s largest names in music and sport.

MusiCares Partners With Nixon For Second Iteration Of Rock LTD Collection
MusiCares Partners With Nixon For Second Iteration Of Rock LTD Collection

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Rock LTD Collection will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund to provide members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment. Offered in extremely limited quantities, the Rock LTDCollection is available globally mid-April 18, 2016.

This exclusive delivery of the Rock LTD Collection will be available at global retailers, including: Westime (Sunset and Rodeo Dr. locations), RonRobinson | Fred Segal Melrose, Feldmar, Placio De Oro, Nixon Chadstone (AUS), Nixon London Carnaby, Nixon London Seven Dials, Nixon Paris and Nixon NYC, Nixon LCX (Hong Kong).

This season, the Rock LTD Collection features leathers worn by 13 world-renowned talents, such as Guns N’ Roses’ lead guitarist Slash, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammettof Metallica, and Coldplay front man Chris Martin. The collection will also include exclusive watch designs from Nixon athlete and skateboarding pioneer, Tony Hawk, and Nick Rimando, goalkeeper for Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake. The donated leather goods are provided direct from each artist and athlete’s closet and are transformed into extremely rare and highly collectible timepieces. The resulting one-of-a-kind watch straps offer a worn, live-in feel.

Each watch is individually, hand-numbered to denote its rarity. Additionally, each watch features a custom, etched caseback with the name of the artist and is packaged with a certificate of authenticity from Nixon and MusiCares. Past Rock LTD Collections have used donated leathers from Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Eddie Van Halen, Steven Tyler, Ringo Starr, Anthony Kiedis and Flea, and Dave Navarro, among others.

Rock LTD Collection Includes:
• Slash — The 51-30 Chrono (Leather Pants)
• James Hetfield — The 51-30 Chrono (Guitar Strap)
• Kirk Hammett — The 51-30 Chrono (Guitar Strap)
• Tony Hawk — The Time Teller (Leather Jacket)
Eminem — The 51-30 Chrono (Belts)
• Nick Rimando — The 51-30 Chrono (Goalie Gloves)
Jared Leto — The Sentry Chrono (Belt)
• Chris Martin — The Sentry Chrono (Guitar Strap)
Tim McGraw — The Sentry Chrono (Belt)
• Brandon Steinekert — The Sentry Chrono (Leather Jacket)
Macklemore — The Time Teller (White Sleeveless Leather Top)
• Alisa Xayalith — The Time Teller (Leather Jacket)
• Jun K — The Time Teller (Leather Jacket; Available in Asia Only)


Reese Witherspoon To Speak At Simpatico Conference Down Under

Apr 28, 2016 12:30 pm

Reese Witherspoon: Profile

Reese Witherspoon will speak at the Simpatico Conference in Australia and New Zealand in July.

Reese is headlining a formidable speaker lineup of five exceptional speakers and facilitators, as part of the Simpatico Conference Series, a two day personal and professional development program.

Reese Witherspoon’s involvement with the Simpatico Connection will benefit the incredible charitable work of Save the Children.

Accompanied by exceptional business leaders, authors and facilitators from around Australia including Naomi Simson, Elize Hattin, Lisa Lockland-Bell, Vicki Webster, and Alice Haemmerle, The Simpatico Conference 2016 will be an inspiring, stimulating, and thought provoking experience.

The Simpatico Conference aims to deliver a new way of thinking, moments of inspiration and a whole range of moments of pure perspiration – the tools and strategies you can choose to implement immediately to craft the world you truly say you want.

With four content rich workshops across two days delivered by educators who are experts in their field, this conference is for you if you know you want to:
• Master the art of impact and influence;
• Harness the power of what already exists within and around you;
• Understand the framework for being heard in a crowded world;
• Build resilience and the ability of navigate change;
• Drive collaboration in challenging and complex environments;
• Learn to deal effectively with toxic leadership;
• Become a proactive participant in the drive for innovation;
• Take control of your thinking and accelerate your ability to learn and grow; and
• Build the confidence to own it – who you are, and what you bring to the table.


Lady Gaga And Elton John Partner With Macy’s For Love Bravery

Apr 28, 2016 11:30 am

Lady Gaga: Profile

Macy’s has partnered with Grammy and Golden Globe-winning icon Lady Gaga, as well as Grammy, Tony and Academy Award-winning legend Sir Elton John to create Love Bravery, a high-spirited limited edition line of clothing and accessories that inspire compassion and combat prejudice.

Available as part of Macy’s American Icons campaign, Love Bravery spans several categories, including shirts, sweats, outerwear, clutches, backpacks, scarves, beanies, keychains, pins, and even speakers, water bottles, and skateboards, all rendered in vibrant graphic prints and designs that fuse both artists’ renowned musical talent and revered inimitable style.

“It’s an honor to team up with Sir Elton John to create this line with Macy’s,” said Lady Gaga. “We need to make the world a kinder and braver place where men and women everywhere are empowered to live with compassion. That’s what Born This Way Foundation is all about, that’s what the Elton John AIDS Foundation is all about, and that’s what Love Bravery is all about.”

“I love the idea of fusing who you are on the inside – your passions and dreams – with what you wear on the outside,” said Sir Elton John. “Love Bravery is about the compassion on the inside to understand someone’s fears, and the bravery on the outside to stand up for them, and for yourself: to accept others for who they are and to be who you want to be. It’s what I’ve tried to do in my life, my career and with the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and it’s a passion Lady Gaga and I share. So I’m thrilled we are collaborating on this project and delighted Macy’s understood our dream to connect with people this way.”

Created in collaboration with Lady Gaga’s sister Natali Germanotta and designer Brandon Maxwell, the limited line boasts fresh crop tops and sleeveless tees in stark black-and-white, while slim-cut sweatpants and sweatshirts with zipper shoulder details are edgy updates to the athleisure trend. Oversized scarves with piano key prints and artistic interpretations of Lady Gaga’s face are stylishly offbeat, and neoprene backpacks that say “LOVE” and also have piano key prints are super cool must-haves. With enamel pins and patches in the shape of moto jackets, electric guitars, microphones, platform shoes, and Lady Gaga’s infamous claw, the options to show off your inner little monster are endless. Clutches in the shape of sunglasses, pianos, and hearts are unapologetically fun and sassy.

“In addition to being deeply talented musical artists, Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John are champions of self-love, courage, empathy, and kindness, and Love Bravery represents all of those tenants,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “We are so proud to present a line that is not only fun and bold, but also stands for something so meaningful and important. The work they do through Born This Way Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation is invaluable and truly changes lives, and Macy’s is honored to partner with them to spread the message of love and acceptance.”

Born This Way Foundation is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world by shining a light on real people, supporting quality research, and fostering meaningful partnerships focused on social emotional learning (SEL) and mental health awareness and resources. The Elton John AIDS Foundation raises much needed funds for evidence-based programs that give people the information and tools to protect and care for themselves and those they love – challenging stigma, reducing the spread of HIV and preventing people from getting sick or dying of AIDS

The foundations brought together a diverse array of young people to showcase the Love Bravery apparel and will be sharing content from that campaign this spring. The limited edition line with Macy’s is the first in a series of activations which are planned for the coming months to make people feel proud who they are.

Love Bravery will be sold exclusively at Macy’s this spring, with 25 percent of the purchase price benefitting Born This Way Foundation and the Elton John AIDSfoundation, and will be available globally later this year. All donations from the limited edition line, on sale through August 30, 2016, will be made to Born This Way Foundation, which will use 50 percent to support the Elton John AIDS Foundation.


Rachel Platten Takes Fight Song To School

Apr 28, 2016 10:00 am

Rachel Platten: Profile

Chegg, the Student Hub, in partnership with bareMinerals Blemish Remedy, today announced Sweet Briar College as the winner of a once-in-a-lifetime visit from Stand by You and Fight Song singer, Rachel Platten through Chegg Music 101.

Sweet Briar College amassed the most votes through the online contest. This win has a particularly special meaning for Sweet Briar College, which nearly closed its doors in 2015. Rachel Platten’s Fight Song became the rallying anthem for students and alumnae of the school, who raised more than $12 million in a successful campaign to overturn a decision to close the school.

To celebrate the importance of arts in education, Chegg will also award the winning school a $10,000 grant for their music department from Chegg’s David B. Goldberg Music Scholarship fund. The classroom-takeover will take place before the end of May 2016.


HRC to Honor Actress Kathryn Hahn with “Ally for Equality” Award at Atlanta Gala Dinner This Saturday

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 16:  Actress Kathryn Hahn arrives at the premiere of 'Our Idiot Brother' hosted by The Weinstein Company and Ron Burkle held at ArcLight Cinemas on August 16, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 16: Actress Kathryn Hahn arrives at the premiere of ‘Our Idiot Brother’ hosted by The Weinstein Company and Ron Burkle held at ArcLight Cinemas on August 16, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Critically acclaimed pop singer and songwriter Wrabel will perform

ATLANTA, GA – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced that it will honor actress Kathryn Hahn with the “Ally for Equality” Award at the 29th Annual HRC Atlanta Gala Dinner & Auction this Saturday, April 30, 2016. HRC also announced that critically-acclaimed pop singer and songwriter Wrabel will perform at the event that raises critical funds in the fight for full LGBT equality.

“Kathryn Hahn is an incredibly gifted actress who uses her talent and her platform to raise awareness of the unique challenges LGBT people face in their daily lives,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.“Kathryn’s commitment to advancing equality for all LGBT people is why we are thrilled to welcome her to this year’s Atlanta Gala and honor her with the HRC Ally for Equality Award.” Continue reading “HRC to Honor Actress Kathryn Hahn with “Ally for Equality” Award at Atlanta Gala Dinner This Saturday”

Jason Smith, Orlando’s Power Forward-Center Faced off with Smokey Bone’s 35oz ‘Meaty’ Opponent for Charity

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Last night, Orlando’s NBA power forward center Jason Smith hung up his jersey and indulged beyond his regular eating habits at the Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill’s charity eating challenge at its Sanford, FL location. The 7 foot professional basketball player was tasked with devouring Smokey Bones’ new gigantic 35 ounce (2+ pound!) smoked ribeye dinner.

To help kick off their new dish nationwide, Smokey Bones invited Smith to the restaurant to take on the entire family meal, which includes two side salads, two double portions of regular sides, and a bag of their homemade donuts. Continue reading “Jason Smith, Orlando’s Power Forward-Center Faced off with Smokey Bone’s 35oz ‘Meaty’ Opponent for Charity”

The most elite dating app is FINALLY in LA… Welcome The League!

leagueJust in time with the NFL draft, the invite-only dating app is opening its gates this Thursday 4/28 at 10am PT to begin drafting its “first round” picks of 3,000 ambitious, career-driven Angelenos…. The waitlist for LA is already at 25,000. Game on!

While heavily criticized for being an app only for the educated elite, founder and CEO, Amanda Bradford stands by her brand’s mission for building a community of women and men that desire to be in relationships of equals; where men are not threatened by career-focused partners, and the women are looking for a partner, not a provider.  Continue reading “The most elite dating app is FINALLY in LA… Welcome The League!”

Be A Force For Change With Star Wars

Apr 27, 2016 01:45 pm

Star Wars legend Mark Hamill and Star Wars: Force For Change have announced that the top fundraiser this week will win a trip to London where they will receive two tickets to attend Star Wars Celebration Europe and will also get to meet the Jedi himself.

Video: Star Wars: Force for Change – Your Chance To Win Tickets to Celebration and Meet Mark Hamill

Force for Change will match the donations to four select charities up to $1,000,000!

To date, Star Wars: Force for Change has raised over $10,000,000 with the help of the amazing Star Wars community. This month-long campaign will lead up to “Star Wars Day” on May the 4th. The four select charities include the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF Kid Power, American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Over the course of the four-week period, which culminates at 11:59 p.m. (PST) on May 4, fans will be able to donate through to these four charities and have their donations matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000,000. Fans have been encouraged to come back to the CrowdRise site regularly as new incentives and prizes are announced each week. All participants who donate will also have a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Ireland, including Skellig Michael along the Wild Atlantic Way, the location of the dramatic final scene from The Force Awakens. Fans will receive one entry to win for every $10 donated or fundraised.

This week marks the final week of the challenge – the top fundraiser this week will win a trip to London where they will receive two tickets to attend Star Wars Celebration Europe and will get to meet Mark Hamill.

Show your Force and visit now for more details.

George W. Bush Welcomes Invictus Flag

Apr 27, 2016 12:45 pm

George W. Bush: Profile

The Invictus Games Orlando 2016, presented by Jaguar Land Rover and taking place from May 8-12 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, this week was honored to deliver the Invictus Games Flag that will fly over the Games in Orlando to President George W. Bush, the Honorary Chairman of the 2016 Invictus Games, at an event at the Bush Institute in Dallas.

The Invictus Games Flag will be on display at the Bush Presidential Library & Museum until May 3, 2016.

“I am honored to serve as the Honorary Chairman of the 2016 Invictus Games,” said President Bush, who then outlined the goals of the Invictus Games Policy Symposium on Invisible Wounds Presented by the Bush Institute, which is being held at Invictus Games Orlando 2016. “Using our platform at the Invictus Games, we are going to discuss how best to help our service men and women recover from the invisible wounds of war. We intend to call attention to the stigmas associated with these wounds so that they can overcome them and continue to contribute mightily to our country.”

“We are truly honored to have President George W. Bush serving as the Honorary Chairman of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016,” said David Coker, president of the Invictus Games 2016 Organizing Committee. “President Bush has dedicated himself to honoring and serving our wounded, ill and injured military personnel and his support of the Games and our competitors is immeasurable.”

This is the second U.S. stop the Invictus Games Flag will make on its way to Orlando. Previously, it was at the Intrepid Museum in New York City. Captain Reynolds recently received the Invictus Games Flag from Invictus Games Foundation Patron Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace in London.

“It was a privilege and honor to present the Invictus Games Flag to President Bush,” said Captain Reynolds. “Our team is training hard to represent the United States of America and we are very appreciative of all the support President Bush has given us on our journeys to recovery and to the Invictus Games.”

“I’m looking forward to see you all again next month in Orlando. It’s going to be awesome,” President Bush told the competitors.

Captain Reynolds ultimately lost his left leg above the knee after an IED in Iraq and endured 26 surgeries. Since his injury, Captain Reynolds has become a husband, a father to four, earned a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Public Health, embarked on a career with Deloitte and become a world class adaptive sports athlete.

The Invictus Games Flag tour is symbolic of the journey the men and women competing in the games followed in their recoveries, and will travel all the way to Orlando for the Games. The goal of the tour is to encourage support and participation in the Invictus Games 2016 but also educate audiences about the power of sports in recovery and to honor the brave sacrifices of all our service members and their families. The Games are a phenomenal chance to support men and women in uniform who will showcase true spirit and determination while being part of a unique, action-packed sporting event.

On May 8th, the Bush Institute will present the Invictus Games Policy Symposium on Invisible Wounds, an international conversation to address the invisible wounds of war, specifically traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, and other psychological health issues. In preparation for next month’s event, today the Bush Institute released several interactive communications pieces here.

Building on its sponsorship of the inaugural games in London in 2014, Jaguar Land Rover continues its partnership with Invictus Games as Presenting Partner for Orlando 2016. The official flag vehicle, the specially commissioned Jaguar F-PACE, delivered the Invictus Games Flag and US Team Captain Will Reynolds and Ken Fisher to the Bush Institute. In addition, Jaguar Land Rover will sponsor the U.S. and UK Teams competing in Orlando.

Fans can go here to purchase tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime event.

The Invictus Games Flag is emblazoned with “I AM.”

I AM is the symbolic representation of the Invictus Games. It is inspired by the final two lines of a poem – ‘Invictus’ – by William Ernest Henley:

I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

The speaker in the poem proclaims his strength in the face of adversity. In the same way, I AM reflects and defines the core purpose of the Invictus Games: to provide a platform for personal achievement and not be defined by wounds or injury, and to prove that I AM.

Thousands of friends, family and fans will come together for an unforgettable four days of competition and celebrate the accomplishments, victories and unbreakable spirits of more than 500 competitors representing 14 nations.

Eli Manning Leads 2016 March For Babies

Apr 27, 2016 11:30 am

Two-time Super Bowl MVP, Eli Manning, kicked off the 2016 March for Babies charity walk in Manhattan on Sunday, April 24.

Eli Manning Leads March for Babies in New York City
Eli Manning Leads March for Babies in New York City

Manning joined over 6,000 New Yorkers who came out to support March Of Dimeslargest annual fundraiser. The 3.5-mile walk started at 65th St. and Broadway and finished at 26th St. and Madison Ave.

“It is an honor to support the important work March of Dimes is doing to improve the health of children,” said Manning, who has served as Celebrity Chair of the NYC event for the past 8 years. “March for Babies gives everyone in our community the chance to make a difference in the lives of millions of babies.” The event is expected to raise $2.3 million.

March for Babies Premier Sponsor is Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. The March for Babies Platinum Sponsor is Greenberg Traurig and Gold Sponsors include Davis Polk; Innisfree M&A Inc.; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Sullivan & CromwellLLP; Viacom; and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Toyota is the Official Vehicle of March for Babies. Media partners are CBS2, WLNY10/55, WCBS Newsradio 880, fresh 102.7, CBS FM 101.1, and WFAN Sports Radio. National March for Babies sponsors include Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, United, and Mission Pharmacal.


Prince Harry Attends London Marathon

Apr 27, 2016 10:00 am

Prince Harry, Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, cheered the winners of the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon as they crossed the line during the weekend.

Prince Harry with winners of the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon
Prince Harry with winners of the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon

Prince Harry made the presentations to the winners of the mini marathon, the elite men, women, wheelchair and IPC races, and the John Disley Lifetime Achievement Award.

His Royal Highness also met with a selection of volunteers in the administration of the race and members of the St. John Ambulance.

Prince Harry has been Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust since 2012.

Since its inception in 1981, The London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded grants totalling more than £57.7 million to over 1000 organisations in London, Surrey, Silverstone, Birmingham and Liverpool.

Spectacular Homes: Connecticut Home’s Lighthouse On State License Plates Is For Sale

connA New England home with an historic lighthouse in the backyard displayed on Connecticut license plates is for sale and featured this week at

Top 10 home features are available to media outlets for publication at:   

“Lighthouse Home As Seen on Connecticut License Plates” Continue reading “Spectacular Homes: Connecticut Home’s Lighthouse On State License Plates Is For Sale”

In-Flight with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for the MET Ball

the lookEver wonder how celebs really travel – and how they look so flawless doing it? In the next installment of her column forThe Violet Files, celebrity contributor and regular airport paparazzi subject, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, gives us a sneak peek inside her travel bag – what she’s bringing and where she’s going as she travels the world.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is not just one of our favorite jet setters and multitaskers—she’s also one of the most frequently “papped” travelers of our times. In her column, the globetrotting model, actress, lingerie and perfume designer shares her travel itinerary, packing essentials, and the elements of her first-class travel looks. Next stop: New York City,where Huntington-Whiteley will be attending the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Benefit, better known as the Met Ball. Continue reading “In-Flight with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for the MET Ball”

Grant Thornton to serve as Official Professional Services Partner of the Tony Awards®

tony 3NEW YORK and CHICAGO, April 28, 2016—The Tony Awards® have announced that professional services firm Grant Thornton LLP will serve as the “Official Professional Services Partner” for the Tony Awards. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

The Tony Awards, which honor theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, have tapped Grant Thornton to tabulate the nominations, voting and results for 2016. Continue reading “Grant Thornton to serve as Official Professional Services Partner of the Tony Awards®”

Tanya Hart and Bob Papazian Elected Co-Chair of The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors


papazianFirst African-American & First Woman To Head Up 40-year-old Entertainment Organization 

(Los Angeles, CA) — Emmy Award-winning Producer, TV Host, Syndicated Radio Personality, and Pop Culture Commentator Tanya Hart and Robert Papazian, an Emmy-winning veteran television producer (Inherit the Wind, The Day After, the highest rated movie made for Television, Rome) and former CEO and co-owner of Hollywood’s Sunset Gower Studios has been elected as co-chairs of The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors for a two-year term (  Continue reading “Tanya Hart and Bob Papazian Elected Co-Chair of The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors”

Musco Center for the Arts and CoPA Music Present

Jumpin’ with Stan Kenton
May 3 at 7:30pm – tickets on sale now

ORANGE, Calif., April 27, 2016 – Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts and CoPA at Chapman University present Jumpin’ with Stan Kenton on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30pm. Expect an evening of sensational swing that celebrates the vibrant and joyous music of one of America’s top big-band jazz masters. The Chapman University Jazz Combo & Big Band will open the evening’s performance.

Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $20 to $35, and may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726).   Chapman students with I.D. receive $10 off tickets.  Musco Center for the Arts is located on the Chapman University campus at 1 University Drive in Orange, Calif.

Born in 1911, Stan Kenton was a gifted pianist as a child and a touring musician as a teenager. Kenton formed his first band in 1941 and the ensemble’s bombastic style came to be known as the “Wall of Sound.” As a jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, Kenton led an innovative, influential, and often controversial American jazz orchestra. Some of Kenton’s players included Art Pepper, Maynard Ferguson and June Christy. The “jazz clinic” style that Kenton used to train students is still used as a framework for jazz education. Kenton passed away on August 25, 1979, in Los Angeles, California.

Made up of stellar musicians who played with late Kenton, this swingin’ ensemble, directed by Mike Vax, joins the Chapman Big Band, directed by Albert Alva, for an evening of music that evokes the great Kenton era. Alumni from the 1956 – 1978 Stan Kenton Orchestras come together to perform for festivals, clinics, concerts, cruises and dances. The band makes tours around the United States every year carrying on Stan Kenton’s tradition of dedication to creative music and to jazz education.


Since it opened on March 19, 2016, Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University has been hailed as “an ideal opera house, potentially the best in the West and maybe even something more” by the Los Angeles Times. Musco Center is expected to take its place among the nation’s top university arts education and performance venues, offering students and distinguished faculty the opportunity to achieve the highest standard of arts-related education through hands-on, real-world production and performance experience. At Musco Center, the surrounding community will enjoy large-scale opera and theatre productions, touring dance companies, symphonies, chamber performances, jazz concerts, popular music and much more. For more information about Musco Center and its upcoming events, and to purchase tickets online, visit


Credit: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Tequila Herradura                                                             Credit: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Tequila Herradura
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Last night, Tequila Herradura hosted Casa Herradura, a stop on its seven city tour, in Los Angeles. This first-of-its-kind attraction introduced tequila aficionados to the legacy, ethos, innovation and culture of Casa Herradura, the last true Tequila-producing hacienda on the planet in a unique immersive and participatory environment.

Attendees, including Daniel Betancourt, Joey Fatone, Ruy Folguera, Jesse Heiman, Maynard Kraak, Monica Padilla, Gavin Rossdale, Tom Sandoval, Young Beardo, sipped on Tequila Herradura signature cocktails while enjoying a surprise performance from T-Pain and tunes curated by Monterrey, Mexico mix-master Toy Selectah.

Gavin Rossdale and Joey Fatone enjoy a moment at Casa Herradura.                                     T-Pain surprises guests with a live performance at Casa Herradura in Los Angeles on April 26.

Guests also got an inside look at Tequila Herradura’s production methods including its natural yeast fermentation process; learned about the brand’s strong reputation as an industry innovator, boasting one of the only female Master Distillers in the tequila industry, Master Distiller Maria Teresa Lara, and credited with introducing the first-ever Reposado in 1974 and Extra Añejo tequila in 1995; tasted Tequila Herradura with Tequila Historian and Tequila Herradura’s Master Taster, Ruben Aceves; watch a live agave harvest demonstration with third generation Jimador Jose Cortes; and enjoy signature cocktails from local mixologist Gia St. George, unique food pairings, and the brand’s signature Horseshoe margarita infused with fresh local ingredients, all curated by Master Mixologist and Tequila Herradura’s National Brand Ambassador Kevin Vanegas.