Meet Jared and Nate and hear their inspiring story on December 9th at Book Soup!
Jared Milrad (jaredmilrad.com) and Nathan Johnson (jaredandnate.com) –  the history making same-sex couple featured in Hillary Clinton’s viral presidential campaign commercials (“Getting Started,” “Equal”) with 10 million+ views worldwide – will discuss their widely anticipated new book, “So, You Want To Get (Gay) Married,” (now available for sale at howtogetgaymarried.com). 
Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson are the first openly gay couple to appear in a major presidential campaign commercial. The pair has been profiled in numerous media outlets around the world, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, BBC News, The Guardian, The Times of London, TIME, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, and ABC News.
In this humorous and witty guidebook for the unhitched, Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson share practical tips on how to tie the same-sex knot, while barely remaining sane and relationship savvy along the way. Jared and Nathan wrote, “So, You Want To Get (Gay) Married” as an honest exploration of life as a Millennial couple in the United States, even when one happens to get thrust into an international spotlight just weeks before their wedding.
Friday, December 9 
7:00pm to 8:30pm
This event is open to the public and is free.
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 – 310.659.3110 / jramos@booksoup.com

Back by Popular Demand, “From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience,” Returns to Universal Studios Hollywood for a Limited Holiday Engagement


laikaSpecial Interactive Experience to Take Place from December 21, 2016 to January 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES – December 8, 2016 – By overwhelming popular demand, acclaimed animation studio LAIKA will present a return holiday engagement of “From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience” from December 21, 2016 to January 15, 2017 at Universal Studios Hollywood. This special event will take place within the theme park’s Globe Theatre and is included in the price of admission.

The innovative, interactive Experience offers an up-close look at the artistry and imagination behind LAIKA’s groundbreaking 10-year filmmaking history, which includes the Academy Award-nominated films Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012) and The Boxtrolls (2014), as well as this year’s acclaimed Kubo and the Two Strings, recently named Best Animated Feature of 2016 by the National Board of Review, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and Atlanta Film Critics Society and nominated for ten Annie Awards (including Best Animated Feature). The exhibition previously debuted this summer at Universal Studios Hollywood and was met with tremendous success, enjoyed by thousands of guests. Continue reading “Back by Popular Demand, “From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience,” Returns to Universal Studios Hollywood for a Limited Holiday Engagement”

1denim Presents Santa’s Denim Workshop

1-denimWeekend Shopping Event 

1denim Flagship Store

127 South Brand Blvd. #101 Glendale, CA 91204

December 17th – 18th | 11am – 7pm

Enjoy this wonderful holiday shopping event which includes patch work and hemming in store, free 1denim coffee when you try on jeans, photobooth fun from 2pm-5pm both days, and 10% of all denim in store! Gift bags for the first 20 purchases each day!

Bring your spouse, significant other or friends.

We hope to see you there!



aaron-sorkinLos Angeles – Aaron Sorkin, the Emmy-winning creator of The West Wing and Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Social Network, is set to receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2017 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement in recognition of his extraordinary career and outstanding body of work in writing for television.

Sorkin will be honored at the WGAW’s 2017 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Sunday, February 19, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

“Starting with Sports Night, through The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The Newsroom and beyond, Aaron Sorkin has changed the language of television. His knowing, incisive, witty, brave, deeply intelligent writing has raised the bar for the rest of us, defined the notion of behind-the-scenes, and has in the process reminded us, again and again, of the special responsibilities that accrue to our profession,” said WGAW President Howard A. Rodman. “For as long as people walk and talk – at the same time, of course – Sorkin’s dialogue will be remembered. But more crucially, we want to remember the ways he has always encouraged us, as humans and as citizens, to heed our better angels.” Continue reading “THE WEST WING AND THE NEWSROOM CREATOR AARON SORKIN TO RECEIVE WGAW’S 2017 PADDY CHAYEFSKY LAUREL AWARD FOR TELEVISION WRITING ACHIEVEMENT”

22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

guessThe 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards hosted by T.J. Miller are airing LIVE on A&E this upcoming weekend. The awards, chosen by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, will kick off the season as the first major award show honoring the best in film and television and will air live on Sunday, December 11th at 8PM ET/5PM PT on A&E. You can watch the Critics’ Choice Awards in virtual reality for the first time with Intel’s virtual reality technology, Voke TrueVR. And for the second year in a row, fans will be able to #TweetAToast to their favorite celebrities and nominees. The “Critics’ Choice Red Carpet Live” will air on A&E at 7PM ET/4PM PT before the star-studded three-hour show.

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Born Free USA And Ian Somerhalder Foundation Partner To Support Fur For The Animals Campaign

Dec 07, 2016 12:30 pm

Ian Somerhalder: Profile

This week, Born Free USA and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) announced a partnership to support both organizations’ efforts to educate youth on wildlife conservation and animal welfare.

The collaboration will begin with a youth program called Give it Back, which is a project involving Born Free USA’s Fur for the Animals campaign and the ISF Youth Program. ISF youth volunteers will be collecting fur for Born Free USA’s donation drive: a successful initiative launched in 2014 to collect unwanted fur coats and accessories, which are repurposed and sent to wildlife rehabilitation centers around the country to help comfort orphaned and injured wildlife. Give it Back will take place throughout 2017, with events focused on getting fur back where it belongs—with the animals.

“We are excited to work with Born Free USA on anti-fur trapping campaigns and in engaging youth to take action through their Fur for the Animals project,” said Ian Somerhalder. “What better way to teach youth compassion and responsible actions than by having them encourage people to Give it Back?”

According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, “We are tremendously excited to partner with Ian’s well-respected Foundation and grateful to the passionate ISF youth volunteers. It is so important for us to get kids involved in the compassionate anti-fur message and have them do hands-on work to promote the fact that cruelty is not fashion. The success of Fur for the Animals not only shows that the public is increasingly turning away from fur, but it also serves as a powerful reminder that fur comes from the intense suffering and painful deaths of millions of animals. We are looking forward to a strong partnership and thank the Foundation for its important work to save animals.”

Fur for the Animals has received more than 1,700 fur donations since it launched in 2014, worth an estimated $3.5M, from more than 54,000 animals.

“The Born Free USA Fur for the Animals campaign will give young people a hands-on chance to get involved and learn about cruelty-free consumerism, upcycling, wildlife conservation, and sanctuary animals, while looking at an ugly issue of trapping and finding a feel-good way to create action and outreach,” added Kate Harms, ISF Creatures Division Manager.


Alyson Hannigan Partners With FabKids To Benefit Corazón de Vida

Dec 07, 2016 11:30 am
Alyson Hannigan has teamed up with FabKids, the leading membership-based children’s fashion service and personalized shopping site, to donate more than half a million dollars-worth of clothing and accessories to Corazón de Vida, a for-purpose organization providing life changing support for orphaned and abandoned children in Baja, Mexico.

Alyson Hannigan and family graciously turned their home into Santa's workshop to package FabKids shirts, pants, dresses, hats, and accessories
Alyson Hannigan and family graciously turned their home into Santa’s workshop to package FabKids shirts, pants, dresses, hats, and accessories

Hannigan, set to host another season of Penn & Teller’s: Fool Us on THE CW next summer, worked closely with FabKids to contribute more than 45,000 pieces of clothing and accessories including tops, dresses, leggings, shorts and hair accessories. Corazón de Vida will distribute this amazing donation to the children living in orphanages in Baja. Hannigan and her family have first-hand experience supporting this organization, through day-visits to the children.

“As a mother, I can’t think of anything more important than providing children basic necessities and empowering them for a better future,” said Hannigan. “Corazón de Vida does exactly that and I’ve seen their impact. This is a cause I’m eager to partner on with FabKids because I believe together, we can all make a significant difference in the lives of many children.”

To support Corazón de Vida through monthly sponsorship or other initiatives, click here.


Oxfam Joins With Stars To Launch I Hear You Project In Support Of Refugees

Dec 07, 2016 10:15 am

Minnie Driver: Profile

This week, Oxfam launches “I Hear You”, a project designed to amplify the personal stories of the world’s most vulnerable refugees with some of Hollywood’s leading voices.

The video series features Margot Robbie, John Cho, Gael García Bernal, Minnie Driver, and more reading the real life stories of refugees from around the world who have been forced from their homes as they flee conflict, disaster, poverty, inequality, and the effects of climate change, in the hopes that you might hear their stories and join the campaign.

In partnership with Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), six of the videos, featuring Margot Robbie, John Cho, Gael García Bernal, Anna Camp, Minnie Driver, and Al Madrigal will debut on Vanity Fair’s website, along with CNÉ’s The Scene, here.

In addition, “I Hear You” features Melissa Leo, Oliver Platt, Erik Griffin, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ari Graynor, Jordana Brewster, Yasmine Al Massri, and Andrea Riseborough. The creator of the project, Julie Anne Robinson, is a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated theatre, TV and film director/producer.

“I came up with the idea for this project because I wanted to find a way to communicate the human stories of displaced people,” said Julie Anne Robinson. “These are people we tend to fear and reject, but I found they are driven by the same things as all of us- love of their children and a desire to work.”

“I don’t believe we can become numb to the pain and suffering of so many people in the world when there are actually real things we can do,” said Minnie Driver, actor and Oxfam celebrity ambassador. “We can share and we can be available to help other each other, and it feels like we’ve forgotten that. I hope that this project helps to remind people of their fundamental humanity and the kindness and love we can and must extend to one another. Love is better than anything.”

The full series of videos, including information on how to take action, can be found on Oxfam’s site www.oxfamamerica.org/ihearyou. There, visitors can hear the real life stories of refugees, read more about the refugee crisis, and learn what they can do to help. Viewers can text “I Hear You” to 977-79 to join the campaign.

“More than 65 million people around the world have been forced to leave their homes because of violence, persecution and war. These are not just numbers. These are people, with individual stories just like every one of us. Now is a time for solidarity and compassion, not a time to close our minds, our hearts, or our borders.” said Raymond Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America. “Oxfam is pleased to join together with Vanity Fair to shine a spotlight on the millions of individuals who have endured unimaginable loss and hardship. Together we can bring an end to the worst refugee crisis of our time.”

Oxfam is calling for people to stand together in support of refugees by signing on to a pledge to act with compassion towards all people who have been forced to flee their homes and to advocate for displaced people to be welcomed to the U.S. and other countries regardless of gender, race, national origin, religion or sexual preference. Oxfam is currently working in 20 countries affected by the refugee crisis to help people who have fled their homes because of violence, conflict or persecution. Oxfam is providing food and clean water and building much-needed toilets to prevent the spread of disease, while also making sure people have the information they need to stay safe and obtain access to legal aid. You can sign the pledge at www.oxfamamerica.org/i-hear-you-pledge.


Stars Attend Make Equality Reality Gala

Dec 07, 2016 09:00 am
Equality Now, an international human rights organization dedicated to women’s and girls’ rights, honored four powerhouses for change at the third “Make Equality Reality” fundraising gala.


The honorees included Jaha Dukureh (Equality Now partner, female genital mutilation (FGM) survivor activist, and TIME 100 honoree), Jane Fonda (two-time Academy Award winning actress, activist, and Equality Now Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund Advisory Board Member), and Laurie MacDonald & Walter Parkes (award winning film producers of “He Named Me Malala”).


The fundraising gala returned to the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills for the third time, on Monday, December 5th. The event brought together a diverse and dynamic group of change makers, celebrities and philanthropists to honor women making extraordinary changes to the women’s rights landscape.

Equality Now also partnered with ROUND + SQUARE, an exciting new conscious fashion brand. ROUND + SQUARE’s first collection was designed exclusively in support of Equality Now, which will receive 30% of the brand’s sales profits from these specially-crafted items.


Celebrity attendees included host Matt McCoy; Presenters Debbie Allen, Gloria Steinem (also an Event committee co-chair), Lily Tomlin; Gala co-chairs Sue Smalley PhD, Susan Hassan, and Paula Ravets PhD; Honorary host committee members Maria Bello, Sarah Brokaw, Janie Bryant, Goapele, Maggie Grace, Judy Hofflund & Tom Hansen, Bethany Joy Lenz, Aubrey Plaza, Paul Reiser, Joss Whedon, and Daphne Zuniga; Additional guests including Gloria Allred, Genevieve Angelson, Petra Flannery, Jami Gertz, Kathy Griffin, Melanie Griffith, Lizzy Jagger, Kamala Lopez, Maureen McCormick, Elizabeth Olsen, Ruby Rose, Mae Whitman, and more. The evening also featured a special acoustic performance from iconic band The Bangles.

Make Equality Reality was generously supported by Vanguard of Change partner, The Ultraviolet Edge, Urban Decay’s global initiative to empower women. Their incredible $100,000 donation will support Equality Now’s work to create a just world for women.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar To Be Honored With Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Dec 07, 2016 07:45 am

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Profile

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell will receive the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, it was announced this week by Time Inc.’s SI.

The three icons have been chosen by the SI editors to receive the honor for their incomparable athletic careers and decades of leadership as social activists. They will be honored during SI’s Sportsperson of the Year event on December 12, 2016, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Chris Stone, Sports Illustrated Group editor in chief said of the honorees: “In 2016 we learned that the consequences of speaking out on hard issues were often painful ones, but also how deeply athletes can impact and advance the conversation on those same, hard issues. Jim Brown, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar all recognized, and acted on this in a far harder time in America. That was the example of their friend, Muhammad Ali, and the torch they’ve carried for the more than a half-century.”

Abdul-Jabbar, Brown and Russell are beacons of thoughtful discourse on racial and social inequality and their impact has been felt worldwide. In one profound example, the three came together nearly five decades ago in what became known as the “Ali Summit.” The 1967 meeting, organized by Brown, was attended by many top athletes of that era to support Muhammad Ali’s fight against induction into the U.S. Army as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. It was a time of civil and social unrest in the U.S., and the public display of unity was a transformational moment in the fight for civil rights and for the notion that athletes’ voices should be heard beyond the field of play.

On this year’s award winners Lonnie Ali said: “Congratulations to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell for their numerous athletic successes and more importantly, the leadership they all have displayed to make this world a much better place. Particular recognition this year goes to Kareem for being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and Jim for the new statue that sits outside of Cleveland Browns stadium in recognition of his achievements with the organization. In times of hardship and adversity, these three remarkable individuals continued to stand up as activists to pave the way for those that followed. I honor you for that and I know Muhammad certainly would be proud that you are receiving the award that bares his name.”

On receiving this award Abdul-Jabbar said, “Muhammad Ali was both a friend and a personal inspiration to me as an athlete and as an activist. To receive an award in his name is especially moving because it means I am honoring his legacy as a man who defied conventions and courageously risked life and career to making America a land of freedom, equal opportunity and social justice.”
Said Brown, “I am deeply touched to be honored for a lifetime spent working to establish common ground and mutual respect for all perspectives and backgrounds. I hope that this tribute serves as a symbol of inspiration for all Americans to be champions of social justice. This is a proud moment for me, and I am thrilled to be recognized alongside two other transformative athletes with whom I share a long history of activism and friendship, and for whom I have great respect.”

Added Russell, “To be a true influence of positive change in the world often means that you have to stand up against injustice and fight through adversity. I am honored to be recognized alongside some of the great cultural icons of our time who have used their platforms to fight for civil rights and social justice, regardless of the risk, including my good friend Muhammad Ali to whom the award is dedicated. Our work has just begun.”

The Sports Illustrated Legacy Award was born in 2008, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder and driving force behind the Special Olympics, was the inaugural honoree. In 2014, Magic Johnson was honored for his two decades as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, social and political activist. Last year SI renamed the award in honor of Ali in recognition of his decades as a boxing legend, humanitarian, civil rights activist and icon. Jack Nicklaus was the first to receive the rededicated award, during the 2015 Sportsperson of the Year ceremony.

The three Legacy Award recipients will be honored alongside the 2016 SI Sportsperson of the Year winner, the SI Kids SportsKids of the Year and other top names and moments from the year in sports at SI’s special Sportsperson of the Year celebration taking place at Barclays Center on December 12. The star-studded affair, which will also be attended by Lonnie Ali, will include a special awards dinner and ceremony with tributes to some of the world’s most legendary athletes, live musical performances and a VIP red carpet entrance featuring celebrities of sports and entertainment. More information about how to attend the event at Barclays Center can be found here.


Famous Dogs Fight AIDS in Support of (SHOPATHON)RED This Holiday Season!

Dec 07, 2016 06:30 am
In a puppy parody of Kanye West’s iconic ‘Famous’ video, ten of Instagram’s best loved hounds feature in a new video to support (RED)’s fight against AIDS.

Video: (SHOPATHON)RED Famous Dogs of Instagram

The ten ‘Instagram-Famous’ pups including TunaMeltsMyHeart, ToastMeetsWorld, MuppetsRevenge, Chloe TheMiniFrenchie, Reese, ChloeKardoggian, KingBentleyTheBulldog, MervinTheChihuahua, MochiAnd TheCity and EllaBeanTheDog joined together for a day, in bed, to celebrate the launch of the limited edition (BEDHEAD)RED dog pajamas, in support of (RED)’s fight against AIDS.

Sporting colorful red and while dog pajamas designed by Bedhead founder Renee Claire Bertrand, the dogs brought their talent and tails to help raise money for The Global Fund – the recipient of all money raised by (RED).

To date, (RED) has raised more than $360 million to fight AIDS, and impacted the lives of more than 70 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, testing and care services through Global Fund grants that (RED) money supports. However, everyday 400 babies are born with HIV, and (RED)’s goal is to help get that number to near zero by 2020.

The pajamas which come in sizes from Small to Extra Large cost $28 and are available at RED.org until Dec 31st; as part of more than 200 products which are all raising money for (SHOPATHON)RED. To support the fight, BedHead will donate enough money to provide 50,000 days of life-saving HIV medication in sub-Saharan Africa.

For further information or to buy the limited edition (PRODUCT)RED collection puppy pajamas visit: www.RED.org or www.bedheadpjs.com/red.


Spotlight: Ashton Kutcher’s Charity Work

Dec 07, 2016 06:00 am

Ashton Kutcher

In 2006, Kutcher announced he would donate one dollar to Habitat For Humanity for each of the first 50,000 MySpace users who add him as a friend.

In 2008 he spent a week building homes for the disadvantaged in Central America.

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher created the DNA Foundation, which aims to raise awareness about and eliminate child sex slavery worldwide by changing cultural stereotypes. The Foundation also focuses on rehabilitation.

Read more about Ashton Kutcher’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: Raising Malawi’s Celebrity Supporters

Dec 07, 2016 05:00 am
Volunteer organisation which helps orphans in one of the poorest countries in the world (Malawi) by providing water, food, medical care and schooling.

Celebrity supporters

Raising Malawi has 24 known supporters, including Alicia Keys, David Beckham, and Madonna

Areas of work

Read more about Raising Malawi’s work and celebrity supporters.


dan-rather-and-keith-urban-webThe Hour-Long Conversation Features Exclusive Footage and Unprecedented Access, Giving Viewers a Revealing Look Into Urban’s Life and Career  

LOS ANGELES – December 8, 2016 – AXS TV presents an all-new episode of THE BIG INTERVIEW (TBI) on Tuesday, December 13, at 7pE/4pP, as Dan Rather sits down for an in-depth conversation with Keith Urban, who was nominated for three GRAMMY® Awards this week. Filmed at The Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, the second to last stop on the North American leg of Urban’s acclaimed “ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2016,” the hour-long event provides a rare and intimate look into Urban’s life and career. AXS TV’s cameras were granted unprecedented access for this special event, featuring never-before-seen footage and exclusive photographs, as Rather delves into Urban’s early childhood in Australia and his arrival in Nashville, to his turbulent personal journey to sobriety and award-winning career as one of the industry’s most respected musicians, songwriters, producers, and live performers. This episode of THE BIG INTERVIEW is one not to be missed. Continue reading “FOUR-TIME GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER KEITH URBAN TALKS TO LEGENDARY NEWSMAN DAN RATHER FOR AN ALL-NEW EPISODE OF THE BIG INTERVIEW, ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, AT 7pE/4pP “

Nigel Barker Debuts World’s Best Gin & Tonic w/ AC Hotels + Bombay Saphire Gin During Art Week 2016

Nigel Barker and friends at the AC Hotels and Bombay Sappphire Gin & Tonic Launch
Nigel Barker and friends at the AC Hotels and Bombay Sappphire Gin & Tonic Launch

Last week during Art Week 2016, Bombay Sapphire and AC Hotels debuted ‘The Journey to Discover the World’s Best Gin & Tonic’ with celebrity photographer Nigel Barker. Evoking AC Hotel’s Spanish roots, Bombay Sapphire’s North American Brand Ambassador, Gary Hayward, teamed up to help develop an exclusive Earl Grey ACGTrecipe to be launched nationwide at the hotels. As the G&T is one of the world’s most popular cocktails, Global Brand Ambassador and renowned photographer Nigel Barker will be unveiling the world’s first Gin & Tonic glass this 2017 – heightening the classic cocktail’s taste, aroma, and trigeminal effects. Continue reading “Nigel Barker Debuts World’s Best Gin & Tonic w/ AC Hotels + Bombay Saphire Gin During Art Week 2016”


Top Row (L-R): Michele Azenzer Bear, Lily Mariye Bottom Row (L-R): Tara Miele, Anne Renton
Top Row (L-R): Michele Azenzer Bear, Lily Mariye
Bottom Row (L-R): Tara Miele, Anne Renton

LOS ANGELES – Dec. 8, 2016 – CBS today announced the participants in its 2016-2017 Directors Initiative. The Initiative provides a platform of opportunity for talented television directors to be introduced to the CBS family.

The participants selected this year are:

  • Michele Azenzer Bear:  Michele served as a 1st Assistant Director on “Mike & Molly” and went on to direct an episode in the show’s final season.
  • Lily Mariye: Lily recently completed her second episode of “Nashville,” and directed, wrote and produced the independent feature “Model Minority,” which had a successful film festival run.
  • Tara Miele: Tara has directed multiple movies of the week for Lifetime, including “The Lost Boy,” “Thinspiration” and “Gone Missing.”  She got her start as a screenwriter and independent feature director.
  • Anne Renton: Anne directed an episode of “The Fosters” and as well as “Bones.”

“The participants in the CBS Director’s Initiative receive professional guidance, access to accomplished creative executives and shadowing opportunities on CBS Network and Studio shows. The goal of our program is to minimize the perceived ‘risk’ of hiring rising directors through constant exposure and collaboration on the sets of established television series. The ongoing support from our showrunners has been vital in helping our director’s book episodes,” said Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, Executive Vice President, Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion and Communications, CBS Entertainment. Continue reading “CBS ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANTS IN ITS 2016-2017 DIRECTORS INITIATIVE”

Grey Goose and Julia Restoin Roitfeld Celebrate the Launch of Le Marché Bleu

Rita Ora attends a private preview of the Grey Goose Le Marché Bleu, opening this weekend in NYC
Rita Ora attends a private preview of the Grey Goose Le Marché Bleu, opening this weekend in NYC

Last night, Grey Goose and Julia Restoin Roitfeld hosted an elegant preview evening celebrating the launch of Le Marché Bleu – a unique holiday shopping experience that invites guests to discover the allure of the French art de vivre. Guests included Rita Ora, Tessa Thompson, Cipriana Quann, Kelly Rutherford, Timo Weiland, Seth Tringale, Julia Loomis, Ann Caruso, Kat Irlin, Harley Viera Newton, Garrett Neff, and Tony DiCiuricio. The soirée at 64 Wooster Street in SoHo kicked off with a DJ set from up-and-coming French musical talent College followed by a surprise performance from the Harlem Gospel Choir. Grammy award winner St. Vincent topped off the night with a DJ set blending electropop, alternative and jazz influences. The music was complemented by Grey Goose holiday cocktails and bites from acclaimedChef Ludo Lefebvre. Please see items below along with more information about Le Marché Bleu and links to download images of last night’s festivities.

  • St. Vincent was seen enjoying the Grey Goose Le Fizz cocktail during her DJ set. It was a celebratory night for the musician who just announced yesterday that she will write the score for the directorial debut of her partner Kristen Stewart’s upcoming film, Come Swim.
  • Rita Ora chatted with friends about the upcoming premiere of America’s Next Top Model, where she will replace host Tyra Banks. Rita exclaimed “When they asked me about it, I had to think about what can I give it that it doesn’t have already? I wanted to find a 360 superstar who does what I do, who can release music and be in a movie or do collaborations with brands and be a model at the same time. I wanted to find a star and that really intrigued me.”
  • Rita Ora mixed and mingled with guests and was overheard sharing about her upcoming album release: “I’ve nearly finished my album, thank God! I’ve been working on it for over four years. We’re planning to release the album this summer.”
  • Tessa Thompson was overheard using some Aussie phrases she picked up while living there the past four months as she filmed a new movie. The stunning actress sipped Grey Goose cocktails as she chatted with friends and explained some new Aussie phrases she hopes to bring to the US.
  • Tessa Thompson graciously mingled with fans of West World who stressed about the season finale. She spent ample time sipping Grey Goose cocktails and chatting about the series, helping to calm any stress induced by the finale! Like her fans, Tessa never knew what to expect from the show: “We didn’t even know what was happening when we were shooting the show. The scripts were redacted, there was always a mystery. Quite frankly, we didn’t even know that the most shocking part of the finale was going to happen until we were seeing it in front of our eyes.
  • Julia Restoin Roitfeld worked her French charm on the room, making sure that guests always had a Grey Goose cocktail in hand. The elegant hostess and model who curated the items at Le Marché Bleu was overheard saying “It’s always fun to bring things from my home country, which you can’t find in the city.”
  • Cipriana Quann sipped Grey Goose cocktails and the self-described foodie enjoyed the hors d’oeuvres from Chef Ludo Lefebvre. She talked with friends about her upcoming cameo role with her twin sister TK Wonder in Oceans 8 starring Cate Blanchett and Rihanna.

Continue reading “Grey Goose and Julia Restoin Roitfeld Celebrate the Launch of Le Marché Bleu”



Estevan Jose Montemayor -Director of Communications City of Los Angeles, Lindsey Horvath - West Hollywood City Council, David E. Ryu - LA City Council, Valerie Milano (Photo: THT)
Estevan Jose Montemayor -Dir. of Communications City of Los Angeles, Lindsey Horvath – West Hollywood City Council, David E. Ryu – L.A. City Council, Valerie Milano (Photo: THT)

Entertainment Business Manager John Mcllwee, who is a former Project Angel Food board member, was first to step up with a $10,000 donation this weekend to kick off the fundraising campaign for a replacement flash freezer for Project Angel Food.

The event hosted by award-winning designer Xorin Balbes premiered his historic showcase home in Los Feliz. After a one year remodel and a multi-million dollar facelift, the stunning home was unveiled to a crowd of entertainment executives and philanthropists.

In a matter of 10 minutes, the $45,000 required for the freezer to be purchased immediately was soon raised by the generous group and the final $3,000 to push it over the top was given by MclIwee. “I was so happy to kick off the bidding,” MclIwee said, “because I think the revamped Project Angel Food program is spectacular.”

Other entertainment executives also pitched in including: Bunim/Murray’s founder Jonathan Murray and partner Harvey Reese, movie producers Peter and Natalia Safran, TV talk show producer Kari Sagin and 20th Century Fox Executive Bob Cohen and his husband Tim Robinson. Continue reading “ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS MANAGER JOHN MCLLWEE SPEARHEADS FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR PROJECT ANGEL FOOD AT THE SPECTACULAR SHOWCASE HOME OF XORIN BALBES”

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Jessica Seinfeld Hosts alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet x GOOD+ Foundation Toy Drive Kick-Off Event

Dec 06, 2016 12:30 pm
Stacey Bendet, GOOD+ Foundation Founder Jessica Seinfeld, Nicky Hilton and Georgina Bloomberg hosted a special holiday event last week at the alice + olivia Madison Avenue store to kick off the 6th year of the alice + olive by Stacey Bendet x GOOD+ Foundation holiday toy drive.

Ali Wentworth, Jessica Seinfeld, Stacey Bendet, Georgina Bloomberg
Ali Wentworth, Jessica Seinfeld, Stacey Bendet, Georgina Bloomberg
Credit/Copyright: Craig Barritt/Getty Images

The evening featured holiday-themed cocktails, shopping and ornament decorating. One-hundred percent of proceeds from purchases made in the Madison Avenue store during the event were donated to the GOOD+ Foundation.

Ali Wentworth also attended.

For those who were not able to attend the event, supporters can bring unused baby toys and essentials into any domestic stand-alone alice + olivia retail store from December 1, 2016, to December 19, 2016, and will receive 15% off their full-priced purchase (excluding the recent alice + olivia x Basquiat collaboration).


Conan O’Brien Hosts Star-Studded Beat The Odds Awards

Dec 06, 2016 11:30 am
The Children’s Defense Fund–California hosted its 26th Annual Beat the Odds Awards ceremony on December 1, 2016, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Conan O'Brien Hosts Annual Beat the Odds Awards
Conan O’Brien Hosts Annual Beat the Odds Awards

The celebration honored five Los Angeles high school “stars” – Alexandra Flores, Cierra Gunderson, Destiny Novillo, Florencia Valenzuela, Jose Aceves – in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, despite the overwhelming obstacles that stand in their way.

The momentous occasion was hosted by the Children’s Defense Fund President, Marian Wright Edelman, along with support from co-chairs Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Josiah Bell, Carol & Frank Biondi, Ruth-Ann Huvane, Kevin Huvane, Katie Sharer & Mark Mullen, and Liza & Conan O’Brien.

O’Brien served as the night’s emcee, with co-chair Smollett-Bell pulling double duty as a presenter during the program. She was joined by additional special guests including presenters Tory Kittles, Jennifer Morrison, Timothy Olyphant, and Milo Ventimiglia, and guests J.J. Abrams & Katie McGrath, Andy Buckley, Joel McHale, Kevin Nealon & Susan Yeagley, Keke Palmer, Glen Powell, Andy Richter, and more.

Thanks to generous support, each student honoree will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and support services including: private tutoring, one-on-one college counseling, ongoing mentoring, internship placements, life skills development, SAT prep, and week-long college tours at no cost.


generationCURE To Hold Annual Holiday Party For amfAR This Week

Dec 06, 2016 10:15 am

Kelly Osbourne: Profile

The annual amfAR generationCURE Holiday Party will take place on Wednesday, December 7.

generationCURE is a group of young amfAR supporters committed to ending the AIDS pandemic in their lifetime by helping the Foundation raise funds for its cure-focused research programs. Since its inception in 2011, generationCURE has raised more than $450,000 for amfAR through events in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

Event chairs include Kelly Osbourne, Christian Siriano and Jussie Smollett.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
7:00–10:00 P.M.
Cocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres, Entertainment, Silent Auction

Cadillac House
330 Hudson Street
New York City

$125 in advance
$150 at the door

Five tickets for $575
Ten tickets for $1,125


Don’t miss the opportunity to own works by Slim Aarons, Jessica Craig-Martin, Sonia Moskowitz, Terry O’Neill, and Robert Rauschenberg. The online auction ends at 6 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 8, 2016.

Click here to view the auction.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit generationCURE.


Fred Savage And Ashley Argota To Host Star-Studded 2016 Looking Ahead Awards

Dec 06, 2016 09:00 am

Fred Savage: Profile

The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program will present The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

Hosted by Fred Savage and Ashley Argota, The Looking Ahead Awards honors leaders in the current and former young performer community who inspire the world by living the program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service. Wilmer Valderrama will honor his parents, Sobeida Valderrama and Balbino A. Valderrama, with The Judy and Hilary Swank Award for Parenting. (Sobeida Valderrama will accept on their behalf); “black-ish” stars Miles Brown, Marsai Martin and Marcus Scribner will receive The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness from Naomi Wilding and Tarquin Wilding (Elizabeth Taylor’s grandchildren); Jordana Brewster will receive the Looking Ahead Award for Education from her sister Isabella Brewster; Lance Bass will receive The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service from his husband Michael Turchin; and Paul Petersen will be honored with The Shirley Temple Award by his “The Donna Reed Show” co-star and longtime friend Shelley Fabares. Tickets are now on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards

The gala features exciting “blue carpet” arrivals, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner and celebrity-studded awards ceremony. Individual tickets are $150 per person. To purchase tickets or tables please visit www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards or contact Kathleen Cahill at 323-933-9244 or kcahill@actorsfund.org.

The Looking Ahead Program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAFAFTRA to work with youth between the ages of 9 and 18, helping them develop the values, skills and confidence they need to make successful transitions to fulfilling adult lives. Now serving more than 300 youths per year, their families and alumni, the program aims to create a nurturing environment where young performers get support through individual, family and education counseling, leadership development, community service and social events. Looking Ahead is guided by an Advisory Committee of professionals in youth development and youth-related entertainment, which is co-chaired by actor, director and producer Fred Savage and freelance casting director and former head of casting at Nickelodeon Sharon Lieblein.

The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards is generously sponsored by Disney Channel, Disney😄, Nickelodeon, SAGAFTRA, The Osbrink Agency, Kelly and Lou Gonda, Devotion Vodka, Hint Water and Sextant Wines.


David Beckham: Violence Can Mark Children Forever

Dec 06, 2016 07:45 am
A powerful new film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham was released yesterday to illustrate the brutal reality that physical and psychological abuse can mark children forever.

Video: David Beckham: Violence can mark children forever | #ENDviolence

During the new 60-second UNICEF film, scenes of violence against children appear as animated tattoos on David Beckham’s body. While Beckham’s own tattoos were marks chosen to represent happy or important memories, millions of children bear marks they have not chosen: the long-lasting scars of violence and abuse. The animations in the film depict all too common forms of violence that boys and girls endure in spaces where they should be safe – their homes, schools, online and in their communities.

Beckham said: “When I launched my 7 Fund with UNICEF, I made a commitment to do everything I can to make the world a safer place for children and to speak out on issues that are having a devastating impact on children’s lives. One of those issues is violence. Every five minutes, somewhere in the world, a child dies from violence. Millions more are in danger of physical, emotional and sexual abuse that could destroy their childhoods forever.

“Last year I visited Cambodia with UNICEF where I met and listened to children tell me about terrible violence they have experienced. I was shocked by what I heard and I saw how violence can leave deep and lasting scars. No child should have to endure this. Yet in all corners of the world, in their homes, schools and on their streets, children are suffering similar violence. I hope this new project will draw attention to this urgent issue and inspire action. Violence against children is wrong and together we need to end it.”

Using U-report, a messaging tool that allows young people to report on issues affecting their lives, David Beckham invited youth to answer questions on violence against children.
More than 190,000 “U-Reporters” from 22 countries responded. Two-thirds of them said that they have personally experienced physical or verbal abuse or know somebody else who has. When asked who they think commits violence most often, one-third said police or law enforcement, 29 per cent said their peers, 28 per cent said a parent or caregiver and 9 per cent said teachers.

Approximately 80,000 U-Reporters provided suggestions on what can be done to address violence in their communities. A 24-year old U-Reporter from the Philippines said, “I will let my voice be heard and warn all people around me on what is happening, and ask for someone’s help to end it if I cannot do it alone.”

The tragic consequences of violence affect all aspects of a child’s life and can be passed down from one generation to the next. Violence against children carries serious costs to all societies in every region of the world.

“Violence and abuse take a terrible toll on children’s lives and futures — harming their bodies, undermining their emotional wellbeing, even interfering with the healthy development of their brains,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “When we protect children from violence, we prevent individual tragedies — and promote stronger, more stable societies. Thanks to powerful advocates like David Beckham, and fueled by the voices of children and young people themselves, we are building momentum for ending violence against children everywhere.”

Violence is not inevitable. UNICEF points to seven proven strategies that can help end violence against children. These include strengthening attitudes that support non-violence; enforcing laws; creating safe environments for children; supporting parents and caregivers; increasing family incomes to reduce poverty; strengthening social services and equipping children with life-skills.

David Beckham and UNICEF are urging people to share the new film on social media platforms.

After 10 years as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund in February 2015, making a commitment to helping the world’s most vulnerable children. Later that year, Beckham visited Cambodia where he met children who had suffered violence and abuse. Moved by the stories he heard, Beckham subsequently attended the United Nations and called on world leaders to put children, especially the most disadvantaged, at the centre of the new Sustainable Development Goals.


Annual ICAP Charity Day To Take Place On Wednesday

Dec 06, 2016 06:30 am

Oprah: Profile

ICAP plc, a leading markets operator and provider of post trade risk mitigation and information services, announces that its 24th annual global Charity Day will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

On this day, 100% of ICAP’s revenues and commissions generated will be donated to more than 200 charities worldwide.

Since Charity Day was launched in December 1993, ICAP has raised nearly £127 million for more than 2,000 charities worldwide. In 2015 alone, £7.5 million was raised by ICAP’s 60 plus offices for over 200 charitable projects. This is equivalent to 3% of ICAP’s full year pre-tax profit for 2015/2016.

This year, Charity Day will be raising funds for another 200 charities, of which 54 are US charities. On the day, these charities will be joined by their celebrity patrons who will speak directly to ICAP’s customers on the phone to close deals and boost trading volumes in the process.

In previous years, Oprah Winfrey, President George W. Bush, Meryl Streep, Eli Manning, Daniel Craig, Drew Barrymore, Chris Hemsworth and many others attended the US event to help ICAP and its many charities.

Michael Spencer, Group Chief Executive Officer of ICAP, said: “ICAP Charity Day is a huge part of ICAP’s DNA. We founded ICAP 30 years ago and shortly afterwards developed a unique format for charitable giving which has since turned into a truly global fundraising event, replicated by many others in the industry. Now in its 24th year, ICAP Charity Day will support a further 200 extraordinary charities this year, all of whom are in need of funds to develop vital, life-changing projects which will make a difference to thousands of lives. We are dedicated to raising as much as we can for our charities, and are extremely grateful to our employees, customers and suppliers for their ongoing and generous support. Together we will all give 100%.”


Spotlight: Naomi Campbell’s Charity Work

Dec 06, 2016 06:00 am

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell is a supermodel whose charity work centers around helping the children and people of sub-Saharan Africa.

She once said that the greatest joy of her life is knowing Nelson Mandela, and that his kindness, passion, and intelligence make him the perfect modern leader.

In 2005, Campbell founded two charitable organizations, Fashion Relief, which raised over $1 million for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and We Love Brazil, aimed at fighting poverty through supporting local artisans.

Read more about Naomi Campbell’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: United Cerebral Palsy’s Celebrity Supporters

Dec 06, 2016 05:00 am
Empowering people with disabilities to live full and meaningful lives.

Providing services and programs for children and adults with disabilities addressing physical and health needs, encouraging their educational development and offering opportunities for true integration into the community.

Celebrity supporters

United Cerebral Palsy has 20 known supporters, including Oprah, Petra Nemcova, and Robin Roberts

Areas of work

Read more about United Cerebral Palsy’s work and celebrity supporters.

Celebrity Homes: Elvis Presley’s Beverly Hills Home Is For Sale

For sale: The Beverly Hills estate where Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla once lived
For sale: The Beverly Hills estate where Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla once lived

The Beverly Hills home that Elvis and Priscilla bought for $400,000 when they were first married in 1967 is for sale and featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

Photos with listing agent permission available for your use at: http://bit.ly/toptenmedia   

“Elvis Presley’s Beverly Hills Home”

The King will never die. Elvis Presley’s music, films and the homes he has owned are legendary. He was the game changer in the music world with his own style blending rock and roll, ballads, blues and gospel, the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music with record sales over 600 million. Obsessed fans knew his likes, dislikes, and what food he ate. They have ogled over his and Priscilla’s honeymoon vacation house in Palm Springs and Graceland, but it was his first home with Priscilla in Trousdale Estates overlooking Los Angeles where the fans have been coming for years to write messages to Elvis on the gate door set into the garden wall. Continue reading “Celebrity Homes: Elvis Presley’s Beverly Hills Home Is For Sale”

How Your Friends Affect Your Health

friends2By Pete Bissonette

How many friends do you have?

If your doctor isn’t asking now, they may start soon.

According to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, your social circles are as important to your health as diet and exercise.

Researchers evaluated data from four U.S. population surveys from adolescence into old age spanning three dimensions of social relationships: social integration, social support, and social strain. They then compared the social relationships to blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index, and systematic inflammation—four key markers for mortality risk. Continue reading “How Your Friends Affect Your Health”




Photo: Josh Brandao/SHOWTIME


NEW YORK – December 7, 2016 – MADONNA’s highly-anticipated concert film, MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR will premiere thisFriday, December 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME, on-air, on demand and over the internet. For the official trailer, go to:https://youtu.be/9bNbvu0A8WI. MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR was shot around the world and features a collection of live and behind these scenes footage culminating in performances at the Sydney Olympic Park in March of this year. The film is co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies. 

The set list for MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR spans all decades of the iconic superstar’s illustrious career, including songs from Rebel Heart (the No. 1 dance hits “Living for Love” and “Bitch I’m Madonna”) to classic fan favorites like “Material Girl” and “Holiday,” and a “Dress You Up” medley that includes “Get Into The Groove,” “Everybody” and “Lucky Star.” Memorable highlights from the tour include her first-ever live concert performance of “Take a Bow,” acoustic versions of “Like A Prayer,” “Secret” and “Don’t Tell Me.”   

The Rebel Heart Tour was directed by Jamie King with musical direction by Kevin Antunes (the band’s keyboardist Ric’key Pageot, drummer Brian Frasier-Moore, guitarist Monte Pittman, and background vocalists Kiley Dean and Nicki Richards), lead choreography by Megan Lawson, hair by Andy LeCompte, makeup by Aaron Henrikson, and costume design by Arianne Phillips. 

SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Apple®, Roku®, Amazon and Google. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon Channels, Hulu and Sony PlayStation® Vue.  

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Teigen and Le Vian

Chrissy Teigen wore Le Vian diamond jewels to Target’s Toycracker Premiere event at Spring Studios on December 7, 2016 in New York City.
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Build-A-Bear Workshop to Be Featured on New Episode of UNDERCOVER The eighth season
Build-A-Bear Workshop to Be Featured on New Episode of UNDERCOVER The eighth season

The eighth season of UNDERCOVER BOSS kicks off with two new back-to-back episodes, Wednesday, Dec. 21 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  The Emmy Award-winning series moves to its regular 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT Wednesday timeslot on Dec. 28.

“Build-A-Bear Workshop” – When Sharon Price John, president and CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop, goes undercover to meet the employees who keep her company stitched together, she learns that building bears isn’t all child’s play, on UNDERCOVER BOSS, 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT.

The experiential retail company Build-A-Bear Workshop was founded in St. Louis, Mo. in 1997. It now has approximately 400 stores worldwide and gives guests an opportunity to make their own customizable stuffed animal.  Continue reading “THE CEOS OF BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP AND NEW YORK & COMPANY TO BE FEATURED IN THE SPECIAL TWO-HOUR EIGHTH SEASON PREMIERE OF “UNDERCOVER BOSS,” WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21”



            With a net worth of more than $60 billion, Warren Buffett is truly a one-of-a-kind billionaire. Now 86, the legendary investor still lives in a modest home in Omaha, and continues to drive himself to the office every morning to manage Berkshire Hathaway, the fourth-largest public company in the world. But more surprising than his humble lifestyle and self-effacing personality are Buffett’s moral integrity and unique mind, which drove him not only to become the most successful businessman in the world, but also an unparalleled philanthropist. Continue reading “BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT,”