From valedictorian addresses and one-of-a-kind performances to heartfelt surprises, WE CELEBRATE: CLASS OF 2020 commemorates both students and educators who have been making a difference throughout the school year, and who continue to step up to support their communities during COVID-19.
Previously announced celebrities featured in WE CELEBRATE: CLASS OF 2020 include: Alessia Cara, Selena Gomez, Winnie Harlow, Joe Jonas, Shawn Mendes, Shay Mitchell, Natalie Portman, and Jacob Tremblay, with performances by Brett Kissel, Julia Michaels and JP Saxe with The Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra from Richmond, B.C., and Johnny Orlando. Plus, ETALK reporters Tyrone Edwards and Chloe Wilde and L.A. correspondent Liz Trinnear, alongside WE Co-founders Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger, also join in the celebration.
The special also features My Message to the class of 2020 which includes inspirational messages from National Chief Perry Bellegarde – Assembly of First Nations, Nav Bhatia, Anna Cathcart, Classified, Sarain Fox, Giacomo Gianniotti, Chris Hadfield, Rick Hansen, Shawn Hook, Tom Jackson, Rupi Kaur, Sarah McLachlan, Kardinal Offishall, Penny Oleksiak, Serena Ryder, Tyler Shaw, SonReal, and Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine.
“We can’t let Canada’s class of 2020 end their school year without celebrating all of their incredible achievements. These young people aren’t afraid to dream big and even during this challenging time, they have continued looking out for others,” said Lilly Singh. “To all of the students across Canada who are disappointed about missing their graduation ceremony or prom, don’t worry, we got you!”
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Celebrities Come Together for Foster to Forever
Posted on May 28, 2020, 9:02 am
During these unprecedented times, people are looking for companionship and social connections, and many are finding it in a four-legged friend. While an estimated 40 percent of the country’s shelter population are currently in foster homes1, shelters are bracing for a time when these pets may be returned or when other pets are surrendered due to the financial hardships so many are facing as a result of the global pandemic. So today, Mars Petcare announced a new program called FOSTER TO FOREVER to help find loving homes for as many pets as possible.
The program, supported by several celebrity pet adoption advocates, including Katherine Schwarzenegger, Colton Underwood and LeAnn Rimes, will raise awareness of the need for pet adoption and directly support those who permanently adopt their foster pets.
“Now more than ever, people are turning to pets as a source of comfort and companionship, and as a result, we’ve seen record numbers of fosters,” said Mark Johnson, president of Mars Petcare North America. “We’re in awe of the support being shown to pets in need during this global crisis and want to ensure that as many pets as possible find loving, forever homes. That’s why Mars Petcare is providing essential resources like pet food and veterinary visits to families who make their foster pet a permanent member of their family.”
To kick off FOSTER TO FOREVER, more than 10 pet-loving celebrities, including Katherine Schwarzenegger, Colton Underwood and LeAnn Rimes, will virtually welcome people into their homes on today, May 28 through Instagram Live. While live, each celebrity will share an intimate look at life with their pet, including fun and heartfelt stories of some of their favorite activities together.
“Six weeks ago, I decided to foster Zooka,” said Colton Underwood. “That was one of the best decisions I could have made. Zooka quickly became a member of our family, and I just couldn’t see myself bringing her back to the shelter. I’m happy to call myself a ‘foster failure’ and honored to be part of the Mars Petcare FOSTER TO FOREVER program to encourage others to permanently adopt their foster pet, if they’re able to.”
Following the live event, Mars Petcare will distribute FOSTER TO FOREVER kits to shelters around the country in some of the areas hit hardest by COVID-19 like Chicago and New Orleans.
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The Drive In is Making a Comeback for Charity
Posted on May 27, 2020, 9:00 am
Showcase Cinemas, a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, in partnership with Patriot Place, have announced that tickets have sold out for a Pop-up Drive-in scheduled for Saturday, May 30 at sunset at the Showcase Cinema de Lux Patriot Place. The showing of “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark” will also feature concession pre-order and curbside pick-up via the Showcase Cinemas app. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Foxboro Food Pantry.
The upcoming schedule for the Showcase Cinemas de Lux and Patriot Place Pop-up Drive-in includes: “Onward” (Friday, June 5); “Trolls World Tour” (Friday, June 12); and “Sonic the Hedgehog” (Friday, June 19). Tickets are $20 per auto and all shows will start at sunset (approximately 8:45 p.m.)
“Drive-ins are a big part of Showcase Cinemas’ 80-year history as the company was one of the first theater chains to introduce and embrace the drive-in concept throughout the 20th century,” said Mark Malinowski, Vice President of Global Marketing for Showcase Cinemas. “Therefore, we are excited to bring our history full circle with this new concept that sold out its first show in less than 24-hours. This will be our first step towards reopening Showcase Cinemas with new health and safety protocols in the coming weeks.”
“Patriot Place is thrilled to collaborate with Showcase Cinemas to kick off the summer season with this special event,” said Brian Earley, Vice President and General Manager of Patriot Place. “We are excited for our guests to enjoy this timeless summer tradition with us from the safety of their vehicles. We are also thankful for the opportunity to give back to the Foxboro community with all ticket sales from the ‘Raiders’ showing benefitting the Foxboro Food Pantry.”
Last month, Showcase Cinemas hosted a “Fan Favorite Showdown” via its social channels to determine fans’ favorite film from 64 contenders across all genres. Paramount Picture’s “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark” earned the most votes on Twitter and the second most votes on Facebook. Based on those results, Showcase will screen the original “Raiders,” the top-grossing film in the summer of 1981, as the Pop-up Drive-in’s first feature presentation. Guests will be able to enjoy this time-honored summer tradition from the comfort of their vehicles while adhering to safe social-distancing guidelines.
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Movies Coming Out This Week – May 26th
Posted on May 26, 2020, 9:00 am
The High Note
Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross), a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie (Dakota Johnson) is Grace’s overworked personal assistant who’s stuck running errands, but still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace’s manager (Ice Cube) presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever.
Eric Fellner, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ice Cube, Flora Greeson, Dakota Johnson, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Nisha Ganatra, Tim Bevan
Debt collectors French and Sue get to work doing what they do best – cracking skulls and breaking bones – as they chase down the various lowlifes who owe money to their boss, Tommy. They’re summoned to Las Vegas to collect from a dirty casino owner, who happens to be a vicious ex-lover of Sue’s. Meanwhile, a notorious drug kingpin is on the warpath to kill French and Sue to avenge his brother’s death. Facing danger from all angles, the pair will have no other choice but to fight their way out of an explosively dangerous situation.
Jesse V. Johnson, Stu Small, Vladimir Kulich, Marina Sirtis, Scott Adkins, Louis Mandylor, Mayling Ng, Demitra Sealy
The Vast of Night
In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young, winsome switchboard operator Fay (Sierra McCormick) and charismatic radio DJ Everett (Jake Horowitz) discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever. Dropped phone calls, AM radio signals, secret reels of tape forgotten in a library, switchboards, crossed patchlines and an anonymous phone call lead Fay and Everett on a scavenger hunt toward the unknown.
Andrew Patterson, Jake Horowitz, James Montague, Craig W. Sanger, Sierra McCormick, Bruce Davis, Gail Cronauer
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Paris Hilton, Shailene Woodley and Many More Celebrities Invest in New Seafood Brand
Posted on May 22, 2020, 9:00 am
Gathered Foods, makers of Good Catch® plant-based seafood products, today announced a new group of celebrity investors bolstering the growth of the rising company. The dynamic roster includes Woody Harrelson, Shailene Woodley, Paris Hilton and Lance Bass, all of whom come from diverse backgrounds to share their passion and support for the future of the plant-based industry.
The plant-based trend has cultivated an immense movement in recent years, with the category reaching a value of $4.5 billion and retail sales of plant-based foods growing by 11 percent in 2019 (vs. two percent for the overall retail food market)1. As consumer demand for protein alternatives continues to soar, the support from each of these stars towards protecting animal welfare and bettering the world’s oceans shows the impact is more than just a trend: It’s a lifestyle change that has staying power.
“I’ve been living a vegan lifestyle for over 30 years. My diet has been driven by the love I have for the environment,” said Actor Woody Harrelson. “I have known Chad Sarno for years and am a huge fan of the culinary work Chad and his brother Derek are driving in the market. I’m excited to work with a food brand like Good Catch that leads with taste and aligns with my personal beliefs of making a difference for the animals and our planet.”
“As an advocate for conservation, our planet and its oceans, I work with organizations around the world to help combat climate change and protect our oceans from pollution. That’s why aligning with Good Catch feels like a natural extension of my continued work,” said Actress Shailene Woodley. “They are a like-minded brand that is doing their part to have a positive impact on our oceans and our planet, all while creating delicious plant-based seafood alternatives. I’m excited to see what innovative products they come up with next.”
The elevated culinary experience of Good Catch products has quickly drawn the attention of consumers and investors alike, with this group of notable advocates joining on the heels of a $36.8 million Series B financing round. This round, combined with the new backing from Woody Harrelson, Shailene Woodley, Paris Hilton and Lance Bass signifies the overwhelming belief in the future of plant-based seafood.
“Consumer demand and culinary trends show the evolving excitement for plant-based foods, and the unified support from such an influential group goes far beyond funding alone,” said Chris Kerr, CEO and Co-Founder of Gathered Foods. “The message underscored by their backing is invaluable. We are thrilled to welcome all of our new investors and are hopeful for the growth and continued innovation their endorsement creates.”