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Matthew McConaughey Honors Local Legends Through Annual “With Thanks”

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of our country, everyday heroes stepped up in a significant way to support family, friends, neighbors, and strangers. These “Local Legends” have provided unity, comfort, nourishment and relief during these unprecedented health and economic challenges. Today, Matthew McConaughey and Wild Turkey® give thanks and celebrate four selfless individuals from Austin, Chicago, Dallas, and New Orleans who’ve demonstrated unwavering conviction in serving their communities.

These small but profound heroic acts were recognized, as part of the Bourbon brand’s “With Thanks” annual global give back campaign. Wild Turkey Creative Director McConaughey surprised these “Local Legends” with a virtual chat and rewarded them with a personalized token of appreciation to thank them for their efforts. Today, Wild Turkey is releasing all four videos chronicling the surprises on their Instagram page HERE.

McConaughey spoke personally with each “Local Legend” to learn about their work during the pandemic, including: Austin singer/songwriter Nakia Reynoso, who helped pass the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund to support local musicians; Chicago activist Tanya Lozano who is providing free COVID-19 testing, grocery deliveries and personal protective items to underserved communities in her area; Dallas nonprofit founder Shawana Carter who is providing families in need with emergency diapers, wipes, food and clothing; and New Orleans dad and artist Devin De Wulf who is collaborating with locally-owned restaurants and farmers markets to both hire and feed New Orleans artists and musicians. McConaughey and Wild Turkey worked with the Legend’s families, friends, and colleagues to reward each local hero with a personalized token of appreciation and contribution to their charity based on individual needs.

“The pandemic has affected all of us, so it felt more important than ever to recognize the unsung heroes who have consistently and steadfastly supported their neighbors and their communities,” said Wild Turkey Creative Director Matthew McConaughey.

“It’s often during the most challenging times that you see extraordinary acts of kindness and a commitment to help those in need,” said Wild Turkey Master Distiller Eddie Russell. “Wild Turkey was founded on community, and we’re grateful to work with Matthew to celebrate and lift up those who go above and beyond for their hometowns. These four Local Legends made an impact when it mattered the most and we’re thrilled to honor them.”

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Movies Coming Out This Week – November 16th

The Princess Switch: Switched Again – Netflix – Drama, Romance
When Margaret’s Christmas coronation complicates her love life, her double Stacy steps in to save the day. But will a third look-alike ruin their plan?
Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Suanne Braun, Lachlan Nieboer, Mia Lloyd, Ricky Norwood, Mike Rohl, Nick Sagar

Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist – Documentary
A lyrical and spiritual cinematic essay on The Exorcist, Leap Of Faith explores the uncharted depths of William Friedkin’s mind’s eye, the nuances of his filmmaking process, and the mysteries of faith and fate that have shaped his life and filmography.
Alexandre O. Philippe

Vanguard – Action
A covert security company, Vanguard, is the last hope of survival for an accountant after he is targeted by the world’s deadliest mercenary organization.
Jackie Chan, Ai Lun, Mu Qimiya, Xu Ruohan, Zhu Zhengting, Stanley Tong, Yang Yang

Run – Hulu – Thriller, Suspense
They say you can never escape a mother’s love… but for Chloe, that’s not a comfort — it’s a threat. There’s something unnatural, even sinister about the relationship between Chloe and her mom, Diane. Diane has raised her daughter in total isolation, controlling every move she’s made since birth, and there are secrets that Chloe’s only beginning to grasp. From the visionary writers, producers and director of the breakout film Searching, comes a suspense thriller that shows that when mom gets a little too close, you need to RUN.
Sarah Paulson, Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian, Pat Healy, Kiera Allen, Bradley Sawatzky

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Leonardo DiCaprio Teams up for ‘Beyond the Spotlight’

CuriosityStream, the world’s leading factual entertainment streaming service, have announced the November 19th world premiere of the original new series Beyond the Spotlight. From Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio and Appian Way Productions, the award-winning Stephen David Entertainment, a Banijay Group Company, and CuriosityStream, the series goes Beyond the Spotlight to explore the deep-rooted passions of people at the height of fame who are on a personal mission to change the world. Beyond the Spotlight is a new, sterling example of CuriosityStream’s broad, global, fact-based content offering.

From the highest grossing actor of all time, Samuel L. Jackson, alongside his Tony Award-nominated wife LaTanya Richarsdon Jackson to the beloved and relatable Kristen Bell… and from sports icons Shaquille O’Neal and Joe Namath to the wildly popular influencer MrBeast — these are the intriguing people who capture our attention, fill our social feeds, and shape pop culture. Each of the six hour-long episodes takes an intimate tone, featuring the deeply profound conversations that happen out of the spotlight when people share, in their own words, what truly inspires them.

“Beyond the Spotlight was filmed in the middle of the pandemic, with the utmost of precaution, at a time when many scripted content creators had to pause their production processes,” said Rob Burk, Head of Original Content for CuriosityStream. “We are very proud to premiere these fresh and incredibly revealing stories of people we thought we knew, told in their own words during a time of great personal reflection. We know our viewers will connect deeply with these biographies, and we’re thrilled to partner with Appian Way Productions and Stephen David Entertainment to bring impactful stories of the human experience to CuriosityStream.”

Appian Way Productions, the film and television production company founded by Leonardo DiCaprio and co-run by Jennifer Davisson, is known for its diverse slate including Academy Award-winning feature films The Revenant and The Wolf of Wall Street and ground-breaking documentaries Including Virunga, And We Go Green, and Sea of Shadows.

“Especially during these trying times, it’s been an incredible opportunity to shed light on these amazing causes and to gain a different perspective on the celebrities we all know and love,” said Stephen David, Executive Producer for Stephen David Entertainment.

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Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara and Many More Come Together for St. Jude’s Thanks and Giving campaign

In an unprecedented year and holiday season, Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Michael Strahan, Luis Fonsi, campaign newcomer Yara Shahidi and many more celebrities are uniting with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas to support the annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.

Actors, artists, entertainers, sports personalities and more will support St. Jude through various activations, including appearances in online and radio spots as well as taking to social media to ask others to join St. Jude in the fight to end childhood cancer. These celebrity supporters include Anthony Hamilton, Banda El Recodo, Blanca Soto, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Dwane Casey, Erica Campbell, Gerardo Ortiz, Jake Owen, Jekalyn Carr, JoJo Siwa, Keith Urban, Kirk Franklin, Lady A, Luis Coronel, MAJOR., Tim McGraw, Sam Hurley and The Game Theorists Matthew and Stephanie Patrick.

“I am so grateful for the generous loving spirit that we receive from our fabulous family of stars,” said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “The holidays are a time when we all come together to help the children and families of St. Jude. Even in these extraordinary times, the research and treatment at St. Jude will not stop, because cancer doesn’t stop for anything. We are blessed to have their unwavering support and their generous spirit that helps raise the funds that allows our doctors and scientists to continue their lifesaving work. When you give during the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, you’re giving the families of St. Jude the chance to create more precious memories.”

“When Marlo first asked me to be part of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign more than 15 years ago, I didn’t realize the impact that the children and this cause would have on my life,” said Jennifer Aniston. “In an unprecedented year filled with so many challenges, I am inspired more than ever by the courageous children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. With our collective support, families can focus on helping their little loved ones get better and we can all help ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food.”

The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign brings together celebrity friends, corporate partners and holiday shoppers to raise funds to support the mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.® Treatments invented at St. Jude have increased the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened over 50 years ago. Throughout the months of November and December, shoppers can give online or in-store at participating national brands.

Actress Yara Shahidi is the youngest national spokesperson to join the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign. “This is my first year being a part of the Thanks and Giving campaign for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Yara Shahidi. “St. Jude has always held personal meaning for the entirety of my family, as the hospital cared for our cousin Brian and his family. St. Jude goes above and beyond treating children from across the U.S. and around the world who are fighting cancer, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases. If you can, please join me and support the children of St. Jude, and together, we can help end childhood cancer.”

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Movies Coming Out This Week – November 11th

Freaky – Comedy, Thriller, Horror
Seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton, Blockers, HBO’s Big Little Lies) is just trying to survive the bloodthirsty halls of Blissfield High and the cruelty of the popular crowd. But when she becomes the newest target of The Butcher (Vince Vaughn), her town’s infamous serial killer, her senior year becomes the least of her worries.
Vince Vaughn, Jason Blum, Kathryn Newton, Celeste O’Connor, Christopher Landon, Michael Kennedy, Misha Osherovich, Uriah Shelton

Last Three Days – Action, Adventure, Thriller
Jack is a police officer with a marriage on the rocks working undercover to take down a Japanese crime syndicate. One night things go south and he wakes up to discover he’s missing his partner, his wife, and the last three days of his life.
Robert Palmer Watkins, Thomas Wilson Brown, Brian Ulrich, Deborah Lee Smith, Roy Huang

Fatman – R – Action, Comedy, Holiday
To save his declining business, Chris Cringle (Mel Gibson), also known as Santa Claus, is forced into a partnership with the U.S. military. Making matters worse, Chris gets locked into a deadly battle of wits against a highly skilled assassin (Walton Goggins), hired by a precocious 12-year-old after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking. ‘Tis the season for Fatman to get even, in the action-comedy that keeps on giving.
David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins, Ian Nelms, Eshom Nelms, Brandon James, Nadine de Barros

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