October 21, 2016
        "Manchester by the Sea" leads the Gotham Award nominations                Tom Ford, Marc Platt and Kenneth Lonergan to be Honored at 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                Tom Cruise is in his action hero comfort zone with "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"                "Moonlight" could be A24's big Oscar horse this year                Ewan McGregor steps behind the camera with "American Pastoral"                Hollywood Contenders: A second crack at Golden Globe predictions for 2016                "The Accountant" seeks to help give Ben Affleck another blockbuster                85 countries will be competing for Best Foreign Language Feature nominations at the Oscars                Tom Hanks to receive Hollywood Actor Award for "Sully" @ Hollywood Film Awards                "Certain Women" showcases Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, and Michelle Williams                Ben Affleck is perhaps Hollywood's biggest and most diverse superstar                "The Birth of a Nation" looks to survive controversy and contend for awards                "The Girl on the Train" hopes to transport Emily Blunt to the Oscar race                "The Jungle Book," "Zootopia" and Craft Artists to be Honored at the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                Ben Affleck's "Live By Night" officially is a 2016 contender        

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Hollywood Visit

HollywoodNews.com: On Sunday morning, Prince William and Princess Catherine (am I the only one who doesn’t get the Kate with a K and Catherine with a C?) make a Hollywood appearance for the Tusk Trust. This is a British charity that raises money to help stem the tide of elephant poaching in Africa. (There’s a great story in Vanity Fair about ivory poaching.)

But the US version of Tusk is kind of anemic, so maybe the royal visit will help. According to guidestar.org, the Tusk USA group raises very little money each year. In 2009 they raised an anemic $124,000 from donors plus made $30,000 from an event. The total–$154,000–is what many of this Sunday’s guests spend on lunch for a week. In 2008, it was a little better–$328,000 raised. If the 40 guests coming to producer Steve Tisch‘s home each gave $10,000, Tusk USA would be quite a bit ahead of the game. Tsk, tsk.

The elephants in Africa need our help. Every little bit helps but really–the Hollywood heavyweights could save the continent in one afternoon.

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