April 25, 2014

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Ben Affleck to be honored with the Cinema for Peace Humanitarian Award

The Cinema for Peace Foundation announced today that Academy Award-winning actor, filmmaker and founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, Ben Affleck, will be honored with the Cinema for Peace Humanitarian Award at the 2013 Gala for Humanity on January 11 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.
Each year since 2002, Cinema for Peace gives the Humanitarian Award to an individual and his or her organization who has demonstrated the foresight, courage and leadership required to take a stand against extreme injustice, intolerance and inequalities.
At the gala in January, Cinema for Peace will recognize 25 individuals and initiatives from the world of film in six categories: charitable giving, advocacy, protecting the environment and its people, Hurricane Sandy relief, as well as founders and partners of the organization. The Eastern Congo Initiative will be the beneficiary of Cinema for Peace’s highest honor, the Cinema for Peace Humanitarian Award.
More than 5 million people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1996, making it the worst modern humanitarian crisis area in the world. Recently, the violence has escalated tenfold due to the rebel militia taking control of Goma, the economic center and capital. As a result, more than 230,000 families have been displaced in North and South Kivu – equivalent to the population of Hollywood and Santa Monica combined. The need for aid is at an all-time high.
“The Eastern Congo Initiative is the first U.S.-based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of Eastern Congo,” said Jaka Bizilj, Founder of Cinema for Peace. “The Cinema for Peace Foundation is pleased to honor Ben Affleck for his courageous efforts to raise awareness about this terrible catastrophe and his brave stand against the injustices experienced by the Congolese. We are proud to support their work by providing desperately needed financial resources.”

Hollywood Foreign Press Association President, Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly, will open the 2013 Gala for Humanity with a special introduction on how film can be a powerful tool for messages of humanity. The HFPA is officially supporting the Cinema for Peace 2013 Gala for Humanity and its members are also attending.
Chairs of the 2013 Gala for Humanity include Claire and John Cauldwell, Roland Emmerich, Veronica Ferres, Cindy Hensley McCain, Jeff Robinov, Cathy Schulman, Bryan Singer and Jeff Skoll. Co-Chairs include Christian Angermayer, Elmar Biebl, Jaka Bizilj, Ted Braun, Rosilyn Heller, Philip [...]

Demi Moore is back in LA after treatment

HollywoodNews.com: Demi Moore has apparently finally returned to Los Angeles after receiving professional treatment and then taking a vacation to Turks and Caicos.
Moore returned on a private jet recently after being pretty much out of the spotlight since her hospitalization in January, states TMZ.
Moore was allegedly receiving treatment for exhaustion and overall health although the location of her treatment was not revealed.
Do you think she’ll be able to stay healthy this time?
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‘Housewives of OC’ star shooting down death report

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ star Tamra Barney is busy these days, busy denying that she has died.
It was recently rumored that Barney died in a jet-ski accident in the Turks and Caicos Islands, but the reality star is far from dead, states the Orange County Register.
Barney quickly hit up Facebook to let everyone know that the report was incorrect: “For those of you that have been asking….. I am very much alive!”
What do you think about fake celebrity death reports?
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Inside Sarah Palin’s work emails: tanning beds and more

HollywoodNews.com: Sarah Palin is now dealing with the release of 24,000 pages of emails by the state of Alaska from her time as governor, and what was written seems a little off.
It looks like Palin’s emails include one by her husband that says she is allowing her daughter’s friends to use the trampoline, but they have to be careful about getting hurt on state grounds as that could cause major problems, states People.
An item of question during her run as vice president was the tanning bed she had during her time as governor and now details about it are out.
Executive Residence Manager Erika Fagerstrom emailed about where to install the bed that allegedly cost taxpayers about $35,000. She later wrote: “On a day like today, I wish the bed was ready to go for you to use right away!”
What do you think about her emails?
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Sarah Palin’s son marries his high school sweetheart

HollywoodNews.com: Sarah Palin’s family just got a little bigger as her son, Track, married his high school sweetheart, Britta Hanson, in a small ceremony.
The two wed in Hatcher Pass, Alaska, but will have a larger celebration at Alaska’s Alyeska Ski Resort when friends and family can travel for the event, states People.
“We’re tickled that after two decades of friendship we proudly witnessed their marriage, knowing their new life together will be blessed,” the Hansons and Palins commented on the wedding.
Can you imagine Sarah Palin as your mother-in-law?
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Did Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez shack up in Malaysia?

HollywoodNews.com: It sounds like Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez didn’t want to be apart from each other one bit while she reportedly visited him in Malaysia.
The two allegedly stayed together in the presidential suite in Kuala Lumpur Hilton, states HollywoodLife.
However, Bieber and Gomez did leave the room at times and were reportedly spotted out and about. It is rumored that they did not ease up on the PDA as they held hands and hugged out in public.
Do you think they should be staying in separate rooms?
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Kristen Stewart described as an “outsider” by director

HollywoodNews.com: Kristen Stewart seems to march to the beat of her own drum and her director for the cast’s boot camp for ‘On the Road’ seems to agree.
Gerald Nicosia seems to think that Stewart and her castmates in the film are somewhat like outsiders, states The New York Times. “They’re all very unconventional in their own lives,” Nicosia said about Stewart, Garrett Hedlund and others after he worked to prepare them for the film.
“If you’re an outsider, you understand what counterculture is about,” Nicosia said about the actors being able to connect to their characters in the way he was hoping.
Do you think Kristen Stewart is an outsider?
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Sarah Palin begs judge to not lift restraining order against stalker

HollywoodNews.com: Sarah Palin continues to remain in the spotlight, especially at home in Alaska and now she’s filing more legal papers in an attempt to keep herself safe.
The new reality star has just filed papers in Alaska in which she practically begs the judge not to lift the restraining order against her stalker Shawn Christy, reports TMZ. She goes on to explain how her friend Kristan Cole and herself are “fearful” of what could happen if the stalker visits her in her home state.
A ruling on the matter is expected to be made in the next few days.
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Taylor Swift celebrated Christmas on vacation, no Jake Gyllenhaal

HollywoodNews.com: Taylor Swift decided to go on vacation to Turks and Caicos for Christmas Eve and Christmas, but this was simply a family trip.
Swift reportedly celebrated the holidays in the sun with her mom and brother, states Just Jared. Although Swift spent Thanksgiving with Jake Gyllenhaal, the two were apparently not together for this one.
But, Swift seemed to have a good time anyway as she wished everyone else a Merry Christmas over Twitter.
Do you think Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal are slowing down their relationship?
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Rihanna is starting to think about kids

HollywoodNews.com: Although she isn’t yet pregnant, Rihanna is starting to think about life with children in the picture.
The singer reveals that she could have children in ten years or she could even have a child next year depending on what is right for her, states UsMagazine.com. However, it will likely be a little later considering she still has a lot she wants to accomplish before making a child her priority.
But don’t expect her to be like Angelina Jolie and taking her children everywhere for work: “I certainly couldn’t raise kids and [have a career] with the demanding schedule that I have,” Rihanna says about wanting to raise her kids in Barbados.
When do you think Rihanna will have children?
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