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Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

Actor, Activist

An actor of both emotional power and range, Forest Whitaker is widely regarded for his uniquely intelligent character studies. He made his film debut alongside Sean Penn in the classic teen comedy “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” before going on to star in several ‘80s hits including “Platoon,” “Good Morning, Vietnam,” and the Charlie Parker biopic “Bird.” In 2006 Forest earned widespread critical acclaim in “The Last King of Scotland.” His haunting performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin would earn him numerous awards, including the Oscar for Best Actor. In 2011 Forest was named a UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace.

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Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative

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Jerrod Carmichael

Jerrod Carmichael

Actor and Comedian

Jerrod Carmichael’s riffs on politics and race were enough to make him one of America’s most promising rebel comics.  The North Carolina-born comedian cut his teeth on the club circuit before making a memorable performance at the 2011 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival’s “New Faces” showcase.  After appearing in Seth Rogen's film “Neighbors,” Jerrod landed his own sitcom on NBC, “The Carmichael Show.”  The series, which follows a fictional version of his family, has been called “fitfully funny” by Rotten Tomatoes.  This May, NBC officially renewed the show for its third season.

KFI AM 640

KFI AM-640

Los Angeles Radio Station

KFI AM-640 is one of the most popular news and radio talk show stations in the Los Angeles area with talent such as Gary Hoffman & Shannon Farren, John Kobylt & Ken Chiampou, George Noorey, and Tim Conway Jr.

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The American Red Cross - Get Prepared California!

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Demian Bichir

Demián Bichir

Actor

Oscar-nominated actor Demián Bichir comes from a highly regarded family of actors in Mexico.  He began his career in telenovelas, and soon became a box-office sensation, starring in Mexico’s highest grossing film of all time, “Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas.” Demián made his debut to American audiences in the film “In the Time of the Butterflies,” but it wasn’t until his scene-stealing role as the love interest opposite Mary Louise Parker in “Weeds” that he became a household name. After a critically acclaimed turn on FX’s “The Bridge” and an Oscar nod for “A Better Life,” Demián continues to delight audiences, most recently in Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight. Outside of acting, Demián is an ACLU ambassador for immigration rights.

Demián Bichir Supports

ACLU of Southern California

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Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins

Actor, Director, Activist

Tim Robbins is an Academy Award-winning actor, director, producer, and political activist. After appearing in small roles throughout the early ‘80s, including as a young fighter pilot in “Top Gun,” he landed his breakout role in “Bull Durham.” He received further critical acclaim in 1994 for his performance in “The Shawshank Redemption.” In 2003, Tim appeared as a psychologically tortured man in Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River.” His performance earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Along with friend John Cusack, Tim is the Founding Artistic Director of the experimental theater group The Actor’s Gang, which also offers programs to Los Angeles County youth.

Tim Robbins Supports

ACLU of Southern California

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Rolling Stone Big Game Bash

Rolling Stone Big Game Bash

Annual Super Bowl Party

The Super Bowl may be the hottest ticket in sports, but Rolling Stone’s Big Game Bash is where the real action happens.  The annual VIP shindig brings together MVP athletes, A-list actors, and music’s hottest acts for one star-studded blowout.  Before kick-off last year, party-goers toasted Dom Perignon with sports icons while Avicii rocked the stage.  This year, as Super Bowl LI rolls into Houston, the celebration promises to be even wilder.  Entertainment’s biggest names will join Rolling Stone as the magazine celebrates its epic 50th anniversary at the historic Museum of Fine Arts, with highly-anticipated performances from Grammy-winning DJ Diplo and hip hop legend Nas.

Rolling Stone Big Game Bash Supports

Voices Against Brain Cancer

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Jim Cramer

Jim Cramer

TV Host, Author

Jim Cramer is a bestselling author, former hedge fund manager, and current host of CNBC’s talk show “Mad Money.” In 1984 he was hired as a stockbroker with Goldman Sachs, and later started his own hedge fund, Cramer & Co. “Mad Money,” which debuted in 2005, aims to teach viewers how to analyze stocks and the market. The show features highly animated segments on everything from portfolio analyses for callers to market picks of the week. Jim is the author of seven books, most recently 2013’s Get Rich Carefully.

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Keep a Child Alive

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Tom Ortenburg

Tom Ortenburg

Film Executive

Tom Ortenberg is the CEO of Open Road Films, a studio which has made a diverse slate of star-driven movies. Notable films under his tenure include “Chef” with Jon Favreau, Dan Gilroy’s acclaimed “Nightcrawler,” and “The Grey” starring Liam Neeson. Previously, Tom spent more than a decade at Lionsgate Entertainment. He has been honored with the Hollywood Film Festival’s Leadership Award and was listed at number two in the “Indy Power Issue” put out by The Hollywood Reporter. He has served on the board of directors of several nonprofits, including Film Independent, the ACLU which honored him with their Bill Of Rights Award in 2011, and The Creative Coalition, a nonpartisan advocacy organization of the entertainment industry.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

News Publication

Stunning photography, in-depth long-form journalism, and bold design make each issue of Vanity Fair a must-read. Every month, the magazine commissions the best writers and photographers to explain the pressing issues of the day and take the pulse of modern-day culture. While every day, Vanity Fair's sites and social channels deliver crucial reporting and conversation-driving coverage of technology, business, politics, entertainment, fashion, and the arts.

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ACLU of Southern California

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The View

The View

Television Show

Season 20 of “The View” (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST) is the place to be heard and promises a stellar lineup of the hottest topics and celebrities, politicians and newsmakers, and so much more. Delivering live broadcasts five days a week, our dynamic team of panelists is led by moderator Whoopi Goldberg, with co-hosts Joy Behar, Paula Faris and Sara Haines, with regular appearances from Jedediah Bila and Sunny Hostin.

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ACLU of Southern California Foundation

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The Good Fight

The Good Fight

Television Show

A spinoff of “The Good Wife,” CBS’ “The Good Fight” picks up one year after the events of the final episode of the former. It marks the return of Diane Lockhart, played by Christine Baranski, who finds her savings wiped out and her position at law firm Lockhart & Lee dissolved. Forced out of the firm she founded, she and her goddaughter, newcomer Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie)  join Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at one of Chicago’s preeminent law firms. “The Good Fight” was created and executive produced by the original husband-and-wife writers behind “The Good Wife,” Robert and Michelle King. It launches on CBS All Access on Sunday, February 19 with a premiere broadcast on CBS on the same night.

The Good Fight Support

ACLU of Southern California

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James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

Actor

From Mufasa’s royal baritone in “The Lion King” to super-villain Darth Vader in “Star Wars,” James Earl Jones has given movie fans some of the most powerfully sublime performances in cinema history. An accomplished Shakespearean actor early in his career, James has received numerous stage awards since his Broadway debut in 1957, including a Tony for his role as boxer Jack Jefferson in “The Great White Hope.” He has since appeared in numerous classic films, including “Field of Dreams,” “Sandlot,” and “Coming to America.” In 2008 James received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Catherine Hardwicke

Catherine Hardwicke

Director, Writer

Catherine Hardwicke is a director, writer, and production designer best known for her hugely popular teen vampire film “Twilight.” Born and raised in Texas, Catherine cut her teeth as a production designer on films like “Tombstone” and Cameron Crowe’s “Vanilla Sky.” Her first feature film, the critically acclaimed coming-of-age story “Thirteen,” earned her a directing award at Sundance in 2003. But it was her film adaptation of Stephenie Meyers’ book “Twilight” that truly put her on the map. Released in 2008, the film smashed box office records around the world, earning $400 million globally and making Catherine one of the most successful female directors of all time. Most recently she has served as director and executive producer on “Eyewitness,” a new drama series on the USA Network.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Film

From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes the epic 3D fantasy adventure "Alice Through the Looking Glass," a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Mia Wasikowksa stars as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, and reunites with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice then embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. The all-star cast includes Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Crispin Glover.

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Waterkeeper Alliance

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Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

Actor, Producer, Director

His voice is unmistakeable and his charisma has powered award-winning performances on both stage and screen. Morgan Freeman is an unparalleled talent and one of cinema’s most cherished actors. During his prolific career, he has appeared in notable films such as “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Seven,” “Shawshank Redemption,” and “Million Dollar Baby,” for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. Audiences also know him as the narrator of documentaries “March of the Penguins” and “Born to Be Wild.” In addition to his films and plays, Morgan has dedicated himself to charitable causes. He co-founded the Grenada Relief Fund to aid people affected by Hurricane Ivan, and he has provided voice work for numerous environmental campaigns.

Morgan Freeman Supports

ACLU of Southern California

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GIRLS

GIRLS

TV Show

Witty, audacious, and often uncomfortably candid, “Girls” is the hit HBO comedy-drama about four twenty-somethings trying to survive in New York City. Created by star and executive producer Lena Dunham, the show was heralded as “the ballsiest show on television” (New York Magazine) by the time it was barely a week old. The 2012 premiere season introduced the world to Hannah (Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessica (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) as they deal with fledgling careers, personal demons, and failed romances, all while navigating life "one mistake at a time." This February HBO announced “Girls” would be renewed for a sixth and final season set to air in 2017.

GIRLS Support

ACLU of Southern California

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KTLA Morning News

KTLA Morning News

TV Show

For nearly 30 years, Angelenos have woken up to the KTLA Morning News. Providing breaking stories and an engaging mix of coverage that spans global politics to celebrity interviews, the broadcast has become a part of the Southland’s morning routine. Current anchors include long-time entertainment reporter Sam Rubin, weatherman Mark Kriski, and journalist and co-lead anchor Megan Henderson. The KTLA Morning News airs weekdays on Channel 5 from 4:00 to 10:00 a.m.

KTLA Morning News Supports

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California

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Days of our Lives

Days of our Lives

Soap Opera

For the last 50 years, “Days of Our Lives” has reigned over daytime TV. Cue “Like sands through the hourglass”— and fans know they will be whisked away to the town of Salem for romance, unexpected plot twists, and love triangles. Celebrating its golden anniversary, the Emmy-winning franchise welcomes back friends and lovers, old and new, while continuing to attract a new generation of viewers.

Days of our Lives Supports

GO Campaign

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Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman

Actor

After struggling for years as an off-Broadway actor, Dustin Hoffman landed his breakout role in Mike Nichols’ 1967 film “The Graduate.” His performance as Benjamin Braddock, an aimless college grad who finds himself seduced by an older woman, earned him the first of many Oscar nominations. He soon carved out a career playing vulnerable, offbeat outsiders in films like “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1980) and “Rain Man” (1988) for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. Dustin has also appeared in numerous other notable films, including “Midnight Cowboy,” “Straw Dogs,” “Papillon,” “Marathon Man,” “All the President's Men,” and “Tootsie.”

Dustin Hoffman Supports

ACLU of Southern California

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The Golden Globes

The Golden Globes

Film and Television Awards Show

The Golden Globes, which was founded in 1943 by 21 foreign journalists, is the only awards show that combines the intimacy and spontaneity of a party with the drama of a live event.  Stars, journalists, and guests freely mingle during the telecast, lending the show an air of glamorous informality.  In the history of the Globes, winners have mooned the crowd (Jack Nicholson in 1999) and been called out of the bathroom to accept their statues (Christine Lahti in 1998).  But amid the good times, the awards have steadily grown, today commanding a worldwide audience of over 250 million viewers and raising more than $23.9 million in the past 27 years to entertainment-related charities.

The Golden Globes Supports

ACLU of Southern California

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Lawrence ODonnell

Lawrence O'Donnell

TV Show Host

Lawrence O'Donnell is the host of MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. The multi-talented O'Donnell was born in Boston and attended Harvard, graduating with a major in economics. O'Donnell worked for many years as a writer and published a book titled, Deadly Force, which featured his father as the plaintiff lawyer in a wrongful death and police brutality case. Several years later the book went to the big screen and O'Donnell served as an associate producer. His career in film did not stop there as he became involved in the TV drama, The West Wing, in which he assisted in various roles such as producing and writing. In 2010 O'Donnell started hostingThe Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, which still airs today. 

Lawrence O'Donnell Supports

ACLU of Southern California

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Here Comes The Funny Tour

Here Comes The Funny Tour

Comedy Tour

Here Comes The Funny Tour is a comedy tour reuniting some of comedy's good friends and comedians. They'll be touring the US with new jokes and new songs. The tour will headline with performances by Adam Sandler, David Spade, Nick Swardson, Rob Schneider, Norm Macdonald, and more. 

Here Comes The Funny Tour Supports

Youth Mentoring Connection - Miles of Music 5k Run

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George Clooney

George Clooney

Actor

Charming, intelligent, debonair, and devastatingly handsome, George Clooney is the prototypical leading man. In a career spanning nearly 40 years, he has given fans numerous iconic performances, from a hunky doctor in “ER” to the Caped Crusader in “Batman & Robin,” to a casino heist mastermind in the “Ocean’s Trilogy.” He has received three Golden Globes and two Academy Awards, one for Best Supporting Actor in the film “Syriana,” and the other as a producer on the Best Picture winner “Argo.” In 2005, TV Guide ranked him number one on its list of the "50 Sexiest Stars of All Time." George is also a well-known activist and humanitarian. He has worked extensively to raise awareness of the atrocities in Darfur and is a major supporter of the ACLU, the Red Cross, Oxfam, and several other charities.

George Clooney Supports

ACLU of Southern California

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New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet

Dance Company

New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world with an unparalleled repertory. Established in 1948 by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, the Company quickly became known for pure neo-classicism. In 1949, Jerome Robbins joined as associate artistic director and, with Balanchine and guests, created a varied repertory that grew each season. Balanchine created a company of dancers known for their speed and musicality. In 1964 NYCB moved to its current home at Lincoln Center where it grew into one of the world’s greatest dance companies. Widely acknowledged for its enduring contributions to dance, NYCB is committed to promoting creative excellence.

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New York City Ballet

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Brett Ratner

Brett Ratner

Director, Producer, Screenwriter

Brett Ratner is a director, producer, and screenwriter who has brought hugely popular franchises like “Rush Hour” and “X-Men” to the big screen. His first major success came with the action comedy “Rush Hour” starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. The movie was a hit, grossing over $200 million at the box office and spawning two equally successful sequels. Since then Brett has directed several major films like “X-Men: The Last Stand,” the Hannibal Lecter prequel “Red Dragon,” and “Tower Heist.” He also served as executive producer on the Fox drama series “Prison Break” as well as the comedy “Horrible Bosses.” Outside of the film industry, Brett is a major supporter of multiple charities. He currently sits on the board of Chrysalis, an L.A. nonprofit that helps the homeless find work.

Brett Ratner Supports

ACLU of Southern California

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Larry David

Larry David

Actor, Comedian, Writer

A comedian’s comedian, Larry David is an actor, stand-up comic, producer, and writer behind numerous films and television shows. Alongside Jerry Seinfeld he created the sitcom “Seinfeld,” which ran for nine seasons on NBC and became one of the most successful series of the ‘90s. In 2002, TV Guide named “Seinfeld” the greatest television program of all time. Larry continued his success with HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The largely improvised show features Larry as a fictionalized version of himself, falling into one cringe-worthy situation after another. Most recently he scored major laughs for his cameo as Bernie Sanders on “Saturday Night Live.”

Larry David Supports

ACLU of Southern California

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Michael Carbonaro

Michael Carbonaro

Magician

Michael Carbonaro is an actor, magician, and comedian most known for his hidden-camera series, The Carbonaro Effect, on TRUtv. Michael has also starred in TV Land’s “Happily Divorced,” HBO’s” The Newsroom,” and NBC’s “30 Rock,” among many others. His comedy, magic, and other enticing yet bizarre antics can be seen at high-profile clubs around the US, including Joe's Pub, Caroline's on Broadway, The Box, and Hollywood's Magic Castle. Michael is an OutFest Best Actor Award Winner as well as The Academy of Magical Arts 'Magician of the Year.'

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Hocus Focus

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Bill Maher

Bill Maher

TV Host

Bill Maher is so politically incorrect he named his first show after it. The New York born comedian, actor, activist, political commentator, and talk show host became a leading voice in the popular progressive movement during the ‘90s with “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.” The landmark TV show invited viewers to a roundtable discussion where celebrities, politicians, academics, and pundits debated controversial issues with often explosive results. With fewer actors and more informed guests, Maher’s new show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” strikes a more mature tone. The acclaimed HBO talk show has been nominated for more than ten Primetime Emmy Awards and six Writer's Guild awards. Bill Maher is also an outspoken advocate for several causes, including environmentalism, animal rights, the legalization of marijuana, and health care reform.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen

TV Host, Author

Andy Cohen is building an empire out of exciting television. The Emmy Award-winning host made his mark as an executive producer on hit shows like Project RunwayMillionaire Matchmaker, and the Real Housewives franchise. Since 2009 he has hosted Bravo's Watch What Happens: Live, which features some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities and is the only late night show to air live. He has twice hosted the Miss Universe competition and is the author of the best-selling book Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture. In 2010, he was listed as one of TV Guide's "25 Most Influential People in Television."

Andy Supports

ACLU of Southern California

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Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen

Actor

An actor, comedian, and writer, Seth Rogen is known for a long list of films such as “Knocked Up,” “Pineapple Express,” and “40-year Old Virgin.” After a career as a teenage stand-up comedian, Seth landed his first role in Judd Apatow's short-lived but devoutly watched TV series “Freaks and Geeks” in 1999. Since then he’s gone on to act in a number of hit films and to win several awards for his work. Seth has also lent his voice talents to the animated films “Horton Hears a Who!,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.” Off-screen he and his wife Lauren Miller have dedicated themselves to raising awareness and finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman

Actor, Comedian, Author

Nick Offerman is an actor, writer, and widely respected sage in the comedy world. After an early start on the Chicago stage and improv circuits, Nick appeared in several shows, including “Will & Grace,” “24,” and “George Lopez.” In 2009 he landed a starring role alongside Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari in “Parks and Rec,” quickly turning his deadpan, government-hating character Ron Swanson into a fan favorite, only rivaling Cosmo Kramer of “Seinfeld” in popularity. Outside of acting, Nick is a master carpenter. He has a successful side business as a furniture maker and boat builder. Nick is also the author of three books: Good Clean Fun, Gumption, and Paddle Your Own Canoe.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Laura Marano

Laura Marano

Actress

Instantly recognizable to the tween and teen set, Laura Marano plays Ally Dawson on Disney Channel’s hit series “Austin & Ally.” Her character is a fan favorite and has earned her a “Best Actress on TV” award at the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards. Even if you haven’t seen “Austin & Ally,” chances are you’ve heard Laura’s voiceover talents. Her ace comedic timing is in movies like “Finding Nemo” and “Ice Age 2: The Meltdown.” Laura has set her sights on dominating radio waves next. She recently signed a record deal with Big Machine Records, home of superstars like Taylor Swift, and released the addictive, dance-inducing single “Boombox.”

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The American Red Cross - Get Prepared California!

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John Landis

John Landis

Director

With a record of enduring comedy classics such as “National Lampoon’s Animal House, “The Blues Brothers,” “Trading Places,” “Three Amigos!,” and “Coming to America,” John Landis has directed some of the most popular movies of all time. After dropping out of high school, John broke into the movie business as a production assistant on the war film “Kelly’s Heroes.” In 1981 he wrote and directed the comedy-horror classic “An American Werewolf in London,” which so inspired Michael Jackson that he called upon the filmmaker to write and direct the groundbreaking his now iconic music video “Thriller.” Twenty six years later in 2009, “Thriller” was inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.

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ACLU of Southern California

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The Real ONeals

The Real O’Neals

Television Show

ABC’s sitcom “The Real O’Neals” follows the hilarious travails of an Irish-American Catholic family in Chicago as they deal with a series of shocking revelations. Based on an idea by writer and executive producer Dan Savage, the show stars Noah Galvin as Kenny, the middle child who reveals he is gay, Bebe Wood as Shannon, the daughter who denies her faith, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, the dad who wants a divorce, and Martha Plimpton as Eileen, the mom who’s just trying to hold them all together. The second season finale of “The Real O’Neals” will air December 13, 2016.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Maureen McCormick

Maureen McCormick

Actress, Singer, Author

More than four decades after “The Brady Bunch” aired its final episode, it’s still all about Marcia. Maureen McCormick’s Marcia Brady remains one of television’s most loved characters. IfOnly has unlocked access to Maureen in this incredible experience for pop culture fans. Join the actress and current “Dancing with the Stars” contestant for a free-flowing conversation over her career and memoir, Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice. Funds generated from your bid will benefit the ACLU of Southern California.

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ACLU of Southern California

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5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer

Band

The group 5 Seconds of Summer is not your average boy band. The Aussie pop-rock quartet write their own songs and play their own instruments, crafting catchy, punk-inspired hits. And yet they've still managed to gain a mega-following. The band released their self-titled debut album in 2014 to critical and commercial success, becoming the highest selling first week record by a debut album in almost a decade.

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The Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Actress

Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned worldwide acclaim and recognition for her portrayal of Elaine Benes in the hit NBC series "Seinfeld," as Christine Campbell in the CBS hit comedy "The New Adventures of Old Christine," and most recently as Vice President Selina Meyer in the HBO series "Veep." Between all shows combined, she has received five Emmy awards with eighteen nominations, a Golden Globe award with eight nominations, six Screen Actors Guild awards with sixteen nominations, two Television Critics Association awards with three nominations, five American Comedy Awards with ten nominations, and she has received the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.

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Protect Our Winters + Waterkeeper Alliance

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Hells Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen

TV Show

“Hell’s Kitchen” is the Emmy-nominated reality competition show that minted chef Gordon Ramsay as a breakout television star, and not just a renowned chef. Renewed for seasons 17 and 18 by Fox, each season features a class of ambitious chefs, who must enter a series of grueling challenges and dinner services, to compete for a head chef position at one of Chef Ramsay’s portfolio of restaurants. Contestants are split into two teams and rewarded or punished after completing each challenge. Throughout the show, they must endure Chef Ramsay’s candid and often times scathing and shouty critiques that live up to the show’s name.

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Waterkeeper Alliance

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Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone

Director

Taken as a whole, Oliver Stone’s career is one of the most influential in modern film. The two-time Academy Award-winning director inspired a generation of filmmakers with classics like “Wall Street,” “JFK,” “Natural Born Killers,” and “Born On the Fourth of July.” Often provocative, Oliver’s films have pushed the envelope on representations of American politics and war. His 1986 film “Platoon” ranked #83 on AFI’s “100 Years … 100 Movies” poll and won the Oscars for both Best Picture and Best Director. His most recent film “Snowden” tackled the polemics of hacking and cyber snooping by focusing on controversial former CIA employee Edward Snowden.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Modern Family

Modern Family

Television Show

“Modern Family” is the sitcom that could only happen in America. ABC’s award-winning comedy follows patriarch Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill) and his extended brood of quirky, lovable relatives as they redefine what it means to be a family. With an ensemble cast of talented and hilarious actors, including Sofia Vergara as Jay’s much-younger Colombian wife Gloria and Ty Burrell as “cool dad” Phil Dunphy, “Modern Family” has remained a critical and commercial hit since it first debuted in 2009. Since then the show has won five Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series. On March 3, 2016, “Modern Family” was renewed for an eighth season.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick

Actress-Author

From the stage to the screen, Anna Kendrick’s performances have earned her praise from fans and critics alike. First drawn to musical theater, she received a Tony nomination in 1998 for Best Actress for her role in the Broadway musical “High Society.” Her diverse screen credits since her stage debut have included the crime drama “End of Watch,” the cult fantasy “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,” and the musical comedy “Pitch Perfect.” In 2009, she appeared alongside George Clooney in the film “Up in the Air.” Her performance garnered her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. On November 15 Anna will release her memoir, Scrappy Little Nobody.

Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick

Actress

For seven years on television, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson was the quintessential tough-as-nails police investigator. And no other actor could have brought the role its dramatic heft like Kyra Sedgwick. The New York-born actress received several awards for her performance on TNT’s “The Closer,” including a Golden Globe in 2007 and an Emmy in 2010. Kyra has also appeared in several films, including “Something to Talk About” alongside Julia Roberts and “Phenomenon” with John Travolta. She currently plays a comedic twist on the role that made her famous in the Fox sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

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ACLU of Southern California

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Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow

Screenwriter, Producer

Judd Apatow is a filmmaker best known for a brand of comedy characterized by intense friendships, geeky protagonists, and sometimes filthy humor. Over the last decade, he has produced a string of hits that have dominated the box office, among them “Knocked Up,” “40-Year-Old Virgin,” and “This is 40.” His work has won a handful of awards including an Emmy for “The Ben Stiller Show,” a Hollywood Comedy Award, and an AFI Award for the film “Bridesmaids.” In 2007 he was ranked number one on Entertainment Weekly’s “Top 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.”

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Sausage Party

Sausage Party

Comedy Film

"Sausage Party," the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they leave the grocery store. The film's vocal talents reads like a who’s who of today’s funniest stars – Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek.

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Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman is a writer and activist best known for her memoir, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, which inspired the Netflix series. Her best-selling book chronicles her arrest on felony money-laundering charges and subsequent sentence at a minimum security prison in rural Connecticut. Following her release from prison in 2010, Piper’s memoir was used as the basis for Netflix’s hugely popular series. Through four seasons, the critically acclaimed show has won 12 Emmys and has become Netflix’s most-watched original series. Piper is now a prison reform advocate and serves on the board of directors of the Women’s Prison Association.

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Joel McHale

Joel McHale

TV Show

Joel McHale is one of the most sought after comedians and actors in the industry. McHale recently wrapped his twelfth and final season of E!’s The Soup in which he satirized pop culture and current events. He is also best known for his starring role on the hit comedy series Community, which wrapped its sixth season on Yahoo after five seasons on NBC. McHale can most recently be seen on Fox’s revival of The X-Files, where he plays a conservative news anchor. He also continues to perform his stand-up act around the country to sold-out audiences.

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Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer

Composer, Producer

Hans Zimmer is an Academy Award-winning composer and producer, best known for his film scores, which include “The Lion King,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, and “Gladiator.” Born in Germany in 1957, Hans grew up playing piano at an early age. By the late ‘70s he was performing in the new wave band The Buggles, that produced the hit song “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Hans would incorporate new wave influences into his later film scores. In 1994, Hans composed the score for the animated film “The Lion King,” which would eventually earn him an Academy Award for Best Original Score, a Golden Globe, and two Grammys. More recently Hans has maintained a creatively and commercially successful relationship with director Christopher Nolan. He composed the music for “Inception,” the “Dark Knight” trilogy, and “Interstellar,” which earned him another Oscar nomination.

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Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful

Film

Dracula and Frankenstein; Jekyll and Hyde; werewolves, witches, and Satan himself. Popular fiction’s most diabolical characters converge in Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” a horror drama from executive producer Sam Mendes. Starring Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, and a stellar cast of supporting actors, the show follows a group of enigmatic heroes as they battle a dark underworld of demons, black magic, and history’s most frightful literary legends. The first season debuted in 2014 to rave reviews and quickly acquired a cult following. The series recently concluded after three acclaimed seasons on Showtime.

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Mark Boone Junior

Mark Boone Junior

Actor

Mark Boone Junior is a prolific actor who has appeared in more than 70 films and television shows, including “Batman Begins,” “The Thin Red Line,” and most notably FX’s crime drama series “Sons of Anarchy.” For seven seasons, he played Bobby Munson, the intelligent bookkeeper for the Sons of Anarchy motorcycle gang. He has also made memorable guest appearances in classic shows such as “Seinfeld” and” “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” In 2016 Mark played Rev. Walthall in the critically acclaimed historical drama “The Birth of a Nation.”

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Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen

Actress

From the stage to the screen, Emmy and Golden Globe-award winning actress Debbie Allen has created some of the most enduring characters — and choreography — of all time. Perhaps most famous for her role as Lydia Grant in the film and television versions of “Fame,” Debbie earned multiple Emmys for her work as the show’s principal choreographer. Her long list of Broadway credits includes West Side Story and Sweet Charity and she directed a production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 2008. Today, a new generation of fans recognize her as Catherine Avery on “Grey’s Anatomy.” A passionate proponent of the arts, Debbie is a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

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The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory

TV Show

Created by legendary television show runners Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, CBS’ Emmy award-winning series  "The Big Bang Theory" is an award-winning comedy series that consistently ranks at the top of the Nielsen charts. Every week, tens of millions of viewers tune-in to watch an awkward-but-beloved group of young scientists navigate love and life with humor. The ninth season of “The Big Bang Theory” led by actor Jim Parsons will premiere this fall.

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Jane The Virgin

Jane The Virgin

TV Show

From executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman comes “Jane the Virgin,” The CW’s comedy about a young woman whose life gets turned upside down by a not-so-immaculate conception. Twenty-something Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) is a hard-working Latina and devout Catholic who finds herself accidentally artificially inseminated with her boss’ baby. A send-up of over-the-top Latin telenovelas, “Jane the Virgin” has received critical acclaim from reviewers. In its first season in 2014, the show was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. The third season of “Jane the Virgin” is set to premiere on October 17, 2016.

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Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho

Comedian, Actress

Margaret Cho is a comedian, actress, and social rights activist who has long been one of comedy’s most outspoken boundary breakers. Her routines, which are often raw and explicit, tackle LGBT lifestyles, eating disorders, drug abuse, and her own sexual abuse. Margaret’s groundbreaking tour “I’m the One That I Want” detailed her struggles as an Asian-American woman in Hollywood, which was named Performance of the Year by New York Magazine. Recently, she released the Grammy-nominated album “American Myth” for Best Comedy Album. Off stage, Margaret is heavily active in anti-racism, anti-bullying, and gay rights campaigns.

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Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Actor

Richard Schiff is an actor who has appeared in well over 100 films and television shows.  Known for his intense craft-like approach to his craft, Richard first appeared in small roles in shows like “Cheers,” “LA Law,” and “NYPD Blue.”  In 1999, Richard landed his most memorable role as Toby Ziegler, the White House Communications Director in Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing.”  His performance earned him an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama.  He has also played supporting roles in movies like “Se7en,” “Jurassic Park: The Lost World,” and “Ray.”  Richard is currently on the National Advisory Board of the Council for a Livable World.

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Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

Movie

The sci-fi classic "Ghostbusters" is being rebooted with an all-new cast of ghoul fighters, and this time Slimer doesn’t stand a chance. When an evil demon descends on New York City, it’s up to paranormal experts Erin and Abby (Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy), batty nuclear engineer Jillian (Kate McKinnon), and subway worker Patty (Leslie Jones) to save the day. With a cast including Chris Hemsworth as the Ghostbusters' receptionist Kevin, Andy Garcia as the mayor of New York City, and reported cameos from original cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Sigourney Weaver, the film promises to be the summer's most anticipated remake. “Ghostbusters” arrives in theaters on July 15, 2016.

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Bob Balaban

Bob Balaban

Actor, Producer, Writer, Director

Bob Balaban is an actor, producer, writer, and director. He was born into a show-biz family; his Uncle Barney was president of Paramount Pictures for nearly 30 years. In his prolific 50-year career in Hollywood, Bob has appeared in dozens of films, including “Midnight Cowboy” alongside Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voigt, “Catch-22,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Deconstructing Henry,” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” In 2001, he produced “Gosford Park” for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Bob has also been closely associated with the Christopher Guest series of comedies, including “Waiting for Guffman” and “Best in Show.” Their latest collaboration “Mascots” debuted on Netflix in October 2016.

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Alex Gansa

Alex Gansa

Producer

Alex Gansa is a television producer and Emmy-winning writer best known as the creator of the Showtime series “Homeland.” As a writer, Alex has contributed to several popular television shows. In the ‘90s he penned episodes of “The X-Files,” including the fan favorite episode “Fallen Angel” from season one. Alex has also written for the television series “Numb3rs,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “Entourage,” and “24.” In 2011 he created “Homeland,” Showtime’s political thriller starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, for which he won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.

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James Corden

James Corden

Comedian, Actor, TV Personality

Who would you rather sing karaoke in a car with than James Corden? The comedian, actor, writer, and television personality is host of the late-night TV talk show “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on CBS. As a young actor in London, James’ first appearances were on the sketch comedy show “Little Britain” and the sitcom “Gavin & Stacey” for which he won a BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance in 2008. As host of “The Late Late Show,” James welcomes celebrity guests and puts them through his sketch-comedy wringer. His “Carpool Karaoke” segment, in which James has an impromptu sing-along with superstars like Justin Bieber, One Direction, and Adele, is a go-to source of viral videos. “The Late Late Show with James Corden” airs weekdays at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.

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Shameless

Shameless

TV Show

In Showtime’s award-winning black comedy “Shameless,” Frank Gallagher and his brood of misfit children give dysfunctional a whole new meaning. Scruffy patriarch Frank (William H. Macy) plays a can’t be trusted dad whose six children might be better off without him. His eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum) holds a family filled with quirky personalities together. Through six seasons “Shameless” has been hailed for its dark humor and memorable performances, most notably from a supporting cast that includes Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky, and Joan Cusack. In January, Showtime announced the Emmy-winning show would be renewed for a seventh season.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Hip Hop Duo

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are a Seattle-based hip-hop duo from Seattle, Washington. Their first single “Thrift Shop” released in 2013 became one of the greatest sleeper hits of all time. The frugality-advocating anthem has sold over ten million copies in the U.S. alone, making it one of the best-selling digital singles ever. In 2014, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won four Grammys, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album (“The Heist”). The pair have also received critical acclaim for their social activism in the single “Same Love,” whose lyrics champion marriage equality for same-sex couples. On February 26, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will drop their highly anticipated second album “This Unruly Mess I've Made.”

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John Lithgow

John Lithgow

Actor

John Lithgow is an actor, musician, and author whose comedic and dramatic roles have proven him to be one of this generation’s most versatile performers on screen and on stage. His Broadway debut in 1973’s production of The Changing Room earned him two Tony Awards for Best Actor. He has since appeared in dozens of roles on stage, television, and film. He is perhaps best known for playing Dick Solomon in the sitcom “3rd Rock from the Sun” and serial killer Arthur Mitchell in “Dexter,” as well as his performances in popular movies like “The World According to Garp,” “Harry and the Hendersons,” and “Interstellar.” John’s latest role is Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Netflix’s “The Crown.”

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Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon

Actress

Susan Sarandon is an Academy Award-winning actress best known for her roles in films like “Bull Durham” and “Thelma and Louise.” Following a breakout performance in the 1975 cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” she appeared in several popular movies including “Lorenzo’s Oil” and “The Client.” In 1995 she won Best Actress for her role as Sister Helen Prejean in “Dead Man Walking.” An outspoken activist and lifelong supporter of progressive causes, Susan has campaigned for several charities that fight for social, environmental, and economic justice.

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Snowden

Snowden

Film

“Snowden” is an upcoming political thriller based on the life and career of Edward Snowden, the controversial former CIA employee who leaked top secret information to the media about NSA practices. Directed by Academy Award-winner Oliver Stone (“Platoon” and “JFK”), “Snowden” confronts audiences with the unavoidable question: How far are we willing to go to reveal the truth? And at what cost? The highly anticipated film is based on the books, The Snowden Files by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden and Shailene Woodley as his girlfriend Lindsay Mills, “Snowden” arrives in theaters on September 16, 2016.

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Noah Galloway

Noah Galloway

Former Military

On Christmas Eve 2005, Noah Galloway woke up in a German hospital and instantly knew nothing would ever be the same. Five days earlier, the U.S. Army Sergeant was the victim of an IED attack while on tour in Iraq. The explosion ripped apart the entire left side of his body, forcing doctors to amputate an arm and a leg. Noah’s injuries threatened to derail his life, but he  refused to let the event define his future. He is now a highly sought-after personal trainer and public speaker. He has appeared on numerous talk shows, including “Ellen” and “The Today Show.” Last year he took third place on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Noah recently created the No Excuses Charitable Fund, which raises money for organizations that mean the most to him, including Operation Enduring Warrior and the YMCA of Alabaster, Alabama. Noah’s memoir Living with No Excuses: The Remarkable Rebirth of an American Soldier will be published in August 2016.

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Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

Actor, Writer, Producer, Comedian

Mindy Kaling served as an Emmy-nominated writer and actress on NBC's The Office. She is the creator and star of her own FOX show, The Mindy Project. Mindy also serves as a co-executive producer, director and writer of several of the show's episodes. She was nominated five consecutive times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series as a producer of The Office.

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Matthew Rhys

Matthew Rhys

Actor

It only took a small role as Elvis Presley in a high school play and Matthew Rhys was hooked. Soon after, the Cardiff native enrolled at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, spending the beginning of his career on stage and in small tv productions including the 1997 psychological drama “House of America.” Matthew’s big break came in 2006 when he was cast as Kevin Walker in the long-running ABC family drama “Brothers & Sisters.” Matthew currently plays Philip Jennings in the FX drama “The Americans” about a KGB couple living undercover in the United States during the Reagan administration. For his work on the series Matthew has been nominated three years in a row for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Actor.

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Family Guy

Family Guy

TV Show

“Family Guy” is not a typical family. The dimwitted patriarch, Peter Griffin, has a blood feud with a chicken. Youngest son Stewie is a toddler/super villain. Meg is the outcast daughter. And Brian is the family dog with a drinking problem. It’s all par for the course on FOX’s obscenely hilarious (and sometimes just plain obscene) animated series. Debuting in 1999, “Family Guy” was the brainchild of creator, director, writer and star Seth MacFarlane. For 14 seasons the adult cartoon sitcom has shocked, thrilled, and bewildered viewers with its subversive humor and meta gags. The show has been nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and has won three. In 2009, it was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, the first time an animated series was nominated for the award since “The Flintstones” in 1961. “Family Guy’s” 14th season finale airs on May 22, 2016, on FOX.

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Mike Myers

Mike Myers

Actor and Comedian

Whether he’s playing a randy super-spy or a lovable but misunderstood ogre, Mike Myers has created some of comedy’s most enduring characters. The Canadian comedian was one of the headlining stars of “Saturday Night Live” in the early ‘90s, writing and appearing in several recurring skits, including “Wayne’s World” and “Coffee Talk.” After leaving “SNL” in 1995, Mike starred in “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.” The James Bond parody was a massive success, spawning two sequels and countless viral catchphrases. Mike is also the voice of Shrek from Dreamworks’ animated fairytale franchise. In 2013 he made his directorial debut with the documentary film “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.”

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Mozart In The Jungle

Mozart In The Jungle

Amazon TV Series

“Mozart in the Jungle” is Amazon’s award-winning dramedy from executive producers Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola. The show follows an ensemble cast that includes a young oboe player (Lola Kirke), a retiring maestro (Malcolm McDowell), and a beleaguered manager (Bernadette Peters). The plot turns around the arrival of a young, eccentric new conductor Rodrigo De Souza, played by Gael Garcia Bernal in a Golden Globe-winning performance. Burnishing Amazon’s reputation as a premium network, “Mozart in the Jungle” received a 2016 Golden Globe for Best Comedy Television Series and was recently renewed for a third season.

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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates

Actress

Memphis-born actress Kathy Bates is an Academy Award-winning star of the stage and screen, who is best known for her performance as Annie Wilkes, a psychotic fan in the 1990 film adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel “Misery.” An accomplished Broadway star, Kathy received a Tony Award nomination in 1983 for her stage role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play ‘night, Mother. She has also played key roles in classic films such as “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Titanic,” and “About Schmidt.” Most recently Kathy won an Emmy for her role as serial killer Delphine LaLaurie on FX’s “American Horror Story.”

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Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen

Actor

Martin Sheen has carved a singular career in Hollywood. Born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estevez, he has appeared in dozens of films, including “Gandhi,” “Wall Street,” “JFK,” and “Apocalypse Now” for which he was nominated for a BAFTA. His most recognized role thus far has been President Josiah Bartlet on NBC’s acclaimed television drama “The West Wing.” More recently Martin has played the role of Ben Parker in 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and its sequel in 2014. He is also the patriarch of an acting dynasty. Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez are his sons. Offscreen, Martin has been a lifelong political activist and contributor to charitable causes.

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William Shatner

William Shatner

Actor, Comedian

The original captain of the Starship Enterprise, William Shatner has been a TV idol and Hollywood iconoclast for more than 50 years. The Canadian actor, singer, author, comedian, and spoken word performer became a cultural icon in the ‘60s for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in Gene Roddenberry’s original “Star Trek” series. With a famous staccato delivery, William took popular science fiction where no man has gone before. He has appeared in over 20 films including “Miss Congeniality” and “Dodgeball” as well as seven “Star Trek” movies. More recently he appeared as attorney Denny Crane in the ABC drama “Boston Legal” for which he won two Emmys and a Golden Globe Award. Throughout his career, William has remained a major supporter of charitable organizations. In 2006, he sold his kidney stone for $25,000 to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

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Masterminds

Masterminds

Film

“Masterminds” is an action-comedy based on the notorious 1997 Loomis Fargo Robbery in North Carolina. Directed by Jared Hess of “Napoleon Dynamite,” the film follows a sweet but hapless protagonist David Ghantt, played by Zach Galifianakis. He makes his living driving an armored vehicle. The only bright spot of his day is his work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Despite an absurdly faulted heist executed by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson), the criminals manage to pull it off, stealing $17 million. Double crossing, lavish spending, and a chase result with many improvised scenes and antics along the way with a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis) and a police officer (Leslie Jones). “Masterminds” will open in theaters everywhere on September 30, 2016.

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The Shallows

The Shallows

Film and TV Entertainment

Gaining online buzz, “The Shallows” is a survival film on its way to becoming summer’s sleeper hit. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the film stars Blake Lively, who plays pro surfer Nancy Adams. While riding the waves at a secluded beach, Nancy encounters a Great White Shark, which leaves her stranded on a tiny rock, 200 yards from shore. To get back to the beach, she must gather her courage and resources to face nature’s most ferocious predator. Co-starring Óscar Jaenada and Brett Cullen, Columbia Pictures’ “The Shallows” swims into theaters on Friday, June 24.

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Woody Allen

Woody Allen

Actor, Comedian

One of cinema’s master auteurs, Woody Allen is a comedian, writer, and director of some of the most iconic movies of his generation. After a successful career as a joke writer for Ed Sullivan and “The Tonight Show,” Woody became a stand-up comic, soon developing his signature caricature of a neurotic intellectual seeking attention from the opposite sex. From early slapstick comedies “Sleeper” to critically acclaimed films  (“Annie Hall,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” and “Blue Jasmine”),  Woody has been praised for capturing poignant and hilarious depictions of modern relationships. Over the course of his illustrious career, he has won four Academy Awards, three of which were for Best Original Screenplay, and nine BAFTAs. His most recent film “Cafe Society” debuts in theaters everywhere on July 15, 2016.

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John Travolta

John Travolta

Actor

John Travolta is an actor, dancer, and singer, whose dynamic performances have endeared him to audiences for over 40 years. The New Jersey-born actor broke out in 1975 with his role as the Italian heartthrob Vinnie Barbarino in the TV series “Welcome Back, Kotter.” He also had a hit single, "Let Her In", which peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July 1976. But it was the disco phenomenon “Saturday Night Fever” that cemented John’s status as a triple-threat talent. His renowned dancing abilities carried through to other iconic roles, including Danny Zuko in “Grease” and later Vincent Vega in Quentin Tarantino’s landmark “Pulp Fiction.” Following his resurgence in the early ‘90s, Travolta became one of the most bankable A-listers in Hollywood.

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Empire

Empire

TV Show

Family and fortune collide in FOX’s “Empire,” a hip-hop soap opera created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The show centers on Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a former drug dealer turned music mogul as he navigates rivals, greedy family members, and a vindictive ex-wife (Taraji P. Henson in a Golden Globe-winning role). Co-starring Bryshere Y. Gray, Gabourey Sidibe, and Xzibit, “Empire” was a hit from the moment it premiered in 2015. Over 17 million viewers tuned in to the first season’s finale, making “Empire” the only show in the history of the Nielsen ratings to gather a bigger audience with each episode. “Empire” is currently in its third season.

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Mary Kay Place

Mary Kay Place

Actress, Screenwriter, Director & Singer

Mary Kay Place is an actress, screenwriter, director, and singer who is best known for her role on the classic television show “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.” As the wannabe country music star Loretta Haggers, Mary won the 1977 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She also earned a Grammy nomination for her spinoff musical album “Tonite! At the Capri Lounge Loretta Haggers.” Mary has appeared in dozens of other films and shows, including “The Big Chill,” “My So Called Life,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” In addition to her acting, Mary has also written scripts for several TV comedies like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “M*A*S*H.”

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Orange Is The New Black

Orange Is The New Black

Netflix Series

Netflix’s original series “Orange is the New Black” established the streaming content provider as a creator of premium content and forever changed the way audiences watch (and binge) television. For its much lauded first season, “OITNB” followed privileged New Yorker Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) as she is convicted of drug smuggling and sent to Litchfield Penitentiary. Now entering its fifth season, the show explores the personal histories of Litchfield’s diverse inmates, including Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren (Uzo Aduba) and Nicky Nichols (Natasha Lyonne). “Orange is the New Black” has received numerous accolades in the past few years, including 16 Emmy nominations. The highly anticipated fifth season of “OITNB” will premiere in its entirety on Netflix on Friday, June 9th, 2017.  

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Tori Kelly

Tori Kelly

Singer-Songwriter

Tori Kelly is a singer and multi-instrumentalist, who wrote, produced, and recorded her first EP “Handmade Songs” in her bedroom and released it on her very own label. It climbed the top 10 of the Heatseekers Albums chart and was followed by the album “Unbreakable Smile” in 2015. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and eventually earned Tori a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Over the past year and a half, Tori headlined a 32-city, sold-out U.S. tour, and supported Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith on tour. Combined, her songs and albums have sold nearly 1.5 million in the U.S. Next up, Tory will lend her talents to NBC’s “The Voice” as a music advisor.

 

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Seth Green

Seth Green

Actor, Writer, Producer

Seth Green is an actor, writer, and director whose career has been defined by comic performances both in front of and behind the camera. First as a child star in Jell-O commercials and later as the surly teenage son of Dr. Evil in the “Austin Power” movies, Seth launched a career in film, including “Can’t Hardly Wait,” “Enemy of the State,” and “The Italian Job.” Since 1999 Seth has provided the voice of Chris on Fox’s “Family Guy.” He is also the creator, producer, and co-writer of “Robot Chicken” on Adult Swim. In 2014 he became the voice of Leonardo in Nickelodeon’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Seth also supports foundations like Amnesty International and the ACLU.

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Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher

Actress

Blessed with one of Hollywood’s most distinctive voices, Fran Drescher is best known for her Emmy-winning performance as Fran Fine in the television sitcom “The Nanny.” Co-created with her then-husband Peter Marc Jacobs, the show ran for seven years on CBS, earning 12 Emmy nominations and turning Fran into a household name. The Queens-born actress has also appeared in several notable films, including “Saturday Night Fever” and “This is Spinal Tap.” Fran is the author of Cancer Schmancer, which details her struggle with uterine cancer and subsequent hysterectomy. In 2007, seven years after her operation, Fran launched the Cancer Schmancer Movement, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising cancer awareness.

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Peter Coyote

Peter Coyote

Actor

Possessing a dulcet tone and gravitas, actor and writer Peter Coyote has become one of cinema’s most cherished voiceover actors. He has won two Primetime Emmy Awards: one for his narration of the PBS series “The Pacific Century,” and most recently for Ken Burns’ 2015 documentary “The Roosevelts.” A counterculture activist in the ‘60s, Peter acted in traveling stage troupes before transitioning to films in the ‘80s and ‘90s. He has since appeared in more than 120 films, including “E.T. the Extra-terrestrial,” “Erin Brockovich,” and “A Walk to Remember.” In 2015 Peter released his memoir, The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular Education.

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Kevin Nealon

Kevin Nealon

Actor, Comedian

Possessing a dry wit and an impeccable sense of timing, Kevin Nealon got his break on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” which subsequently landed him on the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in 1984. For the next ten years he would create some of the show’s most memorable characters, including “Hans and Franz” with Dana Carvey and “The Subliminal Man.” He would also be selected to anchor “Weekend Update.” Since “SNL” Kevin has appeared in more than two dozen films, including “Roxanne,” “Happy Gilmore,” and “The Wedding Singer.” Outside of comedy, Kevin is a vegetarian and animal activist and supports several charities, among them PETA, Farm Sanctuary, and The Amanda Foundation.

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John Savage

John Savage

Actor, Producer

John Savage is an actor, producer, and activist whose star-turning performance in the 1978 war film “The Deer Hunter” led to a successful career. With Robert de Niro and Christopher Walken, John played one of three men sent to Vietnam at the height of the war. The film became an instant classic and is often cited as a masterpiece of American cinema. John has since appeared in dozens of films and television shows, including “The Onion Field,” “Hair,” “Salvador,” and Fox’s “Dark Angel.” Off screen, John is a social rights activist. In the early ‘90s he put his career on hold to work alongside Nelson Mandela in the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.

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Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez

For anyone growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Mario Lopez will forever be in our hearts as endearing jock A.C. Slater from the classic high school series “Saved by the Bell,” where he sported a curly mullet, a mischievous smile, and some serious biceps. After a detour as a fan favorite on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” Mario has pivoted from acting and has built a successful career as a sought-after television host. He was the face of the third season of “The X Factor” and since 2008 has served as the weekday and weekend anchor of the entertainment news show “Extra.”

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Frank Cooper III

Frank Cooper III

Frank Cooper III is the former Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Creative Officer at BuzzFeed, which is redefining online advertising with its social, content-driven publishing technology. Cooper served on The ACLU Board of Directors for more than a decade after clerking for Judge Stephen Reinhardt. His strong commitment to social justice is apparent in his work. Prior to BuzzFeed, Cooper served as CMO of Global Consumer Engagement for PepsiCo, Inc. He created the NAACP Award-Winning "We Inspire" program. He was instrumental in the first Super Bowl commercial produced by a minority agency and was involved in the documentary "Latinos Living the American Dream." His Pepsi Refresh Project awarded $20 million in grants to individuals, businesses and non-profits. Cooper serves on the Board of Directors for Business for Diplomatic Action. Prior to Pepsi, Cooper worked Tommy Boy, Motown, Def Jam, and America Online, Inc.

 

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Willie Garson

Willie Garson

Actor

A prolific character actor, Willie Garson has appeared in over 150 movies and television shows. While he is perhaps most recognized as Stanford Blatch, Carrie’s gay best friend, in HBO’s “Sex and the City,” his impressive filmography includes notable roles in three Farrelly Brothers movies: “Kingpin,” “There's Something About Mary,” and “Fever Pitch.” He has also appeared in several classic shows, including “Quantum Leap,” “Friends,” “The X-Files,” and “Ally McBeal.” From 2009 to 2014, Willie he played Mozzie, a career criminal, on the USA Network series “White Collar.”

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Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone

Actress, Producer

Alicia Silverstone is the best-selling author of The Kind Diet and her latest book The Kind Mama, and founder of TheKindLife.com. She has recently collaborated with Garden of Life to create mykind Organics, a new line of innovative, organic, whole food supplements. Best known for her generation-defining turn in the film "Clueless," Alicia continues to work steadily in film, television, and theater. She is a dedicated activist on behalf of humans and our planet.

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Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy

Writer, Director, and Producer

Ryan Murphy is a writer, director, and producer best known for creating several popular television shows, including “Nip/Tuck,” “Glee,” and “American Horror Story.” After beginning his career as a journalist, Ryan found success in scriptwriting. In 1999 he co-created the WB series “Popular.” Just four years later he created “Nip/Tuck,” FX’s drama about plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills. In 2009 alongside Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, Ryan co-created “Glee,” drawing from his own personal high school experiences. The show ran for six seasons on Fox and earned Ryan an Emmy for Best Direction. Shows currently under Ryan’s supervision include the Anthology series “American Horror Story” and the critically acclaimed “American Crime Story.”

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Miss America Pageant

Miss America Pageant

Style

For nearly a century, the Miss America competition has been a talked about event that has inspired some of pop culture’s most unforgettable moments. The pageant has also become an indicator of changing American standards of female achievement. The competition asks contestants from every U.S. state to impress judges in multiple categories, including talent, beauty, intellect, and poise. The winner isn’t just crowned Miss America. They also become an ambassador of goodwill, community service, and public outreach. The 96th annual Miss America pageant will air live on ABC from Atlantic City, New Jersey, on September 11, 2016.

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Lynette Howell Taylor

Lynette Howell Taylor

Producer

UK-born Lynette Howell Taylor is an independent producer who has produced feature films, documentaries, television, digital content and theatre for the past 15 years. Lynette co-founded the production company Electric City Entertainment alongside Jamie Patricof. In October 2016, Warner Bros. will release her latest film "The Accountant," directed by Gavin O’Connor and starring Academy Award-winners Ben Affleck and JK Simmons. In July 2016, Bleecker Street Media released her film "Captain Fantastic," written and directed by Matt Ross and starring Academy Award-nominee Viggo Mortensen. Lynette is currently producing "Unicorn Store" to be directed by Academy Award-winner Brie Larson, who will also star, as well as the HBO miniseries "American Lion" based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of President Andrew Jackson and starring multi Oscar-winner Sean Penn.

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So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance

Reality TV Dance Show

“So You Think You Can Dance” is Fox’s Emmy-winning dance competition that showcases the world’s best dancers as they contend for a cash prize and the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer.” Hosted by the statuesque and witty Cat Deeley, the tv show is regularly one of the highest rated reality programs and has won seven Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography. Now in its twelfth season, “So You Think You Can Dance” is shaking things up with a brand new slate of judges, including R&B stars Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo, and a new “Street vs. Stage” format that pits dancers of all styles against the most unlikely of opponents.

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Keep It Clean A Live Comedy

Keep It Clean: A Live Comedy

Comedy & Entertainment Event

Keep It Clean®: A Live Comedy to Benefit Waterkeeper Alliance features some of the best-known names in comedy, all performing in support of Waterkeeper’s work to ensure clean water worldwide. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the second annual Keep It Clean® takes place April 21 in Los Angeles, featuring performances and appearances by Wanda Sykes, Ray Romano, Tig Notaro, Nick Kroll, Kate Walsh, J.B. Smoove, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and more. This year’s event builds on the excitement of the inaugural Keep it Clean®, which brought together comedy greats plus an online campaign of digital shorts to keep the masses laughing in support of clean water.

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The Bold and the Beautiful

The Bold and the Beautiful

TV Show

Now in its 30th season, “The Bold and the Beautiful” has enthralled soap opera fans with its unforgettable characters and shocking storylines. Set in the glamorous world of Los Angeles, “B&B” follows the powerful Forrester family as they build (and defend) their fashion empire. The show has won an incredible 31 Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series in 2016.

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Debra Martin Chase

Debra Martin Chase

Film Producer

Debra Martin Chase is an Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning television and motion picture producer whose company, Martin Chase Productions, was affiliated with the Walt Disney Company from 2001 to 2016.  She was the first African American female producer to have a deal at a major studio. Ms. Chase has produced dozens of beloved films, including “The Princess Diaries”, “Just Wright”, “Courage Under Fire”, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and “The Cheetah Girls”. Her television credits include the Emmy winning “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”, and the Oscar and Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning documentary “Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream”. Among her numerous awards and honors, in 2007, 2008 and 2009, Ebony Magazine named Ms. Chase one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in America. In December 2012, Black Enterprise Magazine named her one of the Ten Most Bankable African American Movie Producers in Hollywood based upon worldwide box office, the only woman on the list. In 2013, she was awarded the Entertainment Award by the Trumpet Awards Foundation for her career achievements. In 2015, she was similarly honored by the African American Film Critics’ Association with its Ashley Boone Award. Ms. Chase is a member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Culture Club

Culture Club

Rockband

Boy George’s New Wave band, Culture Club played a leading role in the British pop explosion of the 1980s. With Boy George on vocals, Roy Hay on guitar, Mikey Craig on bass, and Jon Moss on drums, the band released a string of six top-ten singles in the U.S., including "Karma Chameleon," "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," "I'll Tumble 4 Ya," and "Church of the Poison Mind." Their second album “Colour by Numbers” was ranked number 96 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Best Albums of the ‘80s. In all, the band has sold over 50 million records. On February 20, 2016, Boy George and Culture Club will headline the IHeart80s Party at the Forum in Los Angeles.

Laurie Collyer

Laurie Collyer

Director, Writer

Laurie Collyer is a director and writer based in New York City. After graduating from NYU’s film school, Laurie wrote and directed the 2006 drama “Sherrybaby” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film received widespread critical praise with Maggie earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. In 2013, Laurie was nominated for Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival for “Sunlight Jr.,” a drama starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon. Most recently Laurie directed the miniseries “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” with Susan Sarandon, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Kelli Garner. The Lifetime biopic was nominated for three Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

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Free State of Jones

Free State of Jones

Film

“Free State of Jones” is an upcoming historical drama starring Matthew McConaughey. In 1862, during the height of the American Civil War, Southern farmer Newton Knight (Matthew) barely survives the infamous Battle of Corinth. “Free State of Jones” is the story of his armed rebellion against the Confederacy, when he led a defiant group of small farmers and slaves in a historic uprising. Written and directed by Gary Ross (“Hunger Games”), the film co-stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell, and Brendan Gleeson. “Free State of Jones” opens everywhere on June 24, 2016.

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Jay Roach

Jay Roach

Award-winning producer/director Jay Roach is one of the most successful comedy filmmakers in motion picture history. He made his feature debut with Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Mike Myers' raucous spoof of 1960s pop culture, and later helmed both of its sequels. He immediately followed these with Meet the Parents, as well as its sequel, Meet the Fockers. The latter was the highest grossing comedy ever made, and paved the way for Roach to lend his talents to projects as a producer. Jay Roach blended his interest in film and politics with film work in three HBO movies, All the Way, about Lyndon Johnson’s first year in office fighting to pass the Civil Rights Act, Recount, which covered the contentious aftermath of the 2000 election pitting George W. Bush against Al Gore, and Game Change, focusing on the tumultuous period when Sarah Palin was Sen. John McCain's running mate.  His feature film Trumbo chronicled Academy-Award winning screenwriter Daulton Trumbo, and his courageous stand during the McCarthy era’s blacklist. 

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Ed Asner

Ed Asner

Actor

Edward Asner has had two significant careers: one as a beloved actor and the other as a tireless advocate for social justice.  Having traveled to countless war-torn countries and given voice to marginalized communities both here and abroad, he has set the standard for celebrity activism. 

 

He is best known for his role as the gruff-but-lovable newsman Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s, on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant. Over the course of nearly 50 years in entertainment, Asner has appeared in well over 300 films and television shows. He portrayed a slave ship captain in Roots, an art smuggler in Hawaii 5-0, Santa Claus in the comedy Elf, and was the voice of Carl Fredricksen in the Oscar-winning Pixar film Up. In all, Asner has won seven Emmy Awards, more than any male actor ever. In addition to acting, Asner served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1981-85.

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Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee

TV Show Host, Comedian

Samantha Bee has the distinction of being the only female host currently on late-night television. She brings her sharply honed political humor to TBS’ Emmy-nominated “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.” After performing as a member of the all-female sketch comedy troupe The Atomic Fireballs, she joined “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in 2003. She would go on to become the show’s longest-serving regular correspondent, exposing the absurdity of countless political views along the way. She is also the author of a book of personal essays I Know I Am, But What Are You?, published in 2010 by Simon and Schuster.

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Liz Tuccillo

Liz Tuccillo

Author, Screenwriter, Producer

Liz Tuccillo’s lessons about love, sex, and romance in modern urban America are some of the most referenced and beloved. She is best known for her work on the Emmy-winning HBO series “Sex and the City,” serving as the writer and executive story editor, and her book He’s Just Not That Into You. The best-selling self-help book won the 2007 Quill Award for Health and Self-Improvement and was turned into a film, starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, and Scarlett Johansson. Liz also created the comedy-drama “Related,” which ran for one season on the WB. In 2014 Liz made her feature-length directorial debut with the romantic comedy “Take Care.”

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Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese

Film Director

A filmmaker and cinema scholar whose career spans nearly 50 years, Martin Scorsese is one of the most beloved and influential directors in American movie history. First with his 1976 masterpiece “Taxi Driver,” Mr. Scorsese has directed several canonized films, including “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” and “Casino.” He has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director a record eight times, finally winning for “The Aviator” in 2004. Mr. Scorsese is a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award. In 2007, he was named the second-greatest director of all time in a poll by Total Film magazine, just behind Alfred Hitchcock. Mr. Scorsese is also the founder of The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to film preservation and the restoration of classic cinema.

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Moira Walley-Beckett

Moira Walley-Beckett

Writer & Producer

Moira Walley-Beckett is a writer, producer and actress best known for her work on AMC's drama "Breaking Bad." Following a successful career as an actress in which she appeared in shows like "21 Jump Street," "MacGyver," and "Highlander," Moira stepped behind the camera. She joined the new of "Breaking Bad" as a star editor for the second season, personally writing several episodes. "Ozymandias," which she wrote for the show's final season, has since been deemed one of the greatest episodes of television ever broadcast. In 2014 it won her an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series. Next year Moira will debut her new series "Anne," based on the classic novel Anne of Green Gables.

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ID

ID

Company

ID is a full-service publicity agency that represents hundreds of high-profile clients. Established in 1993 as a boutique firm, ID has become the agency on record for the world’s leading actors, musicians, brands, and companies. ID’s innovative, highly customized teams are designed to bring forth the best level of experience and expertise to drive measurable results. These hybrid teams ensure that the most creative approach is taken when addressing the client's goals as they relate to branding, communication, and media. Notable ID clients include Ben Stiller, Alicia Keys, Paul Reubens, Tiffany & Co., and Nintendo.

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Naomi Foner

Naomi Foner

Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal is a director, producer, screenwriter, and mother to actors Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal. After graduating from Columbia University, Naomi joined the crew of “The Electric Light Company” as a producer on the children’s sketch show. In 1988 she wrote the screenplay for “Running on Empty,” starring River Phoenix, Judd Hirsch, and Martha Plimpton. The critically acclaimed drama earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. She has since written several scripts including “Losing Isaiah,” “A Dangerous Woman,” and “Bee Season.” In 2013 she made her directorial debut with “Very Good Girls,” starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen.

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Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor

Actor

Jeffrey Tambor is an American actor best known for his comedic performances in shows like “Arrested Development” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” Born and raised in San Francisco, Jeffrey began his career as a prolific television actor. Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s he appeared in popular TV shows like “MASH,” “Three’s Company,” “The Golden Girls,” and “Taxi.” Most recently Jeffrey has assumed his most critically acclaimed role as Maura Pfefferman, a divorced transgender man on Amazon’s “Transparent.” His performance earned the 2015 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in the show’s first season.

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Mike Medavoy

Mike Medavoy

With 17 of his films nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, Mike Medavoy is without a doubt one of Hollywood’s most successful film executives. Mike began his career as an agent at Universal Studios in 1965. Within 10 years he was hired as Senior Vice President of production, where he played an integral part in the release of three straight Best Picture winners: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” (1975), “Rocky” (1976), and “Annie Hall” (1977). In 1990 Mike co-founded Phoenix Pictures. As CEO, he has brought several hit films to the big screen including “Black Swan,” “Shutter Island, “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Zodiac,” and “The Thin Red Line.” Mike is also heavily involved in charity work and community development. He currently sits on the board of several organizations, including the Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles and USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy.

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John Avildsen

John Avildsen

Director

Underdogs everywhere have a champion in John G. Avildsen. The Oscar-winning director has created some of American cinema’s most inspirational films, including three “Karate Kid” movies and “Rocky,” for which he won the 1977 Academy Award for Best Director. He also directed “Lean On Me” about an inner-city school teacher fighting for reform and the biographical bull-riding drama “8 Seconds.” A lifelong civil liberties activist, John directed the 1982 Oscar-nominated short documentary ”Traveling Hopefully,” a portrait of ACLU co-founder Roger Baldwin. He is also the subject of a newly published biography John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdog.

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Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

Actor

As Captain B.J. Hunnicutt on the beloved television series “M*A*S*H,” actor Mike Farrell created one of the show’s most memorable characters. For eight years Captain Hunnicutt was a talented surgeon and the famed 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital’s resident moral compass. Viewers quickly fell in love with Mike’s performance, which culminated in the most-watched finale of any television series in American history. Following the conclusion of “M*A*S*H” in 1983, Mike starred in several other series including “Providence,” “Desperate Housewives,” and “Law & Order: SVU.” He is a lifelong activist and has served as a co-chair of the California Human Rights Watch, among other positions. In 2007 he published his autobiography, Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist.

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Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone

Comedian

A fixture on the standup comedy scene for over 30 years, Paula Poundstone has a quip for just about everything. After catching the attention of Robin Williams in the early ‘80s, Paula performed her signature style of witty, observational humor on “Saturday Night Live.” It turned out to be a breakout performance that would result in a hugely successful career in comedy. She has previously won the American Comedy Award for "Best Female Standup Comic” and was named to Comedy Central's top 100 greatest stand-ups of all time. She is a regular panelist on “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” NPR’s weekly news quiz radio show.

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Megan Mullally

Megan Mullally

Actress

Few actors are known for their ear-piercing laugh. Megan Mullally made that her trademark in her role as Karen Walker on NBC’s “Will & Grace.” For eight seasons, she played an unfiltered assistant opposite Debra Messing and earned seven consecutive Emmy Award nominations, winning three times in 2001, 2002, and 2003. She has also been a regular scene-stealing guest star on “30 Rock” and “Parks and Recreation.” In the latter, she played the ex-wife of Ron Swanson, played by Nick Offerman in her husband in real life. Megan is also an accomplished singer and a classically trained ballet dancer. In 2012 she formed the band Nancy and Beth with Stephanie Hunt. The duo is set to release a new album in 2016.

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Spectre

Spectre

Film

In “Spectre” the 24th installment of the James Bond film series, 007 (Daniel Craig) receives a mysterious message from the deceased former head of the British Secret Service that throws  the famed spy into an international conspiracy. Co-starring Christoph Waltz as the villainous Blofeld, Léa Seydoux as his romantic interest Dr. Madeleine Swann, former wrestler Dave Bautista as the hulking Mr. Hinx, and Ralph Fiennes as M, “Spectre” debuted in the summer of 2015. The film grossed over $880 million worldwide, making it the second most successful Bond movie of all time. In 2016, producer Barbara Broccoli confirmed that production has begun on a sequel, tentatively titled “Bond 25.”

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Women In Film

Women In Film

Non-Profit Media Company

Women In Film (WIF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving equal representation for women in all forms of media. Founded in 1973, WIF uses advocacy and education to promote gender parity on and off screen. WIF provides scholarships, funding, and grants in an effort to encourage creative projects by women in the film industry. Programs include the WIF Legacy Series, documenting the personal and creative worlds of exceptional women in Hollywood and the WIF Mentoring Program, which connects members to the expertise and insight of entertainment industry professionals.

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Equity

Equity

Film

Starring Anna Gunn and directed by Meera Menon, “Equity” proudly declares itself the first female-driven Wall Street movie. Moviegoers will undoubtedly consider it a refreshing counterpoint to recently produced films about corrupt and chauvinist bankers, namely “Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Big Short.” Anna plays a senior investment banker, Naomi Bishop, caught in a web of corruption and deceit. She delivers an intense and suspenseful performance that should satisfy “Breaking Bad” fans who loved her as the disproving and later colluding wife of a drug kingpin. “Equity” opens nationwide on July 29.

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The Bachelor

The Bachelor

TV Show

“The Bachelor,” the long-running reality show is a cultural phenomenon, full of unexpected romance, heated rivalries, dramatic subplots, and fairy tale endings. Hosted by Chris Harrison, the unscripted CBS drama has reigned as one of the most watched reality shows on television for 20 years, spawning several spin-offs including “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise.” This year, in the final episode of season 20 of “The Bachelor,” star Ben Higgins shocked the world when he got down on one knee to propose to winner Lauren Bushnell.

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Monica Ten Kate

Monica Ten-Kate

Monica Ten-Kate, better known as Monica the Medium, is a gifted spirit medium whose abilities to communicate with the dead have earned her an international audience. As a medium, she uses her gift to share messages from lost loved ones and provide healing to those who need it most. A student at Pennsylvania State University, Monica’s struggle to balance a normal life with her supernatural abilities resulted in her own reality series, “Monica the Medium.” The show airs on Monday nights on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) at 10 p.m. EST.

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Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte

Singer, Actor, Social Activist

Harry Belafonte is a singer, actor, and social activist who came to prominence in the late ‘50s for his tropical tempos and high-profile involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Known as The King of Calypso, Harry is credited with popularizing the Caribbean music style with audiences around the world. His breakthrough album “Calypso,” released in 1956, featured his most famous songs. During this time period, Harry became a close ally of Martin Luther King Jr. Together the pair would become leaders in the struggle for African-American equality. In keeping with his lifelong service to public progress, Harry Belafonte is currently the ACLU’s celebrity ambassador for juvenile justice issues.

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Khizr Khan

Khizr Khan

Activist

Khizr Khan, a Pakistani-American lawyer whose son was killed in Iraq, gave one of the most memorable and impassioned speeches at the 2016 Democratic Convention. Joined by his wife Ghazala on stage, he paid tribute to their son, Captain Humayun Khan, while entreating viewers at home to uphold the values of the United States Constitution. The Khans have since become international advocates of peace and liberty while speaking out against Muslim-American bans and attacks.

 

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Jason Stuart

Jason Stuart

Actor, Comedian

An actor, comedian, and LGBT activist, Jason Stuart has been making people laugh with his “Gay Don Rickles” routine since coming out in 1993. He is the national co-chairman of the first-ever SAG LGBT Committee, and has chaired the comedy shows for Lifeworks Mentoring Program for eight years. Jason has also appeared in several television shows, including “Sleepy Hollow,” “Entourage,” “The Closer,” “Will & Grace,” “House,” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Jason was most recently seen in the historical drama “Birth Of A Nation.”

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Peter Landesman

Peter Landesman

Filmmaker

Before becoming a filmmaker, Peter Landesman was an investigative reporter who covered conflicts in Kosovo, Rwanda, and Pakistan. He has since brought his unflinching eye and knack for storytelling to Hollywood. He made his directorial debut in “Parkland,” a film about the JFK assassination and followed it up with a screenwriting credit for “Kill the Messenger,” a story about a CIA coverup of the ‘80s crack epidemic. His most recent film “Concussion,” starring Will Smith, has been hailed as a David vs. Goliath story for the story’s critical take on the NFL. Peter is currently working on features for producers Ridley Scott and Scott Stuber, and an HBO’s adaptation of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

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Denial

Denial

Film

“Denial” is the story of one woman’s fight against bigotry while struggling for proper recognition of the Holocaust. Based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, “Denial” centers on the author and history professor played by Rachel Weisz and her court battle with controversial Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall). When David sues her for libel in an English court, the professor is forced to not only prove the Holocaust actually occurred, but she must also take a stand against the propagation of Neo-Nazism. Directed by Emmy-winner Mick Jackson, “Denial” opens in theaters everywhere on September 25, 2016.

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Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

Actor, Director

Edward James Olmos is an actor, director, activist, and one of Hollywood’s foremost advocates for Latino artists. He has appeared in several notable roles, including Detective Gaff in the sci-fi classic “Blade Runner,” Commander Adama in “Battlestar Galactica,” and public school teacher Jaime Escalante in “Stand and Deliver.” For his portrayal of Escalante, Edward was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1988. Throughout his career Edward has remained dedicated to Latino and Hispanic causes. He is the founder of Latino Public Broadcasting and Latino Literacy Now, and he has served as an international ambassador for UNICEF.

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American Idol

American Idol

TV Show

“American Idol” set out to discover young musical talent and in the process discovered America’s deep well of love for reality singing competitions. The show’s success has spawned dozens of spinoffs, but the original holds a special place in television history. In 2016, the show celebrates its 15th season with the return of country music sensation Keith Urban, jazz musician-turned-actor Harry Connick Jr., and actress and pop star Jennifer Lopez. And of course, no season of “American Idol” would be complete without host Ryan Seacrest’s electric energy. 

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Matthew Weiner

Matthew Weiner

Director

From the offices of Sterling Cooper to the back alleys of New Jersey, Matthew Weiner has engineered some of TV’s most iconic storylines. The award-winning writer, director, and producer is best known as the creator of “Mad Men,” AMC’s hugely popular period drama starring Jon Hamm and January Jones. Set in an advertising agency in the 1960s, the show earned massive critical and commercial acclaim during its seven-season run. It won a record-tying four Emmys for Best Drama Series and has been praised by many as one of the finest TV shows ever filmed. Prior to “Mad Men” Matthew wrote 12 episodes of “The Sopranos,” another classic drama. In 2011, Time magazine listed him as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World.” Next year Matthew will release his first novel, Heather, the Totality.

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Lenny Abrahamson

Lenny Abrahamson

Director

Lenny Abrahamson’s first short film, “3 joes" won the Best European Short Film Award in 1991, and he followed it with his debut feature film “Adam & Paul.” He then made several festival favorites, including 2014’s “Frank,” starring Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal. In 2015, “Room” became his breakout film, earning him an Oscars nod for Best Director and an Oscar for the film’s actress Brie Larson. Fans of his suspenseful and deeply emotional work have several projects to look forward to, including “The Little Stranger, a film based on Sarah Waters’ novel and “Neverhome” based on Laird Hunt’s civil war novel.

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Lawrence Kasdan

Lawrence Kasdan

Screenwriter, Director

Lawrence Kasdan is a screenwriter and director who has created several iconic characters and classic films. He is best known as the co-writer for the “Star Wars” sequels “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” His script for “The Bodyguard” was famously rejected 67 times before finally becoming the hit 1992 film with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Last year Lawrence returned to a galaxy far, far away when he penned the script for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” In December, he confirmed that he will write the script for LucasFilm’s upcoming Han Solo origin story.

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Shawn Wayans

Shawn Wayans

Actor, Comedian

The second youngest member of the comedically gifted Wayans family, Shawn Wayans got his start as DJ SW1 on older brother Keenan’s classic sketch series “In Living Color.” It wasn’t until his starring role in the cult hit “Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood” that fans got to know his offbeat humor and talent for parodies. In 2000, Shawn co-wrote and starred in “Scary Movie,” a blockbuster success, earning nearly $300 million and eventually becoming the highest grossing movie directed by an African-American. He and his brother Marlon released another cult classic in 2004 with the buddy comedy “White Chicks.” Most recently the Wayans clan has written, directed, and provided the voices for the animated series “The Boo Crew.”

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California

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Tom Hooper

Tom Hooper

Director

One of this generation’s most acclaimed filmmakers, Oxford-educated Tom Hooper is well-known for directing character-driven period pieces. In 2010, “The King’s Speech” starring Colin Firth as England’s Prince Albert won the Oscar for directing. Tom followed up with a lush production of “Les Miserables,” bringing a beloved musical to the screen with Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean. In 2015, he again struck commercial and critical success with “The Danish Girl,” a biopic on Lili Elbe, which was nominated for Best Picture and presented up-and-coming actress Alicia Vikander with her first Oscar. Tom is currently working on a film adaptation of the Broadway musical “Cats.”

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Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin

Actress, Comedian

For Kathy Griffin, life on the D-list turned into an A+ career. The two-time Emmy and Grammy Award-winning comedian is Hollywood’s resident celebrity-tamer, crafting raw and raucous stand-up routines that tell it like it is. This fall, she brings her searing brand of pull-no-punches comedy to an 80-city “Like a Boss” tour. Previously, she was a ratings darling on Bravo for her reality show “My Life on the D-List.”  She was also a cast member on NBC's “Suddenly Susan” and has guest starred on “Seinfeld” and “Law & Order: SVU.” She is also the third woman to win Best Comedy Album for her raucous 2013 record “Calm Down Gurrl.” That year, she was also inducted in the Guinness Book of Records for writing and starring in an unprecedented 20 televised stand-up specials.

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Youth Mentoring Connection - Miles of Music 5k Run

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Karina Smirnoff

Karina Smirnoff

Ballroom Dancer

Karina Smirnoff began dancing competitively at the age of 11, and has been dazzling judges ever since. A five-time winner at the U.S. Dance Championships, Karina is also the first woman to make the British Professional Final with three different partners. After rising to the top ranks of the competitive ballroom dancing world, Karina expanded her audience as a dancing partner and coach on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” where she helps turn celebrities like Billy Ray Cyrus and Aaron Carter into agile and light-footed performers. For the show’s 13th season, Karina helped lead an inspirational comeback for former Army soldier and burn survivor J.R. Martinez to win the championship.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California

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Allegiance

Allegiance

Inspired by the true childhood experience of its star, George Takei, Allegiance tells the multi-generational tale of Sammy and Kei Kimura, respectively played by Telly Leung and Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga. They are brother and sister with an intense bond that faces spectacular challenges when they choose opposing paths to save their family in the face of imprisonment during World War II. Allegiance opens on Broadway on November 8 at the Longacre Theatre. 

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Japanese American National Museum

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Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels

Fitness Expert

Jillian Michaels is the foremost fitness expert in the world and a renowned life coach. From her hit televisions shows, extensively successful fitness DVDs and exercise streaming platform fitfusion.com, 8 New York Times best-selling books, live speaking engagements, award-winning podcast, a soon-to-be-released iPhone app (which will allow users to train with Jillian both in preset and dynamic workouts), social media channels and her personal website jillianmichaels.com— she has built an international community of followers 100 million + strong.  Jillian’s company, Empowered Media, which she co-owns with business partner Giancarlo Chersich, has become a monumental wellness empire dedicated to providing people with accessible and affordable solutions for all their wellness needs— from fitness video gaming to athletic apparel and healthy foods. Her overwhelming success stems from her unique connection with her audience that was born from her own personal journey toward health and happiness.

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ACLU of Southern California

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GO Campaign

GO Campaign

Charitable Organization

We believe every child deserves the right to opportunity. Opportunity to education, to medical care, to shelter, to food and clean water, to enrichment… to a fair chance in life. GO Campaign improves the lives of orphans and vulnerable children around the world by partnering with local heroes to deliver local solutions. GO Campaign connects donors to high-impact grassroots projects aimed at changing lives and transforming communities, one child at a time.

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GO Campaign

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Transparent

Transparent

Film

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ACLU of Southern California

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Spotlight

Spotlight

Film

Winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, “Spotlight” is the riveting story of the Boston Globe’s investigation of the Roman Catholic Church and its crimes of child abuse. Praised as “the finest newspaper movie of its era” by The Washington Post, the film follows a Pulitzer Prize-winning team of journalists, played by Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, and Liev Schreiber as they uncover the shocking conspiracy behind one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions.

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ACLU of Southern California

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The Weinstein Company

The Weinstein Company

Film Studio and Production Company

The Weinstein Company is a multimedia production and distribution company founded by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the dynamic duo behind Miramax Films. Launched in October 2005, The Weinstein Company also encompasses Dimension Films. Their broad range of mainstream, genre, and specialty films have been met with commercial and critical success, such as the 2011 Academy Award-winning film for Best Picture, “The Kings Speech.” Over the course of Harvey and Bob’s impressive tenure at Miramax and The Weinstein Company, the brothers have received 303 Oscar nominations and won 75 Academy Awards.

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Various Charities

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Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Derek Shepherd on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” His performance earned him a 2007 Screen Actors Guild Award and numerous nominations. Patrick’s latest role is in “Bridget Jones’s Baby” in which he stars alongside Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth. In addition to his passion for acting is his great passion for motorsports. Patrick has been competitively driving and operating his race and championship winning Dempsey Racing team for nearly a decade and starred in the 2013 docu-series, “Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans” for Velocity Channel. In 2008, he opened the doors of the Dempsey Center in his hometown of Lewiston, Maine. Each fall, the Dempsey Challenge, a run, walk, and cycle experience, raises funds for free support, education, and complementary therapies to anyone impacted by cancer.

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Dempsey Center

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Rancho Obi-Wan

Rancho Obi-Wan

Star Wars Memorabilia Venue

With over 300,000 individual pieces of rare artifacts and collectibles, Rancho Obi-Wan is a non-profit museum that houses the largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia in the galaxy. The 9,000 square-foot museum, nestled in the foothills of Petaluma, California, is home to 40 years of Star Wars treasures from all over the world, from movie props to tubes of toothpaste. Tours at the ranch are led by owner and curator Steve Sansweet himself, who brings years of experience as a former head of Fan Relations at Lucasfilm Ltd. Rancho Obi-Wan also provides a unique setting for Star Wars-themed activities including private wedding ceremonies and corporate luncheons.

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Rancho Obi-Wan Museum

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The Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation

The Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation

Charitable Foundation

Gordon and Kristen Gray created The Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation to Cure Batten Disease to raise the estimated $10 million necessary to fund the urgent medical research to save their daughters and the children of other families impacted with Batten disease. 
 
Batten disease is a fatal, genetically inherited disorder of the nervous system that typically begins in childhood.  The average lifespan for a child suffering from the disease is 6 to 12 years old. Due to its rarity, solutions for this presently incurable and fatal disease have received minimal research, focus and funding.
 
Your donation helps to raise funds for the lifesaving medical and scientific research critical to curing Batten disease. Every dollar counts, and every moment matters.

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The Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation

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Lucasfilm

Lucasfilm

Film and Television Studio

The renowned film and TV production company has created some of the most recognizable franchises in modern entertainment, including the iconic space saga “Star Wars” and the action-adventure series “Indiana Jones”. From its headquarters in the Presidio in San Francisco, Lucasfilm and its visual effects division, Industrial Light & Magic, continues to craft highly imaginative stories for both the big and small screen. This December, the studio will release the next long-awaited chapter in the “Star Wars” saga, Star Wars: “The Force Awakens." 

Adam Driver

Adam Driver

Actor

Adam Driver will next be seen in Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young. In 2015, he will also star in Saverio Costanzo’s Hungry Hearts which premiered at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival where Driver won the Volpi Cup Award for Best Actor. Driver recently wrapped production on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. His other film credits include: This Is Where I Leave You, Tracks, Inside Llewyn Davis, Lincoln, Frances Ha, and J. Edgar. Driver also stars on HBO’s hit series Girls. His performance in Girls has garnered him two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Driver graduated from Juilliard in 2009 and is the founder of the non-profit organization AITAF.

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Arts in the Armed Forces

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Young and the Restless

Young and the Restless

TV Show

“The Young and the Restless” originally broadcasted in 1973 and has grown to become a staple daytime soap opera in popular culture. “The Young and the Restless” has won eight Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. It is currently the highest-rated daytime drama on American television.

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GO Campaign

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Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal

Actor

An Academy Award-nominated actor, Jake Gyllenhaal has established himself as one of the finest actors of his generation.  Gyllenhaal can currently be seen in Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” opposite Amy Adams and Michael Shannon. He was recently nominated for a BAFTA award for his performance.  Up next, Gyllenhaal will star in the space thriller “Life,” to be released by Sony Pictures on March 24, 2017.  He recently wrapped production on the epic adventure “Okja,” which will be out later this year through Netflix.  Other film credits include: “Nightcrawler” (Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG noms), “Brokeback Mountain” (Academy Award nom and BAFTA award), “Southpaw,” “Prisoners,” “Demolition,” “Enemy,” “Everest,” “End of Watch,” “Jarhead,” “Zodiac,” “Proof,” “The Good Girl,” “Moonlight Mile,” “Lovely and Amazing,” “October Sky,” “Source Code,” “Love & Other Drugs” (Golden Globe nom), “Brothers,” and “Donnie Darko.”  Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include: “Constellations” (Drama League Award nom), “Encores!,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet” (Lucille Lortel, and Drama League Award noms), and “West End: This Is Our Youth” (Evening Standard Theatre Award).  Through his production company Nine Stories, Gyllenhaal has produced and stars in “Stronger,” directed by David Gordon Green and to be released by Lionsgate later this year, and this production of "Sunday in the Park with George."

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Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth

Actor

Chris Hemsworth is one of few actors who can wield a smile and a mystical hammer with equal devastation. With or without the cape, the Australian has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after lead actors. Chris has starred in a number of memorable roles: Captain Kirk’s father in the 2009 film “Star Trek;” an expert hacker in “Blackhat;” Formula 1 legend James Hunt in the sports biopic “Rush;” a whaling ship officer in the historical film “In the Heart of the Sea”. Chris is also a dedicated philanthropist and is deeply involved with the Australian Childhood Foundation, a non-profit organization helping children recover from the trauma of abuse, neglect, and family violence.

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Australian Childhood Foundation

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Hasty Pudding Theatricals

Hasty Pudding Theatricals

Theatre Production Company

Bawdy puns and pranksters have been running amok at Harvard University for over 150 years. A tradition born from America’s oldest collegiate social club, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals are world-famous for their burlesque shows, where men play both the male and female roles. Women are involved in all other aspects of the show, including authoring and producing the show. The society has sharpened the comedic chops of talents, including Rashida Jones, Tony Award winner Mark O'Donnell, and 13-time Emmy winner David Javerbaum of “The Daily Show.” This year the Pudding celebrates its 169th Theatricals Show. The group also promotes local arts with donations to Cambridge public schools.

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Hasty Pudding Theatricals

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Beach Blanket Babylon

Beach Blanket Babylon

Musical Revue

Beach Blanket Babylon – celebrating over 15,000 performances and seen by nearly six million people – is the longest running, record-breaking musical revue in the world. This San Francisco institution captures the wild, witty and wonderful imagination of creator Steve Silver. Under the helm of the late Silver’s wife and handpicked successor, producer Jo Schuman Silver, Beach Blanket Babylon continues to delight audiences with its hilarious spoofs of pop culture, spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats at Club Fugazi in San Francisco’s North Beach district

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UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

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Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges

Musician

Leon Bridges stormed the world of American gospel and soul with his 2015 debut album Coming Home. This singer-songwriter from Fort Worth, Texas first gained global recognition for his song “Coming Home,” listed as a Top 10 Most Viral Track on Spotify. Often compared to ‘60s legends like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, Leon is reviving classic R&B to the delight of modern audiences. Most recently, you may have seen Leon performing his songs “Smooth Sailin’” and “River” as the featured musical guest on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

 

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The American Red Cross - Get Prepared California 2017

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Telly Leung

Telly Leung

Broadway Performer and Vocal Coach

Telly Leung is a classically trained singer and actor with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. He has starred in multiple Broadway musicals. In addition to his numerous theater credits, he was on the popular glee club television series. Telly is also a passionate acting and vocal coach, and he has taught one-on-one and group master classes all over the world, including NYU's New Studio where he often serves as an adjunct professor. This fall, Telly teams up with other notable actors and actresses in a new musical entitled Allegiance. The production tells the story of one Japanese-American family's struggles and triumphs during the Japanese Internment and will premiere on Broadway at the Longacre Theater.

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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

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Chris Rock

Chris Rock

Comedian

One of the greatest comedians of all time, Chris Rock came to prominence as a cast member of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” in the early ‘90s. He went on to star in several notable films, including “Down to Earth” (2001), “Head of State” (2003), the “Madagascar” franchise (2005–2012), “Grown Ups” (2010), and a series of acclaimed comedy specials for HBO. Chris is also a prolific showrunner, who developed, wrote, and narrated the sitcom “Everybody Hates Chris” (2005–2009). Chris hosted the 77th Academy Awards in 2005 and the 88th in 2016. He has won four Emmys and three Grammys. Off stage, he is a devoted humanitarian, who has given his comedic talents to benefiting hospitals, education, and ending poverty.

Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo

Actor, Director, Producer

The Wisconsin native is an actor, dedicated renewable energy advocate, and father of two. He is perhaps most recognized for his role as Bruce Banner, the cool and collected half of the irradiated monster The Hulk in the Marvel movie universe. After rising to fame with critically-acclaimed performances in films “13 Going On 30” and “Shutter Island,” Mark was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in “The Kids Are Alright.” He earned additional Oscar nominations for his role in the dramas “Foxcatcher” and “Spotlight.” Mark also took home an Emmy for playing gay activist Ned Weeks in HBO’s “A Normal Heart.” In 2010, he founded Water Defense, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the right to clean water.

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ACLU of Southern California

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David Kwong

David Kwong

Magician and Puzzle Creator

As a magician and puzzle creator, David Kwong is a world-class performer, a global conference speaker, and the founder of the Misdirectors Guild, an elite group of magicians that specialize in illusion for film, television, and theater. You can see David's handiwork in the 2013 heist adventure film where he served as the head magic consultant. He is also a frequent crossword writer for top newspapers in New York and Los Angeles. His puzzles are marked by clever, outside-the-grid thinking — and sometimes a dash of magic.

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First Book

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Amy Brenneman

Amy Brenneman

Actress

Amy Brenneman is an actress who's best known for her starring role in “Judging Amy,” which earned her three Emmy nominations. She currently stars in HBO’s acclaimed series, “The Leftovers.” Her other notable television credits include “NYPD Blue,” “Frasier,” and “Private Practice.” Amy has also contributed her talents on stage. She has performed at theaters around the world, including Lincoln Center, Yale Rep, and The Geffen Playhouse. She is a founding member of Cornerstone Theater Company, which produces plays with a social impact. Off screen, Amy advocates for The Feminist Majority, The Brady Center for Handgun Control, and CARE’s program for mothers and infants.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Jennifer Beals

Jennifer Beals

Actress

Jennifer Beals is a celebrated actress who has been in over 50 films and whose breakout role in “Flashdance” earned her a Golden Globe nomination and an NAACP Image Award. Over her career, she has been an avid support of independent films, starring in “A Wife’s Nightmare“ for which she was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award, “In the Soup,” which won The Grand Jury Prize for best dramatic film at Sundance, and “Cinemanovels.” Jennifer received the Maverick Tribute Award at the Cinequest San Jose Film Festival in 1999. In television, Jennifer starred in the provocative Showtime series, “The L Word.” Fans can currently see her on television in NBC’s “Taken” and in theatres in the film "Before I Fall."

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ACLU of Southern California

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American Ninja Warrior

American Ninja Warrior

Reality TV Show

American Ninja Warrior debuted in 2009 and since has rapidly grown in popularity. Contestants attempt to overcome a series of obstacles while competing against the clock in qualifying rounds. As competitors pass through the qualifiers they go on to the national competition to compete for the prize of $1,000,000. In Season 7  two competitors, rock-climbers Isaac Caldiero and Geoff Britten, have completed ] the course and achieved "Total Victory”, with Caldiero being the only competitor to win the cash prize of 1,000,000.

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Protect Our Winters + Waterkeeper Alliance

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Christianne Tisdale

Christianne Tisdale

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Broadway Performer

Christianne Tisdale is an accomplished actress and singer who made her Broadway debut as the leading actress in a popular theatrical show. She has also originated the companies of multiple Broadway productions. TV audiences have enjoyed her on a variety of shows, including a satirical sitcom, a police and legal drama, a fairy tale musical, and a celebrated web original comedy. Her debut album "Just a Map" has lulled listeners to sleep around the globe. She has performed works ranging from Bach to New Age in such famed halls as New York's City Center, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls, Camden Yards, The Kennedy Center, and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, and she is a graduate of Yale College.

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The Humane Society of New York

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Alexis Carra

Alexis Carra

Actor, Choreographer, Broadway Performer

According to family legend, Alexis Carra started dancing before she could even walk. An internationally acclaimed dancer, instructor, and actress, Alexis attended Yale University before landing it big on the New York stage. She has performed in several Broadway plays. This coming spring, Alexis will play a leading role in a new family series on a major television channel.

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Covenant House California

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Paula Weinstein

Paula Weinstein

Producer

A producer of over 30 films, including “The Perfect Storm,” Blood Diamond,” and “Analyze This,” Paula Weinstein has brought some of Hollywood’s blockbuster films to the big screen. She continues to engage audiences with Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie” and the upcoming animated feature film “1906” that will be directed by Brad Bird. Paula founded her own company Spring Creek Productions after ascending to president at United Artists. She has received numerous honors during her career, including the National Urban League Award, the Bill of Rights Award, and the Crystal Award for Women in Film. Currently, Paula serves as the executive vice president of the Tribeca Film Festival.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Sophie Maletsky

Sophie Maletsky

Children’s Event Planner & Entertainer

Sophie Maletsky is a popular children’s event planner and entertainer, specializing in connecting kids and adults through creativity. From a talented family of artists and educators, Sophie brings imagination and do-it-yourself enthusiasm to every party. She has performed Off Broadway and in television and film. Her online arts and crafts children’s show, “Sophie’s World” has over 11 million views and over 45,000 subscribers on YouTube. In addition to starring on the show, she is the author of Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects and is a regular contributor on ABC10 Sac & Co in Sacramento..

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LifeMoves

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Jimmy Smagula

Jimmy Smagula

Broadway and Television Actor

Jimmy Smagula made his Broadway debut at age 24 in The Full Monty, and has spent 11 years touring America while amazing audiences and critics with his riveting leading performances in hits such as Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliott the MusicalTo Be or Not to Be,The Little Mermaid, Damn Yankees, and Man of La Mancha. Jimmy’s fast-blossoming TV career, which has necessitated a move to Los Angeles, has included well-received guest starring roles in Fox’s “Bones” as Chili Rueben, NBC’s award-winning “Parks and Recreation,” ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” and season six of “Community” on Yahoo Screen.

 

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The Actors Fund

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Ian Ziering

Ian Ziering

Actor

Ian Ziering is an actor best known for his role on the ‘90s teen soap opera “Beverly Hills, 90210.” As the blonde and brash Steve Sanders, Ian was the endearing rich kid for the show’s ten-season run from 1990 to 2000. Ian’s credits also include “Guiding Light,” “Married… with Children,” and the cult classic cartoon “Biker Mice from Mars.” In 2013 Ian played surfer Fin Shepard on the Syfy made-for-TV movie “Sharknado.” The disaster movie was a runaway hit, spawning three sequels and a brand new generation of fans for Ian. “Sharknado: The 4th Awakens” will debut on Syfy on July 31, 2016.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California

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Magicorp Productions Inc

Mac King

Magician

Acclaimed by MAGIC Magazine as the premiere comedy magician in the world today, Mac King was recently named “Magician of the Year” by the Magic Castle in Hollywood. The Mac King Comedy Show at Harrah’s Las Vegas Casino and Hotel is currently ranked the sixth best show in all of Las Vegas. Over the past decade, Mac has brought his highly-acclaimed comedy and magic hijinks to over 2 million fans. Mac’s book Tricks with Your Head has just entered its ninth printing with Random House.

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Susan G. Komen

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Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham

Actress, Director

Many consider the 29-year-old Lena Dunham to be the voice of her generation. The actress, director, and bestselling author is most famous for creating HBO’s award-winning series “Girls.” The native New Yorker discovered a talent for filmmaking early in her career, posting several viral videos to YouTube while a student at Oberlin College. But it was her semi-autobiographical 2010 film “Tiny Furniture” that put her on the map. The comedy won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and led to a deal with HBO and the 2012 premiere of “Girls.” The show would earn Lena honors for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series from the Directors Guild of America, making her the first woman ever to win the award.

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Waterkeeper Alliance

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Tipping Point

Tipping Point

Charitable Organization

1 in 10 families in the Bay Area are living on the poverty line, that's 5x less than the average San Francisco family income, making even basic needs seems 5x as expensive. Tipping Point Community helped 22,000 people get on the path out of poverty last year. Visit tippingpoint.org to learn more; your support will help Tipping Point ensure that more Bay Area families live above the line.

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Tipping Point

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Duncan Jones

Duncan Jones

Director

Duncan Jones is an award-winning film director, producer, and writer. The son of late English icon David Bowie, Duncan made a name for himself for directing “Moon,” 2009’s critically lauded sci-fi movie starring Sam Rockwell. The film won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Duncan has also directed the films “Source Code” (2011) and “Warcraft” (2016). This year he will return to the science-fiction genre with “Mute,” a mystery set in future Berlin about a mute bartender investigating the disappearance of his girlfriend. It stars Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux, the film has been described as a "spiritual sequel" to “Moon.” Duncan is married to the photographer, Rodene Jones, who is a breast cancer survivor and avid fundraiser of cancer research and screening.

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ART = CURE

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Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld

Comedian, Actor

For over three decades, Jerry Seinfeld has made audiences laugh, from his debut on “The Tonight Show” in 1981 to his critically-acclaimed web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” His unique brand of comedy gave rise to the landmark sitcom “Seinfeld,” which ran on NBC for nine seasons, winning several Emmy, Golden Globe and People’s Choice awards, and was named the greatest show of all time by numerous critics. Jerry has also produced movies (“Comedian” and “Bee Movie” in which he also starred) and the Broadway show (Colin Quinn Long Story Short). Most recently, he has returned to stand-up with a year-long residency at the Beacon Theatre, entitled “Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand.”

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GOOD+ Foundation

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Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor

Actor

Ewan McGregor is one of the most critically acclaimed actors of his generation. After studying theater at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he worked with director Danny Boyle in the thriller, “Shallow Grave.” He reunited with Danny in “Trainspotting” in what would be his international breakthrough role as heroin addict Mark Renton. Ewan, who was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2013, has been in several notable films, including “Big Fish,” “Moulin Rouge,” and the “Star Wars” prequels. Off screen, he co-authored two travel chronicles Long Way Round and the followup Long Way Down with his friend Charley Boorman. Ewan has been a GO ambassador and supporter of the organization for many years.

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GO Campaign

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Power Rangers

Power Rangers

Film

The mighty morphers are back in “Saban’s Power Rangers,” a brand new action movie based on the iconic after-school television series. When five rebellious teenagers discover their incredible powers, they band together to save the world from an alien invasion. Directed by Dean Israelite (“Project Almanac”), this big-screen adventure features up-and-comers Dacre Montgomery as Jason/Red Ranger, Naomi Scott as Kimberly/Pink Ranger, RJ Cyler as Billy/Blue Ranger, Becky G as Trini/Yellow Ranger, and Ludi Lin as Zack/Black Ranger. The film also co-stars Elizabeth Banks as the evil witch Rita Repulsa and Bill Hader as the voice of Alpha 5. “Saban’s Power Rangers” blasts into theaters everywhere on March 24, 2017.

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GO Campaign

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Black - ish

Black - ish

“Black-ish,” which is a hit ABC comedy series created by Kenya Barris, follows successful ad executive Dre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and his wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) as they try to raise their African-American family in a largely white suburban neighborhood. With the help of his father (Laurence Fishburne), Dre decides to instill a sense of ethnic identity for his children to hilarious and thought-provoking effect. Co-starring Yara Shahidi, Jennifer Lewis, and Raven-Symoné, “Black-ish” has won several NAACP Image Awards and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. The show began its third season in September 2016.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Playbill

Playbill

Since its inception in 1884, Playbill has become synonymous with the theatre-going experience. Playbill in print can be found in theatres and classical arts venues throughout the country, and proudly serves every Broadway house exclusively as well as the country’s most prestigious fine arts institutions including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, and the Kennedy Center. The trusted news source on plays, musicals, and cast information as well as scene summaries, Playbill and its website playbill.com encompass all things theater.

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Family Equality Council

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Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon

Producer

A prolific producer of both television and film, Mark Gordon has helped steer some of Hollywood’s most riveting shows. He is the former President of the Producers Guild of America and has served as executive producer for “Grey's Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds,” “Ray Donovan,” and “Quantico.” Among Mark’s notable film credits are Steven Spielberg’s war epic “Saving Private Ryan,” the 2001 video game adaptation “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” and the upcoming thriller “Molly’s Game.” Mark is the founder of Citizens of the World charter schools, challenging students to develop their full potential.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming

Actor

Counterculture icon Alan Cumming has carved out an acting career that includes such varied roles as Macbeth, a Smurf, a member of the X-Men, and a Russian programmer in a James Bond film. He is a Tony and Olivier award-winning actor and has been nominated for a Golden Globe, Emmy awards, and SAG awards. He currently plays campaign manager Eli Gold on CBS’s “The Good Wife.” Off camera, Alan is a tireless champion of LGBT rights. He serves on the board of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and works closely with amfAR, The Trevor Project, and the Ali Forney Center. In 2016, he hits the road to perform his new revue Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs with Friends.

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Social Tees Animal Rescue

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Danielle Mone Truitt

Danielle Moné Truitt

Actress

A true triple threat, Danielle Moné Truitt, who studied dance and singing, landed her breakout role as Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog,” in which she played Disney’s first African-American princess.  She has appeared in numerous plays, including A Raisin in the Sun, Hair, and her own one-woman show 3: Black Girl Blues.  Up next she will play a leading role as an Oakland police officer in BET’s “Rebel,” a highly-anticipated police drama from award-winning filmmaker John Singleton.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest

Radio Personality, TV Host, Producer

In the world of entertainment you would be hard-pressed to find a more capable host, producer, and successful champion of talent than Ryan Seacrest. Celebrated internationally as host of Fox’s top-rated singing competition “American Idol,” Ryan is also the host of the nationally syndicated morning radio show “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” and ABC’s annual “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Apart from his prominent hosting duties, Ryan is also the chairman of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, a non-profit organization bringing music into children’s hospitals, as well as director of Ryan Seacrest Productions, which has created shows like “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and the Emmy-winning “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”

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Ryan Seacrest Foundation

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Justin Tanner

Justin Tanner

Playwright

Justin Tanner is a one-man movie studio. He is the writer, director, producer, cameraman, and editor of the acclaimed web series “Ave 43,” a hilariously twisted soap opera satire which is currently in its 80th chapter. He has served as a staff writer and story editor on the hit television show “Gilmore Girls”, "My So Called Life" as well as the short-lived cult favorite, “Love Monkey” and  A prolific playwright, Justin has created several productions, including Oklahomo!, Wife Swappers, and Pot Mom, which won a Pen West Award for writing.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Sheila Jaffe

Sheila Jaffe

Casting Director

Sheila Jaffe has more than two decades of experience and more than 120 credits to her name, including the films "Ted," "Sinister," and the upcoming "Patriots Day," starring Michelle Monaghan, Kevin Bacon, and J.K. Simmons. With casting partner Georgianne Walken, she won a primetime Emmy Award in 1999 and received five subsequent nominations for casting "The Sopranos." She was also nominated from 2005 to 2007 for her work on the HBO series "Entourage," which was part of Sheila's prolific partnership with show creator Mark Wahlberg, a collaboration that officially began in 2003 with the film "The Italian Job." She has since cast the majority of Mark's projects, including "The Fighter," "Invincible," "Ted," and "Broken City." Sheila is also a four-time Artios Award winner, an honor bestowed by her peers in the Casting Society of America.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Ray Romano

Ray Romano

Comedian, Actor

Most people know Ray Romano from his ten-year run as the lead actor and writer of CBS’ “Everybody Loves Raymond,” where he earned an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. But Ray has always been in his element on the standup stage, where he debuted in 1984 and became a frequent guest performer on the late-night circuit for Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, and David Letterman. Younger fans may also know him as Manny, the mammoth in the “Ice Age” animated films. He is currently starring in the HBO drama “Vinyl,” produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Denise Chamian

Denise Chamian

Casting Director

Denise Chamian has cast some of Hollywood's biggest hits, including "The Lone Ranger," "Pain & Gain," "The Pursuit of Happyness," "Water for Elephants," "Saving Private Ryan," "Eyes Wide Shut," "Miss Congeniality," "Minority Report," "The Ring," "Big Fish," "A Scanner Darkly," and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." In her 20-year career, she has been nominated for an Artios Award in the Feature Film, Drama category for her work on "Minority Report" (2002) and "Big Fish" (2003). She won in that category for "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). Denise was also honored for her work on "Eyes Wide Shut" in the 2000 Top 20 Film Casting Directors issue of Ross Reports.

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The Felix Organization

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Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards

Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

Award Show

For kids, by kids, the annual awards show is the only live event where kids’ votes counts and A-listers vie for the honor of getting slimed. This year’s show features nine new categories, including Favorite Frenemies, Most Wanted Pet, and  #Squad. Leading the nominees with eight chances to take home the orange blimp is “Captain America: Civil War.” In music, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and Twenty One Pilots top the list with four nominations each. In the Favorite Cartoon category, kids will choose between animated classics like, “ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Teen Titans Go!,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Hosted by WWE superstar John Cena, the 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards airs on March 11.

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The American Red Cross - Get Prepared California 2017

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Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean

Author

Sister Helen Prejean is a best-selling author and a leading voice in the movement to end the death penalty in the U.S. After founding her New Orleans prison ministry in 1981, she began exchanging letters with Patrick Sonnier, a convicted killer of two teenagers on death row at Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. Sister Prejean soon after became his spiritual advisor, visiting him in prison, where she got a firsthand look at the Louisiana execution process. Inspired by her experience with Patrick, Sister Prejean penned her seminal book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. The book went on to become a New York Times bestseller and was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Susan Sarandon.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman

Comedian, Actress

A stand-up comedian, actress, and writer blessed with the comedic gift to make you die of laughter and embarrassment at the same time, Sarah Silverman satirizes taboos like sex, religion, and racism. A former “Saturday Night Live” writer and cast member, she caught the conservative world’s ire with the 2005 concert comedy “Jesus Is Magic.” She was also the host of Comedy Central’s “The Sarah Silverman Program” from 2007 to 2010. She followed up the show by penning the New York Times bestseller The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee. Sarah is a dedicated supporter of charities, including PETA, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the ACLU

Sarah Silverman Supports

ACLU of Southern California

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Fred Roos

Fred Roos

Producer and Casting Director

Fred Roos is an Academy Award-winning film producer and casting director. Over his 50-plus years in Hollywood, Fred has helped bring some of cinema’s most beloved movies to the big screen. His long-term collaboration with director Francis Ford Coppola has resulted in several classic films, including “The Conversation, “The Godfather: Parts 1 & 2,” and “Apocalypse Now” which won him an Oscar for Best Film. Fred has since produced over four dozen motion pictures while nurturing many of the film world’s most gifted moviemakers and actors.

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ACLU of Southern California

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Teen Choice Awards

Teen Choice Awards

Award show

Since 1999, Fox’s Teen Choice Awards has given teenagers around the world an opportunity to vote on their favorite stars in music, movies, sports, television, fashion, and more. The ceremonies are also unique for its trophy, a full-sized surfboard that recipients must lug off stage to the delight of the audience. With past hosts such as Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, the Jonas Brothers, and past performers such as Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, and One Direction, you know that this year’s award show is going to be one to remember. Hosted by John Cena and Victoria Justice, the 2016 Teen Choice Awards airs on Fox on Sunday, July 31.

Teen Choice Awards Support

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California

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American Music Awards

American Music Awards

The American Music Awards are home to the award season’s hottest stars and most epic musical performances. Created by Dick Clark in 1973, the AMAs have helped anoint the new kings and queens of the American music industry and set the standard for award show entertainment. 

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Various Charities

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Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative

The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) is a non-governmental organization with an international scope and reach, founded by social activist and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace, Forest Whitaker in 2012. WPDI develops an array of peace-building programs, initiatives and campaigns to foster peace and reconciliation in disadvantaged and fragile communities in the different regions of the world, including Africa, Latin America and the United States. WPDI seeks to bring young men and women together and to empower them to become peace leaders and agents of positive transformations in their countries and communities. We believe that young people, so often recruited to perpetuate destructive cycles of violence, have the passion and creativity to lead their communities down a different path, one of peace and sustainable development.

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