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Brett Ratner Launches New Initiative With The United Nations At Star-Studded Event

Aug 12, 2016 01:30 pm

Brett Ratner and James Packer’s RatPac Entertainment announced a new multi-tiered platform for content featuring the United Nations’ work around the world entitled In Harm’s Way at a private event in Beverly Hills last night.

Dakota Johnson and Mariah Carey
Dakota Johnson and Mariah Carey

The event, hosted by RatPac’s Brett Ratner and Arise Picture’s David Raymond, also celebrated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s many achievements including the Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI), which he established to encourage the global entertainment industry to use their reach and influence to shed light on current issues such as climate change and the sustainable development goals.

Ban Ki-moon, Brett Ratner, Stevie Wonder, Sharon Stone
Ban Ki-moon, Brett Ratner, Stevie Wonder, Sharon Stone

Additional attendees included special guest Mariah Carey, emcee Larry King, UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder, and guests Sophia Amoruso, Jordan Belfort,Camilla Belle, Lawrence Bender, Jim Berkus, Peter Bogdanovich, Rob Bourdon,Naomi Campbell, Julie Chen, Eva Chow, Lee Daniels, Chloe Flower, Mohamed Hadid, Nikki Haskell, Dakota Johnson, Stana Katic, Shawn King, Courtney Love, AnnaLynne McCord, Katharine McPhee, Les Moonves, Wolfgang Puck, Emily Ratajkowski, Shari Redstone, Nicole Scherzinger, Hedi Slimane, Brittany Snow, Sharon Stone, Kevin Tsujihara, Jim Wiatt, Taylor Wilson and more.

In Harm’s Way is an event-driven, scripted anthology mini-series created by emerging British filmmaker David Raymond. The returnable series will dramatize true stories of UN staff in the field who are risking their lives to ensure that the Organization fulfills its mandate, with each season focusing on a crisis in a different country. Raymond is also writing the first season, which is set during the UN East Timor crisis in 1999. Future seasons will be helmed by different sets of filmmakers, telling inspiring new stories.

“The UN has a mass of incredible untold true stories. The world needs to know about the amazing work these people have done and continue to do,” said Ratner, whose RatPac Entertainment is producing the content along with Raymond’s Arise Pictures. “That’s why it should involve everyone in the Hollywood community. Different sets of filmmakers can handle different seasons. It’s all of us together, shining a much needed spotlight on the United Nations.”

This marks the first collaboration of its kind between the United Nations and the creative community, whereby the theme is inspired by real-life stories of UN staff in the field. This landmark partnership was celebrated at tonight’s event, attended by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

“The United Nations is full of stories of courage, heroism and determination. I believe in the power of the creative community to help us share those with the world,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “I thank Brett Ratner, James Packer, David Raymond, and others for being an integral part of that picture.”

“I can’t say enough about the people at the United Nations. It’s taken years of research, but I can honestly say we’ve barely scratched the surface of stories we can tell,” said Raymond. “I pitched it to Brett and he didn’t even hesitate. RatPac is a great home for me and the project. We’re filmmakers at heart, and we know this is truly something that can make a profound difference around the world.”

During the “Rat Pack” themed evening, remarks were made by hosts Ratner and Raymond, as well as by honoree Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Special guest Mariah Carey and emcee Larry King addressed guests from the stage.


Models Visit The ASPCA For The Dog Days Of Summer

Aug 12, 2016 12:30 pm
Modeling agency The Lions has joined with the ASPCA for the Dog Days Of Summer campaign.

arnold- adopted
arnold- adopted

A number of models visited an ASPCA shelter in Manhattan last week to find out about the plight of abandoned dogs and promote their adoption.


The models – who included Flavia Lucini, Barbara Fialho, Gracie Carvalho, Niamh Adkins, Guinevere Van Seenus, Paige Reifler, and Lana Zakocela – posed with the dogs and learnt about the ASPCA’s work in rescuing animals.


“Walking through the ASPCA and meeting the adoptable animals was an incredible experience, but also heartbreaking,” said Niamh Adkins. “Taking a tour through their amazing facilities I could just feel the hope in their eyes, they just want to be taken to their forever homes and I wish I could help every single one of them.”

Jack - adopted
Jack – adopted

The Lions have announced they will cover the adoption fees of some of the dogs, including Asia, Elle, Trusty and Tahini, as well as provide a $25 PetSmart gift card.


For more information, click here.

Will - adopted
Will – adopted


National Park Service Illuminates 100 Years From Brooklyn Bridge Park

Aug 12, 2016 11:15 am

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On August 22, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation will illuminate the iconic New York City skyline, continuing the centennial celebration of the National Park Service.

With the help of Bill Nye, Questlove, and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell – and with a nod to the innovative spirit of Thomas Edison National Historical Park – the event at Brooklyn Bridge Park will inspire new generations to discover America’s treasures, our national parks. The event is the third in the summer long Park Exchange series for the NPS Centennial, and is part of the #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque movement.

Through a partnership with One World Trade Center and Brooklyn Bridge Park, the event will allow participants to control the color of the One World Trade Center Spire for the first time ever by working together to solve interactive, collaborative puzzles on a giant digital circuit board. For those who want to follow the excitement remotely, the Statue of Liberty’s webcam of New York Harbor will offer views of the city. The festive day will feature music by Ramblin’ Dan and Questlove, appearances by Bill Nye, Secretary Jewell and park rangers, along with family-friendly activities exploring science and innovation. Interactive stations will encourage visitors to discover national parks and ways to make their own connections to parks.

Across the country, National Park Service sites will join the celebration using Facebook Live as they complete a “virtual park circuit.” The circuit will start and end at the Brooklyn Bridge Park event site in New York, with park rangers throughout the country exploring different concepts of innovation, one park at a time. Each park will in turn tag the next one in the series and the circuit will be completed with a return to Brooklyn for the last live post. More information about the Virtual Park Circuit can be found online here.

“To celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation will bring the creativity and inventiveness of Thomas Edison National Historical Park to New York City and connect the innovative spirit to parks across the country,” said Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of National Park Service. “National parks reflect the innovative spirit of America, because after all, they embody one of our nation’s most revolutionary ideas – that some of the most beautiful landscapes, iconic historic sites and culturally significant places should belong to every American. As we celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service this month illuminating the Manhattan skyline reflects this innovative, progressive American spirit and lights the way for the National Park Service as we enter our second century of service.”

“The National Park Service protects over 84 million acres of US soil, from beautiful landscapes like Yellowstone National Park to important monuments like Stonewall National Monument,” said Bill Nye, Centennial Ambassador for the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement. “The event on August 22nd is the perfect invitation for everyone, from every generation, to be involved with our national parks.”

The public is invited to join the centennial festivities at Brooklyn Bridge Park from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Monday, August 22. The free celebration will include:

• 1:30 – 3:30 PM – Ice cream social with Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
• 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Musical performance by kid-friendly band, Ramblin’ Dan
• 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM – Surprise musical performance
• 7:45 PM – Opening Remarks with Bill Nye (Centennial Ambassador for the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement), U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Will Shafroth (National Park Foundation President), Regina Myer (Brooklyn Bridge Park President)
• 8:00 – 10:00 PM – Guest celebrity DJ set by Questlove
• Family-friendly activities like sand-art, corn hole, temporary tattoos, games, prizes and learning stations with National Park Foundation Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque partners American Express, Subaru, and Coca-Cola. There will also be interactive stations:
◦ American Express – and its nonprofit partner Games for Change will host an interactive game experience showcasing the new iOS game ­Save the Park ­where you play as a park volunteer and experience the conservation activities that support the national parks. They will also host a special “Smart Parks Game Jam” in which participants will learn the basics of game design and prototype games that encourage people to use technology to interact with parks, showing how games can inspire environmental stewardship and civic engagement. Games will be played by judges and winners will receive prizes provided by Games for Change.
◦ Subaru of America who will be on-site to raise awareness of its National Park Zero-Landfill Initiative, an effort to significantly reduce waste going into landfills from all national parks, while educating attendees on how they can help keep the parks beautiful for another 100 years. To further divert waste from landfills, Subaru will also be collecting soft drink and water bottle caps that will be recycled into a park bench and donated to an organization or park in need.
◦ The Coca-Cola Company will showcase their partnership with the National Park Foundation and the parks by highlighting the Active Trails initiative. Active Trails promotes getting community members outdoors and active in parks, deepening connections with local communities, and inspiring the next generation of park visitors and supporters.

“It’s not often that someone – or something – celebrates 100 years on this planet. It’s super cool the National Park Service is celebrating its centennial by having me DJ their 100th birthday party,” said DJ Questlove, who will be playing a set at the New York Park Exchange event.

“We launched the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement to encourage a new generation to seek out our country’s incredible national parks,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. “As we draw closer to this milestone anniversary, it is thrilling to see these connections taking root. Millions of people across the country are discovering that national parks are relevant to their lives in many ways. The National Park Foundation is committed to continuing these efforts as we enter the next 100 years of protecting and sharing these treasures.”

Some of the most admired companies in the world are supporting the National Park Foundation’s efforts for #FindYourPark, including American Express, Budweiser, Subaru, REI, Humana, and Disney. Additional partners include Coleman and Coca-Cola.

For each of the three Park Exchange events, a national park experience is conveyed to – or exchanged with – one of America’s urban centers. The first exchange in May brought the majesty of Redwoods National and State Parks to the campus of the University of Texas at Austin and projected the giant trees on the side of the iconic University of Texas Tower. In June, an exchange event brought a traditional second line parade from New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park to another musically rich city Chicago. A calendar of events taking place across the country to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial can be found at FindYourPark.com/Find.

The host and a partner for the New York Park Exchange event, Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre sustainable waterfront park stretching 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline; its mission is to create and maintain a world class park that is a recreational, environmental and cultural destination enjoyed by the residents of, and visitors to, New York City.


United Nations To Host One Humanity Event

Aug 12, 2016 09:45 am

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This year, the United Nations and their partners, humanitarian visionaries, celebrity musicians and influencers will commemorate World Humanitarian Day through the power of music, storytelling and advocacy.

The One Humanity event seeks to inspire global citizens to continue to demand action to reach those affected by conflict, disaster and those in need of humanitarian assistance. The event will also drive increased commitment to the UN Secretary-General’s “Agenda for Humanity,” aiming to reduce suffering and deliver better for people around the globe.

August 19 marks the anniversary of the 2003 United Nations Headquarters bombing in Baghdad, which claimed the lives of 22 people. To raise awareness of humanitarian assistance worldwide – and the people who risk their lives to help others – the UN General Assembly in 2008 designated August 19 as “World Humanitarian Day.” Today, world attention is more vital than ever: humanitarian needs are rising, and more than 130 million people in 40 countries need life-saving assistance and protection.

Among those taking part are:

Jan Eliasson, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General
Stephen O’Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
Mohammed Assaf, Singer, UNRWA Regional Youth Ambassador and winner of Season 2 of “Arab Idol”
Natalie Dormer, Actress, “Game of Thrones”
Alisan Porter, Season 10 Winner of “The Voice”
Leslie Odom Jr., Tony Award-winning former star of Broadway’s “Hamilton”,
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author,
Hala Kamil, Refugee and subject of the FRONTLINE (PBS) documentary “Children of Syria”,
Yasmine Al Massri, Actress, “Quantico”
The World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir

WHEN: Friday, August 19
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Event

WHERE: United Nations Headquarters
UN General Assembly Hall
760 United Nations Plaza (enter @46th Street & 1st Avenue | Visitor’s Entrance)
New York, New York 10017


Gloria Steinem Signs On To International Call For Ban On Running Of The Bulls

Aug 12, 2016 09:14 am

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In a united front against the drunken violence, growing numbers of rapes and sexual assaults, and cruelty to animals that allegedly occurred at this year’s San Fermín Running of the Bulls festival, feminist icon Gloria Steinem has joined PETAU.K. in signing a petition to Mayor of Pamplona Joseba Asirón calling for the event to be banned.

The petition, which is also signed by women’s, children’s, and animal organizations — representing more than 5 million members and supporters — follows allegations of 11 sexual assaults, four rapes, and one attempted rape perpetrated against women, children, and men during the festival. Forty-eight bulls were struck and panicked as they were stampeded, slipping and sliding down the city’s narrow streets, only to end up in the bullring, where they were tormented, tortured, and killed.

“The crystal-clear link between violence to women and cruelty to animals is cause enough to shut down Pamplona’s barbaric bullfights and related events,” says PETAPresident Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA joins advocates around the world in calling on Pamplona to ban this cruel blood sport and the bloodlust-fueled sexual violence that goes along with it.”

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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