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Ewan McGregor To Be Honored With Britannia Humanitarian Award

Sep 14, 2016 01:30 pm

Ewan McGregor: Profile

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) is pleased to announce it will honor actor-director Ewan McGregor, OBE, with the Britannia Humanitarian Award at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards.


The annual gala celebration will take place on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. As previously announced, the evening will be hosted for a second time by British actor and comedian Jack Whitehall. Ang Lee will be honored with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, Samuel L. Jackson will be honored with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, and Ricky Gervais will be honored with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy. World-renowned television and event production company Done + Dusted will produce the ceremony.

The Britannia Humanitarian Award is presented to a colleague who has used the art form of the moving image or their position in the entertainment industry to create positive social change, and actively shine a light on important humanitarian issues. The award has previously recognized Idris Elba, Richard Curtis, Don Cheadle, Colin Firth,Mark Ruffalo, and Orlando Bloom. McGregor receives this honor in light of his work with UNICEF, having recently travelled to northern Iraq to see how the conflicts sweeping across Iraq and Syria are devastating children’s lives. McGregor, who makes his directorial debut this year with “American Pastoral,” is using his platform to bring awareness to the unimaginable horrors facing these children, and worked withUNICEF to help provide lifesaving food and water, child protection services, and healthcare to those families in need.


“Ewan McGregor is not only a multi-talented individual, but has led by example in showing that even one person can make a huge difference in the life of a child,” said Kieran Breen, Chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles. “Given his most recent work in Iraq, and ongoing commitment to the fight against the horrific conditions in which children there are living, he is most deserving of this honor. We are thrilled to be able to recognize his work and shed light on the initiatives about which he is most passionate.”

The British Academy Britannia Awards evening is BAFTA’s big night out in Hollywood, where Brits and anglophiles alike come together in celebration of exceptional individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the US, UK and beyond. Known to be an enjoyable evening that captures a unique blend of sincerity and British irreverence, the evening also serves to celebrate the long-standing collaboration between the British and American industries. The Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolades, recognizing both outstanding British talent, and exceptional international talent by virtue of their strong connection to the British industry through their body of work. Proceeds from the event support BAFTA Los Angeles’ on-going education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.

Often hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation, Ewan McGregor consistently captivates audiences with a diverse line-up of roles across a multitude of genres, styles and scope.

Up next, McGregor will star in his directorial debut American Pastoral, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. McGregor will star in the film opposite Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning. Lionsgate will release the film October 21, 2016 and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on September 9, 2016.


McGregor recently wrapped production on Trainspotting 2, where he will reprise his role as “Renton,” opposite Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle. The highly anticipated sequel, based on characters created by Irvine Welsh, will reunite Danny Boyle as director with screenwriter John Hodge and all of the principal cast of the 1996 film. The story, set in the late ’80s, follows a group of heroin addicts in an economically depressed area of Edinburgh. Sony will release the film February 3, 2017.

On March 17, 2017 McGregor will star in Disney’s remake of the classic film Beauty and the Beast in which he plays “Lumiere.” McGregor will soon begin production on FX’s Emmy-winning drama, Fargo. He will play brothers, Emmit and Ray Stussy, in the season-three anthology which is set to air in 2017.


McGregor can recently be seen in the political thriller Our Kind of Traitor opposite Stellan Skarsgard, released July 1, 2016. Additionally, he can recently be seen in Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days in the Desert, where he plays both a demon and a holy man on a journey through the desert. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was released on May 13, 2016 by Broad Green Pictures. McGregor can also be seen in Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead opposite Cheadle and Zoe Saldana. The film premiered at the New York Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics on April 1, 2016.

The 2015 ceremony took place in October at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Harrison Ford received the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, Orlando Bloom received the Britannia Humanitarian Award presented by the Beazley Group, Meryl Streep received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, Sam Mendes received the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by the GREAT Britain campaign, James Corden received the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year presented by Burberry and Amy Schumer received the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy presented by Kodak.


The British Academy Britannia Awards is produced through a partnership betweenBAFTA Los Angeles and Done & Dusted. Event Production and Management is byMTA Events


Starlight Children’s Foundation To Host Dream Halloween 2016

Sep 14, 2016 12:00 pm

Ashley Argota: Profile

Starlight Children’s Foundation will host LA’s iconic Dream Halloween costume party and fundraiser at the historic Park Plaza in downtown Los Angeles on October 22, 2016.

The popular family-friendly event returns this year as a charity benefit for Starlight whose mission is to bring happiness to critically, chronically and terminally ill children. Since 1992, Dream Halloween has raised millions of dollars to support kids and families facing serious health challenges.

Starlight invites guests to check into the legendary “Starlight Hotel” for Dream Halloween 2016. This one-of-a-kind costume party will delight children and adults with two floors and three ballrooms full of games, crafts, food, live performances and other phantasmagorical surprises throughout the night. Dream Halloween is produced by Joe Moller Events, a full service boutique event production company based in Los Angeles.

Starlight’s all-star Dream Halloween host committee includes Ashley Argota, Butterscotch, Philippe Cousteau, Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, Deborah Cox, Cindy Crawford, Tiffany Espensen, Mckenna Grace, Sammi Hanratty, Stacy Keibler, Joey King, Dave Koz, Elise Luthman, Joey Luthman, Bailee Madison, Mahkenna, Kayla Maisonet, Sierra McCormick, Katherine McNamara, Brendan Meyer, Aubrey K. Miller, Dylan Minnette, Kathleen Robertson, Elisabeth Röhm, John Stamos, Sophie Simmons, James Valentine and Theo Von.

All proceeds benefit Starlight Children’s Foundation. Sponsorships, ticket packages and individual tickets are on sale now at For every sponsorship or ticket package purchased, Starlight will donate complimentary event passes to LA-area kids and families supported by Starlight’s network of community partners including children’s hospitals, specialty camps and clinics, respite houses and shelters.

Michaels Stores is the Title Sponsor of Dream Halloween. Additional event sponsors include: Colgate-Palmolive; Dave Koz & Friends at Sea; Disney; the Northwestern Mutual offices of Los Angeles, Irvine, Las Vegas and West Los Angeles; Nintendo of America; Insomniac Games; and Audrey’s Cookies.

For more information about Dream Halloween, including sponsorships, ticket packages or to purchase individual tickets, please visit or contact Lauren Stephenson, Manager, Impact & Philanthropy, at 424-245-3693 or by email


Celebrities And Activists: South Korea’s Cruel Dog Meat Trade Must End

Sep 14, 2016 11:00 am

Lucy Watson: Profile

During a Westminster Hall debate this week, Britain’s MPs called for an end to South Korea’s cruel factory farming of dogs for human consumption.

Animal protection campaigners from Humane Society International/UK applauded Parliament for ‘giving a voice to the voiceless millions of dogs condemned to die for their meat.’

HSI is the leading global animal charity working in South Korea to expose the cruelty, having closed down five dog farms so far and rescuing more than 500 dogs as part of a long-term strategy to achieve a government-led phase-out of the industry.

Earlier, Made in Chelsea’s Lucy Watson and her dog Digby joined HSI/UK campaigners dressed as dogs in a cage the same size as those used on many of South Korea’s dog meat farms. And actors Dame Judi Dench, Peter Egan and Jenny Seagrove, author Jilly Cooper, veterinarians Marc Abraham and Bruce Fogle, as well as dog behaviourist Victoria Stilwell, signed a letter organised by HSI urging Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to take decisive action.

During the debate, Oliver Dowden MP called for the UK government’s constructive engagement with its South Korean counterparts to highlight concerns in a spirit of friendship and co-operation. Kerry McCarthy MP called on the UK to be a critical friend, noting that whilst South Korea is a very modern country, some of the ‘old ways’ persist such as the dog meat trade. She noted that there is no humane way to breed dogs for meat. Cross party MPs expressed sincere concern for this issue, and MPs from Scotland and Northern Ireland were particularly vocal.

Claire Bass, executive director of HSI /UK, who attended the Parliament debate, welcomed the discussion: “South Korea’s dog meat trade is as brutal as it is unnecessary, and Britain as world leaders in animal welfare could be instrumental in encouraging a government-led phase-out of the industry at a time when South Koreans are increasingly calling the practice into question. As many as three million dogs are bred each year in deprived conditions until they are killed by electrocution, hanging or beating. It’s a miserable life and painful death for a meat delicacy that is seldom eaten by most South Koreans.

“Britain prides itself as a nation of animal lovers, so we are pleased to see MPs sending a strong message of support for an end to this industry, giving a voice to the voiceless millions of dogs condemned to die for their meat. Humane Society International is leading the way with dog farm closures that demonstrate it’s possible to work co-operatively with the farmers to end what they themselves recognise is a dying trade, so now we need the South Korean government to step in. We welcome the Minister’s commitment to address this issue and look forward to working with FCOofficials and MPs to deliver the meaningful political actions pledged in the debate.”

Many MPs spoke of the need to approach the issue in a sensitive and cautious way to avoid a negative response. To this, HSI’s Claire Bass added: “When ‘tradition’ and ‘culture’ produce victims, it’s time for that tradition to change. That call for change, and for a new culture of compassion for animals, is being heard loudest from young Koreans who largely reject dog meat.”

HSI would like to see the UK government vigorously encourage legislative reforms, as well as offer insights from the successful government-orchestrated phase-out of fur farms in the UK that provides a template for reform that South Korea could follow.

A growing number of politicians and citizens in South Korea are speaking out against the dog meat trade, and amendments have been proposed to the country’s Animal Welfare Law that could significantly impact the trade. With 18 months to go until the world’s media is focused on South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics, HSI hopes that a pledge can be secured from the South Korea government to act, and now is the time for Britain to add its support.


Jess Cagle To Be Honored At 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles

Sep 14, 2016 09:45 am

Connor Franta: Profile

GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, will honor Jess Cagle, Editorial Director of Time Inc.‘s Celebrity, Entertainment and Style Group at GLSEN’s Respect Awards – Los Angeles to be held Friday, October 21, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills.

Jess Cagle joins previously announced YouTube star and #Gamechanger Award recipient Connor Franta as an honoree for the event.

The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

“I am thrilled to announce Jess Cagle as an honoree for the 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles,” said GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard. “Jess is a committed advocate and philanthropist who advances our message of respect for all.”

Jess Cagle will be honored with the Visionary Award. His dedication to LGBTQ youth is evidenced by his participation in the GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles year after year, as well as his ongoing philanthropy. In addition to his advocacy on behalf of GLSEN’s constituents, under his direction, People and Entertainment Weekly have brought attention to issues of race and gun violence among others in a way that demonstrates a commitment to GLSEN’s vision for a world where everyone is respected for who they are.

GLSEN has led the way on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy,GLSEN has seen the impact of its work with the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, and GLSEN’s Ally Week.

Previous GLSEN Respect Awards honorees have included Justin Timberlake andJessica Biel; Zachary Quinto; Julia Roberts and Danny Moder; Derek Hough; Matthew Morrison; NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt; Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg; Bob andHarvey Weinstein; former NBA player Jason Collins; Darren Star; Shonda Rhimes; Michele and Rob Reiner; Andrew Tobias; John Mack, CEO of Morgan Stanley; NBAexecutive Rick Welts; the National Education Association; Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak; Simon Halls and Matt Bomer; MTV; Disney-ABC Television; Johnson & Johnson; and HBO, as well as student leaders and educators from around the country.

Co-chairs for this year’s event are Jim Fielding, Dave Karger, Patrick Moran and Chip Sullivan. The event is co-hosted by Lawrence Angrisani, Greg Berlanti and Robbie Rogers, Brad Bessey and Frank Sanchez, Edison Briones, Kevin Brockman and Dan Berendsen, Jess Cagle, Jessica Capshaw and Christopher Gavigan, Terry Clark, Donald De Line, Andrew Hotz and Kevin Friedman, Lauren Huff, Mike Irvin, Richard Konigsberg and Craig Olsen, Duncan Millership and Simon Thomas, Cody Morris and Christopher Landon, Corey Palent, Jonathan Rollo and Joey Gonzalez, Ben Roy, Mimi Slavin, and Ben Spector.

Sponsors of the 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles include Presenting Sponsors Wells Fargo, Target and The Walt Disney Company.

For more information about the GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles, click here.


The Elders Hail Germany’s Engagement On Refugee And Migration Issues

Sep 14, 2016 08:30 am

Kofi Annan: Profile

The Elders this week welcomed Germany’s engagement and efforts on refugee and migration issues, and called for greater European and global responsibility-sharing as part of a wider, comprehensive approach.

Kofi Annan, Martti Ahtisaari and Lakhdar Brahimi made their call following meetings with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal President Joachim Gauck, business leaders, civil society groups and refugees themselves during the two-day visit to Berlin – the first official visit to Germany by The Elders.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “We applaud Germany’s leadership on refugees and migration, and the bold decisions taken by Chancellor Merkel, Foreign Minister Steinmeier and the coalition government. These are complex, long-term issues that require far-sighted, compassionate leadership. The answer can never be to erect walls, or to claim that militarised borders or detention of migrants will stem the flow of desperate people.

“We have been heartened by our meetings with political and business leaders, and especially with refugees themselves and the volunteers from all sections of German society who have made such selfless efforts to help people in need.”

The Elders also launched a new report on refugees and migration during their visit, setting out four key principles that should govern the world’s approach to these complex issues. They believe that:
1. Response mechanisms to large flows of people must be developed and properly coordinated, both regionally and internationally.
2. Assistance to major refugee-hosting countries must be enhanced.
3. Resettlement opportunities must be increased, along with additional pathways for admission.
4. Human rights and refugee protection must be upheld and strengthened.

The Elders will continue to advocate these positions at a global level, including at the United Nations General Assembly and Refugee Summit next week in New York, and seek to ensure that the voices of refugees and migrants themselves are heard and respected as part of a truly compassionate, comprehensive policy approach.


Los Angeles Rams And Make-A-Wish Team Up For A Night Of Wishes

Sep 14, 2016 07:30 am

Make-A-Wish Foundation: Profile

Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles teams up with the Los Angeles Rams to welcome them back to LA and kick off the inaugural “Night for Wishes” on Wednesday, September 21st at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyde Sunset in Hollywood.

Rams players, cheerleaders, staff, and mascot Rampage, will all be in attendance for this special event. Middle linebacker Alec Ogletree and Kara Henderson Snead of NFL Network will host a night of fun, food, cocktails, one-of-a-kind auction items and music provided by one of entertainment’s top spinners, DJ Sleeper. Rams fans will receive an exclusive opportunity to meet and greet their favorite players for autographs and photographs, while helping grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions in LA County.

“We’re thrilled to have the Rams back in LA so we can continue our wonderful relationship,” said Neal Aton, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles. “The Rams’ friendship with Make-A-Wish spans the last 20 years, during which they raised more than $2 million for our kids. We truly appreciate the team’s long-standing tradition of supporting their community through philanthropy. We look forward to raising funds and granting wishes together during this exciting homecoming season and long into the future.”

“I’m looking forward to hosting this inaugural event in Los Angeles and recruiting my teammates to join me in supporting local kids fighting serious illnesses,” said Alec Ogletree, middle linebacker, Los Angeles Rams. “Make-A-Wish has always had a special place in my heart and as a new father, it has even deeper meaning to me now. It’s going to be a great night and I encourage the community to come out and help the Rams support Make-A-Wish and their important mission of granting wishes for these young heroes, who inspire us.”

Join sponsors — Community Bank, Goldwin Foundation and Wells Fargo — in showing your Rams pride:
• For information about VIP sponsorship packages and limited individual tickets, please visit
• Make a donation at


Spotlight: Heidi Klum’s Charity Work

Sep 14, 2016 07:00 am

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum is putting her supermodel status to good charitable use. With an eye for both high fashion and women’s health issues, she also demonstrates a knack for combining the two. She has made a habit of donating the dresses she has worn to assorted celebrity functions to charity.

Her Oscar gown went to the Red Dress Program, and Klum also modeled at a fundraiser for that charity, which raises awareness about heart disease in women.

Another of her garments went to the ‘27 Dresses’ auction benefitting the Lavender Trust breast cancer charity. Klum also found time to attend Madonna’s gala for Raising Malawi, which provides food, water, medical care and schooling to orphans.

Read more about Heidi Klum’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s Celebrity Supporters

Sep 14, 2016 06:00 am
Creating a future of hope for children and families worldwide by eradicating pediatricAIDS, providing care and treatment to people with HIV/AIDS, and accelerating the discovery of new treatments for other serious and life-threatening pediatric illnesses

Celebrity supporters

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation has 109 known supporters, including Miley Cyrus, Susan Sarandon, and Sharon Stone

Areas of work

Read more about Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s work and celebrity supporters.

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