Celebrity news: Ryan Reynolds is giving away more money

Celebrity news: Ryan Reynolds is giving away more money
On Monday, it was announced that Reynolds and his wife, actor Blake Lively, were donating $200,000 to St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia to help it establish an Indigenous women’s leadership centre.

On Tuesday, Reynolds launched a fundraising challenge in partnership with conservancy group Pacific Wild to help protect the Great Bear Rainforest, which covers 6.4 million hectares on British Columbia’s northwest coast.

Reynolds, who was born in Vancouver, will match donations made to Pacific Wild between Canada Day and Aug. 3, up to $50,000.

“This is my way to ensure that the rainforests that I grew up with as a kid are still going to be there, wild and unique, and in the world for my kids,” the actor said in a news release.

Debra Yeo

Want BIPOC staff on your TV or film production? Look here

A new web portal is being launched later this summer to make it easier for Canadian film and TV producers to hire Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC).

HireBIPOC, a roster of BIPOC screen industry professionals available for work, was announced Tuesday by Bell Media and the grassroots collective BIPOC TV & FILM. The organizations partnered earlier this month as Bell seeks to amplify voices from marginalized communities on its platforms.

“There are many talented, qualified BIPOC crew and creatives available to work in our industry,” Nathalie Younglai, founder and CEO of BIPOC TV & FILM, said in a news release. “Too often we hear excuses like, ‘We can’t find any BIPOC crew’ — that’s simply unacceptable. HireBIPOC will simplify the process and, more importantly, hold productions and entertainment companies accountable. No more excuses.”

Debra Yeo

Adam Savage of ‘Mythbusters’ accused of abusing sister

The former host of “Mythbusters” allegedly sexually abused his younger sister for years, starting when she was seven years old and he was nine, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Westchester County, N.Y.

Miranda Savage Pacchiana, 51, claims brother Adam Savage called himself the “raping blob” when he assaulted her “repeatedly” between 1976 and 1979 while they lived together in Sleepy Hollow.

“As a child, this experience shook my sense of safety and crushed my self-confidence,” Pacchiana said during a video press conference. “I will never wake up one morning and stop being a survivor of child rape.”

Savage, 52, denied the allegations in a statement issued by his lawyer.

“While I hope that my sister gets the help she needs to find peace, this needs to end. For many years, she has relentlessly and falsely attacked me and other members of my family to anyone who will listen,” Savage said.

New York Daily News

Man who wrote the theme music for ‘M*A*S*H’ dead at 94

Johnny Mandel, the arranger, composer and film scorer whose melody for “Shadow of Your Smile” from 1965’s “The Sandpiper” ensured his place in the American songbook, has died at age 94.

Mandel was also the arranger and composer of “Suicide Is Painless,” the familiar theme to the movie “M*A*S*H” as well as the TV series based on the film.

“Shadow” won Mandel and lyricist Paul Francis Webster an Academy Award, and the pair were also nominated for “A Time for Love” from 1966’s “An American Dream.” Mandel also won Grammys for those songs and for his work as an arranger on several notable albums, including Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable.”

Mandel wrote scores for radio and TV — including Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca’s “Your Show of Shows” — and, after moving to Los Angeles in 1953, the movies, starting with Dean Martin’s and Jerry Lewis’s “You’re Never Too Young.”

Mandel later wrote music for “The Americanization of Emily,” “Harper,” “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming,” “Point Blank,” “Being There” and “The Verdict.” For 1970’s “M*A*S*H,” he composed music to lyrics written by Michael Altman, the son of the film’s director, Robert Altman.

Los Angeles Times

MTV Video Music Awards will go on — but distantly

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will be staged in person at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Aug. 30, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced.

The show will take place with a limited or absent audience, with social distancing precautions and capacity limits in effect, MTV said. The company said it will “closely follow” the guidance of state and local government officials and its own team of medical experts.

New York City is set to enter Phase 3 of its four-stage reopening plan July 6.

The Barclays Center, like the city’s other event venues, has been shut down since March after the city cancelled all cultural and sporting events to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
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