GEORGE CLOONEY, ALLISON JANNEY AND OTHERS PAY TRIBUTE TO ESSENTIAL WORKERS: Leslie Odom Jr., Jodie Foster, Kris Jenner, Wanda Sykes, Pierce Brosnan, Jeff Bridges, Michael Douglas, Rachel Platten, George Clooney, Allison Janney and others came together to perform during the Motion Picture Television Fund‘s livestreamed fundraiser on Friday night. During his video tribute, Big Lebowski actor Bridges noted some “positive sides to this hunkering down.” He said, “I find I’ve got a bit time to meditate, contemplate how to make this world a better place once this virus runs its course. What kind of world do we want our kids to live in? Our grandkids to live in? That’s something to contemplate.”The MPTF offers financial relief and support to entertainment workers.
KEVIN HART SURPRISES DOCTOR WITH ROLE IN NEXT MOVIE: Kevin Hart has offered a walk-on role in a future film to a frontline worker. Henry Law, an anesthesiologist from New Jersey got the call from the Jumanji star, informing him that he had been chosen at random as the winner of his All in Challenge, which has swept Hollywood since Michael Rubin launched it to benefit coronavirus. The challenge raises money for organizations that feed the hungry, including Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, America’s Food Fund, World Central Kitchen and Feeding America. Law said he donated “a few hundred dollars.” So far, the challenge has raised $43 million.
MICHELLE OBAMA ANNOUNCES PROMA-ATHON: Michelle Obama is teaming up with MTV for a Class of 2020 Prom-athon. The daylong on-air takeover will feature all things prom, Deadline reports, including throwback films, short-form originals and a 90-minute prom party with virtual streaming available on MTV’s YouTube channel. Celeb appearances and live performances will be announced soon. The show will hit the air on MTV on Friday, May 22.
HOLLYWOOD PAYS TRIBUTE TO FRED WILLARD – (05/18/2020)
Fred Willard, beloved for his roles both big and small, has died at age 86 of natural causes. The comic actor who specialized in playing clueless characters and was noted for his improvisational skills, and rose to fame as part of Christopher Guest’s troupe of actors.
Willard’s agent Michael Eisenstadt told The Hollywood Reporter that he died Friday night in L.A. of natural causes.
His daughter, Hope Mulbarger, said he passed “very peacefully … He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever.”
Willard snagged Emmy nominations for three consecutive years for playing Hank MacDougall, Robert’s (Brad Garrett) father-in-law on Everybody Loves Raymond, then again for his role as Frank Dunphy on Modern Family.
He also performed memorable roles in Waiting for Guffman, This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration.
Celebs took to Twitter to share their grief.
Jamie Lee Curtis, who is married to director Guest, posted: “A fond farewell to Mr. Fred Willard. How lucky we all are that we got to witness his great gifts. Thanks for the deep belly laughs. You are now with Mary. Home safe.”
Steve Carell wrote: “Fred Willard was the funniest person that I’ve ever worked with. He was a sweet, wonderful man.”
Eric Stonestreet tweeted: “It was a privilege to have the great Fred Willard know my name. Rest In Peace Fred. You were funny in your bones.”
Steve Martin called him his “comic hero.”
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LADY GAGA ANNOUNCES ‘CHROMATICA’-INSPIRED ‘STUPID LOVE’ EYESHADOW PALETTE – (05/18/2020)
Lady Gaga has announced the “Stupid Love” eyeshadow palette from Haus Laboratories, named after her new album Chromatica’s lead single.
The palette features 18 shades inspired by Gaga’s new album, including icy blues and silvers and warm tone browns and pinks. They’re all named after tracks on the album, like “Free Woman,” “Plastic Doll,” and “Rain on Me,” her duet with Ariana Grande, due out May 22nd.
The album is also going to feature collaborations with BLACKPINK (“Sour Candy”) and Elton John (“Sine From Above”). The album was executive produced by BloodPop and Gaga, and will be available in a variety of physical formats, including different colored vinyls and cassettes.
The limited edition palette retails for $48 and is launching May 19th. One dollar from every transaction is donated to Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.
The Born This Way Foundation is teaming up with Canadian youth mental health charity Jack.org to launch the #BeKindBeThere initiative. It offers resources to young people so they can recognize when someone they know might be struggling with mental health issues and learn the skills to safely support them.
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