Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple and the Ford Foundation have come together to raise $12 million for the launch of America’s Food Fund, which will support Americans facing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic.The initiative is hosted by social fundraising platform GoFundMe, and the proceeds will go to both the World Central Kitchen (WCK) and to Feeding America, whose goals are to feed children who rely on school lunch programs, low-income families, the elderly, and those who have been put out of work due to COVID-19.Oprah Winfrey also committed to donating $1 million to the Fund, and $10 million overall “to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up,” she said in a tweet Thursday.Also Read: Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne and 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Songwriter, Dies at 52 of COVID-19Earlier this week, Winfrey sat down with Chef José Andrés and Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, to discuss the Fund for “Oprah Talks COVID-19” on Apple TV+.“In the face of this crisis, organizations like World Central Kitchen and Feeding America have inspired us all with their unwavering commitment to feed the most vulnerable people in need. I thank them for their tireless work on the frontlines, they deserve all of our support,” said DiCaprio.“We are in the midst of a national emergency, and it is vital we prioritize the most urgent needs, said Laurene Powell Jobs. “With millions losing their jobs and programs like school lunches in jeopardy, making sure Americans aren’t going hungry is of the utmost urgency. America’s Food Fund supports excellent programs that are prepared to aid in the crisis now.”Also Read: Watch NBC News Reporter's Touching Reunion With Her Young Son After 49-Day Coronavirus Coverage (Video)“On behalf of Feeding America, I would like to thank Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and Tim Cook for their generosity and support, which will help our network of food banks provide food and other resources to communities impacted by this crisis,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 37 million people in this country did not have consistent access to nutritious meals – including 11 million children and 5.5 million seniors. These numbers are quickly rising, and it is critical that we rally together as a nation to support our neighbors during this time of great need.”“In times of need, a plate of food is both vital nourishment and a message of hope from the community, that we care and we’re here to make sure that tomorrow, things will be better,” said José Andrés. “Now more than ever – for our frontline heroes, our most vulnerable neighbors, and our out-of-work restaurant workers – WCK is prepared to make sure that food is part of the solution.”“No one can be well if they’re not well-fed, and we can only overcome this crisis if we make sure that every person has the essentials that they need to care for themselves, their families and the vulnerable people in their lives,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “World Central Kitchen and Feeding America do heroic work, and if there is any lesson in this time that we must spend apart, it’s that we are stronger and more resilient when we support one another.”Read original story Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and Apple Donate $12 Million to Launch America’s Food Fund At TheWrap
If you're looking for a way to help amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, an easy way is to stop grocery shopping until April 4th to allow those with WIC, SNAP, and other benefits to access needed supplies.
On Wednesday afternoon’s episode of “The View,” host Whoopi Goldberg pressed presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on why he remains in the race against former vice president Joe Biden.“I’m told that you intend to stay in this race because you believe there is a path to victory. I want to know what that path is because this feels a little bit like it did when you didn’t come out when Hillary Clinton was clearly the person folks were going for. So, can you explain why you’re still in the race and what this path is that you see?” the ABC host asked while broadcasting live from her own home, which she began doing in mid-March as the coronavirus spread through the country.Also Read: Sanders Wants to Delay April 7 Wisconsin Primary, Calls Situation 'Dangerous' (Video)Sanders, also calling into the show from his home, told Goldberg that when Clinton became the Democratic nominee in 2016, he “worked as hard as (he) could” to get her elected and Goldberg demurred, saying that while that was true, she felt it took him a “very long time to hop in.”When Sanders said he didn’t “accept that characterization,” she interrupted to ask, again, why he is staying in the race.“People have a right, last I heard, people in a democracy have a right to vote and they have a right to vote for the agenda that they think can work for America, especially in this very very difficult moment,” he countered. “We are assessing our campaign, as a matter of fact, where we want to go forward, but people in a democracy do have a right to vote and right now, in this unprecedented moment in American history, I think we need to have a very serious discussion about how they go forward.”In another interview conducted from his home Wednesday, the senator expanded on his position that Wisconsin’s April 7 primary should be delayed and voting should be done by mail-in ballots to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.Read original story Whoopi Goldberg to Bernie Sanders: ‘Can You Explain Why You’re Still in the Race?’ At TheWrap
New York governor Andrew Cuomo and CNN primetime anchor Chris Cuomo continued their brotherly banter on air Monday night, ribbing each other over their mother’s favoritism and more.The silly “Cuomo Prime Time” segment, which has become a staple in the interviews about the older Cuomo’s management of New York’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, started off with the governor asking, “Where are you?”“I’m in the process of making a point, is where I am,” answered the anchor. (Editors Note: On Tuesday, Chris Cuomo announced he tested positive for coronavirus.)Also Read: NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Goes on CNN and Ribs Chris Cuomo Mercilessly: 'Mom Told Me I Had To' (Video)“I don’t recognize where you are. Where are you physically? Oh, you’re in your basement! You’re in your basement. I see,” laughed the governor.The younger Cuomo defended his choice to work from the basement, given the current requirements in New York that people stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. From there, he told a long story about some of what he’s done while homebound, including making a special sauce for his family from a recipe that the brothers’ mother passed on to him.“She taught me how to make the sauce. She didn’t teach anybody else,” gloated the younger brother.“You’ve always been good at manipulation,” mused Governor Cuomo. “You’ve always been the meatball of the family. Some of us have to work, right? I don’t have the luxury of working for one hour a day.”Also Read: CNN's Chris Cuomo Announces He Tested Positive for CoronavirusThe journalist defended his job, saying it is full-time, but admitted the governor has been putting in a lot of hours during the pandemic and is gaining a reputation for comforting people.To that end, the back-and-forth schtick might have been cloying or contrived from anyone else or during a different portion of American history, but viewers seemed as into it Monday night as ever.“I am so goddamn delighted every time the Cuomo brothers do an interview together – perhaps the only time I’m delighted!” enthused one Twitter user. “Chris Cuomo and Andrew Cuomo are now my favorite publicly feuding brothers. Sorry Oasis guys,” said another.Watch the brotherly exchange above.Read original story Andrew Cuomo Ribs Brother Chris On-Air: ‘You’ve Always Been the Meatball of the Family’ At TheWrap
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The Television Academy has moved back the dates of Emmy voting, changed some eligibility rules and suspended all “For Your Consideration” events in an effort to adjust to industry changes caused by the coronavirus, the Academy announced on Friday morning.In a release announcing the changes, the TV Academy said it has no current plans to cancel or postpone the Primetime Emmy Awards, which are scheduled for Sept. 20, or the Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies set for Sept. 12 and 13.However, it added, “As national and statewide directives and mandates on the COVID-19 pandemic remain fluid, the Television Academy and broadcast partner ABC will monitor recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the L.A. County Department of Public Health.”Also Read: TV Ad Sales Expected to Drop 13% This Year, Magna Global SaysKey dates in both the first and second rounds of voting have been changed, with the period of nominations voting shortened by three days and the final voting shortened by four days.The deadline for Emmy entries was changed by almost a full month, moving from its original May 11 date to June 5.Nomination voting, which was originally due to begin on June 15, has been pushed back to July 2, and will now run through July 13.Emmy nominations will be announced on July 28, two weeks later than the original July 14 date.Final voting will begin on August 21, four days later than originally planned, but ballots will still be due on the original date of August 31.Also Read: Golden Globes Suspend Eligibility Rules Because of Coronavirus Theater ClosingsThe Academy will also extend the eligibility date for “hanging episodes,” the Emmys’ name for episodes which air after the cutoff date, to qualify for this year’s awards. While the overall eligibility period remains June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020, episodes can now air as late as June 30, 2020 and still be eligible for consideration for this year’s Emmys.In addition, the Academy has suspended all of its “For Your Consideration” events for this Emmy season. Those events typically took place at Television Academy theaters or made use of the Academy’s mailing list of voters, and most often attracted live audiences for screenings, Q&As and receptions. The new rule, though, suspends all such events “whether with a live audience, streaming or recorded for posting on a viewing platform.”Also Read: LA Mayor Says Staples Center, Movie Soundstages Could House COVID-19 Patients: 'Any Place Is On the Table'A pokes person for the Academy told TheWrap that the rule also prohibits a network or streaming service from hosting its own FYC events that would be promoted to Television Academy members.The changes, which have been expected in light of the interruption of production schedules and the self-quarantining rules in place in Los Angeles, New York and other locations, were first raised in a conference call with network and awards executives on Monday, and subsequently approved by the Academy’s Board of Governors.Here is the full text of the Television Academy release spelling out the changes:The Television Academy today announced changes to be implemented for the 72nd Emmy Awards® season in response to unprecedented challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.These updates include a revised Emmy voting calendar, modification of the hanging episode rule for series and limited series, and suspension of For Your Consideration industry events.Following discussions with key industry partners, the Television Academy Board of Governors voted to update the Emmy Awards calendar to better accommodate ongoing changes and disruptions in production and programming schedules across all network, cable and streaming services. Key dates in the competition have been pushed back, and voting windows have shortened:Revised Emmy Awards Calendar:June 5: Entry deadline July 2: Nominations-round voting begins July 13: Nominations-round voting ends July 28: Nominations announced August 21: Final-round voting begins August 31: Final-round voting endsCLICK HERE for the full Emmy Awards calendar.NOTE: There are no current plans to cancel or delay the Sept. 20 Emmy telecast or the Sept. 12 and 13 Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies. As national and statewide directives and mandates on the COVID-19 pandemic remain fluid, the Television Academy and broadcast partner ABC will monitor recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the L.A. County Department of Public Health.Modification of Hanging Episode Rule (Series and Limited Series)Due to production and programming delays, the Academy has extended the eligibility date for “hanging episodes” to June 30 (formerly May 31).Series eligibility: To qualify for eligibility in the current eligibility year, the series must have premiered by the end of the eligibility year (May 31, 2020). If the series has one or more episodes that fall into the subsequent eligibility year, those episodes must be broadcast or posted on an accessible platform by June 30 to gain eligibility for the current eligibility year. A minimum of six eligible episodes is still required to qualify for series eligibility.Limited Series eligibility: To qualify for eligibility in the current eligibility year, the limited series must have premiered by the end of the eligibility year (May 31, 2020). If the limited series has one or more episodes/parts that fall into the subsequent eligibility year, those episodes must be broadcast or posted on an accessible platform by June 30 to gain eligibility for the current eligibility year, provided the complete limited series is made available by the June 30 deadline. If those episodes/parts are not able to be broadcast/posted by June 30, then the complete limited series, along with the individual achievements, will be eligible in the subsequent eligibility year.For Your Consideration Events All Television Academy For Your Consideration events — whether with a live audience, streaming or recorded for posting on a viewing platform — have been suspended for this Emmy season.Read original story Television Academy Delays Emmy Voting, Bans Campaign Events At TheWrap
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Dax Shepard had to distance himself from his family after traveling last week. So, to share their love from afar, Kristen Bell and her daughters danced outside his window, and the video is so cute.
Jared Leto is probably wishing he was still in the desert right about now.The actor and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman recently emerged from a 12-day desert-based silent meditation, where he was completely cut off from the outside world and thus from any news of the coronavirus pandemic.“Wow. 12 days ago I began a silent meditation in the desert,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “We were totally isolated. No phone, no communication etc. We had no idea what was happening outside the facility.”Also Read: Colbert Interrupts Coronavirus Hiatus to Deliver 'Late Show' Monologue From His Bubble Bath (Video)“Walked out yesterday into a very different world. One that’s been changed forever,” he continued. “Mind blowing — to say the least. I’m getting messages from friends and family all around the globe and catching up on what’s going on. Hope you and yours are ok. Sending positive energy to all. Stay inside. Stay safe.”Now, Leto must plunge into isolation and practice social-distancing. Except now, instead of voluntarily going on a spirit-cleansing desert escape, he’ll be stuck inside like the rest of us.Leto’s experience is not dissimilar from the cast of “Big Brother” Germany. All 14 participants have been cut off from outside communication — as is customary on reality shows — and will be informed of the coronavirus pandemic for the first time tonight on live television, according to several news organizations including The Guardian and German publication Radio Times.View this post on Instagram ❤️A post shared by JARED LETO (@jaredleto) on Mar 16, 2020 at 10:26pm PDTRead original story Jared Leto ‘Totally Isolated’ in 12-Day Desert Meditation, Emerges to Learn of Coronavirus (and Re-Isolate Himself) At TheWrap
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are donating $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada amid the spreading coronavirus, Lively said on Instagram on Monday.“Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families,” she wrote. “If you can give, these orgs need our help.”At the end of her post, Lively made a quick joke about her husband — something that both often do with one another on social media.“Now can someone please tell Ryan that ‘emotional distancing’ from his mother in law is not a thing. Nothing can save him,” she wrote.Also Read: Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner and More Celebrities Read Bedtime Stories to Comfort Kids in Isolation (Video)Reynolds also posted to his Instagram, putting up a joke phone number for pal and nemesis Hugh Jackman.Feeding America is a network of food banks that fights to end world hunger globally. Food Banks Canada also fights to prevent hunger.Also Read: Bored at Home? Here's Where You Can Watch Most of AFI's Top 25 Films (Photos)According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 3,487 cases of coronavirus in the United States, with 68 total deaths. Globally, there are 168,019 cases with 6,610 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.See the couple’s posts below.View this post on Instagram @feedingamerica @foodbankscanada ♥️A post shared by Blake Lively (@blakelively) on Mar 16, 2020 at 5:06pm PDTView this post on Instagram I think we can all agree, Covid-19 is an asshole. If you’re able to help, visit, @feedingamerica and @foodbankscanadaA post shared by Ryan Reynolds (@vancityreynolds) on Mar 16, 2020 at 4:14pm PDTRead original story Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds Donate $1 Million to Feeding America, Food Banks Canada Amid Coronavirus At TheWrap