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Hilarity For Charity® Is Throwing James Franco A Bar Mitzvah!

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Hilarity for Charity (PRNewsFoto/Hilarity For Charity)

This came in yesterday and apart from it being a part of the Hillary movement…this event is linked to raising awareness for Alzheimer’s disease:

Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen’s Hilarity For Charity®(HFC), a movement led by the couple to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among the millennial generation, today announced the theme of the fourth annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show: James Franco’s Bar Mitzvah!

This year’s HFC Variety Show will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association®. The flagship Los Angeles Variety Show is creating the next generation of Alzheimer’s advocates through evenings filled with music and comedy.  Each year, the HFC Variety Show has a new theme and this year the organization is excited to throw James Franco his Bar Mitzvah.

“Ever since I’ve known James, he’s been talking about wanting a Bar Mitzvah.  We’re excited to see him finally become a man while also helping us raise awareness and funds for people living with Alzheimer’s and towards research that will lead to a cure,” said Rogen. “And in celebration we’ll also have a mohel and a live bris for James at the event. You don’t want to miss it.”

Miller Rogen, whose mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 55, said, “Five million Americans are currently living with the disease and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., yet it is the least funded and the only one with no treatment whatsoever.” She continued, “I hope we’re able to capture the attention of more young people, and get the disease the type of funding it deserves.”

Past shows have drawn some of Hollywood’s biggest names with performances and appearances by Paul Rudd, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruno Mars, Jack Black, Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Kroll and many more! In 2014 the Prom Night themed Variety Show raised nearly $1 million.  The lineup for this year’s Variety Show will be announced in the coming weeks.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 11, 2015 at

About Hilarity For Charity
In 2012, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen (along with some amazing friends), created Hilarity for Charity (HFC), a movement to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among the millennial generation. They later established the Hilarity for Charity Fund as part of the Alzheimer’s Association, through which monies raised are directed to help families struggling with Alzheimer’s care, increase support groups nationwide, and fund cutting edge research. Since its inception, Hilarity for Charity has raised $2.5 million to support these efforts. Through evenings filled with music and comedy, the flagship Los Angeles Variety Show is creating the next generation of Alzheimer’s advocates.  Join the online conversation by using the hashtag #HFC , and following Hilarity for Charity on Twitter (@Hilar4Charity), Instagram (@hilarityforcharity) and liking us on For more information,

About Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit®.

“We’d have less violence if more women were in charge” Says Dalai Lama

Tonight on Larry King’s PoliticKING, the Dalai Lama tells Larry why he believes we’d have less violence if more women were in charge; he weighs in on Dylann Roof and how to end racism; he gives his views on ISIS and his opinion of current world leaders.  Below are highlights from the interview.

The Dalai Lama tells Larry King he has tried to reach out and reason with ISIS


LARRY KING: What do you think of ISIS?  Do you worry about ISIS–

THE DALAI LAMA:  Very sad.  Very sad.  You see, the very factor which–inspiration to human being, these tradition– give us message of love, forgiveness, tolerance. That very factor now causing more division, more hatred. It’s unthinkable. I think due to lack of close contact. And environment– you see, truth– I think for centuries some of these Muslim brothers and sisters living more or less isolated. Indian Muslims and– and also Indonesian Muslim, you see– through centuries, they live with different sort of religious traditions.  So you see in their mind they take for granted there are different traditions. Whereas, you see, Muslim brother and sisters who are completely isolated. Then, you see, these difficulties come. So we have to extend our hand — should reach out. Reach out to them.

LARRY KING:  To them?

THE DALAI LAMA: And cool down their sort of thinking —

LARRY KING: But they don’t listen.  They–

THE DALAI LAMA: But then, okay.  But for our part, try.  (LAUGH)


THE DALAI LAMA: Maybe unrealistic.

LARRY KING: Yeah, it sounds unrealistic.  Look at what they do.

THE DALAI LAMA: Okay. I believe, you see, we should make attempt. Fail? Nothing lose.

The 14th Dalai Lama’s opinion on world leaders

dllk2LARRY KING: I want your opinion of some leaders.  What do you make of Assad, the president of Syria?

THE DALAI LAMA: I think in order to answer that I have to go to Syria and meet more people and analyze. Then I will give you answer.

LARRY KING:  Netanyahu of Israel.

THE DALAI LAMA: I met few occasion. Quite tough.  (LAUGH)

LARRY KING:  Tough guy?  Do you like him? You like everybody.

THE DALAI LAMA: But, again, you see, I think where some of his policies concerned, I have some reservation.

LARRY KING: The Chinese President Jinping.

THE DALAI LAMA: Xi Jinping. Basically as I mentioned earlier, some of his public expressions are something quite surprising.  A communist leader, you see, saying some nice thing about Buddhism is something new.

LARRY KING: What do you think of Mr. Putin in Russia?

THE DALAI LAMA: Putin? Of course, I should sort of– I should respect him, because he is the president of a great nation. And I think third term or something like that, isn’t it?  He first president. Then become prime minister. Then again become–

LARRY KING:  President–

THE DALAI LAMA: –president.  Too long, I think.  (LAUGHTER)

LARRY KING:  And finally, what do you think of President Obama?


LARRY KING: Have you met him?

THE DALAI LAMA: Oh Yes. Few occasions. Since first meeting, you see, I sorta jokingly express his sort of appearance. He looks like a monk. You see–very short hair. And his face also looks like, you see–


THE DALAI LAMA: Yes. As a distinguished monk like that. I love him.

Other highlights from the interview include:

  • The Dalai Lama tells Larry King why he believes the world would be more peaceful with women in leadership roles around the globe: “According scientist– see, female– biologically more sensitivity about others’ pain than men… I really feel the leadership of our planet, you see, more female takes responsibility, maybe less violence.”
  • The Dalai Lama tells Larry King religion is failing worldwide: “I think religion– all major religion including Buddhism– over 2,000 years I think–immense help to humanity.  But not adequate.  Particularly now today…Out of 7 billion, over 1 billion– non-believer.  And then more important, among the believers– there are corrupted believer there.  So this clearly shows religious teaching not adequate.  So now we have to find another way to educate people the– important– importance of these inner value.”
  • The Dalai Lama tells Larry King Earth is not the only planet in space that has life: “Of course…Buddhist literature mentioned countless world…So then I think if we use our common sense, then [out of] countless galaxies…only this planet have…human being? I think difficult to say.”
  • The Dalai Lama on Dylann Roof and how teaching morality in schools would help end racism: “We need more effort to make awareness the value of compassion. Compassion…an essential concern of others’ wellbeing and respect others’ life…You see message not properly channelized…And I have strong sorta– view in education field from Kindergarten up to University level we should include some lesson about the inner value with more sorta awareness…Then the society who come through that kinda education would be more different. This present up to now, the existing modern education very much oriented about material value. Not much talking about inner value.”
  • The Dalai Lama explains why China posts warnings about celebrating his birthday (he just turned 80 last week):  “Some of their officials– describe me as a demon.  So they should– discourage–birthday of demon. (he laughs)”
  • Why the Dalai Lama is optimistic about Tibetan autonomyWithin People’s Republic of China, we seek meaningful autonomy. That safeguard for preservation of Tibetan identity, Tibetan language, Tibetan rich cultural heritage like that…our struggle [is] a struggle between power of gun and power of truth. For short term, power of gun is more decisive, more effective. But long term, power of truth is much stronger.”
  • Dalai Lama on Pope Francis: “Nice. Very nice. I think very practical.”


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“BITCH I’M MADONNA” — In Case You Didn’t Hear It The 1st Time!


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Madonna released a remix version of “Bitch I’m Madonna” today on VEVO. The video, directed by longtime Madonna collaborator Jonas Åkerlund  (Ghosttown, Music, Ray of Light), is cut to the Sander Kleinenberg’s remix of the epic track and features both additional footage and remixed footage of the original video.

Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Diplo, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Chris Rock and Kanye West along with fashion designer Alexander Wang and Madonna’s sons Rocco and David all co-star in the video. “Bitch I’m Madonna” is the third video from Madonna’s critically acclaimed 13th studio album REBEL HEART. 

Madonna will kick off her highly anticipated Rebel Heart Tour on September 9th in Montreal, Quebec at the Bell Centre. A full list of dates can be found HERE.

Street League Skateboarding Fans Will Want to Tune In To This!

Watch the exclusive 2015 Street League Skateboarding Nike
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NYPD, Mannequins and Morphsuits: Prank Gone Wrong (raise your hand if you NEED attention)

A prank at a Manhattan GAP store resulted in the NYPD being called, as 40 members of Improv Everywhere posed as Mannequins in white Morphsuits and GAP apparel.

morph suits, costumes,Improv Everywhere, a comedy troupe that solicits people to do collaborative public pranks, dressed 40 people in Morphsuits and had them pose in different parts throughout the clothing store on 54th St. and Fifth Ave.

The group’s founder, Charlie Todd, said “Many of the customers and employees had a good laugh, but five minutes later the police arrived after the store had called them. Many of the members were initially handcuffed but they eventually left the store and no charges were filed”.

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“All we were doing was wearing a costume and standing in a store.”

GAP have released the following statement.

“The safety of our store associates and customers is always our main concern.”

“We are pleased to report that no customers, employees or mannequins were injured in this event.”


99-Seat Review Committee releases statement in advance of Tuesday’s vote by Actors’ Equity Association national council on controversial new proposal that would eliminate availability of current 99-Seat Theater Plan in Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES (April 20, 2015) — In the wake of a recent advisory vote by Los Angeles members of Actors’ Equity Association that will be taken under consideration when the AEA national council meets on Tuesday, April 21 to determine the fate of Los Angeles’ current 99-Seat Theater Plan, the 99-Seat Theater Review Committee has released a statement.

AEA has put forth a three-pronged proposal that would effectively eliminate availability of the current Plan, which permits its members to perform in theaters with fewer than 100 seats for a stipend, in favor of minimum wage requirements for both rehearsals and performances. 99-Seat proponents argue that the new proposal will destroy L.A.’s intimate theater scene, and have asked the union to sit down at the table with its members to work out a better plan. With a turnout of 44.6%, members voted 2,046 to 1,075 against implementing the new AEA proposal in the advisory referendum, which is not binding.

What follows is a statement from the Review Committee, which was created to monitor and study the impact, implementation, problems and operations of the 99-Seat Plan and is made up of plaintiffs, or their designates, from a 1987 lawsuit against Equity by its members.

“We are encouraged by the results of Friday’s advisory referendum. We look forward to working together with Equity to strategize, study and craft a workable 99-Seat Plan that will take into account not only where we are presently, but also where we would like to be five and ten years from now. If these past months have shown us anything, it is that Los Angeles is a vital and fervent community of artists who are united in their resolve that 99-seat theater continue to thrive.

We have sent an email to executive director, Mary McColl, assistant executive director/Western regional director Gale E. Gabler and president Nick Wyman requesting that the national council, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, postpone any decision regarding 99-seat theater until an in-depth study and thorough conversations with actors, community leaders and theater producers can be successfully completed.

Change is needed, and we look forward to working closely with AEA’s senior staff, the Western regional board and New York’s national council to create that blueprint.”

The members of the current Review Committee are Sean Branney, Martha Demson, John Flynn, Gary Grossman, Simon Levy, Tom Ormeny and Joe Stern.

Millennials Are a Highly Engaged Audience Willing to Spend on Arts Events

Art is definitely not dead and today Eventbrite released new insights that showcase Millennials’ unique perspective on Performing and Visual Arts events.


Eventbrite, the global ticketing and events marketplace, today released new research that examines how millennials define, discover, spend on and engage with performing and visual arts events. Eventbrite, which experienced a 54% year-over-year increase in performing and visual arts events, surveyed more than a thousand Americans who attended an event in this category in the past 12 months. The study, “The Art of Attraction: How to Grow Your Millennial Arts Audience,” uncovers key insights including:

Millennials Attend and Spend
The millennial generation currently commands an estimated $1.3 trillion in direct annual spending and they are allocating a healthy amount of their disposable income to performing and visual arts events; one in five millennials spend $500 or more in the past year on or at performing arts or visual arts events. They also splurge on souvenirs at these events; one in three millennials said they were likely to buy merchandise, such as posters or apparel, while attending an arts event.

Numerous millennials are apt to prioritize spending on arts events over other discretionary spending. When presented with the question, if you won $1,000 and had to spend it all in the next 12 months, more millennials said they would allocate the money to arts events (50%) than coffee (35%) or alcohol (29%).

Defining and Fueling a New Performing and Visual Arts Experience

Millennials are expanding the definition of ‘arts’ and ‘arts’ events: nearly one in three (31%) feel that iPhone photography is considered a visual art, more than half (54%) consider graffiti or street art a visual art, and 43% consider comic books or graphic novels a visual art. While some speculate that millennials are less engaged with the arts, Eventbrite’s survey found millennials are often more engaged than boomers and crave a closer, more interactive look at the performing and visual arts world. Forty-three percent of millennials said they would prefer to attend events that incorporate audience participation, while only 29% of boomers feel the same way.

Some millennials take this engagement even further and set out to acquire new skills following arts events. Millennials are more than five times as likely as their boomer counterparts (21% vs. 4%) to take a class related to the arts after attending an event, such as enrolling in dance lessons after visiting the ballet.

Focus on Digital Discovery and Crowdsourced Recommendation
Millennials are more likely than boomers to hear about arts events through online resources like social media (48% vs. 24%), online ads (28% vs. 19%), and blogs (25% vs. 4%). In contrast, boomers are more likely than millennials to learn about arts events through traditional channels, including TV (66% vs. 42%), print (63% vs. 33%) and radio (49% vs. 33%) ads.

When it comes to taking action from reviews, everyone’s a critic in millennials’ eyes: they are almost equally as likely to attend an arts event because it was recommended on a site such as Yelp (47%) as they would if it was recommended by a critic or reviewer (53%). Boomers are more influenced by critics, with 73% likely to attend arts events if they recommend it and only 27% likely to attend based on a recommendation from a review site.

A Millennial Rendition of Arts Events
In 2014, Eventbrite saw a more than 60% growth in performing and visual arts events where alcohol is served, a trend in line with survey findings that more than half (58%) of millennials prefer arts events with drinks on the menu. Additionally, two in three millennials (66%) prefer arts events with food, and 31% said they would attend more arts events if they could eat or drink during a performing or visual arts event.

Millennials embrace the tradition and formality around arts events; survey results found that they enjoy dressing up and attending fancier gatherings. Thirty-five percent of millennials would rather attend an arts event that is formal instead of casual (vs. 14% of boomers). Nearly half of millennials (49%) even think performing and visual arts events are not dressy enough. Even though formality can be a draw for millennials at arts events, they don’t want to be forced into a tux. Sixty-three percent would prefer events without the rules of a dress code, proving a little freedom can go a long way with this generation.

“Amid recent studies indicating a decline in arts event attendance rates for U.S. adults, it was encouraging to see that our study found 70% of millennials who recently attended an arts event expressed interest in attending more,” said Martina Wang, marketing lead at Eventbrite. “The challenge for performing and visual arts organizations is to effectively reach this highly-connected, influential generation, while staying true to deep-rooted traditions. Our findings offer them valuable insights into the future of this industry.”

For more details and to view the full study, please visit the Event Academy, Eventbrite’s resource for event organizers with webinars, whitepapers, and industry insights for events of any kind. To learn more about Eventbrite ticketing and registration for performing and visual arts events, check out

About Eventbrite
Eventbrite is the global marketplace for live experiences that allows people to find and create events. Since 2006, the self-service platform has helped event organizers of all kinds to sell more tickets through robust technology and promotional tools, totaling $3.5 billion in gross ticket sales. In addition to providing technology for organizers, Eventbrite has become the destination for consumers looking to discover a variety of live experiences from small photography and yoga classes to large concerts and festivals with tens of thousands of attendees. More than 200 million tickets have been processed on the platform, and in 2014 alone, Eventbrite processed $1.5 billion in gross ticket sales for attendees in more than 180 countries. Eventbrite investors include Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global and T. Rowe Price. Learn more at