Archive for the ‘Causes’ Category

Nerd Machine

If you’ve attending San Diego Comic Con over the last few years, you’ve heard about a little thing called “Nerd HQ” the brainchild of Chuck star Zachary Levi.

This event isn’t just a fun pop culture event that coincides with the annual fete in San Diego, it also supports a very worthy cause: Operation Smile.

Check out the “I Want My Nerd HQ 2014” Indiegogo campaign RIGHT HERE to learn all the details of how you can make the event possible and support a worthy organization.

You owe it to yourself to get involved!

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Got Your 6

The national veteran campaign known as “Got Your 6” celebrates its first anniversary with support from leading national retailer Macy’s, which will be offering the iconic “Got Your 6” logo pin along with a special savings pass for $6 at their stores across the country or customers can purchase the special saving pass for $3 through its new spring “American Icons” campaign that will kick off on May 12.

This campaign by Macy’s has the potential to raise $3 million to support “Got Your 6” and its more than two dozen veteran-focused organizations as they continue the momentum of their first successful year.

The “Got Your 6” movement is focused on changing the conversation in America such that veterans and military families are perceived as civic assets and leaders who will reinvigorate our communities. Through a unique partnership with top American entertainment studios, networks, guilds and agencies, more than two dozen national veteran service organizations and non-profits are able to magnify their message by activating the reach and resources of Hollywood. The campaign’s accomplishments have been bolstered by the ongoing support of the entertainment community and financial industry leader Wells Fargo, along with national activation partner Goodwill Industries.

For the Macy’s program, shoppers can give $3 at any Macy’s register and get a 20/15 percent savings pass for a day they choose or wear their support by purchasing a “Got Your 6” pin for $6 and also receive the discount. One hundred percent of the purchase price, up to $3 million, will be donated to “Got Your 6” and its non-profit partners to empower returning veterans and military families.

The support of the entertainment community began with launching a powerful PSA full of top Hollywood celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Bradley Cooper, Sarah Jessica Parker and Michael Douglas.

In addition to this star-studded PSA that has been broadcast on average 25 times per day on network and cable channels, superstar musician Gavin DeGraw is releasing his very own show of support through this brand-new PSA, which can be seen here.

Before the formal launch of “Got Your 6”, Hollywood was instrumental in the execution of a massive whisper campaign, resulting in 101 million national media impressions and included mega-celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Ryan Seacrest, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien showing their “6” through donning the iconic “Got Your 6” lapel pins.

In just one year, “Got Your 6” has created a universal fashion trend in the entertainment industry with the iconic “Got Your 6” pin seen ubiquitously adorning celebrities across the genres of music, television and film. The “6” pin made appearances at the Oscars, the Presidential Inauguration, the Emmys, talk shows, musical performances and red carpets across the country.

To learn more about “Got Your 6”, please visit their website here.

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Veronica Mars

You’ve probably already seen the articles at Entertainment Weekly or at Entertainment Tonight Online.

Or, maybe you’ve been reading all the Twitter posts, but it looks like this thing just might finally happen.

What is “that” thing I speak of, you ask?

A Veronica Mars movie!

Well, it looks like it might film this summer for a 2014 release…as long as fans can step up and help the Kickstarter campaign, that is.

Please visit here to learn all the details!

Let’s make this happen, Marshmellows!!

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As of yesterday, an online auction – the Primetime Emmy Season Online Auction to be exact – opened courtesy of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation (the folks behind the Emmy Awards for those unfamiliar with the name).

You can visit here to find out all the great TV goodies up for bid. But, some of the highlights of the auction include the following items:

– VIP tour of Warner Bros. Studios, complete with tickets to “The Big Bang Theory”
– Set visit to “Community”
– Signed Stetson from the cast of “Dallas”
– Helmet from “Sons of Anarchy” autographed by the series’ cast
– “Teen Wolf” autographed script
– Tickets to the official HBO Primetime Emmy after party complete with car service
– “White Collar” poster signed by series’ star Matt Bomer

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation is the charitable arm of the Television Academy and all auction proceeds will support its education and archival programs.

Good luck to all those who bid and best wishes to this worthy cause!

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Do you love watching TV? Do you enjoy good family drama? Would you want to help make television history with a new kind of story for TV?

Well, now is your chance! My friend Chris Lilly is working on pre-production for a pilot script called “Just Us Guys” that he wrote and plans to produce independently. But, like so many small projects he needs financial backing to make it broadcast quality.

Just Us Guys” is about a gay father (Scott) who has a best friend relationship with his straight son (Max). But this isn’t a coming out story or an adoption story. This is a wholesome dramedy about a family. Scott and Max are both comic book geeks. They are very much into pop culture and are a lot of fun to be around. Though in his early 30s, Scott is a big kid while Max is more of the adult in the relationship. As Chris shared, “a story like this has never been told on television before, but you have the chance to help me make television history”.

His budget goal is $40,000 so that he can hire professionals with access to high quality equipment.

If you would like to support this new project, you can donate any amount you wish by visiting “Just Us Guys” at Indiegogo. Once there you will see that there are incentives for the level of donations you make. Every penny counts!

You can also “like” “Just Us Guys” on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to help spread the word.

Production on “Just Us Guys” is tentatively planned for November.

Again, any support you can provide would be much appreciated.

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Are you going to be at Comic Con next week? Do you want to help out a worthy cause? Well, you can see some really cool panels and support an important charity by hitting up the panels scheduled by the folks at the Nerd Machine via the Second Annual Nerd HQ that will be held simultaneously alongside Comic Con.

Here is the sneak peek at this year’s line-up.

Tickets for these Conversations with a Cause will go on sale tomorrow July 6 at 9 AM (Pacific Time).

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Wonder Women!

Thanks to an article at Pop Candy, the weekly column at USA Today written by Whitney Matheson, I recently learned about a documentary film that is (hopefully) going to be featured at the annual South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas next month.

That documentary is called Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. A film that focuses on the history of the universe as told by Wonder Women – yes, plural! If you want a literal translation, the documentary film is all about female heroes (in the pop culture world and in real life).

Among the personalities included in the film, made by filmmakers Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kelcey Edwards, are Gloria Steinem, Lindsey Wagner and Lynda Carter [among others]. And, it is the ladies’ goal to raise the necessary funds to have the world premiere of Wonder Women! at South By Southwest – and that is where we can help out.

A Kickstarter fund is undergoing – with only 19 days remaining – to reach the goal of $15,000. Visit the link to find out how you can help and receive some fun incentives for your donation such as signed DVDs, T-shirts, toys and posters. The film is already done, the filmmakers now need to professionally sound mix and color grade the film as well as prepare a festival print – that is the reason for the Kickstarter fund.

To highlight more the documentary film, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman from its birth in comic book form in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today. The film looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

You can learn more about the amazing team and those who were interviewed for the documentary film by visiting their website here.

You can also see the trailer for Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines here.

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It is a call to arms: Geek Girls Unite!

And, its the name of a book by Leslie Simon that is “a literary celebration of all the fangirls, fashionistas, bookworms, indie chicks, craft mavens, and other female misfits out there”.

The full name of the book is Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World and is described as follows:

What do Amy Poehler, Bjork, Felicia Day, Martha Stewart, Miranda July, and Zooey Deschanel have in common? They’re just a few of the amazing women proving that “geek” is no longer a four-letter word.

In recent years, male geeks have taken the world by storm. But what about their female counterparts? After all, fangirls are just like fanboys—they put on their Imperial Stormtrooper Lycra pants one leg at a time.

Geek Girls Unite is a call to arms for every girl who has ever obsessed over music, comics, film, comedy, books, crafts, fashion, or anything else under the Death Star. Music geek girl Leslie Simon offers an overview of the geek elite by covering groundbreaking women, hall-of-famers, ultimate love matches, and potential frenemies, along with her top picks for playlists, books, movies, and websites. This smart and hilarious tour through girl geekdom is a must-have for any woman who has ever wondered where her sassy rebel sisters have been hiding.

Simon is the Senior Creative Director for Warner Bros. Records and is also the author of two other books: Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes and co-author of Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture.

You can also learn more about Geek Girls Unite here.

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Tamala Jones (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Are you a fan of the ABC series Castle? Would you like to win a visit to the set and lunch with series co-star actress Tamala Jones?

Well, today is your lucky day. Ms. Jones has donated a visit to the set of the series, which includes lunch with her for one lucky person and their friend.

The proceeds for this item benefit Oxfam International with the auction being run by CharityBuzz. The bidding closes on Tuesday, August 23 at 2 PM (Eastern time)

Here are the terms: Valid for 2 people. Cannot be resold or re-auctioned. Scheduling is based on availability. Blackout dates may apply. During set visit, meet and greet with other cast members of Castle is NOT guaranteed. Must be 18 years of age. Travel and accommodation not included.

Go here to bid and GOOD LUCK!

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On Sunday night the Teen Choice Awards were held with much of young Hollywood out in force to attend the annual fete voted on by young and old adult (rule books be damned, right?) But what happened after the awards show that included the involvement of some of young Hollywood is what should be getting more attention. No, this isn’t going to be a story of scandal or intrigue among the young jet-set but a story of young Hollywood doing something right.

The DoSomething & StaplesStaples for Students” charity event, of which the cast of Pretty Little Liars are the spokespeople, took the traditional idea of the Hollywood swag bag and “spun it on its head”. Cast members of the popular ABC Family Channel series – Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell – were joined not only by singers Jason Derulo and JoJo, Twilight actors Tinsel Korey and Booboo Stewart and actresses Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) and Francia Raisa (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) [among others] but also teen volunteers to pack hundreds of backpacks with school supplies for the Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles.

Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell (Getty Images)

This event was meant to shine the spotlight on the season-long campaign to get school supplies into the hands of needy students all around the city. But that doesn’t mean that one event was the only way people can get involved. Parents and teens (or anyone who wants to get involved, in the program) can still help out by visiting their local Staples store from now through September 17, dropping off new school supplies or making a donation at the register (100 percent of the proceeds will benefit local students in need).

Additionally, teens can visit Staples for Students to get involved in the following ways:

• Request an Action Kit: Students can get tips, resources, and flyers on running their own school supply drives in their neighborhoods.

• Text SUPPLIES to 38383: Students will receive more information on how to begin their own school supply drive or find their nearest Staples drop-off location (standard text messaging rates apply).

• Pick Your Pretty Little Liar: When teens log-on and select their favorite star from the campaign, $1 will be donated by Staples to the cause and in turn, teens will get exclusive behind-the-scenes details from the actresses.

• Check in on Foursquare: Teens who check-in at any Staples store on Foursquare will also have a $1 donated on their behalf by Staples to the campaign.

As part of this fourth annual campaign, Staples will also provide 4,500 backpacks filled with supplies totaling more than $125,000 to Boys & Girls Club members in communities affected by this year’s devastating tornadoes, including Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Joplin, Missouri and Springfield, Massachusetts so children in those hard-hit areas can go back to school with the supplies they need to succeed and achieve great futures.

DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the United States that helps young people work for causes for which they care about. A driving force in creating a culture of volunteerism, DoSomething is on track to activate two million young people in 2011. By leveraging the web, television, mobile, and pop culture, DoSomething inspires, empowers and celebrates a generation of doers: teenagers who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action. You can learn more about DoSomething.org here.

Doing their part are the stars of Pretty Little Liars, who starred in this year’s DoSomething public service announcement airing on television and radio stations nationwide, generating excitement online through Staples for Students and appearing in signs at Staples stores.

So, get out there and do your part, lend a hand and make a difference for a needy child.

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