"Thank you, Bruno Mars!" Singer's $1 million donation for the kids of Flint, Michigan bears fruit
A little over a year ago, in the wake of Flint, Michigan's water emergency, Bruno Mars announced at a concert in Auburn Hills, Michigan, "Tonight, I want to donate $1 million to our brothers and sisters in Flint." Now, the results of his generous donation -- and how it's helping the children of Flint -- have been revealed.
According to ABC affiliate WJRT-TV in Flint, about $580,000 of Bruno's money has been spent so far. It's gone towards building two playgrounds, refinishing basketball courts, rebuilding the tennis courts at a local park, and supporting Michigan State University's pediatric public health initiative.
The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has created a video to show the singer the impact he's made over the past year; in it, a group of kids are seem smiling and saying, "Thank you, Bruno Mars!"
The head of the foundation, Isaiah Oliver, says Bruno wanted to decide where his money was spent, so they worked with him and his team to fund the projects, which are all designed to help kids who've been poisoned by the lead in Flint's water.
And how do playgrounds and basketball courts help that cause? Oliver explains it's because lead poisoning affects kids' cognitive development.
"What we know is unstructured play is probably the best cognitive development for 0 to 6-year-olds. So why not build out spaces to have that happen?" Oliver says.
Oliver says the Foundation is extremely grateful that Bruno, who's from Hawaii, felt strongly enough about what has happening in the city that he wanted to help.
"He's probably never stepped foot in Flint...but he cared enough about what was happening to our community at that time...to support us and give us hugs by way of a large gift."
Get *NSYNC's new capsule collection before it goes "Bye Bye Bye"
Earlier this year, *NSYNC released a capsule collection of throwback-inspired fashions inspired by the group's heyday. Now, they're back with a second collection, and you can buy it now...No Strings Attached.
The items range from a $175 "Once in a Lifetime" satin bomber jacket, to a $15 mug decorated with No Strings Attached artwork. There are also t-shirts, baby onesies, baseball caps, keychains, drinking glasses, pins and hoodies, as well as a doormat that says "Bye Bye Bye" on it.
You can shop the limited-edition collection now on *NSYNC's website, but hurry -- because in eight days, everything will be "Gone."
American Idol winner Maddie Poppe to release new single on October 26
Reigning American Idol champ Maddie Poppe is gearing up to release her first new music since her winning single, "Going Going Gone."
The new song, "Keep on Movin' On," was written by songwriters who've penned material for Britney Spears, Elle King, Carrie Underwood and Weezer. It'll be out October 26, the same day she'll perform it for the first time on Live with Kelly & Ryan.
Maddie spent the summer on the American Idol Live tour with her boyfriend, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson, and the rest of the season's top seven. She's currently working on her debut album.
The singer from Iowa is nominated in the People's Choice Award category of Competition Contestant of 2018; winners will be announced November 11. She'll also headline her first L.A. show November 13 at the legendary Hotel Café.
Hollywood Buzz 10/19
Glenn Close and Hugh Jackman are being honored this year at the 22nd annual Hollywood Film Awards. Close is set to receive the Hollywood Actress Award for her role in The Wife, while Jackman will be recognized with the Hollywood Actor Award for his performance in The Front Runner. Damien Chazelle will receive the Hollywood Director Award for First Man. They join previously announced honorees Nicole Kidman, Timothee Chalamet, Rachel Weisz, Amandla Stenberg, John David Washington and the cast of Crazy Rich Asians. The Hollywood Film Awards will take place on Sunday, November 4 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles…
ER alum Anthony Edwards and Transformers' Julie White have been tapped for major recurring roles opposite Kiefer Sutherland on Designated Survivor's the upcoming third season and first on Netflix, according to Deadline. Edwards will reportedly play the President's Chief of Staff, who clashes with White, who'll play a campaign manager for Sutherland's President Kirkman. Designated Survivor is expected to return for its third season in 2019...
Lex Luthor is coming to Supergirl. The infamous villain will be introduced in season four of The CW superhero series starring Melissa Benoist, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Casting for the recurring role is currently underway. In addition to Lex, Supergirl is also bringing back Superman -- played by Tyler Hoechlin -- and introducing Lois Lane -- played by Bitsie Tulloch...
It only took 50 years, but author Judy Bloom has finally agreed to let her seminal novel, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, into a movie, according to Deadline. The book -- considered controversial upon its release in 1970 due to its frank discussions of sexual and religious topics, became a cherished piece of literature for many preadolescent girls. Blume will produce the film, along with The Edge of Seventeen writer Kelly Fremon Craig and James L. Brooks...
Halloween tops this week's new releases
Here are the films opening nationwide on Friday:
* Halloween -- Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode in this direct sequel to the 1978 original. Still dealing with the violent attack she suffered 40 years earlier, she prepares to face Michael Meyers for once last confrontation, as he returns to try and finish her off. Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton and Virginia Gardner also star. Rated R.
* The Hate U Give -- This film adaptation of the late Angela Thomas' novel of the same name follows a 16-year-old girl -- played by Amandla Stenberg -- who must decide if she'll stand up for what she believes after witnessing the shooting of her best friend by a police officer. Also starring Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Common and Anthony Mackie. Rated PG-13.
* The Old Man & the Gun -- Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker -- played by Robert Redford in what is reportedly his final role -- a career criminal who, at the age of 70, broke out of San Quentin prison and went on to rob 93 banks in five states over a two-year period. Also starring Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits and Sissy Spacek. Rated PG-13.
Opening in limited release on Friday:
* Can You Ever Forgive Me -- This dramedy, based on Lee Israel's memoir of the same name, stars Melissa McCarthy as Israel -- an out of step writer who attempts to revive her career by forging letters from dead authors and playwrights. Also starring Richard E. Grant and Jane Curtain. Rated R.
* Mid90s -- Jonah Hill wrote and makes his directorial debut in this coming of age comedy about a 13-year-old boy in 1990s Los Angeles -- played by Sunny Suljic -- who navigates his troubled home life and new friends he meets at a local skate shop. Also starring Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston. Rated R.
* What They Had -- Hillary Swank stars as Ruth, who returns to her hometown at the insistence of her brother -- played Michael Shannon -- to help him convince their father to put their Alzheimer's-stricken mother -- portrayed by Robert Forster and Blythe Danner, respectively -- in a nursing home and let go of their long life together. Rated R.
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