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Between industry dinners, premiere parties and countless meetings, here’s what you may have missed this week in entertainment news.
Cover Story: In this week’s issue of The Hollywood Reporter, contributing editor, politics Tina Daunt takes an in-depth look into the friendship between President Bill Clinton and Casey Wasserman, CEO of L.A.-based Wasserman Media Group, and their philanthropic efforts to combat the nation’s childhood obesity with the Clinton Foundation.
Also featured in THR‘s annual Philanthropy Issue are Scott Neeson, a former Hollywood executive who left his $1 million salary to set up the Cambodian Children’s Fund, Harvey Weinstein who nearly reunited Led Zeppelin with help from presidents Barack Obama and Clinton, House of Cards‘ Robin Wright who works to raise awareness on issues regarding the Congolese civil wars, Ryan Seacrest, whose foundation’s mission is to build mini-broadcast centers in children’s hospitals, and NBCUniversal’s Bonnie Hammer who created Characters Unite, USA Network’s campaign to combat prejudice and discrimination.
TCA: TV editor Lacey Rose asks a few questions for TV’s top execs as the Big Four chiefs meet with television critics from July 24 to Aug. 7.
Terminally Ill ‘Simpsons’ Co-Creator to Help the Hungry and Strays: Sam Simon, who was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer five months ago, vows to contribute nearly all his fortune to charity. His contributions include founding the Malibu-based Sam Simon Foundation that rescues the hungry (humans) and strays (dogs).
Fox Sports 1 Execs’ Strategy to Take on ESPN: Co-presidents Randy Freer and Eric Shanks talk about their new network’s goal of creating a lighter, less serious alternative to “Worldwide Leader” ESPN.
TV Review: THR TV critic Tim Goodman describes Hulu’s Moone Boy as “a delightfully funny, upbeat and touching series from Ireland.”
Film Review: THR‘s chief film critic Todd McCarthy says of Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine: “this a must-see for the cognoscenti and a likely mid-range earner by the director’s standards.”
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