Will Arnett Hosts Star-Studded MPTF Event

Associated Press
Will Arnett

Sponsored by THR, the "Reel Stories, Real Lives" fundraiser drew Jeffrey Katzenberg, Anne Hathaway and Andy Samberg to toast the next generation of entertainment industry leaders.

The 3rd annual Motion Picture and Television Fund’s “Reel Stories, Real Lives” at Milk Studios on Saturday brought out stars including Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Andy Samberg, Taylor Schilling and Casey Affleck.

Actor Will Arnett hosted the evening and provided comedic relief between stories penned by industry writers that shared how the MPTF services have benefited those including Disney legend Ruthie Thompson and TV producer Merv Adelson. The evening was sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter along with Delta and UCLA Health.

“I think tonight is about how the next generation is taking responsibility here for something that has been a tradition of this organization for 90 years, which is taking care of those who are less fortunate,” said DreamWorks Animation CEO and MPTF chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg. “There’s no industry in the world that has an organization like this, and I always believe that Hollywood has a big heart and it’s nights like this that really bring that to life.”

Actress Schilling said that it’s important to have a support system in the industry and shared her advice for up-and-comers.

“I’ve heard once that it takes talent to have talent, and that’s what the real job is: to keep moving forward and to stay true to yourself and to keep sharing yourself authentically,” she said.

The stories read throughout the program were written by Scott Cooper, M.A. Fortin, Joshua Miller, John Krasinski, Michael Green, Karey Kirkpatrick, Steve Hickner and Billy Ray. Actresses Francis Fisher and Beth Grant entertained guests throughout the evening with their three-part Funny or Die video on volunteering at the MPTF residential retirement campus.

The MPTF offers a variety of services including social support, financial programs, healthcare and residential options for seniors who spent their careers in the entertainment industry.