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Tune in alert for E! News .How Hollywood Helps. - which explores the personal connections celebrities have to their favorite causes and how far these stars go to make a positive difference. Hosted by E! News. Giuliana Rancic, this 30-minute special premieres Wednesday, January 2nd at 8:00 pm Et/Pt only on E! .How Hollywood Helps. features E!.s own Ryan Seacrest (Seacrest Studios), Andrew Garfield (World Wide Orphans), Ne-Yo (The Compound Foundation & The Giving Tour), Jessica Biel (Make a Difference Network). Plus, Miley Cyrus takes viewers to Haiti where recovery efforts are still greatly in need of resources, and Jason Russell and Sophia Bush talk about the revived Kony 2012 movement. Giuliana also goes inside the African relief »
- April MacIntyre
Birthday shoutouts go to Dylan Neal (above), who is 43, Martin Henderson is 38, and Matt Damon is 42.In ratings news, Lifetime's remake of Steel Magnolias was a blockbuster, and in the crucial demographic, became the network's highest rated program in 17 years. The news was not as good for ABC's Sunday lineup. Once Upon A Time was down 13%, while Revenge was down 19%. As for 666 Park Avenue, it may be in a race with Last Resort to see which is "put on hiatus" first. Just a reminder ... they canceled Gcb for this haunted house show. Michael Fassbender Joins Christian Bale And Ryan Gosling In Their New Flick. The tracklist for the Glee holiday album is out, and includes "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," "Wonderful Christmastime," and "Silent Night." No word on who is singing what, or if there will be an episode to go with the album.The faboo Judith Light is joining the cast of Dallas, »
Last March, Jason Russell's Kony 2012 video inspired and moved people by the millions to raise awareness and funds to find and stop warlord Joseph Kony. Shortly after Russell became a household name, he suffered a public meltdown and was seen naked, ranting, and running through the streets of San Diego. The incident all but killed the momentum of Invisible Children's cause.
This weekend, Russell opened up, speaking candidly about the unfortunate circumstances in order to clear the way for Invisible Children's revamped effort and new 30-minute film. He admits that after his breakdown, he spent six weeks in care facilities before returning home and keeping a low profile as Invisible Children planned their next move.
"My mind betrayed me and I was hospitalized," Russell says in the new video. "If you're put in the position to give answers to every question a dozen times over, your mind starts »
Beyoncé gives Gwyneth Paltrow a birthday shout-out - Lainey Gossip Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman separating after 30 years - People The Hobbit to premiere in Middle Earth - HuffPost Entertainment Prince Harry knows how to rock a beret - D-Listed Lena Dunham scores a $3.7 million book deal - JustJared John Cusack brought a boombox on stage at a Peter Gabriel concert - BuzzFeed Is Candice Swanepoel the sexiest Vs Angel? - Hollywood Tuna J.K. Rowling's next book will be for kids - Pink Is the New Blog Steven Tyler weights in on the American Idol drama - The Superficial Kony creator Jason Russell talks to Oprah - The Daily Beast Survivalist Bear Grylls is coming to primetime - Zap2it Shirtless Scott Speedman spotted making out with his costar - TooFab LeAnn Rimes visits ER for "massive infection" - Et Online Rosie O'Donnell wants to buy Honey Boo Boo a house? »
- Katie Henry
Jason Russell, whose viral video Kony 2012 Invisible Children went 'round the world in March, leading the filmmaker to have a naked mental breakdown in public, is now saying he is recovering and focusing on his health. Russell, 33, the co-founder of Invisible Children, Inc., told Monday's Today show that the pressure of his success - his video about the abuses of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony drew 100 million views within the first six days it was posted online - sent him into an emotional crash. "My mind couldn't stop thinking about the future," Russell told Today correspondent Jenna Bush Hager of »
- Andrea Billups
Months after his public breakdown, Kony 2012 director Jason Russell recounted his "out of body experience" on Sunday's edition of Oprah's Next Chapter. Russell, co-founder of the organization Invisible Children, helmed the half-hour documentary Kony 2012, which urged action against Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and went internet-viral last spring with 100-plus million views in just one week. He was detained March 15 in San Diego for allegedly masturbating in public and vandalizing cars, with several people reporting a man running along a street in his underwear and screaming. Video of the incident spread online, showing Russell --
- Erin Carlson
Jason Russell would have probably been content to be known simply as the founder of Invisible Children and the creator of the "Kony 2012" film that hoped to open eyes about Ugandan guerilla leader Joseph Kony. But after a very public meltdown that saw him naked in the streets of San Diego -- reportedly masturbating -- he's become known for something else entirely. He sat down for his first interview since that infamous incident on "Oprah's Next Chapter."
Oprah Winfrey asked him about that day, which Russell says he has very little recollection of. As far as him masturbating, he couldn't give a definitive answer. "I’m naked, so it’s not a far extension of imagination that that would be happening, but no, I don’t remember any of that," he said.
Winfrey also asked him if he was gay, which Gawker found a little odd. A writer for »
- The Huffington Post
The co-founder of Invisible Children, the group behind the extremely viral "Kony 2012" video, was detained by police and eventually checked into a psychiatric hospital in March after he was found naked, disrupting traffic and screaming incoherently on a busy street corner.
The 33-year-old and his wife, Danica, will talk about the incident, which was initially chalked up to dehydration and a brief, reactive psychosis, on an episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter," set to air Oct. 7th.
Oprah: "What do you remember, Jason?"
Jason: "I remember me flipping off cars. »
- The Huffington Post
Jason Russell, the founder of the Kony 2012 campaign, is speaking out for the first time since his very public March meltdown where he was captured on camera naked and yelling on the streets of San Diego.
"I remember me flipping off cars," Jason told Oprah.
"Flipping off cars? Like with your..." Oprah asked.
"With both hands. I remember that just like 'Doot,' just like a little ...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
Kony 2012 founder Jason Russell is finally speaking out about his naked meltdown ... telling Oprah Winfey, "That person on the street corner ranting and raving and naked is not me."Russell sat down with Winfrey for the Oct. 7th episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" -- and tried to explain what happened to him on the day he broke down back in March.TMZ first posted the video of Russell's meltdown, showing him frantically babbling about »
- TMZ Staff
"Kony 2012" filmmaker Jason Russell, who suffered a very public meltdown in March drawing attention to the atrocities of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony following the release of his video, will appear in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on the next episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter," an Own spokeswoman told TheWrap on Monday. The episode, which will air on Own on Oct. 7 at 9 p.m., will also include Russell's wife Danica, who will discuss her husband's meltdown as well. Also read: "Kony 2012" Director Suffering From "Reactive Psychosis," Wife Reveals Russell, a co-founder »
- Tim Kenneally
Jason Russell will be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, months after his arrest for alleged public masturbation and car vandalism. The filmmaker will appear in a new episode of Oprah Winfrey's Own program Oprah's Next Chapter to "break his silence", according to The Hollywood Reporter. Russell is the director of Kony 2012, which released a half-hour long viral video on March 5 as an attempt to bring attention to Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda. The video became one of the most (more) »
- By Kristina Bustos
Jason Russell, the director behind one of the most successful viral videos in history who was arrested for allegedly masturbating in public and vandalizing cars in the spring, will break his silence in an upcoming episode of Oprah's Next Chapter. Russell -- whose half-hour documentary Kony 2012, urging action against Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, took in more than 100 million views in just one week in the spring -- was arrested March 15 in San Diego after several people reported a man running along a street in his underwear and screaming. Story: Jason Russell, Kony 2012 Filmmaker, Arrested For Allegedly Masturbating
- THR Staff
You can tell a lot about the film just from the opening titles; too many means the film is a small independent piece, none means the film was produced by the distributor and is therefore a brainless blockbuster, Weinstein means the film will be trying to get an Oscar etc.
Sometimes, as the lights go down and people in the cinema begin to hush for the next couple of hours, a name in the titles will catch your eye. Not an actor’s or director’s name, but the name of one of the film’s backers, its presence shocking because you can’t believe they’re actually a production company.
At the start of the age of cinema, all sorts of start ups from bizarre origins existed – Universal may have a hundred years of brilliant films, but it all came from clothing store owner Carl Laemmle’s desire to make a large profit – however, »
- Alex Leadbeater
If the Kony 2012 campaign had its way, the world would have woken up to cities covered in posters on Saturday. In this guest post, Adam Ferrier discusses why it didn’t happen.
Kony 2012 has made the world a sadder, more cynical place. Kony 2012 has harnessed the powers of social media and advertising, blended them with the worst of evangelical christianity, and duped the world.
I’ve been pretty negative about the campaign since I first heard about it, here, here and here. Mumbrella has asked me to put a point of view forward as to why it this campaign failed – here it is.
Kony 2012 is advertising at its worst. At its worst advertising can make the most ridiculous of products seem irresistible. This type of advertising was based about creating a desirable image around an unsubstantiated product. However, this type of advertising thankfully gets found out, »
"Why you trying to trash talk our theatrical release?!" One of my favorite TV shows that has consistently been one of my favorites is South Park, but I don't get the opportunity to mention it much on here. I caught last night's episode and, as expected, it was a hilarious yet clever episode tackling two current issues: Harvey Weinstein's Bully doc and fight with the MPAA, and the Kony 2012 video Jason Russell incident in San Diego. There was a key moment midway through about movies (involving a studio exec bullying people) and it ends on a very poignant note regarding distribution. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to share this. This is specifically the scene I'm referring to, but you can see their entire "Bully" episode online free here. This is why I love this show. Not only was that a cleverly written scene »
- Alex Billington
Nonprofit group Invisible Children is back with a new video, titled "Kony 2012: Part II -- Beyond Famous." Their Kony 2012 campaign went viral in March and propelled Invisible Children into the spotlight for extensive criticism -- and after the shocking public breakdown of co-founder Jason Russell, the group is making an effort to renew support and emphasize that their campaign must go on.
In an email released this morning, Invisible Children focuses on the mission at hand -- removing Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony from power, and disabling his Lord's Resistance Army (or Lra). Invisible Children confirms that their "Cover the Night" event on April 20 will proceed as scheduled:
"With new footage from around the world, Part II offers a closer look at Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, the international effort to bring their atrocities to an end, the progress the campaign has made already, and Cover the Night - the »
The documentarian, who is a co-founder of the group and narrated the original film, hit the headlines last month when he was arrested for public drunkenness and indecency in San Diego, California - and he is currently seeking help after being diagnosed with brief psychosis.
Charity bosses and his family insist the public acclaim and pressure placed on Russell following the success of his call-to-arms video, which exposed the brutality of Uganda's Lords Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony, was too much for the filmmaker to cope with.
Now, as Invisible Children officials prepare for their 20 April Cover The Night event - when supporters around the world will post up billboards and stickers featuring Kony's face - they have boosted the international hunt for the brutal rebel leader by releasing a second Kony 2012 film online.
The new video addresses criticisms fired at the non-profit organisation in recent weeks since the release of the original, which was viewed over 100 million times on YouTube.com.
Embattled Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey reveals the new video was made to answer questions fired at him by supporters and critics alike.
It also features a new plea for viewers to urge politicians to push for Kony's arrest and then volunteer on 20 April for the planned day of action. »
Jason Biggs has been insulted by Invisibe Children, the advocacy group behind ‘Kony 2012′ filmmaker Jason Russell’s popular ‘Stop Kony’ viral campaign, TMZ is reporting. In response to the ‘American Reunion’ actor parodying the director, a spokesperson for Invisible Children questioned Bigg’s celebrity status by saying “Who’s Jason Biggs? Was he famous once or something?” The insult comes after Biggs appeared on Chicago’s Wgn-tv station on Wednesday with his ‘American Reunion’ co-star Seann William Scott to promote the third sequel in the original ‘American Pie’ franchise. A surveillance camera in the station’s hallway captured Biggs rolling around on the floor, tearing off his clothes and then running naked. When security [ Read More ] »
- Karen Benardello
Kony 2012 filmmaker Jason Russell's epic freak-out inspired Jason Biggs to reenact the meltdown for laughs -- but not everyone is finding Biggs' parody funny. Jesse Derris, a spokesperson for Invisible Children -- the advocacy group behind Russell's mega-viral "Stop Kony" campaign -- tells THR, "It's a little surprising that someone would be so cavalier about a serious medical issue just to drum up publicity for a sequel. His last successful movie was 11 years ago, so we're not worried about this one." In a statement to TMZ, Derris responded with another jab at the actor's celebrity status, asking: "Who's
- Erin Carlson
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