DICAPRIO TO DONATE $3 MILLION FOR AUSTRALIA WILDFIRE RELIEF
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental organization will donate $3 million to help wildfire relief efforts in Australia. DiCaprio’s Earth Alliance said in a statement Thursday that it has started the Australia Wildfire Fund to help with an “international response to the catastrophic bushfires” currently raging in the country. The Academy Award-winning actor co-chairs the organization was launched last year to combat climate change and biodiversity loss. The wildfires have scorched an area twice the size of the U.S. state of Maryland. DiCaprio joins a growing list of other celebrities that have rallied to donate big bucks including Chris Hemsworth, Elton John and Metallica.
DONALD GLOVER’S ‘ATLANTA’ SET FOR TWO MORE SEASONS IN 2021
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” is returning with new episodes, but not for another year. FX Networks Chairman John Landgraf said Thursday that star and creator Glover is making a total of 18 new episodes. Ten of them will air in January 2021, with the rest to follow later that year, in the fall. áGaps between seasons aren’t unusual for the comedy: “Atlanta” debuted in fall 2016, with season two airing in spring 2018. For the new season, Landgraf says “a good chunk” of it is shooting outside the United States, although it’s still Atlanta-based. The award-winning series follows Glover’s character as he tries to make it in life and the music industry.
KRISTEN STEWART CALLS ‘UNDERWATER’ SUITS ‘TORTUE CHAMBERS’
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The first time Kristen Stewart put on the underwater suit she wears for the film “Underwater,” she thought it was cool, until a friend pointed out how scary it was. The suits in the movie weigh as much as 100 pounds, and Stewart says it took her 25 minutes to get into it the first time. She says a friend said, “You know, you’re stuck in there.” Stewart’s reaction was, “Wow, come to think of it, this is really scary. You just totally screwed my entire thought process.” Stewart calls the suits “entirely dysfunctional torture chambers.” “Underwater” is in theaters today.
‘LIKE A BOSS’ FEMALE-LED CAST LEADS TO NEW BONDS, FRIENDSHIP
NEW YORK (AP) – Salma Hayek says the female bonding that went on behind the scenes of the new comedy “Like a Boss” was like a “breath of fresh air.” Rose Byrne, Tiffany Haddish and Hayek star in the predominantly-led female cast film that opens in theaters on Jan. 10. Hayek says having Billy Porter a part of the roster was also a bonus, saying he was “one of us too.” Haddish and Byrne play best friends Mia and Mel who create a small cosmetics company together. But when the two friends sell their business to Hayek’s makeup mogul Claire Luna – they decide to try to get their company back.
BRAZIL’S SUPREME COURT ALLOWS GAY JESUS FILM ON NETFLIX
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – The president of Brazil’s Supreme Court has issued an order that allows streaming service Netflix to continue exhibiting a satirical film that depicts Jesus as a gay man and reaffirmed Brazilians’ right to free speech.áEarlier the same day Netflix filed a complaint to the court, on the heels of a ruling from Rio de Janeiro judge who ordered its removal. Netflix said: “We strongly support artistic expression and we’ll be fighting to defend this important principle, which goes to the heart of great storytelling.”áThe film was never removed from the platform.