BETTY WHITE CHALLENGE TO RAISE MONEY FOR ANIMAL WELFARE
UNDATED (AP) – The late Betty White was a tireless advocate for animals for her entire life, from caring for homeless animals as a child to launching her own weekly TV show “The Pet Set” dedicated to her celebrity friends and their pets. Her biggest contribution, though, may be yet to come, as fans get set to donate to animal welfare charities and local shelters on Jan. 17 as part of the (hash)BettyWhiteChallenge. And animal welfare nonprofits are already gearing up to make the most of the viral tribute to the star of “The Golden Girls” and “Hot in Cleveland” on what would have been her 100th birthday.
COURTENEY COX THINKS WES CRAVEN WOULD LOVE THE NEW “SCREAM”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Courteney Cox is confident of at least one positive review on the new “Scream” movie — the one from director Wes Craven. Even though Craven died in 2015, Cox says she’s sure he’s already seen it and he loves it. Cox says while Craven was serious and intelligent, he also was funny and silly. The fifth edition of the “Scream” film franchise is out now.
OUR LADY PEACE GET INTO NFTS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – When the band Our Lady Peace first started out, they would leave a clipboard on their merchandise table so people could sign up for their fan list mailings. Singer Raine Maida says NFTs are just the modern equivalent of that. Our Lady Peace sold 500 NFTs for their album “Secret Machines 2” just before the new year, a month before it’s released. Maida says it bothered him that he would build a fan following on a digital platform, only to have it become obsolete in a few years. He says NFTs avoid that problem.
GEORGE LUCAS, KATHLEEN KENNEDY HONORED BY PRODUCERS GUILD
UNDATED (AP) – George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, stewards of the Star Wars universe and numerous other notable motion pictures, are being honored by the Producers Guild of America for their contributions to the film industry. The PGA said Friday that Lucas and Kennedy will receive the Milestone Award at the Producers Guild Awards in March, joining the ranks of previous honorees that include Louis B. Mayer, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg. Kennedy became president of Lucasfilm, the company Lucas built, in 2012. The 33rd Producers Guild Awards will take place at an untelevised event in Los Angeles on March 19.