Colman Domingo Appointed to The Gotham Film & Media Institute Board of Directors

Colman Domingo is Gotham bound…

The 54-year-old Belizean-Guatemalan American actor, who recently earned his first-ever Oscar nod, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of The Gotham Film & Media Institute.

Colman DomingoAs the newest member, he’ll work with The Gotham on their mission to celebrate and nurture independent film and media creators by providing career-building resources, access to industry influencers, and pathways to wider recognition.

Domingo joins a board that includes Focus Features Vice Chairman Jason Cassidy and multi-hyphenate Riley Keough, whose additions were announced in November.

Other members include Nancy Abraham, Anthony Bregman, Jeb Brody, Gerry Byrne, Alina Cho, Dan Crown, Mark D’Arcy (Director Emeritus), Amy Emmerich, Philipp Engelhorn, Kai Falkenberg, James Janowitz, Franklin Leonard, Stephanie March, Soledad O’Brien, Dee Poku, Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar, John Schmidt, Lisa Taback, Teddy Schwarzman, Drew Wilson, and Celia Winchester.

“As long-time admirers of Colman’s brilliant acting and dedication to giving back to our community through mentorship and education, we are thrilled to welcome him to The Gotham’s extraordinary Board of Directors,” said Jeffrey Sharp, Executive Director of The Gotham. “We know that his experience, vision, and undeniable dedication to the craft of filmmaking will help us nurture independent creators and propel the industry to new heights.”

Stated Domingo: “With its rich history of elevating original voices and supporting independent film, I couldn’t be more excited to dive into my work with The Gotham. I look forward to working alongside some of the most influential and passionate people in film as we champion independent creatives and the stories they strive to share with the world.”

In George C. Wolfe’s Rustin, from Netflix and the Obamas’ Higher Ground, Domingo portrays Bayard Rustin, the activist who helped change the course of Civil Rights history by orchestrating the 1963 March on Washington, confronting racism and homophobia all along the way. This awards season, he also can be seen portraying the menacing Mister in Blitz Bazawule’s new take on The Color Purple for Warner Bros & Amblin.

One of the most celebrated actors of his generation, Domingo is best known for his Emmy-winning performance as recovering drug addict Ali on HBO’s Euphoria, as well as for starring on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. In addition to Ethan Coen’s comedic caper Drive-Away Dolls, out February 23 via Focus Features, he’ll next be seen in A24’s drama Sing Sing and Netflix limited series The Madness.

Also active as a director and producer, Domingo was in Sundance this past week in support of It’s What’s Inside, the Greg Jardin horror film snapped up by Netflix in a massive $17M deal, on which he’s an EP.

Eugenio Derbez Makes Donation to Hurricane-Impacted Acapulco Communities

Eugenio Derbez is offering support to the hurricane-ravaged Mexican city of Acapulco.

The 62-year-old Mexican actor, comedian and producer and the producers of his Apple TV+ series Acapulco, produced by Lionsgate TV and 3Pas Studios, are sending messages of support and a donation for humanitarian assistance to the titular Mexican city that was recently devasted by Hurricane Otis.

Eugenio Derbez“Acapulco is a very special place to me,” said series star and executive producer Derbez to Deadline. “Growing up I spent every summer there. Its energy, vitality and exuberance made a lifelong impression on me and was an inspiration for our show. My heart is breaking at what the hurricane has done to my beloved community, but I stand united with its people and know that its spirit will never be broken,” he added.

Hurricane Otis made landfall on the coastal city in the state of Guerrero as a massive Category 5 on October 25, becoming the strongest hurricane to hit Mexico’s Pacific Coast area.

According to multiple reports, the death toll stands at least 45 people with another 47 still unaccounted for. The area has been additionally devastated by a major loss of communication, nearly 300k homes that were damaged. and destroyed as well as hospitals and hotels.

“Our Acapulco family is heartbroken by the tragic loss of life and devastation caused by Hurricane Otis,” said the show’s producers in a joint statement. “On behalf of the cast, crew, executive producers and the entire Acapulco team, our thoughts and prayers go out to the brave people of Acapulco. We know that the same indomitable spirit, energy and resilience that our show celebrates will prevail as the city begins to rebuild. We are making a donation to Direct Relief for humanitarian assistance and will continue to help in any way we can.”

Direct Relief is working on the ground to support the efforts financially and medically by deploying medical doctors to the area, among other ways both pre and post-Otis.

Evelyn Salgado Pineda, Governor of the State of Guerrero, is using X (formerly known as Twitter) to share updates on relief and recovery efforts in Acapulco. Earlier today, she revealed that 75 percent of electricity had been restored and work continues to keep the number growing. The government of the state is actively providing food and nourishment for locals and clean water. Salgado Pineda also shared her appreciation for everyone who has donated following the tragedy.

Tata Calderón Donates Replica Helmet to Karol G’s Con Cora Foundation Auction

Tatiana “Tata” Calderón has joined forces with Karol G for an important cause.

The 30-year-old professional race car driver has donated a replica of the helmet she wore during the 2022 Formula 2 season to benefit Karol G’s Con Cora Foundation.

Tata Calderon, Karol GDesigned by the Con Cora Foundation and signed by Karol G, the helmet “symbolizes the unity and success of women who, through their hard work, are positively influencing the lives of many more women,” according to a press statement.

Tata Calderon, Karol G

Currently on display at the paddock of the Formula 1 Mexico City Grand Prix 2023, the helmet is designed with Karol G signature barbed heart, a butterfly representing “Tata,” and the Colombian flag.

The auction will take place from November 17-30 on the Bonhams Cars platform.

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Alejandro Fernández to Donate Portion of NYC Concert Proceeds to Help Newly-Arrived Asylum Seekers

Alejandro Fernández is helping support asylum seekers New York.

The 52-year-old Mexican singer/songwriter will donate a portion of proceeds from his October 14 concert at The Theater at Madison Square Garden to help newly-arrived asylum seekers in the Northeast state.

Alejandro FernándezLive Nation, the promoter behind Fernandez’s 2023 U.S. Amor Y Patria Tour, will be matching the donation. The New York Immigration Coalition will receive the funds in recognition of their efforts in helping the families upon arriving to the city.

“To our Latino community and families in New York, my heart is with you … you are a part of all of us,” Fernández said in a statement. “I can only imagine how hard these times are as you seek a safe place for you and your families in a foreign land. You have my support wherever you are.”

“We are immensely grateful to Alejandro Fernández for his generosity in uplifting the needs of New York’s newest arrivals to a global audience,” said Murad Awawdeh, executive director, New York Immigration Coalition. “His humanitarian action unites Latinos across continents, as well as recognizes the challenges faced by all those fleeing violence and persecution in search of safety and opportunity in new and unfamiliar lands. His support and the matching contribution from Live Nation will ensure that the New York Immigration Coalition can continue to advocate for and serve the needs of asylum seekers in New York City and across the state.”

It’s not the first time the Mexican music icon gives back to immigrant families.

His top-grossing 2021 Hecho En México Tour served as a fundraiser for Families Belong Together. The organization received over $100,000 from the tour proceeds to assist immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fernández’s Amor Y Patria Tour, for which he’ll be joined by his son Alex Fernández, is set to kick off September 8 in Sacramento, Calif., and will visit major cities such as Chicago, Las Vegas, New York and Atlanta before wrapping up the tour in Miami on October 22.

Selena Gomez to Host First-Ever Rare Impact Fund Benefit to Help Provide Mental Health Resources

Selena Gomez is preparing to make a rare impact…

The 31-year-old Mexican American actress/singer and Rare Beauty founder is set to host the first Rare Impact Fund Benefit.

Selena GomezGomez’s event is scheduled to take place on October 4 in Los Angeles at Nya Studios, with all ticket proceeds supporting the Rare Impact Fund.

The benefit is hosted by Gomez’s own Rare Beauty cosmetics line, while the fund itself aims to maintain openness regarding mental health stigma and provide education to enquiring youth worldwide. One percent of Rare Beauty’s sales are also donated to the fund.

“There is nothing more important to me than getting young people access to the resources that they need to support their mental health,” Gomez told People in a statement. “This is a personal mission and the reason that I created the Rare Impact Fund. I am incredibly proud to host the inaugural Rare Impact Fund Benefit and look forward to an inspiring night of raising funds for these lifesaving services and showcasing the impact we have made so far.”

Gomez’s Only Murders in the Building co-star Martin Short and her “Wolves” collaborator Marshmello are slated to join the event, with additional performers and entertainment to be announced at a later date. In addition to people speaking at the event, there will also be a live auction that will take place.

“We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Rare Impact Fund Benefit, an evening filled with inspiration and purpose,” Elyse Cohen, vp of social impact & inclusion at Rare Beauty, and president of the Rare Impact Fund told People. “This event will highlight the importance of supporting youth mental health and raise funds for the incredible organizations providing critical mental health tools and resources for young people around the world. With the support of our partners, donors, and community, we hope to further our mission to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and increase access to mental health services and education.”

Tickets to the inaugural Rare Impact Fund Benefit can be purchased here.

Jimmy Smits to Take Part in This Year’s Stand Up To Cancer SU2C Fundraising Special

Jimmy Smits is taking a stand (up)

The 68-year-old half-Puerto Rican actor will take part in this year’s Stand Up To Cancer SU2C fundraising special that’s set to air on Saturday, August 19 at 8:00 pm ET.

Jimmy SmitsIn addition to Smits, best known for his roles on L.A. LawNYPD Blue and The West Wing, other celebrities making a special appearance during the show include Elizabeth Banks, Jessica Biel, Don Cheadle, Katie Couric, Danai Gurira, Tony Hale, Ken Jeong, Maria MenounosJulianne Moore, Tig Notaro, Eric Stonestreet and Justin Timberlake.

A special montage of comedic skits from past shows will feature Jack Black, Ben Falcone, Zach Galifianakis, Brad Garrett, Bill HaderJon HammKevin Hart, Ed HelmsMelissa McCarthy, and Matthew McConaughey.

The televised special will also feature past musical performances from the likes of Brittany Howard, Simone Ledward Boseman, and The Who.

The one-hour televised celebration entitled “How It Started, How It’s Going” will recognize SU2C’s impact and progress over the last 15 years.

“We started this movement in 2008 to save lives and it is remarkable to see that in 15 years our scientists have accomplished this goal through breakthrough research that intercepts and treats cancer in ways we never thought possible,” said Katie Couric, SU2C co-founder. “There is more work to do to cure cancer and every dollar counts; we will not stop until we make every cancer patient a long-term survivor.”

The biennial special will air simultaneously on more than 50 participating media platforms across the United States and Canada, including all four major broadcast networks in the U.S. Broadcasters carrying the show are donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free prime time. The telecast will also be available on-demand on several streaming platforms.

“Our telecast is a powerful tribute that demonstrates the importance of standing together to save lives,” said Russell Chew, president and CEO of SU2C. “Everyone plays a critical role in this goal, and we are so grateful for the support of the entertainment community, the broadcast networks, our generous donors, and the incredible researchers who work tirelessly to develop new cancer treatments.” Chew added, “100% of public donations to SU2C support innovative cancer research and vital awareness programs.”

Jennifer Lopez Among Hollywood A-Listers Donating Seven-Figure Checks to SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Emergency Financial Assistance Program

Jennifer Lopez is helping provide financial support to striking SAG-AFTRA performers.

As the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes continue, the 54-year-old Puerto Rican superstar is among a list of some of the most influential names in the entertainment industry who are giving hefty donations to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Emergency Financial Assistance Program.

Jennifer LopezOn Wednesday (Aug. 2), SAG-AFTRA Foundation president Courtney B. Vance announced that the Emergency Financial Assistance Program has raised more than $15 million in the past three weeks. The SAG-AFTRA foundation has served as an independent charity since 1985, and provides relief aid to eligible SAG-AFTRA performers in unexpected financial crises.

Lopez and hisband-actor Ben Affleck are among the top donors who’ve given $1 million or more. Others include are Nicole KidmanHugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness, Oprah WinfreyMeryl Streep, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively and Luciana and Matt Damon.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was the first to donate a seven-figure sum, Vance previously announced in late July.

According to Vance, “The entertainment industry is in crisis and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation is currently processing more than 30 times our usual number of applications for emergency aid. We received 400 applications in the last week alone.”

While top-earning actors such as Lopez — who has had a successful career in music and film — and husband Affleck have ample economic security, this is not the case for the majority of working actors, hence their decision to strike. Vance continued, “Our Emergency Financial Assistance Program is here to ensure that performers in need don’t lose their homes, have the ability to pay for utilities, buy food for their families, purchase life-saving prescriptions, cover medical bills and more … For more than 38 years, the Foundation has been a safety net for our community during its most challenging times, and much like the COVID pandemic, this work stoppage magnifies the precarious living conditions and financial distress of many actors living paycheck to paycheck.”

Members of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA are demanding a larger share of streaming residuals, increased job security for writers, larger writers’ rooms and a limit on the use of AI in screenwriting and background acting among other negotiating points.

Demi Lovato Releases Collector’s Shirt for Earth Day

Demi Lovato is raising money to help save the planet…

In commemoration of Earth Day, the 30-year-old half-Mexican American Grammy-nominated singer and actress has released a special shirt for her top Spotify listeners..

Demi Lovato“I designed this long sleeve shirt in honor of Earth Day just for you,” writes Lovato in a special email from Spotify. “Earth Day is more important now than ever as we strive to protect this planet, and I’m so excited to help celebrate it with you.”

Demi Lovato Earth Day ShirtMade with sustainably and fairly grown USA cotton and sewn with USA cotton thread, Comfort Colors uses 50% less water than traditional pigment dye processes on pigment dye and color blast garments.

A limited quantity is available for Lovato’s collector’s shirt until May 5th, 2023 at 11:59PM EST or while supplies last.

Julien’s Auctions & Coca-Cola Partner for Virtual Auction of Rosalia Personal Items

Here’s you chance to own a piece of Rosalia’s belongings…

Julien’s Auctions, known as the “auction house to the stars,” partnered with Coca-Cola for a virtual auction called “Rosalía’s Exclusive Personal Items.”

RosaliaThe catalog includes a collection of wardrobe, memorabilia, and ephemera from the 30-year-old Spanish artist, including some of the outfits she wore during her MOTOMAMI tour—some items are estimated up to $3,000.

“Coca-Cola is excited to partner with Julien’s and Rosalía to invite fans to bid on special, personal items that have been a part of her transformative journey,” said Oana Vlad, Senior Director of Global Strategy, The Coca-Cola Company, in a statement.

Rosalia's Exclusive Personal Items“Rosalía is one of the most transformative artists of her generation, and we can’t wait to see how her journey and our partnership continue to inspire others.”

All proceeds from the auction—closing at 11:00 am PST on April 24—will benefit The Antonio Gala Foundation.

For more info, visit the Julien’s Auctions website.

Los Tigres del Norte to Donate Partial Proceeds from Upcoming Hometown Concert to Local Non-Profits

Los Tigres del Norte are giving back to their hard-hit community…

The Mexican supergroup have announced that they’ve teamed up with the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., to donate a portion of the proceeds from the band’s upcoming hometown show on April 1.

Los Tigres del NorteThe donations will benefit local organizations Ayudando Latinos a Soñar (ALAS) and Hijas del Campowho aid area farmworkers in the aftermath of recent floods and the Half Moon Bay shooting.

“It has also been important to us to show our gratitude by giving back to the community,” the norteño ensemble said in a statement. “Farmworkers already face many hardships in daily life and we could not stand by when so many people close to home have had to face these additional horrible events. We also encourage more people to join us once again in supporting this hardworking, but underserved community.”