A few days ago international charity and educational partner Free The Children announced that its stadium-sized youth empowerment event, We Day, is coming to California for the first time on March 26, 2014 at Oracle Arena with the support of Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft, Allstate and Unilever. Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen and Orlando Bloom were among the first revealed as part of the star-studded lineup of speakers and performers who will take the stage at We Day California alongside 16,000 students from over 400 schools across the state.
Organized by Free The Children, We Day is taking the philanthropic world by storm and going global with events in the United States, Canada and the UK. Over 180,000 youth this school year alone will come together to take part in an unprecedented educational initiative which inspires students to become active local and global citizens.
Spearheading its arrival in California are long-time Free The Children supporters and We Day California Co-Chairs, Natalie Portman, and Magic Johnson along with philanthropic thought leaders Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation, Participant Media and the Skoll Global Threats Fund and Daniel Lurie, CEO and Founder, Tipping Point Community.
“I believe in the power of young people to change the world, but they need support and guidance to do so” said Natalie Portman, Academy Award-winning actress, Free The Children ambassador and Co-Chair of We Day California. “We Day helps to bring that passion to life, encouraging young people to take meaningful actions towards the issues they care about and giving them the tools to make it a reality. I’m so honored to help bring this truly impactful youth-led movement to the state of California.”
Dior has launched its new springtime fragrance, Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet, a softer version of Dior’s iconic fragrance. Along with the new ad campaign starring Natalie Portman, the French fashion brand released behind-the-scenes footage, shot by Sofia Coppola on the legendary staircase in 30 Avenue Montaigne.
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Natalie has joined an Israeli initiative to send aid to Syrian refugees donating money and clothes to a cause which she said “deeply moved” her.
Operation Human Warmth was launched by several Israeli organizations in January as an effort to collect winter clothes and supplies for Syrian refugees who have been displaced by the civil war in their country, and who often lack basic necessities to survive the cold.
Israeli-born Portman is currently in Tel Aviv to work on her directorial debut – a film based on Amos Oz’s “A Tale of Love and Darkness.” She reportedly heard about the initiative from Israeli friends and decided to contribute.
“When I heard about Operation Human Warmth I felt deeply moved and compelled to get involved,” the actress said in a statement. “In the middle of a brutal winter, these children have no shelter and their lives are in serious jeopardy from the cold. I am proud to take part in an operation where Israeli youth of all backgrounds are taking action to help out those whom need it most.”
The effort is led by Israeli youth group Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed and social and education organization Dror-Israel, as well as Israeli Flying Aid, an Israeli global humanitarian organization. The operation has a web site where visitors are encouraged to donate money or gear. Dror-Israel said that over 20,000 items and equipment have been collected so far, weighing around 30 tons.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Natalie has designed a watch in conjunction with Swiss luxury timepiece maker Richard Mille, and it’s basically a diamond-and-white-gold spider trapped inside a watch case.
Visitors to the Mille booth at the SIHH fair in Geneva got an in-person sneak peek at the black-and-white ticker, dubbed the Tourbillon RM 19-01 Natalie Portman. Inside the diamond-set case rests the traced outline of a sparkly spider, its eight legs also set in diamonds, its gem-encrusted body surrounding a tourbillon (a watch complication that counteracts the effect of gravity on timekeeping). On the open-case back, there’s a web design done in black sapphires.
Why a spider? According to the company release, Natalie chose it because the insect is a symbol of “feminine energy and creativity. A mistress of fate and weaver of reality, the spider is the symbol of the soul but also freedom.”
Only 20 of the watches will be produced, with proceeds benefiting Free the Children, for which Portman serves as a celebrity ambassador. The international charity works to inspire youth to become global citizens through service learning programs in the U.S, the United Kingdom and Canada and supports child-focused development in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Natalie has previously worn a Richard Mille ladies model RM 007 Automatic watch set with conflict-free diamonds on the red carpet.
The company release also noted that, “For the Altaic peoples of Central Asia and Siberia, it represents the soul released from the body, and on the mystical level, the thread of the spider is a support in spiritual development. Among the peoples of West Africa, the spider, called Anansi, is seen as the originator of the first humans and creator of the Sun, Moon and stars.”
The price of the watch has not yet been announced.
Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Home Entertainment have officially announced and dated the 3D and 2D Blu-ray releases of ‘Thor: The Dark World’. The sequel to ‘Thor’ arrives on February 25th.
Bonus content includes:
– Marvel One-Shot Short Film: All Hail the King
– Audio Commentary with Director Alan Taylor, Producer Kevin Feige, Actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau
– Never-Before-Seen Extended and Deleted Scenes
– A Brothers’ Journey: Thor & Loki
– Scoring Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World with Brian Tyler
– Exclusive Look – Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier
– The Dark World Gag Reel
– And more…