WWE today announced the launch of Superstars for Hope, a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, to benefit Special Olympics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in honor of Connor’s Cure. The announcement was made exclusively on Twitter by WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan and WWE Superstar John Cena. To kick off Superstars for Hope, WWE and the San Francisco 49ers Foundation have each donated $25,000, the first in a series of community outreach initiatives in celebration of WrestleMania 31 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Sunday, March 29.
Beginning today, supporters can donate at SuperstarsforHope.com and receive unique WWE merchandise, autographs, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences from WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends. Each week, WWE will add new exclusive experiences to the campaign, including:
· A tour of WWE’s state-of-the-art Performance Center in Orlando, Florida
· Backstage access to Monday Night Raw or SmackDown
· Lunch with WWE Superstar Triple H® at the WWE Performance Center
· WWE World Heavyweight Championship title signed by WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H
· An ultimate WrestleMania 32 package
· Lunch with the cast of the hit E! reality show Total Divas
“WWE’s support of Special Olympics gives us a unique platform from which to reach, educate and welcome countless new fans and athletes to our movement,” said Janet Froetscher, CEO, Special Olympics. “The important work we do around the world to create communities of acceptance and respect for all will only be successful when the world heeds our call to Play Unified in order to Live Unified.”
“Every day at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, our doctors, staff, and researchers strive to ensure the best possible care for children with cancer,” said Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. “WWE has been a strong advocate of pediatric cancer research and we’re pleased to support the important mission of Connor’s Cure.”
“WWE is dedicated to using the power of our brand to give back to the community in as many ways as we can,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “I am proud that this year’s Superstars for Hope campaign will support two worthwhile causes, Special Olympics celebrating acceptance and inclusion, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in honor of Connor’s Cure in an effort to find a cure for pediatric cancer.”
“The 49ers Foundation is proud to be partnering with WWE to further our commitment to making an impact on and off the field,” said John York, Chairman/Co-Owner of the San Francisco 49ers. “Special Olympics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford provide much needed resources for superstars in our community – athletes with intellectual disabilities and children fighting life-threatening and life-limiting illness. It is an honor to join with WWE to support them through the Superstars for Hope campaign.”
In support of Superstars for Hope, celebrities and athletes are serving as official social media ambassadors to help raise funds and awareness. Ambassadors include San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, journalist Joan Lunden, journalist and Yahoo! global news anchor Katie Couric, multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks and actor Kellan Lutz.
Fans can click here now through Tuesday, March 31 to participate and use the hashtag #STARS4HOPE when donating.
This past week in a first of its kind partnership, UGG for Men partnered with the NHL on a VIP Gifting Lounge ahead of the 2015 NHL Coors Light Stadium Series Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Players from both the LA Kings and the San Jose Sharks were given an advanced look of the Treadlite by UGG collection, a brand new lightweight but durable collection of casual footwear launching this month.
Notable players such as LA Kings Stanley Cup Champions Captain Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar took a moment to grab a stylish new pair, while checking out the innovative and flexible R-MAT technology of the Treadlite by UGG collection.
The San Jose Sharks’ Right Wing Brent Burns immediately gravitated towards the “Freamon” chukka style in bright red, while Tyler Kennedy, Melker Karlsson, Anti Niemi, and Joe Thornton all went with a more low profile black suede “Freamon” or grey canvas “Conley” slip-on to complement their off-ice style.
The debut collection features an extremely lightweight and durable outsole that leverages proprietary technology and offers increased cushioning, traction and flexibility. The innovation is helping UGG to redefine the “comfort casuals” category by infusing it with superior, lightweight technology. Treadlite by UGG™ will be available in men’s footwear at UGG Australia concept stores nationwide and on www.uggaustralia.com beginning this month.
Check out a sneak peak from this upcoming “VIKINGS” episode on The History Channel. It is from “The Wanderer” that airs this week, Thursday, February 26 at 10 p.m.
Lagertha & Athelstan help to establish the Viking settlement in Wessex. Harbard, a mysterious wanderer, arrives in Kattegat, realizing the forewarned dreams of Aslaug, Siggy and Helga.
Muscle & Fitness Magazine is featuring WWE Chairman and CEO, Vince McMahon. Vince is a pioneer in the television and entertainment business, most recently changing the television landscape by launching WWE Network, the first 24/7 live streaming network which has its first anniversary next week. With more than 1 million subscribers in only 11 months, WWE Network is the fastest growing digital subscription service.
As he nears his 70th birthday, Vince’s success can be attributed to his insatiable work ethic which is seen not only in his evolution of the WWE brand over the past 30 years, but is evident in his commitment to health and fitness. The results in both arenas speak for themselves.
Don’t miss WWE Superstar John Cena’s guest appearance on NBC’s award-winning show Parks and Recreation tonight at 8/7 C. John pays a visit to Pawnee where he meets up with Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope in one of the hit series’ final episodes.
Parks and Recreation, now in its seventh and final season, is a production of Deedle-Dee Productions, Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment and Universal Television. Greg Daniels, Michael Schur, Howard Klein, David Miner, Morgan Sackett and Dean Holland serve as executive producers for the series. Parks and Recreation has been Emmy Award nominated and has won the Television Critics Association Award for best comedy, AFI Award, American Comedy Award and the highly prestigious Peabody Award.
This weekend, members of the LA Galaxy traded in their soccer cleats for a pint glass during a visit to St. James’s Gate (the Guinness brewery) in Dublin, Ireland. The LA Galaxy is continuing their preseason with an eleven day European tour including training sessions in Dublin.
A few members received a tour of the Guinness brewery and learn how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness.
As we come to a close for the NBA All-Star Weekend we take a look at Jordan Brand’s celebration of the 30th anniversary of the franchise in New York City.
Famed footwear designer Tinker Hatfield and Jordan Brand’s Howard “H” White were on-site for the exclusive unveil, and Jordan Brand athlete Carmelo Anthony stopped by to visit the space prior to Pearl Pavilion opening to the public.
Jordan Brand’s experiential space for All-Star Weekend, Pearl Pavilion showcases 30 years of the brand, highlighting epic and defining moments throughout MJ’s career and providing the opportunity for fans to step into his shoes to emulate some of Jordan’s iconic last shot moments.
Plus here is MJ and his friends that showed up for Jordan Brand’s 30th Anniversary celebration last night in New York City for All-Star Weekend.
Nicki Minaj attends the Jordan Brand 30 Years of Greatness Celebration on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 in New York.
Your favorite lobster bros are back. It’s Valentine’s Day and Garrett has a big Tinder date lined up. Quinn tags along to eavesdrop—and live-tweet the “ish” out of it in case things go wrong. But when a chick named Nachel shows up instead of Rachel, Garrett starts to wonder if he’s being catfished.
As fans of the comedy classic Dumb and Dumber know, life is always better with a buddy. To celebrate the February 17th release of the hilariously over-the-top sequel DUMB AND DUMBER TO, we’re taking a look at a collection of unconventional dynamic film duos who are no less memorable!
Back to the Future
Starring Michael J. Fox as time-traveler Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as the zany Dr. Emmett Brown, this unlikely pair literally changed the future of the adventure genre. With on-screen chemistry so strong, Back to the Future launched one of the most successful franchises in movie history, including two theatrical sequels, an animated television series, a theme park ride, toys, comic books, video games and t-shirts.
The unlikeliest of pairs, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost team up as an exceptional former London cop (Pegg) and a not-so-exceptional small town cop (Frost) faced with uncovering a strange occurrence of murders in the small country village they’re determined to protect. While Frost has longed for the explosive, high-octane life he envisions Pegg braved in London, the two must come together to solve the “conspiracy” before it’s too late.
The Blues Brothers
Inspired by “The Blues Brothers” musical sketch from Saturday Night Live, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are on a mission from God to bring the Blues Brothers Band back together. Emerging from several deadly situations and an epic car chase in a race to get to Chicago, comedic legends Belushi and Aykroyd charm with the complete and utter nuttiness that ensues along their journey of one last good deed.
Dumb and Dumber To
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels return as everyone’s favorite dumbest duo, the unforgettable and often unredeemable Harry and Lloyd. Setting out on yet another cross-country trip, Harry and Lloyd find themselves in mishap upon misadventure, making what would appear to be a series of unfortunate circumstances into slapstick comedy. If nothing else, Harry and Lloyd were meant for each other until the end.
Don’t miss your chance to take home the sidesplitting comedy Dumb and Dumber To, available to own on Blu-ray & DVD February 17! Plus we have a chance for you to win a copy on Blu-ray. Follow us @MANjrcom to see if you win!We will randomly select one of our followers! Good luck!
Two decades after Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels’ endearingly dense pairing spun slapstick comedy into box office gold in Dumb and Dumber, the long-awaited sequel, Dumb and Dumber To, arrived on Digital HD on February 3, 2015 and on DVD and will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and On Demand on February 17, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber; There’s Something about Mary; Me, Myself and Irene) the Dumb and Dumber To Blu-ray Combo Pack offers hilarious extra belly laughs including an alternate opening, deleted and extended scenes, and a multi-part feature that takes viewers behind the scenes of the no-holds-barred comedy.
The side-splitting sequel also stars Rob Riggle (The Hangover, 21 Jump Street), Kathleen Turner (Marley & Me, Romancing the Stone), Laurie Holden (“The Walking Dead,” Silent Hill), Rachel Melvin (My Funny Valentine, “Days of Our Lives”), and Steve Tom (“Major Crimes,” Seven Pounds).
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: Dumb and Dumber To. The original film’s directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given. Along for the ride are co-stars Kathleen Turner, Laurie Holden, and Rob Riggle.
The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet. Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound. DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away. DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray are an alternate opening, deleted and extended scenes, and the always popular gag reel.
Sam Lerner is an actor that has followed in his family’s footsteps. His dad is Ken Lerner and his uncle is Michael Lerner. TV viewers might have seen Sam in ABC’s show “Suburgatory” where he played the nerdy but cute brainiac, Evan. Lerner stars in Michael Bay and Paramount feature film “Project Almanac” that came out a January 30, 2015. This sci-fi comedy follows a group of teens who discover secret plans of a time machine, and decide to construct one, when things start to get a bit out of control.
Sam, who is 21 years of age, got his start in show business at the age of nine after he happened to strike up a conversation with actress/director/writer Ellen Gerstein’ and actress Dot-Marie Jones’ at a New Year’s Eve party he was attending with his family. He continued to have guest roles on hit shows such as ABC’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” CBS’ “Two and a Half Men,” CBS’ “The King of Queens,” TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” and CBS’ “NCIS.” He could also be seen in films such as Dreamwork’s “Envy” with Jack Black and Ben Stiller and could be heard in the Columbia Pictures’ motion capture movie “Monster House.”
I had the chance to talk with Sam about “Project Almanac,” the ABC hit show, “The Goldbergs,” and much more. Click here to listen to the interview.
Follow Sam on Twitter @SammyLerner