People: DiCaprio's foundation gives $3M to Australia fire relief
DiCaprio's foundation gives $3M to Australia fire relief
Leonardo DiCaprio's Earth Alliance environmental organization will donate $3 million to help wildfire relief efforts in Australia.
The foundation said 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 wildfires have scorched an area twice the size of the U.S. state of Maryland, killed at least 25 people and destroyed 2,000 homes. The fires, fueled by drought and the country's hottest and driest year on record, have been raging since September, months earlier than is typical for Australia's annual wildfire season.
The Academy Award-winning actor serves as Earth Alliance's co-chair along with philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth.
DiCaprio joins a growing list of other celebrities that have rallied to donate big bucks. Australian actor Chris Hemsworth and Elton John who each offered $1 million through social media earlier this week.
Nicole Kidman, Pink and Keith Urban have donated as well.
Metallica said they will donation $750,000 to a firefighting agency and emergency services agency in Victoria. Phoebe Waller-Bridge said she would auction off her Globe outfit and have the proceeds go to firefighter relief at the Golden Globes on Sunday.
Legend, H.E.R. to perform at Prince tribute concert
John Legend, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, H.E.R. and Earth, Wind & Fire are set to perform at a Prince tribute concert this month.
The Recording Academy announced Thursday that "Let's Go Crazy: The GRAMMY Salute to Prince" will tape at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Jan. 28, two days after the 62nd annual Grammy Awards. The show will air on CBS later in the year.
Other performers set to honor the Purple One are Mavis Staples, Usher, Beck, Common, Gary Clark Jr., Juanes, St. Vincent and Susanna Hoffs. Prince's longtime collaborators, including the Revolution, Sheila E. and Morris Day and The Time, will also hit the stage.
Prince died on April 21, 2016. He won seven Grammys and was nominated for 38 awards. Tickets for the tribute show are on sale.
Dave Burd brings comic styling to TV
Dave Burd's persona as rapper Lil Dicky is already a hit, having released music with some of the genre's biggest names.
Now Burd is taking his comical and relatable style to television with his self-titled series "Dave," set to debut on FXX in the spring. It follows Burd in his daily life, with comedy ensuing from doctor visits and his relationship with his girlfriend.
He's got some big names in his corner on the project, including comedian Kevin Hart and music manager Scooter Braun, who serve as executive producers.
Hart was already a fan of Burd, who shares his Philadelphia hometown.
"I think he's a star. The comedic talent and timing he has is unreal," Hart told a TV critics meeting on Thursday. "You want to see people raise the level of creative and that's what we're seeing here."
Braun had already worked with Burd musically and they're friends as well. Dipping into his contact list, Braun helped bring in cameo appearances by Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian West, Tierra Whack and YG on the show.
"We're putting these people in positions they're not used to being in. It's fish out of water," Braun said. "Dave is the magnet for all these people. They want to come and be part of what Dave is doing."
Today's birthdays: Actor Felix Silla (Cousin Itt on "The Addams Family," ''Buck Rogers in the 25th Century") is 83. Director Joel Zwick ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") is 78. Country singer Naomi Judd is 74. Actress Phyllis Logan ("Downton Abbey") is 64. Actress Kim Coles ("Living Single") is 58. Singer Mary J. Blige is 49. Actress Aja Naomi King ("How To Get Away With Murder") is 35. Pop singer Cody Simpson is 23.
— The Associated Press
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