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Bethenny Frankel Helps Hurricane Harvey Victims

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Bethenny Frankel Helps Hurricane Harvey Victims

 

As we reported, RHONY star Bethenny Frankel was doing what she could to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas through the B Strong Foundation in partnership with Dress for Success.

Now, Bethenny has gone to Houston to help the victims personally and do whatever she can to help.

“I realized this is the time to raise your hand and help,” Bethenny told PEOPLE.

“We’ve raised more than $300,000 in supplies and donations,” Bethenny, who arrived in Houston on Saturday, said.

“I just started calling contacts. Just, ‘Hi, who do you know? We need socks, we need underwear,’” says Frankel, who also also raised funds via her #ThisIsACrisis t-shirts. (100 percent of the proceeds go toward buying supplies.) “I found a tampon company [Lola Tampons)] that’s a start-up, and they’re giving away 30,000 personal care products. And one of my partners, Arizona Waters, is donating 60 cases of water. Beam [Global Spirits and Wine], another one of my partners, donated $10,000.”

“The Dress for Success building in Corpus Christi was completely underwater, so the first $20,000 dollars immediately went there,” Bethenny adds.

“Everybody I spoke to had water up to their waist and had nothing now but I kept hearing ‘God is good’ and ‘I’m lucky to be alive,’ ” Bethenny said of her visit to Houston. “I feel helpless and more helpful. I feel fortified by asking for money and bringing it directly to people who have nothing. It’s instant gratification. We saw people who have nothing when they walk in the door abut now they have something. We shared so many hugs and so many tears. They’ve inspired me.”

“Even seeing how grateful and positive they were made me realize what a great place it is to donate money because they are all paying it forward and inspiring other women,” Bethenny continues.  “This is the only time that I’ve ever felt that it was appropriate to say blessed.”

Bethenny adds that anything left over will be sent to Florida following Hurricane Irma.

“I hope this will help these women from feeling helpless,” she says.  “And any surplus goods will be sent to Florida for families affected by Hurricane Irma.”

We are praying for everyone that has been affected by the Hurricanes.

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NFL’s Malcolm Jenkins: Kaepernick Invited to Owners’ Meeting, Didn’t Show (UPDATE)

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NFL’s Malcolm Jenkins: Kaepernick Invited to Owners’ Meeting, Didn’t Show (UPDATE)

 

 

1:08 PM PT — Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, says his client was NOT officially invited to the meeting by team or league officials, but is “open to future participation on these important discussions.”

Colin Kaepernick was invited to NFL headquarters to talk about social issues with team owners … but decided not to show up to the meeting, Malcolm Jenkins told the media on Tuesday.

Several players sat down with owners in Manhattan today to discuss ways to promote positive change … and both sides agreed it was a step in the right direction, but there’s more work to do.

“Those conversations will continue. That dialogue will continue,” Jenkins said.

“As players, we’ll continue to do the work in our communities. We feel like that’s the most American thing to do is to use your platform to influence with the stage that we have.”

As for the national anthem demonstrations … Jenkins says it wasn’t the focus of the meeting.

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Harvey Weinstein to TWC Board, ‘I’m Sorry, I Have a Real Problem’

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Harvey Weinstein to TWC Board, ‘I’m Sorry, I Have a Real Problem’

 

 

Harvey Weinstein was apologetic and contrite during the Board of Directors meeting Tuesday when he resigned under pressure from the Board … sources connected to the meeting tell TMZ.

We’re told there was no screaming, no yelling, no anger. Harvey Weinstein told the Board, “I have a real problem,” and then apologized for the “trouble and confusion” he caused TWC.

We’re told Weinstein, who was on speaker phone from Arizona, told the Board he needed to build a new life and move on.

Our sources say everyone sounded conciliatory … partly because the handwriting was on the wall.  The Board made it clear Weinstein had a legal obligation to resign from the Board after it ratified his firing from TWC. He did just that.

Harvey, we’re told, was “peaceful” during the meeting and Bob was subdued.

We’re told the sense of the Board is that Harvey Weinstein will not force his firing to arbitration or court.

Our sources say both Harvey and Bob Weinstein have an overriding interest in making sure Colony Capital succeeds in restructuring the company — money. The each have roughly 21% equity interest in TWC, and if the company fails, they walk away with nothing.

As one source put it, “Harvey and Bob have a huge stake in making sure Colony Capital can put Humpty Dumpty back together again.”

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Andrew Kevin Walker to Script Lone Wolf and Cub Movie

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Se7en’s Andrew Kevin Walker to script Lone Wolf and Cub movie

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Paramount Pictures has landed long-in-development and long-running Japanese manga Lone Wolf and Cub, with the studio having now enlisted Se7en scribe Andrew Kevin Walker to pen the script.

Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, Star Trek Beyond) has been attached to the project since 2012 and is set to produce the film while also eyeing to direct the adaptation.

Described as an epic samurai adventure, Lone Wolf and Cub was first published in 1970 from writer Kazuo Koike and artist Goseki Kojima. The series ran for six years with 28 volumes of content and over 7,000 pages. The series follows Itto Ogami, the Shogun’s executioneer, who finds himself on an unending quest for revenge after his family is murdered, leaving only his infant son alive. The series follows their adventures as a father and son team and as the young Daigoro grows up they became a pair of assassins.

Lone Wolf and Cub was previously adapted into six feature films starring Tomisaburo Wakayama as Itto Ogami in the early to mid 1970s. Various other TV adaptations of the series have been created over the years as well, including a series running from 1973 to 1976 and one from 2002 to 2004.

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