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Celebrity Birthday Bashes as Charity Fundraisers: Yay or Nay?

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Those interested in attending Leonardo DiCaprio‘s 39th birthday celebration last month were expected to arrive with open wallets. We’re not talking about the generous bar tab; the actor’s party doubled as a fundraiser for his humbly named environmental charity, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

The New York Post reports on a (supposedly) growing trend involving celebs who charge the guests attending their hoity-toity soirees with required donations at the door. The “fees” may be as little as $20, but one particularly blunt birthday boy tells the Post that this can be something of a problem:

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A Bunch of Celebrities Want You to Vote (Again)

Wow, is it really time to vote again? (Just kidding, we’ve already voted in two primaries this year.)

But what is it with celebrities and voting? Seems like every two or four years we get a new lineup of familiar faces trying to convince us that participating in representative democracy is cool or something.

This year, a few big names showed up to rep a group that couldn’t come up with a better name than “Vote 4 Stuff”: the lineup includes Selena Gomez (whose boyfriend can’t vote because he’s Canadian), Leonardo DiCaprio (who really cares about the Earth), Jonah Hill (who may be trying just a little too hard here) and Tobey Macguire (who was easily the best Spider-Man, sorry Andrew Garfield):

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Anti-Poaching Campaign Wins Big-Name Backers

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Tom Hardy are teaming up to produce a still-untitled animal-trafficking drama with Warner Bros. Studios. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is shaping up to be reminiscent of Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, but instead of focusing on the widespread, multi-tiered impact of the war on drugs, this film would cover everything from the ground war on poachers in Africa to the ways in which animal materials end up in Parisian fashion houses and runway shows.

The idea for the film was reportedly Hardy’s; the actor claims to have drawn inspiration from friends who left their positions as Special Forces operatives to fight poaching practices in South Africa and other nations. DiCaprio’s involvement also makes perfect sense; animal rights is an issue close to the actor’s heart, a fact most recently demonstrated by his role as spokesperson for the International Fund for Animal Welfare‘s campaign to protect elephants.

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