The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation played host at the 4th annual fundraising auction gala on Wednesday in St. Tropez where the Oscar-winning actor welcomed friends and allies who share LDF’s mission of “protecting the earth and all of its inhabitants through projects that build climate resiliency, protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, and restore balance to threatened ecosystems and communities.”
The event brought in a whopping $30 million thanks to table sales and the exclusive auction, which is always heavy on art. Though there is a ways to go to reach last year’s tally of $45 million. Wednesday’s auction, conducted by Simon de Pury, featured works by Paul McCarthy, Damien Hirst, Jonas Wood, Cecily Brown, Richard Prince and a special commission by Lawrence Weiner.
The experiences section has also snagged a fair share of headlines in the hours after the event thanks to the promise of a Titanic reunion over dinner. DiCaprio and Winslet will pair up for a dinner date with a winning bidder in New York this fall. Other auction items are now available online. Art featured in the auction was curated by Lisa Schiff of SFA Advistory with Andy Boose and AAB Productions handling event production duties.
Winslet was in attendance along with another Titanic star, Billy Zane. Joining them were Adrien Brody, Tobey Maguire, Anne Hidalgo, Doutzen Kroes, Taylor Hill, Iman Hamman and Gerard Butler. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo was honored with the foundation’s “New World Leadership Award” for her commitment to bringing about sustainable policies and innovative climate resiliency programs in Paris.
There was another reunion worth noting. Sean Penn was there too, and he watched ex Madonna hit the stage to perform songs including “4 Minutes,” “Ray of Light,” “Ghosttown,” “Open Your Heart” and “La Isla Bonita.” Lenny Kravitz also rocked out for the jet set crowd.
DiCaprio, the LDF founder and chairman, presided over the festivities with foundation CEO Terry Tamminen and the global fundraising chairman Milutin Gatsby, who spearheaded the launch of the gala. “The health of our planet is grave – this crisis is real,” DiCaprio said in his remarks. “What we seem to lose sight of is that we are part of nature, in fact we depend on nature for our very survival. Our natural systems sustain us with all that is necessary for life – such as ample food, clean air and drinkable water.”
He also explained the impact his foundation has had with its environmental efforts. “We helped protect more than 1.6 million square kilometers of ocean – an area more than twice the size of Texas – including in the Ross Sea. Our work is helping save endangered species such as the wild jaguar and the Gray Wolf, which has made a comeback after being on the brink of extinction,” he noted. “We are active in Tanzania, restoring the wildlife of Mkomazi national park, and in the grasslands of Kenya, where we are helping jump start an important carbon sequestration project. These are just a few of the stories about the impact the generosity of our donors has helped make possible.”
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As posted a few days ago; Madonna was the special guest at Leonardo DiCaprio’s Foundation Gala tonight. She posted a rehearsal teaser video a few days ago singing ‘Open Your Heart’. Sean Penn also attended among other guests! Madonna’s full setlist of tonight:
- 4 Minutes
- Ray of Light
- Open Your Heart
- La Isla Bonita
Please check out the variety of Instagram video’s we have posted. Since Madonna tagged Nathan Rissman in one of her Instagram posts, this might lead us to believe it has also been filmed professionally.
Madonna performs Open Your Heart at Leonardo DiCaprio’s Foundation Gala walking through the crowd – video’s
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Hot enough for ya? From the constant heat of Florida to the Midwest scorchers and finally the triple-digit temperatures in the Southwest, 2017 has been another year of burning up, but it’s nothing new as in the ’80s we were Burning Upwith Madonna.
For the longest time we didn’t profile Madonna on Lost and Found until 2016 when we spotlighted Gambler. Today we go back to 1983 for the single Burning Up that gets very little airplay on retro radio stations.
Even though most heard Burning Up first as an album track on Madonna’s 1983 self-titled release, her humble beginnings started off a year earlier with two singles. Both Everybody from 1982 and Burning Up from 1983 did not hit the pop charts but were big hits on the NYC clubs with Burning Up hitting No. 3 on Billboard Dance Charts.
The video for Burning Up is considered the start of the Madonna image with her DYI fashions such as wearing typewriter belts as bracelets. It was also the beginning of the Madonna sexual image of being the woman in charge always getting the upper hand against her male suitors. In the Burning Up video, Madonna’s then-boyfriend Ken Compton plays the man in the sports car who presumably gets bamboozled by Madonna in the end as Madonna goes from writhing on the road to driving Compton’s vehicle.
After Madonna’s very public vocal disapproval of President Trump at the beginning of the year, 2017 has seen very little of Madonna, probably since in March she adopted 4-year-old twin girls from Malawi.
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Amazon has released its summer 2017 report showing differences in how customers from different regions spend their money.
It says Geordies went mad for Madonna’s compilation DVD The Immaculate Collection.
The giant retailer says: “Madonna was in vogue with customers in Newcastle as they got into the groove and snapped up copies of the material girl’s greatest hits DVD compilation.”
It also recorded how Galaxy Smooth is the country’s most favourite chocolate while here in the North East we prefer good old-fashioned Kit Kats.
Amazon use the data from customer’s orders not just to work out the most popular purchases but also to help steer retail trends in the future.
We can expect to use Amazon more to buy fresh fruit and veg while more small and medium sized businesses, including those in the North East, are exporting their products through Amazon Marketplace.
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Alfred Haber Distribution, Inc. Finds Romance With Key International Broadcasters For The Recently Acquired Showtime Special “MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR”
PALISADES PARK, N.J., July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Having just recently announced the acquisition of the top-rated Showtime television special, MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR, Alfred Haber, founder of Alfred Haber Distribution, Inc.(AHDI), revealed today that the company has cleared several key sales for the all-new, two-hour event, which was filmed on the recent 2016 tour that earned Madonna the title of highest-grossing solo artist ever. International broadcasters already signed on for this extravaganza include: Nine Network (Australia), NRJ 12 (France), Telefonica (Spain), WOWOW (Japan), and GMA Network (Philippines).
“Madonna’s performance, along with the great production quality from the folks at Live Nation and Showtime, has culminated in a special, must-see event that has already received an extraordinary reception from the international marketplace,” commented Haber. “Thanks to broadcasters worldwide who were quick to get on board, the Material Girl’s fans the world over will be able to enjoy this amazing concert presentation.”
Shot around the world and featuring a collection of live and behind-the-scenes footage culminating in performances at the Sydney Olympic Park, the show includes everything Madonna’s fans have come to expect from one of her sold-out concerts: High-energy performances, rebellious theatrical productions, envelope-pushing vignettes and, of course, incredible new hits and the beloved classic songs that have touched her many millions of admirers the world over.
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A two-hour television special about pop icon Madonna’s 2016 tour has secured major sales across Europe and Asia.
New Jersey-based Alfred Haber Distribution (AHDI) today announced deals for its recently acquired title Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour, which aired stateside on cable network Showtime.
The show has landed sales with international broadcasters including Nine Network (Australia), NRJ12 (France), Telefonica (Spain), Wowow (Japan) and GMA Network (the Philippines).
Produced by global entertainment company Live Nation and Showtime, the special is a two-hour compilation of footage from Madonna’s 2016 tour, which enabled her to become the highest-grossing solo artist in history, according to AHDI. It includes live material and behind-the-scenes images shot at her concerts.
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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala: Wednesday 26th July 2017: St. Tropez, France
Since 1998, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) has been on a mission to protect the Earth’s last wild places, implementing solutions that restore balance to threatened ecosystems, and ensure the long-term health and wellbeing of all its inhabitants. The LDF brings attention and needed funding to three areas: protecting biodiversity, ocean & forest conservation, and climate change. Currently LDF supports over 70 high-impact projects in more than 40 countries around the world.
The 2016 Foundation Gala raised nearly $45 Million to help support the foundation’s mission of protecting the earth from climate change and environmental crisis. The event was hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio (founder and chairman of the foundation), Mulutin Gatsby (concept creator for the evening), Terry Tamminen (LDF Chief Executive Officer) and Justin Winters (LDF Executive Director). Albert II, Prince of Monaco was honored with the foundation’s first “New World Leadership Award,” which recognizes the legacy of environmental conservation displayed by its recipient.
Simon de Pury conducted the live auction, which was filled with unique experiences, luxury collectibles and memorabilia – including personal items given by DiCaprio, and a collection of fine art from universally renowned artists Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso, Urs Fischer, Olafur Eliasson, and Adrian Villar Rojas, among many others. Event Chairs included Boris F.J. Collardi, CEO of Julius Baer, Philippe Cousteau, Jonah Hill, Kate Hudson, Tobey Maguire, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Caroline Scheufele, Kevin Spacey, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Robert De Niro, Scarlett Johansson, and Charlize Theron.
The 2015 Foundation Gala raised $40 Million to benefit LDF, with the live auction presented by long-term partner Julius Baer and co-sponsors Chopard and Armani. The auction opened with Leonardo offering several personal items up for bid, including his own Rolex Daytona Cosmograph watch, and Andy Warhol and Bansky artworks from his personal collection, which raised $2 million. The event also featured an extensive live auction of fine art, luxury items, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences conducted by Simon de Pury, some highlights of which included:
- Ownership of an estate home on Leonardo DiCaprio’s own Belize island, Blackadore Caye
- HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco donated several once-in-a-lifetime experiences to the auction, offering to accompany the winning bidder on each, including An arctic expedition, and private diving at Monaco’s unique protected Larvotto Marine Reserve
- A private concert with Elton John
- Movie producer Harvey Weinstein donated a stunning collection of experiences, offering to have the winning bidder be his personal guest at the most coveted events in the world for an entire year. This included the Academy Awards, screenings and events, Cannes Film Festival, Met Gala Ball and The White House Correspondents Dinner, a visit to a Weinstein Company movie set, and more.
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Madonna posted a clip of her rehearsing Open Your Heart on her official Instagram account, many speculate as to what she is rehearsing for.
However Madonna is due to make a ‘special apperance’ at the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation Gala in St-Tropez on July 26. She has just begun following Leonardo Dicaprio on Instagram, so this might confirm her special appearance. Check out PageSix for more on the event.