Saturday, June 15, 2024

Royal Hollywood Visit: Tsk, Tsk, Tusk


On Sunday morning, Prince William and Princess Catherine (am I the only one who doesn’t get the Kate with a K and Catherine with a C?) make a Hollywood appearance for the Tusk Trust. This is a British charity that raises money to help stem the tide of elephant poaching in Africa. (There’s a great story in Vanity Fair about ivory poaching.) But the US version of Tusk is kind of anemic, so maybe the royal visit will help. According to, the Tusk USA group raises very little money each year. In 2009 they raised an anemic $124,000 from donors plus made $30,000 from an event. The total–$154,000–is what many of this Sunday’s guests spend on lunch for a week. In 2008, it was a little better–$328,000 raised. If the 40 guests coming to producer Steve Tisch‘s home each gave $10,000, Tusk USA would be quite a bit ahead of the game. Tsk, tsk. The elephants in Africa need our help. Every little bit helps but really–the Hollywood heavyweights could save the continent in one afternoon.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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