April 17, 2015 Comments Off on Jennifer Garner: Early Childhood Education is Important Articles, Charity

Actress Jennifer Garner spent this week in the Palmetto state urging leaders to continue to focus on improving early childhood education.

“I really wanted to help kids, like those who I grew up with in West Virginia and in rural America,” said Garner.

Actress, Jennifer Garner saw at a young age how living in a middle class family can make a big difference when it comes to education.

She’s now an ambassador for the Save the Children Network. The program brings books and other tools to children before they are 5 years old in efforts to stimulate their minds.

“I see a light go on and they are so happy to have a little help, I see a light go on in the babies and moms faces and you see more of a connection. The more hope you have in the child and hearing the words they need to hear and accrue the language they need to be successful and read and start kindergarten.”

President of the Save The Children Network Mark Shriver says investing in children when their brain is still developing should be a bigger focus in this country.

“When you have kids that are so far behind because they are living in poverty, I think that is the greatest social justice question in this country right now. We spend billions of dollars trying to get kids up to speed, when we should be investing early in those crucial first five years,” said Shriver.

Lasonya Colter works with families in rural Orangeburg County.

“We have third graders that are reading on a first grade level, so that is why it is imperative that we have books in the home at an early age,” Colter.

Studies show that in some cases a four year old living in poverty can be 18 months behind their middle class counterparts.

Garner says it’s all because they are not engaged at a young age.

“Just like a computer screen will go to sleep if its not used, your brain does that too and for little kids when their brains aren’t being used and they are just sitting quietly that’s not good. You want them running around, you want them messy. They are working through things, they are growing, that’s the point,” said Garner.

The Save the Children Network has been in the Midland for more than 10 years and they hope to expand to more counties around the state in the future.

April 16, 2015 Comments Off on Jennifer Garner Discusses Importance of Home Visiting Programs Videos


April 15, 2015 Comments Off on Jennifer Garner reads to Bishopville Primary students Videos



April 15, 2015 Comments Off on Actress Jennifer Garner, a Save the Children advocate, visits SC school Articles

Four-year-olds at Bishopville Primary School likely did not recognize their special guest.

But when actress Jennifer Garner sat down in the rocking chair and read “Quick as a Cricket” to them, they were full of giggles and exclamations and, when she finished the book, urged her to “Do it again! That was fun!”

Garner – an artist ambassador for Save the Children – stopped by the school Wednesday to learn how the child-advocacy organization’s programs are impacting S.C. children.

An international child-welfare aide program, Save the Children has U.S. programs aimed at promoting early childhood literacy and health for children starting at birth.

At Bishopville Primary School, Save the Children makes after-school programs possible and sends books home with children, among other benefits, said Principal Lei Washington.

But for children ages birth to 5 years, the program sends early childhood advocates into the homes of high-poverty families to teach parents about the importance of literacy starting at birth.

Save the Children currently partners with 15 communities in six S.C. counties, serving 6,616 children.

April 15, 2015 Comments Off on Town & Country Scans Articles, Magazines

Jen is featured in new Town & Country May issue. I have added scans to gallery.

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April 15, 2015 Comments Off on Join us for the 3rd annual Moms +SocialGood Charity, Guest Appearances

In conjunction with Mother’s Day, Moms +SocialGood is a one-day event dedicated to the power of mothers and families to create a better future for their communities.

We’ll draw attention to some of the greatest challenges facing women and children, and put moms and dads at the forefront of the discussion on how to tackle these issues.

This event connects parents to each other, to leading experts, and to a global audience, leveraging the power of social media, so anyone, anywhere, will be able to join the conversation and take action.

This global summit will unite a global parenting community to answer one question:

What kind of world do we want for our families by 2030?

Speakers include:

Jennifer Garner

Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens, Anne Geddes, David Muir,

Her Excellency Toyin Saraki, and many more.

Tickets on sale now

May 1, 2015 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Doors open at 9 a.m.

$35 each – includes a light breakfast and networking lunch
All ticket proceeds will go directly to these four initiatives, which are improving the health and
wellbeing of women and children around the world:

MAMA, Shot@Life, Girl Up, and UNICEF’s Ethiopia NICU project

Source: http://www.eventbrite.com

April 9, 2015 Comments Off on Jennifer Garner To Star In EuropaCorp’s ‘Nine Lives’ News, Nine Lives

Jennifer Garner is set to star alongside Kevin Spacey, Christopher Walken and Robbie Amell in the Barry Sonnenfeld-directed EuropaCorp comedy Nine Lives. Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin wrote the script. Spacey plays a workaholic businessman who has to figure out a way to redeem himself following an accident that leaves him trapped in the body of his family’s cat. Garner is coming off Dallas Buyers Club, Men Women and Children, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, and will next star alongside Al Pacino in Danny Collins. She’s repped by WME and Management 360.

April 5, 2015 Comments Off on Disneyland’s Springtime Roundup Images

Jennifer poses with Mickey Mouse at Springtime Roundup at Disneyland Park April 2 in Anaheim. Springtime Roundup continues daily through April 7 and on weekends until June 7.

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March 26, 2015 Comments Off on Diplomacy, Development, And National Security Hearing Guest Appearances, Images

Ben with wife Jennifer and their daughter Violet Affleck attended a senate hearing room where Ben with Bill Gates spoke during a Senate Appropriations’ subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs on ‘Diplomacy, Development, And National Security’ in the Dirsken Senate Office Building on March 26 in Washington DC.

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March 20, 2015 Comments Off on Al Pacino Discusses the Highs and Lows of Fame at ‘Danny Collins’ Premiere Articles

Prepare to see a new, and rather melodic, side of Al Pacino. The acting legend and Oscar winner — renowned for playing mobsters, detectives or drug lords — shows off his surprisingly adept singing chops as a flamboyant, aging rock star in his new comedy and Bleecker Street Films’ debut feature, “Danny Collins.”

“It’s really Al singing in the film, and he worked hard to make his voice sound like what it needed to be,” writer and director Dan Fogelman told Variety at the film’s New York premiere on Wednesday night at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square. “He sings a stripped-down song that Ryan Adams wrote for the film.” And it wasn’t only while the camera was rolling. “On set he would break out in song all the time and get the crew to sing along with him. He would finish a scene and immediately start singing. His spirit was, and still is, infectious.”

To convert Pacino into Danny Collins — an overly tanned singer who is riding on the hits from his ’70s heyday and is consumed by fame and fortune — Fogelman had the lead actor dress like Rod Stewart, imitate Neil Diamond’s singing style and infuse a touch of Barry Manilow’s campy stage presence.

Fogelman also based the film’s storyline on a real artist and experience. Five years ago, he came across a story on the Internet about a British folk singer named Steve Tilston, who discovered that the Beatles singer John Lennon had written him an encouraging personal letter in 1971, but Tilston had only received the note in 2005. Fogelman reinterpreted the real-life account by having such a letter inspire Danny Collins to be true to himself and to re-evaluate his life choices. In the film, Collins’ manager (Christopher Plummer) delivers to Pacino the Lennon letter, which inspires him to reconcile with his family (Bobby Cannavale and Jennifer Garner) and pursue a blossoming romance with a hotel manager (Annette Bening).

“I found the script to be heartwarming and inspiring,” said Garner. “It reminds you to stop and take stock of your own life, and figure out what’s important to you, and move forward in that direction and only in that direction.”

Pacino admits that he’s also taken a few wrong turns in his life and has succumbed to the temptations of fame and fortune, just like his character did.

“I haven’t, in my life at times, been grounded. I felt what they call ‘the vicissitudes of fame,’ and I have gone through it and the beatitudes, the high and the low,” said Pacino. “You keep looking for the middle. I guess basket weaving helps a lot,” he joked.

For Cannavale, working with Pacino was the best decision of his life. He first worked with the two-time Tony winner in the Broadway revival of David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” in 2012, and things took off from there.

“I just finished working with Al, and he’s the one who called me and said, ‘There’s a picture and I’d love for you to play my son.’ What do you say to that? You say yes,” Cannavale relayed. “It’s the thing you dream about when you are walking down the street and start having fantasies. I’ve had quite a few (fantasies) growing up in this business that involve Al,” he confessed. “It’s weird to think we are friends. I still freak out when he sends me a text.”

Pacino has now acted in nearly 50 films and is still going strong. When asked what he wants to accomplish next in his prolific career, he answered, “I guess I’m looking forward to a porch and a rocking chair.” He then added, “But so far, things keep pulling me back.”

Following the screening, guests headed a few blocks south to the swanky Stone Rose Lounge for the after-party, where they munched on sliders and tomato-mozzarella kebabs. Pacino’s daughter Julie, 25, and his 14-year-old twins, Anton and Olivia, came out to support their father at the event, where partygoers enjoyed a birds-eye view of Central Park and panorama of the city skyline.

Actress Katarina Cas, who plays Pacino’s fiancée in the film, snapped a selfie with a jovial Garner and Cannavale. Garner later reunited with her “Alias” co-star Victor Garber, with whom she chatted the night away. Also in attendance were Cannavale’s girlfriend Rose Byrne and Marky Ramone, drummer of punk rock band the Ramones. Jessica Chastain and her boyfriend, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, attended the screening but skipped out before the starry after-party.

“Danny Collins” opens in theaters on March 20.



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