Rebel Wilson had a fun birthday. The Aussie-actress recently turned 39 and celebrated her special day with a few highlights. First, she made her own birthday cake at the Milk Bar. Second, she got a surprise party from her friends that features some Cats-esque dancing.
According to Wilson’s Twitter the party wound up in Beverly Hills where Wilson and company enjoyed a thirty-minute dance rehearsal. They promptly recorded the choreographed number, featuring Wilson center with pink fuzzy ears and paws. Wilson jokingly referred to it as “Catzercise”.
Rebel Wilson first made a name for herself in Australia. The actress broke out into T.V. and film, writing a producing many shows and specials. Her career finally took her stateside where she broke out in Bridesmaids. Although her character, Brynn, was a highlight Wilson did not really break out until Pitch Perfect. The film made Wilson and her popular Fat Amy character returned for both sequels. Since then Wilson has played mainly supporting roles. At least that is how it was before “Isn’t It Romantic”.
“Isn’t It Romantic” is the first film in a Rebel Wilson trifecta that will expand across 2019. The film is a rom-com trapped within a rom-com and features Wilson in the lead role. The role is her first time playing a lead and Wilson has performed excellently. Released on Valentine’s Day the film grossed well and served as a great lead in to her other films. Wilson will return to the screen with “The Hustle” next.
A remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, “The Hustle” stars Wilson in the Steve Martin role with Anne Hathaway performing the Michael Caine role. The movie will mark another lead role for Wilson. If that is enough, however, the actress will finish out the year with the film version of Cats. She will join a talented cast as Jennyanydots, hence the Cats-themed birthday party. Read more: Pitch Perfect for Rebel Wilson | VanityFair and Isn’t it Romantic Trailer | Glamour
Cats is already receiving a lot of attention as it stars some big names and holds the distinction of being popular Broadway fare. Wilson is very excited for the film and tweeted about it. The film co-stars Taylor Swift, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, and James Corden.
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The law offices of Kisling, Nestico & Redick are providers of injury law for clients throughout the state of Ohio. The firm bears an impressive reputation as one of Ohio’s leaders in the realm of personal injury because it fuses personal service with inside knowledge of the insurance industry. The firm also rounds out its resume with extensive experience in the law. Kisling, Nestico, & Redick was founded in 2005. Since its inception the firm has expanded to 11 locations, a staff of 37 lawyers, and 130 support staff ready and able to provide the best service its clients can buy. Kisling, Nestico, & Redick also give back to the community. One way that they do so involves a very cold swim.
The firm has been participating in an event called the Polar Bear Jump for awhile now. Each year they participate they raise funds for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. The foodbank feeds over 100,000 needy families throughout their local area. The Polar Bear Jump raises money to provide funds so those 100,000 families can be fed. For Kisling, Nestico, & Redick it is all about the kids. The firm created the KNR Cares About Kids this year to lend support to kids throughout Ohio. The goal is to provide them with a strong future, and KNR has pledged to fight the good fight for the entire year. The Polar Bear Jump is part of that incentive, and KNR is not afraid to get a little wet to help out.
The Polar Bear Jump started as many such events do. Seventy people came together and jumped into an icy lake. The event began in 2004. The Portage Lakes Polar Bear Club was responsible for the event’s creation and founders Kelly and Heather Pariso along with Jeff and Debbie Fulkman saw it as a chance to raise money for charity. Last year attendance was 800 strong. This year the club has pledged to raise $150,000 dollars for the Akron-Canton Foodbank and KNR is right along side it with its own pledge of $25,000. The pledge is a chance for the law firm to look out for the community that supports it in ways beyond the confines of a courtroom.
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Journalists Jim and Michael had been reporting about the illegal, racist policies of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio long enough to get on his radar. They were trying to expose the anti-Latino activities of Arpaio’s department, publishing stories and what proof they could find in newspapers hoping to gain national attention. They weren’t getting it until Arpaio tried to stop them.
One story Larkin and Lacey published was about a secret Grand Jury they discovered that had been put together by Arpaio with dubious cause. The Grand Jury was convened without evidence to investigate the two in an attempt to find a reason to imprison them, thus silencing them. Larkin and Lacey didn’t know this when they exposed the Grand Jury in a story in the Phoenix New Times newspaper.
The story turned out to be what Arpaio thought he needed to arrest the two. He charged them with interfering with a Grand Jury investigation and ordered his deputies to arrest them on a warrant from the Grand Jury. Larkin and Lacey were put in jail on the night of October 18th, 2007. Placed in separate prisons and held for 24 days, the imprisonment of Larkin and Lacey caused a national outrage against Arpaio that the two had been trying to create. Read more: Larkin and Lacey Fruntera Fund | Crunchbase and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
A judge reviewed the charges and the Grand Juries findings and dismissed all charges against them, ordered their release and nullified the Grand Jury. Larkin and Lacey sued Maricopa County and won $3.7 million in a settlement for false imprisonment. The two used the money for starting the Frontera Fund which is a civil rights advocacy group specializing in protecting the Latino community from violations of their 1st amendment rights. The Latino community was impacted the most by Arpaio and his sheriff’s department and Larkin and Lacey wanted to put the money toward helping repair some of that damage.
Arpaio lost his bid for a seventh term in 2016, ending 24 years of his policies in Maricopa County. He was found guilty of charges brought against him and was facing prison time until President Trump pardoned him. Arpaio had endorsed Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and Trump may have been paying him back for that,
Larkin and Lacey continue as journalists, working to keep reminding people about the facts behind Arpaio’s time as sheriff and to counter his lies on the campaign trail.