Another cause supported by Mark: Urge Thailand to Ban the Trade of Ivory
Every day across Africa, wild elephants are being slaughtered to meet the insatiable demand for ivory. Entire herds are being poached out of existence to supply the illegal trade of ivory carvings and trinkets in Asia.
The scale of illicit activity is staggering in places like Thailand. Poachers and organized crime syndicates there are making millions of dollars a year, turning this southeast Asian nation into the largest unregulated ivory market in the world.
Exploiting a legal loophole that permits the sale of ivory from Thailand’s domestic elephants, criminals can pass off illegally obtained African ivory as being from domestic sources and get away with selling it on the legal open market. This must stop.
Join the “Hands Off My Parts” movement to stop wildlife crime. Tell Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra she can help save the world’s elephants by banning the Thai ivory trade.
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Mark and Sunrise Ruffalo love the nineties! We spoke to the couple at last night’s opening of Clive, in which Ethan Hawke plays a drug-addict musician who is sort of nineties-inspired, and found out what they miss most about the decade that brought you Hawke’s ultimate masterpiece, Reality Bites.
Anything you’re nostalgic about from the nineties?
Mark: It seems like it was just yesterday! Plaid shirts. Guns N’ Roses. Bandanas. Axl Rose.
Sunrise: I say Nirvana.
Nirvana and Guns N’ Roses didn’t like each other very much. Kurt Cobain and Axl Rose did not get along.
Mark: Come on! That’s what I miss the most — Kurt Cobain and Axl Rose, fist-fighting. That was awesome. I miss that. Where are those days?
Courtney Love got in her fair share of fights, too. Remember when she clocked Kathleen Hanna at Lollapalooza?
Mark: And I miss Courtney Love getting in fights, too. Courtney Love punching out photographers I miss. What happened to that Courtney Love? What else do we miss from the nineties?
Sunrise: Your freedom?
Mark: Carousing! Not my freedom so much. Carousing.
Sunrise: You always had serious girlfriends.
So you never dated someone like Clive?
Mark: I never dated someone like Clive. I tried to be like Clive. I had two weeks in New York City like Clive, and then I ran back to my girlfriend … Is Bubblicious from the nineties? Bubblicious.
Five members of the blockbuster Marvel superhero franchise will appear on stage at the Dolby Theater on February 24.
The next time the Avengers assemble, it will be in tuxedos, not spandex.
Academy Award show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced on Wednesday morning that five members of the blockbuster superhero film will present at this year’s Oscars. The actors — Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Chris Evans — were part of a team that helped the Joss Whedon-directed Avengers earn over $1.5 billion worldwide at the box office.
Four of the five presenting members have been nominated for Oscars previously, with Downey Jr. and Renner boasting two nominations apiece. Jackson was a co-star in this year’s best picture-nominated Django Unchained.
The Avengers, which marked the culmination of the first phase of an expansive, multi-franchise comic movie universe built by Disney, is nominated at this year’s Oscars for best visual effects.
The 2013 Oscars are being hosted by Seth MacFarlane. Previously announced presenters include last year’s Oscar winners Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer.