Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Creates $2 Billion Fund to Aid Children and Homeless Families

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Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person, announced today that he will put $2 billion toward efforts to aid homeless families as well as children in low-income areas, Bloomberg reports. The Amazon founder and CEO outlined his plan for the "Bezos Day One Fund" in a blog post that he took screenshots of and tweeted out to his followers.

In the message, Bezos said the fund will address two key areas. First, it will provide funding to non-profit organizations that already exist and are currently helping homeless families. Second, it will be used to create a network of non-profit preschools in low-income areas, as well as an organization to operate those schools. These institutions will be "full-scholarship" schools and will be based on the Montessori teaching method.

"We'll use the same set of principles that have driven Amazon," he wrote. "Most important among those will be genuine, intense customer obsession. The child will be the customer."

Bezos, whose personal fortune totals $163.8 billion, has previously invested in space infrastructure and news media (through his purchase of The Washington Post), and has provided funding to cancer research and college scholarships for immigrant students.

It's worth noting, though, that not everyone is praising Bezos's philanthropy. This announcement comes amid sharp criticism of Amazon's recent efforts to kill a Seattle business tax that would benefit the homeless community, as well as criticism of the company's treatment of employees. In August, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders launched a petition calling for Bezos to raise wages and improve working conditions, Vox reports, and just last week, Sanders introduced a "Stop BEZOS Act" bill (the not-remotely-subtle dig stands for Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act—essentially, it proposes heavily taxing wealthy corporations whose low-wage employees have to rely on government aid to get by). In response, Amazon called the criticism "inaccurate and misleading."

[h/t Bloomberg]

Scarlett Johansson Had No Clue About the Avengers 4 Trailer or Title Drop

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Marvel Studios

Last week, the Russo Brothers finally gave the people what they wanted: a name and a trailer for the next Avengers film. But it seems as if some of the film's biggest stars—including Scarlett Johansson—were as much in the dark as the rest of us about the film's title until the trailer dropped.

The epic trailer for Avengers: Endgame went live on Friday, December 7 and became the most viewed trailer in history with 289 million views in 24 hours.

At an event she was hosting for Black Panther, Johansson was asked about the new trailer. According to Fandango managing editor Erik Davis, not only did Johansson not know about the trailer, but she also wasn’t privy to the title of the new movie (despite being in it).

Fellow Avengers actor Sebastian Stan also recently admitted that he had no clue about the movie’s title.

“I didn’t have anything to do with [the title],” Stan said at the 2018 Comic Con Experience festival. “We didn’t know, but also the last thing I filmed was in 2017, which was earlier 2017, so that was a long time ago.”

While there hasn’t been much new information since the trailer and title drop, the Russo Brothers did give fans some insight when they alluded to the fourth film's title while on a press tour for Infinity War. Joe Russo explained that the Avengers 4 title would break new ground in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"I don't think there are any comics that correlate to it," Joe told ComicBook.com. "I think we're in pretty fresh territory with Avengers 4. If anything, I think it's interesting after to go back and look at some of the Marvel films and view them through a different lens. But I can't think of any comics in particular that would have value."

Avengers: Endgame is set to hit theaters on April 26, 2019, which is a few weeks earlier than it was originally scheduled to arrive.

JK Rowling Confirms She Has Finished Writing Fantastic Beasts 3

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While Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald turned out to be rather divisive among Harry Potter fans, true Potterheads have still been eagerly anticipating JK Rowling’s next project, whether it be another companion novel, a project under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, or the third installment in the Fantastic Beasts series. Fortunately, they no longer have to wonder as Rowling has confirmed that she just finished writing Fantastic Beasts 3.

Taking to Twitter earlier today, the acclaimed author responded to a couple of fan messages, which is not unusual for the avid social media user. When one gushed about the second film, Rowling decided to share a bit of major information. “That's a very lovely thing to hear on the day I finish writing the next one,” she tweeted back.

Of course, the fan replies started flowing from there. Besides many messages of congratulations, Rowling was met with plenty of questions as to what we can expect from the third installment. When asked to describe the book in three words, the author simply said: "Answers are given."

While this obviously doesn’t tell us much about what will happen, fans can at least rest easy knowing that some of their most burning questions will be addressed. Which is fortunate, since we have a lot of them—like whether Dumbledore knows about Credence.

The first and second films in the series were released just two years apart, so we wouldn’t be surprised if filming on the third film begins next year, especially considering how fast Rowling churned out the book.

Although some people were disappointed with The Crimes of Grindelwald, we have high hopes that the third book—and film—will right any perceived wrongs.

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