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A $10 Donation Can Better the World—and Make Idris Elba Your Valentine

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Idris Elba is a man of many talents: a Golden Globe-winning actor, in-demand musician/DJ/producer, part-time fashion designer, anti-crime crusader, land speed record-holder, activist, and—if the odds are in your favor this year—possibly your Valentine’s Day date.

Omaze, a charitable website that auctions off once-in-a-lifetime hangs with A-list celebrities for good causes, has just teamed up with the talented star of The Wire and Luther to make Valentine’s Day 2017 one you’ll be telling your grandkids about—and it’s all for a great cause.

For every $10 you donate to Omaze’s “Be Idris Elba’s Valentine” campaign, you’ll be entered to win the grand prize: a candlelit dinner with Elba at one of his favorite restaurants where, according to Omaze, “you’ll enjoy delicious conversation and great food. You can talk about anything you want to: movies, music, your deepest desires. Idris is a great listener. He’s also a great talker. He’s pretty much great at everything. I mean, have you seen Luther?”

One caveat: the dinner won’t take place on February 14 precisely, it will be slightly belated, but you will be flown to whatever city Elba happens to be in at the time, with all your airfare and hotel expenses included. And, if you're in a sharing kind of mood, you’ll be allowed to bring along a friend.

Best of all, all donations will benefit W.E. Can Lead, a nonprofit organization that, according to its mission statement, ensures "young girls receive the educational opportunity, leadership development, and mentoring support necessary to become the new generation of female leaders who are able to impact every area of society across the continent of Africa.” Which means that everyone who takes part will come out a winner. (Okay, one a little more so than the rest.)

[h/t: The Cut]

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You Can Cook (Food) With Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in the Original Breaking Bad RV
Ben Leuner, AMC
Ben Leuner, AMC

A new contest is giving Breaking Bad fans the chance to cook a meal with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. A new charity fundraising campaign is sending one lucky fan and a friend out to Los Angeles to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Breaking Bad’s premiere with the stars themselves—Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and that beat-up RV.

“That’s right, the real Walter White and Jesse Pinkman will join you in The Krystal Ship to whip up some delicious food, take tons of pictures, and bond over the most addicting show ever made,” the contest’s page on the charity fundraising site Omaze trumpets.

All you have to do to throw your (porkpie) hat in the ring is break out your wallet and donate to a good cause. Every dollar you donate to the contest through Omaze is basically a raffle ticket. And the more you donate, the better your odds are of winning. Each dollar donated equals 10 entries, so if you donate $10, you have 100 chances, if you donate $25, 250 chances, etc. At higher donation levels, you’ll also get guaranteed swag, including T-shirts, signed set photos by Cranston and Paul, props and scripts from the show, and more.

Technically, you can enter without donating, but don’t be a jerk—it’s for the kids. The proceeds from the contest will go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Kind Campaign, an anti-bullying charity.

The contest winner will be announced around September 12, and the big event will take place on September 15.

Donate to win here. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on August 30.

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60 Years Later, a Lost Stanley Kubrick Script Has Been Found
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A “lost” screenplay co-written by famed filmmaker Stanley Kubrick has been found after 60 years, Vulture reports.

The screenplay is an adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s novella Burning Secret, which Vulture describes as a reverse Lolita (plot summary for those who forgot high school English class: a man enters a relationship with a woman because of his obsession with her 12-year-old daughter). In Burning Secret, a man befriends an adolescent boy in order to seduce his mother. Zweig’s other works have inspired films like Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel (which the director claims he "stole" from Zweig's novels Beware of Pity and The Post-Office Girl).

Kubrick’s screenplay adaptation is co-written by novelist Calder Willingham and dated October 24, 1956. Although the screenplay bears a stamp from MGM’s screenwriting department, Nathan Abrams—the Bangor University professor who discovered the script—thinks it’s likely the studio found it too risqué for mass audiences.

“The child acts as an unwitting go-between for his mother and her would-be lover, making for a disturbing story with sexuality and child abuse churning beneath its surface,” Abrams told The Guardian. It's worth noting, however, that Kubrick directed an adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita in 1962, which MGM distributed, and it was also met with a fair share of controversy.

Abrams said the screenplay for Burning Secret is complete enough that it could be created by filmmakers today. He noted that the discovery is particularly exciting because it confirms speculations Kubrick scholars have had for decades.

“Kubrick aficionados knew he wanted to do it, [but] no one ever thought it was completed,” Abrams told The Guardian.

The Guardian reports that Abrams found the screenplay while researching his book Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film. The screenplay is owned by the family of one of Kubrick’s colleagues.

[h/t Vulture]

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