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MacFarlane supports ‘Rainbow’

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LeVar Burton’s “Reading Rainbow” fundraising effort is getting a boost from a generous pal, Seth MacFarlane.

MacFarlane has promised to match up to $1 million in pledges made on the Kickstarter website, Burton said in a statement Thursday. MacFarlane’s offer is in effect through 3 p.m. on July 2, when the online fundraiser is to conclude.

Burton said he was left nearly speechless by the “extraordinary generosity” of his friend, the TV and movie writer-producer-actor whose credits include “Ted” and “Family Guy.” MacFarlane’s spokeswoman confirmed the offer.

To read more about Burton’s project, see the Living section in Sunday’s edition of The Journal Gazette.

Rules changes

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rescinded an original song nomination for the independent, faith-based movie “Alone Yet Not Alone” this year, it sparked a controversy and questions of bias at the institution.

Now, the academy’s board of governors has issued new rules to clarify how music branch members may campaign for their films.

According to the new rules, music branch members may not contact other music branch members to promote the nomination of their song in any way, including by email, mail, telephone or social media.

Music branch members are also barred from attending any special live performances of eligible songs unless the performances are attached to a screening.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Bruce Johnston is 72. Actress Julia Duffy is 63. Actress Isabelle Adjani is 59. Singer Lorrie Morgan is 55. Writer-director J.J. Abrams is 48. Actor Tobey Maguire is 39. Singer Leigh Nash is 38. Reality star Khloe Kardashian is 30. Actor Drake Bell is 28. Actor Sam Claflin is 28. Actor Ed Westwick is 27.

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