The TRON: Legacy star's older sister, civil rights attorney Chloe Cockburn, has been helping to raise the profile of the newly-renamed Occupy Sandy group, which has set up camp across New York to provide hot meals for the needy, and the food drive received a much-needed boost from Wilde on Tuesday (06Nov12) when she reached out to her Twitter.com followers and asked them to get involved.
After Cockburn tweeted about volunteers running out of food at Brooklyn's St. Jacobi Lutheran Church, the actress wrote, "Help! Hurricane victims need grub. You can buy food on http://FreshDirect.com and have it delivered to Jacoby (sic) Church, 5406 4th ave., Brooklyn".
The call to action worked as locals offered what they could to the cause, allowing Occupy Sandy activists to keep cooking meals to deliver to residents in the hardest hit areas, while fans from all over the U.S. arranged grocery deliveries for the church.
Wilde still had Sandy victims on her mind on Wednesday (07Nov12) as a new storm hit, and she heaped praise on the public for its generosity as charity donations to the American Red Cross continued to pour in.
She tweets, "Sending warm thoughts to all Sandy victims still without effing power in a freezing snow storm... So great that people have been so generous with Red Cross. I hope that money will go to medical assistance in low income communities today!"
The Tron: Legacy star, who divorced filmmaker/musician Tao Ruspoli last year (Sep11), has relocated from Los Angeles to Manhattan, where she shares an apartment with the comedian and their rescue dog Paco.
Wilde has been busy furnishing their new place, and admits she is relishing her less hectic schedule after a four-year stint on TV medical drama House.
She tells USA Today, "I now have the luxury of being choosier and choosier. I've gotten to the point where I don't have to work all the time. I'm able to do things that don't need to be blockbuster... I'm really picky now and it's only because there's no reason not to be.
"I've been decorating our new apartment. That's a lot of what I do, too. I'm so domestic. We have a cool new electronic drum kit. It's a good life. For years, I worked constantly. I was doing the show and doing movies on the weekends."
Wilde also opened up about her plans to one day start a family while maintaining her Hollywood career, modelling herself after her mum, TV producer and journalist Leslie Cockburn.
She adds, "I think it would be great. My mom was a great example of having a professional life and having a kid. It can be done. No one is saying it's easy. But I'm totally inspired by the idea of being a bada** working professional mom.
"I'm so into my dog. I can't imagine how I will smother my child."
A longtime columnist for The Nation and editor of political newsletter CounterPunch, Cockburn lost his battle with cancer in Germany.
And it's clear he left a lasting impression on his niece, who wrote on Saturday (21Jul12), "My uncle, the brilliant, kind, and hilarious Alexander Cockburn, passed away last night. He was my friend, and my hero."
She added, "He taught me how to make coffee in a jar, how to listen to LPs, how to ride a horse through a river, and how to drive a classic with love."
Born in Scotland and raised in Ireland, Cockburn was the son of the British novelist Claud Cockburn.
The columnist was famous for his attacks on politicians, the mainstream media and his fellow The Nation writer Christopher Hitchens, who died last year (11).
Plenty of worries mate. A third helping of this croc-out-of-the-Outback series is one too many. The difference between the delightful original and this plodding trek through Los Angeles is almost negligible. Once again crocodile hunter Mick (Paul Hogan) puts his survival skills to the test while roaming the wilds of a major metropolis. The Big Apple jaunt resulted in Mick falling in love with journalist Sue (Linda Kozlowski). In Los Angeles Mick grapples with making Sue an honest woman thanks to the prodding of their young son Mikey (Serge Cockburn). La La Land provides enough distractions to prevent Mick from popping the question. Lavish parties. Acting gigs. Monkey wrangling. And the strange business practices of Silvergate Pictures. Sue returns to the United States to temporarily oversee her newspaper magnate father's Los Angeles bureau. Her first assignment: expose Silvergate and its likely criminal activities. But who needs a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist with N.Y.P.D Blue junkie Mick Dundee on the case.
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles lacks bite but Mick remains the life and soul of the hunt. The leatheryHogan - now 61 but leaner and fitter than a certain real-life crocodile hunter half his age - is so affable fascinating and boyish that it's a pleasure to share his company. He's the same old Mick Dundee that audiences laughed at but mostly laughed with in the late 1980s. Hogan hints--though not very seriously--at the end of this adventure that it's time to call it quits. If so he would be wise to pass his croc-skinned vest and hunting knife on to Cockburn. He's a chip off the old block. Whether he's rescuing skunks or trapping rodents Cockburn manages to charm without being self-consciously cute or deliberately bratty. Too bad Kozlowski--Hogan's wife--has nothing better to do than lovingly raise her eyebrows at Mick's occasional blunders or pass herself off as a journalist.
Simon Wincer last worked with Hogan on 1994's Lightning Jack a not-so-wild Western that floundered in its bid to put any distance between Hogan and his Crocodile Dundee persona. In Wincer's hands Mick Dundee's latest urban jungle safari lacks any genuine surprises. Is Mick the only tourist to find himself confronted by a mugger each time he steps off the plane? In Australia Mick may call the Outback his workplace but he does seem to enjoy some modern amenities. So it's become something of a stretch to imagine that Mick doesn't watch TV and can't take a bath without fearing a crocodile attack. Much of the blame rests with the bland and trite cultural differences that writers Matthew Berry and Eric Abrams compel Mick to face continually. (Hogan contends that he deserves credit for writing the script but unless he needs the extra cash he should back down--it's nothing to be proud of.)