The Ray star invited a small group of Bigs (mentors) and Littles (proteges) to play basketball at his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday (28Nov12) in celebration of his appointment.
As spokesperson, Foxx will represent the organisation at national and local Big Brothers Big Sisters events and work to raise funds for the scheme, which pairs adult volunteers with at-risk kids to provide stability in their lives.
Foxx tells ET Online, "We get such a charmed life and you get paid all this money, it makes sense to turn around and do something great with it.
"Me having two kids now, you stop living for yourself at a certain point. You start living for them, so hopefully I can show them some of that magic and they'll take that and they'll have some good experiences."
Keith Rhodes, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, adds, "We're very thankful of (sic) Jamie, all the input he's given to us, and look forward to our relationship going forward."
The actress walked the red carpet with castmates Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson at the premiere of director Harmony Korine's gritty college caper, about a group of university roommates who rob a diner to fund a trip to Florida.
The 20-year-old former Disney star shed her squeaky-clean image to play one of the wild students, and admits she was overcome with emotion when the film won huge applause from the Venice crowd.
In a post on her Facebook.com page, she writes, "Tonight was one of the most amazing nights I've ever had. Our film got a standing ovation at the Venice film festival! I couldn't stop crying.
"Being a part of such an amazing project was such a blessing... I'm truly so blessed. I'm still in shock! I hope you guys enjoy Harmony's film making. He truly is amazing. Note: this movie is not for my littles (younger fans)... it's rated R! I just wanted to share this night with y'all! Love you!"
As Stuart--the adorable white mouse adopted by the very accepting Little clan in the first film--contends with the overprotective eye of his human mom Eleanor (Geena Davis) as he tries out for the soccer team he also has to contend with the fact that big brother George (Jonathan Lipnicki) is making his own friends outside the Little household. Feeling lonely and misadjusted Stuart takes the advice of his father Frederick (Hugh Laurie) and searches for a new friend of his own. His wishes are granted when the fluttery canary Margalo (voiced by Melanie Griffith) literally drops into his life--and his toy sports car. Stuart helps save her from her evil pursuer the sharp-taloned Falcon (voiced by James Woods). The Littles invite Margalo into their home to recuperate and she and Stuart develop a tight bond--a bond that's tested during an expected turn of events that sends Stuart and his unlikely ally Snowbelle the cat (voiced by Nathan Lane) into New York City on a mission to find the missing Margalo.
Like the first film Stuart Little 2 again proves that clever character design combined with exquisite--but not showy--CGI animation can make a computer-generated character appear as real on screen as any flesh-and-blood actor. And the Main Mouse also has the advantage of being voiced by the wily Fox who invests Stuart with incredibly convincing charm pluck and emotion. His vocal performance is easily the heart and soul of the film matched only by the sardonic delivery of Lane who as Snowbelle gamely turns even the most obvious kitty cliché into a tart comic gem. All of the other CGI characters demonstrate a similar lifelike quality and Griffith's little-girl voice is used to its best advantage for perhaps the first time in her career (although she still always sounds a bit dazed). Woods is as sharp and slick as you'd expect yet his performance is several levels below his brilliant turn as Hades in Disney's Hercules. Meanwhile real-life actors Davis and Laurie continue to have fun with the Littles as a sort of post-modern Ward and June Cleaver adding a playful semi-erotic subtext this time around (it'll fly over the heads of the tykes in the audience) and Lipnicki turns in what might be his last "cute kid" role before hitting puberty.
Because director Rob Minkoff so clearly believes in the possibility of making Stuart come completely alive for an audience of both tots and their parents this movie is full of the confident visual snap of the first film be it in the cozy scenes in the Littles' home or in the midst of the ambitious and inventive action sequences (this time around Stuart's got his own airplane for some harrowing flying scenes). It's easy to get involved in all of the movie's key sequences and root for your favorites--even snotty Snowbelle has some unpredictably heroic moments. There are just a couple things lacking in comparison to the original: first the wonderful sense of discovery when we first entered Stuart's world and saw E.B. White's delightful enduring tale come to life on the screen--a factor that's hard to avoid in a sequel. Also the emotional weight of the first flick's story isn't quite matched by Stuart's quest for friendship in this second outing; the dilemma seems a bit forced and not as organic as the mouse's first "fitting in" fears. There are also a few extra-gooey exchanges between Stuart and Margalo that even kids might find a shade too sugary to swallow--and will send adults scurrying to the popcorn concession.
"Stuart Little" made its grand debut at the Village Theatre in Westwood on Dec. 5.
Academy Award winner Geena Davis, Jonathan Lipnicki ("Jerry Maguire"), Nathan Lane ("The Birdcage") and others strolled down the red carpet in honor of "Stuart Little" while benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
"It's a terrific event for us," said John Calley, the event chairman for the diabetes foundation. "It helps us in two important ways: One, of course, is the awareness of diabetes and the other is that it's a substantial amount of money being raised for diabetes today."
Director Rob Minkoff ("The Lion King") brings the comedic adventure of a little mouse searching for a real home to the big screen. The film is based on the classic book by E.B. White.
"It's about someone (Stuart Little) who is different and searching for a family," said Lane. "I play Snowbell, like the Swedish prize. Snowbell the cat, who is very threatened by Stuart being adopted, so he plots to get rid of him."
Stuart Little (voiced by "Spin City's" Michael J. Fox) embarks on a grand adventure after being adopted by the Littles, a human family played by Davis, Lipnicki and Hugh Laurie.
"I got involved five years ago," said producer Doug Wick. "Columbia Pictures owned the book. It took a few years to get the script right.
"And then we had to start doing research and development because the technology didn't exist until 10 minutes before we started shooting."
The technical aspects of filming didn't really concern Dustin Hoffman, Meg Tilly, Mimi Rogers, Leah Thompson and other celebrities who just wanted to check out a family classic with their families.
Even former first lady Nancy Reagan, who is also a benefit committee chairwoman for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, joined in the "Stuart Little" fun.
"It's great. I went from my last film playing an assassin -- now I'm mother of a mouse," said Davis.
With Leeza Gibbons, Debra Farantino and singer Trisha Yearwood at the premiere, the only question was: "Where's the 'big cheese'"?
At the premiere, the biggest mouse since Mickey and Mighty was nowhere to be spotted.
"Some of the challenge during filming was that he (Stuart Little) wasn't there. It's funny, he never showed up to the set," joked Davis.
"Stuart Little" opens in theaters Dec. 17.
The series, set in the town of Grand Valley, follows the adventures of Henry Bigg, a human who befriends Tom and Lucy Little, two small human-like creatures who live in the walls of homes. Focus of the series are the efforts of the evil Dr. Hunter and his assistant, Peterson, to discover if what he believes is another life form (which he calls the Littles) really do exist, and the efforts of the Littles to remain a secret.