British pop star Pixie Lott is opening her own stage school to help aspiring actors and singers. The Mama Do hitmaker has set up the Pixie Lott Italia Conti Theatre School in Chelmsford, England in association with her alma mater, the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.
Lott's mother Beverley tells Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper, "Pixie wanted to give more children the opportunity she had when she was young. She wants to give something back and hopefully get talented kids involved in things like songwriting and performing."
Classes begin in January (15).
Actress Melissa Joan Hart had to call on car rescue service the Automobile Association of America on Tuesday (07Oct14) after accidentally locking her son inside her vehicle with her keys. The former Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star was photographed waiting helplessly near her car as experts worked to unlock the vehicle and free her toddler.
Hugh Jackman and Ricky Gervais have grabbed their private parts in pictures for a cheeky new charity campaign to tackle testicular cancer.
The new social media drive, titled the Crotch Grab Challenge, is in support of Check One Two, an organization raising awareness of the disease and urging men to examine themselves to spot early symptoms. Participants are encouraged to upload pictures of themselves grabbing their crotch to Twitter.com or Instagram.com with the hash tag 'feelingnuts'.
Jackman posted a picture of himself in the gym with a group of friends, and nominated Gervais and U.S. football star-turned TV host Michael Strahan. Gervais accepted the challenge and uploaded a picture of himself clutching his privates while making a rude hand gesture, before nominating Star Trek actor William Shatner.
Other participants include British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and boyband 5 Seconds of Summer.
The craze comes in the wake of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which involved pouring icy water over the participant's head. The scheme raised $98 million (£61 million) for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association in just one month.
British funnywoman Dawn French has been named chancellor of Falmouth University in England. The Harry Potter star insists she "jumped at the chance" to take on the role at the institution in the English county of Cornwall, where she lives with her husband Mark Bignell.
The announcement was made in a message posted on the university's website and the comedienne will be officially inducted into the role at a ceremony in March (15).
French says, "It's a beautiful place with so many subjects that are close to my heart. I'm already bursting with ideas and want to make sure that my chancellorship is an active one, working with the many talented students."
The university's vice chancellor, Professor Anne Carlisle, adds, "Dawn is the perfect figurehead and inspiration for our students. Her passion and enthusiasm for the role and the university has already been infectious and she has a life-long association with, and total passion for, Cornwall."
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George Clooney has been handed a pre-wedding career gift from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association - he will be the recipient of next year's (15) Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes.
The movie star-turned-director learned he would be the man picking up the coveted honour for his outstanding contributions to filmmaking earlier this month (Sep14), and the HFPA announced he would be the 72nd recipient on Monday (15Sep14). President Theo Kingma says, "The HFPA is honoured to bestow the Cecil B. DeMille Award to George Clooney to celebrate his outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera."
Clooney, who is scheduled to wed fiancee Amal Alamuddin later this month (Sep14), will follow in the footsteps of Woody Allen, who was this year's (14) honouree.
Past recipients have included Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Steven Spielberg, and the late Robin Williams. The Gravity star will pick up his latest accolade at the Golden Globes on 11 January (15).
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Actor Liam Neeson is urging U.S. officials to bring in a curb on gun possession to prevent another high school massacre.
The Schindler's List star is adamant lawmakers need to act to avoid a repeat of bloodbaths such as the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012 when 20 children and six staff were gunned down. Neeson has branded the current way of dealing with gun control in the U.S. "crazy" and insists officials should follow the U.K., where handguns were swiftly outlawed following the Dunblane school massacre in Scotland in 1996.
He tells British magazine Radar, "I am totally for gun control in the U.S. The population of America is roughly 300 million and there are 300 million guns in this country, which is terrifying. Every day we're seeing some kid running rampant in a school. And do you know what the gun lobby's response to Newtown was? The National Rifle Association's official response was, 'If that teacher had been armed...' It's crazy. "I'll give Britain its dues, when they had the Dunblane massacre in Scotland, within 24 hours the gun laws were changed so you could not have a handgun... It is the right to bear arms which is the problem. I think if the Founding Fathers knew what was happening they would be turning in their graves with embarrassment at how that law has been interpreted."
Comedian David Spade opted to forego dumping ice water on himself for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and instead donated $100,000 (£61,518) to the ALS Association in honour of his uncle who passed away from the motor neurone disease. The viral challenge has raised more than $112 million (£68.9 million) to fund research and support for the charity.
Sharon Osbourne was soaked with freezing cold water on Wednesday (10Sep14) after accepting a dare to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on live TV. The rock matriarch had previously avoided getting wet by opting to donate to motor neuron disease charity the ALS Association, but, during an episode of her U.S. daytime show The Talk, she agreed to fulfil the dare. However, the star had to endure four buckets of water being dumped on her head instead of just one to match the number of times she had been challenged by her TV co-hosts.
Comedian-turned-gameshow host Drew Carey is offering up a $10,000 (£5,882) reward to help track down a group of cruel high school students who pulled a dirty prank on an autistic teen participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. A 14-year-old student in Bay Village, Ohio was challenged to take on the chilly charity dunk to raise funds and awareness for motor neuron disease organisation the ALS Association, but instead of using iced water for the mission, his high school peers dumped a bucket filled with urine, faeces and spit all over him.
The outraged family of the autistic teen reported the incident to local police after video footage of the sick stunt was posted on social media.
News of the prank and the local community's efforts to promote tolerance following the incident caught Carey's eye and on Friday (05Sep14), he made his feelings about the bad behaviour known.
Taking to his Twitter.com blog, he wrote, "WTF (what the f**k)? Just saw this. Horrendous. These kids should be arrested and expelled."
He then offered to put up the reward money to help cops hunt down the culprits, adding, "If the Bay Village PD (Police Department) wants to start a reward fund to find who did this, contact me. I'll donate $10,000."
Cops have yet to identify those responsible, but vowed to bring charges against the culprits for the "heinous" act.
Carey later promised to donate the $10,000 to the Autism Speaks charity if authorities manage to find the pranksters without offering the reward.
Retired basketball icon Shaquille O'Neal is embarking on a new career after applying to join the police department in Miami, Florida. The former Los Angeles Lakers superstar-turned-TV sports analyst filed paperwork to become a reserve cop in the neighbourhood of Doral on Wednesday (03Sep14), according to the Miami Herald.
O'Neal, who has attempted to reinvent himself as a rapper, actor and most recently, as a club DJ in recent years, previously worked in the same position with authorities in Miami Beach back in 2005.
The towering 42 year old now faces physical and psychological testing before he can be approved for the reserve role.
City spokeswoman Christina Baguer says, "If he passes, he will then have to do everything else to be certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, just like any of our other officers, reserve or not reserve."
O'Neal retired from playing basketball in 2011 after 19 years in the National Basketball Association (NBA).