Leonardo DiCaprio has been slammed by oil industry bosses in Canada over a new documentary.
The Titanic star travelled to the country's Alberta province with director Darren Aronofsky last week (ends24Aug14) to research a film highlighting the effects of oil sands drilling. However, local trade representatives wasted no time in criticising the two men, insisting celebrities' interest in environmental concerns is a passing "fad".
A spokesman for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says, "Like Canadians, we are growing tired of the fad of celebrity environmentalists coming into the region for a few hours or a few days, and offering their ideas and solutions to developing this resource."
Alberta's Energy Minister, Diana McQueen, also responded to the Hollywood pair's visit, writing, "We respect people's right to their opinions. At the same time, we believe reasonable people recognise the world needs all forms of energy, including fossil fuels, developed responsibly to meet its needs. Aside from the economic opportunities the oil sands create for Albertans and Canadians, the taxes and royalties generated from the oil-sands development provide funding for the infrastructure and programs that contribute to Canada's high standard of living."
Actresses Malin Akerman and Carla Gugino had a make-out session right before they were doused in water for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The actresses have become the latest celebrities to take part in the viral video challenge to raise funds for the ALS Association, and Akerman and Gugino, who were nominated by their Watchmen director Zack Snyder, decided to put a twist on the task.
Gugino used the opportunity to upload her very first post on Twitter.com, sharing a video of herself and the blonde beauty sitting on the rooftop of a building and locking lips.
Their makeout session is interrupted when a bucket of ice cold water is poured over their heads, and they each hold up signs revealing their nominations to take the challenge next, with Gugino calling out her pal Danny DeVito and Akerman challenging her former Trophy Wife co-star Bradley Whitford, before both erupted in a fit of giggles.
New mum Olivia Wilde put her own spin on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by dousing herself with a pale full of breast milk. The Tron: Legacy star was nominated to participate in the charity challenge by actor Ty Simpkins and actress Dianna Agron and she has since elected New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, women's rights advocate Gloria Steinem and Prince to take part in the campaign.
In a video posted on Instagram.com, she says, "I hope it's OK, I couldn't find any water, so I'm going to use breast milk. Took me all night to make this."
Meanwhile, Wilde's fiance, Jason Sudeikis accepted the challenge from former U.S. presidential nominee Mitt Romney and was soaked with ice cold water for almost a minute.
An army of stars, including Wilde's Rush co-star Chris Hemsworth and her In Time castmate Justin Timberlake, have taken the freezing water challenge to raise cash and awareness for the ALS Association.
Canadian singer Grimes is following in the footsteps of Pamela Anderson by refusing to participate in the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge because the researchers benefiting from the awareness and cash boost carry out tests on animals. The former Baywatch star urged celebrities to investigate the charity's research practices in a message on Facebook.com earlier this week (ends24Aug14).
She wrote, "I can't bring myself to do your Ice bucket challenge. I enjoy a good dare - It's always good to bring awareness - in fun, creative ways. I don't want to take away from that...
"I thought Instead I'd challenge ALS to stop Animal testing...Trying to cure human diseases by relying on outdated and ineffective animal experiments isn't only cruel - it's a grave disservice to people who desperately need cures..."
Grimes has joined Anderson in her boycott, but has vowed to donate to The Malala Fund, which "empowers girls through education
to achieve their potential and be agents of positive change in their communities," instead.
On her website, she writes, "I would like to say that I don't feel great about wasting water in this california (sic) drought, but i will donate money.
"However I will not donate money to this foundation because of their record of testing on animals, but I will donate money to the Malala fund because education is the key to ending almost every issue that faces humanity and our world today..."
ALS Association bosses have confirmed they sponsor testing on mice and worms.
Eminem turned his homecoming show in Detroit, Michigan into a charity fundraiser by completing the ice bucket challenge onstage along with his tour companion Rihanna. The pair's joint tour stopped in the rapper's hometown this weekend (23-24Aug14) and during the second show there on Saturday night (23Aug14), the hip-hop star took the opportunity to raise funds for the ALS Association.
At the end of the concert at Comerica Park, Eminem sat in a chair while Rihanna soaked him with icy water, and then he nominated the pop star for the challenge. Rihanna obliged and was drenched in front of the crowd as the band played Vanilla Ice's hit track Ice Ice Baby.
Other stars to have added their names to the list of ice bucket challengers include actress Reese Witherspoon, who dedicated her soaking to a friend who was recently diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease, and new mother Olivia Wilde, who doused herself in her own breast milk.
Liam Gallagher couldn't resist having a dig at his estranged brother and former Oasis bandmate Noel as he took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday (22Aug14). The rocker braced himself for his icy blast while seated on a scooter after nominating Spongebob Squarepants and Ivor the Engine as animated heroes he would like to see doused in freezing water for the cause.
He then added, "And while we're on cartoon characters, Noel Gallagher."
After the bucket of water was tipped over his head, Gallagher muttered "F**king c**t!" It is not clear whether this was aimed at his brother or the man who iced him.
Gallagher joins music stars like Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Jon Bon Jovi and Justin Timberlake who have already taken the ice bucket challenge and posted footage on social media to raise money and awareness for the ALS Association.
Benedict Cumberbatch has taken on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge like no other celebrity, filming himself getting iced five times. The actor explains he had to take the icy blast more than once because he was a day late in accepting the challenge from famous pals Tom Hiddleston and Juno Temple.
He then acts surprised when he's doused while taking a shower following his first soaking.
The Sherlock star was also 'caught' while suited and making a call and while running to his car.
But the most hilarious clip comes as Cumberbatch puts his motorcycle helmet on before a ride only to find it full of icy water. As he recovers from the chilly surprise a pal throws another bucket of water at him.
Stars around the world have signed up for the Ice Bucket Challenge and posted footage of their dunks online to raise cash and awareness for the ALS Association.
Cumberbatch nominated movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, car racing ace Lewis Hamilton and Kylie Minogue to follow his freezing example.
Actor Orlando Jones is using the popularity of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness about gun violence in America. Some of the world's biggest names, including Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Ben Affleck, Taylor Swift and Britney Spears have doused themselves with icy water and posted the footage on social media as part of the new charity phenomenon, aimed at raising money and awareness for the ALS Association, which is attempting to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease.
The Sleepy Hollow star commends his fellow celebrities for their efforts and has pledged to donate to the cause, but he also wants to bring attention to another issue in America - gun violence and militarised police forces.
Jones explains the controversial police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Missouri and the escalating violence prompted by the killing in Ferguson, Missouri inspired him to speak out.
In a hard-hitting new video, in which Jones dumps bullets over his head instead of ice water, he says, "This past week I've watched an American city become something akin to a war zone... It all seems to stem from some sort of militarised police force threatening the rights of people to assemble (in protest).
"I'm asking something very hard of myself, I'm challenging myself to listen without prejudice, to love without limits and to reverse the hate..."
The celebrity backlash against the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has begun with Pamela Anderson urging the stars tipping freezing water over their heads to research the charity they are helping. Some of the world's biggest names, including Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Ben Affleck, Taylor Swift and Britney Spears have doused themselves with icy water and posted the footage on social media as part of the new charity phenomenon, aimed at raising money and awareness for the ALS Association, which is attempting to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease.
But Anderson won't be joining them until the organisation stops funding animal testing.
In a message on Facebook.com, she writes, "I can't bring myself to do your Ice bucket challenge. I enjoy a good dare - It's always good to bring awareness - in fun, creative ways. I don't want to take away from that...
"I thought Instead I'd challenge ALS to stop Animal testing...Trying to cure human diseases by relying on outdated and ineffective animal experiments isn't only cruel - it's a grave disservice to people who desperately need cures."
She continues, "Please, help scientists make real progress toward treating and curing human diseases by visiting HumaneSeal.org to find and support charities that never harm animals and which pour their time and resources into advanced, promising, human-relevant cures."
Meanwhile, Pink's husband Carey Hart has also taken aim at the stars tipping water over themselves and then not donating to the cause.
In a message on Instagram.com, he writes, "I went the contribution route. I figure ALS would rather have my money than see me wet..."
On Twitter.com, he adds, "It's extremely creepy and annoying how obsessed people are w/ (with) this ice bucket challenge. The purpose is 2 raise money for an awful disease."
Rapper Ice T has also taken to Twitter.com in recent days in an attempt to shame the stars who appear to be using the Ice Bucket Challenge to promote themselves and not the charity.
And stars like actor Zachary Quinto are refusing to take the challenge because it sends the wrong message about the ongoing drought in California.
He says, "In light of the staggering drought in California and the desperate need for clean drinking water in developing countries I opt for donating directly to project ALS in lieu of an ice bucket challenge."
Richie Sambora, Tico Torres and David Bryan accepted Bon Jovi leader Jon Bon Jovi's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by dunking freezing water over their heads. The former bandmates took the plunge to raise awareness about the condition and raise funds for the ALS Association after Bon Jovi nominated them to follow his example at the weekend (16-17Aug14), when he recruited New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft to tip an ice bucket over his head at a garden party.
Celebrities have been taking the challenge, filming it, posting the footage online and nominating famous friends to follow suit for weeks, boosting the charity's coffers and raising awareness about ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Sambora, who quit Bon Jovi last year (13), took the challenge in his back garden and nominated his reported guitarist girlfriend Orianthi and "friends and fans around the world" to follow his lead, while Gavin DeGraw and Ryan Cabrera were picked by keyboard player Bryan after he was dunked in his swimming pool.
Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres posted his Ice Bucket Challenge on the band's Facebook page and nominated Alice Cooper, who took the opportunity to cool off on Wednesday (20Aug14) when he was chilled onstage during a concert in Virginia Beach.
He nominated tour co-headliners Motley Crue and movie star pal Johnny Depp to take the plunge. Motley Crue quickly accepted Cooper's challenge with their own onstage dunking, and named Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Kiss to follow suit.
Paul Stanley has already accepted on behalf of Kiss, insisting he'll take on the challenge on Friday (22Aug14).
Cooper is also hoping to raise more money for the ALS Association by selling the stars and stripes T-shirt he was wearing when he was iced onstage and the bathrobe he changed into backstage to raise cash for the cause.