Actor Rob Riggle proved he was game for a challenge on Tuesday (12Aug14), when he joined U.S. comedian Jimmy Fallon and his The Tonight Show house band The Roots to douse themselves in buckets of ice cold water - all in the name of charity. The fundraising phenomenon has taken social media by storm in recent weeks to raise money to fight Lou Gehrig's disease. Pop star Justin Timberlake performed the dare on Monday (11Aug14), and then nominated Fallon and The Roots crew to do the same, which they did within 24 hours. They also vowed to donate to the ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Association to help raise awareness about the condition.
Justin Timberlake was left shivering after accepting an ice bucket challenge to raise funds to fight Lou Gehrig's disease.
Over the past two weeks, a fundraising phenomenon has taken social media by storm, with participants given the task of either pouring a large bucket of freezing water over themselves and donating $10 (£5.96) to the ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Association, or donating $100 (£59.60) instead of accepting the challenge.
Those who agree to take on the task must post a video of themselves on social media completing the challenge, then nominate a few more people to get wet, and they only have 24 hours to accept. On Monday (11Aug14), the challenge reached the SexyBack hitmaker, and Timberlake posted a clip of himself, along with his touring band The Tennessee Kids, pouring the freezing cold water over themselves, leaving them stunned and soaked.
Timberlake, who nominated his pal comedian Jimmy Fallon and his talk show band The Roots to take on the challenge, also posted on his Facebook.com page that they not only donated the $10, but added the $100 plus "a bunch more. It's such a good cause."
Timberlake's former 'N Sync bandmate Lance Bass has also taken the ice bucket challenge, as well as Martha Stewart, Ansel Elgort, Eliza Dushku, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Morrison, and Joanna Garcia Swisher.
A representative for the ALS Association told Mashable.com that the organisation has raised $160,000 (£95,322) between 29 July and 11 August (14), which is 10 times higher than the same time period in 2013.
Toronto Raptors brand ambassador Drake has landed the basketball team's bosses a $25,000 (£14,706) fine after breaking league rules by publicly inviting sports ace Kevin Durant to play in his Canadian hometown. The hip-hop star was onstage at his annual OVO Fest in the city earlier this month (Aug14), when he spotted Durant in the crowd and suggested the Oklahoma City Thunder forward make the move to fellow National Basketball Association (NBA) team the Raptors once he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2016.
He told the crowd, "Before we leave, I just want to show one of my brothers something. You know, my brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us. I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen."
His comments prompted the audience to launch into a "KD" chant, but the incident has landed Drake in trouble with NBA officials, who have ruled the invite was the equivalent of an open attempt to recruit the player, which violates anti-tampering rules.
Drake was appointed the global ambassador of the Raptors last September (13).
Kiss star Gene Simmons has confirmed reports suggesting he and bandmate Paul Stanley attempted to sign Christian quarterback Tim Tebow to their arena football team L.A. KISS. Tebow split fans while playing for the New York Jets and Denver Broncos and has since quit to become a sports broadcaster, but Simmons reveals he made a pitch for the star before he made the decision to become a pundit.
The rocker, whose L.A. KISS team underperformed in its first season - only winning three of 18 games, tells TV Guide magazine he's still hopeful Tebow will sign up.
He says, "He's got aspirations to be a broadcaster... but we would love for him to come on board because he's a family guy, a devout Christian, doesn't use drugs or booze, and he doesn't torture dogs (reference to disgraced New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick).
"You want that association, as opposed to somebody who treats fans like s**t."
Outspoken Kiss star Gene Simmons has risked incurring the wrath of African-Americans and race sympathisers by supporting disgraced basketball boss Donald Sterling's freedom of speech.
The Los Angeles Clippers owner was fined $2.5 million and threatened with expulsion from the National Basketball Association after he was caught on tape making derogatory race comments.
Simmons, who is now a sports team co-owner with arena football's L.A. Kiss, calls Sterling and his remarks "heinous", but insists people should be able to say what they think in private.
He tells the Wall Street Journal, "I'm on Mel Gibson's side, Don Sterling's side and anybody who has a racist or an expletive rant privately. The difference between this guy and anybody else is that he was caught. He was ambushed. I think he should have done penance and paid a fine."
"If because you say an off-colour joke or make a racist rant privately that causes you to lose a job, nobody would have a job. Black people do it, Jews do it, Christians do it - everybody does it. I'm on the side of free speech in the privacy of your own home. Big brother has finally crawled in bed with us."
Following his race row earlier this year (14), NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told Sterling he would have to sell the Clippers. That is still ongoing.
Singer Jason Aldean has been named the most downloaded country artist in U.S. chart history. The Big Green Tractor hitmaker has garnered 21.5 million certified digital song downloads or on-demand streams since 2005, according to officials at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
A statement from Aldean reads, "I love country music, and I wouldn't want to be doing anything else. There was never a Plan B."
The honour comes one week after the 37 year old landed his first number one single on Billboard's Digital Songs chart with Burnin' It Down.
Carrie Underwood and pal Brad Paisley are teaming up yet again to co-host the 2014 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards for the seventh consecutive time. The singers will reunite onstage at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on 5 November (14), when the best of the industry will be honoured at the 48th annual prizegiving.
Seventies pop idol David Cassidy will have to appear in court to face DUI charges related to an arrest last summer (13) after he was caught playing bowls instead of attending a plea deal hearing on Wednesday (30Jul14). The former Partridge Family star was initially allowed to forego an in-person appearance at Schodack Town Court in New York because he lives in Florida, where he is reportedly undergoing substance abuse treatment.
But an unfortunate tweet from the New York Horse Racing Association has landed him in trouble after officials revealed he was playing bocce with two trainers at nearby Saratoga Race Track while the plea deal was being discussed.
Carmelo Laquidara, the assistant district attorney overseeing the case, learned of the tweet and called the episode "odd and disturbing".
He says, "Once we were made aware of that, we no longer consented to any plea agreement being done through the mail, through his attorney."
Cassidy will now have to be present in court for the next hearing on 3 September (14).
British rockers James were quietly hoping English soccer officials would ask them to record the team's 2014 World Cup anthem after their songs Come Home and Sit Down hit the top of a new poll of unofficial terrace tunes. The band even included a soccer-themed song, name-checking singer Tim Booth's sports hero Lionel Messi, on its new album, La Petit Mort, but the Football Association executives opted not to record an official anthem this year (14).
Booth tells WENN, "We were hoping Curse Curse might get picked up, but it didn't. We thought we were in with a chance because Come Home was just voted the best soccer anthem to ever come out of Manchester (England), and Sit Down is sung at many clubs."
But Booth admits it's perhaps just as well James didn't get asked to create a soccer song - because he tried it once before with terrible results: "We tried very badly around (album) Laid, I changed the lyrics to a song and it was just appalling."
And the singer, who grew up an ardent Leeds United fan, reveals he's not a big fan of English soccer: "I tend to watch Barcelona now. I love Messi.
"I wanted Argentina to win the World Cup and I wanted Messi to score and be hailed the best player in the world. Once the Germans scored in extra time in the final, I turned off. I was out of that game."
Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has applied for permission to appeal against his conviction for sex attacks on four young girls. Harris was found guilty in June (14) of molesting four females aged between seven and 19 in a catalogue of abuse dating from 1968 to 1986.
The Australian singer/artist was jailed for almost six years for 12 counts of indecent assault, but he is now launching a bid to appeal against his convictions, with Judicial Office staff confirming Harris' lawyers have lodged papers at London's Court of Appeal.
Harris was stripped of his British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) fellowship and his Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame honour following his conviction.