Pregnant singer Alicia Keys has posed nude with a peace sign scrawled on her baby bump to promote her new charity campaign. The 33-year-old star is expecting her second child with her producer husband Swizz Beatz and she proudly showed off her bulging belly in a nude snap for the #WeAreHere movement.
Keys hopes the drive will rally her fans against social injustices through her music and online media, explaining to the New York Times, "I want to gather an army... It's time to get people's attention. People won't be able to ignore this visual (nude picture)."
The Fallin' hitmaker is kicking off the campaign by donating $1 million (£625,000) and she has named her new song We Are Here.
Australian actress Tessa James is undergoing treatment for cancer. The former Home and Away star has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, and is set for chemotherapy over the next few months.
James, 23, had been living in the U.S. to pursue her acting career Stateside after leaving the Australian soap opera in 2011, but she has now returned to her native Australia to be with her rugby player husband Nate Myles.
A statement released by James' representatives reads, "Tessa will be undergoing chemotherapy over the next few months. Tessa and Nate would like to thank all for their well wishes and would ask for privacy during this very difficult time."
James was previously seen onscreen in another Australian soap, Neighbours, before joining Home and Away.
Actress Polly Bergen has died, aged 84. The Emmy Award winner passed away on Saturday morning (20Sep14) at her home in Connecticut. No further details were given, but Bergen is believed to have spent several years battling emphysema.
A statement from her publicist Judy Katz reads, "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary actress and long-time friend and client, Polly Bergen. She died peacefully at her home in Southbury, Connecticut... surrounded by her family, long-time personal manager, Jan McCormack and close friends."
Bergen rose to fame in the 1950s, winning an Emmy Award in 1958 for her role in U.S. TV series Playhouse 90, while she also appeared in her own variety series The Polly Bergen Show, which ran from 1957 to 1958.
Her movie roles included turns opposite Doris Day and James Garner in 1963's Move Over, Darling, while she also appeared with Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum in the original 1961 Cape Fear and with Johnny Depp in 1990's Cry-Baby.
In later years, she appeared in popular U.S. show Desperate Housewives playing Felicity Huffman's onscreen mother, and she also acted alongside the late James Gandolfini in The Sopranos.
Kim Kardashian and Hayden Panettiere are among the stars who have been targeted in the second wave of the Hollywood hacking scandal. Nude pictures of the reality TV star were leaked online on Saturday (20Sep14), three weeks after cyber criminals stole saucy snaps from cloud storage devices belonging to a host of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst.
Actress Panettiere was also among those targeted in the second big leak, with others reportedly including Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Bosworth, Leelee Sobieski, Lake Bell and soccer star Hope Solo.
Newlywed actress Gabrielle Union also fell victim to the hacker, and has released a statement condemning the leak.
The statement reads, "Our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband (sports star Dwyane Wade) and myself, have been leaked by some vultures... I can't help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of colour, have been victimised, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide... For anyone out there also being affected by these and other hacking and hate crimes - We send our love, support and prayers. We have done nothing wrong."
Agents of America's Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a probe following the first leak in late August (14).
Veteran rocker Noddy Holder has to complete his Christmas shopping months in advance to avoid hordes of festive revellers teasing him over his seasonal smash hit. The Slade star's perennial yuletide track Merry Xmas Everybody brings in around $800,000 (£500,000) in royalties every year, but Holder has to dodge the crowds in the run up to 25 December to avoid hecklers shouting out the song's most famous line.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "At least once a day throughout the year, someone shouts 'It's Christmas!' at me. In December, it happens 10 or 20 times a day, and I have to get my Christmas shopping out of the way before December or I get mobbed.
"I'm not complaining - writing Merry Xmas was the best day's work we've ever done and I'm proud of it - but they all think it's the first time anyone's ever shouted it. And I've been getting this for 40-odd years!"
"I mean shooting Maleficent was like that because so much of it was CGI, so I spent most of my time in a giant white room wearing a wetsuit with ping pong balls all over it. I had all these ink dots all over my face and I was filming with a ten foot tall version of Angelina Jolie's face. I did think, 'This is a bit mad'." Actress Juno Temple on shooting Malificent with Angelina Jolie. She played the fairy Thistletwit.
Singer/songwriter Carole King was so reluctant to see her life unfold on the Broadway stage in the play Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, she waited four months to see it after walking out of a preview. The Natural Woman hitmaker admits she didn't want the production to be made in the first place and found it difficult to watch harrowing scenes from her own life, especially revolving around her relationship with husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin.
She explains, "These were painful times... and when I went to the reading, I didn't want to hear it for the first time that he (Goffin) wanted to sleep with someone else. When I heard it the second time at the end of the first act, I just got up and left.
"I said, 'I'm not going to the show', and I didn't go to opening night. I did finally go see the show, I went in disguise... It was everything I don't look like; I had a dark wig with straight hair. I had glasses.
"I came in and I sat there; I figured if I smile or spoke it was all over... and I watched the show. The parts I was afraid of didn't bother me so much... (but) the part where my mother gave me a pep talk... I lost my mother four years ago; she was 94... She gave me that pep talk... I was bawling my eyes out and I'm thinking, 'Everyone is going to recognise me, but everyone else is bawling their eyes out (too)."
King was so impressed with the show she sneaked backstage and joined the cast for an encore.
R&B singer Keyshia Cole spent Friday morning (19Sep14) behind bars following an arrest at her rumoured boyfriend Bryan 'Birdman' Williams' home in Los Angeles. The star allegedly assaulted a woman at the rap mogul's penthouse apartment just after 5am local time after she arrived unannounced.
Sources tell TMZ.com Cole was arrested for battery and an outstanding reckless driving warrant.
She was released on Friday afternoon after posting $46,000 (£28,750) bail.
Cole split from her basketball player husband Daniel Gibson earlier this year (14) after less than three years of marriage.
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Mad and scattered though it may be, The Zero Theorem feels like business as usual for Terry Gilliam. If you’ve seen what the visionary filmmaker can do with emotional chaos, fantastical concepts, and corporate dystopias in the Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys, and Brazils of cinema past, then you’ll find this latest venture to be less a new exploration of Gilliam’s yet untapped imaginings and more a 'Best Of' reel honoring his greatest cinematic elements to date. In short, while amply pleasant, Zero Theorem is nothing new for the director.
That Gilliam’s adherence to the visual penmanship that has carried with him for decades has become “pleasant” — perish the thought: comfortable — might be its biggest fault. The dynamic “new”-ness of the aesthetic and rhythm in his early features is what made it so compelling a style. Showing little evolution in Zero Theorem, and perhaps even the hint — via a few cloyingly unoriginal sci-fi constructs, like a personalized video advertisement that follows Christoph Waltz down the street — that Gilliam has fallen behind the times in his sociopolitical commentary.
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It’s a horrifying notion that Zero Theorem might be an act of regression for Gilliam (even after a decade of critical maligned work), and one that reverberates as we feel Waltz’s turn as a gifted recluse awaiting tell of the meaning of life amount to little more than cuteness. Alongside him are players equally limited by the fluffy nature of the piece: Melanie Thierry as a batty woman who takes a liking to Waltz’s Qohen, David Thewlis as his troublesome and inept supervisor, Lucas Hedges as a technical prodigy and petulant teen in whom Qohen finds an unwanted sidekick… oh, and a white-haired Matt Damon as “The Management.” Just as the members of Zero Theorem’s Orwellian society are accused of being, each of the film’s players amounts more or less to a tool, a cog in a competent but hardly challenging machine.
The script is no more or less inspiring, just another vehicle to get Gilliam’s wildfire set piece construction and gallant metaphysical ideology running again. It’s all lovely, funny, and an entirely nice way to spend two hours. But it’s hardly the sort of work the director was once assured to deliver.
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Rising R&B star August Alsina has reached out to fans from his hospital bed after waking up from a three-day coma following his concert collapse in New York on Monday night (15Sep14). The No Love singer lost consciousness midway through his performance and stumbled off stage and into the crowd.
He was admitted to a local medical centre, where Alsina's representative revealed he was being treated in an intensive care unit after suffering several seizures brought on by exhaustion and dehydration.
He has since regained consciousness and has wasted no time in assuring fans he is on the road to recovery via Instagram.com.
On Friday (19Sep14), Alsina shared a photo of himself in his hospital bed with his best friend by his side, and in the caption, he wrote, "This is a bit graphic but i wanted to share this w/ (with) every follower of mine. iWoke (sic) up out of a 3 day coma... &This guy @banggang_moneyteam right here never once left my side. What I'm tryna (sic) say is cherish the ones in life who cherish you & take good care of yourself. Your life can be gone in a split second'. I'm recovering well and thankyou (sic) for all of your prayers & concerns."
Alsina had to scrap a show in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday (16Sep14) due to his hospitalisation. It is not yet known when he will be well enough to return to the stage, but U.S. dates scheduled until early October (14) are still live on his website.