Actress Eva Longoria honoured David Beckham for his philanthropic efforts at an event in Paris, France on Monday (13May13). The Desperate Housewives star hosted the 2013 Global Gift Gala Paris ceremony at the George V Hotel and revealed the soccer ace was the recipient of the organisation's Philanthropist Award in recognition of his charitable acts.
The actress states, "The Global Gift Gala Philanthropist Award recognises prominent figures who dedicate their time and energy to helping those in need. David has worked extensively with a number of charities and we are delighted to be able to honour his humanitarian work at this special event."
Beckham, who has long supported charities including United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Malaria No More UK, recently hit the headlines by announcing his decision to donate his entire salary from French soccer team Paris Saint-Germain to worthy causes.
Acclaimed director Wong Kar-Wai was saluted with France's highest cultural honour on Sunday (05May13) in celebration of his lengthy career. The In The Mood For Love moviemaker was named a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) and presented with the medal by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius at the consul-general's official residence in Hong Kong.
The filmmaker said the award is "in a way, a tribute to Hong Kong cinema," and that France is cinema's "spirit home."
His induction into the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres means he follows in the footsteps of screen stars including Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery and Michael Caine, and singer David Bowie.
Now that Shailene Woodley has been cast as the lead in the adaptation of John Green's bestselling young adult novel The Fault In Our Stars, the hunt is on to find her leading man. Woodley plays Hazel, a teenage cancer patient who meets a fellow sufferer in a cancer support group. Agustus is a videogame-loving ex-basketball player who lost his leg to osteosarcoma, and a complete dreamboat. The five young actors testing for the role aren't very famous, so we've rounded up their most well-known credits for you to figure out where you've seen them before.
If you're not hip to TFIOS, get on it. Time voted it the No. 1 book of 2012 — not YA book, all books. Stock up on tissues before you read. And if you are, here are the five young actors testing for Augustus this weekend, per Variety:
Brenton Thwaites, 24 Did you catch Lifetime's 2012 remake of the classic erotic teenage coming-of-age story The Blue Lagoon, Blue Lagoon: The Awakening? If not, then you probably haven't seen this Australian cutie unless you hail from his homeland, where he starred on the long-running soap Home and Away. But you will see him when he plays the Young Prince in the Angelina Jolie-starring fairy tale epic Maleficent, out next year.
Nat Wolff, 18 This star of the long-running Nickelodeon series The Naked Brothers Band played one of the titular bros (along with his real-life sibling, Alex). He appeared in the star-studded New Year's Eve, and plays one of the leads in Palo Alto, the dark drama based on James Franco's short stories.
Nick Robinson, 18 Robinson can currently be seen as Ryder Scanlon, the nephew of Melissa Joan Hart in ABC Family's sitcom Melissa & Joey. On the opposite end of the acting spectrum, he also appeared in an episode of Boardwalk Empire and a few smaller films.
Noah Silver The Internet doesn't have much on this young actor, who we're assuming is French or French-Canadian (due to the multiple French-language credits on his IMDb page. He has three films set for release in the next year, though, including Jamie Marks Is Dead alongside Judy Greer and Liv Tyler and The Last Nights alongside Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen. You can also catch him in three episodes of Showtime's The Borgias.
Ansel Elgort Elgort's already got the advantage of working with his potential costar, Woodley, as her brother in the actress' other high-profile adaptation, Divergent. The stage actor makes his film debut in the new remake of Carrie, starring Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore.
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Veteran Canadian actress/singer Deanna Durbin has died at the age of 91. The star's son, Peter H. David, confirmed to the Deanna Durbin Society she passed away "a few days ago", the fan club announced on Tuesday (30Apr13). No further details were given.
The actress, born Edna Mae Durbin, studied music as a child, but was signed to Hollywood studio MGM after a casting agent discovered her, and she later moved on to Universal.
She made her debut in a short entitled Every Sunday with a teenage Judy Garland, and went on to appear in movies such as Three Smart Girls in 1936, 1944's Christmas Holiday and Lady on a Train the following year (45).
Durbin decided to step out of the public eye after 1948's For the Love of Mary and she retired to the French countryside with her third husband, director Charles David, who passed away in 1999. As well as her son Peter, the star had a daughter named Jessica from her second marriage to Felix Jackson.
We are about to be three episodes deep into Season 3 of the Showtime series The Borgias and so far, it's clear that the world is against Rome. At the end of Season 2, we were left wondering if the Borgia Pope's enemies had succeeded in killing him. But during Episode 1 of this season, we learned that like a cockroach, the Pope can survive just about anything. He even came back to life after facing one of the deadliest poisons known at the time. But just because he is alive and now well doesn't mean that his enemies have given up the plan to take his life. In fact, this season, it seems like even more enemies have ganged up against Rodrigo Borgia and his unholy ways.
At the end of Episode 2, it was clear that Rome is heading towards war. But who is on whose side this week? Because The Borgias' shifting alliances always leave you scratching your heads, we're here to help you track where the battle lines are drawn. Who hates who? And what should their strategies be? Read on to find out!
Rome and Her Allies:
Leader: Pope Alexander, Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons): The Borgia pope is hated in the Roman Empire for his greed and the use of God to promote his illegitimate family.
Army's Commander: Cesare Borgia (Francois Arnaud) is the Pope's son and a former Cardinal who is now in charge of the Papal army.
Allies: 1. Michelleto (Sean Harris): Cesare's manservant who executes all of Cesare's evil plans.2. Cardinal Sforza (Peter Sullivan): He switched to the Pope's side when the Pope lived after being poisoned. The Pope has used this cardinal to help eliminate the enemy cardinals.3. Possible: Cardinal Farneze: We have yet to meet this character, but since the Pope's affair with Giulia Farneze has come to an end, she has asked him to make her brother a Cardinal — and Giulia and the Pope ended their affair on good terms.4. Possible: France: Unlike last season, France is in bed with the Pope. A new king rules France and is stuck in a marriage to a quite undesirable woman. When the French Ambassador asked the Pope to dissolve the King's marriage, Borgia saw this as an opportunity to create a new allie. Now, he plans on marrying Cesare to a French woman to build the alliance.
Lost Allies:1. Prince Alfonso (Augustus Prew): Alfonso refused to bed Lucrezia Borgia (Holliday Grainger) on their wedding night because he felt jaded by her family's intentions for the union. Alfonso instead spent their wedding night alone and crying as Lucrezia gave herself to her brother Cesare.
Key Tactics and Advantages:1. The Pope plans to pin Juan Borgias' (Rodrigo's second son who Cesare actually killed during Season 2) murder on Caterina. 2. The Pope eliminated the cardinals in the conclave who did not support the Borgia initiative. This was done by stripping them of their titles, riches, and property.
Disadvantages:1. The Papal army is defunct and not well manned.
Leader: Caterina Sforza (Gina McKee) and her family are openly against the Pope and his evil ways.
Army's Commander: Rufio (Thure Lindhardt) is Caterina's lackey who is in charge of building the Sforza alliances.
Allies: 1. Wealthy Families of Rome who hate the Borgias: Last week, Caterina assigned Rufio to start aligning the sons of Rome's prominent families to help her take down the Pope. The division was clearly shown at Lucrezia's wedding during Episode 2.2. King of Naples: Lucrezia's union with Alfonso was supposed to mean that Rome and Naples would be united, but because Lucrezia refused to part with her illegitimate son when she moved to Naples, Alfonso's uncle (the King of Naples) decided to pledge his allegiance to Caterina.
Lost Allies:1. Cardinal Orsini (David Dencik): After the Pope stripped him of his title, Orsini asked for a final confession. During this confession, he tried to kill the Pope. Instead, the Pope took out Orsini.
Key Tactics and Advantages:1. Create allies with all the forces in Rome that hate the Pope.2. By creating these alliances, it's clear that Caterina will have a larger and more dedicated army as opposed to the depleted papal forces.
Disadvantages:1. The Borgias never seem to die.
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Former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown appears to have lost her place on the judging panel of Australia's Got Talent after a judge Down Under extended an injunction banning her from the show. The British singer was at the centre of a bitter legal spat between rival Australian TV networks after she left the Down Under version of The X Factor and signed up for the new season of Australia's Got Talent.
Executives at The X Factor's home channel, the Seven Network, alleged Brown had broken the terms of her contract by agreeing to join Australia's Got Talent on Channel Nine, and took their complaint to court, winning a temporary injunction preventing the star from appearing on the rival show.
The case went back to New South Wales Supreme Court in Sydney this week (beg15Apr13) and a judge has now extended the order until January 2014, meaning Brown will be unable to take up her place on the seventh season of Australia's Got Talent, which is about to start filming.
Justice David Hammerschlag ruled, "The problem is with Mel... Under the agreement, Mel has an obligation to provide her exclusive services to Seven and Seven is entitled to her performance of this obligation.
"I see no reason why she should not be ordered to keep her word that she would not work for anyone but Seven in Australia in 2013."
A Seven spokeswoman says, "(The network) welcomes the decision of the court upholding its contract with Mel B and preventing her working for a competitor in breach of contract in 2013."
The ruling has reportedly left Australia's Got Talent bosses desperately searching for a last-minute replacement to take Brown's place on the panel, and local reports suggest the singer's former bandmate Geri Halliwell is currently the favourite.
The panel also includes recently appointed new judge, British funnywoman Dawn French.
Soccer superstar David Beckham has signed up as an ambassador for British media giant Sky to encourage youngsters across the U.K. to take up sport. Beckham has joined the company for a long-term partnership in which he will support grassroots activities in his native Britain through the Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative.
The 37 year old, who is currently signed to French soccer team Paris Saint-Germain, says, "I've always been passionate about the importance of sport in the lives of young people. It's not all about winning, just getting involved in sport gives you confidence and skills for life.
"I was lucky to have some amazing role models when I was younger, and I'm excited about the opportunity to work with Sky to pass on some of that knowledge to the next generation."
A representative for David Beckham has insisted the sports superstar is still trying to pick a good cause to receive his soccer salary donation after his pledge was branded a publicity stunt by charity bosses. The British sportsman joined new team Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in January (13) and promised to hand his wages to a French children's charity.
Three months after making the pledge, Beckham has still yet to make a donation, and the delay has angered executives of a number of organisations who are all vying for consideration.
Martine Brousse, of nationwide children's charity La Voix d'Enfant, tells British newspaper The Independent, "I can't say I'm disappointed because it is what I expected. I assumed that this was a publicity announcement, rather than anything concrete. I thought all along that if PSG did anything, they would set up their own charity so that they could control everything themselves."
However, a spokesman for Beckham insists the money will be handed out as soon as the soccer player picks the right organisation: "We have had hundreds of requests from Paris and far beyond. It takes time to go through all the possibilities and make sure that a seven-figure sum is spent in the best possible way. I think we will be in a position to identify projects in Paris and maybe more widely in France by the end of this month."
The sum is expected to exceed $5 million (£3 million) as Beckham is rumoured to be earning a salary of around $261,772 (£163,608) a week. His contract with the club expires in June (13).
Everybody wants to break into the movies. Broadway actors, television directors, drama club lighting designers. Even musicians. Many a pop artist made famous by the record business has hitched his or her wagon to a big screen production, trying hand at the art of score composition. Tom Cruise's upcoming sci-fi venture Oblivion will exhibit the stylings of musicians M83 — the French electronic duo, comprised of Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau, has chiseled a slab of original music for Universal's post-apocalyptic movie, including the below track "All I Heard," featuring vocals by Susanne Sundfør.
While the realms of film and music often work in tandem, this sort of endeavor represents a degree of cinematic investment a few notches higher than your standard soundtrack contribution. A movie's original score is a whole separate animal from its lineup of adopted songs. When an artist takes on the duties of a composer, he embraces a project beyond a mere piece of music — he is crafting the atmosphere of a larger, multifaceted story. As such, he needs to enter a cinematic mentality, to think not just as a songwriter but as a filmmaker as well.
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This won't be the first movie venture for M83. Gonzalez collaborated with Daft Punk on another Joseph Kosinski film, 2010's TRON: Legacy.
But the feat is not specific to these subjects. The likes of David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Stewart Copeland, Trent Reznor, Beck, Marilyn Manson, and many others have braved the waters of score creation. Take a listen...
David Bowie: Composer for the 1986 film Labyrinth
Mick Jagger: Composer for the 1966 film Alfie
Stewart Copeland: Composer for the 1987 film Wall Street
Trent Reznor: Composer for the 2011 film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Beck: Composer for the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
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Marilyn Manson: Composer for the 2002 film Resident Evil
Neil Diamond: Composer for the 1973 film Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Los Lobos: Composer for the 1995 film Desperado
Queen: Composer for the 1980 film Flash Gordon
Peter Gabriel: Composer for the 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ
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