Actress Jessica Alba's lifestyle endeavour The Honest Company has grossed almost $1 billion in just two years.
The Sin City star launched the company, which sells natural, non-toxic items including diapers, household cleaners and vitamins, in 2012 and it is expected to earn $150 million (£88.2 million) in 2014, with most of its profits coming from the company's monthly subscription plans.
Executives for the organisation are now planning to expand into China, England and Australia and they are thinking of taking the company public on the stock market. Honest chief executive and co-founder Brian Lee, says, "We believe being a public company is the best path for us going forward and it's good to get that validation early on. "I can't say when that will be, but we are definitely starting to think and act like a public company."
Executive Jeremy Liew praises Alba for bringing her celebrity to the company to help drive its profits. He says, "She is an international star. We're starting to see a lot of demand from her fans around the world."
Alba adds, "We value the support of our partners and customers in helping us make a meaningful impact in the marketplace. We dream big at The Honest Company and continuously strive to make the world healthier and more sustainable today and in the future."
John Cusack and Adrien Brody are to play lost Roman soldiers in new movie Dragon Blade. The pair will join Jackie Chan among the cast of the historical epic, which is inspired by the tale of a missing legion of Romans which travelled into China in 48 BC.
Chan tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm really excited to be in a movie with two of the most respected actors working today. It gives me confidence that the decade we spent researching and developing the script has produced something of world-class standard."
Cusack adds, "I grew up watching Jackie Chan films and stood in awe of his talent, energy and spirit. This will be a great adventure for me."
Director Daniel Lee will shoot scenes in the historic city of Dunhuang and in the Gobi Desert.
Angelina Jolie has become a target for Chinese film fans after questioning director Ang Lee's links to their nation in a media interview. The actress was promoting her new movie Maleficent, which is set to open in China later this month (Jun14), when she was asked to name her favourite Chinese director.
She chose the Life of Pi filmmaker, and then stated, "I am not sure if you consider Ang Lee Chinese; he's Taiwanese, but he does many Chinese-language films with many Chinese artists and actors, and I think his works and the actors in his films are the ones I am most familiar with and very fond of."
The remarks courted controversy because Taiwan and China have been at odds since 1949, and the Chinese people see Taiwan as a renegade province. Jolie's comments prompted a series of scathing attacks online, with some Chinese film fans threatening to boycott her movies, according to The Wall Street Journal.
One upset fan wrote, "By implying that Taiwan and China are two separate countries, in a moment of excitement, a brilliant woman became a stupid laughingstock." Another called the actress "a deranged Taiwan independence supporter."
Maleficent is scheduled for release in China on 20 June (14).
Superstar couple Beyonce and Jay Z are set for a big night at the 2014 BET Awards with four nominations apiece. The Crazy in Love hitmakers will compete against each other in the Best Collaboration category, in which Beyonce's song Drunk in Love, which features her husband, will battle Jay Z and Justin Timberlake's Holy Grail. Drake and Majid Jordan's Hold On (We're Going Home), Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams' Blurred Lines, YG's My Hitta collaboration with Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan and I Luv This by August Alsina and Trinidad Jame$ are also up for the prize.
Meanwhile, rivals Jay Z and Drake will go toe to toe in the Best Male Hip Hop Artist category, alongside Future, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, while Beyonce will battle Janelle Monae, Jhene Aiko, K. Michelle, Rihanna and Tamar Braxton for the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist title. Jay Z and Beyonce will also vie for the coveted Video of the Year award with the videos for Drunk in Love and Partition, respectively. Pharrell Williams' Happy, Chris Brown's Fine China and Drake's Worst Behavior are also nominated.
In the movie categories, Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong'o and Oprah Winfrey will fight for the Best Actress prize, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Forest Whitaker, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart and Michael B. Jordan are up for the Best Actor trophy. The Best Movie nominees are: 12 Years a Slave, The Best Man Holiday, Fruitvale Station, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Lee Daniels' The Butler.
The 2014 BET Awards will be handed out at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on 29 June (14).
The full list of nominees are:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyonce, Janelle Monae, Jhene Aiko, K. Michelle, Rihanna, Tamar Braxton
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: August Alsina, Chris Brown, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams
Best Group A$AP Mob Daft Punk Macklemore & Ryan Lewis TGT Young Money
Best Collaboration August Alsina featuring Trinidad Jame$ - I Luv This Beyonce featuring Jay Z - Drunk in Love Drake featuring Majid Jordan - Hold On (We're Going Home) Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake - Holy Grail Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharell Williams - Blurred Lines YG featuring Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan - My Hitta
Best Male Hip Hop Artist Drake Future J. Cole Jay Z Kendrick Lamar
Best Female Hip Hop Artist Angel Haze Charli Baltimore Eve Iggy Azalea Nicki Minaj Video of the Year Beyonce - Partition Beyonce featuring Jay Z - Drunk in Love Chris Brown - Fine China Drake - Worst Behavior Pharrell Williams - Happy
Video Director of the Year Benny Boom Chris Brown Colin Tiley Director X Hype Williams
Best New Artist Ariana Grande August Alsina Mack Wilds Rich Homie Quan ScHoolboy Q
Best Gospel Artist Donnie McClurkin Erica Campbell Hezekiah Walker Tamela Mann Tye Tribbett
Best Actress Angela Bassett Gabrielle Union Kerry Washington Lupita Nyong'o Oprah Winfrey
Best Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor Forest Whitaker Idris Elba Kevin Hart Michael B. Jordan
YoungStars Award Gabrielle Douglas Jacob Latimore Jaden Smith KeKe Palmer Zendaya
Best Movie 12 Years a Slave The Best Man Holiday Fruitvale Station Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain Lee Daniels' The Butler
Subway Sportswoman of the Year Brittney Griner Lolo Jones Serena Williams Skylar Diggins Venus Williams
Subway Sportsman of the Year Blake Griffin Carmelo Anthony Floyd Mayweather Jr. Kevin Durant LeBron James
Centric Award Aloe Blacc - The Man Jennifer Hudson featuring T.I. - I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)" Jhene Aiko - The Worst LiV Warfield - Why Do You Lie? Wale featuring Sam Dew - LoveHate Thing
Best International Act: Africa Davido (Nigeria) Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) Mafikizolo (South Africa) Sarkodie (Ghana) Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) Toofan (Togo)
Best International Act: UK Dizzee Rascal Ghetts Krept & Konan Laura Mvula Rita Ora Tinie Tempah
The highly-anticipated follow-up to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is set to be a prequel. The martial arts classic became a worldwide sensation 14 years ago, grossing over $213 million (£133 million) at the box office.
Studio bosses at The Weinstein Company are finally moving ahead with another installment, entitled The Green Destiny, and it has been revealed the film will be set before the original.
Actress Michelle Yeoh, who portrayed warrior Yu Shu Lien, is set to reprise her role, but Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee will not return to the franchise - Yuen Woo-ping, who served as an action coordinator on the 2000 movie, will take his place behind the camera.
Filming is slated to begin in Auckland, New Zealand in July (14), with additional locations in China.
Embattled publishing mogul Rupert Murdoch has settled his divorce from third wife Wendi Deng. The billionaire filed legal papers to end his 14-year marriage in June (13), claiming the couple's relationship had "broken down irretrievably", but they managed to work together to reach an agreement so their split could be signed off by a judge at New York State Supreme Court on Wednesday (20Nov13).
A statement released by the former couple reads: "We are pleased to announce that we have reached an amicable settlement of all matters relating to our divorce. We move forward with mutual respect and a shared interest in the health and happiness of our two daughters. We will not comment on this any further."
The 82 year old has reportedly allowed Deng to keep their $44 million (£29.3 million) Manhattan apartment, where she lives with their two daughters, Chloe, 10, and Grace, 11, although details about their other properties in the Big Apple and the 44 year old's native China have not been made public.
Their divorce hearing lasted a matter of minutes and afterwards, Deng proved she was still on good terms with her ex by shaking the hand of his lawyer, Ira Garr, before bidding final farewell to Murdoch with a hug.
She famously hit headlines in 2011 after aggressively defending her husband from a pie-throwing protester during a British parliamentary committee hearing regarding the News Corp. phone hacking scandal.
Murdoch has been been married twice before - he divorced Anna Torv one month before he wed Deng, and he separated from wife Patricia Booker in 1967.
Downton Abbey has picked up the Best TV Series at the inaugural International Gold Panda Awards in China. China's Family on the Go and South Africa's Hopeville were also among the 15 winners at the Sichuan TV Festival event this week. Germany's Generation War took home the Best Mini-series or Made-for-TV Movie award.
Eminem led the winners at the 2013 Mtv Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam, Holland, on Sunday (10Nov13), taking home two awards and securing his lead as the artist with the most EMAs ever. The rapper won the Best Hip Hop prize and was awarded the the Global Icon trophy for his continued success over the last decade. He has now won 15 MTV EMAs - more than anyone else.
He also took to the stage to perform Berzerk and Rap God before Will Ferrell, dressed as his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy, presented him with his Global Icon accolade.
Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had led nominations ahead of the ceremony, but Timberlake went home empty handed, while the hitmaking duo had to make do with the prize for Best New Act.
Miley Cyrus stole the spotlight during the ceremony - the former Hannah Montana star performed twice, opening the event with a rendition of her We Can't Stop hit accompanied by a leather-clad little person, who she groped and spanked. Miley then returned to the stage for an impassioned performance of Wrecking Ball, which won her the Best Video award.
Her pal Katy Perry scooped the award for Best Female and performed her new track Unconditionally, while and absent Justin Bieber was named Best Male for the second year in a row. He accepted his award via a video link from South America, where he is currently on tour.
Other performance highlights came from Kings Of Leon, The Killers, Icona Pop, Robin Thicke, Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars.
Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy character appeared in a number of skits throughout the night, guiding the viewers around Amsterdam with a canal trip accompanied by Daft Punk lookalikes and making a confused visit to the city's famous red light district.
LMFAO star Redfoo hosted the evening and donned nine different costumes, including one which appeared to be edible.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Song: Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
Best Female: Katy Perry
Best Male: Justin Bieber
Best Pop: Justin Bieber
Best New Act: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Live Act: Beyonce
Best Hip Hop: Eminem
Best Rock: Green Day
Best Electronic: Avicii
Best Alternative: Thirty Seconds To Mars
Best Video: MIley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
Best Look: Harry Styles
Best World Stage: Linkin Park - Mexico 2012
Biggest Fans: Tokio Hotel
Best Push: Austin Mahone - April 2013
Best Worldwide Act: Chris Lee, China
Former supermodel Janice Dickinson has been undergoing controversial stem cell-infusion treatments in China in her latest effort to preserve her looks. The 58 year old, who has been open about her plastic surgery and Botox treatments in the past, reveals she has started visiting the Blue Horizon Stem Cell clinic in Wuhan, where doctors take cells from human placentas and inject them into the face to rejuvenate tired, wrinkled skin.
She recently underwent her first session at a cost of $10,000 (£6,670), and she admits she is thrilled with the results so far.
Dickinson tells America's Star magazine, "If anybody is going to have a state-of-the-art, revolutionary skin-care miracle, it's going to be me, with my hand out, first in line. My skin has gone from grey to rosy pink, and I feel great...!
"My skin is just amazing. My face and legs and my hands and my feet and my vagina and my butt. Everything got so smooth. My life has improved tremendously!"
The stem cell treatment has yet to be approved by medical experts in the U.S., but Dickinson is convinced the treatments are the way of the future - and even her fiance, Los Angeles-based psychologist Dr. Robert Gerner, has given the procedure a try.
She says, "I flew 24 hours to China with my fiance, Rocky, and went directly from the airport to the hospital, where I was prepped for the infusion... I woke up at 3am the following morning energised like there was no tomorrow. Rocky had the infusion too, and he and I had some of the best sex we've had in years!
"I can't tell you how our lives have improved immediately after the treatments. I'm calmer, I'm more focused and I'm nicer."
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has sent an empty chair to fill his spot on the Stockholm Film Festival jury as a protest after he was banned from travelling to Sweden for the event. Weiwei was arrested in 2011 and imprisoned for 81 days without charge after investigating an alleged government cover up following the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
He has been prevented from leaving China since his release from jail and was unable to take up his place on the jury panel of the Scandinavian film festival, which started on Wednesday (06Nov13), so he sent a specially made chair to the event to protest against the travel restrictions.
The artist explained his absence and the chair in a pre-recorded video message shown at a news conference on Tuesday (05Nov13), saying, "I feel sorry I can't come. That's why I have designed and sent something symbolic. I hope it can give some kind of statement on the way authorities can limit freedom of speech, can limit basic human rights for artists to travel or participate in cultural activities - very ruthlessly and with no explanation... I'm still living under a kind of soft detention. My passport is still in the authorities' hands."