Jennifer Hudson has been transformed into a Disney princess by top photographer Annie Leibovitz. The singer/actress has posed as Tiana from 2009 movie The Princess & the Frog for a new Disney Parks ad campaign. Ironically, the role was voiced by Hudson's Dreamgirls co-star Anika Noni Rose.
Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo has written an open letter explaining his pro-choice stance as his mother underwent an illegal abortion in her youth. The Avengers star is adamant lawmakers in America should not bow to pressure to restrict access to terminations, and he cites the story of his mum, Marie Rose Ruffalo, as an example.
In a letter posted online in support of the pro-choice Stop Patriarchy organisation, Ruffalo reveals his mother suffered a "traumatising" experience in her younger years when abortion was illegal.
The actor writes, "I am a man. I could say this has nothing to do with me. Except I have two daughters and I have a mother who was forced to illegally have an abortion in her state where abortion was illegal when she was a very young woman. It cost $600 cash. It was a traumatising thing for her. It was shameful and sleazy and demeaning. When I heard the story I was aghast by the lowliness of a society that would make a woman do that...
"My mother's illegal abortion marked a time in America that we have worked long and hard to leave behind... My own mother fought to make herself more than a possession; she lived her life as a mother who chose when she would have children, and a wife who could earn a living if she so chose. I want my daughters to enjoy that same choice. I don't want to turn back the hands of time to when women shuttled across state lines in the thick of night to resolve an unwanted pregnancy, in a cheap hotel room just south of the state line. Where a transaction of $600 cash becomes the worth of a young woman's life."
Ruffalo has two daughters and a son with his wife Sunrise Coigney.
Boardwalk Empire star Bobby Cannavale has joined Jamie Foxx in the 2014 movie remake of Annie. The actor will play Guy, a political consultant to Foxx's character, Daddy Warbucks.
Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis is slated to play Annie in the film, with Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan and Rose Byrne as Grace.
Jay Z, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are also onboard as producers.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa and model Amber Rose celebrated their love by throwing a huge wedding party over the weekend (17-18Aug13). The pair invited friends and family to watch them exchange vows on Sunday (18Aug13), one month after they officially tied the knot in a low-key ceremony in July (13).
Rapper Juicy J performed at the bash and took to Twitter.com to share a picture of himself with the groom, who donned a bright pink tuxedo jacket for the big day.
On Monday (19Aug13), Rose re-tweeted congratulations from guests who were in attendance, including a message from producer Nima Fadavi reading, "Congrats to my brother Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose! Had a great weekend at an amazing wedding!"
Rose, who gave birth to her and Khalifa's son Sebastian in February (13), also shared a video of her dancing in a white dress with the caption, "Only bad b**ches twerk (gyrate) the night before their wedding."
"I'd had one glass of rose at half-time. I wasn't even drunk. I got a little disorientated and next thing I knew, I woke up in the pit covered with blood." Easy listening superstar Jimmy Buffett insists he wasn't intoxicated when he tumbled offstage during a gig in Australia in 2011.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa and model Amber Rose are to host their official wedding party this weekend (17-18Aug13), according to U.S. reports. The Black and Yellow hitmaker and Rose welcomed a son in February (13) and married in July (13), but told fans they were waiting until later in the year (13) to throw a big bash to mark the nuptials.
According to PopCrush.com, the couple is preparing to celebrate with family and friends at a country club in Khalifa's hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this weekend.
On Thursday (15Aug13), Rose posted a picture on Instagram.com of her wedding dress being delivered in a box marked "fragile".
The photo caption reads, "My wedding dress... Yea (sic), it's that serious."
Actress Soleil Moon Frye is set to become a mum for the third time. The Punky Brewster star and her husband Jason Goldberg are expecting a sibling for son Jagger Joseph Blue, five, and daughter Poet Sienna Rose, eight.
The baby news will come as no surprise to fans - late last year (12), Frye admitted she was starting to feel broody again, saying, "I want a third! I just feel like if I have a third it will be another girl and I would be so into it. And then maybe the fourth would be a boy. Fingers crossed within the next year!"
The couple wed in 1998.
Hip-hop star Warren G is set to show off his knowledge of fine wines after signing up to become the face of an American wine company. The Regulate hitmaker has teamed with bosses at 120-year-old Californian brand Bronco Wine Company to front promotional campaigns for their Allure Moscato range in an effort to reach urban markets.
The wine is offered in two different flavours, Allure Moscato and Allure Pink Moscato, and the rapper is particularly fond of the rose.
He says, "Who would've known that my favourite Moscato, Allure, would ask me to be their brand partner. It's exciting to be in the wine business, and I know we can bring a lot of pleasure to our consuming audience. I'm looking forward to sharing my favourite pink Moscato with everyone."
Bronco Wine Company CEO Fred Franzia adds, "We're very pleased to be working with Warren G, who has the bright, lively style of our Allure wines, and the same belief in top quality and value. I'm impressed by Warren G's interest in wines, and I know we're going to have a big success."
George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson drew inspiration from the child of an old friend as they settled on the name Everest for their newborn daughter. The Star Wars creator and Hobson welcomed the baby girl via a surrogate on Friday (09Aug13) and the new mum returned to work in her role as a financial contributor to America's CBS network on Wednesday (14Aug13), when she appeared on air to discuss gender income disparity.
During the interview, TV host Charlie Rose congratuled Hobson and then asked about the origin of the girl's name, to which she replied, "Everest is based on the son of a very close friend, who was a friend of yours too, Charlie."
She did not elaborate on which pal she was referring to.
Everest is the first biological child for Lucas and Hobson, who wed in June (13). Lucas also has three adopted children: Amanda, 32, Katie, 25, and Jett, 20.
Singer-turned-winemaker Sir Cliff Richard is producing a new sparkling rose to mark the birth of Britain's royal baby, Prince George Of Cambridge. The Living Doll hitmaker produces his own wines at a vineyard, Adega do Cantor, in Portugal, and 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the project.
The year (13) also featured the birth of Prince William's new son, so Richard has decided to create a special wine in his honour. He has named the new wine Congratulations - a reference to his chart-topping 1968 hit.
A post on the vineyard's Facebook.com page reads, "Perfect timing! To celebrate Adega do Cantor's 10th anniversary as well as the arrival of the new Royal baby, a new sparkling rose wine from the Syrah grape, 2010 vintage, is scheduled to be available for Christmas and New Year. Congratulations is the latest addition to the Vida Nova range and is sure to be in huge for demand for all celebrations!"
Prince William's wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to the couple's first child, Prince George, last month (Jul13).