Stars including singers Bono and Robin Thicke and supermodel Cara Delevingne helped raise more than $25 million (£14.7 million) for Leonardo DiCaprio's charity at a party in St. Tropez, France on Wednesday (23Jul14). The Titanic actor threw a star-studded bash in the French resort to boost funds for his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and the event attracted a slew of celebrities including Selena Gomez and Jared Leto.
An auction was held at the town's Domaine Bertaud Belieu winery, and the lots included a Harley-Davidson motorcycle signed by Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, which sold for more than $673,000 (£395,882), and a Damien Hirst artwork which fetched $6 million (£3.5 million).
U2 frontman Bono auctioned off a guitar and also performed for guests, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The inaugural fundraising gala was in aid of DiCaprio's foundation, which aims to protect the environment and save endangered species.
Actor Robert Downey, Jr. is set to become a father for the third time. The Iron Man star, 49, will welcome a daughter with wife Susan Downey in November (14), according to a brief message posted on his Twitter.com page on Wednesday (09Jul14).
He writes, "Yo. Susan. Me. Baby. Girl. November. Scorpio?"
The actor's representative has since confirmed the news.
The couple is also parents to baby boy Exton, who was born in February, 2012.
Downey, Jr. also has a grown-up son named Indio with actress/singer Deborah Falconer. The 20 year old hit headlines last month (Jun14) after he was arrested for cocaine possession in Hollywood.
Pharrell Williams added another major honour to his trophy cabinet on Friday (04Jul14) after picking up the Raymond Weil International Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards in London. The Happy hitmaker was honoured for his most recent hits, which also include Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines and Get Lucky, his collaboration with Daft Punk.
Other winners at the prestigious lunchtime gala included former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who picked up the O2 Silver Clef Award, Sir Tom Jones, who was presented with the Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award and Black Sabbath.
In addition to the prizegiving event, the awards ceremony also serves as a charity for Nordoff Robbins, which provides therapy to adults and children suffering from various diseases and conditions.
Prizewinner Page says, ''I played on the original Silver Clef show that was way back at Knebworth, which had Cliff Richard and Pink Floyd and I played with Robert Plant there. I went to the Nordoff Robbins centre the other day and they told me that the centre was established from that charity concert, so that was really nice to find out.
"When I was at the centre I met someone who was a recipient of the work the charity is doing and it was quite a moving experience I have to say. When you see the results that they get you can see it's what you always believed music could do. Music is a great communicator... Music has a power.''
The 02 Silver Clef Award Winners are:
Pharrell Williams - Raymond Weil International Award
Paloma Faith - Royal Albert Hall Best British Act Award
Giorgio Moroder - American Express Innovation Award
Gareth Malone - PPL Classical Award
Laura Mvula - Jack Daniel's Best Newcomer Award
Sir Tom Jones - Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award
Chas & Dave - Investec Icon Award
Black Sabbath - AEG Live Ambassadors of Rock Award
The organisers of Britain's Parklife Weekender festival have offered up a $32,000 (£20,000) cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for a fatal attack on a gig-goer. Robert Hart, 26, was at the Manchester event's main stage to watch rapper Snoop Dogg perform on 7 June (14) when he became embroiled in an altercation with another man after Hart's girlfriend was allegedly hit with an inflatable doll.
Hart was reportedly punched to the ground and knocked unconscious. He died in hospital four days later (11Jun14).
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officials are currently on the hunt for a tall male with short, curly black hair, around the age of 25, who they believe is responsible for the fatal assault.
Now Parklife bosses have appealed for help in tracking down the assailant.
A statement posted on the festival's official Facebook.com page reads: "From the start we believed that, out of the 70,000 people at the festival, there must have been one person who knows who was responsible for this cowardly act.
"After careful consultation with GMP, who have in turn been in extremely close communication with the (Hart) family, we are now able to offer £20,000 for information which leads the authorities to identifying the attacker and convicting him for the crime."
Rocker Jimmy Page has further fuelled his war of words with former bandmate Robert Plant by insisting he won't take the stage as Led Zeppelin without the singer. The group staged a reunion show at London's O2 Arena back in 2007, prompting many fans to believe a full tour was a possibility - but Plant has adamantly refused to take the stage with Page and John Paul Jones again in the years since.
Page has revealed he considered a tour with a stand-in for Plant, but abandoned plans in 2008.
Recalling the reunion, Page tells Telerama.fr, "It was a very emotional concert for the people there. We took it very, very seriously, put lots of work into it - well, John Paul Jones and myself did with (drummer) Jason (Bonham).
"We all had reputations, and we had a collective reputation for Led Zeppelin... It was a wonderful show... and I'm really pleased that, finally, it managed to come out as a DVD, Celebration Day, 'cause then people could sort of witness how good it was."
Asked about the reunion rumour that refuses to go away, Page adds, "You can't really do it without Robert. So you can't really do it.... If he wanted to do it... then he could do it. But he doesn't choose to, so I can't speak for him."
Plant recently mocked the guitarist's ongoing reunion chatter, stating Page needs to "go to sleep and have a good rest, and think again," adding, "We have a great history together and like all brothers, we have these moments where we don't speak on the same page, but that's life."
Robert Plant has fuelled a war-of-words with his former Led Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page by urging the guitarist to "have a good rest" and "think again" about his recent reunion comments. Page hit headlines last month (May14) when he accused the singer of "playing games" by refusing to reunite the line-up for more shows following a successful comeback gig in London in 2007 with John Bonham's son Jason standing in for his late dad on drums.
The guitarist added in the New York Times interview, "Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. He's just playing games and I'm fed up with it, to be honest with you."
Plant hit back at Page on Wednesday (04Jun14) when questioned about the comments during a press conference for the Mawazine Festival in Morocco, where he is due to perform with his band The Sensational Space Shifters.
According to Thenational.ae, the frontman said of Page, "I think he needs to go to sleep and have a good rest, and think again. We have a great history together and like all brothers we have these moments where we don't speak on the same page but that's life."
Led Zeppelin split in 1980 following Bonham's death, and the 2007 reunion at a tribute concert for late music mogul Ahmet Ertegun has been their only public performance since.
Director James Toback has fired back at the journalist who suggested films like his 1987 romantic comedy The Pick-Up Artist inspired Elliot Rodger's killing spree in Isla Vista, California last week (23May14) . The 22-year-old son of The Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger killed six and injured a further 13 in a shoot-out on Friday, hours after leaving a videotaped "manifesto" expressing his frustration and bitterness about his inability to enjoy the wild student experience he expected.
In a piece in the Washington Post on Sunday (25May14), film critic Ann Hornaday suggested the frat comedies of director Judd Apatow may have left Rodger with unrealistic expectations, and compared the killer to Robert Downey, Jr.'s character in Toback's 1987 film.
Hornaday wrote, "Rodger resembled a noxious cross between Christian Bale’s slick sociopath in American Psycho, the thwarted womanizer in James Toback’s The Pick-up Artist and every Bond villain."
Responding to the comments Toback tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "The demented and evil Elliot Rodger bares the same resemblance to Robert Downey, Jr. in his charmingly self-mocking performance in The Pick-up Artist as Ann Hornaday does to a rationally competent movie reviewer - which is to say less than zero.”
On Tuesday (27May14) Seth Rogen took to Twitter.com to slam Hornaday for suggesting his roles in Apatow's films contributed in any way to Rodger's actions, tweeting, "I find your article horribly insulting and misinformed... How dare you imply that me getting girls in movies caused a lunatic to go on a rampage."
Rocker Don Henley has fired back at Robert Plant after the former Led Zeppelin star suggested the drummer's supergroup the Eagles are "too bored" to retire. Plant was explaining his reasons for turning down offers to reunite Led Zeppelin for a world tour in Rolling Stone, insisting such a venture would be "an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that's s**tty about about big-time stadium rock".
And using peers the Eagles as an example, the Stairway to Heaven rocker stated, "Do you know why the Eagles said they'd reunite when hell freezes over, but they did it anyway and keep touring? It's not because they were paid a fortune. It's not about the money. It's because they're bored. I'm not bored."
Henley has taken issue with Plant's remarks in a new New Zealand Herald interview, insisting, "I am never bored. The truth is, we enjoy doing it. It is hard work, especially for gentlemen of our age, but the fact is it’s a fantastic job and it’s a wonderful way to make a living and see the world and get to travel and we take our kids with us.”
The Eagles are still a very relevant live act - a recent residency at the renovated Forum venue in Los Angeles sold out in record time, and Henley admits he wishes Plant would reteam with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, so he, too, can enjoy gigs at the world's biggest venues.
He adds, "I really wish they'd get back together because they were one of the greatest bands of all time."
And taking a parting shot at Plant, he jokes, "I think maybe Robert is worried about hitting those notes. He may not be able to unbutton his shirt any more."
Last week (ends23May14), the Eagles announced plans to take their History of the Eagles tour to Australia and New Zealand in February and March, 2015.
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It's been a rough year for freshmen comedies. Despite critical raves, loyal-but-tiny fanbases, and heavily orchestrated Twitter campaigns, we lost a lot of potentially great series this year. Trophy Wife showed us a new kind of TV family, but may have been crippled by its ironic title from the start. Enlisted won the hearts of its few viewers and the support of the U.S. military, but couldn't overcome a weak timeslot and wonky scheduling. And despite an A-list star in Robin Williams, advertising comedy The Crazy Ones never found its audience. But while we've had to say our farewells to these shows, we don't have to wave goodbye forever to the comic talents they introduced us to. Here are a few of this season's breakout stars who we know have illustrious careers in their future.
Parker Young, Enlisted
We're always surprised to find that someone so chiseled can be as funny as Parker Young is in Enlisted's first and only season. As sweet and sincere baby brother Randy, Young tempered the swagger and sarcasm of older siblings Pete and Derrick and brought some serious heart to the show. Before booking the military comedy and a role on the slightly longer lasting but also canceled Suburgatory, the actor's credits consisted of guest spots here and there and — obviously — several modeling gigs. Now that the world knows he's not just a pretty face, we're hoping for big things from Parker.
Albert Tsai and Michaela Watkins, Trophy Wife
If Trophy Wife left us with one gift, it was that of little Albert Tsai, who has the timing aspiring comics would chop arms off for. Bert worked in conjunction with any and every other character on that show, but we're especially fond of his scenes with loopy mom Jackie. Michaela Watkins isn't exactly a Hollywood newbie, but Trophy Wife reintroduced her to some viewers who hadn't seen her regularly since her single season as a SNL cast member. Watkins got to deliver some of the show's finest one liners ("Wait. Robert Downey had a son?") and we're dying to see her back on our TVs soon.
James Wolk and Hamish Linklater, The Crazy Ones
Wolk is no stranger to Mad Men fans, who know him as the mysterious (and, as of late, heartbreaking) Bob Benson. And Linklater is a veteran stage actor who also played a significant role in The Newsroom's second season. But The Crazy Ones got us to fall in love with the two of them together, and we just can't let go. Zach Cropper and Andrew Keanelly — or Zandrew, if you will — had a bromance that, given time, would have rivaled that of even Turk and J.D. Wolk and Linklater are both skilled actors in their own right, but we can no longer imagine them apart. Thanks, CBS.
Jimmy Page admits he is growing tired of waiting for Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant to commit to more concerts, accusing the rocker of "playing games". Talk of a reunion has been rife ever since the group came together for a one-off show in 2007 at the O2 Arena in London for a tribute to late music mogul Ahmet Ertegun.
Plant has made it clear he is opposed to the idea of a comeback tour, and although Page admits he was told his former bandmate is taking it easy in 2014, he insists he is "fed up" of waiting around for the rocker. Page tells the New York Times, "I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys (John Paul Jones and John Bonham's son Jason) think? Well, he knows what the other guys think. "Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. He's just playing games, and I'm fed up with it, to be honest with you. I don't sing, so I can't do much about it. It just looks so unlikely, doesn't it?"
Page admits he is desperate to get back out on the road after focusing on new music in the studio for three years. He adds, "I definitely want to play live. Because, you know, I've still got a twinkle in my eye. I can still play. So, yeah, I'll just get myself into musical shape, just concentrating on the guitar."