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Actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio has landed a prestigious new role as a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Climate Change.
The Wolf of Wall Street star, who is a passionate environmentalist, will embrace his new job by speaking at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York next week (23Sep14), where he hopes to raise awareness about global warming issues. A statement released by DiCaprio reads: "It's an honor to accept the role of UN Messenger of Peace on Climate Change and to support the Secretary General in his efforts to address one of the most important issues we face as a global community. "I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history - it is a moment for action. How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet."
News of the appointment, announced on Tuesday (16Sep14) by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, comes just days after it emerged that DiCaprio will be honoured for his environmental activism at the eighth annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards. The actor joins the likes of Charlize Theron, Stevie Wonder, Edward Norton and George Clooney, who have all been made Messengers of Peace by U.N. officials in recent years. Clooney stepped down from the peacekeeping role earlier this year (14) after six years due to ongoing personal and professional commitments.
Jennifer Lawrence is putting the recent nude pictures scandal behind her by accepting a high-profile fashion job as co-chair of the 2015 Met Gala. The Hunger Games actress, who has dominated headlines in recent weeks after her saucy pictures were leaked online, has been announced as an honorary chairperson of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit in New York City.
Lawrence follows in the footsteps of 2013 co-chair Beyonce and fellow actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who helped organise this year's (14) event.
The high-profile fashion event takes place in the Big Apple on 4 May (15).
Hugh Jackman felt "honored" to perform at Joan Rivers' funeral on Sunday (07Sep14) after accepting the job almost a decade ago.
The X-Men star reveals the veteran comedienne, who often joked about dying in her stand-up routine, had made plans for her final farewell years before she passed away on 4 September (14), and asked Jackman to be a part of her big send-off after watching him in 2003 Broadway musical The Boy from Oz. The Australian actor stayed true to his word last weekend when he joined celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Whoopi Goldberg, Clive Davis, Kelly Osbourne and U.S. shock jock Howard Stern, who delivered the eulogy, at the Temple Emanu-El synagogue in New York to pay his final respects to Rivers, and he admits the song the funnywoman had chosen for him to sing was the perfect choice.
Jackman explains, "It was amazing. I must admit: I've been to several funerals, and I've always kind of felt for the person who has to sing. I've always said, 'Oh, how do you do that?' "At her funeral, when Joan Rivers asks you (to perform), just answer. She had planned everything out. She had seen me in a show called The Boy from Oz... and I sang a song from that. It was called, Quiet Please, There's A Lady On Stage. It's a beautiful celebration of a woman, and it was for her, and the entire audience in the synagogue got up and started clapping and cheering. The whole thing was very uplifting, very touching and moving, but funny."
And there was another highlight for Jackman: "When the bagpipes came out at the end (of the service), everyone just started laughing... She was just an amazing woman. It was an appropriate send-off and I felt honoured to be a part of it."
Rivers, 81, died a week after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation. The exact cause of death is still under investigation after an initial autopsy proved inconclusive.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are hoping to make a profit on their Greenwich Village home in New York after placing the pad on the market for $22 million (GBP12.9 million) - $3 million (GBP1.7 million) more than they paid for it in 2011.
Funnywoman Joan Rivers 'banned' U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, pop star Adele, and U.S. talk show host Chelsea Handler from attending her funeral just weeks before her sudden death.
The veteran comedienne sent Hollywood into mourning when she passed away on Thursday (04Sept14), days after suffering a cardiac arrest during a routine throat procedure.
Her funeral was held in her native New York on Sunday (07Sep14) and attracted a galaxy of stars including Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg, Kelly Osbourne, and Sarah Jessica Parker, and it has now emerged Rivers had previously drawn up a wish-list of famous faces who should stay away.
In one of her final interviews, conducted just weeks before her death, she told The Sunday Times Magazine that those she wanted kept away from her funeral included Obama, who she branded "a tranny", Adele for being "fat", and Handler, who she dubbed "drunk" and a "w**re". She also discussed how she knew death would soon be "inevitable" because of her advancing years and revealed she had been trying to help her daughter Melissa to come to terms with her mother's mortality.
Rivers added, "Melissa says, 'I don't want to hear about it, I don't want to talk about it', but I say it's comi-i-i-ing! It's inevitable. It's no longer an abstract thing. It's like, God, I'm in my eighties. Nobody, when I die, is going to say, 'How young?' They're going to say, 'She had a great ride.'"
Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kelly Osbourne were among the stars who mourned the death of legendary comedienne Joan Rivers at her funeral in New York on Sunday (07Sep14). Record mogul Clive Davis, actors Matthew Broderick, Rosie O'Donnell, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters, funnywoman Kathy Griffin, fashion designers Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors, property mogul Donald Trump and newswomen Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer also turned out to pay their final respects to Rivers, who was remembered in a private ceremony at the Temple Emanu-El synagogue, where she was a member.
Hundreds of fans lined the streets outside the temple as inside, U.S. shockjock Howard Stern delivered a touching eulogy to the comedic icon, crediting her with fighting "the stereotype that women couldn't be funny".
He even managed to raise a few laughs from guests by quipping, "(Rivers was) the best friend in the world... a big sister... a crazy aunt at a bar mitzvah."
Broadway star Audra McDonald performed Nat King Cole classic Smile, before additional tributes from news anchor Deborah Norville, New York Post columnist Cindy Adams and Rivers' only child, daughter Melissa, who thanked everyone for their condolences, saying, "We are humbled."
X-Men star Hugh Jackman helped to bring the ceremony to a close, honouring Rivers' memory with a rendition of Peter Allen song, Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage, which features the repeated lyrics, "Put your hands together", while a band of bagpipe players performed as mourners filed out of the temple.
Rivers died on Thursday (04Sep14), a week after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation.
The exact cause of death is still under investigation after an initial autopsy proved inconclusive.
The 81 year old's body had been cremated on Saturday (06Sep14), ahead of Sunday's funeral service.
Reports suggest she will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California, where fellow late icons Michael Jackson, Clark Gable and Walt Disney are also interred.
Rivers' publicist has asked for donations to be made to her favourite charities, meal delivery service God's Love, We Deliver, Guide Dogs for the Blind and California grief support centre Our House, in lieu of flowers.
Actress Scarlett Johansson is a first-time mom.
The Avengers star and her fiance Romain Dauriac welcomed daughter Rose on 19 August (14) in New York City. Her publicist Marcel Pariseau announced the birth in a statement on Thursday (04Sep14).
It reads: "Mother and daughter are doing well." Johansson and French journalist Dauriac have been engaged since last year (13).
No further details about the baby's birth were available when WENN went to press.
Actress Sarah Hyland has split from longtime boyfriend Matt Prokop.
The Modern Family star and Prokop began dating in 2009, after meeting while auditioning for High School Musical 3: Senior Year, but they have parted ways amicably, her representative confirms to Us Weekly magazine. A source tells the publication, "Sarah's doing fine. It didn't work out. She's young. They decided they would be better off as friends."
Any heartbreak Hyland has following the split was not on show at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday (25Aug14), when her TV show picked up a handful of top trophies, including Best Comedy.
Rapper Iggy Azalea is reportedly launching her own shoe collection.
The Fancy hitmaker's collaborative line with fashion mogul Steve Madden will hit stores in February, 2015, according to the New York Post.
Azalea is not the first celebrity to turn shoe designer - fellow music stars Jessica Simpson and Fergie boast their own footwear ranges, while actress Sarah Jessica Parker recently created her own collection, named SJP, through Nordstrom retailers.