British actor Stephen Fry and writer Ben Elton have thrown their support behind a campaign to save a local town hall and war memorial in England. The stars, who collaborated on comedy TV show Blackadder, have both joined the fight to preserve Fenton Town Hall in Staffordshire, England and the World War I memorial plaque inside.
Local officials have put the building up for sale, sparking fears it could be demolished or redeveloped, so Elton has made a $750 (£500) donation to campaigners hoping to raise enough money to buy the hall back.
He tells Thisisstaffordshire.co.uk, "I was so sad to hear the news that the beautiful Fenton War Memorial, which pays tribute to the 498 men of Fenton who died in the First World War, is under serious threat from developers.
"It is often said that if we fail to remember the past, we are destined to repeat it. In our own uncertain times, surely it's more important than ever that we remember the appalling carnage of the First World War and honour the memory of those hundreds of thousands of men who made the ultimate sacrifice."
Fry has also joined the fight and has helped to spread the word by reposting a link to a petition on his Twitter.com page.
He writes, "Join me in preventing the desecration of a magnificent memorial to the Great War and 498 men by signing this petition."
The actress, best known for playing Bella Swan in the vampire franchise, was picked for the top MIFF prize for her portrayal of a troubled stripper in Welcome to the Rileys.
The Wire star Aidan Gillen was named Best Actor for his performance in Treacle Jr., while Nadia Tass was voted Best Director for her drama Matching Jack.
Filmmaker Fenton Bailey picked up the Best Documentary accolade for Becoming Chaz, about pop legend Cher's transgender son Chaz Bono.
U.S. TV personality Leeza Gibbons married her longtime beau Steven Fenton in Los Angeles this week (beg18Apr11). The couple wed at the top of a Beverly Hills hotel, with only the former talk show host's three children in attendance.
The 41 year old, who was born a girl, allowed directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato to film him as he underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2008.
The documentary features footage of Bono preparing to go under the knife to remove his breasts, while his superstar mum Cher admits to the cameras that she is "terrified" for her son ahead of the operation.
Bono joined Bailey and Barbato to unveil the finished product at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on Sunday (23Jan11), when the filmmakers revealed a sequel is already in the works.
And Bono is more than happy to allow the cameras to keep rolling, because he wants his experience to help others who may be struggling with their own sexual identities.
He tells Eonline.com, "I wanted to do this because I wanted to help people. And I knew that... I could put a face on this issue that people just don't understand because it's a hard one to understand. I wanted to be able to change people's hearts and minds on this."
Reports from Sundance suggest Oprah Winfrey is hoping to buy the documentary and air it on her new OWN TV network.
The 72 year old, who has snapped stars including Paul Weller, Sadie Frost and Dizzee Rascal, was approached to produce a picture feature for GQ magazine showing the life of troops from the U.K.
He took on the assignment and headed out to Afghanistan - and although he's full of praise for the soldiers' courage, Bailey is praying his two young sons, Fenton and Sacha, decide against joining the army.
The photographer says, "They could be going there and getting destroyed by IEDs (improvised explosive devices), shot by snipers or burnt in a helicopter."
Bethany Fenton, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour last year (09), was thrilled after meeting Cowell on Saturday (05Jun10) and performing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star for him.
The little girl's condition later deteriorated and she died on Tuesday (08Jun10) at Helen House hospice in Oxford, England.
And Cowell, who met Fenton in his dressing room ahead of the final of his U.K. TV contest Britain's Got Talent, insists he is "so sad" following her untimely death.
He says, "Bethany was a beautiful girl and very special. It's very sad and my heart goes out to her whole family. I am thinking of them and so sad for them."
Carmichael passed away at his home in the Esk Valley in North Yorkshire, England after falling ill over Christmas and New Year (09), according to his wife, novelist Kate Fenton.
The star trained at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before making a name for himself in film, landing parts in 1954's Betrayed with Clark Gable and The Colditz Story in 1955.
He also performed on TV, including a stint as Bertie Wooster in the U.K. drama The World of Wooster.
Carmichael is survived by Fenton, two daughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.