Almost 3,000 people lost their lives in the atrocity on 11 September, 2001 and bosses at financial services company Cantor Fitzgerald now hold an annual charity event to raise funds for good causes after two-thirds of their workforce perished in the North Tower of World Trade Center.
On Tuesday, famous faces took to the trading floor to man the phones, with profits from every transaction going to the charity of their choice.
Rapper 50 Cent, who was among the participants and manned the phones for three hours, tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "I am honoured to come and be a part of this... I try to promote conscious capitalism and to connect my business to giving back so (other artists) see the example and follow."
Tennis star Venus Williams and Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte also took part, along with American football star Victor Cruz, whose father was one of the firefighters called to Ground Zero on the day of the attacks.
The New York charity drive raised more than $12 million (£7.5 million) and the good work continued across the Atlantic in Britain at the offices of Cantor Fitzgerald's sister company BGC Partners in London's Canary Wharf.
Leona Lewis, Joan Collins, Sir Roger Moore and Richard E. Grant took part in the London leg, along with singer Sophie Ellis Bextor, Formula 1 ace Lewis Hamilton, British royal Princess Beatrice and her mother Sarah Ferguson, and Olympians Mo Farah and Dani King.
Steven Spielberg is a director who is never satisfied with convention. Where other directors may pat themselves on the back for having one film released within a calendar year, in 2011, Spielberg decided to release two films...within the same month…and within one week of one another. With The Adventures of Tintin, Spielberg assembles a crack team of voice actors to bring his mo-cap animated adventure to life. But War Horse is live-action, requiring arguably more acting talent—as there is not the possibility of one actor doubling up and providing multiple voices. Luckily Spielberg, who is a bit of a workhorse, and has wrangled quite the impressive ensemble for War Horse. Here are a few names from the credits with whom we think you should get better acquainted:
Emily Watson’s face may be familiar, even if her name escapes you. Watson has been flexing her well-toned action muscles for well over a decade. Her breakout performance was as the titular matriarch in 1999’s Angela’s Ashes, based on the international best-selling novel by Frank McCourt. Since then, this British actress has turned up in films such as Gosford Park, Punch-Drunk Love, Red Dragon, and Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. Emily Watson has been nominated for two Academy Awards, one for Angela’s Ashes and one for the 1996 Lars von Trier film Breaking the Waves. Waston will next be seen in Little Boy, costarring Sean Astin and Kevin James, which interestingly takes place during WWII; War Horse taking place during WWI.
Tom Hiddleston was not a name readily on anyone’s lips, but within a two-year span, Hiddelston is well on his way to becoming a household name. Hiddleston appeared as villainous Norse god Loki in Marvel Studio’s big screen, big budget adaptation of their hero Thor. Hiddleston displayed great talent as the rogue god and proved to be quite the foe for Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. Adding to his already banner year, Hiddleston also turned in a fantastic performance as F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Hiddleston will be reprising the role of Loki next year, when he takes on several heroes at once in Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated The Avengers.
Not too long ago, a major cinematic franchise saw its storied saga come to a dramatic conclusion. That franchise was of course that of boy wizard Harry Potter, based on the unstoppably popular series of novels by author J.K. Rowling. David Thewlis has been a part of the eight-film Harry Potter series ever since the third installment Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He played Remus Lupin, confirmed lycanthrope and lifelong friend of Harry’s father James and his faithful devotion to protecting young Harry made him one of the most beloved characters of the franchise. Along with his fantasy work, Thewlis is a long-time collaborator of British auteur Mike Leigh, starring in both Life Is Sweet and Naked. This year, the actor also appeared in Roland Emmerich's Shakespeare mystery Anonymous.
In terms of British actors, Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the most exciting rising talents working today. While Robert Downey Jr. may occupy the current cinematic position of Sherlock Holmes, Cumberbatch owns, and I mean (owns) the role on the BBC series Sherlock. In addition to his incredible portrayal of one of popular fiction’s greatest detectives, Cumberbatch has appeared in films such as Atonement, Four Lions, and this year’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Next year, and then the year after, Cumberbatch will be appearing in Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth: The Hobbit.
Probably the most obscure name on this list is Toby Kebbell—but he is definitely an actor worth knowing. In 2004, Toby burst onto the scene with a powerhouse performance in Shane Meadow’s Dead Man’s Shoes, Kebbell’s feature film debut. Kebbell played a sweet-natured, mentally handicapped man tortured by a group of local thugs to the point that he ends his own life; the man’s older brother, played by Paddy Considine, subsequently taking revenge on the thugs. This film is a true gem that I can’t recommend highly enough. Kebbell also appeared as Johnny Quid in Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla as well as landing roles in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Next spring, Kebbell will play Agenor in Wrath of the Titans.
Organizers of the American Music Awards have named singer Janet Jackson as this year’s winner of the prestigious Award of Merit.
The award is given to artists in recognition of their outstanding contributions to musical entertainment.
Jackson will be given the award during the telecast of the 28th Annual American Music Awards on Monday at 8 p.m. PT on ABC.
Past recipients of the coveted award include Bing Crosby, Stevie Wonder, Chuck Berry, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, Gloria Estefan and others.
The televised event will be co-hosted by Britney Spears and LL Cool J and will feature performances by Toni Braxton, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Pink, Marilyn Manson, Aerosmith, Outkast, 3 Doors Down, Jessica Simpson and others.
CAN YOU SAY SARCASM: In the February issue of Elle magazine, newlywed Queen of Pop Madonna says that she worships teen pop queen Britney Spears.
The Material Mom reportedly wears a T-shirt with Spears’ photo on it to bed to be closer to her.
"[She] just bowls me over. I love Britney," Madonna says in the magazine.
Sure, we believe you, Mo.
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