Actress Hayden Panettiere has confirmed she is pregnant by nominating her "unborn child" for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The Nashville star finally acknowledged she and fiance Wladimir Klitschko are preparing for their first child on Wednesday (20Aug14) by posting footage of pal and co-star Derek Hough tipping a bucket of freezing water over her on Instagram.com.
Panettiere prepared for the cold blast by nominating country singer Kacey Musgraves, her fiance and her "unborn child" to take the challenge next. The actress follows in the footsteps of Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana, who also confirmed she is pregnant in an Ice Bucket Challenge video posted on Tuesday (19Aug14).
She opted to dodge the challenge set her by director James Gunn, and her husband Marco Perego agreed to take the plunge in her place. Celebrities including Panettiere's Nashville co-star Connie Britton, Robert Pattinson, Emily Blunt and Adam Sandler all recently took the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise cash and awareness for charity the ALS Association.
Actor Jamie Foxx partied with politicians on Saturday night (16Aug14) by inviting former presidential candidate John Mccain and New Jersey governor Chris Christie to join him onstage for a dance at a star-studded fundraiser. The Ray star was a guest at the annual Apollo in the Hamptons bash and he made an extra special effort to get the party swinging.
He took to the stage and invited Christie to join him for a dance, before Senator McCain got up to join in, swiftly followed by Sir Paul McCartney and director Spike Lee.
After the stunt, Foxx told New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Its always the ones you don't expect. Republicans love to dance - in the Hamptons."
Other guests at the event, organised by business magnate Ron Perelman, included Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand, Roger Waters, Anjelica Huston, and Don Johnson.
The audience enjoyed performances by Pharrell Williams, Sting, Gladys Knight, and Jon Bon Jovi at the fundraiser, which netted $4 million (£2.4 million) for development projects at New York's famous Apollo Theatre.
At the close of the evening, Nicholson told Page Six, "That was one hell of a night. Christie really held his own. I told him, as he walked back to his seat, 'Governor, you can't let New Jersey down.'"
Country music legend Willie Nelson has urged lawmakers and customs officials in his native Texas to "take care" of the kids who have illegally crossed the state's border with Mexico. Reports suggest some 60,000 youngsters fleeing violence in Central America have crossed the Texas border in the past year. They are being held in makeshift holding cells while the authorities decide what to do with them.
Many have arrived without parents or guardians and Nelson has called on those responsible for the kids to remember they're just scared children.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I've been watching and the only thing we can do is take care of those kids, whatever it takes. Take them in, give them some medical attention. I'm sure there are homes all over the country that would be glad to take care of one or two kids.
"They're scared. They're being mistreated, and it's not a good way to start off your life. But it's a good opportunity for us to show a little bit of humanitarianism and take care of those kids. I know a lot of people want to send them back. I guess the closer you are to the situation, the more extreme emotions you have about it, but it seems to me the old golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you... Treat those kids like they were your kids."
And Nelson has criticised President Barack Obama for not visiting the border during his recent visit to Austin, Texas, where the U.S. leader partied with stars at moviemaker Robert Rodriguez's home.
The singer adds, "To be that close (to the border) and not go is kind of crazy, I think. But I'm sure he had all kinds of advisers, and he quit listening to me a long time ago."
A man was arrested at Beyonce and Jay Z's concert in California on Saturday (02Aug14) after he allegedly bit off the tip of another man's finger.
Robert Alcaraz-Garnica, 25, was arrested at Pasadena's Rose Bowl after he reportedly groped the victim's girlfriend, and as a fight ensued, Alcaraz-Garnica chomped on the man's finger.
Lieutenant John Luna of the Pasadena Police Department confirms to TheWrap.com that Alcaraz-Garnica "sexually assaulted" a female and the man sustained a "serious injury" to his finger.
Alcaraz-Garnica was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery and mayhem following the incident and is being held on $100,000 (£59,426) bail pending his initial court appearance.
In addition, local police also arrested eight revellers for public intoxication and two for ticket scalping. Saturday's gig was part of the hip-hop supercouple's On The Run tour, and the pair played another show at the same venue on Sunday (03Aug14).
Actress Cheryl Hines married Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in Massachusetts on Saturday (02Aug14). The Curb Your Enthusiasm star exchanged vows with the son of late senator Robert F. Kennedy at a ceremony held in the estate of the groom's mother, Ethel, at the Kennedy family's compound in Hyannis Port, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Kennedy and Hines began dating in 2012 and announced their engagement in April (14).
Hines, 48, was previously marriage to management firm boss Paul Young and the pair has a daughter, Catherine Rose Young. They divorced in 2010.
This is the third marriage for 62-year-old Kennedy. He wed Emily Ruth Black in 1982 and they had two children before divorcing in 1994. He then married Mary Kathleen Richardson, with whom he has a further four children.
Nobody could have predicted this amidst the Twilight hysteria that started in 2008, but Robert Pattinson is getting some serious indie cred under his belt. Having worked with directors like David Cronenberg, Francis Lewis, and James Gray over the past few years, it's safe to say that Pattinson has made serious strides since his role as Edward Cullen. Next up—a gangsta film with Harmony Korine? Yes, this is real.
Pattinson reached out to the Spring Breakers writer/director some time ago and has since confirmed that Korine wrote a Miami-set gangster movie for him. There are no other details at this time, but with these two names on board, there's already plenty reason to get excited about this project.
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Rock veteran Robert Plant was stopped for speeding by cops in Morocco in May (14) but was let off after haggling with them over the size of the fine. The former Led Zeppelin frontman was driving through the African nation when his vehicle was pulled over by traffic officers for breaking the speed limit.
He was ordered to hand over a fine of $136 (£80) but after chatting to the cops and offering to pay whatever they demanded, he was given a discount and got away with paying just $54 (£32).
Plant tells Uncut magazine, "I got nicked for speeding in Morocco... Two cops said I was doing whatever it was. I said in French, 'I don't think so. The sun was in your eyes.' They said, 'It's 500 dirham ($136). Go and sit in the car.'...
"Finally they called me over into the coolness underneath a stanchion and said, 'How much do you want to give us?' I said, 'How much do you think you should be taking from me?' They held the 500 I'd given them and said, 'Take what you want.' I said, 'No, give me what you think you should.'
"They're looking at each other going, 'He doesn't seem like a bad guy.' So I said, 'The sky is blue and everything in the world is fine.' As soon as I said that, 300 dirham came straight back. It was great, those moments where you're just playing with people and they're playing with you."
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.
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The cast of The Avengers are many things: talented, good-looking, charming and some of the biggest stars on the planet. It seems like everywhere you look lately there’s always at least one member of the team in the news, on movie screens or on the cover of a magazine at any given moment. The buzz surrounding them hasn’t diminished since Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson wrapped up the Captain America: The Winter Soldier press tour, either. If anything, it’s only gotten stronger as we reach the peak of blockbuster season and head into Oscar territory.
And with good reason: the cast of The Avengers is having a pretty great year. But which one of them is having the best 2014 of them all? Is Johansson’s second blockbuster of the year – this Friday’s Lucy – enough to balance out Mark Ruffalo’s awards buzz? Can Chris Hemsworth come out on top due to good looks alone? We've broken down the Year in Avengers:
7. Robert Downey Jr. What He’s Done: Played a supporting role in Jon Favreau’s sleeper hit Chef; starring opposite Robert Duvall in The Judge, which will be released in October; named the highest-paid movie star in the world for the second year in a row How He’s Doing: Pretty good. Not like, Tony Stark pre-arc-reactor-good, but pretty darn good.
6. Jeremy Renner What He’s Done: A guest stint on the epic two-part episode of Louie (the two-part episode “In The Woods”); receiving awards buzz for his starring role in Kill the Messenger, which hits theaters in October How He’s Doing: You know, sometimes you just have to take some time an build up your critical acclaim.
5. Chris Hemsworth What He’s Done: Helped his wife, Elsa Pataky, raise their twin sons, who were born in March, as well as their 2 year-old daughter How He’s Doing: Have you seen him? He’s doing great.
4. Mark Ruffalo What He’s Done: Earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in A Normal Heart; starred in the charming but not-great Begin Again with Kiera Knightley; starred in the highly-anticipated Foxcatcher, which will finally open in November How He’s Doing: Aw, look at him riding a unicycle on a talk show! Isn’t he charming? No, don’t think about Begin Again, just focus on the charm.
3. Tom Hiddleston What He’s Done: Earned an Olivier Award (the UK equivalent of the Tonys) for playing the title role in Coriolanus; starred opposite the mystical Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive; had a cameo in Muppets Most Wanted; starred in a Jaguar commercial that was banned in the UK How He’s Doing: If the Loki fans say he’s doing well, then we do too. (We’ll say whatever they want, honestly, we’re a little scared of them.)
2. Chris Evans What He’s Done: Starred in the post-apocalyptic indie hit Snowpiercer; his directorial debut Before We Go is premiering at TIFF in September; filmed A Many Splintered Thing which is slated for release later this year How He’s Doing: He just spent four months hanging out with Anthony Mackie – he’s having a great year.
1. Scarlett Johansson What She’s Done: Dated Jon Favreau in Chef; kicked serious butt as a super-powered party girl in Lucy; terrified men everywhere in Under the Skin; got engaged to a handsome Frenchman; got pregnant; will reportedly get married in August How She’s Doing: 2014 is pretty much Johansson’s year. The rest of the Avengers are just living in it.
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If you never got to New York City to see Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson, HBO is on your side. HBO Films recently acquired the rights to the Tony Award-winning play All The Way, with playwrite Robert Schenkkan signing on to adapt his script.
According to Variety the play follows Johnson's "tumultuous first year in office," beginning with his entry into the presidency (after the JFK assassination), and of course dealing with his efforts during the Vietnam War and the historic Civil Rights Act.
For his performance, Cranston took home the Tony Award for Best Actor earlier this year. We can all expect powerful good things when the movie comes to HBO.
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