Oscar winner Jamie Foxx has teamed up with Sir Elton John to raise awareness about the struggles facing homeless gay youths in Los Angeles. The stars have taken part in a short public service announcement (PSA) for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, an organisation which aims to help embattled boys and girls by providing them with shelter, medical care, counselling and job placement in a bid to get them back on their feet.
The film tells the story of a young man whose parents kick him out of their home after learning of his sexuality, leaving him to survive on the streets, where he is brutally raped, turns to drugs and is forced to prostitute himself to make money.
In the clip, Foxx says, "In most parts of the country, life is still enormously difficult for kids who are even perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered."
John continues, "One of the most popular destinations for abandoned LGBT youth is Los Angeles, where they hope their dreams might come true."
He goes on to address the fact that some of the homeless youths are forced to have sex in exchange for meals and a place to stay, while some face sexual abuse, adding, "(This) puts them at high risk for HIV infection and physical abuse... this is not OK."
Elton's partner David Furnish and actor James Woods also appear in the PSA.
The wife of Smallville star Tom Welling has filed for divorce. Jamie White Welling submitted documents to end the couple's 11-year marriage in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday (16Oct13), citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split.
The model has requested spousal support from Welling, who played a young Clark Kent in Superman series Smallville.
The pair quietly filed for legal separation in December, 2012, reports TMZ.com.
They have no kids together.
Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio's representative has moved swiftly to dismiss reports suggesting the Victoria's Secret stunner has split from her fiance Jamie Mazur. Rumours suggested the couple recently separated while continuing to work on their relationship, but the rep insists they're still engaged.
She says, "It's not true, they are still happily together."
The 32-year-old model and Mazur became engaged in 2008 after three years of dating. They have two children, five year old Anja and son Noah, 17 months.
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After taking on Nixon, JFK, George W. Bush, and September 11th, filmmaker Oliver Stone, along with potential star Jamie Foxx, might be DreamWorks' choice to bring Martin Luther King Jr.'s life to the screen, as reported by The Playlist. So far, it's not clear exactly how much or what part of King's life DreamWorks is looking to focus on, but Stone is well known for his long, ambling biopics, particularly of political figures.
Stone doesn't shy away from tough topics. If he's at the helm, he's going to want to tackle some of the more complex issues and potentially make large assumptions and leaps to serve his narrative. The man was able to make a film with some pathos for then-current president Bush, so this certainly won't be a slam piece on one of the great American icons and heroes. But the MLK estate has been very tough on films looking to portray the more sordid aspects of King's story, like his alleged infidelity. And with members of the King family working with DreamWorks and against rival projects (including ones from Paul Greengrass and Lee Daniels) it suggests that this may be a more sanitized vision then Stone is used to. Not only would Stone likely rankle at such demands, but erasing the complexity from MLK makes the whole film kind of pointless. Can we not handle a vision of King that paints him as something other than a martyr?
We remember Spike Lee's Malcolm X as a great film because Lee was able to work with Alex Healy/Malcom X's fantastic book, which was open about the various vices in the activist's past. It didn't hurt that the movie was blessed with Denzel Washington's amazing performance.
Now, Jamie Foxx doesn't really resemble King, but his quiet dignity mixed with deep, deep, anger and pain in last year's Django Unchained was a level of subtlety he hasn't shown since his Oscar-winning turn in Ray back in 2005. But after seeing Foxx's goofy side this summer in White House Down, his striking dissimilarities from King could really derail this film, and it doesn't really make sense why he's the top choice. But clearly DreamWorks is looking for a star, and most of the other bona fide black stars are either too old to play the 39-year-old King, have already played another distinct historical figure, or both.
What's frustrating is that there is so much room for more interpretations of King's life. Richard Nixon, for example, was not only the subject of one of Stone's lengthy films, but also has appeared in documentaries, other narratives, dramas, onstage (in the superb Frost/Nixon, which, by the way, was also turned into an Oscar nominated film), in comedies like Dick, graphic novels, and even an opera. He's been portrayed as a genius, an idiot, a crook, a coward, a fool, a hero, an opportunist, a good president, bad president, good person, and bad person. There's a wealth of creative material all based around or involving his life. Martin Luther King Jr. is a figure as large as Nixon, and like all people, was just as complex, but we rarely get to see a true representation of what that might have been like.
In short, while it's all well and good that filmmakers are interested in bringing MLK to the screen, it might not be possible for a divisive director like Stone and a potentially miscast star like Foxx to make this film a worthy one. And if it is regarded poorly, that might lead his family to become even more protective of his amazing story.
Not to mention, Drunk History did it first.
Top snooker player Ronnie O'sullivan has revealed how he enlisted the help of artist Damien Hirst and former Pulp star Antony Genn to get Ronnie Wood into rehab. The world snooker champion and the Rolling Stone had struck up a friendship over their joint love of the sport and drinking, and regularly went on all-night binges together.
O'Sullivan eventually checked into a rehab clinic to battle his addiction and tried several times to get Wood to follow suit - but he eventually forced the rocker to seek help after his drinking reached its height in 2008, the same time his marriage to wife Jo fell apart after he embarked on an affair with Kazakhstani waitress Ekaterina Ivanova.
In an excerpt from O'Sullivan's new book, Running, which has been published in The Sun newspaper, he writes, "After I had treatment (for drink and drug addiction), every so often one of Ronnie's family would ring me and say: 'Can you help get Ronnie straight?'
"I'd taken him to The Priory rehab centre a couple of times after being summoned to the house. By 2008, though, Ronnie seemed to be in a worse state than ever. He'd gone off with a Russian girl (sic) I was indirectly responsible for introducing him to."
After Wood's panicked son Jamie rang to urge O'Sullivan to help his father get clean, the Brit turned to Hirst and Genn to hatch a plan to take the guitarist to get professional help.
He adds, "Ronnie respected me as a person and player but we'd done too many drugs, too much drink, too many nights out for him to take me seriously as the rehab man. So I thought of my friend Damien Hirst. I said: 'Ronnie Wood is in a bad way. His family are worried sick, and he needs to get away, can you help?' Damien said: 'Leave it to me.' And he and our mutual friend Antony Genn, who was in Pulp, hired a private jet (to take Wood to rehab in England).
"Ronnie went there and got well... and Ronnie has stayed clean, which is brilliant."
Britney Spears' provocative new video for Work B**ch! had to be re-edited ahead of its release this week (begs30Sep13), because the mother-of-two was uncomfortable with some sexy scenes. The Toxic hitmaker recently confessed she struggled to ditch her "sweet mommy" persona to tap into her inner sex bomb for the video, in which she can be seen dancing seductively in the middle of a desert and posing in a bikini as she brandishes a whip.
However, the superstar admits the finished product is nowhere near as raunchy as the initial cut - because she asked director Ben Mor to rework the clip and tone it down.
During a radio interview with The TJ Show in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday (03Oct13), she said, "Oh my god, we showed way more skin and did way more stuff for the video then what is actually there. Like, I cut out half the video because I am a mother and because, you know, I have children, and it's just hard to play sexy mum while you're being a pop star as well. I just have to be true to myself and feel it out when I do stuff."
She added, "A lot of sex goes into what I do. But sometimes I would like to bring it back to the old days when there was one outfit through the whole video, and you're dancing the whole video, and there's, like, not that much sex stuff going on."
Her comments prompted some blog writers to suggest Spears was pressured into showing so much skin for the video, but her father and conservator Jamie Spears and manager Larry Rudolph insist that was never the case.
A statement issued to TMZ.com reads: "Britney is never pressured into anything. She reviews all creative and for her Work B**ch video she discussed toning down some parts in finding a balance of sexy and being a mum."
Meanwhile, Britney's new video has been banned from TV before 10pm in Britain.
Officials there have decided scenes of the pop star dancing in lingerie, and the use of the taboo word b**ch almost 20 times are inappropriate for broadcast at times when children may be watching TV.
Director Will Gluck is auctioning off the chance to appear as an extra in Jay Z and Will Smith's remake of classic musical Annie. The film, produced by the 99 Problems rapper and the Men in Black star, features Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx and is expected to be in cinemas for Christmas, 2014.
Bids for the small role on auction website CharityBuzz have already reached $4,600 (£3,066) and are expected to reach $10,000 (£666,000) by the time the auction closes on 11 October (13).
Proceeds from the sale will go to Shaking With Laughter, a charity funding research into Parkinson's disease.
Welsh rockers Lostprophets have split after 15 years as frontman Ian Watkins prepares to stand trial for alleged child sex offences. The Last Train Home singer was arrested last year (Dec12) and charged with 24 counts, including two accusations of raping a baby under the age of 12 months and another of aiding and abetting the sexual assault of another child, who was under 18 months at the time.
He has denied all charges and the case is expected to head to trial in November (13).
At the time of his arrest, Watkins' five bandmates released a statement revealing they were in a "state of shock" as the investigation unfolded, and now Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson have announced the group is over.
A message posted on the band's Facebook.com page reads: "To our fans: After nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time.
"We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets. Your love and support over the past 15 years has been tremendous, and we'll be forever grateful for all you've given us. As we look forward to the next phase of our lives, we can only hope to be surrounded by people as devoted and inspiring as you guys have been."