Lady Gaga has joined the celebrities taking the Ice Bucket Challenge for Lou Gehrig's Disease research in typical dramatic fashion. The bikini-clad pop star has uploaded a video of herself pouring a silver serving dish full of ice-cold water over her head while seated in a chair online. She says nothing in the footage, but posted the message: "#IceBucketChallenge #ALS #SharePainShowCompassion I nominate Adele, Michael Rapino, Vincent Herbert, and Arthur Fogel #RichPeople."
Stars like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Jon Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder and Gwen Stefani also joined the challenge over the weekend (16-17Aug14), posting videos online of their chilly water moments.
Vedder took the task on after Pearl Jam bandmate Mike McCready called on him and the rest of the group to join him in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The Alive singer nominated pal Bruce Springsteen, One Direction star Niall Horan and actor Tim Robbins to follow his example.
The celebrities are being nominated by famous friends to take on the icy bucket blast or donate to charity. Most stars are doing both.
The campaign has been a big boost to charities connected to Lou Gehrig's Disease, aka ALS - more than $13 million (GBP7.6 million) has been raised since the end of May (14) and there have been over 1.2 million bucket challenge videos posted on Facebook.com.
In Hollywood, it’s not uncommon for the stars to meet on set and fall in love. Usually, it’s the leading man making the leading lady swoon. But actors and actresses aren’t the only ones who wind up together. Sometimes, it’s the director who gets the girl.
Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman
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Prior to her marriage, Beckinsale had been in a relationship with actor Michael Sheen for 8 years. But on the set of Underworld in 2003, she fell for her then-married director, Wiseman. The following year they were married. All parties involved, except Wiseman’s first wife, have said there was no infidelity. The couple have remained friends with Sheen, who starred alongside Beckinsale in Underworld. Aside from that franchise, Wiseman has also cast Beckinsale in his film, Total Recall.
Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann
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These two met on the set of the 1996 comedy film, The Cable Guy, which Apatow was producing. Since their 1997 marriage, Apatow has cast his wife in: The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Drillbit Taylor, Funny People, and This Is 40. Not only has his spouse appeared in his films, but their two daughters, Maude and Iris, have made it into a few films as Mann’s on-screen children.
Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson
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This couple met on the set of Jovovich’s most popular film, Resident Evil, in 2002 which Anderson was the director and producer for. The two dated first then had a child in 2007, before getting married in 2009, all while continuing to work on the franchise that brought them together. Anderson isn’t the first director Jovovich has wed. In 1997 she married her The Fifth Element director, Luc Besson, but divorced him two years later.
Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg
This Texas-born actress met Spielberg when she was cast as the female lead in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark, in 1984. The two married in 1991, after Spielberg’s controversial and costly divorce from his first wife, Amy Irving.
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton
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The pair first connected during filming Planet of the Apes in 2001. While they’ve never actually gotten married, they’ve been a couple for the last 13 years and have 2 children together. Burton is not shy from having his partner in his films; Carter has appeared in: Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows.
"He's just super supportive. He's like, 'Have you eaten today? Did you take your vitamins? Did you drink enough water?' He's so hands on and I'm just so blessed. I just love him, he's like the greatest guy ever. He's so awesome I just can't believe how blessed I am... and he is too! He's an amazing man." Pregnant Kelly Rowland gushes about her husband Tim Witherspoon as they prepare for the birth of their first child. The couple wed in May (14).
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Quentin Tarantino has confirmed he will direct The Hateful Eight despite planning to scrap the project when an early draft of the screenplay was leaked.
The Pulp Fiction filmmaker filed a $1 million (£588,235) copyright infringement lawsuit against editors at Gawker.com, accusing them of facilitating the leak after publishing a report about the script drama, but he withdrew the legal papers in May (14).
With the court battle behind him, Tarantino used an appearance at San Diego's 2014 Comic-Con on Sunday (27Jul14) to tell fans the film is moving forward.
During a panel for the comic book Django Meets Zorro, a fan asked Tarantino if The Hateful Eight will be his next feature, and he replied, "Yeah - we're going to be doing The Hateful Eight."
Earlier this year (Apr14), Tarantino spearheaded a live reading of the script at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, featuring a cast of stars including Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern.
Former As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has lost his bid to shave time off his prison sentence after he was found guilty of plotting to kill his wife. The rocker's lawyer argued his client's time behind bars should be reduced by the amount of time he served while under "house arrest" as he awaited sentencing, but in a Del Mar, California court on Friday (18Jul14), Judge Carlos Armour denied the request, explaining that credit only applies to inmates held in lieu of bail.
He stated, "He was privately monitored, not by the Sheriff who controls those in custody in this County. Therefore, those custody credits are denied."
Lambesis was sentenced to six years behind bars in May (14).
He was arrested in May, 2013 after handing an undercover cop, pretending to be a hitman, cash and instructions of how to gain entry to his wife's home.
Prior to his sentencing, the singer expressed his remorse and told authorities that his steroid use was "affecting many decisions in my life". He insisted, "I am not a risk to her (wife Meggan) in the slightest way."
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Production on Quentin Tarantino's new western The Hateful Eight has been pushed back until early 2015.
The Pulp Fiction filmmaker had been scheduled to begin shooting the post-Civil War project in November (14), but actor Kurt Russell reveals the shoot has been delayed.
He tells MyFoxPhilly.com, "I've got a Tarantino project called The Hateful Eight that looks like it may go somewhere around the beginning of the year."
Tarantino initially scrapped plans to make The Hateful Eight after an early draft of the screenplay appeared online earlier this year (14). He filed a $1 million (£588,235) copyright infringement lawsuit against editors at Gawker.com, accusing them of facilitating the leak after publishing a report about the script drama, but he withdrew the legal papers in May (14).
Russell is reportedly set to join a cast which includes Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern, all of whom took part in a live reading of the script at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in April (14).
Think you're mad about this morning's Emmy Awards nominations? Not as mad as these folks! #CloneClub #Fannibals #EmmySnubs and other angry hashtags took over Twitter and it was glorious.
1. An excellent suggestion...
Someone needs to send in Tatiana Maslany’s episodes next year in an HBO folder.
— Tim Goodman (@BastardMachine) July 10, 2014
2. The #Fannibals got cray.
@paste_tv Emmys deserve to be eaten then. Not sure how much better Hannibal needs to be to get noticed.
— Jo (@Tegan_Jovanka) July 10, 2014
3. In which Tatiany Maslany becomes the new Kanye West.
I honestly feel bad for her! She should Kanye someone's award! Like seriously! #EmmyNoms #TatianaMaslany http://t.co/4FJFhpdm86
— OITNB | Beyond (@OITNB_Beyond) July 10, 2014
4. Sometimes, it just hurts.
@AmyTVGal So many feelings--mostly frustration...
— Mark Rozeman (@Mrozema) July 10, 2014
5. Actually, "stain on the apron" may be the greatest insult of all time.
Don't fret, #Fannibals! Awards don't determine the success of a show, the fans do. The Emmys are just a stain on the apron.
— Hugh Dancy News (@hughdancynews) July 10, 2014
6. For those of you on #TeamFarmiga
and who cares about the emmys @VeraFarmiga is the QUEEN and Norma is craziest mom and beautiful I've seen in my life pic.twitter.com/H4eH8guAoS
— claudia (@bullock_Farmiga) July 10, 2014
7. The guy who played Pastor Tim on The Americans is super-pissed. Right on:
No nominations for #TheAmericans actors?! Seriously?? Ridiculously huge snub. PARTICULARLY the brilliant @MatthewRhys #EmmyNoms #Emmys2014
— Kelly AuCoin (@bklynblazr) July 10, 2014
8. Wait, there are people NOT watching Orphan Black?
If you're wondering why your Twitter feed is blowing up with complaints about Tatiana Maslany getting Emmy-snubbed, watch Orphan Black.
— Josh Jackson (@joshjackson) July 10, 2014
9. Who says you can't get all your anger out in 140 characters or less?
@JarettSays The #Emmys have failed all audiences, tbh. #NoTatiana #NoEmily #NoGoodWife #NonSense
— bruaccioli (@bruaccioli) July 10, 2014
10. Apparently, someone needs to to the #Emmys keys away. Get home safe guys.
GO HOME, EMMYS! YOU'RE DRUNK! #EmmyForMaslany Can't believe she was snubbed AGAIN. Emmys are a officially a waste of time #EmmysChat
— Rachel (@mindgrape) July 10, 2014
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Taylor Swift's Red tour has become the biggest revenue earner for a country act. The 15-month world trek grossed over $150 million (£88 million) and surpasses Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul2Soul tour in 2006 and 2007, according to Billboard.
The Red tour began in March, 2013 and hit Australia at the end of the year, Europe at the beginning of 2014, and Asia in May and June (14). The tour ended in Singapore on 12 June (14).
In total, over 1.7 million fans caught Swift onstage during her 86 performances in 12 countries.
Dozens of concertgoers were hospitalised following Swedish DJ Avicii's gig in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday night (25Jun14). The Wake Me Up hitmaker brought his True Tour to the TD Garden venue but his gig descended into chaos as audience members fell ill. A number of ambulances were called to the scene and around 50 revellers were treated by paramedics on site. Another 36 were taken to nearby hospitals, according to the Boston Globe.
Gig-goer Roisin Saratonion, 18, tells the newspaper, "It was just too crazy in there.... You get really hot in there and you just pass out. You couldn't breathe. It was claustrophobic. People get dehydrated."
Authorities believe many of the cases were caused by dehydration, while Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Mike Bosse suggests alcohol and drugs could have played a part, adding, "There may have been some illicit drug involved, but none have been identified."
A spokesperson for Live Nation, the promoter behind the show, says in a statement: "Based on early reports from the venue it appears the majority of the transports were people outside the venue who were too impaired to be allowed inside the venue and access to the concert. Out of an abundance of caution, they were transported for medical evaluation and assistance."
Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Just hearing the awful news abt (about) tonight. It's a terrible thing, I rly (really) hope everyone is ok! My thoughts go to those affected & their families."
A similar incident occurred at the DJ's show at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada last month (May14), when at least 29 revellers were taken to hospital for drug or alcohol-related illnesses, according to The Toronto Star newspaper.
Avicii's gig on Wednesday marked the star's return to the Boston stage after he was previously forced to postpone the concert and the rest of his U.S. tour dates originally slated for April (14), when he underwent an operation to remove his gallbladder and appendix.
Singer Lana Del Rey has sparked a war of words with a journalist for Britain's The Guardian newspaper after taking issue with the writer for asking her questions about death during a recent interview. The Summertime Sadness star hit headlines last week (ends13Jun14) when Tim Jonze's article was published, with the 27 year old apparently admitting she found the premature deaths of tragic soul singer Amy Winehouse and rocker Kurt Cobain glamorous, declaring, "I wish I was dead already".
The singer's disturbing comments stunned many of her fans and she took to Twitter.com late on Thursday (19Jun14) to try and explain herself and clear up the controversy. In a series of messages, Del Rey accused The Guardian reporter of acting in a "sinister" manner, writing, "His leading questions about death and persona were calculated but hiding sinister ambitions and angles... "I regret trusting the Guardian - I didn't want to do the interview but the journalist was persistent. Alexis (sic) was masked as a fan."
Her biting remarks, which have since been deleted from Twitter, caught the attention of Jonze, who fired back at Del Rey by publishing another article in The Guardian on Friday (20Jun14), poking fun at her for failing to even remember the name of her interviewer. Jonze went on to defend his angle for the interview, explaining, "It's not pleasant asking a pop star if she thinks the idea of dying young herself is attractive - it's a dark question, but it's not a leading one. She has every opportunity to say no. And she can hardly complain about the subject matter: she'd been talking about her icons all dying young, she named her debut album Born to Die and had spent much of the 50 minutes previous to this point telling me how miserable she was."
He adds, "Ultimately, the problem with Lana's complaint is that she doesn't seem to know what she's actually complaining about. She's not alleging that I made up her quotes, nor is she claiming that they've been 'twisted' or that we've printed them out of context. Instead she seems annoyed by the fact I wanted her to say interesting things and asked questions that caused her to do so. Well sorry, Lana, but that's just me doing my job."
Jonze also released a two-minute audio clip from their lengthy chat to prove he had not coaxed Del Rey into making the death declaration.