Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas joined dance star Moby to launch a new landmine campaign at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
The Wall Street star, Moby, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel and singer Angelique Kidjo joined UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at a fundraising dinner to promote an international drive to rid the world of landmines in 82 countries.
Douglas, a UN Messenger for Peace, presented Annan with an Adopt-A-Minefield's humanitarian award.
Douglas said, "Tens of thousands of lives have been saved and millions more improved as a result of the decision and commitment of this man and the inspiration that he leads.
"The United Nations is the leading international body working to make the problem of land mines a history lesson for our children."
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MTV News documented a recent trip to Kenya by Angelina Jolie, in her continued efforts to bring attention to extreme poverty in the region.
The Diary of Angelina Jolie & Dr Jeffrey Sachs in Africa, which airs Sept. 14, is a 30-minute special following the actress and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's deputy on a visit to Kenyan village Sauri, where Sach's U.N. Millennium Project team is working to end hunger and
In introducing the program, Jolie says, "If my kid was hungry or asked me
for food, to not have anything to give my children for dinner, I cannot imagine
how horrible that feeling would be as a parent. We are in Sauri to see how
the challenges that have plagued Africa for so long can be met."
The documentary shows Jolie and Sachs meeting villagers and observing how their
lives have been affected by the lack of clean water, malnutrition and poor
health care. The special also shows efforts that have been made to address these
Jolie, a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, adds, "I'm certain the stories
in this special will inspire viewers the same way these experiences have
inspired me, and I'm hopeful that increased awareness of the issues in Africa
will bring about a new wave of progress and activism among young people
Paul McCartney will perform songs from his new album Driving Rain at a concert in Oslo this week to mark the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize, Reuters reports. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the United Nations, this year's Peace Prize recipients, will receive the award at a ceremony in Oslo on Monday. Other performers will include Wyclef Jean, Nathalie Imbruglia and Destiny's Child.
Sony Screen Gems is asking fans to design the official poster for the upcoming movie Resident Evil--based on the popular video game of the same name--starring Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez. According to Sony, contestants will be allowed to submit up to three poster designs online from Dec. 6 through Dec. 31. Movie stills, title treatments and the billing block will be posted online at the official Resident Evil website, resident-evil-the-movie.com, which will provide links that will enable contestants to build their poster electronically. Five semi-finalists will be chosen in January and their artwork will be displayed online, where the Internet audience will vote for the winner. The winner will be announced mid-January and will receive a cash prize, a free screening in their hometown for 100 guests and a commemorative copy of the winning poster.
Elizabeth Hurley called police after being harassed by a man outside an address in Kensington, West London, Sky News reports. A spokesperson for Scotland Yard said the 32-year-old is currently in custody at Kensington's police station and is being questioned. The pregnant actress is currently engaged in a public feud with ex-lover Stephen Bing over the paternity of her unborn child.
Tennis star Monica Seles and her mother were treated for minor injuries after a drunk driver made a left turn into their path on Wednesday, Reuters reports. Seles, 28, was driving her sports utility vehicle in Venice, Fla., with Ester Seles, 62, when the accident occurred. The driver, Cynthia Bauman, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and making an improper left turn.
Filmmaker Billy Wilder (The Apartment) was taken to a Los Angeles hospital last week for breathing problems, USA Today reports. Harold Nelson, Wilder's publicist, said Friday that the 95-year-old actor was doing much better.
A former schoolmate of Eminem's, DeAngelo Bailey, has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the rapper, claiming his song "Brain Damage" damaged his reputation, Detroit's Free Press reports. In the song, a school bully bashes Eminem against a bathroom urinal and breaks his nose. Bailey denies that he harassed the rapper and claims the lyrics were intended to damage Bailey in order to improve Eminem's reputation as a rap artist. A lawyer for Eminem told the paper, "From all I can tell, this is a case of 'I'll file a lawsuit and see if I can get some money.'"
Napster and the U.S. record industry will go before a federal appeals court in Pasadena, Calif., Monday to argue over how much initiative the song-swapping service can take in order to comply with a court-ordered injunction to stop trade in copyright-protected music, Reuters reports. In order to comply, Napster says it needs file names rather than just the song titles and names of artists provided by the recording industry. The recording industry contends they should not have to supply Napster with specific file names.
Nevada Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman announced last week that Dec. 12, which would have been Frank Sinatra's 86th birthday, will be celebrated as "Sinatra Day." As part of the celebration, Las Vegas strip hotel casinos will display "Happy Birthday Frank" on their marquees and a CD featuring the song "It's Time for You" will be released, AP reports.
Rod Steiger, whose films include On the Waterfront, In the Heat of the Night and The Player, received a lifetime achievement award from the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival on Thursday. Steiger was presented with the award while attending the screening of his latest film A Month of Sundays at the Vogue Theatre in Los Angeles, AP reports.
Judi Dench has received an Academy Fellowship award from the British Academy of Film and Television Art for her outstanding contribution to film and television, Sky News reports. The Fellowships is the highest accolade given by BAFTA. Dench, who is a five-time BAFTA winner, joins the likes of Michael Caine and Stanley Kubrick, both recipients of the Fellowship Award.
Cuba began its weekend homage to former Beatle John Lennon on Saturday with President Fidel Castro's inauguration of a bronze statue of the singer in a Havana park, Reuters reports. Lennon was an underground cult figure for Cuban youth for about 15 years following Castro's Cuban Revolution in 1959. Authorities organized two days of concerts, art fairs, and book and documentary presentations to commemorate the 21st anniversary of Lennon's murder.
Madonna presented conceptual artist Martin Creed with the $28,600 Turner Prize in London on Sunday for his controversial piece entitled The Lights Going On and Off, a bare room with a light that switches on and off. Madonna prompted Channel Four to issue a speedy apology to its viewers for her strong language when she told the crowd: "At a time when political correctness is valued over honesty, I would also like to say, right on, mother---, everyone is a winner,'' Reuters reports.
Tom Petty has been nominated for the University of Florida's Distinguished Achievement Award given to individuals for "exceptional achievements in a chosen profession, for demonstrated leadership, and for other exemplary accomplishments." Gainesville, Fla. native Petty, the 51-year-old lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, was nominated for his contributions to music and for his hu
If you're planning to see Ocean's Eleven, prepare yourself for some deja vu come 2002, as George Clooney will make his directorial with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, starring Ocean's pals Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts. The film, set to begin shooting in January, is a comedic biopic about Gong Show host Chuck Barris.
The early list of presenters and performers at the upcoming American Music Awards--set to air January 9 on ABC--has been released. Presenters include Alicia Keys, Chris Klein, LeAnn Rimes, Frankie Muniz, Method Man, Niki Taylor, Tyrese and many more entertainment stars. Performers include Lenny Kravitz, Kid Rock, Brooks & Dunn and Cher.
William Jovanovich, chief executive and chairman of publishing house Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, died of a heart attack on Tuesday in his home in Point Loma, Calif., his family announced Thursday. He was 81.
Cast Away director Robert Zemeckis pulled a disappearing act of his own on Tuesday: he secretively eloped, marrying actress Leslie Harter in Venice, Italy. This is Zemeckis' second marriage.
A life-size bronze statue was dedicated to late actor Cary Grant on Friday in the British city of Bristol, his hometown. Grant's widow, Barbara Jaynes, unveiled the statue, which was paid for by the people of Bristol.
On Thursday, Robert De Niro announced that he plans to launch a new event called the Tribeca Film Festival in lower Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood. The festival, to be held just north of "ground zero," the location of the World Trade Center collapse, will commence May 1, 2001 and last for five days, showcasing 40 films from around the world.
While CBS pulled off a victory in total primetime viewers in the November sweeps, the Eye Network also performed well in late-night ratings for the month, according to Nielsen Media Research. The Late Show with David Letterman had its best November since 1997, up 21% in viewers 18-49, while The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn shot up 25% in the same key demographic.
After three years on the hit NBC drama ER, actress Michael Michele--who plays Dr. Cleo Finch--is leaving the show due to physical duress caused by constant cross-country flights from New York to Los Angeles. Michele plays Will Smith's wife in the upcoming film Ali.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan taped an episode of Sesame Street on Thursday, The Associated Press reports. Annan will serve as a peacekeeper in the episode, teaching Elmo and the gang how to get along as friends.
Hot on the heels of the success of Harry Potter and the buzz surrounding The Lord of the Rings, Walden Media announced on Thursday that they have joined forces with The C.S. Lewis Co. to produce a live-action film based on the novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Walden Media, a newcomer on the studio scene, plans to produce all seven of Lewis' popular "Narnia" novels.
Some of Hollywood's biggest stars had come together, but there weren't any paparazzi, expensive designer gowns or screaming fans at this event. Michael Douglas, Muhammad Ali and Susan Sarandon were among the celebrities who gathered at U.N. headquarters Monday to talk about their fame and how they've used it to fight for causes for the United Nations, Reuters reports. Spice Girl Geri Halliwell spoke on her numerous campaigns for safe sex, while Ali talked about using religion in daily life and Douglas spoke on his work with a guns-for-jobs program in Albania.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan invited the Hollywood stars, along with about 40 other celebrities from around the world. All are goodwill ambassadors for the United Nations, including Mia Farrow and singer Harry Belafonte, fighting for human rights, drug control and world poverty.
The event marked the first time celebrities had gathered to discuss their work since 1954, when actor/comedian Danny Kaye became the first ambassador for UNICEF.
Commenting on her fight against AIDS, Halliwell, also know as Ginger Spice, said: "Fame is like a bright light," adding that sometimes people listened to her for all the wrong reasons. But if only two people hear a message on safe sex or the dangers of AIDS, "that's brilliant and overrides all the cynicism."
Actor Richard Gere is not only getting religious but political as well.
The avowed Buddhist presented U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday with a copy of his 1997 coffee table book called "Pilgrim," a black and white photo documentary of the Tibetan people taken by Gere himself, Reuters reports.
The 52-year-old actor and star of this year's "Dr. T and the Women" has been a very vocal activist for the independence of Tibet, which has been under the sovereignty of China since 1951. The United Nations has largely ignored the plight of the Tibetan people.
HUNT FILES FOR DIVORCE: Emmy- and Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt filed for divorce Monday from actor-husband Hank Azaria. The couple, who announced their separation in August, cited irreconcilable differences for torpedoing their 17-month union.
THE AWFUL TRUTH: Who needs a therapist when you can talk to a magazine reporter. Seven months after the big split between Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley, the 40-year-old "Four Weddings and a Funeral" actor has disclosed to a German mag one of the reasons behind the breakup, Reuters says.
"Basically my life is so boring, it's embarrassing. I would love to be a jet-setter, flying off to parties in New York and Monte Carlo. Obviously I was simply too dull for Liz,'' the 40-year-old actor told the German publication Hoer Zu.
The ex-couple called it quits this May after 13 years of being together.
'CAT' IS IN THE BAG: "The Last Picture Show" director Peter Bogdanovich has completed production of his latest film "The Cat's Meow," Variety says. The $6 million project -- starring Eddie Izzard, Kirsten Dunst, Cary Elwes and Edward Hermann -- chronicles the killing that allegedly took place on newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924.
Specifically, the story is based on the Hollywood legend that an angry Hearst (Hermann) mistakenly shot film producer Thomas Ince (Elwes) after he suspected his mistress Marion Davies (Dunst) was having an affair with silent star Charlie Chaplin (Izzard).