Pop superstars Beyonce, Madonna and Jennifer Lopez graced the stage in London on Saturday night (01Jun13) to spread the message of female empowerment at the high-profile The Sound of Change concert. Thousands of fans flocked to Twickenham Stadium for the charity gig, which aims to promote education, health and justice for women worldwide through the Chime for Change foundation.
Artists including Jessie J, Rita Ora, Florence Welch, John Legend, Timbaland, Simon Le Bon and Ellie Goulding all performed short sets to gear up the crowd ready for headliners Beyonce and Lopez.
The Jenny From the Block hitmaker performed a rousing rendition of the Beatles' classic Come Together with R&B diva Mary J. Blige, before playing her club hit On The Floor.
Beyonce then closed the concert with a stunning medley of her hits, including her version of Etta James' At Last, Destiny's Child song Survivor and her chart smash Crazy In Love, for which she was joined onstage by rapper husband Jay-Z, who gave the star a loving kiss on the cheek before she ended the show with her big ballad Halo.
Thanking the audience for buying tickets to support the cause, Beyonce said, "This is such an incredible night for all of us. Because of you all, we have raised more than $4 million (£2.6 million)."
Madonna was one of the guest presenters at the bash, and pledged to fund a school in Pakistan if fans helped to lay the foundation with their donations.
The Material Girl added, "I keep telling people that I want to start a revolution. Until you learn to read and write, you can't ask the question why. You can't do this without an education. Education is not a luxury, it is a basic human right."
Salma Hayek, who co-organised the event with Beyonce and Gucci boss Frida Giannini, was also among the presenters urging people to give money to Chime For Change, along with Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, James Franco and Jessica Chastain.
Duran Duran star Simon Le Bon is mourning the death of his close pal, Swedish sailing icon Magnus Olsson, following his death on Saturday (20Apr13). The 64 year old, famed for his participation in the offshore Volvo Ocean Race, passed away in Spain after suffering a stroke and Le Bon has been left heartbroken by the sad news.
In a series of Twitter.com posts on Monday (22Apr13), the singer reveals he will always regret not visiting his ailing friend one last time, but will always remember his famous smile.
He writes, "I've been putting off writing this all day. My good friend and shipmate Magnus Olsson died on the weekend.
"I am terribly sad that I didn't get to see him and spend one more evening in the glow of that smile. That smile, and the laughter which warmed your heart when all around, everything seemed damp and cold. Goodbye dear friend."
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, Maria Alekhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, were arrested after singing a protest song at a church in Moscow during a service earlier this year (12).
Their case became a cause celebre as leading pop stars including Madonna, Sir Paul McCartney, Sting, Bjork, and Peter Gabriel lined up to show support for the group and call for it to be freed.
But the high-profile calls for leniency were ignored by court officials on Friday (17Aug12), when the singers were found guilty and each sentenced to prison, and a number of celebrities have taken to their Twitter.com blogs to condemn the Russian authorities for their handling of the case.
Sympathising with the three feminists, former The O.C. star Barton wrote, "I can't believe sentencing pussyriot to 2 yrs (years) in jail.as someone who lived in Moscow and has filmed& seen inside the jails my heart goes out".
Walsh lamented, "What a massive disappointment for Russia: imprisoning pussyriot?? Shame on you", while dance artist Moby posted a link to a news story about the verdict and simply added, "Terrible".
Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood also directed fans to an article detailing the trial outcome, while U.K. comedian Eddie Izzard branded the case "crazy".
And British singer Simon Le Bon predicts the band will continue to stay in the headlines as demonstrators - both for and against Pussy Riot - protest the case in Russia.
He wrote, "PussyRiot sentanced (sic) to two years imprisonment. I don't think it's the last we'll hear of this story."
Enigmatic and deliberate Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy makes no reservations while unraveling its heady spy story for better or worse. The film based on the bestselling novel by John Le Carre is purposefully perplexing effectively mirroring the central character George Smiley's (Gary Oldman) own mind-bending investigation of the British MI6's mole problem. But the slow burn pacing clinical shooting style and air of intrigue only go so far—Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sports an incredible cast that can't dramatically translate the movie's impenetrable narrative. Almost from the get go the movie collapses under its own weight.
After a botched mission in Hungary that saw his colleague Jim (Mark Strong) gunned down in the streets Smiley and his boss Control (John Hurt) are released from the "Circus" (codename for England's Secret Intelligence Service). But soon after Smiley is brought back on board as an impartial observer tasked to uncover the possible infiltration of the organization. The former agent already dealing with the crippling of his own marriage attempts to sift through the history and current goings on of the Circus narrowing his hunt down to four colleagues: Percy aka "Tinker" (Toby Jones) Bill aka "Tailor" (Colin Firth) Roy aka "Soldier" (Ciaran Hinds) and Toy aka "Poor Man" (David Dencik). Working with Peter (Benedict Cumberbatch) a conflicted younger member of the service and Ricki (Tom Hardy) a rogue agent who has information of his own Smiley slowly uncovers the muddled truth—occasionally breaking in to his own work place and crossing his own friends to do so.
Describing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as dense doesn't seem complicated enough. The first hour of the monster mystery moves at a sloth's pace trickling out information like the tedious drips of a leaky faucet. The talent on display is undeniable but the characters Smiley included are so cold that a connection can never be made. TTSS sporadically jumps around from past to present timelines without any indication: a tactic that proves especially confusing when scenes play out in reoccurring locations. It's not until halfway through that the movie decides to kick into high gear Smiley's search for a culprit finally becoming clear enough to thrill. A film that takes its time is one thing but Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy does so without any edge or hook.
What the movie lacks in coherency it makes up for in style and thespian gravitas. Director Tomas Alfredson has assembled some of the finest British performers working today and they turn the script's inaccessible spy jargon into poetry. Firth stands out as the group's suave slimeball a departure from his usual nice guy roles. Hardy assures us he's the next big thing once again as the agency's resident moppet a lover who breaks down after a romantic fling uncovers horrifying truth. Oldman is given the most difficult task of the bunch turning the reserved contemplative Smiley into a real human. He half succeeds—his observational slant in the beginning feels like an extension of the movie's bigger problems but once gets going in the second half of the film he's quite a bit of fun.
Alfredson constructs Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy like a cinematic architect each frame dripping with perfectly kitschy '70s production design and camera angles that make the spine tingle. He creates paranoia through framing similar to the Coppola's terrifying The Conversation but unlike that film TTSS doesn't have the characters or story to match. The movie strives to withhold information and succeeds—too much so. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy wants us to solve a mystery with George Smiley but it never clues us in to exactly why we should want to.
The two stars were celebrated by officials at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, joining fellow actors Kathleen Turner, Clive Owen, Jet Li and Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan as honourees at the lavish Dusseldorf event.
The award was Campbell's latest accolade for her charity commitments - the runway beauty, who has organised a number of Fashion For Relief fundraisers over the years to raise money for victims of disasters such as the Haiti earthquake and the tsunami in Japan, was also recognised by the Gabrielle Angel Foundation gala in New York last month (Oct11).
Congratulating the British stunner on her latest accolade, her pal, Duran Duran star Simon Le Bon, writes on Twitter.com, "Huzzah to Naomi Campbell on being honoured at the UNESCO gala at the weekend for her charity work @fashion4relief The girl goes on and on."
Campbell befriended Le Bon after joining fellow supermodels Helena Christensen and Cindy Crawford to dress up as the 1980s pop stars for the band's new video, Girl Panic!.
The group of catwalk stars also includes Eva Herzigova and Yasmin Le Bon, wife of Duran Duran frontman Simon, and they are seen wearing the band's trademark suits and playing instruments in the promo for Girl Panic!
The shoot was conducted in conjunction with Harper's Bazaar magazine and directed by Jonas Ackerlund, who worked on Lady Gaga's Paparazzi and Telephone videos.
Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes explains, "Harpers had approached us about collaborating with the magazine on something really special... I'd had had this crazy idea for a video for the song Girl Panic! that looked fantastic on paper but that I thought in reality would be impossible to pull off.
"The idea was to recreate a day-in-the-life of the band, with five of the world's greatest supermodels playing all of us. (They) loved the idea of doing a cover shoot within the video itself - and so it all began."
Singer Simon Le Bon adds, "We have made some pretty ambitious videos over the years, but this one was certainly the most challenging to date.
"Co-ordinating the schedules of five of the world's biggest supermodels, Jonas, and the band was no easy task - but we couldn't be happier with the finished film. It has all of the ingredients that we feel are important - it's humorous, glamorous, sexy and very Duran Duran."
The celebrities, including Duran Duran stars Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon, joined the happy couple who wed at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London. The celebrations then continued at the city's Critereon restaurant.
Gervasi previously dated Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and the former couple shares a daughter, four-year-old Bluebell.
Rothschild, whose company Sweet Pea Productions staged Keira Knightley's West End play The Misanthrope, is the daughter of financier Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and is the heiress to a massive $675 million (£450 million) fortune.
The newlyweds have been dating for a year.
A pair of Spacey's black leather Prada footwear is up for grabs in the fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support, along with the Grease beauty's black and white pumps.
The In Their Shoes event also sees lots from Aussie singer Kylie Minogue, who has handed over signed sequined Moschino wedge sandals, and former Sporty Spice Melanie Chisholm, who offered up a pair of her Puma trainers.
Rod Stewart, Cindy Crawford and Simon Le Bon have also donated to the auction, which finishes later this month (Nov09).