All-girl group All Saints reunited for their first festival performance in a decade in Chelmsford, England on Saturday (16Aug14). The group, fronted by sisters Natalie and Nicole Appleton, was among the big draws on the first day of the annual V Festival - and the ladies didn't disappoint, performing a string of big hits, including Booty Call, Never Ever, Pure Shores and Under The Bridge.
They also covered tunes by Kanye West, Jay-Z and Azealia Banks.
It was a big day for the ladies at the two-site festival - Lily Allen, Blondie, Rita Ora, Janelle Monae, Katy B and Sophie Ellis-Bextor were also on the bill at both Hylands Park, Chelmsford and sister site Weston Park in Staffordshire, England.
Justin Timberlake headlined the first day in Chelmsford, taking the stage with his big band in a Tom Ford suit. He thrilled one festivalgoer, who was celebrating her birthday, by posing for a 'selfie' with her during his set.
Ed Sheeran, Bastille, Elbow and Kaiser Chiefs were also among the highlights of Saturday's festival, while The Killers headlined the event in Staffordshire with Paolo Nutini, Lily Allen, Rudimental, Ora and Jason DeRulo among the top attractions there.
The Killers thrilled fans with their rendition of Iggy Azalea's Fancy, with frontman Brandon Flowers telling the crowd, "We've sort of been working on something and we wanted to show you a little bit of it, if you don't mind hearing it."
The low point of the first day came when rockers Manic Street Preachers had to scrap their planned performance at Hylands Park after suffering travel issues in Hungary.
The Welsh rockers were in the country for a gig at the Sziget Festival on Friday (15Aug14) and they were due to fly to the U.K. for their V Festival slot in Chelmsford, England on Saturday, but the band was forced to cancel after getting stuck on a plane for five hours at an airport in Budapest before the flight crew informed them the aircraft would not be taking off.
The band did make it to the stage for their set at the Staffordshire site on Sunday (17Aug14). All acts who played the Chelmsford site on Saturday repeated their performances at Weston Park on Sunday, and vice-versa.
Sir Paul McCartney is selling off one of his beloved Martin guitars to help conservationists save African elephants. The Martin D-28 left-handed guitar, which McCartney has signed, went up for auction on eBay.com on Wednesday (13Aug14).
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Nature Conservancy's African Elephant Initiative. Bidding began at $10,000 (£5,900).
Alongside his signature, the former Beatles star - a keen animal activist - wrote, "This guitar saves elephants."
David Banks, the managing director of the The Nature Conservancy's Africa Program, says, "To have Sir Paul's support and working with Martin Guitar is a real honour. This calibre of collaboration will make a difference to help end the worst poaching crisis in history."
Justin Timberlake was left shivering after accepting an ice bucket challenge to raise funds to fight Lou Gehrig's disease.
Over the past two weeks, a fundraising phenomenon has taken social media by storm, with participants given the task of either pouring a large bucket of freezing water over themselves and donating $10 (£5.96) to the ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Association, or donating $100 (£59.60) instead of accepting the challenge.
Those who agree to take on the task must post a video of themselves on social media completing the challenge, then nominate a few more people to get wet, and they only have 24 hours to accept. On Monday (11Aug14), the challenge reached the SexyBack hitmaker, and Timberlake posted a clip of himself, along with his touring band The Tennessee Kids, pouring the freezing cold water over themselves, leaving them stunned and soaked.
Timberlake, who nominated his pal comedian Jimmy Fallon and his talk show band The Roots to take on the challenge, also posted on his Facebook.com page that they not only donated the $10, but added the $100 plus "a bunch more. It's such a good cause."
Timberlake's former 'N Sync bandmate Lance Bass has also taken the ice bucket challenge, as well as Martha Stewart, Ansel Elgort, Eliza Dushku, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Morrison, and Joanna Garcia Swisher.
A representative for the ALS Association told Mashable.com that the organisation has raised $160,000 (£95,322) between 29 July and 11 August (14), which is 10 times higher than the same time period in 2013.
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Filmmaker Lee Daniels has signed on to direct a film about U.S. high school football star Brian Banks, whose sports career was derailed following a false rape accusation.
All-American high school star Banks had signed to become a college player at the University of South California (USC) in 2002 before he was accused of rape.
He maintained his innocence, but ended up serving over five years behind bars thanks to a hasty plea bargain deal. In 2012, Banks' conviction was overturned with the help of law students at the California Innocence Project and he went on to play four pre-season games with the Atlanta Falcons in 2013.
Now a motivational speaker and activist for the California Innocence Project, he is thrilled Daniels has been picked to adapt his life story for the big screen.
Banks says, "All I ever wanted was to prove my innocence. Telling my story in the form of a feature film is beyond my wildest dreams. Having Lee Daniels come on board to direct the film is so exciting, and such an honour."
Model/TV personality Tyra Banks has slammed her own failed singing career, and confessed she should stick to what she does best.
The America's Next Top Model host released her first single, a track called Shake Ya Body, in 2004, but did not pursue her new career.
During an interview on U.S. chat show Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday (05Aug14), a fan of Banks' music asked the supermodel if she has any more plans to continue her pop star dreams.
Banks shook her head and said, "Let me just do a public service announcement right now. My name is Tyra Banks and I'm here to tell you that you may have a dream, you may have something that burns inside of your heart and desire - but if you do not have the talent for it, boo, let it go."
"That includes trying to be a singer when you need to just close your mouth. And only open (your mouth) to host talk shows, be an executive producer and be a businesswoman. Thank you."
"I have been asked to do a reunion many years ago... I don't know if I would, but whenever I see them, I feel like we have a connection, these Angels, because we're like the... original Angels... And, the president of Victoria's Secret promised me a lifetime supply of Victoria's Secret products, even after I decided to leave the company. But once I left, he only let me have it for a year. So I have a bone to pick." Retired model Tyra Banks considers a return to the catwalk for lingerie firm Victoria's Secret.
French Montana's rap protege Lil Durk has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a gun possession charge. The rising hip-hop star, real name Durk Banks, was arrested in his native Chicago, Illinois in April, 2013 after police caught him throwing a loaded weapon into the back of his car.
Prosecutors suggested Durk be punished with a year behind bars, but Cook County Judge Joseph Kazmierski, Jr. decided instead to order him to serve 18 months on probation.
A lawyer for Banks, who previously spent time in jail for a 2011 weapons charge, told the court his client had been trying to make amends for his bad behaviour by spending more than 150 hours volunteering for anti-violence programme Cure Violence at the University of Illinois.
The judge sentenced him to complete an additional 50 hours of community service.
Banks has since vowed to stay on the right side of the law and not return to court.
Speaking after his hearing, he told The Chicago Tribune newspaper, "The key word is I'll be staying out of trouble."
British actress Emma Thompson is travelling to the North Pole to highlight environmental issues threatening the Arctic. The Harry Potter star is backing a Greenpeace drive to protect the region from oil drilling and industrial fishing, and she is heading out on an expedition to the icy summit along with her teenage daughter Gaia and Canadian actress Michelle Thrush.
The group began the journey on Monday (04Aug14) after undergoing training in London, and Thompson has been pictured wrapped up warm and sporting a life jacket on a boat at the beginning of the trek.
In a video, she says, "Please follow us (during the trip). I'm not very good with social media but my daughter is going to force me to tweet. I think there is going to be a spot of Instagraming (sic) going on. We need millions and millions of people to say to all the governments of the world we need to protect the arctic..."
Thompson has launched a petition in support of the campaign, and her trip has received backing from celebrity friends including her Saving Mr. Banks co-star Tom Hanks, who writes in a post on Twitter.com, "If you think there is no hope for the Arctic, you don't know my pal Emma! Go, ers! #savethearctic..." and Hugh Grant, who adds, "The increasingly insane Emma Thompson is sailing with Greenpeace to help #savethearctic. Track her and laugh at her anoraks @savethearctic (sic)."
A huge sculpture depicting Monty Python's iconic dead parrot has been erected in central London. The comedy quartet's famous sketch, in which John Cleese attempts to return a deceased bird to a pet store, has inspired an artwork which was unveiled on the banks of the Thames River close to Tower Bridge on Monday (14Jul14).
The 50-foot (15-metre) long dead parrot, which is made from fibreglass, was suspended from a crane before it was laid to rest on its back at Potters Fields.
The parrot was created as a tribute to the comedy troupe and to celebrate the current reunion run at London's O2 Arena, which will be broadcast on TV in the U.K. on Sunday (20Jul14).