Lady Gaga completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by tipping freezing water over herself, and she nominated the cast of her boyfriend Taylor Kinney's TV show Chicago Fire and British singer Adele to follow her lead. The scheme aims to raise money and awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease.
On/off couple Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez became the latest celebrities to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge over the weekend (16-17Aug14). Bieber was nominated to dunk a bucket of freezing water over his head by his manager Scooter Braun, while Gomez's pal Taylor Swift dared the singer/actress to follow her lead and raise awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease.
Bieber posted his dunking on his Instagram on Saturday (16Aug14) and nominated President Barack Obama and Ellen DeGeneres to follow suit. He did it again the following day, and this time invited his fans to take the challenge.
Gomez posted her big freeze on Sunday (17Aug14) and called upon model pals Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse as well as her Spring Breakers co-star James Franco.
Gwen Stefani also got dunked with icy water over the weekend as Blake Shelton, her co-judge on U.S. talent show The Voice poured a bucket over her posted the footage online.
The Ice Bucket Challenge is a social-media phenomenon intended to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. ALS causes nerve cells in the brain and the spinal chord to eventually degenerate and die, which can lead to full muscle paralysis and respiratory failure.
Participants have 24 hours to either donate $100 (£58) to fight ALS, or dump a bucket of ice water over their heads and only donate $10 (£5.98). They then must nominate someone else to take part. Many of the celebrities who have dunked have made a donation as well.
Jon Bon Jovi also added his name to the list of Ice Bucket Challenge participants when he got dunked by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New England Patriots boss Robert Kraft during a garden party.
Posting the footage online on Sunday, he nominated his Bon Jovi bandmates to follow his dripping wet example.
Lady Gaga is one of the latest stars to have been nominated for the challenge. She pledged a $10,000 (£5,882) donation and asked her fans around the world to follow her example.
Liv Tyler has apparently confirmed her romance with David Beckham's close friend Dave Gardner after they were spotted holding hands on Friday (15Aug14). Reports suggesting the Armageddon star was dating the sports agent surfaced last month (Jul14) and now the couple has gone public with the romance.
They were pictured leaving London's Shoreditch House on Friday following a party held to celebrate the birthday of British DJ Nick Grimshaw. Model Daisy Lowe, actress Jaime Winstone and singer Florence Welch also attended the bash.
The couple, who were introduced by supermodel Kate Moss, have reportedly been dating in secret for months.
Tyler has a son with ex-husband Royston Langdon and Gardner was previously married to British actress Davinia Taylor.
A real-life jailbird portrayed by actress Laura Prepon in hit TV drama Orange Is The New Black has landed a deal to publish her memoirs about her time behind bars. Author Piper Kerman's former friend and lover Cleary Wolters will detail her memories of prison life and the events that got her there in a new HarperOne book, titled Out of Orange, which is set to be published in May, 2015.
Kerman's book inspired the hit Netflix show, in which Taylor Schilling portrays lead character Piper Chapman and Prepon plays her ex-lover, drug dealer Alex Vause.
Wolters says, "Alex and Piper (characters) have inspired me to tell my whole story, an unbelievable saga that takes place all over the world: Africa, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. both in prison and out. I think people may be surprised at what happened to me after I turned myself in - and where my life is now."
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At the heart of any dystopian story — be it about warring farm animals, omnipresent elder siblings, or colorless societies wherein pain and inequality have been all but eradicated — there is meant to be something human. Something that shines through to show us just how close we are to the world onscreen and just how far away from it we need to get. But at the heart of The Giver — Phillip Noyce’s film adaptation, not Lois Lowry’s ‘93 intro-to-Orwell novel — we find no humanity. There is nothing remotely vital about the film, its themes, its world, or its characters. Thus, who really gives a damn what kind of hell they’re all dealing with?
Brenton Thwaites is our hero — the exception among the heap of mindless drones (not to be confused with the movie’s surplus of literal drones) that occupy the nameless society, or so we’re meant to believe. In truth, Thwaites and his character Jonas are just as flat, vacant, and devoid of nuance as every other member of this pallid world. So when he is selected as the only villager capable of bearing the world’s memories of joy, pain, life, suffering, and — most prominently — ethnic dancing, we’re bored to tears by what might otherwise be an emotionally riveting journey into emotional maturity.
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But Thwaites isn’t the only issue. Jeff Bridges manages some combination of tired Sam Elliott, tired Bane, and tired Scooby Doo in his performance as the titular Giver, the man whose relationships with the society, Chief Elder Meryl Streep, and Receivers past and present are never illustrated with enough clarity to understand him as a man or a metaphorical function. Just like Thwaites’ big moments suffer from a lack of substantial precedent, any message that Bridges’ character is meant to unfurl falls as flat as the inflection of a dystopian resident.
Broad strokes are one thing; The Giver seems to miss the canvas entirely in its portrait of the importance of pain and experience. Without a single human moment to convince us of the importance of humanity, we’re really left just staring at a confusing oscillation of the color wheel for 90 minutes.
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Queen star Brian May has credited the band's new frontman Adam Lambert with reinvigorating himself and Roger Taylor on tour. The guitarist suggested the Lambert experiment might be Queen's last hurrah just before he stepped in to sing the songs the late Freddie Mercury performed live, but now May believes the band has a future - and it's all thanks to the flamboyant former American Idol star.
May tells VH1, "There's a big call to do more shows now, so, there's a good possibility that we will do more shows. I think, beyond that, we'll just see.
"I feel so fortunate to be going out there. I never thought it would happen again. When Freddie went, I thought, 'That's it. We did that. It was a great life. Now, it's time to have a different life', and for years, we didn't try to be Queen in any way.
"I think he's (Lambert) woken us up."
Queen's tour with Adam Lambert began in North America earlier this summer (Jun14). The band will kick start an Asian tour in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday night (14Aug14) before hitting arenas in Australia and New Zealand.
"There could be one announcement or there could be multiple announcements." Country star Taylor Swift urges fans to log on to her special Yahoo.com global live stream event on Monday (11Aug14) as she teases devotees about the possibility of some big album and tour news.
"I had such an amazing time with it and I was so proud with how it turned out that I just haven't done it since because I just kind of figured, that was so fun (I wouldn't be able to top it), but now I feel like enough time has passed where I would feel like I can go do it again." Taylor Swift is eager to return to U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live to show off her comedy chops once more, five years after her last guest-hosting appearance in 2009.
Singer/actress Taylor Swift channelled her feelings from a "traumatic" childhood arts and crafts session to play a nerd in a comedy sketch on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The I Knew You Were Trouble hitmaker reveals she loved making castles out of Popsicle sticks when she was a kid, but one arts and crafts session with hot glue went awry, leaving her bloodied and in pain, and she now has a scar on her right thigh as a daily reminder of the bad experience.
She drew on her arts obsession during her U.S. TV appearance on Wednesday (13Aug14), when she portrayed a geeky character named Natalie to take part in Fallon's popular skit Ew!, in which the talk show host dresses up as a teenage girl, named Sara.
Discussing the sketch, in which Swift donned fake braces and oversized reading glasses, she explained, "The whole, 'I'm Natalie, I like to create Popsicle stick castles by myself sometimes' - that's actually a story from my own childhood.
"I have this scar on my leg and it's a very prominent scar that I've had ever since I was about 10 or 11 and everybody always asks me about it... I end up telling them. And at first I would tell people it's a normal thing, when I was 10 I would sit up in my attic and make castles out of Popsicle sticks and use a super industrial-strength hot glue gun 'cause I was really serious about it.
"So one day I was really aggressively creating a slide... and I was just like, glue, glue, glue, glue, glue, glue, glue, and then suddenly I was gluing off the table and a blob of just, like, hot glue, was just there (on my thigh). Your first instinct is just to go, 'Oh, I'll pull that off', and then you pull off 17 layers of skin with it... Ew! So that's how I came up with Natalie, it was a traumatic childhood story."
And Swift admitted she had been waiting for the opportunity to bring Natalie to life for some time: "I don't know why I got so into this but I love the Ew! sketch... So I started thinking, 'What would I ever do if I ever got to do that?'"
Fallon has previously recruited show guests including Zac Effron, Channing Tatum and Seth Rogen to don drag for the segment, while Lindsay Lohan and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama have also appeared in the skit.
Daniel Radcliffe has put himself forward as a young Iggy Pop because he'd love to play the punk icon on the big screen. A big fan of punk music, the Harry Potter star admits he'd relish portraying The Stooges mainman if the role was ever offered to him.
He tells U.S. radio host Eric J Lawrence, "We've got a similar, gnarly sort of, slightly strange skinny bodies."
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins portrayed Iggy Pop in his movie debut, CBGB, last year (13).
Radcliffe recently dismissed reports suggesting he was in talks to play the villain in the next James Bond film, but also urged filmmakers to keep him in mind if a film featuring DC Comics superhero Nightwing ever became a reality.