Pop star Joss Stone and rocker Jeff Beck have teamed up to record a single for U.K. military charity the Royal British Legion ahead of Remembrance Day next month (Nov14). The pair has covered Scottish folk singer Eric Bogle's 1976 song No Man's Land for the official Poppy Appeal, which raises funds to help former soldiers and war veterans.
The track tells the story of a young man named Willie McBride who died in World War One. Stone says of the song choice, "We started looking into who Willie was at first, but we soon realised that finding him was not actually as important as what he and this song stand for, peace and the sacrifice made by so many."
Remembrance Day takes place on 11 November (14) to commemorate troops lost in battle. The single is due for release on 3 November (14).
Scottish-born actor John Barrowman was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) from British royal Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday (14Oct14). The star received the honour for services to entertainment and charity.
Live Aid hero Midge Ure will perform Ultravox's hit Vienna with a full orchestra as part of an upcoming concert to launch this year's (14) Ryder Cup golf tournament. The singer, who is currently on tour with Howard Jones and the Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey in America, will perform the classic track with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at Glasgow's SSE Hydro on 24 September (14).
He won't be the only Scot on the bill - Texas, Amy Macdonald and Eddi Reader will perform, while Chic's Nile Rodgers will hit the stage with the orchestra for classical versions of his Daft Punk collaboration Get Lucky, as well as Chic tunes Good Times and Le Freak.
The concert will help launch the Ryder Cup's Europe versus America clash at Gleneagles in Perthshire.
Actors Mia Farrow and Dylan Mcdermott have led the tributes to their former co-star Lord Richard Attenborough, following the British movie icon's death on Sunday (24Aug14). The exact cause of death has yet to be revealed, but Attenborough had been living in a nursing home with his wife, Sheila Sim, and was confined to a wheelchair after suffering a serious fall in 2008.
McDermott, who starred alongside Attenborough in the 1994 reboot of Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street, took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to the man who played Kris Kringle, and wrote, "Rest in peace Richard Attenborough. U (sic) were the best Santa ever."
Their co-star and former child actress Mara Wilson also added, "Sir Richard Attenborough was the only Santa Claus I ever believed in. A wonderful man. Still in shock right now. May he rest in peace."
News of Attenborough's death comes almost two weeks after Wilson's Mrs. Doubtfire co-star, Robin Williams passed away after committing suicide.
Mia Farrow, who worked with Attenborough in 1964's Guns at Batasi, also added her own tribute to her friend, and wrote, "Richard Attenborough was the kindest man I have ever had the privilege of working with. A Prince. RIP 'Pa' - and thank you," as well as comedian Ricky Gervais, who added, "RIP Richard Attenborough. One of the true greats of the silver screen."
Other Twitter tributes have come from Edgar Wright, former 007 star Samantha Bond, Rob Schneider, Stephen Amell, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who noted that Attenborough's "acting in 'Brighton Rock' was brilliant, his directing of 'Gandhi' was stunning," and adding, "Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema."
Born in Cambridge, England, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and served in the Royal Air Force during World War II before pursuing an acting career.
He made his debut as a sailor in the 1942 film In Which We Serve and gained popular acclaim playing ruthless young thug Pinkie Brown in Brighton Rock in 1947, eventually becoming a staple of countless British films over the next 30 years.
An accomplished stage actor, Attenborough was one of the original cast members of The Mousetrap, which went on to become the longest-running play in London's West End.
In the 1960s, he expanded his range of acting, taking on a variety of roles that exposed him to a wider audience - most notably as Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett in 1963's The Great Escape.
Hitting his stride, Attenborough won back-to-back Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor in 1967 and 1968 - for The Sand Pebbles and Doctor Dolittle.
But he'll be most fondly remembered for his behind-the-camera skills. In the late 1950s, he formed a production company, Beaver Films, and directed his first picture, Oh! What A Lovely War, in 1969.
He later scooped the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars in 1982 for his epic Gandhi, which also won him another Golden Globe Award the following year.
Other directorial credits followed - notably the 1992 biopic Chaplin, and classic 1993 movie Shadowlands - before Attenborough made a welcome return to the screen in 1993 as eccentric John Hammond in Jurassic Park.
Attenborough won a total of eight Oscars during his career. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1967, and a knighthood came in 1976. In 1993, he was bestowed the honour of life peer, becoming Baron Attenborough, of Richmond upon Thames, London.
And in 2006, Attenborough and his brother David, a popular broadcaster and beloved nature expert, were awarded the title of Distinguished Honorary Fellows of the University of Leicester in recognition of their services to the university.
Attenborough was also later awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Drama from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, and was an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University.
On Boxing Day 2004, tragedy struck Attenborough's family when his eldest daughter Jane, her daughter Lucy, and her mother-in-law, also named Jane, died in the devastating Asian tsunami.
His family is expected to make a full statement about his death on Monday (25Aug14).
British royal Prince Harry is reportedly dating Scottish beauty queen Camilla Thurlow. The 29 year old parted ways with his longtime girlfriend Cressida Bonas in April (14), and he has been spotted with the former Miss Edinburgh several times since the split, according to OK! magazine.
A source tells the publication, "She's the total opposite of other girls Harry's dated, and it drives him crazy. She's the most intelligent woman he's ever been with. He's in awe of her.
"She regularly turns him down for dates if she has something else going on and it's making him want her more."
Funk legend Nile Rodgers is set to star in a gala concert in Glasgow, Scotland as part of the launch of top golfing tournament the Ryder Cup. Rodgers will perform at the SSE Hydro Arena venue on 24 September (14), two days before the 40th biennial golf contest between Europe and the U.S.
The 61 year old will entertain the audience with three of his biggest songs - Good Times, Le Freak, and We Are Family - as well Get Lucky, the smash hit he co-wrote with Daft Punk. He will also team up with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as part of his performance.
Geoff Ellis, chief executive of promoters DF Concerts, says, "It's a long-time career ambition of mine to work with Nile Rodgers and he brings star quality to the show. This concert is about so much more than one act, it's all about the collaborations and presentation - I can't wait to see it all come to life when September rolls around."
The event will also feature performances from Jake Bugg, Twin Atlantic, and Nina Nesbitt, as well as the Scottish Ballet, National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Opera.
British singer Jake Bugg has been tapped to play at an upcoming concert in Glasgow, Scotland celebrating the start of the 2014 Ryder Cup. The musician is set to take the stage at the SSE Hydro venue on 24 September (14) as part of a gala in honour of the biennial golf tournament between players from Europe and the United States.
Bugg will be joined by artists including Twin Atlantic, Midge Ure and Nina Nesbitt, and the night will also include performances from the Scottish Ballet, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National Theatre Scotland and Scottish Opera.
The event will be held two days before the 40th Ryder Cup competition kicks off on 26 September (14) at Gleneagles Hotel in Perth and Kinross, Scotland.
Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has been feted for his contribution to television in his native Scotland. The Oscar-winning director and actor, also known for his turn in political comedy The Thick of It, received the RTS Scotland Award in honour of his career achievements at the Royal Television Society Scotland prizegiving this week (beg09Jun14).
A statement from the award show's jury reads, "An acclaimed writer, performer and director, Peter has achieved phenomenal success at home and abroad. Original, memorable, engaging and definitive - his contribution to television has been exceptional, and the committee feel he is a worthy and much deserved winner of this inaugural award."
Retired soccer star David Beckham has been named an ambassador for Prince William's new wildlife charity. The sportsman joined the British royal in London on Monday (09Jun14) to launch United for Wildlife, a campaign aimed at protecting animals from illegal poaching.
Speaking to the media, William, who serves as president of the organisation, said, "The illegal wildlife trade is responsible for the slaughter of tens of thousands of animals a year, pushing some of our most beloved species to the brink of extinction.
"Our children should not live in a world without elephants, tigers, lions and rhinos. Enough is enough. It is time to choose between critically endangered species and the criminals who kill them for money."
Prince William previously recruited Beckham to speak out against animal poaching in China for wildlife protection fund WildAid.
William's brother Prince Harry, Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray and Formula One star Lewis Hamilton have also been appointed as spokesmen for United for Wildlife.
The stars are aiming to drum up support for the cause by spreading the word via social media with the use of the hashtag #WhoseSideAreYouOn and the message: "Join us and help stop illegal poaching."
South African actor Sharlto Copley adopted a Scottish accent for his new Disney movie Maleficent because he wanted his king character to sound as royal as possible. The Elysium star plays King Stefan in the blockbuster Sleeping Beauty film and admits the root to the character was getting his voice right.
He tells WENN, "I was proud of my accent. I have distant Scottish relatives and growing up in South Africa, we were exposed to a lot of British influence - U.K., Irish, Scottish.
"Choosing the accent was the first and most important part of the character. I knew I wanted him to be Scottish, sort of old world as the king. There's a sound in the Scottish accent of real royalty and majesty where the guy from South London wouldn't sound as good as the king! That is why I chose that accent."