Hugh Jackman's actress wife Deborra-Lee Furness' campaign to overhaul adoption laws in her native Australia will expose some children to a greater risk of abuse and trafficking, according to experts. The Jindabyne star has been a vocal supporter of the Adopt Change organisation, and this week (beg25Aug14) she praised the country's Prime Minister Tony Abbott for holding talks with campaign staff.
However, a group of child protection experts has now warned politicians that a change in the adoption laws could leave the door wide open to abusers.
The panel told an Australian parliamentary committee the proposals will make the adoption process "vulnerable to reduced standards for the protection of children, and greater risks of malpractice".
John Legend and Lee Ann Womack are set to team up for an upcoming episode of Cmt Crossroads. The singers will hit the stage together for a concert in Franklin, Tennessee in September (14) for the show which pairs up country artists with musicians in other genres.
John Hamlin, the senior Vice-president of music, events and talent at CMT, says, "Having John and Lee Ann join us on CMT Crossroads is going to be an incredible pairing - they are both among the most respected singers in their genres.
"This has all the makings of another classic Crossroads collaboration."
The CMT Crossroads concert series has previously paired up acts including Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley and John Mayer and Carrie Underwood with Steven Tyler.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have stunned Hollywood by announcing they tied the knot in a secret ceremony on Saturday (23Aug14).
The Tomb Raider star wed the Hollywood actor at a small chapel at Chateau Miraval in Correns, France, a spokesman for the couple confirms.
The private, nondenominational civil ceremony was attended by family and friends of the superstar couple, and was conducted by a Californian judge, who gave Jolie and Pitt their marriage licence in the U.S.
The couple's six children were all involved in the wedding - Maddox and Pax walked Jolie down the aisle, Shiloh and Knox were ring bearers, while Zahara and Vivienne threw flower petals. Shiloh, eight, and twins Knox and Vivienne, six, are the couple's biological children while Maddox, 13, Pax, 11, and Zahara, nine, are adopted.
Jolie and Pitt began dating in 2005 after meeting on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and they have been dogged by marriage speculation for years. They got engaged in 2012. It is Pitt's second marriage following his divorce from actress Jennifer Aniston in 2005. Jolie was previously wed to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.
Hugh Jackman's actress wife Deborra-Lee Furness is convinced she will win her campaign to overhaul adoption laws in her native Australia. The Jindabyne star is a patron of the Adopt Change organisation, which is pushing for a reform of regulations to speed up the adoption process and boost the number of parentless children being housed.
The campaign is now gathering pace as Adopt Change staff are working with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and Furness is adamant all their efforts will pay off.
She tells the country's Herald Sun newspaper, "I'm so excited and I've learnt so much from this experience. It shows if you stick at something, you are going to get results. We are talking about changing a whole culture. We are in the process of doing that.
"We are working with the Prime Minister's office and we are looking to really make a difference to so many children. It feels really good."
Character actor Stephen Lee has died.
The Seinfeld and Nash Bridges star passed away on 14 August (14) after suffering a heart attack. He was 58. Lee portrayed the Big Bopper in Ritchie Valens biopic La Bamba and also appeared in the movies RoboCop 2 and Burlesque, but he'll perhaps be best remembered as an inquisitive contractor hired to install kitchen cabinets in Jerry Seinfeld's apartment in a 1997 episode of Seinfeld.
Lee also played Tom Arnold in 1994 TV movie Roseanne and Tom: Behind the Scenes. He made his debut in a 1981 episode of Hart to Hart and became a TV staple in shows like Hill Street Blues, Family Ties, Roseanne, Quantum Leap and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Actress Jessica Alba's lifestyle endeavour The Honest Company has grossed almost $1 billion in just two years.
The Sin City star launched the company, which sells natural, non-toxic items including diapers, household cleaners and vitamins, in 2012 and it is expected to earn $150 million (£88.2 million) in 2014, with most of its profits coming from the company's monthly subscription plans.
Executives for the organisation are now planning to expand into China, England and Australia and they are thinking of taking the company public on the stock market. Honest chief executive and co-founder Brian Lee, says, "We believe being a public company is the best path for us going forward and it's good to get that validation early on. "I can't say when that will be, but we are definitely starting to think and act like a public company."
Executive Jeremy Liew praises Alba for bringing her celebrity to the company to help drive its profits. He says, "She is an international star. We're starting to see a lot of demand from her fans around the world."
Alba adds, "We value the support of our partners and customers in helping us make a meaningful impact in the marketplace. We dream big at The Honest Company and continuously strive to make the world healthier and more sustainable today and in the future."
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A producer behind historical drama The Butler has called in police after burglars ransacked his home and stole a script signed by the film's star Oprah Winfrey.
The precious keepsake was taken from David Jacobson's Los Angeles home in a raid which cops believe is linked to a spate of other burglaries in the area.
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the string of thefts, but The Butler script has yet to be recovered, according to TMZ.com.
TV titan/actress Oprah Winfrey has been tapped to play Richard Pryor's grandmother in the upcoming biopic of the legendary comedian. The Color Purple star is reteaming with filmmaker Lee Daniels in the big screen version of Pryor's life, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Winfrey will play Marie Carter, the grandmother with whom Pryor had an extremely complicated and strained relationship with. Carter ran the brothel where the funnyman grew up, and where his mother Gertrude also worked as a prostitute, but left her family behind when he was just 10 years old.
Winfrey confirmed on Sunday (24Aug14) that actor Mike Epps will play Pryor in the film by posting a photo on Instagram.com of herself along with Epps and director Daniels, alongside the caption, "@theoriginalbigdaddy, @eppsie, and me just finished a great 1st read session. #RichardPryorMovie."
Winfrey and Daniels previously collaborated as co-executive producers of Precious in 2009, and he directed her in Lee Daniels' The Butler last year (13).
Actor and funnyman Mike Epps has been confirmed as the lead in director Lee Daniels' upcoming Richard Pryor biopic. Rapper/actor Nick Cannon was previously linked to the title role, but on Sunday (24Aug14) moviemaker Daniels posted a picture of himself, Oprah Winfrey and Epps on Instagram.com captioned, "and we're off... Get ready y'all for #richardpryor @eppsie @oprah."
The untitled project has been in the works since 2009, with actor Forest Whitaker attached to help bring Pryor's life story to the big screen. He signed on to write the script and also produce the film in March (14), although it is not known if he is still linked to the movie.
Adam Sandler and director Bill Condon were also previously involved in the project before it was shelved in 2011.
Meanwhile, Richard Pryor, Jr. has sent a cease and desist letter to the comedian's widow Jennifer Lee Pryor, who is contributing to the film biopic, urging her to stop work on the project amid a dispute over rights.
Pryor, 65, died in 2005 after suffering a heart attack. He spent years battling multiple sclerosis prior to his death.
Pamela Anderson appears to be giving her marriage to Rick Salomon another try after filing to dismiss her divorce petition. The former Baywatch star moved to end her brief marriage to the film producer on 3 July (14), citing irreconcilable differences for the split, but she sparked rumours of a reunion when she was snapped kissing him just two weeks later.
Anderson has now lodged documents with the California courts asking for her divorce papers to be dismissed, according to People.com.
The paperwork was filed on 21 August (14). Anderson and Salomon initially wed in 2007, but the union was annulled two months later. She confirmed they had married again in January (14), but did not reveal the date of the nuptials.
Anderson was previously married to musicians Tommy Lee and Kid Rock.