Leonardo DiCaprio raised nearly $1 million (£625,000) by auctioning off a trip to outer space with him at the amfAR Gala in Cannes, France on Thursday (22May14). The annual charity event gathered Hollywood A-listers, who were in town for the Cannes Film Festival, at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc to raise money for AIDS research, and DiCaprio was among the stars who offered up rare items up for sale.
The Wolf of Wall Street star auctioned a place on a 2015 Virgin Galactic space trip with him, and the once-in-a-lifetime ticket sold for approximately $956,795 (£597,997), according to Variety.com.
Another seat on the trip with DiCaprio sold at last year's (13) amfAR Gala for $1.5 million (£937,500).
DiCaprio's The Quick and the Dead co-star Sharon Stone served as the auctioneer for the 2014 event, highlighting items such as a pair of gloves once owned by fashion mogul Karl Lagerfeld, a collection of red ball gowns by designers from around the world and a rare 1967 Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe.
A week's rental of the 11-bedroom yacht where Stone has been staying during her trip to Cannes was also sold during the auction.
The amfAR fundraiser brought in a record $35 million (£22.5 million).
Among the celebrities in attendance were Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, John Travolta, Jane Fonda, Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Rosario Dawson, Justin Bieber and Michelle Rodriguez.
The night also included performances by Lana Del Rey, Robin Thicke and classical star Andrea Bocelli, who dedicated My Way to late actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who founded amfAR in 1993.
Christine Mcvie has confirmed she's a full-time member of Fleetwood Mac again after conquering her fear of flying. The keyboard player and singer quit the band in 1998 and became a virtual recluse in England, but she reunited with her former bandmates onstage at the O2 Arena in London last year (13) and, at the Ivor Novello Awards in London on Thursday (22May14), she announced she has rejoined as a permanent member.
The 70 year old is planning to return to the studio with Stevie Nicks and her other bandmates to record new material and she told reporters, "I can announce that I have rejoined Fleetwood Mac. We are in the process of recording another album which should be out next year and we will tour Europe."
McVie, who picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novellos, also revealed she's no longer nervous about travelling overseas thanks to a therapist who "taught me how to fly".
Fleetwood Mac star Christine Mcvie and The Specials founder Jerry Dammers have been honoured with distinctions at the 2014 Ivor Novello songwriting awards in London. McVie was handed a lifetime achievement award at the 59th annual event, while Free Nelson Mandela hitmaker Dammers, dubbed "the Tsar of ska" by presenter Mick Jones, picked up the Inspiration Award.
Musician and producer Nile Rodgers enjoyed his second honour in as many days - he claimed the Ivors' International Award a day after old pal Simon Le Bon surprised the Chic star with the Legends Award at the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza on Wednesday (21May14).
Jimmy Page handed the Outstanding Contribution prize to fellow British guitar great Jeff Beck, while Mumford & Sons walked away with the award for International Achievement, and Tom Odell was named Songwriter of the Year.
The ceremony was held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane.
The full list of winners at the Ivor Novello Awards is:
Most Performed Work - Let Her Go by Passenger
The Ivors Classical Music Award - John McCabe
Best Television Soundtrack - Ripper Street by Dominik Scherrer
Best Contemporary Song - Retrograde by James Blake
International Achievement - Mumford & Sons
Best Original Film Score - The Epic Of Everest
The Ivors Inspiration Award - Jerry Dammers
Album Award - Push The Sky Away by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Outstanding Contribution To British Music - Jeff Beck
Best Song Musically And Lyrically - Strong by London Grammar
Songwriter Of The Year - Tom Odell
Outstanding Song Collection - The Chemical Brothers
Lifetime Achievement - Christine McVie
Special International Award - Nile Rodgers.
Lady Gaga took time out from performing on her world tour to visit a children's hospital in Minnesota on Wednesday (21May14). The pop superstar made a stop at the Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul, a day after taking to the stage at the city's Xcel Energy Center with her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball show.
She chatted with patients at the facility and posed for pictures with a young boy in a wheelchair. The visit was to help promote the hospital's No Pity campaign, which promotes acceptance of children with disabilities.
A spokesperson for the facility took to Twitter.com after Gaga's visit and wrote, "Many thanks @ladygaga... for an amazing visit with our kids today! Memories that will last a lifetime! #grateful #curepity."
Taylor Swift gave students the surprise of a lifetime when she stopped by her music school in Nashville, Tennessee. The Love Story hitmaker launched the $4 million (£2.6 million) Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum last October (13), and last week (begs12May14), she made a personal appearance.
Students from a local elementary school were exploring the centre during a field trip to the museum, when Swift unexpectedly dropped by, taking time to pose for pictures with the young fans, answer questions, and even perform an acoustic version of We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.
The two-story facility was created to encourage aspiring musicians to improve their skills and boasts three classrooms, an instrument room, and children's exhibit gallery.
Comedian, actor and chat show host Arsenio Hall has launched a bid to take over the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team from embattled team owner Donald Sterling. National Basketball Association officials are trying to force the businessman to give up ownership after he confessed to making racist remarks in a taped chat with an ex-girlfriend, which went viral last month (Apr14) - and Hall insists he is serious about purchasing the franchise.
Joining the likes of Oprah Winfrey and music mogul David Geffen, who have also expressed interest, the Coming to America star has set up an Indiegogo.com campaign to raise money to buy the team. Launching his bid on Monday night (19May14), Hall joked, "Nothing would make Donald Sterling more angry than if I owned the team! "So let’s take back the Clippers, or at the very least help make the world a better place, and really make a racist mad in the process! Help me put YOUR money where MY mouth is."
He has until 24 June (14) to raise the $1 billion he claims he needs to take over the team. If he fails, all contributions will be collected by officials at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who ironically handed Sterling a top honour in 2009, and were about to hand him a lifetime achievement prize at the NAACP Awards this month (May14) when news of the audio broke.
Hit Off Broadway plays Appropriate, An Octoroon and Fun Home were the big winners at the 2014 Obie Awards on Monday (19May14), picking up slew of top honours between them. Liesl Tommy was applauded for his directing work in Appropriate, while the drama's star, Johanna Day, received a Performance Obie, alongside An Octoroon's Chris Myers and Fun Home's child star Sydney Lucas.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins was feted with the Best New American Play title for penning both Appropriate and An Octoroon, while Fun Home author Lisa Kron, composer Jeanine Tesori and director Sam Gold were all celebrated in the Musical Theatre category.
Will Eno was recognised with the Playwriting award for The Open House, which also won Oliver Butler honours for directing.
Meanwhile, veteran stage and film star Estelle Parsons was presented with a lifetime achievement accolade at the annual ceremony, which took place at Webster Hall in New York.
The Obie Awards celebrate the best in Off Broadway plays.
Author Winnie Holzman, who wrote the book which inspired the hit stage musical Wicked, is set to be honoured with a lifetime achievement prize at the 2014 Lilly Awards. The ceremony, which fetes women in theatre, will take place in New York on 2 June (14).
Singer Lionel Richie is set to receive the 2014 BET Lifetime Achievement Award next month (Jun14). The Hello hitmaker will be feted at the Nokia Theatre ceremony in Los Angeles on 29 June (14).
He will also perform at the event, which will be hosted by actor/comedian Chris Rock.
Past recipients of the award include soul icons Whitney Houston, James Brown, The Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight and Diana Ross.
The Walking Dead producer Glen Mazzara is developing a sequel to classic 1976 horror movie The Omen. Mazzara will write the script and executive produce the project for America's Lifetime network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Damien will follow the movie's main character as he comes to terms with the fact that he is the Antichrist. In addition to the Damien TV movie, Mazzara is also developing a prequel to Stephen King's classic 1980 film The Shining, titled Overlook Hotel, for the big screen.