Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon will lead this year's (14) Stand Up To Cancer telethon in America next month (05Sep14) The fourth biennial fundraiser will also feature Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Will Ferrell and NCIS star Mark Harmon, while The Who, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco & Common, Ariana Grande and Dave Matthews will perform.
Paltrow, who lost her father Bruce to oral cancer in 2002, will also co-executive produce the broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
She says, "Cancer affects us all and each and every person can help the scientists who are working 24/7 to save more lives.
"We want to get that message out in as many ways as possible, so we're excited to use social media to reach supporters from all over who are helping to grow the Stand Up To Cancer movement, and hopefully, get even more people to stand up with us."
For the first time, a 'digital lounge' will replace the traditional phone bank staffed by celebrities, and from there celebrities will be able to reach out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.
The SU2C initiative launched in 2008, and telethons have been held in 2010 and 2012. They have raised a total of more than $260 million (GBP153 million) for cancer research charities.
Actress Tippi Hedren and her partners at big cat sanctuary the Shambala Preserve in Acton, California are begging fans to help them protest plans for the state's new "bullet train", which will carve through their land. The Birds star fears she'll have to close the sanctuary and re-house the lions, tigers and other animals that call Shambala home if tracks cut through the site.
Shambala workers and supporters staged a protest to the plans at a California High-Speed Rail Authority scope meeting on Monday morning (11Aug14), and one activist tells WENN, "The California High-Speed Rail Authority has decided to route the Bullet Train with a number options, all of which go right through the heart of Acton. This could be a death knell for Acton and the surrounding area.
"Everything in the approximate vicinity will be greatly impacted, including The Shambala Preserve. The Rail Authority has nothing positive to offer the local community... only ruination on many facets. There is overwhelming local opposition to this cavalier monumental fiasco of irresponsible stupidity."
If you're still watching True Blood, you either love terrible television, or you're dependent on HBO's Sunday night sex scenes. HBO's Sunday nights have featured some of the raunchiest scenes in television history, from Sex and the City and Girls to Game of Thrones, but none of them compare to what we've seen on True Blood. As the show prepares to meet its true death, we're taking a look back at the moments that had us all hot and bothered, as well as the most disturbing ones.
1. Intro to Fang-Banging: Jason & Maudette
The very first episode of True Blood introduced Jason Stackhouse, god amongst men, spending time with lady friend, Maudette Pickens. Maudette, a fang-banger, is watching a home movie of her kinky adventures with a vampire while she services Jason. In the next scene, Jason has Maudette chained to the ceiling of her living room while the two of them have intense sex. Needless to say, this scene is why we started watching the show.
2. Saints, Sinners, and Suds: Jason & Sarah Newlin Take a Bath
There was something so subtle, so sensual, so sexy about the way Sarah Newlin interrupted Jason's bath in season 2. Staying at the Fellowship of the Sun in an attempt to repent for his sins and mend his ways, Jason found trouble when Sarah decided she wasn't happy with her husband and decided to take matters into her own hands...literally.
3. Little Red "Ride-Me" Hood: Jason & Jessica
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There's really nothing like some spontaneous role playing to spice up your sex life. After telling Hoyt that he and Jessica were sleeping together, Jason got punched in the face. But Jessica made it up to him, Halloween-style. (Honestly, we would let Hoyt beat us as badly as he wanted if Jessica would help us recover like this, too).
4. In Your Dreams: Sookie, Eric, & Bill
This show constantly pinned Bill against Eric in the battle for Sookie's affection, so when Sookie dreamed of a threesome with the two hunky vampires at the end of season 4, fans around the world rejoiced. I mean, obviously this was the solution to this love triangle, right?
5. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Tara & Naomi
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Tara had the worst luck of any character from any season of this show. She dated Sam, but that didn't work. She dated (and really loved Eggs), but he was killed. Her mother is terrible. No matter what happens, Tara's life is awful. That's why it was so nice to see this brief moment of bliss from her. She finally seemed free of her old life, of its troubles, and able to start anew with Naomi. Unfortunately, that was short-lived too...
6. Same-Sex Tendencies: Jason & Eric
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Drinking a vampire's blood can have serious effects on a person. Hallucinations, the vampire's ability to sense emotions, and sex dreams. Oh, the sex dreams. They've provided some of the sexiest moments the show has ever given us, but none were anywhere near as intense as this one. We were biting our lips and grabbing at our bedsheets just from watching at home.
7. Pool Table Twister: Sam & Daphne; Arlene & Keith
"Nice rack," - "nice balls." Though Sam and Daphne may have used the pool table for their pun-filled romp on the pool table at Merlotte's, it's Arlene whose billiards boffing makes our list. We had never really seen Arlene in such a sexual light, and now we realize how much we''ve been missing out on. She tried to fight the temptation to sleep with Keith, because she doesn't have sex with vampires, because she's Hep V-positive, because, because, it's... wrong? Fighting proved futile, and the sex just seemed so...right.
8. Trip: Jason & Amy on V
Jason and Amy (played by the perfect Lizzy Caplan) had a wild relationship that involved drug abuse and vampire abuse. It wasn't the healthiest relationship, and it left its fair share of damage to Jason once it ended. It also provided one of the trippiest V-induced sequences in the history of the show.
9. Fantasy vs. Reality: Eric & Sookie
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We can't really choose just one Sookie and Eric scene. Every time the pair get involved, it's insanely sexy. There's something about it that feels inherently naughty, as if sleeping with a vampire who isn't Bill, especially his nemesis, is entirely forbidden. Whether it's her fantasies about lying on silk sheets with the Viking vamp or it's the reality of sleeping with an amnesiac, it's always hot.
10. Good to Be Pack Master: Alcide & Rikki
As someone who never cared about the werewolves on the show, I'm fairly certain Alcide was only there to prove that supernaturals have incredible sex. And werewolves are no exception. This scene makes it impossible to argue otherwise, so well done, True Blood. Well done.
And now onto the creepiest:
11. Sibling Relations: Eric & Nora
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When making this list, this particular scene was hard to place - is it sexy, or is it creepy? The scene's sex appeal is undeniable, but, you know, Nora is Eric's sister, soo... we're just going to let Eric explain this one: "We fight like siblings, but we fuck like champions."
12. Bill & Sookie Get Dirty
The cemetary sex scene is another scene that's sexy yet creepy (way, way more creepy than sexy though). Sookie thought the love of her life had died tragically in a fire. She went to the cemetary to mourn her loss, when suddenly, her lover crawls up from the ground naked. He grabs her ankles as she tries to crawl away, screaming and terrified, before she realizes that it's Bill. Then, the two of them start rolling around in the dirt of the graveyard, having bloody vampire sex. This is one of the first scenes that really established the show as the campy sex-fest that it really is.
13. The Wrong Kind of Hole: Jason & the College Girls
Whenever Jason is naked in a scene, the show has our undivided attention. The show has our excitement. This is the only time we were let down, when a naked and glistening Jason tries to distract himself from Eggs' death by hooking up with two college girls. The moment is ruined quickly when Jason can't stop envisioning his lovers with gigantic bullet holes in their foreheads, just like Eggs. From hot to horrifying in a matter of seconds.
14. You Spin Me Right Round: Bill & Lorena
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There's hate sex, and then there's this. Bill hates his maker Lorena so much that he spins her head all the way around while having sex with her just so he won't have to look at her. Then Mr. Compton just continues doing his thing.
15. Revenge Romp: Eric & Talbot
This scene is not even close to the creepiest the show has ever given us, but it's one of the least enjoyable. Eric, seeking revenge on Russell Edgington for killing his family, has sex with Russell's husband, Talbot, and stakes him from behind while doing so. Poor Talbot. This is a perfect example of what True Blood has given us for 7 seasons - sex, blood, death, and the unexpected.
Honorable Mention: every single orgy scene from season 2's Maenad fiasco. We could have lived very happily without ever seeing those scenes.
Rapper Lupe Fiasco shocked fans during a YouTube.com concert earlier this week (begs23Jun14) after falling off stage in the middle of his show. The Superstar hitmaker was performing for fans as part of a pre-taped episode of online series SKEE Live on Wednesday (25Jun14) when he lost his footing and tumbled from the stage into the front of the audience.
He refused to let the incident disrupt his gig and hopped back up to the platform without missing a beat, reports HipHopDX.com.
He later brushed off the mishap by referencing the fall during a rap freestyle, prompting the crowd to cheer.
Fiasco isn't the only musician to suffer an embarrassing stage fall in recent weeks - country star Luke Bryan famously tripped up during a gig in Charlotte, North Carolina at the end of May (14), and video footage of the epic tumble went viral.
Rapper Lupe Fiasco fears Justin Bieber has been let off easy following his race row because so many of his famous friends are jumping to his defence. The troubled pop star has been under fire this week (beg02Jun14) after the leak of two videos, which showed him using the N-word as part of an offensive joke and singing about joining race hate group the Ku Klux Klan.
A number of stars have spoken out to support him, including rapper Mack Maine and Bieber's mentor Usher, who vowed to stand by the embattled singer, and Lupe Fiasco is convinced he is receiving special treatment because of his pop star status. The Superstar hitmaker even compares Bieber to former basketball team owner Donald Sterling, who was forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers following the leak of a tape on which he was heard making a number of racist comments.
Fiasco tells MTV.com, "Justin Bieber said it (so) it's cool, and people are already coming to his defence. I don't think anybody should be allowed to profit off racism. Donald Sterling made a billion dollars (when) he sold the team, and there was such an uproar about somebody who didn't use the N-word at all, but then you have somebody who made a very racist joke about it (Bieber) - I wonder if Justin Bieber's gonna get the same treatment as Donald Sterling? I don't think he will... It's an absurd thing - you get somebody who we 'like' who says it, and says it even more 'racist-ier' (sic) and we don't bat an eyelash (sic) at it."
However, one star who is sticking by the embattled 20 year old is rapper 50 Cent, who is adamant Bieber has "lost" himself after finding fame. He tells Britain's The Sun, "I don't think he's a racist. I don't think even he knows who he is at this point - he's so young. When you see people become huge stars real early, it's tough for them. You have to grow up with all these expectations. I think Justin's still a baby and he's lost."
Rapper Lupe Fiasco has been named the music director for the U.S. Men's soccer team ahead of the squad's appearance at the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The "Superstar" hitmaker has been tapped by officials at the U.S. Soccer organisation to provide the soundtrack for the Men's National Team prior to the the much-anticipated sports showdown in June (14). Fiasco will create playlists and handle in-game music programming during the Send-Off Series, exhibition games prior to the official start of the World Cup.
He is also slated to perform on Fan Appreciation Day in New York on 30 May (14) and at an event in his native Chicago, Illinois on 16 June (14), prior to the men's match against Ghana. The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off 12 June in Brazil.
Rapper Lupe Fiasco is set to try his hand at modelling on Thursday (10Apr14) when he hits the catwalk in Australia. The Superstar hitmaker is friends with Australian design duo Melvin Tanaya and Lyna Ty and has now agreed to appear in a fashion show for their line Song for the Mute during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in Sydney.
The hip-hop star admits he is nervous about his runway debut, but hopes his experience as a fashion show spectator will stand him in good stead.
He tells Australian newspaper the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "This is the first time I've walked in a fashion show. I don't know what to do but I have been to enough fashion shows - I'm just going to emulate the people I have seen: you know, laser eyes. Hopefully I don't fall and break a heel!"
Rising teen rapper Rondonumbanine has been charged with murder. The 17 year old, real name Clint Massey, appeared at Cook County Bond Court in Illinois on Sunday (09Mar14) in connection with the fatal shooting of 28-year-old driver Javan Boyd on 22 February (14).
Massey was held on $2 million (£1.2 million) bail. He is accused of being one of two gunmen who opened fire on Boyd, who was shot seven times while sitting in his car on Chicago's South Princeton Avenue.
Massey, whose rapping videos regularly gain more than a million hits on YouTube.com, has recorded with the likes of Lupe Fiasco and Lil Durk.
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The ABC Scandal spring premiere is mere days away and there's a 75 percent chance that you are absolutely not ready. So much happened in the winter finale and in the few episodes preceding, so many questions were left unanswered, and there was so much blood! Literal blood (hi Quinn, hi Daniel Douglas), and the emotional kind that occurs when you don't know whether or not your mother is an evil, mass-killing, bomb-planting maniac. So in an attempt to help us all mentally prepare, here are a few things we need to remember going into Thursday night's highly-anticipated episode.
Sally Langston Is Caught Up
Not only did we watch Vice President Sally Langston murder her husband in cold blood (while quoting Biblical scripture, no less), but we also witnessed the death of her dreams for a Presidential run. Or did we? On the one hand, Mellie and Cyrus jumped all over the opportunity to, essentially, blackmail her into staying on Fitz's team and working with him on his re-election campaign. Because she called Cyrus and told him the truth, she can't really risk running against Fitz. However, her campaign manager is just as ruthless as the rest of 'em and there's a good chance he'll figure out a way to free her from the reigns of Team Fitz.
Jake Is in Command
One of the most important moments of the last episode came when we saw Jake as the head of B6-13. He and Fitz had teamed up to get Olivia's Dad out of his position, which means Eli now has more time for those Sunday dinners with Olivia. Except, something tells us this father/daughter relationship isn't about to become all skyrockets in flight, afternoon delight.
Mama Pope Is Too Close for Comfort
Sometimes when you put your Mom on a flight out of the country in an attempt to help her escape your father (who, actually, was the innocent one after all... maybe) she decides to stick around anyway. The last time we saw Mama Pope she was way too close for comfort, calling Livvie from a burner phone right outside of the White House. Yikes.
Huck Is Probably Going to Have Some 'Splaining to Do
After that whole face-licking, teeth-pulling YOLO fiasco with Quinn, Huck basically sent her running straight back to B6-13. But Olivia is not going to just let this happen, and we suspect that when the season picks back up, Huck's going to have some serious 'splaining to do.
It's Time for Harrison's Storyline to Pop Off
This needs to happen. Seriously. In the last few epsiodes we've heard the name Adnan Salif from Cyrus, who kind of used it as a threat towards Harrison. We know Harrison (like the other Gladiators) must have been caught up in some serious stuff, but we need more information about this guy and why Harrison is deathly afraid of him entering the United States. Here's hoping Brolivia Pope's backstory finally takes off.
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There was a time when Kevin Costner was one of the top actors in Hollywood, as well as an Academy Award winning director. Of course, that was 20 years ago, before his epic debacle Waterworld. It's been so long that it's like saying that there used to be a time when movies weren't in color or didn't have sound.
After years of flying beneath the radar, Costner could have as many as five films released in 2014 (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, 3 Days to Kill, Draft Day, McFarland, and Black and White). Five! That's a lot for any actor not named Elizabeth Banks. How did it come about that an actor-director once vilified for his difficult nature and cost overruns is suddenly the hardest working guy in films?
Costner's is a tale of how to best deal with Hollywood adversity and come out mostly okay. After the fiasco that surrounded Waterworld — which comes honestly by its reputation as one of the biggest filmmaking disasters ever — Costner kept on working. Even when the post-apocalyptic The Postman tanked on a grand scale as well, the actor kept going. In fact, since his breakout role as Elliott Ness in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables in 1987, there have only been four calendar years in which Costner hasn't been on the big screen at all. Typically, it's been roles that play upon the everyman characteristics that made him so appealing in earlier films like Field of Dreams.
It's actually the most recent of those missing years, however, that probably explains the actor's current resurgence. While he didn't appear in a feature film in 2012, he did appear on television in the History Channel's well-received miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. His turn as 'Devil' Anse Hatfield won him a Golden Globe and a wave of good publicity.
After playing Superman's Earth father last year in Man of Steel, Costner's new run of roles has him playing everything from a dying Secret Service agent in 3 Days to Kill to sports related characters in Draft Day and McFarland to a man fighting for custody of his granddaughter in Black and White. It's a diverse group, yet each part harkens back to territory that Costner has covered in the past.
That, in the end, might be the true explanation for why 2014 is shaping up to be the Year of Costner. After 30 years of working steadily as an actor, Costner has found the sweet spot where he knows what kinds of roles that he can excel in and he largely works within that range. Acknowledging limitations is something that many actors are loath to do, but as Costner has demonstrated sometimes staying true to one's self leads to greater rewards… and a whole bunch of movie roles.