Mary J. Blige and James Blunt will make an unlikely double act at the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Norway on 11 December (13). The two stars will join 15-year old Swedish singer Zara Larsson and Norwegian hip-hop duo Envy at the Oslo event, which will be hosted by actress Claire Danes.
The concert, which traditionally takes place the day after the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, was headlined by Kylie Minogue, Ne-Yo, Seal and Jennifer Hudson in 2012.
The 2013 recipients of the prize are the officials of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is overseeing the disarmament effort in Syria.
Kate Hudson served as a pillar of support for Lea Michele following the tragic death of her boyfriend, Cory Monteith, inviting the Glee star to stay at her home while paparazzi swarmed the young actress' house. The pair bonded on the set of the Golden Globe-winning series when Hudson joined the show as the dance teacher to Michele's character last year (12).
Since then, they have become close friends, with Hudson even providing a place of solace for Michele following Monteith's drug and alcohol overdose in July (13).
In an interview with Elle magazine, Michele opens up about the devastating time, revealing that Hudson was one of the first people she called after learning of Monteith's death.
Michele admits, "I called her and said, 'I don't know where I'm going to go because my house is swarmed with reporters.' She was like, 'Oh, you're going to stay at my house.' Like it was nothing.
"She let my family stay there, and any of my friends. She made sure that in the refrigerator were my favourite juices. I'll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me."
And now Michele, who returned to the very set she met her beau on just weeks after his death, is determined to stay strong not only for herself, but in Monteith's honour.
She says, "Now that I'm in this position, you can choose to rise, which is what I'm going to try to do. It's very hard and you have to be very strong to come out of this alive, but I think by doing the best for myself, by showing that you don't have to lose yourself, maybe someone else will feel some sort of strength or comfort.
"I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people. I don't know if I will. I don't know how."
Jennifer Hudson almost missed out on her Oscar-winning role in Dreamgirls after she was given the wrong version of the film's pivotal tune by mistake ahead of her audition. The former American Idol hopeful was determined to make a big impression on casting directors and made sure she knew And I'm Telling You backwards for her try out as Effie White - but she had rehearsed the wrong rendition.
She tells WENN, "Actually my worst audition was for Dreamgirls. It was my first audition for the role. They sent the sheet music for the big song, but there is the movie version and the Broadway version of the song, and I didn't know that at the time.
"When I got to the audition there was another young lady in the room and she's singing a different version of the song. Turns out they missed some of the sheet music and didn't send me all the music. I almost completely blew my chances of getting the role and it wasn't my fault.
"I said, 'I'm gonna be professional and I'm not gonna complain about it'. So I just sang what I had from the song and I still got the role."
Actress Kate Hudson and her fiance Matt Bellamy celebrated Halloween early at the weekend (26Oct13) by staging a Game Of Thrones-themed costume party in Los Angeles. The couple opened up its Pacific Palisades home, which was decorated to look like a Game of Thrones set, for the star-studded bash and dressed up as a wildling woman from the fantasy TV series and Kit Harington's character Jon Snow.
Hudson's mum Goldie Hawn and her longtime partner Kurt Russell came dressed in traditional German attire, while the hosts' pal Bradley Cooper arrived on a motorbike dressed as a gorilla, with his girlfriend Suki Waterhouse.
Also attending the bash were new parents Fergie and Josh Duhamel, who dressed up as horror movie icon Elvira and creepy Rocky Horror Picture Show character Riff Raff.
Jessica Alba and her husband Cash Warren, Johnny Knoxville, Larry David, Martin Short, Russell Simmons and Chloe Sevigny were also among the guests.
Actress/singer Jennifer Hudson has chopped off her long locks in favour of a sleek pixie cut. The Dreamgirls star debuted the new look on the red carpet at the Black Girls Rock! event in New Jersey on Saturday night (26Oct13).
Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver stars SLASH, Duff Mckagan and Matt Sorum's new supergroup is planning a star-studded benefit in Hollywood next month (Nov13). The group, Kings of Chaos, will perform with guitar great Steve Stevens, Corey Taylor, Glenn Hughes and actors Juliette Lewis and Gary Dourdan onstage at the Avalon Hollywood on 18 November (13) to raise money and awareness for conservationist Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project, an international organisation dedicated to saving dolphins from slaughter and exploitation.
The concert, billed as Tokyo Celebrates The Dolphin, will be the group's only North American performance in 2013.
Organiser O'Barry tells WENN, "We'll add a few Japanese friends to our line-up and rock the socks off Tokyo. There isn't a better way to bring Westerners and Japanese people together than rock and roll and the world should also know about the wonderful relationship between Japanese people and dolphins in the Tokyo Islands."
Longtime O'Barry supporter Sorum adds, "I'm thrilled to bring a bunch of superstars together for a fun night with fans. The main thing is to keep creating awareness for the Dolphin Project and everyone involved."
Kings of Chaos made their Australian live debut in April (13) at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney and the group toured South and Central America last year (12) under the name Rock 'n' Roll Allstars.
The supergroup will embark on a new South American tour at the end of November.
"When you sing with Jennifer Hudson, that's throwing you in the deep end. I didn't even want to rehearse. (But), it turned out great, or so I hear. They send me little emails (saying), 'You look good. You sound good'." Actress Angela Bassett was petrified to perform alongside Jennifer Hudson in their new musical film Black Nativity - because the Dreamgirls star is such a powerhouse vocalist.
Pop superstar Mariah Carey helped to honour her godmother Patti Labelle as a Living Legend on Saturday (26Oct13) at the Black Girls Rock! gala in New Jersey. The Hero hitmaker was on hand at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to present the R&B icon with a career achievement prize and she couldn't contain her excitement as she waited for the big moment.
Taking to her Twitter.com blog, she wrote, "Still backstage waiting... Hey... I would wait forever for the incredible Patti LaBelle".
When the time came, Carey, who bared her midriff in a cropped black halter neck top and a long black and gold skirt, sashayed onto the stage and gushed about LaBelle, before greeting the veteran Lady Marmalade star with a kiss and a tender hug.
Other honourees at the event included rapper, actress and talk show host Queen Latifah, who was handed the Rock Star Award, and tennis ace Venus Williams, who received the Star Power Award.
The show, which highlights the achievements of exceptional black women, also featured performances from Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson, and Kelly Rowland and Eve, who teamed up for a remix of the former Destiny's Child star's latest single, Gone.
The 2013 Black Girls Rock event will be broadcast on America's BET network next weekend (03Nov13).
British actor Alan Davies has paid damages to a former politician after he re-tweeted a post falsely linking him to a child abuse scandal. Last year (12) the BBC ran a report on its Newsnight programme on alleged sexual abuse at a Welsh children's home, and accused a "leading Conservative politician... of sexually abusing boys in care".
The Jonathan Creek star then asked his thousands of Twitter followers for "clues" to the alleged abuser's identity. He received a message mentioning the name of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's advisor, Lord McAlpine, which he then re-tweeted.
The politician launched libel action against Davies, among others in the public arena, and on Thursday (24Oct13), the actor agreed to pay undisclosed damages to Lord McAlpine, while apologising for the "great damage and distress" his actions caused.
After the hearing at London's High Court, which neither party attended, Davies' lawyer Steve Hudson said the star hopes the case makes people think about how they operate on social media.
He said, "Mr Davies hopes that as a result of this matter other Twitter users will be more aware of the potential damaging consequences of tweeting and be more careful in how they use that platform."