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Actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio has landed a prestigious new role as a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Climate Change.
The Wolf of Wall Street star, who is a passionate environmentalist, will embrace his new job by speaking at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York next week (23Sep14), where he hopes to raise awareness about global warming issues. A statement released by DiCaprio reads: "It's an honor to accept the role of UN Messenger of Peace on Climate Change and to support the Secretary General in his efforts to address one of the most important issues we face as a global community. "I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history - it is a moment for action. How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet."
News of the appointment, announced on Tuesday (16Sep14) by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, comes just days after it emerged that DiCaprio will be honoured for his environmental activism at the eighth annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards. The actor joins the likes of Charlize Theron, Stevie Wonder, Edward Norton and George Clooney, who have all been made Messengers of Peace by U.N. officials in recent years. Clooney stepped down from the peacekeeping role earlier this year (14) after six years due to ongoing personal and professional commitments.
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Hollywood couple Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling have reportedly become first-time parents.
The Hitch star gave birth to a baby girl on Friday (12Sep14), according to Us Weekly magazine. The private couple never confirmed pregnancy reports, and Mendes dismissed the rumours during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this year (Feb14), calling them "so ridiculous".
The actors began dating in 2011 after shooting crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines together.
Singer Jewel is staying positive about her marriage split, insisting she's "heartened" by the way she and her estranged husband Ty Murray are planning their divorce. The star announced the break-up on her official website in July (14), revealing she and the retired bull riding champion had decided to divorce after six years of marriage.
She wrote, "Ty and I have always tried to live the most authentic life possible, and we wanted our separation as husband and wife to be nothing less loving than the way we came together. For some time we have been engaged in a private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves."
She added, "Our dedication to our son is unwavering and we are both committed to being the best partners in raising our son. Due to the spirit in which we have gone about this separation, we trust we can remain dear friends who hold each other in high esteem, which is so important to us as parents - as we wish only what is best for our son."
Now, two months after the post, Jewel reveals things are going well and both she and Murray are committed to doing what's best for their three-year-old son Kase.
She tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "It's (divorce) such a difficult thing... but I feel really fortunate for the position that he and I are in because we're such great friends and we're really great parents, and that's the number one thing we care about, so I really feel so blessed to be in that position."
"We really feel like this is the best thing for us; we feel it's the best thing for Kase and that everybody, hopefully, will win if we can go through this in the right way, which I feel really heartened that we are."
Singer Jewel's homeless nightmare began after she was fired for not agreeing to sleep with her boss at a computer warehouse. The Standing Still hitmaker famously lived well below the poverty line when she was a struggling young singer, and lived out of her car in between gigs until she landed a record deal.
And she reveals her tough times started when she snubbed the advances of her boss.
She recalls, "I was answering phones in a computer warehouse and my boss took me aside one day to have a talk with me, I thought about my sales performance, but he propositioned me and when I wouldn't sleep with him, he wouldn't give me my pay cheque and I couldn't pay my rent and I got kicked out."
She initially thought that living in her car in San Diego, California would be fine, but she struggled to get back on her feet when she fell ill.
Jewel tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "I got bad kidneys and I got really, really sick; I actually almost died in the parking lot on an emergency room because they wouldn't see me because I didn't have any (medical) insurance.
"Luckily a doctor heard me get turned away and I had blood poisoning; I was gonna die in my car... He came out and gave me antibiotics.
"Then my car got stolen... which totally sucked."
But Jewel's fortunes turned around and she made a point of naming those who had helped her and shaming those who didn't.
The doctor who saved her life remained her medical guru as she built her career. She explains, "He lives in Hawaii now; he treated me for many, many years for free all through my homelessness, and then when I was building my career and then I was finally able to pay him."
And she even mentioned her disgusting former boss on her first record, adding, "I said thank you for firing me because that got me to writing songs and it ended up getting me discovered... He apologised."
Barbra Streisand has opened up about her 27-year absence from the stage, confessing she shied away from the concert spotlight after becoming the target of a cultural backlash following her interracial kiss with Egyptian actor Omar Sharif in Funny Girl.
The Evergreen hitmaker famously forgot the lyrics to a number of songs during her big show in New York's Central Park in 1966, prompting her to take an extended hiatus from live public performances until announcing plans for her comeback in 1994. She has now blamed the embarrassing show mishap on the pressures of international fame and her concerns for her own safety after the fall-out from the release of a publicity photo for Funny Girl, which featured the Jewish star locking lips with Sharif as tensions heightened between Israel and its neighbouring Islamic states in the lead up to 1967's Six-Day War.
Her fears were compounded by the fact that New York Police Department bosses had to pull the majority of cops serving as security at the gig at the last minute due to a state visit by Soviet Union politician Alexei Kosygin.
She explains, "I was doing a concert in Central Park in front of a 150,000 people sitting on the grass. I was making Funny Girl at the time, and it was during a war, and Omar Sharif's movies were banned because he was kissing me. "So I was scared... Then we were supposed to have 300 guys (police officers at the concert) and some big Russian guy... Kosygin, I think, came to town and they took 270 cops away, so we had 30 cops and it was scary, put it that way. "So I forgot words to three of my songs and I wasn't cute about it, I was not charming. I totally spaced out... It's show business. Aren't you supposed to be cute and hum? Nothing... And so I didn't sing again for 27 years."
Black Eyed Peas star FERGIE is preparing to make a musical comeback eight years after releasing her first solo album, according to a U.S. report.
The singer went back to the band after launching her 2006 record The Dutchess, but the Black Eyed Peas have been on hiatus since 2011. Fergie became a first-time mother during her time off, welcoming a son with her actor husband Josh Duhamel last year (13), but a new reports suggests she is on the verge of making a return to the charts.
Editors at The Hollywood Reporter suggest she plans to release a follow-up to The Dutchess next year (15) and the album could be preceded by a comeback single in late 2014. The publication also reports the record is being put together by Mike Will Made It, the producer behind Miley Cyrus' Bangerz.
Pop star Rihanna has aimed a foul-mouthed rant at U.S. TV bosses for dropping her song from a sports show in the aftermath of a domestic violence scandal affecting a player.
The Umbrella singer's hit track Run This Town had been reworked with a comedic segment featuring Don Cheadle for broadcast on Thursday Night Football last week (ends14Sep14). However, the song was dropped from the line-up after Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice was caught on camera allegedly assaulting his partner in an elevator resulting in a ban from playing in the National Football League (NFL).
Rihanna, who was a victim of domestic violence herself in 2009, has now spoken out about the song ban and accused TV bosses of punishing her for someone else's mistakes, insisting she does not want them running the track in this week's (beg15Sep14) show. In a serious of posts on Twitter.com, she writes, "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F**k you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this... The audacity..." Reports suggest CBS bosses now plan to drop Rihanna's song for a second time following her Twitter.com rant.
Rihanna was left battered and bruised after she was beaten by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown following a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009. Brown was later convicted of assault for attacking the singer.
Katy Perry looks set to dominate in Scotland at the upcoming MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow after scoring a massive seven nominations.
The pop superstar topped the list when the nominations were announced on Tuesday (16Sep14) - just two days before Scots go to the polls to vote on independence from the U.K. - landing two nods for her hit track Dark Horse, including Best Song and Best Video. Perry will compete against her chart rivals Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj for the Best Female title, and she will face Problem hitmaker Grande again in the Best Pop category along with Miley Cyrus, One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer.
The Firework hitmaker will also compete for Best Live, Best Look and Biggest Fans.
The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Glasgow on 9 November (14). The list of main nominations is as follows:
Katy Perry - Dark Horse featuring Juicy J
Ariana Grande - Problem featuring Iggy Azalea
Eminem - The Monster featuring Rihanna
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
5 Seconds of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer
Katy Perry - Dark Horse featuring Juicy J
Iggy Azalea - Black Widow featuring Rita Ora
Kiesza - Hideaway
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Sia - Chandelier
The Black Keys
Fall Out Boy
Lana Del Rey
Thirty Seconds To Mars
5 Seconds of Summer
Actress/model Kelly Brook has taken aim at her Hollywood ex-boyfriends Billy Zane and Jason Statham again, branding them "pigs". The Piranha 3D star released her tell-all memoir Close Up earlier this month (Sep14) in which she detailed her romances with Zane, Statham and British rugby star Danny Cipriani.
She made personal revelations about all three men in the tome, and even revealed she had punched both Statham and Cipriani in the face during bust-ups, and now she has hit out at two of her ex-lovers again.
Brook has accused Zane of living a "fantasy fairytale" lifestyle and claims Statham called her to pledge his undying love as her relationship with Cipriani crumbled, only for the Snatch star to reunite with model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
She tells Britain's Daily Mail, "Last year, when the Danny thing was ending, Jason called out of the blue and said, 'I still love you so much', and I said, 'I still love you.' We'll always still love each other. Then I read the next day that he'd broken up with Rosie so it was obvious why he called. I don't want to be a crutch for someone and I thought it was a genuine phone call. Men are such pigs. He and Rosie got back together and I haven't heard from him since...
"(Zane) wanted me either to look like a '60s Bond girl or a '50s housewife. That's how he saw me. I felt I had to find out who I was and what my own style was anyway, but it was controlling. He projected all his fantasies on to me. I never had a real life with him. I was always in a fantasy fairytale."
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has recreated an iconic moment from the Pride And Prejudice TV series by showing off his toned torso to raise money for charity.
The Sherlock star is shown standing in a lake while wearing a white, unbuttoned shirt in an imitation of Colin Firth's famous scene in the 1995 TV mini-series. The image forms part of an exhibition of snaps by Jason Bell in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Other photographs in the display feature stars including Kate Winslet, Liam Neeson, Charlie Hunnam and Jerry Hall. The exhibition is taking place at London's La Galleria until Saturday (20Sep14) and is raising money for the charity's Give Up Clothes For Good appeal, which is sponsored by British discount chain TK Maxx.