Sir Elton John has created a new charity to help Britain's future sports stars. The Rocket Man star is launching the Elton John Sports Fund with more than $510,000 (£300,000) he raised at a charity gig in the U.K. last month (Jun14).
The fund is part of Britain's SportsAid charity and will help young athletes by covering training and competition costs.
A number of youngsters received the first cheques from the organisation on the night of the concert at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire, England on 28 June (14).
The singer said after the show, "It was a special moment to meet the first five young athletes to benefit from the fund. Their successes are already very impressive, and with a little extra help and recognition who knows what they could go on to achieve... Working with SportsAid, we know we are helping the right athletes at the right time."
New Zealand music producer Peter Dawkins has died following a fall at his home in Australia. The 68 year old, who had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, passed away on Friday (04Jul14) due to injuries he sustained in an accident at his home in the Blue Mountains.
Dawkins started his career as a drummer in bands such as Me And The Others, and The New Nadir, touring in Europe in the 1960s and performing with guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in London.
He later moved behind-the-scenes in the music industry and is best known for his stellar career Down Under, producing 20 number one hits and more than 50 albums which achieved chart success.
He produced music for acts including Spectrum, Dragon, John Farnham, Australian Crawl, Ross Ryan, Air Supply, Slim Dusty and Billy Thorpe, and also started two record labels and opened a studio.
After Dawkins' diagnosis with Parkinson's disease, his friends in the music industry released a tribute album to raise money for his medical care.
Singer Jessica Simpson shed a few extra pounds in the lead-up to her weekend (05Jul14) wedding by adopting a strict vegan diet.
The blonde beauty has been showing off a slimmer figure in recent months after losing the pregnancy pounds from carrying her second child, son Ace, last year (13) with the help of a food plan from Weight Watchers, for which she is a spokeswoman.
However, Simpson wanted to make sure she looked her absolute best when she exchanged vows with former American footballer Eric Johnson in California on Saturday, so she temporarily cut out all animal products from her diet. A source tells UsMagazine.com, "Jessica did a vegan diet for about two weeks leading up to the wedding."
The newlywed also reportedly boosted her vitamin levels by getting "quite a few" B12 shots to help maintain a healthy brain and nervous system.
Simpson has since returned to her meat-eating ways - at a pre-wedding Independence Day bash on Friday (04Jul14), guests were treated to a feast of beef brisket, smoked barbecue baby back ribs, fried chicken and grilled shrimp, as well as a variety of pies and watermelon.
Simpson isn't the first superstar to go vegan - Jennifer Lopez recently adopted the plant-based diet to get her in tip-top shape for the release of her new album AKA, while Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z also tried a 22-day vegan challenge last year (13).
Sir Paul McCartney has recruited actor/musician Johnny Depp to co-star in his new music video.
The promo for Early Days begins with the Beatles legend playing his acoustic guitar in a room alone, before more and more blues musicians, including Depp, appear alongside him.
Director Vincent Haycock claims the short film is a tribute to the beginnings of McCartney's relationship with his late songwriting partner and bandmate John Lennon. He says, "Their story at its core is a universal one, two young kids who bond over their passion for music and form a band and friendship. This video is about them, and every band, and every kid who has suffered the ups and downs of starting a band, whether or not they became successful."
Haycock reveals McCartney and Depp weren't the only big stars onset - rocker Patti Smith dropped by during filming, too. He adds, "Paul's scene was incredibly fun to create. It was just him, some blues players and Johnny Depp jamming on set all day. Patti Smith also turned up on set and hung out, which made the crew very happy!"
Sir Paul McCartney helped a fan propose to his longtime girlfriend as he returned to the stage in New York over the weekend (05-06Jul14).
The Beatles legend, who took two months out from his world tour to recuperate from a viral infection in May (14), had double the reason to smile as he resumed his trek in Albany on Saturday (05Jul14), after spotting a pair of fans holding up signs which read, "He won't marry me 'til he meets you" and "I've got the ring and I'm 64."
McCartney invited the devotees, identified as John Dann and Claudia Rogers, up on stage and serenaded them, while Dann proposed to his partner.
The man who murdered rocker Dave Navarro's mother in 1983 has had his life sentence upheld after California court officials rejected his appeal. John Riccardi became a fugitive after shooting and killing his girlfriend, Connie Hopkins Navarro, and her best friend Susan Marshall Jory, until he was captured in 1991.
He was convicted of the murders in 1994 and sentenced to be executed. He spent 18 years on Death Row before officials at the California Supreme Court reversed his sentence in 2012, ruling that Riccardi, then 76, had been denied a fair trial.
He was ordered to spend life behind bars without parole when he was re-sentenced last year (13).
Riccardi challenged the decision in the 2nd District Court of Appeal, but authorities dismissed the case and upheld the punishment on Thursday (03Jul14).
Jane's Addiction guitarist Navarro, who was just 15 when the murder happened, appeared on America's Most Wanted crime show in 2004 and recalled the night his mother was killed, revealing he was supposed to stay with her but chose to spend more time with his father.
Navarro is convinced he would have been killed by Riccardi if he had visited his mother as planned.
Former Saturday Night Live comedians Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers reunited on Saturday (05Jul14) as they celebrated the nuptials of ex-show writer/actor John Mulaney in Boiceville, New York. The old pals were among the guests at the Onteora Mountain House, where Mulaney tied the knot with his make-up artist fiancee Annemarie Tendler.
Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson and David and Victoria Beckham were among the celebrities who witnessed tennis champ Novak Djokovic defeat Roger Federer to win Britain's Wimbledon Men's title on Sunday (06Jul14). Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Thor star Chris Hemsworth, Orlando Bloom, Kate Beckinsale and director Guy Ritchie were also in the stands at Centre Court as the Serbian sportsman emerged victorious after an epic five-set match, narrowly beating Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 to claim his second Wimbledon trophy.
Jackman shared a Twitter.com photo of himself and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the London venue and later congratulated Djokovic on his seventh Grand Slam title, writing, "One of the greatest matches of all time @Wimbledon. Well done @rogerfederer. Superb win and huge congratulations @DjokerNole."
He also uploaded a photo of Djokovic hugging his mentor, former tennis icon Boris Becker, after the match and added, "Epic moment for djokernole, Becker and their entire team. What a day @Wimbledon. One I will never forget."
Other stars watching the game on TV also shared their thoughts online, with British comedian Stephen Fry writing, "How magnificently graceful both players were in defeat and victory. Hurrah for that", and actor John Leguizamo tweeting, "Sorry #federer u (sic) gave it your all my friend! Great game!"
Meanwhile, One Direction singer Liam Payne added, "Congratulations @DjokerNole heard it was a great game can't wait to watch it back have a drunk (drink) on me".
Actresses Kate Walsh and Brooklyn Decker, singer Eliza Doolittle and Bridesmaids star Chris O'Dowd were also among the celebrities tweeting about the championship finals on Sunday.
Singer/songwriter John Mayer is reportedly pitching a new reality TV show about budding neighbourhood comedians to U.S. network bosses. Sources tell Us Weekly magazine that Mayer is the brains behind My Funny Friend, which offers people the chance to nominate pals for a top comedy award and exposure.
An insider tells the publication, "His concept is: Everyone thinks they have a buddy who's so hysterical, he or she should be in comedy. So people nominate their friends, and they go through a series of evaluations to determine if they're actually funny or not.
"John thinks it has a great human-interest angle... It's a show about dreams."
Mayer, who has hit the stage as a stand-up comedian to mixed reviews, even has a dream host in mind for the series - celebrity chef, travel expert and TV personality Anthony Bourdain.
The house where George Harrison grew up is to go on sale at auction. The Beatles guitarist lived at the terraced property in Liverpool, England with his parents between 1949 and 1965, and the Fab Four are said to have written hits including Love Me Do there.
The building is now up for auction via Homes Bought Fast, and managing director David Coughlin tells Britain's Liverpool Echo newspaper, "We are overwhelmed by the interest surrounding this property. When we heard it was a Beatle's former house we implemented a lot of research which confirmed it was George's house - and we still couldn't believe it.
"It's part not only of Liverpool's history, but of the world of music, and there's something very special about being in the same place as the Beatles' once were."
John Lennon's childhood home in the same city was sold at auction in 2013 for $816,000 (£480,000), well above the $255,000 (£150,000) guidance price.