Actress Gwyneth Paltrow took the plunge for charity on Wednesday (20Aug14) after nominating her estranged husband Chris Martin to also endure the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Oscar winner was given the task of pouring freezing water over her head to raise cash and awareness for the ALS Association by three celebrities, including her personal trainer Tracy Anderson, chef Jose Andres and lifestyle expert Martha Stewart.
In a video posted on Instagram.com, Paltrow, clad in a bikini, tells her followers she is donating money to the charity and then nominates Martin, Cameron Diaz, and her fashion designer pal Stella McCartney for the stunt.
A friend then pours the ice cold water over the actress, and she runs out of frame screaming from the shock.
Paltrow and the Coldplay frontman announced their separation in March (14), and both are rumoured to have moved on from the marriage - the actress has been linked to Glee producer Brad Falchuk, while Martin has reportedly been romancing newly-single Jennifer Lawrence.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is raising funds to battle ALS, also known as motor neurone disease and Lou Gehrig's disease.
Dutch opera star Cristina Deutekom has died, aged 82. The singer passed away on 7 August (14) from injuries sustained in a fall at her home.
Deutekom made her breakthrough in the 1960s with Amsterdam's Dutch National Orchestra, and went on to perform all over the world with leading men including Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras.
She retired from the stage in the mid-1980s after suffering heart problems during a performance in Spain and turned to teaching, but made a brief return in a Dutch production in 1996.
Deutekom stepped away from public life for good after suffering a stroke in 2004.
Enrique Iglesias has paid tribute to songwriter Jose Chein Garcia-Alonso after learning of the songwriter's death. Garcia-Alonso wrote the pop star's single Experiencia Religiosa (Religious Experience), which was named Pop Song of the Year at the Lo Nuestro Awards in 1996.
Iglesias took to Twitter.com on Wednesday (13Aug14) after hearing the news, and wrote, "To my friend Chein Garcia one of the most talented & compassionate human beings. You'll be missed & never forgotten."
Cuba-born Garcia-Alonso's songs have also been recorded by Santana, La Mafia, Boyzone and Frankie Ruiz, among others.
The details of his death have not been revealed.
Michael Lohan has accused prison bosses of failing to give proper medical care to his pregnant girlfriend Kate Major as she serves a jail sentence. Major was sentenced to eight months behind bars in May (14) after a judge ruled a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest in March (14) violated her probation relating to 2012 battery conviction.
However, Lohan claims Major has had two health scares involving unexplained bleeding since being jailed, and he insists some prison staff are not taking the medical concerns seriously.
Editors at TMZ.com report Major was taken to the jail's medical unit on both occasions but was sent back to her cell after doctors found the baby's heartbeat, and Lohan reportedly claims she was forced to carry her possessions back to her cell while still bleeding.
He tells the website, "You know damn well if someone has vaginal bleeding while pregnant that's indicative of a miscarriage."
Lindsay Lohan's father has now reportedly hired attorney Jose Baez, who is expected to attempt to get an order forcing prison bosses to have Major examined and treated by a specialist.
Engaged actors Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are planning to wed in Mexico by the end of the month (Jul14), according to a new U.S. report. The Hollywood couple, which became engaged in 2012, will allegedly exchange vows at San Jose del Cabo's Flora Farm in Aniston's favourite vacation spot, Cabo San Lucas, as the sun sets on 26 July (14).
Just 50 of Aniston and Theroux's closest friends and family, including celebrity pals Courteney Cox, Chelsea Handler, Sheryl Crow, Ben Stiller, Toby Maguire and comedian Jimmy Kimmel will be in attendance for the destination wedding, reports Star magazine.
A source says, "Jen wants this wedding to be casual. She wants her guests to feel as though they can kick their shoes off and join in on the dance floor...
"This evening for her will be all about making memories with those she loves the most. That's what's important to Jen now."
The nuptials will be Theroux's first and Aniston's second - she was previously married to Brad Pitt.
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Girls creator/star Lena Dunham is giving fans the chance to serve as the opening act for her upcoming U.S. book tour.
The Golden Globe award winner will release her first book, Not That Kind of Girl, this autumn (14), and to help promote the memoir she is hitting the road for a 10-city tour.
The events will include a book signing and discussion with Dunham, and she is calling on talented fans to help entertain the masses at each stop, before she hits the stage.
Interested parties can submit videos of themselves demonstrating their talents, whether it be singing, dancing, or stand-up comedy, and the winners will land a three-to-five minute slot.
The actress will also be joined on tour by a few of her celebrity friends, including comedienne Amy Schumer and Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein.
Her last stop in Brooklyn, New York, will be moderated by author Zadie Smith, and feature appearances by her Girls co-star Jemima Kirke and her boyfriend Jack Antonoff's band, Bleachers.
The Not That Kind Of Girl tour begins on 30 September (14).
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Andrew Lloyd Webber is eyeing a movie adaptation of his musical Cats after confirming the show will return to London's West End later this year (14).
The theatre impresario's show will hit the stage again at the London Palladium in December (14) after a 12-year absence, and Webber has now revealed he is eager to see the show adapted for the big screen.
He says, "The other thing that's happening is them (my musicals) being made into movies... There is considerable talk at last about Cats being made into a movie so it gives me a chance to think about the material and how that can happen."
Webber's Evita is also returning to London, taking over from We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre in September (14).
Actress Eva Longoria played the role of bridesmaid when one of her pals tied the knot in Los Angeles on Saturday (14Jun14). The former Desperate Housewives star stood by her pal Bonnie Rodezno as one of six bridesmaids.
Wearing a one-shoulder lilac gown, Longoria was photographed carrying a bouquet of white and pink roses and holding the hand of a young ring bearer, who held a sign which read 'Here Comes the Bride'.
Longoria, who took her businessman beau Jose Antonio Baston to the nuptials as her date, posted a series of photos from the big day on her Twitter.com page - one featured the star and three of her fellow bridesmaids wearing traditional Mexican Day of the Dead skeleton masks, along with the caption, "La hora loca!!! (The crazy hour)".
Puerto Rican rappers Calle 13 are set to be honoured by New York City officials. Rene Perez Joglar and Eduardo Jose Cabra Martinez will be feted by Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for their social justice efforts ahead of Sunday's (08Jun14) Puerto Rican Day Parade, which Joglar will lead.
Mark-Viverito tells Buzzfeed.com,"I approached (de Blasio) and told him I would like to jointly host (the reception at the mayor's official residence of Gracie Mansion) since I'm the first Puerto Rican in (my) position."
She adds of Calle 13, "I believe when you have a level of notoriety or a prominent position it's important when you're not afraid to express an opinion, especially the way they challenge through their lyrics. They speak out against injustice and issues that others may shy away from. I may not agree with them on everything, but the fact that they even dare to challenge people is good."
Joglar admits he is honoured to be recognised and is looking forward to hosting the parade.
He says, "I am proud to have been chosen to preside over the Puerto Rican Day parade in New York. This is a celebration that permits us to come together to honour our culture and celebrate our nationality and identity."
British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is teaming up with Gwyneth Paltrow to star in a remake of Oscar-winning Argentinian film The Secret In Their Eyes.
The 12 Years A Slave star will lead the cast of the crime thriller as a former British intelligence agent who heads to Boston, Massachusetts to aid a team of FBI agents investigating an unsolved murder. Captain Phillips screenwriter Billy Ray will direct the Hollywood adaptation from his own script, based on Juan Jose Campanella's original, known as El Secreto De Sus Ojos, which claimed the Best Foreign Language Film honour at the 2010 Academy Awards.
The film will begin production in Boston this autumn (14).