Actor Orlando Jones is using the popularity of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness about gun violence in America. Some of the world's biggest names, including Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Ben Affleck, Taylor Swift and Britney Spears have doused themselves with icy water and posted the footage on social media as part of the new charity phenomenon, aimed at raising money and awareness for the ALS Association, which is attempting to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease.
The Sleepy Hollow star commends his fellow celebrities for their efforts and has pledged to donate to the cause, but he also wants to bring attention to another issue in America - gun violence and militarised police forces.
Jones explains the controversial police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Missouri and the escalating violence prompted by the killing in Ferguson, Missouri inspired him to speak out.
In a hard-hitting new video, in which Jones dumps bullets over his head instead of ice water, he says, "This past week I've watched an American city become something akin to a war zone... It all seems to stem from some sort of militarised police force threatening the rights of people to assemble (in protest).
"I'm asking something very hard of myself, I'm challenging myself to listen without prejudice, to love without limits and to reverse the hate..."
Actor Jon Hamm has spoken of his anguish after seeing violent protests break out in his home state of Missouri, and he has urged the local community to "pull together". The Mad Men star hails from St. Louis, close to the town of Ferguson which has been the scene of escalating violence since the controversial police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown on 9 August (14).
Local officials have attempted to crack down on the protests by bringing in National Guard troops and enforcing curfews, but they have prompted criticism for using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds.
Hamm admits he has been shocked by the disturbing images which have emerged from Ferguson, and he hopes the volatile situation can be resolved soon.
He tells People.com, "I used to ride my bike to Ferguson. I know people from Ferguson... (It has been) rough to watch... It's a bad situation all around. There's no positive spin to it. When all the facts come out, and hopefully all the light is shone on all sides of it, hopefully justice will be carried out. But it's hard. It's really hard. That's my neighbourhood, and I know there's a lot more good people in those neighborhoods than there are bad people.
"St. Louis has had a rough couple of decades now. It'd be nice to turn it around a little bit. People in St. Louis, in my experience, are great people. If anybody can do it, we can, and I hope everybody pulls together for the sake of the community. 'Cause, you know, that's all you've got at the end of the day."
Rapper Nelly led a star-studded protest against the killing of Missouri teenager Michael Brown during a celebrity football game in California on Saturday (16Aug14).
The star attended the charity flag football event organised by Chris Brown and Quincy Combs, stepson of rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs, and he led the guests in a demonstration against the killing of the unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month (Aug14).
The Dilemma hitmaker asked attendees at the Jack Kemp Stadium in Glendale to raise their hands in the same gesture used by protesters, which has come to be known as 'Hands Up Don't Shoot'.
Nelly, who grew up in Missouri, appealed for the crowd's support, saying, "If I could get everybody to rise and just raise their hands in support for everything that's going on back home in my city right now at this minute. If anybody can sympathise with what my city is going through, it's this city of L.A. right now. On so many levels."
Other celebrities at the match included The Game, Trey Songz, Omarion, Bow Wow, Wale, Lil Mama and Jermaine Dupri. The death of Michael Brown, who was a suspect in a robbery, sparked a series of heated protests in the state, while the use of tear gas and rubber bullets by riot police prompted widespread condemnation.
A vintage sports car bought by Hollywood icon Steve Mcqueen while shooting classic cop movie Bullitt has sold for $10 million (£5.8 million), almost $2 million (£1.1 million) less than experts hoped. The red, 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was acquired by the actor during filming of the 1968 hit, and he owned it until 1971.
It was put on sale by staff at RM Auctions in Monterey, California over the weekend (16-17Aug14) with hopes that it could fetch as much as $12 million (£7 million), but the vehicle attracted a highest bid of just over $10 million.
It is believed the fact it was formerly owned by The Great Escape star pushed the price of the car up to more than three times its usual value.
Max Girardo, managing director of RM Auctions, says, "There's definitely a multiplier. Any car that's owned by a famous person will have an extra bit to it. When it comes to cars with celebrity provenance, it doesn't get any better than a Ferrari owned by Steve McQueen."
The sale was held as part of Monterey Car Week.
The camera assistant who lost her life when she was hit by a train while shooting Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider in February (14) was among the people remembered during the In Memoriam montage during Saturday's (16Aug14) Creative Arts Emmys. Sarah Jones, 27, was working on a train track in Georgia when she failed to escape the path of the oncoming locomotive.
Her death has sparked a Hollywood movement for safer sets.
Director Randall Miller, his producer wife Jody Savin and executive producer Jay Sedrish have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing, while the biopic itself has been on hold ever since the tragedy.
U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live was the big winner at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, taking home five honours, while Sherlock: His Last Vow, True Detective, documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and Game of Thrones claimed four awards apiece.
The highlight of the night for many was Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba's emotional Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy acceptance speech.
The star, who plays jailbird Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren on the hit Netflix show said, "I feel so full, that's why the tears come out. I'm stuffed. My cup runneth over right now. I feel absolutely all of those things: I feel full of joy, like a fountain. Mission accomplished."
Prior to her first Emmy win, Aduba told reporters, "All I can hold onto today is this idea of the day I got this job, I was leaving this business, I had quit and now I'm at the Emmys, and I'm nominated for an Emmy, and my show is nominated, and my castmates are nominated."
She received her honour from Morgan Freeman and told the media backstage, "It's like you're walking and you're aware that you're walking toward Morgan Freeman, but you're fairly certain you should still be sitting on your seat. You're like, 'Maybe I'm embarrassing myself, maybe they called somebody else's name and I don't know what's happening'"
There were also awards for Allison Janney (Guest Actress in a Drama for her role in Masters of Sex), and Scandal star Joe Morton (Guest Actor in a Drama).
The ceremony - the precursor to the primetime Emmy Awards, which will be held later this month (Aug14) - was staged at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
Actor Michael Jace has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder in the shooting death of his wife. The Shield star waived his right to a preliminary hearing earlier this month (Aug14) after his attorneys accepted that there was enough evidence to go to trial, and in court on Friday (15Aug14), he pleaded not guilty to charges he shot April Jace, 40, dead during an altercation at the couple's Hyde Park, Los Angeles home in May (14).
Jace is scheduled to return to court on 19 September (14).
Rapper J.cole has paid tribute to a black teenager killed by a police officer in Missouri by releasing a new song dedicated to him. Darren Wilson shot unarmed Michael Brown, who was suspected of stealing a box of cigars from a suburban St. Louis store, on 9 August (14), and the incident has sparked a series of tense protests between African-Americans and civil rights leaders and officials in the state.
As Governor Jay Nixon, President Barack Obama and Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson join forces in a bid to end days of violence, hip-hop star Cole has released Be Free to voice his frustrations with the deaths of African-American men in the U.S.
In a post on his website, Dreamvillain.com, he writes, "That coulda (sic) been me, easily. It could have been my best friend. I'm tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don't give a f**k if it's by police or peers. This s**t is not normal. I made a song. This is how we feel."
Cole is not the only celebrity to speak out about the incident in Missouri - John Legend, Kerry Washington and Mark Ruffalo have voiced concerns over the treatment of protesters by police following the shooting.
Legend took to Twitter.com to voice his opinion, writing, "I believe these cops are intentionally trying to inflame the situation. They want an excuse. Recall the local cop telling those 'animals' to 'bring it' on (news channel) CNN... He wants a fight.
"Calling us 'animals' has been the language to justify slavery... Dehumanization and racism go together."
Meanwhile, R&B star Frank Ocean took to Tumblr.com to comment on an image of Governor Nixon standing in front of a black woman as he addressed the slaying of Brown and wrote, "You see that black woman standing up there? I wonder if she was called to stand behind the governor because she’s black. I wonder if i’m supposed to think Missouri’s gov’t is pro-black because of her being stood up there with those other black men being all black and everything. I wonder if she was off the clock while she stood up there... then i wonder if she was getting paid for her time off like the guy who shot Michael 8 times."
Newly-freed rapper Remy Ma has credited her husband Papoose with keeping her spirits up while serving an eight-year sentence for a 2007 shooting. The Lean Back hitmaker, real name Reminisce Smith, walked free from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in New York on 1 August (14), after completing six years of her 2008 sentence for assault, weapons possession and attempted coercion relating.
Now Remy Ma has opened up about her time in prison, insisting she wouldn't have made it through without the support of fellow hip-hop star Papoose, who made her his wife in 2008, while she was incarcerated.
During an interview on SiriusXM radio show Sway In The Morning, she revealed a lot of inmates would suffer from depression and stress, but she was able to hold her head high thanks to her loved ones - and their emotional and physical support has helped her make a smooth transition back into life outside of prison.
She explained, "Me and my case, I had a very strong support system. Not just my family and my friends, but my husband was ultimately super supportive. When I first got there, (Papoose) came up, literally, every single day for the first year I was there, visiting from like 8.30 in the morning 'til 3.30 in the afternoon, Monday through Friday... and which ever weekend my visit alternated on.
"So, when you have that support system that keeps you in tune with the world and keeps you sane, it's easier for you to come back and be how I am now."
Harrison Ford is to return to the U.K. later this month (Aug14) to resume filming Star Wars: Episode Vii after bouncing back from a broken leg. The Indiana Jones actor sustained the injury on the set of the seventh installment in the sci-fi franchise in June (14) and film bosses altered the production schedule to give him time to recover from surgery back in his native U.S.
Filming was also suspended for two weeks this month (Aug14) so director J. J. Abrams could rework shooting in Ford's absence.
Ford appeared to have made a full recovery by walking the red carpet unaided at The Expendables 3 premiere in Los Angeles on Monday (11Aug14), and it is now confirmed that he will be resuming work alongside his fellow actors.
When asked whether Ford will get back to work this month (Aug14), a spokesperson for the film tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Yes, absolutely."
Filming on Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to finish in the autumn (14).
Actors Nathan Lane and Jeff Bridges have added new tributes to Robin Williams after learning of their former co-star's death on Monday (11Aug14). The stars of The Birdcage and The Fisher King have offered up thoughtful statements a day after the late funnyman hanged himself at his home in Marin County, California.
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Lane, who played Williams' lover in The Birdcage, says, "I feel I have to say something more than just 'heartbreaking and shocking' which everyone has said and I feel as well, but something a little more personal."
He adds, "One day in 1995 while riffing in the character of a snobby French toy store owner, Robin made me laugh so hard and so long that I cried. It seemed to please him to no end. Yesterday I cried again at the thought that he was gone. What I will always remember about Robin, perhaps even more than his comic genius, extraordinary talent, and astounding intellect, was his huge heart - his tremendous kindness, generosity, and compassion as an acting partner, colleague, and fellow traveller in a difficult world. My heartfelt condolences to his wife and family."
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And Bridges, who teamed up with Williams for The Fisher King, tells WENN, "I just want to acknowledge the fullness of life; the joy and the sadness that is in store for us all. I'm filled with both of them today, as I was last night after learning of my dear friend's passing."
The movie star reveals he thought he saw the ghost of Robin Williams outside the party following the New York premiere of his new film The Giver, where he also made mention of his pal's passing, but realised he was looking at eccentric Big Apple street personality Radio Man. He explains, "I remember pulling up to the boathouse where we had our party and I'm sitting there with my wife trying to gather myself and I look out the window and I say, 'Is that Robin? Is that his ghost?' No! It's Radio Man!"
"It brought back all of these wonderful feelings of what an amazing time we had together here in New York shooting The Fisher King. I remember when we were shooting Fisher King, Radio Man knows where all movies are shot; I don't know how he magically does that. I remember seeing Radio Man on the set and I could not believe how Robin's character was there in the flesh, in reality! I got out of the car and embraced Radio Man last night and looked at his face. I felt Robin's spirit when I embraced him. I was just looking out my window at The Essex House to Central Park, my favourite part about New York, and I'm remembering the last scene of me and Robin out there at four o'clock in the morning, naked. And Robin is just wild and free, and he says, 'Let the wild pony dance!' And he's rubbing his butt on the grass and he says, 'You know why dogs do this? Because they can!' We were just so wild and so I had to share that with you because that's what's going on so strongly how much I miss him and I'm sure you guys do too. What a gift he was to all of us."
Meanwhile, another of Williams' great co-stars, Forest Whitaker, who worked with the tragic star in Good Morning, Vietnam, has also added his tribute to the hundreds that are pouring in for the late star. He took to Twitter.com on Tuesday and wrote, "U touched our lives U touched our hearts U gave us laughter n joy U'r a beautiful soul U will be missed Our love to the family RIP Robin W (sic)."