If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
Nominated: Ron Weasley (okay, sorry again, Rupter Grint), Josh Gordon, and Paul Hodge
Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
Nominated: Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan
Nominated: Irving Azoff, Kanye West, and Susan Sarandon
Nominated: Prince Harry
Nominated: Sophia Smith, Pharrell Williams, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
Nominated: Cub Swanson, Peter Tunney, and Olivia Culpo
Nominated: Nick Jonas, Alex Pettyfer, Nelly, Alanna Masterson, and Diplo
Nominated: Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Marilyn Manson
Nominated: Robert Pattinson, Matthew McConaughey, and Eric The Actor
Nominated: Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Matt Niven
Eddie Redmayne & Jamie Dornan
Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
Nominated: Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo
Robert Downey Jr.
Nominated: Chris Hemsworth and Vincent D'Onofrio
Nominated: Louis Tomlinson, John Terry, and Novak Djokovic
Post by Chris Pratt.
Nominated: Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista
Nominated: Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans
Nominated: John Green, Nat Wolff, and Dylan O'Brien
Nominated: Joe Maganiello
Nomiated: Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgns, and The Roots
Nominated: Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, and Brad Slater
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Hollywood veteran Robert Redford is launching his Sundance Film Festival in Hong Kong. The actor/director's movie event takes place annually in Utah, and he expanded it internationally by taking it to London in 2012.
He is now focusing on China and has announced plans to stage a small version of the festival in Hong Kong next month (Sep14).
The Sundance Film Festival - Hong Kong Selects will run from 19-28 September (14) and feature movies include Kristen Wiig's The Skeleton Twins and Life After Beth starring John C. Reilly.
The news comes just days after Chinese authorities shut down the Beijing Independent Film Festival shortly before it was due to kick off. The event was cancelled and no explanation was given.
Actors Mia Farrow and Dylan Mcdermott have led the tributes to their former co-star Lord Richard Attenborough, following the British movie icon's death on Sunday (24Aug14). The exact cause of death has yet to be revealed, but Attenborough had been living in a nursing home with his wife, Sheila Sim, and was confined to a wheelchair after suffering a serious fall in 2008.
McDermott, who starred alongside Attenborough in the 1994 reboot of Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street, took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to the man who played Kris Kringle, and wrote, "Rest in peace Richard Attenborough. U (sic) were the best Santa ever."
Their co-star and former child actress Mara Wilson also added, "Sir Richard Attenborough was the only Santa Claus I ever believed in. A wonderful man. Still in shock right now. May he rest in peace."
News of Attenborough's death comes almost two weeks after Wilson's Mrs. Doubtfire co-star, Robin Williams passed away after committing suicide.
Mia Farrow, who worked with Attenborough in 1964's Guns at Batasi, also added her own tribute to her friend, and wrote, "Richard Attenborough was the kindest man I have ever had the privilege of working with. A Prince. RIP 'Pa' - and thank you," as well as comedian Ricky Gervais, who added, "RIP Richard Attenborough. One of the true greats of the silver screen."
Other Twitter tributes have come from Edgar Wright, former 007 star Samantha Bond, Rob Schneider, Stephen Amell, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who noted that Attenborough's "acting in 'Brighton Rock' was brilliant, his directing of 'Gandhi' was stunning," and adding, "Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema."
Born in Cambridge, England, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and served in the Royal Air Force during World War II before pursuing an acting career.
He made his debut as a sailor in the 1942 film In Which We Serve and gained popular acclaim playing ruthless young thug Pinkie Brown in Brighton Rock in 1947, eventually becoming a staple of countless British films over the next 30 years.
An accomplished stage actor, Attenborough was one of the original cast members of The Mousetrap, which went on to become the longest-running play in London's West End.
In the 1960s, he expanded his range of acting, taking on a variety of roles that exposed him to a wider audience - most notably as Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett in 1963's The Great Escape.
Hitting his stride, Attenborough won back-to-back Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor in 1967 and 1968 - for The Sand Pebbles and Doctor Dolittle.
But he'll be most fondly remembered for his behind-the-camera skills. In the late 1950s, he formed a production company, Beaver Films, and directed his first picture, Oh! What A Lovely War, in 1969.
He later scooped the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars in 1982 for his epic Gandhi, which also won him another Golden Globe Award the following year.
Other directorial credits followed - notably the 1992 biopic Chaplin, and classic 1993 movie Shadowlands - before Attenborough made a welcome return to the screen in 1993 as eccentric John Hammond in Jurassic Park.
Attenborough won a total of eight Oscars during his career. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1967, and a knighthood came in 1976. In 1993, he was bestowed the honour of life peer, becoming Baron Attenborough, of Richmond upon Thames, London.
And in 2006, Attenborough and his brother David, a popular broadcaster and beloved nature expert, were awarded the title of Distinguished Honorary Fellows of the University of Leicester in recognition of their services to the university.
Attenborough was also later awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Drama from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, and was an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University.
On Boxing Day 2004, tragedy struck Attenborough's family when his eldest daughter Jane, her daughter Lucy, and her mother-in-law, also named Jane, died in the devastating Asian tsunami.
His family is expected to make a full statement about his death on Monday (25Aug14).
Former French model Bernadette Bishop has died, aged 72. The beauty passed away this week (beg18Aug14) after suffering a brain haemorrhage. She had been diagnosed with leukaemia two months earlier, according to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.
Bishop, the wife of fashion photographer John Bishop, moved into the retail business in the 1990s after years of modelling. She opened a kitchen shop in London with her friend June Summerill, who writes in a post on Facebook.com, "We are very sorry, but due to our great loss, our shop and online store will remain closed until Saturday 23rd Aug... thank you for your support during this difficult time."
Bishop's son Seb is CEO of Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle company Goop.
A collection of movie and music memorabilia including Marilyn Monroe's red sequined gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes will go on display at Christie's in London. The free exhibition, called Famous and Infamous, will also feature the desert robes of British officer D.E. Lawrence, the inspiration for Lawrence Of Arabia, and a Stetson hat worn by John Wayne.
Sir Elton John is turning sports coach to lead a team of tennis professionals in a charity match in London. The Rocket Man hitmaker will face off against a group led by former tennis champion Billie Jean King at the Royal Albert Hall, turning the prestigious concert venue into a sports arena for one night only on 7 December (14).
The longtime pals will coach teams featuring the likes of Kim Clijsters, John McEnroe, Tim Henman and last year's (13) Wimbledon Ladies' Singles finalist Sabine Lisicki at the Kings' World Team Tennis Smash Hits event.
Proceeds from the sporting extravaganza will benefit the singer's Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Six previously unheard recordings by late British singer/songwriter Nick Drake have been pulled from auction following an ownership dispute. Drake's pal and fellow folk star Beverley Martyn, the widow of singer John Martyn, planned to place the 1968 tape featuring versions of Fruit Tree and Cello Song under the hammer at London auction house Ted Owen and Company on Thursday (31Jul14), but the sale was postponed after lawyers for the tragic star's estate raised concerns about her ownership rights.
Martyn claims the recordings, which were expected to fetch at least $425,000 (£250,000), came into her possession legitimately and she is adamant she is the rightful owner of the tape.
She says, "I looked after them for 38 years, treasured them. I know the person who made the tape and they are happy for me to have it. The Drake family even offered to buy it off me eight years ago for £2,000 ($3,400)."
Drake was just 26 when he committed suicide in 1974.
Comedienne Tina Fey fired her composer husband Jeff Richmond as her vocal coach as she prepared to audition for Into The Woods.
The 30 Rock star landed an audition to play the Baker's Wife in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's beloved musical, and a nervous Fey called upon her musician husband to brush up on her singing skills.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, host of SiriusXM's On Broadway programme Seth Rudetsky revealed that Fey recruited him as a coach only after Richmond turned her down.
Rudetsky recalls, "I get a phone call from Tina Fey, saying 'Can you coach me for my audition for Into the Woods?' So I'm like, 'Your husband's a piano player, why isn't he coaching you?' "She said, 'He was.' She sang for about one minute and he immediately said, 'Are you going to sing it like that?' She said, 'You're fired.' She would have been brilliant."
The role of the Baker's Wife eventually went to Emily Blunt.
Harry Potter star Brendan Gleeson is set to play a crime-solving paraplegic in writer/director John Michael Mcdonaugh's next movie. The Irish star will reteam with his Calvary director for The Lame Shall Enter First.
McDonaugh tells WENN, "It's about a spectacularly abusive paraplegic. Brendan will be in a wheelchair going around in South London. He hates anyone who's able bodied, so he basically hates the entirety of society.
"I've been thinking about (Calvary actress) Kelly Reilly for the psychiatrist who tries to get the guy's life back on track and fails. It will be a dark comedy with a kind of crime element to it, because he tries to get his life in order by solving the murder of one of his disabled friends because he believes the police aren't investigating it properly because the guy was disabled.
"I stole the title from a Flannery O'Connor short story."
Monty Python star Terry Jones has defended his use of cue cards during the comedy troupe's reunion shows this month (Jul14), insisting the memory aid did not ruin the experience for the audience. The veteran funnyman struggled to remember his lines during the huge gigs at London's O2 Arena and faced a scolding from critics for reading the words from off-stage signs.
Jones tells Walesonline.co.uk, "I couldn't remember my lines so it's absolutely true (that I relied on cue cards)," but he is adamant the cue cards did not detract from the show "at all".
The funnyman's co-star John Cleese famously forgot his lines during the troupe's classic dead parrot sketch when the final show was beamed to cinemas around the world and broadcast live on U.K. TV on Sunday (20Jul14).