On/off couple Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez became the latest celebrities to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge over the weekend (16-17Aug14). Bieber was nominated to dunk a bucket of freezing water over his head by his manager Scooter Braun, while Gomez's pal Taylor Swift dared the singer/actress to follow her lead and raise awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease.
Bieber posted his dunking on his Instagram on Saturday (16Aug14) and nominated President Barack Obama and Ellen DeGeneres to follow suit. He did it again the following day, and this time invited his fans to take the challenge.
Gomez posted her big freeze on Sunday (17Aug14) and called upon model pals Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse as well as her Spring Breakers co-star James Franco.
Gwen Stefani also got dunked with icy water over the weekend as Blake Shelton, her co-judge on U.S. talent show The Voice poured a bucket over her posted the footage online.
The Ice Bucket Challenge is a social-media phenomenon intended to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. ALS causes nerve cells in the brain and the spinal chord to eventually degenerate and die, which can lead to full muscle paralysis and respiratory failure.
Participants have 24 hours to either donate $100 (£58) to fight ALS, or dump a bucket of ice water over their heads and only donate $10 (£5.98). They then must nominate someone else to take part. Many of the celebrities who have dunked have made a donation as well.
Jon Bon Jovi also added his name to the list of Ice Bucket Challenge participants when he got dunked by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New England Patriots boss Robert Kraft during a garden party.
Posting the footage online on Sunday, he nominated his Bon Jovi bandmates to follow his dripping wet example.
Lady Gaga is one of the latest stars to have been nominated for the challenge. She pledged a $10,000 (£5,882) donation and asked her fans around the world to follow her example.
Pop star Ariana Grande has sparked rumours of a new romance with frequent collaborator Big Sean following her split from singer Jai Brooks.
The Way hitmaker, 21, became friends with the rapper last year (13) after working together on her single Right There, while they recently teamed up again on her new summer smash Problem and her next release, Best Mistake.
Reports suggest they have since grown so close, they have started dating. The pair was snapped leaving a Los Angeles movie theatre together earlier this month (Aug14) after catching a screening of action thriller The Purge: Anarchy, and eyewitnesses tell Eonline.com the stars shared a kiss during the film.
Grande reportedly ended her on/off relationship with Brooks in late July (14), not long after reconciling.
Big Sean, 26, has been single since calling off his engagement to Glee actress Naya Rivera in April (14). Rivera has since rebounded with actor Ryan Dorsey, with the pair tying the knot in Mexico in July (14).
Justin Bieber has delighted fans by sharing video footage of Hollywood veteran Tom Hanks showing off his dance moves at the weekend (05-06Jul14) wedding of music manager Scooter Braun. Braun wed cancer activist Yael Cohen in Whistler, Canada on Sunday (06Jul14) in front of guests including the Baby hitmaker, pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, actress Sophia Bush and British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran.
They celebrated the nuptials at a reception which featured Bieber's cover of The Beatles' All You Need is Love and a duet between the young singer and Braun's other client, Jepsen, but it was Hanks' performance on the dance floor later on in the evening which has since captured headlines.
In a video posted on Bieber's Instagram.com page on Monday (07Jul14), the Captain Phillips star is shown wearing a Jewish yarmulke and shawl over his suit as he dances to R&B singer Montell Jordan's 1995 classic This Is How We Do It.
In the accompanying caption, Bieber writes, "Haha Tom Hanks singing This Is How we do it dressed like a Rabbi lol (laugh out loud) #thatdancetho (sic)".
"Big weekend for the team! Congrats @scooterbraun and @yael on the wedding. We killed that Love Actually surprise! And now....!!!!" Justin Bieber congratulates his manager Scooter Braun on his marriage over the weekend (05-06Jul14). The pop star performed at the ceremony, singing a cover of the Beatles' All You Need is Love, which was featured in the film Love Actually.
Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun is a married man after tying the knot with his fiancee in Canada over the weekend (05-06Jul14). Braun wed cancer activist Yael Cohen in Whistler in front of guests including the Baby hitmaker, pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, actress Sophia Bush and British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, according to TMZ.com.
During the ceremony, Bieber serenaded the happy couple with a cover of The Beatles' All You Need is Love and later joined Braun's other charge, Jepsen, for a performance of her hit Call Me Maybe.
On Monday (07Jul14), Bush took to her Twitter.com account to congratulate the bride, writing, "Congratulations to my beautiful bunny, the bride. @yael, you are one of the kindest, most intelligent, giving people I know. I'm so happy you've found your other half. Here's to a lifetime of love."
This is the first wedding for the couple, which became engaged in January (14).
Hustler boss Larry Flynt has sensationally withdrawn a $1 million (£625,000) brand promotion offer to Justin Bieber in the wake of the pop star's race scandal.
Last month (May15), the strip club chain's marketing boss David Lieberman penned a letter detailing an offer the company made for the young singer to appear in global commercials for the venues. However, after clips of the pop star cracking vile racist jokes emerged this week (beg02Jun14), Lieberman confirmed the offer has now been pulled.
In a letter to Bieber's manager Scooter Braun, obtained by the New York Daily News, Lieberman writes, "Please do not bother to call us anymore, Mr. Braun, because we stress again our negotiations to have Mr. Bieber be our celebrity spokesperson are now, once and for all, over and done forever."
However, Bieber's team is adamant no talks were held between the two parties over the offer. A spokesperson says, "Completely false. There were never any discussions about this, nor would there be."
Justin Bieber is asking for forgiveness after a second video of the troubled singer using racist slurs surfaced on Wednesday (04Jun14) by posting Bible verses online. Just days after the Baby hitmaker apologised for telling a racist joke and using the 'N-word' in an old clip from when he was 15, another four-year-old video features Bieber changing the words to his hit One Less Lonely Girl to One Less Lonely N**ger and making references to notorious race hate group, the Ku Klux Klan.
In response to the leak of the second video, obtained by TMZ.com, Bieber posted text from Sarah Young's book Jesus Calling on his Instagram.com page instead of a written apology.
It reads: "When your sins weigh heavily upon you, come to Me. Confess your wrong doing, which I know all about before you say a word. Stay in the Light of My Presence, receiving forgiveness, cleansing, and healing... Whenever you stumble or fall, I am there to help you up.
"Man's tendency is to hide from his sin, seeking refuge in the darkness. There he indulges in self-pity, denial, self-righteousness, blaming and hatred. But I am the Light of the world, and My illumination decimates the darkness. Come close to Me and let My Light envelop you, driving out darkness and permeating you with Peace."
The image also linked to three passages from the New Testament.
Less than 10 minutes before Bieber's post, his manager, Scooter Braun also cryptically addressed the controversy on the photo sharing site, posting the image of text which read: "Some mistakes have no excuses. They are just wrong. But how a man reacts to those mistakes... How he owns it and learns from it... That defines him more than the mistake itself."
Former child star Marie Osmond is convinced Justin Bieber will struggle to save his pop career following the release of a second video in which he is allegedly shown repeatedly making racial slurs.
A report published in Britain's The Sun newspaper on Wednesday (04Jun14) suggested the footage features the Baby hitmaker changing the words to his 2009 hit One Less Lonely Girl to One Less Lonely N**ger and making references to notorious race hate group, the Ku Klux Klan. The video has since been released to TMZ.com, days after Bieber issued a public apology for another old clip, in which he was caught on camera, at 15, telling a racist joke and using the 'N-word'. Both videos are thought to date back to 2009. Neither Bieber nor his manager Scooter Braun have officially commented on the latest race scandal, but veteran entertainer Osmond believes it will be the nail in the coffin for the singer's career.
Speaking as a guest co-host on U.S. daytime show The Talk on Wednesday, she said, "You see him say sorry over and over. I believe in forgiveness, but you keep saying it over and over and your actions don't back up your words, and this is, to me, the classic case of what we call a child star, where they have handlers and they have people that pay people off to clean up their messes. Well, those messes eventually catch up with you and there's a thing called consequence and you're no longer a child... "I don't see him recovering from this, at all. I don't see him recovering."
Bieber found himself under fire over the weekend (31May-01Jun14) release of the initial video, and he released a statement on Sunday (01Jun14), insisting it was "a reckless and immature mistake" which he deeply regrets. He added, "Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all those I have offended."
Bieber's clean-cut pop star image has taken a battering in recent months following a string of legal problems, including a DUI arrest in Florida earlier this year (14) and allegations he was involved in an assault on a limousine driver in his native Canada.
Rising British boyband Rixton faced a race against time to honour a U.S. TV commitment on Wednesday morning (28May14) after suffering a cancelled flight and a flat car tyre on a nightmare journey from Montreal, Canada. The pop newcomers, who are managed by Justin Bieber's mentor Scooter Braun, had been booked to perform their new single Me and My Broken Heart on the Today show in New York City, but the boys feared they would miss their slot after experiencing a series of travel problems.
Rixton had been due to fly from Montreal to the Big Apple on Tuesday night (27May14), but their flight was cancelled and they decided to instead jump in a car for the long drive across the U.S. border.
However, they faced another setback on the road as they had to deal with a flat tyre along the way, and they only just managed to make it to the Today show's studios with minutes to spare.
Taking to Twitter.com on Wednesday morning, Braun wrote, "Flight cancelled, 6hour drive, flat tire, arrived 15 min (sic) before live tv performance on the @TODAYshow but @RixtonOfficial made it. Well done".
Justin Bieber swapped his usual attire of baggy pants and a baseball cap for a smart suit to attend a wedding in upstate New York with his music mentor Usher. The troubled pop star was among the guests at the wedding of Adam Braun, brother of the singer's manager Scooter, and former model Tehillah Voslevitz in Peekskill, New York at the weekend (24-25May14).
Pictures posted on Twitter.com show Bieber posing with the bride and groom, as well as his friend and mentor Usher, at the reception. Other guests included actress Sophia Bush, who posted snaps on her Instagram.com page and added in a caption, "Celebrated the beautiful love of (Braun) and (Voslevitz) last night... so happy for my soul brother and soul sister. What a love. What a night! #fate #meanttobe #congrats (sic)."