New mum Olivia Wilde put her own spin on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by dousing herself with a pale full of breast milk. The Tron: Legacy star was nominated to participate in the charity challenge by actor Ty Simpkins and actress Dianna Agron and she has since elected New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, women's rights advocate Gloria Steinem and Prince to take part in the campaign.
In a video posted on Instagram.com, she says, "I hope it's OK, I couldn't find any water, so I'm going to use breast milk. Took me all night to make this."
Meanwhile, Wilde's fiance, Jason Sudeikis accepted the challenge from former U.S. presidential nominee Mitt Romney and was soaked with ice cold water for almost a minute.
An army of stars, including Wilde's Rush co-star Chris Hemsworth and her In Time castmate Justin Timberlake, have taken the freezing water challenge to raise cash and awareness for the ALS Association.
Actress Thandie Newton is relocating her family from her native U.K. to Los Angeles. The star has resisted moving across the Atlantic since landing her big break in Mission Impossible II in 2000, but her living arrangements have changed following the birth of her son Booker in March (14), and now she needs to have her entire family, including husband Ol Parker and daughters Ripley and Nico, with her in Los Angeles as she films U.S. TV series Rogue.
However, Newton insists the move is not permanent.
She tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "We're packed and ready to leave - the whole family... my son Booker is only four months old. I'm still breastfeeding so can't be away from him... We won't stay in L.A. for ever. I'll be back in time so that Booker doesn't grow up with an American accent."
Authors Joshua Ferris and Karen Joy Fowler have made literary history by becoming two of the first four American writers ever to make it onto the Booker Prize list. The 2014 'longlist' was announced on Wednesday (23Jul14) - the first time Americans have been eligible for the coveted best fiction award in the 46-year-old history of the prize.
The literary honour has previously only been handed to citizens of Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth.
In announcing this year's list, members of the prize committee revealed 154 books had been entered for the 2014 Booker Prize.
The list, which includes fellow Americans Siri Hustvedt and Richard Powers, now stands at 13 and a shortlist of six books will be announced on 9 September (14). The winner will be named in mid-October (14).
The books on the long list are:
Joshua Ferris' To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Siri Hustvedt's The Blazing World
Howard Jacobson's J
Paul Kingsnorth's The Wake
David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks
Neel Mukherjee's The Lives of Others
David Nicholls' Us
Joseph O'Neill's The Dog
Richard Powers' Orfeo
Ali Smith's How to be Both
Niall Williams' History of the Rain.
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Nobel Prize-winning novelist Nadine Gordimer has died at the age of 90. The South African author, who also won the 1974 Booker Prize for her work The Conservationist, passed away at her home in Johannesburg on Sunday (13Jul14) after a short illness. Gordimer began writing stories in her childhood and had her first book published at the age of 15. She went on to write more than 30 works, including July's People and My Son's Story, and was also a vocal opponent of apartheid. Gordimer was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1991, with organisers praising her "magnificent epic writing".
Angelina Jolie and Daniel Day-Lewis have been recognised by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in her Birthday Honours List. The actress has been named an honorary dame, while fellow Oscar winner Day-Lewis will be knighted.
Jolie learned of the honour in London this week (beg09Jun14), while she was co-hosting an international summit on sexual violence.
She won't be entitled to use her new royal title because she is not a British or Commonwealth citizen, but she joins fellow Americans Steven Spielberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former President Ronald Reagan, who have previously received honorary titles from the Queen.
Among the soldiers, charity heroes, civil servants and entrepreneurs to receive honours, Day-Lewis will be able to add 'Sir' to his name after becoming a knight for "services to drama".
The Lincoln star admits he was, "entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure" to discover he had made the list.
There were also damehoods for Booker Prize-winning novelist Hilary Mantel and fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, while beloved actress Dame Maggie Smith, who portrays the Dowager Countess of Grantham on TV's Downton Abbey, was made a Companion of Honor, and becomes one of only 65 people "of distinction" in the U.K., and Homeland star Damian Lewis has been named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
He says, "I decided to do the very un-British thing of accepting the compliment."
Author Hunter Davies, actress Phyllida Law and musician Talvin Singh also received OBEs, while physicist Thomas Kibble and pianist Andra Schiff have been honoured with knighthoods.
Also making the annual honours list is singer and DJ Cerys Matthews and actor John Barrowman, who have both been awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire medals (CBEs).
"I had him on the bathroom floor. I’d never been in hospital as a child or as an adult really, and I just associated hospital with being ill. I felt beautiful and healthy and wonderful when I was pregnant, and being at home was the place I felt most relaxed and comfortable." Actress Thandie Newton on her home birth. Baby son Booker Jombe was born 11 weeks ago.
Damian Lewis is set to play English king Henry VIII in a TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novel Wolf Hall.
The Homeland actor will star opposite Mark Rylance, who will play Thomas Cromwell, in the six-part miniseries. The drama, which will be directed by White Oleander's Peter Kosminsky, will chronicle Cromwell's rise in the Tudor court.
In addition to Lewis and Rylance's casting, Claire Foy has been tapped to play Anne Boleyn, Jonathan Pryce will take on the role of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Joanne Whalley will portray Katherine of Aragon, one of Henry VIII's six wives. Lewis joins the ranks of Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ray Winstone, Robert Shaw and Keith Michell, who have also portrayed Henry VIII onscreen.
British actress Thandie Newton is taking a break from work to concentrate on motherhood. The Crash star welcomed her third child, son Booker, with her husband Ol Parker last month (Mar14), and she has now revealed she is on an indefinite hiatus to care for the boy and her two daughters, Ripley, 13 and Nico, nine.
Newton tells British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, "I'm on time off now. I will be until something comes along that's really arresting."
The widow of jazz musician Dave Brubeck has died at the age of 90. Iola Brubeck lost her battle with cancer on 12 March (14) in Wilton, Connecticut, according to to the New York Times.
She was considered the driving force behind her husband's fame after she encouraged him to perform on college campuses in the 1950s.
Iola, who served as her husband's manager, booker and publicist, also frequently collaborated with him and in the early 1960s they developed a jazz musical, The Real Ambassadors, which had a soundtrack featuring Louis Armstrong, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, and Carmen McRae.
Dave Brubeck passed away in December, 2012.
Actress Thandie Newton has given birth to a son. The Crash star, 41, welcomed her third child with her writer/director husband Ol Parker on Monday (03Mar14).
Newton announced the happy news in a series of posts on her Twitter.com page, revealing the little boy, named Booker Jombe Parker, was born at home.
She writes, "Our baby boy is finally here! Booker Jombe Parker. Born joyously at home... My 3rd (sic) home birth with brilliant independent midwife... Keep independent midwifery alive!"
The couple is also parents to two daughters, Ripley, 13, and Nico, nine.