Arnold Schwarzenegger has been named an honorary ambassador for tourism for Madrid, Spain. The Hollywood action hero filmed Conan the Barbarian around the Spanish capital in the 1980s and now Madrid authorities have given him the inaugural ambassador honour in the hope he will raise the city's profile and encourage moviemakers to use the area.
Spanish officials have also asked him to join a new campaign to boost tourism, which has been struggling since the economic recession of 2012.
Schwarzenegger will be awarded a star on the Spanish version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the city of Almeria on Sunday (28Sep14). It is not known if he will attend the ceremony.
Actress Carey Mulligan has joined War Child U.K as the humanitarian organisation's latest Global Ambassador. The Great Gatsby star was inspired to support the charity after her brother came into contact with their work when he was posted in Afghanistan with the British Army.
Mulligan will help with fundraising and promoting the charity's efforts in war zones around the world.
In a recorded message on War Child's website, she says, "When I found out that there was a charity that focused on helping children to recover from the brutality of war, I knew immediately that I wanted to be involved. It's unbearable that the places that are being targeted are the very places that children should be safe. No child should be left to face war alone. You can do something today by donating to War Child to give these children the chance of a happier future."
The actress is presenting an appeal for the charity on British radio on Sunday (28Sep14).
Singer-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham wants to rid the world of child AIDS following a "life-changing" trip to South Africa. In a keynote speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Thursday (25Sep14), the former Spice Girls star told delegates she is determined to help impoverished women around the world.
Beckham, who was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN earlier this year (14) and is also a longtime patron to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, missed the opening of her new London fashion store to attend the event..
In the passionate speech, the former pop star said, "I recently visited South Africa. I was so touched. I went to Cape Town. I was so touched by the women that I met that I felt inspired and I came home and I knew I had to do something... I have responsibility as a woman, as a mother. I have a voice that people will listen to and I am taking that responsibility very seriously.
"This is the beginning of an incredible journey for me... I am going back to South Africa in a few weeks and then further afield next year... I have to do whatever it is that i can do... It was life-changing when I went to South Africa and it made me realise that I can speak on behalf of these women... Babies should not be born with HIV and we are very close to stopping that."
Miley Cyrus' sister Noah and the daughters of Bruce Springsteen, Bill Gates and Alfre Woodard are set to turn an upcoming equestrian event in Los Angeles into a star-studded affair by showing off their horseriding skills. The Longines Los Angeles Masters at the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend (25-28Sep14) will also feature the daughter of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and actor Tom Selleck's daughter Hannah.
Georgina Bloomberg, who owns and operates her own farm in North Salem, New York, and Jessica Springsteen, who was recently named Gucci's Equestrian Ambassador, will be among the top riders at the showjumping event, competing at the five-star level.
Simon Pegg, Kate Bosworth and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have thrown their support behind embattled actress Emma Watson after hackers threatened to leak nude pictures of her just days after her hard-hitting pro-feminism speech. The Harry Potter star hit headlines after addressing United Nations (U.N.) delegates in New York on Saturday (20Sep14) in her role as a Goodwill Ambassador to promote the organisation's HeForShe campaign.
Hackers targeted the actress a day after her gender equality speech and threatened to release nude pictures of her on Friday (26Sep14) as part of the ongoing leaks which have affected stars across Hollywood.
Watson has now received a wave of celebrity support with numerous stars throwing their weight behind the campaign.
Fellow actress Kate Bosworth sent Watson a message on Tuesday (23Sep14) calling her speech "powerful" while British star Pegg wrote, "Husband to a wife, father to a daughter, son to a mother. You bet I'm on board, @EmWatson! #heforshe."
James Van Der Beek writes, "Guys, @EmWatson really got it right. Gender equality isn't about taking a side, it's about human dignity for all. It's evolution #HeForShe (sic)."
She has also received support from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who praised her for tackling the subject of feminism, while country singer Jenifer Nettles wrote, "Way to go @EmWatson! It's not us against them'! We're all in this together! #feminismispositiveforall (sic)."
Sophia Bush, Carly Rae Jepsen, Camilla Belle, Jessie Ware, Paloma Faith, Ellie Goulding and Freida Pinto are among the other female stars who have also thrown their support behind Watson.
Former Harry Potter star Emma Watson delivered her first speech as a United Nations Women's Global Goodwill Ambassador on Saturday (20Sep14) when she helped launch the HeForShe campaign against gender inequality in New York.
The actress recalled her introduction to gender issues at a young age when she was called "bossy" for wanting to stage plays for her family, and she approached the 'f' word, when she told the dignitaries before her she was proud of being a feminist, even though the word no longer appears to mean what she would like it to.
Listing a series of important events as a teenager that made her realize that girls and women often feel they have to make odd choices to fit in, she added, "When, at 14, I started to be sexualized by certain elements of the media, when, at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams, because they didn't want to appear 'muscle-y', when, at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist. And this seems uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. "Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating and anti-men, unattractive, even. Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one?"
She also tackled workplace equality, stating, "I think it is right that I am paid the same as my male counterparts... I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men. "But sadly, I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights. No country in the world can yet say that they have achieved gender equality. These rights, I consider to be human rights but I am one of the lucky ones, my life is a sheer privilege because my parents didn't love me less because I was born a daughter. My school did not limit me because I was a girl. My mentors didn't assume that I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day."
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Apple-loving pop star Lily Allen has inked a deal to promote smartphones for the technology giant's arch rival Samsung.
The Smile hitmaker, who is frequently pictured carrying her beloved iPhone and uses the company's iPad tablet computers, is the new brand ambassador for the Galaxy Alpha. Samsung's latest cell phone is a rival to Apple's new iPhone 6 and company bosses are investing $16 million (£10 million) in its launch campaign. It seems the deal has already had an effect on Allen's allegiances - earlier this month (Sep14) she was pictured leaving a hotel in Dublin, Ireland showing off a new Samsung phone instead of her usual Apple gadget.
The campaign launches with a TV advert featuring Allen's song As Long As I Got You, which runs on U.K. networks from Saturday (20Sep14). A spokesman for Samsung U.K. and Ireland says, "The Galaxy Alpha is a smartphone that pushes the boundaries in terms of its style and technology and we wanted a campaign that was culturally relevant with young minded consumers. Our goal is to bring this mobile brand platform to life in a way that is relevant to our audience."
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Emma Watson jetted to Uruguay this week (beg15Sep14) to give a speech as part of her new role as a United Nations (U.N.) Goodwill Ambassador.
The Harry Potter actress, who was appointed to the position in July (14), addressed an event at Uruguay's Parliament in the capital city Montevideo on Wednesday (17Sep14) which was organized by several women's groups. Watson spoke via a translator backing the U.N.'s HeForShe campaign, which is fighting for more elected female senators, and she won applause from audience members including Uruguay's Vice President Danilo Astori.
The 24 year old admits she was pleased with how her speech was received, saying, "At the back of the room there were five young women, probably under the age of 17, who were holding a banner that said, 'Say yes to more women in politics'. To see this kind of participation is why I'm here. It's why I've come to Uruguay and why I want to work with U.N. Women...Thankfully, I have this platform and I'm able to shine a light on these issues, which are really important to me and this is what I want to continue to do and what I believe in passionately."
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British royal Prince Harry rang in his 30th birthday with a black tie dinner party and a performance from pop star Ellie Goulding.
The party took place at Clarence House, the London home of Harry's father Charles, Prince of Wales, on Wednesday (17Sep14) night, two days after he hit the milestone on Monday (15Sep14). The birthday boy drove himself to the venue, while guests were seen arriving in tuxedos and evening gowns. Goulding, who sang at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding, is good friends with Harry and is reported to have performed a number of her hits at the party.
Vanity Fair reports guests dined on Harry's favourite foods - beef wellington and fish pie, with Eton mess for dessert. Prince Charles, who missed the party as he is on vacation in Scotland, is said to have sent crates of Champagne for the soiree. The party was originally planned to take place at Kensington Palace, where Harry lives with his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, but was postponed due to the pregnant duchess' severe morning sickness.
The celebrations come amid reports the young prince has reunited with his ex-girlfriend, socialite Cressida Bonas, after they were spotted together on a cinema trip to see Cameron Diaz's new comedy Sex Tape on Tuesday (16Sep14).