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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).
Country music legend George Hamilton Iv has died, aged 77. The singer passed away at a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday (17Sep14) just days after suffering a heart attack.
A statement posted on his official website reads, "Grand Ole Opry Legend George Hamilton IV The International Ambassador of Country Music passed away... at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital (Nashville,TN) with his family by his side. George IV suffered a serious heart attack on Saturday and had been in critical condition from that time. The Hamilton family greatly appreciates everyone's prayers!"
Hamilton began his music career while studying at the University of North Carolina, scoring a chart success with his song A Rose and A Baby Ruth in 1956. He went on to land a slew of hits and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1960.
He embraced folk music in the late 1960s, working with stars including Joni Mitchell, and in the early 1970s, he was named the International Ambassador of Country Music after becoming the first country singer to perform in the Soviet Union.
In the 1970s, Hamilton also hosted a number of TV shows in the U.K. and Canada and appeared in a West End musical based on the life of Patsy Cline.
He continued recording and performing into his 70s, and last performed at the Grand Ole Opry on 6 September (14), just days before his death.
Jackie Chan's son Jaycee is facing up to three years in prison after he was formally arrested on a drug charge on Wednesday (17Sep14). Jaycee Chan was detained by police in Beijing, China last month (Aug14), alongside Taiwanese actor Ko Kai, after they tested positive for marijuana and admitted to using the drug.
Cops also discovered a 100 gram (3.5 ounce) stash of pot at Chan's home.
Chan and Ko were held in a detention centre following the August (14) bust, but police only obtained approval from prosecutors to officially arrest Chan on suspicion of allowing other people to consume drugs this week (begs15Sep14).
He was taken into custody on Wednesday.
The 31 year old's famous father, martial arts film star Jackie Chan, recently apologised for his son's drug arrest, confessing he was "ashamed" by the incident.
The Rush Hour star, who was appointed an anti-drug ambassador by China's National Narcotics Control Commission in 2009, also vowed to work with Jaycee on his recovery.
Country music legend George Hamilton Iv is recovering in a Nashville, Tennessee hospital after suffering a heart attack over the weekend (13-14Sep14). The 77 year old remains in critical condition but is resting comfortably, according to a post on his website.
A spokesman for the Abilene singer says, "He and his family greatly appreciate your ongoing prayers and respect for their privacy at this personal time."
Hamilton was mentored by fellow legend Chet Atkins and toured with Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers.
He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1960 and in the early 1970s, he was named the International Ambassador of Country Music, after becoming the first country singer to perform in the Soviet Union.
German actor Joachim Fuchsberger has died at the age of 87. Fuchsberger passed away of organ failure on Thursday (11Sep14).
He began his acting career in German film Geh mach dein Fensterl auf in 1953 and went on to star in several TV shows and movies, including 08/15, Zu viele Koche and Hotel Royal, for which he received a Bambi Award for Best Actor in 1969.
In addition to his TV and film work, Fuchsberger served as the host of talk show Heut' abend and quiz show Auf Los geht's los in the 1970s and 1980s.
In 2012, he was feted with a lifetime achievement honour at the Bambi Awards.
Fuchsberger was previously married to pop singer Gitta Lind in 1951 to 1953 and is survived by his actress wife Gundula Korte.
The couple's composer son Thomas drowned in 2010.
Fuchsberger was a member of the Nazi Party's Hitler Youth organisation during World War Two. He was wounded and captured by Russian forces when he was just 16, and later handed over to the British allies, who put him to work as an engineer in Recklinghausen.
He became the first German ambassador for UNICEF in 1984.
Taiwanese actor Kai Ko broke down in tears on Friday (29Aug14) as he apologised to fans following his recent arrest on drug charges alongside Jackie Chan's son. Kai and Jaycee Chan were taken into custody by police in Beijing, China on 14 August (14) as part of a nationwide crackdown on illegal drug use. They both tested positive for marijuana and subsequently confessed to smoking pot.
Kai, 23, was sentenced to 14 days in a detention centre for the charge and he walked free from the Beijing facility early on Friday.
The You Are the Apple of My Eye star, also known as Ko Chen-tung, took part in a press conference with his parents and talent agent that afternoon and issued an emotional apology to everyone he had let down.
Vowing never to use drugs again, a teary Kai said, "I was wrong on this issue. I made a mistake. There is no excuse for it. I was wrong.
"I never realised that Kai Ko is more than just a name for myself. It also means a lot to those who support and love me. It was out of my expectations that anything concerning 'Kai Ko' could have such a big impact on others."
Jaycee Chan, who remains in police custody, has yet to be sentenced. He faces up to three years behind bars after cops also found 100 grams of marijuana during a search of his home and slapped with him a count of "providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs".
Chan's famous father, martial arts film star Jackie Chan, recently addressed his son's drug arrest, admitting he was "ashamed" by the incident.
The Rush Hour star, who was appointed an anti-drug ambassador by China's National Narcotics Control Commission in 2009, also apologised for Jaycee's actions, stating, "I extend our deepest apologies to everyone for the negative impact this has caused on society."
New dad Pete Wentz will open a telethon for muscular dystrophy this weekend (30-31Aug14) with his band Fall Out Boy. The bassist will join The Muscular Dystrophy Association's 2014 National Goodwill Ambassador Reagan Imhoff on stage following a performance of the band's new song Young Volcanoes on Sunday (31Aug14).
He says, "Reagan is a total sweetheart whose positive attitude immediately captures the attention of everyone she meets.
"Being able to give back to an organization that's making a difference like MDA has taken on a much deeper meaning for me since having kids. All the members of Fall Out Boy are honoured to be part of this telethon as a band to help save and improve lives for all MDA families."
LeAnn Rimes and actress Alyssa Milano will also attend the televised event, which will help raise money for the muscular disorder.
The telethon will air in the U.S. on Sunday.
Actor Jackie Chan has spoken out about his son's recent drug arrest, insisting he is "ashamed" by the incident. Jacyee Chan and Taiwanese actor Kai Ko were detained following a drug bust in Beijing last week (ends17Aug14), according to the South China Morning Post. Following the arrest, the actors reportedly tested positive for marijuana and confessed to using the drug.
The Rush Hour star, who was appointed an anti-drug ambassador by China's National Narcotics Control Commission in 2009, has now broken his silence over the drug charges and is apologising for his son's actions.
In a post on his website he writes, "I'd like to thank everyone for your care and concerns. The recent news about my son, Jaycee, is very shocking and the impact it has caused on society is heartbreaking. When I first heard the news, I was absolutely enraged. As a public figure, I feel very ashamed; as his dad, I'm very sad and disappointed. But the person who feels heartbroken the most is his mom.
"I hope our younger generation will learn from Jaycee's mistake and stay far away from drug abuse. I would like to take this opportunity and say to Jaycee: you've done something wrong and you have to be responsible for the consequences. I'm your dad and I'll always be with you. We will face the road ahead of us together.
"I should also take some of this responsibility because, as his dad, I didn't teach him well. Therefore, on behalf of Jaycee and myself, I extend our deepest apologies to everyone for the negative impact this has caused on society. Thank you."
The 32 year old has been charged with "providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs" and faces three years in prison if convicted.