Eco-warrior Jack Johnson is urging fans to "green" his concerts by cycling to them and using his bike valet service backstage. The surf-rocker has created an initiative to encourage gig-goers to pedal to shows - and win prizes for parking their bicycles.
A post on the Better Together singer's new JackJohnsonBikeValet.org website reads: "Help to green a Jack Johnson event by making your travel to the venue climate neutral and bike to the show! And because cool people doing cool things deserve cool stuff, participants of the Jack Johnson Bike Valet will automatically be entered into a day-of random drawing for some cool prizes including Jack Johnson signed swag!"
Fans can even use the website to plan ahead and pre-check their bikes at gigs.
Upcoming shows in California next week (beg25Aug14) will all have bike valet sites.
Actor Chris Pratt helped to surprise families at a children's hospital in California on Wednesday (20Aug14) by visiting the medical facility in his Guardians Of The Galaxy costume. The star teamed up with organisers at Marvel and Children's Miracle Network Hospital to host a special screening of the film at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
During the screening, Pratt slipped out of the room to change into his costume.
He reappeared as Star-Lord and spent hours posing for pictures, signing autographs and handing out movie-themed toys to the young children.
Pratt has previously spoken about his desire to use the film's popularity to be a role model to his son and other kids.
He said, "I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe so that, if this movie comes out and does what everyone hopes it can, I can follow the example of someone and go visit kids.
"If it was a big enough movie, to where it would mean something to a kid who's sick in the hospital - for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them - I'll do that. I think that's awesome, man. That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?...
"Right now, it means high profile, cool jobs coming up, big press tour, and all the excitement of it all. But none of that really means anything. The coolest things would be that my son can one day see this, and that maybe I can go affect some kids in a positive way; be a good role model for them."
Harrison Ford put his health problems behind him by launching himself down a 2,500 foot (762 metres) slide on Tuesday (19Aug14). The Indiana Jones star was hospitalised in June (14) after his left leg was crushed on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. The actor has spent weeks recovering from the injury and finally looked ready to head back to work as he walked the red carpet unaided at The Expendables 3 premiere earlier this month (Aug14).
The 72 year old appeared to prove his fitness this week (beg18Aug14) by tackling the thrilling slide ride, where fun-lovers can reach speeds of 30 miles (48 kilometres) per hour, just days before he is due to return to filming the sci-fi installment in London.
Pictures obtained by TMZ.com show the actor taking the plunge on the Alpine Slide in Jackson Hole, Wyoming during a day out with his family.
Rockers Slipknot, SLASH, Soundgarden and Faith No More are set to headline Australia's Soundwave Festival. The two-day music event will take place in different cities over two consecutive weekends beginning on 21 February (15). Fall Out Boy, Marilyn Manson and Judas Priest are also on the bill.
A long-awaited memorial statue of late singer Amy Winehouse will be unveiled next month (Sep14) to mark what would have been her birthday. The Back to Black hitmaker died in 2011, aged 27, and her family has been in talks to install a life-size bronze sculpture of the singer in the North London neighbourhood of Camden, where Winehouse lived, since 2012.
The project was hit by a number of delays, but the memorial will now go ahead and be built in the famous Stables Market, rather than inside the Roundhouse music venue originally chosen by her family.
Her father Mitch says, "The Roundhouse would have been great as Amy and the Foundation (the charity set up in her name after her death) have a great affinity with the venue, but it would not always have been accessible for fans, we wanted people to be able to see it, touch and interact.
"Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her home town forever... Amy was in love with Camden and it is the place her fans from all over the world associate her with. The family have always been keen to have a memorial for her in the place she loved the most, which will provide fans a place to visit and attract people to the area."
The singer's family and friends will unveil the statue, made by sculptor Scott Eaton, on 14 September (14), the day which would marked the singer's 31st birthday.
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is giving fans a chance to win signed memorabilia from the hit series with a scavenger hunt before the Emmy Awards on Monday (25Aug14). The acclaimed series ended a hugely successful five-season run last September (13), making the 2014 prizegiving the last Emmy Awards the show is eligible for.
To commemorate the occasion, Paul, who is hoping for a second acting Emmy for his role as Jesse Pinkman, announced on Instagram.com on Wednesday (20Aug14) that he is planning to dole out prized props and scripts to eagle-eyed fans just before the ceremony kicks off at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
He wrote, "Dear friends, In honor of the Emmys and the final time Breaking Bad will be up for anything the Emmys (sic) I will be holding a scavenger hunt around LA on Monday before the Emmys for all of you Breaking Bad fans.
"There will be signed Breaking Bad scripts, posters, dolls, action figures and some really cool Breaking Bad art hidden all over the Hollywood area. Just wanted to do a little something to say 'Thank You' to everyone that has supported us thru out (sic) the years. We couldn't have done it without you! Happy hunting."
Breaking Bad is up for seven awards, including Best Series, which it won last year (13).
Sir Cliff Richard has turned down a Portuguese honour in the wake of a sex scandal back in his native England. The singer, who owns property in Portugal, was to be presented with the keys to his adopted city of Albufeira, but he has chosen not to accept the honour, following his denial of a sex offence.
Earlier this month (Aug14), his home in Berkshire was raided by police officers following allegations Richard sexually assaulted a boy under the age of 16 in 1985.
Denying the claims, Richard said, "For many months I have been aware of allegations against me of historic impropriety which have been circulating online. The allegations are completely false. Up until now I have chosen not to dignify the false allegations with a response, as it would just give them more oxygen."
The singer was due to be awarded the Freedom of Albufeira on Wednesday (20Aug15), but did not attend the ceremony.
The city mayor Carlos Silva e Sousa told the Daily Telegraph, "Cliff was invited to receive the gold key of the city because he is a distinguished member of Albufeira. It's a big honour. We are recognising big politicians and figures in civil society. He's not here today because it was his choice.
"It doesn't change my opinion of him. We are very proud of him, he is a big man. He is a very good man and we keep that opinion... I hope to give him the award at some point."
The news comes a day after Richard's publicist revealed the singer would not be returning to Britain from Portugal for a concert at Canterbury Cathedral next month (Sep14).
Movie star Bill Murray is to get his own day in Canada. The American funnyman will be feted at the the Toronto International Film Festival next month (Sep14) with Bill Murray Day. Festival bosses will honour the actor with free screenings of his movies Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters and Stripes before the premiere of his new film St. Vincent on 5 September (14).
Comedian/actor Donnell Rawlings has turned down a plea deal in his driving while intoxicated case. The Wire Star, who was arrested following a traffic stop in New York last month (Jul14), appeared in court in New York on Wednesday (20Aug14), where he was offered a deal which included a $300 (GBP176) fine and 90-day driver's license suspension, according to the New York Post.
Lawyers for Rawlings rejected the deal because it could potentially bar him from travelling to Canada, where the charge is a felony.
Rawlings' next court date is set for 15 October (14).
Actor James Spader regrets not hitting on more lonely and frustrated housewives when he was a young delivery boy in Massachusetts because looking back he now realises he only had to flirt a little to find himself in bed with them. The Sex, Lies & Videotape star admits he grew up fantasising about older women but was too naive to pick up on the signals women on his grocery delivery route gave him.
He tells the new issue of Playboy magazine, "If I knew then what I know now, I would've had many more encounters when I was a kid.
"Some of those wives would answer the door in their nightgowns in the middle of the day. I wasn't shy, obviously, just not wise enough. I was an idiot."