Sharon Stone has donated clothing from her glamorous wardrobe to raise money for charity. The Basic Instinct actress has set up an online resale shop for her red carpet outfits on auction site Charity.org. She has donated more than 50 items of clothing including designer gowns, coats, 20 pairs of shoes and 10 scarves.
All proceeds from the sale will go to the charity YaLa - Young Leaders, a social media initiative for youngsters that promotes peace in the Middle East and North Africa.
Stone, who is Cultural Chair of the movement, tells EOnline.com, "The kids are really standing up for peace and they're communicating with each other. They're erasing that sense of fear that comes from not knowing."
British singer Joss Stone was given the opportunity to ride with an air ambulance crew during a charity visit in her native U.K. The You Had Me hitmaker is currently back in the U.K. for a brief break in her ongoing world tour, and she took time out to visit the Devon Air Ambulance Trust close to her home in Devon, England.
Stone made the visit to raise awareness and bring in donations for the organisation, which provides helicopter rescues across the south west of England, and she was given the chance to ride with one of the crews.
A statement posted on the star's Facebook.com page, reads, "Back in the UK... Joss went and visited the local Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Charity... Fortunately for us, one of the helicopters was due for its MOT (Ministry of Transport) Service, so Joss and team had a rare opportunity to take a ride with the crew and experience what they do on a daily basis."
Pictures posted on the page show Stone posing with the air ambulance crew and riding in the helicopter with them.
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Miley Cyrus has been blasted by anti-drugs campaigners for portraying an overdose in her new music promo.
The Wrecking Ball hitmaker appears alongside dance star Moby in the short clip dubbed Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain, a collaboration with The Flaming Lips. In the video, Cyrus is seen lying on a bed, foaming at the mouth and surrounded by pills.
The bizarre, psychedelic footage is intended as a reference to hallucinogenic LSD and the singer is portraying a "drug-induced coma", according to The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, who reveals much of the project was filmed while Cyrus was hospitalised in April (14). The singer suffered an allergic reaction to prescription medication, and she was forced to deny her ill health was the result of a drug overdose.
Coyne tells Rolling Stone, "This is the video we originally intended to be for a song that has a reference to the drug LSD. We were lucky enough to get a couple of hours with a bedridden Miley Cyrus. And even though she was still quite ill, she was full of laughs and great absurd suggestions."
However, the video has infuriated anti-drug campaigners, who have slammed the young pop star for her involvement.
Marolin Watson from Hope U.K., an organisation which provides drug and alcohol education to youngsters, tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "She took pains to deny that her recent spell in hospital was the result of a drug overdose. It is hard to understand why drug-taking should feature so prominently in her latest video."
"It has been said again and again, but celebrities really need to consider the impact their behaviour, whether real or as part of a performance, has on their young fans."
Actress Anne Hathaway and her husband Adam Shulman followed the example of Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield's recent goodwill stunt by holding up signs drawing attention to their favourite charities as they were photographed by the paparazzi on Friday (04Jul14).
The Amazing Spider-Man co-stars and real-life lovers have taken to using their fame to raise awareness for good causes and most recently created an impromptu photoshoot while being snapped out and about in New York City.
On Friday, Hathaway and Shulman decided to follow in their footsteps with makeshift, handwritten cardboard signs to turn the spotlight on child poverty organisations GirlEffect.org and worldofchildren.org and hunger charity feedingamerica.org. They held them in front of their faces as they walked their dogs in the Big Apple as photographers snapped away.
The Les Miserables star also gave Stone and Garfield a shout-out by writing, "Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield had a great idea!", before directing fans to visit the websites of her top charities, while Shulman's sign wished the public a happy Independence Day.
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend warned Britain's former Prime Minister Tony Blair not to court friendships with celebrities ahead of his famous 'Cool Britannia' event in 1997. The U.K.'s current leader David Cameron mimicked Blair's stunt by hosting his own star-studded bash at the Foreign Office in London on Tuesday (01Jul14), welcoming guests including actress Helen Bonham Carter and Townshend's bandmate Roger Daltrey.
However, Townshend, who was not invited to Cameron's event, insists politicians should not seek approval from stars, and reveals he warned Blair against his party plans.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "My advice was: 'Don't let f**king Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher come and talk to you, because as soon as things go a little bit difficult - and as soon as they get their tax bill - they'll drop you like a stone.' Which is exactly what happened."
A Downing Street spokesperson said this week's (beg30Jun14) event, which was also attended by Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes among others, was held to mark the creative industry's contribution to the economy.
One Direction's representative has shot down speculation Harry Styles is set to quit the band and go solo.
Rumours began to swirl that the 20 year old was planning to break free and work on an independent record after he teamed up with Irish rockers Kodaline in the studio.
Frontman Steve Garrigan told Digitalspy.co.uk, "He just turned up to a show, and he likes our music. We had a bit of free time and so we went to the studio and wrote a song. It was good fun. (The track) could be on his album if he does something, but I don't know. Nothing is set in stone."
A publicist for the hugely successful act has now spoken out to deny Styles, arguably the group's biggest star, is leaving. The spokesperson says, "There are no plans for Harry to release any solo music at this time, any writing that he is doing is for potential One Direction songs. It's common knowledge that the boys write separately and bring to each other for the album."
Bandmate Niall Horan has written with McFly in the past, while Liam Payne was recently in the studio with Pharrell Williams.
Documentary filmmaker Robert Gardner has died at the age of 88. The moviemaker passed away after suffering a cardiac failure on 21 June (14) in Boston, Massachusetts, according to the New York Times.
Gardner began making anthropological films in the 1950s and was best known for projects like Dead Birds, Deep Hearts and Forest of Bliss.
He was also an author of books Gardens of War: Life and Death in the New Guinea Stone Age and Making Forest of Bliss: Intention, Circumstance and Chance in Nonfiction Film. He was the host of TV series Screening Room in the 1970s.
Gardner also served as the Director of the Film Study Center at Harvard University from 1957 to 1997.
Motorhead star Lemmy has credited fellow rocker SLASH with helping him through his recent health crisis. The band axed a European tour last year (13) due to the veteran rocker's health scare, and he subsequently underwent heart surgery. Lemmy was left out of action for months as he recovered, and a planned comeback at the beginning of the year stalled when he fell ill again.
The veteran rocker is now bouncing back with a number of summer gigs with Motorhead, and he has credited former Guns N' Roses star Slash with helping him through the difficult times.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "He was at my house more than he's ever been before, encouraging me. He's a really f**king good guy."
Lemmy goes on to insist he is prepared to give up his music career if he finds himself unable to perform properly, adding, "You should deliver. But if I can't deliver, I'm never going to be a figurehead up there and just play for money. I could never do that. I've seen people do it, and it's just frightful. I'm old, you know. In two years I'm 70, which is ridiculous. How did that happen to me?"
The stars of comedy rock act Spinal Tap made a secret pilgrimage to the real Stonehenge site after their performance at Britain's Glastonbury Festival. The iconic stone circle in Wiltshire, England is part of the spoof band's folklore due to its inclusion in 1984 movie This Is Spinal Tap.
In the film, the group orders a giant replica of Stonehenge to be used on stage, only to discover the model is only 18 inches high instead of the intended 18 feet, and the gag was revived in many of the group's live shows.
Harry Shearer, who plays bassist Derek Smalls, now admits they all came face-to-face with the real thing after their performance at the Glastonbury Festival in England in 2009. He tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "The most memorable thing (about the Glastonbury show) was driving back to London afterwards. It was 6.30pm, someone saw this little thing to the left of the motorway and went: 'Look, there's Stonehenge.' I went: 'Come on, that's a replica where a petrol station should be.' But of course, it's the real one. So at 6.45pm, we drove in and they (site bosses) said 'No, we're closing at seven. Christopher (Guest) and I are fairly shy but our keyboard player, God bless him, is a fairly forward lad so he just walked up and said: 'You've gotta let these guys in, they put this place on the map.'
"The gates duly opened. So that goes down as my favourite ever solstice."
Bobby Womack's friend and collaborator Damon Albarn has joined stars including Ronnie Wood, Justin Timberlake and Ronald Isley to pay tribute to the soul legend following his death on Friday (27Jun14). The music veteran, who had suffered from Alzheimer's disease and prostate cancer, passed away at the age of 70, but no further details were available as WENN went to press.
Womack's death sent the music world into mourning, prompting tributes from his famous friends and fans, including Blur star Albarn, who helped the music veteran achieve a career revival in recent years by collaborating with him on a Gorillaz track and inviting him on tour.
Albarn mourned his friend's loss in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "I will see my brother in church @RealBobbyWomack."
Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood was among the first to pay tribute to Womack, tweeting, "I'm so sad to hear about my friend Bobby Womack - the man who could make you cry when he sang has brought tears to my eyes with his passing.
"My heart goes out to his family & friends and everyone who loved his music. Bobby you will be greatly missed."
The Rolling Stones recorded Womack's song It's All Over Now.
Pop star Justin Timberlake also marked the sad news by taking to Twitter to write, "One of THE BEST to ever do it. You've inspired so much out of me and will continue to do so... #RIPBobbyWomack," while CeeLo Green added, "RIP Bobby Womack... Heroes get remembered, but legends never die #RIPBobbyWomack."
Funk legend George Clinton offered up an online message to remember Womack, along with Anita Baker and Angie Stone and fellow soul icon Ronald Isley, of the Isley Brothers, who wrote, "I am sad to hear of the passing of my long time friend Bobby Womack. He was a special person with a special talent. I will truly miss him."
Rockers including Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea, Matt Sorum and Gerard Way also joined the flood of tributes, along with stars from the hip-hop world, led by Wyclef Jean, OutKast's Big Boi, 50 Cent, Q-Tip and Public Enemy.
Womack was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and his passing prompted a statement from organisation officials. The message reads, "Sad to learn that soul legend and 2009 Rock and Roll HOF Inductee Bobby Womack has passed away."