Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst conquered the catwalk by making her modelling debut in designer Jean Paul Gaultier's Paris Fashion Week show. The Austrian singer, real name Tom Neuwirth, scored the coveted closing spot in the French designer's runway parade when he debuted his Haute Couture Fall/Winter collection in the French capital on Wednesday (09Jul14).
The bearded drag queen donned a dramatic black bridal gown, with a waist-cinching patent red belt and a black veil.
Gaultier thanked Wurst for participating by getting down on his knees and grasping her hands at the end of the show.
The fashion mogul also gushed about Wurst to British newspaper The Independent after the runway show, revealing they actually met two years ago when she came to one of his events.
The designer said, "I loved her look and when I heard that she will represent Austria for the Eurovision Song Contest, I was delighted. When she won I was crazy with joy.
"I always say that beauty is difference and Conchita has shown us all that she is unstoppable. And she looks great in couture; she is a real couture woman."
Wurst follows in the footsteps of singer Beth Ditto and pin-up Dina Von Teese, who walked the runway for Gaultier in the same closing spot in previous years.
Actor Alexander Ludwig has landed a new role as a brand ambassador for jewellery and luxury goods company Bulgari.
The Lone Survivor star, who also played Cato in The Hunger Games, joined his fellow Bulgari spokesman, Eric Bana, and the design firm's muse, singer and former French First Lady Carla Bruni, at a party in Paris, France on Tuesday night (08Jul14) to celebrate his new appointment, which was announced during the city's haute couture fashion week.
Ludwig, 22, says, "I feel very privileged to be associated with such an incredibly prestigious brand. I've long admired its tradition of impeccable design and it is also very appealing to me because the product is very youthful and modern. "I am also proud of their fundraising work on behalf of Save the Children and look forward to working more closely on their humanitarian projects in the near future."
Oscar winner Jared Leto, The Vampire Diaries beauty Nina Dobrev and Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto were also in attendance at the party.
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Superhero blockbusters X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Captain America: The Winter Soldier will battle it out at the inaugural mtvU Fandom Awards later this month (14).
The nominees for the fan-voted prizes are split across four categories: movies, TV dramas, TV comedies and animation. Films including The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Hobbit will be competing for the best fanbase title.
TV shows in the running include comedies Glee, How I Met Your Mother and New Girl and dramas Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Vampire Diaries. South Park and Family Guy are named in the animation category.
Fans vote online to ensure their favourite film or TV show makes it into the next round. The productions with the lowest number of votes will be knocked out until one nominee is left from each category. They will then compete for the Fandom of the Year title.
The special Best Fandom Forever award is also up for grabs for movies including Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings and TV shows including Doctor Who, Sherlock and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The winner will be decided based on the number of times they are mentioned on the MTV Tumblr.com blog page.
The awards will be handed out at the Petco Park baseball stadium on 24 July (14) as part of the annual Comic-Con festival in San Diego, California.
Ahead of the prizegiving, rockers Linkin Park will headline the inaugural MTV Fan Fest concert.
Highlights from the gig and the awards show will be broadcast on the mtvU channel on 27 July (14).
Rising Australian actor Ryan Corr is facing a drug charge after he was allegedly caught smoking heroin. Corr, who stars in Russell Crowe's upcoming directorial debut The Water Diviner, was allegedly caught puffing on the substance by police officers in the Bondi Beach area of Sydney on 27 May (14). The cops also allegedly found a bag of heroin powder in his possession.
The Wolf Creek 2 star, who was charged with possessing a prohibited drug, did not attend his first court appearance at Waverley Crown Court in the city on Tuesday (08Jul14) because he was filming a TV series in the U.K. His solicitor appeared on his behalf.
Corr, the winner of the 2011 Heath Ledger Scholarship Award, is scheduled to appear in court on 2 September (14).
Michael Douglas was surprised to find art imitating life when he was cast as a father whose drug-addicted son is sent to prison in new movie And So It Goes.
The Hollywood actor's grown-up son Cameron is behind bars serving out a sentence for his role in a heroin ring, and Douglas' new film appears to mirror his real life troubles.
Douglas plays a man who ends up caring for his granddaughter after his son is jailed on drug charges, and the Oscar winner admits he saw the similarities, telling the New York Post, "You read a script and you smile in those pieces... that come close to your story. I guess at this point in my life, at my age, you've gone through so many things that nothing really surprises you."
Director Rob Reiner reveals Douglas was given the chance to change the parts of the script that were similar to his real life issues, but turned the offer down. Reiner adds, "He said just leave it the way it is. It obviously must have been tough for him."
It is not the first time Douglas has played the parent of a junkie onscreen - in Oscar-winning 2000 movie Traffic he portrayed a U.S. drugs tsar whose daughter was hooked on heroin.
Hollywood actor Denzel Washington faced regular heckling from the audience while he was performing in A Raisin In The Sun on Broadway, according to his co-star Sophie Okonedo. The British actress, who won a Tony Award last month (14) for her turn in the revival of Lorraine Hansberry's acclaimed play, starred opposite the Oscar winner during the run, and admits working with such a famous actor had its drawbacks.
Despite the serious nature of the drama, fans would yell out at Washington throughout the performance, and a kissing scene often prompted banter from the crowd.
Okonedo tells British newspaper The Guardian, "People would should out: 'Don't, Denzel!' or 'You can't treat her like that!' At one point, Denzel and I have a kiss on stage and a woman shouted out, from the gods, 'Forget her - I'm up here!'"
The drama, which also won Best Revival of a Play at the Tony Awards, closed last month (Jun14).
Mel Gibson picked up a lifetime achievement award at the opening of the 2014 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic on Friday (04Jul14), amid protests from the country's Jewish leaders. Officials at the Federation of Jewish Communities objected to the honour, claiming Gibson's 2004 movie The Passion of the Christ portrays Jews as "evil and blood-thirsty".
In a letter to festival bosses posted on the group's website ahead of the prizegiving, the Jewish organisation's leaders wrote, "By granting this award, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival becomes another of the very arguable platforms that are gradually changing the atmosphere of our country from a traditional, relatively tolerant society into one where space is given to hostility, xenophobia, and anti-Semitic ideas."
Festival bosses responded by stating the award would be presented to Gibson in recognition of his "filmmaking skills and his career".
Oscar winner Gibson, a devout Catholic, has had run-ins with Jewish groups in the past - he was forced to apologise for anti-Semitic comments he made to a Jewish police officer who arrested him for drink driving in Malibu, California, in 2006.
The movie star and director accepted his remarks were "vitriolic and harmful".
Susan Sarandon's pet dog left U.S. chat show host Chelsea Handler with a reminder of the actress' most recent visit by peeing on the host's studio rug. The Oscar winner decided to introduce little Penny to Handler during a recent taped appearance on her late-night show Chelsea Lately and kicked off the chat by ordering her pooch not to relieve herself during the programme.
But Penny picked up the scent of another dog and had to go.
As cameras caught the dog peeing, Sarandon said, "No, no, no..." but Handler laughed off the leak, joking, "That's OK, let her pee. We're leaving soon anyway."
Handler is departing her E! show to embark on a new web chat series.
Shocked Sarandon added, "This is the first show that she's urinated on, 'cos she just did Letterman... She obviously feels very much at home here."
Susan Sarandon had to pay her own way from her home in Italy back to Hollywood to audition for baseball drama Bull Durham after a handful of her peers turned the role of Annie Savoy down. The Oscar winner was a new mum living with Italian director Franco Amurri when she learned that first-time director Ron Shelton and Kevin Costner were looking for their leading lady and she aggressively fought for the part.
She recalls, "Everybody that they wanted wouldn't read... Ron, who was a first-time director, felt really strongly that he wanted all the women to read with Kevin (Costner), and all of the people who were at the top of the list refused.
"I was living in Italy in a little house at the beach... with a very small child and I got the script kind of haphazardly and I read it and it was such a good script.
"They said that they would read me (have her audition), but I had to pay my own way over and I had a long trip to talk my ego out of the way and then I got kind of dolled up... I read the entire movie with Kevin and then I worked my way to the airport by kind of stopping at the studio and kinda lap-dancing a little bit, whoever I had to see at that point."
The audition and the schmoozing went well but Sarandon returned to Italy unsure if she'd done enough to land the role: "I got back and we didn't have a phone and two days later the neighbour came knocking and said, 'You have to call.'"
The actress is glad she fought for the role because the film was one of her favourite movie experiences.
She adds, "I was so racist about jocks (sports fans); I thought, 'This is gonna be a nightmare to be in a movie with so much testosterone...' But they were so sweet. I made barbecue chicken every weekend for everybody."
"I can't handle going to the hairdresser every six weeks, so I only go about once a year. In between, I get out the scissors and do something, usually rather disastrously. Sometimes I'll even chop my hair the morning of a big red carpet event." Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren prefers to cut her own hair.
Vocal competition that showcases talented singers of all ages - soloists and groups that include adults, kids, teens, seniors, families and professionals - all of whom will compete in head-to-head singing duels and the chance to win a $1 million prize.