Hollywood actor Zac Efron celebrated his 27th birthday with a trip to the Dutch city of Amsterdam with friends including DJ Martin Garrix. The 17 Again star turned 27 on Saturday (18Oct14) and he spent the day in the city with Animals hitmaker Garrix and fellow DJ Dillon Francis.
Efron posted a picture on his Instagram.com page showing the trio wheeling around Amsterdam on bicycles, adding in a caption, "Rollin with the homies!! Thanks to @DillonFrancis and @martingarrix for the coolest birthday ever (sic)."
Actress Candice Accola exchanged vows with The Fray guitarist Joe King at a ceremony in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday (18Oct14). The Vampire Diaries star was joined for the nuptials by many of her co-stars, including Paul Wesley, Kat Graham, Michael Trevino, Claire Holt, and Kayla Ewell, who acted as a bridesmaid.
Castmate Ian Somerhalder was unable to attend the ceremony, but sent the happy couple a message via Instagram.com, writing, "Candace and Joe - my brother, my sister. What a magical day this is for both of you. From the eye of the storm I am still with you in spirit! I am missing my home state of Louisiana and my city, the great city of New Orleans. Sending you so much love from my shoot in ATL (Atlanta) - I'm working hard & I wish I could be there physically, but we have the rest of our lives to celebrate. I love you guys! So. Much."
The couple became engaged during a vacation in Florence, Italy in May, 2013. It is the first trip down the aisle for Accola, while King has two daughters from a previous marriage.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has missed a 30th anniversary screening of The Terminator as he is suffering from a bout of influenza. The Hollywood hardman dropped out of the event in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday (15Sep14) but appeared via video link to apologise for his absence.
In the clip, Schwarzenegger says, "I just came back from a trip throughout Europe and I caught the flu. I know machines are never supposed to get sick. But I am. I thought the wisest thing would be to not to expose anyone else. I hope you understand."
He signed off with The Terminator's iconic catchphrase, "I'll be back".
The film's director James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd were present and held a question-and-answer session with the audience to discuss the sci-fi classic.
Cameron insisted the star was "sick as a dog" and told fans, "I said, 'Terminators don't get sick. You don't feel pity or remorse. Or fear. And you absolutely do not stop. So what are you doing at home you little b**ch?'... OK, I didn't really say that last part. But that's what I thought. I told him that it was fine, I'd take care of it."
Police were called to Justin Bieber's Beverly Hills home on Tuesday (14Oct14) after neighbours complained about noise.
The "Baby" hitmaker was throwing a welcome home party following a trip to Europe when cops showed up, but subsequently left when they did not hear anything coming from the condominium, according to TMZ.com. However, law enforcement officials returned to the home over an hour later and spoke with Bieber directly and reportedly informed him his neighbours could make a citizen's arrest if the noise persisted. He subsequently agreed to end the party. The incident comes days after the pop star was warned about leaving his Vespa scooter in a no-parking zone in Florence, Italy. He was also accused of clashing with photographers in Paris, France in September (14).
5 Seconds Of Summer have cancelled a string of upcoming gigs to allow drummer Ashton Irwin to recover from appendicitis.
Irwin was hospitalised earlier this week (13-Oct-14) and is currently recovering from an operation. The group was scheduled to perform at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards this weekend (18-19Oct14) and in Japan next week (begs20Oct14). A statement on their website reads: "Hi guys, we have some news for you today. Ashton has come down with a case of appendicitis and had to have an operation. He's doing great and will be back up & running in no time, but he'll need to rest up for the next week or so... Unfortunately this means that we'll no longer be able to fly back to the UK this weekend for the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards. We will also be postponing next week's trip to Japan... "We are so sorry to everyone that had planned on seeing us. We were so excited to come see you all and we never want to make any of you sad... We hope you understand! "Thanks so much for supporting all we do, we love you. Can't wait for us four lads to get back on the road (minus one band appendix) and rock out with you all again soon!"
Facebook.com founder Mark Zuckerberg is leading the way in the fight against Ebola by donating $25 million (£15.6 million) to help U.S. medical experts find a cure for the deadly disease. The billionaire and his wife Priscilla Chan announced the grant for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control foundation on Tuesday (14Oct14), almost a week after Texan Thomas Eric Duncan died from the virus. He was America's first confirmed Ebola case and was diagnosed shortly after returning from a trip to West Africa, where more than 4,400 people have died from the condition since the outbreak began earlier this year (14).
A statement released by the couple reads: "We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn't spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.
"We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome."
Zuckerberg isn't the first celebrity to take action - British supermodel Naomi Campbell is organising charity fashion shows to help in the battle against Ebola, while Boardwalk Empire actor Jeffrey Wright has embarked on a global Twitter campaign called #CrushEbolaNow to raise awareness about the disease.
Pop superstar Miley Cyrus will leave Australia with a permanent reminder of her tour Down Under after having a new tattoo. The Wrecking Ball singer had a monkey inked on her wrist in honour of her younger brother Braison, who she nicknames Woo Kong, and she thanked the crew at the Melbourne tattoo shop by inviting them all to her Bangerz gig in the city.
During an appearance on breakfast TV show Sunrise on Monday (13Oct14), Cyrus says, "I did (get a new tattoo). I call my brother Woo Kong, it's a monkey king so I got it for my little brother. We had the best day ever so I was trying to mark that... I love him enough to tattoo his name forever..."
She adds of the tattoo crew's outing to her gig, "They all came to the show. I was like, 'Give me a tattoo in exchange for tickets'. So we gave them an awesome seat, they had a great time. I did some different covers just for them 'cause I felt like I was sending tattoo artists to my show so I had to do some (Led) Zeppelin, I had to do a little bit of that sort of thing."
Argentina's U.K ambassador has accused British TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson of fabricating his tale of Top Gear's doomed trip to Argentina to boost ratings. The British star caused controversy by driving a car with the licence plate 'H982 FKL' during the U.K. motoring show's recent shoot in the South American nation.
The stunt was considered a mocking reference to the Falklands War of 1982, and Clarkson claimed the cast and crew's lives were put at risk when they were chased by an angry mob which pelted the cars with stones. He also alleged the violence forced them to flee the country.
However, Alicia Castro, the U.K's Argentinian ambassador, has now written an impassioned response to an article Clarkson wrote in Britain's The Sunday Times newspaper detailing his trip.
Castro accuses Clarkson of exaggerating his tale and fabricating much of the detail, while she also claims he has unfairly depicted Argentinians as "savages" and put off prospective British tourists.
In an article for Britain's The Independent newspaper, Castro writes, "He describes being ambushed by a mob brandishing 'pickaxes'. Later... he recounts another scene: Clarkson claims that a mob was trying to burn the crew's cars - which I understand did not actually happen - and he goes so far as to affirm that 'One said they were going to barbecue us and eat the meat'.
"Clarkson's imperialistic imagination is remarkably fertile: Argentina has never practised cannibalism. We do, it is true, eat a lot of beef. But we have never eaten a journalist... It may be too much to ask of people whose job it is to produce shows, that they refrain from fabricating such a horror story or tale of adventure just to get publicity and increase ratings."
Castro insists local authorities brought crew members to safety once the unrest began and concludes the article by asking the star and his crew to treat the Falklands conflict with more respect because so many soldiers lost their lives in the conflict.
She adds, "The conflict in the South Atlantic - and especially the memory of those who lost their lives in the war on both sides - deserve to be treated not with malicious mockery, but with understanding and respect."
David Beckham has signed up as the face of a new campaign highlighting the danger of the Ebola outbreak in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly disease. The retired soccer star, who is an ambassador for the the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), is to appear in a video which will be screened in West Africa describing ways to stop the transmission of the virus.
Isha Johansen, President of the Sierra Leone Football Association, who is involved in the drive, tells Britain's The Sun on Sunday newspaper, "To have David Beckham involved in this campaign is massive for us and we are so grateful to him... His sympathetic message will be broadcast across the country and the whole of West Africa, and it will raise the importance of how to fight this disease by simple things like good cleanliness."
The Ebola outbreak has wreaked havoc in countries including Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and resulted in more than 4,000 deaths.
Beckham visited Sierra Leone in 2008 for a charity trip.
Rising R&B star August Alsina cancelled a planned performance in London after doctors warned him not to travel to the U.K. so soon after his recent health scare. The No Love singer was due to perform at comedian Kevin Hart's HartBeat Weekend event in the British capital on Saturday night (11Oct14), but pulled out on medical grounds.
Alsina collapsed and hit his head during a performance in New York City on 15 September (14), and subsequently suffered several seizures and slipped into a coma. He is now recovering at home, but doctors advised him not to fly.
A spokesperson for the star tells Billboard.com, "Due to the well-publicised fall from a stage in New York last month which caused August to be hospitalised for more than a week, his medical team has advised him that it would be unwise to travel such distance so soon into his recovery. August has asked us to convey his disappointment and sadness that he will be unable to perform. We all wish him the very best of luck and a speedy recovery."
Hart has since sent a message to the star via Twitter.com, writing, "Hey @AugustAlsina I completely understand & I'm sure your UK fans understand as well. Your health is what's important man... Get well."
Alsina is due to start a U.S. tour early next month (Nov14).