Jada Pinkett Smith has a whole new level of respect for Angelina Jolie after she went to great lengths to help the Collateral star set up her campaign against human trafficking. Will Smith's wife has become an outspoken activist in the fight against the illegal sex trade in recent years after setting up her Don't Sell Bodies organisation, which aims to bring an end to the exploitation of woman and children around the world.
However, the actress reveals she owes a lot to fellow humanitarian Jolie, who serves as Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, for going out of her way to put Pinkett Smith in touch with the right people.
Speaking to America's Health magazine, Jada explains, "Angelina Jolie and I, we're not friends, but when I called her about my human trafficking endeavours, she went all in. And I really appreciated that because there are not a lot of times that you can call upon people in our business and get serious help.
"She put me in contact with the people I needed to be in contact with, she sent me books, sent me all the information she had.
"I'm not saying that Angelina and I are, like, girlfriends and kicking it every day, but when you call another woman who's in a position to lend support to you and she just jumps right in there - that's sisterhood."
British singer Elly Jackson made no money from her band La Roux's eight million record sales. The Bulletproof hitmaker has blasted the machinations of a music industry that handed her no cash from her huge sales, insisting, "There's something not right about it."
She is adamant streaming services such as Spotify leave artists out of pocket, telling Digitalspy, "I hope one day it works and benefits the artist as much as I think it should. I think that's what all those services are hopefully trying to work towards, but at the moment it's difficult and there is so, so little money in music."
Jackson is adamant she only ever made money from radio play of the group's songs, and she believes part of the problem is having to pay tour earnings to her backing band, adding, "Until you start getting to much larger venues, if you've got a five-piece band like I have, you find it very difficult to break even. We don't break even. Thank God we're really passionate about what we do and we don't mind when we lose money. We will try to make money by moving up to larger venues and building ourselves up as a live act, so that's become unbelievably important, which has been great for the music industry."
David Hasselhoff has been recruited by Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson to star in a new music video. The veteran actor revealed the news in a Twitter.com post on Sunday (21Sep14), when he shared a photo of himself posing with the pop stars and their director Emil Nava on the set of the mystery project.
In the accompanying caption, he wrote, "What a great day @CodySimpson @justinbieber Emile (sic) our director for new video..."
In another shot, uploaded at the same time, Hasselhoff reprised his role as Mitch Buchannon in Baywatch and posed in the iconic red shorts and jacket he donned for the classic TV series.
It is not yet known if the two photos were taken on the same set.
Further details about the promo have not been revealed, but Simpson recently revealed that he and Bieber have been busy working on a forthcoming duets album.
Actress Polly Bergen has died, aged 84. The Emmy Award winner passed away on Saturday morning (20Sep14) at her home in Connecticut. No further details were given, but Bergen is believed to have spent several years battling emphysema.
A statement from her publicist Judy Katz reads, "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary actress and long-time friend and client, Polly Bergen. She died peacefully at her home in Southbury, Connecticut... surrounded by her family, long-time personal manager, Jan McCormack and close friends."
Bergen rose to fame in the 1950s, winning an Emmy Award in 1958 for her role in U.S. TV series Playhouse 90, while she also appeared in her own variety series The Polly Bergen Show, which ran from 1957 to 1958.
Her movie roles included turns opposite Doris Day and James Garner in 1963's Move Over, Darling, while she also appeared with Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum in the original 1961 Cape Fear and with Johnny Depp in 1990's Cry-Baby.
In later years, she appeared in popular U.S. show Desperate Housewives playing Felicity Huffman's onscreen mother, and she also acted alongside the late James Gandolfini in The Sopranos.
Ethan Hawke stunned actress Laura Dern at the recent Telluride Film Festival in Colorado by revealing the two are related. The Training Day star tracked down Dern and told her they were distant cousins on her mother Diane Ladd's side of the family. Ladd is related to playwright Tennessee Williams, who is Hawke's great-granduncle.
The true mark of a good romance movie is the cry factor. If you cry a little, then it was a good movie. If you cry a lot, then it was a great movie. These movies all made you sob, at least once, even if it was just for a minute (or the whole 3 hours...).
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Romantic because: They're polar opposites, but obvious soulmates, even after years apart. Despite their differences and arguments, Noah and Allie fall in love with each other so deeply, nothing can change that, and they'd be anything for each other: "If you're a bird, I'm a bird."
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: The fact that Noah kept this notebook for Allie and read it to her every single day after developing Alzheimers, even on the days she didn't recognize him (most days).
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GIPHY/20th Century Fox
Romanitc because: Jack and Rose fall for each other despite their very obvious differences in class and personality. It's a whirlwind romance, spanning less than a week in time, that eclipses the major point of the movie -- the boat sinking.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Jack giving up his life so that Rose can live, telling her to "Never let go."
Bonus: Seeing them reunited after Rose passes away in her 90's and they're young again. We're all still sobbing through the pain.
Sleepless In Seattle
Romantic because: You know why it's romantic - finding love again after losing someone. But what makes this movie sweet is the fact that Jonah cares so much about his father, he'd do anything to make sure he's happy again, which leads to a new relationship.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: That meeting at the top of the Empire State Building (which is an awesome reference to a reunion between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember).
A Walk To Remember
Romantic because: What isn't lovable about the bad boy falling for the sweet, reserved Christian girl? Especially when she's told him not to fall in love with her. Landon changes for the better because of this relationship and becomes the adorable boyfriend who wants to fulfill his girlfriend's tame bucket list.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Jamie walking down the aisle at her and Landon's wedding, despite how sick she is. Then the blow to our hearts was delivered and we couldn't handle things.
Romantic because: Summer romance, parents who don't understand, an older boy...it's all appealing to the teenage girl who wants a relationship like that. Baby and Johnny's dancing also makes everyone's lives a littler steamier.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: "Nobody puts baby in a corner."
When Harry Met Sally
Romantic because: Who doesn't want to wind up with their best friend? Okay, maybe not everyone, but it's kind of ideal if you've got a best friend who is of the sex you're attracted to.
The most romantic aspect: They actually wind up together. Friends can become lovers and it's not weird.
Romantic because: It shows that not every relationship is even closely alike and that even though it's a movie and going to have a happy ending as a romance, you don't have to mirror your relationship based off of someone else. You can have your own.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Andrew Lincoln's poster board scene (that he will never live down, no matter how many walkers he kills on The Walking Dead).
You've Got Mail
Romantic because: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Just kidding (not really). It's a film that not only brought online dating to the forefront way before it's time, but it also highlights how big business effects personal stores, but that those people behind everything aren't all bad.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: "I wanted it you be you." PASS THE TISSUES!
Romantic because: She might be a prositute, but the film nevers takes on a nature that would ever make you think she's immoral. It's also kind of hilarious, yet sweet, for the man to hire her as his escort to fall in love with her.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: When he shows up at her apartment, instead of going to the airport, and he climbs the fire escape with a bouquet of roses clutched between his teeth.
P.S. I Love You
Romantic because: Holly finding out what Gerry has left for her after his passing, to help ease her pain. Even though we only see their relationship in snippets as she grieves, this movie beautifully portrays the love that Gerry had for his wife.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: The whole movie? Yup, the whole freaking thing. If you weren't a wreck after this movie, you might need to get your soul checked out.
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U.S. President Barack Obama honored Joan Rivers following her tragic death by quietly sending a touching message to the comedienne's grieving daughter.
The funnywoman died on 4 September (14), a week after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation in New York. Her passing was mourned by famous fans around the world, including Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman and Johnny Depp, but White House officials poignantly decided against releasing an official statement in her memory, as is traditional when a star who has had a significant impact on American culture dies.
However, Melissa Rivers reveals President Obama did make the effort to send her a private message of condolence, despite the fact he and his wife Michelle were often the butt of the caustic comedienne's jokes. During a special tribute episode of the late star's Fashion Police show, Melissa said, "I received a handwritten note saying, 'Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think'."
Rivers had previously stirred controversy by calling Obama gay and branding First Lady Michelle Obama a "tranny". She later played down her comments, insisting the word "tranny" was not an insult, saying, "I think it's a compliment. She's so attractive, tall, with a beautiful body, great face, does great makeup. Take a look and go back to (classic play) La Cage Aux Folles. The most gorgeous women are transgender."
Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan is due to air in the U.S. on Friday night (19Sep14).
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Steve Mcqueen's thrilling chase sequence in The Great Escape has been voted the best motorbike scene in movie history.
The Hollywood star's character is chased by Nazis in the 1963 war film, stealing a motocycle and leaping over a barbed wire fence before he eventually becomes entangled in the wire and apprehended. Carole Nash spokeswoman Rebecca Donohue says, "The Great Escape is a film people watch over and over. It's almost like they hope if they watch it enough times, he will get over the last line of barbed wire."
Tom Cruise's Top Gun motorcycle ride came in second place in the poll by specialist super bike insurer Carole Nash, while third place went to a scene from biker classic Easy Rider and Arnold Schwarzenegger took fourth for his ride in Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
Daniel Craig landed fifth place for his rooftop race in 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall.
"I'm not immune to being interested, like, of course I want to know what Jennifer Lawrence's boobs look like. And if she wants to show them me one day, great! But if she's not willing, why on earth would I want to violate another person and look at their private photos? To me it feels kind of classless." Actress Kristen Bell weighs in on the recent celebrity photo hacking scandal.
Jenny Mccarthy's 12-year-old son Evan walked her down the aisle at her wedding to Donnie Wahlberg.
The model-turned-TV personality married the New Kids on the Block star on 31 August (14), and the big day was made even more special as she had her son by her side. McCarthy tells People.com, "He came up to me and said, 'I have the most important job at the wedding', and I said 'You do,' and then the time came where he walked in the door in his little tuxedo... Donnie helped him get dressed, and then he met me and said, 'You ready?' "He put out his little arm, and we walked down the aisle, and the officiator said, 'Who's giving away this girl?' And he raised his arm, 'I am.'"
McCarthy was also thrilled that her son's involvement did not stop there - he also planned a surprise speech for the bride.
She adds, "He grabbed the microphone and said, 'Can I say a few words?' He was like, 'I love my stepdad, I'm so glad for my mom, we're going to make a great family.' And it was really beautiful."
The adventures of a group of skid-row derelicts living at an inner-city mission in Los Angeles. In the pilot episode, the derelicts attempt to raise the money needed to save their mission without taking the most desperate of steps -- going to work.