Reunited British pop group S Club 7 will make their official comeback as a seven-piece during the BBC's Children in Need live charity telethon next month (Nov14). It will mark the original line-up's first public performance together in more than 10 years.
Celebrities including Britney Spears, Pharrell Williams, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran helped raise $23.2 million (£14.5 million) during the U.K. Stand Up To Cancer telethon on Friday (17Oct14).
The "Toxic" hitmaker took part in a sketch called "Andy Murray: The Movie", in which celebrities were auditioning for parts in the upcoming biopic of the Scottish tennis player's life. Spears tried out for the role of Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears with a fake Cockney accent, while Williams tried a Scottish twang as he auditioned for Murray. Others trying out for parts included Ed Sheeran, who played "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by Scottish group The Proclaimers, while Andy Serkis filmed his audition in a motion capture suit. Swift took on British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver for a 'bake it off' competition sketch, where they were supposed to each make a chocolate cake. However, Oliver began singing and dancing to a revamped version of her new single Shake It Off and the pair ended up pulling funny moves and throwing food around.
British rocker Noel Gallagher teamed up with supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell for a celebrity version of Gogglebox, where viewers are filmed watching TV. The trio watched reality shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor and gave a comedic running commentary. Also during the broadcast, Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey revived their Men Behaving Badly characters for the first time in 16 years for a one-off sketch about testicular cancer. Will Ferrell appeared as his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy, giving a news report on cancer, Sherlock star Martin Freeman took part in a magic card trick with celebrity illusionist Derren Brown, and Nicole Scherzinger and John Legend were interviewed during a live taping of chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man. At the end of the live telethon, $23.2 million had been raised for Cancer Research U.K.
"@StandUp2C made double its take last year! Amazing! Thank u for inviting me." Lindsay Lohan is thrilled by the success of Britain's Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon, which took place on Friday night (18Oct14).
David Beckham gave an 11-year-old cancer patient a boost by paying the youngster a surprise visit as part of Gwyneth Paltrow's charity initiative.
The retired sports star took a break from his busy schedule to hang out with Lloyd Burton, who was a budding soccer player before a brain tumour left him wheelchair bound. Beckham signed a soccer ball for his young fan and chatted with him about sport. Burton says of the visit:
"I had no idea that I was going to meet David Beckham, it was such a brilliant surprise. He was really nice and we chatted lots about football." Beckham visited Burton as part of Paltrow's charity telethon, Stand Up To Cancer, which airs in the U.K. on Friday (17Oct14).
Stevie Wonder cancelled a transatlantic flight to record his contribution to a charity cover of the Beach Boys classic God Only Knows after missing the session when he fell sick. The soul legend is one of several stars who sing a line in the track, including Sir Elton John, Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Chris Martin, and Kylie Minogue.
However, Wonder was forced to sit out the main recording session when he was struck down with a bout of influenza, and when he had recovered enough, the Superstition hitmaker cancelled his flight home to return to the studio.
Sam Walker, creative director at Karmarama, the team behind the fundraising track, says, "This was almost certainly the lowest point in the whole project. We were gutted and were on the verge of giving up but then another call came through, to say that he was back in if we could record and shoot him the following day.
"He would move his flights back if we could say yes in the next fifteen minutes. It took about 30 seconds to make the decision."
When Wonder finally got to sing his line in the song, Walker and his team watched in awe: "It sounded amazing and we were blown away. Without doubt, having been that close to not getting him, it is definitely one of the highest points in the whole two and a half years. And to top it all off he's such nice bloke as well."
The song was recorded in aid of the BBC's Children in Need fundraising telethon, which is due to take place next month (Nov14).
British actors Neil Morrissey and Martin Clunes are set to reunite for a special charity sketch of their classic TV sitcom Men Behaving Badly. The old pals will revive their beer-guzzling characters Tony Smart and Gary Strang for the first time in 16 years as part of the U.K.'s Stand Up To Cancer telethon on Friday (17Oct14).
The sketch will be written by original show creator Simon Nye and feature the pair discussing testicular cancer.
The telethon, the British leg of the biennial U.S. event, will also feature appearances from actors Will Ferrell and Martin Freeman and singer Taylor Swift.
Funds raised will benefit Cancer Research UK.
Actress Hilary Swank is to host a star-studded TV charity event in aid of rescue dogs. The Million Dollar Baby star will helm The Great American Dog-a-Thon in the U.S. on Thanksgiving (27Nov14), and the show will include special guest appearances from Scarlett Johansson, Josh Duhamel, Fergie, Kesha, LeAnn Rimes and Kristen Bell.
Swank says, "I have long been an advocate for animal adoption and know first-hand the immense joy a shelter animal brings to our lives. Yet, every year more than four million animals are euthanised (sic) because of overcrowding in shelters. We are so fortunate to have an animal advocate in the Fox network that not only sees the need for more awareness surrounding this issue, but is willing to set aside a two-hour block for this important cause."
The event is a two-hour TV special celebrating rescue dogs. During the broadcast, viewers will be invited to foster or adopt one of the pooches.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is adding fashion designer to her resume with her own clothing line.
The Iron Man star will debut her first exclusive collection of clothes on her lifestyle website Goop in 2015. The actress has long been a Hollywood fixture in the fashion world, and has teamed up with high-profile designers including Diane Von Furstenberg, pal Stella McCartney and Michael Kors for collaborations, but the Goop line will be her first venture on her own.
Few details about Paltrow's line have been released, but the items will include many "wardrobe basics" according to Harper's Bazaar.
British rocker Noel Gallagher is joining his supermodel pals Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell for a fundraising comedy skit. The former Oasis star and the two British beauties will give their views on several U.K. TV shows in the short sketch for the Stand Up To Cancer telethon. The skit is based on British TV hit Gogglebox in which members of the public are filmed while watching TV.
A source tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "The sketch will help to raise money for charity and Kate is good friends with Noel and Naomi. When she knew she would have them by her side she did not hesitate to agree."
The television fundraiser is due to air in the U.K. on 17 October (14).
Gwyneth Paltrow's star-studded Stand Up To Cancer telethon on Friday (05Sep14) raised a whopping $109 million (£64 million) for charity. The actress, who served as show producer, gathered celebrity pals including Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Rob Lowe, Sofia Vergara, Will Ferrell, Robert Downey, Jr., Kerry Washington, Mike Myers, Jon Hamm and Pierce Brosnan, among many others, to help her appeal to the public for donations and man the social media outlets in Los Angeles to boost funds for the organisation, which supports research into groundbreaking new cancer treatments.
Charity totals for the fourth biennial event, which was broadcast live across the U.S. and Canada, have since been tallied and the amount raised this year (14) exceeded 2012's fundraiser by $28 million (£16.5 million).
The hour-long broadcast also featured performances from the Dave Matthews Band, The Who, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson and rappers Common and Lupe Fiasco.
The Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) telethon has now raised more than $369 million (£217 million) since its launch in 2008.
Romance, intrigue, danger and possibly murder are among the behind-the-scenes elements surrounding a multimillion-dollar fund-raising telethon with an all-star TV cast assembled against a Las Vegas backdrop.