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Paul Walker died in a car crash north of Los Angeles earlier this afternoon.
"He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives," Walker's rep confirmed. The actor - best known for starring in the Fast and the Furious films - was seated in the passenger side of a Porsche GT with his friend, en route to a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.
The crash occurred in Santa Clarita, CA, where the driver at some point lost control of the vehicle, causing it to crash into a post or a tree and quickly burst into flames. It is not yet known what caused the accident.
Sources have revealed that Paul was in Santa Clarita for a car show to support victims of Typhoon Haiyan and took a break to go for the fatal ride in a friend's Porsche GT.
Walker was 40 years old.
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Charlie Sheen has donated $25,000 to a Philippines aid charity.
The Anger Management actor has reportedly given the money to the PREDA Foundation, an organization working to help those affected by the typhoon in the country. According to website TMZ, Charlie's donation will be used to provide food for shelters set up for those who lost their homes in the natural disaster, as well as to locate missing children.
The generous act comes after the former Two and a Half Men star donated $10,000 to another good cause earlier this month. After Casey Jones, a crew member on Anger Management, put up a poster asking for donations for The Walk To End Epilepsy, the actor instantly wrote out a check to help the fight against the disease, which Casey's grandson Dylan was diagnosed with when he was three years old.
Kim Kardashian is selling her clothes on eBay to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
The Keeping up with the Kardashians star has put a selection of items on the auction site in order to raise money for the non-profit organization International Medical Corps to help victims of the devastating cyclone, which has killed more than 4,000 people in the Philippines this month.
However, instead of donating the entire proceeds, she's only giving 10 per cent of the sales to the charity.
The 33-year-old beauty - who has a reported net worth of $65 million - took to her Twitter page yesterday to share the link to her personal website. "Hi guys, this is a very special auction because a portion of the proceeds of my eBay auction are going to International Medical Corps, a nonprofit organization that provides critical health services on remote islands where families are struggling to access medical care and basic resources like food, clean drinking water and vital medications. The proceeds will go directly to the communities they're serving in the Philippines and will help typhoon survivors get access to medical care and ultimately save lives. My prayers and thoughts are with those affected by the typhoon. Check out my eBay auction here and support those who need our help in the Philippines. Xo. [sic]," she wrote.
Simon Cowell raised $1 million for charity by singing.
The X Factor judge agreed to put his dignity on the line for a good cause after billionaire Power Rangers creator, Haim Saban, offered to make the huge donation if Simon sang the show's theme tune with him. The 54-year-old British star, whose girlfriend Lauren Silverman is expecting a baby boy in February, delighted the packed room of guests after he accepted the challenge to raise money for Friends of Israel Defense Forces in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night.
Midway through his performance, Simon offered to donate $100,000 of his own money if he was allowed to stop. Saban then agreed he could stop singing for $250,000, according to video footage obtained by gossip website TMZ.com.
The music mogul was also recently persuaded to show off his vocal talents by his fellow talent show judge Kelly Rowland during auditions for the X Factor in Denver, Colorado, after being urged to show off his skills after he was less than impressed with one wannabe's attempt at singing 1940s classic "Fools Rush In."
Lamar Odom has been accused of failing to donate money raised through his charity to cancer research.
The LA Clippers star - who has been married to reality TV star and X Factor host Khloe Kardashian for three years - is facing allegations that none of the money raised through his foundation Cathy's Kids, which was named after his late mother who died from cancer when he was 12, has been donated to help fight cancer.
According to official records, obtained by ESPN's Outside the Lines, there is no evidence that any of the $2.2 million raised through Lamar's organization, which was set up with the intention of raising money for underprivileged kids in New York and LA and for cancer research, went to a cancer charity. But the basketball star's tax records show that $1.3 million of the total amount was used to fund two "elite" basketball teams for young people, who reportedly were good enough to already be on the radar of colleges for scholarships and other financial help. There is allegedly no evidence of where the remaining $900,000 went.
The cast of Modern Family were trapped in a cramped elevator together on Friday. Actress Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, were relieved after being rescued by fire fighters from the Kansas City Fire Department after being stuck for an hour with a number of other people in the confined space.
According to gossip website TMZ.com, the actors were on their way down from their hotel rooms to a charity event for the Boys & Girl Club at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel when their elevator, which was full of people, broke down. Although the group's appearance at the fundraiser was delayed, they made the most of the situation by snapping funny pictures of their ordeal and posting them on Twitter as they waited for fire fighters to free them.
Gay marriage is "important" to Julianne Moore. The 52-year-old A Single Man actress is an avid human rights activist and sees herself as a "feminist" when it comes to her strong views on equality.
"Oh, yeah, absolutely [I'm a feminist]. At one point, 'feminist' became a pejorative term. How did that happen? If you're a feminist, you're basically saying you're a humanist. That's why the issue of gay marriage is so important to me. It's about everybody having the same shot at everything, at work, at marriage, at life."
Julianne - who recently took home the Best Actress in a Television Film Golden Globe for her role in Game Change - is also a mother of two to Caleb, 15, and 10-year-old Liv with husband Bart Freundlich and she loves how supportive her children are of her awards: "What's so sweet is, they're old enough now to have seen me nominated and lose a few times, but kids generally have a lot invested in people winning. They're always saying, 'Did you win?' And I'll say, 'No, but it's ok, I still had fun, it's an honor to be nominated.' The last time I lost a Globe, my daughter made me one in art class. In fact, I think she made me a Bafta as well, because I lost there that year, too."
Paul McCartney believes that livestock are responsible for a large percentage of global warming. The Beatles legend - who is vegetarian - has written a letter to the Conference of the Parties (COP) climate change conference in Doha urging for the Meat Free Monday campaign to be adopted in a bid to slow down the apparent damage done by the ever-growing meat industry.
In the letter to conference leaders Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, and Mr H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, President-Designate for COP 18, he wrote, "Although more and more evidence is coming to light showing how the growth of the global meat industry is having alarming environmental consequences, the impact of the livestock sector on global warming does not as yet seem to have been acknowledged by the Conference of the Parties (COP). I therefore call upon you to bring this issue to the attention of the conference and encourage the adoption of policy and individual actions, such as a weekly meat-free day."
Joan Jett unveiled her first campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Sunday night. The "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" singer attended the unveiling of the advert in Florida and she was also presented with the Nanci Alexander Activist Award, named after PETA's founder, by fellow rocker Iggy Pop.
"Joan takes every opportunity to talk about the importance of being kind to animals, and she's among the most dedicated activists I've had the pleasure of knowing. People listen when this star talks. She's had a positive influence on countless fans," PETA UK founder Ingrid E Newkirk said.
Ryan Gosling made a surprise appearance at a charity event at the Texas School for the Deaf at the weekend.
The Drive actor took a break from filming his latest movie in Austin, Texas, on Saturday to stun pupils and teachers at the school and he also brought along co-stars Michael Fassbender and Rooney Mara.
Anne Adams, executive director of the school's foundation, told the Washington Post, "We knew that Ryan was in town, and he's been on streets around campus often so we were just pipe dreaming (and look what happened!)."
The famous trio attended the Spooky Skedaddle 5K, the organization's annual charity run, and they helped raise around $20,000 with their support.
Ryan, 31, impressed everyone with his friendliness and was happily posing for photos. "Ryan was extremely kind, allowing lots of photo ops with fans and when the director told him, 'Enough,' he said, 'No, one more,' and pulled a small deaf child out of the line for a picture. Ryan is a wonderful person and we were delighted that they came!" Anne added.
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