Firefighters called out
Judi Dench has been serenaded by firefighters as she arrived for the London premiere of her latest film.
Dench walked the red carpet in Leicester Square Wednesday for the London Film Festival screening of “Philomena.”
The movie tells the true story of an Irishwoman’s quest to track down the son she was forced to give up for adoption 50 years earlier.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union, drinking at a pub after a protest march against pension cuts, spotted the 78-year-old star, chanted “We love you Judi” and broke into a rendition of Beatles song “Hey Jude.”
For Minaj, no training needed
Nicki Minaj knows celebrities-turned-designers aren’t always taken seriously in the fashion world, but she doesn’t mind.
At a launch event Tuesday for her Kmart collection, Minaj said skepticism of stars lacking formal design training is “understandable,” but she insists it’s “not about being a designer.”
The “Starships” rapper says her intention is simply to make clothes that she would love to wear.
The line for Kmart and shopyourway.com features midriff-baring tops, patterned leggings and curve-hugging dresses, as well as jewelry, clutches and bejeweled caps.
There’s also a pink velour track suit and a faux fur trapper hat.
Minaj says Chanel, Versace and Herve Leger were among her inspirations.
Prices range from $3.99 for a studded bracelet to $37.99 for a light wash, denim jacket.
AIDS group honors Clinton
Elton John honored Hillary Rodham Clinton for her work to help those affected by HIV and AIDS at an annual event for his foundation.
Clinton was excited as she accepted the first founders award from the Elton John AIDS Foundation on Tuesday night in New York. The former secretary of state told the crowd at Cipriani’s restaurant that “we still have so far to go” when it comes to helping those affected by HIV and AIDS.
“There are so many challenges in front of us,” Clinton said. The former U.S. senator added that she wants to see an “AIDS-free generation” and that accomplishing that must be “our North Star.”
“I thank you, but I know there’s more for us to do,” she said. “Humans may discriminate, but viruses don’t.”
Billy Joel, Alec Baldwin, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Lisa Marie Presley and Courtney Love also attended John’s “An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation” event, which raised $3.45 million. Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart performed a dozen songs, including the hits “What About Love” and “Alone.”
“One of my favorite bands of all time!” John yelled before Heart hit the stage.
John was passionate throughout the night, urging attendees that there should be AIDS “treatment for everyone, treatment for all.”
The event raised $1 million through an anonymous donor and more funds through an auction, which included a lunch with Anderson Cooper for $12,000 and a one-hour tennis lesson with Novak Djokovic for $60,000.