A number of celebs, including Beckham, Ant & Dec and Gary Lineker, were among more than 1,000 who participated in the Ingenious scheme to fund the British film industry, which a judge has declared was illegal in terms of tax relief.
They are among more than 1,000 people who invested in the Ingenious film financing scheme in order to gain tax relief. The scheme, which helped produce massive movies such as Avatar, qualified for tax breaks designed to boost the British film industry.
However, HMRC contended that the scheme relied on artificial losses from the movies concerned, and that meant that Ingenious was not a legitimate investment opportunity but a tax avoidance vehicle.
Continue reading: Celebs Could Face Huge Tax Bills After Tax Avoidance Legal Ruling
For some stars, aid work is their main purpose in life.
Part of being a celebrity means using your voice, your recognition and your wealth to make a difference in the world. It's almost an unspoken rule. But for some stars the likes of Angelina Jolie and Bob Geldof, humanitarian work almost becomes another career.
Whether it's poverty, disease, women's rights or climate change, there's always a major star out there using their popularity to raise awareness and money for it. Here are just a few of the world's most devoted celebrity humanitarians:
Angelina Jolie has visited some of the bleakest countries in the world
The Boomtown Rats singer filled his set at the Brentwood Festival in Essex with foul-mouthed rants, causing many fans to walk out.
Bob Geldof reportedly ranted at fans during the Brentwood Festival in Essex last weekend because, according to him, they were wearing Primark clothes. The Mirror reports that hundreds of fans walked out of the family event because of the Boomtown Rats singer’s explicit language and offensive comments.
Bob Geldof doesn't like Mondays or Primark.
After coming on stage Geldof told the crowd: "We don't do Abba . We don't do Robbie f*****g Williams. Brentwood, we are the Boomtown Rats. We are mega. And you are Brentwood. How do we know that you are Brentwood and we are mega?”
Continue reading: Bob Geldof Rants At Fans For Wearing Primark During Festival Set
Sir Bob Geldof , Sinead O'connor - Celebrities arrive at Sarm Studios to record the Band Aid 30 single 'Do they Know It's Christmas.' The new Band Aid 30 song and music video will debut on 'The X Factor' results show Sunday night (16Nov). at The X Factor - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 15th November 2014
Suzanne Accosta, Bill Wyman, Jeanne Marine , Bob Geldof - Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall attend a wedding blessing at St.Bride's Church on Fleet Street - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 5th March 2016
Nick Timothy, former special adviser to Home Secretary Theresa May, wrote an article imploring "vain and ignorant liberal luvvies" to take a "vow of silence" in 2016.
Outspoken celebrities such as Benedict Cumberbatch, George Clooney, Katie Hopkins and Charlotte Church have been condemned in a new article by a former special adviser to the Conservative Home Secretary Theresa May.
Cumberbatch, 39, famously used his starring role in ‘Hamlet’ at the Barbican to raise money and awareness of the Syrian refugee crisis earlier this year, at one point proclaiming “f*** the politicians”.
Benedict Cumberbatch with Sophie Hunter at the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' premiere
A new report by The Daily Mirror suggests that the socialite died with roughly £450,000 of debt.
The 25 year old socialite, and daughter of rock star and philanthropist Sir Bob Geldof, died suddenly from a heroin overdose in April 2014 at her home in Wrotham, Kent. She left no will, but details of her estate have apparently been obtained by the British tabloid paper.
Peaches Geldof reportedly had £450,000 of debt when she died
Continue reading: Peaches Geldof Died With £450,000 Of Debts, New Report Suggests
The third close female companion to die in his life wasn't totally unexpected.
Bob Geldof opens up about the death of his daughter Peaches last year in a heart-breaking radio interview in which he contemplated losing three important women in his life, including his ex wife and mother. Though he admits that Peaches' death wasn't as shocking as it could've been.
Bob Geldof opens up about Peaches tragedy
The 64-year-old has had to stay strong in the face of death since he was a child. He was just 6 or 7 when his mother Evelyn passed away following a cerebral haemorrhage. Then 15 years ago, his ex-wife Paul Yates (and mother of his children Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches and Pixie) died from an alcohol and drug overdose. And it was just last year, on April 7th 2014, when Peaches herself was found dead at home in Kent after a heroin overdose in a dark mirroring of her mother.
Continue reading: Bob Geldof Reveals He 'Half-Expected' Peaches To Die Young
The Band Aid organiser, now 64, said it was time for the millennial generation to take responsibility for the state of the world at the One Young World Conference.
Sir Bob Geldof has branded the ‘millennial’ generation as failures in a new speech he delivered about the state of the world following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, saying that the social media generation are “already stained with blood”.
The former Boomtown Rats singer and organiser of Live Aid and Live 8 was speaking in Bangkok at the One Young World Conference on Wednesday (November 18th), and gave a searing indictment of the shortcomings of the so-called ‘millennials’, saying at one point “shame on you”, according to The Telegraph.
Sir Bob Geldof reckons millennials are to blame for the state of the world
Sir Bob Geldof reacted angrily to criticism of his Band Aid 30 single during an interview on Sky News.
A Sky News interview with Sir Bob Geldof about criticism of the new Band Aid single was prematurely halted after the musician swore twice, live on air. It was put to the Boomtown Rats frontman that if all of the wealthy musicians taking part in the single had paid their taxes properly, there would be no need for a charity song.
Sir Bob Geldof at the recording of the Band Aid track last week
"There's a lot of people who say there's a lot of wealthy people in that room. If they all pay their taxes in the right way we wouldn't need these fundraisers singles - what would you say to that?" Geldof was asked.
Continue reading: Sir Bob Geldof Interview Terminated After Band Aid Man Swears, Twice
Bob Geldof has announced plans to rerecord ‘Do They Know It's Christmas?’, to help fight the spread of ebola in West Africa.
One Direction will be part of Band Aid 30
30 years after the first Band Aid helped raise over £8million for Ethiopian famine victims, this time proceeds from the single will go towards halting the spread of ebola in West Africa.
Peaches' Geldof eldest sister Fifi outraged at labels of 'selfish' by social media users in the wake of inquest.
Fifi Geldof, the eldest sister of the late Peaches Geldof, has hit out at an unnamed social media user who had described her sister’s use of heroin as “selfish”.
Peaches Geldof, pictured here at Somerset House, was branded 'selfish' by a social media user
The 31-year-old posted her reaction on her Instagram page, which expressed her anger at how viciously some had reacted to Peaches’ death back in April, in her opinion. A site user had branded Peaches “selfish to use drugs in front of them [her children]”.
Continue reading: Fifi Geldof Expresses Anger At 'Selfish' Social Media Remarks
Three months later, Peaches Geldof's death is still rippling through her family.
“I’m walking down the road and suddenly… I buckle.” He said via The Telegraph. In a heart-wrenching testimony he continued about the weight of the grief and taking care of Peaches’ two sons, Phaedra and Astala. For his part, Geldof thinks it would be better for the two boys not to remember much of the traumatic family legacy.
Peaches Geldof died on April 7.
Heroin contributed to Peaches Geldof's death.
Peaches Geldof, the journalist and model, died after taking heroin, an inquest in Gravesend, Kent has been told. Her body was found by her husband, Thomas Cohen, who found Peaches "slumped" on the edge of her bed in a spare room, with one leg dangling over the edge.
Heroin Contributed To The Death of Peaches Geldof
Mr Cohen called his mother before contacting emergency services, the hearing was told. Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fortheringham of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said a post-mortem examination was inconclusive.
Continue reading: Peaches Geldof's Cause Of Death Linked To Heroin
In a week overshadowed by the death of Peaches Geldof, Mickey Rooney & Ultimate Warrior, we sought solace in action movies and rock music.
"#RIPPeaches": So went the hashtag that thousands of Twitter users used to pay tribute to the late Peaches Geldof, who was found dead in her Kent home on Monday with her baby son playing nearby. It's still not known how the 25 year-old mother-of-two suddenly passed away but her distraught family, including father Bob Geldof, have been given the body to plan a funeral whilst the toxicology test results come back. The Boomtown Rats star also lead the tributes to his "beautiful" daughter - read here. Peaches Geldof: 1989 - 2014.
Farewell Mickey Rooney: Screen legend and former child star Mickey Rooney passed away last Sunday at home in California after a long illness. Known for his unforgettable roles in Night at the Museum, Breakfast at Tiffany's and National Velvet, the 93 year-old was still making plans to appear in more movies and lived up to his positive "Don't retire - inspire" mantra. An ugly dispute over Rooney's burial and will has erupted since the death but will hopefully soon be calmed so that Hollywood can honour one of its most prolific figures. Read our obituary here. Mickey Rooney: 1920 - 2014.
Six members of the Russian punk activist group have disowned their most well-known members.
Members of the Russian punk activist group Pussy Riot have disowned their two most high-profile members, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, for having forgotten about the "aspirations and ideals of [the] group." Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova, known as Masha and Nadia, were released from a 16-month prison stint in Russia after having performed their anti-Putin protest song, 'Punk Prayer,' in a Moscow cathedral in 2012.
Masha & Nadya Have Been Disowned By Members Of Pussy Riot.
Heavy media interest and intense human rights lobbying played a part in the women's release and has brought certain Russian freedom of speech injustices to light. On the eve of the Winter Olympic Games, currently being held in the Russian city of Sochi, the pair performed alongside Madonna at Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home concert at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn last night, where the Flaming Lips, Yoko Ono, Bob Geldof, Lauryn Hill, The Fray Blondie and Imagine Dragons also contributed.
The former members of feminist group Pussy Riot gave a press conference in New York where they announced their plans for justice in Russia.
Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the former members of feminist punk band Pussy Riot, have given an Amnesty International press conference in Manhattan during which they discuss their 16-month imprisonment, their current motives and the controversial Winter Olympic Games, which is being held in the Russian city of Sochi.
Former Pussy Riot Members Maria [L] And Nadezhda [R] Held A Press Conference In New York.
They were jailed for two years after singing their protest song 'Punk Prayer', which criticised Russian President Vladimir Putin and God, in a Moscow cathedral in 2012 but were freed in December after intense media scrutiny and heavy lobbying by human rights organisations. A third member of the group, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was freed when a judge suspended her sentence on appeal.
Bob Geldof is set to become the first rock star to travel into space after purchasing a ticket with priviately owned company 'Space Expedition Corporation'.
The Irish singer and campaigner Bob Geldof has been the latest high profile celebrity to purchase a seat on board a commercial flight travelling into space.
The Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) is planning to launch a spacecraft with 100 passengers into space by 2014. However, a landmark in commercial travel comes at a price, the price being $100,000 per ticket. One thing is for certain, the only space travellers in the near future will be of the wealthier class.
According to the BBC, other familiar faces as well as Geldof, who have signed up are DJ Armin Van Buuren and Victoria Secret's model Doutzen Kroes. Geldof is overjoyed with his recent investment, saying "Being the first Irishman in space is not only a fantastic honour but pretty mind-blowing".
Continue reading: Bob Geldof Space Travel -To Go Where No Rock Star Has Gone Before
"Playing again with the Rats and doing those great songs again will be exciting afresh," said Geldof. "We were an amazing band and I just feel it's the right time to re-Rat, to go back to Boomtown for a visit." The Boomtown Rats formed in 1975 in Dublin, going on to have a string of hit singles. They are best known for their song I Don't Like Mondays, which went to No 1 in 1979. Geldof said that the Isle of Wight festival was the perfect stage for the comeback because he "always fancied playing [there], ever since I hitched there in the good/bad days when I was a kid. I saw the Who, Doors (I think), Hendrix and Leonard Cohen, who incidentally blew Hendrix off the stage ... I also told several very boring frog anarchist types to go and fuck themselves and then stayed for a night in Hawkwind's tent. That's pretty IOW."
Isle of Wight promoter John Giddings said: "It's great they have chosen the Isle of Wight festival as their reunion. Our audience will love them, their catalogue is classic..."
She might have been releasing a book last night (November 15), but there was nothing bookish about the behavior of supermodel Kate Moss and her guests in London, with more than a few stars being spotted leaving 50 St James somewhat dishevelled in the early hours. It had been a busy day for Moss, who'd been signing copies of her book earlier in the day at the Marc Jacobs store in Mayfair, but she was in no mood to let tiredness put her off partying - and neither were the rest of the revellers. Cara Develingne was among those seen leaving the venue somewhat worse for wear in the early hours, whilst a host of British stars also were in raucous spirits, including Noel Gallagher, football player Peter Crouch and girlfriend Abbey Clancy, Florence Welch, Pixie Geldof and her dad Bob, Stella McCartney, Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw, Christopher Biggins and Jo Wood.
Continue reading: PICTURES: Raucous Party Greets The Kate Moss Book Launch
Kate Moss held a predictably lavish launch party for her new book, Kate: The Kate Moss Book at 50 St James Street, London, this week. After spending the early evening signing copies of the tome at Marc Jacobs' bookshop in Mayfair, Moss arrived at the bash to be greeted by the likes of Bob Geldof, Noel Gallagher, Florence Welch, Alison Mosshart and Donna Karan.
WWD.com's reporter said "It was hard to move at the party for Kate Moss' new book without coming nose-to-nose with a glass of Veuve Clicquot - or a famous person," and they caught up with Mr Gallagher to chat about the heady 1990s when his group Oasis and Ms Moss moved in similar circles. "She actually lived with me for a while," he revealed, "There would be more people waiting outside my flat to see her than there were for me. I would pop out to the shops and people would ask me, 'Is Kate in? Can you get me her autograph?" The pair met at a part in 1994, though Manchester-born Noel had no idea who Kate was, despite her being the most famous model in the world. "I had just moved down from Manchester and was not that familiar with the London scene. Two weeks later, I was in America and her face was everywhere, on billboards, on every magazine." As WWD.com's reporter moved downstairs, the party appeared to get worse. Quickly. Moss was seen high fiving DJ Nick Grimshaw and Sharleen Spiteri "took advantage of the club's secret smoking area."
Kate: The Kate Moss Book is available at all good book stores - and some rubbish ones - now.
Continue reading: Kate Moss Lived With Noel Gallagher In The 1990s?
Shot in 1986 and only just now remastered for release in the West, this documentary captures Queen in all their glory both on stage and behind the scenes. The film is divided into two parts, opening with a 27-minute exploration of the band in the "magic year" after its triumphant Live Aid performance, during which they recorded an album, scored the adventure movie The Highlander and planned a massive European tour.
Then we cut to their concert in Budapest, their first performance in Hungary, which drew 80,000 fans from throughout the Eastern Bloc. When Freddie Mercury takes the stage, the crowd goes wild, and he holds them in rapturous attention all the way through. He even performs some Hungarian folk music along the way, but they're far more interested in the band's big hits like Radio Gaga and Bohemian Rhapsody, which they sing along with loudly.
Queen rarely gave interviews, so the backstage material in this film is a fascinating glimpse into these musicians, who are all self-effacing and rather cheeky. Mercury even starts flirting with the interviewer, noting that he's not worried about struggling to connect with the foreign crowd. "I always win an audience," he says with a mischievous grin. And during the concert section of the film, we also get to see them getting out and about in Budapest, seeing the sites, meeting locals and generally clowning around.
Continue reading: Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen - Live In Budapest Review