Victoria Beckham has become a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador.

The fashion designer will work alongside the organisation, which protects those affected by HIV.

Speaking at a press conference in New York, Victoria said: "This is the beginning of an important journey for me. As a woman and a mother I have a responsibility to support other women.

"I am proud and honoured to be working with UNAIDS in this new role to help raise resources and awareness to support and empower women and children affected by HIV."

Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, spoke highly of Victoria, adding: "I dream of a generation free from HIV and I know that Victoria's support will help us to achieve this shared goal.

"Her creativity, innovation and outreach will amplify our efforts and bring us one important step closer towards ending the AIDS epidemic."

David Beckham stood in for his wife as he attended the launch of her flagship store in London's Mayfair yesterday (September 25).

Victoria also completed the charity Ice Bucket Challenge last month after being nominated by actress Eva Longoria.

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SYDNEY: Malcolm Young, one of the founding members of veteran Australian rockers AC/DC, has dementia and is being treated in an aged care facility in Sydney, reports said on Friday (Sep 26).

The high-voltage group, one of the biggest grossing bands of all time, announced on Thursday that the rhythm guitarist had retired after 41 years due to unspecified health issues. But they said the group would continue, with an upcoming new album, "Rock or Bust", due out in December and world tour planned for next year.

The Australian newspaper said Young, 61, suffered a stroke last year while the Sydney Morning Herald reported that he has dementia and was now a full-time patient at an exclusive Sydney care home.

"If you were in the room with (Young) and walked out then came back in one minute later he wouldn't remember who you are," the Herald's veteran music writer Bernard Zuel cited a Young "family connection" as saying. "He has a complete loss of short-term memory. His wife Linda has put him in full-time care."

Young and his brother Angus founded the band in Sydney in 1973, and it has gone on to sell more than 200 million albums.

In announcing a new record on Thursday, AC/DC said Malcolm Young would not be returning to the lineup after he took a break earlier this year, with his nephew Stevie Young taking his place.

"Unfortunately, due to the nature of Malcolm's condition, he will not be returning to the band," they said on their website. "AC/DC will undertake a world tour in support of 'Rock or Bust' in 2015. Stevie Young, nephew of founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, plays rhythm guitar on 'Rock or Bust' and will accompany the band on tour."

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Kim Kardashian West was tackled by notorious red carpet prankster Vitalii Sediuk at Paris Fashion Week today (September 25).

A spokesperson for Sediuk has told TMZ that the prankster did in fact knock over Kim while she was arriving at a fashion show with Kris Jenner and Kanye West.

Kim can be seen in video footage exiting a vehicle when her legs are tackled by Sediuk.

Security swiftly intervened to pull the man away, before helping Jenner, Kim and Kanye enter the building.

Sediuk most recently caused controversy for allegedly punching Brad Pitt on a red carpet in Hollywood. He later apologised for his actions and vowed to leave the US.

The prankster has also had run-ins with Leonardo DiCaprio, America Ferrera and Bradley Cooper at red carpet events.

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Christopher Nolan has said that his new science fiction blockbuster Interstellar is like "a mirror image" of Inception.

The Dark Knight Trilogy director said that the film, about a team of astronauts who travel through a wormhole in a bid to save an Earth depleted of natural resources, was inspired by sci-fi from his childhood.

"It expands out in the way Inception contracts inwards, it's a very classically constructed movie, but the freshness of the narrative elements really enhance it," Nolan told Empire.

"I liken it to the blockbusters I grew up with as a kid, family films in the best sense: edgy, incisive, challenging."

Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Matt Damon and Michael Caine feature in the cast for Interstellar, which is based on scientific theories from physicist Kip Thorne and a screenplay penned by Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan.

McConaughey said of the movie: "This is the grandest adventure I think any of us will ever see on film.

"This is the biggest film I've ever been a part of. This is one of the biggest films anyone's ever been a part of."

Hathaway added that she is excited for audiences to see the film because it will will generate "a new conversation".

"It's not a dry, science-based film. It has a pulse. It's got blood in its veins," she commented.

Interstellar will open in cinemas worldwide on November 7.

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Natalie Dormer will star in Patient Zero.

The Game of Thrones actress has been cast in director Stefan Ruzowitzky's action thriller, reports Deadline.

The film centres around a mutated form of rabies that creates a new species, addicted to violence and with its own emerging language.

A talented survivor, who can communicate with the predators, leads a hunt for patient zero and a potential cure to the epidemic.

Dormer will next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2.

Patient Zero is yet to announce its release schedule.

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Ridley Scott has said that the sequel to Prometheus will not feature any of the iconic xenomorph aliens.

The veteran filmmaker revealed that he is retiring HR Giger's classic Alien design for the sequel.

"The beast is done, cooked," Scott told Yahoo.

"I got lucky meeting Giger all those years ago. It's very hard to repeat that. I just happen to be the one who forced it through because they said it's obscene. They didn't want to do it and I said, 'I want to do it, it's fantastic'.

"But after four, I think it wears out a little bit. There's only so much snarling you can do. I think you've got to come back with something more interesting. And I think we've found the next step. I thought the Engineers were quite a good start."

2012's Prometheus revealed the origin of the xenomorph aliens.

Scott's next release will be Exodus: Gods and Kings. He is working on The Martian and is expected to shoot Blade Runner 2 before tackling the Prometheus sequel.

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Simon Kinberg has addressed the possibility of recastings for X-Men: Apocalypse.

The writer-producer said that 20th Century Fox has been considering whether to cast new actors in classic roles from the franchise.

"It'd be very hard to do, because Halle [Berry], Famke [Janssen], and Jimmy [Marsden] and others have done such wonderful jobs of bringing those characters to life," he told Yahoo.

"But I also would have said before First Class that there would be no actors who can stand alongside Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart."

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender were cast as the younger versions of Professor Xavier and Magneto, who were portrayed by McKellen and Stewart in Fox's first three films.

"In Apocalypse, it will really be the continuation of the 'past' of Days of Future Past," said Kinberg, indicating the Xavier/Magneto/Mystique arc.

Bryan Singer has been confirmed to be returning to the director's chair for the fourth time in the next film.

X-Men: Apocalypse will be released on May 27, 2016.

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Vin Diesel has teased the "incredible" new Fast & Furious 7 trailer on Facebook.

In a post on the social media site, Diesel said that watching the new promo was "emotional and bittersweet", before posting an image of himself with late co-star Paul Walker.

"Universal came to visit, to show the trailer for FF7," reads Diesel's post. "Speechless... yeah, it was that INCREDIBLE!"

Diesel added that he wished Walker was still around to see how far the film has come.

"I must also say, that it was emotional and bittersweet," he admitted. "We all went above and beyond to make Pablo proud, but man, I wish he could see what we have created and just how far we have come."

Also starring Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Jordana Brewster and Lucas Black, Fast & Furious 7 will be released on April 3, 2015.

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Emma Watson has launched a gender equality campaign for the United Nations in her role as Goodwill Ambassador for Women.

The Harry Potter actress spoke at the UN headquarters in New York on Saturday (September 20), representing the organisation's new HeForShe campaign.

During her speech, Watson explained her "uncomplicated" reasons for becoming a feminist and justified the "unpopular word".

"Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and unattractive," she explained.

"I am from Britain and think it is right that as a woman I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body.

"I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decision-making of my country. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights."

The 24-year-old went on to ask men to "take up this mantle, so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice".

She also joked about her fame, saying: "You might be thinking, 'Who is this Harry Potter girl? And what is she doing up on stage at the UN?'

"It's a good question and trust me I have been asking myself the same thing. I don't know if I am qualified to be here. All I know is that I care about this problem. And I want to make it better."

Earlier last week, Watson travelled to Uruguay, calling for greater representation of women in politics.

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The Maze Runner has topped the US Box Office in its opening weekend.

The film, which was directed by Wes Ball and focuses on a boy waking in a labyrinth with no memory of who he is, took $32.5m during the weekend.

Liam Neeson's A Walk Among the Tombstones is new in at number two, making $13,126,000 in its first weekend.

Tina Fey comedy-drama This Is Where I Leave You is also new at three, taking $11,860,000.

Idris Elba's No Good Deed is down from number one to number four, while Dolphin Tale 2 is down three to five.

Guardians of the Galaxy is at six with a total gross exceeding $313m over eight weeks.

Comedy Let's Be Cops is at seven, while Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is at eight.

Tom Hardy's The Drop is at nine, while If I Stay rounds out the top 10.

The US weekend box office top 10 for September 21 (studio estimates, all figures in US dollars) is as follows:

1. (-) The Maze Runner - $32,500,000
2. (-) A Walk Among The Tombstones - $13,126,000
3. (-) This Is Where I Leave You - $11,860,000
4. (1) No Good Deed - $10,200,000
5. (2) Dolphin Tale 2 - $9,005,000
6. (3) Guardians of the Galaxy - $5,180,000
7. (5) Let's Be Cops - $2,675,000
8. (4) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - $2,650,000
9. (6) The Drop - $2,050,000
10. (7) If I Stay - $1,835,000

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