In brief: Gwyneth Paltrow blasted for endorsing fur

LAST UPDATED AT 09:52 ON Mon 18 Aug 2008

Gwyneth Paltrow has angered animal rights campaigners by appearing in an advert wearing fur. The actress, who along with her husband, Chris Martin, supports a raft of ethical causes, is pictured draped in fox fur and wearing fur-lined boots for the Italian luxury goods company Tod’s. A spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said: "We've written to her many times, and sent her videos showing how animals suffer for fur, but have never received a response. Apparently her beauty really is only skin deep"... The American talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has married her long-time partner, comic actress Portia de Rossi, at their Beverly Hills home. DeGeneres, 50, made broadcast history in 1997 when her TV alter ego came out of the closet on the sitcom Ellen, becoming the first openly gay lead character on American prime-time TV... Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell have donated their fees for appearing in Terry Gilliam’s film The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus to Heath Ledger’s daughter, Matilda, aged two. The three actors finished off Ledger’s role in the movie after his sudden death in January from a drugs overdose...Ricky Gervais has finished writing the script for his first feature film. Called The Men at the Pru, it is set in Gervais’s home town (Reading) in the 1970s and deals with two twenty-something building society clerks. Gervais, who co-wrote The Office, is not speaking about the film, but wrote on his blog: "Did a bit of scouting for The Men at the Pru. Filming won't start 'til next May or June but locations can really inspire. I've also been reading books about my home town of Reading. That's where the HQ of the Prudential Building Society was in the '70s”...Phil Collins, former Genesis drummer, has paid his third wife, Swiss-born Orianne Cevey, a £25m divorce settlement – greater even than the sum Paul McCartney paid Heather Mills (£24.3m). This is not the first big pay-out for Collins, 57: he gave his second wife, Jill Tavelman, £17m after he famously terminated their relationship by fax in 1994. The singer has now paid out more than £42m to his former wives, almost a third of his £140m fortune... · 

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