PEOPLE: John Boyega quits perfume ambassador role; Madonna to direct, co-write autobio pic; Brad Paisley, wife donating 1 million meals

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Boyega quits perfume ambassador role

Black actor John Boyega has stepped down from his role as a global ambassador for perfume brand Jo Malone after the company decided to hire a Chinese actor to replace him in an ad he created.

The 28-year-old "Star Wars" star wrote Tuesday on Twitter that the brand's decision to "replace my campaign in China by using my concepts and substituting a local brand ambassador for me, without either my consent or prior notice, was wrong."

Jo Malone, an upscale British perfume brand owned by Est e Lauder, has said that replacing Boyega with Chinese star Liu Haoran in the ad campaign was a misstep. It has removed the ad and apologized.

The original ad "celebrated my personal story — showcasing my hometown, including my friends and featuring my family," Boyega wrote. "... dismissively trading out one's culture this way is not something I can condone."

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Madonna to direct, co-write biopic about herself

Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that the studio is developing an untitled film about Madonna that the 62-year-old pop star will direct and co-write with "Juno" scribe Diablo Cody.

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Madonna said she wants the film to convey "the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer - a human being, trying to make her way in this world."

Paisley, wife fight hunger with 1 million meal pledge

Country music star Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have pledged to donate 1 million nutritional meals this month. The Million Meal Donation Tour kicked off in Detroit last week.

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The tour will run for two weeks, visiting food banks in 16 major cities including Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Atlanta, Miami and Nashville. It will end in Chicago on Sept. 21.

The meals will be packed in semi-trucks with about 750,000 pounds of food to feed more than 60,000 families.

Today's birthdays: Comedian Rita Rudner is 67. Puppeteer Kevin Clash (Elmo on "Sesame Street") is 60. Actor-director Paul Feig is 58. Director Baz Luhrmann is 58. Singer BeBe Winans is 58. Singer-actor Nona Gaye is 46. Gospel singer Jonathan McReynolds is 31.

— The Associated Press


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