An auction of Oprah Winfrey’s personal items in California raised at least US$600,000 (Dh2.2 million) for her leadership academy in South Africa, the Los Angeles Times reported. Winfrey took in more money than expected when 584 items were auctioned at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria on Saturday, according to the newspaper. A painting estimated at between $300 to $500 went for $6,000. All of Winfrey’s items had been sold by 6.16pm, but the auction proceeded with donations from Bob Greene – Winfrey’s exercise guru. By that point, the auction had already brought in $600,000 for Winfrey’s charity.
DIFF recognises Egyptian critic with Lifetime award
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced a second recipient for this year’s Lifetime Achievement award – it will be presented to the veteran Egyptian film critic Samir Farid. It is the first time that the festival has awarded the honour to a film critic. The DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma explained the choice: “Samir Farid is a giant in his field and has been tireless in promoting cinema, both within the Arab world and beyond, for 50 years. The Lifetime Achievement award honours his passion for Arab cinema, which we at DIFF hold as part of our core ethos.” The film festival runs from December 6 to 14.
Jay Z to launch perfume
The music producer and rapper Jay Z is launching his first fragrance for men on November 20. The 43-year-old’s men’s fragrance will be launched exclusively at the luxury department stores Barneys, which he collaborated with as part of his fashion line, before it is available for the rest of the US at the end of the month, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “For the 30 days before Christmas, it will be impossible not to know he has a fragrance,” Jay Z’s fragrance licensee told wwd.com. The singer reportedly rejected 3,200 possible names for his perfume before finally deciding that he wanted to name it Gold. The product is expected to be released internationally in 2014.
N’Sync reunite for Kirkpatrick’s wedding
Members of the boy band N’Sync came together once again at the wedding of their fellow member Chris Kirkpatrick. The now- disbanded group consisted of Justin Timberlake, J C Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick, who married his long-time girlfriend Karly Skladany, enjoyed a four-day party in the Florida Keys, eonline.com reported. The group last got together for a performance at the 2013 Video Music Awards in August. The band formed in 1995 and disbanded in 2002.
Ender’s Game blasts to top of weekend box office
Weekend moviegoers in North America chose science fiction over slapstick. Ender’s Game took the No 1 slot at the weekend box office, earning $28 million (Dh103m) in its opening weekend and sending Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa to second place, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Lionsgate’s adaptation earned an additional $2 million in five international territories. Based on the novel by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game stars Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford as intergalactic soldiers.