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Also, SRK, Big B and Kamal Haasan inaugurate film fest and Bieber faces vandalism charges in Rio de Janeiro

Benedict Cumberbatch and George Clooney at the Bafta Britannia Awards. Michael Buckner/Bafta LA/Getty Images for Bafta LA
Benedict Cumberbatch and George Clooney at the Bafta Britannia Awards. Michael Buckner/Bafta LA/Getty Images for Bafta LA

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Clooney and Cumberbatch honoured at Bafta Britannia Awards

George Clooney, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ben Kingsley led the winners at the annual Britannia Awards, held by the Los Angeles arm of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, to honour those having an effect on Hollywood. Clooney, 52, who picked up the Britannia Excellence in Film award for his long body of work, took a jab at himself. “I rather famously don’t have children – that I know of – but I do have a family of writers, actors and directors,” he said when accepting his award, presented to him by Julia Roberts. Cumberbatch was given a rou­sing introduction by his 12 Years a Slave co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor, who said of the actor: “Whether I’ve seen him on stage, TV or film, he is completely mesmerising”. Past winners include Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Kate Winslet. — Reuters

SRK, Big B and Kamal Haasan inaugurate film fest

Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Mithun Chakraborty and Kamal Haasan came together on Sunday with the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to open the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival. The actors led the ceremonial lamp lighting ceremony and veterans from Bengali cinema, including the actor and guest of honour Prosenjit Chatterjee, at the Netaji Indoor Stadium. Also present were the filmmaker Sandip Ray, the music director Dwijen Mukherjee, the actress Konkona Sen Sharma, the singer Usha Uthup, the actor and filmmaker Aparna Sen and the former Indian football captain P K Banerjee. – IANS

Bieber faces vandalism charges in Brazil

The Canadian pop star Justin Bieber had called graffiti his “new hobby” and an “escape”, but police have decided his recent graffiti session in Rio de Janeiro is grounds for vandalism charges. According to police, the singer, who has been touring South America for his worldwide Believe Tour, will be fined with “tagging or otherwise defiling a building or urban monument”, after paparazzi captured him tagging the former Hotel Nacional. – The National staff

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