x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Also, Rajkumar Hirani’s P.K. due out next summer, New York City Opera may soon file for bankruptcy, and India’s film federation demands apology from Lunchbox director.

Kanye West has deleted a tirade of tweets aimed at Jimmy Kimmel. Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images
Kanye West has deleted a tirade of tweets aimed at Jimmy Kimmel. Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Kanye West has deleted the tweets he made about Jimmy Kimmel’s mocking sketch last week. Kimmel, however, hasn’t deleted his tweets referring to West’s rant last week. West responded with no fewer than 33 tweets, in quick succession, to a sketch Kimmel had created and broadcast on his late night talk show. Kimmel had mocked West’s latest interview with BBC Radio 1, in which West declared he is “the greatest rock star in the world” and the creator of leather jogging trousers. — The National staff

Rajkumar Hirani’s P.K. to be released next summer

Rajkumar Hirani’s political satire P.K. is set to arrive in cinemas on June 6 next year, according to a statement from Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films, in association with Disney UTV. After the success of the comedy 3 Idiots (2011), Hirani has teamed up again with Aamir Khan, who was recently photographed on the set. P.K. also features Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles. Khan will next be seen in the action drama Dhoom 3, out on December 19 in the UAE. — The National staff

New York City Opera may soon file for bankruptcy

New York City Opera’s goal to raise US$1 million (Dh3.67m) from contributions via Kickstarter.com has failed and the company is expected to file for bankruptcy this week. The company had announced on September 12 that it needed $7m by the end of the month and said it hoped to raise $1m of that on Kickstarter.com. A total of $301,019 from 2,108 donors was pledged on the website, which posted a notice on Tuesday that “funding for this project was cancelled by the project creator”. – AP

India’s film federation demands apology from Lunchbox director

Upset with the director Ritesh Batra and the producer Anurag Kashyap’s vocal disapproval of the selection of Gyan Correa’s The Good Road as India’s Oscar entry over Batra’s The Lunchbox, the Film Federation of India (FFI) has sent a scathing letter to Batra asking him to apologise for what the FFI sees as “unsavoury comments” over its choice, reported dnaindia.com. The ­letter asks: “Are you suggesting that you seriously believe that no one in India is capable of making a better film?” and goes on to question Batra’s confidence in The Lunchbox being Oscar-worthy. It ends with the demand for an unconditional apology. When contacted, Batra said: “I haven’t seen the letter.” – The National staff

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