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Also: The actress Nyong'o wins lucrative role; the actress Dixit earns inspirational honour; Breaking Bad star to write memoir; James Franco apologises for flirting with teen

The musicians Win Butler, Richard Parry and Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire perform. Photo by Barney Britton / Redferns
The musicians Win Butler, Richard Parry and Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire perform. Photo by Barney Britton / Redferns

Arcade Fire, Kasabian, Pixies, Jack White and Dolly Parton are some of the major acts playing Britain’s Glastonbury festival this year, according to the first official line-up poster published on Friday. Elbow, The Black Keys, Robert Plant, Blondie, Massive Attack, MIA and Skrillex will also perform at the legendary festival over the weekend of June 27. Arcade Fire will headline on Friday night and Kasabian on Sunday, but organisers were keeping quiet about Saturday’s top spot, filled last year by The Rolling Stones in their first-ever appearance at Worthy Farm. Tickets for the 135,000-capacity event sold out in October in record time – one hour and 27 minutes – although any unwanted tickets will be resold this month. — AFP

Dixit named most inspirational

The Indian actress Madhuri Dixit, 46, was given the Most Inspirational Female Bollywood Icon award at the third annual Bradford Inspirational Women Awards (BIWA) in Bradford in Northern England. In time for last year’s centenary of Bollywood cinema, the Bradford Inspirational Women Awards launched a special category for the public to nominate their most inspirational female Bollywood Icon. — The National staff

Cranston’s memoir due in fall 2015

Bryan Cranston, known for his role as Walter White in Breaking Bad, has a deal with Scribner for what is described as a “deeply candid” memoir. Scribner announced that the book is due out in the autumn of 2015. It is currently untitled. The 58-year-old Cranston said in a statement issued by Scribner that he promises to disclose the “secrets and lies” he endured while starring in Breaking Bad. He said that from his tortured TV character he learnt both “useful” and “dangerous” lessons. — AP

Nyong’o wins lucrative new role

First came critical acclaim, then Hollywood A-list status and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the film 12 Years A Slave. Now, Lupita Nyong’o can add that other must-have role for any modern actress – brand ambassador – to her repertoire. Nyong’o is to join Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Lily Collins as a brand ambassador for the luxury cosmetics house Lancôme, the company said on Friday. In just a year the 31-year-old actress has risen from relative obscurity to international stardom. Born in Mexico, she grew up in Kenya as the second of six children. — AFP

Franco apologises for Instagram flirtation

James Franco has apologised for his Instagram flirtation with a 17-year-old. On the American talk show Live with Kelly and Michael on Friday, Franco said that he used “bad judgment” and “learned my lesson”. The 35-year-old actor was caught trying to pick up a Scottish teenage girl named Lucy Clode on the social media app. Franco said he was embarrassed and that he’s “a model of how social media is tricky”. – AP