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Ashley Judd separates from Dario Franchitti

Plus: Chopra training for Kom biopic; Ke$ha to debut reality series; Daft Punk to release new album; Pandey says comedy should be recognised.

The Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra. Abderrahmane Mokhtari / Reuters
The Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra. Abderrahmane Mokhtari / Reuters

Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti are separating after 11 years of marriage. In a statement, the 44-year-old actress said she and the 39-year-old Scottish race car driver will “always be family” and “will continue to cherish our relationship based on love, integrity and respect”. Judd recently starred in the TV series -Missing. – AP

Chopra training for Kom biopic

Priyanka Chopra announced she will start shooting for the biopic on the Olympian boxer Mary Kom in June. “I am training for it at the moment and it will take me that much time to come into shape,” said the actress, describing the training as “rigorous”. “Every part of my body hurts. Now I know how Mary Kom trains every day.” The film will be directed by Omung Kumar Bhandula. This year Chopra is also set to to star in the Zanjeer remake, Gunday and Krrish 3. – IANS

Ke$ha to debut reality series

Ke$ha will debut a documentary series, Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life, on MTV in April. The show highlights the pop star’s life over the past two years, including recording music and travelling. MTV says the footage was shot by the singer’s brother, Lagan Sebert. The 25-year-old said in a statement she’s “revealing a more complete picture of what my life is really like”. – AP

Daft Punk to release new album

Daft Punk are releasing their first album in seven years. Columbia Records signed the influential French DJ duo this week. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter’s last major project was the score for Disney’s Tron: Legacy in 2010. Before Tron, their last proper album was 2005’s Human After All. – IANS

Pandey: comedy should be recognised

Chunky Pandey says it’s disappointing there are no major awards in India that honour comedians. The actor is known for his comic roles in Aankhen (2002), Housefull (2010) and last year’s Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum. “We make people laugh, we are like doctors,” said the 50-year-old star. “I have not got any big award until now. But I have got the audience’s support and that is important. I hope I get some big award, though, like the National Award. But there is no category for comedy there.” The Filmfare Awards used to honour the best comedy actors, but the category was discontinued after 2007. – IANS