Plus: Stewart talks first slice of pizza; Matt Smith quits Doctor Who; Taio wants to collaborate with Psy; Bruno Mars' mother dies at age 55.
Beyoncé headlines London charity concert
Beyoncé and a few famous friends turned the home of English rugby into a fortress for women's rights at a charity concert yesterday. The show at Twickenham rugby stadium in London was in support of Chime for Change, a campaign to help empower women. The singer had the 50,000-strong crowd in a frenzy when she sang Crazy in Love with her husband Jay-Z. Performances included Simon Le Bon with Timbaland and Jennifer Lopez with Mary J Blige. Freida Pinto, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Franco, Ryan Reynolds and Gloria Steinem were among the presenters. - AP
Matt Smith quits Doctor Who
The BBC is on the hunt for a new Time Lord after Matt Smith announced on Saturday he's quitting as the star of the sci-fi drama Doctor Who. Smith, who has played the eccentric, time-travelling Doctor since 2010, said he would bow out in a special Christmas episode of the 50-year-old show and a new star would take over. Smith is the 11th and youngest actor to star in the show. He recently made his directorial debut and has spoken of his ambitions for a filmmaking career. - AFP
Patrick Stewart's 'first slice of pizza'
On Wednesday, Sir Patrick Stewart tweeted a photograph of himself eating what he claimed was his first slice of pizza. The bizarre confession by the 72-year-old actor was picked up by news outlets from USA Today to Fox News. Stewart went on the record with New York magazine to explain he had eaten pizza during his 18 years living in the US, just not by the slice. “This was my first slice of pizza,” Stewart said. – The National staff
Taio wants to collaborate with Psy
Speaking from the Mawazine music festival in Morocco on Saturday, the UK pop star Taio Cruz said he would love to share some studio time with the South Korean rapper Psy. "He has a lot of energy," Cruz said. "I think we could work well together. He can show me how to do those crazy dance moves and I think we also connect in that we both like wearing shades every where we go." Cruz's festival performance saw him DJing live for the first time. The Dynamite singer plans a similar performance for the UAE later in the year.— The National staff
Bruno Mars' mother dies at age 55
The mother of the Grammy-winning pop star Bruno Mars has died in Hawaii. Bernadette Hernandez died Saturday of a brain aneurysm, according to a publicist for Mars' label, Atlantic Records. Hernandez, 55 years old, died in Honolulu at Queens Medical Center; no other information was given. She was a hula dancer and a singer who immigrated from the Philippines and nurtured her children's interest in music. - AP
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