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Breakfast at Tiffany’s manuscript sells for US$306,000

Plus, Dev Benegal on jury at Sci-Fi-London festival; Kristen Wiig returns to SNL as host.

A rare 86-page typed manuscript of Breakfast at Tiffany's with hand annotations by Truman Capote, which sold for US$306,667 on Thursday. AFP
A rare 86-page typed manuscript of Breakfast at Tiffany's with hand annotations by Truman Capote, which sold for US$306,667 on Thursday. AFP

Truman Capote’s 1958 typed manuscript of Breakfast at Tiffany’s with the author’s handwritten edits has sold for about US$306,000 (Dh1.1 million) at auction to a Russian billionaire. The manuscript, expected to net at least $250,000, was offered for sale online by the Amherst-based auction house RR Auction. RR Auction says the winning bidder is the Russian retail billionaire Igor Sosin, who plans to display it in Moscow and Monaco. Capote’s handwritten notes include changing the femme fatale’s name from Connie Gustafson to Holly Golightly. – AP

Dev Benegal at Sci-Fi-London festival

The award-winning filmmaker Dev Benegal has been chosen as a jury member for the 48 Hour Film Challenge at the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival this year. The 48 Hour Film Challenge is a competition that starts on Tuesday and ends on May 6. “Wow. It’s an honour to be a part of such a distinguished jury. Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my favourite films and my son and I are great fans of [the actor] Benedict Cumberbatch,” Benegal said in a statement. Other jury members include Cumberbatch and the director Guillermo Del Toro. – IANS

Kristen Wiig to return to SNL as host

A year after leaving Saturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig is back. NBC announced on Friday that Wiig will host the May 11 episode. For six seasons, Wiig was one of the most popular cast members on the show before exiting in an emotional send-off last May. Vampire Weekend will perform as the musical guest. The network also announced that the season finale on May 18 will be hosted by Ben Affleck, with Kanye West as the musical guest. It’s Affleck’s fifth stint as host. – AP

Pulp Fiction car found 19 years later

The classic Chevrolet convertible featured in the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction has been found nearly two decades after it was reported stolen, in 1994. The San Bernardino County Sun said Tarantino’s 1964 Chevelle Malibu was recovered in the San Francisco Bay area earlier this week. John Travolta’s character drove the cherry-red car in the movie. – AP

OSN brings Filipino entertainment to TV

OSN has partnered with ABS-CBN, the world’s largest Filipino TV network, to bring viewers in the Middle East and North Africa the best in Pinoy entertainment. Starting Wednesday, OSN will broadcast four new ABS-CBN channels, including TFC (The Filipino Channel), the network’s flagship entertainment channel; Bro, dedicated to sports and entertainment; Cinema One Global, which will broadcast movies; and ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel), a 24-hour news channel. The four channels are popular among the three million-strong Filipinos in the region. OSN already offers more than 40 channels through its Pinoy packages. The four ABS-CBN TV channels come at no extra cost to existing OSN subscribers. – The National staff


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