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Chris Brown suffers seizure

Plus: Shah Rukh Khan hosts Eid party; Angelina Jolie promotes Maleficent; Spike Jonze's film Her to close New York Film Festival; South Korea's Lee Byung-Hun marries; Disney reveals cast of Nemo sequel.

Chris Brown suffered a non-epileptic seizure on Friday while he was working in a Los Angeles studio. Getty Images
Chris Brown suffered a non-epileptic seizure on Friday while he was working in a Los Angeles studio. Getty Images

Chris Brown has suffered a seizure brought on by intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, said his publicist. The singer suffered a non-epileptic seizure on Friday while he was working in a Los Angeles studio. The publicist said Brown’s doctor attributes the episode to “intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the non-stop negativity”. The singer was put on felony probation in 2009 after he physically assaulted then girlfriend Rihanna. Brown has been in and out of court since then, making the news on fulfilling the requirements of his five-year supervised probation term. – AP

Shah Rukh Khan hosts Eid party

The Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan threw an Eid party at his Mumbai home on Saturday night. In attendance were his closest friends in the industry, including the veteran actor Dilip Kumar and his wife Saira Bano, Arbaaz Khan and his wife Malaika, and members of the Bachchan family: Amitabh, his son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya. “They [the Bachchans] came late in their Rolls-Royce but stayed until the end,” Zee News reported. The party was also thrown to celebrate the success of SRK’s new film Chennai Express, out now in the UAE. Photographers spotted the actor personally driving Kumar and Bano home. His Chennai Express co-star Deepika Padukone did not attend. – IANS

Angelina Jolie promotes Maleficent

Angelina Jolie cast a spell on the crowd at the D23 Expo. The star of the forthcoming film Maleficent appeared on stage at the Disney extravaganza for a presentation promoting the company’s forthcoming assortment of live-action films. “Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favourite,” Jolie told the crowd of 4,000 fans about her role as a real-life rendition of the Sleeping Beauty villainess. “I was terrified of her, but I was so drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her.” Jolie said her daughter, Vivienne, who turned 5 last month, was cast in the film as a young version of Princess Aurora, mostly because she was the only child who wasn’t afraid of Jolie in her horned attire on set. “One little kid even said: ‘Mommy, please tell the mean witch to stop talking to me’,” recalled Jolie. – AP

Jonze’s film to close New York Film Festival

Spike Jonze’s futuristic romance Her will close the New York Film Festival. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as a man who becomes intrigued by a new operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Warner Bros will release the film in November. Her marks the third high-profile release that will premiere at the festival. Also screening are Paul Greengrass’s Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, and Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The festival runs from September 27 to October 13. – AP

South Korea’s Lee Byung-Hun ties the knot

The top South Korean movie star Lee Byung-Hun, one of the best-known faces of the “Korean Wave” of popular culture, married the actress Lee Min-Jung, his longtime girlfriend, on Saturday. The 43-year-old Byung-Hun, who starred in last year’s blockbuster costume drama Masquerade, told reporters the wedding was “a dream come true”. Early this year, Lee reprised his role as the villainous ninja Storm Shadow in the Hollywood action blockbuster GI Joe: Retaliation. He also features in the Hollywood action comedy Red 2 alongside Bruce Willis. – AFP

Disney reveals cast for Nemo sequel

Walt Disney Co has announced that Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy will voice the parents of the forgetful fish Dory in Finding Dory, scheduled for release in November 2015. Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks will reprise their respective roles as Dory and Marlin from the original film, while Ty Burrell will join the cast as a beluga whale named Bailey. The studio also revealed that the Up director Pete Docter’s animated film Inside Out, also scheduled for release in 2015, will feature the voices of Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith as characters representing different emotions within the mind of a young girl. – AP

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