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Dave Matthews fans give him ride to his show

Plus: Big B and SRK invited for centenary celebrations; Chris Brown could face jail; Sanjay Gupta to direct "most ambitious" project; more tests needed for cause of Monteith's death; Bono receives French cultural honour; The Fighter screenwriters making Boston bombing film.

Amitabh Bachchan, left, and Shah Rukh Khan have been invited to Chennai to in September celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema. AFP
Amitabh Bachchan, left, and Shah Rukh Khan have been invited to Chennai to in September celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema. AFP

Dave Matthews fans drive him to his show

Dave Matthews may jet to performances around the world, but that doesn't mean his bicycle never breaks down. That's what happened before the singer's show in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, when one of his fans pulled over to give a stranded cyclist a ride and realised the hitchhiker was none other than Matthews, who didn't have a mobile phone on him. "We didn't know how to make conversation with him. He was just a very humble guy," said Emily Kraus, who was in the car with her boyfriend. Matthews invited them to dinner, took them backstage and got them front-row seats. "It was surreal. We couldn't believe it," said Kraus. - AP

Big B and SRK invited to centenary gala

Bollywood luminaries such as Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan have been invited to attend an event to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema in Chennai this September. "We are hoping that they will take out time and join us," said C Kalyan, the president of the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce. The three-day event will bring together all the four south Indian film industries - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. The chief ministers of all four states - Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh - are also expected to attend. - IANS

Chris Brown could face jail

Chris Brown had his probation revoked on Monday by a judge in Los Angeles after he was charged in a hit-and-run traffic accident last month. Brown, who has been on probation for criminal assault for beating Rihanna in 2009, could face jail time if he is found to have violated his probation. Brown, 24, was released on his own recognisance and will have a hearing on August 16 to determine whether he has violated his probation. He was sentenced to five years probation, community service and counselling for the 2009 assault. - Reuters

Sanjay Gupta to direct 'most ambitious' film

After the success of Shootout at Wadala, Sanjay Gupta has announced his next project. The 43-year-old will direct Mumbai Saga, an epic crime drama set in the 1980s and 1990s. "Mumbai Saga is my most ambitious film to date. Action, drama, deceit, betrayal, power-play, politics, crime, cops and gangsters are the keywords," he said in a Twitter post. He also said he was planning to cast stars from Shootout at Wadala, such as John Abraham, Sonu Sood and Anil Kapoor, in the movie. - IANS

More tests needed to determine cause of Cory Monteith's death

The cause of Cory Monteith's death remained unclear on Monday, and authorities in Canada said it could take several days before toxicology test results are in. Vancouver police said there's nothing to indicate the death was due to illicit drug use. Monteith, 31, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on Saturday, according to police, who have ruled out foul play. Video and electronic records from the hotel indicated he returned to his room by himself early Saturday. Monteith admitted himself to a treatment facility in April for substance addiction. He had recently shot a Canadian film called All the Wrong Reasons, which was scheduled to be released this fall. - AP

Bono receives French cultural honour

France bestowed its highest cultural honour on U2's lead singer Bono. The Irish singer was made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in a ceremony held in Paris on Tuesday, the Ministry of Culture and Communication said. Bono, a leading advocate of aid for Africa, founded the global anti-poverty group ONE. - AFP

The Fighter screenwriters team up for Boston bombing film based on book

The Oscar-nominated screenwriters Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, who wrote The Fighter, have teamed up for a new collaboration. The pair have purchased the rights to a new book about the Boston Marathon bombings by the crime writer Casey Sherman and the journalist Dave Wedge, reported Deadline. The publication focuses on the explosions that took place on April 15 and the subsequent hunt for the siblings suspected of carrying out the attacks. With the book tipped for release next year, it is widely presumed the film adaptation, Boston Strong, will follow soon after. - The National staff

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