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James Marsden offered Paul Walker’s role in The Best of Me

Plus: Aamir Khan tweets support for Salman Khan's new film; Pharrell Williams reclaims top of UK charts; remake planned for Bollywood drama Masoom; and Kylie to release new song Into the Blue.

Pharrell Williams. Victor Fraile / Getty Images
Pharrell Williams. Victor Fraile / Getty Images

The actor James Marsden has been offered the late actor Paul Walker’s role in a forthcoming film by the novelist, screenwriter and producer Nicholas Sparks. Marsden, 40, has been approached to play the lead in The Best of Me, an adaptation of Sparks’s best-seller of the same name. If he is signed on, Marsden will work alongside the actress Michelle Monaghan. — IANS

Aamir takes to Twitter to promote Salman’s new film

It’s a case of one good turn leads to another. After Salman Khan promoted Aamir Khan’s action drama Dhoom: 3 on his television reality show Bigg Boss – Saath 7, Aamir returned the favour and took to Twitter on Sunday to plug Salman’s forthcoming film Jai Ho. “12 days to go ...’Jai Ho!” the post reads. The two have acted together in only one film, the 1994 comedy Andaz Apna Apna. — IANS

Pharrell Williams reclaims UK chart’s top spot

Pharrell Williams’s Happy reclaimed the No 1 spot in the British music singles chart on Sunday, knocking Timber by his fellow Americans Pitbull and Ke$ha into second place, the Official Charts Company said. Happy sold more than 107,000 copies to occupy the top spot for a second non-consecutive week, after being dethroned by Timber the previous week. Williams had scored the two biggest-selling singles of 2013. Among the fastest climbers in the singles chart was Beyoncé, whose Drunk in Love, a collaboration with her husband Jay Z, jumped 17 places to take the No 10 spot. It was Beyoncé’s 16th top 10 hit in the UK. — Reuters

A remake planned for Bolly drama Masoom

Bedabrata Pain, who won India’s National Film award for his maiden venture Chittagong (2012), said he is in talks to direct a remake of the 1983 cult hit Masoom, the Deccan Herald reported. Shekhar Kapur’s film, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Jugal Hansraj, is based on Erich Segal’s novel Man, Woman and Child. “I want to do it but it won’t be an exact remake of Masoom,” said Pain. “I am in discussion with the producers. I want to direct a movie based on Man, Woman and Child but it has to be a different take on the story.” Nawazuddin Siddiqui is reportedly being tapped for the lead role, but Pain refused to confirm the news. — The National staff

Kylie Minogue’s new single is titled Into the Blue

The singer and songwriter Kylie Minogue has announced her new single Into the Blue, due out on March 16. Kelly Sheehan, who has previously worked with Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé, wrote the lyrics. Minogue said in a statement: “2013 was a year of big change, planning and preparation for me and I’m so excited that 2014 is finally here so I can share this new music. Into the Blue is really special to me as it encapsulates a lot of what I’ve been feeling – I can’t wait for it to be out there.” The song is the first track on Minogue’s forthcoming album, scheduled to hit the stores later this year. – IANS