x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Russell Peters returns to Abu Dhabi next month

Also, John Abraham says Bollywood has no stories to tell; John Newman to headline RedFestDXB next year; Jack Klugman’s son unhappy about father’s exclusion from Emmy tribute; Kashyap angry The Lunchbox isn’t going to the Oscars. 

Comedian Russell Peters returns to Yas Island's du Arena in October. AFP
Comedian Russell Peters returns to Yas Island's du Arena in October. AFP

The Canadian stand-up comic Russell Peters will be back in the capital next month for a special reprise of his Notorious World Tour. The event, sponsored by Flash Entertainment, will be held at the du Arena on Yas Island on October 23. Last year, a second show was added to Peters’ scheduled performance after the initial show sold out within the first hour. This year, he will play to a larger, all-seated crowd at the open-air, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The tour also features the comedian and singer J Chris Newberg. Tickets go on sale from noon today. Visit www.ticketmaster.ae or call 800 86 823. For details, visit www.thinkflash.ae. — The National staff

John Abraham: Bollywood has no stories to tell

The actor John Abraham believes that Bollywood currently lacks stories to tell. “We lack stories. We have no stories to tell. We put five songs with five comedy scenes and say it’s done,” said Abraham. The 40-year-old recently turned producer with movies such as Vicky Donor (2012) and the recently released Madras Cafe (2013), in which he also starred. “I love the role of a producer because I make the kind of films which I want to make. I make sensible films. I think Vicky Donor and Madras Cafe are examples enough about the cinema I want to propagate,” he said. “While we keep making formula films, as a producer and an actor, I want to say let’s make sensible films that the audience will accept.” – IANS

Jack Klugman’s son unhappy about father’s exclusion from Emmy tribute

Jack Klugman’s son says the exclusion of his father from an Emmy Awards tribute is an insult to the memory of the TV veteran. “I think it’s criminal,” said Adam Klugman about the omission of his father, Jack Klugman, from the tribute on Sunday night’s Emmy show. Klugman, a three-time Emmy winner, starred in The Odd Couple and Quincy. His son said: “My dad was at the inception of television and helped build it in the early days. It’s an insult and it really seems typical of this youth-centric culture that has an extremely short attention span and panders to only a very narrow demographic” of young adults.” Five salutes will be presented at the Emmys, including one for Cory Monteith of Glee, who died in July of an overdose. Klugman also took exception to the inclusion of Monteith over his father. “What about the people who should be introduced to somebody like my father?” he said. “I don’t mean to say anything disparaging about Cory, but he was a kid who had won no Emmys and it was a self-induced tragedy.” Other announced tributes include personal remembrances set for James Gandolfini, Gary David Goldberg, Jean Stapleton and Jonathan Winters. — AP

Kashyap angry The Lunchbox isn’t going to the Oscars

The Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra and the producer Anurag Kashyap have lashed out at the selection committee for choosing the Gujarati film The Good Road over their film The Lunchbox as India’s official entry for the Oscars next year. Kashyap, who produced the film with Guneet Monga, said he is disappointed because The Lunchbox had a good chance of making it to the final five in the Best Foreign Film category. “Feeling very, very disappointed, can’t comment on the film I have not seen, but it better make it to final five. I hope and pray I am wrong and it actually is a film that knocks the socks off everyone,” Kashyap posted on Twitter, within minutes after Gyan Correa’s film was announced as the official entry. — PTI