Plus: Paul Walker’s estate estimated at $25m; Salman Khan turns barber for charity; U2 rakes in $3m to combat Aids; Pharrell to perform at Oscars; injured SRK back on set; Red Hot Chili Peppers admit miming.
Four arrested in Hoffman investigation
The New York police arrested four people in Lower Manhattan after receiving a tip that the three men and a woman were the source of the heroin that killed Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died on Sunday from an apparent overdose. More than 350 bags of heroin were found in the arrested individuals’ apartments, according to The New York Times. Hoffman will be buried in a private funeral service, his publicist said in a statement on Tuesday, but did not specify when the service would happen. A memorial service for the actor is planned for later this month, the statement said.
Walker’s estate estimated at US$25 million
Paul Walker’s teenage daughter is the sole beneficiary of the actor’s estate, which is valued at an estimated $25 million (Dh92m), court records show. The star’s final will calls for his father to serve as executor of the estate and for his mother to serve as guardian of the actor’s 15-year-old daughter. The will was prepared and signed in 2001, the same year Walker starred in the first Fast & Furious film that launched the successful film franchise and will continue generating millions for the actor’s estate. Walker, 40, died on November 30 in a car crash in Los Angeles. The records show that Walker’s estate is expected to earn another $8m (Dh29.4m), some of which is likely related to the seventh Fast & Furious film scheduled to be released in April 2015. Shooting of the film was halfway complete when Walker was killed. Universal Pictures has said Walker will remain in the film but hasn’t laid out how it will handle the footage that had already been shot.
Salman Khan turns barber for charity
The Bollywood actor Salman Khan has filmed an episode for the forthcoming Indian reality series Mission Sapne, which features celebrities taking on everyday jobs for one day. The money earned by the star is then multiplied by the show’s producers and donated to a person or organisation in need. For his episode, the 48-year-old Khan took on the role of a barber. Proceeds went to Qurban Ali, a barber who has lost both his legs. Mission Sapne, which does not have a premiere date yet, is hosted by Sonali Bendre and will also feature Ram Kapoor, Ronit Roy, Harbhajan Singh, Mika Singh and Varun Dhawan.
U2 rakes in $3m in a bid to combat Aids U2’s new single, Invisible, raised more than $3 million (Dh11m) for the fight against Aids during the 36 hours it was available for free on iTunes. It scored more than one million downloads in the hour after it premiered in a Bank of America commercial during Sunday’s Super Bowl, then picked up two million more until the free offer ended on Monday midnight, GMT. With Bank of America pledging one dollar for every download, Invisible raised more than $3 million for The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. “We’re just delighted there are still people very interested in us,” Bono told BBC Radio One.
Pharrell to perform at the Oscars
Pharrell Williams will perform at the Academy Awards. The producer and performer will sing his nominated song Happy, which he wrote for Despicable Me 2. It’s nominated for Best Original Song along with U2’s Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Let It Go by Idina Menzel from Frozen and Karen O’s The Moon Song from Her. The Oscars will be held March 2.
Injured SRK back on set
The Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who was injured while shooting his next film, Happy New Year, in Mumbai on January 23, resumed shooting his scenes on Tuesday. The actor sustained minor injuries to his face and shoulders after a heavy door fell on him while filming a song sequence, said an earlier report by The Hindu newspaper. Directed by Farah Khan, the action comedy is scheduled for an October release.
Red Hot Chili Peppers admit miming
The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea said in a letter to fans posted on the group’s website on Tuesday that they pretended to play along to a pre-taped track of Give It Away during the Super Bowl half-time show on Sunday. The request came from NFL officials who felt it was too difficult to pull off a completely live performance because of potential sound issues. The admission came after observers noted Flea and his bandmates weren’t plugged in while performing. Flea wrote on the band’s website that the opportunity was too big for the lifelong football fans to turn down. After internal debate, dubiously checking with fellow musicians and consulting with the headliner Bruno Mars, they decided it was “a surreal-like, once-in-a-lifetime crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it”.