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Jay-Z takes the subway to New York concert

Plus: Martin Scorsese teams up again with Bahman Ghobadi, Hendricks: don't call me 'full-figured'

The rapper Jay-Z rode a Brooklyn-bound train to get to his concert in Barclay Centre. AP
The rapper Jay-Z rode a Brooklyn-bound train to get to his concert in Barclay Centre. AP

Jay-Z surprised fans when he hopped on a Brooklyn-bound train on Saturday night to get to his concert at the city's Barclay Centre. Escorted by plainclothes police officers, the Brooklyn native attracted a crowd of photo-snapping fans and even struck up a chat with an older woman whom he sat beside. The concert was the last of eight shows the rapper performed this week at the New York arena. Beyoncé, his wife, made a surprise appearance and performed two tracks with him. The concert can be viewed om Jay-Z's new YouTube channel. * IANS

Martin Scorsese teams up again with Bahman Ghobadi

Martin Scorsese is collaborating again with Bahman Ghobadi on the production of the Kurdish-Iranian filmmaker's new movie, 60 Seconds of Us. "The film will be set in Iran and New York," says Ghobadi, who was at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea to premiere his latest film, Rhino Season, where Scorsese is credited as a "presenter". Ghobadi said he and Scorsese are now working on the script for the new project, about "the conflict between Iranians and Kurds". Rhino Season is based on the real-life story of the Kurdish poet Sadegh Kamangar, who was jailed for 30 years by the Iranian government. It stars the exiled Iranian actor Behrouz Vossoughi and the Italian star Monica Bellucci.

Hendricks: don't call me 'full-figured'

Currently in Australia for a brand endorsement, Christina Hendricks was being interviewed by the Sun-Herald when she was annoyed by the reporter's statement: "You have been an inspiration as a full-figured woman." The 37-year-old Mad Men star giggled and rolled her eyes, then told her publicist to intervene. The reporter tried to rephrase the question, saying: "You've been an inspiration for women as having a full figure ..." but Hendricks quickly interjected, telling the reporter: "You said it again! I think calling me full-figured is just rude." * IANS

Director slams Asian film support

The Japanese director Koji Wakamatsu says a lack of government support for young directors in the region is stifling artistic freedom. "Only commercial films are being supported so young filmmakers in Asia are only making commercial films," said Wakamatsu, who received the Asian Filmmaker of the Year award at this week's Busan International Film Festival. The 76-year-old auteur's career spans six decades and more than 100 productions. "I am an independent filmmaker and this goes against the system in Japan. But you have to make the films that are in your heart, not films other people want you to make," he said. * AFP

Kim Kardashian talks about life with Kanye West

Kim Kardashian has opened up for the first time about dating Kanye West. "It's so nice to have a best friend in this game who understands everything you're going through," she told Tatler UK's November issue. "I can't even think about being with anyone else." Asked if she's thinking of marriage, the reality star replied: "The next time, I want to do it on an island with only my friends and family and that's it," admitting that her previous televised wedding to Kris Humphries was "over the top".