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Jessie J shaves head for charity

Plus: Ang Lee to make TV debut; Seacrest and Hough reportedly split; Veronica Mars film's fund-raiser hits goal; Morrissey cancels tour due to illness.

Jessie J shaved off her hair on live television last week. Getty Images
Jessie J shaved off her hair on live television last week. Getty Images

The English singer Jessie J shaved off her brunette hair on live television on Friday for the Comic Relief fund-raiser, which was broadcast on BBC1. The 24-year-old star took to Twitter and Instagram to share photos of her new look. “I did it! Thank you to everyone donating! My heart is filled with happiness! Let’s make a change!” She has so far raised more than half a million British pounds for the charity. – IANS

Ang Lee to make TV debut

Ang Lee is moving over to television after winning the Best Director Oscar last month for Life of Pi. The US network FX said the Taiwanese filmmaker will direct the pilot episode of its new drama series Tyrant, about an unassuming American family drawn into the affairs of a turbulent, fictitious Middle Eastern nation. It is Lee’s first venture into directing for TV. Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff – the duo behind the hit show Homeland – are the executive producers. – Reuters

Seacrest and Hough split

The American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and the actress Julianne Hough have ended their two-year relationship, reported People magazine. Sources told People that the couple’s busy work schedules proved to be a challenge. In a recent interview with Parade magazine, Hough said: “It’s a hard thing to do, especially when you’re so caught up in your work and bettering yourself. At the end of the day you have to find a balance with what’s really important.” – IANS

Veronica Mars film’s fund-raiser hits goal

Veronica Mars fans just bought themselves a big-screen version of the TV series. A crowd-sourcing campaign on Kickstarter to raise US$2 million (Dh7.34m) for the project hit its goal in less than a day. Veronica Mars, which starred Kristen Bell as a young sleuth, ended its three-season run in 2007. With Bell’s help, the series’ creator Rob Thomas launched the effort on Wednesday. “The more money we raise, the cooler movie we can make,” said Thomas. As of Sunday morning, the project had raised $3.6m. It’s now the most-funded film to date on Kickstarter. – AP

Morrissey cancels tour

Health concerns are forcing Morrissey to cancel his North American tour. In a statement released on Saturday, his rep said the singer has to pull out of the last 22 concerts on his itinerary after suffering a series of maladies, including double pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer and a gastrointestinal problem. Morrissey, 53, already has cancelled 21 shows over the past year. “Morrisey thanks all of his fans for their wishes and thoughts,” said his rep. – AP