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JJ Abrams to direct next Star Wars movie

Plus: Did Kim offer Kris $10m for divorce?; Stevie Wonder to give New Orleans concert for Super Bowl; Stephen King publishes anti-gun book; and Wozniak says jOBS movie is innacurate.

JJ Abrams is set to direct the next installment of Star Wars. Matt Sayles / Invision / AP
JJ Abrams is set to direct the next installment of Star Wars. Matt Sayles / Invision / AP

It's official. The force is with JJ Abrams. The Walt Disney Company confirmed reports that had been circulating for two days that Abrams, creator of Lost and director of 2009's Star Trek movie, will direct the seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise. Disney said the movie will have a script from Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and a 2015 release. Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote two of the movies in the original trilogy, will work as a consultant on the new project. The Star Wars creator George Lucas said in a statement that Abrams is the "ideal choice" of director and his legacy "couldn't be in better hands". * AP

Did Kim offer Kris $10m to divorce?

Kim Kardashian reportedly offered US$10 million (Dh37m) to estranged husband Kris Humphries so he would stop pursuing an annulment to their marriage on the grounds of fraud, reports radaronline.com. "Kris flatly rejected the offer because it has never been about money for him. He wants to be able to marry in a church again," said a source. "Kris is deeply religious and he believes that the only way he can do that is if his marriage to Kim is annulled." * IANS

Stevie Wonder to perform on Super Bowl weekend

Stevie Wonder is the latest in a parade of entertainers to perform in New Orleans on Super Bowl weekend. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer is headlining an outdoor concert near the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel on February 2, the evening before the big football game. Also that night, Justin Timberlake is appearing in his first concert in more than four years during DIRECTV Super Saturday Night, an invitation-only concert that will include a performance by the rapper Pitbull and a friendly game that will include the rapper Snoop Dogg and the actor Neil Patrick Harris. * AP

King decries gun violence

The best-selling writer Stephen King, known for novels filled with horror and gore, has made an impassioned plea for an end to real-life violence involving firearms. In an essay entitled Guns and sold by Amazon's Kindle Store, the horror writer inveighs against "an America awash in guns". "If this helps provoke constructive debate, I've done my job," said King. * AFP

Jobs film inaccurate, says Wozniak

The Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said on Friday that a new film about the late Steve Jobs is factually "wrong". The movie's makers countered that it is meant as entertainment, not a literal retelling of Jobs's life. Wozniak said the movie jOBS, which premiered on Friday at Sundance, erred in its depiction of the characters as well as the relationships between them, especially the one between him and Jobs. "We never had such interaction and roles," Wozniak, who quit Apple in 1987 after 12 years, told the tech blog Gizmodo. The film is due for release in the United States in April. * AFP