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Jolie to star in biopic of her mother

Plus, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio are the new judges on The X Factor; Chilean miners story to be made into a film; Ray Manzarek dies at the age of 74; Alec Baldwin premieres his witty spoof documentary at Cannes

Angelina Jolie and by her mother, Marcheline Bertrand. AP
Angelina Jolie and by her mother, Marcheline Bertrand. AP

Actress Angelina Jolie will reportedly play her late mother, Marcheline Bertrand, in a biopic made by her partner Brad Pitt’s production banner Plan B. Bertrand died of cancer in 2007 at the age of 56. The announcement comes on the back of Jolie’s recent double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer. The film will begin production next year; the date of release is yet to be announced. Bertrand launched the Give Love Give Life organisation in an effort to help fight gynaecological cancers. – IANS

Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio are the new judges on The X Factor

The former Destiny’s Child singer and the Latina artist will replace the outgoing diva Britney Spears and the producer Antonio “L A” Reid for the talent’s show third season. It’s a reunion for Rowland and Cowell, although some audiences won’t know it: she was a judge for a season on the more successful British version of the show. Rubio warned Cowell she wont tolerate any flippant comments directed at her: “Be careful what you wish for,” she said. – AP

Chilean miners story to be made into a film

The story of the Chilean miners that gripped the world in 2010 will be made into a movie starring Antonio Banderas. The 33 was announced on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival, with Banderas as the miner Mario Sepulveda. The film will dramatise the cave-in at a mine in Chile’s Atacama desert and the globally televised rescue of the miners that mesmerised millions worldwide. The film will be directed by the Mexican filmmaker Patricia Riggen. The supporting cast includes Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro. – AP

Ray Manzarek dies at the age of 74

The keyboardist and founding member of The Doors has succumbed to cancer. He was 74. Next to Jim Morrison, Manzarek was the band’s most distinctive-looking member, his glasses and wavy blond hair making him resemble a young English professor. His haunting keyboards were a key feature in The Doors’s sound and complemented Morrison’s gloomy baritone. Manzarek died on Monday in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family, said his publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald. – AFP

• See our Q&A with the musician in Wednesday's Arts&Life

Alec Baldwin premieres his witty spoof documentary at Cannes

Last Tango in Tikrit is surely a contender for the world’s most bizarre film title. In fact, the film is as bogus as the storyline – about two foreign journalists who fall in love with each other against the backdrop of war-torn Iraq. The fake movie was devised by Alec Baldwin and James Toback, who pitched the “concept” to would-be movie financiers at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. This year, they are presenting a documentary, titled Seduced and Abandoned, of their wheeze. Interspersed with interviews with Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ryan Gosling and other entertainment figures, the film is a witty insiders’ view that says bean counters and lowbrows are wrecking the art of moviemaking. – AP

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