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Justin Bieber criticised for Anne Frank comment

Plus: Matt Damon and wife renew vows; Deftones bassist dies at 42; woman charged with stalking Jackman; Bruno Mars's sisters get TV show.

Justin Bieber's comments in a guest book at the Anne Frank House museum have triggered a flood of comments on Facebook. Reuters
Justin Bieber's comments in a guest book at the Anne Frank House museum have triggered a flood of comments on Facebook. Reuters

Second Bieber show in Dubai announced

A second Justin Bieber concert has been announced. The 19-year-old Canadian pop star will perform at Dubai Seven Stadium on May 5, a day after his first performance. “The Beliebers just won’t let us off the hook,” says Thomas Ovesen, the chief executive of the promoter Done Events. Tickets, priced from Dh350, are available at www.justinbieberdubai.com. Tickets for Bieber’s May 4 show quickly sold out when they went on sale in September. In other Bieber news, his entry into a guest book on Friday at the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam sparked criticism on the museum’s Facebook page. “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully, she would have been a Belieber,” he wrote. This triggered a flood of comments on Facebook, many criticising Bieber for writing something they perceive to be insensitive. The museum’s spokeswoman Maatje Mostart said the museum didn’t see anything offensive in his remarks. – The National staff / AP

Avengers takes top prize at MTV awards

The Avengers won three awards at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards, including Movie of the Year. “What’s the opposite of humbled? We’re Biebered to be standing here,” said the film’s director Joss Whedon as he accepted the golden popcorn trophy. The show’s host Rebel Wilson, who opened and closed the show wearing Iron Man-style armour, won Breakthrough Performance for her work in Pitch Perfect. Silver Lining Playbook’s Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence were also honoured for their performances. Emma Watson received the Trailblazer Award. The performers included Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Selena Gomez, who debuted her new song, Come and Get It. – AP

Matt Damon and wife renew vows

Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana Barroso, renewed their wedding vows of eight years on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia on Saturday. The party was held at Sugar Beach Resort. Guests included Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Reports indicate Damon spent nearly US$1 million (Dh3.67m) to rent out the entire resort. – AP

Deftones bassist dies at 42

Chi Cheng, the bassist for the band Deftones, died on Sunday after struggling to recover from injuries suffered in a car crash more than four years ago. He was 42. Deftones won a Best Metal Performance Grammy in 2001. Cheng, who played five albums with the band, was a “powerful bassist who was larger than life on stage”, the Recording Academy said. – AP

Woman charged with stalking Jackman

Hugh Jackman was working out in a gym on Saturday in New York City when a woman rushed in, crying and shouting that she loved him. Police say that Kathleen Thurston, 47, pulled out a razor covered with hair and threw it at him, then fled and was arrested. Jackman wasn’t hurt. The actor told a radio station on Sunday that the run-in was frightening. Thurston has been charged with stalking and awaits arraignment. The police say she has approached the actor and his family before. – AP

Bruno Mars’s sisters get their own TV show

Bruno Mars, who entertained his Dubai fans last Friday, isn’t the only singer in the family. The 27-year-old’s four sisters will appear in a new reality series documenting the recording process of their debut album. The show will be broadcast later this year on the US cable network WEtv. Tiara, Tahiti and Presley Hernandez are moving from Hawaii to Los Angeles to join their older sister Jamie. The sisters perform as The Lylas. Mars, born Peter Hernandez, moved from Hawaii to live with Jamie in Los Angeles in 2002 after graduating from high school. – AP


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