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Kanye West performs at Kazakh wedding

Plus: Kapoors to take on 1994 film by Khans; Douglas says no crisis in marriage; Fernandez essays double role in new film; Johnson and Hunnam cast in Fifty Shades; Pope Francis biopic in the works.

Kanye West is said to have been paid about US$3 million (Dh11m) for performing at the Kazakh president's grandson's wedding in Almaty, according to the celebrity website TMZ. Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic for MTV / Getty Images
Kanye West is said to have been paid about US$3 million (Dh11m) for performing at the Kazakh president's grandson's wedding in Almaty, according to the celebrity website TMZ. Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic for MTV / Getty Images

Kanye West plays at Kazakh wedding

Kanye West was the surprise guest at a wedding party in Almaty of the grandson of the Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, according to Kazakh media. Aisultan Nazarbayev celebrated his marriage to Alima Boranbayeva on Saturday at the Royal Tulip Almaty, the Tengri News website reported. It published pictures that guests had posted on their Instagram and social networking sites of West attending the party. There was also footage of him performing in front of the cheering guests. The celebrity website TMZ said he was paid about US$3 million (Dh11m) for the private performance. President Nazarbayev has been repeatedly criticised by rights groups for his authoritarian rule. Such appearances by celebrities in autocratic Central Asia have backfired for stars in the past. Jennifer Lopez was criticised for appearing at a birthday party for Turkmenistan’s president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, in June. Sting cancelled a concert he was scheduled to give in Kazakhstan in July 2011, blaming human rights violations. – AFP

Kapoors to take on sequel to Khans’s Andaz Apna Apna

Rajkumar Santoshi is planning a sequel to his 1994 cult comedy Andaz Apna Apna and apparently wants Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor for the lead roles, played by Aamir Khan and Salman Khan in the original film, reported the Mumbai Mirror. “Santoshi wanted to work with the Khans but because getting dates from them is an impossible task, he might go ahead with the Kapoors, who are both young and commercially viable,” said a production source. An official announcement hasn’t been made yet. Santoshi’s new film Phata Poster Nikla Hero, starring Shahid Kapoor, will be out in the UAE on September 19. – The National staff

Douglas says no crisis at home

Michael Douglas says he doesn’t have a crisis at home and that he and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones “are fine” and taking a “temporary separation”. Douglas was speaking in Berlin on Monday while promoting his film Behind the Candelabra. In response to a question from the media, he said: “I have a crisis at home? No, I think the press has a crisis. We are fine. My wife and I are fine. We take a temporary separation, but the press, it gives you stuff to write about.” – AP

Fernandez essays double role

The Sri Lankan actress Jacqueline Fernandez has two roles in Vikramjit Singh’s forthcoming drama Roy. “I am lucky enough to have two roles in the movie, one of them being a director. So I am excited about that,” said Fernandez. “I will take some tips from directors I know,” she added. She also said it was her ambition to work with Ranbir Kapoor. “I’ve always wanted to work with him. Every time I’ve done an interview, I say: ‘I wanna work with Ranbir.’ Who’s your favourite actor? ‘Ranbir.’” Roy, also starring Arjun Rampal, is scheduled to be released next June. – The National staff

Johnson and Hunnam cast in Fifty Shades of Grey

The big-screen adaptation of E?L James’s Fifty Shades of Grey has cast its lead roles. Charlie Hunnam will play the 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson will play the college student he captivates, Anastasia Steele. The 23-year-old Johnson is the daughter of the actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. She has had minor roles in The Social Network and 21 Jump Street. The 33-year-old British actor Hunnam starred in the recent robot-monster battle film Pacific Rim. He stars in the television series Sons of Anarchy. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, the film is scheduled to be released next August. – AP

Pope Francis biopic in the works

An Argentine director is planning a biopic of his fellow countryman Pope Francis’s life, from his upbringing in Buenos Aires to his election as the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics. Alejandro Agresti, who directed 2006’s The Lake House, will direct the film titled Historia de un cura (A Priest’s Tale). Rodrigo de la Serna (2004’s The Motorcycle Diaries) will play Pope Francis. “More than a rapid biopic of key events, I’m more concerned with getting inside this very singular person,” Agresti told Variety. Shooting will be split between Argentina, Italy and Germany. – Reuters

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