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Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries continue their legal battle

Plus, Meryl Streep to narrate Nora Ephron's book Heartburn; the comedian Jonathan Winters is dead; Scary role for TV star Mitali Nag; Tamil actress Anjali still missing.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. AP
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. AP

A second date – Friday – has been set for the divorce case of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries after the professional basketball player failed to appear in court last week. Humphries, 28, is challenging a divorce request from the reality star, following only 72 days of their marriage, and is pushing for the union to be annulled based on his belief that it was fraudulent and done to boost the ratings of the television reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, in which Kardashian stars along with her family. Kardashian and her legal team deny the accusation. – AP

Meryl Streep to narrate Nora Ephron’s Heartburn audiobook

Meryl Streep is to lend her voice to the first recording of the late Nora Ephron’s book, Heartburn. Random House Audio have confirmed that the Oscar-winner will narrate the author’s autobiographical novel, published in 1983 and based on her marriage to the journalist Carl Bernstein. A close friend of Ephron’s, Streep famously starred in the film version of her life’s story in 1986, alongside Jack Nicholson. The audiobook is scheduled for release in July. Other projects, including Ephron’s essays, Wallflower at the Orgy and Crazy Salad, are also in the works. – AP

Obituary: Jonathan Winters

Hollywood is mourning the loss of Jonathan Winters; the cherub-faced comedian whose improvisations inspired the likes of Hollywood’s funnyman Robin Williams. Winters, 87, was considered a pioneer of improvisational stand-up comedy, with a gift for mimicry and funny facial contortions. His fellow comedian Jim Carrey tweeted that Winter was “the worthy custodian of a sparkling and childish comedic genius. He did God’s work. I was lucky 2 know him”. Williams added his voice to the chorus, saying of the Grammy winner: “I’ll miss him huge. He was my Comedy Buddha. Long live the Buddha.” – AP

Scary role for TV star Mitali Nag

The television actress Mitali Nag, who made her acting debut in Afsar Bitiya, will appear in a special segment of the series Fear Files, to be broadcast on Zee TV. Titled Black Magic, the programme delves into supernatural practices. “I have a huge interest in the paranormal and have been watching the show ever since it began.” she said. “I am intrigued by the idea of bringing a dead person to life and while I know that the story does seem to have a parallel to Frankenstein, I’m sure it will be 10 times spookier.” – IANS

Tamil actress Anjali still untraced

The whereabouts of the Indian film actress Anjali remain unknown following accusations of harassment she levied at her stepmother Bharati Devi and the Tamil filmmaker Kalanjiyam. “Anjali was in touch with the [Telugu] producer Suresh Kondeti and we questioned him after we came to know that she had called him,” said D?V Pradeep Kumar, a police inspector. “We are likely to trace her in a couple of days.” The 26-year-old star is believed to have disappeared last week from her hotel room, where she was staying with her uncle Suri Babu. According to staff, she was last seen getting into a car outside the hotel. – IANS

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