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Lady Gaga dedicates Applause to fans

Julie Harris dies at the age of 87; Karan Johar speaks out on India's rape cases; and Linda Ronstadt has Parkinson's.

Lady Gaga poses for a picture with her fans as she leaves her Midtown Manhattan apartment. Getty Images
Lady Gaga poses for a picture with her fans as she leaves her Midtown Manhattan apartment. Getty Images

Lady Gaga dedicates Applause to fans

Lady Gaga has revealed that she wrote her new single Applause to thank her supportive fans for getting her through her hip injury last year. The 27-year-old says she wrote the track to thank her “Little Monsters” for their constant support during her gruelling “Born This Way Ball” world tour last year, which she had to cut short after she broke her right hip, reports contactmusic.com. Describing the writing process, she said: “I thought specifically about the end of the tour. I have travelled round the world for 89 shows and I had 10 left. I was exhausted because of this injury to my hip. It was really the applause and the fans that got me through, because when it comes to them, I’m capable of doing anything. I feel no pain. It was the adrenalin of the applause that got me through the performances.” – IANS

Amelie director ‘disgusted’ by Broadway plans

Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of the French film Amélie (2001), says he is “disgusted” by plans to turn his movie into a Broadway musical, but sold the rights anyway to support a charity. He says he hates Broadway with a passion, but has finally decided to use the proceeds to fund medical treatment for children. “I hate Broadway. I think it is the very incarnation of tackiness,” he told a French radio station. “I can tell you that I will not go to see it, I don’t even want to hear about it, I won’t listen to what they do, but if it brings in some money, well, maybe I can save a few lives.” Amélie will be adapted for Broadway by the American composer Dan Messe. – AFP

Julie Harris dies at age 87

Julie Harris, the diminutive actress who won five Tony Awards for her stage performances, a lifetime- achievement Tony Award in 2002, three Emmys and an Oscar nomination, died on Saturday at age 87. In the guises of Joan of Arc, Mary Todd Lincoln, Emily Dickinson and many other characters, Harris became the most decorated performer in the history of Broadway. Aside from her theatre work, Harris was known to television audiences in the 1980s for her role in the prime-time soap opera Knots Landing. Harris was also nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the The Member of the Wedding (1952), and appeared in more than 30 films, including East of Eden (1955) in which she played James Dean’s love interest. – Reuters

Karan Johar speaks out about India rape cases

After a female photojournalist was raped by five men in Mumbai last week, the Indian film fraternity took to social networking platforms to speak out against the crime. But the filmmaker Karan Johar says the lack of a solution renders these words meaningless. “I felt so silly even reacting, writing ‘I am disgusted’, ‘I am appalled’, because I feel so helpless. These are just words, they are empty,” Johar, 41, said last week at a press conference in Mumbai for the film The Lunchbox. “But what can we do but react? I think sometimes the words that we write feel empty. Like what I tweeted; it was an organic reaction but I felt so silly writing those words because they really meant nothing,” he added. Johar also said such incidents are an epidemic and needed to be stopped. – IANS

Sheikha Manal is looking for young art ambassadors

The annual visual arts competition founded by Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler’s eldest child, has announced that they are looking for seven student ambassadors to work with the team behind the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award. The official ambassadors, to be sourced from the UAE’s leading universities, will be tasked with encouraging fellow students to participate in the award and explain its importance. They will also work alongside the Sheikha Manal Cultural Office by offering support to their peers and by being the first point of contact for any questions or clarifications. Interested participants can apply online at www.youngartistaward.ae before October 15. – The National staff

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