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Madonna tops Forbes list of highest-earning celebrities

Plus: Om Puri missing, accused of violence; Eminem to release new album; Johar full of praise for Abraham; Beckham wants fashion 'empire'.

Madonna made an estimated Dh459 million last year. Stuart Wilson / Getty Images
Madonna made an estimated Dh459 million last year. Stuart Wilson / Getty Images

Madonna is the world’s top-earning celebrity, according to a Forbes list out this week, making an estimated US$125 million (Dh459m) in the past year, mainly from her MDNA tour but helped by sales of clothing, fragrance and various investments. Steven Spielberg, who had a hit last year with Lincoln, was second with earnings of $100m. No 3 was a three-way tie among the Fifty Shades of Grey author E?L James, the radio shock jock Howard Stern and the producer Simon Cowell, with earnings of $95m. Others in the Top 10 included the TV host Glenn Beck, the director Michael Bay and the novelist James Patterson, whom Forbes said was the best-selling author of all time. – Reuters

Om Puri missing, accused of violence

The journalist Nandita Puri has filed a case against her ex-husband, the Indian actor Om Puri, alleging domestic violence. “We have registered the complaint and booked the actor for voluntarily causing hurt by a dangerous weapon,” the Mumbai police told The Indian Express. The 62-year-old actor is apparently missing. “Om Puri is absconding at present. We will arrest him as soon as we trace him,” said the police. – IANS

Eminem to release new album 

Eminem announced this week the release of his eighth studio album, his follow-up to 2010’s Recovery. The rapper posted a video teaser on his website that announces the album, titled MMLP2, as in Marshall Mathers LP 2, due out November 5. The record is produced by Dr Dre and Rick Rubin. MMLP2’s first single, Berzerk, is out on Tuesday. Another song from the album, Survivor, featured in a trailer last week for the video game Call of Duty: Ghosts. – The National staff

Johar full of praise for Abraham

The Bollywood director Karan Johar has showered praise on Madras Café and its lead actor and producer John Abraham. “Madras Café is intelligent, well-intentioned, spectacularly shot and edge-of-the-seat! A proud film in every department! Superb,” Johar posted on Twitter. “John Abraham emerging as the new-age producer of our times.” Directed by Shoojit Sircar, the film is about the Sri Lankan civil war. Madras Café is currently showing in UAE cinemas. – IANS

Beckham wants fashion ‘empire’

Victoria Beckham says she has bigger plans for her fashion brand. “I want to get bigger and bigger,” the former Spice Girl told The New York Times ahead of the unveiling of her spring/summer 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week, which begins on September 5. “I absolutely want an empire.” Aside from clothing, Beckham has also branched out into sunglasses, handbags and denim. The 39-year-old mother of four has also created a new, more affordable diffusion line, Victoria. “I want to reach as many women throughout the world as I can,” she said. – AFP

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