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Mariah Carey hospitalised for injury

Plus: Farhan Akhtar to run mini marathon; Sophia Loren to make movie comeback; Vikram Seth asked to return $1.7m advance; Randy Travis in critical condition; Motwane talks adapting O Henry.

Mariah Carey's representative says the singer went to the hospital in New York on Sunday after injuring her shoulder while filming a music video. AP
Mariah Carey's representative says the singer went to the hospital in New York on Sunday after injuring her shoulder while filming a music video. AP

Mariah Carey hospitalised for injury

Mariah Carey is in hospital for a shoulder injury. The pop star’s representative says the singer went to the hospital in New York on Sunday after injuring her shoulder while filming a music video. Her representative adds that “doctors reset her shoulder” and that “she is fine”. Carey was filming a video for a remix version of her song #Beautiful with the rapper Young Jeezy. The video was being directed by her husband Nick Cannon. Carey is set to release a new album this year. – AP

Farhan Akhtar to run

mini marathon

Farhan Akhtar is inviting his fans to run with him in a mini marathon to promote his new film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, reported The Times of India. The 3.5km marathon will be hosted in four cities – Delhi, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Jaipur. Akhtar plays the lead role in the biopic about the “Flying Sikh”, the Indian athlete Milkha Singh. “People’s curiosity to see Farhan Akhtar running a marathon is at its highest. He has been able to transcend boundaries, and has become the Milkha Singh of celluloid,” said a spokesperson from Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is out in the UAE tomorrow. – The National staff

Look out for our Bhaag Milkha Bhaag feature in tomorrow’s Arts&Life

Sophia Loren to make movie comeback

The Italian actress Sophia Loren has confirmed she will be back on the big screen for her first starring role in nearly a decade. Italian newspapers have reported that the 78-year-old will star in La Voce Umana (The Human Voice), to be directed by her 40-year-old son, Edoardo Ponti. The story is based on a one-person play first performed in 1930, written by Jean Cocteau. Unlike the stage version, which was written in French, the screen version of the story will be performed in a Neapolitan dialect, according to The Hollywood Reporter. – The National staff

Vikram Seth asked to return $1.7m advance

The Indian writer Vikram Seth has been asked to return a $1.7 million (Dh6.2m) advance he was paid by his publisher to write a sequel to his 1993 classic A Suitable Boy. The Mumbai Mirror, quoting Seth’s agent, said the writer was negotiating with the publisher Hamish Hamilton following delays in producing the manuscript. “It would be unfair to say the deal has been called off,” said the agent, David Godwin. “Vikram takes his time with his books. Our aim is to settle this new date with Hamish.” A Suitable Boy follows the life of Lata and her hunt for a husband in post-independence India. A Suitable Girl, initially expected this year, was intended to be a sequel that placed Lata in contemporary India and described the country’s wrenching changes. – AFP

Singer Randy Travis in critical condition

The country music singer Randy Travis was in critical condition on Monday at a Texas hospital, a day after he was hospitalised for heart problems. Long a popular figure in country music, the 54-year-old singer has been trying to put his life back together after a series of public incidents involving alcohol. Travis pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in January following his arrest last year after a car crash. The multiple Grammy Award winner rode his alternately mellow and majestic voice to stardom in the 1980s and 90s. – AP

Motwane’s Lootera adapted from O Henry story

The filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane first caught the attention of Bollywood in 2010 when his debut film, Udaan, screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Three years later, he’s back with the period drama Lootera. Adapted from The Last Leaf, a 1907 short story by the American writer O Henry, Lootera movie is out now in UAE cinemas. “The easy thing is that it’s a four-page short story,” the 36-year-old director says. “So you are not encumbered with details.” When asked if he intentionally set out to make the piece a love story, Motwane replies: “Kind of. The Last Leaf is a strange love story, if it is a love story at all.” – Reuters


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