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50 Cent in car accident

Plus: Sigourney confirms: three Avatar sequels to be made, Nora Ephron dies at 71, Zach Galifianakis to marry, and The Avengers becomes third highest-grossing movie of all time.

50 Cent. Jeff Bottari / Getty Images / AFP
50 Cent. Jeff Bottari / Getty Images / AFP

A representative for 50 Cent says the rapper is out of hospital after being injured in a car accident in New York on Tuesday morning. He was treated for "minor neck and back injuries" and is now "doing fine". Photos of the 36-year-old on a stretcher are posted on his website www.ThisIs50.com. The Grammy winner, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, appears in a neck brace. No other details were provided. * AP

Sigourney confirms there will be three Avatar sequels

James Cameron will shoot Avatar 2, 3 and 4 all at the same time beginning later this year, said Sigourney Weaver, who will appear in all three sequels. The actress, talking to the celebrity website Showbiz411, said she will head back to Pandora after she completes a brief run in a new play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which opens in November in New York. In an interview with the New York Times last month, Cameron said: "I'm not interested in developing anything. I'm in the Avatar business. Period. That's it."

Nora Ephron dies at age 71

The American filmmaker and screenwriter Nora Ephron, who wrote such romantic comedies as When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, died on Tuesday of leukaemia. She was 71. Ephron wrote and directed her last film Julie and Julia in 2009 in which she worked once more alongside her good friend Meryl Streep. Before becoming the queen of Hollywood romcoms, she wrote for Esquire and the New York Times. She graduated to writing novels and then successful film scripts. The New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said: "The loss of Nora Ephron is devastating. She always loved a good New York story, and she could tell them like no one else." * AFP

Galifianakis engaged to girlfriend

Zach Galifianakis, 42, will marry his longtime girlfriend Quinn Lundberg, 29, on August 11, according to the Hollywood news website Celebuzz, which obtained a copy of the wedding invite. "While it has the formal details of who, what, when, where, it is also very funny," a source told the website. "Zach included a drawing of himself and his bride-to-be. He made sure he looked like a little troll, while Quinn is a stunning tall blonde princess." The actor will next be seen in the forthcoming comedy The Campaign, co-starring with Will Ferrell and Jason Sudeikis.

Avengers is third highest-grossing film

The comic book superhero film The Avengers became on Tuesday the third highest-grossing film in box office history, behind Avatar and Titanic, earning an estimated US$1.4 billion (Dh5.1bn) since its release in May. Directed by Joss Whedon, the Walt Disney Studios action adventure made in collaboration with Marvel Comics stars Samuel L Jackson, Robert Downey Jr, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo. The movie's success will help mitigate Disney's $200m loss on the sci-fi fantasy John Carter in March, which prompted the departure of the Walt Disney Studios boss Rich Ross. * AFP