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In today's entertainment news: Have you heard of Kolaveri Di?

The Kardashian wedding comes to the UAE, Twilight saga sparks seizures, James Franco directs a jeans ad and more of the latest entertainment buzz in today's rushes.

The actor Dhanush sings the latest thing to go viral on YouTube, 18-year-old Anirudh Ravichander’s Kolaveri Di.
The actor Dhanush sings the latest thing to go viral on YouTube, 18-year-old Anirudh Ravichander’s Kolaveri Di.

A catchy and absurd Tanglish (Tamil-English) song called Kolaveri Di has spread like a virus all over the web, gathering more than five million hits on YouTube. "And over 8.2 million links shared on Facebook," a Sony Music statement said.

Kolaveri Di was composed by 18-year-old Anirudh Ravichander and sung by the actor Dhanush for his forthcoming film 3. The first line of the song, "Why this kolaveri di?" roughly translates to "Why do you have such a rage towards me, girl?".

Dhanush admits his song is complete nonsense, but fans clearly don't mind. Just a few days after it was released on November 16, covers and remixes were uploaded on the video-sharing website. There's a violin cover, a slow rap version, a chipmunks version and even a video of Japanese women exercising to its tune.

Even Bollywood megastar Amitabh "Big B" Bachchan is hooked. "This Kolaveri is veri veri endearing ... just not leaving the sound waves in the mind-u ... what-a what-a what-a do-u," he posted on Twitter.

Kardashian divorce special comes to UAE

Will the fact that Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are already headed to divorce prompt fewer UAE residents - or more - to watch their wedding special?

E! is gearing up to broadcast the two-part Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event in the UAE on December 4 and 11. The special, which is being heavily promoted on the entertainment network, has been tweaked to reflect the pending not-so-much-a-fairytale angle. Perhaps the network is counting on viewers to tune in for signs the mini-marriage was doomed from the start. Certainly the couple's wedding singer, Dave Koz, felt that way. This weekend he told the Texas website Caller.com that the event didn't "feel right".

"Who knows whether they were in love or not, but it just didn't seem to have authenticity in that moment for me," he said.

Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian, perhaps in an attempt to counter fan backlash, joined other celebrities in dishing out meals to the homeless at a Los Angeles shelter for American Thanksgiving.

Twilight saga sparks convulsions?

In a development reminiscent of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer suffered seizures at the sound of the former Entertainment Tonight co-host Mary Hart's voice, it seems the graphic "birthing scene" in Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 - which is accompanied by flashes of bright light - has prompted at least two moviegoers to suffer a seizure or seizure-like symptoms in the US.

CBS Sacramento, a station in California, reported that a man named Brandon Gephart began convulsing and gasping for breath during the scene. According to ABC4 in Salt Lake City, a Utah man says he also suffered a seizure during the scene. When he came to, his wife told him he had been shaking and mumbling.

James Franco directs a 7 For All Mankind advertisement

Movie actor, perfume endorser, PhD student, book author, installation artist and … ad man?

Hollywood's resident renaissance man James Franco is adding yet another achievement to his already stellar CV.

The designer jeans brand 7 For All Mankind has tapped him to direct and photograph its forthcoming spring/summer campaign.

Franco is set to fly to Los Angeles for the December 11 photo shoot, rumoured to focus on the easy-going California vibe - something the actor is familiar with, being born and raised in Palo Alto.

The 7 For All Mankind gig is his first foray into advertising, although he has photographed fashion editorials for Elle and W magazines.

The 33-year-old is currently filming his latest movie, Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz.

DAM999: Controversy helped box office

The RAK-based Indian director of the controversial film DAM999 needn't have worried that his film would suffer after being banned in the state of Tamil Nadu. Sohan Roy told reporters on Friday that the initial response from theatres was excellent, due to the publicity generated.

The naval architect said people protested against the film, which is fictitious and based around a 1975 dam disaster in China, because they unwittingly thought it was about an agreement between Tamil Nadu and Kerala over the Mullaperiyar dam.

Sohan told IBMLive.com that his next movie's plot would involve Somali pirates.