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Mariah Carey joins American Idol

Plus: Hugh Jackman delighted to be filming Wolverine in Australia, screenwriter Frank Pierson dies, Winehouse family marks anniversary of Amy's death, and Chuck Berry honoured by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Mariah Carey. Valery Hache / AFP
Mariah Carey. Valery Hache / AFP

Mariah Carey has signed on to judge the 11th season of American Idol after Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler quit as judges. "It's gonna be so much fun working on @AmericanIdol. As a singer-songwriter, I'm excited to help find and nurture new talent," Carey posted on Twitter. Idol's producer Simon Fuller said: "We are proud to have one of the world's greatest-ever female singers join our show." * AFP

Jackman to begin filming Wolverine

Hugh Jackman will begin filming The Wolverine, the next instalment of his X-Men spin-off movies, in Sydney next week. "I am so happy to be home. To be shooting a movie of this magnitude here at home to me is one of the great privileges I've had in my career," he said. The Wolverine will be shot with a AUS$12.8 million (Dh49m) grant from the Australian government. Jackman joked that the prime minister, Julia Gillard, who visited the set on Tuesday, could have a role in the movie. "A stunt double for myself," he said. "We just did a quick audition, she's incredible. I don't know if you know about her martial arts background; the movie is set in Japan and she really is very handy with the sword and with the nunchucks." The director James Mangold rejected reports that Jessica Biel had pulled out as the female lead at the last minute but refused to comment on who would be playing the role of the villainous mutant Viper. * AFP

Screenwriter Frank Pierson dies

The Oscar-winning screenwriter of Dog Day Afternoon, Frank Pierson, died on Monday in Los Angeles after a short illness. He was 87. Pierson wrote and directed 1976's A Star is Born and was a writer and consulting producer on the shows Mad Men and The Good Wife. Pierson served as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 2001 to 2005 and was also the president of the West Coast branch of the Writers Guild of America for 17 years. * AP

Winehouse family marks anniversary of Amy's death

Fans have lit candles and left tributes outside Amy Winehouse's north London home to mark the first anniversary of her death. The singer died from alcohol poisoning on July 23 last year, at the age of 27. Her family released a statement honouring "a daughter and sister that meant the world" to them. Relatives said they were still struggling to come to terms with her loss and thanked fans for their continued support. * AP

American Master honour for Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry will be celebrated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October as part of its American Music Masters series. The rock pioneer will be the subject of a week-long celebration kicking off on October 22 and ending with an all-star tribute concert on October 27. In a statement, Berry, 82, said he is "looking forward to reelin' and rockin' in Cleveland". * AP