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Martin Sheen to join Charlie on Anger Management

Plus: Keira Knightley to focus on indie movies, playing Amy Whitehouse is a costly business, Tom Jones cancels Olympic concert, and Olympic album tops the charts.

Charlie Sheen, left, and Martin Sheen. Vince Bucci / Getty Images
Charlie Sheen, left, and Martin Sheen. Vince Bucci / Getty Images

The producers of the sitcom Anger Management are bringing aboard Martin Sheen as a cast member. He will play the father of an anger-management therapist played by his real-life son Charlie Sheen. The elder Sheen filmed a guest-starring role last month and was well-received by the producers. "I think that was the best episode we did," said Charlie. "Adding Martin to the series will give an extra dimension and make it a multi-generational family show," said the producer John Landgraf. * AP

Knightley to focus on independent cinema

Keira Knightley has announced she wants to turn her back on blockbuster movies and will instead focus on independent films, saying she wants to step away from the spotlight. "It comes to a point where you think, 'What kind of film can I make that will allow me to live a proper life?' and those big-budget movies make it difficult," said the British star, whose latest film Anna Karenina is scheduled for a September release. "I became aware of how much I was complaining about fame and you can't complain about the attention you're getting while still doing the films that invite the most attention." * IANS

Playing Amy Winehouse comes at a price

The late singer Amy Winehouse's father Mitch says he would consider letting Lady Gaga play his daughter on film if she pays him £10 million (Dh58m). Gaga previously expressed interest in portraying the late vocalist in a biopic. "If Gaga gives me £10m, I will consider it. I think it might be advisable to get an English actress, although Gaga has got the look about her. It is something which we might think about," Winehouse told the Daily Star. * IANS

Tom Jones cancels Olympic gig

Tom Jones has apologised to fans for pulling out of an Olympic celebration concert after contracting bronchitis. The 72-year-old Welsh crooner had been due to perform at an outdoor concert in Hyde Park on Saturday. Jones posted on Twitter: "Sorry to all. Thanks for all the lovely messages, I don't know if everyone's understanding and support is making me feel better or worse!" * AP

Olympics album tops download charts

Enjoyed the music-packed Olympics opening ceremony? Now you can buy the album - and thousands have. The soundtrack album, which went on sale as a download minutes after Friday's ceremony ended, has topped the iTunes album chart in the UK, France, Belgium and Spain. The ceremony was a rollicking celebration of British music and the album includes tracks from David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, The Chemical Brothers, Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sandé, Arctic Monkeys and Underworld. * AP