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Paltrow: 'most beautiful' title 'not true'

Plus: Garden State sequel raises $2m on Kickstarter; will.i.am rebuts accusations of song theft; Amy Winehouse documentary coming soon; vampire love story gets Cannes slot.

Gwyneth Paltrow poses at the premiere of Iron Man 3. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
Gwyneth Paltrow poses at the premiere of Iron Man 3. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Gwyneth Paltrow says she’s thrilled to be picked by People magazine as “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” for 2013 but it’s “obviously not true”. Paltrow questioned her own selection as she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of Iron Man 3 on Wednesday. “It’s funny, these things, because it’s, like, obviously not true. But it’s very sweet to be named that,” said the 40-year-old actress. “Because I mean you can’t say that, you know! But it’s been very wonderful. And as my friend said, it’s so nice that someone who has kids and is a mum and is not, like, 21 is named that. It’s really an honour.” AP

2. Garden State sequel raises $2m on Kickstarter

Zach Braff has met his goal on Kickstarter, raising US$2 million (Dh7.3m) in three days to fund his follow-up to 2004’s Garden State. The actor and director’s crowd-funding campaign follows the director Rob Thomas’s wildly successful use of Kickstarter to finance a movie of the defunct TV series Veronica Mars. Thomas pulled in more than $5.7m in 30 days. Braff, who says this is the only way for him to make the sequel, posted on Twitter on Saturday: “I will not let you down. Let’s go make a killer movie.” AP

3. Will.i.am rebuts accusations of song theft

The musician will.i.am says he’s been unfairly accused of stealing a song from a Russian dance producer for use on his new album. He has acknowledged reaching out to the trance producer Arty after hearing his 2011 song with London’s Mat Zo, titled Rebound. Will.i.am recorded a new version with Chris Brown titled Let’s Go, which has been met with criticism online from Arty’s fans. He said he emailed Arty, who initially responded positively to an invitation to collaborate. But the Russian DJ told fans on Facebook that there was no final deal between their respective labels and “the matter is under review by our legal teams”. Will.i.am credits Arty as a writer on the song in the liner notes for his album, #willpower, released this week. “You can’t steal if you credited somebody,” said will.i.am. “He and I communicated. So who is to blame? I didn’t know.” AP

4. Amy Winehouse documentary coming soon

The director of the 2010 award-winning film Senna is making a documentary about Amy Winehouse. The movie will feature unseen archive footage to tell the story of the art and life of the musician, who died at the age of 27 in London in 2011. The Winehouse family said in a statement that they had been approached with many documentary proposals, but Senna’s director Asif Kapadia presented a vision that would “look at Amy’s story sensitively, honestly and without sensationalising her”. AP

5. Vampire love story gets Cannes slot

A vampire love story by the US filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has been awarded a coveted place in the official line-up at next month’s Cannes International Film Festival. Only Lovers Left Alive with Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska takes to 20 the number of films in competition for the top Palme d’Or prize. The other 19 films in the May 15-26 competition were unveiled last week. They include films by Steven Soderbergh, Roman Polanski and the Coen Brothers. – AFP

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