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Robin Wright gets engaged to Ben Foster

Also, Indian TV host in trouble over ‘pregnant woman’ joke; Shia LaBeouf hires a skywriter to announce his retirement from public life; Shruti Haasan turns down her dad’s film; Mindy Kaling defends her Elle cover.

Ben Foster, left, and Robin Wright co-starred in Rampart. The actors are now engaged. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images/AFP
Ben Foster, left, and Robin Wright co-starred in Rampart. The actors are now engaged. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images/AFP

Robin Wright gets engaged to Ben Foster

The 47-year-old actress Robin Wright is engaged to the 33-year-old actor Ben Foster, according to E! News. The couple attended Diane von Furstenberg’s Journey of a Dress party on Friday in Los Angeles, where Wright’s ring was on full display while she was posing with her daughter Dylan Penn. Wright and Foster co-starred in the 2011 crime drama Rampart. This will be Wright’s third marriage; she was previously married to Sean Penn for 13 years and Dane Witherspoon for two years. Foster has never been married before. – The National staff

Indian TV host in trouble over joke

The Indian television comedy show Comedy Nights with Kapil has attracted the wrath of women activists. The Maharashtra State Commission for Women has issued a notice to Sharma, the show’s host, demanding an explanation after the comedian allegedly made a derogatory statement about a pregnant woman delivering while commuting on Mumbai’s pothole-marked roads. On Tuesday, two NGOs lodged a complaint with the women’s commission seeking legal action. “We have sent the producers a legal notice demanding an explanation. They are expected to reply within 15 days,” said Susieben Shah, the chairperson of the commission. – The National staff

Shia LaBeouf hires a skywriter to announce his retirement

After announcing on Twitter: “In the light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life,” Shia LaBeouf hired a skywriter to write the cryptic message “#StopCreating”, which he also posted on Twitter, early on Friday morning, reported the National Monitor. In recent months, LaBeouf has experienced bad press on the issue of plagiarism. He made a short film HowardCantour.com, which debuted at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. He then released it online, where critics attacked it, labelling it a direct adaptation of Justin M Damiano, a 2007 comic written by the Ghost World creator Daniel Clowes. – The National staff

Shruti Haasan says no to dad’s film

Shruti Haasan, who is currently in a hospital in Hyderabad recuperating after an appendix operation, has opted out of her father Kamal Haasan’s next bilingual film, Uthama Villain, DNA reported. “Yes, our dates didn’t work out,” said Kamal Haasan. “But in a way it’s good. It’s too early for Shruti and I to share screen space together – too much pressure on both of us. Maybe later, when she has more experience. We’ve shortlisted three new girls for my daughter’s role. There is so much acting talent around. But most of us like to be in our comfort zone, I guess,” he added. – The National staff

Mindy Kaling defends her Elle cover on Letterman’s show

During her Friday appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, Mindy Kaling went all out to defend her controversial black-and-white close-up picture for Elle magazine, one of a series of covers that features colour full-body shots of thin, white actresses – Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel and Allison Williams. “There was a weird reaction – ‘Does Elle magazine think Mindy’s not skinny enough to show her whole body?’” The Mindy Project star told Letterman. “I was like: ‘Oookay, people who are trying to defend me.’ I just feel like they’re kind of insulting me,” she said, laughing. For the record, Kaling loves the cover. “It looks like I died at my most beautiful,” she said. – The National staff

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