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SRK to attend Kochadaiiyaan launch in Chennai today

Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images. July 30, 2013
Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images. July 30, 2013

Shah Rukh Khan, who paid a tribute to the Southern Indian star Rajinikanth in his 2013 film Chennai Express, will head to Chennai today to attend the trailer and music launch of Rajinikanth’s Tamil magnum opus Kochadaiiyaan in Chennai, The Times of India reported. Also attending are the actress Deepika Padukone, who stars opposite Rajinikanth in the Tamil film, and the music director A R Rahman, who’s behind the soundtrack. – The National staff

Actress Sheila MacRae of ‘Honeymooners’ dies at 92

Sheila MacRae, a veteran stage, film and TV performer best known for playing Alice Kramden in the 1960s re-creation of The Honeymooners, has died. She was 92. The actress died on Thursday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey, said MacRae’s granddaughter, Allison Mullavey. A singer, dancer and actress, McRae was married to the Oklahoma star Gordon MacRae for 26 years and they appeared together in 1964 on The Ed Sullivan Show when The Beatles were featured. In an earlier version of The Honeymooners, Audrey Meadows starred with Jackie Gleason as the lovebirds and sparring partners Ralph and Alice Kramden. Sheila MacRae replaced Meadows as Alice in a later version from 1966-70 on The Jackie Gleason Show. MacRae was the last survivor from the 1960s edition of The Jackie Gleason Show, who played Trixie Norton, died last autumn. – Associated Press

Sennheiser helps promote Farhan’s social campaign

The microphones and headphones brand Sennheiser will do its bit for the actor Farhan Akhtar’s social campaign Mard – Men Against Rape and Discrimination. Akhtar’s Sennheiser-SKM 2000 microphone will be redesigned to display the Mard logo, which is a moustache (Mard is Hindi for man). Launched in March last year, the campaign has been supported by Bollywood celebrities and women’s rights activists across India. – IANS

U2 postpone next album to 2015

U2 are pushing back the release of their 13th album to next year and delaying a tour to support it despite a new single and many high-profile media appearances, the music industry journal Billboard reports. Citing anonymous sources, it said the Irish mega band fronted by Bono have scheduled additional sessions with the producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth, although Danger Mouse remains the project’s central producer. “That magic that the band always seems to capture ... they have yet to capture it,” Billboard quoted a source close to the project as saying. Since the start of this year, U2 have played at the Golden Globes, the Academy Awards, on Jimmy Fallon’s debut hosting NBC’s The Tonight Show and American football’s Super Bowl. – AFP

Kesha is out of rehab for an eating disorder

Kesha’s representative confirmed on Friday that the singer had checked out of a rehab facility after entering for treatment in January. She has also apparently dropped the dollar sign from her name, changing her Twitter handle from Ke$ha to Kesha and writing: “Feeling healthy & working on tons of new music.” The 26-year-old pop star thanked fans “for all the love & support u have given me.” She said she entered rehab to “learn to love myself again, exactly as I am.” Kesha, whose real name is Kesha Rose Sebert, is the performer of such tunes as Crazy Love, Die Young and Timber with Pitbull. She starred in the MTV reality series My Crazy Beautiful Life. – Associated Press