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Today's entertainment news: Bollywood royalty attend Deshmukh wedding

Plus: Adam Lambert to sing with Queen?; Gerard Depardieu to star in Strauss-Kahn film; flash mob greets Imran Khan at NYU and Tunisian singer leaves Arab Idol.

The biggest stars of the Mumbai film industry gathered together on Friday for the wedding of the Bollywood actors Genelia D'Souza and Ritesh Deshmukh in India. The star-studded guest list was led by the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Imran Khan, Ekta Kapoor and Sushmita Sen.

The wedding was done in lavish Maharashtrian-style. The bride wore a traditional white bridal legenga, heavily studded in gold, while the groom wore a black kurta.

In true Bollywood style, the night ended with the couple's best man, filmmaker Karan Johar, choreographing a dance at the reception.

On Saturday the couple had a quieter second ceremony in a Christian church, where only a few family members were present.

Adam Lambert to sing with Queen?

The former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert is set to sing with the band Queen, reported Rolling Stone magazine on Friday.

"The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie Mercury and the band by singing some great songs," Lambert told the music magazine. "It's to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would've been proud of."

Queen previously toured with the former Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers taking Mercury's place.

Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor famously joined Lambert on stage during his Idol finals appearance in 2009. In November last year, the band performed with Lambert at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Belfast, increasing speculation that Lambert was permanently replacing Mercury, who died in 1991.

Rolling Stone later clarified in a news update that Lambert's new gig has not yet been confirmed and nothing has been signed.

In October last year, Lady Gaga was rumoured to be the band's new lead singer, after guitarist May revealed to the press that they were exploring duet options and even a TV show with her.

Depardieu to star in Strauss-Kahn film

The controversial US director Abel Ferrara says he is to make a film on the scandal that destroyed Dominique Strauss-Kahn's political career - with Gerard Depardieu in the starring role.

It would co-star Isabelle Adjani as Strauss-Kahn's wife, Anne Sinclair, Ferrara told the French newspaper Le Monde.

Strauss-Kahn, who was seen as a Socialist contender for the French presidency, was forced to resign as head of the International Monetary Fund last May after he was charged with sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid.

Charges were later dropped, but he remains dogged by the scandal in France.

Ferrara, perhaps best known for the hard-hitting 1992 film Bad Lieutenant, told Le Monde that the film would be shot in New York, Paris and Washington.

* Agence France-Presse

Flash mob greets Imran Khan at NYU

During his Saturday visit to New York University in the US, the Indian actor Imran Khan was welcomed by a flash mob of more than 100 students, who broke into a dance number featuring songs from his forthcoming new film Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu.

Khan was in New York as part of his international promotional tour for the romantic comedy, set for global release on Friday.

"I had a blast at NYU. Everyone was so enthusiastic, they put on a very polished, confident show, and the surprise flash mob at the end was perfectly executed," Khan said in a statement.

The surprise mob was organised by NYU Dillagi, a Bollywood dance troupe at the school.

Tunisian singer leaves Arab Idol

The Tunisian contestant Shireen Elajmi was eliminated during Saturday night's episode of the reality talent programme Arab Idol. It was her second time in the danger zone and while saddened by the cut, the judges did not pull the save card for Elajmi.

After the announcement, Elajmi burst into tears. The judge Ragheb Alamah tried to pacify her by saying that he loved her. The Egyptian singer and guest judge Sherine told Elajmi that even if she wasn't to continue, she should be proud for reaching this far and showing the world she has a voice.

Elajmi, who chose to sing Sherine's song 3ala Bali during performance night, is the second contestant to be eliminated in Idol's final rounds. Eight contestants remain.