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Today's entertainment news: Daughter to follow Houston into showbiz

Plus: Avenged Sevenfold to play UAE for first time; Sunday concert for Beyoncé and Jay-Z; Halle Berry engaged to Olivier Martinez; NFDC launches screenwriters lab; Big B sings Tagore song and Sanjay Dutt launches fight league.

Whitney Houston with her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown in February last year.
Whitney Houston with her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown in February last year.

Whitney Houston's daughter plans to follow her mother into show business, she said on Sunday.

In her first interview since Houston's death last month, Bobbi Kristina – Houston's daughter from her stormy relationship with the singer Bobby Brown – also said she still hears her late mother's voice.

"I feel her passing through me all the time," she told Oprah Winfrey.

Asked if she will follow her mother into show business, the teenager said: "I have to carry on the legacy ... We're gonna do the singing thing. Some acting, some dancing."

"It's a lot of pressure, but she prepared me for it," she added.

Sunday concert for Beyoncé, Jay-Z

Beyoncé and Jay-Z enjoyed a concert by the R&B singer The-Dream in New York on Sunday.

The couple jammed to the singer-songwriter in the VIP section of SOB's, a small club that houses a few hundred people.

The-Dream co-wrote and co-produced Beyoncé's massive hit Single Ladies, as well as Rihanna's Umbrella and Justin Bieber's Baby.

The Grammy winner performed a number of his own hits on Sunday night, including Shawty Is a 10 and Falsetto.

Avenged Sevenfold to play UAE for first time

The American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold will perform at the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, on May 4. It will mark their first show in the country. "We can't wait to bring our live show to our friends in the region," the band's frontman M Shadows said in a statement.

Tickets for the concert, priced from Dh315, will go on sale at midday today. A limited quantity of tickets, priced at Dh295, will be sold on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets can be purchased from www.thinkflash.ae and Virgin Megastore outlets in the UAE.

Formed in 1999, Avenged Sevenfold have established themselves as one of the biggest rock 'n' roll acts in the world. Their fifth and most recent album Nightmare, released in 2010, spawned three number one singles: Nightmare, Welcome to the Family and So Far Away.

Halle Berry engaged to Olivier Martinez

The French actor Olivier Martinez has confirmed that he and Halle Berry are engaged to be married, the Miami Herald reported.

"Yes, of course it's true," Martinez told the newspaper, referring to engagement rumours that have been swirling around the couple.

Berry and Martinez have been dating since 2010, when they worked together on the film Dark Tide, due for release this year.

This would be the third marriage for Berry, 45, who was married to the former baseball player David Justice and to the singer Eric Benet. Martinez, 46, has been involved with Mira Sorvino and Kylie Minogue.

NFDC launches screenwriters lab

The Mumbai-based National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), a central government body that provides funding and support to emerging filmmakers, has announced a Screenwriters Lab in collaboration with the Venice International Film Festival and Binger Filmlab in the Netherlands.

Six Indian screenwriters will be mentored by industry experts to hone their skills and participate in the lab in Venice in September, and the Indian Film Festival in Goa in November. Scripts can be submitted until May.

Big B sings Tagore song

Ekla Chalo Re, a famous Bengali song written by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore from his collection of songs Rabindra Sangeet and sung by Bollywood's Amitabh Bachchan, has proved to be a major highlight of the Sujoy Ghosh-directed Kahaani, currently screening in the UAE.

The song, used widely during the Indian independence movement as a patriotic tune, appears in crucial scenes in the film, which features the actress Vidya Balan as a pregnant woman in search of her missing husband in Kolkata.

After recording the song, Bachchan blogged: "May I just say that singing Rabindra Sangeet for the first time was the greatest revelation. The beauty of the language and the lyricism of the tune are outstanding. Singing the track today, you discover how inadequate you are to handle something created by Tagore."

Sanjay Dutt launches fight league

The Hindi actor Sanjay Dutt and Raj Kundra, the businessman husband of the actress Shilpa Shetty, launched their mixed martial arts enterprise, the Super Fight League, in Mumbai on Sunday evening.

Dutt said his late sports minister father Sunil Dutt always wanted to promote martial arts in India.

Eight boxing bouts interspersed with live performances by the singer Mika, the percussionist Sivamani and the actress Bipasha Basu were staged. A pregnant Shetty in a red gown, Sushmita Sen and the cricketer S Sreesanth were spotted in the audience.