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Today's entertainment news: The Bachchan home buzzes with BetiB

BetiB has yet to get a name, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy prepare to delight fans of Before Sunset and Before Sunrise and Katy Perry may be the next Marilyn Monroe.

Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's baby daughter still needs a name. AFP
Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's baby daughter still needs a name. AFP

Hundreds of name suggestions for Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's newborn daughter are pouring in - some more realistic than others - but the family has yet to make a final decision and so the baby remains BetiB.

"A host of visitors for the baby and the joy and blessings they leave behind ... thank you. The name suggestions keep coming in," the prolific Twitter user Amitabh Bachchan wrote over the weekend. The 69-year-old actor has been playing the doting grandfather since the baby arrived at their Juhu bungalow in suburban Mumbai last week. The family has not released a picture of the infant, with the senior Bachchan exposing one that had been widely circulated as a fake.

"She sleeps through most of the day except for feeds and has been most obedient and well behaved ! Ha ha ha !! The search for the name does intensify now and each spare moment we go through hundreds of them, including some rather odd ones as well .. eg Rochelle's sister suggested with an A : Anonymous !!," revealed Bachchan on his blog.

Son Abhishek, who returned to work and began the promotions for his latest release Abbas Mustan's Players, loosely based on the Hollywood film The Italian Job, also tweeted today about BetiB. "The suggestions still pour in and still we haven't managed to finalize a name. Evenings are spent reading out all your suggestions in front of the family and trying to decide. Will decide soon …" he said.

Players co-stars Bipasha Basu, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, and Omi Vaidya, and is slated for release on Jan 6.

Ethan Hawke confirms a third Before Sunrise film

Third time's the charm? Ethan Hawke thinks so. The actor told the French publication AlloCine that he, leading lady Julie Delpy, and director Richard Linklater are beginning to write the script for part three of the Before Sunrise and Before Sunset films. The three co-wrote the movies, released in 1995 and 2004, respectively.

"We have been talking a lot in the last six months," Hawke revealed. "We're ready to revisit those characters. There are nine years between the first two movies and, if we made the film next summer, it would be nine years again. So we've really started thinking that would be a good thing to do. We're going to try to write it this year."

Hawke refused to talk about the city the film will be set in or its title. But that can't stop us from speculating - After Sunrise? After All? Before Twilight?

Will Katy Perry star as Marilyn Monroe on Broadway?

The film My Week With Marilyn was just released last Friday - and will be among the screenings at the Dubai International Film Festival next month - but there are already talks of another project featuring the blond icon. Producer Harvey Weinstein told entertainment network E! that he wants to make a musical out of the film, which stars Michelle Williams as Monroe.

"If the movie works, I would try to make it a musical and I'd go to Katy Perry first," Weinstein said. "I think she can play Marilyn on the Broadway stage ... I think she would be amazing." Interestingly, a remix of Perry's song The One That Got Away is used in the new trailer for the film.

Tintin treasures up for auction

An auction in Paris related to Hergé's comic book reporter Tintin, whose adventures have been adapted for the big screen by Steven Spielberg, fetched more than €1.8 million (Dh8.8m) on Saturday. One of the most sought-after objects of 856 lots up for grabs was an original gouache and watercolour drawing of a battle scene from The Secret of the Unicorn; estimated at between €35,000 and €40,000. It finally sold for €168,900. Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin is in theatres in the UAE, ahead of its North American opening next month. The Tintin adventures were written and illustrated by Georges Prosper Remi, better known by his pen name Hergé, from 1929 until his death in 1983.

* AFP