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The rapper Rick Ross's Dubai gig has been cancelled

Plus, Annie Lennox weds longtime partner; Rio Film Festival to show 400 movies; Ben Affleck says Blake Lively didn't know about his Damon connection.

The rapper Rick Ross's Dubai show has been cancelled. AFP
The rapper Rick Ross's Dubai show has been cancelled. AFP

Rick Ross Dubai gig cancelled

The hip-hop star Rick Ross's show tomorrow at Atlantis, The Palm, has been cancelled. According to the organisers, IMM Events, a new date will be announced soon. All tickets will be valid for the rescheduled event. "The show will take place in October or November. We will refund the amount, if requested," said a statement from IMM Events. For more information, visit www.rickrossdubai.com or call 055 200 4321.

Annie Lennox weds longtime partner

Three celebrities married their respective partners early this week. Annie Lennox, the Scottish singer-songwriter, married her boyfriend, Mitch Besser, in London on Saturday. The private ceremony was held aboard a boat on the Thames, with Lennox's two daughters serving as bridesmaids. This is the singer's third marriage. Meanwhile, the British R&B singer Emeli Sandé married her fiancé, Adam Gouraguine, according to her representative, although no details were provided. And Patrick Carney, the drummer of The Black Keys rock band, married Emily Ward on Saturday at the home they share in Nashville. His best friend, the actor Will Forte, officiated. - AP

Lindsay Lohan bashes Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes, the 26-year-old former Nickelodeon star, has been in trouble with the law lately for her driving indiscretions, with two hit-and-run charges and a citation for driving with a suspended licence. On Sunday, her vehicle was impounded. Lindsay Lohan, also 26, says she's not pleased about how Bynes was let off the hook. "Why did I get put in jail and a Nickelodeon star has had NO punishment so far?" Lohan posted on Twitter. "These are the moments when I appreciate my life experiences, living without regrets and Disney for supporting me as an actress." On Tuesday, Anderson Cooper addressed Lohan on his talk show, saying: "If I were Lindsay, I would be quiet. Get off Twitter, stop hanging out, just do your job and come back. Everyone loves a comeback. Everyone is rooting for you." - IANS

O'Reilly and Stewart to debate on the US presidential race

Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart will face off during a special debate on the US presidential race. The host of Fox's The O'Reilly Factor and the anchor of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart have announced they will clash during the event, dubbed The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium. The live event will be streamed online on October 6 from George Washington University. In a statement, Stewart joked that The Rumble will be entertaining for all, including "people who just enjoy yelling". Visit www.therumble2012.com. - AP

Oscar nominations set for January 10

Nominees for this year's Oscar awards will be revealed in Los Angeles on January 10, five days earlier than had been announced. The 85th Academy Awards are scheduled to be held on February 24 at the Dolby Theatre, where the ceremony has been held for a decade. Nearly 6,000 members of the academy will cast their ballots - online for the first time in Oscar history - starting on December 17. - AFP

Affleck says Blake Lively didn't know about his Damon connection

In the October issue of Details magazine, Ben Affleck recalls filming The Town in his hometown of Boston and taking his co-star, Blake Lively, on a tour of the city. He reveals that, when he pointed out Matt Damon's childhood home, 25-year-old Lively's response surprised him. "When I saw Matt's childhood home, I said: 'Oh, yeah, that's where Matt grew up.' And she said, 'Who?' And I said, 'Matt Damon.' And she said, 'Oh my god! You know Jason Bourne?' She really didn't know. And I thought: 'There it is. The first age of people who are adults who missed the whole Matt-and-Ben propaganda campaign!' Mostly, it just made me feel old."

Rio Film Festival to show 400 movies

The 24th edition of the Rio Film Festival will bring 400 films from 60 countries to the theatres, beaches and squares of Rio de Janeiro. The organisers say the screenings include movies by Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Soderbergh and Stephen Frears. More than 70 Brazilian films will also be shown, including the opening-night biopic, Gonzaga, about the Brazilian music legend Luis Gonzaga. The festival runs from September 27 to October 11. - AP

Top brands take on Milan catwalks

Italy's top luxury brands, including Fendi, Prada and Versace, are taking to the catwalks for Milan Fashion Week, which began yesterday and runs until Monday. Gucci kicked off the extravaganza, which will have 68 Italian and international brands showcasing their collections. Prada and Emporio Armani are showing today; Versace, Marni, Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani will present during the weekend. - AFP