Holly to Bolly: Carrey faces lawsuit over ex-girlfriend’s death, Bachchan responds to judge’s comments, and more

The husband of Jim Carrey’s former girlfriend has launched a lawsuit against the actor, accusing him of illegally supplying Cathriona White prescription drugs that resulted in her death. In a statement, Carrey called the wrongful death lawsuit “a terrible shame”. The lawsuit filed by White’s husband, Mark Burton, in Los Angeles Superior Court, accused Carrey, 54, of using his wealth and celebrity status to illegally obtain and distribute highly addictive and controlled substances. White, 30, an Irish-born make-up artist, was found dead in her Los Angeles apartment in September 2015, following an apparent suicide. Carey said in his written statement that he will not tolerate Burton’s “heartless attempt” to exploit him. He added that White’s troubles were born before he met her and that her end was beyond anyone’s control. In his lawsuit, Burton alleged that Carrey obtained the prescription drugs Percocet, Ambien and Propranolol under the name of “Arthur King” and gave them to White even though he knew she was “prone to depression” and “had previously attempted to take her own life.” - Reuters

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Amitabh Bachchan responds to Supreme court judge’s rude comment

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he has no rivalry with former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju, who recently made comment that the actor is a man with “nothing in his head”. Earlier this week, in a Twitter post, Katju wrote: “Amitabh Bachchan is a man with nothing in his head, and since most mediapersons praise him, I doubt there is anything in their heads”. When asked about it, Bachchan told the media here the judge was right and joked about his head being “khallas” (finished). The 73-year-old said Justice Katju and he went to the same school in Allahabad and there was no rivalry between the pair. — IANS

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Emmy’s telecast viewers at all-time low

Facing tough competition, the Emmy Awards telecast on ABC reached a record-low of 11.3 million viewers. According to the Nielsen company the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted awards show had the smallest audience for any Emmy Awards since records have been kept. Last year’s Fox telecast had 11.9 million viewers. In a simpler age, rivals wouldn’t compete aggressively, reasoning it didn’t make sense to distract from a show that celebrated television. That’s changed: NBC’s Green Bay-Minnesota NFL game had 20.5 million viewers, Nielsen said. Also, CBS had 10.3 million viewers for a two-hour special on the JonBenet Ramsey murder mystery. Nielsen estimated that nearly 26 million people tuned in to at least some of ABC’s telecast. — AP

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Priyadarshan’s Aids film on shortlist for Golden Globes

Indian filmmaker Priyadarshan’s Tamil film Sila Samayangel (Sometimes) on Aids Awareness has made it to the final round of selection for the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The film is one of the 10, and the only one from India, in the final round. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association screening will take place on October 6 in Beverly Hills in the United States. The film tells the story of eight characters who arrive at a pathology lab at 9am to give their blood for an AIDS test and ends at 5pm when the results arrive. The film is produced by Vijay and Ganesh, while the lead actor is popular south Indian actor Prakash Raj. — IANS

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US First Lady hosts Broadway event to help educate girls

Michelle Obama was able to round up some big voices to help deliver her push for the global education of girls. The First Lady of the United States headed to Broadway this week where she hosted a concert for the spouses of global heads of state. The performances included songs from female-centric shows like The Color Purple, Waitress and Wicked and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. According to Obama the show was for the 62 million girls around the world who lack educational opportunities and count on them to be their voice. The concert was held at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre as part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, which encourages world leaders to provide education opportunities to millions of girls across the world who do not attend school. The event was emceed by TV talk show host Stephen Colbert, and more than 50 spouses attended, along with public school children and girl scouts who packed the theatre. — AP

Published: September 20, 2016 04:00 AM

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