Shakira wants press to leave son alone

Also, Hunger Games survives at top of US box office, Gauhar Khan slapped for wearing short dress, Snooki ties the knot in New Jersey, Shraddha Kapoor wants dad Shakti in Guinness World Records, and KJo amasses 5 million followers on Twitter.
Colombian singer Shakira with son Milan. Kamil Krzaczynski / EPA
Colombian singer Shakira with son Milan. Kamil Krzaczynski / EPA

Colombian pop star Shakira wants the press to leave her nearly 2-year-old son with Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué alone, she said in an interview published on Sunday. She shared the first public photograph of her first son Milan sleeping in Piqué’s arms on the Unicef website just days after he was born on January 22 last year, along with a request that people donate to the UN children’s agency. The multi-­Grammy-winning singer, who is expecting her second child with Piqué, has shared other pictures of Milan on social media sites but in recent weeks, she has declined to be photographed with her son. “I liked being able to share with fans and the people who have always supported us the experience of being parents and the first months of my son’s life,” she told daily Spanish newspaper ABC. “But now that Milan is growing and has stopped being a baby, I would prefer it if the press did not focus so much on him. I would like him to enjoy a normal childhood, as much as that is possible.” – AFP

Hunger Games survives at top of US box office

The latest Hunger Games movie beat back competitors to survive the Thanksgiving weekend in the top spot of the North American box office, according to industry estimates published on Sunday. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, starring ­Jennifer Lawrence (pictured) as rebellious Katniss Everdeen, grossed nearly US $57 million (Dh2.08 billion) this weekend after its debut a week ago that pulled in $123m, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations. Fox’s animated-animal film Penguins of ­Madagascar pulled in about $26m in its first weekend in cinemas, earning the second box office spot. That debut knocked animated robot flick Big Hero 6 from second to third on the charts, after the Disney feature took in nearly $19m in its fourth weekend in theatres. Space exploration film Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan, grossed almost $16m to take the fourth spot. Horrible Bosses 2, the sequel to the 2011 workplace comedy ­starring Jennifer Aniston, hauled in $15.7m in its weekend debut. – AFP

Gauhar Khan slapped for wearing a short dress

The Indian model and actress Gauhar Khan was slapped by an audience member while hosting India’s Raw Star, a reality show, at Film City in ­Mumbai, police said. Khan was attacked and threatened by an audience member who said that “being a Muslim woman, she should not have worn such a short dress”. The accused, identified as Mohammed Akil Mallick, 24, also touched her inappropriately during a break in the filming, but was immediately overpowered by security guards. – The National staff

Snooki ties the knot in New Jersey

Snooki has officially tied the knot. Former Jersey Shore reality TV star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi married boyfriend Jionni LaValle in a church ceremony on Saturday in East Hanover, west of New York City. The Record newspaper reports that among the guests were Jersey Shore castmates Sammi Giancola, Deena Cortese and Jenni Farley. Polizzi currently stars with Farley in MTV’s Snooki and JWOWW.

A few dozen onlookers waited outside the church. Seventeen groomsmen and 15 bridesmaids attended the ceremony, which had a Great Gatsby theme. Polizzi and LaValle have two children, ages 2 and 2 months. – AP

Shraddha Kapoor wants dad Shakti in the Guinness World Records

Shraddha Kapoor, daughter of the ­veteran actor Shakti Kapoor, says her father deserves a place in the ­Guinness World ­Records because he’s acted in more than 700 films. “My father has done more than 700 films so actually he should get a place in Guinness World Records. I will speak to their officials about it,” the actress said at an event in Mumbai on Sunday. Shakti Kapoor, 56, is known for playing villains as well as comical roles in Bollywood over his 30-year career. – IANS

KJo amasses 5 million followers on Twitter

Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar now has five million followers on the popular micro-blogging site Twitter. He has thanked his fans for “listening” to him. “A huge heartfelt thank you!!! Just realized I have touched 5 million followers!! Thank you for listening... lots of love... always!,” he tweeted on Sunday. Apart from his huge fan base, his followers include Bollywood A-listers Amitabh ­Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla. – IANS

Published: December 1, 2014 04:00 AM

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