Amitabh ­Bachchan to sing national anthem at cricket clash

Indian actor Amitabh ­Bachchan and Pakistani classical ­singer Shafqat Amanat Ali will perform their respective national anthems ahead of the India-Pakistan World ­Twenty20 match on Saturday, March 19.

The much-­anticipated sporting clash will take place at Eden Gardens cricket ground in Kolkata, India. ­Bachchan confirmed his attendance by retweeting a post on social media: "@Sr­Bachchan to sing national anthem in India-Pakistan World T20 clash". – IANS

Kanye to join Instagram only on his terms

Rapper Kanye West has hinted that he is considering setting up an Instagram account, but only with certain provisos. The 38-year-old rapper discussed the photo-sharing social networking service in a Twitter rant.

“I was thinking about getting an Instagram but only under one condition,” he wrote. “No one can ask me or try to tell me what to Instagram ... It’s my art,” West added.

The artist, whose Twitter account is littered with self-promoting statements, scathing comments to “haters” and occasional expletives, said he believed that Instagram may compromise his creative integrity.

"My tweets are a form of contemporary art only compromised by people trying to tell me what to tweet and not to tweet. Non-artist trying to grab the paintbrush." – IANS

Adele debuts tour in London

Adele has made a triumphant London debut to her music tour, kicking off a series of concerts in the British capital that saw one couple get engaged during her live performance.

Talking about make-up, burps, ­pimples and taking selfies with the audience, the singer-songwriter won over thousands of fans at London’s O2 arena with her stage chat as she belted out her chart-topping hits.

The 27-year old opened the show with her smash hit Hello – the single that marked her successful return to the music scene late last year following her 2011 album 21.

"To finally be here is amazing," Adele said during the concert where she invited fans of all ages on stage. When one couple got engaged during her performance of Make You Feel My Love, they too were invited to stand beside the award-­winning songstress, who told the audience of the proposal: "[It's] one of the most beautiful things I've ever witnessed at one of my shows".

Adele began her sell-out Adele Live tour on February 29 in Belfast and will go on to perform around Europe before heading to the United States. – Reuters

Ford, Spielberg reunite for fifth Indiana Jones movie

Actor Harrison Ford and director Steven Spielberg are teaming up to make a fifth Indiana Jones action-adventure movie, due for release in July 2019.

73-year-old Ford, will reprise his role as the Fedora-clad archaeologist and adventurer who first appeared in 1981's film Raiders of the Lost Ark. The yet-untitled film will come 11 years after the last instalment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

The announcement quickly became one of the top 10 trending topics on Twitter, but reaction was mixed. Many made fun of Ford's age, offering tongue-in-cheek suggestions for the film's title, such as Indiana Jones and the Alzheimers, and Indiana Jones and Hey You Kids, Get Off My Lawn! – Reuters

Asian filmmakers criticise ‘tone-deaf’ Oscar skits

Oscar organisers on Tuesday apologised for what a group of actors and filmmakers of Asian descent called the “tone-deaf” portrayal of Asians during this year’s Academy Awards ­ceremony.

In a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and ­Sciences, double Oscar-­winning director Ang Lee, Star Trek actor George Takei and more than 20 other ­people criticised the "­tasteless and offensive skits" about Asians and asked to ensure that people of all races are portrayed with dignity.

The Academy, which has pledged to double its ­numbers of women and minority members by 2020, apologised on Tuesday, saying that it "regrets that any aspect of the Oscar telecast was offensive". "We are committed to doing our best to ensure that material in future shows be more culturally ­sensitive," it added. – Reuters

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