Bollywood star Aamir Khan sued over movie poster

A complaint has been filed by Abhishek Bhargava, a law student, over the poster for Aamir Khan's latest film, PK. Bhargava said the poster would "promote obscenity in the society".

The Bollywood actor Aamir Khan. AFP
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Aamir Khan in trouble over film poster

A complaint has been filed in a local court in Kanpur on Sunday against the Bollywood actor Aamir Khan over an "obscene" poster promoting his forthcoming drama PK. The complaint was filed by Abhishek Bhargava, a law student. Khan posed nude for the poster of the film, directed by Raj Kumar Hirani and is due out in India on December 19. In his complaint, Bhargava said the poster would "promote obscenity in the society. Therefore, I have requested the court to register a case in the matter under relevant sections". The hearing will be held on October 15. Twitter has since exploded with jokes about the poster, which some claim was inspired by the art on an album by the Portuguese musician Quim Barreiros. – IANS

Muppets back on the road in online series

The Muppets are back in a series of new online adventures. Disney Drive-On with The Muppets follows the characters' adventures in the movie industry and will include a mix of celebrity guest stars and cameos. Produced to tie in with the Blu-ray and DVD release of Kermit & Co's latest big-screen outing, Muppets Most Wanted, on August 12, the first episode of the six-part series has already been released, featuring a guest appearance by the veteran actor Martin Landau, Entertainment Weekly reports. Pepe the King Prawn is left in charge of the Muppet office and struggles to network with the stars while acting as a mentor to Walter, who is still seen as the new guy with the gang. The remaining episodes will be available each Friday on DisneyMoviesAnywhere.com. – The National Staff

Guardians of the Galaxy on course for biggest opening weekend of the year

Guardians of the Galaxy continued to conquer the US box office on the film's first full day of release. Marvel's newest team of heroes earned US$11.2 million (Dh41.1m) during late-night preview screenings on Thursday, a record for this year. And on Friday, it raked in an out-of-this-world $37.8m in ticket sales, according to Entertainment Weekly, putting it on course to break the $100m mark during its opening weekend. It also looks likely to become the highest August movie opening in history, beating The Bourne Ultimatum's $69.3 million in 2007 and is a contender for the biggest opening weekend of the year – current leader Transformers: Age of Extinction earned $100m, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the second spot with $95m. – The National Staff

Curb Your Enthusiasm actress Cheryl Hines marries JFK’s nephew

The Emmy-nominated actress Cheryl Hines, best known for her role as the long-suffering wife of Larry David's character in the HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm, has married Robert Kennedy Jr. The wedding took place on Saturday at the Kennedy compound at Hyannis Port on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Kennedy, 60, an environmental lawyer and activist who lives in New York, is the son of the late senator Robert F Kennedy and the nephew of the former US president John F Kennedy and the late senator Edward Kennedy. It is his third marriage. Hines, 48, has been nominated twice for Emmy awards for her role in Curb Your Enthusiasm and has also appeared in the ABC-TV series Suburgatory. – AP

Iranian political drama directed by Daily Show host Jon Stewart gets release date

Rosewater, the big-screen directorial debut of Jon Stewart, the host of the satirical TV news programme The Daily Show, has been given a US release date, Entertainment Weekly reports. The fact-based political drama – starring Gael García Bernal as the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari, who was arrested while covering an election protest in Iran then jailed and tortured for 118 days – will debut in selected cinemas on November 7. Stewart has a long-standing friendship with Bahari. He also frequently covered Bahari's imprisonment and the journalist appeared on The Daily Show after he was released from prison. Stewart took three months off from his TV show to make the film, which is based on Bahari and Aimee Molloy's best-selling memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival. It is due to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September. – The National Staff