Daniel Radcliffe unlikely to play Harry Potter again

And Salman Khan served notice in blackbuck-hunting case; Jay Z to perform at Global Citizen Festival, Stevie Nicks joining The Voice as adviser, and Conan makes grand debut in China.

Daniel Radcliffe says he will read J K Rowling's story that has Harry Potter as a 34-year-old, but that he does not plan to play the character on screen again. ETTORE FERRARI / EPA
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Daniel Radcliffe says that even though J K Rowling has resurrected Harry Potter, he doesn't plan to pick up the wand again any time soon. Rowling on Tuesday gave fans a glimpse of the grown-up boy wizard in a new story posted on her Pottermore website. The 1,500-word story describes Harry, now 34, attending the Quidditch World Cup with his old friends Ron and Hermione, and their children. At a television critics press tour in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Radcliffe said he was "inclined to say no" to the possibility of playing the boy wizard on the screen again. "It's not even really a hypothetical question now," said the 24-year-old actor. "I haven't read it yet, though I will. But my understanding is that it's very short, not worthy of adaptation to film." – The National staff

Salman Khan served notice in blackbuck-hunting case

India's supreme court on Wednesday issued a notice to Salman Khan on a plea by the Rajasthan government, challenging the stay on his conviction and sentencing in a blackbuck-hunting case. The Bollywood star was convicted by a trial court in February 2006 for hunting chinkara, an endangered species of gazelle, in Rajasthan. – IANS

Jay Z to perform at Global Citizen Festival

Jay Z will headline the Global Citizen Festival on September 27 in New York's Central Park. Organisers announced on Wednesday that fun., Carrie Underwood, The Roots, No Doubt and Tiësto will also perform. Tickets are free for the event, but must be earned through actions that help end extreme poverty around the world. VIP tickets are being sold through Ticketmaster. The festival is designed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly meeting and put pressure on world leaders to address the needs of the world's poor. Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and John Mayer headlined the festival last year. Neil Young, Foo Fighters and The Black Keys performed in 2012, when the festival debuted. – AP

Stevie Nicks joining The Voice as adviser

Stevie Nicks is joining The Voice as an adviser to Adam Levine's team for the forthcoming season. Filming is currently under way on the television show's seventh season. Nicks, the 66-year-old Fleetwood Mac singer, has been working with Levine and his 12 team members as they assign songs and rehearse with the contestants in preparation for the show's battle rounds. Levine and Blake Shelton will be joined by Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams as coaches when the NBC show returns on September 22. – AP

Conan makes grand debut in China

The late-night American talk show Conan has racked up more than three million hits since its debut on an online video site in China. The comedy show, hosted by Conan O'Brien and featuring celebrity interviews, is available on the website of Sohu Video, a unit of the Chinese online media group Sohu.com. The show, complete with subtitles in Chinese, has received more than three million hits in less than two weeks. Like other Chinese online video sites, Sohu licenses many hit American television shows, including the late-night comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live and Ellen DeGeneres's talk show. Online video is not as heavily regulated as television in China so there is more freedom to show dramas and comedies from the United States and other countries. – AP