Green Day, who are to start touring again this year. Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP
Green Day, who are to start touring again this year. Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP

Green Day to resume touring in 2013

Green Day announced on Monday they're going back on the road. The band cancelled the rest of their 2012 shows and postponed the start of a 2013 tour after their vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong's substance abuse problems became public in September. Armstrong then headed to treatment. "I just want to thank you all for the love and support you've shown for the past few months," Armstrong said in a statement. "I'm getting better every day. So now, without further ado, the show must go on." The tour is scheduled to begin on March 28 in Chicago. "We want to thank everyone for hanging in with us for the last few months," the band said. "We are very excited to hit the road and see all of you again, though we regret having to cancel more shows." * AP

Adam Lambert slams Les Misérables

The pop singer Adam Lambert said he was disappointed by the new film Les Misérables, out in UAE cinemas tomorrow. After catching the movie on Sunday, Lambert posted on Twitter: "I felt like I should ignore the vocals and focus on the emotional subtext - but the singing was so distracting at times it pulled me out. The industry will say, 'these actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live' but why not cast actors who could actually sound good?" - The National staff

Kardashian and West 'blessed' over baby

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have confirmed they are expecting their first child. "It's true," Kardashian said in a statement on Monday. "Kanye and I feel so blessed and lucky." Kardashian added she was "looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family". West revealed to a crowd of more than 5,000 in song form at a concert on Sunday that his girlfriend is pregnant. Kardashian was in the crowd at Atlantic City's Revel Resort with her mother, Kris Jenner, and West's mentor and best friend, Jay-Z. * AP

Skyfall sets £100m record in UK

The latest James Bond film Skyfall has become the first movie to take £100 million (Dh596m) at the British box office. Skyfall achieved the figure in just 40 days, while the previous record-holder, 2009's Avatar, took 11 months to amass its total of £94m. Globally, Skyfall has taken more than US$1 billion (Dh3.67bn). * AFP

Willard avoids lewdness charge

Fred Willard has completed a diversion programme for his arrest this summer for a suspected lewd act at a Hollywood adult cinema. The Los Angeles city attorney's office said the 72-year-old comic actor no longer faces charges stemming from the incident, where officers saw him engaging in a lewd act inside a cinema. Willard was then fired from his job narrating the TV series Market Warriors. He also appeared in Modern Family and Everybody Loves Raymond. * AP


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