Last Beatle added to Rock Hall of Fame

Plus, Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson talks of plans to start over; From A to B available on iTunes UAE; Gone with the Wind outfit sells for more than Dh500,000 at auction.

From left, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Joan Jett, and the former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio. Mark Duncan / AP Photo
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Ringo Starr was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a little help from one of his famous friends on Saturday. The drummer was the last of The Beatles to be inducted as a solo artist, after Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison. Joining him as new inductees at the star-studded ceremony and concert at Cleveland's Public Hall were the American rockers Green Day, the underground icon Lou Reed, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, the soul singer Bill Withers, the late guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The "5" Royales. Starr, 74, was inducted by McCartney, who said he could always count on the drummer to have his back on every song. Starr stepped up to the podium and said: "My name is Ringo and I play drums." He was later joined on stage by McCartney who played bass with him on a live performance of The Beatles classic With a Little Help From My Friends. Green Day – Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool – performed a powerful set of some of their most memorable hits, including American Idiot. – AP

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson talks of plans to start over

Jeremy Clarkson, the former star of the BBC TV show Top Gear, said that he would work on another motoring programme after being dropped by the BBC for punching a producer. He said he would "pick up the pieces and start again". Last month, the BBC announced it was not renewing Clarkson's contract after the 55-year-old launched an unprovoked verbal and physical attack on producer Oisin Tymon, because no hot food was available at a hotel. "I have lost my baby but I shall create another," the presenter wrote in his column for The Sunday Times newspaper. "I don't know who the other parent will be or what the baby will look like, but I cannot sit around any more organising my photograph albums." Clarkson also said that two days before the assault, he had been told that a lump on his tongue was "probably cancer". He later received the all-clear, but said: "It was beyond-belief stressful, everything was going wrong, and then you know ... there you go. But everybody has stressful days and they manage to cope better than I did." – AFP

From A to B available on iTunes UAE

Ali F Mostafa's film From A to B can now be downloaded from Apple's iTunes from Dh39.99, after Image Nation Abu Dhabi announced on Sunday that its line-up of UAE-produced films will be available on the service. Film festival favourite Sea Shadow (2011) and the supernatural thriller Djinn (2013) were also added this month, making them the first Emirati films on iTunes. "To have a film that was the first Emirati film to open the Abu Dhabi Film Festival [last year] and now be one of the first Emirati films on iTunes is incredible," said Mostafa. "It's a fantastic move for local filmmakers and we're so happy that our films are now as readily available as our Hollywood counterparts." Sea Shadow, Image Nation's first Emirati feature film, follows two young Emirati teenagers struggling with tradition and convention on their journey towards adulthood. Djinn, directed by Tobe Hooper, the legendary American director of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, debuted at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2013. Set in Ras Al Khaimah, it's about a young Emirati couple who are tortured by inhuman spirits. Image Nation chief executive Michael Garin said: "We have strived to create a sustainable film community here in the UAE, and these films are really demonstrative of this commitment, from being written, directed, produced and edited right here." – The National staff

Gone with the Wind outfit sells for more than Dh500,000 at auction

An outfit Vivien Leigh wore when she played Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind has sold for US$137,000 (Dh503,200) at auction. Heritage Auctions offered the grey jacket and skirt, featuring a black zigzag appliqué, plus other items from the Academy Award-winning film at auction on Saturday in Beverly Hills, California. Dallas-based Heritage said more than 150 items from the movie, including costumes and props, were offered by James Tumblin. He formerly was in charge of the hair and make-up department at Universal Studios. He began collecting items associated with the MGM film in the 1960s. He paid $20 for the Scarlett O'Hara outfit after spotting it at a costume company. – AP