Vin Diesel reveals Fast & Furious 7 release date

Plus: Salman Khan's latest trial begins; Santana reunites with bandmate, now homeless.

Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker in Fast & Furious 6. Photo by Giles Keyte
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Vin Diesel has announced the pushed-back release date for Fast & Furious 7, the latest instalment of the film franchise which shot scenes in Abu Dhabi in November. On Sunday, the actor posted on Facebook a photo of himself and his late co-star Paul Walker with the caption: “The last scene we filmed together. There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we share in the film we were now completing … the magic captured … and, in just how far we’ve come. Fast & Furious 7 will be released April 10th 2015!” He ended the note with a nod to Walker, writing: “P.S. He’d want you to know first.” Universal Pictures confirmed the release date to E! News. The movie was due out in July.

Salman Khan trial begins

A new trial in Salman Khan's 2002 hit-and-run case began yesterday in Mumbai. In July, a court had ordered that the Bollywood actor be tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which could lead to 10 years of imprisonment. Khan had pleaded not guilty in court. One person was killed and four others were injured when a car allegedly driven by Khan ran into people sleeping on a pavement in suburban Bandra in the early hours of September 28. – IANS

Santana reunites with bandmate, now homeless

A TV news reporter has reunited Carlos Santana with a former bandmate he hadn't seen in decades and who now lives on the streets of Oakland. The reporter Stanley Roberts ran into the Santana Blues Band's percussionist Marcus "The Magnificent" Malone while working on a story about illegal dumping last week. On Friday, he took Santana for a surprise visit to the camper where Malone has been staying. "You don't know how afraid I am to let you see me," Malone told Santana. "We cherish you," Santana replied. "It's an honour to be in your presence." Santana, who performs at the Dubai Jazz Festival on February 20, promised to bring Malone a set of conga drums and to help him get on his feet. – AP