Flo Rida and Tyga coming to Dubai

American hip-hop artist Flo Rida and rapper Tyga will be performing in Dubai on April 1. The duo are taking part in a family day held at The Venue in The Dubai Outlet Mall, to mark Autism Awareness Month. The charity Autism Rocks is hosting the event and the space will be renamed The Autism […]

American hip-hop artist Flo Rida and rapper Tyga will be performing in Dubai on April 1. The duo are taking part in a family day held at The Venue in The Dubai Outlet Mall, to mark Autism Awareness Month. The charity Autism Rocks is hosting the event and the space will be renamed The Autism Rocks Arena to mark the occasion. Family-friendly activities will include laser tag, crazy golf, a zip line and a petting zoo. Gates for the festival open at midday. Tickets cost Dh50 at www.117live.com and at Virgin Megastores across the UAE. – The National staff

Zootopia a hit, The Brothers Grimsby slumps

Disney’s animated film Zootopia has cruised to another box-office victory, picking up US$50 million (Dh183.64m) and barrelling across the $100m mark domestically. In its second weekend, the movie only dropped 33 per cent – an impressive show of endurance at a time when major releases routinely see their grosses cut in half after a big opening. The film is benefiting from a lack of family options at the cinema, with the next major release aimed at younger audiences, The Jungle Book, not hitting screens until April 15. By contrast, Sacha Baron Cohen’s film The Brothers Grimsby hasn’t fared so well at the box office, raising questions about the comic mind behind Borat. The film, with its $35m budget, ranks as the biggest flop of Cohen’s career and he is pinning hopes on his next project – Alice Through the Looking Glass – which is expected to be released next summer. – Reuters

Tamil actor Sai Prashanth found dead

Popular Tamil television actor Sai Prashanth has reportedly committed suicide at his residence in Chennai, according to police. Sources say the 30-year-old mixed poison in his drink. “The reason behind the suicide is not clear. We think it could be loneliness,” said a police official. The actor’s body has been taken for a post-mortem. After divorcing his first wife, Prashanth remarried three months ago. He began his career as a video jockey, hosting the popular television show Dil Dil Manadhil. He went on to work on TV productions such as Annamalai, Selvi and Arasi, and also starred in the Tamil films Neram, Thegidi and Vadacurry. – IANS

Stars promote Bollywood in Madrid

The International Indian Film Academy awards will return to Europe for the fourth time this summer from June 23 to 26. With the upcoming ceremony to be held in Madrid, actors Anil Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and Sonakshi Sinha are currently in the Spanish capital to promote the Bollywood award celebration. Roshan took to Twitter, posing pictures with Sinha and Kapoor to promote the 17th edition of the festival and Indian film abroad. In another image, the 42-year-old Krrish star is also seen taking a selfie with fans. “Something about the IIFA Awards… The people, the places, the crew, the warmth. Love it. Everytime a special experience. Madrid,” wrote Roshan, who filmed extensively in Spain for the film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Kapoor, 59, appeared to enjoy himself as he roamed around the market of San Miguel in Madrid and even performed an impromptu Bollywood dance to the delight of the crowd. – IANS

Jazz singer Ernestine Anderson dies

Ernestine Anderson, the internationally celebrated jazz vocalist who earned four Grammy nominations during a six-decade career, has died at the age of 87. The singer reportedly died of natural causes at a nursing home in Shoreline, Washington. During her career, Anderson toured widely, including Japan, South America and Europe, and sang with bands led by Los Angeles R&B singer Johnny Otis and swing-band leader Lionel Hampton. She also performed at the presidential inauguration of Dwight D Eisenhower. Childhood friend and producer Quincy Jones once described her voice as the sound of “honey at dusk”. Anderson released six albums including the much-praised Moanin, but her career subsided in the 1960s and she ended up taking a break from singing. Anderson re-emerged in the 1970s and signed with the Concord Jazz label. She released Hello, Like Before in 1977 and more than a dozen albums followed over the next 15 years. – AP

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