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Holly to Bolly: Jimmy Kimmel to host Oscars, Helen Marten wins Turner Prize for art, and more


Jimmy Kimmel to host Oscars

Late night television presenter Jimmy Kimmel has been give Oscar hosting honours for the next instalment of the Academy Awards in February. It will be a first for the comedian, who has hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC since 2003. Kimmel was praised for his work as host of this year’s Emmy awards. Kimmel tweeted, “Yes, I am hosting the Oscars. This is not a prank. And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademy will be terrible & sweet”. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says she is thrilled to have a host who “knows who he is, he knows the audience”, while CEO Dawn Hudson described Kimmel as “razor sharp, funny and unpredictable”. The 89th Oscars ceremony will air live on ABC on February 26. — AFP


Bob Dylan writes speech for Nobel Prize ceremony

Bob Dylan won’t accept his Nobel Prize for Literature in person, but he has written a speech for the occasion. Dylan declined the invitation to this weekend’s ceremony in Stockholm, but has penned a speech of thanks that is to be read aloud. Patti Smith will also be on hand to perform Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s A-gonna Fall as a tribute to the singer. Nobel spokeswoman Annika Pontikis says Dylan’s diploma and medal will be handed over to him at a later date. — AP


Shah Rukh Khan gets Icon of the Year award from Kids

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has won the Kid’s Icon Of The Year award at the Kids’ Choice Awards 2016 in Mumbai. After receiving the award Khan said “I was told that as an artiste if I can win the heart of a kid I am a true entertainer. Today, winning this award is proving to that. I am very happy and it is special. Though I was busy shooting, I am here today because this award is by the kids”. Actress Deepika Padukone won Best Actor (Female) for Bajirao Mastani and actor Salman Khan won Best Actor (Male) for Sultan. Sultan was also named the Best Bollywood film. Motu Patlu won the Best Show on Kids Channel and Motu won as the Best Indian Cartoon Character. — IANS


Helen Marten wins Turner Prize for art

Helen Marten, who turns the rubbish of everyday life into sculpture, has won the Turner Prize for art. Judges who awarded the prize at London’s Tate Britain gallery praised the “poetic and enigmatic qualities” of Marten’s work, made from found objects including nails, shoe soles, cotton buds and bicycle chains. Founded in 1984 and given annually to a Britain-based artist under the age of 50, the prize often sparks heated debate about the value of modern art. Named for 19th-century landscape painter JMW Turner, the award has helped make stars of potter Grayson Perry, shark pickler Damien Hirst and 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen. — AP


Actress and politician, Jayaram Jayalalithaa, has died

Jayaram Jayalalithaa, the popular south Indian actress who later turned to politics and became the highest elected official in the state of Tamil Nadu, has died at the age of 68. Jayalalithaa passed away after undergoing surgery following a heat attack in Chennai. Tamil Nadu declared a seven-day mourning period in honour of the politician known by her followers as ‘Amma,’ which means ‘Mother’ in the Tamil language. Jayalalithaa inspired loyalty among film fans and political supporters alike. As news of her death spread, thousands of people filled the street, well after midnight, to watch a motorcade escort the ambulance carrying her body from the hospital to her home. Police had a hard time controlling people from rushing onto the road. Many people wept and beat their chests overcome by grief. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi said he was “deeply saddened” by Jayalalithaa’s death. “Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics,” Modi tweeted. — AP


France hopes to attract Indian tourists through film

As France contends with a drop in tourist numbers following a series of deadly attacks, the government is hoping a new Bollywood romantic comedy can help it lure Indian visitors. From the beaches of the Cote d’Azur to the roof of the Paris opera house and the historic bridges of the Seine, the movie Befikre (‘Carefree’ in English) is filled with postcard scenes of France. The movie hits theatres in India on Friday, December 9. Makers of the movie say Befikre is the first Bollywood film to be shot entirely in the French mainland. The movie stars Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor. French ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler says, “In a country like India, the effect of movies on the dreams people have of visiting an unknown place and on the desire to discover is absolutely huge. It is without doubt the biggest influence over travel today for the Indian middle classes.” India’s burgeoning middle class is travelling abroad in growing numbers, with 50 million forecast to do so by 2020, up from just 20 million in 2014. — AFP

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