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Feb. 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM   |   Comments

Salman Khan charged with culpable homicide

MUMBAI, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Bollywood icon Salman Khan has been charged with culpable homicide for a 2002 hit-and-run and could face 10 years in prison if convicted, officials said.

Khan was initially charged with the crime, then successfully appealed it and is currently on trial for the lesser offense of death caused by negligence.

The BBC said an Indian judge reinstated the original charge Thursday at the request of prosecutors.

"There is enough evidence to show that the act was not incidental and hence the case should be tried under a more serious section," Magistrate Vasant Patil said in his order.

Khan drove his Toyota Land Cruiser into the American Express bakery in the Bandra area of Mumbai more than a decade ago, running over five people sleeping on the street, killing one of them.

Khan is required to appear in court March 11 to answer the more serious charge. His lawyers have been allowed to defend him in his absence at the trial for the lesser charge, the BBC said.


Alan Cumming bringing his one-man 'Macbeth' to Broadway

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Alan Cumming is bringing his one-man interpretation of William Shakespeare's tragic play, "Macbeth," to Broadway this spring, producers said Friday.

The Scottish-born Cumming performed sold-out engagements of the show at the National Theatre of Scotland and the Lincoln Center Festival.

The actor was the Tony- and Olivier Award winning star of the Broadway musical "Cabaret."

He also is a cast member of TV's "The Good Wife."

Produced by Ken Davenport, the National Theatre of Scotland's "Macbeth" will play a strictly limited 73-performance engagement at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Preview performances are to begin April 7, with an official opening night set for April 21. The Broadway engagement will conclude June 30.

Directed by Tony Award winner John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg, the production is set in a clinical room within a dark psychiatric unit.

Cumming plays the lone patient, who relives the infamous story of "Macbeth" and inhabits each role himself.

"Performing 'Macbeth' last year was the most challenging and fulfilling experience of my career by far, and so I am both honored and daunted to do it again in my adopted hometown of New York City," Cumming said in a statement. "I'm also proud of the fact that the National Theatre of Scotland is directly funded by the Scottish government and I cannot think of a better way to trumpet Scotland and its commitment to the arts than being a Scotsman doing his National Theatre's production of the Scottish play on the Great White Way."


Mark Wahlberg and Ted to be Oscar presenters

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Actor-producer Mark Wahlberg and his teddy bear co-star from "Ted" are to be presenters at this month's Oscars show in Los Angeles, telecast producers said.

The announcement was made Friday by producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

"We are happy to make it possible for Mark and Ted to make their debut appearance on the Oscar stage," Zadan and Meron said in a statement. "And we won't deny that Ted used his pull with our host to get himself the booking."

Wahlberg and Ted's summer comedy is the highest-grossing, R-rated original comedy of all time. It was directed and written by Seth MacFarlane, the host of this year's Oscar ceremony. MacFarlane also provides the voice of Ted.

Singers Adele, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand are to perform at the Oscars show, which will honor outstanding film achievements of 2012. The ceremony is to take place Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and will air live on ABC.


Production begins on Season 4 of TNT's 'Rizzoli & Isles'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Production has begun on the fourth season of the Boston-set police drama series "Rizzoli & Isles," TNT announced Friday.

The cable television network said it has ordered 15 episodes for Season 4, which is to begin airing this summer.

"Angie Harmon plays tough-as-nails Boston police detective Jane Rizzoli, while Sasha Alexander is the smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner Maura Isles," a synopsis said.

"Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry and strong working relationship that lets them solve complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston."

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