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In Brief

Spears ex-manager set for 2010 trial
A lawsuit filed by Britney Spears's former manager against the pop star and her family will go to trial next year, Los Angeles court officials confirmed Monday. Osama "Sam" Lutfi - who last week was ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Spears until 2012 - has been given a March 8, 2010 trial date in his suit, which alleges defamation, assault and breach of contract.
Lutfi is seeking unspecified general, special and punitive damages. His suit alleges Jamie and Lynne Spears "began a campaign of slander, libel and defamation aimed at discrediting, destroying and physically and emotionally intimidating Lutfi in order to drive him out of Britney's life."
Lawyers for Spears family are considering filing a countersuit.
PEN award
Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy has received another literary honor.
The author of "The Road," "All the Pretty Horses" and several other novels was named the winner Monday of the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for lifetime achievement in American fiction. The prize is worth US$25,000. The PEN American Center, the U.S. chapter of the international writers organization, announced several other honors, including a nonfiction award for Steve Coll's "The Bid Ladens" and citations to Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, Ha Jin and 18 other authors for excellence in short fiction.
Tehran rap
An Iranian film highlighting the Tehran rap scene is to open a key section of next week's Cannes film festival, organizers said on Monday.
Film-maker Bahman Ghobadi's "Nobody Knows About The Persian Cats" was chosen as opening film of the "Un Certain Regard" section, which spotlights new and upcoming talent and is held in parallel to the movies competing for the festival's Palme d'Or for best film. Ghobadi worked with fellow Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami and acted in Samira Makhmalbaf's "The Blackboard" as well as winning a Cannes award for best first feature for his 2000 movie "A Time for Drunken Horses."
Other movies featuring in the section include "Mother" by South Korea's Bong Joon-Ho, U.S. movie "Precious" by Lee Daniels, Australia's "Samson and Delilah" by Warwick Thornton and "Tsar" by Russia's Pavel Lungin.


Updated : 2021-04-15 01:36 GMT+08:00