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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 September, 2003, 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK
Actress Diaz hurt in surf fall
Charlie's Angels star Cameron Diaz is recovering after breaking her nose in a surfing accident in Hawaii.

Diaz had the accident on Saturday as she celebrated her 31st birthday with family and friends in the waves off Waikiki Beach.

She fell and was hit by another board, and is now wearing two tiny bandage strips on the bridge of her nose.

"I'm fine," she told reporters. "But I'm totally bummed out because I can't go surfing anymore."

BBC Radio 4 announcers sign off

Two of the main announcers on BBC Radio 4, Brian Perkins and Peter Donaldson, are to leave their jobs.

Perkins will retire when he reaches 60 shortly, while Donaldson - the station's chief announcer for 15 years - said he wanted to be free of administrative duties.

Perkins has been at the BBC since the 1960s, while Donaldson has been with the corporation for 33 years.

Donaldson told the BBC's in-house magazine Ariel he wanted to "finish my time here as a backbencher".

Timberlake signs for McDonald's

Pop star Justin Timberlake is to take part in an advertising campaign for fast food giant McDonald's.

Timberlake will sing vocals for the commercials - to be launched later this month - and the company will sponsor a world tour by the singer.

The company declined to reveal the amount being spent on the campaign - or Timberland's fee.

"We are spending a great deal," said marketing officer Larry Light.

Depp calls US a "dumb puppy"

Johnny Depp has branded the US an aggressive "dumb puppy", criticising his home country's war on Iraq.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star lives in France with his wife, Vanessa Paradis, and their two children, although he still owns a home in Los Angeles.

In German magazine Stern, Depp also criticised US President George Bush's attack on French opposition to the Iraq war.

"I was ecstatic they re-named French Fries as Freedom Fries. Grown men and women in positions of power in the US Government showing themselves as idiots," he said.

Combative coins honour Lord of the Rings

A series of commemorative coins featuring the characters from Lord of the Rings is to be launched.

The coins, which depict grand wizard Gandalf, hobbit Frodo, Gimli the dwarf, elf warrior Legolas and Aragorn, have the Queen on the other side.

They will be legal tender in the Isle of Man, where they can be exchanged at banks for their face value, but cannot used in shops as currency.

John Rhys-Davies, who plays Gimli in the hit films, is to launch the coins.

Bollywood split over remixes

Some of Bollywood's leading musical composers are angry at the what they see as attempts by remixers to revamp classic movie tunes

The Indian charts are bursting with songs with updated lyrics and melodies from popular old movies songs, bypassing copyright hurdles.

"Remix is nothing to do with music. It is vulgar dance which sells music," said composer Naushad, who among others points the finger of blame at musical director Bappi Lahiri.

But Ravi Bhatnagar, vice president of TimesMusic which promotes the CDs, argued: "In today's day and age ask any kid if he remembers any song before the 1980s? No one is buying these CDs and if someone is making a remix, he is making familiar those songs that are forgotten."

Ford says he is no film fan

Actor Harrison Ford has revealed that he is not a film fan and does not go to the cinema often, despite starring in some of the biggest films of all time.

The star of the Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies was speaking to reporters in Berlin, where he is promoting his latest film Hollywood Homicide.

Ford also said he would begin work on a fourth Indiana Jones film next year.

"I promise you he'll be 15 years older," said Ford of the character, who last appeared on screen in 1989.


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