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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 June, 2004, 13:14 GMT 14:14 UK
Actor Affleck wins big at poker
Actor Ben Affleck won more than $350,000 (192,000) at a poker tournament in California at the weekend.

The 31-year-old beat 90 other players - including actor Tobey Maguire - to take Commerce Casino's California State Poker Championship.

He won $356,400 (196,115) after beating professional poker player Stan Goldstein on Sunday.

Affleck's win means he can take a place at the World Poker Tour Championship in Las Vegas next April.

Jungle TV show approaches Gazza

Ex-England footballer Paul Gascoigne has said he has been approached to appear on the next series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

He told BBC Radio 1 he had been offered one of the places in the last series, won by Kerry McFadden.

"I nearly did the one with Jordan and Peter Andre and all that, but I wasn't ready yet, I was only three months sober," the now tee-total star said.

"A year and a half ago I would have dived in, but I pick and choose now."

OutKast 'to star in HBO musical'

Rap duo OutKast, who scored a hit with Hey Ya!, are to star in the first musical made for US cable TV channel HBO, according to a report.

The $15m (8.2m) musical will be directed by Bryan Barber, who made the videos for Hey Ya! and I Like the Way You Move, Variety magazine said.

The movie, which will have contemporary music married alongside period drama, is expected to be released in cinemas.

Most of the songs will be written by OutKast specifically for the project.

Oz song tops best film tune poll

Musical number Somewhere Over the Rainbow, featured in the 1939 Hollywood film The Wizard of Oz, has won a poll to find the best movie tune.

It won the American Film Institute's (AFI) 100 Years... 100 Songs ahead of As Time Goes By from Casablanca.

The title tune from the 1956 musical Singing in the Rain was in third place.

The contest is the seventh of the AFI's series celebrating a century of film, which has also found the 100 favourite films and 100 favourite stars.

Singer Houston to play China

Singer Whitney Houston has announced a concert in Shanghai in China - her first ever date in the country.

Houston will play the concert in China's second city on 22 July.

"Whitney has said that China is her favourite country, so it will definitely be an emotional show," the show's Chinese sponsor said.

The concert comes amid plans for Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys to play in China. Shanghai recently played host to British rockers Deep Purple.

Windsor to return to EastEnders

Barbara Windsor is returning to EastEnders for two special episodes later this year.

The star left the BBC One soap in March 2003 after contracting the Epstein-Barr virus, which is linked to glandular fever in teenagers.

She said she will be "absolutely thrilled" to reprise her role as Peggy Mitchell in two special episodes to be broadcast this autumn.

Windsor is due to return to the soap full-time in spring 2005.


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