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Thursday, October 14, 1999 Published at 13:21 GMT 14:21 UK


Aznavour in motorway crash

Aznavour performs at this year's Baalbek International Festival

Veteran French singer Charles Aznavour has escaped with minor injuries after his car ran into the back of a lorry on the motorway between Paris and Lyons.

The 75-year-old, whose real name is Charles Aznavourian, was taken to hospital in Chalon-sur-Saone but was released a few hours later.

Aznavour is one of France's most beloved singers, best known for romantic love ballads such as Yesterday When I Was Young.

He had a No 1 hit in 1974 with She, which was covered recently by Elvis Costello for the hit film Notting Hill.

Superstar Will Smith 'sued for £3m'

Actor/rap star Will Smith is being sued for £3m by one of his old friends, according to a newspaper report.

The Mirror says Clarence Holmes wants what he says is his share of the proceeds from Smith's hit records.

Holmes, who says that he co-wrote many of the Hollywood star's rap songs, claims he has only been paid £19,500.

"I didn't want to take this to court, but I felt I had no choice," he told The Mirror.

Aniston slams media over weight issue

Friends star Jennifer Aniston has hit out at a report in an American magazine which named the actress as one of a growing number of "too thin" celebrites.

People magazine said the 30-year-old actress had lost too much weight after going on a strict diet. But Aniston told W magazine: "I swear, I eat more now that I ever did in my life."

"I've been reading that I'm too skinny. A few years back, they said I was too curvy...the media builds you up and tears you down."

Theron criticised over anti-rape campaign

Hollywood star Charlize Theron has come under fire in her native South Africa over an anti-rape campaign on TV.

Theron helped to write the ads in which she slams South African men for the number of sexual assaults - the highest in the world - in the country each year.

The adverts caused such an uproar that they have now been pulled off air.

Theron, soon to star in The Astronaut's Wife, said "everyone should be held accountable" for the rape problem.

Dub Foundation headline Asian showcase

Asian Dub Foundation are headlining a showcase of up-and-coming Asian bands in London.

The gig at The Forum in Kentish Town on Thursday will be ADF's only London date before the Millennium, following a summer playing Britain's more "unusual" venues.

Joining them will be Kitachi, Mead, Ethics, Invasion and DJ Aktarva.

Unabomber story set to be Disney film

Disney is to make a film about one of America's most infamous terrorists, the Unabomber Ted Kacyznski.

The film is to be directed by Jon Avnet, previously known for Up Close and Personal and will be based on the testimony of Kaczynski's brother David.

He sold the rights on condition that producers make a donation to the victims of his brother's activities.

Ted Kacyznski sent package bombs across the US, killing three people.

Is this the end for EastEnders' Grant?

EastEnders fans will be left wondering whether hardman Grant Mitchell played by Ross Kemp lives or dies, in a sensational cliffhanger on Thursday.

Grant and brother Phil (Steve McFadden) are involved in a dramatic car chase after being confronted by loan sharks.

In the final shot, Grant drives into a river and the pair vanish under water.

Kemp, 35, is leaving the soap after 10 years and has joined ITV in a £1.2m deal. But viewers will have to wait to see if this really is his final exit.

Lewinsky father enraged by new TV slang

Monica Lewinsky's father, Dr Bernard Lewinsky, is demanding an apology from US TV producers for its "disgusting" use of his daughter's name.

In an episode of new series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, characters used the phrase "getting a Lewinsky" to describe someone having oral sex.

"I think it's disgusting they would even consider saying something like that," said Dr Lewinsky. "Why don't say he got a Clinton job... and see how the White House responds to that?"

'Ageist' US TV attacked over nude scene

Actress Holland Taylor is accusing American's ABC network of ageism after it cut a nude scene from The Practice.

The scene had a SWAT team breaking into a flat and finding her character, Judge Kittleson naked.

As broadcast, Taylor is only seen from the neck up.

"Having a mature woman (nude) makes people nervous," Taylor, 56, said.

The Practice is made by the same firm as Ally McBeal which had a very similar scene with a nude Judge Whipper (Dyan Cannon) air uncut on rival network Fox.

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