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Wednesday, 25 April, 2001, 16:07 GMT 17:07 UK
US applauds Sir Paul's poems
Sir Paul McCartney was met with rapturous applause during his debut American poetry recital.

The former Beatle read to an audience in New York from his newly-published book entitled Blackbird Singing.

Sir Paul told the 1,000-strong crowd that some critics had attacked his work.

He said: "They don't like me stepping out of my chosen field. But hell I want to do it, so tough."

Disney 'signs' Sixth Sense director

Walt Disney Pictures is reported to have purchased Signs, the latest supernatural thriller from Sixth Sense writer/director M Night Shyamalan.

Signs takes place in Shyamalan's home state of Pennsylvania and centres on the sudden appearance of 500ft crop circles.

Neither party would comment on the amount Shyamalan will be paid for Signs, which starts filming in the autumn.

The 29-year-old director was paid $10m (6.25) upfront for his last film, the 2000 hit Unbreakable.

Gladiator leads MTV nominations

Oscar-winner Gladiator is leading the nominees at this year's MTV Movie Awards.

The swords-and-sandals epic has five nominations, including best film and best actor for Russell Crowe.

Tom Hanks' drama Cast Away and MTV-backed teen romance Save The Last Dance have four nominations each.

Unusual categories at the US awards ceremony - which takes place on 7 June - include best fight, best kiss, best villain and favourite line.

Baby role for Griffin

Holby City star Angela Griffin has landed a lead role in a BBC Two series, starring as a feisty dance teacher.

The former Coronation Street actress will head the cast in BabyFather, adapted from the novel by Patrick Augustus.

The series looks at masculinity through the eyes of four young men.

Griffin plays a salsa teacher and sociology student who falls for one of them.

Eminem stripped bare

Rapper Eminem is to appear naked in a centrefold for the June issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.

The 28-year-old performer, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, will be pictured with only a stick of dynamite to protect his dignity.

He will be appearing in a sealed section along with other celebrities such as EastEnders actor Michael Greco, boy band Damage and Big Brother runner-up Darren Ramsey.

Earlier this week it was announced he would play festival dates in Reading, Glasgow and Leeds in August.

Fatboy top choice for DanceStar

DJ Fatboy Slim has picked up five nominations in this year's DanceStar awards.

He has been nominated for best club DJ, best album, DanceStar of the year, best breakbeat or electric act and best video.

Hot on his heels is Sonique, who has been nominated four times after a year of chart success.

The awards, chosen by the public, will be presented at Alexandra Palace on 6 June.

International acts nominated include French techno act Daft Punk and German DJ Timo Mass.

New baby for Collins

Musician Phil Collins is celebrating the arrival of his fourth child, a son called Nicholas.

The former Genesis singer's wife Orianne, 29, gave birth to Nicholas Grev Austin on Saturday close to the couple's home in Geneva, Switzerland. He weighed 7lb 4oz.

Collins, 50, said: "It is difficult to express just how happy Orianne and I are with the arrival of little Nicholas.

"He's got a huge voice and a strong temperament, he's wonderful."

Collins already has two grown-up children from his first marriage and an 11-year-old daughter, Lily, from his second marriage.

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