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Monday, 11 June, 2001, 19:21 GMT 20:21 UK
Brosnan set for summer wedding
James Bond star Pierce Brosnan is to marry Keely Shaye Smith in Ireland on 4 August, according to newspaper reports.

The couple will opt for a Catholic church ceremony with a reception at Ashford Castle, County Meath.

The 49-year-old actor, whose last wife died after a long illness, has twice postponed the wedding to Smith, 36, after his son Sean suffered spinal injuries in an accident.

The star is reported to have signed a six-figure deal with Hello! magazine for exclusive pictures of the wedding.


No top prize for Potter

Harry Potter has been given the thumbs down by young readers for once after thousands of children voted to award a top book prize to a rival author.

JK Rowling missed out on the overall award in this year's Children's Book Award 2001, with the top prize going to Kes Gray for his book Eat Your Peas.

It is the first time in 10 years a picture book has taken the top prize.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire won an award in the Longer Novel category.


Hopeful Soapstars turn out

ITV's follow-up to Popstars - Soapstars - attracted 5,000 hopefuls to auditions for the show on Friday.

Many queued for up to 14 hours in order to appear before the judges, who are looking for five people to play a new family in rural ITV soap Emmerdale.

Over 15,000 people will be seen at venues across the country.

The fortunes of the aspiring soap stars will be chronicled in a Popstars-style reality television show.

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