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Tuesday, 16 October, 2001, 14:20 GMT 15:20 UK
American Pie 2 devours UK box office
Teen film sequel American Pie 2 has shot to the top of the UK cinema chart, taking more than six times more in box office receipts than its nearest rival over the weekend.

The comedy, which follows a group of friends who reunite during their first university break, took more than 5.5m between Friday and Sunday.

Moulin Rouge, which took 864,000, was pushed down to number two, with Enigma at number three and AI: Artificial Intelligence at number four.

The Pledge, directed by Sean Penn and starring Jack Nicholson, could only enter the chart at number 11 - but was only screened at 34 sites.


More stars for New York benefit show

U2's Bono and The Edge, David Bowie and Elton John are among the stars who have been added to the bill for Sir Paul McCartney's New York benefit concert after the 11 September attacks, according to reports.

Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel and McCartney himself had already been confirmed to perform at the event, which will be held at New York's Madison Square Gardens on 20 October.

The show has been extended from a four-hour to a five-hour event that will be broadcast live on VH1, according to MTV.com.

It will raise money for the Robin Hood Foundation, which will help lower-income residents who were affected by the attacks and channel funds to the Twin Towers Fund, set up by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.


Digital viewers get BBC regional news

BBC One's regional news shows will be available to digital satellite viewers for the first time, it was announced on Tuesday.

Until now, the regional shows had been replaced with a nationwide bulletin called UK Today.

But from early next year, viewers in 70% of the country will be able to see the news show from their area.

London, the north west, the north, the West Midlands and the south of England will be the first regions to get coverage, with the other areas to follow.


Dylan refused entry to own show

Bob Dylan was refused entry to the backstage area at one of his own shows because he did not have a pass after security was stepped up.

It was not clear whether the two security guards involved at the Jackson County Exposition Center, Oregon, did not recognise the singer or were simply following the their orders not to let anyone without a pass through.

The security director had told them there should be "no exceptions", venue manager Chris Borovansky said.

Dylan insisted that the guards be thrown out - but Borovansky later told them that they did "a great job".


Ghosh wins eBook prize

Indian author Amitav Ghosh has won the main prize at the International eBook Awards in Frankfurt, Germany.

Ghosh was named winner of the $50,000 (34,600) fiction prize for his novel The Glass Palace while Steven Levy won in the non-fiction category for Crypto.

The eBook Awards were founded in 1999 to honour writers who make use of technological advances and alternatives to the printed book.

"The new technologies that are available are not only here to stay, but are continuously evolving and becoming more compelling," said Alberto Vitale, chairman of the International eBook Award Foundation.


Ant and Dec up for Children's Bafta

TV presenters Ant and Dec will go head-to-head with their SM:tv co-host Cat Deeley in the battle for a Children's TV Bafta award.

All three have been nominated in the Best Presenter category for the awards, which will be held on 2 December.

SM:tv, their hit Saturday morning ITV show, is also nominated for Best Children's Entertainment Show.

Viewers will vote to decide their favourite show in one category - choosing from BBC One's Blue Peter, Channel 4's Shipwrecked, ITV's Fingertips, the Disney Channel's Kids Awards, S4C's CIC and Nickelodeon's N-List.


Indian film scoops top Leeds award

Lagaan, an epic Indian film that has earned acclaim and box office success worldwide, has won the Audience Award at the Leeds International Film Festival.

The four-hour film beat off competition fore the award from a line-up including cult comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and animated adventure Atlantis.

Lagaan has taken more than 500,000 at UK box offices and a similar amount in America, making it one of the most successful Indian films of all time.

It is set in 1893 and shows Indian villagers pitted against their British rulers in a game of cricket to settle a colonial dispute.

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