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Thursday, 24 January, 2002, 11:51 GMT
Clash shot tops poll
The image of Paul Simonon trashing his bass from The Clash's London Calling sleeve has been ranked the greatest rock photo ever of all time in a poll for Q magazine.

The shot by Pennie Smith - taken at New York's The Palladium in 1979 - heads a list of 100 iconic images, beating pictures of The Beatles and David Bowie.

Smith was accompanying The Clash on their Pearl Harbor tour of the US but had opted to miss the show at which the shot was taken, although she fatefully decided she ought to attend.

Second is a 1974 shot of David Bowie taken by Terry O'Neill in Hyde Park, London, and third is The Beatles seen through Jim Marshall's lens in Candlestick Park, New York, in 1966.


Ex-Steps star to sing with tenor

Former Steps singer Faye Tozer is set to team up with tenor Russell Watson for her first public show since the band split up.

She will perform a duet with Watson at an open air concert at Auckland harbour in New Zealand next month.

Steps announced they had split on Boxing Day, which upset many of the band's fans who had spent money on merchandise as Christmas gifts.

Tozer will duet on the song Someone Like You - from Watson's debut album The Voice - and will also perform a solo during the show.

Rings still on top

The Lord of the Rings has spent a fifth week on top of the UK box office.

The Peter Jackson-directed movie took in more than 3m last weekend to bring its total to 47m.

Ridley Scott's war movie Black Hawk Down is a new entry at number two with takings of 1.7m.

Other new entries include British horror film Long Time Dead at number five (580,000), and Golden Globe winner Iris at six (380,000).


Minster wants older Pop Idols

Government Minister Ian McCartney wants TV talent shows like ITV1's Pop Idol to axe their age limit.

Anyone over 26 was not allowed to compete on the hit show and its predecessor Popstars.

However Pensions Minister Mr McCartney said: "Talent does not end when you reach your mid 20s.

"I would like to see a programme in the future that gives people of all ages the chance to be a pop star."


Luhrmann goes to Broadway

Baz Luhrmann, the director of hit film Moulin Rouge, is to bring Puccini's opera La Boheme to New York.

It will be the Australian's first theatrical venture in the US, having previously directed the opera in Sydney in 1990.

Luhrmann will bring the story about 19th Century artists in Paris into the 1950s.

It is expected to start its Broadway run in December.


Posh film for ITV

A new ITV1 documentary will follow the life of Victoria Beckham, the network has announced.

Cameras spent six months following Posh Spice around for the hour-long documentary, which ITV says gives a fascinating insight into her professional and family life.

Being Victoria Beckham features in-depth interviews with her and those closest to her, including husband David, parents, Jackie and Tony Adams and sister and brother, Louise and Christian.

Charting a crucial period in the singer's career, the LWT film follows Beckham as she releases her first solo single and copes with the expectations for success - the film will air on ITV1 during the spring.


Weisz to produce first movie

British actress Rachel Weisz is to go behind the cameras for the first time and produce Neil LaBute's new movie The Shape of Things.

Weisz, who appeared in Enemy at the Gates and The Mummy, starred in the stage play of the movie in London.

The film tells the story of an evolving relationship between a young artist and a museum guard she befriends.

LaBute, who was behind In The Company of Men and Nurse Betty, will write and direct the film, which will feature the rest of the original stage cast.

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