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Monday, 28 January, 2002, 16:34 GMT
Tomb Raider star splits from wife
Iain Glen, who played the villain in last year's Tomb Raider, has separated from his actress wife, Susannah Harker, after eight years of marriage.

The couple, who have one son, decided to go their separate ways in what was described as an "amicable separation".

The future of their marriage became the subject of speculation last year, following rumours about Glen's friendship with Nicole Kidman, after appearing together on stage in the West End in The Blue Room.

Glen, 40, and Harker, 36, first met in 1987 on the set of TV's The Fear and they married in 1992 in a small Presbyterian church in Edinburgh.


Paris celebrates director De Palma

US film director Brian De Palma is to be the guest of honour at a retrospective tribute of all his work in the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

The collection of 30 feature films and shorts will be shown from 6 February to 4 March, and will include the celebrated films Blow Out, Carrie, The Untouchables and Scarface.

The 61-year-old, who has been compared to the great director Alfred Hitchcock, will open the retrospective personally and will be present at some of the screenings.

De Palma's most recent film, Femme Noir - the dark tale of a woman whose past catches up with her - is set in Paris.


Bananarama 'plan to reform'

The 1980s girl group Bananarama plan to regroup, according to newspaper reports.

Founder members Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward will reportedly be joined by Siobhan Fahey, who left the band in 1988 to form the successful band Shakespear's Sister.

Bananarama formed in 1981, and went on to have more than 20 hits, including Venus, Really Saying Something and Robert De Niro's Waiting.

Their singles Love in the First Degree and Cruel Summer were big hits in the US.


Ellen 'dropped' by US network

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres has seen her latest show axed by US TV network CBS, according to reports.

The Ellen Show failed to attract a big enough audience for her Friday evening show, Daily Variety reported.

DeGeneres, who famously came out as a lesbian in her last TV incarnation, played a high-powered executive who returns to a quiet life in her home town.

The show also starred Oscar winner Cloris Leachman, who played DeGeneres' mother.


Clint raises cash for charity

US country singer Clint Black has helped raise $1.5m (1m) to help victims of a devastating flood in Texas.

He organised a host of stars, including Lyle Lovett and The Beach Boys, for a telethon across Houston's main TV stations.

A storm last June killed 22 people and caused an estimated $5bn- (3.5bn) worth of damage.

Organiser Jacqueline Martin said: "We're finding out that the people in Houston are incredibly generous."


Actor Taylor dies

Actor-singer Ron Taylor has died at the age of 49, from what is thought to have been a heart attack.

He created and starred in the hit Broadway musical It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues.

Taylor appeared also on TV shows including Ally McBeal and Twin Peaks, and was the voice of saxophonist Bleeding Gums Murphy on The Simpsons.

He also appeared in more than 20 films, including Trading Places, A Rage in Harlem and Rush Hour II.

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