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Wednesday, 6 February, 2002, 16:31 GMT
Cage and Presley split
Actor Nicolas Cage and girlfriend Lisa Marie Presley have separated after 10 months together.

The star of Captain Corelli's Mandolin had been with Elvis's daughter since last year but their split was confirmed in a joint statement.

It said: "Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley ended their 10-month relationship two weeks ago. They hope to remain friendly."

Cage has been married twice, to model Kristina Fulton, with whom he has a nine-year-old son, and to Patricia Arquette, from whom he was divorced in 2001.


Author Claude Brown dies

Claude Brown, American author of the best-seller Manchild in the Promised Land, has died of a lung condition. He was 64 years old.

Published in 1965, at the height of the civil rights movement, Manchild quickly caught the public's imagination, detailing the violence suffered by poor children in Harlem.

It was not published as a memoir, but Claude Brown once said: "I didn't know anything other than my own life, so that was what I wrote."

The book has sold more than four million copies and has been translated into 14 languages.

It sells more than 30,000 copies every year and is required reading in many high schools and colleges in the US.


Sex and the City leads DGA nods

US series Sex and the City has captured three of six nominations announced in the television comedy series category of the 54th annual Directors Guild of America awards.

Political drama The West Wing has picked up two nods in the dramatic series category, and The Sopranos got one.

The awards honour directorial work in the drama, comedy and musicals fields.

Malcolm in the Middle and Will and Grace have nods in the comedy section, while Six Feet Under and 24 are also nominated in the drama category.


The Street makes way for football

ITV soap Coronation Street is to move from its Wednesday night slot temporarily to make way for Champions League football.

From 19 February, the soap will move to Tuesdays at 2000GMT if there is a match the following day until the Champions League final on 14 May.

Last year, when ITV1 decided to screen the soap at 1945GMT on Wednesdays, ratings suffered, a Coronation Street spokeswoman said.

David Liddiment, ITV1's director of channels, said: "This temporary move enables Coronation Street fans to watch their favourite programme at a familiar time."

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