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Sunday, 28 April, 2002, 18:19 GMT 19:19 UK
Stores plan midnight Potter
British stores are planning midnight openings to mark the launch of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone on DVD next month.

Both Tesco and HMV have announced they will start selling the disc from the stroke of midnight on 11 May.

Tesco says orders for the film are outstripping current best-seller What Women Want by 200 to 1.

A spokesman for the store's Tesco.com online operation said: "With a film like this it's important to be the first on the block to own it."


Stars winner looks ahead

Stars In Their Eyes contestant Stewart Duff is toasting his future after winning the talent show on Saturday night with his Elvis Presley act.

The 38-year-old from Fife performed the ballad Are You Lonesome Tonight? on the ITV1 show.

He paid tribute to his wife Alison, who posted his application for him.

"I certainly wouldn't have done it - but because of my wife sending the form away, and everybody else saying that I sounded like him, it has come about."

But he added: "People were saying, 'you'll be quitting your job' but as far as I'm concerned, but as far I'm concerned I'll be back at work in the middle of next week."


Andrews performs for Hollywood writer

Singer Julie Andrews performed on Friday at a party for legendary Hollywood reporter Army Archerd.

The columnist, who writes for trade paper Daily Variety, was honoured by 1,000 people marking his 50 years in the business.

Andrews half-spoke and half-sang "we've grown accustomed to his face" - a parody of the My Fair Lady Standard - as she paid tribute to the writer.

She has not sung publicly since undergoing an operation to remove non-cancerous growths from her throat in 1997. The surgery damaged her singing voice.


Pregnancy means less Sex

Sarah Jessica Parker's pregnancy means the next season of Sex and The City will be shorter than usual.

Production of the series was suspended earlier this month when Parker announced she was expecting a baby.

There will only be eight episodes in this series, rather than the usual 13.

Parker's character, Carrie Bradshaw, will not be pregnant in the series.

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