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Friday, November 13, 1998 Published at 14:07 GMT


McCartney puts Linda in Hall of Fame

Sir Paul with Linda McCartney: "This one's for her."

Sir Paul McCartney is planning to dedicate an American rock award to his late wife Linda.

The former Beatle was speaking after hearing the news that he is to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist next year.

"I am very excited and honoured. Rock 'n'roll has played a huge part in my life and in that of my lovely Linda - so this one's for her."

Linda died of breast cancer in April, and Sir Paul has vowed to carry on her campaigns for animal rights.

Patsy lights up London

[ image: Patsy Kensit: Upbeat mood]
Patsy Kensit: Upbeat mood
Patsy Kensit put her troubled marriage to Oasis star Liam Gallagher behind her as she switched on the Christmas lights in London's Carnaby Street.

Dozens of fans gathered on Thursday night to greet Ms Kensit, 29, who stopped off to enjoy some shopping.

The actress was in an apparently upbeat mood despite reports of a split with the singer.

When one admirer shouted "Where's Liam?", Patsy replied: "He's in the pub having a drink."

Ladies and Gentlemen ... a fourth No 1?

[ image: George Michael: Album out-selling U2]
George Michael: Album out-selling U2
George Michael is set to make up for the disappointment of missing out on a number one single by claiming this weekend's top slot in the album charts.

The album is outselling its nearest rival, a greatest hits package from Irish rockers U2, by nearly three to one according to midweek sales figures.

Ladies and Gentlemen will be his fourth solo No 1 album if, as expected, it debuts at the top. His single Outside is currently No 7 in the Top 40.

Gibson's British Icon

[ image: Mel Gibson: Investing in British distribution]
Mel Gibson: Investing in British distribution
Oscar-winning actor Mel Gibson and his longtime business partner Bruce Davey have unveiled plans to form a film distribution company in the UK.

Icon Film Distribution's first release of films in Autumn 1999 will include The Legend of Bagger Vance - a film directed by and starring Robert Redford.

The project marks the first time a Hollywood production company or actor has been involved in backing a distribution outlet in the UK.

Funk legend in stroke drama

Funk star Rick James was rushed to hospital in Los Angeles earlier this week following an on-stage accident.

The 50-year-old singer suffered a stroke after rupturing a blood vessel in his neck during a concert.

Doctors say the stroke was so severe it will be a long time before he can walk again.

His publicist, Steve Levesque, said: "The doctor called it a result of rock 'n' roll neck, the repeated rhythmic whiplash motion of the head and neck."

Hawthorne becomes A Reasonable Man

Nigel Hawthorne is travelling to South Africa, where he will be dabbling in witchcraft and mysticism for a new flm, A Reasonable Man.

The actor - nominated for an Oscar for The Madness of King George - will play a city lawyer who takes on the case of a teenage boy in remote Zululand, after the youth kills a baby believing he is banishing an evil spirit.

The French-backed film is being shot entirely in location in rural areas of central Gauteng and eastern KwaZula-Natal province, according to writer and director Gavin Wood.

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