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Wednesday, 4 September, 2002, 17:17 GMT 18:17 UK
News in brief: Singers to front Popstars
Pop Idol finalist Hayley Evetts and former Another Level member Dane Bowers are to co-present extra coverage of Popstars: The Rivals on ITV2.

The pair will front the digital channel's live Saturday night shows, to be broadcast after the main programme on ITV1, and later in the series will interview the shortlisted contestants.

Evetts, who reached the last five of Pop Idol and the final 30 of the original Popstars, said she was "happy to be part of what is a TV phenomenon".

Bowers' previous TV credits include SM:TV, cd:UK and MTV, while Evetts has been a guest presenter on This Morning and The Brits 2002.


Miller finally receives award

Playwright Arthur MIller has accepted an international award at the third attempt, after the events of 11 September and the death of his wife prevented him from receiving the prize.

A six-nation panel of advisers awarded Miller the Praemium Nationale prize to honour his career, which has spanned half a century and includes the plays Death of A Salesman and The Crucible.

The award is presented annually to five artists, one each from the fields of painting, sculpture, archtecture, music and theatre and film.

Miller, accepting the prize at a special luncheon in Manhattan, described the arts as "a highway into the soul of the people, that can do more to sustain peace than any wars".


Insomnia tops UK box office

The thriller Insomnia has taken over the top spot at the UK box office, making 1.1m in its opening weekend.

The film, which stars Al Pacino as a detective tracking a serial killer in Alaska, is directed by Christopher Nolan, who made the cult hit Memento.

Last week's chart-topper The Guru was not far behind in second place, taking 1m. It has taken 3.8m in a fortnight on release.

Other new entries in the top 10 included romantic comedy The Sweetest Thing at five, and the World War II action drama Windtalkers at nine.


Keane tops book chart

Manchester United star Roy Keane has topped the UK's hardback best-seller list with an autobiography which has dominated the headlines.

Keane: The Autobiography shot to the top of the chart after being released last Friday, according to figures from chart compilers Nielsen Bookscan.

"None of us could have foreseen the amount of publicity we have got with the book," said a spokeswoman for publishers Penguin.

The controversial book has also become the bestselling hardback of all time in Ireland.


Gwyneth retracts British men remarks

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has made a dramatic U-turn over her recent criticism of British men, saying her remarks were misunderstood.

The Oscar-winning star caused controversy by suggesting in an interview with showbiz magazine Now that British men were bad at dating.

However, speaking at the Deauville Film festival in France, Paltrow said she had been referring to the "sociological differences" between dating in the US and the UK.

"I happen to adore British men and I adore Britain," she said.


McCartney declined pre-nuptial agreement

Former Beatle Paul McCartney declined an offer from his new wife Heather Mills to sign a pre-nuptial agreement before they were married.

She said she was prepared to sign an agreement that would protect the billionaire's fortune in the event of a separation, to prove their love was genuine.

"I wanted to prove that I love him for him," she said in an interview in Vanity Fair. "He said, 'I wouldn't let you'."

However, the former model said she would remain financially independent. "I believe every woman should have a reserve, because you never know what might happen."


Bowie receives GQ honour

Music legend David Bowie has received a special achievement prize at a top men's magazine awards.

The 55-year-old, whose latest album Heathen has been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, received the award on Tuesday night in a ceremony at London's Natural History Museum.

David Beckham, whose son Romeo was born on Sunday, was named top sportsman at the awards, voted for by the readers of GQ Magazine

Other winners included actor Ioan Gruffudd, Holly Valance, Graham Norton and Pierce Brosnan.


Tarrant 'wants to take break'

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? presenter Chris Tarrant has confirmed he wants to take time off from his breakfast show on London radio station Capital FM.

The 55-year-old's show is the top-rated breakfast programme in London, but the presenter says he wants some time to think about his future plans.

He told the Daily Express: "My life is at a crossroads. I am just thinking that I need to get off the treadmill and think. I need some time away to really think about what I want to do."

Tarrant has hosted the programme for 15 years, and is still under contract to Capital Radio, which is reported to be asking him to stay and work on a show which would be networked on the company's stations outside London.


Ballerina Bull reveals secrets

Ballet star Deborah Bull is to appear in a new BBC series investigating the science of dance.

The former prima ballerina, who is now artistic director of two Royal Opera House venues, features in In The Dancer's Body, which explores how the human body adapts through training.

The 39-year-old, who retired from the Royal Ballet last year, wrote the three-part series and dances naked in the first programme, save for a smattering of body paint which details her muscular and skeletal structure.

She said: "The Dancer's Body has provided a wonderful opportunity for me to investigate the questions I've always wanted to answer about an art form I've practised for so long."

The programme begins on 21 September.


Hipgraves have baby

TV presenter Gail Hipgrave is recovering after giving birth to a baby girl in a London hospital.

The baby girl, who weighed in at 8lb 12oz, has been christened Honey by Hipgrave and her husband, Toploader guitarist Dan.

The 31-year-old changed her surname from Porter after the couple married last year.

Her publicist said the presenter was "over the moon and happy and healthy", and her husband was "overjoyed" about becoming a father.


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