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Thursday, 30 January, 2003, 15:53 GMT
Roxette get king's honour
Pop duo Roxette have been honoured with achievement medals by Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf.

The awards, His Majesty the King's Medals of the Eighth Size with Royal Blue Ribbon, were given to the group "for appreciated achievements in Sweden and internationally".

Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson formed Roxette in 1984 and had worldwide hits including The Look, Listen to Your Heart and Joyride.

They were among 28 people given medals, alongside a gardener at one of the royal palaces and the king's sister, Princess Christina.


Production ends for DeVito's company

Danny DeVito's production company, Jersey Films, which made hits like Erin Brockovich and Pulp Fiction, is to close, according to a report.

Variety reported that DeVito and his Jersey Films partners Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher wanted their careers to move in different directions.

The trio earned a best picture Oscar nomination for Erin Brockovich in 2001, and also produced Man on the Moon, Get Shorty, Matilda, Out of Sight and Fierce Creatures.

The company was founded in 1991, and will close when their deal with Universal Pictures expires at the end of 2003.


Snipes sued over mortgage

Actor Wesley Snipes has been sued for a second time in two years for failing to keep up mortgage payments on his mansion in Orlando, Florida.

Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp filed a lawsuit in January saying Snipes did not make repayments in October and still owes $609,000 (£370,000).

A similar case was dropped in February 2001 after he made the required payments.

The Blade and Demolition Man star bought the 10,000sq ft (900sq m) mansion in a gated community for $1m (£610,000) in 1993, and it is now worth $1.7m (£1.04m).


Winterbottom gets Lottery cash

More than £1.5m of National Lottery money is being given to director Michael Winterbottom for his new film, Code 46, described as a "futuristic Brief Encounter".

Code 46 will feature Minority Report actress Samantha Morton and Shawshank Redemption star Tim Robbins, and tells the story of a romance doomed by genetic incompatibility.

It will follow Winterbottom's success with films including 24 Hour Party People, Wonderland and Welcome to Sarajevo.

The money has been awarded by the UK's Film Council, the body responsible for British Film, through its Première Fund.


DVD boasts Eminem exclusive

The new Eminem music video Superman will be made available only on the 8 Mile DVD, to be released on 18 March.

The record company wants consumers to buy more music rather than download it and hopes the initiative will act as an incentive to music fans.

The DVD will also include about 25 minutes of deleted scenes featuring Eminem spontaneously rising to the challenge in five rap battle sequences from 8 Mile.

The album on which Superman appears, The Eminem Show, was the top seller last year and 8 Mile was the top soundtrack.

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