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Last Updated:  Friday, 14 March, 2003, 18:50 GMT
Court rules on Paltrow stalker
A court has ruled that a man convicted of stalking actress Gwyneth Paltrow was wrongly denied a release hearing.

Michael Soiu was convicted on 14 December 2000 of stalking Paltrow and was sent to a high-security mental institution after Judge Robert P O'Neill ruled he was insane.

The appeals court said O'Neill had erred in denying the 52-year-old's application for placement in a conditional release programme. They have ordered a hearing.

Soiu sent hundreds of letters, e-mails and packages to the 30-year-old actress and showed up at her parents' home.


Cup draws top audience for Five

Liverpool's draw with Celtic pulled in one of the biggest audiences ever for Five, formerly Channel 5, unofficial figures showed on Friday.

More than five million people tuned in to watch the match, which ended 1-1, making it the biggest club game the channel has shown.

It was the sixth-biggest audience for Five and was beaten only by England international games and blockbuster movies.

The Uefa Cup quarter final first leg tie had an average audience of 4.4 million, with 5.4 million watching the match at its peak.


Bono tops fantasy rock band poll

Radio listeners have voted Bono the star they would most like to see in a line-up of the greatest rock band ever.

A poll by BBC radio station 6 Music also put two of the world's late wildmen - guitarist Jimi Hendrix and drummer Keith Moon - into the band.

Some 21,000 listeners also plumped for Bez, from the Happy Mondays, Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea and Coldplay's Chris Martin.

The fantasy line-up was drawn up, after three weeks of voting, to mark the digital radio station's first birthday.


Hoffman to appear at Oscars

Dustin Hoffman has been confirmed as the latest star to present an Oscar at this year's ceremony.

It will be the 10th time the actor, best known for The Graduate and Rain Man, has presented a statuette.

Hoffman has won two Oscars for his starring roles in Kramer vs Kramer and Rain Man.

His latest film is Moonlight Mile, which co-stars Susan Sarandon.


Author Howard Fast dies

Author Howard Fast, the writer behind class-conscious historical novels Spartacus and Citizen Tom Paine, has died in the US aged 88.

A communist, Fast was jailed in the late 1940s during the US purge of "un-American activities" after he wrote Citizen Tom Paine and The American.

His prison sentence led to him writing Spartacus, which went on to be made into a Hollywood epic starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier.

He had many famous fans, including Pablo Picasso and Soviet premier Josef Stalin, and sold more than 80 million copies of his books around the world.


Daytime Emmys announced

ABC talk show The View has been nominated for best talk show and best talk show hosts when it presented the Daytime Emmy nominations on Wednesday.

"If we are not nominated, this could be one of the most embarrassing moments on The View," said host Barbara Walters.

The show has won 14 Daytime Emmys in its history.

Other programmes nominated include talk shows Live with Regis and Kelly and The Wayne Brady Show. The awards also recognise soaps and game shows.






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