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Bryan Ferry finalises divorce
Rock star Bryan Ferry has divorced his wife Lucy on the grounds of adultery.

The Roxy Music lead singer married society heiress Lucy Helmore in 1982 when he was aged 36 and she was 22, and they have four sons.

The case was granted at the High Court Family Division in central London, but the couple did not attend the hearing, which was uncontested.

In divorce papers before the court, Ferry said his wife had admitted the adultery - which he had first suspected in May 2000 - but he did not name another man in the documents.

Paltrow and Kudrow team up

Gwyneth Paltrow is to co-star with Friends actress Lisa Kudrow in a new comedy film called Happy Endings.

Set in Los Angeles, the film involves three intertwining stories.

In one story, Paltrow plays a woman involved with a father and son. In another, Kudrow is a woman trying to find the baby she gave up for adoption.

Writer-director Don Roos will direct the project, having worked previously with Paltrow on Bounce and Kudrow on The Opposite Of Sex.

Stolen exhibits recovered

Thousands of rare exhibits stolen from the Australian museum, Sydney, have been recovered in raids by police.

The items include skulls, bones, species in jars of formaldehyde and even a stuffed gorilla.

No charges have been made but a former museum worker is being questioned, and thousands of items have been returned to the museum.

They were stolen from the museum between 1996 and 1998.

Walk of Fame star for Freeman

Film star Morgan Freeman has been given a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

"This is not something you expect in life. This is a gift. This is serendipity," the 65-year-old actor said as he unveiled star number 2220 on Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday.

Freeman, a three-time Oscar nominee for his roles in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy and The Shawshank Redemption, has appeared in 47 movies.

His latest - Dreamcatcher - opens in the US on Friday.

First for Swedish literature prize

An Austrian and an American have won the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for Literature.

The prize, which was named after the creator of the Pippi Longstocking children's books, was created by the Swedish government following Lindgren's death last year.

The jury decided that Austrian author Christine Noestlinger and American Maurice Sendak were the authors whose work most reflected the spirit of Lindgren.

Both writers will share the five million kronor (364,000) prize, which will be presented on 4 June in the capital Stockholm by Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria.


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