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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 April, 2003, 17:45 GMT 18:45 UK
McCartney joins Russia celebrations
Sir Paul McCartney is planning to play in Russia's second city, St Petersburg, for its 300th anniversary celebrations.

His tour organisers told the ITAR-Tass news agency that the former Beatle was going to head to St Petersburg two days before his Moscow gig on 24 May.

McCartney plans to give a rock master-class in the former imperial capital, as well as returning there on 25 May, in time for the celebrations.

He will be accompanied by members of his longtime group Wings and will perform songs from the Beatles and Wings repertoires together with some new songs.


Cops producer's body found

A body found on an Oregon beach has been identified as that of reality TV pioneer Paul Stojanovich, 47, a former producer of the long-running series Cops.

The remains were found about a mile from where Stojanovich fell from a cliff top on 15 March and were identified through dental records.

He had been hiking with his fiancée when he slipped while posing for a picture, and although he initially broke his fall part-way down by clutching a tree limb, he then fell down to the surf.

The producer was an early producer of Cops, which was first shown in 1989, and aired its 500th episode last season, having been up for four Emmy Awards.

Robbins hits at baseball row

Actor Tim Robbins has criticised the US Baseball Hall of Fame for cancelling an anniversary screening of his film Bull Durham later this month because of his anti-war views.

"I was dismayed that the Baseball Hall of Fame decided to use this event to make a political statement," Robbins said.

The Hall of Fame's president, Dale Petroskey, had told Robbins his public criticism of President Bush helped to undermine the US position in Iraq.

Robbins and his partner Susan Sarandon have led a number of US anti-war demonstrations.


Dancer Vera Zorina dies

Vera Zorina, the dancer and actress who performed with the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo and appeared in Broadway and Hollywood musicals, has died.

The 86-year-old passed away on Wednesday at her Santa Fe, California home after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage earlier in the week.

The German-born performer made her Broadway debut in I Married An Angel, the 1938 Rodgers and Hart musical.

Her films included The Goldwyn Follies (1938), On Your Toes, I Was an Adventuress (1940), Louisiana Purchase (1941) and Star-Spangled Rhythm (1942).


Alcohol education for Creek star

Dawson's Creek star Joshua Jackson has been entered into an alcohol education programme following his arrest at a hockey game last year.

Jackson was placed in the programme after admitting he was drunk and disruptive at the game.

The 24-year-old plays Pacey on the television drama.

Jackson must attend 15 hours of alcohol and substance abuse education and complete 24 hours of community service.


Hollywood star for Philbin

Regis Philbin, the host of Live with Regis and Kelly and former host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, has received a star on the Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk.

Disney chairman Michael Eisner, talk show host Larry King and comic Don Rickleswere among the celebrities who gathered Thursday to praise Philbin for his 40 years of broadcast experience.

The New York-born TV personality joins the likes of recent honorees such as Steven Spielberg and Morgan Freeman on the sidewalk.



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