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Newell linked with Potter 4
British director Mike Newell has been linked with the fourth Harry Potter film, the Goblet of Fire.

The film's makers want the Four Weddings And A Funeral director to be the first Briton to direct a Harry Potter film, the Hollywood Reporter claimed.

It is rumoured that the lengthy fourth book will be split into two films.

Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron is currently making the third film in the series, The Prisoner Of Azkaban, due in cinemas next year.


Stones set for Hong Kong

The Rolling Stones are finally set to perform in Hong Kong, after cancelling two earlier concerts in the wake of

Sars, it is reported. The band will play in front of 45,000 fans at the Hong Kong Stadium in November, the Sunday Morning Post said.

They are expected to sign a deal this week after organisers secured rare permission to use the stadium.

The Stones cancelled two March concerts after the outbreak of Sars, which infected 1,800 people and killed 297.


Domingo wins culture prize

Tenor Placido Domingo has been awarded the European Culture Foundation's culture prize for his life's work.

Domingo, 62, was awarded the honour for being "an outstanding singer, actor, conductor, director and promoter" of music, said foundation deputy chairman Walter P von Wartburg.

The Spanish opera star was also congratulated in a letter from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who wrote: "Your talent, your sincerity and warmth build bridges between all borders, languages and cultures."

On Saturday the singer hosts a concert held on Lake Constance's Mainau Island, as part of an opera festival in the region shared by Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


DIY shows inspire makeovers

Seven out of ten people watch property and DIY programmes and nearly half have been influenced in their decorating, new research says.

Up to 45% said the programmes had affected the way they made over their homes, while 16% said they had been moved to actually buy property.

Women were most likely to watch a programme on decorating or moving house, with 80% saying they watch them, compared with 61% of men, said Halifax Estate Agents.

Nearly six out of ten people also said they had undertaken some form of DIY.


Terminator gets tough on pirates

Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger has urged for tougher laws against music and film piracy on a visit to Mexico.

Schwarzenegger, in the country to launch Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, was presented with a pirated DVD copy of the film by a journalist - even before the film had been shown in Mexico.

"We need stricter laws so that the people who do this (piracy) are treated the same way as somebody who steals something," said Schwarzenegger.

The action star is widely tipped to be preparing a campaign to become governor of California once promotion for the Terminator film ends.


Painter Baselitz's Africa exhibition

German painter Georg Baselitz has put his collection of African art on display for the first time.

Baselitz: The Africa Collection at the K20 North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection Duesseldorf, starts on 24 August. More than 130 of the artist's collected pieces will be on show.

The pieces include gravestone figures from Madagascar, ceremonial ancestral sculptures from the Democratic Republic of Congo and fertility statues from all over Africa.

Critics say they have discovered links to Baselitz's own work through some of the collection.


African festival gets date

Ivory Coast's long-delayed MASA festival, postponed because of civil war, will now take place next month

The Market for African Performing Arts, the largest cultural festival in French-speaking Africa, will now take place from 30 August to 6 September.

It will feature 20 bands, 12 theatre troupes and 13 dance groups from 23 African countries.

Civil war broke out in the west African country in September 2000 after an anti-government rebellion. But peace was restored this month after rebel groups agreed to French-brokered ceasefire terms.





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