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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 September, 2003, 19:16 GMT 20:16 UK
McGregor song mocks icons
Actor Ewan McGregor has recorded a song mocking late rock icons such as Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix.

The Moulin Rouge star performs a rap written by avant garde composer Simon Boswell, which criticises rock excess.

"Don't want my wife to be like Courtney, find my brains on the floor," he raps. Sid Vicious, Marc Bolan and James Dean also come under fire.

Actor Ray Winstone also features on the song, due for release later this year.


Black Eyed Peas hold UK top spot

Black Eyed Peas have held onto the number one spot for a second week despite comeback singles from Gareth Gates and Seal.

Where is the Love proved more popular than Gareth's Sunshine, straight in at number three, and Seal's Get It Together, which debuted at a disappointing number 25.

Black Eyed Peas recently toured with Christina Aguilera, whose single Can't Hold Us Down entered at number six.

The Darkness remain on top of the album chart, with Iron Maiden new at number, but there was no appearance from Mercury Music Prize winner Dizzee Rascal in the top 20.


Monkees hit named karaoke favourite

Daydream Believer by The Monkees has been voted Britain's top karaoke tune.

My Way by Frank Sinatra came second in the poll of 1,000 people, followed by I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.

Robbie Williams supplied the most recent karaoke hit, with Angels at number five in the Hungry Horse pub chain survey.

Barbie Girl by Aqua was named the least favourite, followed by Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell and My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion.


Court boost for Penn

A US judge has dismissed part of a legal action against Sean Penn accusing the actor of extortion.

Producer Steve Bing had alleged Penn tried to extort $10m (6.3m) from him during a row about a film they had planned to make together.

Penn, meanwhile, has accused Bing of reneging on a deal to cast him in Why Men Shouldn't Marry because of Penn's opposition to war against Iraq.

The judge did not dismiss Bing's claim that he never had a contract with Penn.


Estefan for Francis film

Latino singer Gloria Estefan is to star in a Hollywood biopic of Connie Francis - the biggest female star of the 1950s.

Francis had a string of hits including Lipstick On Your Collar, Stupid Cupid and Who's Sorry Now.

But her life was nearly destroyed in 1974 when she was raped and beaten at knifepoint in a New York motel room.

"Parts of her story are very harrowing but it is ultimately a positive story," said Estefan at the London launch of her new album Unwrapped.


Special prize for Cosby

Comedian Bill Cosby is to receive the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the Emmy Awards later this month.

He will be the second recipient of the award which is given in honour of Hope, who died in July at the age of 100.

"Cosby has used his stardom to shine a light on strengthening the family values which make our country great", a spokesperson said.

The 66-year-old star of The Cosby Show supports education through donations to colleges and scholarships.



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