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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 August, 2003, 16:47 GMT 17:47 UK
O'Connor signs new TV deal
Veteran TV presenter Des O'Connor has signed a multi-million pound deal after the success of Today With Des And Mel.

He will host another 70 hours of the ITV1 afternoon programme with co-host Melanie Sykes, which is said to have become a cult hit with student viewers.

The deal, said to be worth more than 3m, will also see him front prime time chat show Des O'Connor With.

The 71-year-old presenter said: "Mel and I are delighted that the show is a huge hit with the students."


NY school named after Cruz

A high school for music in New York has been named after the late salsa star Celia Cruz.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg dedicated the school in her honour at the city's Lehmann College, where the music school will open in September.

More than 700 students applied for just 90 places at the school. Its principal, William Rodriguez, was a friend of Cruz.

Cruz, who was known as the Queen of Salsa, died in July at the age of 78 from a brain tumour.


Jailed rap producer Knight sued

Notorious rap producer Suge Knight, who is currently in jail, is being sued by a law firm over claims he sold or gave away property to avoid paying legal fees.

Knight was ordered to pay $142,000 (89,683) to Kopple and Klinger by a court in May, but the firm said he has not paid and now it is seeking to prevent the sale of properties.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, said Knight had since sold at least four properties for little or no compensation to friends in order to "hinder, delay or defraud" his creditors.

Knight, the founder of Death Row records, has been behind bars since June when he was found guilty of violating parole for assaulting a parking attendant.


Irish film wins Danish film festival

Irish director Aisling Walsh has won best film at the first Copenhagen International film festival for her debut film Song for a Raggy Boy.

The award-winning film, about fascism in the Irish Republic in the 1930s, was one of 14 European films competing for the Golden Swan statues.

The jury also gave lifetime achievement awards to Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann and Danish director Lars Von Trier.

However Von Trier's Dogville, starring Nicole Kidman, failed to win any awards.


Beyonce joins MTV line-up

Beyonce Knowles and Metallica are the latest acts to sign up for the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.

They will join the likes of Jay-Z, Coldplay, Christina Aguilera and Duran Duran for the event on 28 August, which is being staged at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

Among those nominated for video awards are Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, Eminem and veteran country star Johnny Cash.


Martin and Clarkson to grace Latin Grammys

Ricky Martin is one of stars who will headline the fourth annual Latin Grammy Awards.

Also joining him on the bill are Thalia, Bacilos, Molotov and Alexandre Pires who will perform with original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson.

The awards are being held at the Latin Recording Academy in Miami on 3 September, honouring the best in Latin music in 40 categories.

Producer and composer Sergio George, who wrote the hit Mi Primer Millon for the group Bacilos, leads the nominations with six, while Colombia singer-songwriter Juanes has five.





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