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Last Updated: Monday, 1 December, 2003, 18:32 GMT
I'm pregnant says Ellis-Bextor
Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor is expecting a baby with boyfriend Richard Jones, according to newspaper reports.

"I've always wanted to be a mum and Richard and I are really excited," she is quoted as saying. "We're looking forward to starting a family."

The 24-year-old daughter of former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis is reportedly three months pregnant.

Her new single is out on December 29 - the same day that pop rival Victoria Beckham releases her new track.


Fresh line-up for 5Live Breakfast

Weekend presenter Shelagh Fogarty is to become the new co-host of BBC Radio 5Live's Breakfast Show.

She will replace Victoria Derbyshire, who will front the morning show at 9am following maternity leave.

The show's co-host, Nicky Campbell, will remain on the programme, and will be joined by Fogarty in the new year.

Fogarty, who began presenting for 5Live in 1999, said: "It's a massive programme and a great opportunity and I can't wait to start."


Beyonce up for best single prize

Beyonce, Dido and Daniel Bedingfield are among pop stars battling it out for the Record of the Year title.

They are part of the shortlist of 10 acts with singles vying for ITV1's annual vote on Saturday for the most popular single of the last 12 months.

Gareth Gates won last year's title with Unchained Melody, narrowly beating fellow Pop Idol finalist Will Young.

The 10 songs will be introduced by ITV1's CD:UK presenter Cat Deeley, with the winner announced at 9.30pm.


JK Rowling 'gives cash for land'

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has given 200,000 to a Scottish Highland community to help them buy an estate, it has been reported.

The writer gave the money to help locals near her Perthshire mansion buy 1,100 acres near Schiehallion Mountain, the Times newspaper said.

The estate was being run as a deer park before being put on the market in 2001.

Rowling reportedly gave the group the money after a request for a Scottish Land Fund grant had been refused.


Screenwriter Hartmann dies at 92

Comedy screenwriter Edmund L Hartmann, who wrote film scripts for Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Abbott and Costello, has died aged 92.

Hartmann, who died at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, enjoyed a screenwriting career spanning more than 60 years.

His scripts included Paleface for Hope, and The Caddy for Martin and Lewis.

He also wrote Sherlock Holmes thrillers such as The Scarlet Claw, and worked as a writer-producer on US TV series such as My Three Sons with Fred MacMurray.


UK stars to voice British comedy

Oscar-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley and Ewan McGregor are among the British stars lending their voices to a new animated comedy, Valiant.

Star Wars actor McGregor will voice the title character, a message-carrying wood pigeon who becomes the hero of the Royal Air Force during World War II.

Kingsley will play the German falcon leader, alongside fellow Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent and John Hurt.

The Office's Ricky Gervais will also star in the comedy, due out in 2004.


Chasing Amy star Adams 'arrested'

Actress Joey Lauren Adams, who appeared in the film Chasing Amy, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, reports have said.

Adams, 38, was arrested on Friday after a police officer saw her hit the kerb pulling in to a petrol station, the San Diego Union Tribune said.

The actress was later released by police, the paper added.

Adams is best known for Chasing Amy, and has also appeared in Dr Doolittle 2 and John Travolta's Michael.


Actor Paxton may direct golf film

Actor Bill Paxton, star of films such as Aliens and Twister, is close to closing a deal to direct a film about an epic golf match, reports have said.

Paxton is being tipped for The Greatest Game Ever Played, a Disney film based on a classic 1913 golf match, magazine Hollywood Reporter said.

The film tells how Francis Ouimet, a 20-year-old US amateur, beat British player Harry Vardon in the US Open.

Paxton said the book of the match was a "great human-interest" story.


Direcor Howard hails US scenery

Director Ron Howard has praised the "threatening" New Mexico landscapes used in his new Western The Missing.

The film, which stars Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones, opened in the US last week.

"In making a suspense film that takes place outdoors, it was important to use the landscape in its most threatening kind of way," he said.

The film stars Blanchett as a woman who is reunited with her father (Lee Jones) in a search for her missing daughter.


Bowie to play Isle Of Wight event

Music veteran David Bowie is to headline the Isle Of Wight Festival next year, it has been announced.

The legendary festival, which was revived in 2002, will take place from 11 June to 13 June.

Bowie told Virgin Radio that he had "jumped" at the chance to perform at the festival. "It is a smashing thing to do," he said.

"I was so envious of other acts that got to do the other Isle of Wight Festivals - it is really coming back."


Avengers stars named 'worst duo'

Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman have been named the worst movie double act by film critics.

The pair received the vote from Total Film magazine for their appearance in The Avengers.

Others to make the list included acting legends Lord Olivier and Marilyn Monroe for The Prince And The Showgirl.

Meanwhile, Empire magazine has named the bicycle flight at the end of ET: The Extra-Terrestrial as the most magical moment in film history.


New chart for lesser-known acts

BBC digital radio station 6 Music has created a new chart - for bands that have never made it into the top 40.

The station is launching the weekly rundown to promote acclaimed artists who enjoy only modest sales.

The chart, to be broadcast each Saturday afternoon by newcomer Vic McGlynn, is supplied by the Official UK Charts Company.

Station programme editor John Sugar said 6 Music "prides itself on championing new music".


Queen albums online for charity

Every album from rock group Queen will be made available for download over the internet in the UK and Europe to mark World Aids Day on 1 December.

The surviving members - Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor - will donate royalties from the first week of sales to Aids charity Mercury Phoenix Trust.

Queen's lead singer Freddie Mercury died of the disease in 1991.

A recent three CD compilation of the band's greatest hits has sold more than a million copies in the UK.





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