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Last Updated: Friday, 16 January, 2004, 13:15 GMT
Estefan taken off jury duty
Pop star Gloria Estefan was removed from a US jury panel on Thursday after prosecutors used their right to object to her presence.

The Cuban-born singer was a prospective juror in a retrial of four Miami police officers accused of beating up a handcuffed former convict.

Prosecutors said: "She comes into the jury room with a presence and an authority that others do not."

Estefan had a string of hits in the 80s with band the Miami Sound Machine.


Izzard wins website award

The official website dedicated to comedian and actor Eddie Izzard has won an award voted for by internet users.

The site, www.eddieizzard.com, was initially nominated by a panel of judges for the Yahoo People's Choice Website of the Year award before being put to the public vote.

Others shortlisted included the Crap Towns site, based on the best-selling book, and childhood TV memories site TV Cream.

"I am delighted that Eddiezzard.com has won the Yahoo People's Choice Award. Technology moves so fast these days that we tried to make the site new, fun and innovative and were very grateful to people voting for us," said Izzard.


Manics to play Isle of Wight festival

The Manic Street Preachers are to play at a three-day festival on the Isle of Wight, on the day The Who will headline.

The Welsh rockers will appear on 12 June at the revived festival, where other acts already confirmed include David Bowie and Stereophonics.

During the 1960s the Isle of Wight festival attracted the likes of Bob Dylan, The Doors and Joni Mitchell.

Virgin Radio will broadcast the event live over the weekend of 11-13 June.


Comedian Jamie Foxx faces arrest

US comedian Jamie Foxx is facing arrest if he does not appear in a New Orleans court to answer charges stemming from a fight outside a local casino.

The 36-year-old and his sister Deidra Dixon are facing charges of battery and disturbing the peace after the incident at Harrahs Casino in April 2003.

Police said the fight broke out after the pair were told to leave for failing to show identification at the door.

Louisiana law states that they have to appear in court in person.


Ofcom to regulate on digital TV guides

Communications regulator Ofcom has published a consultation paper on the regulation of Electronic Programme Guides (EPGs) - the listings pages available in satellite and digital homes.

It is seeking views on the proposed EPG Code, which it must publish as part of the Communications Act 2003.

The code will explain why public service channels - BBC, ITV, Channel Four and Five - should be given prominence in the guides, placing them at the beginning of listings.

Recently BskyB threatened to move the BBC from the top of the listings after it ended a lucrative deal with the company to encrypt its channels so they can only be viewed in the UK.


Translation breaks UK record

Comedy drama Lost in Translation has broken UK records for first week takings for a film on limited release.

The film, starring Bill Murray as a jaded actor shooting a commercial in Tokyo, took 797,170 on just 96 screens in the UK.

It is a record amount for a film on limited release - 150 screens or less.

The film, directed by Sofia Coppola, has been praised by critics, and has been nominated for best dramatic film at the Golden Globes this month.






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