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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 September, 2004, 12:54 GMT 13:54 UK
Star award for actor Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey is to receive the American Film Institute's Star Award at the 2005 US Comedy Arts Festival.

The actor, winner of Golden Globes for The Truman Show in 1999 and Man in the Moon in 2000, will be honoured in a career tribute in Aspen, in February.

Previous Star Award winners include Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, Steve Martin, Mike Myers and Diane Keaton.

Jean Picker Firstenberg, of the American Film Institute, said Carrey was the "rarest kind of actor".


U2 reveal Atomic album title

Irish rock icons U2 have revealed their new album will be called How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.

The album, which will be released on 23 November, hit the headlines in July after the recordings went missing.

Rough versions of tracks disappeared from a recording studio in Nice, France, prompting fears they could turn up on the internet.

The first single from the new album, Vertigo, is being released to radio stations later this month.


Stewart's girlfriend joins show

Rod Stewart's girlfriend is joining the cast of the London musical based on the singer's hits, Tonight's The Night.

Penny Lancaster made a guest appearance in the show in June and will now join the production for the final two weeks of its West End run.

She will lead a troupe of dancers through Stewart's song Hot Legs. The singer will be in the audience for her first night on 27 September.

The musical closes on 9 October, after running for less than a year.


Matrix actress has baby in Rome

Italian actress Monica Bellucci gave birth to a girl called Deva in Rome on Monday, her agent has said.

"The mother and child are doing well," said Laurent Gregoire, Bellucci's agent in Paris.

The actress, who has starred in The Matrix films and The Passion of the Christ, is married to French actor Vincent Cassell.

The pair met on the set of French film L'Appartement, the first of eight movies they have made together.





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