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German actress Meysel dies at 94
German actress Inge Meysel has died of cardiac arrest at her home near Hamburg, aged 94.

Meysel starred in the 1959 box office hit Roses for the Prosecutor and 1981's The Red Stocking.

She began her career aged 20, but was barred from performing in theatres in the Nazi era as her father was Jewish.

German president Horst Koehler said the country had lost "a remarkable person whose inimitable style got to people's hearts".


Brown approaches police deadline

Singer Bobby Brown has been ordered to turn himself in to prison officials by Sunday on charges that he hit his wife, Whitney Houston.

In May a court ruled that Brown must stand trial on battery charges for allegedly hitting Houston at their home in Alpharetta, Georgia, in December.

If the 35-year-old does not report to Atlanta police for fingerprinting a warrant for his arrest may be issued.

Simple battery is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 (537) fine.


Spain honours film actor Banderas

Actor Antonio Banderas has been honoured by Spain's Cinema Academy for promoting Spanish culture during his international film career.

The 43-year-old received the gold medal accolade in his southern home town of Malaga on Friday.

Banderas appeared in Evita and films by director Pedro Almodovar among others.

"It may have been the biggest surprise of my career when they told me about the award, which generally is given to people much older then me," he said.


Actress Turner back on Broadway

Actress Kathleen Turner is to star in a Broadway revival of Edward Albee's classic play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? next year.

Turner, 50, will play the role of Martha opposite Bill Irwin, as her husband George, from March 2005.

Anthony Page, director of the current London production of Albee's The Goat, will direct.

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor starred in an Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Albee play in 1966.


UK immigrant film wins US award

The writers of British film Dirty Pretty Things and HBO mini-series Angels in America have both won $25,000 (13,500) Humanitas prizes in the US.

Steven Knight's tale about London's illegal immigrants was praised "for its stark and realistic depiction of the life of undocumented workers".

Directed by Stephen Frears, the screenplay won an Oscar nomination.

Tony Kushner's drama was a "brutally honest examination of society coming to terms with the reality of Aids."


Montreal to honour actress Adjani

French actress Isabelle Adjani is to be honoured at this year's Montreal film festival, which begins next month.

A retrospective of five of Adjani's films, including Camille Claudel and Mortelle Randonnee, will feature at the Canadian festival.

"For film fans worldwide, Isabelle Adjani is an extraordinary artist," said festival president Serge Losique.

Adjani, 49, will be presented with a special grand prize at a tribute evening on 27 August.



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