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Baby daughter for actress Sorvino
Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino has given birth her first child, a baby girl, at a hospital in Los Angeles.

The 37-year-old and her husband, actor Chris Backus, 23, have not released details of their daughter's name.

Sorvino - who has appeared in films such as Quiz Show and Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - married Backus in June.

She won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Woody Allen's 1995 film Mighty Aphrodite.

New Model Army rock drummer dies

Rob Heaton, drummer with cult 1980s band New Model Army, has died suddenly from pancreatic cancer aged 43.

Heaton, who also composed songs for the group, died on Thursday, EMI said.

He co-wrote many of New Model Army's hits such as Poison St and Here Comes the War, but left the band in 1998 after surgery to remove a brain tumour.

He went on to promote live music and had also been writing film scores for independent movies. He leaves a wife, Robyn, and a young son, Marlon.

Sick Manilow cancels US concerts

Singer Barry Manilow has cancelled three concerts in the US this weekend because of illness.

Manilow, 58, will be unable to sing until he recovers from the case of severe bronchitis, a spokesman for the star said.

His shows in Denver, Houston and Dallas have been rescheduled until later in the month.

But two shows scheduled for the 12 and 13 November, in Arizona and California, have not been affected.

DiCaprio misled by Hollywood hype

Leonardo DiCaprio has admitted early hype over his acting led him to believe he had "altered the course of history".

The Titanic star was hailed as "the new Marlon Brando" for his role in 1993's What's Eating Gilbert Grape.

"As soon as enough people give you enough compliments... you get a false sense of your own importance and what you've accomplished."

"You actually think you've altered the course of history," DiCaprio, 29, told Vanity Fair magazine.

Singer Keedie signs classical album deal

Singer Keedie, who had a hit single with Duncan James from Blue, has signed a seven-figure classical music deal.

She signed a multiple album deal with EMI, which has Robbie Williams, Coldplay and Radiohead on its books.

The 22-year-old had a number two single with James, singing I Believe My Heart, from musical The Woman in White.

Barry McCann, of EMI Classics UK, said: "She dresses like a rock chick and talks like a cheeky ladette, but when she sings its pure Royal Opera House."

Brandy splits from record label

US singer Brandy has split from her longtime record label, Atlantic Records, her publicist has said.

The star's departure follows disappointing sales of her last album, Afrodisiac, despite the moderately successful hit single Talk About Our Love, with Kanye West.

Brandy's previous three albums sold at least one million copies apiece.

Her publicist Courtney Barnes said the singer was looking for a new label and will co-produce a TV comedy next year.


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