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Entertainment: News In Brief


Wednesday, November 3, 1999 Published at 16:06 GMT

Sir Cliff left off Radio 2 playlist

Pop veteran Sir Cliff Richard's new single, The Millennium Prayer, has been left off the playlist for BBC Radio 2.

The decision by Radio 2, which is trying to shed its golden oldies image, comes just days after it hosted a live interview with the star to unveil the new track.

A spokeswoman for the station said: "Sir Cliff Richard's new single has not been banned and you will be able to hear it on the network if DJs choose to play it.

We are very supportive of him as an artist but his new single was considered not to be of broad enough appeal to be included on the playlist."

The news follows Sir Cliff's run-in with Virgin Radio last year in which broadcaster Chris Evans blacklisted the singer for being too old.


Latino heart-throb Ricky gets shirty

Pop sensation Ricky Martin has won a court order banning the sale of counterfeit T-shirts showing his picture.

Lawyers for Martin and Winterland Concessions, who make the official shirts, obtained the order before the star played a gig in Michigan.

A spokesman for Martin said the counterfeiters could make up to $100,000 (£60,000) at one concert.

Martin is currently on a 28-date US tour which finishes up in Cleveland on 6 December.

The Puerto Rican star releases his new single Shake Your Bon Bon in the UK on Monday.


Gloves off as Smith ditches Ali project

Will Smith has backed out of a film about the life of boxing great Muhammad Ali after months of training.

The actor has followed Wild Wild West director Barry Sonnenfeld in deciding to look around for other projects.

Producers at Sony said the film will still go ahead with a different star and director.

Meanwhile, Robert De Niro is to produce a TV film about Ali, with little-known David Ramsey in the star role.


What I am is 'broody' says Baby Spice

Spice Girl Emma Bunton says she is more interested in becoming a mum than in having chart success.

The 23-year-old, whose solo single What I Am is just behind former Spice Geri Halliwell in the chart race this week, says seeing Mel G and Victoria Adams' babies has made her broody.

In an interview with The Mirror the singer, currently linked with England footballer Rio Ferdinand, said: "I really want kids, but I need a man first. When I'm 29 would be ideal."


Robin Williams film in $2m settlement

The makers and distributors of the Robin Williams movie What Dreams May Come have settled a $2m legal action with a painter who claimed they stole his visions of heaven.

American artist Louis Jones accused the filmmakers of using four of his landscape paintings without credit.

"They made a very generous settlement, and I'm very pleased with that," said Jones, after the deal was announced.

The terms of the settlement with Polygram Filmed Entertainment Distribution and Interscope Communications reached last week were confidential.


Bremner takes part in charity lock-up

Some of the country's top business leaders have been "imprisoned" by impressionist Rory Bremner.

The Channel Four star locked over 150 members of the business community in the Clink Prison Museum in London as part of a charity event.

The prisoners were challenged to pledge a donation to help homeless people before being released.

The event was organised by Business Action on Homelessness.


Murdoch marriage won't affect news empire

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has said that the remarriage of his ex-wife Anna, would not affect the ownership of his global empire, News Corp Ltd.

Murdoch said that Anna's marriage to financier William Mann at the weekend, would mean "absolutely nothing" for the company's structure.

Reports of the wedding in the US media sparked concern among shareholders because the Murdoch family owns a controlling interest in the company.

Shareholders were reassured, however, when Anna Murdoch resigned as a director of News Corp. and the family's stock was put in trusts for the Murdoch children.

The Murdochs' divorce, after 32 years of marriage, became final in June. The media titan married his third wife, Wendi Deng, 32, shortly after.


Cindy wishes for Kate's model figure

Supermodel Cindy Crawford says she wishes she had the body of Kate Moss.

New mum Cindy, 33, told She Magazine that she is insecure about her body.

"I think the fact I'm not super-skinny has added to my popularity with women... it makes me more real, but I do wish I was naturally thin, like Kate Moss."

And she says she feared having a baby would ruin the figure she worked so hard to achieve. "But I knew it would be worth it," she added.



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