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Friday, 18 February, 2000, 12:24 GMT
Hollywood salutes Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford and George Lucas Director George Lucas joined a host of stars to pay tribute to Harrison Ford


The cream of Hollywood was out to honour movie star Harrison Ford at a ceremony in Beverly Hills.

The 57-year-old became the 28th recipient of The American Film Institute's prestigious Life Achievement Award - joining legends including James Cagney, James Stewart, Gregory Peck and Jack Nicholson.

Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Sharon Stone, Darryl Hannah, plus Star Wars co-star Carrie Fisher were among those honouring Ford, who first gained Hollywood recognition in George Lucas¿s 1973 film American Graffiti.

He has since starred in many of the world's biggest blockbusters including the Indiana Jones films, plus Blade Runner, Presumed Innocent, Witness and The Fugitive.




Madonna aims to sell up Miami mansion

Pop superstar Madonna is reported to be selling up her home in Miami.

The singer bought the nine bedroom, waterfront home in 1992 for over £3m. She is looking to sell it for over £5.5m, said a representative of the company in charge of the sale.

It is unclear whether Madonna will quit Miami altogether. "I can't imagine her life without Miami - she absolutely loves it," said her publicist.




Chaplin family win lottery court case

Organisers of Israel's National Lottery will have to pay damages for using Charlie Chaplin's image without the permission of his family.

The Supreme Court in Israel ruled that the lottery violated the copyright of the comedy legend's heirs in a series of television commercials.

The family, which has requested over £600,000 in damages, says permission would not have been granted because Chaplin did not approve of gambling.




Noel pledges to show children his roots

Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher has promised to take his children to the council estate where he grew up to give them an insight into his past "whether they like it or not".

New dad Noel told Radio 4's Front Row programme that his children "will never know what it is to sign on but they will have a pretty good idea."

Noel added, he will tell his children: "You are going to have to go to that factory which was shut down. You are going to have to understand".




Aussie band tour in an inflatable arena

An Australian rock band is to tour the US with its own inflatable concert arena.

The 3,500 seat venue will be set up on fairgrounds and parking lots during the 66-date tour.

"What we're doing is just applying 21st century technology to the oldest form of entertainment available - the circus tent," said Newsboys' manager.

The tour kicks off in Fort Myers, Florida this weekend.




Addy lands role in new Hollywood comedy

British actor Mark Addy - who made his name in The Full Monty - has landed another Hollywood comedy role.

He will play an unemployed actor from New York's Bronx who tries to pass himself off as an English butler in the romantic comedy I Was Made To Love Her.

Starring and co-written by US comic Chris Rock, it's the latest project from the team behind hit American Pie.

Addy has just finished playing Fred Flintstone in Viva Rock Vegas.




Winton to host a new lottery chat-show

Dale Winton is to host a new hour-long chat show including the midweek lottery draw, the BBC has confirmed.

Starting in April, the show is billed as a lively mix of news and gossip, with three live performances from top musical stars each week.

Winton, 44, will be interviewing stars in the studio and also in exotic locations around the world. And he promises his interview technique will be "somewhere between Parkinson and Russell Harty".




Broadbent dons 'fat suit' for new movie

British actor Jim Broadbent has been given a "fat suit" to wear for his new movie Moulin Rouge.

Director Baz Luhrmann also asked him to put on more weight for his role in the comedy musical, starring Nicole Kidman.

Broadbent, currently starring in Mike Leigh's comedy movie musical Topsy-Turvy, says Luhrmann is as "passionate" a director as Leigh.

He told Daily Variety that Luhrmann has the "same care and obsessiveness."

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