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Friday, 25 February, 2000, 14:43 GMT
Cage 'files for divorce'

Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage is reported to have filed for divorce from fellow star Patricia Arquette, four years after they split up.

Cage, who married in 1995 and separated in January 1996, cited "irreconcilable differences".

Despite the split, the pair co-starred last year in Bringing Out the Dead.

Cage won a best actor Academy Award in 1995 for his role as a suicidal alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas.

Sir Paul is an OAP pin-up

Golden oldie Sir Paul McCartney has proved he can still make it as a pin-up - with an appearance on the cover of the US magazine for pensioners, Modern Maturity.

The 57-year-old ex-Beatle features as the cover-guy on the March/April issue of the journal published by the American Association of Retired Persons.

Hugh Delehanty, the magazine's editor in chief, says that feedback on Sir Paul's appearance has been "positive".

"What's going on in this country is a real shift in the way people perceive later life. Paul McCartney in his 50s hasn't rolled over and lived on the golf course," he added.

Millionaire show goes to Japan

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? has become the first British TV quiz to be sold to Japan.

The top-rated programme, hosted in the UK by Chris Tarrant, will be re-styled for a Japanese audience after its makers Celador Productions struck a 26-episode deal with Fuji Television.

Celador managing director Paul Smith said: "This is a ground-breaking deal for Celador. Who Wants to be a Millionaire? has great international appeal, and we are hopeful it will prove a hit with Japanese television audiences."

Versions of the show have already been made and screened in 17 countries, including America, Australia, Spain and Israel. A total of 77 now own the rights to adapt its format.

The latest deal comes a fortnight after the show was listed as one of the most watched British programmes last year in a survey published by the Royal Television Society.

Lifetime honour for Eastwood

Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood is to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival in August.

The 69-year-old star, who shot to fame in spaghetti westerns of the 1960s, will receive the award on the opening day of the festival, 30 August.

The event's organisers described Eastwood as a "Hollywood icon" who had managed to "walk a line between personal film-making and worldwide box-office appeal".

After the award ceremony there will be a screening of the film Space Cowboys, which he directed and also stars in alongside Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner and Donald Sutherland.

Sir John's star-studded launch

Veteran actor Sir John Mills was joined by a host of stars to celebrate the launch of his book, Still Memories: An Autobiography in Photography.

Among the guests at the party in London were his close friends Lord Attenborough and Dame Judi Dench, and his actress daughter Hayley Mills.

Sir John, who celebrated his 92nd birthday earlier this week, was clearly astonished by the success of the book, which is already in the top ten book charts.

Townshend to perform 1971 rock opera

The Who legend Pete Townshend is set to perform his rock opera Lifehouse live for the first time - almost 30 years after he first wrote it.

Oasis stars Noel and Liam Gallagher are among the celebrities due to attend the show at Sadler's Wells in Islington, London.

Townshend devised it in 1971 between the release of rock opera Tommy and the Mods-and-Rockers film, Quadrophenia.

The futuristic production focuses on the move from human contact to digital networking.

S Club 7 sign lucrative licensing deal

Pop group S Club 7 have secured a lucrative licensing deal which will see their names and faces on a string of products from mobile phones to pencils.

The group, who were launched through a BBC children's drama, have teamed up with PMS International in a deal which should net them millions of pounds.

S Club 7, who have had a string of hits, are managed by Simon Fuller, who secured a similar deal for the Spice Girls when he was their manager.

Stars sign for gay benefit

George Michael, the Pet Shop Boys, Melissa Etheridge and country star Garth Brooks are among the performers planning to appear at the Equality Rocks fundraiser in Washington.

The concert, being billed as the largest such event benefiting gay and lesbian concerns, is being staged at the 50,000-seat RFK Stadium on 29 April - the night before a gay and lesbian march expected to draw a million people.

It'll be a gathering of people who believe in equal rights, not any special rights, said US star Etheridge. I think the best thing this concert can do is instil a sense of community.

The concert will benefit the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign, which lobbies Congress for legislation fair to gays and lesbians.

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