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Thursday, 6 April, 2000, 15:58 GMT 16:58 UK
Baby news for Seinfeld
US comedian Jerry Seinfeld is expecting his first child with wife Jessica Sklar.

The news was broken by US television host Regis Philbin on his Live With Regis and Kathie Lee programme on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for Seinfeld confirmed the news, adding the baby was due in the autumn.

The couple married in December 1999, ending much speculation about the 45-year-old's private life in the US media.

They are reportedly about to buy singer Billy Joel's mansion in Long Island, New York for $40m (25m).


ITV gets top news audience

ITV's year-old Nightly News programme attracted its biggest-ever audience of seven million viewers on Thursday night. The bulletin, which followed an edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, led with breaking coverage of the violence in Turkey in which two Leeds United fans were killed. The figures are double the average number for the bulletin, which has been heavily criticised for failing to reach the same number of people as News At Ten. It also followed Coronation Street and ITV's coverage of the Champions League game between Chelsea and Barcelona. A spokesman for the network said: "We are really pleased with last night's figures. It was a great night overall for ITV."


Stars attend 'gangster' premiere

The stars were out for the premiere of the British gangster film Love, Honour And Obey.

Most of the cast were present, including Ray Winstone, Sadie Frost, Jonny Lee Miller, Rhys Ifans, Sean Pertwee and Denise Van Outen.

Other celebrities there included Miller's girlfriend Natalie Appleton of All Saints, Van Outen's boyfriend - singer Jay Kay - plus TV presenters Cat Deeley and Chris Evans, and supermodel Naomi Campbell.

The preview took place at the Odeon in Camden Town, north London and the guests went on to the Scala club in King's Cross.


Jazz man's awards shock

Veteran musician Humphrey Lyttelton is celebrating after winning a surprise lifetime achievement prize at the UK's top jazz awards.

The bandleader and BBC Radio 2 broadcaster was presented with the prize as he compered the Post Office British Jazz Awards in London on Wednesday.

The 78-year-old's band has been performing for over 50 years, but he is determined to continue for many years yet.

He said: "I think they're trying to drop me a hint and get me to stop - but I'm not taking the hint. There's plenty of excitement to come."

Other award winners included Mercury Music Prize nominee Denys Baptiste, who took the rising star title. John Dankworth was arranger and composer of the year, and saxophonist Kathy Stobart won the services to British jazz award.


Prisoner film looking Suspect

Chris McQuarrie, writer of The Usual Suspects, has agreed to come up with the script for the big screen version of cult 1960s TV series, The Prisoner.

According to the US showbiz newspaper Variety, Patrick McGoohan - who created and starred in the original series - will executive-produce the movie, while Barry Mendel will be film's producer.

No lead actor has yet been announced for the film, which will be directed by Simon West, whose previous credits include the Nicolas Cage thriller Con Air.


Cage pulls out of divorce

The tempestuous marriage of film stars Nicolas Cage and Patricia Arquette has had a reprieve after the actor withdrew his divorce petition.

Cage's publicist confirmed that he had withdrawn the court papers but would not give any further details.

The couple married in April 1995, but separated nine months later. Cage filed for divorce six weeks ago.

Despite their separation, the couple worked together on a film last year.


Duchovny joins Millionaire line-up

X-Files star David Duchovny and Lance Bass of the boy band N'Sync are among those lined up for the celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in the US.

The ABC TV network said talk show host Rosie O'Donnell and comedian Drew Carey would also take part in the three celebrity editions of the quiz show.

Each of the stars will take the hot seat, opposite show host Regis Philbin, to try to earn $1 million for their favourite charity.


Teenager sues US rock band

A teenage music fan is suing US rock band The Black Crowes, after claiming his hearing was damaged during a concert.

Joshua Harmon, 19, and his parents Paul and Sarah Harmon of Granville, Ohio, filed a $385,000 (240,000) lawsuit in Knox County against the Atlanta-based group.

The suit claims Harmon, who was sitting in the second row, suffered "severe acoustic trauma" and permanent damage to his right ear because the sound system was allegedly set up negligently at the concert last year.


"Millionaire" bride divorces

The US TV bride who married a millionaire she had never met has been granted an annulment by a judge.

Darva Conger, 34, wed Rick Rockwell in February in front of 22 million viewers on the gameshow Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire?

She was granted the annulment after her lawyer told the judge in Las Vegas that the union was a fraud.

The former nurse told reporters she was "relieved" to be a single woman again. "I never should have been there to begin with," she admitted.

Rockwell, 42, expressed disappointment that their marriage did not work.

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