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Thursday, 5 October, 2000, 13:17 GMT 14:17 UK
Dixie Chicks sweep country awards
The Dixie Chicks at the Country Music Association Awards
Country group the Dixie Chicks won four awards at the 34th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards on Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee.

The girls, who tattoo chicken feet on their feet every time they win awards, were named entertainers of the year.

They also won prizes for best album, best music video and best vocal group.

Husband and wife Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were male and female vocalists of the year, while Kenny Rogers received a nomination for the year's best single.


Robbie Williams voted "sexiest man"

Pop star Robbie Williams has been voted the world's sexiest man in a nationwide survey of readers of New Woman magazine.

Editor Sara Cremer said: "It looks like naughty Robbie Williams' ego's going to get a bit more massaging."

The survey ranked the top 100 most desirable men. British males took five of the coveted top 10 places with Jude Law in seventh place, Ewan McGregor in eighth. Ronan Keating was voted ninth while Martin Kemp came in at number 10.


Anderson signs to direct resident evil

British director Paul Anderson will write and direct a $40m (30m) thriller based on computer game Resident Evil.

The story focuses on a military unit and its fight against a powerful super computer that has gone out of control.

To save the world, the unit must battle against hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating zombies.

Anderson also directed the film version of the Mortal Combat computer game, as well as Shopping and Event Horizon.


Cars founder Orr dies

Ben Orr, co-founder of US rock band the Cars, has died at the age of 45.

Orr died at his Atlanta home on Tuesday night, several months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Born to Czechoslovakian and Russian parents in Cleveland, Orr co-founded the Cars with singer-guitarist Ric Ocasek in Boston in 1976.

Their first two albums, 1978's The Cars and 1979's Candy-O, sold more than six million copies worldwide.


Jeffrey Archer offered film roles

Author turned actor Lord Archer says he has been offered four film roles since starring in his own play, The Accused.

The peer revealed he has received four film scripts and two offers of theatre roles, and that a TV version of The Accused may also be on the cards.

In the play, now running at the Theatre Royal in Windsor, Archer plays a doctor accused of murdering his wife.

The audience decides his innocence or guilt by voting at the end of the show.


Stallone at Get Carter 2000 premiere

Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone was at the Los Angeles premiere of Get Carter 2000 but co-star Michael Caine chose not to attend.

Caine, who starred as Jack Carter in the original 1970 film, has a bit part as a sleazy barman in the sequel.

The 54-year-old Stallone plays a New York mobster who returns to LA to avenge his brother's death.

The film's female lead, Rachel Leigh Cook, was also at the premiere.


Impressive Moulin Rouge movie on hold

Film studios 20th Century Fox have announced they will not be releasing the new Baz Luhrmann musical Moulin Rouge this Christmas.

Fox executives were so impressed with the film that they have decided to put back the release to summer next year.

The exotic musical stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, with Jim Broadbent and John Leguizamo in supporting roles.

Though set in 1899, the picture employs contemporary music. Luhrmann has called it "a reinvention of the musical form".


Donaghy wins Forward Poetry Prize

Britain's biggest contemporary poetry award The Forward Poetry Prize has been won by New-York-born poet Michael Donaghy for his collection Conjure.

Donaghy moved to London in 1985 and now works as a teacher and musician. Conjure is his third collection and his first for seven years.

Donaghy, who won the Whitbread Prize in 1988, scooped 10,000 in prize money.

The Forwards were launched in 1991 to raise the profile of modern poetry.

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