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Last Updated: Friday, 31 October, 2003, 09:58 GMT
Jazz newcomer goes gold
A musician who signed a 1m recording contract has become the fastest-selling jazz artist ever, his label has said.

Jamie Cullum's debut Twentysomething has gone gold in a fortnight, and has now sold over 159,000 copies.

It made its debut in the album chart at number 22 on Sunday, and will break into the top 10 this weekend, music firm Universal said.

He said: "It's great to be able to take a style of music which is often seen as specialist to a wider audience."


Producers to honour Beatty

The Producers Guild of America is to honour Warren Beatty with its Milestone Award at a ceremony in January.

Previous winners of the prestigious award include Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Louis B Mayer and Bob Hope.

Producer Dino De Laurentiis is to get the David O Selznick Achievement Award, whose past winners include Billy Wilder and Jerry Bruckheimer.

Director James Cameron will receive the Vanguard Award, given last year to George Lucas.


Andrews lanches book label

Actress Julie Andrews is to cement her work as a children's author with the launch of her own book imprint with the publishing giant HarperCollins.

The star of The Sound Of Music, as well as "adult" films like Victor/Victoria and SOB, has written for 30 years.

Her work includes novels Mandy and The Last Of The Really Great Whangdoodles and the Dumpy And The Dump Truck series

"It was not a conscious decision to do "kid's stuff" in my career," Andrews said. "It's just what I'm known for."


Streisand's sell-off

Singer Barbra Streisand is to auction off hundreds of her outfits and items of personal memorabilia to benefit charities close to her heart.

One item in the internet auction is the two-piece evening pantsuit she wore in 1969 to collect her best actress Oscar.

A new item will be put up for auction every day from Friday. Each will come with a certificate of authenticity.

"There are a lot of causes she wants to help and this is a good way to do it," said Streisand's spokesman.


Douglases for Nobel show

Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta Jones are to host the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway.

The couple will act as co-masters of ceremonies at the December 11 event - the day after Iranian writer Shirin Ebadi accepts her Nobel Peace Prize.

Organiser Odd Arvid Stroemstad said that when asked to take part, Douglas asked if his wife could lend a hand. "It didn't take us long to say yes."

The Cardigans and the Chieftains are among those scheduled to perform.


Forsyth lands BBC quiz

Bruce Forsyth is to join the BBC to present a new quiz show which will go out in the New Year.

Didn't They Do Well is billed as a weekly "TV quiz where the contestants don't need to know anything about TV".

Contestants must answer questions about topics from politics to the arts, with the answers coming from archive TV footage.

"I'm excited to be doing this show, and I'm looking forward to working for the BBC again," Forsyth said.


Connery settles movie fraud row

Sean Connery has agreed to an "amicable resolution" to a long-running $17m (10.8m) fraud lawsuit he brought against the producers of his film End Game.

The actor, 73, withdrew his lawsuit against Mandalay Pictures on Wednesday.

The settlement dismisses Connery's claim of fraud, and Mandalay's counter-suit and "withdrawal of all allegations of fraud".

Connery sued a year ago, alleging that Mandalay had fraudulently said they were in a position to finance the film, and accused them of "an attempt to hold themselves out to the entertainment industry as a viable production company".





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