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Catherine Zeta-Jones on verge of  nervous breakdown

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES ON VERGE OF NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

2004-07-28 : 22:14:08

The Oscar-winning actress was driven to the brink of a nervous breakdown by death threats in letters and phone calls apparently sent by an obsessed fan, her husband, Michael Douglas, has told a court.

Reuters has reported that, testifying at a preliminary hearing to determine whether Dawnette Knight, 32, should stand trial on charges of threatening and stalking Zeta-Jones for about 18 months, Douglas said the threats made his wife terrified and hysterical.


"She was hysterical ... hysterical. She was fainting. She could not get any air. She showed all the signs of having a nervous breakdown," the actor said during an appearance as a prosecution witness on today.


Knight, an aspiring child psychologist, is charged with 25 counts of stalking and making criminal threats against Zeta-Jones, who won an Oscar for best supporting actress as a murderous showgirl in Chicago.


Prosecutors said Knight made the threats because she was obsessed with Douglas and wrote letters to friends and relatives of the actor and his wife declaring that she wanted to kill Zeta-Jones so she could be with Douglas.


Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg will determine at the end of the preliminary hearing whether Knight should be sent for trial.


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ANTHONY MINGHELLA GOES BACK TO THEATRE

2004-07-29 : 22:32:31

The Oscar-winning director has signed up to head a production of Puccini's Madame Butterfly for the English National Opera. The opera is planned to open at the London Coliseum in October 2005. "I'd been wanting to go back to the theatre, and music in particular for a long time. It's just that nothing suitable came up before. I knew immediately that this was right for me," he said


FILM OUTRAGE IN INDIA

2004-07-29 : 22:02:09

Women activists in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu have demanded a ban on New, a film which they say contains obscene sex scenes, says the BBC. The movie is based on the Hollywood movie Big and depicts the adventures of a child who becomes an adult, yet retains the mind of a boy. Critics say the similarity ends there, as the Tamil movie contains indecent images and "smutty dialogue". The Tamil film has caused controversy because when the boy becomes an adult at night, he is seduced by his wife.


JOHN KERRY’S LIFE

2004-07-29 : 21:18:46

A film extolling the candidate’s life and career, which credits Steven Spielberg as an advisor, will be unveiled before the senator accepts the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday. Narrated by Morgan Freeman and directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker James Moll, the short biopic, called A Remarkable Promise, will get its prime-time premiere before delegates to the Democratic National Convention gathered in Boston.


FAHRENHEIT 9/11 TO BE SHOW ON CUBAN TV

2004-07-29 : 20:47:16

Michael Moore's Bush-bashing documentary will play on Cuban public television today, raising the temperature of Havana's feverish media offensive against George W Bush and his policies. The film is already being screened to great critical acclaim in 120 movie theatres across the island. In his latest salvo against his northern neighbour, President Fidel Castro dedicated an hour and a half of a speech Monday to Bush's past alcohol consumption and his "hot-headed, fundamentalist mind."


WILL SMITH’S RED CARPET RAP

2004-07-29 : 17:55:12

Will Smith has promised to rap along the red carpet at the UK premiere of I, Robot in London next week. The actor plans to return to his singing roots to make the event the most talked about premiere of the summer. “The fans who show up for Will’s show are in for a real treat,” a source revealed to Teen Hollywood. “It’s all being kept under wraps at the moment but he really wants to perform a couple of his hits to his fans outside the cinema.”


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