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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 October, 2004, 15:17 GMT 16:17 UK
Zeta Jones backs literary prize
Actress Catherine Zeta Jones has supported a 60,000 literary contest to be launched in memory of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

The Dylan Thomas Literary Prize will be open to creative writing in English by poets and authors aged under 30.

The actress will act as international ambassador to the biennial competition.

"This is commemorating the fact that Dylan Thomas was essentially a young writer," said award founder Professor Peter Stead.

Islamic cartoon to be shown in US

The first animated movie of Prophet Mohammed will be screened in the US after being delayed in the wake of the 11 September attacks.

Mohammed: The Last Prophet was to be screened in 2002 but delayed after the attacks sparked anti-Muslim sentiment.

The 90-minute film chronicles the life and teachings of the Islamic prophet.

Distributor Fine Media Group, said it was ironic that Americans would be able to watch the US-produced movie after much of the world had already seen it.

Illness forces Hall to shelve play

Model-turned-actress Jerry Hall has pulled out of her one-woman show, My Darlin' Janey, due to illness.

The London production has had a troubled history after director Angela Richards quit earlier this month citing "artistic differences".

Hall, who has not attended rehearsals since the end of last month, revealed she was suffering from glandular fever shortly after meeting the new director.

A spokeswoman for the actress said she was "very, very disappointed".

Piers Morgan to host This Morning

Piers Morgan, former editor of the Daily Mirror, will co-present ITV1's This Morning with Fern Britton over the half-term holidays.

"Piers has been a great guest on This Morning in the past," said programme editor Debra Davidson.

"We're delighted he's joining the team with his mix of hard-hitting journalism and love of all things showbiz."

Morgan, who is reported to be writing his memoirs, will stand in for Philip Schofield later this month.

Ratings hit for genealogy show

More than five million viewers watched BBC Two's new genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are?, more than twice the channel's average audience.

The launch episode, featuring former Goodie Bill Oddie, attracted 5.4m viewers and a 24% audience share between 9pm and 10pm.

The show was the second most popular programme on air at that time.

ITV1's Lynda LaPlante drama Trial And Retribution attracted marginally more viewers, with audience figures of 5.7m.




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