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May 20, 2004

Reeves named best action movie star of 2004

Los Angeles - Matrix star Keanu Reeves has been named the best action movie star of 2004 in an action-packed World Stunt Awards ceremony.

Organizers of the celebrity-packed event at the Paramount Studios lot said Monday that the ceremony almost ended in disaster when the finale stunt went horribly wrong. According to a statement, a huge fireball erupted when actress Carmen Electra tried to trigger a planned mini-explosion. No one was hurt in the incident.

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was among the many stars in the crowd, which saw director Jonathon Mostow win the prize for best action movie director for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.



Tarantino to ride for biker movie

Los Angeles - Director Quentin Tarantino is following up the box office success of Kill Bill by acting in and producing a low-budget biker movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter Monday.

The trade daily said that Tarantino is set to team again with actor Larry Bishop to produce Hell Ride, a motorcycle movie that Bishop is writing and will direct and star in.

Described as a "spaghetti biker film", the story deals with three colourful characters and the deadly unfinished business between them.



Yoko Ono renews protest song

New York - Yoko Ono, the former wife of late Beatle John Lennon, has turned to electronic DJs to remix an old protest song, "Hell in Paradise", according to the latest issue of Billboard magazine.

The song urges an end to the widespread apathy that allows injustices to take place, with its opening lines: "This is hell in paradise/We're all asleep or paralyzed/Why are we scared to verbalize/Our multicolour dreams."

"The song is much more appropriate today," Ono told Billboard.

"There is a certain chaos in the world today."

The remix, by popular club DJs Orange Factory, Chus & Ceballos, Murk and Minge Binge debuted at No. 43 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Ono is also re-recording the song "Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him," which first appeared on John Lennon and Ono's 1980 album "Double Fantasy," the report said.

For its new incarnation, Ono reworked the vocals in light of the current gay marriage debate. Now, in addition to its original title, there is "Every Man Has a Man Who Loves Him" and "Every Woman Has a Woman Who Loves Her" - as well as "Every Woman Has a Man Who Loves Her".





Actress Anna Lee dies

Los Angeles - Actress Anna Lee, who starred in films like Mary Poppins and The Love Bug, has died aged 92 from pneumonia, according to news reports Monday.

Lee, who had a nearly 70-year acting career in movies and television, played a paralyzed character on the series General Hospital for over two decades after she was confined to a wheelchair following a car accident in 1983.

The British-born actress whose breakthrough role was in How Green Was My Valley moved to California in the early 1930s and appeared in more than 60 films including The Sound of Music (1965), Fort Apache (1948) and King Solomon's Mines (1937).



Actress Geena Davis has twins

Los Angeles - Actress Geena Davis has given birth to twin boys, her publicist Paul Bloch said Monday.

The star of Thelma & Louise and The Accidental Tourist gave birth to twin boys Kian William and Kaiis Steven on May 6 at an undisclosed Los Angeles hospital. Mother and kids are now safely at home.

It was the second and third child for Davis, 47, and her surgeon husband, Dr. Reza Jarrahy, 33. The couple already have a 2-year-old daughter, Alizeh Keshvar.



Hellboy to return

Los Angeles - Comic-book hero Hellboy will return to the silver screen after his debut feature attracted both critical and commercial success, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hellboy starred Ron Perlman as a demon who is raised from birth by humans to fight for the forces of good against evil. It was directed by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, who will also helm the sequel.



Gywneth Paltrow produces baby and movie deal



Los Angeles (dpa) - Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow has given birth to her first child, a baby girl named Apple Blythe Alison Martin.

According to a statement issued by her Los Angeles publicist, Paltrow gave birth in a London hospital with her partner, rock star Chris Martin of the band Coldplay, at her side.

She has signed a new deal to launch a London production company to produce and finance movies for her to star in, according to Variety.

According to the report, the first film to come through the as-yet-unnamed venture is likely to be Diamond, based on a book about an internationally renowned female jewel thief.



Outkast's Andre 3000 fills up film slate


Los Angeles - OutKast's Andre Benjamin, a.k.a. Andre 3000, is turning his attention to acting. He will play a musical prodigy in a romantic drama set to start filming in September in New Orleans.

The as yet untitled indie film is set in the mid-1970s. Benjamin would play an upper-middle-class man named Valentine who falls in love with a lower-class free-spirited woman named Chevon, even as their families oppose their interracial relationship. Problems arise when an accidental shooting caused by Chevon's police officer brother is blamed on Valentine.

Other projects lined up for the Grammy-winning star include a Cartoon Network animated series, a Jimi Hendrix biopic and a part in the upcoming "Be Cool".

–Sapa-DPA


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