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Entertainment Review 2001: Part 1
Summary: Bulgari Fashion
Story No: X02945
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 06/22/2001 04:00 AM
People: Gisele Bundchen, Claudia Schiffer

Top supermodels appreciate diamonds at Bulgari party in Rome.

1. Pan right: Bulgari party at Rome''s Villa Borghese park

2. MS diamond choker from Bulgari new collection ''''Lucea''''

3. CU choker

4. LS Caudia Schiffer arrives to Villa Borghese

5. C/A photographers

6. MS Giselle Bundchen

7. C/A photographers

8. SOT MARIA GRAZIA CUCINOTTA (Italian): ''''They convinced me for the first time to wear jewels, and they also convinced me to love jewels because they showed me how a jewel is ''''born''''-- it is a work of art. Each piece is a work of art and so I love these jewels because they are art, each piece is different and takes a lot of work to be realized. they are masterpieces.''''

9. MS party, people

10. CU Gisele Bundchen''s necklace

11. SOT GISELE (English) - "I love it because I''m a cancer and that is my birth stone, rubies, so I love diamonds. You know how they say diamonds are a girls best friend, I believe in that, I love diamonds. Ruby my birth stone and diamonds, my two favorite things, I love it. I chose this one, I love another one with the blue, there is the aqua marine and diamonds, that''s my second favorite."

12. LS video images

13. C/A Claudia Shiffer and Lady Helen Taylor sitting

14. SOT CLAUDIA SCHIFFER (Englsih) - "Jewellery is very delicate and for me it''s a sophisticated femininity. The important stones and important pieces created really beautifully but yet you can put it in your hand, it''s quite small and delicate, I love that."

15. LS-video presentation of Gisele in Lucea jewels, (new Bulgari collection)

16. SOT FRANCESCO TRAPANI, CEO BULGARI, (English) - "The most beautiful one is a piece full of diamonds, it''s very expensive, it''s over a billion lira but the line is very wide, the least expensive piece that starts from 1500 dollars and goes up to more than a billion lira and it''s for quite a large target of people."

17. MS party, pan right

18. Pan left: transparent curtain with candles behind


Roman jewelers Bulgari celebrated summer solstice by transforming the Villa Borghese, the largest park in central Rome, into a fairy tale fantasy fit for a princess or two.

No expense was spared in creating the dreamy setting for Bulgari''s new jewelry collection called ''''Lucea''''. The light from 200,000 candles cast a romantic glow on the backdrop of transparent curtains, white carpets and orchids.

FRANCESCO TRAPANI, Bulgari CEO called the evening the ''''best party in Rome''''.

Under a starry sky, the super-chic party of VIP''s mingling in a

transparent tent which was lit only by candles was made comfortable with cushions and low sofas.

Everyone was talking jewels, and admiring the elegant exposition of them dangling from the necks and fingers and wrists of the world''s most beautiful women.

Brazilian beauty Gisele Bundchen represents the new collection and her image was projected throughout the night on maxi screens with suggestive images of gold and gems.

She was drapped in a ruby and diamond necklace valuing $400,000 and a matching bracelet worth $100,000. She wore a simple black

dress by American designer Ann Johnston.

Claudia Schiffer, in pink Yves St. Laurent, was decked out with an

astonsihing emrald necklace valued at just under $1 million.

The ''jewel in the crown'' of the Lucea collection is an awesome 84 carat choker composed of 24 ''''navette'''' diamonds, 23 round diamonds and 39.85 carats of smaller diamonds.

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Subjects: Jewelry, Fashion accessories, Fashion, Beauty and fashion, Lifestyle
People: Gisele Bundchen, Claudia Schiffer
Locations: Rome
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Entertainment Review 2001: Part 2
Summary: Madonna in NY
Story No: X02946
Source: APTN, Unknown
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 07/26/2001 04:00 AM
People: Madonna

The Material Girl launches her US tour

1. Sign of Madonna concert

2.vs crowd

3. voxpop - "I just love her, I love everything about her, the way she looks and the type of person that she is, music, everything." voxpop - "We spent over 200 to see her."

4.crowd shot

5.person with Madonna tattoo

6. Madonna haircut.

7.SOT Question - "What do you like about her music?" vox pop - "The changes, everything different and always one step ahead and she brings out a lot of different things and it changes everything and so that is cool."

8.performance Madonna '' Substitute for Love ''

9.vox pop - "She still has it and she''s changed a little bit where she has mellowed down a little bit but she has also done all the experiences already, she still has other things to do but she still going with it, she''s still got it." SOT Question - "She has some violence and sexual things in her video after being a parent,. do you think that she needs to be more responsible." voxpop - "She can still do what ever she wants, what the hell."

10.performance '' Impressive Instants''


Madonna wowed the crowds at the second gig of her US tour in New York, the city where she first embarked on her musical career.

Fans of Madonna flocked to Madison Square Gardens to catch the sold-out show which recently sent Europe into a media frenzy.

Most of the songs in her "Drowned World Tour" show were taken from her most recent albums, "Ray of Light" and "Music." Some of her biggest hits, including "Vogue," "Express Yourself" and "Material Girl," were absent.

In addition, while the theatrics many have come to expect from a Madonna show were present, gone was the camp sexuality and party atmosphere of her earlier tours. The mood was considerably darker, with images of rape, references to murder and even sounds of gunfire permeating the show.

Once again, Madonna has shown herself to be adept at transformations: the 42-year-old''s latest persona seems fascinated with danger, conflict and violence.

During "Nobody''s Perfect," a remorseful song about personal failings, a geisha-garbed Madonna appeared vulnerable as an angry lover gazed at her angrily, holding a sword to her neck.

As another song was performed, a video image of a battered and bruised Madonna graced the screen before she emerged, pointed a gun, and fired. Soon afterward, a cartoon montage depicted women fighting, being abused, sexually objectified and eventually raped.

Even some of the show''s rare humorous moments were tinged with black comedy. At one point, Madonna spoke to the audience with a twang and jokingly debuted a country and western-style ditty about a father being killed and apparently being barbecued later.

"That''s just an example of something bad happening to somebody and turning it into a good thing," she said in a Dolly Partonesque-accent.

Yet just when it seemed as if the violence was becoming too over-the-top, Madonna would tone it down. For example, the song that inspired her violent video, "What It Feels Like For a Girl," got a gentle treatment: Madonna sang the song tenderly, and in Spanish.

The show was not without its fun moments, as the singer climbed on a mechanical bull during the climax to her recent hit, "Don''t Tell Me."

There were also colorful interludes that displayed Madonna''s in-your-face attitude: she began "Beautiful Stranger," off the Austin Powers'' soundtrack, with a clip of the comedic character before telling him in crude terms to bug off.

As usual, Madonna thrashed about the stage and moved suggestively during songs such as "Human Nature." But the tightly choreographed, high-maintenance presentations of her past shows were missing; instead, the dancing seemed more relaxed.

Musically speaking, this tour may be Madonna''s strongest. Her voice was in top form as she sang arrangements that varied from electronica to rock to dance to pop. She also played guitar for several songs, including the old favorite "La Isla Bonita."

When she returned for an encore, she picked her biggest recent hit, "Music," to end the night. The most nostalgic she got was to show a video collage during the song depicting images of her from the past. While paying due respect to her previous incarnations, Madonna seemed more interested in celebrating her present self - and if the the screams from the crowd were any indication, so were her fans.

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Subjects: Music, Dance music, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment
People: Madonna
Locations: New York, New York, United States
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Entertainment Review 2001: Part 3
Summary: Jackson Arrivals
Story No: X02947
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 09/08/2001 04:00 AM
People: Michael Jackson, Angie Harmon, Jason Sehorn, Naomi Campbell, Jermaine Dupri, Nelly, Sean Diddy Combs, Elizabeth Taylor, Whitney Houston, Marlon Brando, Gladys Knight, Eminem, Yoko Ono, Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, Chris Tucker, Samuel L. Jackson

Michael Jackson 30th anniversary concert

1. Madison Square Garden billboard advertising show

2. Various of pop group Destiny''s Child

4. Mid shot Denise Rich and her producer, who did 6 songs on Jackson''s album

5. Various shots of crowd

7. Close up Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn

8. Mid shot Naomi Campbell

9. Mid shot Jermaine Dupri

10. Wide shot cutaway crowd

11. Mid shot Nelly

12. Various of Puff Daddy

14. Side shot of Michael Jackson waving to crowd

15. Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor walking towards and past camera - zooms in on Taylor


A who''s who of the entertainment industry showed up in New York on Friday night honouring Michael Jackson and the 30th anniversary of his solo career.

The concert started nearly an hour late as Jackson, dressed in a white spangled jacket, was escorted to his seat with Elizabeth Taylor.

Sitting next to him was Macaulay Culkin, and Jackson''s parents, Katherine and Joseph.

The show got off to a rousing start with a dance-packed performance by Usher, Maya and Whitney Houston, doing "Wanna Be Startin'' Somethin"'' from Jackson''s 1980s megahit album "Thriller."

Moments later it took a bizarre turn when Marlon Brando appeared on stage sitting on a couch.

He rambled for a couple minutes about child abuse, starvation and disease.

People started to boo until Brando mentioned Jackson''s name and said that Jackson was donating money to build a children''s hospital in Florida.

The evening got back on track quickly with Billy Gilman''s performance of another Jackson hit, "Ben."

The first of two heavily hyped concerts in Madison Square Garden scheduled appearances or performances by ''N Sync, Gladys Knight, Eminem, Destiny''s Child, Yoko Ono, Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, Shaquille O''Neal, Chris Tucker and Samuel L. Jackson as well as Taylor and Brando.

The concerts on Friday and Monday night are part of Jackson''s attempt to reclaim his King of Pop title after a six-year absence between albums.

"Invincible" is due out at the end of October - last week, he released the first single, "You Rock My World."

On Thursday night Jackson stole the show at the MTV Video Music Awards by appearing briefly on stage with ''N Sync.

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Subjects: Children, Concerts, Celebrity children, Music, Entertainment, Celebrity
People: Michael Jackson, Angie Harmon, Jason Sehorn, Naomi Campbell, Jermaine Dupri, Nelly, Sean Diddy Combs, Elizabeth Taylor, Whitney Houston, Marlon Brando, Gladys Knight, Eminem, Yoko Ono, Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, Chris Tucker, Samuel L. Jackson
Locations: New York City
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Entertainment Review 2001: Part 4
Summary: Harry Potter Premiere A
Story No: X02948
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 11/05/2001 05:00 AM
People: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Harris, Jerry Hall, Natalie Appleton

Comprehensive coverage of Harry Potter film world premiere

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1. GVs Exterior Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square

2. Arrival Rupert Grint (plays Ron Weasley)

3. Arrival Emma Watson (plays Hermione Granger)

4. Mid shot Sting with daughter

5. Arrival Daniel Radcliffe (plays Harry Potter)

6. Tilt down to Daniel Radcliffe

7. Cutaway Radcliffe''s parents

8. Mid shot Oliver and James Phelps (The Weasley Twins, George and Fred)

9. Cutaway of press

10. Mid shot Richard Harris (plays ''Dumbledore'')

11. Mid shot Claire from Steps with children

12. Wide shot Robbie Coltrane kissing woman in crowd

13. Mid shot Cher signing autographs

14. Mid shot Chris Columbus (Director of film)

15. Close up Cher talking to cameras

16. Wide shot Jerry Hall arriving with children

17. Wide shot Sir Cliff Richard

18. Close up Robbie Coltrane talking to cameras

19. Mid shot Natalie Appleton with daughter

20. Cutaway Harry Potter look-a-like in crowd

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Subjects: Celebrity children, Celebrity, Entertainment
People: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Harris, Jerry Hall, Natalie Appleton
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Entertainment Review 2001: Part 5
Summary: Harry Potter Premiere B
Story No: X02949
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 11/05/2001 05:00 AM
People: Patsy Kensit, Richard E. Grant, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Ferguson, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson

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22. Mid Shot Saffron Burrows (actress)

23. Mid Shot Patsy Kensit (actress)

24. Wide Shot Chris Rankin (plays Percy Weasley)

25. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Rankin: "It''s mind-blowing. As a book, it''s fantastic and as a film it''s just as fantastic and hopefully it will be really really successful."

26. Wide Shot Sting

27. SOUNDBITE (English) Sting: (Reporter: "If you could cast a spell, what would it be and why?") "I''ve been casting a spell for years and you''ve all been under it. I think it''s important in modern life that magic and reality aren''t necessarily different things. I really believe that."

28. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen Fry: (Reporter: "What do you think is so special about the story?") "It''s so hard to say, isn''t it? There''s so many things. I think part of it is just the ability she has to create an absolutely believable world and so many wonderful details from the kind of sweets that they eat to the sports they play and everything else and the fact that she manages to make it both quite scary and quite funny and it''s just got every kind of human emotion you ever have, love, friendship, fear, honesty, bravery, and humour."

29. Mid Shot Richard E Grant with daughter

30 MS Cate Blanchett

31. Wide Shot Sarah Ferguson with Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie

32. SOUNDBITE (English) Sarah Ferguson: "I love the imagination. I love the fact that in this day and age where there''s so much bad news going on that there is a place where children can go and get lost in the world of make believe. That''s what''s great."

33. Mid Shot J.K.Rowling (author of Harry Potter books)

34. Wide Shot Cliff Richard

35. SOUNDBITE (English) J.K.Rowling, Author of Harry Potter books (on whether the film is a good adaptation): "Well, reading is obviously a very different experience. It''s so internal, everyone has their own personal vision which to me is why books are such wonderful things. I do feel this is a good film and I''m very happy about that."

36. Wide Shot (l-r), Rupert Grint (Ron), J.K.Rowling (author), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), and Emma Watson (Hermione)

37. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Grint, Actor "It''s just amazing. Ron has always been my favourite character so it''s wicked playing him. I''m so nervous, it''s scary."

38. Wide Shot Emma Watson twirling for the cameras

39. SOUNDBITE (English) Emma Watson, Actress "It wasn''t that difficult but she''s got a great charisma and she''s just fantastic. I just love her character. She makes me laugh." (Reporter: "Are you worried about what''s going to happen now when you''re walking down the street?") "Oh, it''s nerve-wracking."

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Subjects: Celebrity children, Authors, Celebrity, Entertainment, Books
People: Patsy Kensit, Richard E. Grant, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Ferguson, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson
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Entertainment Review 2001: Part 6
Summary: Harry Potter Premiere C
Story No: X02950
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 11/05/2001 05:00 AM
People: Kenneth Branagh, Ben Stiller, Richard Harris, Daniel Radcliffe

APTN Material

41. Wide Shot Richard Griffiths (plays ''Vernon Dursley'')

42. Close Up Griffiths

43. Mid Shot John Hurt

44. Mid Shot Zoe Wanamaker

45. Mid Shot Kenneth Branagh

46. Wide Shot man arriving with baby

47. Mid Shot Fiona Shaw (plays ''Petunia Dursley'')

48. Mid Shot Ben Stiller signing autographs

49. GV Exterior cinema

50. Wide Shot Cher

51. Tilt up Cher

52. Wide Shot Richard Harris with children

53. SOUNDBITE (English) Richard Harris (on hype of film): "It''s amazing. If anyone can find an answer to it, they''re geniuses. Nobody knows. I don''t know, it''s just extraordinary."

54. Close Up Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Kenneth Branagh

55. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew Lloyd-Webber: (Reporter: "What is it about Harry Potter that makes it so special?") A: "Because it''s about Jennings".

56. Wide Shot photocall with cast and crew

57. Mid Shot Daniel Radcliffe signing autograph

58. SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Radcliffe: "It''s amazing, it''s fantastic. I''ve been given two fantastic opportunities, one to play someone with such an interesting life, fantastic life, and the other is to... when I got the part I was watching loads of films like ''Dead Poets Society'' and I was always really inspired so by getting this I have a fantastic opportunity to hopefully inspire people."

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Subjects: Celebrity children, Celebrity, Entertainment
People: Kenneth Branagh, Ben Stiller, Richard Harris, Daniel Radcliffe
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Entertainment Review 2001: Part 7
Summary: Harry Potter Premiere D
Story No: X02951
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 11/05/2001 05:00 AM
People: Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Saffron Burrows

APTN Material

60. Wide Shot Ben Shepherd interviewing Warwick Davis

61. SOUNDBITE (English) Cher: "I think it''s great, it''s so exciting, I saw fabulous Harry Potter Lego and the other day when I was shopping I saw all of these Harry Potter dolls and I think that it''s a good thing and he''s a good role model and I think magic is something that is good for children."

62. Mid Shot arrival Robbie Coltrane

63. Wide Shot New York Fire Officers

64. Close Up emblem of fire department

65. SOUNDBITE (English) Robbie Coltrane, Actor "There''s very little difference. The difference between the book and the film really is that the film is obliged to realise visually the things that you would imagine when you''re reading the book. I spoke to Jo Rowling yesterday and she said the Quidditch game is more exciting than the one she imagined, so....."

APTN Material

67. Wide shot people leaving Odeon cinema

68. SOUNDBITE (English) voxpop (Q: What did you think of the film?) - "I thought it was great, it was really like the book, it was much better than the film." voxpop - "Some of the bits were cut out but it was still really good." voxpop - "I thought the graphics were great. I thought it was really exciting."

69. SOUNDBITE (English) voxpop - "I thought it was amazing, I loved it. I was on the edge of my seat, it was really exciting. Really great. At scary bits I was holding her hand."

70. SOUNDBITE (English) voxpop (Q: Did you find it very scary?) - "He did, no he did, he did .." (Was there anything that you didn''t like?) voxpop - "No"

71. SOUNDBITE (English) Saffron Burrows: "I haven''t read it and so I had a completely open mind and I thought it was fantastic. Alann Rickman stole it for me."

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People: Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Saffron Burrows
Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
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Entertainment Review 2001: Part 8
Summary: Harry Potter Kids
Story No: X02952
Source: APTN, Warner Bros.
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 11/06/2001 05:00 AM
People: Chris Columbus, David Copperfield, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, JK Rowling, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, John Cleese, Richard Harris, John Hurt, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Fiona Shaw

The child stars tell their story

4. Sot Chris Columbus, director - on the search for the perfect Harry Potter: "And the casting director was frustrated with me because I kept saying ''no''. And she said ''I don''t know what you want'', and I said ''This is what I want, picked up a video cassette of ''David Copperfield'', Dan Radcliffe, this is it. She said ''you will never get him, his parents don''t want him to do it ''. So she resigned and then David Heyman and Steve Kloves, the writer and producer, went to the theatre and saw Daniel and talked to his parents. And I guess David really convinced them to come in and talk about it and they were open to the idea. As along as they knew that we would protect Daniel and take care of him. And we promised we would."

5. Sot - J.K. Rowling On seeing a tape of Dan Radcliffe for the first time: "They couriered up to me Dan''s audition tape and I just loved Dan''s face. I really loved Dan''s face. He has got such an endearing face. It was a very hard part to cast, as I am sure people will remember, because it was in the press a lot. They just couldn''t find Harry. It was turning into some kind of children''s version of Scarlett O''Hara. "

7. Sot - Dan Radcliffe - He hadn''t read all the books: "I had read the first two when I was eight or nine, something like that, eight or nineish. But I didn''t like reading any books full stop, at that time, because I found it very hard to sit down and read a book and really concentrate on it. And then I got the part and I read the first one, and I was only planning on reading that one. But then I felt ''I love this, I have to read the second'' and I loved that. I had to read the third and then the fourth, and then of course I got to the end of that one, the fifth, I couldn''t find one. But I am really looking forward to the fifth one."

9. Sot - Emma Watson : "The more I auditioned the more I wanted the part. I mean I wanted to get the part from the beginning, I took it seriously. However pathetic it may seem, you know a million to one, you know. A million girls wanted to play Hermione."

11. Sot - Rupert Grint - getting the part : "I really really wanted to be in this film, so I made this video tape. First I dressed up as my drama teacher, who was a girl, and that was scary. And then I made this rap song of how much I wanted to be in this film, and then I made this speech for Ron and sent it into the casting agency, and they said ''would you like an audition'' and that was the greatest moment in my life."

13. Sot - Daniel Radcliffe - : "The day I thought my life couldn''t get any better was probably the first day of shooting. I thought it was just an amazing thing to step onto the set. I was nervous, I was almost being sick I was so nervous. But I really enjoyed it."

14. Sot Emma Watson -: "They had massive cameras, I thought one of those little carry around ones. These ones were almost four times as big as me."

15. Sot Rupert Grint -: "The crew were so nice, and all the cast, and the director Chris Columbus. He was wicked. "


Film reviewers have given the movie version of ''HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER''S STONE'' the thumbs up, after its world premiere in London''s Leicester Square on Sunday. (NB In some territories the film title matches the alternative book title ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer''s Stone)

The film is expected to smash box office records when it goes on general release in the UK and North America next week, beating even ''Titanic''.

Critics are so impressed with the film that they say it is on a par with ''The Wizard of Oz'' and ''Toy Story''.

The plot centres around a little boy, Harry Potter, who discovers that although he has been begrudgingly raised as an orphan by his aunt and uncle, his real parents were wizards.

They were killed by the evil wizard, Voldemort, an attack which Harry is told he miraculously survived. Harry was brought up in the normal human world - the world of ''Muggles''.

When a mysterious letter is delivered by the friendly giant Hagrid, Harry is wrenched from his dreary, Muggle-ridden existence.

It is an acceptance letter to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and soon enough, Harry finds himself at Hogwarts with his new messenger owl Hedwig. He also discovers that he is a celebrity - famed as the only survivor of an attack by the most feared wizard in history.

His best friends and cohorts, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, accompany Harry on his adventures as he learns how to make his own magic.

The child actors now poised on the brink of international stardom are DANIEL RADCLIFFE (Harry), EMMA WATSON (his friend Hermione Granger) and RUPERT GRINT (his other friend, Ronald ''Ron'' Weasley).

Watson explains she was serious about landing a part in the film from the start, even though she knew competition was remarkably tough. Grint put his efforts into his audition tape, including showing himself dressed up as his female drama teacher, rapping a song about why he wanted the role, and creating a speech as Ron. He says when he was invited for an audition it was the ''greatest moment in my life''.

The search for the perfect Harry proved to be the toughest casting challenge. Director CHRIS COLUMBUS (''Mrs Doubtfire'', ''Home Alone'') searched long and hard, while the British press kept the hunt fresh in fans'' minds. Eventually he found an audition tape that seemed exactly right, but it still took some time to convince Daniel Radcliffe''s parents their child would be protected from the pitalls of playing the lead in such a huge project.

Radcliffe seems pleased with the decision - he says the first day''s shooting was ''amazing'' explaining he was so nervous he felt sick, but still enjoyed the experience.

Author JK ROWLING was also pleased, saying she ''loved Dan''s face''. Another reason for her relief was that he is British - a point on which she was firm from the start.

The rest of the cast also reflects some of the hottest British acting talent. Stars like Alan Rickman (Professor Snape), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch), John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick), Richard Harris (Headmaster Dumbledore), John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander), Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall), Julie Walters (Mrs Weasley), Fiona Shaw (Aunt Dursley) and Richard Griffiths (Uncle Dursley) will no doubt help attract grown up audiences, who can marvel at the special effects along with their children.

Rowling''s clout may be unusual for an author, but her so is her well documented success. The Harry Potter books have enchanted readers of all ages, turning the series into a global phenomenon.

So far four books have been published, selling more than 100 million copies worldwide, and translated into 47 languages.

Radcliffe admits he hadn''t read all of the books when he was cast, saying he found it difficult to sit down and concentrate on any story for long. He insists he''s a convert now though, having eagerly read all four books and waiting anxiously for the fifth.

He won''t have too long to wait - another book a year will be released seeing Harry to the end of his Hogwarts career.

That means plenty of sequel fodder for filmmakers. The first movie cost around �100 Million (Sterling) to make, but producers are so confident they have a hit on their hands, work is already under way on ''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets''.

''Harry Potter and the Philosopher''s Stone'' is released on 16th November in the UK, USA, and Canada.

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Subjects: Celebrity children, Celebrity, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment
People: Chris Columbus, David Copperfield, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, JK Rowling, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, John Cleese, Richard Harris, John Hurt, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Fiona Shaw
Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
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Entertainment Review 2001: Part 9
Summary: Cindy Crawford Book
Story No: X02953
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 11/08/2001 05:00 AM
People: Cindy Crawford, Kim Porter, Sarah Ferguson, William Hurt, Bette Midler, Harry Connick Jr., Richard Gere

Supermodel signs her new children''s book in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California USA - 6 November 2001

1. Wide shot Cindy Crawford reading to children

2. Children with parents

3. Close-up of book

4. Various: Pix of book

5. Cindy with her son in book

6. Various: people buying the book

7. VOX POP, Harper Kolodny, mother "I came because I was interested in reading the book and it''s just fun to see a supermodel with a baby, too."

8. VOX POP, Kim Porter, mother "Now that I have my own daughter, ten months old, I thought it would be great for her to have this book because I look up to Cindy Crawford to get back in shape and I read to her now so I thought her (Cindy''s) book would be perfect for her when we read together."

9. Pan from line of mothers and kids to Cindy

10. Cindy holding book for photographers

11. Various: Cindy signing book

12. Zoom into Cindy signing books

13. Mothers waiting in line

14. SOT: Cindy Crawford - "Actually, I met with an editor at Harper Collins (publisher) and she and I talked about whether or not I would want to do a children''s book and I said yes, especially, doing what I do for a living, which is communicating by facial expression, it''s, like, how do you translate that to a children''s book. Because that is the first way that you communicate with your child and they communicate with you so it was a really fun project for me because it was - in the book I''m making monkey faces and things like that it wasn''t about looking glamorous or anything and it was just something fun for me to document that time in my life and my son''s life because he''s in it as well.

15. GVs Cindy''s book


It may turn out to be more Sarah Ferguson than J K Rowling, but super model Cindy Crawford has written a children''s book.

APTN went along to see her sign copies for fans in Los Angeles

''ABOUT FACE'' is a children''s book conceived by Crawford and put together with several collaborators.

The story focuses on parent/children dynamics and incorporates pictures of Crawford with her own son, Presley Walker Gerber.

Cindy''s new daughter was born too late to join her brother on the pages.

While this isn''t her first foray into the world of books, Crawford is still best known for her modelling work.

She was discovered in the 1980s, beginning modelling assignments when she was 19. She has since appeared on more than 400 magazine covers around the globe.

She became the face of Revlon, marketing products for the make-up powerhouse, as well fronting her own line of beauty merchandise.

Crawford also found enormous success with her fitness video, bought by women around the world hoping to tighten tums and bums with the help of her aerobic instruction.

The supermodel also acts, and has appeared in several film and television programmes including a new movie release, ''The Simian Line'' with a cast including William Hurt, Bette Midler and Harry Connick Jnr.

Her time on the small screen includes a six year stint hosting MTVs ''House of Style.

Cindy had a four year marriage to Richard Gere in the early 1990s. She recently married the father of

her two children, entrepreneur Rande Gerbe

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Subjects: Books, Children, Celebrity children, Entertainment, Celebrity
People: Cindy Crawford, Kim Porter, Sarah Ferguson, William Hurt, Bette Midler, Harry Connick Jr., Richard Gere
Locations: Los Angeles
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Entertainment Review 2001: Part 10
Summary: Britney Tour Launch
Story No: X02954
Source: APTN, Unknown Source
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 11/07/2001 05:00 AM
People: Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake


Pop diva Britney Spears has dazzled fans with her new ''adult'' image on the opening night of her North American tour in Columbus, Ohio. The singer unveiled risque stage outfits and racy tunes in front of a 20,000 strong crowd.

Britney kicked off the concert on Thursday night strapped to a revolving metal wheel dressed in futuristic black costume, accompanied by ghost-like dancers. During the 75 minute show Britney underwent an amazing nine costume changes.

There was no repeat of this years MTV Video Music Awards performance though, where she appeared with a snake around her neck, and a live tiger in a cage, sparking off protests from campaign group PETA. The singer insists this tour is animal free "I''m already doing enough crazy stuff. No animals," she said "I was going through the run-through doin'' all my stuff and I was like, `By the time I''m 30, there''s not going to be anything left for me to do."

Ohio fans had plenty to keep their mind occupied though. For an encore, Britney appeared through a trap door in the stage surrounded by a circular waterfall. She was clad in a see-through raincoat and cowboy hat for the show-stopping ''Baby One More Time''.

It is rumoured that Britney has been taking boyfriend Justin Timberlake to a Californian strip club to get some tips for the sexy dance routines for the tour. The pair have reportedly been spotted at Santa Monica''s Granville Club, watching the writhing lap dancers whilst the pop princess furiously scribbled notes.

The tour had been postponed from earlier in the month as the singer had suffered from the flu. It was then pushed back again, from its intended Hallowe''en start date in Washington, due to production delays. A spokesman for the singer denied that fear of further terrorist attacks was a factor in the delay.

The singer is donating $1.00 per ticket sold from each of the 31 concerts she will play on her tour this winter to the children of NYC Policeman & Firefighters lost in the World Trade Centre attack. Spears will also offer exclusive merchandise at each show and auction many front row tickets, in an effort to raise a target $2,000,000 for the youngest victims of the tragedy. The Britney Spears Foundation focuses on raising funds for children, and Spears has created a special secion of the charity dedicated to these young victims.

The tour coincides with Britney''s long awaited third album release this week. The thirteen track collection, ''Britney'' includes her current hit single ''I''m a Slave 4 U'' and ''What it''s Like To Be Me'', a track co-written by her boyfriend, NSYNC heartthrob Justin.

The singer says she wants the albums to let her fans see her "in a different light that they''ve never seen me in before...This music that I''m singing right now is such a reflection of me and who I am."

Teen singer says she goes like Energiser bunny

2. Sot Britney Spears - on keeping in shape for her tour: " Well I am just now starting to really watch what I eat because I am on tour and I just need healthy food in my system. I can''t be eating Dorito''s before I go out on stage like I did the other night. No I have to just to have the kind of energy I need to do the show . I have to eat really healthy, and I think as far as me staying in shape is just being on the road a lot. I am like the energizer bunny , I have a lot of energy. Usually I work out 3 times a week just because I like doing it."

2. Sot Britney Spears - on new Album 40:15: " That is what I was going through. The album is just a reflection of what I am going through right now in my life and what I have been experiencing, and it is very therapeutic to go into the studio and just get that out like that. I am just in a transitional stage in my life where I am just figuring out what I want and who I am and so that is what the album is about. "

6. Sot Britney Spears - On ''Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman''.: " Actually it is one of my favorite songs on the album, and it is my favorite part of the whole show. I just sit with the audience at the piano, I just it there and I sing. It is a very, my mum called me later and she said ''that song, every time I hear it it puts me in such a melancholy state, I just want to cry'' and I was like okay, okay, but it does , it really does. It has that very soothing feel to it...

7. Performance Stronger

8. Sot Britney Spears - "In real life when I meet people I am very to myself and quiet. but it is part of what I do. It is like being an actress, when I come on stage it is exhilarating becoming something that you are not and strutting your stuff. I was brought up going to dance school and singing and dancing and so I guess it is a part of me being a performer, that I feel very comfortable doing what I do on stage."

9. performance Slave For You

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Subjects: Concerts, Music, Concert tours, Dance, Arts and entertainment, Entertainment, Performing arts
People: Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake
Locations: Ohio, United States, North America
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