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Last Updated: Monday, 5 May, 2003, 15:25 GMT 16:25 UK
Joe 90 'set for big screen'

Puppet series Joe 90 created by the makers of the Thunderbirds is to be turned into a film, according to trade magazine Variety.

In the 1960s Joe 90 was as a nine-year-old agent for the fictional World Intelligence Network during the height of the Cold War.

Through an electronic device hidden in his glasses he could absorb the brain patterns of experts, becoming a pilot, a racing driver and a brain surgeon.

British husband-and-wife team Gerry and Sylvia Anderson wrote Joe 90 in the late 1960s after the success of the Thunderbirds, which is also being made into a movie.


Soul singer Brown hits 70

Godfather of soul James Brown has said he has no plans to retire after celebrating his 70th birthday.

He has gigs planned at London's Royal Albert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and at Russian venues. "I'll also play for President Bush in a few weeks," he said.

"It's been seven decades alive and over five decades on-stage and I still feel good," the singer added.

He also revealed that he has lost 13 pounds in weight, adding: "I'm getting back into my clothes."


Madonna tops US album chart

Pop star Madonna has topped the US charts with her latest album American Life, despite a mixed response for it from critics.

It sold 241,000 in the US during its first week, although this is considerably less than the 420,000 copies of her previous album, Music, which came out in 2000.

The rest of the chart saw rapper 50 Cent rising three places to number two with his debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin.

And American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson slipped to number three from the top spot with her album Thankful.


Dean's Rebel tops style poll

The 1950s film Rebel Without a Cause, starring James Dean, has topped a poll for the most stylish movie outfits.

It got 20% of the votes for the UCI Cinemas poll of 1,000 film-goers, while Breakfast At Tiffany's, starring Audrey Hepburn, was runner-up.

The Matrix, Star Wars and On the Waterfront were next on the list, followed by Chicago and A Clockwork Orange.

"It's no accident that these films have remained hugely popular and iconic - the images and clothes were designed to create an impact," said Lianne Chenery of UCI Cinemas.


Mr T sues US store over advert

Former A Team star Mr T is suing a US discount store chain for an advert which depicts him hitting a salesman.

Minnesota firm Best Buy used a scene from Rocky III in which Mr T starred, replacing his opponent with a "balding, out-of-shape" salesman in the advert.

The 50-year-old actor demanded that the firm stopped using his image and paid him unspecified damages.

Since his huge popularity in the 1980s, Mr T has beaten cancer and appeared in last year's Not Another Teen Movie.





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