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'2001' set for re-release in 2001

LONDON, England -- Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" will blast back into cinemas next year, beginning with a special screening at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival.

The remastered version will close the festival on February 18 and it will be re-released in several countries, including Japan, France and Britain, on March 7, the second anniversary of the director's death.

There will be one chance to see the movie before then, when the film runs January 1 at the National Film Theatre in London. Warner Bros. made an exception for NFT since it spent a large amount of money to make a new print of the film.

There are no specific plans for a re-release in the United States, but Warner Bros. expects one later in 2001.

Teletubbies take on Russia

MOSCOW, Russia -- Thousands of Russian children and their parents have flocked to a Teletubbies launch party in a central Moscow department store.

Russian children will soon be able to join toddlers the world over in watching the adventures of the brightly-coloured baby-talking creatures after state broadcaster RTR bought all 365 episodes of the programme.

"I really like the Teletubbies, I think they are really friendly," said Katia, 5.

The makers of the show, Britain's BBC, said it became the world's most popular programme for pre-school age children last year.

Stars turn out to join biker Fonda

SANTA CLARITA, California -- Jay Leno and Peter Fonda were among some 20,000 riders who took part in the annual 50-mile motorcycle "Love Ride."

The event on Sunday, billed as the "largest motorcycle fund-raising event in the world," was expected to raise more than $1 million for charities.

Other celebrity participants included singers Billy Idol and Pat Boone, actor Larry Hagman, stuntman Robbie Knievel and game-show host Chuck Woolery.

The event raises money for the U.S. Muscular Dystrophy Association and to fight illiteracy.

I was stereotyped says Big Brother's Mel

LONDON, England -- Big Brother contestant Mel Hill felt she had been stereotyped as a "sexy little babe" before she set foot in the TV show's house, she revealed.

Mel, who became an instant celebrity when she took part in Channel 4's summer ratings winner, told the BBC's new Panorama presenter Mariella Frostrup of her anger at the Big Brother producers.

She said: "I feel angry with the programme-makers because we had no idea what they were going to do with all the footage and what they did with it was manipulate it into little stereotypes.

"Unfortunately these stereotypes aren't real, they're just caricatures."


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