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Showbuzz

Web posted on: Friday, October 16, 1998 4:13:04 PM

Today's buzz stories:

Winslet, with co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, in "Titanic"

Winslet ready to wed

LONDON (CNN) -- Kate Winslet, whose character in "Titanic" found love on the doomed cruise liner, has apparently found love in real life. The actress announced Friday she is engaged to assistant film director Jim Threapleton.

Winslet, 23, met Threapleton, 24, a year ago on the film set of "Hideous Kinky," which is due for release next year. "When you know (you are in love), you know. That's what I've been told all my life and now I know," Winslet told the Daily Mirror. "Titanic" brought in more than $1.8 billion worldwide, and won 11 Academy Awards. Winslet was nominated for an Oscar for best actress.

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Halliwell

Halliwell visits Uganda for charity program

ENTEBBE, Uganda (CNN) -- Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell visited Uganda this week to film a part in the British charity program Comic Relief. Details of her performance were not released. "I've enjoyed being in Uganda. It was good for me to get away," Halliwell told reporters Thursday before boarding a flight at Entebbe Airport.

Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, quit the Spice Girls in May. The pop group best known for their hit "Wannabe" is still touring with the four remaining members.

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Garcia

Jerry Garcia's ex-wife settles lawsuit

SAN RAFAEL, California (CNN) -- The late Jerry Garcia's second wife has accepted a $1.5 million settlement from his estate in a dispute over her divorce from the Grateful Dead guitarist. A judge had awarded Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Adams Garcia $5 million last year in a tiff with wife No. 3, Deborah Koons Garcia, over the amount of her 1993 divorce settlement. The judgment was under appeal when Carolyn Garcia agreed recently to the lesser amount, said Paul Camera, a lawyer for the estate. Garcia died in 1995 in a drug treatment center. His estate is valued at about $15 million.

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Jordan

Michael Jordan wins lawsuit against film producers

CHICAGO (CNN) -- Michael Jordan was found not liable by a jury in a breach-of-contract suit filed by the producers of a 1991 movie. The plaintiffs had claimed Jordan walked out of an agreement to star in their film, "Heaven Is a Playground," about a young basketball player in the inner city who shuns a college scholarship.

Jordan, the superstar guard for the Chicago Bulls, had testified that he did not order his agent to renege on the deal. In addition to clearing Jordan, the jury found in his favor in a countersuit he had filed against the movie producers, awarding him $50,000 in compensatory damages.

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"Mercy Point"

No mercy for UPN's 'Mercy Point'

HOLLYWOOD (CNN) -- More changes are taking place in the fall television schedule. After just two episodes, UPN has pulled the plug on the sci-fi medical drama "Mercy Point," which will go on broadcast hiatus starting October 27. Trey Callaway, the show's creator and executive producer, told Daily Variety that UPN's decision to pull the show so soon "demonstrates UPN's lack of confidence in their own judgment."

In its place, UPN will launch "America's Greatest Pets" in the Tuesday 9 p.m. time slot and the sitcom "Reunited" with Julie Hagerty at 9:30 p.m.

Separately, the WB network ordered additional episodes of three new dramas: "Charmed," "Felicity" and "Hyperion Bay."

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Reuters contributed to this report.

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