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Tuesday, October 27, 1998 2:09:28 PM EST

Today's buzz stories:


McCartney: Breast cancer screenings should be a priority

LONDON (CNN) -- Sir Paul McCartney said during a Monday interview on ITN television that every woman should make screening for breast cancer a priority. The former Beatle made the remarks in reference to his wife, Linda, who passed away in April after a long battle with breast cancer. "Unfortunately in Linda's case, we really got to it too late," McCartney said. "Even though you think you may be being a bit too fussy, or even though the doctor tells you you're being a bit too fussy, it's worth getting it checked, because the sooner you get to it the more they can do about it." McCartney's interview coincided with the release of "Wide Prairie," an album of solo songs recorded by Linda McCartney over the last 25 years.

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Woody lashes out at Mia

NEW YORK (CNN) -- The feud between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow is apparently far from over. In the latest issue of Marie Claire, Allen says Farrow keeps her many children holed up in "a cultish compound" in Connecticut. "I would challenge Mia's view of herself as a supermother," the acclaimed director said. "She compulsively goes through these manic adoptions even though she doesn't know where her next job is coming from." Allen and Farrow had a child in addition to 10 other children she has adopted over the years. They broke up in 1992, when Farrow discovered Allen was having an affair with one of her adopted daughters, Soon-Yi Previn. The two have since married. "Woody is absolutely nuts," Farrow's former press agent, John Springer, told the New York Post on Monday. "He is a miserable (person), and he's just trying to get even."

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Armenian jazz fest wraps with jam session

YEREVAN, Armenia (CNN) -- A five-day festival celebrating the 60th anniversary of jazz in Armenia wrapped up Monday with jazz musicians from around the world holding an impromptu morning jam session at a small cafe in Yerevan. More than 50 jazz musicians from Armenia, the United States, Russia, and Israel gathered for the festival in the former Soviet republic. Proceeds went to repair damage from a 6.9 magnitude 1988 earthquake that ravaged northwestern Armenia, killing 25,000 people and destroying hundreds of villages and towns. The performers, including the popular New York-based vocal quartet New York Voices, pianist Armen Donelian and popular Russian musician Georgy Garanyan, were mostly of Armenian origin.

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Freeman slated to play Mandela

HOLLYWOOD (CNN) -- Pre-production for a film on the life of Nelson Mandela is under way, and actor Morgan Freeman is in line for the lead role in the $23 million movie, Variety reports. Freeman has been nominated for three Oscars for his roles in the movies "Street Smart," "Driving Miss Daisy" and "The Shawshank Redemption." "Long Walk to Freedom," based on Mandela's 1994 autobiography of the same name, will trace the 80-year-old South African president's life from his childhood as a cowherd, through his 27 years in jail, to his becoming South Africa's first black leader.

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Oldies but goodies dominating Brit pop charts

LONDON (CNN) -- The top four positions on British pop charts are filled by performers who have been around the block a few times. Cher, 52, went straight to the No. 1 slot with her new single "Believe," released 33 years after she and Sonny Bono topped the UK charts with "I Got You Babe." George Michael, Irish supergroup U2, and reformed 1980s band Culture Club took the next three slots with new releases. It was the first time in British music history that the top five in the singles charts consisted entirely of new releases.

Relative newcomer Alanis Morissette's new release of her second album, "Thank U," came in at No. 5. "This was the sort of thing that happened five or six years ago when the charts were always full of really horrific old people," said Tom Whitwell, of the dance music magazine Ministry.

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Reuters contributed to this report.

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