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Monday, November 23, 1998 4:06:12 PM EST

Today's buzz stories:


Kate Winslet weds assistant film director

READING, England (CNN) -- Actress Kate Winslet got married to Jim Threapleton, a 25-year-old assistant film director, Sunday in a quiet ceremony at her family's church in southern England. The couple met last year on the set of the British film "Hideous Kinky."

"It was the most amazing day of our lives," she said. "I think it was an incredible feeling."

"Titanic" star Winslet, 23, wore a white Edwardian-style gown for the ceremony, attended by about 150 guests, including actress Emma Thompson. The reception at a 17th century pub featured a simple meal including "bangers and mash," or sausages and mashed potatoes. An Irish fiddle band could be heard playing a song to which Winslet's character danced in "Titanic."

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Peter Berg leaving 'Chicago Hope' to write, direct

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Peter Berg said he is leaving "Chicago Hope" to focus on writing and directing -- but not because he has tired of acting in the medical drama. "It's not like I'm David Caruso, like 'I hate you, let me out,'" he told TV Guide's November 28 edition, referring to the former "NYPD Blue" star. "It's just at some point you forget what episode you're in, and what you develop a passion for is the big fat paycheck. I don't want that to be my passion right now." The 34-year-old Berg declined to talk about rumors of a romance with Madonna. "I'm not interested in talking about that," he said.

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Report: Rosie O'Donnell show to go live again

HOLLYWOOD (CNN) -- Rosie O'Donnell prefers to go live, not taped, into America's living rooms. Variety reports that O'Donnell's New York City-based talk show is expected to return to a live, day-and-date production schedule early next year.

"The Rosie O'Donnell Show" had shifted to a day-before taping routine at the beginning of this season because of plans for more taped bits and from-the-field reports. A former standup comic, O'Donnell seems to thrive on working in real time and with timely material. Her show briefly shifted from live to tape once before, in 1997, but it didn't seem to work as well.

Only a handful of East Coast stations actually carried the show live when it broadcast every weekday at 10 a.m. from the NBC studios at Rockefeller Center, but the host apparently can tell a difference. O'Donnell is expected to announce the change on Monday's show.

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Hall and Jagger

British tabloids: Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall have split again

LONDON (CNN) -- Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall have broken up again, according to Sunday reports in British tabloids. However, the tabloids were divided over whether the breakup stems from Jagger's womanizing or his anger over their 14-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, following in her mother's footsteps as a model.

The Mail reported that the Rolling Stones singer stormed out of the family's London mansion and went to his chateau in France's Loire Valley after accusing Hall, 42, of trying to revive publicity for herself by modeling with Elizabeth. The News of the World, however, published a shadowy picture that it claims showed Jagger, 54, leaving the Paris apartment of an old flame, model Carla Bruni, on Wednesday.

The tabloid reports said the Texas-born Hall took the couple's youngest child, 11-month-old Gabriel, to New York and that she plans to seek a divorce settlement through lawyers in the United States.

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Family, fans hold memorial for INXS star Michael Hutchence

SYDNEY, Australia (CNN) -- A year has passed since the death of INXS star Michael Hutchence, and 250 fans and family members gathered to hold a memorial for him Sunday at a chapel in a Sydney suburb. The rock star's brother, Rhett, paid tribute to him, a friend read a poem and a solo saxophonist played during the 40-minute service.

"He was a good and loving man and an excellent musician," said Hutchence's father, Kel Hutchence, who unveiled a memorial to his son on the grounds of the Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium. Hutchence, 37, committed suicide in a Sydney hotel room last November 22. At the peak of INXS's success, the band's 1987 album, "Kick," sold more than five million copies worldwide.

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Reuters Limited contributed to this report.

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