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Last updated: 2003-11-02

Debra Messing

Debra Messing

Former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler is to perform live for the first time since he was injured in a motorbike smash earlier this year.

Knopfler will be among those performing at Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings concert at London's Royal Albert Hall on November 12th, alongside Wyman and a host of other musicians including Peter Frampton. Knopfler was left with a broken collar bone and six broken ribs after the accident in March, after his Honda motorbike crashed into a car in Central London.

London Film Festival-goers who were lucky enough to get tickets for this year's annual Surprise Film (the identity of which is a closely-guarded secret until it actually begins) have been treated to a sneak preview of the hit US comedy School Of Rock, starring actor/comedian Jack Black. The film, which has taken nearly $70m since it was released in the States last month, sees Black as a would-be rock star who takes a teaching job and sets about giving his new students some unorthodox music lessons. It's set to open in the UK in February.

Ali G's most recent Channel 4 show, Ali G In Da USA has been criticised by the Broadcasting Standards Commission for mocking disabled people. The sketch in question featured Bruno, another of the characters created by Sacha Baron Cohen for the show, asking members of the fashion industry if they would consider using disabled models. "Whilst the questions were intended to ridicule the views of the fashion industry, the language used to refer to people with disabilities, in addition to the mimicking of their physical symptoms, had exceeded acceptable boundaries," the broadcasting watchdog said in a statement.

In Brief:

  • Will And Grace actress Debra Messing is pregnant with her first baby. Messing, who is married to actor-screenwriter Daniel Zelman, is due to give birth next summer.
  • Actor Michael Douglas is set to receive £3.3m to become a spokesperson for Majorca at international tourism fairs. Douglas, who was last seen on screen in The In-Laws, owns property in the Majorcan town of Valldemossa.

Happy Birthday this week to: Art Garfunkel, one half of legendary duo Simon And Garfunkel (62 on November 5), Graduate director Mike Nichols (72 on November 6), Blackadder writer Richard Curtis, soon to make his directorial debut with Love Actually (47 on November 7)