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by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2004-02-17

Uri Geller Back to Reality

Uri Geller

Documentary filmmaker Kevin MacDonald was among the winners at this year’s British Academy Film Awards (the Baftas) in London’s Leicester Square.


McDonald, the grandson of Jewish filmmaker Emeric Pressberger and the brother of Trainspotting producer Andrew MacDonald, picked up the Alexander Korda award for Outstanding British Film of the Year for his docu-drama Touching The Void. Other guests at the awards, presented by Stephen Fry included Alicia Silverstone, who presented the Orange Film Of The Year award (voted for by the public) to Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King.


Psychic TV personality Uri Geller is back on the small screen as one of the contestants in Back To Reality, the new Five show which sees 12 former reality TV show contestants living together in a luxury mansion. Geller created a splash early on when he was given a makeover by fellow contestant Ricardo Ribeiro (The Salon) and emerged moments later wearing make-up, jewellery and a studded leather belt. The participants will spend one week in the house before evictions begin, with the last remaining contestant winning £75,000 for their chosen charity.


The latest film from comedian Adam Sandler has gone straight to the top of the US box office, breaking the record for the biggest opening ever by a romantic comedy. 50 First Dates, which took $41m when it was released over the weekend, stars Sandler as a vet living in Hawaii whose new girlfriend Lucy (Drew Barrymore) suffers from short-term memory loss, meaning she can never remember who he is – so he has to make her fall in love with him each time they meet. It’s the first time Sandler and Barrymore have been seen on screen together since The Wedding Singer in 1998. UK viewers will have a chance to see the film when it opens here in April.


In Brief:


Veteran Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas has offered a few words of wisdom to this year’s Oscar nominees, saying it is the taking part rather than the winning that counts. “The first place gets an Oscar. The four others are declared losers," the 87-year-old said in a column in the Los Angeles Times. "Why? To be voted one of five in any category should make you a winner."


Happy Birthday this week to: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who starred in the sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun (23 on February 17), film director Mike Leigh (61 on February 20)