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A look at nostalgia for Tito’s Yugoslavia in the Balkans on the late leader’s birthday

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Kumrovec, Croatia – 25 May 2013
1. Various of people singing and dancing, some dressed in World War II Communist guerrilla attire to mark the birthday of Yugoslavia’s late communist leader, Josip Broz Tito
2. Wide people holding communist banners, singing the Italian communist song “Bandiera Rossa,” or “Red flag”
3. Close up two women singing verses from “Bandiera Rossa” (Italian): “The red flag will triumph, long live communism and freedom”
4. Wide people gathering in front of the birthplace of Tito, AUDIO: “Bella Ciao,” an Italian World War II partisan song
5. Mid people arriving wearing partisan memorabilia
6. Wide people at the monument of Tito, chanting (Croatian) “Long live Tito”
7. Close of monument of Tito, AUDIO: Tito’s speeches
8. SOUNDBITE (Croatian) Drago Broz, a native of Kumrovec and distant relative of Tito:
“I remember Yugoslavia with love, because things were different. There was work, everyone had jobs.”
9. Close of Tito’s portrait on red T-shirt
10. Close Tito’s picture covered in flowers
Belgrade, Serbia – 25 May 2013
11. Wide people holding Yugoslav flag singing wartime song from World War II
12. Mid of man running with two relays, symbol of Tito’s youth
13. Wide people dressed in Yugoslav army uniforms on stage, next to Tito’s picture, AUDIO: “Bella Ciao” being played
14. Close Tito’s pictures, AUDIO: “Bella Ciao” being played
15. Wide people gathered in front of the Yugoslav History museum, where Tito’s gravestone is on display
16. SOUNDBITE (Serbian) vox pop, Malina Jelic, Belgrade citizen
“It would have been better if we all gathered together to play guitars instead of holding guns and shooting at each other. And this is why many of them complain today and want to bring back those times.”
17. Close Tito’s memorabilia on display, including still photo of Tito and his wife Jovanka Broz
18. Close sign of Museum of Yugoslav history
19. Mid of woman laying flowers at Tito’s grave
20. Close woman weeping at Tito’s grave
Sarajevo, Bosnia – 25 May 2013
21. Mid Tito monument, people waving Yugoslavian flag
22. Mid people singing patriotic Yugoslavian songs
23. Close man wearing partisan hat, holding banner with Tito’s picture
24. Wide young people laying flowers at Tito’s monument
25. Mid of people at Tito’s monument, including two young men in partisan uniforms
26. Wide ‘Tito’ bar, an old Yugoslav tank is in front of the bar
27. Mid people in the bar singing Yugoslav patriotic songs
28. Mid pictures of “LIFE” magazine with Tito covers
29. SOUNDBITE (Bosnian) vox pop, Sanin Camo, fan of Tito ++he is wearing Tito’s pioneer uniform++
“It is important that we have brotherhood and unity. We should spread love and not war.”
30. Close photos of Tito on the wall of the bar
Velenje, Slovenia – 24 May 2013
31. Mid of the biggest Tito monument, Slovenian flag, in the back
32. Wide man playing ball with daughter in front of Tito monument, the biggest in the Balkans
33. Close of Tito monument
34. SOUNDBITE (Serbian) vox pop, Vlado Nikolic, Velenje resident:
“(On the day that Tito died) I came home from work, saw the news on TV, and cried my eyes out, as if he were my own father. I cried more on that day than on the day that my father died.”
Ljubljana, Slovenia – 24 May 2013
35. Wide of room with Tito memorabilia at Grand Hotel Union Executive hotel
36. Mid of books on Tito on a shelf inside room
37. Wide of a wall with Tito’s portrait and various other items
38. Mid of Oto Skrbin, the hotel manager, inside room
39. SOUNDBITE: (Serbian) Oto Skrbin, Manager, Grand Hotel Union Executive:
Kumrovec, Croatia – 25 May 2013
40. Tito’s monument, Slovenian flag in the back
bustling capital of Ljubljana.
the case today.”

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Rare Hebrew books and manuscripts on display at Sotheby’s

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(13 Feb 2009) SHOTLIST
1. Wide exterior of Sotheby’s auction house
2. Pan right of books on display
3. Tilt down of Bomberg Talmud, a nearly pristine complete edition of the Babylonian Talmud printed in 1519-1523 by Daniel Bomberg, a Christian printer of Hebrew books
4. Close-up of 11th century pentateuch in glass case
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) David Redden, Vice Chairman of Sotheby’s:
“Hebrew books and manuscripts are really rare. They suffer the most extraordinary vicissitudes over time. They were burned, they were destroyed, so few of them really have survived from the early days and to have this extraordinary library brought together, so many wonderful survivors – survivors from difficult times – is a really important accomplishment.”
6. Wide of “Codex Valmadonna 1”
7. Various of “Codex valmadonna 1”
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sharon Mintz, Curator, Jewish Theological Society:
“This rare bible is a pentateuch it is a magnificent example of a monumental bible and what makes it so rare is that it is dated specifically 1189. It is the only known dated work of the jews of England prior to their expulsion in 1290. It is a rare unique surviving item from that time.”
9. Tracking-shot of Talmud collection
10. Tilt down Talmud script
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sharon Mintz, Curator, Jewish Theological Society:
“Talmud itself especially printed and manuscript editions were subject to burnings and confiscations and censorship and to have a complete set from the 16th century is a remarkable, remarkable achievement and accomplishment.”
12. Tilt down two Hebrew books from Amsterdam
13. Wide pan interior of books on display in Sotheby’s, to men in hassidic dress looking at books
A rare trove of 11-thousand Hebrew books and manuscripts went on display at Sotheby’s in New York City this week, as the auction house seeks to find a buyer for what’s considered the greatest collection of Judaica in private hands.
The Valmadonna Trust Library includes documents of unparalleled significance including a copy of a 16th century Hebrew Bible once owned by Westminster Abbey.
Some have burn or water marks or other signs of religious persecution.
David Redden, Vice Chairman of Sotheby’s, said the collection was very rare as many Hebrew texts were burned or destroyed.
The complete library, valued at more than 40 (m) million dollars, is being shown in its entirety for the first time at Sotheby’s Manhattan galleries
until 19 February.
The trust has asked the auction house to facilitate the sale of the complete collection to a public institution or private collector.
It will not break up the collection or sell individuals works.
The Valmadonna Library is the lifelong pursuit of Jack Lunzer, an 88-year-old collector from London who was in New York on Monday for the opening of the exhibition.
Lunzer will not benefit from the proceeds of the sale, which is being handled by the trust, which ultimately also will decide whether to accept an offer from a collector or an institution.
But Lunzer has made his wishes known saying that he would “like our library to be acquired by the Library of Congress,” adding “that would be my great joy.”
Lunzer’s most prized acquisition, one he pursued for more than 25 years, is a nearly pristine complete edition of the Babylonian Talmud printed in 1519-1523 by Daniel Bomberg, a Christian printer of Hebrew books.
The Talmud is a vast record of Jewish laws and traditions and the nine-volume, leather-bound Bomberg copy is recognised as one of the most significant texts in the history of Hebrew printing, on which all other Talmud editions are modelled.
Lunzer said he first learned of its existence at the library of Westminster Abbey, where it had resided for four centuries, in 1951.

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U-S basketball star Dennis Rodman has turned up on the streets of New York in full bridal regalia to promote his new book.

The flamboyant Chicago Bulls forward, who was once romantically linked to pop diva Madonna, pulled the stunt to pump up sales of his autobiography, “Bad As I Wanna Be”.

But while some fans approved of Rodman’s cross-dressing antics, others weren’t so sure.

Never one to shy away from publicity, basketball star Dennis Rodman stepped into a throng of curious onlookers for his unveiling as a would-be bride.

The gown, the makeup and the bright red lipstick is all part of a publicity stunt to generate interest in Rodman’s best-selling autobiography, “Bad As I Wanna Be”.

Rodman is known for causing a stir off the basketball court, with his ever-changing hair colour, tattoos and body piercing.

The flamboyant Chicago Bulls forward has made frequent public appearances in women’s clothes.

But reviews of his latest outfit were mixed.

“It’s hysterical. It’s fun, you know.”
SUPER CAPTION: Jessica Kirzner, spectator

“Well, he’s not quite a woman, I don’t think, just yet. You never know. Might be the first female N-B-A basketball player.”
SUPER CAPTION: Sarah Jennings, spectator

“I’m a fan of his, but I don’t really like the way he dresses. Looks kind of like a faggot.”
SUPER CAPTION: Joseph Ruala, spectator

But if Rodman was in the mood to tie the knot, his girlfriend wasn’t – she didn’t show up.

Instead, he was accompanied to the bookstore by a bevy of female grooms from a New York strip club.

A New York newspaper says Rodman wants to marry his current girlfriend, Stacy Yarborough.

Yarborough works as a stripper at the “Scores” sports cabaret, which caters to an elite crowd of celebrities and athletes.

She has said that Rodman has proposed to her several times, but that marrying him would just bring trouble.

As he signed copies of his new book, Rodman declared that the would-be wedding was a symbol of betrothal to all his fans.

The fans who turned out — most of them women — praised the fair-haired forward for his individuality.

“I think he’s maybe letting other people feel more comfortable with themselves and doing what they want as well, in the N-B-A and everywhere. He’s a real inspiration.”
SUPER CAPTION: Jasmine Ruotollo, spectator

“He looked really great in a dress. Whoever did his makeup did a really good job this time.”

“He’s original and he does his own thing. You got to love him.”
SUPER CAPTION: Jennifer McGee, spectator

When asked how he planned to top the bridal stunt, Rodman declined to unveil his next move.

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Sealed trunk with copy of new Harry Potter book arrives in New York

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1. Mercer Street between Prince and Spring Streets in lower Manhattan’s Soho neighbourhood, block is closed off, banner over block reads “Harry Potter Place”
2. Armoured truck driving down street
3. Guards removing trunk containing Harry Potter books
4. Guards carrying books
5. Scholastic CEO Dick Robinson holds up copy of new book in plexiglas case which has been opened, then he drops book on ground accidentally, girl picks up book and raises it aloft
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dick Robinson, Scholastic CEO:
“This is a great day for young people, for reading, for imagination and for learning here at Harry Potter Place in the shadow of the Scholastic headquarters.”
7. Various of book signed by J.K. Rowling
8. Zoom out of man in costume holding book


An author-signed latest edition of the new Harry Potter book was unveiled in New York City on Friday amid much fanfare that accompanies the childrens’ book series.

Dick Robinson, CEO of the book’s publisher, Scholastic presented the book to the eager crowd of young teens.

After holding the first copy of the book in its protective case in front of the crowd, Robinson accidentally dropped it on the ground.

The children quickly scooped the book up — it seemed to have suffered little damage — and the unveiling ceremony continued.

The 672-page “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” has been shrouded in secrecy and its debut has been highly orchestrated to enable readers and reviewers alike to crack it open all at once.

It officially goes on sale Saturday at 12:01 a.m.

The release of the Harry Potter book is one of the largest events of the year for retailers, as the popular series has a huge fan following and usually attracts large sales.

Scholastic Inc., the U.S. publisher of the Potter series, is printing and shipping 10.8 million copies of the latest book.

The Harry Potter books have become a global phenomenon, selling 270 (m) million copies in 62 languages and spawning a series of Hollywood films.

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Largest collector of Potter memorabilia in Guinness Book of Records

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A Mexican lawyer who has spent the last 14 years collecting Harry Potter memorabilia was rewarded for his efforts on Monday with a Guinness World Record.
Asher Silva Vargas, 37, counts 3,097 pieces among his varied collection, which includes figures, clothes, toys and other memorabilia.
Vargas said that it was never his intention to accrue such a large collection.
“When I realised that my treasures began to take up more than one room, I decided that I should take this seriously,” he said.
It was Vargas’ family and friends who encouraged him to put forward his collection to Guinness World Records.
The previous record was 807 pieces which meant Vargas was a clear record breaker.

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UPDATE One of the largest collections of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia

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SHOTLIST(including transcript):-

APTN Los Angeles
9 November 2005
1. Wide Queen Mary, with pan
2. Wide Marilyn Monroe sign
3. Close-up Marilyn Monroe statue
4. Wide of statue
5. Close up of Marilyn Monroe photograph
6. Pan of room with glamour items
7. Close up of “M.D.” on mink stole
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Bob Otto/Chairman and CEO Marilyn Monroe Exhibits:
“The first Salon is, what we call ‘Intimate Marilyn’ and that has to do with all Marilyn’s lingerie, bathing suits, all of her cosmetics, and when I say all.. All that I have collected. The second salon is ‘Glamorous Marilyn’. You will see all of the gowns, the jewelry; what I would call, the ‘Bling of Marilyn’. Boy, there is a lot of bling in that particular salon. ”
9. Pan of personal Marilyn Monroe’s personal items on bed
10. Pan of more personal items: shoes, nylon stockings, mirror
11. Wide shot of hot rollers, lipstick, curing iron
12. Close up of lipstick, rouge, eyelashes
13. Pan up on gown
14. Close up of crystal necklace given to Monroe by Frank Sinatra
15. Wide of jewellery display
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Bob Otto/Chairman and CEO Marilyn Monroe Exhibits:
“The fourth Salon is the ‘Love Story’. We are sitting in this one. It is Marilyn and Joe. This is where a combination of Joe’s things and Marilyn’s. But it is the things, as I look around here, gifts that marilyn gave to Joe or gifts that Joe gave to Marilyn.”
17. Pan of room containing items from Monroe’s life with husband Joe DiMaggio
18. Framed Monroe-DiMaggio items
19. Close up of Monroe-DiMaggio marriage certificate
20. Photo from Monroe-DiMaggio wedding day, with pull out
21. DiMaggio gift to Monroe (a clock)
22. Desk from Monroe-DiMaggio’s home
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Bob Otto/Chairman and CEO Marilyn Monroe Exhibits:
“The next salon is the ‘Legacy of Marilyn’. And the legacy of Marilyn are certainly clothing items but it has to do with all of the things that are popular right now, from the Nobel wines, one of the most collectable out there are Marilyn Wine labels and these bottles, people absolutely love that type of stuff. There is the entire bread for plate collection in there. And then the last salon, is the Marilyn Doll collection. It is a beautiful display and it really contains every known doll ever made of Marilyn Monroe.”
24. Monroe’s jackets and handbags
25. Complete set of Monroe plates
26. Close up Monroe plates
27. Monroe wine bottles
28. Pan up on Monroe dolls
29. Various Monroe dolls
30. Monroe-bedroom items
31. Monroe shoes and hatbox
32. Cast and crew photo from “The Misfits”
33. Detail of photo with Monroe waving through back window of car


One of the largest collections of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia goes on display tonight (10 November 2005) on the legendary Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA., about 25 miles south of Los Angeles.

Most of ” Marilyn Monroe: The Exhibit” features objects that were part of the iconic actress’s life, from clothing to curlers to a certificate of marriage.

The exhibit is a combined effort of three organisations: the estate of Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Monroe Exhibits, and CMG Worldwide, Inc.. Bob Otto, Chairman and CEO of Marilyn Monroe exhibits, told AP Television that the goal was to create an exhibition that tells the story of Marilyn Monroe that will reveal the impact of her as a legendary movie star, pop star, celebrity and international icon.

Monroe appeared in more than two-dozen feature films, including the classics “All About Eve” (1950), “The Seven Year Itch” (1955) and “Some Like It Hot” (1959). She died in 1962 of an apparent drug overdose, at age 36.


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The British are invading New York.

The Spice Girls, a popular British band, was promoting its book, “Girl Power,” Friday.

Hundreds of fans waited to meet the pop group and have their books signed.

Girls screamed and guys stared.

Outside a bookshop in New York City, thousands of fans waited in line Friday to meet their favourite group, the Spice Girls.

The band consists of five young British women, who are rapidly becoming a role model for young American girls.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“Oh, they’re the best. They have the best music, they come out with good lyrics, they just have a very nice rhythm.”

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“I like the way they dressed, and I like their personality, I like their songs. I just like them.”

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“Spice Girls are really good girls, they don’t say bad words, they are like clean, they don’t say dirty words. And they just really cool!.”

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“The things is we just present ourselves as we are. I think if people like us like a group, we are safe as role model, that’s excellent. We like to stay as a group, individually we give out positive messages and a positive way of living life.
SUPER CAPTION: Mel B., Spice Girls band member

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“I think a lot of people like seeing a positive life, girls having fun.”
SUPER CAPTION: Emma, Spice Girls band member

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“I think we’re really healthy. With the Spice Girls we never claim to be perfect. We’re not a stereotype aesthetically beautiful girls – that proof you go out there, you don’t have to be skinny or be in a magazine to be successful. Make the best of what you got basically.”
SUPER CAPTION: Geri, Spice Girls band member

Spice Girls claim they are just like any other girls in the world.

In their book “Girl Power,” they wrote about their thoughts, their lives and their experiences.

They talk about a variety of topics, from wearing mini skirts to their first love.

They describe girl power as belief in oneself and the ability to control one’s own destiny.

That’s the kind of positive messages the Spice Girls say they try to convey to their fans – and judging by the crowds, it seems their message is being well received among America’s young.

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UK – Thousands queue to sign condolence books

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The outpouring of grief over the death of Diana, Princess of Wales continued on Wednesday (3/9) as thousands of people poured into the capital to pay their final respects. Mourners are having to queue for up to 12 hours to sign the book of condolence at St James Palace. Mourners also continue to lay flowers for the Princess outside Kensington and Buckingham and St James’ Palaces -turning them into unofficial shrines.



Cu of flowers and pull out to ws showing a sea of flowers stretching far away from the palace,
cu of gates of the palace and flowers in front of it,
cu of people looking at flowers,
cu pan along flowers,
people walking or jogging past the flowers,
cu of two girls crying on bench as they sit in front of the flowers,
cu of card on flowers,
ms of the palace and flowers,
ws of the palace;

Cu of people in queue and pull out to ws showing more people in queue crossing the road,
young boy in the queue asleep,
cu of woman sitting on chair beside a pram,
ws of queue showing man picking up rubbish,
pull out to ws,
cu of woman in queue holding flowers,
long shot of queue,
queue about to enter the palace and pull back to ws:

Ws of Buckingham palace,
cu of gates with flowers outside,
man looking at flowers as he walks past,
cu of letter with Diana’s photo on it,
people looking at flowers,
long shot of flowers,
young boy bending down in front of flowers,
more of people looking at flowers;


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Elvis convention commemorates death of Elvis

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1. Wide of people looking at Elvis merchandise
2. Customer talking with merchant
3. Close of customer
4. Close of customer handing money to merchant
5. Wide of merchant talking to customer
6. Medium of Elvis statue
7. Close of Elvis photo
8. Close of jewelry
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Kim Taylor, Elvis Collector:
“My wife sold a cigar butt that he left at our house, that Elvis left at our house. She saved it for years. She sold it yesterday … for 550 dollars.”
10. Elvis collectibles on display
11. Close of Elvis license plate
12. Various of Elvis outfits
13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jim Stafford, Elvis Fan:
“Listening to Elvis sing makes me feel better. He was that talented, to where I feel good when I listen to him sing.”
14. Wide of Elvis impersonator singing
15. Medium of Elvis impersonator singing
16. Close of man singing to animated Elvis figure
17. Close of animated Elvis figure singing
18. Wide of man singing to animated Elvis figure. UPSOUND: (English) Elvis fan, no name given: “Thank you very much Mr Elvis.”


More than a hundred vendors started hawking all things Elvis on Monday as part of a three-day event marking the 30th anniversary of Presley’s death on August 16, 1977.

At the Elvis Expo trade show in Memphis, Tennessee, fans can find shoes, shirts, books, bags, pictures, posters and every sort of paraphernalia bearing Presley’s image.

One merchant, Kim Taylor, trades in high end Elvis collectibles. He has custom jewelry worn by the king that is priced at 40-thousand US dollars and he has got autographed pictures.

The price of one of his artifacts proves how dedicated Elivs fans can be.

“My wife sold a cigar butt that he (Elvis) left at our house,” Taylor said. He said the artifact fetched 550 US dollars.

Other items for sale include Elvis figurines, license plates, and even on-stage outfits designed for the King.

Jim Stafford, an Elvis fan from Minneapolis, says the collectibles help fans stay close to their idol.

“Listening to Elvis sing makes me feel better,” Stafford said. “He was that talented, to where I feel good when I listen to him sing.”

On August 16, 1977, Presley was found dead at his Graceland mansion in Memphis. He was 42.

Doctors at first said Presley’s death was due to congestive heart failure, but investigations have revealed that drug abuse may have been a contributing factor.

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USA – Marlene’s possessions go on display

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Marlene on your wall

The contents of Marlene Dietrich’s Park Avenue apartment where she lived from the late 1950’s went on display in Sotheby’s Los Angeles this week. The sneak preview includes vintage portraits of the German-born legend along with her personal collection of furniture, fashion, books, fine art, clothing, movie memorabilia and decorative art. The possessions will go under the auctioneer’s hammer tomorrow in Beverly Hills. The sale has been approved by her grandson David Riva.



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Author makes court appearance

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AP Entertainment
New York, 14th April 2008
1. Arrival of JK Rolwing to court



A smiling J.K. Rowling stepped out of a car and strode into a lower Manhattan courthouse early Monday (14 April) for the start of her lawsuit against a publisher.

Rowling, who wore a gray pinstriped jacket and a gray knee-length skirt, didn’t speak as she entered the courthouse where
she was to testify around midday.

She says her copyrights are being violated by a fan who plans to publish a “Harry Potter” encyclopedia.

The showdown between Rowling and Steven Vander Ark is scheduled to last most of the week in U.S. District Court. She’ll spend her breaks in the seclusion of a jury room – away from any die-hard Potter fans.

Rowling brought the lawsuit last year against Vander Ark’s publisher, RDR Books, to stop publication of the “Harry Potter

The trial comes eight months after Rowling published her seventh and final book in the series. The books have been published in 64 languages, sold more than 400 million (m) copies and spawned a film franchise that has pulled in 4.5 billion (b) US dollars at the worldwide box office.

Rowling is a fan of the Harry Potter Lexicon Web site that Vander Ark runs. But she draws the line when it comes to publishing the book and charging 24.95 US dollars. She also says it fails to include any of the commentary and discussion that enrich the Web site and calls it “nothing more than a rearrangement” of her own material.

One of her lawyers, Dan Shallman, on Friday told Judge Robert P. Patterson, who is hearing the trial without a jury, that Rowling “feels like her words were stolen.”

He said the author felt so personally violated that she made her own comparisons among her seven best-selling novels and the lexicon and was ready to testify about the similarities in dozens of instances.

David Saul Hammer, a lawyer for RDR Books, which plans to sell the lexicon, said the publisher will not challenge the claim by Rowling that much of the material in the lexicon infringed her copyrights.

But the judge will decide whether the use of the material by the small Muskegon, Mich., publisher was legal because it was used for some greater purpose, such as a scholarly pursuit.

In court papers filed prior to the trial, Rowling said she was “deeply troubled” by the book.

“If RDR’s position is accepted, it will undoubtedly have a significant, negative impact on the freedoms enjoyed by genuine
fans on the Internet,” she said. “Authors everywhere will be forced to protect their creations much more rigorously, which could mean denying well-meaning fans permission to pursue legitimate creative activities.”

In court papers, Vander Ark, 50, said he was a teacher and school librarian in Byron Center, Mich., before recently moving to London to begin a career as a writer.

He said he joined an adult online discussion group devoted to the Harry Potter books in 1999 before launching his own Web site as a hobby a year later. Since then, neither Rowling nor her publisher had ever complained about anything on it, he said.

In May 2004, he said, Rowling mentioned his Web site on her own, writing, “This is such a great site that I have been known to sneak into an Internet cafe while out writing and check a fact rather than go into a bookshop and buy a copy of Harry Potter (which is embarrassing). A Web site for the dangerously obsessive; my natural home.”

The Web site attracts about 1.5 million page views per month and contributions from people all over the world, Vander Ark said.

But the affection no longer seems a shared experience.

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It’s been a while since comic books sold for a dime, and that was the price of the first “Superman” comic book – but now it commands a far greater price.

At Sotheby’s in New York on Monday, hundreds of comic books and memorabilia went under the hammer.

Among the items for sale was an almost perfect 1939 copy of “Superman #1” which fetched well over it’s original 10 cent price tag.

Sotheby’s sold more than comic books on Monday.

According to “superhero” aficionados,the auction house was selling rare pieces of history.

Bidding was high for classic superheros like Superman, Batman, and the Green Lantern.

The biggest sale was an almost perfectly preserved copy of “Superman #1,” the first edition of what was to become one of the greatest superheros of all time.

Many “Superman #1” copies exist, although with generations of children turning the revered pages, almost none are in mint condition.

The “Fine” condition might explain the 50-thousand dollar (US) price tag.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“It’s a classic. It’s historic. Superman is, if not our greatest character, one of our greatest characters. It’s timeless and this particular book is one of the nicest copies of. Nothing has been done to it. It’s unrestored.
SUPER CAPTION:Daniel Kramer, “Superman” Buyer

And then there’s Batman, who made his first appearance in 1939 in “Detective Comics” 27th issue.

Monday’s sale included a well restored copy of the issue that promised readers “the amazing and unique adventures of “The Batman”.

Six decades later only about 50 copies remain of the first appearance of the “Caped Crusader.”

Another masterpiece, “Action Comics No. 1,” featuring Superman, sold for more than 45-thousand dollars (US).

Still one of the most desirable comics, there are only 75 copies known to exist.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“I just love reading them. I’m a big reader of comics. Since I was a little kid I wanted “Superman 1” “Action 1” “Teck 27”. You look at it and you go “I gotta have it.” I can get it now”
SUPER CAPTION: Steve Borock, “Superman” Buyer

Monday was the first of a two day sale.

Tuesday sees the massive comic collection and drawings of science fiction guru Sam Moskowitz go up for sale.

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Preview of auction of Hepburn Memorabilia

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1. Wide shot entrance to Hepburn Auction
2. Medium shot, diamond and sapphire brooch given to Hepburn by Howard Hughes (Estimate- $15,000-$20,000)
3. Wide shot, Hepburn personal items including luggage
4. Medium, tilt-up-Hepburn’s Louis Vuitton luggage (Estimate- $2,500-$3,500)
5. Medium shot Woman taking pictures of Hepburn memorabilia
6. Close-up picture of Hepburn
7. Medium pan across paints, and paintings done by Hepburn
8. Medium shot Hepburn wedding dress from marriage to Ludlow Ogden Smith (Estimate- $2,500-$3,500)
9. Medium tilt-down of the dress
10. Medium, print “May Belfort”-by Toulouse-Lautrec (Estimate- $20,000-$30,000)
11. Wide shot people walking through exhibit showing the different items for sale
12. Wide pan across movie memorabilia
13. Wide shot items for sale including painting “Mending the Nets” by Sir William Nicholson (Estimate $20,000-$30,000)
14. Medium shot, zooms in to close-up of “Mending the Nets”
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Lee Dunbar, Sotheby’s:
“It was Hepburn’s wish, she specified in her will that her estate be sold at auction and that’s for two reasons: 1) to benefit a trust for her family because family was her trust, her bedrock and she was always very generous to her family for that reason. Secondly, she wanted an opportunity for fans to come in and be able to have a piece of her life.”
16. Medium shot Hepburn’s personal address books (Estimated $2,000-$3,000)
17. Close-up Address books
18. Dress Hepburn wore.


Right now in New York more than 700 items are on display from Katharine Hepburn’s life. On June 10th and 11th those items will be sold at Sotheby’s auction house.

Included in the sale are personal items like a diamond and sapphire brooch given to Hepburn by Howard Hughes, photographs taken over her long career, and even a large number of Hepburn’s own paintings many of which have never been seen in public.

According to Lee Dunbar of Sotheby’s it was Hepburn’s wish to have this auction, she even stated in her will that she wanted many of her personal items sold to benefit her family trust.

While the monetary value of the sale will not be record breaking, all seven hundred items are expected to fetch less than one million dollars total, (Sotheby’s recently sold one Picasso painting for more than one hundred million dollars) Dunbar says it is the rarity of the collection and the ability to own something that was close to Hepburn’s heart that is the real treasure here.

The auction will be spread out over two days beginning at 10:15 am on June 10th, with a second sale at 2:00 pm, then the final sale will be on June 11th also beginning at 10:15

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The Duchess of York was in New York for the world-wide launch of her autobiography Thursday.

Sarah Ferguson has been touring the U.S. promoting her new book, “My Story.”

She says she’s setting the record straight with the autobiography, after a flood of books have been published recently about her private life.

The book details the stresses and strains she faced as a member of the British royal family.

The crowds turned out in New York City Thursday to catch a glimpse of the Duchess of York as she appeared at a book signing.

Some were there to see a woman they admire, while others turned up merely to catch a glimpse of Prince Andrew’s former wife and for a signed addition to their bookcase.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“I’ve been here since 8:30 this morning. I like Fergie, I think she’s great.”

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“Well I’ve never met royalty before. I have a lot of signed books at home from presidents, from celebrities in the entertainment industry and sports and all. Sarah’s the first royalty I’m meeting so for that reason only, it’s the only reason I’m freezing my tush (backside) off out here today.”

Cynics argue the book is nothing more than a money-making scheme to help the Duchess out of her much-publicised debt.

But the former wife of Prince Andrew claims otherwise – she says she wants to set the record straight about her life in the public eye with the Royal family.

The disgraced Duchess of York, in the much-hyped autobiography, “My Story”, blames Buckingham Palace bureaucrats and even the British secret service for sabotaging her private life.

In the 306-page book, the flame-haired Sarah Ferguson also blames loneliness, a history of self-hatred, betrayals by friends and the British press for her estrangement from the Royal Family.

Fergie has been in the newspaper headlines constantly over reports concerning her huge debts and apparent inability to curb her spending.

Other books containing revelations about her love life have also recently hit the bookshelves.

Yet despite all her negative publicity recently, Fergie couldn’t have looked happier during her US trip.

Photographers and admirers waited for Fergie outside this Manhattan Club for yet another private book signing.

And even after a long day of crowds and touring…the Duchess still stopped to smile for the cameras.

Responding to reporters asking the Duchess how she likes New York…Sarah replied…”I love it.”

UPSOUND: (English)
Reporter says ,”How do you like New York?” Sarah Ferguson says, “I love it.”

Ferguson, who was once dubbed the Duchess of Pork by the British Press…is now showing off a much trimmer body.

And she’s reportedly considering a deal with the dieting group Weight Watchers.

Despite its predicted popularity in Britain…the British launch of Ferguson’s book “My Story,” has been relatively low-key.

The content of the book is the same…only the cover is different.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“Andrew and I had been discussing our own separation, not because we had stopped caring for one another but because I had reached the end of my Royal rope. For six years I had shouldered the demands of Palace life, I’d endured the constant scrutiny of the British press and a barely veiled hostility of the Royal household – the courtiers who run the show. Gradually, relentlessly, they beat me down. They were killing me by inches. It was time to save my life.”
SUPER CAPTION: Voice of Sarah Ferguson

The Duchess is also making her rounds on the talk show circuit, hoping her efforts will help turn a new page in her public life.

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The Auction house, Christie’s of New York, has announced that one of the celebrity sales of the century is to take place this October.

It is to auction off a thousand personal items which belonged to Marilyn Monroe.

The two-day sale will include dresses worn by the legendary actress in her numerous films, as well as her books, other articles of clothing, jewellery and personal memorabilia.

The collection belongs to the family of Anna Strasbourg, and some of the proceeds will go to charity.

She remains one of the most famous women in the world.

Now hundreds of Marilyn Monroe’s personal items are to go on the auction block.

The lots will feature Marilyn’s extensive wardrobe, including her evening gowns, costumes, furs, and dresses.

The sale is given a more personal angle by also featuring a collection of Monroe’s personal drawings, letters and library of more than 4-hundred books.

The auction house says most of the items have been well-preserved.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“The personal property of Marilyn Monroe has been out of sight, quietly archived and impeccably curated for over 35 years.”
SUPER CAPTION: Nancy Valentino, Senior Vice President, Christie’s

Because the collection features a variety of Marilyn’s personal items, not only her wardrobe, the sale offers a more in-depth view of her life.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“When you study a person’s possessions, there are many things that come to light and we hope that this sale in the next few months will be able to share with the world the different sides of Marilyn Monroe that perhaps has not been known until now.”
SUPER CAPTION: Nancy Valentino, Senior Vice President, Christie’s

Marilyn’s library contains a wide variety of books on subjects, ranging from religion and philosophy to art and literature.

There are many first editions, including her own copy of the Beat Generation classic, “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac.

Added fascination comes in a collection of cookbooks with a list of Marilyn’s diet.

This baby grand piano was once owned by Hollywood actor, Fredric March and then by Marilyn’s mother.

The piano had to be sold after her mother was institutionalized, but Marilyn bought it back years later, when she began to earn some money from acting.

All the items in the collection are from the 1950’s, with nothing later than 1960’s.

Some of Marilyn’s vintage clothing is highly personal, including some of her underwear.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“The unique and fascinating thing about Marilyn is that she’s collected by men and women. Some film stars are just collected by women and some are just collected by men. Marilyn I think is the only celebrity that crosses those boundaries.”
SUPER CAPTION: Nancy Valentino, Senior Vice President, Christie’s

One of the stars of the show is this dress, worn by Marilyn in May of 1962 during her famous birthday tribute to President John F. Kennedy.

Created for her by French designer Jean Louis, the hand-sewn dress with more than 6-thousand beads was literally sewn onto Marilyn’s body.

Before her untimely death in 1962, Marilyn Monroe left all of her personal affects to Lee Strasbourg, who was her mentor and played an important role in her personal life.

The collection has been brought to auction by Mr. Strasbourg’s widow, Anna.

Auction estimates for the items range from (U-S) three to four hundred dollars to record breaking six figures.

Christie’s holds the record for a piece of Marilyn memorabilia, a film costume she wore for “How to Marry a Millionaire,” which sold a few years ago for (U-S) 57, 500 dollars.

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While millions wept for Princess Diana in London Saturday, friends and mourners also lined up to sign condolence books and offer flowers in Dodi Fayed’s memory.

Every day since Fayed’s death, a continuous stream of people have made the trek to the Brockwood Cemetery in Surrey, England to pay their respects.

His burial site is not yet open to the public, but Dodi Fayed’s family and close friends have taken solace here, at his tomb in Surrey, England.

Mourners read from the Koran, and bring flowers to the Brockwood Cemetery to offer their respects.

Dodi’s father Mohamed Al Fayed has asked that the public be barred from the tomb for the time being. But that hasn’t stopped hundreds from visiting the cemetery, and signing condolences books.

On Saturday, while Princess Diana was buried at Althorp, Dodi Fayed’s memory was also being cherished. Hundreds of people signed condolences books, and brought bouquets.

He was 42.

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Potter author expecting baby number two

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1. APTN File JK Rowling at Harry Potter book launch (08/07/2000)
2. File JK Rowling (22/03/2001)
3. APTN File JK Rowling with husband Neil Murray (04/11/01)


Author J.K. Rowling, hard at work producing a new Harry Potter book, is expecting a baby.

The millionaire writer, 37, who was married to 31-year-old anaesthetist Neil Murray the day after Christmas last year, has a 9-year-old daughter, Jessica, from her previous marriage.

It was as a single mother after the divorce, bringing up her daughter, that Rowling began to write the best-selling books in Edinburgh which have earnt her a reputed £220 million fortune in the five years since the first book was published.

Rowling also reassured fans in a BBC interview that she is putting the finishing touches to the fifth instalment of the Potter series, ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’, which had been due for release this summer.

Earlier Thursday, Rowling had expressed relief at being cleared of plagiarism by a U.S. court on Wednesday.

Rowling told the British Broadcasting Corp. the stress of the U.S. lawsuit had hindered her progress on the fifth instalment of the series about a boy wizard and his friends.

A U.S. federal judge Wednesday rejected claims by American author Nancy Stouffer that Rowling had stolen ideas from her own children’s books and in turn fined Stouffer $50,000, saying she “perpetuated a fraud” by doctoring documents.

The second movie adaptation of Harry’s adventures, ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ is due for release in the US and across Europe on 15th November.

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The husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth – the Duke of Edinburgh – celebrated his 75th birthday on Monday with a look back at his life.

The Duke toured an exhibition with the Queen which chronicles his 75 years.

A band played “Happy Birthday” as the royal couple walked through the town of Windsor, near London, where they were guests of honour at their only public engagement of the day.

The Queen and Prince Philip toured an exhibition celebrating the Prince’s whole life – staring from his childhood on the Greek island of Corfu, through his naval career, marriage to the then Princess Elizabeth and up to the present day.

Apart from photographs there was other royal memorabilia ranging from souvenir biscuit tins, books, newspaper cuttings and even his final school report from 1938.

It says: “Prince Philip has unusual courage and endurance. He gives painstaking and careful attention to details relevant to the main purpose of his enterprises and does not know what boredom is when intent on discharging his duties.”

As he left Windsor’s Guildhall, a large crowd sang “Happy Birthday To You” and a local supermarket manager handed him a bottle of whisky.

Prince Philip is spending the rest of his 75th birthday with other members of the royal members and will attend a working dinner in the evening.

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Interest remained high on day two of the sale of Windsor memorabilia at a Sotheby’s New York auction on Friday.

Items from the Paris household of one of history’s most famous couples – Edward VIII and the American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson are going under the hammer for nine days in a row.

Bidding remained busy at the auction in New York on Friday, pushing prices up as collectors chased books, medals, photos and other less expensive trinkets once owned by the pair.

A gold medal the duke received to mark the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary in 1936 went for more than U-S 52-thousand dollars ($52,250).

The commoners got their chance to buy a piece of the British royal family’s history on Friday -albeit a rather troubled history.

It was day two of the auction of the fabled Windsor collection on Friday as books, medals, photos and other less expensive trinkets were auctioned.

Not that there weren’t a few pricier titbits on the second day of the nine-day sale at Sotheby’s.

A gold medal the duke received to mark the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary in 1936 went for more than U-S 52-thousand dollars ($52,250).

The medal was only one of five known to exist and Sotheby’s had given it a pre-sale estimate of US seven thousand to ten thousand dollars.

A medal struck for the duke’s visit to the United States in 1919, when he was the Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, brought U-S 14,300 dollars.

Another medal, for the diamond jubilee of Canada’s confederation, sold for U-S 8,800 dollars.

The medal buyers were dealers or collectors who remained anonymous, Sotheby’s said.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“It has tremendous historical value. It was a time when most of us were small children. It’s nice to own a piece of history, to have it in your home makes you feel emotionally connected to that time.”
SUPER CAPTION: Barry Lubetkin, Unsuccessful Bidder

More than 3,200 lots have taken up the entire exhibition space at its auction house in New York.

Sotheby’s has estimated the total Windsor sale of furniture, paintings, decorations, books, photographs, coins, medals, jewelry and clothing at U-S five million to seven million dollars.

The duke became king in January 1936 after the death of his father, George V.

He abdicated because of disapproval of his proposed marriage to a divorcee. He was given the title of Duke of Windsor and married Simpson in June 1937.

Their estate was left to charity and was bought in 1986 by Mohamed Al-Fayed.

The auction the auction will benefit a charity in the name of Al-Fayed’s son, Dodi Fayed, who was killed with Princess Diana in a car crash in
Paris in August.

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Russia’s most coveted cultural attractions have shut their doors in yet another casualty of the country’s massive financial crisis.

From Moscow’s famous Lenin Library to the world-renowned Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, museum workers and artists are staging a nation-wide strike to demand wages and respectable funding for Russia’s historical landmarks.

Tourists from all over the world are being robbed of the opportunity to witness St. Petersburg’s Kirov ballet or browse the halls of the Hermitage.

Meanwhile some of Russia’s most precious manuscripts are moulding at Moscow’s Lenin library where there isn’t enough money to provide proper care.

Moscow’s Lenin library is second only to the United States’ library of Congress.

With over 41-million books, many of them rare manuscripts, this library is one of Russia’s national treasures.

But Russia is so squeezed for cash that even her national treasures are being neglected.

Hours at the Lenin library have been reduced because the government can’t afford to pay the bills.

Today anxious students and academics waited over four hours for access to the city’s library.

Inside, the enormous reading halls are empty, closed to the thousands of readers who usually sit in attentive silence enjoying the best of Russian literature.

And it’s not only the hours that have been scaled back.

Maintenance and safe-keeping of rare and antique books is now virtually non-existent.

For years there hasn’t been enough money for even the smallest capital repairs.

In fact the last real repairs were made in the 1950s.

Russia’s oldest and most precious manuscripts are crumbling.

Mould is growing on the walls and paint is chipping from the ceiling.

SOUNDBITE: (Russian)
“You know we are losing so many workers. People just can’t exist on the wages here. The most awful thing is that we are in danger of losing our national treasures. Everything that you have seen here is a result of the lack of financing this year.”
SUPERCAPTION: Natalya Danilova, Lenin library librarian

In St. Petersburg the crisis has gone even further — the world famous Hermitage museum has been closed.

Cultural workers across the city have gone on strike, protesting unpaid wages and drastic under-funding.

Even Russia’s most prized house of culture, the Russian National Museum, stands empty of visitors.

Ironically, it is in the worst shape of all.

Home to Russia’s most valuable works of art, the National Museum is literally crumbling from lack of repairs.

Much of the paintings have been removed from the walls and put in storage.

Some of the ceilings have fallen in and many statues are cracked and tarnished.

Russia’s own citizens are unable to view their country’s own artistic pride and joy.

And the Hermitage museum stands empty.

The doors have been shut for nearly a week now, as workers protest poor maintenance and unpaid wages.

Tourists from across the globe arrive in St. Petersburg with the one hope of visiting the museum.

Now they will only be able to gaze at its imposing structure from the street.

For many it’s a huge disappointment.

“Its very important for me to study in St. Petersburg because of all the museums here. This is the main reason why most come to St. Petersburg. And if visitors lose this opportunity it will no doubt play a negative role on Russia’s economy. I think this is an awful way to treat the treasures of St. Petersburg.”
SUPERCAPTION: German tourist

Some of St. Petersburg visitors think there must be some way for Russia to get herself out of this cultural crisis.

SUPERCAPTION: German Tourist

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