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February 15, 2004

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Jackson wins humanitarian honor

Beverly Hills, Calif. -- In her first public appearance since her breast was exposed during the Super Bowl halftime show, Janet Jackson received an award for her humanitarian and charitable contributions.

Behind the Bench, an association of wives of NBA players, honored Jackson at their annual fund-raiser Friday at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

"She has done a wonderful job giving back to communities across America. That fact has not changed," Behind the Bench spokesman Vince McCaskill said. "She was on board with this seven months ago. We never even considered her not being here."

Drummer jailed in attempted rape

London -- The former drummer for heavy metal band Judas Priest was jailed Friday for eight years for the attempted rape of a 17-year-old boy to whom he was giving drum lessons.

David Holland was convicted last month of one charge of attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault on the teenager, who has learning difficulties, at the drummer's rural English home in 2002.

Sentencing Holland in Northampton Crown Court, Judge Charles Wide said the drummer had planned the abuse and must never again be allowed to work with children. Holland, 55, denied the charges.

Wide said Holland had won favor with the teenager by giving him cigarettes, alcohol and pornography.

Tarantino to preside at Cannes

Paris -- American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino will preside over the jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival, organizers said.

Tarantino's crime romp "Pulp Fiction" won the festival's top honor, the Palme d'Or, in 1994.

"For a filmmaker and film lover, there's no greater honor than to be on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival," Tarantino said in a statement issued by the festival's organizers.

To be president of the jury, the 40-year-old Tarantino said, was "the crowning achievement of a lifetime spent in cinematic obsession -- a magnificent obsession."

The festival will run May 12-23.

'Passion' star has lighter side

Los Angeles -- Jim Caviezel jokes that Hollywood might learn a language lesson from "The Passion of the Christ," largely shot in Aramaic and Latin.

Caviezel, who plays Jesus in Mel Gibson's bloody recreation of Christ's final hours, whimsically suggested that other filmmakers might want to follow Gibson's lead.

"It could be a trendsetter in Hollywood," Caviezel, 35, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "Next year, you may see comedies, thrillers, even musicals in Aramaic.

Caviezel's quips were an unusual bit of levity amid the firestorm the film has provoked. Some Jewish leaders say the movie could result in anti-Semitism, reviving the notion that Jews collectively were responsible for the death of Christ.

A devout Roman Catholic, Caviezel said he would not have been involved in the film if he had seen a hint of anti-Semitism.

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