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June 3, 2004

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Photographer Newton laid to rest

Berlin -- Helmut Newton was buried in his native Berlin, with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder among those paying their respects Wednesday to the acclaimed photographer who fled Nazi Germany as a teenager.

Newton, who died in a Los Angeles car crash in January at 83, was laid to rest in the leafy Friedenau cemetery four graves away from actress Marlene Dietrich's.

The photographer's widow, June, actor Roger Moore, Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit and Schroeder were among about 100 people at a memorial service before the urn with Newton's remains was placed in the grave.

A fashion photographer whose work appeared in magazines including Playboy, Elle and Vogue, Newton was best known for his stark, black-and-white nude photos of women.

'SNL' alumna ties the knot

Los Angeles -- It's no joke: Former "Saturday Night Live" performer Molly Shannon has gotten married.

The 39-year-old comedian married artist Fritz Chesnut in a private ceremony Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Santa Barbara. The couple has an 8-month-old daughter, Stella Shannon Chesnut.

Shannon was best-known in "SNL" sketches as nerdy Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher, a role she also played in the 1999 movie "Superstar."

'Idol' runner-up plans single

New York -- Diana DeGarmo came in second place on "American Idol," but she already has plans to release a single.

DeGarmo's first song is scheduled to come out June 22 through RCA Records, according to the record company's Web site.

The bubbly 16-year-old from Snellville, Ga., was the runner-up last week on the Fox TV singing competition. "Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino topped her by just 1.3 million votes out of more than 65 million votes cast.

Barrino, a 19-year-old from High Point, N.C., is working on her first single, which is due out June 15.

Both singers and the other 10 "Idol" finalists will go on tour starting July 14 in Salt Lake City.

Scorsese tapped for film festival

Lake Placid, N.Y. -- Director Martin Scorsese will speak at the fifth annual Lake Placid Film Festival, which runs through Sunday.

He will introduce a restored print of the 1963 Italian film "The Leopard," considered by some critics to be a lost classic, on Saturday.

Organizers said about 60 features would be screened, including "Touch of Pink," about a gay man's crisis when his mother tries to set him up with a Muslim girl, and "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster," a documentary about the veteran heavy metal band.

Festival co-founder Kathleen Carroll said the festival has been successful in attracting sponsors this year and is screening more films.

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