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By United Press International  |  Oct. 29, 2001 at 4:45 AM
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Andrew Lloyd Webber and Andrea Bocelli were among the musicians who performed at Sunday's memorial service at Ground Zero to mourn victims of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

With the mangled steel frame of a destroyed building as backdrop, they paid tribute both to the memory of those lost and to the American spirit that has emerged in the tragedy's aftermath.

The blind Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli sang "Ave Maria," and singer Renee Fleming performed "Amazing Grace" and "God Bless America." Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber -- creator of such Broadway hits such as "Phantom of the Opera" and "Cats" -- played piano as a choir performed the song "Let Us Love in Peace."

More than 4,000 people are missing beneath the mounds of still-smoldering debris from the wrecked 110-story Twin Towers. Nearly 500 victims have been identified.

Following the service, each family was offered an urn containing ashes from Ground Zero, a police spokeswoman said.


Film director Penny Marshall recently revealed to reporters how she developed her distinctive nasal way of speaking.

"My mother was nuts," explained the 59-year-old Bronx native. "She was very funny. We got our sense of humor from her. My father had no sense of humor and they yelled at each other. See, they didn't get divorced because they believed juvenile delinquency came from broken homes, so they damaged us in other ways. They'd be yelling, so when we were younger, we talked underneath them and, thus, we all mumble."

The director of the hit movies "A League of Their Own," "Big" and "Awakenings" said she has never done the commentary for her movies when they came out on DVD because "I hate my voice so much."

Asked if she and her famous sibling, producer and director Garry Marshall, speak a language of their own, Marshall joked: "Can anyone understand us? No. We could have entire conversations without saying a noun. OK?"

Marshall's latest project, "Riding in Cars with Boys" -- starring Drew Barrymore, Lorraine Bracco and Steve Zahn -- is in theaters now.

(Thanks to UPI's Karen Butler in New York)


Emmy-nominated actress Lauren Holly will guest star in an upcoming episode of the CBS sitcom "Becker." The show is scheduled to air sometime during the November rating sweep period.

Holly will portray Laura, Dr. Becker's (Ted Danson) love interest. Becker is finally in the relationship of his dreams -- completely non-committal and based on casual sex. Just as Becker thinks he has it all, Laura discovers she wants more.

"Becker" airs Mondays (at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT).


Telling them to say "Hasta la vista, baby" to gangs, guns and violence, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger met with a large group of Miami-area middle school students last week -- telling the kids that there are better ways to success than using violence.

The star -- known for his often extremely violent film roles -- said there is a huge difference between life and fantasy and the two should have definite boundaries. He told the students that America is a "land of opportunity. I came to this country with empty pockets, but I was full of dreams and with those dreams I became successful."

The thousand or so kids who attended the session were all participants in Miami's Inner-City Games program.

(Thanks to UPI Feature Reporter Dennis Daily)


Malcolm McDowell will do double duty at this year's Ojai Film Festival in Ojai, Calif. -- helping to kick off the event's second year and appearing in two movies being screened at the festival, scheduled to run Nov. 8-12.

The festival will screen the 1991 Russian film, "Tsareubijtsa" ("The Assassin of the Tsar"), the story of a patient in a modern day mental institution who believes he assassinated Tsar Alexander in 1881 and Tsar Nicolas II in 1918.

McDowell will also appear onscreen at Ojai in "Gangster No. 1." The account of the life and times of a ruthless English gangster is a competing entry at the festival.

McDowell -- who starred in Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" in 1971 -- appeared in July at an Ojai Film Festival benefit screening of "Kubrick: A Life in Pictures."

(Thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)


The opening of "K-Pax" edged out the opening of "Thirteen Ghosts" to lead the nation's box during the Friday-Sunday period.

"K-Pax" -- a science-fiction tale starring Kevin Spacey -- posted the third best October rollout ever after "Meet the Parents" and "Training Day." Universal had marketed the picture as a mystery revolving around whether Spacey's character is an alien from outer space.

Warner Bros.' "Thirteen Ghosts" came in a close second for the weekend.

Finishing a distant third was 20th Century Fox's second weekend of "From Hell," followed by Sony's second weekend of "Riding in Cars With Boys" and Warner Bros.' fourth weekend of "Training Day" in fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were "Bandits," "Serendipity," "The Last Castle," "Bones," and "Corky Romano."

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