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    Steve Buscemi, known for playing tough guys and misfits, plays a leading man for HBO.


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British pop singer ties the knot with actress

LONDON » British pop singer Robbie Williams has married U.S. actress Ayda Field in his Beverly Hills mansion.

Spokesman Murray Chalmers said yesterday that the pair held a ceremony on the grounds of their home in Los Angeles on Saturday. reported that 75 guests attended the 36-year-old singer’s wedding.

Williams was a member of the boy band Take That in the 1990s, and since has pursued a solo singing career. He is known for such hits as "Millennium" and "Rock DJ."


Buscemi takes lead in ‘Boardwalk Empire’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. » Character actor Steve Buscemi says it’s only in his "wildest" dreams that he saw himself as a leading man.

But that’s just what Buscemi is in the new HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," set in Prohibition-era Atlantic City, N.J. Buscemi stars as a politician maneuvering his way through 1920s corruption, violence and romance.

At a meeting Saturday of the Television Critics Association, Buscemi recalled thinking he was glad he’d read the excellent script because he would have been unhappy to lose the role.

"Boardwalk Empire," starring Buscemi and Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald, debuts Sept. 19 on HBO with an episode directed by Martin Scorsese, an executive producer for the series.


Duchess fighting to avoid bankruptcy

LONDON » Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, says she is doing everything she can to avoid declaring bankruptcy over business debts.

The former wife of Prince Andrew responded to a front-page report in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper citing unidentified royal sources discussing the dire state of her finances. Ferguson said she has paid off all her personal debts.

She has publicly admitted being in serious debt after she was secretly recorded by the News of the World tabloid offering to sell press access to her ex-husband for cash.


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