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Ukrainian actress and model Milla Jovovich and French director Luc Besson have separated and plan to divorce.

The couple's marriage could not withstand the distance between their homes, Jovovich's publicist Kelly Bush said Friday.

Jovovich, 23, has homes in Los Angeles and New York, Bush said. The actress starred with Bruce Willis in ``The Fifth Element,'' which her husband directed, and she appeared with Denzel Washington in Spike Lee's ``He Got Game.''

Besson, 40, calls France home. His other films include ``The Professional'' and ``La Femme Nikita.''

Despite the split, ``the two remain close friends and collaborators,'' Bush said.

Bush did not know when the couple married or when they planned to file divorce papers.

Brooke accepts award with aplomb

The split between Brooke Shields and tennis ace Andre Agassi apparently hasn't robbed the actress of her sense of humor. Accepting a Genii Award from the Southern California Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television, Shields made a lighthearted reference to her situation. ``I'm thrilled to have won this Genii Award. I sure could have used a real genie last week,'' she said - one who could have granted her ``power of attorney.'' Shields and Agassi filed for divorce after finding it hard to be in the same city much less the same home because of their busy careers.

Milosevic just wants his privacy

Slobodan Milosevic is mad as heck and is not gonna take it anymore! The strain of so much media attention since the start of the NATO bombing against Yugoslavia has proved too much. Milosevic, who calls himself Dan and lives in Essex, eastern England, has complained to the British press watchdog of harassment, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. ``My family and my neighbors certainly do not deserve to be inconvenienced by my sharing the same name of an infamous person,'' said Milosevic, who has lived in Britain for 19 years.

His patience snapped after journalists descended on his doorstep and began quizzing his neighbors about the novelty of living near a man who shares the name of the Serbian leader. He fired off a strongly worded letter to the Press Complaints Commission, saying that he was not related to the president of Yugoslavia.

`King Kong' poster sells for $244,500

The granddaughter of movie director Cecil B. DeMille paid $244,500 for a rare movie poster of ``King Kong,'' Sotheby's auction house said.

Cecelia Presley plans to donate the 1933 poster to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation, Sotheby's spokesman Matthew Weigman said Friday.

It was the second-highest price ever paid at auction for a movie poster.

``The Mummy,'' a 1932 movie poster, holds the record. It sold for $453,500 at a Sotheby's auction in March 1997.

The ``King Kong'' poster, which shows the magnificent movie ape perched atop a New York skyscraper holding Faye Wray in one palm and crunching an airplane in another, sold well above its expected auction price of $100,000 to $150,000.

MTV fans tap Florida woman for coveted on-camera position

An aspiring artist from Florida may be on her way to instant fame.

MTV named Thalia D. DaCosta, 21, of Sunrise, Fla., the winner of its nationwide search for a VJ on Saturday.

DaCosta, born in Brooklyn, was picked from 6,000 aspiring video jockeys who auditioned in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York between April 6 and April 14.

Five finalists battled it out live on MTV on Saturday from the network's Times Square studio. Viewers picked the winner by voting over the phone and in cyberspace.

``I just won a contest for being myself,'' said an excited DaCosta minutes after winning. ``It's really, really great. . . . I was really a struggling, starving artist yesterday. And today, I have . . . a really well-paying job.''

The competition, the second annual VJ ``Wanna-Be'' tryout, was open to 18- to 28-year-olds. Last year, Jesse Camp of Granby, Conn., stole the show and spent a year as a host on the cable music network.

``She seems great,'' Dave Sirulnick, the executive vice president of MTV news and production, said of DaCosta. ``She has a lot of poise and charm.''

The five finalists went through ``a combination of tests of their music knowledge and poise and stamina,'' he said.

DaCosta is taking home $25,000 and a new car.

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Thousands of Pez candy dispensers decorate a car Saturday at the 12th annual Art Car Parade in Houston. The event featured a procession of more than 240 wheeled entries ranging from cars and carts to rolling sculptures and cyclists. Hundreds of people lined the streets to view the unusual cars.

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(2) His fourth, her first

Germany's foreign minister, Joschka Fischer, 51, right, seen in January, married 29-year-old student Nicola Leske on Saturday.

Hans Edinger/Associated Press

(3) Thalia D. DaCosta

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