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TV coverage of the Academy Awards ceremonies from Los Angeles March 21 is expected to attract an estimated 1 billion viewers around the world. So who would even think of turning down an invitation to be a featured performer in the broadcast? Britain's Black Dyke Mills Band, that's who. The group, whose music is heard in the film "Babe: Pig in the City," declined because of a promise to appear in concert at a resort in Bourne-mouth, England. The likely audience there: maybe 2,000 people, tops.

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Speaking of things British, imagine the red faces at the United Kingdom's embassy in Vietnam. Its honored guest last Friday was Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II's son. In browsing the embassy's new, official Internet Web site, he was amused to discover that his mother must have moved since he was home last. It listed the queen's address as No. 10 Downing Street, London, instead of Buckingham Palace. "No. 10" is, of course, the prime minister's residence.

The films of late, legendary director, Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick, who died at his home outside London Sunday, was considered one of the three greatest film directors of the 20th century - along with Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock. His latest opus, "Eyes Wide Shut," is scheduled to be released in July. Kubrick's other films:

"Day of the Fight" 1950

"Flying Padre" 1951

"The Seafarers" 1952

"Fear and Desire" 1953

"Killer's Kiss" 1955

"The Killing" 1956

"Paths of Glory" 1957

"Spartacus" 1960

"Lolita" 1962

"Dr. Strangelove" 1964

"2001: A Space Odyssey" 1968

"A Clockwork Orange" 1971

"Barry Lyndon" 1975

"The Shining" 1980

"Full Metal Jacket" 1987

- Associated Press

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