People: Emmy opts to sing the Blues

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AMONG the Emmy awards handed out in Pasadena on Sunday night to the labourers for excellence in the small-screen vineyard, NYPD Blue came out top in terms of the number of awards received by one programme. Of its six Emmys only two - for outstanding director of a drama series and outstanding actor in a drama series - were mainstream. There was no award for imaginative programme titles, but if there had been it would probably have upped its haul to seven, for such gems as 'Serge the concierge' and 'Tempest in a C-cup'.

Other winners familiar in Britain were Mystery: Prime Suspect 3 for best mini-series, and Candice Bergen for lead actress in Murphy Brown - a programme given international renown by Dan Quayle, who suggested in 1992 it was part of a conspiracy to destroy family values. Faye Dunaway was given her first Emmy award - as outstanding actress for a guest role in Columbo. She used the occasion to continue her battle with Andrew Lloyd Webber, who accused her of having a singing range insufficient for the demands of the Norma Desmond role in Sunset Boulevard. Dunaway said her lawsuit was 'moving along' and indicated enigmatically that the world would hear her sing. 'All will be revealed in time,' she said, after receiving her Columbo award.

A North Korean version of Godzilla believed to have been produced by Kim Jong Il - one- time heir apparent but still only the apparent heir to Kim Il Sung - is to be released in Japan as a video early next year. The film, made in 1985, depicts a Godzilla-like monster hero called 'Pulgasary' that protects farmers against soldiers by eating cannons and other weapons.

The film was directed by Shin Sang Ok, a South Korean, while he was held in the North to make movies for Kim Jong Il, who is a well-known movie enthusiast, according to Yoshimitsu Yoshitsuru, president of the video's distributor. Some reports say Shin and his wife were kidnapped in the late 1970s and held for several years to make movies for the Dear Leader.

Mr Yoshitsuru said he obtained the rights from Shin to release the movie as a video through Shin's Japanese office, where a master copy of the movie was recently discovered. 'We were told that the movie was the (North's) government project. Because Mr Shin was directing the movie, I'm sure it was produced by Mr Kim Jong Il,' said Kenpachiro Satsuma, who played Godzilla in a Japanese movie and was invited to the North to play the monster role there.

Several others from the Japanese film crew that made Godzilla were also invited and stayed at Kim Jong Il's holiday home during the project, Mr Satsuma said.

'It's a sad story, and it's well done,' said Mr Yoshitsuru.

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