Originally created 11/26/05

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - A jury has ruled that Matthew Modine doesn't have to pay for damages to a neighbor's property from a fire he started outside his Hudson Valley home.

Modine, who sold the house last year, said he started the fire in April 2003 to clear brush on his property.

Nigel and Julia Widdowson were seeking $43,000 for damage to more than 100 trees on their wooded estate in Millbrook, 78 miles north of New York City.

Modine's lawyer, Rose Cotter, argued during a four-day trial that there was no permanent damage and showed photos of the trees growing back.

The Dutchess County jury returned the verdict Wednesday.

Modine, 46, has appeared in films including "Full Metal Jacket," "Married to the Mob," "Any Given Sunday" and "Transporter 2."


SHANGHAI, China - Tom Cruise kept a low profile while shooting scenes for "Mission: Impossible III," eluding the hordes of reporters staking out his hotel.

"Hide-and-seek with brother Tom," said a headline in the Shanghai Morning Post above pictures of Cruise's white van pulling away from the Four Seasons hotel where the star is staying. Cruise wasn't shown in any of the pictures.

Cruise arrived in the city early Monday aboard a private jet, Shanghai media reported. He was reportedly spotted strolling near his hotel Monday evening, but has otherwise stayed clear of the media and fans.

He was expected to stay in Shanghai for up to 10 days, newspapers said.

Cruise's management couldn't be reached for comment, and Yvonne Mu, a public relations officer with the Four Seasons, declined to give details about his stay.

The 43-year-old actor is starring and co-producing the third installment in the "Mission: Impossible" series, which also has filmed scenes in Rome and at an 18th-century palace north of Naples, Italy.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, the movie is due for release in May.


VUNG TAU, Vietnam - Vietnam will detain former British glam rocker Gary Glitter for three months while authorities complete investigations into a suspected child sex abuse case.

Police have gathered enough evidence to accuse Glitter of crimes, and prosecutors have approved initiating criminal proceedings against him, said Nguyen Van Xung, deputy prosecutor for Ba Ria-Vung Tau province.

The prosecutor's office issued a formal order Friday to keep Glitter in custody at a prison outside Vung Tau while police continue their investigation, Xung said.

Glitter, 61, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, has been held in detention since Nov. 19. He was stopped at Ho Chi Minh City's international airport as he was trying to leave the country amid allegations he had committed lewd acts with minors at his rented home in Vung Tau.

He has denied all allegations. His lawyer, Le Thanh Kinh, said he is working on getting Glitter released on bail. Police can extend the detention period if they choose.

The British singer has been living in Vung Tau since April, police said. He has entered the country three times since 2003, according to immigration records.

Glitter, who rose to fame as a glam rocker in the 1970s, is perhaps best known for "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" and "Rock and Roll (Part 2)," which is still frequently played at sporting events.


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