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Folk singer leads Latin Grammy nominations

Colombian folk singer Carlos Vives collected a leading six Latin Grammy nominations Wednesday, including album, record and song of the year.

Vives, who won a mainstream Grammy this year for best traditional tropical Latin album, was recognized by the separate Latin Recording Academy for his album and song Dejame Entrar, which translates to Let Me In.

Vives, a former TV actor, also had nominations for contemporary tropical album, tropical song and music video.

Salsa singer Celia Cruz, a two-time Latin Grammy winner, had four nominations, for album and record of the year, best salsa album and best music video for her album and song La Negra Tiene Tumbao.

Other top album nominees were Sereno by Miguel Bose, Jobiniando by Ivan Lins and MTV Unplugged by Alejandro Sanz. Record of the year nominees included Sanz's Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte, La Ley's Mentira and Se Me Olvido by Gian Marco.

The third annual Latin Grammys are planned for Sept. 18 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, which is also the new home of the Academy Awards. It is to be televised live on CBS.

"Malcolm' mom gets pregnant

No more hiding behind giant frying pans, chairs and refrigerator doors.

Jane Kaczmarek's third real-life pregnancy will be written into her Emmy-nominated role as Lois on TV's Malcolm in the Middle.

"The plan is to do some episodes (with Lois) not pregnant, and then some pregnant," Kaczmarek told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this week.

The last time the 46-year-old actor was pregnant, she spent a lot of time on the show hiding her expanding middle.

The actor and husband Bradley Whitford of The West Wing have a 4-year-old daughter, Frances, and a 2-year-old son, George.

O'Brien to host Emmys

The job of Emmy host is going to Conan O'Brien instead of NBC's top late-night star, Jay Leno.

"We think it's Conan's turn to be seen by the biggest audience that will ever" see him, NBC Entertainment president Jeff Zucker said of the Late Night with Conan O'Brien host.

"Jay was thrilled with that," Zucker added. The network gave Tonight Show host Leno the "courtesy" of informing him that O'Brien was NBC's Emmy pick, Zucker said Tuesday.

In addition to O'Brien, Today hosts Katie Couric and Matt Lauer will anchor an hourlong preceremony show for the Sept. 22 Emmy Awards, Zucker told the Television Critics Association.

"Rumpole' star McKern dies

Leo McKern, the Australian actor who gained fame as a curmudgeonly barrister in Rumpole of the Bailey, died Tuesday (July 23, 2002) at the age of 82, his agent said.

Mr. McKern, who had been ill for some time, died at a nursing home near his home in Bath in western England, said his agent, Richard Hatton.

Mr. McKern starred as Horace Rumpole in 44 episodes between 1975 and 1992, playing a crafty lawyer giving to quoting poetry, swilling "Chateau Thames Embankment" at Pomeroy's wine bar and dueling at home with his wife Hilda _ "she who must be obeyed."

The distinctive appearance of Mr. McKern's fleshy face was due in part to a glass left eye, the result of an accident when he was a 15-year-old engineer's apprentice.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Holland, and two daughters. A private family funeral was planned, Hatton said.

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