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Famed photographer Avedon critical after hemorrhage

Fashion photographer Richard Avedon was in critical but stable condition Thursday after suffering a brain hemorrhage last weekend while on assignment in Texas, a spokeswoman for the New Yorker magazine said.

Avedon, 81, was hospitalized in San Antonio, where he shooting for the magazine when he was stricken, said spokeswoman Perri Dorset. She had no information on a prognosis for the photographer once cited as one of the 10 best in the world.

He was in Texas as part of a New Yorker piece titled "On Democracy," which he was shooting for months. The photo spread included shots of politicians, delegates and citizens from around the country, and will run before the November election, Dorset said.

Avedon was the first staff photographer at the New Yorker. His work has appeared in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.

Aspen Filmfest honors

Douglas for movie work

ASPEN, Colo. _ Michael Douglas has been honored by the Aspen Filmfest for his contributions to film culture.

Aspen Filmfest executive director Laura Thielen said it was the versatility of Douglas' work that stood out, saying he had acted in "every conceivable type of movie, bending and blending genres to reinvent them."

He received the festival's Independent by Nature Award _ a silver aspen leaf belt buckle _ in a ceremony Wednesday.

Douglas began his career producing films such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and then went on to star in movies such as Romancing the Stone, Basic Instinct, The American President and Traffic.

He won a best-actor Oscar for 1987's Wall Street.

"The business was telling me, why act? I was totally acceptable as a producer, but not (as an actor). I quietly resented it," the 60-year-old actor said during a conversation with Aspen Filmfest host Joel Schumacher.

Beyonce injures hamstring

during practice for TV show

LOS ANGELES _ Beyonce tore a leg muscle rehearsing dance moves with Destiny's Child and her injury could delay some of the group's plan, a record company spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The singer tore her right hamstring, one of the muscles at the back of the thigh, while practicing Tuesday in Los Angeles for an upcoming TV special.

The new album from the trio, which also includes Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, is titled Destiny Fulfilled and set for release Nov. 16.

The performer was treated by a private sports-injury specialist. She is able to walk, but was advised to steer clear of dancing and other strenuous physical activity for about a week.