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NEWSMAKERS: Sir Spielberg

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

Producer-director-top dog Steven Spielberg has a new title: Sir.

The helmer, whose works include the "Indiana Jones" franchise, "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan," is set to be knighted by Great Britain, Reuters reports.

Specifically, the 54-year-old Spielberg will receive the honorary Insignia of a Knight Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (um, of course) for his contributions to England’s film industry at a Jan. 29 ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington D.C.

"It’s an honorary knighthood because knighthood per se is just for British citizens," Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy told Reuters.

"It’s an extraordinary honor," Levy continued. "He has great affection and respect for the British film industry and the British people. He has always enjoyed every moment he’s spent in the U.K. -- or anywhere where the British flag flies."

Spielberg has also been tapped to receive his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

KATE HUDSON WEDS?! Don’t have anything planned for New Year’s Eve? Might we suggest crashing Kate Hudson's wedding?

The New York Post is reporting that the "Almost Famous" starlet will allegedly tie the knot with Black Crowes rocker Chris Robinson on New Year’s Eve in Aspen, Colo.

According to the tab, Robinson proposed to the 21-year-old actress in August, and she's currently sporting a big rock.

Due to the holidays, our calls to Hudson’s people have yet to been returned.

YEAR OF THE FOX: Ex-"Spin City" star turned Parkinson’s disease activist Michael J. Fox has been named by US Weekly as its celebrity of the year, The Associated Press says.

The 39-year-old first made the announcement in November 1999 regarding his battle with Parkinson’s disease. He left the ABC sitcom in May and created the Michael J. Fox Foundation to combat the neurological disorder.

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