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Gere urges pressure on China over rights

BERLIN - Richard Gere on Monday urged Germany, which holds the European Union and G-8 presidencies, to press China about its human rights record and Tibet.

Gere, a longtime advocate of the Tibetan cause, argued at a news conference that the twin presidency marks "a historic moment for Germany to step forward."

"This is a moment of great possibility for ... not just punishing but encouraging China to become part of the modern world," he said. "Tibet should be ever-present in any discussion with China."

China has exercised an often harsh, intrusive rule over Tibet since communist troops marched into the region in 1950.

Gere, 57, was in the German capital for the annual Cinema for Peace gala. It gathers celebrities to raise money for humanitarian organizations such as the U.N. Children's Fund.

Also attending was rocker and anti-poverty campaigner Bob Geldof, who echoed Gere's call for action on China.

"It is probably the job of Germany this year, the privilege of Germany this year to embrace China into the international norms that are expected of behavior," Geldof said.

David Arquette to direct sister

LOS ANGELES - Patricia Arquette will soon be taking orders from her little brother.

David Arquette, who's married to "Dirt" actress Courteney Cox, will direct an episode of NBC's drama "Medium."

"I was always a bossy little girl, and being David's older sister I've bossed him around quite a bit. Now that he'll be directing me it will be payback time," Patricia Arquette, 38, said Monday. "I think it will be really interesting being directed by David because he knows me so well and I feel so safe with him. I think I'll be able to go to some of my darkest places."

The 35-year-old David Arquette, who stars in ABC's "In Case of Emergency" and recently directed his first feature film ("The Tripper" being released in April), said he was "really excited to be able to work with my sister Patricia."

Miguel Sandoval, who plays District Attorney Manuel Devalos in "Medium," also will direct an episode of the show.

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