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Friday, 4 October, 2002, 11:06 GMT 12:06 UK
News in brief: Sir Elton goes small
Sir Elton John is to perform two intimate charity concerts at a London theatre.

The singer - more used to performing at arenas and major outdoor shows - will play at the modest Shepherds Bush Empire on 16 and 17 December.

Other stars to perform at the modest venue in recent years have included The Who and Oasis, while David Bowie performed just down the road at the Hammersmith Apollo two days ago.

The shows will benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation and the MAC Aids Fund, for which Sir Elton is a spokesman.

MGM enters clothing market

The MGM film studios are to licence a clothing line inspired by their black-oriented films from the 1970s including Foxy Brown, Cooley High and Coffey.

The studio is hoping to target a hip, urban audience. Future lines could target fans of its western, science fiction or horror titles.

As MGM falters at the box office with high-profile flops like Rollerball and Windtalkers, its consumer products division has been the only division showing growth.

Windtalkers, starring Nicolas Cage, cost about $110m to make and market but only earned about $40m at the box office this summer.

Popstars contestant has baby

Pregnant Popstars contestant Hazel Kaneswaren has had a baby boy.

The 25-year-old became an overnight celebrity after auditioning for ITV1's Popstars: The Rivals while eight months pregnant.

Hazel won an army of admirers, including judges Geri Halliwell and Louis Walsh, when she sang Joan Armatrading's Love and Affection at the Glasgow auditions in August.

Despite objections from the other judge Pete Waterman, she was chosen to go through to the next round of auditions and made it through to the final 30, five of whom will form two rival boy and girl bands.

But Hazel was later booted off the show - for being 10 days too old. All the contestants had to be 24 or under on 1 July.

Soul II Soul death 'accidental'

A verdict of accidental death has been ruled at an inquest into the death of former Soul II Soul singer Doreen Waddell.

The 36-year-old, who lived in Hove, died of multiple injuries in March when she was hit by two cars while trying to cross the A27 at Shoreham, West Sussex.

Ms Waddell, a former Grammy winning singer, sang on the Soul II Soul hit Keep On Movin' in 1989.

The inquest heard that she had been shoplifting items from a nearby Tesco supermarket and was running from the scene when the accident happened.

Court questions Blake bail

The California Supreme Court has ordered authorities to show why actor Robert Blake should not be granted bail while awaiting trial for the murder of his wife.

The court's order indicated than unless a good reason can be produced that the actor should be entitled to a bail hearing.

Blake's wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, was shot dead in April 2001 as she sat in his car outside a restaurant in Los Angeles.

The actor, who starred in the TV series Baretta, faces life imprisonment if convicted of the crime.

Chapman new daytime TV host

BBC entertainment correspondent Robert Nisbet has been chosen to co-host a new daytime TV show alongside former Popstars judge Nicky Chapman.

The programme, which will begin an initial eight week run in the New Year, will be the first daytime magazine show to be produced by BBC News.

It will feature correspondents including Navdip Dhariwal and Rosie Millard, who is expected to cover entertainment news for the show.

The show is expected to air from 10am to 11am, as a rival to five's The Wright Stuff and this morning on ITV1.

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