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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 December, 2003, 14:43 GMT
Simon and Garfunkel help charity
Singing duo Simon and Garfunkel have donated $1m (567,417) to help underprivileged children in America.

One half of the donation to The Children's Health Fund will fund the charity's paediatric research programme.

A CHF spokesman said the pair were "committed to improving the quality of life... for all of America's children".

The singers recently reunited for their first US tour in 20 years. The duo, best known for the album Bridge Over Troubled Water, split up in 1970.

Pink adds fizz to soft drink

Pop star Pink is to become the new face of Pepsi, following in the footsteps of Britney Spears and Robbie Williams.

Pink - whose hits include Trouble and Get The Party Started - will front a new campaign entitled International!

"My fans around the world will be able to get lots more of my music and there will be cool stuff for them to win too," said Pink of the collaboration.

Pepsi's soft-drink rival Coca Cola recently announced a two-year contract with the Official UK Charts Company.

Film trio to get festival honours

Actress Scarlett Johansson and writer Sidney Sheldon are among those who will be honoured at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January.

Johansson, nominated for two Golden Globes for her roles in Girl With A Pearl Earring and Lost In Translation, will win the first Rising Star award.

Sheldon will receive the Sonny Bono visionary award.

Other winners include production designer Dante Ferretti, whose most recent projects include Cold Mountain.

Canada to show Gibson's Passion

A Montreal-based film company, Equinoxe Films, has acquired the Canadian rights to Mel Gibson's controversial film, The Passion of Christ.

As in the US, the film will debut in Canada on Ash Wednesday, 2004.

"This is a powerful film," said Equinoxe executive Michael Mosca. "Mel Gibson did an excellent job directing."

The film, which depicts the last hours of Christ's life, has been criticised by Jewish groups who claim it could encourage anti-semitism.


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