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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 September 2005, 09:41 GMT 10:41 UK
Jackson plans Katrina film shows
Samuel L Jackson
Samuel L Jackson stars opposite Eugene Levy in The Man
Actor Samuel L Jackson plans to screen his new movie The Man in US shelters filled with refugees fleeing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Jackson wants to show the comedy on big screens for victims housed in the Houston Astrodome and other shelters.

He said: "We're in the entertainment business so we should entertain these people. It's been a while since they've had something to laugh about."

Jackson plays a policeman who enlists a salesman to join him on a mission.

Jackson said he hoped the film's producers could show the film "to these people in the Astrodome and whatever these shelters are where all these people are".

"At least give them an hour and a half to not think about the place they are in, or the plight they are in," he added. "And, hopefully, we can make them laugh for an hour and a half."

The film's producer Robert N Fried said: "There are logistical issues, ratings issues, but we're going to try to do it."

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The official death toll in New Orleans after last week's hurricane stands at 83, but thousands are feared to have died as a result of flooding.

Meanwhile, it is not clear whether performers taking part in Friday's US telethon for hurricane survivors will be allowed to express political views on the US government's response to the disaster.

Kanye West
Last week Kanye West claimed Bush "didn't care" about black people
Spokesmen for the US TV networks due to screen the one-hour special, Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, say no decision has been made.

Sheryl Crow, Jack Nicholson, Rod Stewart and Paul Simon are among the artists due to appear at the charity show.

Some of the stars lined up, including country act the Dixie Chicks, have a history of criticising the Bush administration.

Rapper Kanye West criticised President Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina at a televised benefit concert in New York last week.

The comment went out live on the US east coast, but was cut from a taped version seen on the west coast.

Museums damaged

The head of the American Association of Museums has warned that some of the Gulf Coast's cultural sites have been severely damaged.

"We're learning now that the destruction was even greater than we thought," said association president Ed Able.

"What we need most now is skeleton staffs to protect these collections - not just in New Orleans but all along the Gulf Coast."

The AAM reports that sculptures were destroyed at the New Orleans Museum of Art, which has one of the largest glass collections in the US.

The association has posted a list of storm-damaged sites on its website, including the Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History, in Jackson, Mississippi, which lost part of its roof, resulting in "hundreds" of wet exhibits.

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