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Thursday, 18 January, 2001, 18:02 GMT
Girl group's Precious newcomer
Pregnant singer Kerry Katona - who is expecting a baby with Westlife's Bryan McFadden - is to leave her group Atomic Kitten next month.

The 20-year-old is being replaced by Jenny Frost, of another all-female act, Precious.

Atomic Kitten manager Stuart Bell said: "The Kittens team is a very close-knit family and we were all thrilled with the news of Kerry's pregnancy and completely understand her decision to put the wellbeing of her unborn child first.

"Being in Atomic Kitten is a 24-hour a day hectic way of life which really wouldn't make for a stress-free, relaxed pregnancy."

Frost is already working with Atomic Kitten's other members, Natasha Hamilton and Liz McLarnon, on a new single, while Katona is hoping for success in a TV career.


Pitt and Aniston's 'pact'

Movie heart-throb Brad Pitt has spoken for the first time about his marriage to Friends actress Jennifer Aniston.

In an interview with US Details magazine he calls his marriage "The Adventure", adding "We've made a pact... we'll see where it takes us."

The 37-year-old star called his wedding day in Malibu last July "one of the coolest things I have ever been to".

Pitt co-stars with Julia Roberts in The Mexican, due to open in the US in March.


Cruise and Spielberg speed up

Actor Tom Cruise and director Steven Spielberg are racing to complete their current projects so they can team up in time to beat the Hollywood strikes.

Cruise, currently shooting Vanilla Sky in Los Angeles, will take two weeks off in March before starring in Minority Report, directed by Steven Spielberg.

Spielberg is editing AI, the former Stanley Kubrick project, on a tight schedule so he can put Minority Report into pre-production. He had spent two years deciding which film to do next.


Destiny's Child star in 'hip-hopera'

Beyonce Knowles from Destiny's Child is to play the title role in Carmen: A Hip Hopera, an TV movie from MTV which begins shooting in Los Angeles on Monday.

Directed by Robert Townsend, Carmen is the first urban retelling of the opera of the same name. Set in Philadelphia, it is narrated by hip-hop star Da Brat.

MTV's move into this field continues with Spring Break Lawyer, a road trip story about two college pals defending students arrested for drunk driving.

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