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Wednesday, 12 December, 2001, 15:27 GMT
Britney poses for anti-fur campaign
Britney Spears is to pose for a poster for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), as part of its anti-fur campaign.

The move comes after Spears, 20, was criticised by Peta for using a caged tiger and a live snake in one of her stage acts.

The poster will part of the I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur campaign.

A spokesman for Peta told the New York Post they were "really thrilled" at Spears' support - but criticised model Naomi Campbell for recently attempting to enter a trendy New York club in a fur coat.


Shopping with the stars

A group of celebrities is taking over the floor of a London department store on Thursday night to raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust HIV and Aids charity.

Zoe Ball, James Nesbitt, Liza Tarbuck, Boy George, Stephen Fry, Frank Skinner and former Monty Python Michael Palin will be at Selfridges on Oxford Street, helping out on the tills, signing autographs, tasting food and shaking collection tins.

And visitors to the store's menswear department will be met by characters from BBC Two's Fast Show.

The event will be the sixth yearly "celebrity shopping" fundraiser at the store, which has also pledged to donate 10% of its takings from 1915 to 2130 GMT.


Lifetime achievement Grammys announced

Singers Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney and Al Green and singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell will receive lifetime achievement awards at next year's Grammy ceremonies, along with the late bandleader Count Basie.

The Recording Academy president Michael Greene said that all five created "some of the most distinctive and seminal recordings of the last century''.

The disc jockey Alan Freed, who helped popularize rock 'n' roll in the 1950s will receive a Trustees Award - along with the pioneer recording engineer and producer Tom Dowd.

The awards will be conferred during February's Grammy award week in Los Angeles.


Potter stays on top

The Samuel Jackson vehicle 51st State - an Anglo-Canadian production - has jumped to number two in the UK film charts, but has not ousted Harry Potter from the top slot.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has now grossed more than 43m in the UK.

New in the top 10 are Riding In Cars With Boys, starring Drew Barrymore (number seven) and Christmas Carol: The Movie, an animated feature with the voices of Kate Winslet, Nicholas Cage and Jane Horrocks (number eight).

The romantic French hit Amelie, in its 10th week on the chart, has climbed from 13 to 11.


Warner Bros clinches Terminator

The Warner Bros studio has won a bitter behind-the-scenes battle to distribute the latest Terminator movie.

The film will see the return of action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is being paid an all-time record of $30m (21m) to recreate the role which made him a star.

Paramount and Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks both wanted to release Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines in the lucrative US movie market.

But Warner Bros clinched the deal by offering to use the multi-media resources of its parent company, media giant AOL-Time Warner Inc, to launch and publicise the film.


Upstairs, Downstairs actress dies

Actress Rachel Gurney, who played Lady Marjorie Bellamy in the hugely popular 1970s TV series Upstairs, Downstairs, has died at the age of 81.

The ITV series, which ran from 1971-1975, chronicled the lives of the wealthy Bellamy household and its domestic staff over the first three decades of the 20th Century.

Gurney made her stage debut in 1945 and continued to work on stage after leaving Upstairs, Downstairs, playing roles in Uncle Vanya, Breaking the Code and Separate Tables during the 1990s.

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