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Friday, 1 February, 2002, 11:03 GMT
Alanis joins Olympic line-up
Canadian singer Alanis Morissette has been added to the line up for the Olympic Celebration concerts to be held in Salt Lake City next month.

The concerts, which take place during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, will also feature performances from Nelly Furtado, Paul McCartney, the Foo Fighters, Macy Gray, Sheryl Crow, 'Nsync and the Goo Goo Dolls.

The Dave Matthews Band start proceedings with a concert on 9 February, the day after the opening ceremony of the games.


Kylie soap track not on single

Pop star Kylie Minogue will not be releasing her theme song to ITV soap Night And Day, it has been confirmed.

There had been rumours that Always and Forever would feature as the b-side to her new single, In Your Eyes.

But the single will instead feature two new tracks when it is released on 18 February.

Kylie starts a 24-date tour of the UK in April.


Hockney's princely sketches to be sold

Seven drawings of the Prince of Wales by artist David Hockney that were rejected as cover images for Time magazine are to be auctioned.

The artist created the coloured sketches when the magazine was looking for a way to mark the Prince's investiture in 1969, but were never used.

They are expected to fetch between 50,000-70,000 when they are auctioned alongside other major works of modern art at Christie's in London on 7 February.

"Each of the drawings represents a different idea. Some are figurative and some are more abstract," a spokeswoman for the auctioneer said.


ITV2 to screen Hear'Say auditions

Pop band Hear'Say's hunt to replace Kym Marsh will be screened as a six-part series on cable and digital channel ITV2.

The channel promises to screen exclusive material giving an insight into why Marsh left, and will document auditions for a new member.

It will then follow the band as the new member settles in and becomes part of the band in time for the recording and release of their new single and video.

Marsh left the group last week after reports of arguments with bandmate Myleene Klass.


Vietnamese sculptress dies

Diem Phung Thi, Vietnam's leading female sculptor and a former anti-French resistance fighter, has died aged 82.

She fought French colonial rule in Hanoi as a student in the late 1940s but later became a naturalised French citizen and spent four decades in France.

Only becoming a sculptor at the age of 39, she staged her first one-woman show in Paris in 1966 and was named a member of the European Academy of Arts, Literature and Sciences in 1991.

She died in hospital in the former imperial capital of Hue on Tuesday after a long illness, according to the Vietnam News Agency.


Film recreates civil war execution

The beheading of King Charles I in 1649 has been recreated for a new film about the English civil war - on the anniversary of the original execution.

Filming of Cromwell and Fairfax, starring Rupert Everett and Tim Roth, is currently taking place, and filming of the beheading scene fell on the real event's 353rd anniversary.

Everett, star of The Next Best Thing and My Best Friend's Wedding, plays the doomed monarch, while Roth plays the republican Oliver Cromwell.

Dougray Scott stars as Thomas Fairfax, commander of Cromwell's New Model Army, with a release date pencilled in for later this year.


Atomic Kitten calling

Girl band Atomic Kitten have signed a deal to promote make-up from cosmetics firm Avon.

The trio will be paid a six-figure sum to endorse products from the company's Color Trend range.

An Avon spokeswoman confirmed a deal had been agreed and that the band members would appear on packaging and feature in Avon catalogues.

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