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Thursday, October 22, 1998 Published at 11:50 GMT 12:50 UK


Sting scoops music honour

Sting with Trudie Styler: Top music man at GQ awards

Former Police frontman Sting has scooped a top honour at a prestigious US awards ceremony on Wednesday night.

He took the top music and solo artist prize at the third annual GQ Men Of The Year Awards show at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

He was accompanied by his wife Trudie Styler at the event, which was also attended by Madonna, Whitney Houston, Muhammad Ali and Tony Bennett.

The Artist Formerly Known As Prince raised eyebrows with his outfit - turning up in a flat cap, scarf, baggy grey overcoat and carrying a walking stick.

Spice Girls in Mandela elephant appeal

[ image: Emma Bunton and Mel C: Spice Girls backing elephant campaign]
Emma Bunton and Mel C: Spice Girls backing elephant campaign
The Spice Girls have appealed to South African President Nelson Mandela to help return 30 young captured elephants to the wild.

The animals were captured in neighbouring Botswana's Tuli Reserve last year as part of a population control programme and sold to a wild animal trainer.

The group have teamed up with singer Chrissie Hynde to write to Mandela to appeal for the elephants' freedom.

"I pray that their walk to freedom will not be as long as yours was,'' Hynde wrote.

The Spice Girls added: "Please help these frightened baby elephants feel the comfort and love of their mothers once again.''

The country's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals currently has custody of the animals, following a court case brought against their owner.

Independent experts are examining the site on which they were kept to decide whether the trainer can keep them.

Natalie's Aria accolades

[ image: Natalie Imbruglia: Swept the board at the Arias]
Natalie Imbruglia: Swept the board at the Arias
Natalie Imbruglia is celebrating after sweeping the board at the Australian Recording Industry Awards.

The actress-turned-singer, who is based in London, returned to her native country to pick up half a dozen gongs.

Among the glittering collection were awards for Best Single (Torn), Best Debut Album (Left Of The Middle) and Best Female Artist.

Meanwhile, the Aria for Outstanding Achievement went to Savage Garden.

Pitt in Custer movie

[ image: Brad Pitt: Playing General Custer]
Brad Pitt: Playing General Custer
Brad Pitt is to play General George Armstrong Custer in a new film directed by Oliver Stone.

Marching To Valhalla covers the legendary US soldier's life from the age of 21 until his death at 37.

The Hollywood movie will be based on the book by Dancing With Wolves author Michael Blake.

Custer's romance with his wife Libbie will form a major portion of the film.

Pavarotti pulls out of shows

[ image: Luciano Pavarotti: Resting after surgery]
Luciano Pavarotti: Resting after surgery
Opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti has pulled out of three performances at New York's Metropolitan Opera, as he recovers from hip and knee surgery.

The tenor, who had the surgery in July, will miss his scheduled appearances as Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca on 7, 12 and 16 November.

The 63-year-old Italian still plans to appear in a gala performance on 22 November to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his Metropolitan debut.

Stars go Crazy in Manchester

Stars gathered on Wednesday night for the premiere of the latest British film tipped as the next Full Monty.

Written by comedy team Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, Still Crazy celebrates 1970s music by charting the revival of a fictitious chart-topping band Strange Fruit.

Noel Gallagher's wife, Meg Mathews, and drum 'n' bass star Goldie rubbed shoulders with 70s legend Noddy Holder and the stars of the film, Jimmy Nail and Timothy Spall.

The star-studded event took place at Britain's biggest cinema, in Manchester's new Trafford Centre.

Shandling sues former manager

A $100m lawsuit by US actor Garry Shandling - star of The Larry Sanders Show - against his former manager is to go to trial in June.

Shandling claims ex-manager Brad Grey used his relationship with him to cut his own deals with studios and talent, making "huge sums of money" instead of properly representing his client.

Grey has counter-sued for $10m, claiming that Shandling's allegedly irresponsible behaviour damaged the series, which has just ended its run.

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