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Thursday, 20 June, 2002, 11:10 GMT 12:10 UK
Bobby Brown fights infection in hospital
Bobby Brown has been admitted to hospital with an infection, his spokeswoman confirmed.

The 33-year-old singer was travelling with wife Whitney Houston in their tour bus from Atlanta to their home in New Jersey when they stopped at a hospital.

"He voluntarily put himself there for an infection that had got out of hand," publicist Nancy Seltzer said.

Brown is being treated intravenously with an antibiotic at the Mary Washington Hospital in Virginia.


Bono talks Africa with French president

U2 frontman Bono is to meet French President Jacques Chirac to discuss the situation in Africa and the developing world.

The pair will talk on Thursday, ahead of an summit of industrialised nations aimed at helping the continent end civil wars and improve aid.

Bono recently accompanied US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill on a tour of Africa to emphasise the need for debt relief.

A new development plan for Africa will be a focus of the 26-27 June Group of Eight meeting in Canada.


Hawaiian première for Disney cartoon

Lilo and Stitch, the latest animated feature from the Disney studios, has received its world première in Hawaii.

Dozens of fans, hula dancers and a ukulele band lined the entrance to the Waikiki Twin Theatre to get a glimpse of the film's stars.

Among the actors attending were Hawaii natives Tia Carrere and Jason Scott Lee whose voices appear in the film.

Lilo and Stitch tells the story of a lonely young girl who adopts an alien as a pet after he crash-lands on Kauai.


The Rock becomes king

Scorpion King star The Rock is to play the King of Hawaii in a film about the ruler Kamehameha who united the islands in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The champion wrestler-turned-actor, whose real name is Dwayne Douglas Johnson, grew up in Hawaii where the story of Kamehameha is legend.

"The story is epic in scope, and there is also a wonderful love story," said screenwriter Gregory Poirer.

The Rock returns to the big screen in 2003 in the action comedy Helldorado.


Celebrities lend a hand to homeless shelter

A handful of celebrities are joining forces to help give a homeless shelter a much-needed makeover.

Barbara Windsor, Pete Waterman and TV's Oliver Heath will launch the Community Service Volunteers Make A Difference Day at St Mungo's shelter in London.

The shelter will see its TV and dining areas revamped in just one day.

Make A Difference Day will take place across the UK on 26 October.


Weisz 'to star in Grisham film'

Rachel Weisz is to star in the new John Grisham adaptation The Runaway Jury, according to reports in showbiz magazine Variety.

The trade paper said New Regency would start filming on 16 September.

Gary Fleder will direct Weisz, who recently played the love interest in Nick Hornby adaptation About a Boy, as well as Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman.

The book centres on a legal battle between a widow and tobacco companies with no holds barred, but it has been reported that the film will change the protagonists to firearms manufacturers.

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