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Thursday, 18 July, 2002, 13:13 GMT 14:13 UK
Puttnam to head children's charity
Film-maker Lord Puttnam has been elected president of children's charity Unicef UK.

Lord Puttnam, behind such films as The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire and Memphis Belle will fight for children's rights all over the world in his new role.

One of his first visits will be to Cambodia, setting for The Killing Fields, a film which portrayed the country under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime.

Puttnam said: "Children all over the world are being denied a very basic right: the right to a childhood.

"I see my new role as President of Unicef UK as a once in a lifetime opportunity to become a strong advocate for all these issues."


Second UK show for Guns N'Roses

US rockers Guns N'Roses have lined up a second UK show for the end of August.

The band are already due to play the Leeds festival on Friday 23 August - their first UK concert since 1993.

Now they have lined up a show at the London Arena on Monday 26 August. Singer Axl Rose and keyboard player Dizzy Reed are the only members who remain in the band from the old line-up.

Councillors in Leeds will meet next week to decide whether the city's festival can go ahead at its Temple Newsman site - an earlier application to hold the show was refused.


McCartney to play more US shows

Paul McCartney is to return to the US in September for more live shows, following the success of his tour earlier this year.

The former Beatle will kick off the second leg of his Back In The USA tour in Milwaukee on 22 September, ending in Phoenix on 29 October.

McCartney will mainly play cities he did not visit on the last tour, but will return to Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Las Vegas and California.

The first leg of the tour, one of the highest-grossing of 2002, saw him playing 22 shows to over 407,000 people.


Collins bags new soap role

Former Dynasty star Joan Collins is joining the cast of the hit US soap Guiding Light.

Collins has signed a six-month contract to appear on the show as Alexandra Spaulding, a character who first appeared in the mid-80s and was played by actress Beverlee McKinsey.

She is expected to make her debut on the daytime show in September.

Guiding Light, one of the longest-running programmes on US TV, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary on TV.


Pop star Tse faces September trial

Canto-pop star Nicholas Tse will face trial in September on charges that he allegedly arranged for his driver to take the blame, after he crashed his Ferrari in March.

It's the latest in a string of incidents to involve the 22-year-old singer.

In June he suffered head injuries after his car slammed into the back of another vehicle on the way to Hong Kong airport.

Meanwhile, a Taiwan court is investigating claims that Tse assaulted a photographer in a Taipei restaurant over the weekend, following a concert in the Taiwanese capital.


Romanian honour for Kidman?

The mayor of Potigrafu, the Romanian village where the epic drama Cold Mountain is currently being filmed has said he would like to make the film's star Nicole Kidman an honorary citizen.

Mayor Gheorghe Voicu has described the arrival of the film, which also stars Jude Law, as "a hand from heaven."

The drought-stricken village has a population of just 1300 people, and the average monthly wage is around $100 (64).

However, the production has provided employment for dozens of locals - while farmers giving up their land for filming have been handsomely compensated.

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