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Monday, 19 August, 2002, 11:20 GMT 12:20 UK
Record July for UK box office
The UK had record cinema admissions in July with the highest figures for 31 years, according to the Cinema Advertising Association.

About 15 million cinema-goers passed through the doors, an average of 3.38 million a week and 8% up on the same period last year, according to trade magazine Screen International.

Summer is usually dominated by films for the younger end of the market, and Scooby-Doo did well with 14.3m.

Steven Spielberg's futuristic dystopian thriller Minority Report was the top film with 16m.

"The depth and quality of the films this year is outstanding," said CAA president Debbie Chalet.


Stars pay tribute

John Mellencamp, Don Henley, Sheryl Crow and Sting are to play two benefit gigs in October in memory of Billboard editor Timothy White, according to Launch Music website.

The stars will top the bill at both Music To My Ears: In Celebration Of Timothy White concerts on 7 and 8 October.

The gigs at Boston's FleetCenter and New York's Madison Square Garden will raise money for the family of White, who died from a heart attack in June.

Other artists to perform in New York include Brian Wilson and Jimmy Buffett, while James Taylor will be added to the Boston event, Billboard reports.


Leading conductor dies of heart attack

Anton Guadagno, artistic director and principal conductor of the Palm Beach Opera for the past 18 years, has died at the age of 79.

Guadagno died of a heart attack on Friday night in Vienna, Austria, according to a statement from the Palm Beach Opera.

He had conducted Otello in St Margarethen, Austria, the night before his death.

A native of Italy, Guadagno had for the past 30 years conducted operas at the Vienna Staatsoper, where he was a resident conductor.

He had also served as music director at the Philadelphia Lyric Opera, principal conductor for the Cincinnati Opera, and in South America.


Peanuts Museum opens its doors

A new museum dedicated to the life and work of Peanuts creator Charles M Schultz is opening in California over the weekend.

The Charles M Schultz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, is a short distance from the studio where Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the other Peanuts characters were created.

Highlights include a replica of the late cartoonist's studio, original comic strips, a giant mural and a 3,200kg "morphing" Snoopy sculpture.

"The hope is that the museum will send people away with a greater depth of knowledge than they came with," said Schultz's widow Jean of the new attraction.


John Lennon memorial unveiled

A new tribute to former Beatle John Lennon has been unveiled in the remote Scottish village where he spent his childhood summers.

Lennon holidayed in Durness, in the Highlands, from the age of seven until he was 15, and returned to the village in 1969 with Yoko Ono.

Locals have marked his links to the area with a trio of standing stones inscribed with lyrics from the Beatles song In My Life.

"John would have been thrilled with this memorial," said Lennon's cousin Stan Parkes. "He loved Durness and the openness, the wild mountains, the lochs and all the rest of it."

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