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Friday, 18 October, 2002, 15:50 GMT 16:50 UK
News in brief: Roseanne 'returns to TV'
Former sitcom star Roseanne is set to return to TV with a new reality show, according to trade publication Variety.

Producer RJ Cutler told Variety the show would be "the first reality comedy set in a workplace".

It is likely to be screened on the ABC TV network, which was the home of Roseanne's long-running sitcom until it ended in 1997.

It will be Roseanne's first programme since then end of her talk show, which lasted for two years.

EastEnder wins mental health award

EastEnders actress Jessie Wallace has been given an award for her handling of storylines involving childhood sex abuse and suicide.

Wallace, who plays Kat Slater in the hit soap, was honoured at the Mental Health Media Awards on Thursday.

Her uncle, who raped Kat when she was young, came back into her life and she was seen attempting suicide.

Judges, who were trying to raise awareness of mental health issues, said the storyline had a huge impact on the audience.

Gun documentary wins top prize

US satirist Michael Moore's documentary about the country's love of firearms has won one of the top prizes at the Chicago Film Festival.

His film, Bowling for Columbine, was named winner of the audience choice award.

It challenges the constitution's "right to bear arms" and asks why there are so many gun deaths in the US.

Coming-of-age comedy drama Real Women Have Curves was awarded second prize.

Sopranos star reveals past addictions

Sopranos actor James Gandolfini has admitted his past battles with drug and alcohol abuse.

Gandolfini, who plays mob boss Tony Soprano in the hit TV drama, had "a problem that existed in the past", his spokesman Dan Klores said.

The revelations came out in the process of his divorce from his wife of three years, Marcy.

"To bring it up now, as an attempt to gain leverage and a better settlement during the divorce, is just reprehensible," Mr Klores said.

Sarandon goes home for honour

Actress Susan Sarandon is to return to her native New Jersey to receive an award for helping the US state's arts scene.

The Thelma and Louise and Dead Man Walking star will be the first person to be given the New Jersey Governor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Jersey Arts.

She will get the prize when she goes to the second Cape May NJ Film Festival on 15 November.

Sarandon, 56, grew up in Edison, New Jersey.

Pavarotti makes bread for the hungry

Luciano Pavarotti raised more than $220,000 (142,000) for charity to combat world hunger after performing in Monaco on Saturday.

The tenor sang Verdi arias for a crowd of 1,800 in aid of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Pavarotti also turned 67 on the day of the concert, and the audience sang him a rendition of Happy Birthday in return.

"Every penny of the ticket proceeds will be ploughed directly into small-scale projects to improve the lives of some of the world's neediest communities," the FAO's Kay Killingsworth said.

Bogota film festival awards prize

Dutch art-house movie Magonia has won the main prize at this year's Bogota Film Festival.

The film, which tackles issues of racial harmony alongside a story of a father and son relationship, was named winner on Thursday.

It was praised by judges from Chile, Colombia, Spain and France for "its depth in dealing with human conduct and its vigorous and splendid visuals".

Directed by Ineke Smits, it has already won the Golden Tulip at the Istanbul International Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Seashell at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

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