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Sunday, 27 October, 2002, 16:42 GMT
News in brief: Devdas eyes Oscar glory
Bollywood hit Devdas will be India's entry for 2003's foreign film Oscar, officials have announced.

India's most expensive movie ever - with a budget of 500 million rupees (6.6m) - was chosen by a jury of representatives of various film organisation, Arvind Trivedi, the head of the country's Censor Board said.

Devdas is based in a 1917 Indian novel which hgs inspired seven films in four languages as well as a silent version.

It stars Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai.


Redford 'for Candidate sequel'

Robert Redford may reprise his role as California politician Bill McKay in a sequel to 1972's The Candidate.

Redford and screenwriter Larry Gelbart - best known for his work on the TV series M*A*S*H - are developing a script, according to newspaper Variety.

The report says Redford is also likely to produce and direct the sequel.

Redford, 65, won a best director Oscar for 1980's Ordinary People. His acting credits include The Great Gatsby and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.


Coltrane puts Potter first

Actor Robbie Coltrane has told how he missed out on a part in one of the biggest shows in the US to appear in the forthcoming Harry Potter movie.

The Scot revealed he turned down the chance to appear in Emmy Award-winning political drama The West Wing in order to reprise the role of the Hagrid.

"There was a very nice little part in The West Wing I couldn't do," the 52-year-old told the Scottish Sunday Mail.

"I'm not complaining. As jobs go, there's worse than playing Hagrid."


BBC lands Robbie show

Fans of Robbie Williams are being treated to a special concert as part of an entertainment special for the BBC.

The Robbie Williams Show, to be broadcast on BBC One in mid-November, is being recorded at Pinewood studios.

The show will be a celebration of his new songs, a reprise of some of his hits and a performance of classic swing.

The one-off spectacular will include Williams' new single, Feel, and a rendition of I Get A Kick Out Of You.


McCartney cancels Melbourne show

Sir Paul McCartney has cancelled a concert in Melbourne next month in what he described as a gesture of respect to Australian victims of the Bali bombing.

"This is not the appropriate time for a rock show," the ex-Beatle said. "I have been shocked and saddened by the recent terrible events in Bali."

Sir Paul was due to perform at the city's Docklands Stadium on 23 November, marking the end of his world tour.

He said he was unsure whether the concert could be rescheduled.


S Club Juniors back poppy appeal

Pop group S Club Juniors have launched the British Legion's annual Poppy Appeal at the London Eye.

This year's appeal aims to raise 22m to fund the legion's welfare and resettlement work for 5.5 million former servicemen and women and their 7.5 million dependants.

The young stars said they were very excited to follow in the footsteps of S Club, the Spice Girls and Westlife in launching the drive.

"It means we get to tell kids our age that the Poppy Appeal is still really important for families and children today," the group said in a statement.

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