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Thursday, 5 December, 2002, 17:38 GMT
Will Smith show planned
A new TV comedy is to be made about Will Smith's home life, it has been reported.

The show will focus on the marriage of the actor and singer and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, according to trade magazine Variety.

But the couple will not appear on screen themselves, Variety said.

The magazine also reported that Smith had signed up to star in a screen adaptation of the 1940s Isaac Asimov short story collection I, Robot.


R&B pioneers honoured

Veteran group The Supremes are to be honoured with a "Pioneer Award" by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, according to a report.

Five other artists, including Del Vikings and Dixie Cups, who did not make such a big impact on the mainstream stage, will also be given pioneer status, according to Variety.

A lifetime achievement award will be awarded to Dionne Warwick, who had a string of hits with Bacharach and David songs like Walk On By.

The ceremony is set to take place at New York's Madison Square Garden in the week of the Grammy Awards in February 2003.


Three Tenors in baby delay

The Three Tenors have postponed a US concert scheduled for the week in which Luciano Pavarotti's partner is due to give birth to twins.

The vocal group had been due to perform on 5 January with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Pavarotti and his colleagues, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo, will now play the show on 28 September instead.

Pavarotti, 67, has been living with partner Nicoletta Mantovani, 32, since 1996.


Dahl joins Orange panel

Model Sophie Dahl is joining the judges for the Orange Prize For Fiction, which honours women writers.

The granddaughter of much-loved children's author Roald Dahl is publishing her own book, The Man With The Dancing Eyes, next year.

Dahl's fellow judges for the 2003 prize - awarded next June - include author Ahdaf Soueif who chairs the panel.

A spokeswoman said: "This year we have an exceptional panel of judges who will bring to the prize an interesting and varied perspective on women's fiction."


Fantasy novel wins children's votes

Debut novelist Philip Reeve has scooped one of the UK's most prestigious prizes in children's literature.

Reeve won a Nestle Smarties Book Prize Gold Award for his fantasy epic Mortal Engines, which is set in a world where whole cities move around and attack each other.

It is the first part of a trilogy, and the second part will be published in 2003.

Reeve's victory came in the nine to 11 age group. Some 25,000 schoolchildren voted for their favourite books.


Cranks disrupt Eminem house auction

An internet auction for one of Eminem's former homes has been plagued by hoax bids.

The highest bid of $99.9m (63.5m) has been retracted, and the current owner says he thinks a bid of $20m (13m) is also a joke.

"We think we have some real bona fide offers at $2m (1.3m)," Darren Martens said.

Eminem lived in the house in Sterling Heights, Michigan, between 1998 and 2000.


Booker nominee moves to big screen

Philip Noyce, director of The Quiet American, is to make a film adaptation of Booker-nominated novel Dirt Music by Tim Winton.

And he wants Nicole Kidman to star in it, according to local press reports.

Dirt Music is about an unsatisfied wife who seduces an oddball poacher in a "relentlessly ugly town" in Western Australia.

Noyce recently returned to his native Australia to make Rabbit-Proof Fence, about two Aboriginal girls who trek

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