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Last Updated: Monday, 28 April, 2003, 15:53 GMT 16:53 UK
Reality TV gets own channel
The popularity of reality television in the US has led to the creation of a channel devoted to the genre.

Reality Central, which is due to launch in January 2004, will show re-runs of shows such as Survivor and The Real World 24 hours a day.

The channel is the brainchild of E! Entertainment founder Larry Namer, who has sought funding and support from a number of former reality TV show contestants.

The channel will offer a mix of re-runs of US shows, imported international programmes, and Where Are They Now? features devoted to the lives of former participants.


Elton John cancels gig over Sars

Sir Elton John has cancelled a concert in the Canadian city of Toronto amid fears about the Sars virus.

The gig with US singer Billy Joel was due to take place on Monday and tickets for the concert were sold out.

American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson and Lisa Marie Presley also cancelled appearances in Canada.

Toronto auditions for TV talent series Canadian Idol could also come under threat due to the Sars epidemic.


Jackson set to lose Neverland tax break

Michael Jackson can no longer qualify for tax breaks on his Neverland ranch, Santa Barbara officials have ruled.

The singer currently pays $13,000 (8,200) annual tax on his $12m (7.6m) ranch, located in California's Santa Ynez Valley.

But his tax could rise significantly after officials said not enough of the property - which includes an amusement park - was put to agricultural use.

A review of the property is due to take place on 2 May.


Manilow to receive Ella award

Barry Manilow is to receive an award for contribution to music and dedication to humanitarian causes.

The Society of Singers' 12th annual Ella Award, named after the first winner, Ella Fitzgerald, will be presented to the singer on Monday in Beverly Hills, California.

"There is no better person who typifies what the Ella Award stands for than Barry Manilow," said Singers' President Jerry F. Sharell.

Previous recipients include Tony Bennett, Julie Andrews, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney and Peggy Lee.


Schwarzenegger in Terminator game

Arnold Schwarzenegger will make his video game debut in a game based on Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

The lead character will be based on the actor and it will also feature his voice for the first time.

Games company Infogrammes said it will include a five-minute segment shot by the film's director, Jonathan Mostow.

The game will also include clips taken from the film.


Madonnna attacks 'wrong values'

Pop star Madonna has criticised her fellow Americans for chasing money, fame and good looks.

The singer, who is one of the world's richest performers, told the Radio Times magazine: "We as Americans are completely obsessed and wrapped up in a lot of the wrong values."

"It's the most superficial part of the American dream and who would know better than me? The only thing that's going to bring you happiness is love and how you treat your fellow man and having compassion for one another," said the singer.

She also claimed not to care what critics wrote about her work. Her album American Life has received some poor reviews since its release on Monday.





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