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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 August, 2003, 11:12 GMT 12:12 UK
Roseanne reality show axed
US TV network ABC has scrapped a reality show featuring comedy performer Roseanne Barr.

The Real Roseanne Show, which featured Barr putting together a cooking show, made its debut two weeks ago to poor audiences.

The show which was the subject of the series, Domestic Goddess, has also been pulled by cable network ABC Family.

Production was initially delayed because Barr needed to undergo a hysterectomy.


Rock star charged over child

The bass player in US rock band Phish has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after he was found with a nine-year-old girl following a concert he was attending.

Mike Gordon was arrested on 11 August after the girl's mother lost her daughter in the backstage area at a venue in Long Island, New York.

Police said Gordon and the girl were found together in a boathouse that was part of the backstage area.

A Phish spokeswoman issued what she called a joint statement from Gordon and the girl's family, calling the incident "an unfortunate misunderstanding, and we look forward to putting this matter behind us".


Star Wars details revealed

Star Wars producer Rick McCallum has revealed a few small details of the sixth and final film in the long-running sci-fi series, currently known as Episode III.

Talking to Star Wars fans on the film's website, he said the movie would reveal how Darth Vader came by his name and that it would end on a sad note.

The film, which is written and directed by George Lucas, is halfway through production and is expected to be released world-wide in 2005.


Brockovich is 'best screen mother'

Julia Roberts' Oscar-winning role as single parent Erin Brockovich is the best ever movie portrayal of a mother, according to a survey.

Molly Weasley, the mother of Harry Potter's friend Ron, played by British actress Julie Walters, came second in the poll of 4,000 Blockbuster video store customers.

Dick Van Dyke was voted favourite big screen father for his role as inventor Caractacus Potts in 1968 musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Jack Nicholson's terrifying psychotic character Jack Torrance from Stanley Kubrick's screenplay The Shining was voted worst film father, while worst on-screen mother was the character of Margaret White, the mother of Carrie in the 1976 horror film.


Black star starts in Sex and City

Sex and the City's first major black character - Miranda's new boyfriend, Dr Robert Leeds - joined the US show on Sunday.

Leeds, a physician for the New York Knicks team, is played by actor Blair Underwood.

Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda, said all four of the show's lead players had lobbied for the inclusion of more characters from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Like its fellow New York-set series Friends, Sex and the City has been criticised for portraying the city as a white-dominated environment.



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