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Tuesday, April 20, 1999 Published at 13:21 GMT 14:21 UK


Entertainment

Pavarotti show cancelled

Luciano Pavarotti won't be making his Twickenham debut

Luciano Pavarotti's summer show at Twickenham rugby ground is to be cancelled after it was refused planning permission by the local council.

The 63-year-old Tenor was to perform to 45,000 people on 19 June, at the first concert to be held at the rugby ground.

"This was a very difficult decision to make," said a spokesman for the council, who pulled the plug on the concert because of traffic congestion and noise levels it would cause.

The show, which was to be the star's only British concert this year, will be cancelled pending an appeal.

Meanwhile, Pavarotti was joined by Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras and an audience of 35,000 in Pretoria on Sunday, at a concert to celebrate five years of democracy in South Africa.


Lara Croft to fizz in new adverts


[ image: A computer-generated Lara will star in the TV adverts]
A computer-generated Lara will star in the TV adverts
Cyberbabe Lara Croft from the computer game series Tomb Raider is to star in an advertising campaign for Lucozade.

A multi-million pound deal has been signed Lucozade's makers, SmithKline Beecham, and Tomb Raider's publishers Eidos Interactive.

The campaign will see the gun-toting heroine in TV adverts for the drink as well as a major poster campaign.

The TV advert will feature all new computer-generated footage of Lara.

There is also a film version of the Tomb Raider games in the pipeline, with Liz Hurley rumoured to be up for the part of Lara Croft.


Broadway critics snub stars for awards


[ image: Kevin Spacey won an Olivier award for his Iceman role]
Kevin Spacey won an Olivier award for his Iceman role
Hollywood stars Kevin Spacey and Nicole Kidman have been left out of the nominations for America's 44th Drama Desk theatre awards.

Neither of their critically acclaimed performances in The Iceman Cometh and The Blue Room have been nominated.

But the Drama Desk critics have favoured British actors with nominations for Dame Judi Dench, Toby Stephens, Patrick Stewart and Corin Redgrave.

Winners of the awards will be announced on 9 May.


Streisand millennium gig seats to cost up to $1m


[ image: Millennium earner for Streisand]
Millennium earner for Streisand
Barbra Streisand is planning a series of millennium weekend shows with ticket prices ranging from $2,500 to $1m, which could earn the superstar $13m.

The LA Times reported those paying the top price will get two front-row seats at the MGM Grand, a room at a mansion, spa treatments and a gourmet meal.

MGM representatives have said no deal has yet been completed and Streisand's manager says the singer would have to approve any such package.

The Streisand shows are likely be the biggest-grossing New Year's event in Las Vegas, where Elton John and Tina Turner, Andrea Bocelli, Bette Midler and Rod Stewart will all be putting on shows.


Shakespeare producer falls for NZ novel


[ image: Shakespeare in Love won 7 Oscars]
Shakespeare in Love won 7 Oscars
A producer of the Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love has secured the film rights to the novel Spinners, by New Zealand author Anthony McCarten.

David Parfitt's Dogstar production company will develop the project and McCarten will direct his own script.

Parfitt, who outbid five other major film companies for the rights said: "The film within this novel immediately leapt out at us.

"It is such a vivid piece of work, a story of real imagination and intelligence".

The novel is about a factory worker who claims to have met an alien, sparking a wave of pregnancy scares. It will be published in the UK next week.



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