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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 January, 2004, 17:33 GMT
Midler faces Grammy album dilemma
US singer Bette Midler has said she is "mortified" that her tribute CD to late singer Rosemary Clooney is competing against a Clooney album at the Grammys.

Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook is on the same shortlist as Clooney's recording, The Last Concert.

I'd really like Rosemary to win that Grammy. I can't believe I'm up against her," Midler told the Boston Globe.

She said she may withdraw from the competition on 8 February. Clooney died in 2002 aged 74 after getting cancer.

Reality stars battle for TV crown

Twelve former reality show contestants are to spend three weeks locked in a house together on TV network Five's first Big Brother-style series.

Back To Reality starting on 15 February will feature Big Brother's Jade Goody and Nick Bateman, Ricardo from The Salon and Pop Idol's Rik Waller.

Also signed up are ex-army major James Hewitt from Channel 4's The Games and Joe Millionaire runner-up Sarah Kozer.

Six further contestants will compete for a 75,000 charity prize.

Lydon named jungle show favourite

Former punk singer John Lydon is joint favourite to win the third series of ITV1's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here, which starts on 26 January.

Ex-footballer Neil Ruddock is also 3/1 favourite to win the contest, which features model Jordan, George Best's estranged wife Alex, and singer Peter Andre.

Other competitors include ex-Olympic athlete Diane Modahl, aristocrat Lord Brocket and pop star Kerry McFadden.

DJ Mike Read and ex-TV royal reporter Jennie Bond complete the line-up.

Potter rarity makes nearly 1,500

A draft copy of the first Harry Potter book in which author JK Rowling's name was mis-spelled has sold for 1,468.

The seven-year-old proof copy of Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone was bought at Bonhams auction house in Bath by a local buyer.

The book generated interest from collectors because of a printing error on the title page which mistakenly credits the author as JA Rowling.

In December a signed first edition of the book went for 5,500 in New York.

Affleck and Moore attend Sundance

Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and Demi Moore have attended the US Sundance film festival in Utah as the event moves into its final week.

Affleck flew in to promote a digital photo contest co-sponsored by his film series venture, Project Greenlight.

Moore was there supporting partner Ashton Kutcher at the first showing of his new movie The Butterfly Effect.

Sundance, founded by Hollywood veteran Robert Redford, is the main outlet for independent movies in the US.

U2's Bono gets Luther King honour

Rock singer and global activist Bono has been honoured by the King Center in the US, set up by Martin Luther King's widow to continue her husband's work.

Bono received the Salute To Greatness award on Saturday for work to combat third world debt and Aids in Africa.

King's widow Coretta Scott King said Bono had "many of the qualities that my husband, Martin, indicated were imperative to moving our society".

Bono wrote U2's 1984 hit Pride (In the Name of Love) about Martin Luther King.


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