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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 June, 2004, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Actor Sheen's foie gras protest
West Wing actor Martin Sheen has joined a campaign to ban the luxury French delicacy foie gras being produced in California.

Sheen has complained its production - made by force-feeding ducks or geese so their livers swell - to lawmakers in the state.

"I was shocked to learn from my friends at PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) about the extreme cruelty involved in foie gras production," he said in a letter.

"If such methods were used on dogs and cats, there would surely be multiple counts of felony cruelty-to-animals charges filed," he said.

Singer Morissette to marry

Singer Alanis Morissette has announced that her actor boyfriend Ryan Reynolds has asked her to marry him.

The 30-year-old Canadian told Us Weekly magazine they have yet to set a date.

Morissette and Reynolds - star of 2002 comedy Van Wilder Party Liaison and the upcoming horror sequel Blade: Trinity - started dating by email two years ago.

"I knew early on that he was someone I could spend the rest of my life with," she told the American magazine. "I just feel like we're family."

J-Lo in talks to hire former boss

Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez is in talks to hire her former label boss, Tommy Mottola, as her new manager, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Mottola, former chairman of Sony Music Entertainment, already handles Latin pop star Marc Anthony, whom Lopez married earlier this month.

Mottola also runs Casablanca Records, a label he launched in July 2003.

Neither Mottola nor Lopez could be reached for comment. The singer is currently signed to Sony's Epic label.

Vietnam peace concert cancelled

Vietnam's biggest musical event to date - a concert in the capital Hanoi to promote peace - has been cancelled with just 10 days to go.

Lionel Richie and Gloria Gaynor were among those set to entertain 45,000 at Vietnam's national stadium on 22 June.

But organisers admitted on Saturday that "insurmountable circumstances" had forced them to cancel.

Matt Taylor, of the World Peace Music Awards, declined to give a reason, but said the event may be rescheduled.

Victoria Beckham visits Peruvian slums

Pop star Victoria Beckham has been visiting disadvantaged communities in Peru, as part of three-day trip filmed for a BBC Sport Relief documentary.

The wife of England footballer David Beckham met street children trying to make a living from rubbish dumped on the edge of the Peruvian capital, Lima.

"I have never experienced anything like it. The poverty that people face everyday is unbelievable," she said.

The documentary will form part of a televised fundraising event on July 10.


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