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Friday, October 22, 1999 Published at 13:07 GMT 14:07 UK


Tarrant gets knotted for charity

All tied up: Chris Tarrant and his wife Ingrid launch Loud Tie Day

TV star Chris Tarrant donned a string of tasteless ties to launch next month's charity Loud Tie Day.

The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? presenter announced details of the 12 November fundraiser which will encourage people to wear loud ties in aid of the Beating Bowel Cancer campaign.

Official collectors in workplaces will collect cash from each tie wearer for bowel cancer clinics around the country.

Tarrant has also donated a number of ties which will be auctioned for the fund.

The idea was thought up by former BBC One Watchdog presenter Lynn Faulds Wood to raise awareness of the second biggest cancer killer.

Cuban stars cancel concert

Legendary Cuban musicians from the Buena Vista Social Club have cancelled a February concert in Miami over fears for their safety.

Orquesta Ibrahim Ferrer y Ruben Gonzalez Su Grupo cancelled after fellow-Cubans Los Van Van drew 4,000 anti-Castro protesters to a recent Miami gig.

Singer and band leader Ibrahim Ferrer, 72, and pianist Ruben Gonzalez, 80, say they fear for their personal safety.

An August concert by 92-year-old Buena Vista star Compay Segundo was cut short by a bomb threat from Cuban exiles.

The musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club were assembled in Cuba in 1996 by Ry Cooder and were the subject of a recent Wim Wenders film.

Hayek to help flood victims in Mexico

Hollywood star Salma Hayek is donating funds to help victims of recent severe flooding in Mexico which has left hundreds of thousands homeless.

The Mexican-born actress, whose films include Wild Wild West and The Faculty, is said to have been profoundly moved by news of the devastating floods.

Her native state of Veracruz is one of the regions worst hit by the disaster.

Rock star Carlos Santana is to play a benefit concert for victims in December

Police reunion unlikely, Sting says

Sting - former frontman of The Police - says it's unlikely he'll ever get back with the other members of the group, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland.

"It just doesn't excite me, although that's not to say I would never do it," he told reporters as he prepared for his first concert tour in three years.

"One day I might wake up and say: 'That would be really interesting,' but I can't really imagine it. I feel any attempt to try to recreate a band from 20 years ago is doomed to failure."

Muhammed Ali settles biopic court case

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has reached an-out-of-court settlement in a legal case which clears the way for a film to be made about his life.

The former heavyweight champion claimed his ex-lawyer and ex-manager duped him into signing away the rights over his life story in 1988 while he was being treated for Parkinson's Disease.

The settlement means Columbia Pictures can go ahead with the planned biopic, starring Will Smith as Ali, which is scheduled to start shooting next year.

Chad Lowe to play singer John Denver

US actor Chad Lowe has been chosen to portray the late singer, John Denver, in a film based on his life, according to reports from the US.

The 31-year-old, who has appeared in a string of TV shows and is Rob Lowe's brother, will play Denver during the latter days of his life in the film, based on Denver's 1994 autobiography.

Kristen Davis, from Sex and the City, will play Denver's first wife Annie, who inspired his hit, Annie's Song.

Denver died in a light plane crash in 1997.

Random Hearts author 'bitter' at film

The author of the book on which the film Random Hearts was based has complained to makers Sony Pictures over the way his story was filmed.

Warren Adler was so upset with the film, which stars Harrison Ford and Kristen Scott Thomas, he also wrote of his "latent bitterness" on his own website.

He said the fact that authors were not consulted "has always baffled me".

However, the film has dropped to number six in the film charts only 10 days after its US release.

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