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Tuesday, 11 April, 2000, 14:36 GMT 15:36 UK
Who's better, Who's back
Veteran rock group The Who have announced a reunion US tour later this year that will feature Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle.

The band will hit the road in June with ex-Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes, with whom they will co-headline some shows.

The tour is scheduled to start on 25 June in Chicago and will finish on 2 October in Toronto, the only non-US date on the itinerary.

Ricky Martin leads charity show

Pop heart-throb Ricky Martin is to headline a UK concert to help children's charities next month in London.

The international performer will appear at the Greatest Love Gala at the Royal Albert Hall on 11 May.

Also appearing will be singer Gabrielle - who recently topped the singles chart with Rise - and Dame Diana Rigg.

Martin shot to fame in the UK in 1999 after his huge number one hit Livin' La Vida Loca.

The NSPCC and the Chicken Shed Theatre - one of Diana, Princess of Wales's favourite charities - will be among organisations to benefit from proceeds of the gala.

Star Wars goes digital

George Lucas will go digital to shoot much of the next chapter of his Star Wars saga.

After pioneering digital projection in cinemas with for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, the director says most of the live-action scenes for Episode II will be shot using six digital, high-definition camcorders instead of film cameras.

Lucas made the decision after trial runs with a prototype camera made by Sony and Panavision.

"The tests have convinced me that the familiar look and feel of motion picture film are fully present," Lucas says.

Episode II begins production in June in Australia.

Quo Vadis back on screen

The classic Polish novel Quo Vadis is to be filmed for the big screen again.

Polish director Jerzy Kawalerowicz, who was nominated for an Oscar for his 1966 film The Pharaoh, has a budget of 7.5m - the largest ever for a Polish movie.

The story of a Roman soldier who falls in love with a Christian slave has been adapted for the screen several times.

The most popular 1951 Hollywood version starred Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr.

Potter search on

The search has begun for the young actor to play Harry Potter in the film adaptation of the popular series of children's books.

Casting director Susie Figgis told the BBC's Newsround that the actors "have got to be aged between nine and 11, no older and no younger".

She added: "As it's a big film we are looking for someone who has had some kind of drama experience, at school or in a drama club."

Street man Mallet leaves

Actor Ian Mercer - Gary Mallet in ITV's Coronation Street - is leaving the soap, it has been confirmed.

The 37-year-old, who is coming to the end of his current contract, says he wants to "spread his wings".

A spokeswoman for Granada Television said: "Obviously we will be sorry to see him go. He is a popular character and has been involved in some great storylines."

Mercer is the third Corrie star in a week to announce his departure after Martin Hancock (Spider Nugent) and Naomi Radcliffe (Alison Webster).

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