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Friday, 16 June, 2000, 12:17 GMT 13:17 UK
Columbia dumps Osmond duo
US talk show Donny & Marie will not return for a third season due to poor ratings, say Columbia Tristar.

"While we did have increases in ratings this year, they did not come up enough to make economic sense," said Barry Thurston who looks after distribution.

The show took a hit in New York where WNYW-TV declined to renew it.

"Unfortunately the daytime audience is very fragmented, and it's difficult to sustain a budget," said Thurston.


Besson settles with Bigelow over Joan

French director Luc Besson has reached an out-of court settlement over claims of plagiarism in his film Joan Of Arc.

US film-maker Kathryn Bigelow claimed Besson used ideas and research from a script she wrote for a Joan of Arc film which the two planned to make together.

She claimed Besson pulled out of the project when she refused to cast his then wife Milla Jovovich as Joan.

Bigelow's lawyer said she was satisfied with the deal, but gave no details.


Spielberg "mediates in Myers" project

Steven Spielberg is reportedly trying to mediate a deal between Mike Myers and Universal Pictures after both sides sued each other over a movie project.

Universal sued the Austin Powers star last week for walking away from his comedy, Dieter. Myers replied with his own threat to sue the studio for fraud.

Now Hollywood Reporter says Spielberg is hoping the two sides can make up. It means DreamWorks could grab a stake in the film and the project may survive.


Internet boom leads to new Oscar ruling

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has ruled that movies which are first screened on the internet will not be eligible for Oscar nominations.

The move underlines the Academy's rule that films must be shown in cinemas in order to qualify for the coveted award.

It already rules out any films first released on TV or video.

The Academy said it needed to make its position clear in view of "the rush to embrace new technologies" in film.


Euro 2000 spot for Sporty Spice

Sporty Spice Mel C is to perform a solo song at England's final Euro 2000 match against Romania on Tuesday at the Charleroi stadium in Belgium.

The singer and football fan was asked a few weeks ago to appear and will sing I Turn To You from her debut solo Northern Star, her publicist said.

Mel C sang on the 1998 England World Cup anthem (How Does It Feel To B) On Top Of The World along with the rest of the Spice Girls.


Snow scoops two gongs at media awards

Channel 4 anchorman Jon Snow handed over two awards - to himself - at this year's One World Media Awards.

Snow, a patron of the One World Broadcasting Trust, won the Special Award for his efforts to promote understanding of international affairs.

The veteran interviewer also jointly received the Christian Aid Lifestyle Award for C4's Living on the Line - with co-host Ekow Eshun.

BBC journalist Fergal Keane scooped the TV News Award for his "gripping" Newsnight report on Rwandan Genocide.

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