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Monday, 9 October, 2000, 17:10 GMT 18:10 UK
Ronan cancels gigs for Elton
Boyzone star Ronan Keating has pulled out of three dates of his upcoming UK tour to appear with Sir Elton John in New York.
Keating was due to begin his debut solo tour on 21 October in Liverpool. But he has rescheduled his three opening nights to take up the invitation from Sir Elton to perform at Madison Square Gardens.
Keating apologised for the inconvenience, adding that fans not able to make the new dates could exchange their tickets or get a refund.
The Liverpool Empire concert will now take place at the Manchester Apollo on 21 November.
The show at Newcastle City Hall on 22 October will be on 20 November. The gig on 23 October at the Edinburgh Playhouse has moved to 19 November.
Thaw 'choked' at filming last Morse
Inspector Morsestar John Thaw has revealed how he was "choked" watching his final scene as the craggy detective.
The 33rd - and last ever - instalment of the programme,The Remorseful Day, will be shown in mid-November.
Thaw said he was most upset because Morse's popularity virtually ruled out the chance of working again on another project with his co-star Kevin Whately.
"The reality is we could not, this is just too high profile. It would be very difficult for the audience," he said.
Royles ditch telly for two episodes
The Royle Family is heading into unchartered waters for its third series as the family spend two entire episodes without the television.
Its star Caroline Aherne told this week's Heat magazine: "We have been a lot more daring this series."
Most of the action for the previous shows has been centred on the family sitting in the living room.
But she said: "Episode three and episode six are quite different because the telly isn't on at all and we're not sitting on the sofa."
McCartney presents Linda film
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has unveiled an animated film based on a musical idea of his late wife Linda at an Italian film festival.
Speaking as guest of honour at the Castelli Animati animated film festival near Rome, the 58-year-old said she had been totally taken in by the project and had begun working on the music without telling him.
She died two years ago before she could finish the soundtrack.
The film, Shadow Cycle, was made by Italian-Argentinian director Oscar Grillo.
McCartney, who produced the film, attended with his girlfriend, Heather Mills.
Manson's cover for Blair Witch 2
American rock star Marilyn Manson has recorded a cover of Johnny Mandel's 1980 number one hit Suicide Is Painless for the soundtrack to Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.
The song, which was the theme to the film and TV series M*A*S*H was covered by the Manic Street Preachers in 1991.
Book of Shadows hits UK cinemas on 27 October.
Manson's latest album, Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death), is out in November.
All Saints and Radiohead top charts
All Saints are celebrating their fifth UK number one single with Black Coffee.
The girl band ended Mariah Carey and boy band Westlife's three-week stint in the top spot with the first single from their new album Saints and Sinners.
In the album charts, Radiohead's fourth studio album, Kid A, went straight in at number one.
The acclaimed Oxford band's follow-up to OK Computer knocked Madonna's Music off the top spot.