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September 09, 1997|JUDITH MICHAELSON

POP/ROCK

Legacy to Diana: More than 2 million U.S. retail orders have already been received by A&M Records for Elton John's new version of "Candle in the Wind," a eulogy to Princess Diana that John sang during Saturday's funeral in London. The single will be released next Tuesday and will also include a ballad, "Something About the Way You Look Tonight," which will also be featured on John's new album, "The Big Picture," due Sept. 23 on Rocket/A&M Records. All money generated by sales of the single will be donated to the newly established Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Fund. "Candle in the Wind 1997," produced by Sir George Martin during a London recording session after Saturday's service, is not scheduled to appear on any album.

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Jacksons, Too?: Jermaine Jackson once again plans to reunite his family for a musical performance and awards ceremony to benefit charity. Earthvision '98 will be broadcast live July 2 from the Heridon Theater in Athens, Greece, Jackson said Saturday. The 90-minute program will have a similar format to the "Jackson Family Honors" held in Las Vegas in 1994. Jackson family members and other yet-to-be named entertainers will perform and will honor Muhammad Ali, Sophia Loren, Stevie Wonder and Bishop Desmond Tutu for their service to humanity. Although Jackson said his entire family has been invited to attend, a spokesman said they are not offering guarantees everyone will show. Earthvision '98 will benefit the Sunshine Foundation, which grants the wishes of terminally ill, disabled and abused children. The "Jackson Family Honors" TV special was a ratings flop, largely because Michael Jackson did not perform solo.

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Bee Gees Back: The Bee Gees announced Monday that they will perform at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nov. 14--their first live concert in the U.S. in more than five years. The concert will be filmed for global telecast and will feature songs from their entire career as well as current hits from "Still Waters." Recently the Bee Gees were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and received lifetime achievement awards from American Music Awards and World Music Awards. Tickets for the Las Vegas concert go on sale Saturday.

MOVIES

Latino Festival: Edward James Olmos has been named producer and artistic director of the first Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival, Oct. 8-12 at Universal City Cinemas and the Hitchcock Theaters on the Universal lot. The festival, co-presented by the city of Los Angeles Latino Heritage Month organizing committee, which is chaired by Deputy Mayor Rocky Delgadillo, is part of a monthlong series of events celebrating Latino culture in the greater Los Angeles area. The five-day event will feature about two dozen films as well as lectures and workshops. Legendary Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa will be awarded the festival's lifetime achievement award posthumously during the Black and White Gala on Oct. 11.

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Tibetan Protest: Tibetan support groups said Monday they will launch a nationwide campaign to draw attention to human rights abuses in that mountainous Asian nation by passing out 150,000 leaflets outside theaters showing two Tibet-themed Hollywood films. The films are TriStar Pictures' "Seven Years in Tibet" starring Brad Pitt, which debuts Oct. 8 in New York and Los Angeles, and Disney's "Kundun," the Martin Scorsese-directed film that opens Christmas Day. John Ackerly, director of the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet, said the campaign will involve people handing out thousands of leaflets urging moviegoers to write President Clinton and Chinese Premier Jiang Zemin.

TELEVISION

Bravo Move: The Bravo Networks will launch World Cinema, a new network solely dedicated to international film, it was announced Monday. World Cinema will launch when channel capacity is dramatically increased via digital set top boxes, projected to take place in 12-24 months.

QUICK TAKES

Jimmy Stewart, who died July 2 at age 89, has left $375,000 to the Greater Indiana (Pa.) Endowment in his hometown. In 1991 the actor donated $20,000 to help start the endowment, which distributes about $15,000 a year to homeless shelters, recreation programs and various other causes. . . . As expected, the 40th Annual Grammy Awards show returns to New York City in 1998, it was announced Monday. It will be held Feb. 25 at Radio City Music Hall for its second consecutive year.

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