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Monday, 18 December, 2000, 16:35 GMT
BBC attacked over Kray interview
The BBC has been accused of "glorifying gangsterism" after it emerged Reggie Kray was interviewed on his deathbed for a forthcoming documentary.

But reports that Kray had been paid 200,000 for the interview were denied by the corporation.

Labour MP Steve Pound said the BBC was "totally irresponsible" for making the film, to be shown on BBC One in the spring.

Kray, who died of cancer on 1 October, was interviewed in a private room at Norfolk General Hospital.


Gibson determined to direct Downey Jr

Hollywood star Mel Gibson has said he's still committed to directing Robert Downey Jr in a stage production of Hamlet in Los Angeles next year.

"I only want to do it with him. That's what's exciting to me," says Gibson who worked with Downey Jr on Air America.

"I talked to him a week ago. He's going to be OK - he's got a good heart."

Downey, who has just completed a guest-starring role on Ally McBeal, is due in court on drugs charges on 27 December.


Geri Halliwell lends "moral support"

Ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has visited an eating disorders self-help meeting in order to lend "moral support".

The singer is in Los Angeles working on her next record and went along to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.

Her spokesman Jonathan Hackford said it was to back others in the group rather than to deal with any difficulties of her own.

"She's never been happier or healthier in her life. She went by to give a bit of moral support."

In her biography If Only, published last year, Halliwell described her battle with bulimia and food cravings.

Halliwell, who is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador, was recently reported to be on a low carbohydrate diet .


Sarandon in talks to star in Rialto

Oscar winner Susan Sarandon is in talks to star in Rialto a film set against the "Red Scare" of the 1950s.

Sarandon plays a mysterious woman who runs a cinema in New England and has an affair with an ex-POW of the Korean War.

Her arthouse leanings and unknown past turn her into the target of a communist witch hunt.

Lizzie Borden, best known for the 1986 film Working Girls, will direct.


Theakson to present radio cricket show

Jamie Theakston has signed up to present his own cricket show for Radio Five Live.

The presenter, who fronts TV show The Priory and has his own Radio One show on Sundays, will begin his new programme next April.

The format of Jamie Theakston's Cricket Circusis still being formulated by radio bosses, but will include star guests and fans' thoughts on the game.

It is designed to complement cricket highlights on the station.

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