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Wednesday, 17 January, 2001, 17:52 GMT
Scooby-Doo beckons for Buffy star
Sarah Michelle Gellar, the karate-kicking star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is to star in a film version of Scooby-Doo, alongside boyfriend Freddie Prinze Jr.

Buffy co-producer Doug Petrie said they were working out a schedule which would allow Gellar to work on both projects at the same time.

The film will be an action version of the popular cartoon, which involved four young sleuths and their trusty dog Scooby-Doo tracking down criminals.

But Petrie joked that her involvement could spell the end for the nickname The Scooby Gang for Buffy and her pals, as "she is literally part of the Scooby Gang, in what I'm sure will be a hit motion picture, so we're screwed with that."


Newman 'greatest actor ever'

Paul Newman has been voted the greatest movie actor of all time by film experts.

The man with the most famous blue eyes in Hollywood topped a list compiled by a group of experts for the Radio Times.

Newman, 75, whose credits include Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Hustler, beat off competition from the likes of Marlon Brando and Cary Grant.

The survey took into account such criteria as box office success, Oscar nominations and marriage appeal.


Changing Rooms star loses baby

Television presenter Anna Ryder Richardson, one of the stars of the hit DIY show Changing Rooms, has had a miscarriage.

The designer lost the baby she was carrying at the weekend while on holiday with her partner, Glasgow restaurateur Colin MacDougall, in north America.

The presenter's spokesperson said that Ryder Richardson was "naturally devastated" and recovering after her ordeal but was not in any danger.

The presenter is currently appearing in the BBC One show Girls On Top with gardening star Charlie Dimmock.


Elizabeth Taylor says eight is enough

Movie legend Elizabeth Taylor, who has been married eight times, has vowed never to tie the knot again.

Taylor told CNN she had had two great loves in her life - Richard Burton, who she married twice, and Michael Todd.

But she said she might live with a man - if he had a good sense of humour.

The 68-year-old's next project is a TV movie called These Old Broads, also starring Debbie Reynolds, the former wife of Taylor's ex-husband Eddie Fisher.


Roger Moore in car crash

Actor Roger Moore has walked away unharmed from a James Bond-style car crash in south west Sweden.

Moore, 73, was being driven from Gothenburg Airport to a TV studio with his Swedish partner Christina Tholstrup when another car crashed into theirs.

Moore and Tholstrup avoided serious injury thanks to protective airbags.

Moore appeared two hours later on a Swedish television show, as scheduled.


Spears hires double

US pop star Britney Spears has hired a blonde Brazilian lookalike to confuse fans and paparazzi while she is in Rio de Janeiro this week.

An 18-year-old lookalike called Renata Barros got the job while Spears prepares to play the Rock in Rio festival.

Barros has worked as a Spears impersonator for some months and she told reporters her dream is to work with the singer as her official double in the United States.

Spears is due in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday and is expected to stay until Sunday.

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