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Wednesday, June 17, 1998 Published at 10:56 GMT 11:56 UK


Alien star Sigourney smashes pay record

Sigourney Weaver is to become Hollywood's highest paid actress

Superstar Sigourney Weaver is reported to have signed a deal which would make her Hollywood's highest paid actress. The 48-year-old will pick up 13m for playing Ripley in the forthcoming fifth Alien film. Demi Moore holds the current record - she was paid 8m for her role in the 1996 film Striptease. Weaver's deal will put her on a par with Hollywood's top male stars.

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Mick Jagger : "very sad" not to be playing
The Stones stop rolling again in Milan

The Rolling Stones have cancelled the only Italian show in their European tour because singer Mick Jagger has laryngitis, say their Italian promoters. The band were to play to 50,000 fans in Milan's Meazza Stadium on Tuesday. A statement from the group said they were "very sad" not to be playing. The World tour has been dogged with illness and injury and recently the band created controversy by cancelling their British leg for tax reasons.

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Mel B going solo but not the end of the group
First solo venture for Spice Girl Mel B

Scary Spice Mel B has announced plans for her first solo venture, but has insisted it will not mean the end of the Spice Girls after Geri's departure. Mel Brown told Radio One she was to work with US star Missy Misdemeanour Elliott to record "the soundtrack for a very cool movie". The four remaining Spice Girls told DJ Kevin Greening they all planned to do more solo projects and more duets "to make it more interesting for the fans".

[ image: Sir Elton John set to pen a tune for Versace]
Sir Elton John set to pen a tune for Versace
A song for Versace from Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John says he wants to set his feelings for murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace to music. The singer, long close to the Versace family, was speaking at the launch of an exhibition of Versace designs in Italy. The tribute has not yet been written, but Sir Elton said he already has a title - Bitch. "That's how we used to greet each other on the phone," said Sir Elton, who was pictured being comforted at Versace's memorial service last year by Diana, Princess of Wales.

[ image:  Eastenders hit the Norfolk Broads]
Eastenders hit the Norfolk Broads
Eastend surprise for Norfolk soap fans

Holidaymakers found the Norfolk Broads awash with EastEnders stars who were filming a high drama summer special. Parts of the area were closed off for scenes in which Mary, played by Melanie Clark Pullen, ends up in hospital. In the three-part special set during a boating weekend, Mary is hurt after an accident on a drunken night out. There is also drama for Teresa (Leila Birch) when her brothers find out she has been dabbling with drugs.

Carrey Film stole my plot claims writer

Hit Jim Carrey movie The Truman Show has become the focus of a multi-million dollar lawsuit. New York playwright Mark Dunn has accused Paramount Pictures of stealing his 1992 play Frank's Story. Dunn's lawyer says there are more than 100 similarities between the play and film, about a man who is unaware that his life is broadcast as a soap opera. The claim could reach $750m, experts estimate.

Sean Penn plans move behind the camera

When Sean Penn finishes work on Woody Allen's next, as yet untitled, film he plans to give up acting to concentrate on his work behind the camera. Penn has two other films in the can which are awaiting release - The Thin Red Line and Hurlyburly. He is currently filming Up At The Villa in Tuscany with Kristin Scott Thomas. Penn has lined up several projects he plans to produce and will direct Marlon Brando in Autumn of the Patriarch.

Claire Danes movie enrages polish women

Polish Wedding, a new film starring Claire Danes and Gabriel Byrne, has upset Polish-Americans who say it portrays Polish women as "sluts". The Polish American Congress says it is most disturbed by a scene in which Danes places a crown on her own head instead of on a statue of the Virgin Mary. A spokesman for the company which produced the film said it was "a loving look at the community in which writer-director Theresa Conelly grew up. The intention was never to offend."

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