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Tuesday, 20 February, 2001, 18:01 GMT
Liv Tyler's Yorkshire love
Stealing Beauty actress Liv Tyler, 23, has announced her engagement to Yorkshire-born singer Royston Langdon.

Tyler, who recently finished shooting Lord of the Rings in New Zealand, has been dating the lead singer of rock band Spacehog for three years.

She is the daughter of another rocker - Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler - and former model Bebe Buell.


Connery slams 'dreadful' Scottish media

Veteran James Bond actor Sean Connery, who is a supporter of Scotland's nationalist movement, has accused the Scottish media of victimising him.

Connery, 70, who lives in the Bahamas with wife Micheline, told the Daily Telegraph that he was better off campaigning for Scottish independence from abroad as a consequence.

He accused the "foreign owned" Scottish media of "assassinating" his character.

Connery praised the work of Scotland's two-year-old Parliament but said he would like the independence movement to be "further down the track" before he returned there to live.


Skinner signs six-figure book deal

Comedian Frank Skinner has signed a six-figure deal for a "warts and all" autobiography.

Skinner said: "I feel strongly that autobiographies should be about the truth. I'm going to tell the reader things I haven't even told my best friend."

The book, published by Random House, is expected to be in shops this autumn.

Publisher Mark Booth said: "Frank Skinner is an extraordinarily gifted writer as well as a wonderfully well-loved personality."

Skinner - real name Chris Collins - signed a multi-million pound deal with ITV at the end of 1999.


Samantha Morton to work with Speilberg

British actress Samantha Morton, who was Oscar nominated last year for her work in the Woody Allen directed Sweet and Lowdown, has landed the female lead in Stephen Speilberg's next project.

The film, Minority Report, is to be a sci-fi drama which co-stars Tom Cruise and begins shooting in the Spring.

Cruise plays a detective hunted by a colleague and charged with a murder he hasn't committed.

Morton's character becomes involved with the fleeing detective.


Stars turn out for movie memorabilia sale

Stars from the film industry have gathered for a preview of a charity auction of film and TV memorobilia in London.

Ralph Fiennes and Richard E Grant and were among those at Sotheby's to see 100 items set to be auctioned on the internet to raise money for Unicef Ireland.

Items include Mel Gibson's sword from Braveheart, Liam Neeson's lightsabre from The Phanton Menace and Ralph Fiennes' shirt from The English Patient.

The online auction takes place on 7 March.

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