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Wednesday, 21 February, 2001, 12:15 GMT
Captain Corelli delayed
The release date of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, starring Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz, has been put back to sometime in Autumn.

Universal Studios said the move is mainly due to difficulties with post-production but also because they need to focus the marketing.

Universal Pictures Distribution president Nikki Rocco said this was because of the theme and subject matter of Captain Corelli, which is based on a romantic novel by Louis de Bernieres.

"Our experience indicates that adult films that are more serious and literate take more time to build awareness," Rocco said.


Harrelson backs Canadian eco-theatre

Actor Woody Harrelson is to appear in Canadian TV adverts for the non-profit Winnipeg theatre group Green Kids Inc.

Harrelson, best known for roles on TV's Cheers and in movies such as Natural Born Killers and White Men Can't Jump, taped the promotions while he was in Winnipeg last summer.

A Green Kids spokeswoman said the actor has had a relationship with the group, which stages environmental awareness-raising plays for children, since 1997, when he called up out of the blue to find out what the group was all about.

Harrelson invited them to perform at a school in San Francisco in 1998 and has been a financial supporter ever since.


Edinburgh Film Festival chief to quit

Lizzie Francke, Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, is to quit after this year's Festival in August.

Francke has been in charge of the festival for five years and is likely to go into film production.

Edinburgh Film Festival, which is respected as a launching pad for new UK talent, will start looking for a new director in March.

Francke said: "Five is a good round number. I've helped shaped the festival, it's been tremendously exciting, but I feel I need a new challenge."


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.


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.

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