Monday, June 29, 1998 Published at 10:59 GMT 11:59 UK
Dana cancels over TV threat
Dana taking death threats seriously
Israel's transsexual pop star Dana International backed out of German TV show, Always on Sunday, blaming death threats for the cancellation. Record company manager Joachim Uhrig said in a German newspaper that the threats were not the first, adding: "We take these death threats seriously." Dana, known as Yaron Cohen until a sex change operation five years ago, shot to fame last month when she won the Eurovision Song Contest.
Pop star Louise Nurding and her footballer fiancé Jamie Redknapp are to marry on a luxury yacht today, it is reported. The couple will exchange vows in front of members of their familes and friends aboard a cruiser in Bermuda, the island's daily newspaper says. Louise, 23, formerly of pop group Eternal, has dated Redknapp for two years.
Cast and producers from Radio 4's The Archers joined Glastonbury Festival revellers in the mud at the weekend to record authentic sounds for the scene where Kate Aldridge gives birth. Recordings were made near Glastonbury's stone circle and sent to London in time for the broadcast at 7pm on Sunday. Hippy single mum Kate (Kelly Bright) blamed a festival beanburger for her pains but found she had actually gone into labour three weeks early. She shunned medical help and had a natural birth in a traveller's teepee.
Richard Gere and Julia Roberts are set to team up for their first movie together since the runaway 1990 hit Pretty Woman. It's reported in the American press, that the pair have been signed to star in the comedy Runaway Bride. The film, which still has no director, is due to begin shooting in October. Gere postponed production on his next film Autumn in New York until January so he could take the role.
Hollywood star Gregory Peck this week returns to a tiny Virginia mountain theatre where he learned to act, taking food for pay, to discuss his career. The Barter theatre considers Peck - who also drove a truck when the cast hit the road - to be its most famous alumnus. Of the theatre where a season ticket could once be bartered for a Virginia ham, Peck said: "It's the most valuable experience that I've ever had. . . It was good groundwork and good training."
Jane Seymour is the only Briton among 21 celebrities who will have their stars installed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. Others featured will include Samuel L Jackson, Jamie Lee Curtis, and John Fogarty, it has been announced. Seymour's TV series Dr Quinn: Medecine Woman was cancelled by CBS last month. But she is talking with them about doing a two-hour special of the show.
George Clooney has revealed why he dyed his hair blonde recently, it was all the result of a lost bet. The ER heart-throb says the wager took place while he was playing basketball with fellow actor Deezer D Jackson, who plays Malik in the show. The bet was that whoever lost the game of one-to-one had to dye his hair. Having stuck to the agreement, Clooney has now returned to his darker colour.
The American public seems to think that comedian Eddie Murphy's latest film, Doctor Doolittle, is the cat's pyjamas, according to early box-office figures. Studio estimates say the film, a re-make of the 1967 musical starring Rex Harrison, grossed £17.8m in its opening weekend, topping the US chart. The new version has the animals talking back to Dr Doolittle, with voices provided by Garry Shandling and others. The X-Files movie slipped to third place behind the musical Mulan.
Quiz supremo counts down to new job
Television quiz show host Richard Whiteley is to become the first mayor of a tiny rural village. The Countdown supremo had joked on air that he would love to be mayor of the Yorkshire Wolds village of Wetwang, which boasts a population of 500. So villagers sent him an invitation to become its first ever mayor. He will be installed in office with robes and chains borrowed from another council.
Former Sixties model Twiggy is to host her own Hollywood-based TV chat show, Twiggy's People, it has been reported. The deal follows her hit stint as guest presenter on ITV's This Morning, The Mirror newspaper reports. Twiggy, 48, is said to have already lined up film stars Dustin Hoffman and Lauren Bacall, Monty Python star Eric Idle and comedienne Tracey Ullman. An insider said the guests were all Twiggy's personal friends.
The British premiere of glam rock celebration Velvet Goldmine starring Ewan McGregor is to open this year's Edinburgh Film Festival on August 16. Trainspotting star McGregor appears alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Toni Collette, Christian Bale and Eddie Izzard in US director Todd Haynes' homage to the 1970s glitter period. A festival spokeswoman said: "It is a swoon of a movie that. . . encapsulates the bold, provocative and exhilarating spirit of the Festival."
Boy band five take debut album to no1
New teenage boy band Five, are celebrating after their debut album shot straight into the charts at the Number One spot. The album features 17 tracks including the three hit singles Slam Dunk Da Funk, When The Lights Go Out and Got The Feeling. "We're absolutely delighted. . . The best is yet to come!" said boys, J, Sean, Abs, Rich and Scott, currently in the US promoting the album.
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