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Thursday, August 20, 1998 Published at 14:17 GMT 15:17 UK


Spielberg and Hanks help D-Day museum

Steven Spielberg: teaming up with Tom Hanks for help fund museum

Saving Private Ryan director Steven Spielberg and its star Tom Hanks have teamed up to make massive donations to a D-Day museum in the US.

The pair are reported to have donated 1m between them to help ensure the exhibition in New Orleans museum opens on its target date, of 6 June, 2000, the 56th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

The museum's founder, historian Stephen Ambrose, was a consultant Saving Private Ryan, a graphic account of the D-Day horrors, which opens in Britain on September 11.

Meanwhile, Tom Hanks is soon to play a prison guard in an adaptation of Stephen King's novel The Green Mile.

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Mel Gibson: preparing to take on Dickens
Gibson set for A Tale Of Two Cities

Hollywood actor Mel Gibson is to fulfil one of his ambitions - by starring in a remake of Charles Dickens's classic A Tale of Two Cities.

The Braveheart star hopes to go into production this autumn now that an earlier version, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Liam Neeson, has been shelved due to budget problems.

Gibson has been looking for a new project since deciding to delay production of his next directing effort, Fahrenheit 451, until next May.

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Louise: no need to Spice up her life
No Spice for Louise

Pop star Louise has denied rumours she's interested in joining the Spice Girls.

The singer was said to be interested in joining the foursome after Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell's departure. But she insists she's happy with her career as it is.

She said: "I really enjoy what the girls do, but I enjoy being a solo artist."

Meanwhile, the Spice Girls - touring in America - were surprise guests at actor Edward Norton's birthday party in Los Angeles.

Other guests at the bash for Courtney Love's boyfriend included Helena Bonham-Carter, Drew Barrymore, and Lisa-Marie Presley.

Play it again, Casablanca

Movie giant Warner Brothers is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a special screening of classic movie Casablanca in London's Leicester Square on Thursday.

The celebrity gala launches a roadshow of 14 classics from the studio, spanning the history of the studio, including Unforgiven, Bullitt and 42nd Street.

Cinemas in London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow will be showing them over the next four months.

Tragedy hits The Crow again

Production has been suspended on a new TV series based on the trouble-hit horror film The Crow after a stuntman was killed by flying debris.

The incident happened during a controlled explosion while the series, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, was being filmed in Vancouver, Canada.

It's not the first time The Crow has been hit by tragedy. During work on the original movie in 1993, actor Brandon Lee was shot and killed when a stunt backfired.

Milos Forman's happy production

Movie director Milos Forman is to become a father again at the age of 65.

Forman's girlfriend Martina Zborilova is expecting twin boys in September, according to a Czech TV station.

The Czech-born director, who moved to the US in 1968, is best known for his movies One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, and The People vs Larry Flynt.

He is still married to Czech actress Vera Kresadlova, with whom he has twin sons actors Matej and Petr Forman.

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