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Tuesday, September 1, 1998 Published at 12:06 GMT 13:06 UK


Entertainment

Spices back in Britain

Spice Girls: Back home after wowing America

The Spice Girls flew back into Britain on Tuesday morning following the end of their US tour.

The foursome are due to rest and catch up with family and friends before they play stadium shows in London and Sheffield later this month.

Dozens of fans turned up at Heathrow Airport to greet them and congratulate Posh Spice Victoria Adams and Scary Spice Melanie Brown on their pregnancies.

The pair are still said to be discussing their future with bandmates Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm, though a new single is due out at Christmas - their first without departed Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell.

An album is expected in April - about the time the babies are due.



[ image: Sean Connery: Set for a trip into space?]
Sean Connery: Set for a trip into space?
Eastwood's dream space team

Clint Eastwood is trying to team up with Jack Nicholson and Sean Connery in his own movie dream team for his next project, Space Cowboys.

Eastwood plans to produce, direct, and star in the movie, which would feature the threesome playing a group of retired air force pilots who are recruited to fly the space shuttle on a special mission.

Movie moguls have tried before in vain to get the trio to work together - and they're hoping Eastwood's plan succeeds.



[ image: Oprah: first nude scene]
Oprah: first nude scene
Oprah reveals all

Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey is to reveal all to cinema audiences - when she plays her first ever nude scene in a movie.

Ms Winfrey, 44, strips off for an intimate clinch with her former Color Purple co-star Danny Glover in new movie Beloved, due out in the US in October.

She insisted only a skeleton film crew be on set for the filming of the scene - and was adamant long-time partner Stedman Graham stayed well away as well.



[ image: Spielberg: Tough casting encounters]
Spielberg: Tough casting encounters
McQueen first choice for Close Encounters

Steve McQueen was Steven Spielberg's first choice to play the starring role which eventually went to Richard Dreyfuss in Close Encounters of The Third Kind.

The director tells a documentary on the making of the 1977 hit that the part was also turned down by Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson before Dreyfuss was even considered.

Eventually Dreyfuss convinced him the role needed someone who could convey a child-like quality.



[ image: Titanic: Queues for video release]
Titanic: Queues for video release
Full steam ahead for Titanic video

The long-awaited video version of Titanic has gone on sale in the US - with hundreds queuing outside video stores which either re-opened at midnight or stayed open all night.

Experts predict the tape will easily become the biggest-selling live-action video of all time.

Jurassic Park holds the live-action record with 17m copies sold, while The Lion King is overall champion with 30m.


Darth Vader recovers from hip operation

Actor David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in Star Wars, is recovering in a London hospital following a two-and-a-half hour hip replacement operation.

Mr Prowse, now 63, has been plagued by leg problems since he was a child, and says without them he would never have shot to fame.

He still appears at conventions all over the world, 20 years after the release of the original Star Wars movie.

He is being treated in the Mayday Hospital in Croydon, south London.


Luther's looking for love

Veteran soul man Luther Vandross says he's ready for live-in love after 47 years of bachelorhood.

The singer, whose first UK hit was Never Too Much in 1983, lives alone in a 25-room mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, which he bought last year for £5m.

But he says he's ready to fall in love and settle down, so as to keep feelings of "loneliness and isolation" at bay.

He told People magazine: "I'm 47, drug-free, rich and fabulous."


Italian dubbers keep quiet

Italian film fans desperate to see Hollywood hits like Saving Private Ryan may be in for a long wait - because of industrial action by dubbers.

The Italian actors' union has called on members to to continue a six-week strike over pay, with protests planned for the Venice Film Festival.

Some of the actors who dub Hollywood stars for domestic consumption have become household names, but most remain unsung heroes of the industry.





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