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Friday, September 11, 1998 Published at 13:59 GMT 14:59 UK


Nicholson tipped for Dr Seuss role

Nicholson is famous for his offbeat choice of roles

A live action version of the classic Dr Seuss story How the Grinch Stole Christmas may star Jack Nicholson as the bad-tempered Grinch.

Film rights to the story are due to be auctioned off this week by the author's widow, Audrey Geisel, and most of the major studios have shown an interest in bidding for the book. The expected price tag is around 3m.

Although Nicholson is not yet attached to the project, he is believed to be very interested in the role.

Made-for-TV cartoon versions of the Dr Seuss stories have already proved a huge success worldwide.

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Copyright problems held up the Marley biopic
Bob Marley biopic to begin shooting

Director Ron Shelton is soon to begin filming his version of the life of reggae legend Bob Marley after 17 years of discussions and negotiations.

He has finally obtained all the necessary rights to Marley's life and music, which proved to be a hugely complicated undertaking.

"When he died, Marley had signed publishing deals with different people on the same songs," said Shelton.

"He also had 22 children, at least nine of whom were not fathered with his wife, so it took 17 years to sort everything out."

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Taylor's permission is being sort for movie
Taylor-Burton affair may hit big screen

The tempestuous love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, which began when they starred together in the 1963 epic Cleopatra, could soon be immortalised on the silver screen.

Producer Larry Thompson has approached Taylor for her permission and co-operation in making a film about their on-off relationship in the 1960s and 70s.

Thompson, currently making And The Beat Goes On about Sonny and Cher, has also offered her the part of Greed in a TV mini-series The Seven Deadly Sins.

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Spielberg: documented Holocaust history
Spielberg honoured for Holocaust work

Hollywood director Steven Spielberg has received one of Germany's highest honours at a ceremony in Berlin to mark his work documenting the Holocaust.

German President Roman Herzog awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit to Spielberg for his acclaimed film Schindler's List and for his efforts to collect eyewitness accounts.

Spielberg has just completed his Shoah archive containing interviews with more than 50,000 Holocaust survivors.

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Williams: caring for the environment
Robbie backs campaign to save wildlife

Pop star Robbie Williams has backed a Greenpeace campaign to halt oil exploration in the Atlantic by adopting an area of sea off Scotland.

The ex-Take That star, whose single Millennium was released on Monday, has 'adopted' the area because he fears drilling for oil harms sea wildlife.

"I didn't know we had so many whales and dolphins so close to Britain," he said. "I think it is really important to protect our environment."

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Miller: new play about bigamy
Star Trek captain to star in Miller drama

Patrick Stewart, who returns as Captain Picard in the next Star Trek film, is to star in the New York stage production of Arthur Miller's new play.

Ride Down Mount Morgan, which is due to open on October 27, centres on a man who has two wives and is visited by both as he recovers in hospital from a car accident.

"It's a marvellous leading role of a very charismatic and opinionated, clever guy who just happens to be a bigamist," says Stewart.

His co-star will be Blythe Danner, mother of Hollywood actress, Gwyneth Paltrow.

Michael Jordan sued over movie contract

US sports superstar Michael Jordan is being sued by the producers of a basketball movie who say he backed out of a contract to act in the film.

Heaven Corp claims it lost millions of dollars when the Chicago Bulls player reneged on a 1987 contract to appear in the movie Heaven is a Playground.

Jordan is countersuing the company, claiming it lied to him about the film's financing. The movie, released in 1991, was a box-office flop.

Stomp creators plan vacuum cleaner film

The story of competing vacuum cleaner companies in the north of England is the unlikely subject of a new film from producer Quincy Jones.

The movie is the brainchild of the creators of Stomp, the show in which the performers make music by banging dustbin lids together.

"They've written their own screenplay and it's the craziest, silliest darn thing you've ever seen, but it's brilliant," said Jones.

Production on the film - called Vacuums- will begin after Christmas.

Corrie star fined for drink driving

Coronation Street star Bruce Jones, who plays layabout Les Battersby, has been banned from driving for three years and fined 2,000 after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

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