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Monday, October 12, 1998 Published at 11:04 GMT 12:04 UK


Winslet triumphs as Body of Year

Winslet :"This is me, like it or lump it."

Star of Titanic, Kate Winslet has secured a triumph for women with a fuller figure after being voted Body of the Year in a national survey.

Winslet overtook slimline personalities like Sporty Spice Mel C and Denise Van Outen who presents Channel 4's The Big Breakfast for the top position.

For Winslet's role as Rose De Witt Bukater in the blockbuster film Titanic, she dieted down to 8st 12lb, but recent photographs have shown her with a more curvaceous figure.

"The choice of winner proves that women are not aspiring to the waif-like images they are often fed via the media," said a spokesman for Nivea which conducted the survey of 1,000 people in Zest, the woman's health magazine.

Miss Winslet revealed she was content with the fuller look, saying: "This is me, like it or lump it."

Billie top of the pops

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Billie :"It's a dream come true."
Teenage pop sensation Billie has gained her second successive No 1 with her new single Girlfriend.

Her first single Because We Want To hit the number one slot in July, and catapulted her to fame when she was only 15.

The star who has just turned 16 was celebrating her chart topping success with her parents in Swindon.

She said: "It's a dream come true, It's what I've always wanted."

Billie becomes only the third act to top the charts with their first two singles, following in the footsteps of Robson & Jerome and B*Witched.

Delia's double Milestone

[ image: Delia Smith book sales have passed 10 million]
Delia Smith book sales have passed 10 million
Britain's most popular cook Delia Smith has achieved two milestones with sales of her Delia's How to Cook : Book One topping the 10 million mark and the celebration of her 25 years of presenting programmes on BBC Television.

Her first series on BBC One was Family Fare in 1973. Her series of TV-linked books since then has put her at the top of BBC 's cookery best-seller list, surpassing celebrity chefs Ainsley Harriott, Ken Hom and Gary Rhodes.

BBC Worldwide UK is hoping that the new book will boost the earnings of its commercial arm, which has sold 24m worth of cookery books, videos and programmes overseas in the last two years.

Rupert Gavin, the chief executive of BBC Worldwide UK, said: "Delia's appeal is enormous. Millions of people over the years have learned to cook thanks to her fail-safe advice and wonderful recipes.

"Her books are popular with all ages and we are immensely proud to publish them."

Live album and tour from Rolling Stones

[ image: Rolling Stones gearing up for 30-venue tour]
Rolling Stones gearing up for 30-venue tour
The Rolling Stones are set to release a new live album, entitled No Security, according to reports in the US.

The album, the seventh live LP the rockers have produced, will be out in Europe on November 3.

It will feature performances from their concerts in Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, Nuremberg, St Louis and Purchase NY.

Sources also say that the Stones are planning a 30-venue tour of North America, from January to March 1999.

Hanks and Spielberg in new WWII project

[ image: Spielberg teams up with Hanks for war project]
Spielberg teams up with Hanks for war project
Saving Private Ryan star Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg are to team up for yet another World War II project

The two are to jointly produce a TV mini-series, A Band of Brothers, based on a book by historian Stephen Ambrose.

It follows a regiment of paratroopers from basic training to D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of Dachau and a party at Hitler's HQ.

It is not known whether Hanks will have an acting role in the series.

Mind Games role for Demi Moore

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Demi Moore will play a dual role
Demi Moore has begun work on her first film in two years, a psychological thriller called Passion of the Mind.

The actress plays both a widow who lives in France with her two children and her alter ego, an unattached New York literary agent, who the first character dreams about.

Co-star Stellen Skarsgard said: "It's like a puzzle of memory. It's a movie written for actors with dialogue that's kind of different."

Welles script set for production

An Orson Welles script written in 1941 is to be finally made into a movie by RKO pictures.

The Way to Santiago, in which Welles was to have starred as well as direct and produce, was discovered in a crate with 800 other rejected RKO projects.

The script is an action thriller about a man who wakes up with amnesia in a foreign country where many people want him dead.

Daily Variety reports that a producer for the project is already on board.

Animated Antz beats off challenge in US

Computer-animated insect comedy Antz has kept its top slot in the US movie box-office charts for a second week.

The film, voiced by Woody Allen and Sharon Stone, was only 10% down on its opening week, early figures suggest.

Eddie Murphy's new comedy, Holy Man, a satire on evangelism and home shopping, came in a disappointing fifth place.

Saving Private Ryan, from the same DreamWorks studio as Antz, is still at number 10 after 12 weeks on release.

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