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Thursday, 1 August, 2002, 11:18 GMT 12:18 UK
Osbourne 'set for Freaky Friday'
Ozzy Osbourne's daughter Kelly is in negotiations to star in a new version of Walt Disney's film Freaky Friday, according to reports.

She is being lined up to play the musically inclined best friend to the film's teenage heroine, Daily Variety reports.

The 1976 original starred Jodie Foster as the tomboy who exchanges bodies with her mother, who was played by Barbara Harris.

Lindsay Lohan and Annette Bening are lined up to play the daughter and mother roles this time around.


O'Neal set for new role

Hollywood star Ryan O'Neal is in talks to star in a new Hollywood film even as he undergoes treatment for leukaemia, according to reports.

Warner Bros want the Love Story actor to play a wealthy father whose ambitions to run for state governor are undermined by the behaviour of his rapper son.

The movie, Malibu's Most Wanted, is based on characters from US hidden camera TV series JKX: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment.

The 61-year-old was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukaemia, in which the white blood cells multiply out of control, last April.

He said at the time he would spend "every waking hour fighting this curse".


Huge sales for Rings

More than 34,000 advance orders for the video and DVD of Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring have been placed with the UK arm of online retailer Amazon.

The figures exceed advance orders the company received for both Gladiator and Moulin Rouge combined.

"Our customers love Lord Of The Rings - our huge pre-order figures prove this," said an Amazon spokesperson.

The hit blockbuster is released on video and DVD on 6 August.


Shrek man for Narnia film

Shrek director Andrew Adamson is to direct the first live action feature film version of the CS Lewis novel The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Adamson has also worked on True Lies, Batman and Robin and Batman Forever. The film is being made by Walden Media, which purchased the film rights to Lewis's seven-part Chronicles of Narnia series last year.

"Narnia was such a vivid and real world to me as a child, as it is to millions of other fans," said Adamson, who said he wanted to give fans "an epic theatrical experience worthy of their imaginations".

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was published in 1950, and is the second part of the Chronicles of Narnia series, which has sold over 60 million copies worldwide.


Dimmock makes Hollyoaks appearance

Ground Force gardener Charlie Dimmock is branching out into acting with a guest appearance in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.

Dimmock will play herself in an episode to be shown next Tuesday when she turns up at the opening of the village's Jubilee Garden.

But she said she had no ambitions to give up her day job on the garden make-over show, co-hosted by Alan Titchmarsh and Tommy Walsh.

"Being in Hollyoaks was great fun and it has certainly been a different experience to my normal job. I don't think I'll be making any career changes just yet though. I'll stick to what I know and love best - gardening," she said.

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