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Wednesday, November 18, 1998 Published at 12:48 GMT


Trainspotting star opens in London play

Ewan McGregor with Little Voice co-star Jane Horrocks

Ewan McGregor is the latest big-name film star to return to the stage as he starts treading the boards for 250-a-week at a small north London theatre.

He follows Nicole Kidman, Kevin Spacey and Juliette Binoche who have all recently completed theatre runs in London.

The Trainspotting and Star Wars actor relishes the prospect of stepping out in Little Malcolm And His Struggle Against The Eunuchs at the Hampstead Theatre. But despite his famed full frontal movie roles, this will be one production where McGregor, 27, keeps his kit on.

Tickets for the play are like gold dust with evening performances completely sold out.

James Dean biopic delayed again

[ image: James Dean: Biopic delayed again]
James Dean: Biopic delayed again
The release of the late Robert Mitchum's last film, James Dean: A Race With Destiny, which stars Casper Van Diem as Dean, has been delayed by lawsuits.

Disputes over who should receive on-screen credit for producing the film have meant it remains on the shelf despite the fact it was completed more than two years ago.

"Anything that involves James Dean is cursed. There's always some skeleton in the closet," says Andy Vorzimer, the lawyer for producer-director Mardi Rustam.

James Dean: A Race With Destiny also stars Robert Mitchum's grand-daughter Carrie as Dean's love interest, the actress Pier Angeli.

George set for community work

[ image: George Michael: Delivering meals on wheels]
George Michael: Delivering meals on wheels
George Michael is to undertake his community service in Los Angeles next month- delivering meals on wheels to people with Aids.

The former Wham! singer will spend two weeks on a scheme called Project Angel Food, based in Beverly Hills as part of the punishment imposed when the 35-year-old was convicted of indecency in a public toilet last April.

The star will travel around LA in a van with another worker from the charity to give out free food to the dying.

Project Angel Food was set up to provide a similar service to Britain's Meals On Wheels and is active in helping LA's gay community.

Perfect way to win award

[ image: Perfect Day: Notched up another award]
Perfect Day: Notched up another award
The BBC's Perfect Day music promotion was among the winners at a worldwide competition for the advertising world.

The BBC promotional campaign which featured stars ranging from the song's writer Lou Reed to Sir Elton John and Tammy Wynette, has already won more than 20 creative awards and now adds the Media Promotion and Special Adaptation of Music titles to the trophy cabinet.

The London International Advertising Awards also honoured Ogilvy and Mather in London and Millini, based in Chessington, Surrey at the awards ceremony earlier this week.

Ogilvy and Mather took the Grand Prize for print with its Samaritans campaign while Millini was rewarded with a Grand Prize for the Website it created for J&B Scotch Whisky.

Pavarotti plans Beirut show

[ image: Luciano Pavarotti: Set for first Middle East concert]
Luciano Pavarotti: Set for first Middle East concert
Opera star Luciano Pavarotti plans to give a concert in Lebanon next June - his first in the Middle East.

The famous tenor will perform a one-off open-air concert at Beirut Sports City on 12 June, with the 64-member Prague Symphony Orchestra, according to organisers.

A spokesman said Pavarotti had been hoping to appear in Beirut for the past four years.

"He's very excited to come here," he said.

Yellow Submarine set for re-release

[ image: The Beatles: Once again battling the Blue Meanies]
The Beatles: Once again battling the Blue Meanies
The Beatles' 1968 cartoon classic, Yellow Submarine, is to be re-released next year together with a digitally-remastered album featuring songs left off the original soundtrack.

The film sees the Beatles agreeing to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and travelling to Pepperland to free it from the music-hating Blue Meanies.

The band's licensing company, Sony Signatures, plans to cash in on the re-release by selling products inspired by the film such as inflatable furniture and related items.

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