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Wednesday, 7 August, 2002, 14:12 GMT 15:12 UK
Big Brother winner plans return
Big Brother winner Kate Lawler is hoping to hire out the show's house for her big sister Kelly's wedding reception later this year.

The unusual venue costs up to 30,000 a night to hire, a figure Lawler can easily afford after her Big Brother win.

She told celebrity magazine OK!: "I'm going to pay for my sister Kelly's wedding or honeymoon, and I've suggested we have the reception in the Big Brother house.

"They're hiring it out so we could have a pool party."

Big Brother producer Endemol UK is turning the house in Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, into a party venue from next month.

Event organiser Skybridge said: "The house is for hire for corporate events rather than private parties, but I'm sure for Kate we could make an exception."


Darius goes to the seaside

Chart-topper Darius Danesh has been lined up to play a show at a Butlin's holiday camp.

The singer, who is at number one with his single Colourblind, will perform at the venue in Minehead alongside former Steps stars H and Claire.

The concert in November marks the climax of the Smash Hits Poll Winners Tour following a string of shows at arenas in the UK and Ireland.

Details about the rest of the acts on the tour - which also visits Sheffield, Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham, Newcastle, Belfast, Dublin and Birmingham - have yet to be announced.


Maguire set for racing drama

Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire is planning to saddle up for the true-life horse racing drama Seabiscuit.

Maguire, starred in The Cider House Rules and Wonder Boys, will play Red Pollard, the Jockey who rode the horse which became a national icon during the 1930s economic depression in the US.

Director Gary Ross said: "There was an incredible toughness and sensitivity to Red that few people could capture, and Tobey is uniquely capable of doing that."

The film is an adaptation of author Laura Hillenbrand's book Seabiscuit: An American Legend.


NBC goes to Vegas

US TV network NBC is opening a preview cinema at Las Vegas to test out audience reaction to its new shows.

The facility will open at the Venetian hotel - close to a similar theatre run by CBS at the MGM Grand.

Both networks want to capitalise on the numbers of tourists passing through the resort.

"The world of research is becoming increasingly difficult to do," NBC's Alan Wurtzel said.

"Telemarketers have destroyed the ability of people to do research [over the phone]. Co-operation rates are down because people are more cynical."


Dine out with The Sopranos

US TV network HBO is planning to launch a range of foods based on its mob family drama The Sopranos.

Sister company Warner Books is publishing a book of southern Italian-style recipes "as compiled by Artie Bucco" - the drama's restaurant owner.

The recipes will be sprinkled with "advice" from other cast members, including Tony Soprano's grilling methods.

A gourmet food line - including marinara sauce, pasta, salad dressing and frozen pizza - will hit US stores in the autumn.

The show - seen in the UK on Channel 4 and E4 - starts its fourth season in the US next month.

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