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Wednesday, January 13, 1999 Published at 13:09 GMT


Whoopi Goldberg to host Oscars

Whoopi Goldberg: Back to host her third Oscars

Whoopi Goldberg will host this year's Oscars, taking over from the popular Billy Crystal, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced.

Goldberg, who herself won an Oscar in 1991 for her role in Ghost, is delighted to be hosting the awards on 21 March.

"Who would have thought that I would be hosting the last Oscar telecast of the century? It's a " she said. "It's a huge deal."

Crystal dropped out of hosting the event last week, having previously been host six times. Goldberg hosted the awards to acclaim in 1994 and 1996.

Paltrow 'splits with Affleck'

[ image: Gwyneth Paltrow: Single again?]
Gwyneth Paltrow: Single again?
Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow is reported to have split from actor boyfriend Ben Affleck following a row over a nude scene.

The year-long romance is said to have ended after Affleck learned she had agreed to appear in the scene with actor Joseph Fiennes in new film Duets, which is being directed by her father Bruce.

Sliding Doors star Paltrow and Good Will Hunting actor Affleck recently appeared with Fiennes in Shakespeare In Love, to be released shortly in the UK.

The 25-year-old actress, whose previous films include Seven and Emma, was previously engaged to Brad Pitt.

Mr & Mrs are nice to each other again

[ image: Julian Clary: Set to have the keys to the soundproof booth]
Julian Clary: Set to have the keys to the soundproof booth
ITV quiz show Mr & Mrs is to return to the screen after an 11-year absence.

The show - which tests married couples on how much they know about each other - is to return with a new host, comedian Julian Clary.

Production company Action Time promises the programme's original format will not change.

Mr & Mrs ran on ITV from 1969 to 1988 and became a staple of early-evening programming.

During the 1970s Border Television had 250,000 applications to take part in the show, hosted by Derek Batey.

The Siege under siege

[ image: Bruce Willis: Film has caused outrage]
Bruce Willis: Film has caused outrage
Two cinemas in the South African capital, Cape Town, have stopped screening the controversial US film The Siege after receiving bomb threats.

Nu Metro cinemas stopped showing the film - in which New York comes under attack from a Muslim extremist group - in the interest of "public safety".

The movie, starring Denzel Washington and Bruce Willis, has offended many Arab Americans who claim it stereotypes Muslims as fanatics and terrorists.

Costner Cuba film goes ahead

[ image: Kevin Costner: Cuban movie bought by Sony]
Kevin Costner: Cuban movie bought by Sony
Kevin Costner is still planning to begin work on a film about the Cuban missile crisis in March, despite the project being dropped by Universal.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has now stepped in to pick up the $55m film, which was dropped by the troubled studio because of its high cost.

The film, about the stand-off between the US and Russia over the placing of missiles in Cuba, is expensive because of scenes of high-tech air shoot-outs.

Wanted: Liberace actor

Hollywood producers are looking for an actor to take the role of pianist Liberace in a film about his life.

The $15m comedy-drama will be in a similar vein to the film The People Vs Larry Flint.

It will deal with the career and private life of Liberace, a child prodigy who became a television and recording star. He died in 1987.

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