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Thursday, April 1, 1999 Published at 12:14 GMT 13:14 UK


Charlie's Angels line-up 'confirmed'

Cameron Diaz: Reportedly lined-up to play Jill Munroe

Hollywood stars Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Angelina Jolie are lined up to play the new Charlie's Angels in a £50m film remake of the cult 1970s TV show.

According to The Express newspaper, Sony Pictures has finally revealed who will play the glamorous private investigators after a decade of false starts.

Barrymore will executive produce and play Sabrina Duncan for a £3m fee, while Diaz will be the new Jill Munroe and Jolie will play Kelly Garrett.

However, last summer a "definite" line up of Jada Pinkett, Jenny McCarthy and Michelle Yeoh was reported.

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell was also reported to have auditioned for a role after she left the group.

Men In Black scriptwriter Ed Solomon has promised "a campy feminist take on the original's smile and jiggle excesses".

The show's original stars - Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith - have reportedly been approached to star in cameo roles.

Keanu future film sensation

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The new Keanu Reeves film, The Matrix, is causing such a stir in the US that two sequels are already in the works.

Written and directed by brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski, the futuristic techno-thriller is getting rave reviews for its use of new visual technology.

Now the Wachowskis are working on two sequels, according to producer Joel Silver.

"They are complex stories that take place in the future but are told in the present," he said.

Blethyn to star in Kane movie

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Brenda Blethyn: Starring in Orson Welles project
Twice Oscar-nominated actress Brenda Blethyn is featuring in a star-studded film about the making of the Orson Welles movie classic, Citizen Kane.

The actress is currently shooting her part of the film in London.

She plays witty gossip columnist Louella Parsons in the movie which also stars John Malkovich, Roy Scheider and Melanie Griffith.

Called RKO 281 after the original studio production number, the film is a joint project between the BBC and the US HBO network. It is due to be released next year.

Kiss cancel because of Kosovo

American heavy rock band Kiss have cancelled a tour of Russia because of the crisis in Kosovo, according to reports.

The band apparently made the decision after getting a letter from the US embassy said their security could not be guaranteed during the visit.

Two concerts were due to be held in Moscow together with one in St Petersburg over the Easter holiday weekend.

They would have marked the band's first foray into the former Soviet Union.

INXS hits album to be released

INXS' surviving members are compiling a greatest hits album, to include several previously unreleased songs, according to the group's manager.

Martha Troup said the new songs would be taken from the past five years, and selected from about a dozen tracks the Australian band never released.

The compilation is expected to be out by the end of the year, while a solo album by late singer Michael Hutchence is just a few months away.

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