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Monday, April 5, 1999 Published at 12:07 GMT 13:07 UK


Disney tells Spike Lee to cool it

Executives at Walt Disney are said to be concerned at the graphic violence and nudity in director Spike Lee's new film, Summer of Sam.

Lee has gone back to the editing room to make some cuts in the film about New York serial killer David Berkowitz, who was known as the Son of Sam.

Walt Disney Studios chairman Joe Roth said: "He's still got work to do. He's got stuff in there that is rougher than I would like and I'm hoping at some point he will trim it out."

Mission: Impossible under Cruise control

Tom Cruise has sorted out problems surrounding Mission: Impossible II, and is confident shooting will begin later this month.

Members of the crew were sent home indefinitely last month because the script needed changing and the sets were not finished.

Now Cruise has taken control everything is reportedly back on track. His wife Nicole Kidman and their two sons plan to stay with him in Sydney throughout filming.

Lucas to change Star Wars after viewing

Director George Lucas is making editing changes after showing Star Wars Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace to a group of director friends.

Those present at the exclusive preview included Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Francis Ford Coppolla, Martin Scorsese and Brian De Palma.

"They're friends whom I trust and quite frankly they were blown away, but you never know." said Lucas. He plans minor changes right up to the film's release date on 19 May.

Flat Eric keeps place at top of charts

Cult puppet Flat Eric has held off the challenge from Eminem to keep his place at the top of the charts.

The yellow glove puppet, who stars in the Levi's advert, is largely responsible for propelling Mr Ozio's Flat Beat to No 1.

White American rapper Eminem went straight in at No 2 with Hi! My Name Is Slim Shady. Phats and Small were new at three, while the Abba tribute single went in at No 4.

Robbie tells Radio 1 listeners he's OK

Robbie Williams phoned Jamie Theakston on his new Radio One show yesterday to reassure fans that he had not gone off the rails again.

The ex-Take That star went into rehab in 1996, and there has been renewed concern for his health recently after he cancelled part of his European tour at short notice, blaming a "virus".

However, the 25-year-old singer told listeners that his only ailments were cuts and bruises caused by falling off a quad bike while on holiday.

New Lottery role for Nesbitt

Irish actor James Nesbitt has won a new role as the first celebrity to help promote National Lottery scratch cards.

Nesbitt, star of the recently-released hit film Waking Ned, was flown to South Africa to film four hi-tech adverts for National Lottery Instants.

He plays a charismatic observer who moves around various scenes as they are frozen in time and speculates on four possible outcomes. The project is part of an 8m advertising campaign.

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