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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 August, 2004, 12:21 GMT 13:21 UK
Mobster makes mafia TV show
A Russian mob boss fed up with "unrealistic mafia shows" has written, directed, produced and financed a TV series - starring himself and his gang.

Police frequently visited locations during filming to question Vitali Dyomochka, who was jailed for shooting a rival mafioso, about alleged crimes.

Ten other members of the cast have been jailed since the seven-part series finished filming - one has been killed.

Spets is pulling in "practically 100% ratings" on Vladivostok's Ussuriysk TV.


Tests 'show Anthony not father'

Three paternity tests confirm Marc Anthony, reportedly married to Jennifer Lopez, did not father a child with a Cuban dancer, his lawyer has said.

Orin Snyder said: "The three leading paternity labs in the world confirmed scientifically he is not the father."

Elizabeth Leyva, of Miami, brought a paternity suit in a Florida court, alleging Anthony, 34, was the father of her son, who was born late last year.

The singer allegedly wed Lopez in June, days after divorcing a beauty queen.


Charlize Theron plays Aeon Flux

Oscar winner Charlize Theron is playing Aeon Flux in a live-action film based on MTV's futuristic animated series.

Rebel Aeon Flux must kill the leader of a congress of scientists that rules a walled city-state in the 25th Century.

Jonny Lee Miller plays Oren Goodchild, who believes in the order of the city-state and seeks to crush the rebellion.

Caroline Chikezie, who stars as Elaine Hardy in Footballers' Wives, is Freya - an aide to Oren's father Trevor, played by Lord of the Rings' Marton Csokas.


Mash star Alda 'joins West Wing'

Alan Alda, who made his name on 1970s and 80s TV comedy Mash, is to join the cast of political drama The West Wing, The Hollywood Reporter has said.

Alda, who played Captain "Hawkeye" Pierce in Mash, will appear as a Republican senator, the report said.

The role is Alda's first regular TV job since Mash, which ran from 1972-83. He also appeared in several Woody Allen films plus movies like What Women Want.

He will appear in the next series of The West Wing, the show's sixth year.


Jimmy Page opens UK Walk of Fame

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has become the first celebrity to be included in the British Walk of Fame.

The 60-year-old opened the attraction, based on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, by casting his handprints in cement.

Page said its location - outside Virgin Megastore, formerly Tower Records, on London's Piccadilly - "has always been a prestigious site for music".

The rock star added: "It is a real privilege and a great honour to be the first. I am really chuffed."


Record shopping 'should be fun'

Legendary music mogul Clive Davis has urged record shops to make shopping for music "more exciting".

Davis, who launched the career of Alicia Keys among others, was speaking at a music industry conference.

He said "seismic shifts in music consumption" are being caused by the popularity of digital music players, such as Apple's iPod.

The chief executive of BMG North America urged shops to change in order to halt the industry downturn.


X-Men star divorces actor Stamos

US actor John Stamos, star of TV series Full House, has filed for divorce from X-Men actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.

The couple, who met in 1994, announced in April that they had separated after five years of marriage. Publicist Lewis Kay said the split was amicable.

Romijn, 31, played Mystique in the two X-Men films and has starred in Femme Fatale, Godsend and Rollerball.

Stamos, 41, appeared in family sitcom Full House from 1987-95. The couple have no children.


Deayton to host holiday game show

TV presenter Angus Deayton is to host an ITV1 game show called Bognor or Bust, where contestants compete to win a dream holiday.

Contestants will choose two celebrities to help them answer topical questions - the loser will be sent to Bognor Regis.

Actor James Dreyfus, who appeared in Hell's Kitchen which Deayton also hosted, will take part in the first show on 2 September.

Deayton admitted he had never been to Bognor Regis in West Sussex.





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