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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 June, 2004, 11:13 GMT 12:13 UK
Depp keeps faith with Tim Burton
Hollywood star Johnny Depp has signed up to appear in another film from Tim Burton, the director who helped propel him to fame in Edward Scissorhands.

Variety newspaper reports Burton will lend his voice to animated movie Corpse Bride, co-directed by Michael Johnson.

Burton's partner Helena Bonham Carter, Joanna Lumley and Richard E Grant have also been cast in the film.

Depp also has the starring role in Burton's remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Cliff Richard guitars up for sale

A collection of guitars owned by Sir Cliff Richard are going under the hammer at auction on Wednesday.

Also included in the sale, organised by Cooper Owen, is a white Fender Stratocaster which belonged to the late Jimi Hendrix.

Also of note are the back catalogue and reproduction rights to the Bethlehem Jazz catalogue.

Estimated to fetch up to 3.5m, it includes artists Nina Simone, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane.

Sorvino weds 22-year-old

Actress Mira Sorvino, who won a best supporting actress Oscar in 1996 for her role in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite, has wed a 22-year-old actor.

Sorvino, 36, and Christopher Backus married in a private ceremony at a Santa Barbara courthouse on 11 June, Sorvino's publicist said on Monday.

It is the first marriage for both Sorvino and Backus.

Mira, the daughter of Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino, previously dated director Quentin Tarantino from 1996-1998.

Potter film retains UK top spot

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has remained at the top of the UK and Ireland box-office chart for the fourth consecutive week.

The film took 2,029,289 over the three-day weekend to bring its total to more than 39.6m in four weeks.

The second biggest film was teen comedy Mean Girls, starring Lindsay Lohan, which took 983,547.

New films in the top ten included Tom Hanks in a remake of The Ladykillers at number four, and romance The Notebook.

Actor Depardieu in scooter crash

French film actor Gerard Depardieu was taken to a hospital in Paris with two leg fractures, following a scooter accident on Monday.

The actor, 55, was injured in a crash near the upmarket 16th arrondissement, in the west of the city.

The star of Green Card and Jean de Florette was also injured in a motorcycle crash last year.

His son Guillaume was severely injured in a bike crash several years ago, leading to a leg amputation this year.

Dance show continues after murder

Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance show will continue its tour of South Africa, despite the murder of its merchandising manager last week.

Daryl Kempster was shot dead on the steps of a Johannesburg hotel by a suspected robber on Saturday night.

The Englishman's death prompted dance star Flatley to cancel two Johannesburg shows scheduled for this week.

Some of the "traumatised" dancers who were too upset to perform the rest of the shows will be flown back to the UK.


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