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Entertainment: News In Brief


Wednesday, July 28, 1999 Published at 12:11 GMT 13:11 UK

Oldfield's lonely heart

Tubular Bells musician Mike Oldfield is advertising in the lonely hearts columns of a Swedish newspaper.

Oldfield, best known for his 1973 classic and his music for horror movie The Exorcist, told the Expressen tabloid it would be good to meet a Swedish woman as an advertisement he had placed in the Sunday Times in the UK had been unsuccessful.

The advertisement, which Expressen published without charge on Wednesday, reads: "Man seeks woman. 46-year-old nice, good looking, successful musician with tidy finances seeks you - a faithful, wonderful woman aged 25-35 for a romantic life together."

He said the most important thing was that any potential partner must be nice.

Oldfield, who is in Stockholm for a concert, launched his third Tubular Bells album last year with a concert in London's Horse Guards Parade.


Scorsese marries again

Acclaimed film-maker Martin Scorsese has wed for the fifth time, to former book editor Helen Morris in a ceremony in New York.

Morris worked with Scorsese on a companion book to his 1997 movie Kundun, about Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

The Taxi Driver director's previous wives were actress Isabella Rossellini, writer Julia Cameron, producer Barbara De Fina, actress Ileana Douglas and entertainer Liza Minnelli.

No details have been released about the ceremony.


Live & Kicking names new hosts

The BBC's flagship Saturday morning children's show Live & Kicking has named its new presenters as Steve Wilson and Emma Ledden.

The duo will replace Zoe Ball and Jamie Theakston, who left after three hugely successful years to pursue a series of other projects.

BBC Children's Entertainment boss Chris Bellinger said: "Emma and Steve are in tune with each other - they have a zest for life."

Wilson, 24, has hosted the programme's spin-off show L & K Friday, while Dublin-born Ledden, 22, hosted programmes for RTE in Ireland before working at MTV.

The magazine show is set to return to BBC One this autumn.


Orthodox Jews label Tarzan ads obscene

Billboards in Jerusalem of the new Tarzan movie have been called "obscene" by some ultra-Orthodox Jews because the cartoon character wears a loincloth.

The watchdog that monitors advertising in Israel wants Tarzan covered up, saying the animated Disney film "negatively affected children".

"All those involved in the movie and related industries need to do all they can to prevent offending any Israeli citizen," a spokesman said.

The film is due out in the UK on 22 October.


Gay culture celebrated with new awards

Adam Rickitt and Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri have been named the UK's sexiest stars in new awards voted for by viewers of BBC Two's Gaytime TV.

Richard Woolfe, executive producer, said: "We are delighted to be able to hold the first ever gay and lesbian television awards."

Graham Norton was voted Gay Personality of the Year while Sir Ian McKellen took the Film of the Year award for Gods and Monsters. Cult series Queer As Folk won the Best TV Show award.


Premiere for new Brosnan thriller

Actor Pierce Brosnan stepped out with co-star Rene Russo at the Los Angeles premiere of The Thomas Crown Affair.

The Bond star plays the title role in the re-make of the 1968 thriller which starred Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.

Russo plays an investigator stalking multi-millionaire playboy Thomas Crown who is suspected of stealing a painting by Monet.

The film opens in Britain next month.


Ronan heads for solo chart topper

Ronan Keating's debut solo single is set to go straight to number one in the charts this Sunday as he is outselling Latin heart-throb Ricky Martin by more than two to one.

The 22-year-old Boyzone singer's single When You Say Nothing At All is taken from the hit movie Notting Hill, which has already spawned hits for Elvis Costello and Another Level.

Chart expert for the HMV chain, Jason Legg, said: "It's absolutely flying off the shelves. It's a nice romantic ballad. He's proving he can be a solo star away from the band."


Hanks junior heading for screen stardom

Tom Hanks' twenty-year-old son Colin is following in his father's footsteps by becoming an actor.

Colin is taking a leading role in the forthcoming US TV series Roswell, but says he has put off the decision to act for a long time.

He says he does not want to go through the pressures his father faces.

"It is sort of intimidating," he said. "I've seen the way things blow up."


I'm more famous as Mrs Beckham - Posh Spice

Spice Girl Victoria Adams says she's more famous now she's married to England football star David Beckham.

"When I used to say I was Victoria Adams, some people knew who I was but not everybody. But I feel much more famous now," Posh Spice she said.

"When I say I'm Victoria Beckham, a lot more people take notice and know who I am. Everyone knows the name Beckham."

The pair, who wed on 4 July, also said they "definitely want more babies".


Radio 1 finds Quo back on playlist

Veteran rockers Status Quo have come back to the BBC Radio 1 playlist, three years after the group claimed they'd been banned by the station.

Their hit Down Down has returned after being sampled on dance act Apollo 440's Stop The Rock. A Radio 1 spokeswoman said: "We have to look at what will appeal to our target audience."

Quo stars Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi took the 1996 "ban" to court but the claim was rejected by the judge.



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