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Entertainment: News In Brief


Thursday, August 5, 1999 Published at 16:40 GMT 17:40 UK

Big Breakfast man's big day

Big Breakfast presenter Johnny Vaughan married his girlfriend, costume designer Antonia Davies, at a ceremony in London on Thursday.

The bride kept the groom waiting at the altar for 16 minutes at the Our Most Holy Redeemer and Thomas More Roman Catholic church in Chelsea, before arriving in a beige vintage Rolls Royce.

Among the guests were new co-presenter Liza Tarbuck, past presenter Denise Van Outen and Kelly Brook, who left the Channel 4 show this week.

Also there was footballer Mark Bright, the programme's soccer pundit.

Vaughan said: "She looked like an angel come down to Earth. She is my angel."

He added: "It's nice we could do it here - and not shut it away in a country house and sell it."


Rap superstar in court

American rap superstar Puff Daddy is due in a New York court on Thursday over claims he beat up a colleague.

The producer and performer, real name Sean Combs, could face seven years in jail if convicted of attacking Steve Stoute with a bottle, chair and telephone.

But the 29-year-old says that whatever happens, his family is standing by him.

The rapper - who also runs his own record record label, Bad Boy Entertainment - had a worldwide hit with I'll Be Missing You, a tribute to murdered friend The Notorious B.I.G., in 1997.


Spielberg awarded for Holocaust work

Academy Award-winner Steven Spielberg is being honoured for some of his lesser-known work.

The film-maker will receive the Smithsonian Associates' annual James Smithson Bicentennial Medal next Wednesday in Washington.

He was chosen for establishing two organisations, one dedicated to strengthening Jewish life, the other to preserving stories of Holocaust survivors.


Patsy famed on Hollywood's star street

Country legend Patsy Cline has been awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame - three decades after her death.

The singer, who found success with hits including Crazy and Sweet Dreams, is the 2,141st celebrity to be honoured on the famous stretch.

She was killed in a plane crash on 5 March, 1963.

About 150 fans gathered to watch the unveiling which was attended by the singer's husband Charlie Dick.


Curtain goes up on latest disco musical

The latest musical inspired by the disco generation of the 1970s opens in London on Thursday night.

Oh! What A Night follows hot on the heels of Boogie Nights, Saturday Night Fever and Soul Train with its mixture of high-octane music and dance.

Starring 1980s pop star Kid Creole, former Hollyoaks star Will Mellor and former EastEnders actor John Altman - who played bad boy Nick Cotton - the show features more than 40 hits from the 70s.


Coppola wants De Niro to direct movie

Robert De Niro has been offered a director's job by his long-time friend Francis Ford Coppola.

De Niro is in line to direct The Good Shepherd, the story of the CIA, which Coppola is producing.

De Niro may also take the lead role of a CIA agent.

He made his debut in the 1993 film A Bronx Tale, which he also appeared in and produced.


Fishburne and Snipes in battle for role

Two of Hollywood's hottest actors are fighting it out for the lead part in a major new movie project.

Laurence Fishburne and Wesley Snipes have both been tipped for the starring role in Ship Rock, described by an insider as "a Rocky-like feature film, set in the Navajo nation".

The film follows the true story of a teacher who winds up coaching a girls' basketball team on a Navajo reservation and turns them into national champions.


Heroic Creek star helps women

Dawson's Creek star Joshua Jackson and a friend dived into the sea near the set of the hit show to save two women, only for all four to be stranded.

Jackson, who plays Pacey Witter on the series - shown in the UK on Channel 4 - spotted the women floating near a rock jetty separating Masonboro Inlet from the Atlantic Ocean.

"He kept them safe and floating until the Coast Guard got there," said Dawson's Creek producer David Hartley.

"He just helped out somebody who needed it," he added.



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