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Entertainment: News In Brief


Monday, August 9, 1999 Published at 12:08 GMT 13:08 UK

Nicole's no Saint in new film

All Saints star Nicole Appleton is to go topless in her movie debut, her singing sister Natalie has revealed.

The duo, along with bandmate Melanie Blatt, are currently filming Honest in which they play three armed robber sisters who pull off daring raids in Sixties London.

Natalie let her sister's secret slip when she was quizzed by DJ Simon Mayo when the girls were guests on the Radio 1 roadshow at Exmouth's Esplanade.

Honest is being directed by Eurythmics star Dave Stewart. The third member of All Saints, Shaznay Lewis, is not appearing in the film.


Taylor back as God's girlfriend

Veteran Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor is continuing her return to acting - by supplying the voice of God's girlfriend in an animated TV series.

Taylor's voice stars in the animated series God, The Devil and Bob, which also features her longtime friend James Garner as God and British actor Alan Cumming as the Devil.

Taylor, whose last role was as Pearl Slaghoople in the live-action film version of The Flintstones, says: "I'm doing it because it's so much fun."


Eddie the Eagle flies to Hollywood

The life of Eddie Edwards - famous for being a flop at the Winter Olympics in 1988 - is to be made into a film by the man who makes Michael Jackson's videos.

The 35-year-old plasterer, who captured the nation's attention by coming last in the Calgary event, has signed a $1m (£625,000) deal with producer Rupert Maconnick, according to The Times.

Maconnick said: "Eddie's story is tailor made to be a movie. It's got a wonderful central character who you can't help rooting for."


Spice Girls demand sales check

Solicitors for the Spice Girls are seeking a detailed audit of the band's record sales in the UK, Europe, America and Australia.

Auditors claim to have discovered that in the US, reserves have been taken in excess of what is permitted, and now plan to travel to the US to carry out "site work" on the sales figures.

The band's spokeswoman insisted the audit was a normal procedure: "They are not worried about missing millions. Most bands do this from time to time."


Neeson to work on IRA film

Liam Neeson is to produce a television mini-series about the early years of the IRA, set between 1855 and 1915.

The actor, who was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, is to turn the Leon Uris book Trinity into a six-hour mini-series for the American HBO cable network.

Neeson - who in 1996 starred as the Irish revolutionary Michael Collins in Neil Jordan's film of the same name - will not act in the series but will take an active part in its development.


Soap star Shaw 'contemplated suicide'

Coronation Street actress Tracy Shaw has said her battle with anorexia made her contemplate suicide.

Shaw, who plays hairdresser Maxine in the soap, told ITV's That's Esther programme she had felt so low she had thought about killing herself "a few times".

Her battle with anorexia has included being sectioned and counselling. She says she has now beaten the disease and resents media speculation it could have resurfaced.



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