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Entertainment: News In Brief


Monday, September 6, 1999 Published at 13:24 GMT 14:24 UK

Baby girl for actress Quentin

Actress Caroline Quentin has given birth to a baby girl, Emily Rose, at a London hospital.

The 39-year-old star and her boyfriend, Sam Farmer, 27, released a statement saying that they were "delighted" by the birth, which took place on Saturday and added "mother and baby are well".

Quentin, star of Jonathan Creek and Men Behaving Badly, has been with Farmer for a year.

She is divorcing her husband, comic Paul Merton.


Trek Captain takes on hitman production

Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart is reportedly set to produce a remake of the 1969 British film The Assassination Bureau.

The original story was about a secret organisation dedicated to eliminating those who "deserved" to die.

It starred Diana Rigg, Oliver Reed and Telly Savalas.

In the remake, a tax inspector accidentally stumbles across a club of the world's best hitmen.

Stewart, who plays USS Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard, has yet to cast any roles but is reported to have said he will remain behind the camera.


'Modest' movie is a big hit at Venice

A modest film from a virtually unknown Belgian director is being hailed as a sure contender for the Golden Lion - the Venice Film Festival's top prize.

A Pornographic Liaison got a solid 10-minutes' applause at its premiere screening on Saturday.

The critics said it eclipsed another early favourite, Holy Smoke, by The Piano director Jane Champion.

The film, by 31-year-old Frederic Fonteyne, centres on a nameless couple who meet once a week in a hotel to realize a mutual erotic fantasy.


Liam rolls with his first solo release

A date has been set for the release of Liam Gallagher's first solo material.

The Oasis singer has joined Steve Cradock of Ocean Colour Scene to record a version of The Jam's Carnation which is reportedly released on 11 October.

The double A-side recording also includes Buffalo Tom singing the 1980 hit Going Underground.

A Jam tribute album, Fire and Skill, also featuring Noel Gallagher, Garbage, and others is released on 1 November.


Cate Blanchett in talks with Spielberg

Elizabeth star Cate Blanchett is reportedly in talks with director Steven Spielberg about co-starring in his next film, Minority Report.

Due to begin filming early next year, the science-fiction thriller stars Tom Cruise and possibly Matt Damon, who has yet to give a firm commitment.

However, the Oscar-nominated Australian actress will first film The Gift, a thriller written by Billy Bob Thornton and directed by Sam Raimi.


Millionaire winner vows to keep his job

Fireman Jonathan Green, who scooped a record £250,000 on ITV's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? quiz show, is vowing not to give up his job.

The 50-year-old safety fire officer from Essex said: "It is early days to make decisions. "While £250,000 was a lot of money, I know it sounds terrible but it's not that much," he said.

His friend Noel Diancono, who helped Jonathan with one question, will get some of the money.


Unlucky break for All Saints star Shaz

All Saint Shaznay Lewis has a suspected broken ankle after slipping during a game of rounders, it is reported.

The Sun newspaper said her foot "swelled up like a balloon" following the incident at a friend's birthday do.

A friend of the 23-year-old singer-songwriter said: "She is in loads of pain and is finding getting about really difficult." Shaznay is currently writing songs for the All Saints' second album.


Olivia to return from film wilderness

Grease star Olivia Newton-John is reported to be returning to the big screen after a 15 year gap.

She is set to play an ex-convict bar singer named Bitsy Mae Harlin in a new film Sordid Lives, based on a play about a dysfunctional Texas family.

The film also stars Beau Bridges as a cheating husband and Bonnie Bedelia as a distraught Southern belle mother.

Australian Newton-John wrote the title song and five others for the film.


Kirsty won't take Jill's job

Channel 5 newsreader Kirsty Young has scotched rumours that she is to take over Jill Dando's role as presenter of BBC TV's Crimewatch.

Young said she respected her old news colleague who was murdered earlier this year too much to try to step into the job.

Young said: "I am flattered and surprised by the rumours about Crimewatch. I am not aware of an offer ...but I regard Jill as irreplaceable.

Young's C5 contract ends in four months


Duran's John 'misses bad English food'

Former Duran Duran bass player John Taylor, who is pursuing an acting career in the US, has confessed he misses English life.

"I miss the rain and the bad food and the four channels of TV," Taylor, who makes his film debut as a musician in Sugar Town, told People magazine.

"I miss the politics. With my family in England we'd be up all night talking about the way the world turns instead of where movies are made."


Charitable Lily backs children's cause

Drag queen Lily Savage has launched a TV appeal for funds to set up the first national helpline for bereaved children.

Paul O'Grady's alter ego is better known for her acid-tongued wit than caring comments.

But before he became famous, the Scouse comic was a social worker who used to counsel bereaved youngsters.

The Winston Wish charity is aiming to raise £250,000 and O'Grady said: "Even two pence can make a difference."



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