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Monday, September 27, 1999 Published at 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK

Scary on the box

Spice Girl Mel G has unveiled the guests for her new BBC television programme.

The BBC Two show, Pure Naughty, focuses on R 'n' B and hip-hop music - and the happily married singer joked she picked some of her guests because she fancies them.

She said: "You can still window-shop when you're married, but you can't buy. I don't want to buy - I've got my husband and I'm madly in love."

It is the first time the 24-year-old has presented a TV show. She will also host the Mobo awards on 6 October.

Scary Spice's guests will include Lynden David Hall, Another Level, Saul Williams, TQ, DJ Krust and former New Kids On The Block singer Jordan Knight.

The programme is on BBC Two at 1230 BST on Sunday.

Fat Lady slams hunting ban

Television chef Clarissa Dickson Wright has labelled Tony Blair "a sick man" for supporting a ban on hunting.

"I don't think Tony Blair is mentally very well," said the star of the BBC's Two Fat Ladies, who accused the Prime Minister of ignoring the wishes of country-dwellers.

Ms Dickson Wright was speaking at a reception held by supporters of hunting at the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth.

The star, whose fellow Fat Lady Jennifer Patterson died this summer, said she had driven down from Scotland to take part in the Countryside Alliance protest march in Bournemouth on Tuesday.

"Democracy is supposed to be about supporting minority rights, whether you like them or approve of them or not," she said.

Any party that ignored a demonstration expected to attract 16,000 people "really can't call itself a democratic party", she declared.

New life with ITV for EastEnders' Grant

Actor Ross Kemp, famous for his role as EastEnders hardman Grant Mitchell, has begun filming his first new programme for ITV.

Kemp, 35, will star in the LWT film Hero of the Hour. He plays a troubled security guard who becomes a national hero after he foils a robbery.

Kemp, who leaves EastEnders next month after nine years on the soap, has signed a two-year deal with ITV.

He will also star in Active Defence, a legal drama series made by Granada Television.

Casting begins for John Denver biopic

Film producers are looking for an actor to play the late US singer John Denver in film dedicated to his life.

The film is being made in Canada, with Vancouver standing in for the city of Denver - despite the Leaving On A Jet Plane star's dedication to singing the praises of his home state of Colorado.

The role 1970s singer David Crosby in Denver's life will also feature in the film, as the flat-mate of the musician who died in a plane crash in 1997.

Weather has a stormy effect for Clooney

George Clooney's latest film The Perfect Storm, has Hurricane Floyd to thank for its realistic effects.

The crashing waves and wild weather made perfect footage for the film adapatation of Sebastian Junger's best-selling book, based on the story of a boat that capsizes in a massive storm.

However, other productions such as Robert Redford's The Legend of Banger Vance were beaten by the storm which ripped across America's east coast.

Zoe ready to swap showbiz for school

BBC Radio 1 DJ Zoe Ball has said she is fed up with her celebrity lifestyle and wants to become a schoolteacher.

The news comes just weeks after the newlywed announced she would be leaving Radio 1 to focus on family commitments.

Zoe, married to Norman Cook - otherwise known as producer Fatboy Slim - told The Guardian Weekend magazine she wanted to return to the classroom.

"I only ever had one or two teachers my whole school life who inspired me. So that's what I want," she said.

Charity 'in battle over Hutchence will'

Amnesty International has reportedly joined the family of the late Michael Hutchence in their bid to recover up to £10m they believe is missing from his estate.

The former INXS singer left £150,000 to the human rights charity in his will before he died two years ago, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

His family is battling in court in Brisbane, Australia, to gain access to his estate, much of which is tied up in trust funds and offshore companies.

Arnie shoots new ending for end of days

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been filming a new ending to his new big budget millennial thriller, End of Days.

Producer Armyan Bernstein made the decision after two different endings were shown to test audiences.

"It won't change it substantively," he said. "We've got something good and want to make it better."

In the film, out in the US in November, Arnie stars as an ex-policeman trying to stop Satan from taking a bride.

Redgrave joins cast of 'lesbian' movie

British actress, Vanessa Redgrave has joined the cast of the film If These Walls Could Talk II, featuring three separate tales of lesbian experiences.

Sharon Stone and Ellen DeGeneres have already filmed one story, which included a love scene directed by DeGeneres's partner, Anne Heche.

"They are two of the finest, most decent, most generous people," said Stone. "I didn't know if the love scene was appropriate or not, but it turned out to be beautifully done."

DiCaprio settles $10m film lawsuit

Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire have settled a $10m lawsuit accusing them of trying to block the release of an independent film they appeared in.

Under the agreement, the low-budget 1995 film Don's Plum will only be distributed outside the US, Canada and their territories.

The film's producer, David Stuman, alleged the actors used DiCaprio's superstar status to block distribution of the movie because Maguire was displeased with his performance.

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