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Entertainment: News In Brief


Friday, October 15, 1999 Published at 14:03 GMT 15:03 UK

Spandau three drop royalties appeal

Three former members of Spandau Ballet have withdrawn their renewed court bid to win a share of songwriter Gary Kemp's royalties.

Tony Hadley, John Keeble, and Steve Norman had lodged an application for leave to appeal against a High Court judge's rejection last April of their claim for up to £3m.

However, their counsel told the court of Appeal that in the interests of goodwill it was not appropriate to pursue the application.


Playwright Miller honoured

Playwright Arthur Miller has been awarded one of the biggest prizes in the arts - a silver medal and $200,000 (£125,000) from The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize Trust.

The 83-year-old, whose work includes award-winning plays Death of a Salesman and The Crucible, accepted the award at New York's Hudson Theatre.

"I guess what I've been trying to do for half a century is to part the curtain on what we deny," he told the audience.

"To me, that is what the theatre is about - to discover what we are desperately trying to suppress."

Miller said he plans to distribute the prize money to arts groups in New York.

The prize trust was established in 1994 from the estate of actress Lillian Gish, who wished to reward artists who made an "outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world".


The Who re-unite in Vegas

Veteran rockers The Who are to play a rare reunion gig in Las Vegas to mark the launch of an internet company.

The British group, who last performed together over two years ago, will headline the event at the MGM hotel for Pixelon Corp.

Vocalist Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend and bassist John Entwistle will be joined on drums by Ringo Starr's son, Zak Starkey, in place of Who drummer Keith Moon who died in 1978.

Other acts to play at the launch, which will be broadcast live on the internet on 29 October, may include Kiss, Tony Bennett and the Dixie Chicks.


Spice Girls and Robbie are festive favourites

Robbie Williams and The Spice Girls are favourites to top the Christmas and Millennium charts, say bookmakers.

But a flurry of bets for Sir Cliff Richard has meant bookie William Hill has halved the odds on him being No 1.

Sir Cliff is now at 33-1, from 66-1, after details of his seasonal single the Millennium Prayer were disclosed.

It sets the words of The Lord's Prayer to the tune of Auld Lang Syne and will benefit the charity Children's Promise.


Posh and Beckham 'move south'

Manchester United star David Beckham and his Spice Girl wife Victoria have bought a house 200 miles from Old Trafford, it was reported today.

The couple are preparing to move in to a £2.5m mock-Georgian mansion, according to the Daily Mail.

The house, near Sawbridgeworth in Hertfordshire, is near to Victoria Beckham's parents' home in Goff's Oak.

Speculation has linked Beckham with a move south because his wife is fed up with living in Cheshire.


Warning given over 'teeny weeny' bands

Veteran pop Svengali Pete Waterman has issued a warning to the promoters of "teeny weeny bop" bands after the launch of a group of 10-year-olds.

Girl quartet BreZe, whose combined age is 41, have landed a £500,000 record contract with Warners and more junior groups are said to be in the pipeline.

Jodie, 10, Phylicia, nine, Amanda and Jessica, both 11, are London stage school pupils.

Manager Bill Kimber said they will not go on tour and will have a mother with them at all times.


Rock groups top music awards shortlist

Travis and Stereophonics have topped the nominations shortlist for the annual Q Awards.

Both acts have three nominations, with each in the running for the Best Album title awarded by Q Magazine.

Also in with a chance of an honour when the results are announced on 3 November are Blur and REM, with two nominations each.

Big Breakfast host Johnny Vaughan will host the award ceremony at London's Park Lane Hotel.


Vic Reeves to star in short Dome movie

Comic Vic Reeves is to have a starring role at the Millennium Dome in a film to be screened at the venue throughout 2000, it has been announced.

The Good Ship Citizen, which will support Blackadder Goes Back and Forth begins shooting in the next few days and features Reeves as a factory boss.

"This is classic British comedy in the tradition of Ealing and Monty Python, but set in an eccentric fantasy world," said executive producer Bill James.


Latin craze leads to p-latin-um discs

The Latin and Mambo explosions in the UK spawned several platinum and silver discs in the space of a few weeks, according to newly-released figures.

Ricky Martin's Livin' La Vida Loca and Lou Bega's Mambo No 5 both achieved platinum status, with over 600,000 copies sold.

Meanwhile, Geri Halliwell's Mi Chico Latino and Shaft's Mucho Mambo sold over 200,000 copies each to achieve silver status.



De Niro loses out on studio deal

Robert De Niro's plans to build a new film studio at the old Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York have been rejected by the city's leaders.

The Analyze This star's company Tribeca Productions had teamed up with Miramax Films to unveil a scheme to build a $150m (£94m) soundstage facility.

However, New York's leaders have now opted to go with a cheaper option that promises to build the studio quickly and without funding from the city.


OBE for James Bond composer

Five times Academy Award winner John Barry has picked up an OBE.

"My father got an MBE, for firefighting in York during the war, so it's nice to one-up your father," said the composer.

"The OBE was a total surprise, I'm very honoured," said Barry, who is currently working on the score to a Thomas The Tank Engine feature film.

Barry has also written film scores for James Bond, The Lion In Winter, Born Free, Out Of Africa and Dances With Wolves.


TV inventor's letters to be auctioned

Letters penned by John Logie Baird as he painstakingly worked to create television are to be sold at auction.

The inventor rarely kept sketches or notes as he feared radio companies would steal his research.

More than 70 letters to his financial backer are among the few documents that prove his momentous work.

Christies will also auction a scanning disk believed to have been used to demonstrate television to members of the Royal Institution 1926, in the 20 October sale.


Walking with Dinosaurs sequel planned

BBC TV hit Walking With Dinosaurs is to be followed by a new series, bringing to life other creatures from prehistoric times.

BBC1's multi-million-pound series of lifelike animations of dinosaurs has gripped half the TV audience at a time.

But there were many other monsters living during other eras and plans are already being made for a second series.

"This will put dinosaurs and our own history in context," said series producer Tim Haines.



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