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Tuesday, November 2, 1999 Published at 09:37 GMT


Stars return for Corrie special

Back pulling pints: Street legend Bet Gilroy (actress Julie Goodyear)

Coronation Street favourites Bet Gilroy and Reg Holdsworth have launched a spin-off from the soap in which they both star.

Brassy Bet and lovable Reg, played by Julie Goodyear and Ken Morley, make a brief comeback in the five-part seaside special set in Brighton and Calais.

In the ITV show, street bad-boy Steve McDonald and Vikram Desai head to Calais for an illegal tobacco run.

Steve's ex-girlfriend Vicky McDonald will also return for the spin-off, as a bride-to-be.

The special series will be shown on six consecutive nights from 8 November - in addition to the regular four nightly episodes.

Haunted Hill spooks US box-office

House on Haunted Hill has topped the US box office, cashing in as the highest grossing Halloween weekend opener with an estimated $15.1m (£9.4m) in takings.

The special effects-laden movie stars Oscar-winning Geoffrey Rush as a millionaire bribing unsuspecting guests to spend a night in a spooky mansion.

The remake of William Castle's 1958 classic faced little competition this weekend, with Wes Craven's latest horror - Music of the Heart starring Meryl Streep - opening in fifth place.

Smith offered Cary Grant role in remake

Will Smith has been offered the lead in a remake of the 1963 thriller Charade, originally played by Cary Grant.

Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme approached him after a previous project with the actor fell through.

To take the role, Smith - currently filming The Legend of Bagger Vance - will have to juggle several projects.

Included among the 31-year-old's future movies are a Muhammad Ali biopic and a comedy with Nicolas Cage.

Almodovar film picked for Oscar Line-up

All About My Mother, the hit movie by director Pedro Almodovar, has been selected as Spain's Oscar candidate for this year's best foreign language film.

Almodovar's 13th film has already grossed some $34m (£21.2m), prior to its US release.

The comedy focuses on the ups and downs of a group of unusual female friends.

Almodovar said if he won the Oscar he would dedicate the award to his mother, who died in September.

Chris de Burgh soundalike touches stars

A 25-year-old paint mixer from Hull has been crowned Stars In Their Eyes Champion of Champions.

Chris de Burgh soundalike and bookies' favourite Ian Moor polled almost 500,000 votes to take the title.

"I know it's not even been four months since I won before but I was still as nervous," the winner said afterwards.

The contest, hosted by Matthew Kelly, was watched by a celebrity audience which incuded Carol Vorderman and Richard Whiteley.

Parky finally lands McCartney as guest

Chat show host Michael Parkinson has finally landed Sir Paul McCartney as a guest on his programme, to honour a deal he made more than 25 years ago.

The pop legend has agreed to appear as the only guest on a one-hour Parkinson special, as well as perform songs from his album Run Devil Run.

Parky, honoured at the recent National TV Awards for his talk show, said: "I've been waiting 25 years to do the show. It will fulfill a dream for me."

British comedy wins best picture award

East is East, a comedy about a mixed-race family in northern England, has won best picture at Spain's Valladolid Film Festival.

The film, directed by newcomer Damien O'Donnell, also won best actress for Linda Basset who plays the wife of a Pakistani shopkeeper.

The international jury gave actor Tim Roth the runner up award for his directorial debut, The War Zone - a bleak drama about incest.

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