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Thursday, November 18, 1999 Published at 13:19 GMT

Posh and Beckham get fenced in

Posh Spice Victoria Adams and husband David Beckham have been given permission to build a fence around their country mansion to keep prying fans at bay.

The celebrity couple's local planning committee overruled objections from neighbours to allow them to build a 59-metre long brick wall with railings around their Hertfordshire home.

The couple had originally planned to build an enormous solid 2.5-metre high brick wall round the property.

The council decided that this would be "inappropriate" and not in keeping" with the picturesque village of Sawbridgeworth, so they scaled down their plans.

Johnny Depp chiller spooks LA

Heart-throb Johnny Depp was among the all-star audience at the Los Angeles premiere of his latest movie, Sleepy Hollow.

Hollywood actresses Christina Ricci and Lisa Marie and shock rocker Marilyn Manson also turned out to see the latest movie from director Tim Burton.

Depp stars alongside Ricci in Burton's adaptation of Washington Irving's classic novel.

He plays the eccentric Ichabod Crane who is sent to investigate a string of murders in the village of Sleepy Hollow, where he meets the bewitching Katrina Van Tassel (Ricci).

The film opens in the US on 19 November and the UK in January.

Festive TV treat for Winslet fans

Titanic star Kate Winslet is to play a fairy in a animated children's TV film this Christmas.

The 24-year-old actress, nominated for an Oscar for her role in the blockbuster, will provide the voice for the heroine in Faeries, which also stars Jeremy Irons and June Whitfield.

Winslet plays Brigid, a beautiful farm worker who falls in love with the Faerie Prince (Dougray Scott) but in order to marry him she must leave the human world and become a fairy.

Stars mourn Hollywood agent Jay Moloney

Hollywood is mourning top agent Jay Moloney who has been found dead, at the age of 30, after an apparent suicide.

Moloney, one of the "young Turks" who dominated the industry in the early 80s, is thought to have hanged himself after failing to beat cocaine addiction

Part of the Paradise talent agency, Moloney had represented big names such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese and Uma Thurman and dated Hollywood actresses such as Sherilyn Fenn.

De Niro 'set to play Castro in comedy'

Oscar-winner Robert De Niro, who has played a host of historical figures in his time, is reportedly about to tackle Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in a comedy.

According to reports, in the film Yanqui, De Niro will portray Castro as a lifelong baseball fan who disguises himself and flies to New York to watch the New York Yankees.

In the past, De Niro has won acclaim for his portrayal of Al Capone and Jake La Motta. His production company will co-produce the project.

'Committed' Denzel steps into the ring

Actor Denzel Washington is reported to have spent six months with professional boxers to prepare for his latest film.

In Hurricane, he portrays boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter who spent 20 years in jail after racist conspiracies led to murder convictions.

Director Norman Jewison said: "I have never seen an actor so committed.

"Denzel wanted to pattern his style after Cater because Carter had a way of fighting - a special body language."

JR still selling oil to Romanians

Dallas is long gone but JR Ewing is still selling oil to the Romanians.

The Romanian market has been inundated with posters and commericals showing Larry Hagman posing as his old Texas oil baron character from the TV series.

The ads show Ewing telling consumers that if they use Russian Lukoil products, they will be "well ahead".

Dallas was one of the few American TV series that Romanians were allowed to watch during the communist regime.

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