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Tuesday, 7 December, 1999, 14:13 GMT
Boyzone's Stephen thanks fans
Frontman Ronan Keating and the Boyz at Wembley


Boyzone heart-throb Stephen Gately has paid tribute to his fans for supporting him earlier this year after he revealed he was gay.

"I just want to say thank you. Thank you very much," said the Irish star at the band's Wembley concert on Monday.

The 23-year-old singer joined the chart-topping band in renditions of all their hit songs at the sell-out concert.

He was also lifted above the audience on support wires to perform a solo rendition of Bright Eyes.

Gately 'came out' and revealed he had a boyfriend in June. However, the revelation has done no damage to his popularity - he was voted the Hero of 1999 at the Smash Hits Poll Winners' Party last Sunday.




Cleese to pen sitcom for US TV

Fawlty Towers star John Cleese is writing his first series for US television.

The 60-year-old ex-Python is teaming up with ABC to write a 30-minute pilot episode of an as-yet-untitled sitcom.

The show will focus on a law firm where some of the partners have literally sold their souls to the devil and become demons.

Cleese, currently featuring in the new James Bond film, will also be the executive producer of the sitcom.




Scatman singer dies from cancer at 57

The singer behind the worldwide hit Scatman has died from cancer.

The 57-year-old American, whose real name was John Larkin, died in Los Angeles, his record company said.

Larkin had been a hotel piano player up until the mid-1990s and was scared to sing because of his stammer.

But he used his speech impediment to great effect on techno-rap hit Scatman, which reached No 3 in 1995.




Will's ex-bodyguard tipped for Oscar

A former bodyguard of Will Smith may be in the running for an Oscar nomination next year.

Michael Clarke Duncan's performance as giant Death Row inmate John Coffey in The Green Mile has won him rave reviews and he is tipped to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor next year.

Duncan said he had Bruce Willis to thank for getting the role.

"Bruce read the script and said nobody could play the part but me," he said.




ER star Wyle prepares for film career

ER actor Noah Wyle says he is ready to move to the big screen despite recently signing a new three-year contract with the hospital drama.

Wyle, who has formed his own production company, said: "I wanted to take my time and be selective but now feels like the right time to get started."

His company has two feature film projects in production - a political thriller called Capitol Offence and Dick And Jane, a romantic comedy.




Dad-to-be Jason Donovan 'ecstatic'

Ex Neighbours star Jason Donovan has revealed he is "ecstatically happy" at the prospect of impending fatherhood.

The Australian actor has split from his dancer girlfriend Angela Malloch and it's not known when the baby is due.

But he told Now magazine: "This is the biggest priority on my list for next year. I'm determined to be a caring father and can't wait to prove myself."

And he said his life was now back on track after health scares in 1995.




Jodie's son unfazed by life on location

Jodie Foster has revealed that one of the few people not affected by the hot and humid conditions filming her new movie was her one-year-old son, Charles.

The 37-year-old actress was in Malaysia working on Anna And The King, a romantic drama set in the 1860s.

"At least once a day somebody would go down because of the heat," said Foster. "But Charles... had no problem with the heat or mosquitoes and never got sick."

The film is released in the UK on 17 December.




Oshima defends homosexual samurai film

Leading Japanese filmmaker Nagisa Oshima's first movie for 13 years appears set to cause controversy.

His film Gohatto (Forbidden) is set in 1865 and introduces the theme of homosexuality into the traditionally macho genre of samurai films.

The 67-year-old director defended his movie at its premiere, saying that love among a group of samurai warriors "whether it is homosexual love or not, seems to be entirely natural".




Presenter Murray honoured at the Palace

Woman's Hour presenter Jenni Murray held back the tears as she collected her OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

"It's great for my mum and dad," she said. "Mum looked so proud."

The 49-year-old mother of two received the award for services to radio broadcasting.

Murray has presented BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour programme since 1987.

She has also worked for BBC Radio Bristol, BBC TV South, BBC Newsnight and Radio 4's Today programme.




FilmFour set to screen 'video nasty'

C4's subscription movie channel is set to screen a notorious film which helped to spark the "video nasty" controversy in the 1980s.

Abel Ferrara's 1979 serial murderer flick The Driller Killer will be shown on FilmFour in February after being given an 18 certificate. It was passed after 54 seconds of violence were cut.

It was one of several films, including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which lead to concerns about video releases.

As a result, videos had to be passed by the British Board of Film Classification
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