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Thursday, 9 December, 1999, 12:23 GMT
Hackney's Prince charming
Prince Charles gets personal with the ugly sisters

The Prince of Wales has joined a host of stars at a performance of the panto Cinderella to raise money to refurbish London's Hackney Empire theatre.

Prince Charles met cast members after the show and reportedly asked the Ugly Sisters whether they wore Wonderbras!

The appeal hopes to raise 15m to fund repairs to the 100-year-old theatre.

Jerry Hall, Chris Tarrant, Ruby Wax and BBC boss Greg Dyke also attended.

Best-seller: Carlos Santana with his gold disc
Santana's spiritual encounter

Rock legend Carlos Santana has caused a stir in his homeland Mexico by claiming the country's most revered icon, the Virgin of Guadalupe, spoke to him.

The 52-year-old, whose recent album Supernatural topped the US charts said the Virgin spoke as he prayed.

"My heart was transformed into a bird of fire that only wanted to fly and go toward her," said Santana.

Santana was awarded a gold disk on Wednesday for selling six million copies of his Supernatural.

He will appear in concert in Mexico City Friday with Mexican rock band Mana as the opening act.

Radio DJ debut for George Michael

Pop superstar George Michael is to make his debut as a radio DJ by co-hosting a show on London's Capital FM on Friday.

He will present a programme with the station's "Doctor" Neil Fox and answer listeners' emails.

A spokeswoman for Capital said: "He came in last year to be interviewed and got on well with Foxy but this is the first time he has been a presenter.

"He will probably be reading a few traffic and travel reports," she added.

Elephants 'act' in Jodie Foster movie

Jodie Foster's new film, Anna and The King, could be a cinematic first it features elephants which actually act!

The 19 elephants in the film were trained for three months before filming began.

Training supervisor Rona Brown says the animals actually give performances.

"Elephants like to work on film sets because they love to be around people. It gives them a sense of duty and purpose," she said.

Anna and The King is released in the UK on 17 December.

Crawford debuts as roving reporter

Supermodel Cindy Crawford can't keep away from the cameras - she has now turned her talents to reporting for America's ABC Breakfast Show.

The Revlon cover girl, who frequented the Good Morning America show during her recent pregnancy, will act as their lifestyle correspondent the second Wednesday of each month.

Crawford will also present a child development series, Presley's First Year, named after her five-month old son with husband Rande Gerber.

CBS 'pays $20m' for Bond rights

US television network CBS has acquired the broadcast rights to the latest James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough for an estimated $20m (12.5m), according to reports.

The film, which stars Pierce Brosnan as 007, has already taken $91m (57m) at the box office.

CBS bought the rights to the last Bond movie, Tomorrow Never Dies, a couple of years ago. As a result they were the first to get the option on the next Bond feature, according to trade journal Daily Variety.
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