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Friday, 17 December, 1999, 12:29 GMT
Sigourney's Hollywood star

Sigourney Weaver unveils her star on the Walk of Fame


Actress Sigourney Weaver took a day off from defending the galaxy to unveil her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

The 50-year-old American actress told the celebrity crowd at the ceremony: "I've been to a lot of galaxies in my day, but this one is my favourite".

"If the pinnacle of success is to have an award that is underfoot and trampled by thousands of fans, I accept happily," added the Oscar-nominated star.

Weaver, who shot to fame as Ellen Ripley in the Aliens films, also took lead roles in Gorillas in the Mist, The Year of Living Dangerously and Ghostbusters.

Her latest film, Galaxy Quest, opens in the US later this month.


Soul star Macy's Calvin Klein deal

New singing talent Macy Gray has been signed as one of the creative artists for the face of Calvin Klein.

The rising star, whose single I Try has sold half a million copies, will be used for the spring/summer collection.

Speaking on BBC Radio 1, she joked: "I'm going to take over the underwear line, because I know of a few adjustments he needs to make."

She also revealed she had turned down an offer from Tommy Hilfiger lipstick.




Beatles rock to the top of French poll

The Beatles have beaten off some of France's top musical talent to be named the country's favourite singers of the 20th century.

Liverpool's Fab Four topped the vote in a poll by Le Parisien newspaper, edging out the phenomenally popular veteran Gallic rocker Johnny Hallyday.

The Beatles took a third of the vote, with Hallyday and Charles Aznavour both well ahead of the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Luciano Pavarotti.




McCartney's Yesterday earns US accolade

Sir Paul McCartney's Yesterday is the most played song by a British writer this century in the US, it has been revealed.

The track is the only one by a UK writer to have been aired more than seven million times on American TV and radio and is third in the all-time list

You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' made famous by The Righteous Brothers topped the league as the only song to have been played more than eight million times.




Mr Ripley star Damon on song

American Actor Matt Damon is winning praise for his singing talent in his new film The Talented Mr Ripley.

British director Anthony Minghella says Damon, who plays the murderous Tom Ripley in the film, "sings uncannily like jazz man Chet Baker".

Damon croons My Funny Valentine in the film and also belts out a lively Italian number with two other singers.

Adapted from the Patricia Highsmith thriller, the movie is out next year.




Actor Tucker set for mega-bucks status

Rush Hour star Chris Tucker is set to enter Hollywood's exclusive but growing $20m club of actors who get paid more than 12.5m per movie.

The former stand-up comic was paid $3m for Rush Hour - the 1998 cops comedy which shot him to US superstar status.

But he is expecting a hefty pay rise if the sequel also starring martial arts supremo Jackie Chan gets the go-ahead.

Eddie Murphy is the only other black actor to reach the $20m milestone.




Wright moved to tears by 'life' tribute

Football star Ian Wright was reduced to tears after his chat-show came to an unexpected end with a visit from Michael Aspel and his big red book.

The surprised sporting hero had just finished recording Friday Night's All Wright when the This is Your Life team burst into the London studios.

The show's production team had built a secret studio next door, where they had been hiding people while Wright filmed.

Wright was joined by family and friends including footballers Paul Ince and David Seaman.




Fight veteran Foreman to hit TV screen

Two-time heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman is expected to play himself in an forthcoming biopic.

The TV movie will be based on the 50-year-old's autobiography By George, reports showbiz paper Daily Variety.

The project, funded by cable channel HBO, follows a rash of boxing films.

Winner of the 1968 Olympic gold medal, Foreman returned to boxing in 1987 to become the oldest heavyweight champ.
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