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Tuesday, 21 December, 1999, 13:41 GMT
Sir Anthony set for Lambs sequel

Sir Anthony Hopkins has reportedly agreed to reprise his role as the serial killer Hannibal Lecter in a sequel to Silence of the Lambs, according to US reports.

The Hollywood Reporter says the Welsh star has approved the latest draft of a script by Steven Zaillian, who also wrote the Schindler's List screenplay.

Jodie Foster, who like Hopkins won an Oscar for her role in the original, has yet to confirm whether she will grace the sequel directed by Ridley Scott.




Britney to lead New Orleans' Mardi Gras

Teen sensation Britney Spears is set to return to her roots after reports that she will be the grand marshal of New Orleans' Endymion Mardi Gras parade.

The 18-year-old is set to headline next year's extravaganza, which takes place some 80 miles from where she was born.

The Endymion club is renowned for having the season's biggest and gaudiest parades. Last year it featured 28 floats, 42 marching bands and 5,000 participants.




McTeer unfazed by Hollywood hullabaloo

British actress Janet McTeer is unfazed by her nomination in the prestigious Golden Globe awards for her role in the bittersweet comedy Tumblweeds.

"I take it all with a bucket of salt," says McTeer of the sudden attention she is receiving from the film industry.

"People are calling a lot and sending scripts my way. It's wonderful, because let's face it, there aren't many wonderful scripts for women over the age of 10," she tells the LA Times.




Blaze destroys Mariah 'dream home'

Mariah Carey's former dream home has burned to the ground.

The nine bedroom mansion, which sold for $20.5m (12.8m) after the singer's divorce from Sony Music executive Tommy Mottola, was empty at the time.

It was designed for the singer and her then-husband in the mid-90s and boasts two swimming pools and a recording studio on 56 acres.

It is thought that faulty wiring was to blame for the blaze.




ITV's two-part tribute to Bond star Q

A two-part TV programme is to be screened as a tribute to James Bond actor Desmond Llewelyn, who died after a car crash on Sunday.

The 85-year-old star, who played Q for 35 years, recorded the programme about his role as the eccentric boffin shortly before his death.

Producer Andy Brice, who made the programme for HTV Wales, said: "Desmond was great to work with. He had fantastic energy and sharpness."

A Life Of Q will be screened on 4 and 11 January on ITV.




Country legend Snow dies

Legendary country music star Hank Snow has died at his Nashville home, aged 85.

His son said he had been in declining health for several years and died peacefully in his bed.

Hank Snow sold more than 70 million albums and had dozens of hits during a career which spanned nearly 50 years.

His best-known hit was I'm Movin' On, which spent 21 weeks in the country charts in 1950. The song was later recorded by at least 60 other singers including Elvis Presley, for whom Snow was a mentor.

Snow had his last number one hit with Hello Love in 1974 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1979.




Bullseye set for screen return

Popular darts quiz show Bullseye is set to return to our screens, according to the Sun newspaper.

The paper says Channel 5 chiefs are talking about bringing the cult show back, with Jim Bowen as host.

Bowen, 61, whose catchphrase was "super smashing great", was quoted as saying: "I'd love to do it. It would be a nice trip down memory lane."

Bullseye, which ran from 1981-1994 on ITV, was watched by nearly 10 million viewers every Sunday.






McDonald to read poem on Christmas day

Channel 4 newsreader Sheena McDonald is to read one of her favourite childhood poems in a Radio Scotland programme to be broadcast on Christmas Day.

The broadcaster, who was badly injured in a road accident in February, will recite Hilaire Belloc's Jim on the Lines and Squares show.

The lengthy poem, which tells the story of a boy who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion, will be Ms McDonald's second broadcast since her serious accident.
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