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Friday, 14 January, 2000, 16:09 GMT
Hollywood's wild about Wilder
Billy Wilder fans: Actors Tony Curtis and Kevin Spacey
Hollywood stars Tony Curtis and Kevin Spacey shared a laugh during a tribute for legendary film director Billy Wilder at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.

The evening of film clips and personal appearances kicked off a three-week retrospective of 27 Wilder films.

Now 93, Wilder has received a remarkable 21 Academy Award nominations, including 12 for writing, eight for directing and one for producing, winning six Oscars in addition to the Academy's 1987 Irving Thalberg Memorial Award.

Curtis, 74, starred in Wilder's 1959 film Some Like It Hot, alongside Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon.


Charity gains from Posh frock

Posh Spice Victoria Adams has donated one of her favourite black dresses to raise money for a meningitis charity.

Husband David Beckham has also given an England training shirt to the appeal launched by Essentials magazine which aims to raise 100,000.

Other items include a designer outfit from Cherie Booth and one of Emma Thompson's sweatshirts. TV stars Robson Green, Barbara Windsor and Patsy Palmer have also parted with clothes for the appeal


U2 record songs for movie soundtrack

Polygram Records has confirmed that U2 will record seven songs for the soundtrack to the film Million Dollar Hotel.

The movie, a black comedy directed by Wim Wenders, stars and was co-written by U2 lead singer, Bono. It debuts at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

The soundtrack will include two new U2 songs, three solos by Bono, a cover of Lou Reed's Satellite of Love, plus a Spanish version of the Sex Pistols classic, Anarchy In The UK.


Mariah's one-off Wembley date

Pop star Mariah Carey is to play her first UK show in three years with a one-off date at Wembley Arena next month.

The rare London appearance on 28 February is part of a world tour to promote her album Rainbow.

Carey, who has sold more than 120m records worldwide, said: "It's been five years since I toured Europe. "So much has happened to me since 1995. I'm much more free and happy as a person and a performer now."


Disney legend Marc Davis dies

Marc Davis, the animator who created Bambi, Tinker Bell and Cruella De Vil, has died, following a stroke, aged 86.

He had been a member of Disney's trusted inner circle known as the "nine old men" and was considered one of Disney's greatest animators.

"Marc was an amazing talent who helped define the art of animation and raise it to incredible new heights," said Roy Disney, vice-chairman of Walt Disney.


Comic Wright's London comeback

Funnyman Steven Wright is giving his first UK performance in four years at a London theatre in April.

The comedian's deadpan humour has made him a regular on talkshows with the likes of Jay Leno and David Letterman.

He has also acted in several films, including Desperately Seeking Susan and Natural Born Killers, and he won an Oscar for co-writing a short film in 1988.

The one-off show will take place at the Dominion Theatre on 3 April.


Hillary boosts Letterman show

Hillary Clinton's decision to appear on The Late Show With David Letterman has proved a hit with US TV viewers, according to early figures.

Letterman notched up one of his highest ratings with 11m viewers choosing his programme over fierce rival Jay Leno's Tonight Show.

Clinton's well-publicised appearance on The Late Show followed weeks of the host making remarks about Mrs Clinton and her decision to run for political office.

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