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Wednesday, 26 January, 2000, 16:51 GMT
Sinatra's 'first recording' found

Experts believe they have discovered the first recording by singing legend Frank Sinatra as a solo artist on a lacquered 1930s aluminium record.

The recording, made by amateur musician Walter Costello, features Sinatra singing Roses of Picardy, accompanied by Costello on the accordion.

Voice expert Tom Owen said: "If it's not Sinatra, it's the best fake you could do."

The record will go to the Sinatra museum at Hoboken, New Jersey.




Lamarr's ashes 'to be scattered in Austria'

The ashes of screen icon Hedy Lamarr are to be scattered in her native Austria, according to a newspaper report.

The actress who died earlier this month of natural causes. Her relatives revealed her final wish at her funeral in Orlando, Florida, on 19 January, according to Kronen Zeitung.

The Austrian daily said her children plan to come to Vienna with the ashes in the spring, and scatter them in the Vienna woods.

Lamarr, who was 86, created a scandal in the 1930s by appearing nude in the Czech film Extease.




Trisha becomes a Celebrity Heartbreaker

ITV talk show host Trisha Goddard is to host her first prime time show for the channel.

The presenter will front Celebrity Heartbreakers, billed as an hour-long exploration of the trials and tribulations of relationship break-ups among the rich and famous.

She said: "I'm thrilled to be hosting my first prime-time documentary for ITV. I think everyone will identify with the pain and misery of a failed romance, but Celebrity Heartbreakers also reveals the unique pressures of seeing your heartbreak in the headlines."

Goddard already presents daytime debate show Trisha each morning on ITV.

Anglia Television programme director Malcolm Allsop called her "a really exciting talent and I'm sure she'll repeat her daytime success in the peak-time schedule".

The show will be aired in the next few months.




Reeve trip part-financed by Dome bosses

Superman actor Christopher Reeve had part of his travel costs to the UK paid for by the operators of the Millennium Dome.

The wheelchair-bound actor, 47, called the trouble-hit attraction "fantastic" when he toured the Dome on Saturday.

A spokesman for the New Millennium Experience Company said: "We agreed to fund a small proportion - of his expenses from the US. We do not pay celebrities to visit the Dome."




Berlin honour for De Niro

The Berlin Film Festival will honour actor Robert De Niro next month with a lifetime achievement award.

Festival chief Moritz de Hadeln said De Niro "has captivated the public worldwide with some of the most noteworthy acting performances".

The festival, which runs from 9-20 February, will feature 12 of the actor's films in retrospect.

Organisers are hoping De Niro will accept the award in person.




Hollywood debut for Eyre

Veteran British theatre director Richard Eyre is in final talks to direct his first US feature film, according to industry paper Daily Variety.

Elegy for Iris is based on John Bayley's memoir about his marriage to novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch, who died in February 1999, aged 79.

Eyre directed Dame Judi Dench to a Tony Award in Amy's View on Broadway. She is reportedly very keen on the film, though there have been no talks yet.




The Simpsons go 3-D

Cartoon fans will be able to admire slob Homer Simpson in 3-D glory after the owners of the Imax cinema format struck a deal to bring him to the big screen.

Homer stars in Cyberworld, a collage of old and new clips set in a futuristic animation museum.

It will include clips from The Simpsons, the film Antz, and the Pet Shop Boys' video for the track Liberation.

The film will be distributed to Imax cinemas worldwide from October.




Get beautiful with Jagger

Rolling Stones veteran Mick Jagger has registered his name as a trademark for a range of beauty products.

The 56-year-old singer patented the label "Mick Jagger" with the European Union in connection with a list of items including clothing, footwear, cosmetics, and toiletries.

A spokesman said Jagger had no plans to enter the cosmetics would - but made the registrations three years ago to prevent others doing so under his name.

He added: "One of the ideas he came up with, jokingly, was a Mick Jagger lip balm."

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