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Tuesday, 1 February, 2000, 14:02 GMT
Little Voice sees double
Waxing lyrical: Horrocks and her daughter Molly at Madame Tussaud's
Actress Jane Horrocks unveiled her waxwork double at London's Madame Tussaud's and laughed: "It looks more like me than me!"

The 36-year-old star was impressed, adding: "It's amazing what you can do with earwax now, isn't it?"

The figure is dressed in a replica of the pink sequined dress Horrocks wore in her award-winning film, Little Voice.

The waxwork will stand near that of Joanna Lumley, her co-star in the BBC comedy Absolutely Fabulous.


Controversy over 'Superman' ad

A computer faked image of paralysed actor Christopher Reeve walking in an advert for an investments company has caused controversy in the US.

In the advert, set in the future, Reeve is seen rising from a chair and walking to a stage to present an award.

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association is concerned that the ad might raise expectations unreasonably.

But Reeve says it portrays something that "is a very real possibility".


Be Hair Now - Liam's baldness worry

Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher is paranoid about going bald according to his brother Noel.

New dad Noel told Uncut magazine that his little brother fears he will lose his hair because their father lost his.

"There's always one sure way of winding Liam up if he's doing your head in... you just go to him, 'Bend down, you know you're going bald'," said Noel.

"But what he doesn't know is that it skips a generation," he added.


Titanic Kate's getting broody

Actress Kate Winslet has revealed that she wants three or four children and that she wants to have them young.

"I'm determined to become a young mother because my own experiences of being a child and a teenager will be fresh," said the 24-year-old.

"I adore babies and children," the Titanic star also said in an interview with Woman magazine.

Winslet married director James Threapleton just over a year ago.


Toon heaven for Simpsons character

A character on the cult cartoon series The Simpsons is set to be killed off for the first time.

Maude Flanders, wife of do-good neighbour Ned Flanders, is said to be the favourite to go in the episode called Alone Again.

The other possibilities are school head Seymour Skinner and Moe the bartender.

The episode will be screened in two weeks, during the February "sweeps" - a key ratings period used to help set advertising rates.

Executive producer Mike Scully admitted: "We're in our 11th season and we're always looking for new ways to shake up the show a little."


Dan's desperate to leave EastEnders

EastEnders actor Craig Fairbrass will be leaving the soap in the autumn, the BBC has confirmed.

The 35-year-old joined the drama last June and quickly built up a strong fan base thanks to his good looks and some sizzling storylines.

Starting as Carol Jackson's boyfriend, his character Dan had an affair with her daughter Bianca, played by Patsy Palmer, before buying 50% of the Queen Vic pub.

His is the latest of a series of high-profile departures from Albert Square.


Sci-fi writer dies aged 87

Award-winning science fiction author Alfred Elton Van Vogt has died aged 87.

He died from complications of pneumonia in Los Angeles on 26 January, said his literary agent.

Canadian-born Van Vogt began his prolific career with his 1939 short story Black Destroyer, which is widely cited as the inspiration for the Alien film series.

He wrote 65 books, including Slan (1946), The Voyage of the Space Beagle (1950) and The World of Null-A (1948).

In 1966 Van Vogt received the grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America association.


Parton sells historic radio station

America country star Dolly Parton is to sell the radio station where she first performed aged 10.

The 54-year-old singer bought the Tennessee station WSEV in 1991 and renamed it WDLY.

"Since that time, we have tripled sales and developed the station to be a solid business serving the community," said Parton.

The sale price was not disclosed.

See also:

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