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Wednesday, 1 March, 2000, 13:37 GMT
Superheroes serenade Stan Lee
Comic heroes Lou Ferrigno, Stan Lee and Dean Cain
TV superheroes The Incredible Hulk and Superman helped comic book icon Stan Lee celebrate his 60th anniversary in the entertainment industry at a gala in Hollywood.

Actors Lou Ferrigno, Dean Cain and James Caan were among the star guests at the evening in honour of the 77-year-old who is best known as the creator of Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk.

Lee also launched his internet venture, a youth site, which includes the 7th Portal - his first new team of characters for 25 years.

Lee hopes it will become a new way of making comics - simple 3-5 minute online animated shorts called "webisodes" designed to accommodate slower modems.


Chamberlain honoured
Richard Chamberlain unveils his Hollywood star
Actor Richard Chamberlain is the latest celebrity to be honoured on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

The Dr Kildare star unveiled his star and spoke of the "many happy times" he had spent in Hollywood, in front of 300 cheering fans.

The 64-year-old's career has spanned four decades and includes roles in television, stage and film.

He recently appeared alongside Lauren Bacall in the US TV mini-series Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke and is currently starring in the national Broadway tour of The Sound of Music.


Clockwork Orange's re-release confirmed

Stanley Kubrick's controversial film A Clockwork Orange is to be re-released across the UK on 17 March, Warner Bros have confirmed.

First shown in the UK in 1972, it was later withdrawn by Kubrick after media outrage and claims of copycat violence.

Nominated for four Oscars, it tells the tale of a violent, futuristic gang.

The decision for the re-release was made after talks with Kubrick's family, following the director's death in March last year.


Orbit in line for another UK top spot

British record producer William Orbit could replace himself at number one in the UK singles chart next week.

Madonna's cover version of American Pie, produced by Orbit, is expected to go straight to the top of the chart.

It will replace All Saints' Pure Shores, which was also shaped by the award-winning producer.

If Madonna does get to number one, it will be her ninth chart topper.


Smashing Pumpkins in legal battle

Rock band the Smashing Pumpkins are taking legal action against ex-manager Sharon Osbourne - wife of rocker Ozzy.

Osbourne walked out on the band less than four months after becoming their manager citing a personality clash with singer Billy Corgan as the reason.

Now the band are seeking 100,000 which they claim she owes them, plus damages for breach of contract and fraud.

They claim she "vindictively" tried to damage the band. She has not commented.


Eccleston clocks off for stage role

Clocking Off star Christopher Eccleston is back on the London stage, after a break of seven years.

Eccleston, best-known for his roles in Cracker and Our Friends In The North, plays butler Jean in a new adaptation of Strindberg's Miss Julie.

He appears alongside fellow-Clocking Off star Maxine Peake and Aisling O'Sullivan, who takes the title role.

Frank McGuinness' production is showing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.


Caine film could be shelved after row

A new film starring Michael Caine may never see the light of day because a billionaire who helped finance it is trying to stop it being released.

Financier Charles Simonyi took exception to a dream sequence featured in the film The Debtor, which stars Caine and Randy Quaid.

Director Avi Quaid Randy has called Simonyi's action "outrageous".

She is setting up an anti-censorship petition on the web.


Collette gets night off for the Oscars

Oscar-nominated actress Toni Collette has arranged for a night off from her Broadway stage show to attend the Academy Awards ceremony.

The Australian actress, who is up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Sixth Sense, is currently starring in The Wild Party, a jazz-era musical.

The show will be closed on the Sunday of the Oscars so that Collette will be able to fly out to LA and be back in time for Monday's performance.


Actress Berry may face car crash charge

Los Angeles police are considering whether to prosecute actress Halle Berry, following allegations that she fled the scene of a car accident.

The sheriff's department has filed a complaint alleging that the Bulworth star was behind the wheel of a rented car which ran a red light in Hollywood.

Berry, 33, suffered a cut to the forehead while the driver of the other car suffered a broken wrist, according to the sheriff's department.

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