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Thursday, 16 March, 2000, 12:49 GMT
Fonda clings to Oscar dress
Hollywood starJane Fonda has revealed she cannot bear to part with the designer dress she promised to auction for charity.

"I've fallen in love with it," she said of the strapless satin dress designed by Vera Wang which she will be wearing to this year's Academy Awards.

Fonda had said that the dress would be auctioned for charity at a film premiere in June.

But she's changed her mind: "I can't wear this dress for 10 minutes, then turn it over to someone else," she said.




Shania set for sales record

Country star Shania Twain's Come On Over is set to become the best-selling album of all time by a female artist.

The record was the UK's top seller last year and worldwide sales have topped 26 million - second only to Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill on the all-time list.

A spokeswoman for Twain's press company, LD Publicity, said: "There is not much between them.

"But Come On Over is still selling steadily and it is only a matter of time before Shania moves ahead."




Hanks to star in new children's movie

Oscar winner Tom Hanks has agreed to produce and star in The Polar Express, a children's movie based on the popular book by Chris Van Allsburg.

The author told the entertainment Daily Variety that he had often been approached for the film rights, but nobody had matched Hanks' "genuine appreciation" of the book.

The film about a little boy who is magically whisked by steam train to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus is set for release in Christmas 2001.




Beckham book to reveal all

Footballer and Spice husband David Beckham has signed a deal to tell his life story in a new book.

The England and Manchester United star has teamed up with publisher Hodder and Stoughton in a six-figure deal for the book, which will be published in October.

David Beckham My World will include the heart-throb's thoughts on coping with the pressures of fame and how he keeps his mind on the game.

The 24-year-old star said: "I am very pleased to be doing this book. It is an opportunity to capture this moment in my career and my life."




Big break for British screenwriter

Writer Bernard Wright has been awarded the Pathe Production Prize for his script Frankie's Comeback which will now be made into a major film.

"This is a massive break for me," said Wright, 38, who has been writing for four years and was previously an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

His script is about a washed-up magician trying to find success.

The Pathe award is the second stage of last year's Orange Prize for screenwriting.




Castaway complains of poor conditions

Ray Bowyer, who was asked to leave the BBC's Castaway docu-soap after a series of "incidents", has complained about conditions on the island of Taransay.

The 59-year-old told local newspaper the Stornoway Gazette that he had lost two and a half stones since January when the experiment began.

"We were living on nothing. We had to work all day in bad conditions and our tea consisted of toast and soup."

He also claimed the 36 Castaways were failing to live off the land, as had been planned by the documentary-makers.




Millionaire nominated for US awards

The US version of British gameshow Who Wants To Be A Millionaire has been nominated for five Emmy awards - the equivalent of our Baftas.

However, it is competing for a Daytime Emmy because the is no gameshow category in the prime-time Emmy awards.

Host Regis Philbin, also nominated for best game show host and best talk show host, said the decision was "silly".

The general knowledge quiz show hosted in the UK by Chris Tarrant regularly tops the US ratings.




Home and Away to leave ITV

ITV has confirmed that popular Australian soap Home and Away is to leave the channel in July and will be seen at some unspecified point on C5.

In preparation for its loss after 11 years on the network, ITV has announced it is dropping the soap's current afternoon screening from 27 March.

"We see this as an opportunity to develop some homegrown programmes in that slot," said a spokesman.

There has been no announcement of when C5 will start airing the series.
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