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Wednesday, 19 July, 2000, 14:49 GMT 15:49 UK
Captain Scarlet without strings
Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson has been experimenting with computer-generated graphics to produce a 21st century version of his Captain Scarlet puppet series.

He told the breakfast show on BBC Radio Oxford that he had recently made a five minute sequence of the programme using only a computer.

He said: "It was quite uncanny because we ended up with Captain Scarlet, Captain Black and Captain Blue on screen and they looked just like people.

"Absolutely the same as they were on the puppet shows, but this new technique turns them into people. They walk, hop, skip, jump and fight."

He added: "I think it won't be very long before we are remaking Captain Scarlet and, at a later date, Thunderbirds."

The rights to Captain Scarlet are owned by Carlton, whose director of programmes Waheed Alli said earlier this year his company was thinking of reviving the series.

Thunderbirds will be repeated on BBC Two later this year.


Polanski sued over film costs

Film director Roman Polanski is being sued by a movie distributor who claims he pocketed $1m (625,000) from the production costs of The Ninth Gate.

Artisan Entertainment allege that Polanski's production company kept VAT returned by the French authorities instead of giving it back to the financiers.

Polanksi, famous for films such as Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown, made the film in France where he has lived since fleeing Hollywood troubles in the 1970s.


Jerry Maguire 'dream team' might regroup

Tom Cruise and Cameron Crowe - star and director of the hit movie Jerry Maguire - may team up for a second time.

Cruise, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Jerry in the 1996 film, would both star in and produce the love story written and directed by Crowe.

Production on the untitled project is due to start in late autumn.

Cruise is then scheduled to work on the film Minority Report with Steven Spielberg, shooting next spring.


Liza Tarbuck dreams Star Trek snog

Big Breakfast presenter Liza Tarbuck has said she would like to appear on Star Trek when she leaves the show - as Captain Picard's love interest.

"I want to come down for a snog with Captain Jean-Luc - and then he'd reluctantly have to let me go back to my people," joked the 35-year-old star.

The RADA-trained actress is quitting her presenting job to concentrate on acting and says a "filthy, bawdy"period drama would also suit her fine.


Finney's Lautrec's under the hammer

Actor Albert Finney is to auction off three original posters by French artist Toulouse-Lautrec.

The 64-year-old, whose films include Erin Brockovich and Scrooge, is selling the prints at Christie's in London.

All three of the posters are from first print-runs and are in "very good condition" according to a spokeswoman.

The prints are expected to fetch from 6,000-15,000 each at a sale of 19th and 20th century posters in October.

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