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Friday, 15 September, 2000, 16:48 GMT 17:48 UK
Ford matches Spacey's strike donation
Actor Harrison Ford has matched Kevin Spacey's donation of $100,000 (£71,000) to help support US actors on strike.

"We're thrilled by this extremely generous contribution by Mr Ford," said Marcia Smith of the Screen Actors Guild.

"Many of our members haven't worked since before the strike and have nowhere to turn except the relief fund."

George Clooney, Britney Spears and 'N Sync have also contributed to the union.

The strike, which is in its fifth month is over actors payment rates for advertisements.


Robbie snaps support charity

An exhibition of photographs charting Robbie Williams' rise to pop stardom has opened in London.

The collection of glossy shots, on display at Proud Galleries, are accompanied by a book of portraits.

It is hoped that the book, Robbie Williams, will raise about £30,000 for the charity CancerBACUP.

Photographer Hamish Brown said that despite his fame, Williams was still a "tangibly and visibly vulnerable person".


Magic carpet movie gets remake

Hollywood producer Robert Halmi is set to make a $40m (£28m) remake of the classic adventure tale Thief of Baghdad.

Using the latest digital effects, the story sees a wrongly ousted prince who turns to thievery, with encounters involving flying carpets and other magical romps.

Steve Barron, whose previous credits include The Adventures Of Pinocchio and the mini-series Merlin, will direct the movie.

Casting will begin soon, with shooting expected to start early next year.


Official Hell's Angel movie in pipeline

A film about the Hell's Angels biking gang is set to hit the big screen.

Bike-riding British director Tony Scott, who made Top Gun and True Romance, will direct.

Based on the memoirs of the gang's leader, Ralph Sonny Barger, this will be the first film with the official backing of the motorcycle group.

It will feature the sex, violence and hedonism that defined the heyday of the club.

And the infamous Rolling Stones Altamont concert that ended in tragedy.


Rap star faces jail in gun trial

The star of the popular rap outfit Bone Thugs-N-Harmony has pleaded no contest to possession of a sawn-off shotgun.

Stanley Howse, known as Flesh-N-Bone, entered the plea on Wednesday and is expected to be sentenced to two years.

The 27-year-old Grammy winner also faces sentencing in a case involving threats using an AK-47 machine gun.

Howse was arrested in January after relatives called police over an argument that began when he arrived.


Picasso for sale - a snip at £16m

A Pablo Picasso masterpiece went on show at auctioneer Christie's in central London on Friday after coming on to the market with an estimated £16.6m price tag.

The painting, Femme aux Bras Croisés, or Woman with Folded Arms, was painted by Picasso while in Barcelona in 1902, aged just 21.

On Monday the picture begins a world tour, eventually forming the centrepiece at Christie's sale of impressionist and modern art in New York on 8 November.

Originally bought by US writer Gertrude Stein directly from Picasso, the picture was one of the last from the artist's Blue period, which was prompted by the suicide of his closest friend.

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