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Tuesday, 24 October, 2000, 11:02 GMT 12:02 UK
Charlie's Angels movie premières
Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore
New Angels: Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore
A big screen remake of cult 1970s television series Charlie's Angels has premièred in Hollywood.

The original series, which ended in 1980, launched the careers of actresses Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith.

They starred as three private investigators who save the world armed only with their use of martial arts and their seductive charms.

Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, take over their roles in the movie.

Original angel Jaclyn Smith was one of the celebrities attending the première.

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She said she thought the original series was ground-breaking for women.

"It was three women in a series instead of three men and I think the world was ready for some glamour and some fun.

"It wasn't meant to be over-analysed. We had fun and I think the audience realised that," she said.

Drew Barrymore, who co-produced the project, explained her vision of the film to reporters.

"To honour what it represented the greatness of women doing jobs that were completely fun and heroic but also sexy and thrilling, and not be male-bashing about it, is so hot to me," she said.

Spiralling budget

Leonard Goldberg, producer of the new film and executive producer of the original series, said they were not trying to replace the original Charlie's Angels.

"These are three new angels, three new characters and they had to establish their own identity and I think they do in the movie," he said.

Also attending the première were 'Friends' star Matt Leblanc, actress Kelly Lynch, rapper LL Cool J, actor Christian Slater and singer Courtney Love.

Beset by problems from the start, the project had a spiralling budget which eventually peaked at $90m, a reported 14 script writers, countless rewrites and tales of tensions on the set.

Speculation was rife about who would made the grade as a 21st Century angel.

Amongst those in the running were Angelina Jolie, Liv Tyler, and Thandie Newton. Even Spice Girls Victoria Beckham and Geri Halliwell were reported to be trying to get in on the action.

As in the original series, actor John Forsythe provides the voice of Charlie, the mysterious and unseen leader of the elite Townsend Detective Agency, and Bill Murray plays Bosley, the angels' supervisor and part time undercover partner.

Charlie's Angels is released in the US on 3 November, and the rest of the world throughout November and December.

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