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Last updated: 2003-10-13

Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson

Legendary film director Woody Allen has revealed he is to write his memoirs, and is currently seeking a publisher. The news has sparked something of a bidding war in the book world, with bidding rights to publish the book in the US already reaching $2m.

Harper Collins, meanwhile, are believed to be interested in the UK rights. A number of publishers are sceptical over whether Allen will actually write the planned book, but rumour has it that he is waiting to see how much interest there is in him writing an autobiography before he actually commits to the project. Allen’s latest film Anything Else was recently released in the US; his last movie Hollywood Ending is still unreleased in the UK.

This year’s Raindance Film Festival, which is devoted to low-budget and independent film, will open on October 24 with the award-winning documentary Capturing the Friedmans. The film, which picked up the Best Documentary award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, focuses on an affluent Jewish family from Long Island whose lives were torn apart by allegations of child abuse. Described as “disturbing, thought-provoking and groundbreaking, it is set to open at UK cinemas in February.

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has revealed that unlike many diet-conscious stars, she has no worries about her weight – especially since she married new husband Charles Saatchi. Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show this weekend, she said, "If I lose weight, Charles tells me to bulk up. Like all women, I go up and down in my weight. I bought some scales in January and kept them in the kitchen, but now they're in my chocolate drawer”! Nigella also showed Ross how to make a deep-fried Bounty bar, one of the recipes in her book Nigella Bites.

Actress Maureen Lipman has returned to the West End in a new production of the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. The show is based on the 1967 film of the same name starring Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore, about a girl seeking love and fulfilment in 1920s New York. The American production is currently a huge hit of Broadway and won six Tony awards in 2002, including Best Musical. Currently previewing at the Shaftesbury Theatre, it opens officially at the end of November. Lipman, meanwhile, can be seen in the role of Chinese woman Mrs Meers.

In Brief:

  • Actress Rachel Weisz has attended the premiere of her latest movie The Runaway Jury in Los Angeles. The film, based on a novel by John Grisham, opens in the UK early next year.
  • Stephen Spielberg is to re-team with the Sci-Fi Channel to create a mini-series, following the success of the alien saga Taken. The new show, Nine Lives, will be shown in 2005. Little is known about the plot but a spokesperson for the Sci-Fi Channel described it as “an epic story of love, death and beyond”.

Happy Birthday this week to: former politician and broadcaster Edwina Currie (57 on October 13), Paul Simon, one half of the legendary Simon And Garfunkel (62 on October 13), clothing designer Ralph Lauren (64 on October 14)